first_img Share your voice 1:30 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Repeating radio signals coming from space The new FRBs from CHIME also show signs of “scattering,” which is kind of like a record of the signals’ interactions with electrons and magnetic fields as they traveled across the universe. This travel log, of sorts, also provides some clues as to possible sources, pointing to powerful astrophysical objects in locations with special characteristics. “That could mean in some sort of dense clump like a supernova remnant,” says team member Cherry Ng, an astronomer at the University of Toronto. “Or near the central black hole in a galaxy. But it has to be in some special place to give us all the scattering that we see.”It’s still very early days in learning about FRBs and the special places they may come from, but as with the explosion in exoplanet discoveries and the nascent field of gravitational wave astronomy, each new detection provides a tantalizing new clue into the nature of the strange signals and to the universe itself. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. Tags Sci-Tech 0 The Arecibo radio telescope with an artist’s rendition of a fast radio burst.  D.Futselaar/B.P. Irwin/D. van de Water/Shutterstock Astronomers look to be getting closer to solving one of the more recent and bizarre mysteries in the universe. For just the second time, scientists have picked up a strange radio signal from the other side of the cosmos called a “fast radio burst,” or FRB, that repeats itself, making it possible to trace the very brief but powerful signal back to a source.Dozens of FRBs have been detected so far, but until recently only one such signal — named FRB 112102 — was observed to repeat itself. A new Canadian radio telescope picked up a fresh batch of FRBs as it was beginning operations in the middle of 2018, including a new repeater that is clearly distinct from FRB 112102.”They’re in a completely different part of the sky and at least a billion parsec away from each other,” Shriharsh Tendulkar told me. “We don’t know the precise distance to the second one yet.”Tendulkar is a post-doctoral fellow at McGill university and member of the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) radio telescope team that made the new discovery, which will be presented Wednesday at the semi-annual American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle and published in a pair of papers in the journal Nature.”Until now, there was only one known repeating FRB. Knowing that there is another suggests that there could be more out there. And with more repeaters and more sources available for study, we may be able to understand these cosmic puzzles — where they’re from and what causes them,” said Ingrid Stairs, another member of the CHIME collaboration and an astrophysicist at the University of British Columbia, in a statement.  One thing is different about the 13 new FRBs (including the new repeater called FRB 180814.J0422+73) discovered with CHIME: They were observed at lower frequencies than ever before (between 400 – 800 MHz).189615The CHIME radio telescope in British Columbia. CHIME “By detecting and characterizing fast radio bursts at different frequencies, we can understand better which theories work and which do not,” Tendulkar said, adding that one potential source of FRB 112102 could be “a very strongly magnetized, rapidly spinning neutron star called a millisecond magnetar … This model is promising but it’s still too early to tell for sure.”A cosmic cataclysm in which the source destroys itself, like a neutron star collision or exploding black hole, can also be ruled out for the repeaters, he says. Of course, super-advanced alien civilizations have been floated as possible explanations, including by Harvard University Professor Abraham Loeb.”An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking,” Loeb said in 2017 while discussing his own theory that FRBs could conceivably be traced to massive energy beams used to propel alien starships. Loeb would later make waves in 2018 with another paper suggesting that interstellar object, Oumuamua, may have been such an alien probe. Spacelast_img read more

first_imgThe 65-inch OLED B8 is now $2,300. Sarah Tew/CNET Waiting for LG to put its industry-leading OLED TVs on sale has become an annual tradition, and the wait is finally over. After failing to get a steep discount for Black Friday 2018, LG’s B8 series of OLED TVs is finally on sale for the Super Bowl 2019. They’re not cheap by any means, but they’re less expensive than any other 2018 OLED TV so far. Here’s the breakdown. Savings Share your voice 1:55 OLED55B8P Current price $2,500 Tags $100 LG OLED B8 series pricing $200 $2,300 OLED65B8P Model Time to pull the trigger, cowboyLG’s Super Bowl discount on the B8 might not be its lowest in history, but if you’re in the market for a high-end TV and can afford an OLED — in short, if you’ve been waiting for this price drop — now is the time to buy.  $1,500 35 Photos In other words OLED image quality has largely plateaued, and unless you’re willing to pay up for a slight improvement, your best bet is to get the cheapest one.And now the cheapest widely available OLED TV is the B8. If you don’t want to wait another year for a new TV, consider this your green light.75-inch options and moreBeyond its still-high price, the main downside of the B8 is the fact that it maxes out at 65 inches. Yes, LG sells a 77-inch OLED, but it costs seven grand. A lot of TV shoppers, especially football fans who want to enjoy the big games in style, are gravitating toward a 70- or 75-inch TV. If you’re looking for a high-performance set in that size that’s relatively affordable, my primary recommendation is the new 75-inch TCL 6 series. The 75-inch Vizio P series is another excellent bet. To get significantly better image quality in a 2018 75-inch TV over those two you’ll need to pay up, way up, for the Samsung Q9.  LG’s discounts still too rich for your blood? Relax, we’ve got plenty of choices for Super Bowl-ready TVs at every budget.Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.Read next: Huge 8K screens and insane roll-up OLEDs at CES 2019Read also: LG’s rollable OLED TV is incredible, and it’s actually going on sale in 2019 LG’s entry-level OLED brings high-end styling, picture 65 inches LG B8 is the 2018 OLED TV to buy 61 Photos A press release LG emailed to CNET claims that the new pricing is its lowest ever on OLED TVs, but it’s actually a tie. For Black Friday 2017 LG discounted its B7A OLED TVs to exactly the same price: $1,500 for the 55-inch TV and $2,300 for the 65-inch model. Now playing: Watch this: The best TVs of CES 2019 Size Black Friday Price See the 55-inch OLED B8 at AmazonSee the 65-inch OLED B8 at AmazonIn my review of the OLED B8 I gave it CNET’s Editors’ Choice award as the best high-end 2018 TV. It delivers everything I expected from an OLED TV in terms of image quality, starting with perfect black levels. It has plenty of brightness and contrast to make just about everything — including football — look great. Yes, the more-expensive C8 did just a bit better in my tests, but the difference isn’t worth the money.All OLED TVs have the increased potential for burn-in compared to LCD-based models, although most people and use cases it won’t be an issue. If you’re unfamiliar with burn-in, here’s what you need to know.In case you’re wondering, I don’t think the B8 will get another official discount. Yes, it and other LG OLED TVs can be found for less in some places online, but as far as LG’s official pricing goes, I’m guessing this is as low as it goes. Of course LG’s 2019 OLED TVs will arrive this spring, but if the past is any indication, I don’t expect to recommend buying them over the 2018 models until Black Friday 2019 at the earliest. Yes the new models have some HDMI 2.1 features that could appeal to high-end gamers and Dolby Atmos fans, but the main image quality improvement from 2018 to 2019 is better processing. Based on past comparisons, I expect the visible difference between the B8 and its 2019 cohorts to be minor, at best.  $1,600 5 Comments 55 inches TVslast_img read more

first_img Share your voice A woman said a hacker used her Nest Cam for a hoax.  Stephen Shankland/CNET A woman living in the Bay Area says she got a hoax warning last weekend that the US was under nuclear attack. The warning came from an unlikely place: her Nest Cam.Laura Lyons of Orinda, California told the San Jose Mercury News that her smart home security camera was infiltrated after it said on Sunday that three North Korean missiles were headed to Los Angeles, Chicago and Ohio. The warning was preceded by a blaring alarm, Lyons told the newspaper. The message said the US was retaliating and affected areas had three hours to evacuate, she said. Lyons checked news stations for coverage of the apparent attack, but found nothing. When she realized the message was coming from the Nest Cam sitting above her TV, she called the company, which is part of Google, to find out what was going on. Lyons said a representative told her that she was a victim of a “third party hack.” Lyons didn’t respond to a request for comment.Nest says Lyons’ device was most likely compromised by a stolen password.”Nest was not breached,” a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. “These recent reports are based on customers using compromised passwords (exposed through breaches on other websites). In nearly all cases, two-factor verification eliminates this type of the security risk.  “We take security in the home extremely seriously, and we’re actively introducing features that will reject comprised passwords, allow customers to monitor access to their accounts and track external entities that abuse credentials.”Still, as companies like Google, Amazon and Samsung try to convince consumers to turn their homes into hubs full of internet-connected gadgets and appliances, a scare like the one Lyons experienced could sour people from bringing those devices into their houses. This isn’t the first time Nest’s cameras have been infiltrated by outsiders. In December, a hacker took over the camera of a man in Arizona to warn him of security vulnerabilities. In another case last month, a hacker told a couple through the device he’d kidnap their child. Security experts have been warning for years that