first_imgThe Royole Flexpai is the first foldable phone in the market. But it’s still a little rough. Sarah Tew/CNET When I finally got my hands on the Royole Flexpai, the world’s first flexible smartphone, I couldn’t stop obsessing about the rubber spine as I opened and closed it. I worried that I was going to break it, but the two halves snapped into place via magnets just fine. Watching the Android operating system flex and bend on the display kept me riveted.But then I tried using the phone. I tapped the screen, and nothing happened. When it finally did, another widget popped over the main menu. I folded out the display, and waited for the screen to reorient itself. And waited. Tap, tap, tap. Nothing, nothing, nothing. It was definitely not ready for prime time. Royole FlexPai But a new design could also mean new interface, and that could prove awkward and buggy. Some handset vendors talked about the challenge of making a bendable phone able to handle daily use, while others noted that the software and interface required by new design could be complicated. Google has said it would support foldable phones in its next version of Android, but that’s nearly a year away.While I’m genuinely excited about flexible phones, I’m also skeptical. If foldable devices represent a revolution in design, what we see in 2019 will be the catalyst. Just don’t expect a big spark. 5G BlackBerry Huawei LG Microsoft Samsung Verizon Alcatel OneTouch Samsung’s foldable phone is coming soon 10 Photos Tags 19 CES 2019: Hands-on with the foldable, bendable Royole FlexPai phone Samsung Galaxy X or Galaxy F?If anyone can create a polished product, it’s Samsung. The company has teased a foldable phone for years, and it’s finally ready to deliver in the first half. “2019 is the perfect blend of consumer interest in this technology and technology advancements,” said Suzanne de Silva, director of product marketing and strategy for Samsung Electronics, in an interview with CNET. The rumored Galaxy X or Galaxy F is expected to make an appearance at Samsung’s Unpacked event in February, even if the focus will be on the flagship Galaxy S10 smartphone. Unlike the Flexpai, whose screens fold on the outside, Samsung’s flexible screen will be on the inside, and the device will close up like a clamshell. (There’s also a smaller, more standard screen on the outside.)De Silva called it a feat of engineering, noting that the phone has an articulated spine that allows it to open and close smoothly like a book. When the FlexPai is folded, there’s still an annoying gap in the middle, as in the Microsoft Surface Book laptop.Samsung’s brief showing of its foldable phone revealed a large, flexible screen on the inside, plus a smaller screen on the outside. Samsung But just as important as the hardware is the software, and having an experience that best makes use of all that screen real estate. Samsung, however, has had a mixed history with its software and user experience. Part of me is worried about the challenges of a completely new design scheme. De Silva said Samsung is focusing on the software, including the ability to run three apps simultaneously and to do one-handed navigation even with the bigger display.Others are more cautious. “While it seems obvious that people would love a small phone that has a big display, until we see these phones, it won’t be clear whether consumers are willing to accept the trade-offs that new form factors inevitably bring,” said Avi Greengart, an analyst at Global Data.Revolution or gimmick? Whether it succeeds or fails, Samsung’s entry into the foldable phone world will make an impact. The Galaxy Note franchise made obscenely big displays a thing. The foldable Galaxy phone could similarly drag the rest of the industry into this area. Beyond Samsung and Huawei, handset makers at the show talked about the challenges of using flexible displays. China’s TCL, the company that makes BlackBerry and Alcatel smartphones, said it would create a flexible device by 2020, which could be a phone. It has the help of its own display maker, China Star Optoelectronics Technology, which makes displays for its phones and televisions.”Having this in house gives us an advantage,” said Stefan Streit, general manager of global marketing for TCL.LG, which also has a sister company that works on displays, has already toyed with this area. “You saw our rollable TVs,” said LG Chief Technology Officer I.P. Park. “You can assume we can do much more there.” 