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Vizio's super bright P-Series Quantum TV is now available

You can finally get your hands on Vizio's flagship 2018 4K TV, the 65-inch P-Series Quantum, starting today. The $2,100 set is the company's most advanced TV yet, with 2,000 nits of peak brightness and a sleek new bezel-less design. It also packs in 192 local dimming zones, compared to 100 from the …

Televisions

Vizio’s 2018 flagship P-Series Quantum TV is now available for $2,099.99

Now with 100 percent more Quantum<p>It may be a little later to the party than 2018 TVs from other manufacturers, but Vizio’s flagship P-Series Quantum 4K HDR TV is now available to purchase for $2,099.99.<p>Unlike Vizio’s other models, the P-Series Quantum only comes in one 65-inch size. The main …

4K resolution

iOS vs. Android: Which Is Better for You?

When buying a phone, we generally recommend sticking with the same platform your current phone uses. At a minimum, switching entails learning the …

Apps

The ultimate streaming hardware comparison guide

There is a <i>lot</i> of hardware out there when it comes to streaming live video. So much so, that it's understandable if you're a prospective cord-cutter …

Amazon Fire TV

Ford's self-driving division is now its own company

If Alphabet has Waymo and General Motors has GM Cruise, Ford has Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC. The automaker has created a separate company for its self-driving business, clearly taking a cue from the two aforementioned players in the industry. In its announcement, Ford said the spinoff was created …

Automotive Industry

IRobot Soars on Earnings Beat, Defying Surge in Short Selling

IRobot Corp. bears picked a bad time to boost bets against the stock.<p>Shares of the Roomba vacuum cleaner maker surged 16 percent in pre-market …

Selling

Segway Drift W1 e-Skates Launch in August for $399

We still don't have hoverboards, but the gadgets Segway is offering as an alternative to walking are at least getting a bit more minimal. The …

Gear & Gadgets

TSA testing 3D scanner that will let you leave your laptop and iPad in your hand-baggage

Going through Security is one of the more tedious aspects of air travel, especially given the need to remove laptops, iPads and liquids from bags, which makes the process even slower …<p>But that could be set to change. Both New York’s JFK airport and London’s Heathrow are testing a new type of 3D …

3D Scanners

Kantar: iPhone makes up 8 out of the 10 best-selling smartphones in Q2 as iOS gains on Android

Kantar is out today with its latest research covering the smartphone industry during the second quarter of 2018. According to the data, iOS saw a nearly 6 percent increase in market share thanks to continued strong sales of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X...<p>In the United States, Apple’s smartphone …

IPhone 8

Siri answered 78% of questions correctly in latest test, up from 66% a year ago

Analysts at The Loup Ventures have published the results of the their latest voice assistant comparison test, which involves asking the leading digital assistants 800 questions spanning various domains. Whilst Siri still trails Google Assistant in accuracy, it has improved significantly.<p>With the …

Google Assistant

Apple Pay to become payment method on eBay

If you're already an Apple Pay convert, we have some good news for you: The mobile wallet is about to get much more useful.<p>On Tuesday, eBay said it'll soon accept Apple Pay as payment on it vast online retail platform. Certain retailers will begin accepting Apple Pay in the US come fall, the …

Apple Pay

Apple MacBook Pro bug patched, unleashing full-speed performance (updated)

Apple has been catching heat over the performance of its new MacBook Pro laptops, but the company is hoping its new software update will help cool off outraged power users.<p>Following reports of heat issues leading to throttled performance, Apple has determined that a simple software bug was to …

MacBook Pro

Can Knockoff AirPods Challenge the Real Deal? We Had to Know

We can go on and on about how great Apple AirPods ($159) are and how they’re arguably Apple’s best first-generation product ever. (Better than the …

Tech Trends

Vizio P-Series (2018) review: Great picture that's not quite worth the step-up fee - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The midpriced Vizio P-Series has excellent overall image quality, with exceedingly deep black levels, plenty of brightness, rich contrast and superb video processing anchored by a true 120Hz panel. It handles both HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range sources. It plays well with …

Cinematography

Google Docs is finally adding a feature Microsoft Word has had for 20 years

Google wants to be your word processor, editor, and, if you’ll let it, your ghostwriter.<p>At its annual Cloud Next conference, Google announced Tuesday (July 24) a grammar-check feature for Google Docs and an expansion of its “Smart Compose” tool for Gmail and Hangouts, which automatically suggests …