smart home devices are vulnerable to hackers. Some vulnerable devices come with bugs that hackers can exploit. To prevent hackers from using stolen passwords to log into security cameras and other connected devices, experts say companies need to educate users on how to use better security. Betsy Cooper, founding director of the Aspen Policy Hub, said that would help keep hackers out of security cameras and other internet connected “things.”Consumers can choose to use a stronger password and enable extra security features like two-factor authentication — but they aren’t required to do so. Device makers should flip that around, Cooper said. For example, they could turn on two-factor authentication by default and leave it up to consumers to turn it off if they don’t want it.”Companies should shift the way that they think about those things,” Cooper said, “so they’re not making stronger security so easy to avoid.”People can check if any of their passwords have been caught up in known data breaches using sites like Have I Been Pwned or Mozilla’s Firefox Monitor. Some websites will also flag your password for you if it’s been caught up in a breach, using a tool from the login company Okta. The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter.Special Reports: CNET’s in-depth features in one place. Tech Industry Comments Tags 5 Nest Google Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

first_img $289 News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? Tags Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Samsung Storage devices keep getting bigger and cheaper. Not physically bigger, mind you — they’re pretty much the same size as they’ve been for years, but they hold a lot more stuff. And cost less.Case in point: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon has the Samsung 256GB Evo Select microSD card for $39.99 — a savings of $15 and the lowest price ever.See it at AmazonIncidentally, you can also get the 128GB card for $20, a savings of $5. Just click that option once you get to the product page.What in the world would you do with this much storage? Cards like this can go into phones, tablets, cameras, security cameras, drones, game consoles (like the Nintendo Switch) and so on.Just take note that not every device supports cards of this capacity, so check the specs on yours before you buy.Samsung backs these with a 10-year warranty, and the 4.6-star review average from over 16,000 buyers means you’ll probably be happy with your purchase. 😉Get 35 educational PC games for $14Are we living in the post-PC era, at least when it comes to kids’ games? Phones, tablets, apps — that’s how youngsters have their fun nowadays, right?humble-humongous-entertainment-bundleBy the time your kids work their way through all 35 of these games, they’ll be happy geniuses. Humble Hold that thought. The Humble Humongous Entertainment Bundle offers 35 educational PC games for just $14, and a portion of your payment goes to charity. Combined value: $224.See it at HumbleThe titles here come mostly from Humongous’ Freddi Fish, Putt-Putt, Pajama Sam and Spy Fox series — all of which my kids loved, loved, loved when they were little.They’re all Windows-compatible, but many are Mac- and Linux-compatible as well. Upon purchase, you’ll receive license codes to redeem on the Steam platform.Sure, plunking your kid in front of the computer might not be as convenient as giving them a tablet. But consider this: While some of these games have made their way to app stores, they cost $5 apiece. For less than the price of three of those, you’re getting 35 titles.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Comments See It Storage Video Games Amazon See It Share your voice Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) Amazon Samsung Nintendo $299 See it $299 How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details 6 $299 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best Buy See It Walmart Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The Cheapskate Nintendo Switchlast_img read more

first_img2:33 3 Share your voice Boeing’s 737 Max 8 Boeing Boeing on Wednesday offered a glimpse at how work is progressing on its troubled 737 Max aircraft — and how much the plane’s problems are costing it. In its earnings report for the first quarter of the year, Boeing said it’s making “steady progress” toward earning certification for a software update designed to fix an issue that contributed to two deadly crashes, after which the 737 Max was grounded for commercial flights around the world. Since last month, Boeing has completed more than 135 test and production flights of the 737 Max, totaling more than 230 hours of air time, with that vital software update in place, the company said Wednesday. But the grounding and a production cutback have put a significant dent in Boeing’s finances. The company said Wednesday that a reduction in 737 deliveries contributed to a drop in first-quarter revenue for its commercial airplanes division, which came in at $11.8 billion, down 9% from $12.9 billion in the year-earlier period. Boeing indicated that overall the 737 Max troubles would cost it in excess of $1 