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Apple’s decision to remove the home button means there can be an unexpected learning curve when using the iPhone X for the first time. Many tasks that used to be executed by tapping or holding the home button, like launching Siri or closing apps, have now been assigned new gestures.
Here’s a quick overview of the most important iPhone X tips and tricks, from taking a screenshot to force restarting the phone.
How to take a screenshot
To take a screenshot on the iPhone X, press and release the side button and the volume up button at the same time.
How to get back to the home screen
When using an app, swipe up from the bottom of the display to return to the home screen. If your app collection spans multiple home screens, you can also swipe up from any home screen to return back to the first one.
How to see your recently used apps
Opening the app carousel is almost like navigating back to the home screen. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold your finger in place, and your currently open apps should appear. You can also swipe from left to right across the bottom of the screen to jump back into the app you’ve used most recently.
How to close apps
Once you’ve opened the app switcher using the method above, rest your finger on the screen for a moment. The close icon, which looks like a red circle with a white minus sign in the middle, will then appear in the top corner of your currently open apps. Tap the icon to close an app.
How to force restart
To force restart the iPhone X, you must press and release the volume up button, volume down button, and then the side button until you see the Apple logo.
How to access the Control Center
Swiping down from the right corner of the screen will pull up the Control Center, the iPhone’s list of now-customizable settings shortcuts.
How to see notifications
Pull down from the top center of the screen to view notifications.
How to turn off the phone
Press and hold the side button and either the volume up or volume down button to turn off the phone, access your medical ID, or launch the emergency SOS feature.
How to launch Apple Pay
To pull up Apple Pay on your iPhone X, double click the side button.
How to launch Siri
Press and hold the side button to summon Apple’s virtual assistant.
How to see your battery percentage
The iPhone X doesn’t have the option to show the battery percentage on the home screen, but you can see it in the Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner of the screen.
How to improve Face ID
Since Face ID is meant to learn your face more closely over time, the best way to improve its accuracy is to enter your passcode each time you’re prompted to do so. This verifies your face, ideally making it easier for Face ID to recognize in the future.
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Technology companies like Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and more are constantly finding new ways to improve their cutting-edge products, whether it’s with stunning new hardware designs, useful software improvements, or by coming up with entirely new products we didn’t even know we wanted.
When it comes to new gadgets and gizmos, 2017 was the year of several big changes. First and foremost, it was the year of the voice-activated assistant, with devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home invading homes everywhere. It was also the year that smartphone designers figured out how to pack a massive screen in a device that’s still easy to hold, as seen in the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S8. And it was the year that consoles like the Nintendo Switch meant gaming on the go no longer meant making big sacrifices in terms of game quality.
Here’s a look at TIME’s top 10 gadgets of 2017.
With notable improvements over its predecessor and a cheaper price than Sony’s A9 Alpha, the recently unveiled Sony Alpha A7R III stands to be one of the best mirrorless cameras ever made. It can shoot at twice the resolution of the A9 and has an autofocus that’s twice as fast as the A7R II, although it’s worth remembering that the A9 offers faster burst shooting. But the lower price and heightened performance are likely more than enough to impress pro and novice photographers alike.
Apple’s latest smartwatch finally lets you leave your phone at home. Since it supports LTE, you can receive calls and texts on your wrist even when your phone is out of range. The third-generation Apple Watch also brings a faster processor and a new barometric altimeter for measuring activities like the numbers of stairs you climb. The Apple Watch isn’t meant to replace your phone, and just about anything you would usually use your phone for is better on a larger screen. But the freedom to leave your phone at home when you step out to walk the dog or go on a run may be just enough to persuade smartwatch skeptics that the Apple Watch is worth considering, especially for athletic types.
8. Xbox One X
If you’re still not convinced that the days of buying large, cumbersome consoles to get the best gaming performance are over, look no further than the Xbox One X. Microsoft’s latest console crams six teraflops and native 4K gaming support into a sleek package, making it the choice console for players who want screaming performance for less than the price of a high-end gaming PC.
Virtual assistants like Siri have been around for years, but it wasn’t until the first Amazon Echo launched in 2014 that voice-enabled gadgets really started to take off. Three years later, Amazon’s true successor to the original Echo improves on the first version in every meaningful way. The design is shorter and more attractive, the improved speaker includes a woofer and a tweeter, and most importantly, it’s noticeably cheaper at just $99.99. These enhancements should help keep Amazon at the top of the smart speaker market as competition from rivals like Google, Microsoft and others heats up.
