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In 2018, we're getting a new kilogram
How do you feel about the kilogram? It's probably not something you think about a lot, but it's one of the seven units of measure that define our world at the most basic level. And it's not good enough....
LG G6 Plus launches with 128GB of storage and hi-res audio
The LG G6 Plus has just been announced, but rather than it being a notable step up from the standard "non-Plus" model – like the iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus are – there’s not a lot different...
The future of Netflix has arrived, but only if you have an LG G6
The LG G6 was the first HDR-enabled smartphone to release and now, it finally has something to show for it with Netflix’s catalog of Dolby Vision-compatible movies and TV shows. According to a Netflix...
Samsung steps up its HDR rivalry with Dolby through Amazon-backed HDR10+
When it comes to HDR, there are two competing standards – HDR10 and Dolby Vision. The latter has historically been the more technologically advanced of the two, with support for 12-bit color depth and...
Debate rages over controversial copyright standard for the web
No DRM, no NetflixAndrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy Matt ReynoldsIt’s a fight for the future of the web. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an organisation that sets standards for how the web...
Dolby Vision on the LG G6: More than a branding exercise, but only just
reader comments 6 Share this story Dolby Vision on the LG G6. The phone on the right has a Dolby Vision encoded video; the one on the left doesn't. (It's always hard to show colour profiles/HDR without...
Oculus affirms its commitment to open VR standards
Join us.... join the open standards... reader comments 8 Share this story Further ReadingOculus defends its efforts to secure VR exclusives for the RiftLAS VEGAS—With everybody and their brother seemingly...
What actually happens when time seems to fly by
No one is born with an innate understanding of time, and babies must learn to synchronize and coordinate their behavior with the rest of the world. Until then, they demand attention at all hours of the...
High Dynamic Range, explained: There’s a reason to finally get a new TV
We're dealing with better tech these days—embrace it.Tony Young reader comments 28 Share this story Ever since the HDTV standard emerged in the mid-'00s, screen producers have struggled to come up with...
Some games run slower on PS Pro than PS4, says report
EnlargeMark Walton reader comments 31 Share this story While there's plenty to like about the PlayStation 4 Pro for l33t gamers lucky enough to own a 4K HDR TV, the console offers less of a visual upgrade...
PlayStation 4 Pro review: You’re gonna want a 4K TV
Enlarge / The club sandwich of game consoles. reader comments 2 Share this story Spec Comparison PS4 PS4 Pro GPU 18 Radeon GCN compute units @ 800 Mhz 36 improved GCN compute units @ 911 Mhz CPU 8 Jaguar...
Here comes 5Gbps networking over standard cables
DeclanTM reader comments 13 Share this story A new Ethernet standard that allows for up to 2.5Gbps over normal Cat 5e cables (the ones you probably have in your house) has been approved by the IEEE. The...
First impression: No, PS4 Pro graphics aren’t as revolutionary as SD-to-HD shift
Enlarge / Depending on your display, this Sony-provided image might not do the added graphical effects of the PS4 justice. reader comments 26 Share this story Further ReadingSony’s PS4 Pro provides a...
Sony will wake a sleeping HDR beast via firmware. What else hides in PS4?
Enlarge / Vertical!PlayStation reader comments 31 Share this story In July 2015, a poster at the NeoGAF forums postulated something that sounded odd at the time: the PlayStation 4 has been 4K-compatible...
Google, Facebook Create Efficient Rack Design
The two hyperscale companies worked together through the OCP to develop a new Open Rack standard to drive data center efficiency and performance. Google and Facebook are fierce rivals with a common challenge:...
First 8K broadcast coincides with the Olympics, but only one company will have it
While the rest of the world struggles to adopt 4K as a new standard, Japan's biggest broadcasting company, NHK, is starting public tests of the insanely high-definition 8K standard. The Japan Times reports...
Computex: Asus pushes forward a modular gaming PC standard
At Computex 2016, 'ROG General' Derek Yu took the stage with a particularly flamboyant leather jacket to announce a whole modular PC standard called standard called Project Avalon.Taking a page out of...
Not really “broadband”—US grant program has 4Mbps speed standard
Even turtles need more than 4Mbps.ComcastFour US senators say that the Internet speed standard for a government grant program shouldn't be stuck at 4Mbps. The Community Connect program run by the US Department...
State chemist was high daily, thousands of drug prosecutions jeopardized
ibblA former Massachusetts drug-lab chemist was high on the job nearly every day for eight years, according to a report from the state's attorney general. The report said that the chemist, Sonja Farak,...
Will PCI DSS 3.2 Make Payments More Secure?
The latest iteration of the payment standard, which includes multifactor authentication, made its debut, but some security experts don't think it goes far enough. The latest iteration of the Payment Card...
Android N Developer Preview 2 hits with Vulkan, shortcuts, less ‘generic’ emoji
Developers, start your fastboots! Android N’s Developer Preview 2 is now live for OTA updates or manual flashing. This update brings a mixed bag of features and fixes. Vulkan, the new low-overhead graphics...
Here's the Tesla Model 3 and we reserved one
Elon Musk took the stage tonight to unveil the affordable Model 3 during a private event at its Hawthorne, Calif. facility. The car looks fantastic and I reserved one online to replace my wife's Nissan...
Toyota and Lexus will have standard automatic braking by 2017
Last week, NHTSA and IIHS announced that 20 auto manufacturers and three agencies had agreed to include automatic emergency braking (AEB) as standard equipment by 2022. Toyota was one of those 20...