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. The 737 Max line was grounded in March after Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing 157 people. In October, Lion Air flight 610 went down in the Java Sea, killing 189 people. Both crashes involved the 737 Max 8 aircraft. Boeing has said that a common link between the two crashes involved the erroneous activation of the aircraft’s MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) function, which is designed to counter the potential for the plane’s nose to pitch up during flight. The software update is intended to address flaws in that system. Last week, Boeing said the MCAS update had reached its final form. The company is also working on training programs to help pilots and others better understand the MCAS system and how to deal with it.Reuters reported Tuesday, citing unnamed sources, that Boeing expects the Federal Aviation Administration to approve its software fix in May and sees the 737 Max aircraft being ungrounded around the middle of July. Regulators haven’t yet released their official reports on the cause of the crashes. Boeing has paused deliveries of new 737 Max aircraft and has reduced the production of airplanes in that line from 52 per month to 42. “Across the company, we are focused on safety, returning the 737 MAX to service, and earning and re-earning the trust and confidence of customers, regulators and the flying public,” Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement Wednesday. In trading Wednesday afternoon, Boeing stock was fluctuating around the break-even point at about $374 per share. Originally posted at 7:44 a.m PT. Updates, 8:51 a.m.: Includes background on the crashes and the MCAS system; 11:54 a.m.: Adds Boeing stock price information, more details about the costs of the 737 Max problems and the company’s reported expectations for when the software fix will be approved. How United Airlines prepares a Boeing 777 between flights Tagscenter_img Boeing Comments Sci-Tech Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

first_img Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Google I/O: We break down the highlights and lowlights… Sarah Tew/CNET Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $59 at eBay Now playing: Watch this: Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $520 at HP Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Amazon JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 0 Tags Rylo $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Post a comment Read the Rylo camera preview 4:38 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Apple iPhone XS Software Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $210 at Best Buy Turo See it 0 $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review Angela Lang/CNET $60 at Best Buy null The Cheapskate Chris Monroe/CNET Best Buy What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Google will be giving more weight to the most recent reviews in determining app star ratings. Google As part of the Google I/O developer conference, the company on Wednesday announced changes coming to its Play Store, including beefed up security, better store listings and improvements on updating apps. One change in particular, having to do with how the store will calculate user reviews to give apps their star rating, could be a mixed bag for developers.On its developer blog, Google said it will adjust the app star rating to give more weight to the most recent reviews. This could help developers as it will favor ratings given to the most recent version of an app. However, if users flock to the Play Store and decide to give low ratings to an app, also called review bombing, it could really knock down a score. Google also said it will provide developers suggested replies to help them respond to users faster. The new ratings will go into effect in August for users, but developers can already log into their accounts to get a preview of how the re-calculated ratings look.  Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET See It $6 at Tidal See It Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Boost Mobile Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $299 at Amazon Sprint Read Google Home Hub review Share your voice Tags See It The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Share your voice See at Turo $999 Amazonlast_img read more

first_img Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Will she win… or booze? Disenchantment returns September 20. pic.twitter.com/8ZchIk96XP— Disenchantment (@disenchantment) May 16, 2019 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Apple iPhone XS Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $6 at Tidal Disenchantment, which made its debut in August 2018, follows the story of a princess named Bean (voiced by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson), as well as her personal demon Luci and an elf aptly named Elfo, in a medieval kingdom called Dreamland. As you might have gathered, the cartoon pokes fun at the fantasy genre, taking aim at a “throne room full of fantasy tropes,” CNET’s Richard Trenholm wrote in his review. Groening is also the creator of the The Simpsons and Futurama.  $210 at Best Buy 0 50 Photos Boost Mobile DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Comments Share your voice I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read the Rylo camera preview Tags Best Buy See it $520 at HP 7 Read Google Home Hub review Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It 2019 TV shows you can’t miss An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $60 at Best Buy Rylo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $299 at Amazon Tags Turo Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo See at Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 Disenchantment’s next chapter drops Sept. 20. Netflix The second installment of Matt Groening’s animated series Disenchantment comes to Netflix Sept. 20, the show’s Twitter account announced Thursday.The tweet poses the question, “Will she win … or booze?” referencing the main character’s partying habits. $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 Read the AirPods review Sarah Tew/CNET Post a comment $155 at Google Express Sprint Chris Monroe/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $59 at eBay Sarah Tew/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate See It Angela Lang/CNETlast_img read more

first_img Post a comment Sci-Tech The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 0 Other tech the company is showing off at Siggraph includes an AR headset that incorporates foveated rendering, a technique which prioritizes rendering quality for the parts of a scene you’re looking at to save processing power. It’s usually used for VR, which is less processing-intensive than AR, because it doesn’t have to worry about overlaying on the real world.And because the Apollo 11 anniversary is such a hot topic that people are creating butter sculptures of the crew, Nvidia’s highlighting its Omniverse platform to put attendees virtually on the moon using its AI pose estimation, a combination of motion capture, AI and its RTX ray-tracing technology. Tagscenter_img Though GauGAN’s output has some artifacts, like weird smearing where it doesn’t seem to be sure of the layering, it can perform advanced operations like adding reflections, that add a more realistic feel to the scenes. Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET Nvidia’s GauGAN — one of the company’s technology showcases at the graphics-research-focused Siggraph show this week — is one of the coolest uses for AI in graphics that I’ve seen in a while. Essentially, it lets you paint with smart fills and brushes that are based on real-world images. It starts with an image that it deconstructs into a segmentation map — a breakdown of the image by object types such as sky, grass, mountains and clouds — or you can start from scratch and scribble in the various regions yourself. Then it uses the GAN-based content to fill in each area with the appropriate type of artificially-generated images. You can also apply generated styles based off real paintings.It has the potential to be a huge timesaver for all sorts of designers.GauGAN, which debuted in March and has been publicly available on Nvidia’s web site for about a month, is just the latest in a series of Nvidia’s projects to showcase the company’s Generalized Adversarial Network-focused AI research, which include its StyleGAN-based deepfake generator and older face-aware fill-in.  Target Artificial intelligence (AI) Nvidia 62 Photos Share your voicelast_img read more

first_imgMax Cohen, head of Oculus’ AR/VR media product division, has left the company. Stephen Shankland/CNET Oculus has apparently lost its second major player in the course of just a week. Max Cohen, an early staffer and most recently the head of the Facebook-owned company’s AR/VR media product unit, has left the company, Variety reported Tuesday.Cohen started at the virtual reality startup in 2014, two years after its founding and the same year Facebook purchased Oculus for $3 billion. During his tenure, Cohen also led the company’s Gear VR program with Samsung and its development of its Oculus Go headset, according to his LinkedIn profile. His profile indicates he left Oculus this month, and it now lists his occupation as “explorer.”Cohen’s departure comes a week after Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell announced he was stepping down. Mitchell was the last Oculus co-founder still at Facebook.Virtual reality promises to transport goggle-wearing users to a computer-generated 3D environment, but widespread adoption has been elusive. Without a gotta-see-it experience compelling them to try the unfamiliar format, consumers have resisted pouring hundreds of dollars into a souped-up computer and a high-end headset like Facebook’s Oculus Rift. The Oculus team at Facebook has also grappled with a number of woes, including a lawsuit and executive turnover, as it tries to make VR more mainstream. Facebook bought Oculus because it envisions a future in which Facebookers will be able to share moments with their friends and family as if they’re all together in person. Facebook declined to comment. 0 Tags Share your voice Post a comment Tech Industry Oculus Virtual Reality Facebooklast_img read more