Petato Footloose litter box offers health tracking for multiple cats – CNET

Petato’s smart litter box, Footloose, looks pretty impressive on paper. Not only is it self-cleaning and works with any clumping litter on the market, it connects via Wi-Fi to an app that tracks the weight plus excretion volume, frequency and duration of every cat that uses it.

Petato’s smart litter box, Footloose, looks pretty impressive on paper. Not only is it self-cleaning and works with any clumping litter on the market, it connects via Wi-Fi to an app that tracks the weight plus excretion volume, frequency and duration of every cat that uses it. No wonder it blew through its Kickstarter goal within the first hour, even at its high price — discounted to $274 and up for the Kickstarter and $500 when it ships.

The box differentiates between cats by weight; it incorporates three weight sensors and four position gauges. Claimed weight accuracy is within 3.5 oz/100 g and output to within 0.04 oz/1g, which probably isn’t granular enough for young kittens but fine for bigger cats. The app tracks and analyzes the data so you can spot some of the major red flags that your cat is ill — excessive weight gain or loss, frequent or excessive urination, lots of unproductive activity and more.

To clean itself, the inner section rotates backward, pulling the unused litter through a grate to isolate the solids, which it then drops through to a sealed compartment via gravity; the rotation blocks a cat from entering while it’s cleaning. There’s a deodorizing unit that uses photocatalysis and a fan.

The design seems very thoughtful, combining the best parts of hooded and open litter boxes. There’s a full body opening so big cats don’t feel cramped, and it’s raised so that the cat in the box is above other cats in case you’ve got a problem with cornering bullies. You can remotely initiate cleaning, emptying and powering it off through the app, too, and scheduling sleep hours.

Off the top of my head, I still see a few potential issues with the Footloose:

All that tech doesn’t come cheap. It might possible to swallow $500 for a single box, but if you have four or more cats you’ll likely need multiple boxes.
It may not work for cats with polyuria (i.e., pee in great volume). There’s no decent clumping litter that can handle the output of a cat with kidney disease, for example, unless it turns into cement.
The 8-inch opening may not be large enough for some cats — not just obese cats, but cats who’d barely fit but don’t want to squeeze through the opening.At 26 inches/65cm on its long edge, it’s pretty big — giant sized, by litter box standards.

Keep in mind that a Kickstarter isn’t the same thing as a shipping product, so weigh the risks before forking over your funds. Petato’s last Kickstarter for the Queek sifting litter box got fully funded (just), but the company ended up canceling the project. This one’s a lot more ambitious, but also unique.

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This $150 multifunction printer includes enough ink for one year – CNET

A quick housekeeping note: There’s a new Cheapskate newsletter rolling out this week! Some of you will get it; some of you will see the old version. And that will change from day to day, so you’ll have ample chance to experience both styles.

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On to business. Regular readers know that I strongly prefer laser printers to inkjet printers, but, man, the former can be big, bulky things. My Dell E525w is a (rather ugly) behemoth that doesn’t fit well on any desk. But I chose it because I didn’t like dealing with pricey ink cartridges that seemed to run out every two weeks.

Brother has come up with an interesting solution — a printer with an internal ink tank and larger cartridges, all so you can print more pages. And it’s on sale.

For a limited time, the Brother MFC-J995DW multifunction printer with one year of ink is $149.99. Regular price: $199.99.

See it at Amazon

if you prefer, you can also get it for that price from Best Buy and Walmart.

To me this looks like a darn impressive home-office printer. It can print, scan, copy and fax. It has an auto-document feeder (ADF), a 150-sheet input tray and an auto-duplexer for double-sided printing.

It offers USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity, plus NFC for quick and easy pairing to your mobile device. It also supports AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. It even has USB and SD card inputs for printing from flash storage.

But the real news is the INKvestment Tank ink system: Brother supplies enough to last you a full year. That’s based on a print volume of around 150 pages per month, so of course that year is an estimate, not a guarantee. But as with other Brother printers, third-party ink cartridges are widely available and very affordable.

I haven’t tried this model myself, and CNET hasn’t reviewed it — but the user reviews at Best Buy and Walmart sit at a 4.5-star average. At Amazon, the average is 3.8 stars. I looked at some of the negative reviews and couldn’t find a common issue — some folks didn’t like the print quality, some encountered paper jams.

So I can’t say for sure that the MFC-J995DW is as good as it seems, er, on paper, but I definitely like the hefty discount and smart ink system.

Your thoughts?

Bonus deal: Based on the recommendations of my Facebook and Twitter followers, I’m officially bed-in-a-box shopping. (I’d say roughly 9 out of 10 people who responded to my inquiry said they “love” their mail-order mattress.)

Ah, but which one? There are dozens of options out there — and the vast majority include the promise of a 100-day trial (at minimum) and 100-percent refund if you’re not a happy sleeper.

So maybe it comes down to the spiffs. For example, Purple is currently running a promotion that includes a free set of sheets with the purchase of any mattress.

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If you’ve ordered a bed from any of these online companies, I’d love to know how it worked out for you. Did you love it? Did you end up returning it? I’ve been an innerspring guy all my life, so I’m a little leery of moving to memory foam.

Bonus deal No. 2: With more and more phones supporting wireless charging, it makes sense to consider a car mount that also supports it.

Like this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Cheapskate readers can get the Choetech 7.5W wireless car charger for $12.99 with promo code CNET521S. Regular price: $29.99.

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This is a suction cup-based dash-mount phone stand. It relies on a simple spring-loaded clamp and is therefore compatible with just about every phone model. The Qi pad itself plugs into your car’s USB port. If it doesn’t have one, you’ll need a 12-volt car adapter.

Either way, you’ll still have an omnipresent cord running down your dashboard — so maybe look into some cord-routing clips while you’re hanging around Amazon.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite upgraded with slimmer design, full waterproofing, Bluetooth – CNET

When Amazon updates its Fire tablets and e-readers, it typically calls even minimally updated versions “all-new.” But this time its all-new Kindle Paperwhite E Ink e-reader really fits the bill.

When Amazon updates its Fire tablets and e-readers, it typically calls even minimally updated versions “all-new.” But this time its all-new Kindle Paperwhite E Ink e-reader really fits the bill. It ships Nov. 7 and starts at $130 or $10 more than the price of the previous Kindle Paperwhite. (The UK starting price stays at £120. We don’t have price and availability for Australia yet.)

That 2015 model shared the same chassis as its 2013 predecessor, but the new Kindle Paperwhite is 10 percent thinner and lighter, measuring 8.18mm thick and weighing 182 grams. The other major design difference is that it doesn’t have the raised bezel of its predecessor and instead has a “flush-front” design with a back made of a softer, grippy material, not hard plastic.

There are some other changes. Most notably the Paperwhite is now fully waterproof like the high-end Kindle Oasis and has a plastic screen that Amazon says is highly shatter-resistant and scratch-resistant. While it’s more durable than the old Paperwhite and can survive small drops, fear not: Amazon will still be happy to sell you a case to protect it — they start at $30.

