Mentioned Above Razer Phone (chrome triple-headed snake logo – white) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $350 See it Walmart 0 Razer Samsung Review • The Razer Phone has ruined other phones for me Razer Phone Samsung Samsung’s Galaxy X foldable phone is still on the horizon, but a design patent granted to Samsung this week (applied for in 2017) shows the company taking it a step further and adding what looks like a flip-out section with buttons on one side and a D-pad on the other. Samsung The idea merges two of the hottest development in mobile devices, foldable phones and gaming phones like the Razer Phone or the Asus ROG Phone. And the two go hand in hand — gaming is always better on a bigger screen, and foldable screens let you cram a bigger display into a smaller footprint.You can see a copy of the patent (PDF) with all the images, but LetsGoDigital did the world a favor and created 3D renders of what the device could look like based on those sketches.Renders based on the sketches in the design patent. LetsGoDigital Of course, final devices don’t always look like their original concepts, nor do they always appear on the market, so who knows if this will be ready for your Fortnite battles anytime soon.Samsung didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment. News • The Razer Phone 2 hits an all-time low: $498 Post a comment Share your voice See It Tags Phones Gaming $584
0 Elon Musk Space SpaceX Share your voice Tags Static fire of Falcon Heavy complete—targeting April 9 launch of Arabsat-6A from Launch Complex 39A in Florida— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 5, 2019 Post a comment Smoke billowed out of 27 Merlin engines on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket Friday at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. The big spacecraft didn’t move though; this was just a test in preparation for the Heavy’s first commercial launch, set for next week.Meanwhile at a SpaceX facility in Boca Chica, Texas, the company is preparing an early prototype of its next-generation Mars rocket for its first taste of real air time. A single-engine “hopper” version of the company’s “Starship” was test-fired for the first time very briefly on Wednesday evening. The Starhopper is meant for short, low-altitude test flights and landings as part of the development process for the big ship SpaceX hopes will send a Japanese billionaire and a handful of artists around the moon in 2023.The US Federal Aviation Administration has posted an airspace closure of up to 1,000 feet high for the area around the Boca Chica facility. That goes into effect Friday at 2 p.m CT until 7:01 p.m. Saturday. The reason listed for the closure is “to provide a safe environment for rocket launch and recovery.” Sci-Tech We’ll keep an eye on both these big rockets, and we’ll also let you know how to watch next week’s Falcon Heavy launch, which could be followed by the first-ever landing of three Falcon rockets. Only two of Heavy’s core rocket stages landed successfully following the big demonstration launch last year. But as of this writing, fog is limiting visibility on the far south Texas coast to practically zero, so we may not get to see Starhopper hop. Back in Florida, plans appear to be firming up for the first Falcon Heavy launch we’ve seen since the demonstration version sent Elon Musk’s red Tesla on a long journey around Mars. SpaceX announced via Twitter that the static fire test Friday was a success and the new target date to launch Heavy with commercial communications satellite Arabsat-6A aboard is Tuesday, April 9.
The Huawei ban could be reversed in the US-China trade deal negotiations. Angela Lang/CNET The US ban on Huawei could be used as a way to negotiate a better trade deal.President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that he could use an offer to reverse the blacklisting of Huawei as leverage in the escalating trade tensions between the two nations, according to CNN.”Huawei is something that’s very dangerous,” Trump reportedly said. “[But] it’s possible that Huawei even would be included in some kind of trade deal … if we made a deal, I can imagine Huawei being included in some form of, some part of, a trade deal.”Trump’s statements follow reports emerging on Thursday that the US accused Huawei of lying about its ties with the Chinese government, while China has asked the US to cease its “wrong actions” if trade talks are to continue.Last week, the US blacklisted networking gear from Huawei, and Trump signed an executive order essentially banning the Chinese tech giant following national security concerns that Huawei had close ties with the Chinese government.Read: Huawei ban: Full timeline on how and why its phones are under fireFollowing the US government’s actions, Google locked Huawei out of its Android updates earlier this week. On Tuesday, the US Commerce Department granted the Chinese tech giant a three-month general license to update existing devices, temporarily easing restrictions on Huawei’s access to American components and software that go into its phones.Hardware and software vendors are continuing to flee Huawei, with reports coming out Friday that Amazon Japan is no longer selling Huawei devices, and the Wi-Fi Alliance and the SD Association cutting ties with Huawei on Friday.Microsoft has also reportedly removed Huawei’s MateBook laptops from its online store.Huawei could technically survive without Android, with CEO Ren Zhengfei on May 21 saying the company is “well prepared.”More than a year ago, CNET sister site TechRepublic reported that Huawei had been working on its own OS since 2012, in case it got banned from Android.CNET’s understanding is that Huawei has no immediate plans to launch its own OS, which may be called “Hongmeng,” and that the company is looking at launching one only if Android is permanently removed as an option for its smartphone customers.Read: Huawei could survive without Android, but not very well Amazon Google Huawei Microsoft Donald Trump 7 Share your voice Preview • Huawei’s Windows 10 tablet packs a stylus with a frickin’ laser pointer built in News • What the Huawei Matebook X Pro tells us about Nvidia MX250 graphics Tags Review • Huawei Matebook review: This Surface wannabe falls flat — literally Mobile Security Phones Politics Comments Huawei Matebook
