So you’re in the market for a low-cost smart home speaker, but you aren’t sure where to begin.While Google may have arrived late to the party with Google Home, the search giant is rapidly catching up with Amazon with a slew of feature upgrades, device integrations and new hardware packing its smart assistant. With good looks, stocking-filler pricing and (almost) all the features available from its big brothers, the $50 Google Home Mini is perfectly positioned both as an entry-level gateway to the Google Assistant and supporting accessory for homes already equipped with Google Home.Of course, Amazon and Queen Alexa are old hands at cute and compact smart assistants. Now on its second generation, their $50 Echo Dot has been wowing Alexa-fans for almost two years. Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot – which is best? We put the two devices side-by-side and ran them through the gauntlet (ok not literally) to find out which device is better.It’s showdown … [Read more...] about Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot: Which is better?
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HBO fans have it pretty good these days. Subscribers can now watch their favorite shows and movies using a myriad of methods, whether seated in front of their TV or on the bus to work. This freedom comes from the company’s twin streaming services, HBO Go and HBO Now, which allow fans to experience the wonders of Westworld and Westeros using their PlayStation 4, iPhone, or other HBO-compatible device of their choice.With two different ways to stream the network’s coveted library of original content, however, there are probably some wondering what sets the two services apart. The two have strong similarities like all siblings, but there are some important differences that render each unique.Let’s compare HBO Go vs HBO Now. First, we will discuss which features both services have in common — which, it turns out, is actually quite a lot.ContentEvery film, comedy special, and television series is available regardless of whether you opt for … [Read more...] about HBO GO vs HBO Now: Which is right for you?
Local DimmingLocal dimming is a feature of LED LCD TVs wherein the LED light source behind the LCD is dimmed and illuminated to match the what the picture demands. LCDs can’t completely prevent light from passing through, though, even during dark scenes, so dimming the light source itself aids in in creating deeper blacks and more impressive contrast in the picture. This is accomplished by selectively dimming the LEDs when that particular part of the picture — or region — is intended to be dark.Local dimming helps LCD-based TVs more closely match the quality of Plasma and OLED TVs, which feature better contrast levels by their nature — something CCFL LCDs couldn’t do. However, the quality of the local dimming effect varies depending on what type of backlighting your LCD uses and the quality of the processing in sue. Here’s an overview of how effective local dimming is on each type of LCD TV.Full array and direct local … [Read more...] about LED vs. LCD TVs explained: Which is better, and why?
Unlocking and updatesYou can buy your Galaxy unlocked in the states now, and it might be preferable to going through a carrier. Depending on your carrier, you may get a ton of bloatware pre-installed on your device that you can’t remove. Our Verizon review units, for example, came with nearly 10 uninstallable Verizon apps. The regularity of software updates is another thing you should consider when buying a phone. Both devices run Samsung’s TouchWiz on top of Android, so updates are likely to be somewhat delayed, and some carriers will hold them back even longer. Samsung has been rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat updates in selected markets, including the United States, but it’s not universal and there’s no telling how many more updates these phones will get.Slow software, firmware, and security updates are essentially unavoidable with most Android phones. The only Android phones that will be regularly updated are likely Google’s Nexus and … [Read more...] about Samsung Civil War: Which is better, the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge?
One of my heroes died last weekend.Neil Armstrong’s passing shook me — have we really been lunar for so long? — but what disturbs me even more is how negatively he and several other prominent astronauts regard private spaceflight visionaries like Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Bob Richards. While frowned upon by yesterday’s heroes, these fledgling entrepreneurs hold the greatest hope for future spacefarers and moonwalkers.After NASA suffered severe budget cuts in 2010, Armstrong voiced his opposition, casting doubt on the ability of private ventures to successfully take to the stars. In a letter that didn’t receive nearly as much attention as it should have, Armstrong, along with James Lovell and Eugene Cernan — Apollo 13’s commander and the last man on the moon, respectively — suggested that the death of the government shuttle program and the rise of privatized space flight could spell an end to U.S. dominance in the wild black … [Read more...] about NASA vs. the free market: Which is better for American space dominance?
