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JBL Bar 5.1
Despite wireless speakers now being very much the norm in our homes, getting a decent wire-free surround sound system for your home cinema remains a bit of a chore. Either the price is exorbitant, or...
Google's Street View cars are now tracking air pollution
What's the leading cause of deaths in the world today? I'll give you a hint. It's not obesity or malnutrition. It's not HIV, malaria, bird flu or any other infectious disease. It's not war, and it's definitely...
Xiaomi Mi Headphone review: Looks quality, but not so much
Scores in depthDesign 4.5/5Features 4/5Performance 3.5/5Usability 4/5Value 3.5/5Xiaomi has been known for making quality products at affordable pricing which attracted hordes of Indian consumers toward...
BBC Radio 3 will be streaming The Proms in crisp lossless audio this year
When you think of technological innovation your mind rarely jumps to radio, but for the start of the Proms this year, BBC Radio 3 will see a significant boost to the quality of its audio streams. For...
Mylan gets FDA warning on drug quality at India factory
Drugmaker Mylan failed to investigate why medications made at a factory in India didn’t meet quality standards and frequently didn’t report the substandard results from its tests, the Food and Drug Administration...
Best Bay Area garden centers
Running a good garden center or nursery takes knowledge, years of experience, organizational skill and a strong commitment to quality. [...] since most garden centers buy — rather than raise — most of...
Google moves to improve search quality with ‘offensive’ flag
Google is trying to improve the quality of its search results by directing review teams to flag content that might come across as upsetting or offensive. While flagging something doesn’t directly affect...
Here’s what Mass Effect: Andromeda looks like in 4K HDR on PC
There is, naturally enough, plenty of excitement concerning the next installment of Mass Effect, which comes out in a couple of weeks. Those intending to play on the PC will be pleased to hear some fresh,...
Worried about air pollution? A wearable purifier could help
Air purifiers are commonplace in homes and offices around the world, but this new device aims to keep what you breathe clean while you’re out and about too.Vybra Solutions – a company that specializes...
Rather like Samsung’s successful SmartThings home monitoring kit, Panasonic has launched its own system that puts the emphasis on security and in this starter pack – priced at £250 (around $305, AU$405)...
Best of the new TVs
The B6 outperforms every other TV we’ve tested, with the exception of even more expensive 2016 OLED TVs, which perform about the same. The bottom line: LG’s high-end 2016 OLED TVs deliver the best picture...
B&W P9 Signature
Headphones, in some ways, are like wine, and Bowers and Wilkins new P9 Signature are the equivalent of a luxury bottle you’d fork out for at the fanciest of celebrations. At the budget end of the spectrum...
Samsung CEO warns of ‘lagging’ growth and pledges reform after the Note 7 recall debacle
The co-CEO, who is also vice-chairman of Samsung, addressed the Note 7 issue which saw the smartphone "phablet" catch fire ending in a recall and discontinuation of the device. Samsung has so far taken...
LG OLED 4K TV - Perfect Black creates Perfect Colour
LG’s latest range of premium OLED 4K TVs can change the face of your home entertainment system and offers one of the best quality screens in the market.The organic self-emitting pixels offer the deepest...
Scientists fly high to tackle air pollution
Researchers from the Natural Centre for Atmospheric Science are flying through the plume of pollution billowing from major cities to calculate exactly how many tonnes of sooty particulates and toxic gases...
Best budget Blu-ray players
Best budget Blu-ray players The Samsung is one of the fastest Blu-ray players we’ve tested for under $100. The unit offers decent streaming options, and only a dedicated streaming box will do it better...
Samsung trips on quality control in rush to pip Apple
SEOUL (Reuters) - In its rush to beat rival products to market, notably Apple's new iPhone, Samsung Electronics has accelerated new phone launch cycles, but its haste is raising concerns that it fell short...
There could soon be far fewer apps in the App Store
There's a huge number of high quality apps available for iOS devices, but there's also a huge number of rubbish, broken or outdated ones, and Apple is set to address this by performing a cull of those...
IFA 2016: JBL Cinema SB450 gives 4K cinema sound for your new Ultra HD TV
The price of Ultra HD (4K) TVs is starting to drop and more people are considering the new resolution for their next television. Picture quality is only half the battle though, as for the perfect viewing...
Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 shipments delayed due to quality testing
SEOUL (Reuters) - Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday shipments of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone are being delayed as the firm conducts additional quality control testing for the premium...
