Test JBL Playlist: our review


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.

Amazing performances

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


Review Samsung UBD-K8500 Review


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.

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<p> One thing we clearly saw after testing this drive with several Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs : it is essential to have an HDR-compatible television to get the maximum benefit from this technology, because when you use an Ultra HD TV that does not do the HDR, you do not perceive any difference in quality compared to a Blu </p>
<p> Unfortunately, not all UHD HDR televisions are equal, we tested two of the best models of the time (LG 65EF9500 and Samsung UN65JS9500, US references) but it should be other midrange HDR-compatible models will not perform as well. We have not yet been able to test the latest models that must arrive in the year, but our previous tests on HDR TVs like the Samsung JS8500 were inconclusive. </p>
<p> At the moment, Ultra HD Blu-ray still constitute a niche reserved for those who invested in a high-end HDR TV. Those may find an interest in investing in this Samsung UBD-K8500. Despite some defects that we have noted and the need to activate some settings manually, it will offer you the best video quality possible for a salon installation. For all others, there is no need to rush.  </p>
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<p> The K8500 offers a rather pleasant design for an optical drive with a brushed metal finish and curved lines that blend well with any home theater system and Samsung's curved televisions. The control keys are minimalist and we are surprised not to find a screen on such a high-end product. Surprise also in front of the rubber hatch a bit low end that hides the USB port in front. The remote control is rather functional and well arranged but we were disappointed by the lack of fast forward / reverse buttons. To do this, you must press and hold the next and previous buttons, which can lead to accidental chapter breaks. </p>
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Intel creates chip that will make the robots of the future autonomous


Intel assures that its chip will serve for industrial use, but also for home robots. Will they reach RealDolls?


Intel has announced a new processor called Intel Loihi, a test chip that aims to provide "self-learning" to Artificial Intelligence, even those that are built into robots.

The company has explained that the new chip aims to learn from its environment as the human brain does.

Intel says that in particular this chip is intended to be applied in industrial automation and in personal robotics.

"The Intel Loihi research test chip includes digital circuits that mimic the basic mechanics of the brain, making learning the machine faster and more efficient, while requiring less computing power, wrote Michael Mayberry, director of Intel Labs on the company's blog.



This could in the future cause computers to organize themselves and even make decisions, based on patterns and associations.

Undoubtedly, this is bad news for Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who in the past as well as some scientists, has said he fears about using new technologies to create murderous robots or that can make their own decisions. This type of argument can only remind us of the film I, Robot starring Will Smith, and where a powerful AI took control of the rest, although in that case good triumphed over evil.



However Intel is not the first to develop this type of chips. Google has its own cloud-based TPU processing units that aim to provide learning processes to machines, although Intel's approach is for AI to learn locally, so every company could have unique knowledge.

CNET en Español visited the hyperrealist doll factory and with IA RealDoll . Will this be the future of the robots?




Intel unveils its new Coffee Lake desktop processors in advance


                                                     Intel unveils its new Coffee Lake desktop processors in advance


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. [19459109]

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. [19459109]

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.

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iPhone 8 Plus: Do not buy the 64GB version


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.

The storage panel has a section where you organize photos and videos according to their size.

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Although the set of aggregate and native apps takes up a lot of space, Photos – which includes still images and videos – fills up 8.8GB, almost half the space hoarded so far. And that Apple opened with iOS 11 the format HEIF (for photos) and HEVC (for videos), which compress the size of the files and, therefore, considerably reduce the space occupied in the phone by 4K captures.

These formats can be adjusted, and we recommend choosing the option of compressed files, to save space. If we go to the camera application in settings, Apple gives us two alternatives: "high efficiency", for HEIF / HEVC captures, and "more compatible", for photos in the traditional JPEG format and videos in the usual H.264.

If we choose the previous format (JPG, H.264) we give up the new resolutions of recording of the iPhone 8 Plus. That is, 4K videos would not work at 60 frames per second or slow motion from 1,080 to 240 frames per second.

So, if we want to enjoy the new video alternatives, we have no choice but to embrace the latest high-efficiency video format.

The distinction between HEIF / HEVC and JPEG / H.264 recording formats is pronounced: a one-minute video at the highest quality (4K at 30 frames per second) in H.264 takes up 350MB: is more than half that with the new format in identical resolution (170MB in HEVC).

According to Apple, in the HEIF / HEVC format, one minute of video at the highest resolution (4K at 60 frames per second) occupies, on average, 400MB of memory. In contrast, in its lowest definition, from 720 HD pixels to 30 frames per second, it is 10 times smaller: only 40MB.

So, another thrifty measure is to record video in less quality (but I do not think you want to take this precautionary measure if you bought an iPhone 8 Plus and want to take full advantage of it).

In the storage application, Apple suggests uninstalling apps you do not use, or reviewing personal videos, to get rid of those large ones (inside the storage app they appear sorted from largest to smallest, making it simple choose from which ones to get rid of). But we all know that nobody likes to get rid of files stored on the cell phone, and that it is very lazy to do so.



So, although Apple has increased the base capacity of both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus — from 64GB instead of the 32GB of the phones of 2016 — this configuration is still limited, especially for those who think to get juice from the camera of this phone. Of course, buying a version with more capacity means a price difference of US $ 149 for the jump to 256GB: the iPhone 8 64GB costs US $ 699, which jumps to US $ 849 with 256GB. The iPhone 8 Plus, for its part, starts at US $ 799 with 64GB and rises to US $ 949 with 256GB (a price that brings it closer to the base cost of iPhone X).

You decide what suits you according to the use you envisage, but if your weakness are 4K videos the option with more storage will save you the extra worry of managing heavy files.




The Nintendo NES Classic Mini back in store next year



                                                     The Nintendo NES Classic Mini back in store next year


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.




Google Chrome will allow to cut the sound of a website definitely



                                                     Google Chrome will allow to cut the sound of a website definitely


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

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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.




Super Mario Run lowers price and releases characters


'Super Mario Run' will arrive at half price.

                                                Super Mario Run

Well, because Nintendo wants to celebrate a great update that will launch next September 29 with a special price.

According to announced the company through its Twitter account, from September 29 until October 12 you can buy the video game at US $ 4.99 in the United States or 5.49 euros in Spain.

The company also announced on Twitter during the weekend that the update will include a new world, new modes and new characters with which you can play.

On the other hand a report of PhoneArena advances some of news that we will find when Nintendo releases the update. Among what we can expect is the launch of Daisy, a new princess with which you can play, although for this you must rescue her from a new castle. Super-mario-run " ]

Daisy will be the new character of 'Super Mario Run'.




The new world will be called World Star and the new mode would be called Remix 10, and it would put you of random form in different levels, so that you have a changing experience at any moment.

Something very interesting is that from this new update you can replace the music of Super Mario Run by your own selection. This will cause your character to show some headphones on his head.




Test Cabasse Stream Bar: our opinion


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.

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<p> Otherwise, you can also use a wireless connection, either Bluetooth (aptX) or Wi-Fi. , the connection is quite stable and the quality of the signal is good, but note that during our tests, the Stream Bar did not always appear when we scan the devices nearby (the first time we re only, ouf …). The NFC chip can also come to your rescue on this point. </p>
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<p> To connect the Stream Bar to Wi-Fi, you have to go through the Awox Stream Control application (iOS, Android, PC and Mac), which is far from the most efficient and reliable The installation procedure is simple but the application crashed several times before successfully configuring the Stream Bar during our tests, and we had some other bugs afterwards (for information (19459005) </p>
<p> However, it supports a number of streaming services like Spotify, Deezer, Tidal or Qobuz, with a variable level of integration (it does not support not Google Play Music or Apple Music on the other hand). It also has a multiroom section to control several speakers of the brand. The application is relatively simple to use in general but could be more reactive. </p>
<h2> Audio quality </h2>
<p> If the Stream Bar is able to send a lot of power with regard to its size, all without any distortion (or at least it is not audible ) and with a suitable definition (but not exceptional), we were however disappointed by the audio signature of the device, rather bland to our liking. Moreover, we noted that the basses, a little too present (although we can adjust the volume of the caisson), were also quite imprecise. It would also have appreciated sharper highs. </p>
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<p> Spatialization is very good in stereo, especially for movies. The voices of the characters are well distributed and the scene (19459005) </p>
<p> This is the first time that the Dolby Atmos has been released. This is because, at this price level, some of the competitors' sound bars are doing better, both in terms of spatialization and pure sound quality. One example is the LG SJ9, an excellent its sold at an equivalent rate and supporting the Dolby Atmos </p>
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<p> The Cabasse Stream Bar is not a bad sound bar, although its audio quality could have been better and its application more effective , but the problem is mainly its price. For nearly 1000 euros, we are entitled to expect more. And that's what some competitors offer. As long as it is so expensive, we would rather advise you the LG SJ9, which offers a better mastered sound and Dolby Atmos spatialization for the same price.</p>
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Twitter Lite: a faster version of Twitter


Twitter launches an app that will help you spend less data. At the moment it is only available in the Philippines, but the company does not rule out taking it to more countries soon.


Twitter has launched an application called Twitter Lite, a new attempt to make the app more accessible to users in countries where data speed is a problem, as Techcrunch

In a statement obtained by the source, Twitter explained that Twitter Lite for Android tries to give users an opportunity to use the application. The idea of ​​the company is to test through this "experiment" how people use their app where mobile networks are slow and data plans are expensive. Currently the app is only available in the Philippines Google Play Store.

Once the company has passed the trial period, it will evaluate whether to launch Twitter Lite in other markets. In countries like Venezuela, for example, with one of the slowest Internet in the world, Twitter Lite would be of great use, especially if we take into consideration that citizens use the social network to jump the official misinformation of the current government and information blackout of the media.



One of the differences between Twitter and Twitter Lite is that the second one has a media free mode, for example, which allows images and videos not to be downloaded and it is easier to read the tweets.



The source explains that Twitter Lite is compatible with Android devices 5.0 or higher, and can be used only in 2G and 3G networks. The company already launched in April a version of the Web super-fast load, in which you can choose which multimedia content to upload. If you have a very slow connection you can log on to mobile.twitter.com.