BSO to host career fair in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a career fair in Fort Lauderdale, Saturday morning.The event is scheduled to take place at the BSO Public Safety Building, located at 2601 W. Broward Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Officials said positions are available in law enforcement, detention and fire rescue as well as civilian positions in administration, 911 dispatch and child protective investigations. We are excited to show you just how much the Broward Sheriff’s Office has to offer! pic.twitter.com/mgFz1u71RI— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) April 21, 2017Applicants must be at least 19 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, be a U.S. citizen and have no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions, involving perjury or false statements.For more information about the career fair, click here. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Surveillance captures man stealing iPhone from Weston gas station

first_imgWESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – Police are searching for a man who stole an iPhone from a Weston gas station.Surveillance video shows the theft at a Weston gas station, Dec. 28. A trucker could be seen swiping an iPhone 6S left behind by a previous customer.The theft took place at an Exxon gas station located near Indian Trace and State Road 84.The subject has a distinctive tattoo on his left forearm. He was also driving a white trailer with no markings on the sides.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Police search for missing Miami woman

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who went missing in Miami.Miami-Dade Police said 51-year-old Marritte Duroscar was last seen along the 1400 block of Northeast 163rd Street on Sunday.She was wearing a black tank top and a black and white floral skirt boarding a transit bus to Broward County.Officials said she suffers from an intellectual disorder and may be in need of services. Duroscar stands 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds, has black eyes and braided hair. Officials urge anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the Miami-Dade Police Department at 305-715-3300 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img #MISSING: Marritte Duroscar, 51 years old, was last seen in the 1400 Block of NE 163 Street. Please note, Marritte Duroscar suffers from an intellectual disorder and may be in need of services. If seen, please call @CrimeStopper305 at (305) 471-8477. pic.twitter.com/HKm3VDISjU— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) August 12, 2019last_img read more

Budgeting in a Down Economy

first_imgFrom reforecastings and bankruptcy filings to foldings and restructurings, there’s no argument that the magazine industry has been feeling, and will continue to feel, the effects of the ailing economy. As we move deeper into the second quarter, publishers are beginning to consider their budgets for 2009, and how best to account for the economy and the shift toward digital.Topeka, Kansas-based Ogden Publications began its 2009 budgeting process in April. “We have traditionally referred to our process as forecasting rather than budgeting, to promote the notion that we can make strategic changes in direction at any time regardless of the budget period,” publisher and editorial director Bryan Welch tells FOLIO:.At Ogden—which publishes several self-sufficiency and rural lifestyle titles including Mother Earth News, Utne Reader and Natural Home—a team of 14 executive and mid- level managers are involved in the forecasting process, and they plan to make several adjustments for rising costs in print. “We’ve been relatively successful in marketing print subscriptions online, and in order to cope with the combination of increasing costs and weak advertising revenues, we have trimmed back direct-mail subscription promotions,” says Welch. “We think we can maintain a modest rate of growth in circulation by training our attention on digital sources.”Tom Larranaga, publisher of Lebhar-Friedman’s Nation’s Restaurant News magazine, says that he and his team will be “realistic and conservative” in their projections, investing mostly in people and events. “Today, the market is contracting and the amount and quality of competition is greater,” he says. “If our goal is to be number one in the business we compete then further investment is required.” The Digital ShiftLike a number of other publishers, Rockaway, New Jersey-based Business Media this spring announced that it was cutting several print jobs in an effort to consolidate and build out its e-media team by 20 positions. Last year, the company employed 23 digital staffers and, today, it has 40 and expects to fill13 more positions before the end of June.“We are budgeting print to be slightly down year over year,” explains CEO Rich Reiff. “We have a new magazine—Tool & Technology, which launched in February—that will do about $1 million in print its first full year. Considering that revenue, our print revenue is budgeted to be flat. Our digital plan calls for growth of 44 percent year over year.”Josh Dunn, president of Tacoma, Washington-based regional publisher Premiere Media Group, says his digital budget has increased slowly over the last few years (10 percent in 2007, 15 percent in 2008 and 17 percent in 2009) but that print is still his “bread and butter.” American Express Publishing’s Food + Wine magazine has seen increases in its digital budgets, says publisher Christina Grdovic, but the magazine is creating integrated deals that include print and digital. At Ogden, digital is a “relatively young facet” of its business, accounting for about 15 percent of revenues this year and perhaps 20 percent in 2009, Welch says.Staying FlexibleAfter spending months hammering out the details of the coming year’s budget, there’s nothing like a first quarter loss to impact a company’s performance over the rest of the year. Leaving some wiggle room financially, and taking stock periodically, are the best ways to make sure your 2009 remains on track.Larranaga’s team at the Nation’s Restaurant News has a monthly budget reworking process he calls LTYE (latest total year estimates). “Contingency plans are developed and rolled out to keep us on plan,” he says. “My business manager is my right-hand man who keeps me smart, honest and on the best possible track.”Overall, the sooner you begin the budgeting process, the better, Reiff says. “Start early, require a plan of business to include a content and revenue strategy, involve many and, most importantly, ask for a commitment from everyone to do their respective job well with a goal to be better than the competition.”last_img read more