After playing around briefly with new Paperwhite, I can say that overall performance seems very similar to that of the previous Paperwhite. It has the same sharp 6-inch, 300 ppi touchscreen E Ink display that’s readable in direct sunlight. It also has the same battery life: You’ll get around six weeks of reading on a single charge with “normal” use.

Text appeared crisp on the screen but I didn’t have the previous model on hand to compare the two screens and determine whether the new screen design has any impact on contrast or transparency.

This new model has five LEDs for lighting the screen instead of four — the LEDs are at the top of the device — which adds a little brightness. But again, I can’t tell you yet just how much better the lighting scheme is or isn’t.

The Oasis already added wireless Bluetooth connectivity for listening to Audible audiobooks over Bluetooth headphones or speakers, and now the Paperwhite has Bluetooth for Audible listening, too. You can easily switch between e-book and audiobook, as they sync to the point in the book where you left off, but don’t expect to use the Kindle as a music or podcast player — it’s strictly for audiobooks.

While Amazon doesn’t appear to have upgraded the Paperwhite’s processor or RAM, it has upgraded the built-in storage, doubling it from 4GB to 8GB. Also new to the Paperwhite line are step-up models that feature 32GB of storage. That’s overkill for e-books, but the space will be welcome for audiobook fans.

As before, you can choose from 10 different fonts, 16 font sizes and five boldness settings. But what’s new is the ability to save custom settings for yourself or various members of your family who like to read with different font sizes. On top of that, there are some preset options to pick from. The “gym” setting, for instance, is a quick way to jump to a bigger, bolder font. Additionally, there’s a new home screen that adds additional layers of Amazon recommendations based on your reading habits, as well as tips for new features to try.

Amazon says the updated home experience, as well as the ability to quickly save and access reading settings, will be delivered as a free, over-the-air update to the all-new Kindle Paperwhite, the sixth-gen Paperwhite (released in 2013) and newer Kindle devices “in the coming weeks.”

No Alexa yet

Amazon hasn’t managed to integrate Alexa voice control into a Kindle yet, but with the slightly trimmer design, full waterproofing, Bluetooth and increased memory this is a pretty satisfying upgrade. The Kindle Oasis, which costs nearly twice as much, has a bigger, 7-inch screen, but the two devices weigh virtually the same and now have very similar features. It makes you wonder whether the Oasis isn’t due for an upgrade — or price drop — that might give you more of a reason to buy it beyond the larger screen.

Note that the entry-level Kindle, which doesn’t offer an illuminated screen, remains available for $80, £60 or AU$109. And if you want a non-Amazon alternative, Walmart is ramping up its offering of Kobo readers, and the Barnes & Noble Nook is still alive, too — although it supposedly only has a 2 percent market share.

As noted, the new Paperwhite starts at $130 for the Wi-Fi-only version. It jumps to $160 for the 32GB version and $190 for the 32GB version with cellular. For a limited time, Amazon is including six months of its subscription reading service, Kindle Unlimited, for free (it normally costs $10 a month). The service gives you access to a million e-book titles and thousands of Audible audiobooks.

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I’ll have a full review shortly before it ships in November. In the meantime, here’s a refresh of the key specs of the new 2018 Kindle Paperwhite:

6-inch 300 ppi E Ink display
182 grams (6.4 ounces)
8.18mm thick
IPX8 waterproof rating to protect against immersion in up to 2 meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes
Drop-resistant design with highly shatter-resistant flush-front plastic touch-screen screen display
8GB of built-in memory (previous model had 4GB)
Step-up versions with 32GB of memory
Five-LED lighting system (previous model had four)
Bluetooth for listening to Audible audiobooks (no music streaming)
Around six weeks of reading on a single charge with “normal” use (same as previous model)
$130 (£120) for the Wi-Fi-only version with Special Offers ($10 more than previous model)
$160 (£150) for the 32GB version $190 (£220) for the 32GB version with cellular
For a limited time, Amazon is including six months of its subscription reading service, Kindle Unlimited, for free (it normally costs $10 a month)

PS4 vs Xbox One: which gaming console is better?

PS4 or Xbox One, Xbox One or PS4: what’s really the difference?

Each generation sees Sony and Microsoft go head-to-head for dominance in the home console market, with sometimes the slightest improvement in graphics or functionality proving the difference between first place and lagging behind in second.

PS4 or Xbox One, Xbox One or PS4: what’s really the difference?

Each generation sees Sony and Microsoft go head-to-head for dominance in the home console market, with sometimes the slightest improvement in graphics or functionality proving the difference between first place and lagging behind in second.

Both consoles launched back in 2013, and the question of who trumps who has lingered in the minds of gamers ever since. While the PS4 certainly took the lead in sales, both offer something different, and picking your favorite of the two can be fiendishly difficult.

It’s also worth noting that the next generation of consoles – the Xbox Scarlett and PS5 – could be with us as early as 2020. If you can’t wait until then, or want to get the most out of a current-gen console before it starts being phased out of production, we have everything you need right here.

What’s coming next? Our predictions for Xbox Two vs PS5

Right now, there are two separate versions of the PS4, the standard slim version that’s capable of HDR playback and is slightly cheaper and the more expensive 4K-capable PS4 Pro.

On the other side of the fence is the Xbox One, now available in the 4K HDR-ready Xbox One S and the ultra-powerful Xbox One X that not only does 4K HDR native gameplay but, in some cases, plays games at 60 frames-per-second.

What that means is if you already own a 4K HDR TV, you should probably opt for a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X to really get the highest visual fidelity from your console. But if you’re gaming on a 1080p TV, an Xbox One S or PS4 Slim make more sense.

But what about games themselves? And entertainment options? Online reliability and marketplaces? Which platform is easier to navigate? Which has better first-party applications? Can we answer all your questions?

PS4 vs Xbox One price comparison

The PS4 and Xbox One prices seem to change by the week, with price drops and bundle deals coming and going faster than handheld PlayStation systems.

While all these bundles are great for consumers, it can be hard to keep up with the latest pricing info. So, in an effort to cut through the noise, here are the latest prices and bundles for each console.

While the original iterations of the Xbox One and PS4 launches in the same month, the console upgrades have been a bit more staggered.

The Xbox One X is clearly the newest console with few discounts available. The PS4 Pro, however, is now two years old, and is easier to pick up at a reduced price.

If you want to dial back the cost of either console, check out the latest prices for the Xbox One S and PS4 Slim.

Look, we want to save you time here. So the box on the right will take you through some of the finer details of each console with their upgraded models, if that’s what you’re after. Otherwise, we’ll be comparing the ecosystems of each platform in the rest of the article below.

For our top deals check out our US PS4 bundles, UK PS4 bundles, and Australian PS4 deals pages.Check out our Xbox One X bundles, US Xbox One bundles, UK Xbox One deals and Australian Xbox One deals pages.Xbox One vs PS4 hardware and DesignBoth consoles are available in two different versionsThe PS4 has a slim version and a 4K PS4 ProThe Xbox has the Xbox One S and Xbox One X

Both the Xbox One and the PS4 have two separate hardware versions that you can buy right now. This is different than in the past, when each console existed on its own, and lasted an entire generation.

The Xbox One S improved on the design of the original Xbox One by cutting down a lot of the heft, and removing the gigantic power brick – instead opting for an internal power supply. It measures at just 11.6 x 8.9 x 2.5 inches and unlike the previous version includes a 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray player and can even upscale 1080p games to 4K, as long as you have a TV that can support it.

The Xbox One X might be heftier than the Xbox One S, but it’s still considerably smaller than the original Xbox One, measuring in at 11.81 x 9.44 x 2.36 inches and weighing around 8.4 lbs and also opted for an internal power supply. This is the high-powered version of the Xbox One, that allows for native 4K gaming and, much like the Xbox One S, includes a 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray player, something that not even the PS4 Pro can boast.

Our guide to the Xbox One X vs Xbox One S vs Xbox One will clue you in as to the differences in the Xbox family.

Then starting out the PS4 side of the equation, the PS4 Slim is straight up the smallest of the major consoles available right now, measuring in at 10.4 x 11.3 x 1.5 inches and serving as the baseline PS4 for most consumers, serving as a complete replacement for the original PS4. It doesn’t allow for even 4K video playback, but it can still play the entire killer PS4 game library.

The PS4 Pro was the original 4K console, coming out an entire year before the Xbox One X – even if the ‘X’ eventually outpowered it. It measures in at 12.8 x 11.6 x 2.1 inches. While the PS4 Pro does to at least some extent support native 4K gaming, it doesn’t include a 4K Ultra-HD Blu-Ray Player, an omission that has caught Sony some flak over the last year or so.

Our guide to the PS4 Slim vs PS4 Pro outlines the differences between the consoles in more detail.

Xbox One is a monster console with lots of vents, but at least it won’t overheatXbox One vs PS4 connectivityYou can’t upgrade Xbox One’s internal hard drive, but you can on the PS4.Both consoles support the use of external hard drives.The Xbox One has more ports on its rear.

Depending on how your gaming setup is organised, the connectivity of your console could be an extremely important detail.

Both the Xbox One S and X have identical ports, each including two HDMI ports, one for receiving an input from a cable or satellite box, and one that inputs to your TV. On top of those, they’ve each got two USB 3 ports, IR outputs, optical audio out, Ethernet ports and, of course, the power cable – which is compatible with both versions of the Xbox. However, due to the quick and tragic downfall of Kinect, if you want to use a Kinect with either version of the Xbox One you’ll have to go out and get an adapter.

The PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim have similar inputs, although they are slightly different. Each has a single HDMI out, a single USB port in the back (two in the front), an Ethernet port, and power. The only difference between the Pro and the Slim is that the Pro has an Optical Audio out, while the Slim drops it. One of the most compelling things about the connectivity of the PS4, however, is that both versions allow users to swap out the internal hard drive with one of their choice.

All versions of both the Xbox One and PS4 support 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and gigabit Ethernet. So no matter which console you decide on, you won’t have to worry about network compatibility.

PS4 vs Xbox One rear ports

PS4 and Xbox One are void of remarkable characteristics on the front. There’s a Blu-ray/DVD combo drive to the left (which can play Ultra HD Blu-rays on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X) and their respective, muted-color logos to the right. PS4 has a pair of USB ports tucked between its sandwich-like halves next to where the disc drive is located.

One thing the Xbox One pulls ahead with is smart home integration. 2018 saw Microsoft announce support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, meaning your Xbox One can communicate with Amazon’s line of Echo smart speakers or other Alexa-enabled devices – and might be a practical alternative to using voice commands through the Kinect. In the US, Microsoft is even giving away free Echo Dots in Xbox One bundles.

Xbox One has a non-replaceable internal hard drive (credit: iFixIt)Is PS4 or Xbox more powerful?The Xbox One X is the most powerful machine, beating out the PS4 Pro

PS4 and Xbox One multiply the power of Xbox 360 and PS3. More importantly, they were built with smarter internal designs, learning from some of the mistakes of last-generation consoles.

Chip manufacturer AMD is behind most of these upgrades. Both the original Xbox One and the Xbox One S have a custom, 1.75GHz AMD 8-core CPU, while the Xbox One X bumps that up to a 2.3GHz 8-core chip.

The base PS4 CPU remained clocked at 1.6GHz and contains a similar custom AMD 8-core CPU with x86 based architecture, while the PS4 Pro bumps that clock speed up to 2.13GHz.

PS4 has a user-replaceable hard drive

The original PS4 boasts a 1.84 teraflop GPU that’s based on AMD’s Radeon technology. Meanwhile the original Xbox One graphics chip, also with an AMD Radeon GPU, had a pipeline for 1.31 teraflops, although this increased to 1.4 teraflops with the Xbox One S and to a whopping 6.0 teraflops on the Xbox One X.

The PS4 Pro, meanwhile, has a GPU with a considerably increased 4.2 teraflops of graphical horsepower.

When it came to the original consoles, the PS4 won out in terms of raw power, although the Xbox One S closed the gap considerably.

Microsoft, with the release of the Xbox One X took the title of ‘the most powerful console’ from Sony.

PS4 vs Xbox One RAMBoth systems have 8GB of RAM overall.But they allocate that memory to developers differently.

Even more controversial is the memory under the consoles’ matte black hoods. It’s not the amount of RAM at issue – both are future-proofed with 8GB of RAM – it’s the type of RAM used.

Both the PS4 and PS4 Pro have a distinct advantage with faster 8GB GDDR5 memory, while both the original Xbox One and the Xbox One S went with the slower bandwidth of the 8GB DDR3 variety. But, wait, there’s more to it.

Neither system allocates all of that RAM to game developers – some is reserved to run their operating systems.

PS4 reserves up to 3.5GB for its operating system, leaving developers with 4.5GB, according to documentation. They can sometimes access an extra 1GB of “flexible” memory when it’s available, but that’s not guaranteed.

Xbox wins in terms of RAM, but do Sony’s visuals really suffer?

Xbox One’s “guaranteed memory” amounts to a slightly higher 5GB for developers, as Microsoft’s multi-layered operating system takes up a steady 3GB. It ekes out a 0.5GB win with more developer-accessible memory than PS4, unless you factor in Sony’s 1GB of “flexible” memory at times. Then it’s 0.5GB less.

Then, you get to the Xbox One X, which blows away the other consoles by offering a drastically higher 12GB of RAM, which means that game developers have access to a whopping 9GB of RAM for games, which is necessary when playing in native 4K.

The console’s currently on the market now have similar AMD architecture at their core, but contrast like apples and oranges when it comes to memory. Only developers can determine how this battle is won.

PS4 vs Xbox One graphics comparison

In this section we’ll be comparing the graphical performance of the Xbox One S with the base PS4, as well as comparing the Xbox One X with the PS4 Pro.

It’s early days when it comes to the 4K consoles, so we’ll be keeping this page updated as more and more games are released that support the Xbox One X.

Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro graphics comparisonThe Xbox One X has the edge in terms of both resolution and texture detail.However, currently developers aren’t making the most out of the Xbox One X, and many games present minimal differences.

FIFA 18

FIFA 18 does very well on both consoles, with a native 4K video output on both. Despite the differences in the specs of the two machines, there isn’t too much to separate the two versions of the game.

Digital Foundry’s analysis of the two versions suggests that the only real difference is a slightly better draw distance for the grass on the Xbox One X version of the game.

We’d be wary about drawing too many conclusions about what this says about the relative capabilities of the two consoles. We’d say this is probably a matter of EA having not quite pushed the X to the limits of what it’s capable of.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

It’s a completely different story when it comes to Middle Earth: Shadow of War.

Although the game doesn’t run at native 4K on either console, it runs at a slightly higher resolution of 1980p on the Xbox One X compared to the PS4 Pro’s 1620p.

Beyond resolution Digital Foundry notes that there are a number of other improvements present on the Xbox One X version of the game. This version has much better textures thanks to the improved memory bandwidth the hardware offers.

The overall result is an image that’s much clearer overall on Microsoft’s console.

The Xbox One X version is also more configurable, with the option to turn its Dynamic Resolution mode on and off. We’re not sure why you would, since this negatively impacts framerate in favor of resolution, but it’s nice to have the option.

Diablo 3

Diablo 3 is another game where Digital Foundry has noted the Xbox One X scores another performance win over the PS4 Pro. Both versions are capable of 4K, but the PS4 Pro dynamically scales down dramatically more in outdoor areas.

Dynamic scaling is something both consoles do, but it’s more of a problem on the PS4 Pro.

However, beyond resolution both games come packing exactly the same textures.

Conclusion

Overall, the Xbox One X is certainly capable of much better graphics and much greater visual customization than the PS4 Pro thanks to its greater power. Looking at FIFA 18 and Shadow of War together, however, shows that better graphics won’t necessarily be the case across every single game – it’s really down to the developer. That said, the Xbox One X is certainly the more future-proofed option for those interested in getting the best 4K assets.

PS4 vs Xbox One S graphics comparisonGames on the original PS4 tend to run at higher resolutions than their Xbox One S counterparts.

While the Xbox One X appears to have the edge over the PS4 Pro, it’s a different story when it comes to the Xbox One S and PS4.

A gameplay video on YouTube of GTA 5 pans between the two next-gen versions of the game with a definitive answer. The base PS4 GPU is able to handle more foliage in environments than the base Xbox One.

Yes, you literally have to get into the weeds to see the differences, though both the PS4 and Xbox editions of GTA 5 look stellar compared to their last-gen counterparts.

In the Metal Gear Solid 5 comparison, there’s slightly more clarity to the PS4 version. Specifically, distant textures and moving objects appear softer among the otherwise identical Xbox One visuals.

It’s a trend we’re seeing from PS4 games that achieve a 1080p resolution at 30 or 60 frames per second when their Xbox One counterparts run at 720p or 900p at 30 or 60fps.

This is a trend that’s continuing today, with video analysis, such as the one below, indicating that Battlefield 1 runs at a consistently higher resolution on the PS4 than the Xbox One, with both consoles hitting the same variable 60fps frame rate.

It’s a similar story when it comes to Titanfall 2, which likewise runs at a lower resolution on Xbox One.

Overall, the PS4 appears to have the edge on the Xbox One, but both are left in the dust by their more powerful younger siblings.

Xbox One vs PS4 price differencePS4 was initially much cheaper than Xbox OneBut price drops have since leveled the playing field

Four years ago, the PS4 price was the more tempting deal: $399 (£349.99 / AU$549) for the console and DualShock 4 controller. Xbox One was expensive, at $499 (£429 / AU$499) for the system, Xbox One controller and Kinect.

But now, after several price drops from both consoles (not to mention now that the Xbox One has dropped its compulsory Kinect peripheral), the two consoles are much more evenly matched.

In fact, recent sales have seen the consoles swapping places to be the cheaper of the two.

In the US, the 500GB version of the Xbox One S is just about the cheaper of the two at $239 compared to $299, and the 1TB version of the Xbox One S comes in around $279.

Meanwhile in the UK, the 500GB version of the Xbox One S is a shade cheaper, while the 1TB versions of the consoles are identically priced.

Finally, in Australia the Xbox One S is the cheaper of the two whether you want a 500GB or a 1TB model.

With that said, frequent deals mean that the console’s prices are always in flux. Keep an eye trained on our Xbox One bundles and PS4 bundle deals pages.

In terms of the more powerful PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X, the Xbox One X is more expensive, launching at $499 rather than the PS4 Pro’s $399.

What’s included? Not a PS4 camera, that’s for sureWhat’s in the box?Both systems come with a controller, trial offers and an HDMI cableHowever, only the PS4 comes with a headset

At launch, Xbox One came with the console, a controller and the Kinect camera – which bumped up the price while annoying many who weren’t impressed by the motion capture tech. Subsequent Xbox One bundles have included Forza Horizon 3 or FIFA 17 for the same price, while newer, cheaper systems have made Kinect optional to the point of eliminating it completely.

All Xbox One boxes contains an HDMI cable and 14-day free trial for Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold online service. There’s no USB charging cable, as the Xbox One controller uses batteries out of the box.

Inside both the PS4 and PS4 Pro boxes are the consoles and a single DualShock 4 controller. Wires include an HDMI cable (Sony learned its lesson after backlash for not including one with the PS3) and a micro-USB cable for the controller.

Don’t throw out the box right away. Tucked inside is a 30-day subscription to PlayStation Plus and a wired mono earbud. You’ll get much better sound out of a full-size gaming headset, but it’s nice to have a basic one included.

These are the best console gaming headsetsThe controllers

Both controllers are well-made and comfortable.Which is better is a matter of personal preference.

When you’re comparing controllers between the PS4 and Xbox One, you should consider size, comfort, and battery life – but, even beyond these aspects, personal preference is going to go a long way.

The good news is that both conform to your hands better versus the less ergonomic Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.

Microsoft, even further from just improving on the Xbox 360 controller for the Xbox One’s basic controller, released the Xbox Elite Wireless controller back in 2015. This gamepad, directed towards pro gamers, includes four back pedals, two settings for the left and right shoulder buttons, swappable analog sticks and a new and improved D-pad. All of these amazing features come at a premium though, costing $149 or £119.

The DualShock 4 also improves on the previous generation. The handles of the gamepad are a lot easier to grip and are more comfortable when playing for extended periods. Plus, the analog sticks now have a nice divot, making precise movements a lot easier.

With the new DualShock 4 that’s come out alongside the new slimline PS4, the controller has seen a further improvement with the addition of a wired connectivity mode, which eliminates the input lag associated with Bluetooth connectivity.

The PS4 controller’s front touchpad and mono speaker are a unique way to interact with games, and developers are starting to find ways to adopt this technology into their controls schemes.

Which controller is better? There’s a lot of satisfaction with the PS4 gamepad, but that may have more to do with people’s surprise at how much more comfortable the DualShock 4 is compared to the DualShock 3. But that wow factor may wear away soon. It also comes with a rechargeable battery pack, rather than relying on AA batteries, like the Xbox One.

The Xbox One vs PS4 controller comparison ends up being a matter of taste. Some gamers are accustomed to Sony’s parallel dual analog sticks, while plenty of others opt for offset analog sticks that have been part of the Xbox universe since the beginning.

Neither have proven themselves worthyXbox One Kinect vs PS4 CameraKinect was promising but is no longer produced.Meanwhile PlayStation camera has become an essential accessory if you’re looking to use a PlayStation VR headset.

Back when the PS4 and the Xbox One launched, their respective cameras were hailed as being one of the most important aspects of the machines. However, in the years that followed, both Microsoft’s Kinect and Sony’s PS4 Camera have fallen out of favor and popularity.

The latter has gained a new lease on life as an essential part of the PlayStation VR ecosystem, but outside of this remains almost entirely unused.

That’s a shame because, at one point, the new Kinect technology looked very promising, tracking up to six skeletons at once and processing 2GB of data per second. It could even pick up heart rates, facial expressions and 25 joints, thumbs included.

The camera’s 60% wider field of vision compared to the Xbox 360 Kinect remedied the annoying ‘stand 6 feet away’ error messages we experienced last time around.

Xbox One Kinect was certainly powerful, it just needed more games. Right now, there are few reasons to keep the 1080p camera plugged in, especially since the whole platform has been shuttered.

Kinect was good on paper, now it just wears a paper dunce cap

PS4 doesn’t have as much to offer at this point either, but it’s hard to find in stock. Formerly called the PlayStation Eye, it features two 1,280 x 800-pixel cameras in a body that’s slimmer than the Kinect.

The included robot mini-game The Playroom has been updated since the console launch, but little else besides the Just Dance series requires the device.

You will, however, need to buy a PlayStation camera if you want to use a PlayStation VR, since the headset uses the camera to know where your head is. With the PSVR, the camera has fast-changed from an optional accessory to an essential piece of kit.

The best PS4 and Xbox One gamesBoth consoles have some great exclusive games.Sony’s exclusives have tended to be third-person games, while Microsoft has seen a number of high-profile racing exclusives.

Both the PS4 and Xbox One now have substantial games libraries. The PS4 has just over 1,800 titles, of which over 500 are exclusives or console exclusives, while the Xbox One has about 1,600 games with under half the number of exclusives than the PS4.

The Halo and Gears of War series stand above all others on Xbox One if you’re into shooter games, and Cuphead features some fantastic, colorful boss battle action. Halo: The Master Chief Collection lets us relive all the old classics, although the experience was somewhat spoiled by a number of technical problems that have never been fully solved.

But, it’s with its exclusive racing games that the Xbox One really excels, with Forza Motorsport 7 and Forza Horizon 3 being excellent entries in the series.

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One Xbox One game on the horizon that we’re excited to play is Halo Infinite, which is sure to be one of the best games on the Xbox One.

Microsoft’s number of exclusives pales compares to Sony, though the former is clearly making a concerted effort to amend this with the creation of five new gaming studios.

Either way, the quality and quantity of Sony’s exclusives have really impressed us this generation. We awarded Uncharted 4 a ‘Play it Now’ rating, the highest on the TechRadar scoring system. More recently, the thought provoking The Last Guardian and the gorgeous Horizon: Zero Dawn also impressed.

Finally, remakes of The Last of Us and Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy round out what is a very impressive series of PS4 exclusives but, trust us, there are plenty more where those came from.

Want to say up-to-date on the latest top titles on each platform? Don’t miss our round-ups of the Best PS4 Games and Best Xbox One Games!

Indie games like Fez became smash hits in the last generationIndie games on PS4 and Xbox OneSony’s console has the higher-profile indie games.Microsoft’s move to make every console a developer kit could be huge.

Our most-wanted PS4 games list doesn’t end there, because Sony got out in front of supporting independent game developers.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch from Young Horses and Transistor from Supergiant Games came to Sony’s console years ago.

Meanwhile, the Xbox One has also seen some excellent smaller games, including Ori and the Blind Forest.

Indie games have exploded on each console over the last few years, thanks to both Sony and Microsoft enacting policies and releasing tools that all but eliminates the barrier to entry of developing for each system.

MediaBoth Xbox One S and Xbox One X feature Ultra HD Blu-ray playersPS4 Pro has to rely on streaming for 4K contentStandard PS4 and Xbox One both limited to 1080p playback

In the past with Sony’s PS2 and PS3 consoles, they built a huge audience just by virtue of those consoles doubling as DVD and Blu-ray players that were priced competitively with standalone devices at launch. That’s what makes it so shocking that Microsoft has beaten them to the punch, with the Xbox One S and Xbox One X being the first consoles to feature Ultra-HD Blu-ray compatibility .

Ultra HD Blu-rays are the latest and greatest disc format, and offer the best audio and video quality if you’re looking to watch movies at home. The amount of discs available is slightly thin on the ground as it currently stands, but the situation is sure to improve in the future as the amount of 4K releases ramps up.

Of course, streaming is now the dominant way of consuming media at home, and the Xbox One S, the Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro are all able to handle 4K streams from the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime. The limitations of streaming mean that the image quality won’t quite be as good as physical media, but it’s a much cheaper way to access 4K content.

We’ll delve into more detail about the availability of apps for each console below.

When it comes to apps, Xbox One is in the ever-so-slight leadXbox One vs PS4 appsVery little to differentiate the two consoles in terms of apps.

The Xbox 360 and PS3 proved to be more than just gaming machines, and Xbox One and PS4 are no different. Of course, most are shared across both platforms.

One key difference between the consoles as they currently stand is access to 4K streaming services. While you’ll have to opt for the more expensive PS4 Pro if you want 4K streaming services on a Sony console, both the Xbox One S and X are capable of 4K streaming.

In terms of the apps themselves, all next-gen gamers have access to Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Spotify, Hulu Plus, Crackle, Vudu and Redbox Instant as well as baseball subscription service MLB.TV.

Xbox One corners the app-filled market with ESPN, Fox Now, FX Now, NFL, TED, The CW, Twitch, Univision Deportes, Verizon FiOS TV and YouTube. It also has Microsoft’s own OneDrive, Skype and Xbox Music and Xbox Video services.

That contrasts with PS4. Sony’s console features Crunchyroll, Epix, NBA Gametime, NHL GameCenter Live, YuppTV, the WWE Network, VidZone, and Sony’s own foray into being a cable provider with PlayStation Vue.

Initially, Xbox One had first access to HBO Go before PS4, but now both consoles have the premium channel as an app. At least, if your cable provider in the US isn’t Comcast. And, even if it is, both systems now support HBO Now, which lets you view HBO programming without a cable subscription.

More niche apps are expected as time goes on, so this is hardly the final list of apps for Xbox One and PS4.

Are PS4 and Xbox One backward compatible?Xbox One backwards compatibility list is growing.PS4 offers backwards compatibility through PS Now streaming service.

The Xbox One vs PS4 comparison got interesting at E3 2015. After teasing Xbox 360 emulation, Microsoft announced Xbox One backward compatibility for Xbox 360 games. This was expanded to original Xbox games at E3 2017.

“We won’t charge you to play the games you already own,” jabbed Microsoft at Sony during its E3 press conference. Over 400 disc and downloadable Xbox 360 and Xbox titles will work on Xbox One, and the features of the newer console – like streaming and taking screenshots – crosses over to older games.

Microsoft launched Xbox One backward compatibility in November 2015, and a recent update saw its functionality expanded to include multi-disc games. Since then, the manufacturer has continued to bring more and more games to the console.

Sony’s PlayStation Now service, meanwhile, is a streaming service that costs money to rent games. That’s a bummer if you already paid for The Last of Us, God of War: Ascension, Dead Space 3 and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes on the PS3.

It also relies on streaming, meaning that the quality of your gameplay experience will vary based on the bandwidth of your internet connection.

Sony has expanded its video game streaming service to PS Vita, PC and PlayStation TV, and has even expanded it to include Sony and Samsung made TVs, and it now includes PS1, PS2 and PS4 games in addition to the previously PS3-only lineup.

None of these options are foolproof yet. That means you’ll need to keep your Xbox 360 and PS3 in order to play more niche games that haven’t been made backwards compatible on Xbox One or haven’t been added to PlayStation Now.

You can’t sell the old systems, and that means people won’t be able to readily buy them – they’re more likely to purchase them directly from Microsoft and Sony.

Other PS4 and Xbox One differencesBoth consoles charge for online multiplayer.Other media player features offered by Xbox One.

The look of the console, the feel of the controller and the appeal of the games list are the main differences from which consumers will decide on PS4 and Xbox One. However, there are other factors at play one should consider before buying into a new system. At the top of that list is a significant question: Where do most of your friends play?

Since there’s no such thing as cross-platform multiplayer (even though Microsoft is totally open to it) between the two consoles, you may be split up when playing Call of Duty on PS4 when all of your friends own it for Xbox One.

Both Microsoft and Sony are charging for multiplayer this console generation, whereas PS3 gamers got to log into matches scott-free.

Sony sadly moved closer to Microsoft in this way, while Microsoft moved closer to Sony by tearing down the Xbox Live app paywall. You no longer have to subscribe to stream Netflix and other apps.

The PS4 vs Xbox One comparison has evolved in the last four years, mostly because Microsoft’s plans have shifted, from Xbox One price drops to more lenient paywall policies to graphics specs upgrades.

These two next-generation consoles are now on a more even playing field, which means Sony and Microsoft are going to start throwing games like Horizon: Zero Dawn and Sea of Thieves at you, and that’s a win for all gamers.

Now that we’ve taken you through the positives and negatives of each console you’ve probably got a good idea of which is the one for you.

Fortunately, we’re not going to leave you hanging there – over the next couple of pages you’ll find the best deals available for each console to help you take your decision to its final destination.

Decided that the PS4 and Sony’s attractive exclusives are perfect for you? Below you’ll find the best PlayStation 4 deals you can get at the moment.

Is it the Xbox One that’s won you over? We understand, that 4K Blu-ray player is hard to resist. There are some fantastic deals on the latest model of Microsoft’s consoles and below you’ll find the latest and greatest:

Qualcomm Dramatically Extends Wi-Fi Experiences to the 5G Era with 60GHz 802.11ay Solutions

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today announced a family of 60GHz Wi-Fi chipsets, the QCA64x8 and QCA64x1, delivering 10+ gigabit-per-second (Gbps) network speeds and wire-equivalent latency, while setting the industry low-power benchmark for extended device battery life.

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today announced a family of 60GHz Wi-Fi chipsets, the QCA64x8 and QCA64x1, delivering 10+ gigabit-per-second (Gbps) network speeds and wire-equivalent latency, while setting the industry low-power benchmark for extended device battery life. As a new connectivity era dawns, reliance on high-bandwidth mmWave spectrum will increase, bringing powerful new wireless experiences like ultra-high-definition video streaming, Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR), mobile screen casting and fixed wireless mesh backhaul. Qualcomm Technologies’ 60GHz Wi-Fi portfolio has the flexibility to meet those challenging demands while harnessing unique capabilities that support new 60GHz Wi-Fi Sensing applications like proximity and presence detection, gesture recognitions, room mapping with precise location and improved facial feature detection. Qualcomm Technologies is the first-to-market with a 60GHz Wi-Fi solution with optimizations based on the 802.11ay specification, enabling best-in-class 60GHz Wi-Fi speeds and unmatched coverage performance.

The full release is available on the Qualcomm News Center website at

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Qualcomm invents breakthrough technologies that transform how the world connects, computes and communicates. When we connected the phone to the Internet, the mobile revolution was born. Today, our inventions are the foundation for life-changing products, experiences, and industries. As we lead the world to 5G, we envision this next big change in cellular technology spurring a new era of intelligent, connected devices and enabling new opportunities in connected cars, remote delivery of health care services, and the IoT — including smart cities, smart homes, and wearables. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, the QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

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Pixel 3: 9 settings to change right away – CNET

Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have a lot to like. They’re fast, have incredible displays, and the camera is simply amazing.

With Android Pie 9.0 on each device, there are some settings and features that you’ll surely want to tweak as you set up and begin using your phone.

Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have a lot to like. They’re fast, have incredible displays, and the camera is simply amazing.

With Android Pie 9.0 on each device, there are some settings and features that you’ll surely want to tweak as you set up and begin using your phone. Here are nine such settings you should change right away.

Lockdown

Lockdown is a feature that will disable the fingerprint sensor on your phone should you find yourself in a less-than-ideal situation. Once you trigger Lockdown, the phone immediately locks and the only way to unlock it is to enter your passcode.

You’ll first need to enable Lockdown, then you can trigger it by holding in the power button and selecting Lockdown from the popup.


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Where to go: Settings > Security & location > Lock screen preferences > Show Lockdown option.

Wind Down

Digital Wellbeing keeps track of how many notifications you receive in a day, the number of times you pick up or unlock your phone, and how much time you spend in various apps on your phone.

Once you get over the amount of time you spend in Facebook each day, enable Wind Down. This feature will put your phone’s display in grayscale mode and enable Do Not Disturb.

Trust me, when you start looking at Instagram in black and white, you want to put your phone down — and fast.

Where to go: Settings > Digital Wellbeing > Wind Down.

Active Edge

You can still squeeze the sides of either Pixel 3 to summon Google Assistant if you’re into that kind of thing. Luckily, you can change the amount of pressure required to trigger the feature, or turn it off altogether.

Where to go: Settings > System > Gestures > Active edge.

Ambient display

When your Pixel is sitting idle, an always-on display feature called Ambient Display is used. If you’d rather not use the Ambient Display, or you want to modify how it works, head to the Settings app to customize your experience.

Where to go: Settings > Display > Advanced > Ambient display.

Now Playing

When music is playing, the song name and artist will show up along the bottom of your phone’s ambient display. The Pixel 3 can identify songs without ever sending any data to Google.

New with the Pixel 3 is that the Now Playing feature keeps a history of everything it’s identified. Enable Now Playing and create a shortcut to its history in the Settings app.

Where to go: Settings > Sound > Now Playing.

Fingerprint gesture

The fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone can be used as a trackpad of sorts. Specifically, you can enable the sensor to use a swipe down across the sensor as a gesture to pull down the notification shade, revealing any pending alerts you may have.

Enable or disable the feature to fit your preference.

Where to go: Settings > System > Gestures > Swipe fingerprint for notifications.

Enable Wi-Fi Calling

Wi-Fi Calling is a handy feature if you’re in an area with poor reception. This year, it seems, more carriers are supporting Wi-Fi calling on the Pixel 3 line. For example, the Pixel 2 with an AT&T SIM card lacked Wi-Fi calling. However, a Pixel 3 XL with the same AT&T SIM now lists Wi-Fi Calling as an option.

Where to go: Settings > Network & internet > Mobile network > Advanced > Wi-Fi calling.

Adjust display to your liking

Last year’s Pixel 2 XL took a lot of heat for its display. Google eventually added display color options, and for the most part, the complaints stopped.

With the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the displays are nearly perfect. However, you can still adjust the color saturation to your liking. You have three options: Natural, Boosted and Adaptive. The Pixel 3 ships with “Adaptive” set as the default.

Where to go: Settings > Display > Advanced > Colors.

Smart Storage

Double-check that Smart Storage is enabled on your Pixel 3 after it’s set up. Smart Storage analyzes which files, apps, photos and videos you use, and then can proactively (or on demand) suggest things to delete when your device starts to run out of storage space.

Where to go: Settings > Storage > Smart Storage.

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Huawei lanza los enrutadores SD-WAN de próxima generación y simplifica la interconexión nube y redes en las empresas

SHANGHÁI, 15 de octubre de 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei presentó sus enrutadores SD-WAN de próxima generación en el marco de HUAWEI CONNECT 2018. Los enrutadores SD-WAN de próxima generación usan una plataforma unificada y hacen confluir extensos servicios en red como SD-WAN, enrutamiento, voz, cortafuegos y wifi a fin de simplificar el despliegue de servicios.

SHANGHÁI, 15 de octubre de 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei presentó sus enrutadores SD-WAN de próxima generación en el marco de HUAWEI CONNECT 2018. Los enrutadores SD-WAN de próxima generación usan una plataforma unificada y hacen confluir extensos servicios en red como SD-WAN, enrutamiento, voz, cortafuegos y wifi a fin de simplificar el despliegue de servicios. Aprovechando el motor único de aceleración de hardware, ofrecen un desempeño de transferencia dos veces superior al promedio en la industria. Además, implementan “tres inteligencias” (identificación inteligente de aplicaciones, orientación inteligente del tráfico con base en aplicaciones y aceleración inteligente) para simplificar la interconexión nube y redes en las empresas.

Actualmente, un creciente número de empresas está migrando sus aplicaciones a nubes de terceros o ambientes SaaS (software como servicio). El tráfico se amplifica en las redes WAN de las empresas, pero su transmisión es ineficaz e impone requisitos más rigurosos para los enrutadores WAN de egreso. Dichos enrutadores deben respaldar las funciones SD-WAN y hacer confluir numerosos servicios como enrutamiento, conmutación y VPN a fin de procesar servicios a alta velocidad y garantizar la experiencia de servicios clave.

Los enrutadores SD-WAN de próxima generación de Huawei incluyen las funciones Customer Premises Equipment (equipo para las instalaciones del cliente, CPE) y uCPE (CPE universal). Todos están desarrollados en una plataforma unificada, por lo que se adaptan a las interconexiones entre redes y nubes de distintos tamaños. Los modelos uCPE brindan una plataforma de cómputo abierto, integran diversas funciones de servicio en red como SD-WAN, WAN Optimization Controller (controlador de optimización WAN, WOC), voz, wifi y seguridad, e implementan la orquestación automática de servicios gracias al dispositivo Agile Controller de Huawei basado en la nube, simplificando en gran medida el despliegue de redes y las tareas de operaciones y mantenimiento (O&M). Los enrutadores SD-WAN de próxima generación emplean un motor único de aceleración de hardware, un mecanismo de procesamiento simultáneo de múltiples núcleos y un caché de alta velocidad en tres niveles, ofreciendo así un desempeño de transferencia dos veces superior al promedio en la industria sin deterioro alguno en el desempeño de los servicios clave simultáneos. Además, implementan “tres inteligencias” y garantizan la experiencia de los servicios clave sin pérdidas.

Los enrutadores SD-WAN de próxima generación están disponibles en 16 modelos, incluidas las series AR3600 diseñadas para redes de gran tamaño y centros HQ/datos; AR2600 para redes pequeñas y medianas; AR1600 para redes pequeñas, y AR650 para pequeños y medianos negocios, ideales para interconexiones de todo tipo entre nubes híbridas, redes e Internet, cumpliendo así con los requisitos de desarrollo de servicios en empresas en los próximos tres a cinco años.

También en el marco de HUAWEI CONNECT 2018 la marca presentó sus servicios SD-WAN en nube, mismos que capitalizan los enrutadores SD-WAN de próxima generación en conjunto con los servicios Agile Controller y proveedor profesional de servicios gestionados (Managed Service Provider, MSP) de Huawei basados en la nube. Los servicios SD-WAN de nube de Huawei son ideales para la interconexión en empresas en cadena, corporaciones con grandes redes y pequeños y medianos negocios. Estos servicios proporcionarán a los clientes empresariales las interconexiones más adecuadas para la convergencia nube-red en la era donde la nube se impone, permitiéndoles conectarse a ella de manera inteligente.

Zhu Yaming, gerente general adjunto de Huawei Enterprise Gateway Domain, comentó: “La línea completa de enrutadores SD-WAN de próxima generación de Huawei fue desarrollada para las interconexiones simplificadas entre la nube y las redes. Equipados con el motor único de aceleración de hardware, ofrecen un desempeño de transferencia dos veces superior al promedio de la industria. Además, brindan convergencia en servicios y simplifican la interconexión entre redes, además de suministro VAS sobre demanda, orientación inteligente del tráfico con base en aplicaciones y aceleración, mejorando significativamente la experiencia de interconexión entre redes en los clientes empresariales”.

Huawei ha realizado inversiones e innovaciones constantes en el ámbito SD-WAN. Su solución y productos SD-WAN ya atienden a más de 30 clientes en el sector gubernamental, financiero, empresarial de alto rango, telecomunicaciones y MSP, ayudándoles a conquistar el éxito empresarial. Si desea más información visite: https://e.huawei.com/en/solutions/business-needs/enterprise-network/sd-wan

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Amazon Echo Sub review: Echo can finally go deep – CNET

This year, befitting its Echo speakers’ primary function as purveyors of music, Amazon is releasing a whole bunch of new audio gear. The lineup includes a beefed-up Echo Plus speaker,an Alexa amp, a strange pre-amp.

This year, befitting its Echo speakers’ primary function as purveyors of music, Amazon is releasing a whole bunch of new audio gear. The lineup includes a beefed-up Echo Plus speaker,an Alexa amp, a strange pre-amp… thing, a Dot without the speaker and more. But if you already own an Echo and want to get better sound out of it, the new Echo Sub is the most intriguing.

At $130 (£120, AU$199) the Amazon Echo Sub sits between the Echo and Echo Plus in price, and it upgrades the sound of Amazon’s smart, skinny towers with actual deep bass. Is it an essential upgrade to the Echo line? No, but if you’ve ever been frustrated by the Echo’s lack of sonic heft, it could be for you.

The Sub is also available as part of an bundle with two second-gen Echo devices for $250 (£240), which is a viable system for only a little more money than a single Sonos One. I tested the Sub mainly with the Echo Plus, however, and that combo makes less financial sense due to the added cost of the Plus’ onboard hub.

Once out of the packaging, the Echo Sub looks like someone left an Echo-shaped sponge in water overnight. It’s a cloth-covered pill box with a matte plastic top and it measures 8 inches high and 8.3 inches in diameter (20.2 by 21 cm). The subwoofer is sealed and down-firing, powered by a 100-watt amplifier pushing a 6-inch woofer. The speaker is rated from 200 Hz down to 30Hz (-6dB), with the Alexa app handling the crossover, depending on which device you pair it with.

At the moment the Sub is only officially compatible with the second-generation Echo and Echo Plus, but according to Amazon it will be compatible with most Echo products, as described below. I tried to pair the Sub with a third-gen Echo Dot and it failed, but other Echo devices I tried worked well. I’ve reached out to Amazon for clarification.

There’s only one input — the internet (via 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi) — and a single button for initiating setup on the back. A separate audio input on the back (like the one found on a Dot) would make the speaker more useful, but without a crossover or volume control you can see why Amazon didn’t: keep it simple, subwoofer.

Setup is designed to be as simple as possible, but I had issues at first. I eventually figured out that if you’ve already set up a stereo pair of Echos and want to add the Sub, you have to start from scratch. After that it worked fine, and setting up the stereo pair itself was simple too.

The best inkjet printers 2018: top picks for home and office

If you’re looking for a printer for your home or office that balances speed and print quality with affordability, then you’ll want an inkjet printer.

The best inkjet printers use droplets of ink to create reproductions on paper of digital images, and use cartridges of ink for the printouts.

If you’re looking for a printer for your home or office that balances speed and print quality with affordability, then you’ll want an inkjet printer.

The best inkjet printers use droplets of ink to create reproductions on paper of digital images, and use cartridges of ink for the printouts.

These cartridges come in black and color, and many inkjet printers can handle both monochrome and color printouts easily.

They are cheaper to buy than laser printers, though you will want to factor in the cost of replacement ink cartridges. These can sometimes cost more than the printer itself!

However, there are a growing number of brilliant inkjet printers that keep their ink guzzling to a minimum. In our best inkjet printers guide, we’ll show you the very best picks. Plus, our price comparison tool makes sure you get the best deals on the ink jet printer of your choice as well.

Check out what printers made it into our top 10 best business printers roundupBest inkjet printers 2018

The WorkForce Pro WF-4630 is a solid printer for small businesses and workgroups given its fast print speeds, solid print qualities and remote printing and scanning capabilities. Using the larger XL print cartridges, the WF-4630 delivers economical print costs that rival laser printers.

Read the full review: Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630

One of the biggest concerns when buying an inkjet printer is the running costs when it comes to ink cartridges. That’s why the Epson EcoTank ET-4550 is so high up in our list of the best inkjet printers of 2018, as it allows users to refill their printer using ink bottles. That’s enough of a potential game-changer as it is, but Epson also includes two years of ink with the package; no more expensive cartridges and instead, you have enough material to deliver 11,000 pages worth of black and color inks (that’s 700ml worth of liquid).

The HP Envy 5540 All-in-One printer offers printing, scanning and photo printing, supports not just USB but Wi-Fi, Wireless Direct and AirPrint wireless printing, and it even offers automatic double-sided printing. Best of all, this is an inkjet printer that won’t cost the Earth, as it comes with a very competitive price tag. It’s not the best all-in-one printer in the world, but it’s definitely one of the best inkjet printers you can get for the price.

If you’re looking for the best inkjet printer that excels at photo printing, then the Canon Pixma Pro-100S is your best bet. OK, it is expensive for an inkjet, but print quality is simply stunning thanks to its 8-ink dye system that produces gallery-quality prints. It can also handle print sizes of A3 and over, and it’s pretty fast as well, able to print a 4 x 6-inch photo in just 34 seconds. If you take a lot of photos on your smartphone or tablet, then the wireless printing feature will be a great help as well.

Great for the travelling professional or someone who needs a small printer for occasional use, printing photos or using the scanner function. It’s a bit pricey to buy – and to run – but the flexibility and quality of the printouts is excellent.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one inkjet printer that can handle photocopying and scanning, as well as producing brilliant color printouts, then this is definitely one of the best inkjet printers money can buy in 2018.

This is yet another great all-in-one inkjet printer from HP, and it comes with a very agreeable price tag as well. There’s no wireless printing, or Ethernet support, but that’s a sacrifice you’ll have to make if you want an inkjet at this sort of price. In our view, as long as you don’t need to share it among other PCs in your home, it’s a sacrifice worth making. Plus, you can always plug it into a router if you do need to share it on a network. Problem solved!

If you’re looking for a great all-round inkjet printer that doesn’t skimp on print quality for your photographs, then we don’t think you will be disappointed by what the PIXMA TS9150, Canon’s flagship inkjet printer, has to offer.

Sure, it’s more expensive than some inkjet competitors, but it offers stunning print quality, especially when it comes to printing out photographs. It’s also nicely designed and is wireless as well, allowing you to easily position it around your home or office without worrying about cables.

The Deskjet 3630 is a very good printer for the price, offering reasonable print speeds and the ability to connect to mobile devices without breaking the bank. Just be wary as its ink cartridges can be expensive when picked up from shops. It doesn’t quite have the build quality of HP’s more expensive Envy models, but if you’re looking for an initially cheap model that catches the eye when sat on a shelf, the Deskjet 3630 is a great option.

Read the full review: HP Deskjet 3630

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August adds new color, connect bridge bundle to smart lock options – CNET

If you love the original August Smart Lock, but want more color options, you’re in luck. The smart lock maker on Monday announced a new, satin nickel finish, saying it’s the result of customer requests.

If you love the original August Smart Lock, but want more color options, you’re in luck. The smart lock maker on Monday announced a new, satin nickel finish, saying it’s the result of customer requests.

The satin nickel August Smart Lock will also come as a bundle with the August Connect Wi-Fi bridge, so the lock will work with Amazon‘s Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’sSiri via HomeKit. The bundle will cost $220. Connecting the Wi-Fi bridge also means you’ll be able to lock, unlock and monitor your door’s activity remotely.

August also makes the August Doorbell and August Smart Lock Pro, our Editor’s Choice winner for best smart lock. For more on smart locks and which one might be right for you, check out our smart lock buying guide.

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