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How US diplomats may have been attacked by sonic weapons in Cuba
Out of hearing rangeSven Creutzmann/Mambo Photo/Getty ImagesBy Timothy RevellAfter several months of investigation, the US has concluded that its diplomats in Cuba have been “exposed to an advanced device...
The best Wi-Fi extenders
With the number of smart and internet-connected devices in our homes and offices constantly increasing, it means making sure our Wi-Fi network provides a strong and stable connection throughout the building.However,...
Details of the 4K Apple TV pop up in the HomePod firmware
It's hard keeping products a secret when you have to release firmware code for other, connected products you've already announced, and the code that developers have got their hands on for the Apple HomePod...
Here's what to expect from Tesla's earnings report
Similarly, Baird analyst Ben Kallo said in a note sent Monday that though Tesla aims to produce 500,000 vehicles in 2018, "we continue to be conservative in our estimates (we model 310k total vehicles)."...
North Korea launches ICBM with potential to reach New York
North Korea’s first ICBM test launch on 4 JulyHANDOUT/EPA/REX/ShutterstockBy Leah CraneNorth Korea has fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), stoking fears of the country’s potential...
This new Kogan TV gives you 4K for under $500
When it comes to bang for your buck, it's pretty hard to beat Kogan's range of affordable TVs. Sure, they may not be able to boast top-of-the-line specs, but they come pretty close, and do so while undercutting...
Tamron's new ultra-telephoto has the world's longest zoom range
Tamron has unveiled what it's calling "the world's first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens" for APS-C Canon and Nikon DSLRs, offering photographers a massive zoom range for maximum versatility without...
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Premium compact cameras with 1.0-inch sensors have carved out a bit of a niche for themselves over the last few years. This is thanks to these relatively large sensors delivering much better image quality...
Ikea’s smart lights will support Apple HomeKit, Google Home and Amazon Alexa
A press release from Ikea has revealed that its TRÅDFRI range of affordable smart lights will be compatible with the voice-controlled Apple HomeKit, Google Home and Amazon Alexa platforms some time in...
The Amazon Fire tablet just got even better
Amazon is upgrading its cheapest range of tablets with Amazon Alexa for those in the UK and a few other minor improvements for everyone, but the great price is here to stay.The new Amazon Fire still costs...
With no recent activity in its Pentax-branded mirrorless camera lines, Ricoh Imaging has spent the last few years overhauling the brand’s DSLR series. Following the upper-entry-level K-70 and the full-frame...
The billion-plus in Chinese money backing a run at Tesla
The company recently scrapped plans for a second car facility that was to be built in California, but parent LeEco did raise $2 billion in funding in January. The FF 91 is a large crossover with James...
Apple expert Gene Munster: This is ‘the golden opportunity’ to buy Apple
Perhaps Apple can get even greener. The tech giant rose 2 percent Tuesday, hitting its highest level ever in intraday trading and closing at a record high of $143.80. The move came after UBS analyst Steven...
Samsung’s brighter QLED TV range will launch in Australia next month.
Recently unveiled at CES 2017, Samsung’s brighter, smarter QLED TV range is set to arrive in a variety of Australian retail outlets on April 17. With its quantum dot technology boasting exceptional image...
The feeling you get when nails scratch a blackboard has a name
It’s enough to make you shiverStuart Cox/Alamy StockBy Sam WongYou might not have heard of “grima”, but you have almost certainly felt it. Spanish speakers say they feel grima when they hear the sound...
Snap sets valuation at lower end of expectation
Snap Inc., the owner of the popular messaging app Snapchat, has set a valuation range for itself of $19.5 billion to $22.2 billion in its initial public offering, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing...
Why Apple’s big rally could just be getting started
Apple shares have surged 47 percent since their May low, and are now at their highest level in nearly two years. But according to one top technical analyst, the tech giant's run isn't done yet. "There's...
Driving the Tesla Model S through the countryside—watch out for autopilot
reader comments 24 Share this story I don't think anyone would ever call the Model S "sexy," but it's certainly quite handsome from some angles. Sebastian Anthony Behold, the Lake District! Sebastian...
The 10 best 4K TVs of 2017
4K is the hottest new thing in television right now. After almost a decade of Full HD dominating the TV landscape, 4K is finally here, delivering a level of detail that’s impressive even on large televisions. 4K...
For future electric cars, a faster way to charge
According to the company, they can deliver more electricity in an instant — up to 400 kilowatts — than any current plug-in vehicle can handle. According to the Edmunds.com auto information service, they...
LG bringing HDR to your PC with new 4K monitors
With the Xbox One S and PS4 both supporting HDR visuals, how does the discerning PC gamer continue to assert their high-fidelity dominance? By picking up one of LG's new HDR-compatible screens, that's...