Capitalizing on Customized ECommerce Models

first_imgE-commerce models have proven themselves to be an effective way to help publishers forge new revenue streams. Deciding which commerce type best suits your particular brand is the difficult part. Here, Sara O’Connor, executive vice president of consumer marketing for The Week and noted speaker at Folio: and min‘s MediaMashup event on April 3 in New York City, explains what prompted the company’s move toward its e-commerce model, how they encourage brand loyalty and the trend she will be following in 2014.Folio: The Week‘s retail site was launched in fall 2013. What was the opportunity there that prompted you to believe e-commerce made sense to explore?O’Connor: We [have] another magazine called Mental Floss that we purchased in April 2011 and they had already been running an e-commerce business with their audience and we had everything in place. What was really great about Mental Floss is that they had this very engaged audience who trusted the brand, who really loved what we did, who were looking for us to recommend products and give them ideas for gifts to buy. The Week has a similar type of audience, if not even more engaged, and we’ve been really successful actually selling gift subscriptions and our digital stuff and being able to up-sell other products. We thought this would be a great fit. We already had over 500,000 people who love us [and] over 6 million unique users on our Website. We know that they trust us and feel we would have something to offer them and so that’s why we decided to explore [the idea]. We already had the infrastructure in place so, it was easy to add on to the Mental Floss store. If your brand’s looking to put media innovation to work, register now for FOLIO: and min’s MediaMashup event on April 3 in New York City here. Folio: People can buy quirky tees and fun theme gifts all around the Internet. How do you encourage consumer loyalty? O’Connor: That has a lot to do with who were are as a brand and the trust that people have in us and what we have to offer. We’re not trying to compete with Amazon. Our audience is already sharing all of the content we have with each other. They are looking to buy products from us because they want to buy products from us. For example, during the holidays The Week sold more books than I could possibly ever imagine us ever being able to sell. You could find these books on Amazon, but we’re introducing books and products that [customers] can’t really find on their own. We are curating [information] for them just like we do with the magazine. They value The Week or the Mental Floss stores more than they value Amazon endorsing this stuff because they already trust us.We know they’re going to be interested because the editors are the ones picking the products. We don’t have a group of product buyers who are going out there and trying to guess what the trends are going to be. That’s why it’s an easy sell to them and why they love to come back to us because they’re always interested in the next thing that we’re going to find that speaks to them.Folio: What’s an emerging media trend in 2014 that you’re keeping a close eye on?O’Connor: I don’t necessarily think it’s an emerging trend, but I do see a lot of people trying to use content to sell their products. We do that in a way that’s true to our brand. When we’re thinking about offering content with our products, we’re actually thinking about how to make our products sound more fun. That’s a trend I’m seeing a lot, especially as publishers and people who have this content are trying to sell stuff. We’re never going to sell products that don’t make sense for our brand and if we’re going to supply content, it’s going to be about the brand.last_img read more

Watch Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper In A Star Is Born Trailer

first_imgNews Watch: Lady Gaga In ‘A Star Is Born’ Trailer watch-lady-gaga-and-bradley-cooper-star-born-trailer Gaga and Cooper shine in the first glimpse at their new remake of the 1937 classic Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 7, 2018 – 7:37 am The impending release of A Star Is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga has film buffs and music fans alike buzzing with anticipation. Now, the official trailer for the film has arrived, teasing Cooper and Gaga’s on screen dynamic for the first time.Cooper, who also directed the film, plays road-worn country singer Jackson Maine. He discovers an unknown singer named Ally (Gaga) as she’s just about to give up on her dream of making it big as a star. The duo fall in love off-stage as Maine revives Ally’s passion for the spotlight on stage, but as her career surges, their relationship can’t escape the pitfalls of stardom.The film marks Gaga’s first leading role on the silver screen, and the trailer shows the GRAMMY-winning megastar in a new light. In the wake of the trailer’s release, her loyal fans, the Little Monsters, took to Twitter to find inventive ways of expressing their excitement, including an elated retweet from GRAMMY nominee Katy Perry.  https://twitter.com/ladygaga/status/1004397799121698816 Twitter Email Facebook Watch: Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper In ‘A Star Is Born’ Trailer The cast of Cooper’s remake also features GRAMMY winner Dave Chappelle, plus seasoned actors Sam Elliott and Andrew Dice Clay. The original 1937 film starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. Two other remakes have been executed since, including the 1954 version starring GRAMMY winner Judy Garland and James Mason, and the 1976 version starring GRAMMY Winners Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. The 1976 film was a blockbuster, earning $80 million at the U.S. box office and yielding soundtrack that held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for six weeks.Gaga and Cooper co-wrote a number of the movie’s original songs, and she also worked with Lukas Nelson, and GRAMMY winners Jason Isbell, Dave Cobb and Mark Ronson to craft songs for the film. Gaga reportedly insisted that the material be recorded live on set.The newest version of A Star Is Born hits theatres October 5.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

PHOTOS Wilmington Sons Of Italy Hosts Opera Concert At Wilmington Library

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — On Friday, October 26, 2018, the Wilmington Memorial Library hosted Marshall Ames Richards, better known as the Boston Opera Guy, for an after-hours concert.Richards sang an array of art songs, sacred music, and opera arias in Italian, French, German, Latin, and English, to a sold-out crowd.The concert marked the conclusion of an entire month of Italian-themed programming at the library. The lineup was sponsored by the Wilmington Sons of Italy in recognition of Italian Heritage Month.Below are photos from the concert, courtesy of Sons of Italy member Lennie Malvone: Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTOS: Wilmington Sons Of Italy Hosts Author Stephen Puleo To Full House At Wilmington LibraryIn “Photo of the Day”PHOTOS: Wilmington Sons Of Italy Hosts Chef Liz Barbour For Italian Cooking Presentation At Wilmington LibraryIn “Photo of the Day”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Library’s Fall Adult Events BrochureIn “Community”last_img read more

VIDEO Watch Wilmingtons 2018 Year In Review

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In 2018, Wilmington Community Television produced more than 520 unique pieces of content, from Selectmen and School Committee Meetings to Veterans & Memorial Day Ceremonies, from school events like WHS Graduation, Scholarship Night and Promenade to happenings at the Library, Senior Center and Town Museum.WCTV recently put together a brief year-in-review, highlighting some of the station’s best event coverage from 2018.Watch the 12-minute video below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: You Can Now Livestream WCTV On Your RokuIn “Videos”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”WCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”last_img read more

PHOTO Wilmington Sons Of Italy Supports WHS Band Parents Trivia Night

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Sons of Italy Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge recently attended the Wilmington High School Band Parents and Friends Trivia Night event on April 5, 2019 to support the Band Parents and the youth of the Wilmington Band program.Back Row (Left to Right): John Romano (SOI President), Barbara Sica (Band Parents), Doreen Dawson (Band Parents), Andrea DeSario (Band Parents), Steve Sica (Band Parents President), Kevin Caira ( SOI Roncalli Board of Directors President), Joe Martell ( Sons of Italy)Middle Row (Left to Right): Lynne Martle (Sons of Italy), Diane Garrity (Sons of Italy), Cheryl Caira (Sons of Italy), Walter Palino (Sons of Italy), Julie Sbraccia-Manos (Sons of Italy),Seated (Left to Right): Janet Mosey (Sons of Italy), Laura Caira (SOI Lodge Founder), Michele Caira Nortonen(NOTE: The above announcement & photo are from the Wilmington Sons of Italy.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Band Parents & Wilmington Sons Of Italy’s Comedy Night A Huge SuccessIn “Community”POSTPONED: Wilmington Flea Market Rescheduled From September 7 To October 19 Due To Expected StormIn “Community”COMING SOON: Wilmington Sons of Italy & WHS Band Parents To Hold Huge Yard Sale On September 7In “Community”last_img read more