Here are the cars to see at the 2016 New York Auto Show
Welcome to the Big AppleThe final major auto show of the season is here, bringing an end to what kicked off in Los Angeles, continued in Detroit, Chicago, traversed the Atlantic to Geneva and ending in...
2017 Acura MDX Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow
Some mid-cycle refreshes are milder than others. Acura's 2017 MDX refresh, on the other hand, is anything but mild. It's packing new standard equipment, a whole new face and a whole new powertrain option.You...
Automated emergency braking to be standard on nearly all US new cars by 2022 - Roadshow
Volvo already plans to incorporate its suite of semi-autonomous systems on all new S90 and V90 vehicles. Volvo Not every breakthrough in the US auto industry is the result of a federal mandate. That's...
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow
Going on sale starting in the 2014 model year, the CLA-Class has (or is about to) reach the halfway point in the average vehicle life cycle. Thus, in order to keep its product fresh and therefore competitive,...
2017 Audi Q2 Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow
The auto equivalent of forbidden fruit is a car that won't come to your country, even though it would be perfect. Such is the case with Audi's new Q2, which the German automaker showed off here at the...
SanDisk's flash drive transfers files for your fancy USB Type-C phone - CNET
Enlarge ImageWith USB Type-C enabled phones come the necessary USB Type-C accessories. Sarah Tew/CNET Hot news for you storage fans: SanDisk has whipped the covers off its latest USB Type-C flash drive...
Hearthstone is formatting competitive play - here's what that means
Changes are coming...Hearthstone is getting a massive update this spring in the shape of a brand new format, shaking up Blizzard's online TCG more than when Warsong Commander got nerfed — or possibly ever.Just...
DJI Phantom 3 Standard review - CNET
DJI's ready-to-fly Phantom 3 Advanced and Professional camera drones are remarkably simple to operate, which makes them great for people entering the hobby. What's not so great: their prices.To help out...
9 ways to use distilled vinegar beyond cooking - CNET
When it comes to laundry, vinegar practically does it all.Distilled vinegar works very well as a natural fabric softener. Simply add half a cup (118.3 milliliters) before the last rinse cycle. This will...
This is the next hoverboard craze
Think hoverboards are just a fad? Think again. At CES 2016 the next generation of mass-produced, affordable ride-alongs is making its debut.A number of companies were showing off new versions of hoverboards,...
TV-makers embrace HDR technology
Samsung and LG have both said that all their new flagship TVs will support high dynamic range video playback. HDR-enabled screens can show millions more colours and several more shades of brightness between...
CES 2016: Philips and Technicolor have joined forces on HDR
The high dynamic range (HDR) divisions of both Philips and Technicolor are merging in order to bring the HDR technology to our homes faster than they could separately.It's great news if it can accelerate...
2016 Buick Envision Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET
Crossovers are a very important part of Buick's portfolio. Right now, the Encore and Enclave represent 60 percent of the company's sales in North America. Thus, it makes sense that the company would attempt...
The GLS-Class is a moderately refreshed luxury behemoth
While the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is technically an all-new model, it's really just a refreshed and renamed GL-Class. The name change finishes off Mercedes' new taxonomic scheme, with all SUVs and...
Raising the standard: Communities, forests and carbon management
Dr Tim Cadman. Credit: Griffith University In a world first, a newly released standard for the good governance of forest projects in Nepal will ensure the management of forest-based carbon is guided by...
HP Refreshes Chromebook 14 Models With Improved Displays, Performance
Hewlett-Packard has unveiled two refreshed Chromebook 14 models that now include optional Full HD displays and new Intel Celeron processors that promise more performance than the Nvidia Tegra units that...
The Samsung Galaxy S7 will join the USB Type-C party
When USB Type-C tipped up in the new MacBook earlier this year, it raised quite a few eyebrows - but the next-generation standard for ports and cables is quickly going mainstream, and it's not surprising...
Time to get mapping - how a blind government can develop sight
We must stop knitting our own underwear The good news is that the shared informational plumbing of the web now offers the prospect of an operating model that potentially realigns the interests of both...
A Better Ozone Standard From the EPA -- Is It Enough?
Back in 2007, a panel of scientists decided that to protect public health the national ambient air quality standard for ground-level ozone standard should be between 60 and 70 parts per billion. The scientists...
How to archive files with Tar in the Linux terminal
Understanding TarMost people are probably pretty familiar with creating, sending or receiving Zip files. Zip takes a collection of files and stores them in a Zip archive file, compressing the data in the...
Cramer: This market is scared of Amazon, and it's fighting back
In a market that has plenty to worry about, whether it be the Senate health care bill, retail's demise, or impending deflation, Jim Cramer says it is preoccupied by one thing only: Amazon. "I think the...
Amazon aims to charge $2.8 million for NFL ad packages: Sources
For each game, Amazon can sell 10 30-second spots, one of the sources said. The spots run on the live-stream while local ads air on network TV. Under the terms Amazon is offering, buyers also get to run...
We now have a closer look at how Alexa will look on the Echo Show screen
Thanks to an Amazon developers kit, we now have a good idea how Alexa will look on its new smart speaker/screen the Echo Show.The developer kit has been released so that developers can start programming...
Amazon Fire 7 (2017)
We’ve built up some pretty straightforward expectations for a new Amazon Fire 7 tablet. Each iteration is going to be a solid but basic mini tablet that acts as a 7-inch window onto the sprawling Amazon...
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