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Tesla Autopilot was active during a fatal Model 3 crash in March, safety report says

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) just published its preliminary report on a fatal Tesla Model 3 crash in March, finding that Autopilot was enabled at the time of the incident – and that the crash bears several similarities to another tragedy in 2016.

"The driver engaged the Autopilot about 10 seconds before the collision," reads the NTSB report. "From less than 8 seconds before the crash to the time of impact, the vehicle did not detect the driver's hands on the steering wheel."

The roof of the Tesla was sheared off as it collided with a truck-tractor towing a semitrailer, killing the 50-year old man who was driving.… Read the full article

Synergistic, Thrax, MSB, Kharma | High End 2019

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

High-End 2019 show coverage brought to you by The LSA Group

I was excited to finally hear the new ultra-luxury line conditioner for the Synergistic Research Galileo series which had just been on “static display” at AXPONA.  What would I hear?  What would an even lower noise floor sound like to current owners of the superb PowerCell 12 UEF?

Getting to the perfect sound would be a journey as Ted and Andy and their distributor Frank started to build the room.  … Read the full article

Trump’s Huawei ban a ‘double-edged sword’

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

US president Donald Trump’s move to effectively ban Chinese telecommunications firms from doing business with American companies is going to impact both the nations and the global tech industry alike, industry experts said.

Huawei and ZTE have been added to the “Entity List” from Friday and prevents it from buying parts or technology from US suppliers without government approval as its equipment is considered potential tools for Chinese espionage.

“With this executive order, both the US components providers and the Chinese vendors would be impacted, it’s definitely a ‘double-edged sword’,” Mo Jia, research analyst at Canalys, told TechRadar Middle East.… Read the full article

The best Instax Mini prices and deals in May 2019

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

🎁 Looking for the best Fujifilm Instax Mini prices? These instant cameras have been a huge hit in recent years as quirky gifts or a way to create tangible photographs in an increasingly always-online world. There are plenty of designs to choose from today too with options to suits youngster and retro instant photo fans alike.

We're here to help you compare all the best deals on the most popular Instax Mini cameras, including the budget-friendly Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 and Mini 9, or the retro-themed instant cameras like the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 or Instax Mini 90.… Read the full article

How to watch Game of Thrones season 8, episode 6 stream online from anywhere

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Are you ready? We're not sure we really are. After a truly epic 8 seasons spanning almost a decade, Game of Thrones is finally coming to an end. Yes, this is a sad moment for everyone but much like Jon trying to find the good in Daenerys, we're looking to the positives and tracking down the best locations to watch season 8, episode 6 of Game of Thrones.

Season 8 has been an interesting medley of action-packed battles, big emotions and a little bit of controversy (don't worry…you won't find any spoilers here) but with it all coming to an end, this is the one episode of Game of Thrones you cannot miss.… Read the full article

Call of Duty’s 2020 release may be Black Ops 5

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

According to a recent report from Kotaku, a “major upheaval” by Activision could see Call of Duty: Black Ops 5 launch in 2020, a year earlier than previous release patterns would lead fans to expect it.

The Call of Duty franchise has followed a very strict yearly release pattern for many years now and since 2012, publisher Activision has rotated its three main studios—Sledgehammer, Treyarch and Infinity Ward—with each taking the lead on its own project for a three-year development cycle. 

Given Treyarch took the lead on 2018’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Infinity Ward is expected to announce a new Modern Warfare title for 2019, it was expected that Sledgehammer, in tandem with another studio called Raven, would develop a game set in the Cold War for a 2020 release. 

Taking control

However, Kotaku’s report suggests that this has changed, partly as a result of recent leadership changes within Sledgehammer and disagreements between the studio and Raven.… Read the full article

Introducing the Estelon Forza | High End 2019

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

High-End 2019 show coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

I still recall the first time I bumped upon Estelon speakers. Among the most outlandish cabinets in the market. They have nothing in common with a typical cabinet, neither as a form nor as materials. The looks are absolutely stunning, the material of that sculpture the cabinet is made from reads “marble based composite”. Not your run of the mill wooden box with a few drivers attached, eh?

There are some new traits on this design, the most important of which is that the cabinet is sealed.

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FiiO M11 Review

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

8.8Score$449.99FiiODisclaimer: The FiiO M11 sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank FiiO for this opportunity.  To learn more about FiiO reviews on Headfonics you can click here. It has been 6 years since FiiO introduced X3, an adventurous budget DAP that draws many of us into the audio hobby. 4 […]

The post FiiO M11 Review appeared first on Headfonics.… Read the full article

Google is rolling out a more personalized interface for its smart displays

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

If you've got yourself a Google Nest Hub, a Lenovo Smart Display, or anything else running Google's own Smart Display UI, you should see some visual changes and tweaks in the near future.

Google just pushed out an update for the interface that makes more use of the ambient display that's on while the display is idle – the clock face or wallpaper becomes a blurred background as soon as you start interacting with it.

As 9to5Google reports, the dedicated weather forecast has been removed as well (leaving just an icon and a temperature reading), and the time and date style has been tweaked and repositioned.… Read the full article

McIntosh Labs | High End 2019

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

High-End 2019 show coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

It was probably the darkest and most crowded room at High End 2019, two things that tend to trigger my claustrophobia. But you can’t blame show attendees for wanting to file into the McIntosh room and see all those beautiful new products, and you can’t blame McIntosh Labs for wanting to create a dark visual presentation that accentuated the classic look of their products–black faceplates, blue meters, green lights. It took me a couple of tries to get deep into the room and snap some photos without getting all paranoid and agitated, but I did.… Read the full article