Wilmington To Receive 768000 From State In Chapter 90 Funding For Road Repairs

first_imgBOSTOn, MA — On Friday, Governor Charlie Baker signed H.69, An act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges, which authorizes $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds to support all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.Wilmington, as a result, will be receiving $768,000 in Chapter 90 funds for Fiscal Year 2020, an increase of more than $6,000 from the current year. This amount is based on a formula involving the community’s number of road miles (95.5 miles), population based on the 2010 U.S. Census (22,325), and number of people who work in town (21,370).“Chapter 90 funding provides cities and towns with critical resources to carry out important projects like highway construction and road paving to improve local infrastructure in communities across Massachusetts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We thank the Legislature for working with our administration to pass this bill and continue our support for local officials this construction season.”“Investing in local infrastructure helps improve travel for residents and connect them to economic opportunities,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Providing consistent Chapter 90 funding is one of the many ways in which our administration continues to serve as a reliable partner to all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth.”“Chapter 90 funding is a critically important program that provides flexibility to cities and towns to prioritize important local projects,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan. “We are pleased to continue to support these infrastructure investments through our Administration’s capital investment plan.”“As the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth report pointed out, transportation needs, challenges and solutions vary across the state, so it is appropriate that communities have Chapter 90 funds to use on their specific priorities,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “That is also why the Administration’s additional transportation funding programs are so vital, such as the Municipal Small Bridge Program, Complete Streets Funding Program and Safe Routes to School.”Chapter 90 reimburses cities and towns for costs incurred for eligible transportation projects. Cities and towns must submit receipts to the MassDOT Highway Division district in which they are located which verifies that the expenditures qualify for reimbursement under Chapter 90. The Highway Districts in turn submit these receipts to the Department of Transportation’s Fiscal Department which facilitates the reimbursements to cities and towns.(NOTE: The above modified press release is from Governor Charlie Baker’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBaker Signs Legislation Investing in Transportation InfrastructureIn “Government”Governor Baker Proclaims This Week As ‘Hurricane Preparedness Week’In “Government”Governor Charlie Baker Visits Shawsheen Tech, School Receives $125,000 GrantIn “Education”last_img read more

Vast fatberg found in sewer and the photos are a complete horror

first_img 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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice $999 $210 at Best Buy 0 See it 10 Photos $155 at Google Express 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. 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. 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). See It Welcome to sewer hell.  South West Water The fatberg menace continues to haunt the UK. South West Water, which services an area in southern England, discovered a fatberg clogging up the sewers in Devon, and it’s a whopper. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. 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. Tags $999 Read the Rylo camera preview $6 at Tidal Chris Monroe/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) When fatbergs attack Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Random,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 Read DJI Osmo Action preview $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express It will take a sewer team about eight weeks to remove the massive fatberg using high-pressure jets, shovels and pickaxes.In case you’re not grossed out enough already, you can tour the horrifying lump in 360 degrees on Facebook. Want more? The Museum of London offers a live video feed of a chunk of fatberg to feed your nightmares. 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. Sarah Tew/CNET 7 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Wacky science images from the Getty (pictures) $60 at Best Buy $999 Turo Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNET Tags Rylo TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice Sprint Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Google Home Hub review See at Turo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See at Amazon Amazon The Cheapskate Best Buy 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. Sarah Tew/CNET The 210-foot (64 meter) fatberg is part of a modern problem where old sewer systems get packed full of congealed lumps of cooking oil, diapers, wipes and grease. London unveiled a particularly epic fatberg in 2017. The monstrous masses have to be physically removed from their lairs.”Fortunately, the fatberg has had no impact on Sidmouth’s excellent bathing water quality and has been discovered in good time,” South West Water reported Tuesday.. The utility reminded customers to only flush the “3Ps”: pee, paper and poo. See It $999 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 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. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Apple iPhone XS Post a comment Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Help name this disgusting 140-ton sewer fatberg Putrid fatberg is museum’s ‘most disgusting display ever’ See It Comments Read the AirPods review Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $520 at HP 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.last_img read more

Google goes to Oscars 2019 with a new Google Assistant commercial

first_img Tags Well this is cute.Just in time for Oscars 2019, Google has released a new commercial/video/thing, oh god I’m not even sure what to call it, but it’s pretty funny. It’s going to be aired during the Oscars. Just watch it.Opening with HAL 9000 from Space Odyssey was high risk/low reward, but I think they pulled it off.The ad mixes footage of Google Assistant and popular movies to sort of create an alternative universe where actually, Google fixes everyone’s problems. The pod bay doors do open, Google does show Cuba Gooding Jr. the money.Very clever.Also, the Oscars are just about to kick off. Here how to watch and here are our predictions. Culture TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: Oscars 2019 Google 1center_img Share your voice 4:15 Oscars 2019: How to write the perfect best picture speech… Commentlast_img read more

Sonys new Xperia 1 flagship phone needed to be so much more

first_img Review • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: An elite phone with the looks to match MWC 2019: All the phones and gadgets we cared about Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Mentioned Above Huawei Mate 20 Pro Comments $1,016 Now playing: Watch this: Preview • Huawei Mate 20 Pro is outrageously innovative Xperia 1 specs 6.5-inch 4K OLED HDR displayThree rear cameras (16mm, 26mm, 52mm all at 12-megapixels)8-megapixel front-facing cameraIP68 water resistanceNo headphone jackSnapdragon 855 processor6GB RAM3,330-mAh battery128GB storageAndroid 9 Pie Xperia 10 Plus specs 6.5-inch displayDual rear camera3,000-mAh batterySnapdragon 636 processor4GB RAM Xperia 10 specs 6-inch displayDual rear camera2,870-mAh battery Snapdragon 630 processor3GB RAM CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone Sony’s Xperia 1 packs a big screen but little else Sarah Tew/CNET With the glossy Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and powerhouse Huawei Mate 20 Pro on offer, the competition in the flagship phone arena has never been more fierce. Time then, you’d have thought, for Sony to pull something really special out of the bag with its latest launch. But the Xperia 1 is, at best, entirely forgettable. It’s the screen that leads this year’s flagship. It’s a huge 6.5-inch affair with a 21:9 aspect ratio. The display has a 4K resolution, and uses OLED and HDR technology to make colours look vibrant. Sony’s screens have always impressed, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this supersized display compares to those on the Galaxy S9 Plus and Huawei Mate 20 Pro. 1:46 Sony’s newest 4K Xperia 1 phone aims to wow on cameras… reading • Sony’s new Xperia 1 flagship phone needed to be so much more Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phonecenter_img Tags Share your voice May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared 16 Photos 28 Photos Huawei Mate 20 Pro • See All See it Mobile World Congress 2019 Huawei Samsung Sony Camera-wise, you’ll find three lenses on the back, a standard zoom, a telephoto zoom and a super-wide angle lens — much the same setup as you’ll get on the S10 Plus and Mate 20 Pro. But Sony’s mobile team has apparently been chatting up the company’s other divisions, as the cameras have been made under the supervision of Sony’s pro camera team. As such, you can apparently expect great colour accuracy and creative cinema modes. 05-sony-xperia-1 Sarah Tew/CNET It’s not a huge physical departure from other recent Xperias, which were already looking tired. And beyond the display and potential camera skills, there’s not much to get excited about. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the side — no in-screen technology at play here — and there’s 6GB of RAM on board, half as much as the 12GB you’ll find on Samsung’s top ceramic flagship. The Xperia 1 is joined by a pair of midrange offerings in the form of the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus. These are 6-inch and 6.5-inch (respectively) phones, both of which pack dual rear cameras and 21:9 displays. There’s no pricing available for the phones yet but we expect to hear more in the coming weeks. Mobile World Congress 2019 Phones 9last_img read more

The 10 best vacuums to use for kitchen cleanup

first_img Most kitchens have hard floors, whether it’s wood, tile, or linoleum, so you need a vacuum that does well on these types of surfaces. Luckily, there’s the Spiffy Maid Bagless Broom Vacuum from Fuller Brush, which will blow you away with its ability to pick up dirt, dust, hair, and more off hard floors. Reviewers say it has amazing suction and is incredibly lightweight and easy to use. Notable Amazon customer review: “This is the perfect lightweight vacuum, electric broom, whatever you want to call it. I have a Dyson and it’s a great vacuum but it does not work well on tile floors. Others may disagree but mine have little grooves in the detailing and it just didn’t do the job. This Fuller product is awesome, it picks up EVERYTHING in it’s [sic] path.” Post a comment Tags $98 at Amazon Already have a vacuum that you like? You might not want to spend too much on a supplementary cleaning tool, and in this case, the Black+Decker Handheld Vacuum is the perfect fit. It costs less than $30, and it’s the ideal compact tool for cleaning up spills around the house. It even comes with a brush and crevice tool to help you get into the little nooks and crannies in your kitchen. Notable Amazon customer review: “I feel so silly for not purchasing this sooner!!! I have two toddlers that throw crumbs and food everywhere at every meal time. It was such a pain having to pull out the big vacuum after every meal time because my toddlers would always get in the way or try to play with the cord, so I just needed something small and cordless that would pick up the crumbs quickly and this does exactly what it was intended to!” Dyson Shark This little vacuum is absolutely perfect for kitchen cleanup. The Shark Wandvac weighs just one pound, and it comes with a convenient docking station that you could put under your sink or even on the counter. It may be small, but it delivers powerful suction to pick up both big and small debris, and then you can empty it with the push of a button.  Notable Amazon customer review: “Initially, I scoffed at the idea of spending $100 on a souped-up dustbuster, but as long as this unit lasts, it is worth it. I love the fact that this is super light and has excellent suction. I love the attachments. I love the super easy charging station, and that it only needs 2.5 hours to fully charge. I love the easy dump one button dirt canister. This hand vac literally has many, many uses around the house.” 6. A lightweight vacuum that excels on hard floors: Fuller Brush Spiffy Maid Bagless Broom Vacuum Cleaner $179 at Walmart $224 at Amazon Fuller Brush Co. If your family is always tracking dirt through the kitchen, you can keep the floors looking pristine with the help of a robotic mop. Despite sounding really fancy, the iRobot Braava isn’t at the highest end of the price spectrum. It can do wet and damp mopping, as well as dry sweeping. It acts just like a robot vacuum, navigating around obstacles and getting into corners — your kitchen floor will be cleaner than ever before!Notable Amazon customer review: “I don’t normally fall in love with an object so quickly (or any objects for that matter), but Mr. Cleanie (aka my iRobot Braava) is the best thing I’ve ever bought. He is like having a new pet that cleans up. We have vinyl wood floors and he glides over them, goes around table legs, goes underneath beds, couches and dressers. Best thing I’ve done for helping me around the house in the longest time. I wish I hadn’t waited so long.” 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 Shark Navigator is a top-rated canister vacuum among reviewers thanks to its light weight, HEPA filter, powerful suction, and lift-away canister. Its many features make it a versatile cleaning tool, and if you’re in the market for a new vacuum to use in the kitchen and beyond, this product should definitely be on your short list. Notable Amazon customer review: “This Shark is a very powerful, compact, and maneuverable vacuum! It pulls more crud out of my carpets than any other vacuum I’ve ever used. The rotating beater bar pulls the unit through even very plush carpets with ease — very similar to the feel of a self-propelled mower.” 4. A super affordable handheld vacuum: Black + Decker Handheld Vacuum 2Ah 3. A robotic mop to keep your floors immaculate: iRobot Braava Jet 240 Robot Mop 5. A wet-dry vacuum for hard floors and carpets: Bissell CrossWave Floor and Carpet Cleaner with Wet-Dry Vacuum Miele $699 at Amazon Kitchen messes happen, whether it’s a spilled bowl of cereal, dropped bag of flour, or broken plate. These little disasters are inevitable, and while you could just use a dustpan and broom to sweep them up, you can make the task a lot faster and easier with the help of a top-rated vacuum. There are a variety of vacuums available today that are perfect for kitchen messes — some are compact enough to store under the sink, while others can tackle both wet and dry spills at the same time. No matter your needs, one of the following vacuums, all of which get top marks from Amazon reviewers, is sure to be a welcome addition to your kitchen. Read: Roomba gets an upgrade and a new floor mopping sidekick(While these vacuums are loved by many, no product is perfect, so make sure you take a look at some of the negative reviews as well to see what potential problems you might run into.)Disclosure: CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. $270 at Walmart $126 at Amazon If you’re tired of using vacuums with mediocre suction, it might be time to upgrade to a high-end model like the Miele Electro+ Canister Vacuum, which is one of the best overall vacuums available today. It has adjustable suction control, a five-height carpet brush head, a specialized hard floor head, a HEPA filter, and more. Yes, the price is up there, but if you’re ready to retire your old vacuum and upgrade to a new one that you can use all around the house, this product is worth the investment. Notable Amazon customer review: “It is amazing — my carpets have never been so clean! I actually like vacuuming now, and it’s so quiet, the cat doesn’t freak out and hide when I turn it on. If you are on the fence, like I was, get it! You won’t regret it.” Share your voice Bissell 8. A unique v-shaped vacuum for hard floors: Bissell Hard Floor Expert Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner Eufy Modern robot vacuums models are incredibly efficient and much more affordable than they used to be. In particular, people love the budget-friendly eufy BoostIQ RoboVac, which has a short 2.85-inch height that allows it to clean underneath most furniture, including couches and coffee tables. It can run for up to 100 minutes per charge, and it will keep your kitchen floor spotless without you having to move a muscle. Notable Amazon customer review: “I don’t consider my house clean unless the floors are spotless. With 2 dogs and 2 cats (one of whom sheds enough to knit a sweater each year), my house rarely meets my own unattainable standards. Eufy gets me close.” iRobot Appliances Black and Decker Bissell CrossWave Floor and Carpet Cleaner with Wet-Dry Vacuum $55 at Walmart 0 Shark This vacuum might look a little funky at first glance, but the V-shaped brush head is actually pretty smart. The Bissell Hard Floor Expert Stick Vacuum uses its unique shape to trap debris in its path, and it makes it easier to clean in crevices and around furniture. However, as you may have guessed by its name, this vacuum is designed for use on hard floors — great for the kitchen, but maybe not so much for other areas of the house. Notable Amazon customer review: “This thing sucks up every last dang thing on your floor.” When it comes to cordless vacuums, no one can really compete with Dyson. The Dyson V10 Absolute has it all — up to an hour of run time, a wide variety of attachments, a wall-mounted docking station, and more. It’s lightweight and powerful, making it ideal for cleaning up small messes, and its soft roller head will pick up even the finest particles off of your kitchen floor. Notable Amazon customer review: “The V10 Absolute doesn’t disappoint. While it’s weird to get used to holding this tiny piece of machinery, it really does an amazing job. I vacuumed with my Dyson floor vacuum first and then with the V10, it was incredible how much dog fur it still picked up! I was pretty grossed out to be honest, to think I lived in this atmosphere for this long ‘thinking’ it was clean is nuts!” 10. One of the best overall vacuums you can buy: Miele Electro+ Canister Vacuum 7. A slim robotic vacuum to clean under furniture: Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S $140 at Amazon 9. A powerful vacuum with a lift-away canister: Shark Navigator Upright Vacuum with Lift-Away Handheld HEPA Filter This post was written by Camryn Rabideau. $500 at Walmart Where has this vacuum been all our lives?! With the Bissell CrossWave, you can mop up wet messes and suck up debris at the same time — ideal for cleaning up cereal spills and other kitchen mishaps. You can use it on tile, hardwood, carpet, linoleum, and more, and the best part it that it’s surprisingly compact and easy to stash in the closet, unlike many other carpet cleaners. Notable Amazon customer review: “My Crosswave just arrived today and I was on my way out but decided to stay home as I was excited to try it out. We have a large area consisting mostly of wood but have some tile and marble areas. What a breeze it was not having to use different cleaning products and mops and I could just go right through the house on different surfaces without even vacuuming.” $29 at Walmart 1. One of the best cordless vacuums out there: Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Bissell 2. A compact hand vacuum to store under the sink: Shark Wandvac Handheld Vacuumlast_img read more

