2019 TV buying advice Get a 2018 TV now or wait for

first_img iTunes app, AirPlay 2 Far-field mic for hands-free voice 8.3 No idea Quantum dots, more dimming zones 8.2 Far-field mic for hands-free voice The best TVs of CES 2019 Vizio P-Series Best new feature Vizio P-Series Quantum I’m guessing LG’s 2019 OLED TVs, coming soon, won’t perform significantly better than the 2018 versions seen here. Sarah Tew/CNET The last big TV sale event of the season, the Super Bowl, is now behind us, and ahead lie a bunch of brand-new 2019 models to tempt shoppers. Late winter and early spring are when most of the new TVs hit store shelves and online, and some are even available now. If you want a new TV now, perhaps one thought is “I shouldn’t buy an obsolete 2018 TV now when new ones are just around the corner.” Allow me to add a complexifier or two. A 2018 TV bought today is not obsolete. TVs are a mature technology and most will do everything you need for years to come. The improvements on many 2019 TVs will be minor compared to 2018 models available now. For most of this year, you’ll pay more for a 2019 TV than you will for the roughly equivalent 2018 model. The earliest you can expect 2019 TV prices to fall to 2018 levels is mid-November 2019. If you’re OK waiting until November and Black Friday season to buy your 2019 TV, then by all means do so. You’ll probably get the best deal on a new TV.  7.0 2 Now playing: Watch this: TVs 13:20 None Brighter, more dimming zones, 75-inch size available 2019 TV comparisons No Yes 8.6 2018 CNET rating Sony X900F But if you want a new TV now and missed your opportunity to snag something in the last few months on-sale, you face a conundrum. Will the 2019 version coming soon be a better choice than 2018 version you can buy now? I can’t actually answer that question for sure until I review the new TVs and compare them directly to the older ones. But in my years of doing just that as a TV reviewer at CNET, I’m willing to take some educated guesses now. No Samsung Q8 Comments Processing Viewing angles, processing No Vizio M-Series Quantum Tags Processing Samsung Q9 Quantum dots, more dimming zones Yes Yes LG OLEDB8P AirPlay 2, HomeKit Sony X950G Viewing angles, processing Samsung Q80R iTunes app, AirPlay 2 Vizio E-Series The best TVs at CES 2019 Vizio V-Series Katz’s guess: Significantly better picture? 6.9 No 7.7 2019 TV series 8.7 Vizio M-Series AirPlay 2, HomeKit Built-in Alexa AirPlay 2, HomeKit 2018 TV series 8.0 7.5 None No Yes 8.1 Armed with the information from the chart above, you can get some idea of what the TVs of 2019 will bring to the table compared to their predecessors, and hopefully make a more informed decision. And if you’re looking for more info on 2019 TVs, here the latest I have on 2019 TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony, Vizio, TCL and Hisense. Some stuff to keep in mind: Again, these are just guesses based on manufacturer info and my past experience testing TVs. I haven’t seen any of the 2019 TVs in person beyond brief glances at CES, let alone subjected any to a full CNET review with measurements, side-by-side comparisons and the whole bit. I say “significantly better” because even those TVs that get a “No” could show slight improvements. For example, improved processing on the C8 last year did produce a somewhat better picture than the B8 in my tests, but it was so minor that I still chose the less-expensive B8 as CNET’s Editors’ Choice for high-end TVs. Just because I’m guessing a 2019 TV will have a better picture doesn’t mean the 2018 version isn’t worth buying. I’m guessing the successor to the TCL 6 series (whatever they end up calling it) will be a better performer for example, but the 6 series is still an excellent choice and remains CNET’s Editors’ Choice for now. Speaking of TCL, it’s the only maker on the chart above that hasn’t specified model numbers for most of its 2019 TVs. Hence the “TBD” and “No idea.”Unless you’re rich, no 2019 8K TV is worth waiting for. Unless you’re a hardcore gamer or a Dolby Atmos user who needs eARC, no 2019 4K TV with HDMI 2.1 features is worth waiting for. A handful of new 2019 TVs lack immediate predecessors I reviewed, yet could still be excellent choices for some buyers this year. They include the Samsung Q70R (the cheapest Samsung with full-array local dimming, or FALD), the Hisense R8 (an inexpensive Roku TV with FALD) and of course LG’s rollable OLED. The bottom line? All of this advice will evolve as I review new 2019 TVs, the 2018 models start selling out and the 2019 TVs fall in price. As always, waiting until later in the year will help you make a more informed decision. But if you can’t wait, here are the best TVs to buy right now. 8.7 Vizio P-Series Quantum X LG OLEDC8P TCL 5 TCL S405/S305 TBD AirPlay 2, HomeKit Samsung Q90R Yes 61 Photos 8.1 LG OLEDB9 TCL S425/S325 Far-field mic for hands-free voice TBD Brighter Vizio P-Series Quantum Quantum dots, more dimming zones None TCL 6 No Share your voice Picture quality improvements Built-in Alexa TBD 2018 vs. 2019 TVs compared: Buy now or wait Here are all of the TVs CNET reviewed in 2018 (with overall ratings) and all of their nearest 2019 successors. I’ve noted the major improvements, based on TV manufacturer information available now, for both image quality and features. Finally, I guess whether the 2019 TV’s picture quality will be any better than its predecessor. LG OLEDC9 last_img read more

