Google Chrome will automatically download articles you haven’t asked for yet – CNET

Want to browse the news but don’t have connection to the internet? GoogleChrome is getting a new feature for Android that automatically downloads articles when you’re connected to Wi-Fi for you to read offline — even if you haven’t asked for them.

Want to browse the news but don’t have connection to the internet? GoogleChrome is getting a new feature for Android that automatically downloads articles when you’re connected to Wi-Fi for you to read offline — even if you haven’t asked for them.

Google announced the feature on the Google India blog Thursday. It says that the feature is available in India, Brazil, Nigeria and over 100 other countries. If the feature is available in your region, you can get it by updating to the latest version of Google Chrome for Android. No word yet on when it’ll come to other countries like the US or UK.

The feature automatically downloads articles it thinks you’ll want based on the most popular content in your location. Or, if you’re signed into your Google Account, Chrome will use your browsing history to download relevant stories. That can be seen as either pretty helpful or a little creepy depending on your opinion.

Chrome for Android already lets you manually download articles for offline viewing, but this new feature does it automatically.

Google didn’t say how long Chrome will store these articles or how many it’ll download at a time — which may be a concern in case you’re low on phone storage.

Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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IDG Contributor Network: Welcome to the edge era: where a second lost on the network has insurmountable consequences

The next great leap forward in progress will be marked by an exponential growth in connection and connectivity. As sensors become smaller and more energy efficient, mobile devices become more capable and our networks become more robust, industries as disparate as healthcare, transportation, education, government and entertainment will find opportunities for new efficiencies, new ways of interacting with consumers and transformative approaches to serving their communities.

The next great leap forward in progress will be marked by an exponential growth in connection and connectivity. As sensors become smaller and more energy efficient, mobile devices become more capable and our networks become more robust, industries as disparate as healthcare, transportation, education, government and entertainment will find opportunities for new efficiencies, new ways of interacting with consumers and transformative approaches to serving their communities.

In short, advancements in network technology are helping us achieve great things. We’re seeing the well documented benefits of agility, reliability and performance of networks in healthcare, where wireless networks are supporting complex EHR systems and M2M communications are delivering moment-to-moment information on patient status and improving health outcomes. There’s also been an emergence of new educational (and job) opportunities provided via emerging eSports programs in K-12 and higher education settings.

All of this is reliant on strong networks and robust infrastructures designed to handle data from countless wireless and wired endpoints. And the most exciting areas of progress can be found at the network edge.

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The network edge is the point where an organization and its customers meet. It is where users engage, mobile transactions occur and IoT devices connect and are managed. It is the first line of defense against cyber-security attacks and the go-to place to get a pulse on the business. The edge is a new frontier where every second counts. Considering the examples above, the technologies functioning in hospitals and smart cities can’t afford a moment of delay when something goes wrong. Furthermore, hardware makers have predicted one billion 5G subscriptions by 2023 – introducing the imminent need for a much faster network able to power emerging technologies like virtual reality, artificial intelligence and more.

At the edge, multiple connectivity technologies come together across diverse locations and different deployment scenarios. For organizations looking to own the next generation of advancement and innovation, a focus on the network edge is paramount.

Supporting billions of new devices on the network is just the beginning…

Once you’ve absorbed the fact that we will have one billion new 5G devices on a given network in five years, consider the sheer complexity that will be required of these networks – from IoT sensors to smartphones to connected appliances and more, enterprises are no longer simply connecting terminals to a central hub. The network has transformed into a mesh of devices and the shape of networks is moving towards a more distributed model. The places we’re connecting have expanded along with these advancements – forget the classroom or the workplace. We’re now challenged to connect users on the retail floor, at sports stadiums, in public spaces and more.

With 30 billion connected IoT devices expected by 2020 according to Statista, businesses are now being challenged to collect data in real time and Wi-Fi RF networks, while flexible, are prone to being difficult to manage in dynamic environments. In places where there is a large amount of changing information to take in account – user densities, user locations, distance and coverage – it can be a significant challenge for humans to analyze and address how best to optimize a wireless network. Let’s be honest – in an age where every second counts on the network, traditional centralized systems are not designed to address fast-moving network driven by countless edge sensors and other inputs.

This distributed connectivity model also creates new areas for caution, as more connection points mean more vectors for security breaches. Millions of newly-connected IoT sensors and devices have made the edge vulnerable – and everything from blood pressure monitors to motion sensors and door locks will become the new attach surface for security breaches.

Simply put, we have no choice but to find new approaches to network management that reflect how today’s networks look and operate.

Recently, Gartner’s Tom Bittman wrote “Massive centralization, economies of scale, self-service and full automation get us most of the way there – but it doesn’t overcome physics – the weight of data, the speed of light. As people need to interact with their digitally-assisted realities in real-time, waiting on data center miles (or many miles) away isn’t going to work.”

For today’s enterprise, an increasingly complex array of network scenarios is to be expected. And this means finding new ways to ensure that your network is doing the work of protecting and optimizing itself.

And what about all that data?

The network is no longer a passive conduit to transmit information, it’s transforming into an intelligent entity that can take data and transform it into actionable insights. Enterprises must reevaluate how they view their networks, seeing it not as a tool, but as a strategic asset that maximizes capital investment through cost containment and continuous optimization.

Enter machine learning, which has the ability to significantly improve user experience and reduce the workload on system engineers. Through machine learning, engineers can collect analytics, device statistics, connection rates, and user and application experience characteristics. Compound that with emerging artificial intelligence (AI) to automate WLAN configuration and IT teams will be able to proactively troubleshoot, remediate and dynamically optimize the Wi-Fi network. It’s time for us all to acknowledge that AI and ML are no longer technologies of the future. Integrating these emerging technologies into a network is a very real, very present necessity that will provide customers technological advances to save time, effort and money, while improving the end user experience.

The risk of slowing down

How does AI and ML speed up experiences for end-users – and why do we care? Let’s look at how it plays out in a hospital: a hospital is a highly complex area with a particularly difficult environment (hard walls, reflective surfaces, lots of glass – you get the picture). In addition to the complexity of the building itself, consider all of the people on the network – doctors, nurses, patients, visitors – connecting to it across different devices with different operating systems and applications. Now consider a scenario where – no exaggeration – every second counts. There is a clear urgency for technology to perform in the ER and the risk of failure is incomprehensible. How can this hospital ensure that patient data is shared securely, that guests in the waiting room can enjoy Wi-Fi and that doctors can communicate with colleagues efficiently in an environment that is chaotic by its nature?