Nintendo’s iconic grey-and-purple Super Nintendo gaming machine made a huge comeback in 2017. The SNES Classic comes loaded with 21 retro titles, including Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Donkey Kong Country, and a previously unreleased Star Fox game. Everything from the games themselves to the way the controllers feel in your hands are exactly as you would remember from the 1990s. Catering to players’ nostalgia has seemingly paid off: the SNES Classic was the second best-selling video game console during the month of October, according to research firm NPD, and it’s been nearly impossible to find since its September launch.
Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Android handsets set the standard for smartphones in 2017. It may have not been the first phone with a nearly borderless screen, but the Galaxy S8’s exquisitely curved display certainly made it the among most attractive phones of the year. Not to mention its eye-popping OLED display, which for a long time was the best you could ask for on a phone. Samsung also made an effort to simplify the phone’s software, cutting a lot of the extraneous features that made its older phones feel clunky.
4. DJI Spark
DJI’s palm-sized drone is a big step in the direction of making drones easier and more convenient for the average person. The Spark’s standout feature is that it doesn’t require a remote control for navigation. Just tap the button on the back of the drone twice, and it will prepare to take off from the palm of your hand. You can also pilot the Spark with your hand, prompting it to fly higher, lower, or in a certain direction with a wave of your arm. Of course, these features work best under optimal conditions, and the Spark doesn’t always operate flawlessly, but its size and simplicity are a feat in their own right.
Microsoft’s first crack at a real laptop (not a tablet-notebook hybrid) is a real winner. Between its light and elegant design, sharp screen, and long-lasting battery, the Surface Laptop is solid choice for anyone seeking a new Windows computer. Microsoft is positioning the Surface Laptop as a showpiece for Windows 10 S, the newer version of Windows that can only run programs from Microsoft’s app store. With Windows 10 S, Microsoft is essentially hoping to bring to Windows machines what Google has done for Chromebooks: making the software simpler to allow for faster performance, more battery life, and better security. But those who find Windows 10 S too restrictive can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro on the Surface Laptop for free for a limited time. The software upgrade will cost $50 after the promotional period ends.
Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, you’ll probably have a hard time getting your hands on one. And yes, Android did it first. But the iPhone X’s edge-to-edge screen and facial recognition system will undoubtedly set a new standard for phones to come. For one, Apple’s Face ID system, even despite the security concerns, is already being used in more creative ways than Samsung’s facial identification tech. Third-party apps like Snapchat and Warby Parker are taking advantage of the iPhone X’s face-mapping technology to project realistic masks over your eyes or select glasses that suit your face’s shape. That, combined with a sharp camera, long battery life, and large screen packed into a more palatable size, make Apple’s iPhone X a top pick.
For about as long as game consoles have existed, players have had to choose between gaming in front of a TV or holding a tiny screen in their hands while out and about. Not so with the Nintendo Switch, the first console that’s truly designed for both at-home and on-the-go entertainment. The Switch consists of a tablet with a 6.2-inch screen with slots for attaching Nintendo’s Joy-Con controllers on either side, turning it into a handheld video game machine. But when you’re at home, you can slide the slate into a dock that hooks up to your TV and play it like a traditional console. That “play anywhere, anytime” approach, combined with a stellar games roster, from the recently launched Super Mario Odyssey to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, makes the Switch a true knockout.
Source: Tech – TIME | 20 Nov 2017 | 11:21 am
It’s been a damn good year for video games. The arrival of new consoles like the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X has ushered in a slew of new games, from long-awaited sequels to stunning open world adventures. Here’s a look at TIME’s top picks of the year.
10. Destiny 2 (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)
The sequel that launched a thousand think pieces and podcast episodes, not to mention Reddit threads. To put it succinctly, developer Bungie managed to accomplish most of what it set out to do in Destiny with Destiny 2. This year’s take on the loot-based, massively multiplayer online shooter showed how rewarding that concept could be when fully realized. This time around, there was plenty to do at every level and the end-game material was challenging and ambitious (if a little buggy here and there.) Sure, most hardcore Destiny devotees blew through the game relatively quickly. (And true of those, a few Stockholm Syndrome-suffering devotees yearned for the relentless grind of the original.) But, the sequel managed to set itself up as something worth coming back to again and again as downloadable updates and expansions come out throughout the next year.
