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Google to penalize websites that load slowly on phones - CNET

Google headquarters in Mountain View, California Stephen Shankland/CNET Want people with phones to find your website? Better make sure it loads fast, because otherwise Google will punish you in its search results. Google long has given fast-loading web pages preferential placement in search results , but for now that only happens when people search on personal computers. Starting in July, particularly slow websites will be penalized in sear...
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iPhone 7 Plus was almost China's top selling phone in 2017 - CNET

Apple has had its ups and downs in the ever-important Chinese market, but on Monday some good news reached the electronics giant. The iPhone 7 Plus was the second-best selling phone in the populous nation last year, accounting for 2.8 percent of all smartphone sales, according to Counterpoint Research . It was bested only by the Oppo R9S , a phone from Chinese manufacturer Oppo that takes design cues from the iPhone , which grabbed 3 percen...
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Chelsea Manning says she's running for US Senate - CNET

Former soldier Chelsea Manning received Out magazine's Newsmaker of the Year award last year. Now it looks like she'll be running for Senate. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images It looks like Chelsea Manning, the former US Army soldier who went to prison for passing classified materials to WikiLeaks, wants to head to Capitol Hill as a senator. The 30-year-old, transgendered Manning, once known as Bradley, filed a statement of candidacy with the Feder...
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Optoma 4K projector responds to Alexa voice commands - CNET

If you want to fire up your 120-inch screen with a voice command like "Alexa, turn on the projector," Optoma's newest effort is at your beck and call. When it goes on sale in April for $1700, the UHD51A will be the first projector to feature direct compatibility with Amazon Alexa , from an Echo or Dot speaker for example.  It uses Alexa's home entertainment API to enable voice control. Install Optoma's Alexa skill, which will be available b...
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'Harry Potter' and 'Game of Thrones' inspire new spider names - CNET

The new species Ochyrocera atlachnacha hanging out in its web. Igor Cizauskas Some of literature's most famous arachnids have been honored by scientists, who've named newly discovered real-life spiders after them.  Seven new species of spiders are introduced in a research article published Jan. 10 in the science journal ZooKeys by Dr Antonio Brescovit, Dr Igor Cizauskas and Leandro Mota from Instituto Butantan, Sao Paulo. The species were d...
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Vivo phone shows off first in-screen fingerprint scanner - CNET

Using the world's first phone with a fingerprint scanner built into the display was as awesome as I hoped it would be. There's no home button getting in the vast screen space, and no fumbling for a reader on the phone's back. I simply pressed my index finger on the phone screen in the place where the home button would be. The screen registered my digit, then spun up a spiderweb of blue light in a pattern that instantly brings computer circu...
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Why can't all wireless gaming headsets be this comfortable? - CNET

Sean Hollister/CNET I'll let you in on a little secret: I've been quietly testing nearly every wireless gaming headset on the market for a future CNET story. Not one of them is as comfortable as the new HyperX Cloud Flight. And between the cushy memory foam earcups, the rich audio and the category-leading 30 hours of battery life, I could literally wear it all day. That's pretty impressive considering the $160 (roughly £120 or AU$205) Cloud...
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CES 2017: Where are they now? - CNET

Razer's gaming laptop with three screens LG's W7 "wallpaper" OLED TV Willow Breast Pump Lenovo's take on the Amazon Echo Acer Predator 21X Mattel Aristotle by Nabi Kerastase Hair Coach Super Retro Boy LG Gram 14 Sony Xperia Touch Projector Hushme Kingston's seriously huge 2TB flash drive HP's curved all-in-one PC Monster Airlinks Elements LG's affordable OLED TV, the B7A Samsung's QLED TVs Mangoslab Nemonic sticky note printer Doppler Labs ...
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LG breaks further into automotive with new camera system - Roadshow

Subaru equips its cars with a stereo camera system it calls EyeSight, which enables automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Wayne Cunningham/CNET Roadshow The advent of new technology in cars, from 4G-connected navigation to driver assist systems, is opening up new opportunities beyond traditional automotive equipment suppliers. While the LG brand has appeared on a wide array of consumer electronics, the Korean company is n...
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iPhone sales could dip by 16M units, thanks to battery snafu - CNET

No matter how you describe Apple's deliberate battery slowdown -- be it gaffe, snafu, royal screw-up  or just #batterygate -- the company's PR mess could cost it 16 million iPhone units in 2018, according to analysis from investment firm Barclays Capital.   Depending on a number of factors, Apple's iPhone 6S could have slowing performance.   That estimate assumes about 10 percent of people owning an iPhone 6 , 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus...
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LG to show off 88-inch 8K OLED TV at CES - CNET

The new LG 8K 88-inch OLED TV looks gorgeous.  LG The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off on Jan. 7 in Las Vegas, but you don't have to wait until then to see what LG has up its sleeve.  The South Korean electronics giant announced Sunday that its new 88-inch 8K TV will be at its booth on the show floor. The eye-blowing 8K resolution, at 7,680x4,320 pixels, is four times that of 4K, and 16 times more than the standard full-HD, 1,080x1,920-p...
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Google Doodle celebrates New Year's Eve with feathered friends - CNET

Google's Doodle rings in the new year with penguins and their warm-weather family.  Google Google is ringing in the new year with its penguin friends. As part of its 2017 holiday celebration, Google has been releasing Doodles showing two penguin siblings visiting some "warm-weather relatives." Google released the latest Doodle in the series on Sunday showing the feathered friends enjoying the start of a new year with sparklers and fireworks...
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Apple apologizes for iPhone slowdowns, slashes price of battery fix - CNET

It's still amazing to think that a seeming conspiracy theory was true: On Dec. 20, Apple admitted it'd been secretly slowing down iPhones as their batteries aged . The company's explanation: The throttled speeds kept those phones from unexpectedly shutting down.  That explanation wasn't enough for some, who accused Apple of quietly driving people to upgrade their phones to fill the company's coffers. Lawsuits have already been filed .  Now,...
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Favorite Portrait Mode photos: CNET Editors share their best - CNET

Our favorite portrait mode photos iPhone X: Marta becoming Marilyn iPhone X: Chinatown portraits iPhone X: Eyes Wide Open at Yosemite iPhone X: Chinatown murals iPhone X: The impossible portrait iPhone X: Chinatown iPhone X: Stella! iPhone X: Couple shot iPhone X: Go fish iPhone X: One more fish iPhone X: Enjoying the Castro iPhone X: I'll never be a homeowner Huawei Mate 10 pro: Playing it cool in LA Pixel 2: Selfies Pixel 2: Cafe smiles P...
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The best after-Christmas deals - CNET

Roku Streaming Stick Plus for $60 ($10 off) Apple iPad (32GB) for $250 ($80 off) 60-inch Sharp 4K UHD TV for $550 ($250 off) Sony MDR-XB950B1-01 for $100 ($100 off) Oculus Rift + Touch for $380 Google Home for $79 ($50 off) Sony PlayStation 4 1TB with Star Wars Battlefront II: $250 ($50 off) Beats Studio Wireless for $160 ($220 off) DJI Spark drone for $349 ($150 off) Motorola Z2 Force (T-Mobile) for $375 or $300 Xbox One S Halo bundle for ...
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