$999 $520 at HP Mobile Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo Read Google Home Hub review IGTV will now feature both landscape and vertical videos. Instagram Instagram will now support landscape videos on its IGTV platform.The Facebook-owned photo app said Thursday that it’s adding the capability following requests from creators and viewers. Previously, IGTV only supported vertical videos. Viewers can now also watch landscape videos in full-screen by turning their phone sideways. “We realize this is an evolution from where IGTV started — we believe it’s the right change for viewers and creators,” Instagram said in a statement. “In many ways, opening IGTV to more than just vertical videos is similar to when we opened Instagram to more than just square photos in 2015. It enabled creativity to flourish and engagement to rise — and we believe the same will happen again with IGTV.”Instagram launched IGTV last year as a standalone app geared toward programming from creators. It features longer videos and is also accessible from the main Instagram app. In February, Instagram allowed creators to upload previews of their IGTV videos to their feed. Instagram says landscape video could be especially useful for high-motion videos that feature several people, such as those depicting dance and sports. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $210 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $60 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Instagram,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $299 at Amazon Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET See It Read the AirPods review Tags 7 Rylo Share your voice Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $155 at Google Express TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Apple iPhone XS Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Share your voice 0 Sprint Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See at Turo $999 Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See it $6 at Tidal $59 at eBay See at Amazon See It See It Boost Mobile JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Best Buy 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. The Cheapskate Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon
(Phys.org)—Rumors are swirling around the internet concerning Nvidia’s follow-up to its announcement last week of the GeForce GTX 650 and GTX 660, that a GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card is next and that it will fill in between the other two. Graphics cards and their specifications are important to gamers because the higher the quality, the better the gaming experience. Some run fast but produce less than sharp or rich images, while some are the opposite. The best produce razor sharp, fully textured images, with no blurring or skipping during motion sequences. To create stunning visuals for video games, graphics card makers such as Nvidia have developed processors with a variety of hardware options that offer trade-offs between price and performance. The GeForce GTX 650 Ti appears to be the ultimate trade-off, sacrificing processing speed for price, but only to a certain degree. © 2012 Phys.org Power of GeForce GTX available to gamers everywhere with two new Kepler-based GPUs The latest is that the GeForce GTX 650 Ti is to be based on the same Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) as the GTX 660 (GK106), though sadly, will have two of its five SMX (streaming multiprocessor) units disabled, which will of course slow down its processing abilities. It will also have one of its memory controllers disabled as well. The idea is to give gamers a card that costs less than the 660 (average price $230), but offers more performance than the 650 (average price $109). The rumor is that the newest addition to the line will cost on average $170. The 650 Ti also will have a smaller bus and fewer texture units than the 660 and of course a reduced clock speed, which when added together would seem to bring the performance of the new card closer to the 650 than the 660.Hardware specs and numbers are helpful in gauging how a graphics card will perform, but the ultimate test is how things look when the card is installed and operating, and most appear to expect the GeForce GTX 650 Ti to perform somewhat faster than the 650, but quite a bit slower than the 660, and that image quality will fall somewhere in-between as well (texture units for example, are believed to be 48, versus 80 for the 660 and 32 for the 650). Thus, the bottom line for gamers will be to decide if the $60 difference between the 650 Ti and the 660 is worth wringing their hands over. Explore further Citation: Specs for Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card leaked (2012, September 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-specs-nvidia-geforce-gtx-ti.html The GTX 650Ti leaked specifications. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Could your business be the next one hit by hackers hungry for passwords?After non-stop news of hacker break-ins at LinkedIn, eHarmony and other online sites resulting in millions of leaked passwords, you may be wondering if your business is any better prepared or protected. It’s a good question, given the risks. Stolen passwords that give intruders access to your systems can lead to costly scams and fraud, wreck your company’s reputation, prompt customer defections and spawn significant cleanup costs.Few companies store passwords properly, even though doing so usually isn’t difficult, security experts say. Most Web developers are not schooled in current best practices and fail to implement sufficiently strong security technologies. Often, they neglect security or plan to add it later, says Aleksandr Yampolskiy, chief technology officer at New York-based Cinchcast, a webcasting startup, and former head of security at Gilt Groupe, a luxury shopping site. “The problem is later almost never comes,” he says.If a weak password system is put in place early in a company’s life, it often remains untouched as the company grows into, say, a social-networking juggernaut. By then, the company’s technology infrastructure has become more complex and costly to retrofit, leading to still more delays.”Hopefully new companies starting out now will take a lesson from LinkedIn, and they’ll build their password storage correctly,” says Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer at Veracode, a Burlington, Mass., Web security firm.Related: Free Tools for Improving Online SecurityLuckily, being an entrepreneur has advantages if you need to make password storage more secure. The task is “easier for small companies because they have less complex systems, they have less users to worry about,” says Johannes B. Ullrich, chief research officer at the SANS Technology Institute, a network-security training provider. Startups with a clean slate can accomplish it in five minutes.Here are some precautions you can take to fortify your company against password thieves:Secure your website.Most password thefts begin with an attack on the victim company’s website. Have your site checked by a Web security expert for software vulnerabilities and coding errors that create pathways to your password database, or scan it for flaws yourself and fix anything amiss.Store passwords safely.Should a hacker get into your site, your best defense is passwords that are strongly encrypted so that cracking them would be painfully slow or nearly impossible, Ullrich says. Companies should “hash” passwords using a strong encryption technology, or mash it with an algorithm, and store only the resulting “hashed” version. During that process, they should also add “salt,” or additional random data, to each password to further complicate efforts to crack them. It also helps to require users to set long and complex passwords, which can be significantly more difficult to guess than short or common passwords.Unfortunately, many companies hash passwords using obsolete encryption technologies, such as SHA-1 from the 1970s. (LinkedIn used SHA-1 without salt.) SHA-1, MD5 and other still popular technologies were cracked by hackers long ago and offer little protection, experts say.Related: Three Tech Tools for Keeping Sensitive Business Data SafeCompanies ought to be using encryption methods designed for passwords, such as the free open source Bcrypt, which runs passwords through an encryption algorithm many times so that cracking them can literally take years. While this can be time consuming, it only has to be done when a user creates or changes a password.Consider two-factor authentication. Some people argue that passwords have had their day and simply need to be replaced with something stronger. That something is “two-factor authentication,” which requires something you know (a password) and something you have in your possession. The second factor is often a device that provides a difficult-to-steal, one-time code that users enter along with their password.If your passwords unlock particularly sensitive information, you may want to consider putting two-factor authentication in place, Wysopal says.Thanks to Google, implementing two-factor authentication has gotten a lot easier for small companies in recent years. Google allows businesses to use OpenID to connect to its systems for free for authentication, which can include “2-step verification” with a text message to a smartphone. Or companies could implement this two-factor authentication themselves using the open source Google Authenticator.Related: How to Repair a Damaged Reputation OnlinePut it in writing and verify.When hiring a Web developer, include password security in your requirements so the developer will have to fix any problems. Ullrich suggests going further and requiring your developer to commit to addressing the top 10 Web application security risks identified by the non-profit group OWASP, which include insecure password storage.Also, make sure any third-party software you use, such as Web forms and content management systems, has a secure password arrangement. Hire a security expert, even if for a day, to review your password system and other site security measures and make sure they’re safe and sound. June 18, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »