See It Samsung Galaxy S10 “Beyond 1,” in the wild. pic.twitter.com/EMquh59Kln— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 3, 2019 $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 36 Photos Chris Monroe/CNET 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Tags Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $520 at HP See it Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 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). Sarah Tew/CNET Best Buy In the post, Blass refers to the image as the Beyond 1. Samsung is rumored to have three versions of the S10 code-named Beyond 1, Beyond 2 (or X) and Beyond 0. The Beyond 1 is reportedly the same size as today’s Galaxy S9, but with even slimmer bezels. It’s expected to have a 6.1-inch screen and one front-facing camera. The front-facing camera, at least according to the tweeted photo, uses Samsung’s Infinity-O display, which has a hole punched out of one corner. Samsung used the design in its Galaxy A8S, a phone for China. Samsung declined to comment on the rumors and speculation. $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Post a comment $999 Boost Mobile $999 See It Read Google Home Hub review Turo Apple iPhone XS 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. Angela Lang/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $210 at Best Buy Read the Rylo camera preview 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. Share your voice 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. Phones,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. 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. 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. 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. 7 $59 at eBay $999 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $299 at Amazon Comments See at Amazon 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. 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. $155 at Google Express Sprint HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See at Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Rylo Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) The Galaxy S10 arrives Feb. 20 but the photos are here now There are many, many rumors about Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S10. But while details continue to leak, all we’ve really seen of the phone (or phones) are renderings. That changed Thursday with a post from frequent Twitter leaker Evan Blass showing what he said is the Galaxy S10 “in the wild.” Read the AirPods review See It 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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 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. 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64GB Black Shark: Having the joystick on the Gamepad accessory and actual buttons changed PUBG for me. It was so easy to run and move. With my fingers off the screen I could see the game better, too. Note that the Gamepad kind of bends and feels like it’s a sneeze away from breaking. It makes the Nintendo Switch feel like a robust piece of German engineering.Razer: After 12 minutes the phone was very warm. Game control was OK, but when I played with the optional $150 Razer Raiju Mobile game controller it was a far more enjoyable experience — especially since I didn’t have to hold onto a warm phone with my bare hands.Red Magic Mars: The phone got warm after 20 minutes. The capacitive shoulder buttons are great to have, especially for gunfire and kneeling.ROG: The fan popped on right away at a low speed, but the phone never got hot. Mapping onscreen controls to the pressure-sensitive shoulder buttons (AirTriggers) was easy and made playing PUBG much easier.Sdorica Sunset Best value gaming phone Xiaomi Black Shark Best overall gaming phone $399 Black Shark 8,371 Black Shark: After 7 minutes, the phone got warm. The physical buttons on the Gamepad were nice, but I didn’t find much of an advantage over screen taps.Razer: After 8 minutes, the phone warmed up on the sides and corners. The screen made the constantly shifting graphics look amazing.Red Magic Mars: In darker scenes, it was difficult to see details on the display. Like the ROG, the touch shoulder buttons were OK, but I preferred the onscreen controls for this game.ROG: After 4 minutes the fan accessory kicked in. The phone remained lukewarm throughout gameplay though. The main game controls are tapping and tapping-and-holding on the screen. I tried using the pressure-sensitive AirTriggers instead, but for fast jumps and holding flips I found more nuance from the onscreen controls.PUBG Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Tags Geekbench v.4.0 multicore