9. Horizon Zero Dawn (PlayStation 4)
A sci-fi roleplaying game set in a stunning post apocalyptic world stocked with secrets to spare. If you’re not already sold, did we mention that there are gargantuan robotic monsters roaming the land? Horizon Zero Dawn follows protagonist Aloy, an outcast huntress desperate to join society and learn about where she came from. The game’s breathtaking aesthetics are enough to make it noteworthy, especially when running on the PlayStation 4 Pro. But Guerrilla Games’ curiously-crafted world and satisfying, wide-ranging combat make it a must-play for PS4 owners.
8. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Nintendo Switch)
You’ve just stepped out of Peach’s castle ready to embark on a new quest. You travel between worlds using magical pipes, crushing enemies and gathering coins along the way. Sound like a typical Super Mario Bros. game? Mario + Rabbids is a strategic roleplaying game that requires players masterfully maneuver their way through colorful chess-like levels, smiting enemies to reach their goal. It’s a bizarre, delightful and surprisingly difficult take on a Mario game. At its core, Mario + Rabbids involves turn-based battles of a piece with archetypal games like X-COM: UFO Defense and Jagged Alliance. Your party can consist of a mix of classic Mario characters working alongside Rabbids cosplaying familiar faces like Luigi and Peach. Like the best strategy games, Mario + Rabbids invites casual players to the party, then ratchets up its challenges.
7. PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds (PC, Xbox One)
Don’t write off PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds as just another multiplayer shooter. For starters, the complete game isn’t even finished. (It’s part of Steam’s Early Access program and will also be coming to the Xbox One). And with matches that usually last only 30 minutes, it’s easy to get into without sinking your entire evening away .The premise is equally straightforward yet intriguing: 100 players parachute down to a Battle Royale-style match on a remote island, where they must scavenge for weapons and vehicles. The map shrinks as time passes, forcing players to rush to the safe zone and putting them in closer proximity to one another. The pace keeps you on your toes while allowing you the space to employ wait-and-see strategies for stealthily timed attacks. But don’t let the simplicity of Battlegrounds (or PUBG as it’s more commonly known) fool you: It’s just as frustratingly difficult as it is fun.
6. Cuphead (Xbox One, PC)
Cuphead is Betty Boop meets a shoot ’em up meets…a design miracle. Studio MDHR’s 2D side-scroller has players do battle with giant carrots, boxing frogs, angry birds, queen bees and gambling contraptions. And all of it hand-sketched, inked and painted to resemble a 1930s Max Fleischer cartoon. This is one of those games that has to be seen in action to truly grasp the size of its achievement as a piece of visual art. It is also, as a game, incredibly difficult which, with its themes and setup, is just as it ought to be.
5. Persona 5 (PlayStation 4)
If my teenage years involved attending school by day and battling criminals by night, all set in a super stylish Tokyo backdrop, I’d probably never want to grow up. That’s the basic premise of Persona 5, the latest installment in the Japanese fantasy battle simulator series. Playing as the main character, a second-year high school student that just moved to the city, your time is split between typical high school shenanigans and fending off supernatural entities that are up to no good. As is the case with previous Persona games, you’ll engage in turn-based battle with enemies through your persona avatar, which inflicts damage using special abilities like lightning. The game is just as much about teaming up with friends to subdue their own internal battles as much as it’s about taking down villains.
4. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch)
It’s 2017, and a Wolfenstein game was one of the most well-written, provocative and batsh*t narratively groundbreaking games of the year. What is going on? That the original was as two-dimensional as games narratives come (Nazis = bad) only heightens the pleasure of experiencing the last two entries’ uber-stylish take on the tired “What if the Nazis had won?” trope. No spoilers, but The New Colossus commits to going places that had to look nuts on paper—and then gets there in a way that manages to balanced the game’s run-and-gun action with the nuances of a fully realized story. After launching for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in October, it will be coming to the Nintendo Switch next year.
