One of the most anticipated smartphone throwdowns of the year -- the 2018 iPhones and the Google Pixel 3 -- will be about far more than just phones. It will go to the root of the competition between Apple's iOS 12 software and Google's Android Pie.Although Apple and Google are located about 9 miles away from one another in the heart of Silicon Valley, their philosophies are worlds apart. Google's Android OS is about openness (but that can lead to fragmentation), whereas Apple's iOS is about making a tight system work well (but many services only function within Apple's relatively narrow device ecosystem). Now playing: Watch this: iOS 12 beta may hide clues about the 2018 iPhones 5:04 Google has made Android 9.0 Pie official -- it's out of beta and working on existing phones, while iOS 12 is still in beta. That means we can assess their current features side by side, but with the understanding that Apple and Google are likely to save some surprises for the actual … [Read more...] about Google Android Pie vs. Apple iOS 12: Guess who’s winning now
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Most of the major names in set-top boxes have been busy upgrading their devices this year, and that means you might well be in need of a refresher in terms of which 4K streamer is going to be the best buy for you. Here’s our (relatively) brief, point-by-point guide to the top devices on the market, and how you can tell the differences between them. For the sake of brevity we’re not going to give you an exhaustive list of every single app you can run on these devices—assume that you can get Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Plex, HBO, Showtime and all the other common video-playing apps up on these devices unless we tell you otherwise. Instead, we’ll focus on a handful of key differences in the software and app selections for each gadget. We’re also going to stick to the top-end device in each line (Fire TV, Roku), with a brief mention of the others. More than ever before, your choice of set-top box is less about the box itself and more about the other kit you use, … [Read more...] about Battle of the TV Boxes 2018: Roku vs Amazon Fire TV vs Apple TV vs the Rest
The $1,000 phone may not be as shocking this year as it was when Apple first broke the barrier with 2017's iPhone X, but the amount you're asked to cough up for a premium handset is hardly chump change. The newly announced iPhone XS and August's Galaxy Note 9 both start at a grand, and the higher-storage models go up from there. (See the charts below for international pricing.)So what do these phones have to justify the $1,000 price tag? And which one is the better buy? While we can't say for certain until we've tested the iPhone XS' new features side by side with the Galaxy Note 9, we have a pretty good idea now of what they offer, and how they compete for your affection -- and your cash.And remember too, both these phones have smaller, cheaper counterparts. The iPhone XR is a slightly stripped-down version of the iPhone XS and starts at $750. Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are essentially Note 9s minus the S Pen, some of the camera features and the massive storage space and battery. … [Read more...] about iPhone XS vs. Note 9: What a $1,000 phone buys you
OLED is the new kid on the block, taking on LCD and plasma, the now elder statesmen of the TV world. OLED has the hype, LCD has the sales, and plasma as the adoration of most TV reviewers. So which comes out on top, taking all factors into account? Wait for OLED? Get plasma before it's gone? Pick one of the countless LED LCDs? This guide should help you decide.If this format looks familiar, it was taken from the previous version, "LED LCD vs. plasma vs. LCD." That guide will continue to be updated, but since there are basically no CCFL LCDs anymore, and OLED is all new and shiny, a new guide seemed fitting. OK, let's start with a disclaimer, just like the last time. An article of this type is, by necessity, going to contain a lot of generalizations. In some of the categories below, there might be one or two exceptions to each rule. An exception does not mean the overall rule is wrong. Next, some terminology. LCD TVs are available in sizes from a couple of inches, to 90 inches, and … [Read more...] about LED LCD vs. OLED vs. plasma
Times (and transmissions) have changed — manuals might not be the best choice for improved fuel economy anymore. Agrigorjeva/ThinkStock When you're shopping for a new car, you want to get a well-priced vehicle that won't be too expensive to own. One of the biggest costs of owning a car is keeping it fueled. So, it makes sense that budget-conscious consumers go for cars with great fuel economy. If you want to save at the dealership as well as at the pump, the conventional wisdom is to choose a car with a manual transmission because they tend to have lower sticker prices and better fuel economy. That just goes to show you how reliable conventional wisdom is. While manual transmissions used to be more fuel-efficient than automatics, some of today's automatic transmissions are changing that notion. One thing that's helping automatic transmission catch up is the wider use of continuously variable transmissions (CVTs). Now, to be clear, the mechanics of CVTs differ from those of … [Read more...] about Which has better fuel economy: manual or automatic?