$520 at HP See It $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Now playing: Watch this: 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. Mulan has come to life, and the live-action version of the famed Disney animated film promises plenty of graceful action. A teaser trailer of just over a minute was released on Sunday during the FIFA Women’s World Cup match between the US and the Netherlands. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Summer movie preview: Aladdin, Spider-Man, Tarantino and more Tags 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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Read Google Home Hub review 7 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. 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. 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. Boost Mobile Share your voice DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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. Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review 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). Mulan comes to life in first trailer for live-action… In the teaser, Mulan is told that her role is to stay “quiet, composed, graceful, disciplined,” but she surprises everyone by tackling those same qualities in the role of a soldier, not a dutiful wife. “It is my duty to fight,” she says.Liu Yifei stars as Mulan, the young Chinese woman who masquerades as a man so she can join the army in her father’s place. The film also stars Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li. New Zealander Niki Caro is directing. The original animated Mulan came out in 1998 and received positive reviews, earning one Academy Award nomination for the musical score.Mulan is scheduled to open March 27, 2020, in the US and UK, with no Australia release date yet. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 21 Photos $210 at Best Buy Comments Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See it 1:29 Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Best Buy 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. See at Amazon 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. Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $299 at Amazon HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $6 at Tidal Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Rylo See at Turo Sprint $60 at Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Amazon Share your voice See It Read the AirPods review $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo Angela Lang/CNET Apple iPhone XS Comment 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. 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. $999 1 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. 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays TV and Movies,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. The Cheapskate Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $59 at eBay
Meet the car vending machine that accepts contactless payments Your emails: Five ways car dealers make money Car Industry Now playing: Watch this: 0 Post a comment 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire first ride: Harley’s electric future is bright Share your voice More From Roadshow Tags 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly 2:16 Enlarge ImageWhat a time to be alive. Auto Trader Car vending machines aren’t a new idea, but for some, it might be something a relief. No dealership, no salesman and no haggling. Auto Trader has a different twist on the idea.The company’s first car vending machine is now operational in in London, England, and it will let potential buyers use their phones to buy the car. The company underscored the ability to bypass haggling with the vending machine that uses contactless technology to pay for the car with just one’s phone. The finer details, such as financing and insurance, were’t discussed, but cars sold by way of the vending machine will cost no more than £21,000. I doubt many people have the equivalent of $25,400 sitting on their credit cards for use with Apple Pay or a similar service.As for where the cars come from, they’re still from dealerships, but Auto Trader prenegotiates the price and then plops them in the vending machine. For example, the first vending machine houses a Renault Zoe with a pre-agreed price of £16,000, or about $19,000 at current exchange rates. The car comes from a local dealer that Auto Trader said agreed to the final sale price with the company. The final cost also reflects the Auto Trader prices the website publishes online.When it’s time to buy and finalize the deal, there’s a custom point-of-sale system and a unique mechanical door to unleash the car when finished. Despite how easy the company makes it sound, a recent study suggested younger buyers actually want dealerships involved.In fact, Generation Z and millennials were more likely to visit more dealers during their car-shopping process. The average Gen Z or young millennial shopper visited 3.8 dealerships. Further, 83% said they wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it first, and 89% said the test is the most influential part of the process.Noting the preference of the youngest generation, it doesn’t seem like dealers are going anywhere. Yet, for the tech-savvy and trendsetters, there’s a vending machine in London calling your name. 7 Photos