3. What Remains of Edith Finch (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
Giant Sparrow’s sophomore effort offers an interactive journey through the puzzling lives of a family beset by tragedy. Phantom memories lurk behind secret doors or at the ends of twisting passageways. The setting, a remote Pacific northwest home whose oblique additions sprawl like a stack of teetering favelas, becomes both a literal maze and a lineal metaphor. The upshot plays like an exceptional anthology of remembrances experienced through the eyes of each family member. The novelty lies in the telling, each vignette unfurling like a piece of gameplay snapped off from some other game, singular and fascinating.
2. Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)
Super Mario Odyssey is Nintendo’s grandest reimagining of the Super Mario series in years. It builds on the open world concepts Nintendo initially introduced with 1996’s Super Mario 64 and 2002’s Super Mario Sunshine, but gives players even more to explore. Odyssey manages to turn the Super Mario series upside down while staying true to the franchise’s most beloved qualities — and dialing them up to 11. Mario’s companion Cappy enables the beloved plumber to take on the form of his enemies — including waddling Goombas and frying-pan-chucking Koopas—in order to progress through levels. It’s a game that rewards players for exploring every nook and cranny, which are filled with hidden puzzles and other surprises.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch)
Scrambling across the idyllic vistas of Nintendo’s vast new fantasy sandbox The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it’s easy to see the action-adventure’s sunken structures—plaintive artifacts of a vanished golden age waiting to be restored—as a metaphor for Nintendo itself. It’s like nothing else the company has made, an experience so simultaneously prodigious and accomplished that it feels like a mic drop to the sort of “open world” games (Grand Theft Auto V, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, The Witcher 3) the industry seems bent on proliferating. But what drives Breath of the Wild to soar comes down to essential Nintendo design principles.
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This fall, Nordstrom opened a new store in West Hollywood, Calif., called Nordstrom Local, that didn’t actually stock clothes you can buy. Instead, you can get manicures, try on clothes, talk to stylists and consultants about fashion, and meet with friends over coffee or perhaps a glass of Pinot Grigio (yes, there’s a bar). If you want to buy something, it’ll be available for same-day pickup or delivery.
As bizarre as the concept might seem, it’s likely a glimpse into the way many stores will soon function. Forward-thinking retail experts say that over the next decade or so the act of physical shopping will transform in two key ways. One, shopping will become more of an entertaining experience for trying out new products and services rather than a repetitive chore for purchasing and picking up things to bring home. And two, every shopping hassle that can be eliminated, from long customer service lines to frustrating searches for items that are sold out, will be eliminated.
Here are just a few of the features that are coming in the not-so-distant future. George Jetson would be proud.
Get ready to say goodbye to checkout waits, and you probably won’t ever need cash, credit cards, or even a wallet or smartphone. Retail prototypes like the Amazon Go store in Seattle show where things are headed by dramatically increasing convenience, with payments made via a virtual shopping cart rather than an old-fashioned checkout line.
Jim Carroll, a renowned futurist, says that within 10 years, stores will be capable of accepting payments with a retina scan or thumbprint.
And your car could be your wallet for that next run to the drive-thru liquor store or burger joint too.
“Your vehicle will basically turn into a credit card,” he says. “It will be authenticated in advance, and you’ll be charged automatically when you go through the drive-thru.” Depending on how driverless car technology progresses, you might not even need to be behind the wheel when the transaction happens—but if you spill some ketchup, that’s still on you.
Love for the Haters
So-called husband pods opened this year at a mall in China, allowing bored dudes to zone out with video games in glass enclosures rather than be dragged around to clothing stores. Weird? Yes. But it’s also a great example of what retailers and malls are doing with the knowledge that the act of physically going shopping is rarely a necessity nowadays—and that some people actually hate doing it.
Expect more events and nonshopping distractions to give even the haters a reason to show up in shopping centers—a term that may soon be a misnomer, says Doug Stephens, author of Reengineering Retail: The Future of Selling in a Post-Digital World.
“Today, 70% of mall space is dedicated to retailers, and most of them are selling apparel,” he says. “The whole model will shift, and down the line 30% of the space will be for shopping, while 70% will be dedicated to food, entertainment, lifestyle, and community activities.”
Stores That Recognize You
Retailers have been trying to merge online and in-store operations for years, and the full synchronization of the two experiences will soon be at hand. This means that in the same way a website knows who you are when you’re shopping online, physical stores will identify you in the aisles via facial recognition and retrieve your browsing and purchase history instantly.
Sure, that’s creepy, but the upside is, because the store knows what you like, it might offer pop-up discounts on your favorite products or free samples. You’ll also have the same benefits of online shopping, like one-click purchasing, easy free shipping, and endless information like price comparisons and product history from touch screens or voice command.
The options for what you can buy will be limitless too. “You’ll be able to rapidly search everything a store sells and find or customize the exact thing you want,” says Stephens, who uses the term “living websites” to describe stores of the near future.
Stores won’t be restricted by what they happen to have in stock or even by what manufacturers produce. Take running shoes: In the future there will be no restrictions on what size, color, and style of sneaker you can purchase. “A scan of your foot will be sent to a 3D printer, and it’ll make customized footwear on the spot,” Carroll says.
Try Before You Buy
Retailers will shift to encouraging consumers to interact with products—to explore and play—with the idea this will result in sales in the long run. Last year, Samsung opened a 40,000-square-foot “immersive cultural center” in New York City that doesn’t stock any products for sale. Instead, it boasts a three-story wall of digital screens, a multimedia studio, and a demo kitchen designed for showing off things like smart appliances. It welcomes the public by hosting parties, movie screenings, book signings, and talks by people like wine industry entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk.
Customers of the future will also be able to see, try on, and even feel clothing in any style, size, color, and fabric imaginable, thanks to biometric scans and augmented reality. And this won’t necessarily have to take place in a store. “With virtual reality, you’ll be able to sit behind the wheel of a Mercedes in your living room—to literally feel what it’s like driving it,” says Stephens. “You could virtually visit a hotel room you’re thinking of booking or walk around in a restaurant too.”
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Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, is nearly here. And for anyone who has been eyeing the new iPhone, you’re in luck.
If you’re looking for new electronics or gadgets, take a look at these noteworthy Apple Black Friday deals. Note that specific deals and quantities may vary by time and store location.
iPhone Black Friday Deals
$250 Target Gift Card with iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus purchase. You’ll need to be sure to buy the phone on a carrier plan from Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint to take advantage of this Target deal.
$300 Walmart Gift Card with iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X. Walmart’s offer is only valid if you purchase any of these phones on a plan with Verizon or AT&T.
$200 Discount on iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus at Best Buy. Best Buy is chopping $200 off the price of these phones when you sign up for a plan with Sprint.
$99 iPhone SE at Walmart. Apple’s smaller-sized iPhone is on sale for $30 off its original price at Walmart.
$126 iPhone 6 at Walmart. The three-generation-old iPhone 6 will be $70 cheaper than usual at Walmart.
iPad Black Friday Deals
$529.99 10.5-inch iPad Pro at Target. Apple’s smaller-sized Pro tablet will be marked down from $649 at Target.
$249.99 32GB iPad at Target. Those who don’t need a more powerful iPad can get a notable discount on the fifth-generation iPad, which will be marked down from $329 at Target.
$274.99 128GB iPad mini 4. Apple’s smaller-sized iPad is $125 cheaper at Best Buy for Black Friday.
Apple Watch Black Friday Deals
$179.99 Apple Watch Series 1 at Target. Apple’s first smartwatch will be on sale for $70 off at Target.
iMac and MacBook Black Friday Deals
$200 Discount on MacBook Air Laptops at Best Buy. The 13.3-inch model with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage is $799.99, marked down from $999.99, while the version with 256GB of storage will be $999 instead of $1,199.99.
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I’m watching well-dressed, bearded, young comedian Scott Rogowsky bark a joke about Dunkaroos while explaining today’s $1,000 prize on HQ Trivia, and I feel like I’m staring into the future of TV. Or mobile gaming. Or something new all together, it’s still unclear.
I mean that as a compliment. The game show has long been one of the most enduring, popular formats on television and now it’s inspired a viral new app that could transform how people earn a quick buck, like me, wherever I am. The bus. The airport. During a boring work meeting.
HQ Trivia, launched this past August, comes from the founders of the defunct Vine, and it’s a free app that combines live video, cash prizes, and what’s known as “appointment gaming.” Basically, by offering payouts only at certain times of day, HQ drives a large, active group of users hoping to get a little richer in roughly 15 minutes.
Curious? Here’s what you need to know.
The HQ creators said Hollywood productions like Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune were an inspiration as they developed HQ. Like those shows, it’s very straightforward and easy to play. After creating a username, you launch the app at one of the only times the games take place: On weekdays at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST, and on weekends, just 9 p.m. EST. The app is currently only available on Apple iOS, but HQ has plans for an Android version.
After launching the app just before a game begins, you’ll see the counter of players increase. HQ has rapidly grown, from a few thousand concurrent users just last month to nearly 100,000. On a recent weekday at 9 p.m., a little over 83,000 people played, which easily beats the viewing statistics for many major publishers’ Facebook Live videos.
The total pot on that day was $1,000, split among all the winners who correctly answered all 12 questions. You have 10 seconds to answer each question using multiple choices shown on the app. And for those of you who think it would be easy just to look something up, the limited timeframe makes Googling your way to victory very hard. After each question, it cuts back to a live video of the host explaining the answer and cracking a goofy joke. Then onto the next.
If you get one question wrong, you’re out, though you can still watch — I did, and it helped me get a sense of how hard the later rounds get. I was lured into thinking I might win by the first few questions, which asked things like “What country Havana is the capital of?” and “What MB stands for in computing.” Later questions focused on the scientific names of dinosaurs and the origin of Alcatraz’s name, which weeded out a lot of players, me included.
There’s a way to keep going even if you miss a question, though. When you refer a friend to the app, you get an “Extra Life,” which gives you another chance to make it to the end of a round.
While there isn’t much friend engagement in HQ now, the founders recognize the possibilities. “We get these screenshots and videos of whole offices playing together, stopping meetings, and we know that something’s working,” Yusupov said. “So now we’re thinking about both solo and group play as we move the format forward.”
There’s a live comments area, but it’s generally overrun with juvenile asides and in-jokes. You’re better off swiping it to the right to get rid of it and focusing on the game.
Unlike a lot of gaming apps out there, you won’t see any ads or product placement when I played. HQ reportedly has seed funding in the millions of dollars, but the opportunities for revenue are obvious. Sponsored prizes and ads could be lucrative, especially given the captive audience. Right now HQ says it’s not commenting on funding or revenue.
In the round I played, 15 people made it through all the questions and each got their $66.67 share of the $1,000 total. Sadly, I wasn’t one of them. Had I been, HQ would have Paypal’d me my winnings.
Yusupov hopes the pots will only get bigger as more people join. “Can we keep going until we hit $1 million? I bet we can,” he said.
HQ is offering its biggest prize yet on Sunday at $7,500. Wish me luck.
Source: Tech – TIME | 17 Nov 2017 | 12:00 pm
Retailers like Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Sears have already published their Black Friday ads. So shoppers know what’s coming down the pike in terms of doorbusters and bargains—including all the best Black Friday TV deals.
But you don’t have to wait until next week to snag a great deal on a TV. Special promotions for early Black Friday TV deals are already live at some stores. In fact, Walmart just launched a “Samsung Savings Event” with big discounts on most items made by the popular electronics brand—including TVs. The vast majority of electronics on sale come with free two-day shipping or, if you’d prefer, free store pickup.
One of the best TV deals we’ve seen so far for the holiday season—including deals coming up for Black Friday 2017—is the Walmart sale on a 55-inch Smart LED TV. The list price given by Walmart is $1,199.99, but right now the TV is on sale for only $447.99.
That’s a discount of a whopping $752 off the list price.
Granted, the $1,200 list price is probably quite inflated. But after checking around to see the best TV deals from Best Buy, Amazon, Target, and other competitors, as well as the best upcoming Black Friday TV deals, Walmart’s sale price for this 55-inch Samsung TV stands out as quite an amazing deal.
Best Buy is advertising a 55-inch Toshiba LED 4K TV for only $279.99 as part of its Black Friday 2017 sale. But it’s not a “smart” TV like the one Walmart has on sale right now, and most buyers generally consider Samsung a superior brand. Target is advertising a Samsung 58-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV for $649.99 on Black Friday, and while it’s larger and a higher-end model than the 55-incher on sale right now at Walmart, the Walmart TV is arguably a better deal with a price under $450.
Here are some other Samsung deals available at Walmart right now:
• Samsung BD-J5700 Blu-ray & DVD Player with Wi-Fi: $47.99 (listed at $99.99)
• Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7-inch 8 GB Tablet: $67.99 (listed at $119.99)
• Samsung 40-inch 4K Smart LED TV: $327.99 (listed at $549.99)
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Source: Tech – TIME | 17 Nov 2017 | 11:45 am
Here’s what to know about Tesla’s new vehicles: the Tesla Semi and the refreshed Tesla Roadster.
The Tesla Semi
The Tesla Semi is a battery-powered truck with an advertised range of 500 miles on a single charge when fully loaded and driving 65 miles per hour. It will include Tesla’s semiautonomous self-driving capabilities, which allow Tesla’s vehicles to drive themselves with minimal human input in some scenarios. Tesla did not specify how much the Tesla Semi will cost, but reservations begin at $5,000 per truck. Production is expected to start in 2019.
The Tesla Semi represents a major extension of the company’s business model. Whereas Tesla has previously focused on selling consumer vehicles, the Tesla Semi marks the firm’s first major foray into the commercial vehicle market.
While that market presents a potentially lucrative opportunity for Tesla, it also brings new challenges. Tesla has been known to over-promise and under-deliver on production deadlines and other targets (the new Model 3 sedan, for instance, has been plagued by production problems and delays.) While the company’s car fans might begrudgingly tolerate delays, commercial trucking companies are likely to be less forgiving of any snafus.
The Tesla Roadster
Tesla and Musk had been teasing the Tesla Semi for months, leaving few surprises for Thursday’s big rig reveal. But Musk managed to surprise the automotive world nonetheless with the introduction of a refreshed Roadster supercar, Tesla’s original electric vehicle.
The new Roadster shares few similarities with the original, beyond the name. Whereas the first Roadster had the feel of a Skunkworks project (it was based on the Lotus Elise), the new model appears to be the collective expression of everything Tesla has learned about making vehicles in the past decade or so.
Tesla claims the new Roadster, which will start at $200,000, will do 0 to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds, have a top speed of 250 miles per hour, and will be able to drive up to 620 miles on a single charge. How those figures stand up to real-world testing remain to be seen. The range, in particular, will likely depend on how hard it’s driven. The Tesla Roadster won’t be available until 2020, Tesla says, but reservations start immediately for a cool $50,000 down.
Source: Tech – TIME | 17 Nov 2017 | 10:48 am
For a painting worth nearly half a billion dollars, Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi is far from perfect.
The 500-year-old portrait of Jesus Christ has a shady past that includes ownership by King Charles I, a 160-year disappearing act and a sale for only thousands of dollars just 12 years ago.
It is damaged and was heavily repainted, then restored. And at least one prominent da Vinci expert is on record saying he doesn’t believe da Vinci was the primary artist behind it.
But the 15-by-17 portrait overcame all of that Wednesday night when it sold at auction to an anonymous buyer for a gob-smacking $450.3 million — the highest known sum paid for a work of art, by far.
Before the sale at Christie’s in New York, came experts like Nica Rieppi, who spent four years and used the latest technology and a lot of highly detailed art books to authenticate the painting.
“There’s no doubt that this wasn’t the work of a copyist, but really the hand of a master at work,” Rieppi, a principal investigator at Art Analysis & Research, told TIME on Thursday.
Rieppi and her team of six scientists painstakingly analyzed the painting at a microscopic level, taking minuscule samples to determine the pigments, materials and techniques used to create it. They also used technical imaging with x-rays, infrared and ultraviolet technology to evaluate how it evolved with each stroke.
The CSI-like research contributed to the work of other teams researching the artistic expression (connoisseurship) and history (provenance) of the piece. In the increasingly high-stakes world of multimillion-dollar fine art sales, science is becoming ever more important, Rieppi said.
The purpose, ultimately, is to “get inside the head of the artist,” Rieppi said.
Dating back to the year 1500, the painting — translated as “Savior of the World” — depicts Christ holding one hand in prayer and a crystal sphere in the other while draped in a blue robe. It is one of fewer than 20 paintings known to be made by the Italian master.
