Pluto, you so crazy (pictures) Expect to see the @NASANewHorizons social media accounts continue to operate. The contract for these activities was forward funded. This applies to @OSIRISREx and NASA TV too. @NASA will continue to stun the world with its achievements!— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) December 28, 2018 NASA’s live stream is currently offline, however, and the agency is redirecting people to NASA TV, which it states will show live events. The NASA public relations team is unable to publicize the events and send out press releases during the shutdown because they aren’t exempt from the furlough.Previous government shutdowns, in January and February this year, lasted no longer than three days. But this shutdown could continue into the new year. As recently as Thursday, at least one US senator suggested there’s “no end in sight”. So exactly what we will get to see over the New Year seems up in the air. However, all hope isn’t lost. Here’s where you can catch the action for NASA’s historic missions:Where to watch Osiris-Rex enter Bennu’s orbitThe window for the record-breaking Osiris-Rex to get into orbit around the asteroid Bennu opens on New Year’s Eve. While this mission doesn’t quite have the appeal of being a billion miles beyond Pluto, it will eventually be the first time an asteroid has been sampled by NASA. Osiris-Rex will reach out and high-five Bennu, blasting up a ton of rock from its surface, grabbing some and then flying back to Earth in September 2023.To follow along as Osiris-Rex places itself into the closest orbit of any spacecraft around a planetary body ever, there are several Twitter accounts worth keeping an eye on. The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona will keep you updated, and the Osiris-Rex website should have you covered if you’re waiting for any images to come back from the spacecraft. It doesn’t appear NASA will be offering live coverage of this event. The spacecraft had its moment in the sun back on December 3 when it first arrived at Bennu. Where to watch the New Horizons Ultima Thule flybyIt’s the most distant world we will ever have explored, and New Horizons is set to snap photos of Ultima Thule when it passes the enigmatic rock in the outer reaches of our solar system. Ultima Thule flies around in the Kuiper Belt way out past Pluto. New Horizons is set to come within 2,200 miles of Ultima Thule’s surface, hopefully beaming back images from a world we know very little about.NASA is directing interested viewers to head to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory YouTube channel, which will simulcast a live stream along with the New Horizons homepage. Principal investigator Alan Stern is also directing viewers to the Applied Physics Laboratory’s Twitter and to his own New Horizons Twitter account for mission updates.Of course, there is the hope that the political impasse is resolved before all this occurs, which would set NASA back up with all the media tools at its disposal. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Star Wars Episode 9 is on its way: Everything we know about the final Skywalker film, from the cast to the release date and title. 8 Photos Sci-Tech Target NASA Post a comment Here is Ultima Thule in an artist’s rendition. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute Ringing in the new year with NASA was meant to be historic. Two NASA spacecraft on separate missions are set to rendezvous with their rocky targets over New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Earth-bound stargazers were supposed to be able to follow along via NASA. But the US government is currently in a shutdown due to a dispute in funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. Part of the shutdown means that funding for the agency has currently expired. And no money coming in means little public viewing of space activities. Thus, it’s going to get a little trickier waiting for the Osiris-Rex spacecraft to enter orbit around the asteroid Bennu or seeing the New Horizons spacecraft send back images of Ultima Thule, the most distant world we’ve yet to explore and a billion miles past Pluto.NASA officially shut down Saturday. Of NASA’s 17,586 staff, the vast majority are staying home with no guarantee of pay, while 1,481 remain active and another 2,189 are “on call,” exempted from the furlough. This ensures that NASA can continue to carry out support for the International Space Station and its crew, as well as enable satellite missions and emergency services to continue safely.It’s not all bad news right now, though. Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, tweeted Thursday that social media accounts for the upcoming missions over New Year’s have been spared the woe of the government shutdown because they were “forward funded.” Tags Share your voice 0
Geneva Motor Show 2019 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes’ new GLE gets the AMG 53 treatment 0 More about 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Geneva Motor Show 2019 Whenever Mercedes-Benz launches a new model, it’s only a brief matter of time before we see the inevitable AMG variants. To that point, meet the new Mercedes-AMG GLE53: the higher-power version of the 2020 GLE-Class we first tested late last year.Performance wise, the GLE gets the same upgrades as Mercedes’ other AMG 53 models, the E53 and CLS53. Power comes from a 3.0-liter, turbocharged I6 engine, which on its own produces 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes’ mild-hybrid EQ Boost starter generator provides an additional 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque for small bursts, and powers the 48-volt onboard electrical system.With a nine-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels, Mercedes claims the AMG GLE53 will sprint to 60 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds. That isn’t a huge increase over the 5.5-second 0-60 time of the GLE450, mind you, which uses a less-powerful version of this 3.0-liter engine. But hey, every tenth of a second counts, right?Enlarge ImageFender flares and big exhaust outlets are a dead giveaway that this GLE means business. Mercedes-Benz The GLE53 gets Mercedes’ Active Ride Control system, which uses the four-corner air suspension for continuously adjustable suspension damping. The variable-ratio power steering gets a different tune for this sportier GLE, and the brakes are upgraded to provide the necessary stopping power this AMG can throw down.Visually, you’ll be able to spot the AMG GLE53 thanks to its 15-strip “Panamericana” grille, standard 20-inch wheels, fat fender flares and quad-tip exhaust. Inside, the GLE53 gets the same high-quality, super-lux interior as the rest of the GLE range, right down to the dual-screen MBUX infotainment system, with natural-speech voice commands (just say, “Hey, Mercedes…”).Pricing isn’t available just yet, but expect the AMG GLE53 to command a hefty sum over the GLE450’s $61,150 starting price. Following its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next week, the Mercedes-AMG GLE53 will arrive in US showrooms in late 2020. In the meantime, onto the next AMG. Preview • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class: The next chapter in SUV luxury Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s 35 Photos Mercedes-Benz SUVs Luxury cars Performance Cars reading • Mercedes-AMG GLE53 brings 429 horsepower to the Geneva Motor Show More From Roadshow Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous • 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value See All Tags Share your voice
2019 movies to geek out over Luke Perry was a man for a millennial generation (even if he only scraped in by virtue of the fact that he was a 20-something actor playing a high school heartthrob). He was the pop culture icon of an era. Entire schoolyard lunchtimes lived or died based on what had happened on TV the night before between Dylan and his latest flame. When it came to fictional couples, his was a face that launched a thousand ‘ships.And he stayed a heartthrob even as he grew older and moved away from 90210. A whole new generation found him when, as a father himself in real life, he starred as Archie’s father Fred Andrews in Riverdale. People were tuning in to see Luke Perry on primetime TV and they were drooling over his son instead? The younger me would have never believed it. (And Molly Ringwald, Perry’s onscreen wife in Riverdale? Wasn’t she literally just in The Breakfast Club, like, two years ago? When did she get old enough to have kids?)But time is ruthless. We’re getting old, and our heroes are getting old too. If Luke Perry can go, then none of our heroes are safe. One day, I’ll tell my kids about the loss of those ’90s heartthrobs and they’ll roll their eyes before turning back to their HoloPhones — certain that no stars they love, no Marvel heroes or geek culture icons of their generation will ever grow old. But they’ll have their Luke Perry moment. You always get a glimpse of mortality at times like these when you realise that you can’t go home again. But in my case, I’ll never be able to go back to the Peach Pit. Luke Perry, still rocking the sly smile ’til the end. Dominik Bindl / Getty Images There’s nothing more sobering than realising your heroes are getting old. And there’s nothing more sobering than realising you are too. I remember when a wizened Christopher Lee appeared onscreen as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings — it was a near biblical moment for my Dad. Here was the iconic villain from the films Dad had grown up with, from Dracula to The Man with the Golden Gun, booming on screen as Tolkien’s great wizarding villain. It was a stroke of genius casting that resonated with a generation of moviegoers. When Lee died in 2015, the moment was felt by a generation too. But for those of us who came to The Lord of the Rings as nerdy teenagers, this was just another icon from a bygone time. A sad loss, but an actor from another era dying after a life well lived. 16 Photos Super-expensive TVs worth drooling over But that age gap doesn’t last forever. And you know you’ve truly grown up when you start losing your heroes like they were friends. On Monday, the world mourned the death of pop culture icon Luke Perry who died a week after suffering a massive stroke. This wasn’t a silver screen starlet or an old war-era crooner. This wasn’t your grandma having a glass of sherry while she put on Sinatra’s old records whilst remembering the Rat Pack days. This was Luke Perry. Dylan flippin’ McKay from 90210. The boy you were absolutely going to grow up and marry if only you could get a plane ticket to Beverly Hills and get Brenda Walsh out of the way. The swoonboat you stayed up to watch on TV with your older sister (who was also planning her wedding to Dylan in the idyllic surrounds of the Peach Pit diner). And he didn’t die in a car crash, like that erstwhile white t-shirted dreamboat, James Dean. The James Dean of the ’90s died of a stroke aged 52. Comments Share your voice TV and Movies 2 Tags 77 Photos
Test your music system with these great rock tracks 22 Photos Bluetooth Tags With a battery life of around 10 hours, you’ll have plenty of fun before you need to recharge the speaker via micro-USB. The Muzen OTR is currently on sale in China, the US, France, Germany and the Netherlands. It launches this week in Singapore. The OTR Metal retails for $135 or S$139 (about £80 or AU$145) while the OTR Wood goes for $123 or S$129. Prices may differ in your region, so be sure to check your local stores for updated pricing.The Muzen OTR Wood has a very nice finish and feel that I quite liked. Aloysius Low/CNET Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers 2 Share your voice Comments The Muzen OTR Metal comes with leather straps for carrying around and a cool box packaging. Aloysius Low/CNET Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen these days, but Chinese brand Muzen Audio has added something extra to help its OTR speaker stand out: Radio.The Muzen OTR (or “On The Road”) series comes in a retro-inspired wood or metal finish with tiny analog gold dials. And unlike many other speakers, it can pick up radio broadcasts. The throwback design and unusual feature means you’ll spend longer fiddling with it than you normally would with a speaker.I hardly listen to the radio — Spotify has long filled in that niche — but I occasionally switch it on in the car to catch the news while I’m driving. I think there’s something about the experience of turning the dial to find a radio station that’s missing from digital tuners, but perhaps I’m getting old and nostalgic.The Muzen OTR Metal comes with analog dials. Aloysius Low/CNET Apart from the radio playback, the Muzen OTR is a decent Bluetooth speaker, capable of reaching high volume without losing clarity. It doesn’t pack much bass, but it’s boomy enough that I didn’t find it lacking in most of the songs I tested on the speaker. Personally, I prefer the wood OTR model over the metal, as the shiny finish can be a fingerprint magnet. But the metal model’s vintage looks are more eye-catching. The speaker comes in a cool custom box with removable leather straps you can use to carry it around.
Sprint Tags $999 See All $999 Best Buy $999 See It See It Google Siri Apple See it $999 See It Mobile Tech Industry Culture Apple iPhone XS Boost Mobile Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Apple’s pushing further into AI. Getty Images The next time you think of Apple and artificial intelligence, it might be about more than how frustrating Siri can be.The tech giant poached Ian Goodfellow, a high-profile scientist in the artificial intelligence world, from Google last month. CNBC spotted the move when Goodfellow, who helped invent a new approach to the technology, updated his LinkedIn page to indicate he’s working as Apple’s “director of machine learning” at its secretive “Special Projects” group.Goodfellow isn’t the only big-name hire Apple’s poached from Google. Last year, the company lured John Giannandrea away from its rival, where he’d been the head of search. At Apple, Giannandrea handles Siri, as well as its machine learning technology for app developers.”Machine learning and AI are important to Apple’s future as they are fundamentally changing the way people interact with technology, and already helping our customers live better lives,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement last year, when promoting Giannandrea to senior vice president of machine learning and artificial intelligence strategy.Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment about Goodfellow.The hires are the latest signs Apple is pushing more heavily into the world of AI, where it isn’t broadly viewed as a leader the way Google and Facebook are. AI is increasingly seen as a key to a new way of computing that will allow machines to identify people in video feeds, drive our cars and anticipate our schedules.Apple’s Siri was one of the first voice assistants offered to the public when it was released in 2011. But it’s struggled to keep up with a growing list of competitors.Amazon’s Alexa, for example, has stood out as an easy way to connect with smart appliances, such as light switches, security systems and even your car. Meanwhile, Google’s made waves turning its assistant into a live language translator. Its Duplex feature helps people schedule appointments by calling businesses and negotiating appointment times for you. Facebook’s AI is being used to more quickly identify extremism and bad behavior. And Microsoft built its AI into an app to help the blind by describing anything a phone’s camera is pointed at.Apple “saw Siri as a feature rather than a platform,” said Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi. One example, she said, is that Apple’s Siri works better on her iPhone because it has access to apps and information she keeps on it. But Siri isn’t as good on Apple’s $299 HomePod speaker because the company hasn’t created robust ways for its assistant to send information between her phone and other Siri-powered devices. Apple’s latest hirings and announcements suggest the company is now taking AI technologies like Siri more seriously, she added. “There is no question in my mind that Apple is either rethinking Siri or accelerating its effort,” she said.More intelligenceApple pitched the AI smarts as a major feature of its A12 Bionic chip for the iPhone and iPad. James Martin/CNET When people think of Apple AI, they typically think of Siri. But there are other AI efforts underway.For example, the company’s A12 Bionic chip, which powers the $999 iPhone XS and latest $799 iPad Pro, includes a “neural engine.” Apple says the engine bolsters the photos you take and the games you play. It also helps the device do a better job with augmented reality, which overlays computer images like a photo filter on the real world.Those technologies extend to the software powering Apple’s iPhone too. Apple said artificial intelligence technologies help to power its Face ID, which identifies you with a sensor in order to unlock your phone.Silicon Valley’s churnApple’s high profile hires aren’t happening in a vacuum. There’s constant churn between Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, Amazon and the many startups that dot the San Francisco Bay Area and the larger West Coast. It’s likely helped Apple that Google, in particular, has been criticized for its AI efforts. Last year, the search giant’s employees protested against Google’s involvement in Project Maven, a Pentagon initiative to use AI to improve the analysis of drone footage. And last month, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Google’s AI work in China is “indirectly benefiting the Chinese military.”Google’s AI tech gets attention, but also courts controversy. James Martin/CNET Analysts say high profile poachings, like Apple’s with Giannandrea and Goodfellow, also help the company with further recruiting because big names often act as a magnet drawing their colleagues from one company to another.Another way Apple can bulk up its efforts is with acquisitions. Apple was said to have bought an AI-powered voice startup called PullString in February, for example. Purchases like that typically come with new intellectual property (IP), in the form of new apps, code and patents. Cook said last month that Apple purchased 18 companies in 2018.”We’re constantly on the market looking for great IP and fantastic people,” Cook said at the time. “We’re very confident about our future.”CNET’s Richard Nieva contributed to this report. 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Sci-Tech Drones Wellness Share your voice Post a comment 0 Enlarge ImageA kidney arrives after taking flight. UMMC video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET A Baltimore woman is now the proud owner of a kidney like no other: it was the first organ to be delivered for transplant via drone and then successfully implanted. The donated kidney, held in a special cooler, was flown via a custom drone with eight rotors from a location in West Baltimore a few miles to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). There, it was implanted in a 44-year-old woman who had spent the previous eight years on dialysis. “This whole thing is amazing,” the patient, who did not disclose her name, said in a statement. “Years ago, this was not something that you would think about.” The flight, which only lasted about 10 minutes, was intended as a demonstration of the custom unmanned aerial system (UAS). Teams from UMMC had previously shown that an organ could be transported via a drone, but this appears to be the first time one has actually been implanted after a flight.”We had to create a new system that was still within the regulatory structure of the FAA, but also capable of carrying the additional weight of the organ, cameras, and organ tracking, communications, and safety systems over an urban, densely populated area,” said Matthew Scassero, director of the University of Maryland’s UAS test site. Tags The project was led by Joseph Scalea, one of the surgeons who performed the transplant. He hopes UAS can help to streamline the system of getting organs to patients who need them quickly.”This is a complicated web of couriers and expensive charter flights, which, in my opinion, could be avoided.”Scalea says using drones to shave up to a few hours off the delivery time of organs could mean that up to 2,500 more such organs become viable for implantation. Nearly 114,000 people were on waiting lists for an organ transplant in 2018, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the organ transplant system in the US. Over 36,000 transplants were performed in 2018 in the US.There’s still more research to be done to ensure that flying through the air in a box is a safe mode of transport for all organs, and systems also need to be put in place to manage this whole new class of critical deliveries. But eventually, kidneys and other body parts could be zipping through the air to save lives on a daily basis. That is, so long as vultures and other birds of prey don’t get wise to what’s in those slow-flying containers. Drones
Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Marvel Disney The Avengers Step inside Disney’s Pandora – The World of Avatar 3:41 “To Kevin and everybody at Marvel,” he wrote in an Instagram post, which shows the ill-fated ship hitting the Avengers logo. “An iceberg sank the real Titanic. It took the Avengers to sink my Titanic. Everyone here at Lightstorm Entertainment salutes your amazing achievement. You’ve shown that the movie industry is not only alive and well, it’s bigger than ever.” How to watch every Marvel movie in the perfect order 0 Cameron apparently changed his tune since last year, when he expressed hope that people would start feeling Avengers fatigue.The superhero epic earned $2.189 billion in the first 12 days since its release in late April, passing Avengers: Infinity War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the $2.187 billion Cameron’s 1997 movie made in their theatrical runs. Now it’s second only to 2009’s Avatar — also from Cameron — which earned $2.788 billion during its run.Regardless of which movie ends up holding the crown, Disney wins. It owns the Marvel and Avatar franchises (as well as Star Wars). There are eight Marvel movies coming before the end of 2022, with Avatar sequels coming in 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027.First published at 5:45 a.m. PT.Update, 6:16 a.m.: Adds more detail. Post a comment 56 Photos Tags Share your voice Titanic director James Cameron has congratulated the team behind Avengers: Endgame on the movie’s box office success. Speed Media/ Icon Sportswire Watch out, Avatar.Titanic director James Cameron on Wednesday congratulated Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige and his team for the box office success of Avengers: Endgame after it snatched his movie’s spot as the second highest-grossing film of all time.
Mobile Share your voice 0 Post a comment Just some of the food available on the Amazon Restaurants website — for now. Screenshot by CNET via Amazon Restaurants Amazon’s food delivery service is up for the chopping block.Following its shuttering in London, Amazon Restaurants is also slated to close up shop in the US later this month, according to GeekWire.The service is four years into its run, after beginning life in Seattle in 2015 and then branching out to 20 more cities in the US as well as London. For Amazon Prime members, it provides the same services as other food-delivery apps like Uber Eats and Deliveroo, seeing meals delivered to their houses through Prime Now or the Amazon Restaurants website.The service packed up its bags in London in November, and Amazon confirmed to GeekWire it would end on June 24 in the US.”As of June 24th, we will discontinue the Amazon Restaurants business in the US,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement shared with GeekWire.”Many of the small number of employees affected by this decision have already found new roles at Amazon, and others will be provided personalized support to find a new role within, or outside of, the company.”Heard of Daily Dish? The Amazon-owned food delivery service focused on bringing lunch to the workplace will also close up shop on June 14.Despite these shutterings, Amazon hasn’t entirely left the food-delivery game. Not only will its groceries delivery service continue from Whole Foods via Prime Now, it’s poured funding into UK-based food delivery company Deliveroo, keeping its competition with Uber Eats and Grubhub on the heat. Tags Amazon
Now playing: Watch this: 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle) Display size, resolution 1:41 12-megapixel, 12-megapixel mono In-display Storage 6.16 x 3.01 x 0.27 in 5.82 oz; 165g $499 64GB 6.0-inch gOLED; 2,160×1,080 pixels Connector 12.2-megapixel 8-megapixel Mentioned Above Motorola Moto Z4 5.5 oz; 156g Yes 128GB, 256GB 8:29 3,000 mAh No Android 9.0 Share your voice 4GB 2GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdraon 670 Battery $480 8-megapixel Motorola Moto Z4 Google goes ‘budget’ with Pixel 3A and 3A XL Moto Z4 vs. Pixel 3A XLGoogle’s budget wonder changed the affordable phone gameRemarkably, the Pixel 3A and 3A XL both have one of the best cameras found on any phone you can buy. Angela Lang/CNET Google ruined budget phones for us when it released the Pixel 3A and 3A XL. The biggest reason is that the affordable phones have the same camera found in the Pixel 3 — one of the best you can buy. Most other budget phones, including my favorite the Moto G7, have decent cameras for the price, but with the Pixel 3A rocking the one from its older brother, it’s hard not to take notice.The Pixel 3A costs $399 and the larger Pixel 3A XL, which seems more in line size-wise with the Moto Z4, costs $479. Both Pixels run stock Android and Google has promised a minimum of three years of software updates for the phones.The Moto Z4 has a nice screen that’s also larger: 6.4 inches compared to the Pixel 3A XL’s 6-inch one. The Z4 lasted over 2 hours longer than the Pixel in our battery tests, despite having a lower-capacity battery. And the build quality of the Z4 feels much more premium than the plastic body of the Pixel 3A and 3A XL.If you’re a camera nerd, the Pixel 3A or 3A XL is the way to go, but if you want a bigger screen and longer battery life, the Moto Z4 is worth considering. See It Pixel density Video capture Yes 4K 438 ppi Camera Front-facing camera 158 x 75 x 7.35 mm Android 8.1 Oreo Now playing: Watch this: USB-C In-display fingerprint reader, Moto Actions, Moto Mods 28 Photos Yes Android 9.0 5G AT&T Google Lenovo Motorola Samsung Verizon OnePlus 25-megapixel 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2:48 2:21 Yes 402 ppi Compatibility for Moto Mods, extra battery pack Mobile software A super-close look at the Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus under a macro lens USB-C 142 x 70 x 7.9 mm Motorola Moto Z3 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm On the side Now playing: Watch this: $499 Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 2GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 Price off-contract (USD) Samsung Galaxy S10E Dimensions (Millimeters) 10 The Moto Z4 costs $500. Its biggest problem? All of the other great phones you can get for that price. Angela Lang/CNET I recently reviewed the Motorola Moto Z4, which sells for $499 unlocked here in the US. It’s part midrange phone, part modular monster and, with the addition of a $349 mod, part gateway drug for Verizon’s fun-sized 5G network. The reason it’s difficult to recommend the Moto Z4 to anyone other than 5G early-adopters or people up to their ears in Moto Mods is that there are a number of solid phones that cost around the same price. If you have a budget of around $500, boy oh boy, do you have some great phone options in 2019.For starters, there’s the $459 OnePlus 6T and the $479 Google Pixel 3A XL, the latter of which has one of the best cameras on any phone you can currently buy. Then there’s last year’s Moto Z3, which Motorola still sells for $480. But perhaps the most jaw-dropping alternative is the Samsung Galaxy S10E, which can be bought through Verizon, AT&T and B&H for $550, or on Amazon for $520.Here’s how the Moto Z4 stacks up against the Galaxy S10E, Pixel 3A XL, OnePlus 6T and Moto Z3. For even more phone options under $500, check out our roundup of the best phones under $500. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 10-megapixel 6.20 x 2.94 x 0.32 in In-display 4K No Moto Z4 is a $500 rival to Google’s Pixel 3a 16-megapixel 6.2 x 2.95 x 0.3 in 6GB, 8GB 6.4-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels 48-megapixel 4K Weight (Ounces, Grams) Galaxy S10E is worth every penny 128GB 5.8-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080-pixels 128GB, 256GB Google Pixel 3A XL See It 5:04 Special features Phones Octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 4GB 4K OnePlus 6T 403 ppi 6.5 oz; 185g Moto Z4 vs. Moto Z35G ‘budget’ phonesIf you’re choosing between the Moto Z3 and Z4 to use on 5G, the Z4 and its long battery life is a must have. Juan Garzon/CNET Currently Motorola sells the Moto Z4 for $500 and the Moto Z3, which has a more powerful Snapdragon 835 processor and can also use the 5G Moto Mod, for $480. The Moto Z4 has a much longer battery life, comes with twice the storage and newer cameras on the front and back.Aside from the processor, the Moto Z4 seems like a better phone, especially its monster battery, which lasted 5 hours longer in our looped video tests in airplane mode than the Moto Z3.Both phones are able to be used on Verizon’s 5G network via a $349 mod. Though I didn’t test the Moto Z4’s 5G connectivity with the 5G Moto Mod, my colleague Jessica Dolcourt got to test a Moto Z3 with the 5G mod this spring. She describes the experience as “kludgy at best.” Her biggest issue with the Moto Z3 and 5G mod setup was the horrible battery life.If you want to get one of these phones to use with the 5G mod, grab the Moto Z4, since it offers a bigger battery. Otherwise, the Moto Z3 is compelling if you’re into more graphics heavy tasks like gaming, editing photos and recording video. In-display fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM, Dash Charging, notifications toggle Yes RAM 3,700 mAh 3,700 mAh 3,700 mAh 5.89 oz; 167g 160.1 x 76.1 x 8.2 mm Comments USB-C Back Moto Z4 vs. Galaxy S10EA flagship phone for the cost of a midrange oneCurrently you can nab the $750 Galaxy S10E for $520. Angela Lang/CNET The Moto Z4 and Galaxy S10E are two very different phones that by some twist of fate cost nearly the same — at least for the time being. The Galaxy S10E is essentially a scaled-down Galaxy S10 and includes a Snapdragon 855 processor, one of the best camera systems and wireless charging that can also be used to charge accessories like wireless earbuds or a smartwatch. At its original price of $750, the Galaxy S10E was an excellent deal. For $520 it’s incredible.At $500, the Moto Z4 lacks wireless charging and has a modest processor compared to the Galaxy S10E. On the other hand the Moto Z4 lasted 2 hours, 21 minutes longer in our looped video tests in airplane mode, has a larger screen and can be modded into a 5G phone with the addition of a 5G Moto Mod. Also, Motorola’s friendly and easy-to-use software on the Z4 is a delight. The near-stock take on Android is honestly one of our favorite versions of the operating system out there.All that said, the Galaxy S10E for $520 is an absolutely bonkers deal for what you get and I think would be a better fit for most people than the Moto Z4. Android 9 Pie 64GB Moto Z4 vs. OnePlus 6TLast year’s flagship for lessOnePlus phones have always been a wonderful value and with the 6T you get last year’s flagship for the price of a midrange phone. Juan Garzon/CNET Though it launched in November last year, the OnePlus 6T still offers more flagship appeal than the Moto Z4. It has a better design, build, display, cameras and faster performance. And if Motorola’s software take on Android is my favorite, OnePlus’ OxygenOS, with its elegant and simple UI, is my second favorite.The Moto Z4’s battery lasted 2 hours, 18 minutes longer than the OnePlus in our tests, however. And the Moto Z4 is 9 months newer than the 6T.If you want to save $40 — you can buy it for $459 on Amazon — the OnePlus 6T is the way to go. Unless you want to be on Verizon, then the Moto Z4 is the better option. 156.5 x 76.5 x 6.75 mm Dimensions (Inches) Fingerprint sensor Now playing: Watch this: Best Buy Headphone jack Yes $499 AR in Google Maps, Timelapse video shooting 5.3oz.; 150g Moto Z4 specs compared with the Pixel 3A XL, OnePlus 6T, Moto Z3, Galaxy S10E 6.3 x 3.0 x 0.3 in No OnePlus 6T’s in-screen fingerprint reader looks to the… 4K 6GB, 8GB 402 ppi 402 ppi $499 Moto Z3 has a long wait for its 5G moment $459 4GB 2.35GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 $520 USB-C Processor 6.41-inch AMOLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels See it Power button Walmart 16-megapixel standard, 20-megapixel telephoto 5.6 x 2.8 x 0.27 in Expandable storage Now playing: Watch this: $479 Motorola Moto Z4 Review • Motorola Moto Z4 review: The cheapest 5G phone you can buy but shouldn’t Tags 6.0-inch OLED; 2,160×1,080 pixels No 3,100 mAh Android 9.0 USB-C
Guys, it comes in green. Ford Ford has been slowly working to change the perception of hybrid and electrified vehicles. Take the forthcoming Lincoln Aviator for example. In its top-spec Grand Touring trim, a plug-in hybrid powertrain is standard with 494 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. Thrifty and sporty, no?Clearly, that ethos has seeped into the 2020 Ford Escape SE Sport Hybrid, which the automaker revealed on Tuesday alongside the compact crossover’s build configurator. We’ve known the SE Sport trim was coming with a standard hybrid powertrain but this is our first look at how Ford plans to draw those looking for racier looks while delivering efficient drives.Digging through the configurator, the SE Sport Hybrid builds upon the standard SE trim but replaces the 1.5-liter turbo-3 engine with a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle inline-4 and electronically controlled CVT. Ford estimates the powertrain will make 198 hp and the EPA projects drivers will go more than 550 miles on a single tank. With a base price of $29,450, after a hefty $1,195 destination charge, the perky and efficient crossover is pretty well equipped.There’s a standard 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and keyless access with push-button start. The digital instrument cluster and leather-wrapped steering wheel are extras atop the regular SE trim.Outside, the 2020 Escape SE Sport Hybrid gets black 17-inch wheels, trim molding and grille accents to look the part. Honestly, the black accents look good with any color that’s part of the Escape’s palette and you should be delighted to know there’s a green hue available — Dark Persian Green, to be specific. Rapid Red is the only extra-cost color and adds $395 to the SE Sport’s price. All-wheel drive is also optional and costs another $1,500.Overall, the SE Sport seems like a pretty well-packed value with most of the popular options included. For $3,395 more, buyers can also add a Premium Package that bundles fancier 19-inch wheels, a power liftgate, adaptive cruise control and other comforts.Elsewhere, those looking for the least expensive 2020 Escape will be shown an Escape S that will start at $26,080. At the top of the lineup is the Escape Titanium at $34,595. Note, the hybrid powertrain is also standard here, but a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 250 hp is available for another $2,885. Opting for the more powerful engine also nets AWD standard.We’re eager to get some seat time with the 2020 Escape, but perhaps just as eager to see what Ford has cooking for those who feel the new Escape is too car-like. There’s a “Baby Bronco” coming for that crowd. Tags 83 Photos News • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid sips its way to EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined 2020 Ford Escape gears up for city living 2 4:27 Now playing: Watch this: 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: Plugging in for performance Share your voice More about 2020 Ford Explorer Base FWD More From Roadshow Ford 2020 Ford Escape is a citified slicker SUV Preview • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorer Comments Crossovers Hybrids Ford 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid second drive: The best of both worlds 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon: Der überwagen