Apple's iPhone and Google's Android operating system hit the marketplace one decade ago. Ten years later, there's still plenty of debate over which is better. I've lately been asked which of three new flagship phones is better: Apple's iPhone 8, its iPhone X, or Samsung's new Galaxy S8, which runs Google Android?Smartphones have gone through some remarkable changes over the years. How do you determine which is best for you today?First, these are all excellent smartphones that have redefined leadership in the sector. They have improved over the last decade. However, there are real differences.In fact, there are significant differences between the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. Until the iPhone X finally became available last week, iPhone 8 sales were very slow. Now that users can compare, I expect sales of both models to pick up steam.Many users who waited for the iPhone X have found the new design harder to use and less satisfying. The camera is better, but many miss the familiar Home button. … [Read more...] about ANALYST CORNER Which Is Best for You: iPhone 8, iPhone X or Galaxy S8?
Microsoft hasn’t been in the laptop game very long. In fact, the Surface Book launched in the fall of 2015, and in October of 2016, a year later, it’s receiving its first update in the form of an improved dock with a bigger battery and better GPU. The very next day, Apple fired right back with an update to its long-suffering MacBook Pro line, which brought newer processors and a touch-enabled OLED keyboard row into the fold.Are the mid-range updates going to take the high-end laptop world by storm, or are they just another step on the road to greatness? MacBook Pro 15-inchSurface Book with Performance BaseDimensions 13.75 x 9.48 x .61 (in)12.3 x 9.14 x .51-.9 (in)Weight 4.02 pounds3.63 poundsProcessor 6th Generation Intel Core i76th Generation Intel Core i7RAM 16GB LPDDR38, or 16GB LPDDR3Display 15.4-inch IPS display13.5-inch PixelSense DisplayResolution 2,880 x 1,8003,000 x 2,000Storage 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB PCIe SSD256GB, 512GB, … [Read more...] about Apple and Microsoft announced new laptops this week – which is better?
It’s the latest battle of the acronyms — OLED vs. LED — only this time around, deciphering the differences between the two was once an easier task than it is today. When OLED TVs first arrived in 2013, they were lauded for their perfect black levels and excellent color, but took a bit of a hit due to brightness levels that couldn’t compete with LED/LCD TVs. There was also a huge price gap between OLED TVs (not to be confused with QLED) and their premium LED/LCD counterparts. That’s all changed. OLED TVs are much brighter than they used to be, and the prices have come down, but LED TVs still have some distinct advantages. Let’s take a look at how these two TV technologies are different, and explore the strengths and weaknesses of each.What is LED?LED stands for light-emitting diode. These are little solid-state devices that make light due to the movement of electrons through a semiconductor. Now the preferred choice as a backlight for … [Read more...] about OLED vs. LED: Which is the better TV technology?
Contemplating your next TV purchase, but unsure if you should wait around for the coming wave of OLED TVs we’ve all been hearing about? In this article we’ll offer up a plain-english explanation of how OLED and plasma displays work, and in the process help you understand the pros and cons of each technology. How OLED TVs workAs you probably know by now, OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. It’s true that this is just a slight variation on traditional LED, but don’t let the acronym fool you – when we’re talking about display technology, the two are vastly different things. If you’ve read our LCD vs LED comparison piece, you know that the “LED” in LED TV is really just a reference to the TV’s backlighting technology, and that these types of TV are really just LED backlit LCD displays. OLED displays are completely different. Rather than relying on an LCD filter to turn an individual subpixel on or off, OLED … [Read more...] about OLED vs Plasma: which display tech is better?
Pandora and Spotify are both incredibly popular streaming services, built to help users find their favorite jams and to discover tons of new music without having to put in the work. Pandora’s Music Genome Project helped revolutionize the music industry — for better or worse — when it debuted way back in 2000, creating a new standard for online streaming music. Since then, numerous competitors have sprung up, with iHeartRadio, Last.fm, TuneIn, and more aping Pandora’s “radio station” model with varied degrees of success.Spotify, meanwhile, was conceived by two Swedish businessmen who simply wanted a way to listen to all their favorite music in the same place. The London-based service debuted in 2008 and has since gone gangbusters, growing into one of the most successful on-demand music platforms in the world, with more than 140 million active daily users and more than 50 million paying monthly subscribers. And while Apple Music is the only … [Read more...] about Spotify vs. Pandora: Which is better for you?