One big clue came from the composition of the paint. Through microscopic sampling, the team discovered the use of lapis lazuli — an incredibly rare pigment considered more expensive than gold in Italy at the time — in “extraordinarily high quality” throughout the blue of Christ’s robe in the painting. Imported from Afghanistan, the material was “so expensive and only available to someone of a master and stature as Leonardo,” Rieppi said.
Another tell-tale sign, according to Rieppi, was da Vinci’s complex and sophisticated layering. Using a powerful microscope, researchers found monochromatic layers applied to the canvas before pigment was added. This included a warm brown color on the robe and transparent washes throughout the painting. The detail is consistent with da Vinci’s technique in his unfinished work The Adoration of Magi, Rieppi said.
“The fact is, this painting is extraordinary at a microscopic level and the uniqueness that we see at that level, there’s no question that this painting is of the time period,” Rieppi said. “And then in my mind that anyone else at that time frame could’ve created this except for Leonardo.”
The authenticators had their work cut out for them when they started. Its complex history left many in the art world puzzled about where it came from. Some where outright doubtful.
Jacques Frank, and art historian and da Vinci specialist who examined the piece, told the New York Times, “The composition doesn’t come from Leonardo. He preferred twisted movement. It’s a good studio work with a little Leonardo at best, and it’s very damaged.”
The work was owned by King Charles I in the 17th century, but then it disappeared from records from 1763 to 1900, according to Christie’s. Its history grew more complicated after it was “extensively repainted” and purchased with the belief that it was created by a follower of da Vinci’s. It resurfaced again in 1958, and then sold in 2005 for less than $10,000.
Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev brought the painting to the market after buying it in 2013 for $127.5 million. (The extensive repainting of the piece was removed before it was analyzed by scientists.)
Rieppi said she and her team work with “doubt and skepticism,” given the questionable history.
However, Rieppi said, there came a point when the materials lined up and the techniques aligned into certitude about the origin and identity of Salvator Mundi.
“Science is allowing us to move more toward evidence-based connoisseurship, and that’s where I see things going in the art market,” she said.
Correction: The original version of this story misspelled, in some instances, the last name of Art Analysis & Research’s principal investigator. She is Nica Rieppi, not Reippi.
Source: Tech – TIME | 16 Nov 2017 | 7:03 pm
The Switch became the fastest-selling console in Nintendo’s history just about a month after it launched, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Nintendo’s flagship console was the number one selling video game hardware device in October, according to new figures from NPD Group, a market research firm that tracks U.S. video game sales.
Between the Nintendo Switch, Super Nintendo Entertainment System [SNES] Classic, and the company’s line of 3DS handheld devices, Nintendo accounted for two-thirds of all video game hardware sold in the U.S. for the second month in a row. The news also comes just after Nintendo announced that it expects to sell 14 million Switch units by the end of March 2018, which is up from their initial estimate of 10 million units.
The Switch’s position as the top-selling game console probably won’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has tried to purchase one in recent months, particularly over the summer. Tens of thousands of fans would line up at stores in Japan during July and August for a chance to buy the console, as The Wall Street Journal previously reported.
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Nintendo is ramping up its production efforts ahead of Black Friday, which is little more than a week away on Nov. 24. But that doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the Switch will be easy to find.
“We’re going to have strong supply out there in the marketplace not only for [the] Switch, but for the SNES Classic as well,” says Reggie Fils-Aimé, president of Nintendo of America. “But the one thing we can’t fully account for is demand.”
Much of that success has been driven by the Switch’s game lineup, including titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Super Mario Odyssey. The recently launched Super Mario Odyssey was also the top selling game of the October, according to NPD. It was released on Oct. 27. Nintendo has also been making more of an effort to entice third-party developers into creating games for its system, which had been a challenge for the company in the past.
But Fils-Aimé maintains that the Switch’s future is not only about bringing gameplay experiences that players expect, such as its own popular franchise games and third-party titles like Doom and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. It’s also about gameplay that fans may not expect at all.
“Our focus has been on the creation of unique and differentiated experiences and we do that through the hardware, through the accessories, and that’s going to be something that continues well into the future,” Fils-Aimé said when asked if Nintendo has any plans to add different game modes to the Switch via new accessories. “Given that type of mentality, the hope is that we would continue to bring experiences that consumers have never even thought about. That’s our goal.”
Source: Tech – TIME | 16 Nov 2017 | 2:00 pm
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