12:46 Vestberg declined to comment on whether Verizon would sell a foldable phone.I first saw Royole’s FlexPai this week at CES, where LG also showed off a 65-inch OLED television that rolls up into a box. And then there was the beautiful “LG waterfall” formed from dozens of curved displays at the entrance to its booth. Flexible displays have long been hyped up, but Samsung put some substance behind the hype last November when it showed off a prototype foldable Galaxy smartphone. In October, Huawei, the No. 2 smartphone maker in the world, confirmed that it was working on a similar device. At CES, a number of handset makers spoke to me about their experiences. Skeptics everywhereBut Park didn’t commit to any timing on a foldable phone. He also cast some doubt on such a device’s ability to withstand wear and tear. “I don’t think anybody has a 100 percent solution at this point,” Park said.Royole said that its phone was tested for 200,000 bends, and is already on back order. An executive from another handset maker that didn’t want to identified noted that bending a phone with the display on the outside (FlexPai method) is much easier than on the inside (Samsung method). That person’s company was still working on the durability issue of the inside-folding option. “There’s lots of work to be done before it becomes consumer-friendly,” the executive said. Royole FlexPai phoneSamsung’s foldable phone could look a lot like this. Sarah Tew/CNET Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights, expects five to 10 companies to announce a foldable device, and he said he was impressed by what he saw at CES. “I’m expecting much higher-quality devices in February” at the Mobile World Congress trade show, he said. MediaTek Chief Financial Officer David Ku, likewise, was skeptical about the prospects for foldable phones in China because of the potential cost. “I would say it’s a few years to go,” he said.With all the focus on 5G this year, flexible phones may end up as a side act until that new networking technology matures. “2019 is about 5G and full display designs,” said Wayne Lam, an analyst at IHS. “I would say the market won’t get really interesting until 2020.”CNET’s Shara Tibken and Lynn La contributed to this story.Published Jan. 11 at 5:42pm PT. Update: Jan. 12 at 5:57pm PT to correct the statement that TCL will release a foldable phone in 2020. It will release a foldable device, which could be a phone.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. Galaxy S10 launch date confirmed: Tune in Feb. 20 for Samsung’s Unpacked event. Now playing: Watch this: 7:56 CES 2019 30 Photos Samsung’s foldable phone is here, with brand-new One UI for Android Phones Mentioned Above Royole FlexPai Preview • Royole FlexPai: First foldable phone beats Samsung to the punch The top 10 products of CES 2019 21 Photos See it Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $1,318 Now playing: Watch this: Comments To be fair, the phone I tried out wasn’t a commercial-ready unit yet, and the Royole engineer who showed me the phone said updates were coming daily. But that first awkward experience underscores some of the growing pains that flexible smartphones are likely to endure as they make their debut this year. The idea of a device that you unfold to enlarge, or roll up to put in your pocket, is the stuff of sci-fi movies, the kind of thing I grew up fantasizing about. Only, it’s real now, and it opens the door to new types of designs beyond the boring slab of plastic or metal. “Remember when we went from the keyboard to the screen,” Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said in an interview on Monday at CES 2019. “It was so huge. Innovation came with it.” Galaxy S10, 5G and foldable phones make news at CES 2019last_img read more

first_imgFuse Reels’ $20 Side Kick lets you wind up a MacBook Pro charging cable. Stephen Shankland/CNET Back in the olden days, before Apple switched its MacBook Pro laptops to USB-C MacBook chargers and phased out its quick-release MagSafe connectors, you might have appreciated how you could wrap your charging cable around the charger’s two flip-out wings for tidy transport.Apple dropped that feature, but Fuse Reels’ newest Kickstarter project, called the Side Winder, brings it back. The accessory, about the thickness of a mobile phone, sticks to the side of your power charger. When it’s time to go, you can pop it out and spool your power cord like winding up a yo-yo string.It costs $20, though there’s a discount price of $12 for early backers, and is scheduled to ship by June. It’s for MacBook Pro power supplies now, but smaller relatives are on the way, Fuse Reels Chief Executive Logan Bailey said.”We are currently working on cable management for the new iPad Pro, and the 2018 MacBook and MacBook Air,” Bailey said.The Side Kick pops down when not in use, though it does make the charger a bit thicker.Enlarge ImageThe Side Kick pops down when not in use, though it does make the charger a bit thicker. Stephen Shankland/CNET Accessories aren’t for everybody, but they can make your life a little easier. Crowdfunding sites, notably Kickstarter and Indiegogo, have played an important role in helping entrepreneurs bring them to market since they let interested customers underwrite development costs.The Side Kick is a more compact alternative to the Side Winder, which Fuse Reels released in 2018. The Side Winder let you spool up 12 feet worth of charging cable, but the Side Kick just works with the shorter USB-C cable — a better option for people who don’t bother with Apple’s removable extension cord. The Side Kick also works with non-Apple power supplies, as long as they’re large enough.After you spool up the cable, the Side Kick has two notches where you can tuck the cable end to keep it from unspooling while it’s packed.You can unplug the USB-C cable from the power supply if you want, but Apple’s USB-C cables are less prone to fraying than its earlier charging cables, Bailey said. “We tend to just create a large loop first before winding it up to avoid the hard bend on the cable head,” he said.The Side Kick pops down when not in use, though it does make the charger a bit thicker.The Side Kick pops down when not in use, though it does make the charger a bit thicker. Stephen Shankland/CNET NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $1,184 See it Post a comment • See It Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, space gray, 2017) Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best Buy 0center_img Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See All Tags Laptops Computer Accessories reading • Side Kick spools your laptop power cable out of the way Preview • Apple takes light-touch approach to 13-inch MacBook Pro update Apple Share your voice $1,399 Applelast_img read more

first_img Post a comment Tags 0 BlackBerry is accusing Twitter of illegally using its mobile messaging technology James Martin/CNET BlackBerry on Wednesday filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Twitter, accusing the social network of illegally using the former phone giant’s mobile messaging technology.Calling Twitter a “relative newcomer,” the lawsuit accuses the microblogging site of co-opting BlackBerry’s technology for use in several services, including the main Twitter app and Twitter Ads, the companies advertising platform. BlackBerry said Twitter’s alleged infringement of six patents — which cover notifications, silencing notifications and push technology, among other things — has deprived it of revenue to which it’s entitled.With BlackBerry’s inventions, Twitter “has succeeded in diverting consumers away from BlackBerry’s products and services” and toward its own by misappropriating features that made BlackBerry “a critical and commercial success in the first place,” according to the 98-page complaint (see below).The lawsuit, filed in US District Court for Central California, seeks compensation for lost revenue and unspecified enhanced damages.Twitter declined to comment on the lawsuit.Nearly a decade ago, BlackBerry was one of the world’s largest smartphone makers. One of the core services found on its older phones is BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), a secure way to exchange text and images and an early competitor to the likes of WhatsApp. But in the years since, BBM’s functions have largely been replaced by the growing popularity of messaging features on social networks and text messaging services.BlackBerry has in the past several years retreated into supplying software and services for corporate and government clients. Its phones remain on the market only because Chinese consumer electronics maker TCL, best known for budget televisions, pays BlackBerry for the rights to use its name.BlackBerry filed a similar lawsuit against Facebook in March 2018, saying the company infringed on its mobile messaging tech for its own Messenger, as well as its Instagram photo sharing app and WhatsApp messaging service. BlackBerry v. Twitter by jonathan_skillings on Scribd Mobile Mobile Apps Share your voice BlackBerry Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Share your voice Tags Internet Services Tech Industry 5 Google has fallen foul of EU competition rules before. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Europe’s Competition Commission slapped Google with a 1.49 billion euro ($1.69 billion) fine on Wednesday for abusive practices in online advertising.The tech giant abused its market dominance by restricting its rivals from placing their search adverts on third-party websites, the European Commission said in a press release.It’s the third antitrust fine the EU’s executive branch has handed down to Google in the past three years for breaking competition rules. It brings the company’s total bill to 8.2 billion euros following almost a decade of investigations into its shopping practices, Android rules and advertising dominance.”Google has cemented its dominance in online search adverts and shielded itself from competitive pressure by imposing anticompetitive contractual restrictions on third-party websites,” EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement. “This is illegal under EU antitrust rules. The misconduct lasted over 10 years and denied other companies the possibility to compete on the merits and to innovate — and consumers the benefits of competition.”Ensuring European citizens can exercise the power of choice is a top priority for the Competition Commission. Google currently restricts choice by ensuring its own ads, served through AdSense, are featured on third-party websites exclusively, and therefore are the sole gateway to people’s spending, according to the EU. Google secures these deals with the websites in contracts providing them with access to its search tools.p039879-52863This is how Google abuses its dominance, according to the EU. European Competition Commission “We’ve always agreed that healthy, thriving markets are in everyone’s interest,” said Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president for global affairs, in a statement. “We’ve already made a wide range of changes to our products to address the Commission’s concerns. Over the next few months, we’ll be making further updates to give more visibility to rivals in Europe.”Following a years-long investigation into Google’s shopping services, the EU fined the company a record $2.7 billion in 2017. The record was then broken again the following year when Google was slapped with a fine of $5 billion for forcing Android phone makers to preinstall its own apps and services — including the Google Play Store — and restricting the prepackaging of alternatives.In a blog post published late Tuesday, pre-empting the Commission’s announcement, Walker detailed the changes Google has already made in response to the EU’s decisions and concerns. In recent months, the company has tested a new format for comparison shopping sites and has now granted phone-makers the freedom to install any apps of their choosing alongside Google apps. It will now do more to increase awareness of different browsers among Android phone owners and ensure they have the opportunity to choose which browser they’d like to use.”These latest changes demonstrate our continued commitment to operating in an open and principled way,” said Walker. Comments Antitrust Googlelast_img read more

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 Apple Event $999 Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far See It 6:23 Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See All 0 Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times, reportedly said that relying too much on third-party distribution is risky.  Angela Lang/CNET Apple’s new digital news service won’t be welcomed by everyone. The New York Times, one of the biggest and most prestigious newspapers in the US, will likely not be featured in Apple’s subscription news service, expected to be announced on Monday.”We tend to be quite leery about the idea of almost habituating people to find our journalism somewhere else,” Mark Thompson, CEO of New York Times, told Reuters. “We’re also generically worried about our journalism being scrambled in a kind of Magimix (blender) with everyone else’s journalism.” See it Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Thompson reportedly warned that publishing through third-party distribution can be risky for publishers who might lose control of their content. Neither The New York Times nor Apple immediately responded to requests for comment. Apple’s launch event will take place on Monday in the Steve Jobs Theater at the company’s Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, at 10 a.m. PT. The iPhone maker is expected to announce its new Netflix-like streaming service, a subscription news service and possibly Apple credit cards. The paid digital news service is likely a premium version of its current News app, which will allow users to view content from different publishers. Publishers have reportedly been hesitant to sign on because Apple would take 50 percent of the revenue from the service.  Share your voice Sprintcenter_img $999 $999 New AirPods, iMacs, iPads and more details on Apple’s… Post a comment Best Buy Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino Mobile Digital Media Apple Event Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It reading • Apple’s news subscription likely won’t include New York Times See It • Apple iPhone XS $999 Applelast_img read more

first_img $60 at Best Buy See It Lion King’s first full-length trailer drops $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo Best Buy $520 at HP Chris Monroe/CNET 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. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Comment $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 See at Amazon Read the AirPods review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See it $210 at Best Buy $999 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. $155 at Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS See at Turo Angela Lang/CNET 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. $59 at eBay What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. 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. 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. TV and Movies $6 at Tidal Boost Mobile Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Share your voice Turo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $299 at Amazon Tags Amazon $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 1 Sprint Read Google Home Hub review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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). Tags See It See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Now playing: Watch this: HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Disney,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. Read the Rylo camera preview Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. 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. 7 Share your voice The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Everything the light touches… Disney/Screenshot by CNET It’s gonna be the mane event, like no movie before… we’re talking about Disney’s Lion King remake, of course. The first full-length trailer for the film, which is set for release on July 19, dropped Wednesday on YouTube. It follows a teaser trailer released in November, which focused mainly on baby Simba. This time we get to see clips from throughout the film, with epic landscapes and some wimoweh-ing from Timon and Pumba that’ll have you singing The Lion Sleeps Tonight for the next three weeks.The Lion King’s CGI remake comes hot on the heels of Disney’s Dumbo remake and will be closely pipped to the post by its Aladdin remake due out in May. In the meantime, you can watch the full trailer below and spend the rest of the day basking in the gentle glow of ’90s nostalgia. 1:49last_img read more

first_img Sydney Tags News • Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus deal: $840 (save $160) AT&T had the advantage of tightly controlling its network in a smaller area, and it showed. Over the course of 12 speed tests, eight climbed higher than 1.4Gbps — again, that beats our top Verizon speed. Verizon’s speeds in our test consistently spanned 400Mbps to over 1Gbps, and we broke through the 1Gbps barrier four times in a 4-hour testing period around downtown Chicago. 4G speeds were also faster where we tested 5G.Sprint covered a comparatively larger area throughout Dallas, with speeds that rarely crested 400Mbps (that’s still much faster than your current phone).This is an imperfect comparison in a lot of ways. Verizon and Sprint use different spectrum (radio frequencies). Verizon and this AT&T test use millimeter wave (mmWave), which produces extremely fast speeds to a targeted area. Sprint, however, uses midband frequencies, which cover a comparatively larger area but are a bit slower, hence the 400Mbps peaks. AT&T will also rely on this midband spectrum for the majority of its future network and will give more densely populated areas and businesses a faster shot of 5G Plus.p1033706AT&T’s 5G speeds blew us away on a Galaxy S10 5G phone. Logan Moy/CNET 5G network footprint: Sprint wins today. Tomorrow is wide openAlthough AT&T technically has more cities lit up in 5G than Sprint and certainly Verizon, the Galaxy S10 5G phone isn’t actually available to the general public yet (it’s only for business users). That makes Sprint the winner in turning on a larger 5G network that more people can use today.However, Verizon is the largest US network by population coverage, with AT&T right behind it, while Sprint and T-Mobile are currently in third and fourth. Still, Sprint’s strong start with 5G makes it an attractive bargaining chip in the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile — and T-Mobile 5G held its own in our New York tests.If the DOJ approves the merger, the newly bolstered T-Mobile will be in a stronger position to take on Verizon