Canon EOS M5
While Canon has, along with Nikon, long dominated the DSLR market, it has struggled to replicate that success with mirrorless cameras. The EOS M was underwhelming to say the least, with poor autofocus...
The best TVs for gaming on PS4 and Xbox
There's no better time to pick out a brand-new gaming TV. The launch of the Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 Pro – not to mention Microsoft's Project Scorpio a year or so down the line – means console gaming...
10x faster Wi-Fi on its way to a router near you
Scientists are pushing Wi-Fi speeds much further using the TeraHertz band – which lives at 300GHz and above, as opposed to 2.4GHz and 5GHz as traditionally used by wireless routers – with a fresh breakthrough...
Samsung UE65KS8000 buying guide
Questions about the Samsung UE65KS8000? You’ve come to the right place. First thing’s first: The UE65KS8000 continues Samsung’s dedicated pursuit of the ultimate HDR experience with its high brightness...
Samsung UN65KS9000 buying guide
Questions about the Samsung UN65KS9000? You’ve come to the right place. First thing’s first: The UN65KS9000 continues Samsung’s dedicated pursuit of the ultimate HDR experience with its high brightness...
Jaguar launches electric vehicle prototype
The Jaguar I-PACE is a "performance" car capable of going from 0 to 60mph in four seconds - using an electric battery.A prototype of the British-built car has been launched in Los Angeles.The final model...
• UPDATED: Key differences between the D3300 and D3400The D3300 may have been replaced by the D3400, but that's no reason to discount this entry-level DSLR.Despite the growing popularity of mirrorless...
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...
Hands-on review: Canon EOS M5
Despite their huge dominance in the DSLR market alongside Nikon, Canon has struggled to do the same with mirrorless cameras. The EOS M was underwhelming to say the least, with poor AF, while the EOS M3...
GM says Bolt EV will have 238 miles range, besting Tesla Model 3
DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co on Tuesday announced that its electric subcompact Bolt EV will have an average range of 238 miles on a full charge, farther than Tesla Motors Inc has stated for its...
The numbers are in: the Chevrolet Bolt will have a 238 mile range
Enlarge reader comments 30 Share this story The Chevrolet Bolt is one of the most anticipated cars of 2016. GM's first long-range battery electric vehicle is due to hit dealerships before the end of 2016...
Review: Samsung UN65KS9800
Samsung UN65KS9800 reviewThe arrival of high dynamic range (HDR) picture technology has really shaken up the industry. While most would agree that HDR's expanded brightness range has a brilliant impact...
Review: Samsung UE65KS9500
Samsung UE65KS9500 reviewThe arrival of high dynamic range (HDR) picture technology has really shaken up the industry. While most would agree that HDR's expanded brightness range has a brilliant impact...
The ultimate luxury, weekend toy
The Audi TT was a groundbreaking piece of design and innovation. Does the latest iteration of this renowned car keep pace with the times? This car is nippy, at 7.2 seconds 0-100, but not fast. THE joy...
Shorter-range electric cars meet the needs of almost all US drivers
Nissan reader comments 28 Share this story The vast majority of American drivers could switch to battery electric vehicles (BEVs) tomorrow and carry on with their lives unaffected, according to a new...
Big changes could be coming to the iPad Pro 2
Apple revitalised the iPad with a new name and a new size-point in the iPad Pro 12.9, but in the next couple of years its tablet range could see even bigger changes.In a note obtained by AppleInsider,...
In depth: Why it's still worth investing in wireless charging for your phone
A wireless futureA few years ago it seemed that wireless charging was the next big thing. The idea was simple: you'd put your phone on the bedside cabinet and it would recharge, no searching for and fumbling...
One of Samsung's best TV features is now rolling out to more sets
If you're an owner of any of Samsung's 2016 SUHD quantum dot TVs then from today you'll be able to download a firmware update to enable the company's HDR+ upscaling technology on your model. The technology...
Line's IPO price range values firm up to $6.6 billion
Japan's Line on Tuesday set a price range for a Tokyo share sale that could value the messaging app operator at up to $6.57 billion, indicating strong demand for a firm that pitched itself as a stable...
Line IPO range announcement delayed until Tuesday
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese messaging app firm Line Corp has delayed setting a tentative price range for its initial public offering (IPO) by one day, until Tuesday, the company said in a regulatory filing,...
MSI's most micro gaming system
There aren't many devices capable of running and displaying the latest triple A games titles on your lap, but MSI's lightweight GS series have always managed to straddle both an entry level price and slimline...
LG's mosquito repelling TV helps fight disease
In a world full of similarly spec'd TVs the LG 32LH520D, designed and manufactured in India, is truly unique. While other series in LG's 2016 lineup focus on high dynamic range (HDR) and 4K capabilities,...
Review: Updated: Pentax K-1
Introduction and featuresPentax is one of the big traditional photographic brands to make the transition from film into digital camera manufacturing, and it always seemed likely that it might one day make...
How to get the best out of Canon's built-in HDR feature
Canon's HDR FeatureNewer Canon DSLRs offer a built-in HDR mode that merges three exposures in-camera. This enables you to tackle a variety of high-contrast scenes head-on by extending the camera's dynamic...
There’s a new entry-level Tesla Model S, and it’s even cheaper
On Thursday, Tesla filled the gap in its range with a new entry-level Model S 60. The car starts at $66,000 before tax incentives. Tesla previously discontinued the Model S 70 due to lack of demand, but...
Review: Updated: Nikon D500
Introduction and featuresFor a long time the top slot in Nikon's APS-C (DX) format SLR line-up was occupied by the popular D300S, but that camera dates from 2009 and production ceased ages ago, leaving...
Review: Updated: Canon EOS-1D X Mk II
Introduction and featuresThe Canon EOS-1D X Mk II is a replacement not just for the original 1D X, but also for the EOS-1D C pro video camera. And while in some areas the Mk II seems like a modest upgrade...
The bomber continues to fly high after 100 years
In February Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James revealed the first concept image of the futuristic B-21 long range bomber, which will be built by Northrop Grumman. Previously known as the Long Range...
Hermione goes offshore, Sunrise sunsets, and women get more icons
After a searchable database of offshore holdings went online, the Spectator reported that Watson appeared as the beneficiary of a company based in the British Virgin Islands. Microsoft announced Wednesday...
BMW boosts i3 battery capacity by 50 percent—and it’s retrofitable
BMWWhen we reviewed the BMW i3 back in 2014, the little rear-wheel drive city car left us quite impressed. However, the i3 has always had a couple of flaws in comparison with other electric vehicles out...
TP-Link AC1900 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE580D)
If your router doesn't have the range to supply a strong Wi-Fi signal to your entire house, a device such as the TP-Link AC1900 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE580D) can help. This $129.99 dual-band extender delivered...
Kenmore 72583 review - CNET
The Kenmore Pro 72583 gas range is aimed at folks who want a professional-grade appliance without a five-figure price tag. Unfortunately, this $2,899 range is an uneven cooker that falls short of its...
Swiss group VAT's IPO range narrows to 43-45 Sfr/share: sources
ZURICH (Reuters) - The indicated price range for the initial public offering of Swiss vacuum technology company VAT Group has been narrowed to 43-45 Swiss francs per share from the 39 to 46 first announced,...
Orders for lower-price Tesla continue to climb
NEW YORK (AP) — Demand for Tesla Motors' new lower-priced electric car continued to climb over the weekend with pre-orders rising to 253,000. The Model 3 is less than half the cost of Tesla's previous...
The unlikely car to save Tesla
A salesrep helps a customer pre-order the as yet unseen Tesla Model 3. TESLA Motors built its reputation making sporty, sexy and very expensive electric cars. It’s staking its future on something more...
De-crust your electric range with a razor blade and cloth - CNET
Alina Bradford You probably bought your flat-top range because it's really easy to clean and, as long as you immediately wipe up any spill, it is. If you tend to clean up only after you're finished cooking,...
Updated: Buying Guide: Top 10 best business laptops in 2016
It takes a lot to run a successful business, whether you're managing a small-to-medium sized organization, or working at a large enterprise scale. Second to top-notch talent, the most important thing required...
2017 Toyota Highlander Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow
When it comes to the deployment of new technologies in its mainstream, high-volume models, Toyota is one of the most conservative automakers out there. The late-adoption strategy seems to work well for...
Sony's 'Koov' toys are programmable LEGO-style robots
Getting kids to code is all the rage, and while the likes of Raspberry Pi or the BBC's micro:bit offer simple and engaging ways into programming computers, there's a growing market for code-based toys.Enter,...
What the solar eclipse might teach us about the sun and moon
Tens of thousands went to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale to watch the total eclipse. Some were there for the fun, while others went for the science. Adriana Diaz reports on what scientists...
People from around the world celebrate eclipse across the U.S.
Monday means "day of the moon," and for many, it was a day to celebrate the moon and the sun -- and have fun. Jamie Yuccas reports from Madras, Oregon, one of the first places to witness the total eclipse...
Temperatures dropped during total solar eclipse
Total solar eclipse viewers likely experienced a sudden drop in temperature during the period of "totality" on Monday. Solar eclipse sweeps across AmericaAccording to the National Weather Service, residents...
How to watch the eclipse from the comfort of your Facebook feed
In Oregon, authorities concerned about jammed freeways and car crashes caused by distracted drivers are warning people not to watch Monday's solar eclipse from the side of the road. In California, officials...
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