Chevy app adds Vehicle Locate function and geofence alerts for your phone

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chevrolet 1 2019 Chevrolet Blazer looks sporty in RS trim 42 Photos Comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Enlarge ImageParents can use the function to get text message alerts about their teen driver’s journeys. Chevrolet Chevrolet’s latest update for its connected-car phone app, myChevrolet, is designed to help you keep track of not only your vehicle, but also family members. The Vehicle Locate function allows for seeing the car’s current location on a map and for setting up text-message alerts when the car enters and exits certain geographic areas.As the name suggests, the new app function allows a vehicle to see where their car is on a map. That’s ideal if you can’t recall where you parked or want to know where a family member took your borrowed vehicle. But the myChevrolet update also adds special notification options to keep even better track of the car. App users can select certain geographic areas — as wide as a 20-mile radius or as focused as a single street address — and receive text messages when the connected vehicle arrives in or leaves those locations.myChevrolet Vehicle Locate functionEnlarge ImageThe alert boundary areas can be as small as a single address or as large as a 20-mile radius. Chevrolet For instance, Chevrolet says a parent might want to receive a text when a teen driver reaches school of if they veer too far from home. A long-distance commuter, meanwhile, could configure Vehicle Locate to send a text message to family members when they depart their office, Chevrolet suggests. And if you’re a generous truck owner who lends your pickup to friends who need to move, the app will let you instantly find where it’s currently parked. Chevrolet’s example, for instance, shows a parent receiving texts like, “Curt’s Camaro has arrived at wrestling” and “Curt’s Camaro has arrived at home.”Each boundary alert can be sent to up to 10 people, and both parties — both the sender and recipient — must opt-in, Chevrolet says.Vehicle Locate replaces an existing functionality for Chevrolet vehicles, Family Link, which worked only through a web interface rather than an app. It works on model-year 2012 and newer Chevrolet vehicles in North America, and it requires a subscription to Chevrolet’s Remote Access Plan OnStar service. Review • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 review More From Roadshow Auto Tech Car Games and Apps Share your voice Tags Chevrolet More about 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Preview • 2019 Chevy Silverado: Tougher, lighter, techierlast_img read more

7 including Indian soldiers killed in fresh Kashmir violence

first_imgMourners pray as they pay their respect to a 33-year-old woman killed by a mortar shelling at Chhajla village in Mendhar near the Line of Control (LoC) border with Pakistan on 1 March, 2019. Photo: AFPIndian forces on Friday fought battles with militants in Kashmir that left seven dead, whilst being dragged into fierce artillery barrages with Pakistani rivals along the troubled territory’s angry ceasefire line.At least one person was killed by mortar fire that has intensified in a worrying sign that Kashmir faces prolonged fallout from new hostilities between India and Pakistan.Seven people were killed in the latest raids that have been staged virtually daily since an Islamist suicide bomber hit a convoy in the Himalayan region on 14 February killing 40 Indian paramilitaries.Troops laid siege to a house in the Handwara district of India’s only Muslim-majority state, believing they had killed two militants inside.However one survived, a police official told AFP. Hours after the firing stopped when security forces went in to retrieve the bodies the man emerged from debris and opened fire, killing four soldiers before he was shot dead.A civilian was killed in later protests over the clash, the official added.- Line of violence -Indian and Pakistan fighter jets staged tit-for-tat raids as they wrangled over responsibility for the February suicide attack.India blamed Pakistan, which denied any role, as it does in an armed uprising in Muslim-majority Kashmir that has left tens of thousands dead since 1989.Pakistan’s promise to release an Indian pilot shot down in the aerial dogfight this week eased the threat of a wider conflict between the neighbours.But there are heightened fears that Kashmir could become the focus of new tensions.”There is a very high risk of escalation towards localised, but more intense direct Indian-Pakistani military confrontation in Kashmir,” Jane’s Intelligence service said in a study this week.Alongside the raids, heavy mortar and artillery fire across the Line of Control — which has separated Kashmir into rival sectors since 1947 — sent residents on both sides scurrying for cover.Indian paramilitary troopers stop a motorcyclist as they block a road in Srinagar on 1 March, 2019. Photo: AFP- Lights out, hopes fade -One woman was killed and an Indian soldier wounded during shelling late Thursday and early Friday at the southern end of the unofficial frontier, according to police.Three hundred people turned up for the funeral of 33-year-old Amina Akhtar who was walking in a field near the village of Chhala when shrapnel from a mortar shell pierced her neck, killing her on the spot.”Poor people are getting killed and their homes are destroyed. We don’t want our men, women and children to die like this. We need peace,” said resident Nagina Bano, who blamed the Indian government.Indian authorities told villages to turn off lights to avoid becoming a target for Pakistani gunners. But it did not help Surjeet Kumar, village chief at Kalal, near the town of Nowshera.With regular explosions and gunfire breaking the night-time silence, Kumar said he was in his house when nine 120mm mortars hit.One shell left a huge hole in the stone bedroom wall, smashing the windows and furniture. Eight other shells failed to explode.”We want peace or an all out war. We don’t want to live in bits and pieces,” Kumar said.”We are very scared. They are firing heavy weapons not just bullets. Yesterday Pakistani jets were flying over our village. We haven’t cooked or eaten properly since the shelling began.”Kalal has no protective shelter and the only school has been closed for a week. Most of the children have been sent away.With more explosions and gunfire echoing around the valley, Kumar’s wife Raj Banti said they may leave too.”We cannot live like this. If we are given an option we would definitely leave this place forever. We are poor but still love our lives,” she said.last_img read more