and AT&T. (Here’s how Dish figures into the megamerger, too.) 8.2 seconds See Galaxy S10 5G’s jaw-dropping real-world speeds 9:40 Sub-6GHz 5G real-world download speeds Now playing: Watch this: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Galaxy S10 5G 1.3 Gbps 5G technology LG V50 New York 6 minutes and 34 seconds Oppo Reno 5G Verizon 11:22 Galaxy S10 5G We’re still in the early days of our 5G tests in the US and around the globe, but comparing our results from and real-world downloads already reveal an important lesson. Speed isn’t everything. The consistency of those speeds and the breadth of coverage are just as important as high highs and lightning-fast downloads.While most of us won’t feel the full effect of next-generation 5G speeds until the networks start to roll out in earnest, more 5G phones have become available, and the price of ownership has dropped.However, the reality of 5G’s ability to make your download speeds exponentially faster is undeniably clear and happening now.  N/A AT&T (Galaxy S10 5G) London Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? 3 minutes, 31 seconds Review • Galaxy S10 Plus braces for Galaxy Note 10 impact 27 seconds (download only), 1 minute, 23 seconds (download and install) PUBG was 1.96 GB Los Angeles (Warner Bros. Studio) Seoul Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Season 1 (8 episodes, 1.82GB) Sprint wins one more timeSprint doesn’t have the fastest speeds by a mile, but where the carrier really pulled ahead was in citywide coverage. Our test in Dallas had us on a bus and car driving around the city while seeing download speeds pass between 5G and 4G. We were able to test on the go, and there was a larger area of the city and Dallas outskirts outfitted with coverage. Meanwhile, in Chicago (we didn’t get a chance to test in Minneapolis), 5G areas acted more like hotspots. They work best when you’re within a line of sight and 100 to 300 feet away. Coverage zones are smaller and the signal is more finicky, easily obstructed by trees, cars, raindrops — you name it. Same story with AT&T, which was completely contained in a movie lot.lg-v50-sprint-5g-test-lynnSprint is the readiest for more people. Lynn La/CNET The mmWave spectrum that Verizon and AT&T use also can’t penetrate indoors or through glass, so you can’t get the benefit if you’re driving in a car or inside your workplace… yet. Remember, 5G is still in painfully early days. That larger coverage area showed in our Dallas tests, but again, this was one city with its very particular geography, and Sprint took its time to construct its network. What does it all mean? AT&T shows us the most potential for blazing downloads at the brink of our imagination. Verizon has the upper hand when it comes to consistently fast 5G speeds when you can actually latch onto the network. And Sprint showed us how slower-but-broader 5G coverage can still benefit you with faster-than-4G downloads across the board. T-Mobile proved it has the foundation in place, but its proposed merger with Sprint could change the game.We’re not done testing yet, not by a long shot. We have dozens if not hundreds of tests to come as we’re able to test the same phone on the same network in the same city — and around the world. Keep in mind that we expect a wide gulf between these peak speeds and the results we’ll see when people start pinging the 5G networks in droves. That will be the real test of network speed, congestion and convenience. After all the talk, it’s invigorating to see 5G networks come to life. But they still have such a long way to go. 5G tests: Peak speeds Wine Country movie (143 minutes) See it $833 See It Telstra 489 Mbps Sydney June 14, 2019 Lynn La, Patrick Holland and Eli Blumenthal contributed to this story.Originally published May 31.Updates, June 1, June 2, June 3, June 4: Adds more details; June 25: Adds analysis in light of AT&T test results. Update, June 26: Adds T-Mobile network news. Update, June 27. Update, June 30: Added T-Mobile test results.Update, July 1. How fast is T-Mobile’s 5G network? We took it for a test… 618 Mbps Galaxy S10 5G Sub-6GHz T-Mobile Sprint’s LG V50 5G phone shows the most promise for consistent coverage. Lynn La/CNET 5G has launched on all four major US carriers — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — and we got a chance to test them all, from Los Angeles to New York.  (We tested 5G in the UK and Australia, too.) After dozens of tests in cities across the US, we can firmly say that fast 5G is coming, and with it, one of the most important competitions — and challenges — facing the phone world today.AT&T showed us the fastest peak download speeds of them all, but under such limited circumstances, it’s almost better to think of it as a demo rather than real-world tests. While ordinary buyers likely won’t get to use AT&T’s 5G on phones until at least 2020 (it’s for business customers only now), the fact that AT&T blasted past Verizon’s already crazy speeds in Chicago, more than doubled T-Mobile’s peak in Manhattan and more than tripled Sprint’s highest speeds in Dallas underscores how hungry carriers are to win 5G victories early. The stakes are real. 5G is the most important thing to happen to phones in a decade. This is the new network technology that will eventually replace today’s 4G LTE networks, promising anywhere from 2x to 10x and one day 100x faster download speeds. With 5G, you’ll be able to download hours of video in seconds, launch crystal clear, lag-free video calls and play graphics-heavy games in real time. The carrier that can claim the fastest download speeds, widest coverage area and most consistent service earns more than just bragging rights. Carriers hope to lure customers on the strength of their 5G reputations. 49 seconds Sprint 4 minutes mmWave 2.5 minutes 583 Mbps N/A 2:18 460 Mbps AT&T 5G network has some of the fastest speeds we’ve… ~5 minutes Sprint stats (5G network)Network type: 2.5GHz “sub-6” wireless spectrum5G cities today: Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Kansas City5G phones: LG V50, Galaxy S10 5GMore 5G cities announced: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and WashingtonTotal area: 2,180 square miles; 11.5 million people Verizon stats (Ultra Wideband)Network type: Millimeter wave (mmWave)5G cities today: Chicago, Minneapolis5G phones: Galaxy S10 5G, Moto Z3 with Moto Mod More 5G cities announced: 30 markets by the end of 2019AT&T stats (5G Plus)Network type: AT&T 5G Plus will work with mmWave technology, but the carrier will also use “sub-6” spectrum5G cities: Parts of 19 cities, including LA, Austin, and Dallas (started with hotspots)5G phone: Galaxy S10 5G (Business only, consumer by 2020)More 5G cities announced: AT&T has plans for at least 30 citiesT-Mobile statsNetwork type: mmWave technology5G cities: Six cities, including Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York5G phone: Galaxy S10 5GMore 5G cities announced: T-Mobile is focused on the Sprint merger and expansion into low-band spectrumSee for yourself: 5G coverage anywhere in the world s10-5g-verizon-2Verizon’s 5G network will grow beyond Chicago and Minneapolis. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET Real-world tests are more impressive than you’d thinkPeak speeds are one thing, but what you’ll really care about is how quickly your shows and movies can download. We downloaded some of the same apps and shows in Chicago, Dallas, and LA to try to compare.It’s not apples to apples, of course, because of testing constraints that have us in different cities, on different networks using different phones at different times (and in one case, a different season of the show — oops). June 15, 2019 We field-tested Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T’s speeds using the benchmarking app in different locations. We also downloaded apps, movies and TV shows to see how fast the network and phones handled real-world actions (more below).But here’s one important difference in the tests. While Verizon (and T-Mobile) let journalists loose to test its 5G nodes built into existing light posts, again, our tests with AT&T are better thought of like a really impressive demo. (Sprint escorted us around Dallas in a car outfitted with screens to show our 5G progress.) AT&T let us use the Galaxy S10 5G on its live 5G Plus network (the name for its fastest network for phones) on a section of the Warner Bros. production lot — basically, a small neighborhood that has its own town square — with nodes built onto rooftops. June 22, 2019 N/A N/A Sub-6GHz Dallas May 30, 2019 SK Telecom 1.8 Gbps AT&T smashes Verizon’s peak speedsTest after test, AT&T’s 5G network topped Verizon’s fastest network speeds — 1.8Gbps on AT&T and 1.3Gbps on Verizon. That’s especially impressive knowing that AT&T decided to “cap” its 5G speeds at 2Gbps, suggesting they could go even higher.Sprint peaked at 484 Mbps (megabits per second). That’s 3.7 times slower than AT&T’s highest score, but still, nothing to scoff at. For reference, 4G LTE speeds could get you 100Mbps down, and fast home internet speeds might hover in the 400Mbps range. $999 2.73 seconds Sub-6GHz T-Mobile (Galaxy S10 5G) Abt Electronics $999 485 Mbps mmWave June 20, 2019 N/A EE Putting Sprint’s 5G to the test on the LG V50 Sprint The Future of 5G: Enhanced public safety N/A Galaxy S10 5G May 16, 2019 Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Season 2 HD (10 episodes) June 