Google Docs

The Ryze Tello w/ DJI’s flight technology is a great beginner drone at $85 (Reg. $100)

Amazon offers the Ryze Tello Drone for <b>$84.99 shipped</b>. Also available at Best Buy. Regularly $100, this is the first discount we’ve tracked at Amazon and the lowest price we’ve seen. With DJI’s flight tech, this is a great starter quadcopter to get people into aerial photography and videography. …

Drones

Comparing Headphones, Earphones, & Earbuds -

In the age of Bluetooth, everything electronic is wireless, isn’t it? Well, not exactly, but with every passing year, wireless technology becomes …

Consumer Tech

Google Glass Is Back—Now with Artificial Intelligence

Google Glass lives—and it’s getting smarter.<p>On Tuesday, Israeli software company Plataine demonstrated a new app for the face-mounted gadget. Aimed …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Drive is set to hit one billion users by the end of the week

Everybody uses Google Drive, right? Well, no, but we're getting there. Google announced at its Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco that its …

Google Drive

Windows 10 now uses machine learning to stop updates installing when a PC is in use

Machine learning to the rescue<p>One of the more frustrating aspects of Windows 10 is the operating system’s ability to start installing updates when you’re in the middle of using it. While Microsoft has tried to address this aggressive approach to updates with features to snooze installation, Windows …

Machine Learning

Sorry thieves, you can no longer hack iris-scanners using corpse eyes

To commit a crime in the caveman days, all you needed was a stick and a strong desire to do harm. Then, as the world progressed, so did the technology people used to protect themselves.<p>Undeterred, ne’er-do-wells adapted: they learnt how to forge keys and signatures. Those scamps.<p>Times are changing …

Machine Learning

YouTube is five times faster on Google Chrome over Firefox and Edge according to Mozilla executive

YouTube’s user interface has changed a lot over the past year, both on mobile devices and on the desktop. Apparently, though, that redesign is causing issues with some browsers…<p>Peterson further points out that the specific reason for the slower performance in other browsers is due to this design …

Software

SmartArm’s AI-powered prosthesis takes the prize at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup

A pair of Canadian students making a simple, inexpensive prosthetic arm have taken home the grand prize at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, a global startup competition the company holds yearly. SmartArm will receive $85,000, a mentoring session with CEO Satya Nadella, and some other Microsoft goodies. But …

Satya Nadella

Access The Files On Your Old Computers With This Adapter

9:13 PM 07/25/2018<p>Do you have old PCs and laptops lying around your house? You probably know you have semi-important files on those computers but are …

Computers

Leaked internal Apple videos detail iPhone X, iMac Pro, MacBook Pro repairs

A slew of Apple internal repair videos have leaked, with detailed descriptions and walkthroughs on how to repair everything from the iPhone X to iMac Pro.<p>Notably the videos go in depth in describing the repair processes for the iPhone X, MacBook Pro, iMac Pro, and more.<p>These videos won’t be live …

MacBook Pro

Magic Launcher Pro for iOS now matching 2018 low at $1 (Reg. $3)

Magic Launcher Pro allows users to “launch more than 100,000 apps/actions” with a single swipe and is now matching its lowest price all year. You can now download the app for <b>$1</b> on the App Store, down from its usual $3. It carries a 4+ star rating from hundreds and has been updated for iOS 11. More …

Apps

New report says 6.1-inch 2018 iPhone to come in white, black, yellow, orange, blue, more – but no red

Earlier this month, Ming-Chi Kuo released a new report saying that Apple has a handful of new colors planned for its 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. Now, Macotakara is corroborating that Apple will release the LCD iPhone in new colors, but it disputes which colors that will be…<p>Originally, Kuo had reported …

Mobile Technology

This 6-in-1 iPhone Lens Kit Will Transform The Way You Take Photos

Unlock your iPhone camera’s full potential with this lens kit, which also features a shatter-protection case.<p>No matter how much Apple improves the …

Cameras

Specs blowout for unannounced HTC smartphone codenamed “Imagine Life”

HTC is apparently readying a new mid-range smartphone codenamed “Imagine Life,” based on marketing materials seen by <i>Android Authority</i>. Though we didn’t see the handset’s official name, its codename and specs lead us to believe it could be the HTC U12 Life. We won’t know for sure until it breaks …

Mobile Technology