Buying Guide: Best iPhone lenses: Transform your smartphone photos
Cameras on smartphones have transformed the way we take and share images, and the camera on the latest iPhones is one of the best around. The trouble is, with a fixed focal length with a wide field of...
Easier, faster, cheaper: A full-filling approach to making nanotubes of consistent quality
Just as many of us might be resigned to clogged salt shakers or rush-hour traffic, those working to exploit the special properties of carbon nanotubes have typically shrugged their shoulders when these...
10 Brand Name Hybrid Notebooks Worth Checking Out
The PC market has been in decline over the past several years, due to plummeting demand for tablets, longer notebook and laptop refresh cycles, and a lack of enthusiasm for upgrading to new Windows versions....
Car quality improves even with added technology
DETROIT — Despite adding sophisticated electronic safety features and touch-screens that once were prone to glitches, most automakers improved their reliability scores this year in an annual survey of...
In-depth: MQA explained: Brilliant quality tunes in tiny file sizes
The future of sound is hereIt's taken phone manufacturers a long, long time to realise that we want decent sound from our handsets - and while a few have begun improving things by offering support for...
Turnbull’s big plan to save Reef
The government will announce a $1 billion plan to save the Great Barrier Reef. The Turnbull Government will create a billion dollar fund to help protect the Great Barrier Reef from climate change and poor...
Review: Shure SE112
Shure SE112What kind of sound can $50 buy? Quite a lot, actually, as the market is crowded with affordable headphones. However, not all of them are designed to sound good and last forever. Shure, known...
Belgian researchers check quality of chocolate with ultrasound
The quality of Belgium's famous chocolate largely depends on the crystals that form during the hardening of the chocolate. Researchers from KU Leuven, Belgium, have now developed a new and quicker way...
User ratings are unreliable, and we fail to account for that
User ratings are often a good way to make choices about a purchase, but they come with some inherent weaknesses. For a start, they suffer badly from sampling bias: the kind of person who writes a review...
Got unlimited data? Netflix now lets you get the highest quality on mobile
Boost your video quality in Netflix's mobile app.NetflixNetflix has updated its iOS and Android applications to let customers adjust streaming quality on mobile networks so that users with high data caps...
High warranty costs reflect Tesla’s struggle with quality
DETROIT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk has told investors his electric car company will stop burning cash and turn a profit this year, and corralling costs associated...
VW’s new SUV ticks all the boxes
2016 Volkswagen Tiguan. Picture: Supplied SOMEWHERE, buried deep beneath the Volkswagen HQ in a lead-lined room guarded by an angry dog with a huge appetite, top engineers meet to plan how the firm’s next...
One state has two of nation's worst dirty air hotspots
FRESNO, Calif. -- Millions of Californians live in places with dirty air, according to an annual report card issued Wednesday that ranks two major urban areas in the state as the nation's most polluted.Bakersfield...
How is the quality of care in a commercial virtual visit?
Quality of care varied among commercial virtual visit companies where patients used websites to request consultations with physicians they have never met via videoconference, telephone or web chat, according...
4 Things I Wish I’d Been Told at the Start of My Freelance Career
I’ve been freelancing for around 5 years now... full time for the last 3. I enjoy the freedom, the high pay I’ve been able to achieve, and perhaps most importantly, the diversity of activities. [author_more]...
Netflix admits to downgrading video quality on AT&T, Verizon phones - WSJ
(Reuters) - Netflix Inc said it had been lowering the quality of its video for customers watching its service on wireless networks such as AT&T and Verizon Communications for more than five years, The...
Redesigned DoorDash app helps you choose restaurants based on delivery quality and speed
DoorDash is unveiling new versions of its website and app today, putting each restaurant’s delivery experience front-and-center. That’s happening through a new “Delight” score,...
Got an old graphics card? That should be no problem for VR – soon
Many gamers without high-end rigs were disappointed to discover the relatively chunky GPU requirements for virtual reality (VR) gaming. But, the good news is that Valve is working to try and lower that...
Backpack-wearing pigeons tweet London air quality readings
Wondering what the air quality is like in London? Well, over the next three days, you can ask a pigeon. More specifically, you can tweet your location to 10 pigeons located throughout the city, each one...
Review: Philips Brilliance BDM3490UC
Introduction and designCurved, ultra-wide monitors with a 21:9 aspect ratio have only become available recently, providing some interesting competition for 16:9 displays that have been standard for at...
