Dell has kicked off its annual President’s Day sale a bit early — it’s not even Valentine’s Day yet — with discounts on a variety of hardware. Some of the discounts are bigger than others, but if you were already considering buying a gigantic TV, laptop or other device, there are a bunch of deals here worth a look.Many of the discounts are available right now, with more scheduled to come online over the next few days. The company is giving members of its rewards program early access to a handful of special “Doorbuster” deals. And we’re checking with Dell about exactly when the sale ends — the press release says Feb. 18 at 7:59 a.m. ET (4:59 a.m. PT), but the circular I received in the mail says Feb. 20.Here are some of the best deals we found. Sarah Tew/CNET Bluetooth Dell Intel LG Read the CNET review Computers Speakers TVs Laptops See at Dell Survive Valentine’s Day 2019 on a limited budget: Save on flowers, gifts and more.The best dating sites for Valentine’s Day and beyond: Get swiping! Dell is currently selling a midrange configuration of its older Alienware m15 for $1,450 — about $150 off the usual price. On Feb. 19, it will begin selling the brand new Alienware m15, announced at CES in January, discounted by $400. That deal features an eighth-gen Intel Core i7 CPU and a GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, though the company said that the new model would be available configured with Nvidia’s newer RTX card. Still, the President’s Day deal is a good one — and worth waiting for. See at Dell CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • Dell’s new XPS 15 revealed Comments Read the CNET review This is a decent deal on the 15-inch version of the XPS. It comes equipped with a beautiful, high-resolution and accurate broad-gamut display. And it incorporates the Nvidia GTX 1050 gaming GPU, which raises playtime performance in general-purpose laptops. This configuration features an eighth-gen Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Dell is also selling the two-in-one version of the XPS 15 for $1,400 — that’s more than $300 off of the usual price. See it Read the CNET review Sarah Tew/CNET 2 We haven’t reviewed this particular LG TV. But CNET’s resident expert, David Katzmaier, has certified it as a legit deal on the screen-size-to-cost basis alone. This appears to be the 2018 version of Dell’s nearly perfect XPS 13 — we’ve asked Dell for clarification and will update this post when it comes. Either way, the configuration is legit: You get an eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processor with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. But there’s no touchscreen, and you’re stuck with Dell’s annoying below-the-screen webcam, which has been fixed in the 2019 edition of this laptop. Sarah Tew Sarah Tew/CNET See at Dell 1:49 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Dell XPS 13: $1,200 (save $270) This terrific Bluetooth speaker cost $300 when it debuted in 2015. At $90, it’s an absolute steal — you get impressive sound quality, great connectivity range and excellent battery life. Plus, it’s waterproof. Justin Jaffe/CNET Review • XPS 15 is Dell’s high-end midsize workhorse Now playing: Watch this: Alienware m15 with Intel Core i7: $1,650 (save $400) $1,499 Dell XPS 15 Mentioned Above Dell XPS 15 – Core i5 TFT Tags See at Dell Read the CNET review Dell XPS 15: $1,350 (save $160) Ultimate Ears Megaboom: $90 (save $160) The Alienware m15 is shockingly slim, for an Alienware Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Share your voice LG 86-inch 4K Smart HDR Ultra HDTV: $3,000 (save $1,500) See at Dell
Comments WWDC 2018: Everything from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 63 Photos I am now fairly confident based on evidence I don’t wish to make public at this point that Apple is planning new (likely UIKit) Music, Podcasts, perhaps even Books, apps for macOS, to join the new TV app. I expect the four to be the next wave of Marzipan apps. Grain of salt, etc— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) April 5, 2019 See It What to expect in iOS 13, and a 5G iPhone could be closer Whither iTunes? Dedicated music, podcast and video apps coming to MacOSThe purported new icons for Apple’s Music, Podcast, TV and Book apps. Guilherme Rambo/9to5Mac Two veteran programmers, Guilherme Rambo and Steve Troughton-Smith, have discovered evidence suggesting that Apple may unveil new standalone apps for music, podcasts and TV shows in a forthcoming version of MacOS. According to the reports, Apple will keep iTunes around (for now) because it’s the only way to sync data between older iPods and iPhones and Macs. $249 See it iOS 13 leaks hint at future products and the latest iPhone… Apple’s impressive buying power, a store coming to WatchOS? Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Tags Apple iPad CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this: Given the precedent for hardware announcements and introductions at WWDC, there’s also a chance that we could see a new MacBook Pro or iPad Pro, or some other unknown product, brought out on stage. The company could also debut the updated Mac Pro, which it has already pledged to reveal in 2019. (In 2017, the company used the event to unveil a new iPad Pro and the HomePod smart speaker.) Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment.Below, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about WWDC 2019 — including the rumors that have captured our attention so far. We’ll continue to update this article as we count down the days until the big conference, so check back often.When is WWDC 2019? Apple WWDC starts on June 3 and runs through June 7. Apple has invited members of the media to its annual keynote address, which will take place at 10 a.m. PT on Monday, June 3 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.How can I watch the WWDC 2019 livestream?If you have an Apple TV, you can use the Apple Events app to watch it (and older events, too). Otherwise, you can can livestream WWDC from the Apple Events section of the company’s website.CNET will also be liveblogging the event live from the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.Can I attend WWDC? If you haven’t already snagged a ticket, the answer is probably “no.” Apple doled out tickets on a lottery system when the event was announced earlier this year, and all of the available slots have been snapped up.What are the rumors about WWDC 2019?A new look for iOS 13 Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET There’s a lot of buzz about a dramatic redesign coming to the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, expected to be called iOS 13. We had heard reports that the forthcoming iPhone 11, expected in September, would have a new home screen, a system-wide “dark mode” setting, expanded multitasking capabilities and an “undo” option. Now, Bloomberg has published an article previewing dozens of features that are said to be part of the upgrade. They include:A refreshed Messages app that supports profile picture and names, privacy settings and expanded Animoji featuresAn upgraded Maps app that lets you identify and save important addresses (like home and work)Enhancements to Sleep Mode including tighter integration with the Bedtime feature Four dedicated sections in the Reminders app: “tasks to be done today, all tasks, scheduled tasks and flagged tasks”Plus new features coming in other apps including Books, Health, MailThe Bloomberg article also suggests that iOS 13 will support expanded multitasking features on the iPad and support its use as an external display for a Mac.iOS apps coming to MacOS (and vice versa) Matt Elliott/CNET At WWDC 2018, Apple software chief Craig Federighi announced new technology that would make it easier for people to take apps developed for iOS and bring them to Macs. In a MacOS update released in September, Apple unveiled new versions of four of its own apps that originated on iOS — News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home — built with that technology. Now, apparently, Apple plans to bring this cross-platform framework to third-party developers.Reportedly code-named Marzipan, the technology is really for developers, not users. But there would be plenty of implications for the 1.4 billion devices currently running iOS, MacOS, WatchOS or TVOS. In the near-term, at least, it seems we can expect to see more iOS features — like Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time and iMessage screen effects — coming to MacOS, according to 9to5Mac. Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now 7:52 $249 See It $249 2 Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now Amazon WWDC 2019 iPhone Update iOS 12 Rumors Intel MacOS Mojave Siri Apple Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Apple Read more: Apple rumored to split up iTunes in forthcoming MacOS releaseA new iPad Pro and MacBook Pro? Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has made a few predictions about products that could materialize at WWDC. Earlier this year, he suggested that Apple would introduce two new iPad Pros in 2019. That noted, we already got two new non-Pro iPads in 2019, back in March — the iPad Air and the iPad Mini. And it hasn’t even been a year since the company released its two newest iPad Pros, last October, so we’re taking this one with a grain of salt.Read: New iPad feature to compete with laptops on track for Apple’s iOS 13Kuo has also suggested that Apple will release a new 16-inch MacBook Pro and refresh the 13-inch model with 32 GB of RAM. And he’s alleged that Apple is working on a new Mac Pro with “easy to upgrade components” that comes with a 31-inch 6K monitor that’s said to have a Mini LED-esque backlight design. Mouse support coming for iPads? Sarah Tew/CNET According to rumors, Apple may be taking another step toward evolving the iPad into a true laptop replacement. Federico Viticci, editor in chief of MacStories, says that the company may build in mouse support for the iPad in a future version of iOS. Will the 2019 Mac Pro debut at WWDC?Apple’s cylindrical Mac Pro. Apple There’s no harm in hoping. The company last refreshed its flagship desktop computer in December 2013, and Apple executives have been talking about a followup that’s been “coming soon” for years now. Around this time last year, we heard that a new Mac Pro would arrive in 2019. “We want to be transparent and communicate openly with our pro community so we want them to know that the Mac Pro is a 2019 product. It’s not something for this year,” Mac hardware product marketing director Tom Boger told TechCrunch in April 2018.Of course, Apple said something similar back in 2017. Read: The 2019 Apple Mac Pro has to look backward to move forwardBut maybe the company means it this time. After all, the iMac Pro was launched at WWDC in 2017. And if the new Mac Pro doesn’t come this June, Apple’s next and presumably final opportunity to launch it in 2019 would come in September. That’s when it’s expected to debut a new iPhone and perhaps some other high-profile hardware — which might be a less-than-ideal setting to unveil a niche product like the Mac Pro. Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) See All Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyone A host of Apple executives, including CEO Tim Cook, are expected to take the stage at WWDC to outline the company’s software strategy and address issues ranging from privacy to security to developer relations.Perhaps the most anticipated news concerns the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, likely to be called iOS 13, which powers the iPhone and iPad, and which is overdue for a major overhaul. In addition to a handful of redesigned and new features — like a retooled home screen, system-wide dark mode and more multitasking options — the company is also said to be cultivating greater interoperability between iOS with MacOS, the operating system used on its MacBook laptops and Mac desktop computers. This would ostensibly make it easier for developers to share code among apps written for the iPhone and iPad and Macs. Tablets Software Laptops Computers Phones Wearable Tech WWDC 2019 reading • Everything we know about Apple WWDC 2019 See It Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? • Best Buy We’re just a few weeks away from Apple’s annual developer conference, which kicks off with a June 3 keynote, and expectations are ballooning. If the rumors are true, the company may use the event to unveil new hardware and announce one of the more significant changes to its iOS and MacOS software road map in years. Taking place once again at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference will show off the new apps, features and tools coming to the company’s expanding universe of software, services and devices. And unlike last year, when Apple focused mostly on shoring up the speed and responsiveness of its software, there’s a stronger chance of major product introductions and revelations in 2019. Now playing: Watch this: $329 Marzipan is gonna be amazing. I know old Mac guard are anxious but this feels like the early days of iPhone to me—poking at the APIs months before they became an SDK, seeing the kinds of things that could be built, etc. I trust Apple to make this the best way to write Mac apps— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) May 3, 2019 7:30 1:17 Marzipan could also hasten a transition on Apple’s Mac platform from Intel to iPad-style ARM chips, a long-rumored change that’s been reported by Bloomberg and Axios. In addition to creating business efficiencies for Apple, a single ARM-based CPU across iPhones, iPads and Macs would make it even easier for developers to create a single version of their apps.(John Gruber wrote a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the history, viability and wisdom of Apple’s strategy with Marzipan back in 2017.)Read: Universal apps for Macs and iOS may be on horizon with Apple’s ‘Marzipan’ projectA dedicated App Store for the Apple Watch, and more Érika García/CNET The company plans to bring the App Store to the Apple Watch, according to Bloomberg. The new update will be included in the next version of the device’s operating system, expected to be called WatchOS 6. Today, Apple Watch apps need to be downloaded using the Watch app on the iPhone and then transferred over. Read: App Store could be coming to WatchOS at WWDC, report saysThe Bloomberg article also mentions a new Voice Memos app that will take voice recordings from the wrist; an Apple Books app for audiobooks; a calculator app; a new Dose app that supports pill reminders; and a Cycles app that tracks menstrual cycles. Apple is also expected to add new watch faces and complications in the update, as well as Animoji and Memoji stickers.
Its a clever punch line, where is the offence in it? No need to paint religion and start a border war on twitter. ( also why is every paki response “get toilets first”? Is that the only thing you have more of than India?)— Kasturi Shankar (@KasthuriShankar) July 22, 2019The tweet has created controversy on social media platforms as many people are taking it as fun while others have condemned it. On the other hand, Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara were among the many who congratulated ISRO for successfully carrying out the launch of Chandrayan 2. Virat Kohli stated that it is another proud moment for the nation. Another historic and proud moment for the nation as the #Chandrayaan 2 is launched Jai Hind #ISRO #IndiaMoonMission — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 22, 2019Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara congratulated team ISRO and wished them for successful missions in the future.I congratulate Team @isro on achieving yet another milestone with the launch of #Chandrayaan2!Hope this paves the way for many more ambitious and successful missions in the future. Jai Hind ! pic.twitter.com/io919I1YrS— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 22, 2019 Harbhajan Singh was a key member of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning squad. Matthew Lewis/Getty ImagesFormer Indian cricketer and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took to Twitter to troll Pakistan and some other countries who have the moon on their national flags after India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 took off successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota on Monday, July 22.In the tweet, Harbhajan stated that some countries have the moon on their flags while some have their flags on the moon. The tweet also had the images of national flags with moon on it with Pakistani flag’s picture being the first. Some countries have moon on their flagsWhile some countries having their flags on moon #Chandrayaan2theMoon— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 22, 2019The first line of the tweet had images of flags of countries including Pakistan, Algeria, Turkey, Maldives, Mauritania, Tunisia, Libya, Malaysia and Azerbaijan. The second line had flags of the countries who have conducted the moon missions successfully including US, India, China and Russia.Shame on you @harbhajan_singh . Your Tweet is in bad taste and shows Indians in a bad light. You are not a True Sportsman. You are a Communal Person I hope @bcci takes action against You for your Communal Tweet and stops yours Pension . Shame on You. — Ashish Joshi (@acjoshi) July 22, 2019 Many congratulations to Team #Chandrayaan2 @isro for the successful and seamless launch ! pic.twitter.com/LINKS5ZHUk — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 22, 2019 Congratulations team @ISRO, this is a very proud and historical moment for India! #Chandrayaan2— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) July 22, 2019
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read The scourge of viruses, Trojans and other malware has long been a familiar foe for desktop PC users. As iPhone users in China recently discovered, these digital nasties are no longer confined to traditional computers and are already a very real threat to the security of mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and wearables.Few smartphone owners seem to realize this risk, despite the fact that our smartphones have become a veritable treasure trove of digital booty — photos, passwords, emails and texts, location data and more. To enterprising malware engineers, scammers and bad actors, sneaking into a smartphone may be the ultimate jackpot. Consumers aren’t without options, however, and taking a few quick and easy precautions vastly decreases the risk of becoming a victim.Related: How to Protect Your Apple Devices From Getting Hacked Right Now1. A need for consumer awarenessBecause of their unique status as a digital catch-all, and the fact that smartphones are often used in locations that lack traditional safeguards such as firewalls, smartphones actually require more protective measures from malicious interlopers than PCs.And yet last year’s State of the Net by Consumer Reports found that just 7 percent of mobile phone owners use any form of encryption and little more than a third even bother using a PIN. That’s a terrible track record. No wonder then that McAfee Labs recorded a jump of malware samples on mobile devices by nearly 50 percent in just the first quarter of this year2. Apps too eager to ask permissionWhile the volume of malware is certainly alarming, what’s of particular concern is the manner in which it gets onto devices. In particular malware writers have begun targeting apps directly rather than going after devices. The result is that users blindly trust app stores and install apps that have been compromised, unwittingly infecting themselves in the process.This is made effective in large part due to overly aggressive apps that require far too many permissions to access user and device data than is logical or necessary. Take for example flashlight apps that needlessly demand the ability to perform a host of unwanted functions, like the ability to delete apps, track your location and even fiddle with your phone’s software. Games are the most popular downloads on app stores, and as a category are notoriously pushy with permissions that needlessly put users at risk.3. Desperate times call for commonsense measures.There is, unfortunately, no completely foolproof way of foiling all the malware all of the time. But by using a few simple and sensible precautions the vast majority of risks can be averted.Related: 4 Types of Mobile Monsters and What We Can Learn From Their Horror Stories4. Regularly update your phone’s software.The easiest, and most effective step you can take to protect your personal data is to install the periodic updates to your smartphone’s software. Besides adding features, they typically include crucial security fixes you won’t be able to get otherwise.5. Turn on provided security features such as device encryption and locate and lock.Your phone comes with a comprehensive array of free security tools. Enable them, and be familiar with their use such as how to locate a lost device and lock or even wipe it clean of data remotely.6. Be mindful of permissions.When you install an app, you grant it access to various types of information on your device, such as your contacts, your photos or your location. Before installing an app, look at the permissions it asks for and decline if it’s needlessly aggressive — why does that restaurant review app need access to your photos, for instance?7. Stick with official app stores.While malware-laden apps have on occasion slipped past the guards, consumers are far more protected from installing malicious apps and services when patronizing app stores from the big players — Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft — than ones from third-party stores or sites that aren’t accountable to anyone.8. Resist clicking on unknown links in texts and emails.Just like you would with oddball links in email messages, don’t click on a hyperlink in a text or email unless it’s from someone you know — and you’re expecting it. Better yet, protect yourself further by going into your settings on your mobile phone and turning off auto-download for MMS (multimedia) messages to prevent your phone from installing anything without asking first.Our mobile devices give us unprecedented connectivity, productivity and convenience. However, with cybercriminals ramping up their mobile skills, now more than ever, we need to be mindful of the risks and take the appropriate steps to protect ourselves as we enjoy the convenience they enable. Related: Apple Says It’s Cleaning Up the App Store After Its First Large-Scale Malware Attack Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. January 4, 2016 Register Now »