Looking towards the future of sports, we’ve seen an emergence of eGaming in universities that are expanding their athletic offerings past the traditional playing field. Schools are investing serious money and technology in designing high-end eGaming arenas and without a strong wireless connection, colleges could not support the number of PCs and gaming accessories required to practice for the next eSports tournament or study the latest in game design. Networks must be able to handle rapid changes in bandwidth and ensure a game can load within milliseconds, while also supporting other students on campus who simultaneously expect their laptops and cell phones to work without Wi-Fi interruption.

Realistically, there’s no way an individual could understand and correlate all of the analytics from this network in real time, but with machine learning they’re able to rely on the network doing it for them, quickly and intelligently. Rather than tracking individual components within the network, human operators get an informed view of how the system is performing, augmented by AI that is either recommending adjustments or empowered to make changes on its own.

Switch out patients or students for guests at a hotel or fans in a stadium. The IT staff at these organizations are being challenged to deliver a consistent, reliable user experience while reducing the workload. With a smart edge experience, the people who live and work on a campus can enjoy more reliable, robust connectivity and the IT professionals in charge of network health and security spend less time making minor tweaks and optimizations in response to the dynamic nature of a university environment. Instead, they save time and money leveraging a network designed to respond to today’s fast-moving and crowded connectivity environments.

What’s holding organizations back from living on the edge?

Given the examples above, it seems like a no-brainer that organizations would be investing in edge networking. So why is edge networking not universally embraced?

For one, there’s the issue of security. Some businesses argue that the edge is more secure – less data in the cloud or data center means less data exposed during a hack – while others see it as a risk – every IoT device at the edge becomes vulnerable. The solution? Bolstering security end-to-end by implementing a cohesive security ecosystem that delivers integrated and automated compliance checks, threat detection, intelligence and mitigation from the time of IoT device onboarding until completion of the user’s session.

The second challenge to deploying at the edge comes from the difficult transitions between the cloud and on-premise devices. For many businesses, transitioning to the edge requires a complete overhaul of their existing technology. For organizations to adopt “the edge” approach en masse, they must find a solution that allows for consistent management of hardware and user experiences across a wide range of deployment models. In short.

The future of networking is intrinsically tied to the future of technology. Whatever comes our way in terms of AI, virtual reality, IoT and connected cities will all be powered on the back of a network. As the technologies on a network become further integrated with how we function in our day-today lives, it’s going to have to work almost flawlessly to support our devices and activity. We can’t afford a network going down when it’s powering a transportation system or monitoring a patient’s medicine intake – a second lost has enormous implications. As we become increasingly more connected as a society, organizations will have no choice but to turn to bolster the network with adaptive solutions, pervasive intelligence and intrinsic security at the edge in order to remain competitive and to ensure reliable connectivity.

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The best Amazon Kindle deals in June 2018

Welcome to TechRadar’s dedicated page for Amazon Kindle deals. This is the top spot to find all the cheapest Kindle deals for all models, whether it be for the classic ereaders or the Fire tablet versions.

Welcome to TechRadar’s dedicated page for Amazon Kindle deals. This is the top spot to find all the cheapest Kindle deals for all models, whether it be for the classic ereaders or the Fire tablet versions. We cross check every model of Kindle with every retailer every day to pull in the best deals so that this page is always up to date with the cheapest prices.

You’ll find the latest prices from a wide range of retailers for the latest Kindle ereaders. We’ve found the best prices on the basic yet impressive regular Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite and you’ll also find the best deals on the more luxurious models of the Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis. Want more functionality from your slate? Then take a look at our best iPad deals.

We’ve highlighted a few prices on multiple Kindle devices below. Keep looking further down the page though and you’ll find extensive price comparison charts on every model, complete with details and advise about the device.

What makes a good Kindle deal?

If this is your first Kindle, you’ll be wanting to know – how do you tell a good Kindle deal when you see one? Luckily, there are so many good ones out there it’s pretty easy!

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The early Kindle ereaders don’t have LCD screens or powerful internal components which means they’re usually a lot cheaper than tablets and phones. The lack of a glass screen is fantastic for glare-free reading though and an immediate improvement over using the Kindle app on your phone or tablet.

The Kindle Voyage normally has a price of about US$220/£170/AU$299 so if you can get it for cheaper than that you’re onto a winner. After that, there isn’t a huge difference in features so it all depends how much you want to spend. If you can find the Kindle Paperwhite for under US$120/£110/AU$169 you’re getting a good price, while the Kindle 2016 model (which has all but disappeared from Australian stores) has a fairly static price of US$80/£59, but every now and then it dips lower. With the new Kindle Oasis model arriving recently, we may see the older models’ prices drop soon.

For the tablets, the best thing to do is just work out how much you want to spend and pick up the model that sits closest to your budget. The HDX models are the good ones so do go for one of those if you can.

What do ‘Special Offers’ mean on the Kindle listings?

When looking at a Kindle ereader listing, whether it’s on Amazon’s website, or on a different retailer’s site, you’ll often see ‘includes special offers’ in the title or item description. Choose without special offers and the price will jump up £10/US$20.

Essentially, these Special Offers act as Amazon-based screensaver-style advertisements on your Kindle device. So when you pop your Kindle on from sleep mode you’ll see an ad for a book on Amazon’s Kindle store, or maybe a third party ad.

Annoying right? Actually, I opted for with Special Offers (I do love a cheap deal), and it’s not bothered me one bit. You can swipe the ad away easily (no trying to find the tiny X icon here) and get on with your reading straight away. When in sleep mode, the ads cycle on the screen, but they’re not illuminated and they don’t seem to consume any power. They don’t slow anything down when powering on the device after shutdown either.

Seeing as they don’t interfere with the experience at all, I’m glad I didn’t spend the extra £10 to block them. Hey, some of them (sales ads etc) have been worth clicking through to. If you really don’t like them though, you can always pay the difference at a later date to get them removed. So we’d opt for the cheaper ‘includes special offers’ option first.

Here are the best Kindle deals currently available…

Kindle Paperwhite deals

The best standard Kindle ever is a value-for-money winner

The 6th generation Kindle Paperwhite is the best standard Kindle yet, it’s the most cost effective ereader on the market and it easily beats the Kobo Aura on performance and design. Unlike the cheaper model, this one comes with screen lighting. Amazon has managed to create a fast e-ink tablet with inventive reading apps. You can lookup words in the dictionary without leaving your page, or even flick through any relevant Wikipedia entries for most words or terms. The latest version’s screen is now just as good as the more expensive Voyage model. As far as value for money goes, this is the one to beat.

Amazon Kindle (2016) deals

The new 2016 Kindle (also known as the ‘All-New Kindle’ and ‘Kindle Touch 2016’ in Australia) is the updated version of the entry level Kindle last released in 2014. If you want the cheapest option, this is the one you should go for as the 2014 version has been discontinued and any deals you see are probably for preowned or refurbished units. With prices starting around £60/US$80/AU$109 you’re getting a bargain. The 2016 model is also available in white (the 2014 was black only), it’s lighter, thinner, has double the RAM speed and double the storage capacity at 4GB. The lack of a lit screen is the only thing holding it back really.

Kindle Oasis deals

The luxury waterproof ereader you’ve been waiting for?

The reinvigorated all-new Kindle Oasis costs US$249/£229/AU$389 for the cheapest Wi-Fi version. This is an upgrade over the older Oasis (which is no longer available) and a huge improvement. It’s 15% cheaper, bigger and also the first waterproof kindle, arguably justifying the top end price-tag. The Kindle Oasis is also the first kindle to support Aubidle audio books, although you’ll need a pair of bluetooth wireless headphones to use this feature as there’s no built-in speaker or 3.5mm headphone port. This new Kindle ereader’s 7-inch screen makes it the largest in the current Kindle range and tempting for readers wanting to view a larger page, meaning you won’t have to turn pages as often. The page turn buttons are given a wider bezel on the side than the Kindle Voyage, making it easier to hold one-handed – the screen will flip over to accommodate left-handed readers too. The considerably cheaper Voyage and Paperwhite models are excellent alternatives and feature the same screen resolution. That larger screen and waterproofing for peace of mind are pretty tempting though.

Kindle Voyage deals

A modest improvement over the Paperwhite

The Voyage used to be the most expensive Kindle around before the Oasis arrived, but at least we’re seeing the price drop now. Amazon’s Voyage is still one of the best ebook readers available. It’s more compact than most other Kindles and the screen is sharper than the standard Kindle. Although, the latest version of the far cheaper Paperwhite now comes with the same 300ppi screen, leaving this model looking a tad overpriced by comparison. Modest improvements on the Voyage include a flush display making the device easier to keep clean, adaptive screen lighting for easier lighting adjustments and additional page turning buttons.

Amazon tablet deals

Want something a bit more advanced than a Kindle ereader? If your needs are a bit more media-intensive as you want a handheld device for gaming, viewing movies (especially on Amazon Prime) and browsing the web, an Amazon tablet could be for you. Naturally, there’s a Kindle app, but the glass screen can be a hindrance for extended reading sessions.

Australian readers should note that these Fire tablets aren’t available Down Under.

Amazon Fire 7 deals

Amazon’s most popular Fire tablet

Sitting at the budget end of Amazon’s Kindle tablet range, the Fire 7 is generally the cheapest of the lot as it doesn’t have a HD screen. Amazon has just refreshed the Fire 7 range though and it now comes with Alexa, the virtual assistant from the Amazon Echo devices. You can also have different profiles – some for the kids – through Amazon FreeTime.

Amazon Fire HD 8 deals

The All-New Amazon Fire HD 8 is an improved beast

For this low price, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is one of the best tablets around, especially if you’re happy to jump into Amazon’s ecosystem. Mobile gamers will appreciate the improved tech inside the more recent versions as it comes with more storage, 50% more RAM and a 1.3GHz processor. Better yet, the 2017 edition seen below now comes with integrated Alexa – the excellent virtual assistant from the Amazon Echo range. You’re not paying any more for the privilege either, so we’d only recommend the latest version.

Amazon Fire HD 10 deals

The All-New Amazon Fire HD 10 is a much-needed upgraded

The new and improved Fire HD 10-inch tablet finally joins Amazon’s other Fire tablets with the ‘All-New’ treatment. This is good news for buyers as this replacement is cheaper than the scant few deals available for the old Fire HD 10.

The cheapest model now comes with 32GB of storage instead of 16GB, has a clear full HD 1080p screen and has twice as much RAM to run even faster than before. All this and the RRP comes in at just £149/$149. The headline feature though is the introduction of the voice-controlled Alexa app (one and the same as the Echo devices) to the tablet.

We’re a bit sad to see the old aluminium body go, as it looks a little less premium with the plastic finishes (black, red and blue available at launch so far). But seeing as we’d be putting a protective cover on it anyways, it doesn’t really make any difference when we think about it.

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

Got tech-hungry children, but don’t want them to get their grubby mitts on your tablet or phone all the time? The Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet could be the answer. In addition to enhanced durability (look at the size of that housing), it also comes with a two-year guarantee, which covers the tablet -even if the kids break it- no questions asked. There are plenty of software safeguards too, such as making sure they can only watch appropriate content online, adjustable screen-time limits and access to loads of age-appropriate games.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Bigger and better than the Fire 7 Kids. You’re getting a larger screen with HD visuals. The sound is better too as the mono speaker has been banished for Dolby Atmos and dual stereo speakers. The battery has been boosted up to around 12 hours, compared to the eight offered by the smaller model and you get 32GB of storage instead of 16GB. You’re still getting that same tough build quality and two year guarantee too. Come on, don’t make your child grow up with SD visuals. Doesn’t everyone deserve HD, even if they are going to smear jam all over it and throw it around a bit?

We check our Kindle deals every day to make sure they’re always up to date and available!

Take a break from your smartphone – CNET

Dear Maggie,

My husband and I realized we’ve been spending too much time on our phones when our toddler held up his finger to shush me while looking down at his “phone” — an old remote we had for our air conditioner — and told me he had to finish sending his message.

Dear Maggie,

My husband and I realized we’ve been spending too much time on our phones when our toddler held up his finger to shush me while looking down at his “phone” — an old remote we had for our air conditioner — and told me he had to finish sending his message.

We’ve decided to go on a digital detox for this summer’s vacation, but the thought of parting with my iPhone for a week is anxiety-inducing. Do you have any tips for us?

Thanks,
Slave to my smartphone

Dear Smartphone Slave,

Vacation used to be a time to relax and recharge. But now that you can get Wi-Fi at 35,000 feet, cell service in the middle of the ocean and international data plans, it’s much harder to get away from all that.

But studies show that being connected 24/7 can take its toll on our physical and emotional health. The blue light from our screens can sabotage a good night’s sleep, and social media obsession can cause depression.

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Here are a few tips to help you break up with your smartphones — at least for a few weeks.

Announce your tech-free vacation: Tell colleagues, friends and family that you’ll answer their calls and emails when you return. If there’s a true emergency, they’ll figure out a way to get in touch with you.

Set realistic limits: There are certain situations where you may want your smartphone to help you find landmarks or restaurants. And who even owns a camera anymore? You don’t have to go cold turkey. You just have to decide which activities are OK for phone use — like allowing yourself to post vacation photos to Instagram once a day.

Create an internet-free zone: Put your phone in airplane mode. This will allow you to use it as a camera, music player or digital reader without being bombarded by emails, alerts and Facebook posts.

Hide it: Some people find that having a phone anywhere in sight is too tempting. The safest bet is to lock it in the hotel safe until you’re ready to leave for home.

Go analog: Remember books and magazines? Try reading one of them instead of what’s on your device. And bring some games the whole family can enjoy like Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity, Bananagrams or my family’s favorite, the classic 1990s word guessing game Taboo.

Get busy outdoors: Explore your surroundings, write in a travel journal, sample the local foods. You’re here to make memories, right?

The bottom line: Accept that you don’t always have to be available online. After all, isn’t that why you’re on holiday?

Marguerite Reardon (@maggie_reardon) answers readers’ phone, wireless and broadband questions. Email yours to maggie.reardon@cbsinteractive.com. Please put “Ask Maggie” in the subject header. Follow her “Ask Maggie” page on Facebook.

This story appears in the summer 2018 edition of CNET Magazine. Click here for more magazine stories.

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Home Automation Market to Touch US$ 116.26 Bn by 2026; Increased Penetration of Smart Devices Boosts System Sale: Transparency Market Research

According to a new market report on the home automation market, published by Transparency Market Research, the global home automation market is expected to reach US$ 116.26 Bn by 2026, expanding at a CAGR of 6.8% from 2018 to 2026.

According to a new market report on the home automation market, published by Transparency Market Research, the global home automation market is expected to reach US$ 116.26 Bn by 2026, expanding at a CAGR of 6.8% from 2018 to 2026. According to the report, the global market will continue to be influenced by a range of macroeconomic and industry-specific factors. Asia Pacific will continue to be at the forefront of global demand, with the market in the region growing at a CAGR of above 7% through 2026. Safety and security application of home automation are anticipated to significantly drive the global home automation market across Asia Pacific and Central and South America.

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Home Automation Market: Scope of the Report

The global home automation market is broadly segmented by application, technology, and channel. Based on application, the market is segmented into safety and security system, lighting system, entertainment system, heating ventilation and air conditioning, and other controls. Safety and security system applications are further bifurcated into video surveillance, and access control. Video surveillance is divided into hardware, software, and services, wherein Hardware is further bifurcated into security cameras, monitors and others. Access Control applications are bifurcated into biometric access control, and non-biometric access control. Biometric Access Control is classified into facial recognition, iris recognition, fingerprint recognition, and others. Furthermore, lighting system applications is bifurcated into drivers & ballasts, relay, sensors, dimmers, switches, and others. The Entertainment System is further segmented into home theater systems, audio video control systems, and others. The Heating

Ventilation and Air Conditioning application is divided into actuators, sensors and transducers, control valve, thermostats, energy meter, and others. Furthermore, the other controls applications is bifurcated into smart locks, smoke detectors, and smart plugs. By technology, the market has been classified into wired and wireless. The wired technology is further divided into power line communication (PLC), Ethernet, and fiber optics, and wireless technology is further classified into ZigBee, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Others. Based on channel, the home automation market is further classified into luxury, mainstream, DIY (Do It Yourself), and managed.

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According to the research study, the safety and security application of the market is analyzed to grow at a prominent growth rate during the forecast period. The heating, ventilation, and air condition application held the maximum market share and is anticipated to witness a CAGR of above 6% through 2026 and remain dominant over the forecast period. Lighting system application is considered to be one of the most lucrative market segments owing to increasing focus on reducing energy consumption through integration of lighting products with cloud and renewable energy sources. The home automation market is undergoing a technological shift so as to cope with energy wastage and greenhouse emissions caused by improper handling and utilization of resources in the residential marketplace. Furthermore, with introduction of Internet-of-Things, majority of consumers are focusing on equipping their homes with smart technologies, to be tech-savvy or tech-enabled, particularly in the developed countries.

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Based on technology, the wireless segment of the market dominated the home automation market in 2017 and is anticipated to continue its dominance throughout the forecast period. The primary reasons analyzed to support the wireless technologies is rising demand from consumers for products and services enabled with mobility, connectivity, and seamless operability within and outside homes. Moreover, with the introduction of Smart Home technology, wireless products and services are anticipated to be the preferred ones throughout the forecast period.

Based on channel, the luxury segment dominated the market in 2017 and is anticipated to expand at a decent rate during the forecast period due to prominent installed base in developed economies and increasing penetration in developing economies. Moreover, the mainstream channel of home automation products and services delivery is anticipated to be the rapidly growing market during the forecast period. Furthermore, the DIY segment is anticipated to fuel market growth, particularly in the developed economies through 2026.

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Europe held the largest market revenue and volume share of the home automation market in 2017, owing to increasing focus on sustainability, and improvement of homes by equipping them with advanced technologies. However, the market in Asia Pacific is anticipated to grow at a remarkable CAGR of 7.3% during the forecast period. Rising need for home safety and increasing penetration in the luxury segment are anticipated to be the driving wheels of the home automation market across Asia Pacific. Analyzing the Asia Pacific home automation market at the country level, in 2017, China held major revenue as well as volume share of the Asia Pacific home automation market followed by Japan and India. However, in terms of growth rate, India is anticipated to expand at a healthy and significant CAGR over the forecast period.

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The research study includes profiles of leading companies operating in the global home automation market. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, and recent developments. Parameters such as home automation investment & spending and developments by major players of the market are tracked. Some of the key players in the home automation market are Honeywell International Inc., ABB Ltd., Johnson Controls, Inc., Crestron Electronics, Inc., United Technologies Corporation, Control4 Corporation, Schneider Electric SE, Siemens AG, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc, Ingersoll-Rand plc, Legrand SA, Savant Systems LLC, ADT LLC, Google Inc., Amazon Inc., AMX LLC, 2GIG Technologies, and SmartThings Inc.

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Safety and Security Video Surveillance Hardware Security CamerasMonitorsOthersSoftwareServicesAccess Control Biometric Access Control Facial RecognitionIris RecognitionFingerprint RecognitionOthersNon Biometric Access ControlLighting System Drivers & BallastsRelaySensorsDimmersSwitchesOthers (Accessories)Entertainment System Home Theater SystemAudio Video Control SystemsOthersHeating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) ActuatorsSensors and TransducersControl ValveThermostatsEnergy MeterOthersOther Controls Smart LocksSmoke DetectorSmart Plugs

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Seven new Wear OS smartwatches from Fossil are coming soon

Fossil is known for releasing a lot of smartwatches each year (including hybrid watches and Wear OS wearables) and 2018 is set to be no exception, as the company is already readying seven new devices we expect to hear about soon.

Fossil is known for releasing a lot of smartwatches each year (including hybrid watches and Wear OS wearables) and 2018 is set to be no exception, as the company is already readying seven new devices we expect to hear about soon.

Spotted through the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in the US, there are seven new wearable devices coming from the manufacturer and all are running Google’s Wear OS software.

The FCC listings confirm all seven watches will come sporting NFC – so we hope that means Google Pay will work on all of these devices – as well as connectivity for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2.

The listings reveal the model numbers for each watch, but there’s nothing we can ascertain from the documents so far as there’s no word on design, price or other features.

A whole new range

What tech is being used inside is also unclear. We know Qualcomm is working on a new Snapdragon Wear chipset for smartwatches, so it may be that Fossil is waiting to launch these after that’s properly revealed.

If not, it’s likely these watches will be running Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipsets, which are now quite dated and which are used in the existing Fossil Wear OS watches you can buy right now.

Fossil is behind the upcoming Marc Jacobs Riley smartwatch too, but that sports the Snapdragon Wear 2100 so it’s likely we’ll see that watch on wrists before any of these seven rumored watches.

Our selection of the best smartwatches money can buy

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APEX TECH Features Release of London School of Economics Study on Airline Savings From Connectivity

LOS ANGELES, June 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — This week, more than 150 representatives from global airlines and suppliers attended APEX TECH in Los Angeles, the leading technical forum to address technologies, content, revenue opportunities, and innovations shaping the aviation industry.

LOS ANGELES, June 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — This week, more than 150 representatives from global airlines and suppliers attended APEX TECH in Los Angeles, the leading technical forum to address technologies, content, revenue opportunities, and innovations shaping the aviation industry.

The London School of Economics unveiled its study on the economic benefit of connectivity operations with Inmarsat. The new report describes how connectivity delivers powerful economic benefits and efficiencies to airlines across operations, safety, and environmental areas. Attendees of the panel discussion received the first copies of the 57-page report and its findings. Details of the report included how airlines can reduce fuel burn by up to five percent while increasing aircraft safety through connectivity. The panel included LSE Professor Dr. Alexander Grous, Inmarsat VP SOS Captain Mary McMillan, Hawaiian Airlines Captain Jonathan Lee, Airbus Digital Transformation Leader Eric Peyrucain, and APEX CEO Dr. Joe Leader.

“At APEX TECH, we had two major advances for the entire airline industry. First, the London School of Economics unveiled an expansive report showing the tremendous economic benefits of high-speed connected aircraft with $15 billion a year in savings,” APEX CEO Joe Leader stated. “Second, we had Spirit Airlines VP of Sales & Marketing Bobby Schroeter explain how their new fleet-wide connectivity will be profitable from ancillary revenue alone. Having Spirit Airlines become the first ULCC to become 100% connected demonstrates how pervasive connectivity has become. It no longer an option. Having Wi-Fi or Near-Fi connectivity is now an absolute expectation by most airline passengers.”

Bobby Schroeter of Spirit Airlines led a session at APEX TECH discussing their expensive initiative to enhance their guest experience with new technology. Schroeter discussed their latest investment with Thales connectivity on every aircraft, at an average cost of $6.50 for browsing and $9.00 for streaming. With no additional operating cost, Sprit expressed how the connectivity elevates their in-flight experience by providing added value and service to their passengers. Schroeter’s presentation and in-depth Q&A was proceeded by a presentation by Thales VP of Strategy Gustavo Nader.

The two-day event also included presentations centered on connectivity and content. The impressive lineup of speakers included leaders from Aeroméxico, Amazon Web Services, BlueFocus IFEC, castLabs, Consumer Technology Association, Lufthansa Systems, North America Air China, P3 aero systems, RazorSecure, RebelRoam OU, Spirit Airlines, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Venera Technologies. Additionally, Seamless Air Alliance located their first-ever meeting at APEX TECH as a new APEX member organization.

APEX hosts multiple industry gatherings around the world. Click here for a list of all upcoming events. For more information about APEX, please visit apex.aero, sign up for the APEX Daily Experience e-newsletter or follow APEX on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

For all media inquiries regarding this press release, please contact: Robin Applebaum / rapplebaum@apex.aero / 1.678.303.2980

About The Airline Passenger Experience (APEX)
APEX encompasses a network of businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. As a non-profit, APEX reinvests all of its resources to better serve its members. Every day, APEX members evaluate the passenger experience through an influential community and are improving every aspect of the airline experience: from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and inflight dining. For more than four decades, APEX has worked to strengthen the industry and enable business opportunities through education, innovation, networking, and recognition.

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North/South American and European Airlines Honored at APEX TECH With Passenger Choice Awards

LOS ANGELES, June 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Earlier this week at APEX TECH, the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), the leading international airline association focused on passenger experience, awarded regional Passenger Choice Awards (PCAs) to airlines in North America, South America, and Europe.

LOS ANGELES, June 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Earlier this week at APEX TECH, the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), the leading international airline association focused on passenger experience, awarded regional Passenger Choice Awards (PCAs) to airlines in North America, South America, and Europe. The awards recognize airlines for excellence in seat comfort, cabin service, food and beverage, entertainment, and Wi-Fi.

The regional winners were selected based on neutral, third-party passenger feedback and insights gathered through APEX’s partnership with TripIt® from Concur®, the world’s highest-rated travel-organizing app. Using a five-star scale, nearly one million flights were rated by passengers across 428 airlines from around the world between 24 October 2016 and 31 July 2017. First, passengers rated their overall flight experience and then were given the opportunity to provide ratings in five subcategories: seat comfort, cabin service, food and beverage, entertainment, and Wi-Fi.

The overall ratings were certified by an external auditing service hired by APEX and used to establish the airline’s Official Airline Ratings™, with the ratings from the five subcategories being used to determine the Passenger Choice Awards. Airlines were evaluated using three categories to determine the Best in Region:

Global Airlines: Airlines with a large number of wide-body aircraft covering the globe Major Regional: Airlines covering a significant region of the globe Low-Cost Carriers: Airlines that self-identify as being low-cost carriers

“Regional airlines around the world constantly strive to set new standards of in-flight excellence for their passengers; from regional content selections to elevated meals, faster Wi-Fi, or service with a personal touch,” said APEX CEO, Joe Leader. “Airlines hold the feedback of their passengers in high regard, which is why they value receiving an honor like the APEX Passenger Choice Award, which represents the collective verified voice of their travelers.”

APEX honored the following airlines with regional Passenger Choice Awards at APEX TECH:

NORTH/SOUTH AMERICA

Best Seat Comfort: Virgin America Best Cabin Service: Southwest Best Food and Beverage: AlaskaBest Entertainment: Virgin America Best Wi-Fi: JetBlue Best Overall in Region: North Americ Best Global: Delta Best Major Regional: AlaskaBest LCC: Southwest
Best Overall in Region: South AmericaBest Global: LATAM Best Major Regional: Avianca Best LCC: Azul

EUROPE

Best Seat Comfort: Aeroflot Russian Airlines Best Cabin Service: Virgin Atlantic Best Food and Beverage: Virgin Atlantic Best Entertainment: Icelandair Best Wi-Fi: Norwegian Air Best Overall in Region: EuropeBest Global: Aeroflot Russian Airlines Best Major Regional: Olympic Air Best LCC: Norwegian Air

The following airlines were also honored with Passenger Choice Awards at ceremonies earlier this year:

GLOBAL PASSENGER CHOICE AWARDS

Best Seat Comfort: Virgin America Best Cabin Service: Qatar Airways Best Food & Beverage: Qatar Airways Best Entertainment: Emirates Best Wi-Fi: JetBlue

REGIONAL: ASIA & SOUTH PACIFIC

Best Seat Comfort: EVA Air Best Cabin Service: Japan Airlines Best Food & Beverage: EVA Air Best Entertainment: Cathay Pacific Best Wi-Fi: Japan Airlines Best in Overall in Region: EVA Air

REGIONAL: MIDDLE EAST

Best Seat Comfort: Qatar Airways Best Cabin Service: Qatar Airways Best Food & Beverage: Qatar Airways Best Entertainment: Emirates Best Wi-Fi: Emirates Best in Overall in Region: Emirates & Qatar (tied to one-hundredth of a percentage point; first tie in the history of PCA’s)

REGIONAL: AFRICA

Best Seat Comfort: South African Airways Best Cabin Service: South African Airways Best Food & Beverage: South African Airways Best Entertainment: Ethiopian Airlines Best in Overall in Region: South African Airways

The recipients of the 2019 Global Passenger Choice Awards will be announced 24 September at APEX’s Award Ceremony during APEX EXPO. During the ceremony, which will be hosted by Brian Kelly, CEO and Founder of The Points Guy, APEX will also recognize four- and five-star-rated airlines with Official Airline Ratings, as well as award the APEX CEO Lifetime Achievement Award, APEX Outstanding Contribution Award, the APEX Cool Award, and the APEX Awards.

To learn more about all of the upcoming industry events for APEX, Click here. For more information about APEX, please visit apex.aero, sign up for the APEX Daily Experience e-newsletter, or follow APEX on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

For all media inquiries regarding this press release, please contact: Robin Applebaum / rapplebaum@apex.aero / 1.678.303.2980

About The Airline Passenger Experience (APEX)

APEX encompasses a network of businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. As a non-profit, APEX reinvests all of its resources to better serve its members. Every day, APEX members evaluate the passenger experience through an influential community and are improving every aspect of the airline experience: from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. For more than four decades, APEX has worked to strengthen the industry and enable business opportunities through education, innovation, networking and recognition.

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Apple killing the Lightning port may be the next step to a truly wireless iPhone – CNET

The headphone jack went extinct on iPhones starting with the iPhone 7. Now it seems like the Lightning port may be the next to go.

Apple has considered removing the Lightning port on the iPhone X, according to Bloomberg, citing unnamed “people familiar with the company’s work.

The headphone jack went extinct on iPhones starting with the iPhone 7. Now it seems like the Lightning port may be the next to go.

Apple has considered removing the Lightning port on the iPhone X, according to Bloomberg, citing unnamed “people familiar with the company’s work.” While earlier rumors suggested that Apple would remove the Lightning port in favor of USB-C, Apple’s goal may be to remove all ports entirely.

Bloomberg’s report is about the challenges that Apple faces with its AirPower wireless charger, but it also shares some details about Apple’s vision for a wireless future. The report says:

Apple designers eventually hope to remove most of the external ports and buttons on the iPhone, including the charger, according to people familiar with the company’s work. During the development of the iPhone X, Apple weighed removing the wired charging system entirely. That wasn’t feasible at the time because wireless charging was still slower than traditional methods. Including a wireless charger with new iPhones would also significantly raise the price of the phones.

Apple may be working towards an iPhone that is devoid of all buttons and ports, and is completely wireless. But there are obstacles that Apple has to overcome to make this possible. iPhones rely on the Lightning cable for charging, file transfer, audio and all sorts of accessories. While there are some wireless alternatives (like wireless charging, and connection over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi), not all of them are as fast or easy as using a wire.

Not everyone likes the idea of Apple ditching the Lightning port.

If Apple does decide to retire the Lightning port, there’s no word on when it’ll happen.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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These are the best coolers you can buy this summer – CNET

From tailgating to summer barbecues, a dependable cooler is an awfully nice thing to have on hand, and these days, you’ve got more options than ever. That’s largely thanks to a new crop of high-end “rotomolded” coolers that promise significantly better insulation — albeit at a much higher price than you’re probably used to paying.

From tailgating to summer barbecues, a dependable cooler is an awfully nice thing to have on hand, and these days, you’ve got more options than ever. That’s largely thanks to a new crop of high-end “rotomolded” coolers that promise significantly better insulation — albeit at a much higher price than you’re probably used to paying.

So, are they worth it? Can any of the cheap ones keep up? That’s what I wanted to know, so I rounded up all of the usual suspects — Igloo, Coleman, Rubbermaid — and pitted their most popular models against the rotomolded likes of Yeti, Orca, Rovr and more to see which ones are worth the cold, hard cash. Here’s everything I learned, starting with the ones I think you should rush out and buy before it gets any hotter out.

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Best rotomolded cooler

Orca Classic Cooler, $300

Rotomolding is short for rotational molding, a manufacturing technique that literally spins the mold as the plastic is poured in. The result: Plastic that’s more durable, more uniform in density and, most importantly in the case of coolers, better at insulation.

Rotomolded coolers won’t come cheap, but they’re demonstrably better than the competition at keeping things cold. If you’re ready to buy in, I think you should start with the 58-quart Orca Classic Cooler. At $300, it’s expensive, but not any more expensive than other rotomolded coolers of this size, and it offers the sort of strong performance that you would expect for the price. The only other cooler I tested that managed to outperform it was the Yeti Tundra 45, which also costs $300 — but that cooler only offers 38 quarts of capacity.

That means that if you’ve got $300 to spend and you’re picking between the Yeti and the Orca, you’re picking between an extra 3/4 inch of insulation and the performance boost that comes with it (Yeti), or a 35 percent bump in storage space (Orca). The Yeti is an awfully impressive performer, but the Orca is excellent as well, and you’ll notice the difference its extra capacity makes. Plus, Orca’s cooler comes with a lifetime warranty, besting the five years of coverage you get from Yeti. It couldn’t be closer between the two — their overall CNET scores are only separated by 0.1 — but for my money, the Orca is the more well-rounded option.

Read the full Orca Classic Cooler review
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Best value pick

Igloo MaxCold Cooler, $45

If you just want a dependable cooler that won’t break the bank, put the Igloo MaxCold at the top of your list. At an asking price of $45, it was the only cooler that costs less than $50 that finished in the top five in my performance tests. In fact, it finished in third. Only Yeti and Orca managed to outperform it — and again, both of those cost $300.

The MaxCold’s plasticky build and dated design aren’t anything fancy to look at, but it covers the basics by including a drainage spout and a latch for the lid (not every cooler in this price range does). Plus, it’s sturdy enough to sit on, which could come in handy during your next camping trip. All of that adds up to a lot of value — enough so that the MaxCold earned an overall score of 8.2 here on CNET, higher than any other cooler I’ve reviewed.

Read the full Igloo MaxCold Cooler review
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Best performance

Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler, $300

I told you a couple of paragraphs ago that the $300 Yeti Tundra 45 was our top performing cooler, but I should also add that it really wasn’t close. With walls that are about 2 3/4 inches thick, it offers more insulation than you’ll find with any other cooler that I’ve tested to date, which is key for performance.

Lots of insulation means that the Yeti can do more with less. With just 3 pounds of ice — not even enough to fully cover the bottom of the cooler — the Yeti was able to pull its internal ambient temperature down by almost 25 degrees, more than any other cooler I tested. From there, it was dramatically better at holding the cold. After 24 hours in a climate-controlled room set to 70 degrees, the Yeti was the only cooler that still had ice in it at all. After 48 hours, it was the only cooler that still hadn’t returned to room temperature.

You’ll want to check out my full review of the Tundra 45 to get a better sense of just how badly it smoked the competition, but a good analogy would be a horse that separates itself from the pack early on and wins its race in a breakaway finish. I wish that you got more capacity for the price, but if you just want the cooler that’ll keep your ice frozen the longest, this is it.

Read the full Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler review
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Best design

Lifetime High Performance Cooler, $97

If you want a cooler that feels modern and fancy, but you aren’t ready to dish out hundreds of dollars for a rotomolded model, consider the Lifetime High Performance Cooler, which I found on sale at Walmart for for $97. It was a top 5 performer in my tests, essentially tying the excellent Igloo MaxCold while also offering a significant step up in build quality.

The Lifetime cooler isn’t rotomolded, but that’s the kind of aesthetic that it offers. Call it a lookalike if you must, but it’s a very good one, with elegant roped handles, dual-locking lid latches and even a built-in bottle opener, something you won’t get with Yeti or Orca. It’s also bigger than both of those pricier options, coming in at a bigger-than-advertised 62.4 quarts. If you’re looking for a top performer that looks the part, Lifetime’s design offers the most bang for your buck.

Read the full Lifetime High Performance Cooler review
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Best mobility

Rovr Rollr 60 Cooler, $399

You’ve got lots of options if you want a wheeled cooler, but if it were me buying, I’d save up and plunk down $400 for the Rovr Rollr 60. Though it wasn’t quite as strong of a performer as Yeti or Orca, it still finished our tests with above-average cooling capabilities, and it was, by far, the easiest and most comfortable cooler to transport from point A to point B (just as long as doing so didn’t require carrying it for very long. With 9-inch wheels and a frame built from stainless steel and aluminum, the Rollr is quite heavy even before you start loading drinks into it).

On top of that, I like the inclusion of a removable fabric wagon bin and a plastic dry bin that helps you keep items separate from the wet ice. If you’re willing to pay a little extra, you can customize your cooler with extras like a built-in prep board for campsite cooking, stainless steel drink holders or even a $50 “Bikr Kit” that makes it easy to tow the Rollr behind a bike (though, at $400, I wish at least one or two of these came included).

In fairness, we’ve only tested a couple of wheeled coolers so far, and the Rollr was honestly the only one that I’d be happy to own. If I find a better value pick in the future I’ll update this space, but for now, I think Rovr’s wheeled cooler is well worth the cash.

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Best cooler for cheapskates

Lifoam Styrofoam Cooler, $4

One last recommendation — if you don’t want to spend more than $20 on a cooler, then you might as well not bother with cheapies like the $15 Igloo Island Breeze and $20 Rubbermaid Ice Chest coolers and go with a cheap, Styrofoam cooler from the grocery or gas station, instead. A bold claim, I know, but the $4 Lifoam model pictured above held its own surprisingly well in my tests, with lower average temperatures than any of the dirt-cheap plastic coolers I tested. Just sayin’…

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Which cooler should you buy this summer? We tested 12 of them

What we tested

I gathered a total of eleven hard-bodied coolers for this roundup, aiming for a mix of low-end, high-end, and in-between-end. Capacity varied from model to model, but I tried to keep things as close to 50 quarts as I could — big enough for folks who want dozens of cold beers on hand at their next beach party, but not too big if you’re just looking for something to feed the family out of at your next picnic. I also made sure to test both rolling and nonrolling models.

Here’s all of them along with what they cost, where we got them from, and a dedicated CNET review for each one (yep, even the cheap ones).

Bison Gen 2 Cooler (50 quarts) — $330 direct
Coleman Xtreme Marine Cooler (70 quarts) — $42 at Walmart
Coleman Xtreme Wheeled Cooler (50 quarts) — $45 at Dick’s Sporting Goods
Igloo Island Breeze Cooler (48 quarts) — $15 at Dick’s Sporting Goods
Igloo Latitude Wheeled Cooler (60 quarts) — $50 at Dick’s Sporting Goods
Igloo MaxCold Cooler (50 quarts) — $45 at Walmart
Lifetime High Performance Cooler (55 quarts) — $97 at Walmart
Orca Classic Cooler (58 quarts) — $300 direct
Rovr Rollr 60 Wheeled Cooler (60 quarts) — $400 direct
Rubbermaid Ice Chest Cooler (48 quarts) — $20 at Walmart
Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler (33 quarts) — $300 at Dick’s Sporting Goods

Oh, and the $4 Lifoam cooler. Can’t forget that one.

That list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, mind you. We only had the budget and the time to acquire and test so many coolers, so some brands of note like Pelican and Ozark Hills didn’t make the cut. We haven’t tested soft coolers yet, either. If there’s enough reader interest, I’ll test them all out down the road and update this post accordingly — in the meantime, if there are any specific models you’d like me to consider testing, let me know in the comments.

How we tested them

Ice retention

The big differentiator that you’ll hear a lot about as you shop for a cooler is “ice retention” — specifically, how long a cooler can keep a full load of ice frozen. The new, expensive options all hang their hat on this test, with rotomolded coolers specifically designed to ace it (and in doing so, justify their price tags).

Top PerformersYeti Tundra 45 (38 quarts) — $300Orca Classic Cooler (58 quarts) — $300Igloo MaxCold Cooler (50 quarts) — $45

That’s all well and good, but I worried that a standard ice retention test on its own wouldn’t tell us the whole story. Sure, some coolers would probably keep the ice frozen for a lot longer than others, but using the melting point as your metric seems to disregard everything that comes before. I wanted to get a good sense of performance not just seven days in, but seven hours in, before any of the ice had even melted at all.

To do so, I started with a modified version of the ice retention test. Instead of a full load of ice in each cooler, I went with just 3 pounds — not even half of a small-sized bag from the gas station. Less ice means more of a challenge for the coolers, which would hopefully give us a more granular look at how well they perform relative to one another.

Specifically, I wanted to track the ambient temperature in each cooler, so I spread the ice in each one I tested beneath an elevated jar of propylene gylcol solution (watered-down antifreeze) with a temperature probe in it. Why elevated? The temperature down in the ice would have been roughly the same in all of the coolers, leaving retention as the only real variable. Tracking the ambient temperature up above it was much more telling, and it gave us some additional variables to consider.

Oh, and I did all of this in one of our appliance lab’s climate-controlled test chambers, and I made sure to let each cooler sit opened in the room for several hours beforehand in order to ensure that they all started within a degree or so of room temperature (about 70 degrees F).

In the end, it turned out to be a fruitful test. After 48 hours, I had a nifty graph showing me the temperature inside each cooler on a minute-by-minute basis — and the difference from cooler to cooler was striking.

Some were able to do more with that measly helping of ice than others — particularly the Yeti cooler, which kept the ambient temperature colder than any other cooler I tested for longer than any other cooler I tested. After 24 hours, the Yeti was the only cooler with any ice left in it at all, and at the end of the test, it was the only model that hadn’t returned to room temperature yet.

And the worst? That’d be the Rubbermaid Ice Chest Cooler, which couldn’t get the inside of the cooler any colder than 55.7 degrees F. On top of that, its average temperature for the duration of the test was 66.8 degrees F — a warmer average than any other cooler I tested. Even than the $4 Styrofoam control cooler did better than that. Not cool, Rubbermaid.

Capacity considerations

If we’re going to talk about performance, we have to talk about capacity, too. Though some sizes are more popular than others (50-quart, for instance), there really isn’t much uniformity among coolers as far as size and shape are concerned. That’ll obviously have an impact on performance. After all, with the quantity of ice being equal, a 70-quart cooler like the Coleman Xtreme Marine Cooler has a bigger job on its hands than the 48-quart Igloo Island Breeze.

Best capacity for the moneyLifetime High Performance Cooler (55 quarts claimed, 62.4 quarts measured) — $97Coleman Xtreme Marine Cooler (70 quarts claimed, 76.1 quarts measured) — $50Coleman Xtreme Wheeled Cooler (50 quarts claimed, 58.1 quarts measured) — $45

I did my best to account for those size differences as I evaluated each cooler’s relative performance, but first, I needed to be sure that I had accurate measurements. That meant putting those manufacturer capacity claims to the test.

To do so, I carefully filled each cooler with water, measuring out the exact number of quarts each one could hold before I wasn’t able to close the lid without spilling. If anything, the cheaper models were mostly conservative in their estimates, with ones like the Coleman Xtreme and Igloo Latitude wheeled coolers coming in several quarts more sizable than advertised.

The expensive guys? Not quite so much. Rovr pegs the capacity of its $400 Rollr wheeled cooler at 60 quarts, but I could only fit 52.8 quarts of water inside when I measured for myself. The $300 Yeti Tundra 45 wasn’t as spacious as expected, either, holding just 38 quarts of water before overflowing with the lid closed. That’s several quarts less than the 45 quarts implied by the product name (nice try, Yeti).

That might be in part because the Yeti’s walls are considerably thicker than other coolers — which, in turn, is probably a big reason why the thing performed so well. You’re getting a lot of extra insulation, but at the expense of capacity. I think that’s a reasonable trade, but I wish Yeti were more transparent about it. Meanwhile, the equally-priced, 58-quart Orca Classic Cooler came in right on the money at 58.1 quarts measured, and while it didn’t hold its ice as long as the Yeti did, it still finished as one of our top performers.

Don’t forget design

I also took each cooler’s design and features into consideration as I tested, and kept an eye out for durability concerns, too. I wasn’t impressed with the lid on the Igloo Latitude wheeled cooler, for instance. It doesn’t lock shut, and the plastic nub hinges are a total joke. Give it a modest yank, and the whole lid comes right off.

Best design and build qualityRovr Rollr 60 Wheeled Cooler (52.8 quarts) — $400Lifetime High Performance Cooler (55 quarts) — $97Bison Gen 2 Cooler (50 quarts) — $329

The Rovr Rollr wheeled cooler fared much better, thanks to a rugged design that features heavy duty wheels, a sturdy steel handlebar, and an optional $50 accessory that lets you tow it behind your bike. I also liked that the interior comes with a divider that makes it easy to keep items you don’t want getting wet separate from the ice, and that you can customize it with different interior liner designs. My only qualm — that handlebar includes comfy rubber grips on the sides, but not in the middle, the spot you’ll actually want to hold as you lug it around.

Something else to think about: Whether or not your cooler is sturdy enough to sit on, something that comes in handy when you’re out camping. Most of the coolers that I tested were, but some took things even further. For instance, the Bison Gen 2 Cooler goes so far as to advertise itself as an ideal casting platform to stand on during your next fishing trip, and even sells nonslip traction mats for the lid in a variety of designs.

You can find more design quibbles like these in my individual reviews of each cooler. The only other thing I’ll say here is that I was surprised not to see more of the high-end options try to separate themselves from the pack with clever bonus features like a built-in battery for charging your devices while you camp (or better yet, a solar panel). If that’s what you’re hoping for, your best bet might be something like the Kickstarter-funded Coolest Cooler, which includes a built-in blender and Bluetooth speaker. That said, a history of production delays and unhappy customers stops me from recommending that product outright.

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