28, 2019 See It Sub-6GHz 13 Photos N/A Phone Best Buy Chicago June 27, 2019 Sprint (LG V50) 16 seconds 3 minutes, 45 seconds (Sprint later said there were issues at this location) Blue Planet II, Episode 1 Location 5G 4G LTE AT&T LG Samsung Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB, prism black) 2:25 Peak download speed ( Mobile Phones Verizon (Galaxy S10 5G) Now playing: Watch this: mmWave 8:44 Test date *Sprint later said there were issues at this locationThe clearest takeaway here is that 5G will be faster than its 4G counterpart in ways you can already see.What does weather have to do with it?Heat may throw a wrench into 5G speeds. When we tested T-Mobile’s network on the Galaxy S10 in New York, we noticed that 5G would hand off to 4G as the mercury climbed. At around 88 degrees in full sunlight, falling back to a 4G network would keep internal phone temperatures in check — in addition to any individual devices’ internal cooling strategies.The high-frequency radio waves used by mmWave technology could theoretically cause the phone to overheat, especially when paired with resource-heavy processing that spins up the CPU to its maximum levels, such as downloading large files or streaming in ultra-high quality (a future promise for 5G).This is not the first link between 5G and the weather, though meteorologists’ concern that 5G could wreak havoc on atmospheric readings is quite a different consequence and one that the scientific community is actively discussing. On the ground, we’ll need to keep an eye out for weather patterns affecting 5G data. 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first_img Post a comment So far, Jirachi’s only been available to players who attended the 2019 Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago; Dortmund, Germany; or Yokohama, Japan, and players who couldn’t make those events have been waiting for it to appear more widely. It first appeared in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire — the series’ third generation — on Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance in 2003.First published Aug. 16, 8:01 a.m. PT.Update, Aug. 23, 2:15 a.m. PT: Adds recap video. Share your voice How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one Pokemon Go Niantic counted down to Jirachi’s arrival — it tweeted a shot of a starry sky with five star emoji last Thursday, followed by increasingly Jirachi-shaped ones with four emoji on Friday, three on Saturday and two on Sunday. We saw a complete outline with a single star emoji on Monday, and the announcement came on Tuesday. Tags Pokemon Go Nintendo Here’s a recap video of some of our biggest bonuses, as well as a fully detailed breakdown:— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) August 21, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Video Gamescenter_img 2:13 You can get the mythical Jirachi in Pokemon Go. Pokemon Go We wouldn’t advise playing Pokemon Go on eight phones to get this new Pokemon, but Niantic added new special research that’ll let you add Jirachi to your Pokedex Tuesday. The augmented reality (AR) game developer also revealed its September Ultra Bonus event.Previously, you’d been able to catch Jirachi’s mythical predecessors Mew and Celebi after completing a series of in-game special research tasks. Those two came from the first and second generations of Pokemon, so the psychic-steel type Jirachi was next in line as the third generation’s mythical creature.The Ultra Bonus event will see A, L, R, T, and U-shaped Unown hatching from 10 km eggs from Sept. 2. Also that week, Raikou, Suicune and Entei are returning to raids, you can encounter shiny Sentret and shiny Gligar, and incubators are doubly effective.From Sept. 9, regional Pokemon including Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, and Tauros will hatch from 7 km eggs. All of Deoxys’ forms will appear in raids, as will Pokemon that counter Deoxys. 0 Nintendo shows latest Pokemon game, Sword and Shield News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime Starting Sept. 16, Mewtwo with the special move Psystrike will show up in five-star raids. It can be shiny for the first time, and you’ll have the chance to encounter shiny Lillipup and Patrat. That week that also see the first Pokemon from the Unova region — ones from Black and White — spawning in the game.The official Twitter account also released a recap video running through the stuff we’ll get during the Ultra Bonus weeks — it confirms that the first Unova Pokemon will be starters Snivy, Tepig and Oshawott (which are grass, fire and water respectively). The coolest Pokemon collectibles 19 Photos Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Golast_img read more