Marvels Avengers video game details leak ahead of E3

first_img2:58 Now playing: Watch this: Top 5 things Avengers: Endgame sets up for the future 1 Share your voice Tags The announcement of the MCU-based game will be livestreamed on Square Enix’s site. The Avengers video game was first announced in January 2017, with Crystal Dynamics and Deus Ex studio Eidos Montreal attached to the project, according to CNET sister site GameSpot. “They say the time of heroes is over. That if you’re ‘different,’ you’re dangerous. But I know the truth. The world will always need heroes. We just need to reassemble,” said the narration in the original teaser trailer. The teaser showed damaged gear — Thor’s hammer, Iron Man’s hand and Captain America’s shield — with the tagline “reassemble.” “The Avengers project is being designed for gamers worldwide and will be packed with all the characters, environments and iconic moments that have thrilled longtime fans of the franchise,” a Square Enix press release said at the time. “Featuring a completely original story, it will introduce a universe gamers can play in for years to come.” Originally published May 29, 12:37 p.m. PT.   Update, May 30: Adds information on leaks. center_img Revelations are coming. Marvel Marvel’s Avengers video game will be detailed at E3 next week, but background has leaked already. Ahead of the E3 showcase, a description of the Avengers video game was leaked via the E3 Coliseum website, including that the game will have co-op and solo play options.  The leaked details have since been removed from the E3 site, but according to PC Gamer the description of the E3 unveiling of the game said: “This is the defining Avengers gaming experience: an epic action-adventure that combines cinematic storytelling with continuous single-player and co-operative gameplay. “Assemble in teams up to four players, master extraordinary abilities, customize your heroes to fit your playstyle and combine powers to defend an ever-expanding world under constant threat.”  The game’s showcase description has now been reduced to: “Join Crystal Dynamics and Marvel Games for a Panel about Marvel’s The Avengers.”  The long-awaited Avengers Project is scheduled to be unveiled June 10 at 6 p.m. PT during a presentation at the show by Japanese game developer Square Enix, Marvel tweeted Wednesday. Comment Marvel Thor Captain America Iron Man The Avengers Culture Gaming Video Games Comics Tune into Square Enix Live E3 2019 for the worldwide reveal of “Marvel’s Avengers”! 🗓️ The event begins June 10th at 6pm PT: https://t.co/uJmah4JLc6 #SquareEnixE3 #Reassemble #PlayAvengers pic.twitter.com/QSbf28PrLg— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) May 29, 2019last_img read more

QLED or OLED We compare the two best TV technologies

first_img 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. Tags 86 18 Photos 2:18 Share your voice LG C9 OLED TV has the best picture quality ever What is quantum dot? Quantum dots are microscopic molecules that, when hit by light, emit their own, differently colored light. In QLED TVs, the dots are contained in a film, and the light that hits them is provided by an LED backlight. That light then travels though a few other layers inside the TV, including a liquid crystal (LCD) layer, to create the picture. The light from the LED source is transmitted through the layers to the screen’s surface, which is why we say it’s “transmissive.” lg-display-booth-ces-2017-1495-001.jpgA look at the “sandwich” of layers in an LCD TV, where an LED backlight shines through a quantum dot layer (among others) and on to the LCD panel itself. Josh Miller/CNET Samsung has been using quantum dots to augment its LCD TVs since 2015, and debuted the QLED TV branding in 2017. Samsung says those quantum dots have evolved over time — that color and light output have improved, for example. In my experience however, improvements caused by better quantum dots are much less evident than those caused by other image quality factors (see below).Other TV makers also use quantum dots in LCD TVs, including TCL and Vizio, but don’t call them QLED TVs. An OLED TV is not an LCD TV at all LCD is the dominant technology in flat-panel TVs and has been for a long time. It’s cheaper than OLED, especially in larger sizes, and numerous panel makers worldwide, including LG itself, can manufacture it. LG OLEDC8P seriesOLED TVs don’t need LED backlights so, in addition to image quality benefits, they can get amazingly thin. Sarah Tew/CNET OLED is different because it doesn’t use an LED backlight to produce light. Instead, light is produced by millions of individual OLED subpixels. The pixels themselves — tiny dots that compose the image — emit light, which is why it’s called an “emissive” display technology. That difference leads to all kinds of picture quality effects, some of which favor LCD (and QLED), but most of which benefit OLED. Aside from LG, Sony also sells OLED TVs in the US, while Panasonic and Philips sell them in Europe. All use panels manufactured by LG Display, however. A closer look at MicroLED Before that we’ll get MicroLED. It’s another emissive technology, again spearheaded by Samsung, that seems closer to market than direct-view quantum dot. As you might guess from the name, it uses millions of teeny-tiny LEDs as pixels. MicroLED has the potential for the same perfect black levels as OLED, with no danger of burn-in. It can deliver higher brightness than any current display technology, wide-gamut excellent color and doesn’t suffer the viewing angle and uniformity issues of LCD. It doesn’t involve quantum dots, at least not yet, but who knows what might happen when it comes to market. QDMLED, anyone? For now, however, OLED rules the picture quality roost over QLED. At least until somebody combines the two. Originally published Feb. 8, 2017.Update, July 18, 2019: This article has been updated extensively for 2019. Now playing: Watch this: Samsung uses QLED for its best TVs, including this 8K model. Sarah Tew/CNET Two rival TV brands use very similar acronyms to describe their best TVs. But QLED and OLED are as different as leopards and lions. For the last few years Samsung, the most popular TV-maker in the world, has been branding its best TVs “QLED.” Its 2019 QLED lineup is bigger than ever, with seven series encompassing 28 different models. From insane 98-inch 8K behemoths to TVs designed to look like paintings and modern art, QLEDs represent the pinnacle of what Samsung’s formidable engineers can bring to TV buyers.  But it’s not the pinnacle of picture quality. That honor goes to OLED TVs. Based on the last few years of CNET’s side-by-side comparison reviews, LG’s OLED TVs have all delivered better overall image quality than Samsung QLED TVs. The latest example pitted Samsung’s 2018 Q9 QLED against LG’s 2019 C9 OLED and the LG OLED won handily, delivering the best picture quality I’ve ever tested. In fact the LG B8 from 2018 also beat the Samsung. The Q9 is still an excellent performer, however, and delivers the best non-OLED image I’ve ever tested — but not because of QLED technology.In June 2019 I reviewed the midrange Q70, which is an excellent performer but no OLED. I haven’t tested any of the highest-end 2019 QLED models yet, such as the Q80 and Q90, but if I was a betting man I’d still pick the best OLED to beat the best QLED TV once again this year, even though Samsung seems to have made more improvements than LG. Here’s why. A QLED TV is just an LCD TV with quantum dots Let’s start with a quick summary of the two technologies. OLED stands for “organic light emitting diode.”QLED (according to Samsung) stands for “quantum dot LED TV.”OLED is a fundamentally different technology from LCD, the major type of TV today.QLED is a variation of LED LCD, adding a quantum dot film to the LCD “sandwich.”OLED is “emissive,” meaning the pixels emit their own light.QLED, like LCD, is, in its current form, “transmissive” and relies on an LED backlight.The main takeaway is that QLED is closer to regular old LCD than it is to OLED, which I (and most other experts) consider a distinctly different class of television, much like plasma was before it. QLED vs. OLED: image quality compared Based on my reviews, here are some general comparisons I’ve made between the two.QLED TV picture quality varies more than OLED. Samsung has a bunch of QLED series, and the most expensive perform a lot better than the cheaper ones. That’s mainly because the biggest improvements in the picture quality of Samsung’s sets don’t have much to do with quantum dots. In 2019 TVs like the Q70, Q80 and Q90, they’re the result of better full-array local dimming, bright highlights and better viewing angles, which help them significantly outperform QLED TVs that lack those extras, like the Q60 in 2019.Meanwhile every OLED TV I’ve reviewed has very similar image quality — all have earned a 10/10 in picture quality in my tests. There is some variation among different OLED TVs, but they’re not nearly as significant as the differences between various QLED TV series.OLED has better contrast and black level. One of the most important image quality factors is black level, and their emissive nature means OLED TVs can turn unused pixels off completely, for literally infinite contrast. QLED/LCD TVs, even the best ones with the most effective full-array local dimming, let some light through, leading to more washed-out, grayer black levels and blooming around bright sections. QLED is brighter. The brightest QLED and LCD TVs can get brighter than any OLED model, which is a particular advantage in bright rooms and with HDR content. In my tests, however, OLED TVs can still get plenty bright for most rooms, and their superior contrast still allows them to deliver a better overall HDR image than any QLED/LCD TV I’ve tested. howwetest-tvlab-2017-cnet-11 Sarah Tew/CNET OLED has better uniformity and viewing angles. With LCD-based displays, different areas of the screen can appear brighter than others all the time, and backlight structure can also be seen in some content. Even the best LCDs also fade, lose contrast and become discolored when seen from seats other than the sweet spot directly in front of the screen. OLED TVs have almost perfectly uniform screens and maintain fidelity from all but the most extreme angles. Resolution, color, video processing and other image quality factors are basically the same. Most QLED and OLED have the same resolution, 4K, and both can achieve 8K resolution too. Neither technology has major inherent advantage in color or video processing areas. Check out OLED vs. LCD for more details. QLED can get bigger and smaller (and cheaper)There are only four sizes of OLED TV on the market today: 55-, 65-, 77- and 88-inch. Since the latter two cost $6,500 and (cough) $30,000 respectively, there’s really only two sizes most TV shoppers can afford. 35-samsung-q900Samsung’s 85-inch 8K QLED TV (above) costs $15,000.  Sarah Tew/CNET Meanwhile Samsung’s QLED TVs come in 43-, 49-, 55-, 65-, 75-, 82-, 85- and, yes, 98-inch sizes. Of course non-QLED LCD TVs can get even smaller.One big advantage, so to speak, that QLED and LCD have over OLED is the cost of mainstream sizes over 65 inches. Large televisions are the fastest-growing segment of the market and show no signs of slowing down. As I mentioned above, LG’s 77-inch OLED costs $6,500. Meanwhile Samsung’s 75-inch Q70 QLED costs $2,200 and Vizio’s 75-inch P-Series Quantum is even less. Sure, neither one can beat an OLED, but they’re still excellent performers for one-third the price.In 55- and 65-inch sizes, the highest-end, best-performing QLED models like the Q90 and the 8K resolution Q900A cost more than the cheapest OLED TV. There are numerous other, less-expensive QLED series as well, however, albeit with worse image quality.  What about OLED burn-in? Burn-in happens when a persistent part of the image onscreen — navigation buttons on a phone, or a channel logo, news ticker or a scoreboard on a TV, for example — remains as a ghostly background no matter what else appears onscreen. All OLED screens can burn-in, and from everything we know, they’re more susceptible than LCD displays, including QLED. All things considered, however, burn-in shouldn’t be a problem for most people. From all of the evidence we’ve seen, burn-in is typically caused by leaving a single, static image element, like a channel logo, onscreen for a very long time, repeatedly. That’s an issue if you keep Fox News, ESPN or MSNBC onscreen for multiple hours every day and don’t watch enough other programming, for example. But as long as you vary what’s displayed, chances are you’ll never experience burn-in. Check out OLED screen burn-in: What you need to know for more. qled-by-qdvision.jpgElectroluminescent quantum dot prototypes, which could pave the way for direct-view quantum dot TVs. QDVision Future outlook for OLED vs. QLED TVs Until I test the best QLED TVs against the LG C9, I won’t know for sure which one wins in 2019, but as I mentioned above, I’d bet on OLED.  For 2019 Samsung has improved its high-end QLED image quality again in an effort to beat OLED, while LG has, aside from a processing bump, mostly stood pat. The C9 wasn’t that much better than its predecessors, and I expect the same for Sony’s new OLED TVs. But given the basic differences between OLED and QLED tech, it would definitely surprise me if those 2019 QLED improvements allowed it to beat OLED overall. What about 2020 and later? Samsung is actually working on a version of QLED that does use emissive technology, much like OLED and plasma. Known as direct-view quantum dot, it dispenses with the liquid crystal layers and uses quantum dots themselves as the light source.  Emissive QLED TVs have the potential to match the absolute black levels and “infinite” contrast ratio of OLED, with better power efficiency, better color and more. That’s pretty exciting, but it’ll be a few years before we see emissive QLED TVs available for sale. Hopefully by then they’ll think up a new acronym (EQLEDs?). TVs 2:46 Comments LG Samsung Sony Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Ford announces four recalls covering 576000 vehicles in US

first_img More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageYes, even some shiny-new cars have already been recalled. Emme Hall/Roadshow On Friday, Ford issued four new recalls that cover 10 nameplates in total across the US and Canada. In the US, 576,595 vehicles are affected by one of three recalls, while the fourth is exclusive to Canadian cars.Missing seat restraintsThe first recall is for a lack of seat restraints and covers 483,325 vehicles in the US and another 58,712 in Canada. Per Ford’s announcement, the 2018-2020 F-150, 2019-2020 F-Series Super Duty, 2018-2019 Explorer and 2019-2020 Expedition are affected. Specifically, models with a manual driver or front passenger seatback recliner mechanism may house the defect. The new 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator are also part of this recall, but only models with rear outboard seats that feature manual recliners are included.The problem? The vehicles might not have a third pawl to produce the required amount of seatback strength. In the event of a crash, a weak seatback may not restrain a passenger properly and increases the risk of injury. Affected models were produced as early as September 2018 and as late as Aug. 2 of this year. Owners will need to take their vehicles to a dealership where a technician will inspect the seatback assemblies, though Ford said they most likely will not need repairs. If a vehicle does, the dealer will install a new seat structure that meets guidelines for strength and integrity at no charge.Loss of power steering in cold-weather statesFord’s second recall covers vehicles in states and Canadian provinces with “high-corrosion conditions.” Read: lots of snow and plenty of road salt. Due to improper wax coating, corrosion may affect the steering gear motor’s bolts and lead to the loss of power steering. If it’s bad enough, the motor may become loose and detach from the housing. This recall affects the 2013-2016 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, 2015-2016 Ford Edge and the 2015 Lincoln MKX.The sudden loss of power steering would require more steering effort, especially when cruising at lower speeds, and can increase the risk of a crash. Ford plans to replace the steering gear motor bolts and apply a new wax sealant to fend off corrosion. If bolts are already broken or missing, the vehicle will receive a new steering gear altogether at no charge to the owner.Overheating brake padsThe third recall is exclusive to the 2019 Ford Fiesta and involves brake caliper seal contamination. Per the automaker, the subcompact car may have been exposed to incorrectly labeled fluids during production. The exposure could produce a brake caliper leak, which in turn, may reduce brake functions and cause pads to overheat. Both cases increase the risk of a crash.Only 2,624 cars are involved in this recall, and Ford said just 50 of them have been delivered to customers. The rest are still sitting at dealerships and will be fixed prior to sale. The fix will see technicians flush the current brake fluid and replace brake calipers free of charge.Corroded battery junction boxesThe final recall is exclusive to Canada and covers 2012-2013 Ford Fiesta models. In total, 13,564 cars may have corroding battery junction boxes in certain provinces. Relay or fuse corrosion may lead to the loss of low-beam headlights while driving and daytime running lights may not work. Ford plans to have technicians clean the junction boxes, replace any corroded fuses, terminals and relays and finally install foam sealing to the cover to better protect the component. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring hits the road with plug-in power 27 Photos Recalls Lincoln Ford 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorer News • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid sips its way to EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined More about 2020 Ford Explorer Base FWD The 2020 Lincoln Aviator takes flight with plug-in hybrid…center_img SUVs Car Industry 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Now playing: Watch this: 5:29 Share your voice Tags 0 Post a comment Lincoln Fordlast_img read more

Family Worried About Missing Ketchikan Man

first_img“I’m hearing that the last time he was seen by two different friends on two different occasions, he was not in a good frame of mind, and was intoxicated,” Anderson said. “So, the concern is that he’s in the water.”Anderson said it’s possible that her cousin may have committed suicide, but it’s also possible that he was murdered. She said she received information from someone who wants to remain anonymous.“A party overheard a man down at Thomas Basin Dec. 29, referring to Roy. The conversation with another party indicated that this person was involved in some kind of harm to Roy, and indicated that there were gunshots fired,” she said.Police, though, say there’s no evidence of foul play. Deputy Chief Josh Dossett offered a third possibility: that Banhart slipped and fell into the water. It’s happened before to other people.“We’ve had plenty of cases where someone who is intoxicated has fallen in the water and drowned,” Dossett said. “At this point, we don’t have anything to indicate, other than he was in the proximity of Kennedy (Street near the 49er), to indicate that. We’re just following up on any leads that we get.”Dossett said the case remains open, and one officer is assigned to it. Other officers have helped when tips have come in, and police have searched in numerous locations around town without any luck.If Banhart did end up in the water, his body may or may not have resurfaced by now. Dossett said it depends on various factors.“It depends on the current, it depends how deep it is. The water temperature has a lot of effect on the body,” he said. “We’ve had cases where people have not resurfaced for a few months.”There are some local residents organizing searches for Banhart separate from the police investigation, and Anderson hopes others might be willing to join in.“If people would look at like, what if this was my brother, my cousin, my best friends, my coworker,” she said. “We need that kind of coverage to help find him.”Anderson said that, in addition to the waterfront, groups are looking around trails, especially Deer Mountain, one of her cousin’s favorite places to hike.Anyone with information about Banhart is asked to contact the Ketchikan Police Department. For updates on search efforts, you can go to the Facebook page called Please Help Find Roy Banhart. A Ketchikan man has been missing for nearly a month, with no evidence that he left the island.Download AudioRoy Banhart was last seen on Dec. 29. He had called for a taxi to take him downtown, and spent some time at the 49er Bar on Water Street. He left the bar, and was going to take a taxi home, apparently. But, witnesses told his family that Roy was intoxicated and belligerent, so the cab driver made him get back out.That’s the last reported sighting of 38-year-old Roy Banhart. And his family is anxious.“He’s on the quiet side. He’s been known to disappear as far as contact for a short period of time, but nothing like this,” said Banhart’s first cousin, Irene Anderson. She lives in Seattle but is heading up the search efforts for the family.Anderson said that in early January, they reported her cousin missing to Ketchikan’s police department.“(Police) have searched Alaska Airlines records, and Alaska Marine Highway records, and I’ve been in contact with local air taxis and InterIsland Ferry,” she said. “There’s no indication that he left town.”Ketchikan is on an island, and there’s no way off except by boat or plane. The remaining explanations for what might have happened to Banhart are not good.last_img read more

Wood Bison Bulls to Join Reintroduced Herd

first_imgA Nenana-based barge line will soon be hauling some unusual cargo.  Twenty-eight wood bison bulls are scheduled to travel on Inland Barge from Nenana to the Innoko River near Shageluk, beginning sometime during the next week.Download Audio:A larger group of cows and calves was delivered to the area by cargo plane earlier this year, and released into the wild on April 3 as part of a long-term effort to reintroduce the species to the wild in Alaska.Fish and Game biologist and pilot Tom Seaton is the Wood Bison Project Leader. He says that the males will be transported in the same shipping containers used to airlift the cows and calves, with some new modifications to make their trip on the barge more comfortable.“We increased ventilation by a significant amount. We now have air conditioning units and fans installed in there. We have a watering facility. If they still get a little bit warm in there after all that, we have misting that we can go from river water so we can keep the containers and the animals damp and cool them down if we have these really hot days. As you can see, we are having high 70s in May which is pretty amazingly warm.”The containers will also give each bull more space to move around compared to the set-up for the cows and calves. Bulls are considerably larger than cows, with some bulls measuring over 10 feet long and weighing over a ton.Two handlers will travel with the bison on the barge to monitor their conditions around the clock. The barge will not stop along the Yukon to deliver additional freight, as it normally would. Instead, it will be moving downriver as quickly as possible to minimize the time the bison have to spend in the containers.Once the barge turns up the Innoko River, Seaton will pilot a surveillance plane to figure out the best unloading site and communicate that information to the barge.“And right now the cows are mainly everywhere from 10 miles downstream of Shageluk on the Innoko to as much as 12 miles upstream from Shageluk. So we will find the best spot where it is safe for the bulls to unload, and it is also close enough to the cows that they can catch scent of the cows when they get off the barge and hopefully they will hook up over time.”The adult and juvenile bison were raised at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage from Canadian stock.The bulls will be transported by truck from Portage to Nenana, and then transferred to the barge. Inland Barge estimates that the trip to the offloading site will take about four days.last_img read more

AFD overruns budget points to 7 uptick in calls

first_imgThe Anchorage Fire Department is expecting a substantial budget shortfall.Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA – AnchorageDownload AudioFire Chief Dennis LeBlanc told the assembly’s Public Safety Committee today he anticipates AFD will go $650,000 dollars over its projected 2015 budget . That is a variance of 0.7 percent on the Department’s $93 million budget, which many criticized as underfunding certain operations under the administration of Dan Sullivan.One reason for the overruns is positive: AFD bucked expectations and filled several open positions they’d forecasted to stay empty.“It’s a good thing,” said LeBlanc, “it means the bodies are there.”But another share of the cost overruns come from a higher-than-anticipated call volume.“We have responded seven percent more times this year–year to date–than we did last year,” LeBlanc explained. “Last year we did about 31,000 runs.”He attributes the bump in part to Anchorage’s aging population.But he also spent a large chunk of time unpacking the numbers behind the city’s problems with Spice, which exploded this summer.From July 15th through November 17th, 13 percent of the emergency medical calls–873 out of 6,681–have been flagged as spice related. And many of them have necessitated extreme medical interventions, like 32 field intubations.LeBlac says one man has been delivered to area hospitals 21 times for medical emergencies connected to Spice. An ambulance transport costs between $750 and $950, depending on the personnel staffing a particular call.There’s been a drop in Spice related cases the last few days, but LeBlanc attributes it mostly to the cold weather. “It’s alive and well,” he said of Spice during his presentation, shortly after mentioning calls that had gone out earlier in the day.As for the budget, LeBlanc said he’d successfully lobbied the mayor’s office and the Assembly earlier in the week for more money in the year ahead, and anticipates coming in below target for 2016.“Even if it’s a penny,” he laughed. LeBlanc also hinted at savings through more disciplined Department spending.The Assembly is set to discuss the 2016 budget at it’s meeting on Tuesday.last_img read more

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