Black Shark 62,751 Solid battery life even when gamingThe Razer Phone 2 and Black Shark both have a 4,000mAh battery and during our test for continuous video playback on airplane mode, the phones lasted nearly the same amount of time. The Black Shark stayed on for 10 hours and 25 minutes and Razer Phone 2 lasted 10 hours and 31 minutes. It’s worth noting that when I first reviewed the Razer last fall, it only lasted 9 hours and 11 minutes. That impressive extra hour or so is thanks to the Android 9 Pie update.The ROG also has a 4,000mAh battery but lasted even longer in our tests at 13 hours and 40 minutes. I think a lot of that has to do with the phone’s OLED screen, instead of an LCD one like the other three phones.The Red Magic Mars has the smallest battery of the four at 3,800mAh, but managed a time of 14 hours and 7 minutes in our tests.In everyday use, all four phones got through a day on a single charge just fine.Quick Charge supportBlack Shark: Quick Charge 3.0Razer: Quick Charge 4.0+Red Magic Mars: Quick Charge 3.0ROG: Quick Charge 4.0Big speakers equal big soundThe built-in speakers on the Razer and ROG are loud and offer a rich audio experience whether playing a game or watching videos. The Razer also has 24-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) via a USB-C dongle. With a good pair of headphones, audio sounded warmer and fuller.Why we didn’t consider the Galaxy S10E and iPhone XRMy priority was comparing phones designed around the gaming experience first and foremost. Would the Samsung Galaxy S10E or the iPhone XR be an excellent phone for gaming? Absolutely. They both have powerful processors and lots of RAM and are a tad more affordable than their flagship siblings, the iPhone XS and Galaxy S10.But neither is focused solely on the gaming experience and culture. The iPhone offers an interesting predicament because iOS tends to get new games first, and many games remain iOS exclusives. To that end, Apple announced it would offer a gaming subscription service filled with exclusives called Arcade. The platform offers some amazing gaming experiences that were built exclusively for the iPhone. At this point, the service is expected to launch this fall but there’s no word yet on how much the subscription will be. 6GB Same processor but one is fasterAll of these phones use a Snapdragon 845 processor, which is pushed beyond normal speeds for gameplay. For example, the ROG can get a sustained 2.96GHz out of the processor while all the other phones max out at 2.8GHz. For perspective, the Pixel 3 tops out at 2.5GHz.Cooling systems are tkey to a gaming phoneAll of these phones have an internal cooling system to keep things from getting too hot. This is probably the most important aspect of a gaming phone.The Razer Phone 2 and ROG use a vapor chamber cooling system to maximize the area to dissipate heat. The result is that there’s not a specific part of the phone that feels hot to the touch. The ROG also uses a built-in cooling pad and copper heat sink to combat heat. And if that weren’t enough, there’s also a tiny fan that attaches to the back of the ROG that Asus calls the AeroActive Cooler.The Black Shark uses a liquid cooling system. As it gets hotter, special liquid evaporates into gas and collects into cooler areas of the chamber, eventually becoming liquid again. The Red Magic Mars uses a vapor heat sink too, along with four air intakes to keep things cool.As expected, all four phones got warm when I played games, but these cooling systems are all about longevity. I found the ROG with its fan accessory and the Red Magic Mars were the most comfortable to hold for long periods of gameplay.Which gaming phone is the fastest?Each phone has performance enhancement tweaks that keep the phone fast and sustain that speed during extended gameplay. All four phones perform pretty close to each other and all four were plenty fast. But on paper, the Razer ultimately has the edge over the other phones. Best gaming phone & accessory combo 3 Review • Razer Phone 2 review: A powerful gaming phone with a dash of flagship panache In 2019 mobile gamers have access to a wide array of phones to choose from like the Razer Phone 2, Asus ROG, Nubia Red Magic Mars and Xiaomi Black Shark, and it takes a bit of diligence and legwork to find the best gaming phones in the market. The specs on these phones match higher-priced flagships like the Galaxy S10, Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T, just not the price. Gaming phones are designed especially for gaming with features like superfast processor speeds, advanced cooling systems, gaming-specific controls and displays with a high refresh rate. Interestingly enough, all of these phones run on Android.The iPhone XS and XR gaming phones have a more powerful processor and access to newer and exclusive game titles. But Apple’s phones lack gaming features to make the phones more compelling to play on. And like Android flagships, iPhones are expensive — a baseline iPhone XS starts out at $999.Fortunately for consumers, the four gaming phones reviewed here have prices ranging from $385 to $900: the Razer Phone 2, Asus ROG, Xiaomi Black Shark and Nubia Red Magic Mars. 8,905 See at Nubia Note: Longer bars indicate better performance 128GB Now playing: Watch this: Best gaming phone for the everyday Preview • Razer Phone 2 attempts to fix the first phone’s mistakes, will cost $800 $385 $900 Geekbench v.4.0 single-core See at Amazon But first, some notes on priceAt this time, three of the phones cost under $500. The Razer Phone 2 is a steal right now, especially since its originally retailed for $800. Compared with the other phones, the ROG is the most expensive. For the price of one ROG, you could buy the Red Magic Mars and Black Shark and still have a few bucks left in your pocket.Even if you got an upgraded Black Shark with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, it is still just $425. Also, as of the writing of this review, there are discounts on the Black Shark and Red Magic Mars as new models are expected to be released in the US at the end of May or June.I’m not saying don’t buy the ROG at all (as you will read soon, I highly recommend it). But the phone you’ll buy will most likely depend on your budget.Best overall gaming phone: Asus ROGThe Asus ROG sporting its detachable fan on the back. Josh Miller/CNET The Asus ROG phone (which stands for Republic of Gamers) offers the most power, the best ergonomics and the most thoughtful design. Its 6-inch AMOLED display refreshes 90 times a second — a first for any OLED phone. The higher refresh rate means less motion blur and faster response times. It’s not as high a rate as the Razer Phone 2’s 120Hz LCD screen has, but I still saw a noticeable improvement over other phones when playing games.The phone’s innovative AirTriggers which are pressure-sensitive corners that double as bumper buttons for games, expanding game control beyond the screen. Its dedicated X mode gives you an optimized gaming experience that can be made even more comfortable when using the phone’s detachable fan accessory, which is included in the box. The ROG also has the longest battery life in the group, and has the most gaming accessories that you can buy — though the detachable fan comes included with the phone.The downside is that, at $900, you’re going to pay a lot for these refinements and innovations.Read: CNET’s Asus ROG phone review Razer Phone 2 64GB Black Shark: Sometimes the joystick on the Gamepad 2.0 accessory would send me in the wrong direction. Recalibrating didn’t help.Razer: The phone was warm bordering on hot. I used the included USC-B DAC headphone dongle and a pair of Sennheiser over-the-ear headphones and was amazed by the quality of the sound.Red Magic Mars: It was surprisingly comfortable to hold without getting hot. I didn’t feel any real advantage using the capacitive shoulder buttons over onscreen controls.ROG: Shadow Legends got the ROG cooking pretty hot and the fan turned on high immediately. Shoulder buttons weren’t needed for this game.Nimian Legends BrightRidge Check out the Razer Phone 2 and its chic boxy frame RAM News • The Razer Phone 2 hits an all-time low: $498 Price 3DMark Slingshot Unlimited 62,751 6,499 61,252 6,438 Black Shark 2,556 Razer Phone 2 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Comments Nubia Red Magic Mars reading • Best phone for gaming in 2019: Razer 2 vs. Asus ROG, Xiaomi Black Shark, Nubia Red Magic Mars 3DMark Slingshot Unlimited Black Shark: This was another game where the joystick accessory hugely improved gameplay.Razer: I topped out the quality of the graphics, effects and frame rates with this game. The Razer got hot instantly. At least the game looked gorgeous on the display.Red Magic Mars: The capacitive shoulder buttons helped in certain aspects of the game.ROG: The AirTriggers were nice for gameplay.That ‘gamer look’If you want a gaming phone, it needs to look the part. Angular lines, exposed copper heat sinks, a touch of neon or bright colors are all hallmarks of a gaming phone. The metallic red color of the Red Magic Mars screams for you to pick it up and play. The ROG phone looks like something Frank Gehry would have designed if he were a gamer. Somewhere underneath all the exposed copper heat sinks, carbon fiber and angular cutouts lies a smartphone. Its different textures and asymmetrical grooves don’t feel like any phone I’ve ever used. An informal poll of friends and coworkers found that people were divided on the look: Half loved it, but half hated it. The Black Shark looks the most like a normal phone. The smooth angled back has a raised area like contour lines on a topographic map — that’s where its lights are hidden.Out of the four, the Razer Phone 2 has the most minimalist design. It has a rectangular shape with right-angled corners and edges. I realize this approach isn’t for everyone, but out of the bunch, I find it the most appealing.The optional Razer Phone 2 wireless charging dock lights up as you charge. Patrick Holland/CNET Does the phone unnecessarily light up?Black Shark: Yes, the logo and four bowtie-looking corners on the back.Razer: Yep, the back Razer logo glows the color of your choosing.Red Magic Mars: Yes, there is a long LED strip on the back.ROG: Yes, the Asus logo on the phone and the detachable fan light up any color you choose.Built-in physical game controlsThree of the phones use buttons and/or capacitive or pressure-sensitive touch to help improve gameplay. The Red Magic Mars and Black Shark phones each have a physical switch that triggers a game mode to organize your games, optimize settings and protect your gaming sessions from interruptions. The Black Shark calls its gaming mode “Shark Space.” Every time I played on the Black Shark I felt inclined to whisper to myself, “Going into Shark Space.”The ROG and Red Magic Mars have faux shoulder buttons that can be mapped to different actions for games like triggering a gun. The ROG also has a second USB-C port on the side, so you keep the phone plugged in while playing it in landscape, though the cable does fall between your hands. The other three phones only charge at the bottom, which made them awkward to hold while gaming and charging at the same time.The Razer Phone 2 is the only phone of the group that doesn’t have a physical feature to improve game controls or ergonomics.After playing games for hours on each phone most of these additions were nice, but didn’t yield enormous improvement when it came to controls. I found that good mobile games should be played with onscreen controls. However, having capacitive touch buttons for playing games originally designed for a console was useful.There is one feature I’d add if I were to design a gaming phone: a joystick. I’d want a thumbstick that could lie flat when not in use and telescope up for gameplay. Imagine something like an iPhone 8, where the home button popped up to be used as a mini joystick.As phones move away from having bezels, foreheads and chins around the screen, my joystick dream doesn’t seem like it could become a reality. But since gaming phones tend to eschew mainstream trends, perhaps it could happen one day. See at Amazon Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Best Buy Asus ROG $534 Best gaming phones Asus ROG Asus ROG $399 Asus ROG Razer Phone 2 2,385 63,253 See All 61,252 Storage Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Black Shark $500 Red Magic Mars 8GB Red Magic Mars 2,417 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See It Red Magic Mars 128GB Asus ROG Phone is the best phone for playing PUBG Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Phones Gaming 2,393 Razer Phone 2 Razer Phone 2 2:56 63,253 Asus ROG See it 6,616 High refresh rate displayPretty much all phones have screens that refresh 60 frames per second (fps). The Razer Phone 2 has a refresh rate of 120 fps, which leads to sharper images and text as well as smoother animations. There aren’t a ton of mobile games designed for 120 fps, but the ones that were looked wonderful. And even games designed for lower refresh rates looked good.The only other phone with a high refresh rate is the ROG, which has a 90Hz screen. Like on the Razer, things are sharper and animations are smoother. The Razer Phone 2 has a much brighter screen while the ROG’s OLED display had better colors that were more vibrant.The Red Magic Mars’ screen is the weakest part of the phone. It’s dim and feels lower quality when viewed next to the other phones.OS: Android 9 Pie and Android 8.1 OreoBlack Shark: Android 8.1 Oreo. It’s not known exactly when Android 9 Pie will be available.Razer: Android 9 Pie.Red Magic Mars: Android 9 Pie.ROG: Android 8.1 Oreo: Asus announced it will upgrade to Android 9 Pie sometime this year. Walmart 19 Photos Black Shark Best gaming phone for everyday use: Razer Phone 2The Razer Phone 2 sports a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Josh Miller/CNET If you’re looking for a gaming phone that can double as a daily driver, I recommend the Razer Phone 2. It looks the part of a gaming phone, but doubles as a terrific phone to use every day, when you’re not gaming. The Razer Phone 2 is the only phone in the group with IP67 water resistance and wireless charging.Out of the four, I like the Razer Phone 2’s design the most. There are many people who will be turned off by the “monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey” looks. But the marquee feature on the Razer Phone 2 is its bright 120Hz screen. Whether you’re gaming or not, animations like scrolling pages look supersmooth and graphics are crisp. It has amazingly loud built-in speakers and seems as designed for gamers as it is for anyone who lives on a diet of movies and music.In my initial review the battery wasn’t great, but with the update to Android 9 Pie, the battery life has improved quite a bit. Best of all, this phone is only $499 right now.Read: CNET Razer Phone 2 reviewSee at AmazonBest value gaming phone: Nubia Red Magic MarsThe back of the Nubia Red Magic Mars phone. Angela Lang/CNET The Nubia Red Magic Mars is the follow-up to 2018’s Red Magic phone. A Red Magic Mars with 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM originally cost $399. Now that gets you a model with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.The Red Magic Mars crams in a lot of features like capacitive shoulder buttons, an innovative cooling system and a terrific game mode at a wallet-friendly price. Aside from its custom gaming mode, the phone runs stock Android 9 Pie. Its biggest downside is the screen: It’s just OK, and in that area the Red Magic Mars can’t compete with the Razer and ROG phones. Other than that, the phone is solid. But if you’re interested in grabbing a Red Magic Mars, I’d wait, or at least shop around. First, the Black Shark is often discounted and recently its price has been hovering between $380 and $400.Second, Nubia announced the Red Magic Mars 3 last week. It packs an upgraded Snapdragon 855 processor, a 90Hz OLED screen and an internal fan. These are enormous upgrades. It just launched in China and is expected to hit the US at the end of May. Best of all is the price; a model with 64GB storage and 6GB of RAM will be 2,899 yuan or roughly $430.Read: CNET en Español Nubia Red Magic Mars phone reviewSee at NubiaBest gaming phone with the best accessory: Xiaomi Black SharkThe Black Shark with the Gamepad on the left and the Gamepad 2.0 on the right. James Martin/CNET Xiaomi’s Black Shark comes with a Gamepad that slides onto the end of the phone. Having a physical joystick made a huge difference in gaming for me. Unfortunately, it felt lopsided when I used it, so there is a Gamepad 2.0 for $89 that has a more symmetrical design. Similar to the Nintendo Switch, it has a left and right controller that slide and lock onto either end of the phone.Like the Red Magic Mars, the Black Shark runs close to a stock version of Android. It’s Android 8.1 Oreo and not Android 9 Pie, but using the phone’s UI for nongaming stuff felt like using a Pixel 3 when it first came out.There are some downsides though, like the lack of a headphone jack and the very “cheap” plastic feel to the gamepad accessory. At launch the Black Shark cost $499 but you can find it for around $380 these days. In March, Xiaomi announced the Black Shark 2. It includes an updated Snapdragon 855 processor, a touch-sensitive screen similar to Apple’s 3D Touch, an in-display fingerprint reader and mappable onscreen left and right controls. Currently it’s on sale in China for 3,200 yuan, which converts roughly to $475. No word yet on US availability.Read: CNET en Español review of Black Shark phoneSee at AmazonShall we play a game?I played a variety of games on all of these phones from RPGs and side scrollers to puzzles. Below are five games I played on each phone and my notes on the experience.Alto’s Odyssey 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. 6,526 8,132 Mentioned Above Razer Phone 2 See It $399 Razer Phone 2 Red Magic Mars CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Asus ROG Red Magic Mars Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Black Shark: Within minutes the phone got really hot.Razer: The music and effects sounded full over the built-in speakers. But man oh man did the phone get hot.Red Magic Mars: The audio was thin and when the volume grew louder it also sounded muddy. Without a case, this is my favorite phone to hold for playing Sdorica.ROG: The phone remained warm but never got hot.Shadowgun Legends 61,010 Apple 4:12 61,010 I evaluated each gaming phone in terms of design, specs, performance and, most importantly, gameplay. (P.S.: All of them have the Snapdragon 845 chipset that’s found in the Note 9, OnePlus 6T and Pixel 3.) Below are my recommendations and an in-depth breakdown of gameplay, design, battery life and cooling systems on each phone. Read on to see which of these gaming phones is the best buy.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 8GB • 8GB Share your voice See at Amazon Razer Phone 2 Razer Phone 2 gets unboxed 8,445 Xiaomi ZTE Amazon Asus Google Razer Samsung Apple
Neighborhoods United and The League of Women Voters-Baltimore present a forum for Park Heights Residents on March 10 at 6 p.m. Confirmed participants running for City Council include: Betsy Gardner, Sharon Green Middleton, Derrick Lennon, Elizabeth Ryan Martinez, Issac Schleifer, Kinji Pierre Scott, Sharif J. Small and Richard Thomas White. It will be held at New Freedom Baptist Church, 4915 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215.
By MESFIN FEKADU AP Entertainment WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Pinckney was hiding under a desk holding the mouth of her then-6-year-old daughter when Dylann Roof fired more than 70 shots in Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine black worshippers.The new documentary, “Emanuel,” explores life after the tragic shooting on June 17, 2015, as family members, friends and the community try to heal through faith and forgiveness.In this June 24, 2015, file photo Sen. Clementa Pinckney’s wife Jennifer Pinckney, center, and her daughters, Eliana, left, and Malana, right, follow his casket into the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, was one of the nine killed by Dylann Roof, who sat through 45 minutes of Bible study at the church before firing shots. Pinckney and her daughter, Malana, were in the late reverend’s office when they heard gun shots in another room. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)Pinckney’s husband, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, was one of the nine killed by Roof, who sat through 45 minutes of Bible study at the church before firing shots. Pinckney and her daughter, Malana, were in the reverend’s office when they heard gun shots in another room.“It brings it all back for me,” Pinckney said of watching “Emanuel,” which opens in theaters nationwide for a limited run on Monday and Wednesday . Oscar winner Viola Davis and NBA star Steph Curry are executive producers.“It’s emotional. I can’t help but to relive what happened.”Roof was convicted of federal hate-crime and obstruction-of-religion charges and sentenced to death.Before the attack, the then-21-year-old had told a friend that he intended to kill people at the historic black church to start a race war. Emanuel is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal church in the U.S. South.In this June 19, 2015 file photo, police tape surrounds the parking lot behind the AME Emanuel Church as FBI forensic experts work the crime scene, in Charleston, S.C. he new documentary, “Emanuel,” explores life after the tragic shooting took place on June 17, 2015, as family members, friends and the community try to heal through faith and forgiveness. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)Pinckney said she hopes the film, directed by Brian Ivie, “kind of opens people’s eyes.”“It’s like an awareness,” she said. “We have to get to that point where we start respecting, and showing more love and more care, and coming together, (and) becoming one unity.”At a bond hearing days after the attack, some of the victims’ family members offered Roof forgiveness and said they were praying for him, even as they described the pain of their losses. Emmy-winning actress Mariska Hargitay, a co-producer of “Emanuel,” was touched when she saw the way the family members reacted.“We’re all fascinated by people who can do things that we can’t do. I’m watching a movie (where) a group of people were loving at the highest level. You feel like these people are shamans and possessed something deeply extra, and the extra was indeed grace for me,” Hargitay said.“Like everyone does in seeing a movie like this, it goes straight to the core and straight to our souls,” she said. “I experienced deep outrage and sorrow and anger and all that for those we lost. I also experienced hope.”The shooter killed six women and three men. Eight died at the scene, while the ninth, Daniel Simmons, died at the hospital. Then-U.S. President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy at the Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral and led the singing of “Amazing Grace.”Jennifer Pinckney said thanks to counseling and prayer, she and Malana, now 10, are doing OK. She also has a 15-year-old daughter.But Pinckney, like many other family and friends of those who died, said it’s hard moving on with life after losing loved ones.“We’ve already started college tours and stuff like that — kind of difficult just to think on that level, but also to think this is something that we’re doing that Clementa’s not sharing,” she said. “That he’s not physically with us.”Despite her own grief and loss, she hopes the community can continue to come together.“You have to learn to respect each other’s differences. No two people are alike,” she said. “That’s something that I hope people will get from this (film) — to love more and get right with God.”
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read When the time comes to expand your retail business, how will you know? Some shop owners decide purely on gut feeling. Some people decide based on excess cash-flow. Forward-thinking retailers decide because they see the signs in the data.As cloud technology has become affordable and accessible to small retailers, now they can take advantage of store data – like foot-traffic converting into sales – that illuminates opportunities for growth from one store to many.But data isn’t just a way of making big decisions like whether or not it’s time to open a new store. Data is your growth medium from the first day you decide to start up a retail business. It’s the stuff the future’s made of.Related:This Slick iBeacon Device Helps Retailers Push Deals to In-Store ShoppersHowever, you don’t need big data to do something useful. All you need is a collection of your own “small data,” used wisely. Here are four types of data you’ll learn to love if you want to build a successful retail business:1. In-store presence data. With the right technology, you can measure everything from foot traffic to in-store dwell time to the areas most visited on the shop floor. Integrate that information with your point-of-sale data and customer data to understand how people shop, including conversion rates and market segment behavior variations.For example, If checkout times are long and abandonment is high, then you know you need to speed up the checkout process or staff up during peak hours. If customers linger longer in the footwear aisles then the lingerie department, but buy more lingerie than footwear, you may want to investigate their reasons and rethink how you are using your space.2. Inventory data. If you peek inside your customers’ shopping baskets, you can learn a lot about what they are buying most. Comparing that to your inventory and cost of goods sold will help you tweak your retail operations to encourage growth. Seasonal fluctuations in purchases and items bought can help you determine when to create new advertising, in-store layouts, web pages or special offers.Related: The Future of Retail: 6 Ways the Cloud Will Reinvent the Sales FloorSan Francisco-based handmade tea retailer, T-We Tea, used inventory data about the cost of goods sold to identify which of their best-selling teas had the highest margins.In order to maximize profits, T-We purchased higher volumes of those teas in order to increase economies of scale. From there, T-We was able to bundle their most popular products together with those same highest margin products, sell at a discounted rate, but still increase profits. These simple but important tweaks grew revenues by 300 percent and helped them expand to a larger location.3. Financial data. Financial data is vital to learning how your cash flow and profits are doing and what patterns they tend to follow. There are plenty of tools on the market that can do this for you, at little to no cost (No need to hire an expensive accountant to tell you how you are doing).Plug your POS system into your accounts so you take control of your day-to-day business finances. Services such as QuickBooks Online integrate with POS systems, allowing you to automatically capture real-time financial data and run analytical reports that give you deep insight your business and let you forecast for growth.4. Customer data. Customer insight helps you grow your brand’s influence and appeal. If you want loyal customers to make repeat purchases and recommend your store to their friends, then you need to listen to your customer data.Working with a company like PayPal, retailers can empower their customers to “check-in” when they arrive, showing the retailer the customer’s photo and buying history. With this kind of insight, you can personalize the customer experience based on their purchase history.These four pillars of data are key to understanding the performance of your company. When you can see what’s going right and what’s going wrong, you’ll make smarter decisions that steer the company in the right direction, creating net improvement all the time.Related: 8 Ways Retailers Should Target Smartphone Users August 6, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »