22 Jul

Apples HomePod sounds terrific – but the Siri Speaker has a big

first_imgSurprise: the HomePod may be Apple’s physical embodiment of Siri, but there Cupertino firm would really rather you think of the smart speaker as a music system first and foremost. Described as a blend of Sonos and Amazon Echo during the WWDC 2017 keynote, here Siri is really the gateway rather than the main event. Despite the small, squat barrel shape – which put me in the mind of the classic “Pop-Up Pirate” game, only stabbing it through with little plastic swords would probably void the warranty – the HomePod has volume and clarity in spades. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to run any of my own music through the three devices, but a short playlist hit their core talents – or underscored their weaknesses.SIA’s “The Greatest” put the trio through thumping bass which couldn’t be allowed to drown out the vocals; Nora Jones’ “Sunrise” switched things up, focusing instead on the vocals atop their acoustic background. Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” is a fiercely layered affair, distinctive vocals sandwiched with multiple instruments. Finally, Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA” cranked up the bass even further, shot through with sparkling high-hats.SEE ALSO: Apple HomePod release date and detailsEven away from the hubbub of the demo floor, it’s far from the auditioning room environment you’d need to truly sample the HomePod. Still, there are some clear takeaways. For all Amazon’s boasts, the Echo sounds tinny and hollow in comparison to its more music-centric rivals. Bass lacks a true thump, while the top-end can get hissy and weak.In contrast, the PLAY:3 sounds rich and warm, but there’s a clear sweet-spot at which its delivers its best. Step away from that forward-facing cone and the strength ebbs away noticeably. In the bass-heavy “DNA” it lacked punch: not for nothing does Sonos recommend its wireless SUB.Consider me pleasantly surprised by the HomePod, then. With a wider soundstage than the PLAY:3 there’s no apparent sweet-spot. Instead, as I walked around the room, there was no real difference in how the music sounded. The rich layers of “Superstition” were even more impressive. It’s a cliché to suggest that each musician and singer felt individually placed in the space, but Apple’s speaker certainly gets closer to that than you’d expect even for a $349 device.The magic, Apple says, is in the automatic calibration. Plug the HomePod in and it runs through a configuration test, playing a series of tones and then, by listening to them back, figuring out where the walls are and how to adjust its various speakers and EQ to get the best possible playback. If you place HomePod in the center of a room rather than against the wall or on a bookshelf, meanwhile, you’ll get full, 360-degree consistent sound all around it.Add a second speaker, and the two will automatically configure themselves for stereo. Nobody is saying whether you’ll be able to have more than two per zone – unlike, say, Sonos where you can group as many speakers as you like – but even with just a pair, the Eagle’s “Hotel California” had presence that belied the HomePod’s scale.Like the AirPods, I suspect the HomePod will divide opinion like certain Apple products seem destined to from launch. On the one hand, it’s clearly designed to appeal to the Apple faithful. The tight integration of Apple Music and Siri’s new freeform interactions for discovering music should make for a simple transmission from your iPhone to your HomePod.On the flip-side, however, there’s not much here for you if you’re not already within the Apple ecosystem. Apple Music may be baked in, but that’s your lot: if you’re a Spotify subscriber, or if you use Pandora, or indeed any of the various other competing streaming music services out there, you’re out of luck. Amazon Prime Video may be coming to Apple TV, but I wouldn’t hold your breath for Amazon Prime Music to land on HomePod any time soon.There is, of course, time for Apple to tweak what HomePod offers. Indeed, there are plenty of lingering questions. Nobody can tell me what happens if you have an Apple Music family plan, whether you’ll be able to switch between them though the HomePod. Similarly, it’s unclear if Siri will be a single identity shared by every user in the home, or if the agent will recognize who is talking and tailor the results to suit the audience.I was unable to try the new, music-specific Siri controls, meanwhile, and indeed wasn’t in a position to ask the Apple agent anything, whether simple search questions or HomeKit commands. Siri’s reputation among the various smart assistants isn’t, frankly, the best; Apple touched upon its improvements in the WWDC keynote, but only time will tell if the polish translates day to day.Those questions will have to wait until later in the year. Apple HomePod launches in December, with an individual speaker priced at $349. Story TimelineApple’s Siri speaker to be an audiophile-pleasing smart home hubWatchOS 4 detailed: Siri, new Watchfaces, NFC expandsiOS 11 Siri update: new voice, translation abilities, and on-device learningApple HomePod speaker release date and detailsSiri Speaker up close: this is Apple HomePodcenter_img I had the opportunity to audition HomePod alongside the same two devices Apple contrasted the Siri speaker with on-stage during the keynote. On the one hand, there’s one of the kings of streaming speakers, the Sonos PLAY:3. Cheaper, at $299, than the HomePod, its been around for some years now, and made itself a mainstay of the modern connected home. However, at least until Sonos’ deal with Amazon to add Alexa control, it lacks any sort of intelligence.That intelligence is something Amazon’s Echo has in spades. The tall, cylindrical smart-speaker is even cheaper than the PLAY:3, and like Apple with the HomePod, Amazon promises 360-degree music to go with the circular footprint. Problem is, while it’s certainly one of the better-sounding smart-speakers on the market, that doesn’t necessarily mean it can live up to a dedicated music system.last_img read more

22 Jul

Wacom Pro Pen 3D just appeared with an extra dimension of control

first_imgThis Pro Pen 3D works with a a slightly thinner grip than the Pro Pen 2. This differentiates the overall look of the pen at the same time as it improves the grip for all users – this, part of Wacom’s never-ending quest to perfect the smart pen for creative digital applications. Having used the original Pro Pen for our Wacom Cintiq 27 QHD Touch Review, I’ll be surprised if they’re able to improve any further – two generations back they were already making one of the most comfortable professional digital pens I’ve ever used!This Wacom Pro Pen 3D works with an additional button, too. With 3 application-specific customizable pen buttons, the user has access to two switches on one toggle as well as a single separate button. This pen comes in any color you want, so long as it’s black, and it comes with a pen carrying case.Included in the box is the Wacom Pro Pen 3D itself, a Pen Case with 4 standard & 2 felt nibs and nib removal tool, 4 Color Rings in holder,and the usual paperwork. That includes a quick start guide and a warranty sheet. This pen will be available immediately if not soon for around $100 (or $99.95) through Wacom online. The Wacom Pro Pen 3D is quite similar to the professional digital pen Wacom Pro Pen 2. Both have 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity and a sensitive pen tip, as well as the ability to customize all settings and functions at will. The big differences sit in the third button and the slightly modified industrial design of the Pro Pen 3D. The Wacom Pro Pen 3D was revealed today for use with 3D creative applications on Wacom drawing tablets. This digital pen is made for use with the Wacom MobileStudio Pro, Cintiq Pro or the 2017 Intuos Pro pen tablet. While this pen may look similar to past pens released by Wacom, this model includes one feature addition “frequently requested by creative professionals working in industrial design, game design, animation, virtual and augmented reality, and 2D and 3D art.”last_img read more

22 Jul

What Samsungs new superchip reveals of the Galaxy S9

first_imgSamsung has a new Exynos processor, and it’s already triggering some serious interest as to what this new silicon could mean for the upcoming Galaxy S9. Announced yesterday, in advance of CES 2018, the new Exynos 9810 is the latest in Samsung’s flagship 9 Series range, packing a 2.9 GHz customized CPU and taking advantage of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies. Story TimelineGalaxy S9 pre-release specs and rumors updateGalaxy S9, S9+ makes a surprise appearance at FCCGalaxy S9 January production has some huge changesGalaxy S9 leak reveals Samsung’s final design While you might think it’s strange for people to get so excited about a chipset, there’s good reason for it. The Exynos 9810 is expected to make its debut in the Samsung Galaxy S9, one of 2018’s most hotly-anticipated Android smartphones. That said, there are a few predictions we can make about the Galaxy S9, based on what Samsung has told us about its brand new chipset.The Galaxy S9 will take on Apple’s face detection head-onIf you can intuit just one Galaxy S9 feature that Samsung is likely to focus on from the Exynos 9810’s talents, it’s likely to be how the smartphone uses face detection. We’ve already seen Apple’s take on that on the iPhone X, using the TrueDepth camera to not only unlock the smartphone with Face ID, but track real-time facial movements for Animojis and more. Now, Samsung looks to be doing something similar. The new chipset has support for depth sensing, for instance, and can scan a user’s face in 3D for hybrid face detection. That could be used for security, Samsung suggests, but also for entertainment. Paired with neural network-based deep learning, for example, it could unlock faster image searching, so that your friends are more easily picked out of the photos and videos you take. Samsung already has two face-related security systems that it uses on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8. On the one hand, there’s iris scanning, which is more secure but takes a little longer to operate. On the other hand, facial recognition is much faster, but nowhere near as secure: indeed, it can be fooled with a still photo of the user. Expect, therefore, Samsung to offer some hybrid of the two on the Galaxy S9. That could mean a security system using facial mapping that’s as secure as iris scanning – or, indeed, Apple’s Face ID – but as swift and convenient as regular facial recognition. And, unlike Apple’s decision to retire Touch ID altogether on the iPhone X, the Galaxy S9 is expected to still have a fingerprint scanner for those who prefer that.The Galaxy S9 will be much, much fasterEach new generation of chips obviously brings faster CPU cores. In the case of the Exynos 9810, that means an octacore chipset, with four performance cores running at up to 2.9 GHz. In contrast, the Galaxy S8’s Exynos 8895 performance cores maxed out at 2.3 GHz. Samsung is promising a 40-percent performance improvement over last year’s flagship.However there’s wireless speed improvement, too, and that’s arguably just as important in our cloud-dependent world. The Exynos 9810 has a new LTE modem with 1.2 Gbps Cat.18 support, 6x carrier aggregation versus the 5x on the Exynos 8895, and 4×4 MIMO / 256-QAM. Obviously you’ll need the right network to actually support those technologies, but with Apple taking the decision to not activate LTE Advanced in the iPhone X, it could make the Galaxy S9 significantly faster online.The Galaxy S9 will have much better video supportVideo performance on a modern smartphone comes down to more than just how many megapixels the sensor offers. Even though pre-announcement leaks suggest the Galaxy S9’s camera might not be too different, on paper at least, from the Galaxy Note 8, its new processor could be the wildcard. That could have a big difference when it comes to the video you actually capture. The Exynos 9810, for instance, has a dedicated image processing and multi-format codec. Samsung is promising better digital stabilization at up to Ultra HD (UHD) resolution, which suggests the Galaxy S9’s video will be smoother and less jerky. It’ll also capture video at up to 120 fps in UHD resolution: the Galaxy S8 can only do UHD at 30 fps, or 1080p at 60 fps. It may well be the colors which are most impressive, though. You may think that all video colors captured are created equal, but the Exynos introduces 10-bit HEVC (high efficiency video coding) along with VP9 support. That means 1,024 different tones for red, green, and blue each. In contrast, the Galaxy S8 supported 8-bit color: Samsung says that with a switch to 10-bit HEVC and VP9 there are 64 times the color possibilities. Wrap-upOf course, what’s interesting about the Samsung Galaxy S9 is that it’s not expected to use Samsung’s own chipset in every country. As in previous years, the phone-maker is likely to split its devices, some using the new Exynos 9810 and others using the latest SoC from Qualcomm. That’ll be the Snapdragon 845, which was officially announced last month. Indeed, if past evidence is anything to go by, the version of the Galaxy S9 that buyers in the US will get will have the Snapdragon 845 inside. Those buying international devices will get an Exynos instead. Despite all that, the two share a common maker: Qualcomm has partnered with Samsung to actually have its Snapdragon chips manufactured on the South Korean company’s 10nm lines. Expect some significant overlap in abilities, therefore, between the Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810, since anything the Galaxy S9 can do on one it’ll need to effectively replicate on the other. We’ll know all the details when Samsung officially reveals the new chipset at CES 2018 next week. The Samsung Galaxy S9, meanwhile, is expected to be unveiled in the next few months. last_img read more

22 Jul

NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Jetson AGX Xavier dev kits roll out

first_imgJapan is often seen as the land of robots and hi-tech machines, be it real-world ones or products of fiction. In the near future, the boundaries between those two might start to blur. Especially if NVIDIA keeps on pushing its flavor of AI to Japanese companies. At GTC in Japan, the graphics hardware maker dumped a lot of AI-related news, including the global availability of its new AI development kits for robots and, of course, self-driving cars. Don’t think giant fighting robots just yet, though those are most likely in Japan’s future. For now, NVIDIA’s Jetson AGX Xavier is earmarked to help industrial robots, like those stereotypical robot arms, to be more than just one-trick ponies. To be specific, NVIDIA envisions a future where such robots can be easily reprogrammed for new functions or, better yet, learn on their own.The NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier includes a module boasting of 32 TOPs or trillion operations per second and can work with as little as 10 watts of power. Japanese companies like Yamaha are already lining up to put the palm-sized computer to the test, while other interested parties will have to fork over $2,499 for a kit.The most popular, or hyped, application of AI, next to smart assistants, is in self-driving cars. Naturally, NVIDIA has one of its hands in that cookie jar as well. The DRIVE AGX Xavier is its latest platform for that exact field and it’s also making available a kit for car makers and car AI developers to build their systems on.AdChoices广告In addition to the car computer, camera sensor, and other accessories, the DRIVE AGX Xavier dev kit also runs the NVIDIA DRIVE Software version 1.0. This first release includes deep neural networks for all kinds of car perception, from DriveNet’s object detection to LaneNet’s lane marking identification to OpenRoadNet’s detection of free driving space. The kits will be available on October 1 though no price has been given yet.last_img read more

22 Jul

Google Pixel Slate Chrome OS tablet might dual boot Windows 10

Story TimelineChromebook Campfire could make or break Chrome OS with Windows 10Chromebooks dual-booting Windows 10 is a terrible idea It is not the first Pixel tablet, that would be the Android-based Pixel C, nor is it the first Chrome OS tablet, a title that belongs to the Acer Chromebook Tab 10. It would be, however, the first Google-made Pixel tablet that runs Chrome OS. In other words, the first Google Chrome OS tablet.But more than just a design novelty, the Pixel Slate, a.k.a. “Nocturne”, could also be the first one to dual boot Windows 10. This recent analysis by 9to5Google adds to clues we’ve also seen before. The Pixel Slate might also be the only Chromebook to officially do so, since Windows 10 certification might not come easy.This feature could be a double-edged sword. It could make the Pixel Slate more appealing, being able to run four operating systems on one device: Chrome OS, Android, Linux, and Windows 10. It could, however, also backfire, making users less inclined to use Chrome OS and the others since they have access to Windows 10 anyway.AdChoices广告There’s no telling if the feature will even be available from day one anyway. It could come at a later date, like Android and Linux support. There is a certain sense of irony that Google would now be working on dual booting Chrome OS and Windows when it never official gave Android its blessing back when the likes of Samsung and ASUS were pushing for it. While majority of the interest for Google’s event next week naturally revolves around the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, the event will most likely go beyond that. There’s the already leaked Google Home Hub and the recently leaked new Chromecast. And then there’s the Google Pixel Slate, the Chromebook believed to be internally called “Nocturne”. This tablet-like device is going to be a lot of firsts for Google, including the first time it concedes space with another and rivaling operating system. read more

22 Jul

Mercedes is making Google Home your cars PA

first_imgYour connected car will soon chatter with your smart home, with Mercedes-Benz announcing it plans to be the first automaker to integrate its vehicles with Google Home. The functionality was revealed at the Mercedes innovation center in California’s Silicon Valley, and will see your car personified in the form of a companion virtual assistant alongside Google’s own. Although the full demo is being saved for the automaker’s CES 2017 showcase, it gave SlashGear a preview of the technology. Story TimelineA smart assistant in the dash will make your next Mercedes a self-parking officeMercedes Generation EQ interior UX first impressions2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet Review: Interstellar luxury It takes advantage of the connected car technology Mercedes has been building in its recent models. Each vehicle has its own cellular data connection, with which it can pull down traffic data, the latest navigation information, and integrate with existing IoT functionality such as Nest’s thermostat. However, the Google Home system goes even further.After triggering it with “Ok Google,” the phrase “Let me talk to my Mercedes” loads the car-specific assistant. That has a slightly different voice to Google’s Assistant, but more importantly it recognizes a number of vehicle-specific requests. For instance, you can ask “is my car locked?” and, after a moments processing, Google Home will report back on the security status. It’s also possible to ask for the current mileage, and when the next service is due. Perhaps more useful day-to-day, you can use Google Home to send an address to the car, which will be waiting for you when you next get in.It’s part of Mercedes-Benz’s overall vision of the car evolving into an artificial intelligence. That began in earnest back at CES 2013, when the automaker demonstrated its adaptive infotainment system which, rather than expecting users to go digging through menus for their pick of settings for navigation, music, and HVAC, would use AI to predict what might be the likely requests. The top three possibilities would be served up on the central display.Although it seems straightforward, there was a fair amount of technology going on in the background to figure out those three options. The AI uses time of day, location, number of occupants, weather conditions, and historic patterns to formulate its predictions: the suggested destination and radio station would be different, say, if you were on the school run compared to commuting home from work. In fact, with regular use of the car, Mercedes’ R&D team claim the system could achieve 90-percent accuracy in just two weeks, recognizing not only where home and work are, but tracking favorite restaurants, gas stations, clubs, and more. In short, the German automaker aims to turn the car into a digital companion, not just a method of transportation. Later, Mercedes built on one strand of its AI dashboard concept with Apple Watch integration, offering door-to-door navigation that started with pedestrian directions to the car, handed over the journey to the in-dash system, and then back to the smartwatch for the last mile. After a positive response, Mercedes cranked up the prediction factor: the Companion App could push a likely destination to the dashboard so that, once you’ve started the engine and buckled up, all you need do is agree to it to begin the route planning. When it’s released sometime in 2017, Mercedes’ Google Home integration won’t be quite as far-reaching as some of the company’s longer-term ambitions. While Mercedes plans to show a concept video at CES in which the AI assistant follows from connected home to car and back again, there won’t initially be support for a “Prepare my Mercedes” instruction that causes the car to autonomously drive itself out of the garage, and neither will there be a Google Assistant in the dashboard, at least for the moment. Indeed, the automaker tells me it isn’t looking to enable piecemeal instructions – “start the coffee” or “release the Roomba” for example – from the vehicle, even through simplified voice commands.Instead, it’s about the smart car and the smart home communicating with two key pieces of information: when you’re leaving home, and when you’re arriving. An automatic ten minute warning that you’re returning, for instance, is enough forewarning that your lights should turn on, your thermostat kick in, and your favorite music be playing. While Mercedes is demonstrating this with Google Home, it’s not to say fans of other virtual assistants will be locked out of the garage. The automaker tells me it’s trying to work with all of the common platforms, including things like Amazon’s Alexa, though the fundamental rule remains the same no matter the system. The car is a trusted companion rather than a gateway to monetizing its users, and their needs – not sponsored results for nearby restaurants, or SiriusXM stations looking to buy new listeners – come first. NOW READ: How Iron Man tech makes better Mercedes dashboards“Most of these things are based on trust, when you start with machine learning,” Kal Mos, VP of connected car, UI, and telematics at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, explains. “Unless you have a trust in the machine, you will not let it happen.” Instead, the car company hopes to build brand loyalty the old-fashioned way, despite the futuristic abilities: by understanding its drivers and shaping itself to them, rather than demanding the opposite. last_img read more

22 Jul

When is the next Steam Sale the Summer Sale 2019 is now

first_imgBlack Friday Black Friday News Deals Here at Trusted Reviews, we understand two key things: Steam sales are one of the best ways to bolster your library, and it can be difficult to keep track of when they’re going on. So, we’ve made an essential guide of when you should expect the next Steam Sale and when a sale is on, as is the case with the current Steam Summer Sale 2019, we’ll bring you some of the must-have deals so that you don’t miss out. What’s not to love?Steam sales take place throughout the year, and offer up some of the best-in-class PC gaming deals. Now, as Steam feels the pressure from Epic’s Game Store and other digital marketplaces, expect these deals to get even better.While Valve rarely releases details of its Steam Sales in advance, we keep track of all of the latest rumours and news to make sure you’re kept up to date about when and where to spend all your money.When is the next Steam Sale? 2019 dates and timesSteam’s summer blowout is now live and it will run through until July 9.Related: Best Gaming PCIt’s better to get your fill now, because after this there likely won’t be another suitable sale until Halloween, so look at some of the deals below and get a big handful of those games, why don’t you?Steam Summer Sale 2019 — What are the best deals?Here’s our pick of some of the best games you can get in Steam’s 2019 Summer Sale. If any of these take your fancy, move quick, the sale ends on July 9.Ape Out – £7.69 (30% off)You’re an APE. You want to get OUT. Simple but effective, this one offers up stylish simian ultraviolence, and it’s one of the better indie action games of the last few months.Football Manager 2019 – £12.91 (66% off)Football manager is probably one of the best strategy titles in existence, with a level of simulation around the beautiful game that is perhaps obscene. If you skip this one because you don’t like Football, that’s a major own goal, it’s a unique story-generating machine like no other.Related: Best PS4 dealsResident Evil 2 – £29.69 (34% off)Quite simply the best horror game released this year. There are several pretenders, but this is a perfect example of how remakes should be handled, and a zombie game that makes its zombies feel terrifying.Total War: Warhammer II – £19.99 (50% off)Wouldn’t Total War be fun if instead of Samurai or medieval knights, it was lizardmen, elves and vampires giving each other a good shivving? That’s the basic premise of Total War: Warhammer and this sequel is brilliant. Bonus deal – the original is only £9.99 a the moment, also going for 50 percent off.Yakuza 0 – £7.49 (50% off)Yakuza 0 is the best Yakuza game, and by extension, probably one of the better open-world crime games. It’s not GTA, it doesn’t feel a thing like Saints Row, and it has a tone all of its own. This lets you explore an 80’s era Tokyo, and we can’t recommend it enough.Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – £24.99 (50% off)Do yourself a favour and play this one as Kassandra. Using Kassandra, stab, sneak and stalk your way around ancient Greece, in the pinnacle of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. While there’s DLC available, this game should last a casual player until Christmas, there’s rafts of things to see and do.Surviving Mars – £9.99 (50% off)One of Paradox’s less successful strategy games, Surviving Mars is still a Paradox title, and Surviving Mars has you building a Mars colony. Paradox’s after-launch support is some of the best in the business, so there’s plenty more content still to come, and although keeping humans alive on Mars isn’t easy, this will keep you coming back for more.What are you looking to buy in the next Steam sale? Let us know on Twitter, we’re here at @TrustedReviews, and we’re hoping for Resident Evil 2 sales in the next sale.   Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tell us what you think. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy.center_img This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time.last_img read more

22 Jul

Did You Know You Can Share Your Prime Membership in time for

first_img This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Add another Amazon account to your Amazon Household and a family member or friend can reap the benefits of your Prime membership.Amazon Prime Day 2019 is getting started this coming Monday, with incredible discounts set to be taken off a number of gadgets you’ll want to get your hands on.Exclusive to Prime members only (hence the name), there may be some individuals out there who haven’t dropped the cash on the £79 annual fee. Worst still, they may have exhausted their 30-day free trial before the Prime Day festivities could truly begin. But with Amazon Household there’s an answer and it means non-Prime members can get that amazing offer they’re after, and then some.Each Amazon Prime member is able to family two adults, both with their own separate Amazon accounts, ideal for non-significant others (who seem to share everything). Add another family member or friend and you can also add up to four children to their account — but don’t worry, kids don’t have the ability to shop.Account holders will receive all the perks of a Prime membership including speedy one-day delivery, access to deals early (as well as the massive Prime Day sale) and Prime wardrobe. Giving you the opportunity to legitimately try before you buy, Prime Wardrobe gives customers a week to decide whether they want to keep any garments ordered or send them back before the actual payment is taken.So why add children to your Amazon Prime account? Prime members also benefit from a huge library of extra online content with both Prime Video and Prime Reading thrown into the standard membership. Able to share apps, e-books and more, Amazon Household comes with all the usual parental controls to ensure your kids are seeing only the content that is appropriate to them, with huge libraries on offer with a number of TV shows and movies on Prime Video, and books on Prime Reading.Not ready to drop serious cash on a Prime membership? Amazon Household might just be the answer, giving membership holders the ability to share all their Prime benefits with another person.For more amazing offers, follow us @TrustedDealsUKWe may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. That’s why we want to make sure you’re well-informed and happy with your purchase, so that you’ll continue to rely on us for your buying advice needs. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorcenter_img Amazon Prime Day Deals We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy.last_img read more

22 Jul

Oppo Reno Z has some of the best Galaxy S10 features for

first_img This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Oppo has launched a budget version of its Reno 10x Zoom flagship, and it packs some of the best features of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 flagship.The new mid-range contender features many premium features including an in-screen fingerprint scanner and a high-resolution AMOLED display – two of the big features of the Galaxy S10. But it is set to retail for just AU$499 (~£280), making it a tempting prospect for bargain hunters. Does it offer enough features to knock the Google Pixel 3a off its perch?Related: Best PhonesThe screen looks to be one of the most impressive areas of the new device. Measuring 6.4 inches across, this AMOLED boasts a high resolution of 1080 x 2340, and supports HDR10. The battery is large, coming in at 4035MAh and compatible with Oppo’s super speedy VOOC fast-charge technology. The processor is a MediaTek P90, a big downgrade from the Snapdragon 855 of the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, but it still offers 6GB RAM, and 128GB storage for the base model.There’s a dual rear camera, comprised of a 48-megapixel main lens and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. Unlike it’s big brother, this device will not offer 10x zoom. The selfie camera boasts an impressive 32-megapixel resolution, and it’s housed in a dewdrop notch.Related: Best Camera PhonesAnother rival to the Oppo Reno Z is Google’s Pixel 3a. So how does that stack up compared to the Pixel 3a? Oppo has its work cut out if they want to compete with the cameras. The Pixel 3a features the same photography hardware as the Pixel 3, and the result is a stunning snapper that puts some flagships to shame. Aside from the camera, the Pixel 3a has a Snapdragon 670 chip, 4GB of RAM, and a 5.6-inch OLED screen.The Reno Z could give the Pixel 3a a run for its money, but you’ll just have to wait for our full in-depth review to see if the two can really go toe-to-toe. There’s no word yet as to the release date of the Oppo Reno Z in the UK. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend. We use industry standard tests to evaluate products in order to assess them properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. Trusted Reviews may get a commission if you buy through our links. Tell us what you think. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy.last_img read more

21 Jul

Watch Faraday Future FF91 Spin The Dyno

Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 17, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } 1st pre-production #FF91. Done. #FaradayFuture . . . . .#Car #EV #ElectricCar #Wheel #Tire #TorqueA post shared by 科技人 IVAN (@ivanwondrous) on Aug 28, 2018 at 10:29am PDT Faraday Future Confirms $2 Billion In New Funding Basic specs of the FF 91:0-60 mph in 2.39 secondsall-wheel drive, 3 electric motors (1,050 hp)130 kWh battery for more than 300 miles of range30-minute charge replenish 200+ miles of range Watch Faraday Future FF91 Conduct High Speed Tests Source: Electric Vehicle News Faraday Future FF91 on its way to productionOne of the pre-production Faraday Future FF91s was caught at a dyno, but that’s all we can tell you at this point, as no figures were published.Faraday Future promises to begin deliveries within several months, by the end of this year. The low-volume production process seems to be almost ready as the first pre-production car was assembled in August.Faraday Future news View this post on Instagram Faraday Future Establishes HQ In China read more

21 Jul

MAN Reveals CitE Electric Truck Concept

Electric MAN eTGE 4.140 Van Debuts At IAA MAN CitE is a new kind of truck.One of the stars of MAN Truck & Bus at the 2018 IAA is the MAN CitE, an all-electric concept truck from the future, that breaks with the previous design of city trucks, as well as with the old-school design time frame (it was developed in just 18 months, instead of five years).The MAN CitE is designed for last-mile delivery tasks in city centers – this is why it’s low-entry, with all kinds of safety features and cameras for the surrounding environment. We also like the look of the truck, which is very modern.“Due to the fact that delivery drivers in urban areas can enter and exit their vehicles up to 30 times a day, the CitE has an unusually low entry height and especially wide doors; the co-driver’s door opens at the press of a button. The cockpit is ergonomic perfection, affording the driver an excellent panoramic view due to a low seat position and large side windows.Additionally, the CitE employs a 360-degree camera system to provide the greatest possible level of safety and to eliminate dangerous blind spots.” Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 22, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Cummins Reveals PowerDrive Plug-In Hybrid System Source: Electric Vehicle News The range of MAN CitE doesn’t need to be high – it’s just 100 km (62 miles), although when such vehicles enter the market at some point in the future (hopefully), it could be higher (batteries are getting more energy dense right?).MAN CitE.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Press release:Lion electrifies: MAN CitE sets the benchmark in delivery of the CityAt the IAA 2018, MAN Truck & Bus is presenting the MAN CitE that has been designed specifically for city cargo traffic. The 15 ton vehicle is characterised by its ergonomic design with very low access, continuous level driver cab floor and easy accessibility. The low sitting position, generous glass surfaces as well as assisting cameras also provide an all-around safe view of the surrounding traffic situations for the driver and passenger. The new electric truck concept that was created in only 18 months sets the benchmark in work place ergonomics, safety and sustainability in city distribution transport.MAN will be showing the newly developed city truck at the IAA 2018Electric truck MAN CitE sets benchmarks in work place ergonomics, safety and sustainabilityMAN has developed the completely new CitE concept in only 18 monthsWith regard to the topics of traffic and life quality, cities facing increasing challenges. Until 2050, urban population will increase by 50 percent world wide. This growth means, in particular, more and more delivery and disposal traffic, noise, congestion and emissions. The result is more strict laws and guidelines. The providers of transport services must adopt their work processes to this and, at the same time, take account of the increasing demand for transport. How will goods be transported to the businesses in the city despite stricter noise and emission restrictions? How can accidents and collision damage be avoided in city traffic that is increasing in density. What can make the daily work of the driver easier when they have to get in and out of their vehicle dozens of times during their tour? With the CitE, MAN presents a distribution vehicle that is an answer to this.MAN CitE: Focus on ergonomicsThe entry on the drivers side is particularly easy and comortable on the 350 mm low step. Thanks to the level drivers cab floor slightly pulled in, the driver can take place on the seat and then swing their legs in. The completely level drivers cab floor provides maximum freedom of movement in the cab. The driver has a free passage to the passenger side. Here, with its large swivel sliding door that is opened electrically, CitE provides especially when parking in the second row the best working conditions.It opens over the complete width and height of the doorway. The co-driver’s seat folds up automatically and provides additional space for the passage. In this way, the driver can get in and out standing upright and without effort, without having to hold on to anything. This is an indispensable benefit for many deliver addresses per tour. When opening, the sliding door also only needs a little space to the side. This also allows unloading in narrow parking places or when stopping in second lines without any problems.The CitE is also a master of ergonomics when travelling. All displays around the driver’s workplace are in the direct field of vision. The display has been designed fully digital for the optimum visualisation of all information for the driver. The switches arranged logically according to how frequently they are used are easily reached from a normal sitting position, as well as the cup holder and stowage trays.The shelves in the immediate vicinity of the driver’s workplace are numerous more. This includes a holder in the middle area, behind which a cool box or a drinks box can be safely stowed. Behind this, on the back wall, the driver has a spacious storage available. On both wheel arches, the driver finds shelves, e.g. for a bag. A cup holder is conveniently located directly on the driver’s seat. Further down, a clipboard with shipping papers can be safely stowed. Above the driver there is also a large roof shelf with an open pulled-around compartment above the door. Another large shelf in the dashboard extends to the passenger side. Shipping documents also find a safe place directly on the dashboard. In the lower part of the door panel is a large bowl integrated, which can also accommodate 2 bottles (up to 1.5 liters of PET bottle). Above the door handle is an additional small open shelf. So that the driver can find his way easily even at night, the cabin is optimally illuminated for work. These include the cabin lighting as well as lighting for the shelves. A universal tablet / smartphone holder in the dashboard is available within the immediate sight and reach of the driver. This makes it possible to integrate a customized tablet or smartphone into the driver’s workstation in such a way that the logistical and goods flow-oriented processes are optimally integrated into the workflow. Detached from the vehicle, the device can be operated in the customer’s own network. USB charging sockets are provided immediately next to the holder. Thus, customer-related functions for the fleet, such as a digital delivery note, are optimally integrated into the workflow.The air conditioning of the CitE is designed for the particular requirements in city delivery traffic. The driver gets in and out many times per tour and is always on the move. The doors are opened frequently. Heat escapes in winter and cooling requirement increases in summer – this means an undesired loss of energy for an electric vehicle. For this purpose, the air conditioning concept of the MAN CitE applies a reduced cab air conditioning and instead of that, contact heat or ventilation through the driver’s seat. In the summer months, the heat and sweat is transported away by the ventilation, in the winter months, the immediate heat is pleasant through the seat and relieves the musculoskeletal system. When the weather is cold, an additional steering wheel heating warms the drivers hands.MAN CitE: All-round safetyWith a city delivery vehicle, safety means, in particular, unrestricted view over the surrounding traffic and other road users. Direct eye contact with cyclists and pedestrians is particularly important for the driver in order to assess situations correctly, e.g. when making turns. MAN has considered this criterion consequently with the design of the CitE. The very low window surfaces all-round provide the driver with a maximum direct view to the outside. Thanks to the low sitting position, they have a viewing contact with pedestrians or cyclists at eye level. To provide them with a free view over the traffic light systems and signs mounted high, the windscreen field of vision is high on the passenger side. As the view to the front and sides is not only important in dense urban traffic, but also what is happening around the vehicle, the driver in the CitE 18 is also provided with a 360 degree birds-eye view camera system. A panoramic view from the birds-eye view around the entire vehicle is shown on the large central display of the integrated entertainment and navigation system. Pedestrians or cyclists as well as other obstacles such as parked vehicles and thus when driving slowly and manoeuvring, are always in the view of the driver. Being an effective measure against accidents that are caused by blind spots, the CitE is also equipped with a new mirror replacement system. In doing so, camera on both sides of the vehicle provide live images on two displays installed in the field of vision of the driver and thus reduce the blind spots. At a glance, the driver can assess the complete situation that would otherwise require a rear-view, wide angle and kerb mirror. Depending on the daylight, the camera technology used permits a high-resolution representation of the surroundings so that the driver has a better view at night and with variable light conditions. Moreover, the limitations are reduced compared with a mirror, e.g. fogging up, dirt or being blinded by the sun. This increases safety additionally and, at the same time, reduces the probability of collision damage and thus repair costs.MAN CitE: Fully-electric through the cityMAN has consequently designed the CitE as electrically driven city delivery vehicle. As the diesel drive train with a combustion engine over the front axle is no longer required, this permits the design of a low-floor vehicle with very low floor and maximum freedom of movement for the driver in the cab. The drive of the CitE is taken over by a centrally arranged electric motor from the eMobility module of MAN. The lithium ion batteries are located under the vehicle frame and enable a range of at least 100 kilometres – sufficient for a day tour in city delivery traffic. The chassis is completely cladded which increases safety for other road users additionally. Moreover, this guarantees a better protection of the batteries in event of an accident. The clear goal of the CitE was, despite its individual concept with standard superstructures, that it could still be equipped with conventional constructions. Basically, the CitE can therefore be considered for all superstructure applications typical for city delivery traffic; the main focus however, is the dry freight bodies for the distribution of products and goods to small businesses. The MAN CitE is also equipped with special design tyres from Continental. The tyre study Conti e.MotionPro matched specifically to the layout of the CitE is equipped with a specially manufactured tread and with its distinctive blue stripes on the side wall and blue groove bottom on the tread, fits perfectly to the design of the CitE.MAN CitE: Impossible made possible!Being a vehicle concept, the MAN CitE is not only a completely new approach with many innovative ideas that deviate from the conventional vehicles. With its creation, the developers even took completely new paths. As at the beginning, it looked like the project requirements could not be implemented. A completely newly developed drivable electric truck that is consequently designed for the requirements of city distribution traffic should be developed in less than two years – normally a project that takes five years, from the first sketches to revealing the finished vehicle. It was quickly clear to the development team that this is only possible with innovative approaches of the work organisation. They found the solution in the software development sector, with their comparatively short product development cycles. In doing so, agile work methods were the key to control complicated projects flexibly, keep the bureaucratic effort as low as possible and to build up less flexible rules. A cross-functional team was drafted on this basis that, with the agile scrum method, organised their work flexibly and dynamically. Reviews with project participants at regular intervals accelerated the decision processes significantly. Using this agile approach, the MAN CitE could thus be implemented in a period of only 18 months and finally presented ready to drive at the IAA 2018. This success is the exceptional performance of a highly motivated team that, with the MAN CitE, have set new benchmarks for safety, work place ergonomics and sustainability in city distribution traffic. MAN will initially present the CitE to the public at the IAA 2018. With respective positive response and queries, the production of further vehicles on the basis of the MAN CitE is a possible option. See Also Mercedes-Benz Delivers First 10 eActros Electric Trucks read more

21 Jul

China Amazes With 180000 PlugIn Electric Car Sales In December

first_img BYD Sold Record 37,000 Electric Cars In December 2018 More sales reports Almost 4.6% Of Geely Car Sales In 2018 Were Plug-Ins In 2018 sales of plug-in electric cars in China increased roughly 83% to around 1,102,375 at average 4.2% market share (twice higher than in 2017).It’s noticeable that sales in China were last year higher than global sales of 1 million in 2017. That’s how quick the market and particularly China is moving forward.The top-selling models for the year are:BAIC EC-Series – 90,637BYD Qin PHEV – 47,424JAC iEV S/E – 46,586BYD e5 – 46,213Chery eQ – 39,374The best foreign model (and brand) was BMW 530e iPerformance, which noted 13,493 sales. It seems that the Nissan LEAF derivative – the Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission noted 5,520 sales including 2,110 in December.BYD remains the biggest player in China for the 5th consecutive year, with 20% of the market, followed by BAIC with 15% share. Tesla’s share is estimated at 1%.Plug-in electric car sales in China – December 2018Source: EV Sales Blog NIO Sold Record 3,318 ES8 Electric SUVs In Decembercenter_img December didn’t disappoint expectations. It was tremendous.While the overall car market in China shrunk in December by significant 16% year-over-year, the plug-in electric car market is booming, reaching a level not even close to what we have seen before.According to EV Sales Blog, last month closed with 181,385 plug-in car sales, which is 70% more than a year ago and new all-time record – around 40,000 higher than the previous record in November! December was also the fourth straight month with a new sales record.The market share went through the roof and seems to be 8%!The best selling models for the month were:BAIC EU-Series – 12,561BAIC EC-Series – 8,407BYD e5 – 8,234BYD Yuan BEV – 8,021BAIC EX-Series – 6,844 Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 23, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

21 Jul

Teslas SelfDriving system is coming by the end of the year but

first_imgSource: Charge Forward Over the past few months, Elon Musk has been saying that Tesla is aiming to release its self-driving system by the end of 2019, but now the CEO adds that it will require driver oversight. more…The post Tesla’s Self-Driving system is coming by the end of the year but will require driver oversight, says Elon Musk appeared first on Electrek.last_img

21 Jul

University of Georgia orders twenty electric buses

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicles Magazine The University of Georgia has ordered 20 Proterra Catalyst E2 buses. A $10-million grant awarded to the university by Georgia’s State Road and Tollway Authority made the purchase possible.The Catalyst E2 features two electric motors, 510 horsepower and 24.6 MPGe.Catalyst buses have previously been ordered by Florida State University, University of Montana, Duke University and Alabama A&M University.“Colleges and universities across the country are experiencing the financial and environmental benefits of deploying electric buses, which offer a smart solution for clean and quiet campus transportation,” said Proterra CEO Ryan Popple. “By deploying zero-emission buses, the University of Georgia will make a big impact in reaching its sustainability goals, reducing its carbon footprint and increasing alternative transportation on campus.”Source: Proterralast_img read more

21 Jul

Tesla to demonstrate Autopilot Hardware 3 capabilities

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicles Magazine Tesla’s long-awaited Autopilot Hardware 3 computer is on the production line and on its way to a street near you. “Tesla is making significant progress in the development of its autonomous driving software and hardware, including our FSD computer, which is currently in production and which will enable full-self driving via future over-the-air software updates,” said the California carmaker.It’s unclear when Full Self-Driving will be available in production vehicles, but Elon Musk said last week that the company plans to retrofit cars with the new HW3 computer, and has predicted that the system will be operational by the end of the year. Tesla owners who bought the Full Self-Driving software package will receive the upgrade for free.Tesla will demonstrate the new capabilities at its Palo Alto headquarters for a select audience of investors later this month. “Investors will be able to take test-drives to experience our Autopilot software first-hand, including features and functionality that are under active development. Investors will also hear directly from Elon Musk, as well as VP of Engineering, Stuart Bowers, VP of Hardware Engineering, Pete Bannon, and Sr. Director of AI, Andrej Karpathy.”The event, which will be webcast, could prove to be an autonomy milestone – it sounds like Tesla is planning to publicly demonstrate a couple of new features for the first time. Musk has hinted that the system will be able to recognize traffic lights and stop signs, and to drive autonomously on city streets.Sources: Tesla, Electrek, Teslaratilast_img read more

21 Jul

Fiat Chrysler partners with Enel X ENGIE in Europe on EV charging

first_imgSource: Charge Forward Fiat Chrysler (FCA) announced a new partnership today with Enel X and ENGIE to offer EV charging solutions in Europe and increase research into tech which would lower the ownership costs of electrified vehicles. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post Fiat Chrysler partners with Enel X, ENGIE in Europe on EV charging and research appeared first on Electrek.last_img read more

21 Jul

QA With Talmage Boston Author of Raising the Bar

first_img Remember me Password Username The book profiles history’s most perseverant, passionate lawyers (Abraham Lincoln, Leon Jaworski and James A. Baker, III) and argues that these lawyers-turned-government officials set the examples of qualities that today’s attorneys need to possess daily to transform the public mindset of the profession. It also devotes a section to one of the most beloved fictional characters, Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, and deconstructs his non-fictional roots that made him one of America’s icons . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content.center_img Lost your password? Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img read more