Wi-Fi wireless speakers are much more convenient than Bluetooth models, but they are still expensive. Play: 1 de Sonos is currently the most affordable option but it still costs 229 euros. There is a much more affordable alternative to Google's Chromecast Audio dongle at € 39, which allows you to stream music from your smartphone via any compatible audio application to powered speakers. This technology also begins to be integrated directly into audio devices.
This is where JBL Playlit comes into play ( 179 euros available in black blue, white ) which is to this day the enclosure Wi-Fi compatible Chromecast the cheapest we have tested. And in view of its performance, it could be for Google what Play: 1 is for Sonos.
Unlike the Chromecast dongle you have to plug in amplified speakers or a hi-fi system, the use of the JBL is much simpler. Just select the music in its favorite mobile app and start playback.
Aspect, the Playlist is quite close to the bar of its Boost TV, but it is a bit bigger (316mm by 147mm by 131mm) and looks more like a rugby ball. The finish is not the most elegant, with a thick plastic grid that covers the speakers. It is rather light (120 gr), but it is not transportable since it does not have a battery. The enclosure consists of 2 2.25-inch woofer and a passive radiator at the back.
The connection includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and an auxiliary 3.5mm jack. The Chromecast system is configured very simply via the Google Home app. Again, the ease of implementation competes amply with Sonos. Chromecast is compatible with a dozen music services including Spotify, Google Play Music, Qobuz, Deezer, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and Tidal. In addition, it is possible to stream all audio content from an Android smartphone or Google Chrome browser. Like the Chromecast Audio, the Playlist can play music in 24-bit / 96kHz.
One would tend to think that one should not expect much from a speaker at 175 euros. And yet, we were surprised by the audio quality that does not have to blush in front of the Play: 1.
On Radiohead's "Ful Stop", the difference between the two speakers immediately made felt. The piece begins with a bass line that the Sonos has struggled to restore without distortion even at moderate volume. The JBL managed to manage this passage brilliantly by going up in volume without failing and offering an open sound that was lacking to its competitor. Listening, the Playlist gave us the impression of being much larger than its actual size. On the other hand, neither of the two speakers was really comfortable on Alt-J's House of the Rising Sun. On "Dare" of the Gorillaz, Play: 1 was on a more favorable terrain with precise bass while the Playlist showed an unpleasant stridency on the voices and lacked fishing. But she did catch up on the album "Arcade Fire at Madison Square Garden" where her opening was wonderful.
If you are a fan of jazz, orchestral music and singer-songwriters, the Playlist is for you. On the other hand, it will be much less pleasant with pop music and dance. But at its price level, it's still one of the best and most affordable Chromecast speakers we've tested. For sale at 179 euros on Amazon.fr
The first Blu-ray player released in 2006 was a Samsung and it cost in the 1000 euros. Ten years later, Samsung released the first Ultra HD Blu-ray player: the UBD-K8500. At 500 euros, it costs half as much as its predecessor, but the future of this format is more uncertain. In 2006, Blu-ray played another format, HD DVD. Today, UHD Blu-ray has to face the platforms of video streaming such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and YouTube to name but a few.
Ultra HD Blu-ray offers a definition four times that of standard Blu-ray discs (UHD / 4K HD tone): 3820 x 2160 pixels against 1920 x 1080 pixels. But the main development is the HDR (High Dynamic Range) which can offer much better contrast and color than any other video source.
After unveiling its Coffee Lake processors for laptops at the end of August, Intel unveiled its Desktop (Desktop) models on Sunday (September 24th). An announcement somewhat ahead and constrained by a person obviously too impatient not having respected the date of lifting of embargo desired by the smelter. We discover 6 new processors of 8th generation, still etched in 14nm and with more cores than the previous models: the i5 and i7 go from 4 to 6 cores, i3 from 2 to 4 cores.
Intel Core i7
The most high-end, the Core i7, are now equipped with 6 cores, 12 threads and 12 MB of cache. The smelter reports an increase in performance of 45% in multitasking and 25% in framerate. The differences between the Core i7 8700K (the K means that it is possible to overclock) and the 8700 are notably at the frequency of the cores, 3.7 GHz for the first and 3.2 for the second. This is slightly less than the 7th generation models but it can be noted that the latter can go higher in boost mode: up to 4.7GHz for the 8700K and up to 4.6GHz for the 8700 and 4.2 for the 7700K and 7700). Finally, the thermal envelope is 95W for the 8700K and 65W for the 8700. There is therefore an increase of 4W for the 8700K. 
Intel Core i5
For their part, the Core i5 8600K and 8400 also ship 6 cores but for only 6 threads and 9 MB cache. Their cadence is again lower than the models of last year: 3.6GHz for the 8600K and 2.8 for the 8400 (against 3.8GHz and 3GHz for the 7600K and 7400). The boost mode also offers more margin: up to 4.3GHz for the 8600K and 4GHz for the 8400, all for a thermal envelope identical to that of the Core i7. 
Intel Core i3
Finally, the new Core i3 8350K and 8100, the most affordable models, are now equipped with 4 cores / 4 threads and 6MB cache. Their base frequency is 4GHz for the 8350K and 3.6GHz for the 8100. However, Intel has not unveiled the rate of processors in Boost mode. Also noteworthy is the significant increase in the thermal envelope of these two models, which goes from 60W to 91 for the 8350K and from 51W to 65 for the 8100.
Available on 5 October
Note that these 3 series are accompanied by a new chipset, the Z370, which should improve DDR4-2666 RAM support and processor power supply. But as a result, you will have to buy a new Z370 compatible motherboard.
The commercial launch of the new Coffee Lake CPUs is scheduled for October 5, but Intel has not specified on which continents. As for the rates, count 359 dollars for the i7 8700K, 303 dollars for the 8700, 257 for the i5 8600K, 182 for the 8400, 168 for the i3 8350K and 117 for the 8100. No price in euro at the moment. You should also know that the foundry is now launching its ultra high-end Core X-Series processors.
In the few days we spent with an iPhone 8 Plus test drive we realized that its 64GB model would be short for our intense uses.
We use an iPhone with 256GB capacity (less bad) but if your storage capped off the initial, we would have to start worrying about deleting files. During a 4K video session, in its new 60 frames per second mode, we filled almost 20GB of the phone, also counting in slow motion, in its renewed resolution from 1,080 pixels to 240 frames per second. This would represent a third of your total space, if we had a 64GB phone.
We captured about 40 short videos of this type, an average of 30 seconds, and a few regular photos and in portrait mode, both with blending background and with new types of portrait lighting, with backgrounds dark and clear subjects. Our photographic roll reached 479 files, of which 97 are high quality videos, 140 are portraits, and the rest are photos. ]
We had this phone in our hands less than a week, and dedicated its use almost exclusively to the camera, that is to say: we did not download additional applications, reason why the memory could not have invested in additional tasks of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. The only thing we went down further are the Super Mario Run and Sonic Book which occupy 162MB and 158MB, respectively, the Gmail (133MB) and YouTube (97MB) applications.
This is good news for those who have not been able to get their hands on a NES Classic Mini, and they are probably numerous because of the success of the small machine, out of stock very quickly after exit.
Nearly 6 months after stopping the production of the console, Nintendo announces in a statement its return to the store next year, in the summer 2018. Attention however, the Japanese giant did not specify the countries in which the console will be available again. However, it seems logical that Europe is entitled to it, it would be a pity for Nintendo to deprive itself of such a market.
As a reminder, the NES Classic Mini, sold 69,99 euros at its release, embarks a total of 30 games including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Final Fantasy and Donkey Kong. For the complete list, just go to this address.
This is a very interesting novelty at a time when autoplay videos are more and more common (and disturbing) on the Internet. François Beaufort, the former "leaker" became a Google employee, announced Friday, August 25th that the team in charge of the Chrome browser is currently testing an option to permanently block the sound of a website.
"The Chrome team is currently testing an option to cut / reactivate the sound of a website directly from the page information bubble. This will allow you to choose which site is allowed to send you an audio signal automatically "he writes on the Google+ social network. The information bubble in question is located just to the left of the address of the site visited. The option will be placed in the drop-down list that appears when you click on it
Currently, the feature is only available on the developers version of browser, Chrome Canary, but it should be added to the standard version in an upcoming update. Note that the Google browser already allows to cut the sound of a site (by right clicking on the tab issuing the signal), the novelty is here in the permanent character of the blocking.
The Stream Bar is the first sound bar of the famous French manufacturer Cabasse. Positioned in the top of the range, this one is sold around 1000 euros. It comes with a wireless subwoofer and offers a total power of 80 watts. No Dolby Atmos inside, but the manufacturer still promises a 3D spatialization . What about in practice? That's what we're going to see.
The first thing you notice when you look at the Stream Bar is the elegance of its design. Cylindrical and covered with fabric to protect the metal grid underneath, this one is particularly well finished, to the point of making to forget the plastic parts (a quality plastic nevertheless) on the back of the product. Same for the case, very elegant too and whose manufacture is extremely clean and neat.