BenQ positions the TH670 ($599) as both a business and home-entertainment projector. Unlike some models that claim to fit both roles, the TH670 can actually serve in either capacity fairly well. As a data...
Best cameras for enthusiasts
Best cameras for enthusiasts Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5 The Lumix produces excellent photos and video; it has an expansive feature set to satisfy snapshooters and enthusiasts; it offers a lot of direct...
Review: Rollei Actioncam 420
Introduction and handlingRollei's Actioncam 402 is in essence an oversized GoPro with the familiar box design encased in a waterproof housing. Making sure the 420 stands out in a crowded market, Rollei...
Poor quality USB Type-C cables can fry your gadgets
What's Hot on ZDNet How to block Windows 10 upgrades on your business network (and at home, too) Linux and open source have won, get over it How to install multiple SIM cards into an iPhone 6s CES 2016:...
Nintendo casts doubt over commitment to quality of life devices - CNET
Nintendo's new president Tatsumi Kimishima has cast doubt on the future of the company's Quality of Life initiative. Speaking to Japanese publication Asahi, the newly appointed exec indicated Nintendo's...
AirVisual Node helps users freshen up
Despite the impact it can have on our health, we rarely monitor the quality of air that we are breathing. The new AirVisual Node keeps tabs on both indoor and outdoor air quality. It also provides recommendations...
HP Color LaserJet Pro M452dw
The HP Color LaserJet Pro M452dw ($499.99) should be at the top of your list if you're looking for a color laser printer for your micro or small office. It's a little too big to share a desk with comfortably...
Health Effort to Provide Childcare in Poor Areas Enters Sixth Year
The USAID program has mobilized the world’s brightest thinkers to address the critical issue of maternal and newborn health for the past six years. Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development...
ViewSonic LightStream PJD7830HDL
The ViewSonic LightStream PJD7830HDL ($809.99) is different from most current projectors. Instead of being sold—and presumably designed—specifically as a home or data model, it's a little bit of both....
Pay What You Want to Supercharge Your Mac with 12 Apps
You trust it with some of your most sensitive data. You store your favorite music and treasured photos on it. Sometimes you fall asleep spooning it. So it wouldn't kill you to show your laptop some appreciation...
Fuji keeps it hands-on
Fuji's human assembly lineWhen you imagine an assembly line in a factory in Japan you probably think conveyer belts, robots and industrial machinery. That's certainly what I had in mind as I entered Fujifilm's...
Why don't more animals show off like peacocks?
Gelada monkeys in the highlands of Ethiopia carry a bright red chest patch that indicates status. When you marvel at the brilliant colors of a peacock's tail or enjoy the trill of a songbird, you might...
From the lab: A mobile sensor to monitor pollution
Comments Updated: January 17, 2016 6:30 am We already have a national air quality monitoring programme for the last several years. S M Shiva Nagendra, IIT Madras; uwe schlink of Helmholtz Centre for Environmental...
Rapid version of assessment tool provides easier way to monitor wetland quality
A modified or "rapid" version of an existing wetland assessment tool can accurately assess the quality of wetlands, according to Penn State researchers. Using the rapid version of the tool, known as the...
Get Striking Photo Enlargements with PhotoZoom Classic 6 for $39
Bigger isn’t better when you have to sacrifice quality for size. Luckily, PhotoZoom gets it right on both fronts. Get the PhotoZoom Classic 6 application for $39 at SitePoint Shop. PhotoZoom uses patented,...
Irradiation preserves blueberry, grape quality
It is often necessary to treat produce for insects in order to transport crops out of quarantine areas. Fumigation with methyl bromide, one of the most common treatments, is in the process of being phased...
New DFG Grant proposal for a software quality control able to stand the test of time
For a software to be maintained in an optimal condition, as well as in track of any necessary updates and innovations, it needs to be kept in check constantly. This appears to be the only way for any potential...
Tech Giants Spot Opportunity in Forecasting China's Smog
Air pollution in China could be big business. Two of the world's largest technology firms, IBM and Microsoft, are vying to tap the nascent, fast-growing market for forecasting air quality in the world's...
Why quality of experience matters more than quality of service
Organisational Collaboration This is not simply a challenge for broadband providers and their market regulators – though one is undeniably exacerbated by an unwillingness to provide future-proofed fibre...
Mendix Launches App Quality Monitoring Service
The new cloud-based Mendix Application Quality Monitor enables enterprises to monitor software quality proactively and on a daily basis. Mendix, an application Platform-as-a-Service (aPaaS) provider,...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark