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Vizio E-Series 2018 review: The cheapest TV with a home-theater-worthy picture – CNET

Vizio’s E-Series TV is the best-performing cheap TV I’ve tested this year. There are a few TVs on the market that cost even less, and if you’re fine with just “good enough” picture quality, go ahead and get one. But the E is still super-budget-friendly, and if you want a …

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LG OLEDB8P series review: LG’s least-expensive OLED is the best high-end TV value – CNET

For people who want the best picture they can afford, stretching the budget to get LG’s B8 OLED is pretty tempting. It has image quality that’s basically as good as any other OLED TV, for less. And that picture is still better than any non-OLED TV we’ve ever reviewed. In …

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Bose SoundSport Free review: Bose’s bulkier, better-sounding AirPods alternative gets $50 price cut – CNET

Apple’s AirPods may have dominated the totally wireless headphone market since their release but some compelling alternatives, including the Bose SoundSport Free, have hit the market in recent months.  The Free is essentially the cordless version of Bose’s popular and highly rated SoundSport Wireless earphones. It’s one of the best totally wireless models out …

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Jabra Elite Active 65t review: These wireless headphones beat out AirPods on sound quality – CNET

Apple’s AirPods have dominated the truly wireless headphone category since their arrival in late 2016, but Jabra’s Elite 65t ($170, £150 or AU$300) and Elite Active 65t ($190, £170 or AU$350) are among a handful of truly wireless models that are compelling alternatives. They definitely have performance advantages, including a more …

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LG OLEDC8P review: LG’s OLED takes commanding first-half lead for best 2018 TV – CNET

OLED is officially a mature TV technology.  For the last four years, LG’s TVs with OLED panels — that’s organic light emitting diode screens — have taken top honors for picture quality in CNET’s reviews. Every year they beat the best LCD-based TVs, and every year I call the newest …

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Vizio SB3621 review: The king of the budget sound bars – CNET

You could call it a revolution, or you could call it a trend, but something exciting is happening at the budget end of home theater. In the past you had to spend a lot of money to get great performance. But thanks to brands such as Elac, Pioneer and Vizio …

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Amazon Echo (2017) review: Amazon Echo: New look, new price, same Alexa smarts – CNET

Three years after the debut of the original, Amazon decided the time was right to refresh its flagship smart speaker, the voice-activated Amazon Echo. Generation two arrives to find a landscape littered with new competitors — not just the Google Home, but also Apple’s HomePod, the platform-agnostic Sonos One, the Cortana-powered …

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Amazfit Bip review: Why can’t more smartwatches be like the Amazfit Bip? – CNET

I’ve come to a realization about wearable tech: more smartwatches need to be a bit more like the Amazfit Bip. As in: easy, cheap, and with excellent battery life.  After spending a few weeks living with the Amazfit Bip smartwatch, I’m still struck by how great this thing is, given …

Opinion

No, the president cannot end birthright citizenship

(Andrew Harnik/AP) October 30, 2018 In an interview for “Axios on HBO,” President Trump announced he will sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship. When challenged on the constitutionality of doing this by executive order, Trump replied: “You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying …

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Commentary: The Trump blame game

In the wake of the pipe bomb scare and the Pittsburgh shooting, pundits and anti-Trump politicians have been demanding that Republicans and conservatives “abandon their hateful rhetoric,” as the cliché’ goes. Why aren’t Trump supporters aren’t turning on the president, they demand to know. What’s keeping rank-and-file Republicans from abandoning …

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2019 Volvo XC60 T6 review: Heavy on value, light on its feet – Roadshow

The Volvo XC60 isn’t the first vehicle that comes to mind when people start shopping for a compact luxury SUV. So far this year, the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 have sold 49,694 and 41,825 units, respectively. In the same time, Volvo has only moved 23,511 XC60s. After a week …

Opinion

Losing it after Pittsburgh

October 27, 2018 I admit to losing it Friday when Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, speaking in the Washington National Cathedral at the interment services for Matthew Shepard, the young man who was pistol-whipped and left for dead 20 years ago at a remote prairie in Wyoming, said to Matt’s ashes …

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The slaughter in Pittsburgh was not ‘unimaginable.’ It was inevitable.

October 27, 2018 “This wicked act of mass murder is pure evil, hard to believe, and frankly, something that is unimaginable,” President Trump said of the carnage that took place Saturday in a Pittsburgh synagogue where worshipers had gathered to celebrate the dawn of a new life. Unimaginable? If only …

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The mail bomb suspect and the right-wing conspiracy machine

Editorial Writer October 26, 2018 Who’s responsible for the bombs sent to prominent Democrats and critics of President Trump this week? The mailer, of course. A suspect was arrested Friday, and soon we’ll learn who he is, whether he had any help and why he may have shipped those 12 …

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Democracy is badly in need of adult supervision

President Trump attends a campaign rally in Mosinee, Wis., on Wednesday. (Saul Loeb/AFP) October 25, 2018 President Trump has revealed himself to be the rarest of creatures: a narcissist who apparently does not own a mirror. How else to explain the tweets he chose to send out Thursday morning, amid news …

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Good for Stacey Abrams

Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Georgia Stacey Abrams. (John Bazemore/Reuters) Charles Lane Editorial writer and columnist specializing in economic and fiscal policy Opinion writer October 25, 2018 Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams is trying to make history by becoming the first African American, and the first woman, elected governor of Georgia. She …

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Samsung Galaxy Watch review: A worthy Apple Watch alternative – CNET

The first thing you’ll have to decide, If you’re interested in the Samsung Galaxy Watch, is what size to get.  I’ve got a small wrist, so I initially thought I’d be a candidate for the smaller 42mm model, which comes in midnight black or rose gold and starts at $330 …

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Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router review: A cutting-edge Wi-Fi router that has it all – CNET

You probably don’t need such an advanced home networking device like the new Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router, but you want it, and when you get it, you’ll love it. This router is an excellent upgrade to the already-excellent RT-AC66U that came out a year ago. The new router …

Opinion

Sanction MBS and his cutthroats

President Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House in March. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) October 22, 2018 The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act is tailor-made for His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his Saudi Arabian cutthroats. The act, signed into law by President …

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Saudi ministers are harassing critics on Twitter

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) Editorial Writer October 19, 2018 Twitter has been a hellscape these past few weeks for dissidents demanding accountability for the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi — and a haven for pro-regime accounts harassing anyone who dares speak …

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What the Arab world needs most is free expression

October 17, 2018 A note from Karen Attiah, Global Opinions editor I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul. The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I …

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Commentary: Is this the future of American politics?

Welcome to American politics in 2018: On Thursday, the nation’s top political story was a televised meeting between a rap musician and a reality-TV star. In this case the rapper was mega-media star Kanye West and the reality TV guy now has a gig as president of the United States. …

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Commentary: Kavanaugh’s confirmation process is not supposed to work this way

To quote the lady in the TV insurance ad: “That’s not how any of this works.” We don’t send the FBI to “investigate” alleged sexual assaults from 36 years ago. We don’t do CSI: Senate Judiciary Committee. And we don’t stand in the way of Supreme Court justice nominees based …