September 10, 2019

first_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 14 See All Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags Share your voice Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Preview • Apple takes light-touch approach to 13-inch MacBook Pro update $1,399 Laptops Apple $1,184 Commentscenter_img See It Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Best Buy Sarah Tew According to an investor note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to release a new MacBook Pro design in 2019. The note, acquired by MacRumours, states that Apple will release a new 16-inch MacBook Pro, new iPads and a 31-inch 6K monitor. There’ll also be new iPhones with bilateral charging, which means you’ll be able to use your iPhone’s battery to charge other devices.This means 2019 could be a busy year for Apple if the note is to be believed, suggesting that the company is hoping to rebound after a difficult 2018. Over the recent holiday period, iPhone sales were down as much as 11 percent against expectations.The note also suggests the 13-inch MacBook Pro will come with 32 GB of RAM, which is a major upgrade from the 16GB of RAM that currently ships with the 13-inch model. The fourth generation of the MacBook Pro, complete with Touch Bar and USB-C, was released in 2016 and has received incremental updates since. Kuo’s note hints that a new Mac Pro might come with “easy to upgrade components”. Its rumoured 6K monitor will apparently ship with Mini LED-esque backlight design. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. reading • Apple to release new MacBook Pro and iPhone with bilateral charging, says report Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar • CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, space gray, 2017) See it Applelast_img read more

first_img 50 Photos Apple reading • Apple Watch Series 3 deals: $199 for 38mm, $229 for 42mm Share your voice • Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple 0 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Enlarge ImageThe Apple Watch Series 3 is frequently discounted. James Martin/CNET With Apple moving on to its newer and redesigned Apple Watch Series 4, the older Apple Watch Series 3 frequently goes on sale. But the noncellular versions are arguably a good deal for iPhone owners, especially when you consider the Watch Series 4 starts at $400. Both Best Buy and Amazon have the Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm) for $199. List price: $279. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.See it AmazonSee it at Best BuyYou can also get the 42mm model (regularly $309) for $229. The color options are limited, but you can always buy an affordable third-party band down the road. See it AmazonSee it at Best BuyRead more in CNET’s full Apple Watch Series 3 review. See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Unboxing the Apple Watch Series 3 Post a comment 2:02 The Apple Watch Series 3, dunked, sweated and tested 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 Wearable Tech Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019last_img read more

first_img 1 What Disney’s Star Wars land and hotel will look like Disney 30 Photos Now she’s back, with a broodier, black-and-green teaser and her signature epic horns. They’re probably the best horns in Disney’s entire catalog of films. The wings are neat, too. Oh — and that laugh. The Maleficent laugh. It’s in there too.The film is directed by Joachim Rønning and stars Angelina Jolie as the titular villainess. Elle Fanning returns, while Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein and Chiwetel Ejiofor join the cast. On Thursday, Disney showcased Pfeiffer, Jolie and Fanning in a special triptych poster (which is basically three posters designed to be displayed together).mmoe-onlinetriptych-v2-smThere’s also a fancy triptych poster. Disney The film picks up several years after the original and, according to Disney, “continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen.”It set for release on Oct. 18 in the U.S.CNET’s Sean Keane contributed to this report.First published May 13 at 5:21 p.m. PT.Updated May 16 at 7:30 a.m. PT: Adds poster. TV and Moviescenter_img Share your voice Tags Maleficent is back.  Walt Disney Studios This is no fairy tale.Disney just dropped a teaser trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to Maleficent. Remember her? One of the most notorious villains in the Disney bad guy pantheon? Well, you will. Besides being an incredibly difficult Kingdom Hearts boss, the horned one first appeared in Disney’s Maleficent, back in 2014, in a much darker take on Sleeping Beauty.  Commentlast_img read more

first_imgEpic gave away a free emote last year to Fortnite players who secured their account. Epic Games Epic Games apparently leaked an incentive for players who secure their accounts to help prevent hacks. Fortnite players who logged in Monday and checked out the news section saw a message about a $10 credit for the Epic Games Store for securing their account with two-factor authentication. The message about the $10 incentive then disappeared, which makes the initial notice seem like a mistake. However, some players had already taken a screenshot of it. Whoops! An MOTD snuck out about a sale. There is an Epic Games store sale on games in the works, but it hasn’t launched yet. Stay tuned to @EpicGames for details in a few days.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) May 14, 2019 The company didn’t confirm whether the incentive would be part of the Epic Games store sale or when that sale would start. Epic launched its own store in December. The Epic Games store stirred controversy early in 2019 when the company began securing exclusives to PC version of games such as Metro Exodus and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.Originally published May 14, 6:34 a.m. PT. Update, 11:28 a.m.: Adds confirmation and tweet from Epic.  Fortnite Share your voice Tags 1 Comment In August, Epic pushed two-factor authentication in Fortnite by giving away a free emote to players who activated the feature. Scams and hacks are the norm for any immensely popular game. Fortnite scammers use a variety of techniques to obtain players’ financial info, such as faking download links and using security flaws in the game itself. Hackers have also targeted Fortnite cheaters with links infected with malware. Epic confirmed that a message of the day (MOTD) appeared in error, and the company tweeted about it on Monday.  Gaming Was this a leak? I already got my 2FA activated and if I search anything about this I can’t get any results. Anyone know how I get $10 EZ Clap? I’m confused @EpicGames— Camscam (@CamscamIsHere) May 14, 2019last_img read more

first_imgDish declined to comment on the reports when contacted by CNET. The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment. On a separate front, four additional state attorneys general — Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nevada — joined the multistate lawsuit brought by New York AG Letitia James and nine other AGs to block the deal on anticompetitive grounds. The total now stands at 13 states opposed to the deal, plus the District of Columbia.  “The merger of T-Mobile and Sprint would stifle competition, cut jobs and harm vulnerable consumers from across the country, so unity among the states will be key in defending our citizens against this power-hungry corporate union,” James said in a statement. “We welcome the support from these four additional states, which should serve as a reminder that, all throughout the nation, we have much to lose if we do not take action to protect our people from this megamerger.”A tentative trial date of October 7 was set Friday, with the trial expected to go two to three weeks. That length, however, might change depending on how the DOJ rules.  T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint took another turn Friday.  Josh Miller/CNET Will Dish be the savior to T-Mobile and Sprint’s $26 billion merger? It depends on which report you want to believe. After recently being rumored to have interest in swooping up the assets T-Mobile and Sprint would divest, on Friday the New York Post reported that Dish CEO Charlie Ergen could be “months away” from completing the deal. By combining the divested assets with spectrum that Dish has accumulated through the years, Dish would be in a position to potentially become a new fourth wireless carrier to replace Sprint. While this would help the Department of Justice allay antitrust concerns, thereby giving T-Mobile the merger it wants, the new report claims that Ergen may wait to try to get a better deal from both T-Mobile and the DOJ. The current rumored price for the divested assets is $6 billion, and Dish currently faces a March 2020 deadline to utilize the spectrum, or wireless airwaves, holdings it has built up or risk losing the license. A different report Friday, tweeted by Fox Business Network’s Charles Gasparino, says that Ergen is hoping to use his position to get an extension on the timeline to build out a 5G network. Gasparino says Ergen and the DOJ are in “final negotiations” for this deal, suggesting a closer timeline for completion.  NEW: 4 states are joining the multistate lawsuit to block the T-Mobile/Sprint merger: Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nevada. The companoes and the states have tentatively agreed on a trial date of Oct. 7 and expect it could last 2-3 weeks, though that depends on the judge.— Brian Fung (@b_fung) June 21, 2019 Tags 1 SCOOP-@JusticeATR in final negotiations w @dish Chief Charlie Ergen on @TMobile @sprint assets purchase looking for 5G buildout guarantee for an extension on the timetable to buildout his unused spectrum. Also discussed: Penalties if Ergen fails to deliver more today @FoxBusiness— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) June 21, 2019center_img Comment Share your voice Mobile Phones 5G Sprint T-Mobilelast_img read more

first_img 77 Photos Both introduce him to Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), a refugee from an alternate dimension. Fury wants Spidey to help Beck — who earns his comic book name “Mysterio” in a suitably hilarious manner — save the world.This encounter essentially sets up the internal conflict that drives Far From Home. Fury is determined to get Peter on board for his superhero mission, but Peter’s in the middle of trying to figure out everyday life on a school trip with his friends. How does one juggle being a high schooler and a superhero? Originally published June 27.  Comments 26 Photos 2019 movies to geek out over 1:20 Now playing: Watch this: This balance is Far From Home’s greatest triumph — Peter’s relationships with MJ and Beck are the movie’s emotional pillars. Zendaya shines in MJ’s massively expanded role, infusing the character with humor and a vulnerability she didn’t get a chance to show in Homecoming. The romantic tension between the pair is particularly electric in one Vienna hotel room scene, mostly because of Watts’ clever camera work.Unfortunately, all this time with MJ means we spend less time with Ned. But we get plenty of hapless teacher Mr. Harrington (Martin Starr, Silicon Valley’s Bertram Gilfoyle). We also don’t get much of Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), but there’s a fun sense that she has her own movie going on (Marvel should make this happen).Gyllenhaal brings a fascinating complexity to Mysterio as he slides into a mentor role akin to Tony’s in Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War. His evolving relationship with Peter is fun and engaging and his colorful, flamboyant costume mirrors the one from the comics wonderfully. Major kudos to the costume designers for making the ridiculous fishbowl helmet work in the relatively grounded MCU, and that purple cape is magnificent — it’s an amazing adaptation of late artist Steve Ditko’s work.Mysterio’s abilities make for some wild visuals. Sony Pictures Mysterio’s Iron Man-esque powers are wild too, making for visually sensational set pieces in Venice, Vienna and London. Watts makes the most of these locations — it’s so cool to see Spidey swinging over canals, through narrow alleys and around Tower Bridge. These scenes provide a nice change from Peter’s usual New York haunts, though one scene involving a mountain pass and bus gets a little too silly.Of course, Peter remains the movie’s heart and goes on a wonderful emotional journey amid the stunning CGI action. Holland is spectacular, proving hilarious and warm throughout his European adventure — he gets a pretty rad set of costumes too.Spider-Man: Far From Home manages to act as a sequel to both Homecoming and Endgame, giving us a superior followup to the former and a wonderful epilogue to the latter — reminding us that MCU goes on in a joyous ride. Let’s hope Phase 4 gives us plenty more Peter Parker.Be sure to stick around for the two postcredits scenes, they’re worth the wait.Check out our sister sites GameSpot, and Entertainment Tonight for more Spider-Man: Far From Home reviews. 3 Spider-Man: Far From Home — Everything to know Tags How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order TV and Movies Spider-Man swings over London’s Tower Bridge as this cinematic outing takes him Far From Home. Sony Pictures Returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the wake of the Avengers: Endgame shakeup was bound to be fascinating. Luckily, Spider-Man: Far From Home brings traumatized superhero fans on a globetrotting thrill ride that proves the perfect palate cleanser, ending Phase 3 and preparing us for what’s next.The movie picks up with Peter Parker (Tom Holland) eight months after Endgame. He and half of the universe’s population were restored to life five years after the catastrophic Snap, with the intervening period now known as “The Blip.”Back in New York, Peter is struggling under the weight of his superhero responsibilities. He feels the need to step up following the death of his mentor Tony Stark, but clearly wants a simpler life as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.This setup provides a nice contrast to 2017’s Homecoming, which focused on Peter’s need to be taken seriously as a superhero and Tony understanding he wasn’t quite ready. As Far From Home begins, Tony is gone, and the teen hero is lost.spider-man-far-from-home-mcu-mysterio-20Peter Parker and MJ get to know each other during their class trip to Europe. Jay Maidment/Sony Pictures A class trip to Europe offers an escape from this pressure, giving Peter a chance to spend time with enigmatic classmate MJ (Zendaya) and goof off with buddy Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon).The teenage-Tom-Holland-foolery kicks off during a delightfully awkward plane ride to Venice. Peter tries to get close to MJ, but his responsibilities catch up to him in the form of SHIELD Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders).  Share your voice Movie reviews Marvel Spiderman Iron Man The Avengerslast_img read more

first_img Read Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control review Related links Share your voice Ecobee SmartThermostat Best app Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Chris Monroe/CNET $220 at Amazon Best value The Ecobee SmartThermostat has a built-in Alexa speaker. Ask the speaker for the temperature, current weather forecast, to tell you a joke — and to adjust the air conditioning of your smart thermostat, all without needing a separate Alexa speaker. This Wi-Fi programmable thermostat also offers integration with Google Assistant and Siri, so if you have a Google-Assistant-enabled smart speaker or a HomePod, you can control it with Google Assistant and Siri commands.  Now playing: Watch this: $121 at Amazon 12 smart thermostats to regulate your home’s temp The Honeywell Lyric T5 costs $150. I know that isn’t exactly affordable. But it’s a solid price tag for a Wi-Fi thermostat. Many models, including the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Ecobee4, cost $249. This makes the T5 a great “budget” option that works with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri (via Apple HomeKit).  Read Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control review Chris Monroe/CNET Read Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control review To accompany these modern features, a lot of connected thermostats boast innovative designs. From a rounded shape to a responsive touchscreen, today’s thermostats look different than they used to. Let’s explore the available options model-by-model. We’ll highlight what makes each model stand out from the rest and ultimately pick an overall winner of the best smart thermostat from the pack. Here’s a list of smart thermostats we’ve tested recently: Ecobee3 LiteEcobee SmartThermostatEmerson Sensi Emerson Sensi Touch Honeywell Lyric Honeywell Lyric T5 Johnson Controls GLAS Lux Geo Lux Kono Nest Learning Thermostat Nest Thermostat EThe products discussed here are independently chosen by our editors after hands-on evaluation and testing. CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. $199 at Amazon Ecobee SmartThermostat Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Chris Monroe/CNET Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Read Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat review $220 at Amazon Best design 1:21 23 Smart Thermostats Honeywell Lyric T5 The best smart home security cameras of 2019 The best video doorbells available The best dehumidifiers you can install yourself CNET Smart Home 13 Photos Chris Monroe/CNET $220 at Amazon Nest Learning Thermostat I hold that the $249 Nest Learning Thermostat is still the best-looking smart thermostat out there. Its rounded design harkens back to old-school thermostats, but it has a modern look that fits in with nearly any home decor. The $169 Nest Thermostat E looks nice too, but it has more plastic components that aren’t as appealing as the Learning Thermostat’s stainless steel. Testing a thermostat Let’s talk about testing. Smart thermostats start with the installation. Installations can vary widely from thermostat to thermostat and HVAC system to HVAC system, but there are some basic steps required for installing these devices. As always, consult a professional installer if you have any questions about the setup process. Here are the general steps: Turn off power to your thermostat at the circuit breaker Remove the old thermostat Install the thermostat’s baseplate with the included screws Attach the wires to the wire terminals Snap on the faceplateTurn on power at the circuit breakerWas the thermostat especially difficult to install? If so, why? Certain models require a C-wire, for example, which can complicate the installation if you don’t have one. Not sure what a C-wire is? Start here.  From there, I move on to the app. Every smart thermostat has one. I download the app and create an account if I don’t already have one. Then I configure the thermostat following the steps in the app. This usually means connecting to the local Wi-Fi network, giving your thermostat a name like “Hallway” or “Bedroom” and then you can start using your thermostat. The Ecobee mobile app is straightforward and easy to install and navigate. That sounds simple enough, but so many apps make it tough to find the specific setting or feature you’re looking for. Not so with Ecobee’s smartphone app. And that’s important because the mobile app is one of the main ways to interact with your Wi-Fi thermostat when you aren’t standing directly in front of it (aside from using a voice command).  Best overall How well does the app work? Is it easy to navigate to the thermostat settings you need? Is it simple to create a schedule or enable geofencing? This factors into the thermostat’s usability score, along with how simple the thermostat hardware itself is to control manually.  I also test smart home integration, especially voice-enabled systems you can access through voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri. Most connected thermostats have compatibility with at least one voice assistant and some, like the Ecobee3 Lite and Ecobee SmartThermostat, work with all three. Do the voice commands flow naturally, like they would in an actual conversation? Did the thermostat actually adjust the temperature — heating and cooling — according to your commands?  All of these things determine a smart thermostat’s overall score and how likely I am to recommend it.  The best facial recognition cameras: And how we test them The best video doorbells: And which one’s right for you 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. Honeywell Nest Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Voice recognition Google Siri Apple Apple HomeKit Ecobee The Ecobee SmartThermostat is my favorite pick for best smart thermostat available today. Yes, it’s expensive at $249, but it has the performance and features to back it up — especially if you want to talk to Alexa without having to buy an Amazon Echo. If you don’t want or need an Alexa speaker, the $169 Ecobee3 Lite Wi-Fi thermostat is also a great option. Read Nest Learning Thermostat Third Generation review Ecobee’s new thermostat is part Alexa speaker reading • The best smart thermostats of 2019 Smart thermostats do more than automate a fixed heating and cooling schedule. These app-enabled smart home devices make it possible to adjust your thermostat whether you’re on the couch, at the grocery store or on vacation — anywhere your smartphone is connected to a cellular or a Wi-Fi network. Many of these devices also work with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri now too, giving you yet another way to adjust your thermostat settings without having to stand directly in front of it.  Some smart thermostat systems also use smart features like a motion sensor to determine if you’re home or away and automatically change the temperature — both heating and cooling — for you. Other systems rely on a geofencing radius — once you get a certain distance from your home, they switch to away mode and then back to home mode when you return.   • Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Ecobee CNET Smart Home Comments Tags Tyler Lizenby/CNET See All Best voice controllast_img read more