Asus’ $499 ZenFone 6 has a flip-up camera and a giant battery

Premium smartphone manufacturers have moved the needle on pricing, but 2019 may well go down as a kind of golden age for budget flagships. Apple, Google and Samsung are all in that business now, and OnePlus has once again shown the world how to offer more for less. And then there’s the new Zenfone.

It’s a bit of an understatement to suggest that Asus has had trouble breaking into the smartphone space. And things aren’t likely to get any easier as the market further consolidates among the top five players. But you’ve got to hand it to the company for swinging for the fences with the $499 ZenFone 6.

First thing’s first. Like the excellent OnePlus 7 Pro, the phone (fone?) forgoes the notch and hole punch, instead opting for a clever pop-up that flips up from the back. That means one camera is doing double duty, toggling between the front and rear with the push of an on-screen button. Like the OnePlus, [...]  read more

Jarre’s Aeroframe HD1 turns the wireless speaker into a work of art

In a world of homogenous wireless speakers, sporting tasteful designs and muted colors, it can be difficult to find something that stands out from the crowd.  That’s where French audio brand Jarre comes in – and its latest wireless speaker, the Aeroframe HD1, certainly stands out.  The new speaker consists of multiple wooden units suspended …

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Tesla’s Latest Autopilot Death Looks Just Like a Prior Crash

A Tesla Model 3 sedan that crashed into a truck on a Florida highway in March, killing its driver, had its Autopilot semi-autonomous feature engaged, according to a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The driver is at least the fourth person to die in an Autopilot-related crash. What’s striking about the March 1 crash is that the details are nearly identical to those of the first publicly reported, deadly Autopilot crash, in May 2016. In each case, a Tesla running Autopilot on a Florida highway struck a truck cutting across its path, killing the Tesla’s driver.

Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.

CEO Elon Musk has bragged about his cars’ self-driving capabilities and promised they’ll be fully autonomous starting next year. But critics say the Autopilot system—which requires that drivers remain attentive and ready to take control [...]  read more

Trail Blazers vs Warriors live stream: how to watch 2019 NBA Western Conference Finals online

Another year, another NBA Western Conference Finals appearance for the Golden State Warriors. This makes it four in a row, and they haven’t failed to reach the Finals in any of those. Could this be the year that their Oregon adversaries – the Portland Trail Blazers – put a stop to that? You can find out by watching a Warriors vs Trail Blazers live stream of every game with this handy guide for how to watch from anywhere on Earth.

NBA Western Conference Finals 2019 – when and where
The best of seven series between the Western Conference teams – Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers – takes place between the two cities, two games at a time starting at the Warriors’ Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

Games are spaced two days apart, with the first on Tuesday, May 14. Tip off for every game is at 6pm local time (so 9pm ET, 2am BST), with the winner progressing through to the 2019 NBA Finals.

So there’s no doubt that the Warriors go into this seven-game NBA playoffs series as overwhelming favorites. Having won three of the last four NBA championships, they need very little introduction. One glance at their [...]  read more

Apple & Google celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day with featured apps, new shortcuts

With last fall’s release of iOS 12, Apple introduced Siri Shortcuts — a new app that allows iPhone users to create their own voice commands to take actions on their phone and in apps. Today, Apple is celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) by rolling out a practical, accessibility-focused collection of new Siri Shortcuts, alongside accessibility-focused App Store features and collections.

Google is doing something similar for Android users on Google Play.

For starters, Apple’s new Siri shortcuts are available today in a featured collection at the top of the Shortcuts app. The collection includes a variety of shortcuts aimed at helping users more quickly perform everyday tasks.

For example, there’s a new “Help Message” shortcut that will send your location to an emergency contact, a “Meeting Someone New” shortcut designed to speed up non-verbal introductions and communication, a mood journal for recording thoughts and feelings, a pain report that helps [...]  read more

“Il prezzo è stato pagato”: così il sindaco di Legnano arrestato ha ricompensato per i voti il candidato sconfitto

Una nomina inaspettata, per la modalità e per la persona scelta. Perché Martina Guidi, figlia di un candidato sindaco sconfitto alle Comunali di Legnano del 2017, diventa membro del cda della società Aemme Linea Ambiente di Legnano (controllata dal Comune) da neolaureata, senza alcuna esperienza nel settore della gestione dei servizi legati all’igiene ambientale, e in sostituzione di un’altra consigliera. Che, per il gip di Busto Arsizio che ha firmato gli arresti del sindaco di Legnano Gianbattista Fratus e di due suoi assessori, sarebbe stata “costretta” a dimettersi per fare posto alla figlia di Luciano Guidi sulla base di un accordo elettorale tra i due candidati. Perché al primo turno delle Comunali il leghista Fratus, sostenuto dal centrodestra, prende [...]  read more

Latest Fatal Tesla Crash Involves Autopilot System

A Tesla Inc. Model 3 involved in a March 1 fatal crash in Florida was being … In that fatal collision, the NTSB found that the design of Tesla Autopilot … Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk held a call with reporters to discuss a … How Bad the Supreme Court's App Store Decision Could Be for Apple.
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