LG TCL takes share from Vizio, Samsung stays strongI also asked Baker for recent market share numbers in general, in particular for TCL. The China-based manufacturer always seems to top Amazon’s best-selling TVs charts with its Roku TVs; its sets were featured in numerous Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales (including the 65-inch TV Baker cited), and its 6 series was my favorite TV of the year for the money.The TCL 6 series was CNET’s favorite TV of 2018 for the money. Sarah Tew/CNET Baker said TCL has grown by 60 percent for each of the last two years. Here’s his latest overall market share numbers for 2018 (January through October, the most recent month he had available) compared to the same period in the past two years, in both unit share (number of actual TVs sold) and revenue share (the dollar value of TVs sold). It shows that while TCL is growing fast, most of its share is in less-expensive TVs. Meanwhile perennial market leader Samsung continues to dominate, albeit less-so than in recent years. It lost 4% of unit share but only 2% of dollar share, indicating that it’s selling fewer TVs overall but still crushing its rivals in high-end TV sales. The biggest loser in both unit and dollar share is Vizio, which fell by 8% and 9% respectively. It competes in basically the same market as TCL, so I’ll be interested to see what strategies the big “V” employs in 2019 to try to stem the TCL tide. 11% Q3 2018 6% 7% 11% 3:06 Now playing: Watch this: 8K for sale! Get yer 8K TVs, rich guy!Samsung just started selling the first 8K TV in the US, the $15,000 85-inch Q900, and LG showed an 88-inch 8K OLED at IFA in Berlin, targeting a 2019 sale date. At CES 2019 you can expect more higher-than-4K-resolution TVs to be announced, not only from Samsung (which is already selling smaller, cheaper 8K TVs in Europe) and LG, but perhaps from Sony, Vizio, TCL and Hisense. 8K TV: What you need to knowAll of these TVs will likely be very expensive in 2019, and I don’t expect the resolution increase alone to be worth the cost. But over the next few years, 8K will likely come down in price and start to become the default resolution for very large screen sizes, much like 4K is already the default for TVs 55 inches and above.Whooo wants an 8K TV? Sarah Tew/CNET Bigger and higher defferSpeaking of very large screens:”The main trend is clearly big screen TVs, really big screens, continuing to be a growing part of market,” says Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD Group. “And of course you saw a manifestation of that during Thanksgiving with the $398 65-inch TVs Walmart was selling.”Here’s Baker’s quarterly sales numbers for TVs sized 65 inches and above, showing a gradual yet steady increase nearly every quarter (Q4 2018 numbers were not available at press time). LG Now playing: Watch this: 7% 15% 2018 Q2 2017 12% Q1 2018 8% Q1 2017 11% 9% 9% Q3 2017 Q2 2018 TCL Q2 2016 4% 9% 9% Ready or not, the 2019 International CES — aka Nerds in Vegas — is just around the corner. And for TV hardware nerds like me, it’s like a second Christmas. CES is the place where TV makers unveil their latest creations, both “stuff we’re going to sell this year” and “wacky concepts and new tech we may never sell, but looks hella cool.” The massive booths and sprawling show floor lend themselves to big screens used in creative ways, which helps explain why CES seems more about televisions than any other kind of gadget. Amazon’s Fire TV Cube gives you and Alexa hands-free… 12% 37% Comments Q3 2016 2018 US TV market share by units sold, Jan. – Oct. 2% Samsung 15% 6% 22% 35% 21% 19% 14% TVs of CES 2018 US TV market share by revenue, Jan. – Oct. 35% 6% This year it could come closer to market in smaller sizes. The technology is still a few years away, however, so I don’t expect a consumer version to appear this year.Wait, what about HDMI 2.1?Some folks might be wondering whether the TVs of 2019 will finally support the latest HDMI standard, 2.1, which delivers higher bandwidth for certain kinds of 8K video, among other benefits. I’d be surprised if any of the TVs announced at the show, or shipping in the first half of the year, fully comply with the HDMI 2.1 standard — although some TV makers might claim HDMI 2.1 compliance anyway.The thing is: it’s not a big deal unless you’re buying an 8K TV. For just about all of the 4K video available today, the HDMI connections on current TVs are sufficient. HDMI 2.1: What you need to knowSamsung’s 8K Q900, for example, can handle some HDMI 2.1 extras, specifically Variable Refresh Rate, High Frame Rate (HFR) and Dynamic HDR. The TV’s HDMI inputs will not handle 8K resolutions at 60 frames per second, however, maxing out at 8K/30. Once 8K/60 content from HDMI devices available — most likely from PCs first — that might be an issue. We’ll be thereMy boldest predictions yet: I’ll be at CES to sort through all the new screens in person, and there’s gonna be a lot of ’em. Follow us at @CNET for the latest CES news in general, and me @dkatzmaier for TV tech specifically. Should be fun!This article was first published on December 20, 2018. Updated January 3, 2019 to mention Sony Master Series TVs’ far-field mic.CES 2019: Check out all of CNET’s coverage of this year’s tech wingding.Best TVs of 2018: The top sets in every category. Q1 2016 9% 26% 13% Why? Aside from the obvious answer of “because they can,” a roll-up TV is truly useful. As I wrote last year: “One of the worst things about big-screen TVs is the necessity for a massive swath of black plastic taking up a chunk of wall when it’s turned off. With a rollable TV that’s no longer an issue, and that practicality is the main reason I think LG Display will want to perfect this technology and help manufacturers bring it to market sooner rather than later.”Looks like “sooner” will win. Brand 10% 2017 Brand 2016 TVs Element 50 Photos So what TVs can you expect at CES 2019? I have some educated guesses. In fact, most of the TV makers have already told me about a lot of the stuff they’re gonna have at the show. I can’t officially reveal it yet, but what you’re about to read provides a pretty good approximation of what I know. That said, there’s always a surprise or two in store.Rollin’ with the OLED homiesFrankly, I was as surprised as anyone to learn that the coolest concept TV of last year’s CES — an OLED TV that can roll up like a poster to disappear inside a trim, little box — is reportedly going on sale in 2019. Samsung’s huge 146-inch TV is called The Wall 2017 Market share of 65-inch and larger TVs 12% 7% 11% Q4 2017 Samsung Q900 85-inch 8K TV hands-on: A beautiful beast TCL 9% 2016 5% Q4 2016 LG’s rollable OLED TV could ship in 2019 https://t.co/PFQosCf6BR pic.twitter.com/JZHid1Yp7Z— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) December 18, 2018 ‘AI’ meets picture-quality enhancementsIt’s tough to market picture quality. Terms like “full-array local dimming” and “HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range” don’t exactly roll off the tongue. You know what does? “AI.”LG has already associated artificial intelligence with its built-in Google Assistant, but the next step is telling buyers that AI algorithms can improve picture quality. Samsung got that ball rolling with its Q900 8K TV — it says AI helps improve the necessary upconversion from 4K to 8K by using algorithms to examine a dataset of 4K video and better adapt it to 8K — and where Samsung’s marketing goes, others follow. David Katzmaier/CNET Micro-LED: Another brick in The Wall against OLEDFlat, stiff non-8K OLED TVs — which continue to deliver the best picture quality available — are selling better than ever. Baker says OLED’s share of TVs over $1,000 has grown to 15 percent in 2018, up from 11 percent in 2017.That means companies that don’t sell OLED, in particular Samsung, are doing their darnedest to come up with an alternative. The high-end Q9 QLED came closer than ever, but even it can’t escape the inherent issues of LCD-based displays. Enter Micro LED, which Samsung introduced last year with The Wall — a 146-inch modular “TV” that made a big splash at CES last year. It promises all of the great picture quality of OLED (perfect black levels, improved-off-axis viewing) along with superior brightness and less of a propensity for burn-in. Vizio 19% 18 Share your voice Sony 25% 2:30 Vizio 9% 15% 10% 1:14 Samsung 13% Now playing: Watch this: Tags CES 2019 Keep talking to the TVAlexa and Google Assistant have been built into TV remotes for the last few years, and more and more sets also support hands-free (no remote required) voice commands if you own an Echo, Google Home, Sonos One or other smart speaker. For 2019 I won’t be surprised to see TV makers take it a step further: by building a far-field mic into the TV itself so you don’t even need a separate speaker.Sony has already done so with its 2018 high-end Master Series OLED and LCD TVs, and could do so again in 2019, perhaps with more affordable models. Toshiba says most of its 2019 TVs for the European market will have these so-called far-field mics for hands-free Alexa control. It seems like a natural next step for 2019 Amazon Fire TV Edition sets too, especially given how well Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is able to “listen” without being affected by the blare of TV speakers. Look for other TV makers to follow suit.
Nissan New York Auto Show 2019 Nissan More From Roadshow 96 Photos Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup See All reading • Nissan to reveal new 2020 Versa at a music festival May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Today’s Nissan Versa is one of the oldest compact cars you can buy, having been first introduced back in 2011 as a 2012 model. Then at the 2014 New York Auto Show, the Versa received a facelift for the 2015 model year. While the Versa is impressively affordable, it’s never been one of our favorites and it feels out-of-date compared to its competition.With the April 12 debut putting the Versa’s reveal right before the start of New York Auto Show press days, we should get a chance to see the new car in the Big Apple, too. Either way, check back with Roadshow for full details and photos once the 2020 Nissan Versa is revealed. Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint Tags The completely redesigned 2020 Nissan Versa will debut at Rock the Ocean’s @festivaltortuga in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on April 12, 2019. #TortugaFest #NissanVersa2020 pic.twitter.com/cmc3DPSM62— Nissan (@NissanUSA) March 28, 2019 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 0 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car New York Auto Show 2019 • Enlarge ImageThe current Nissan Versa, shown here, will soon be replaced. Nissan Carmakers increasingly use special events to introduce new cars away from the hubbub of international auto shows, and it appears Nissan will follow that route with its smallest sedan. Nissan announced Thursday that it will reveal the new 2020 Versa at the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on April 12.While the teaser photo and video hint at the introduction happening on or at least near the beach, there are few other clues about the 2020 Nissan Versa. The company says only that the sedan has been “completely redesigned,” signaling an all-new model rather than a refresh of the existing Versa. Share your voice Post a comment 2019 Nissan Murano looks different, but feels right 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V Sedans
The series triumph in Florida has given Indian team the cushion to try new faces for the third T20I in Guyana, said captain Virat Kohli. The selectors have included a number of young players in the squad, forcing Kohli to make a couple of decisions. On the face of it, Rohit Sharma could be rested because he has been on the move for almost six months. A break is also not expected to hinder with his imperious form. The decision will also allow KL Rahul to be slotted back as the opener in the format which he has dominated.Dhawan needs to find form Twitter/Cricket World CupShikhar Dhawan could be given another game as the left-hander is trying to hit his stride and find form ahead of the ODI series. Kohli could rest Manish Pandey and give Shreyas Iyer a go as both the players will form an important cog in India’s middle-order. Iyer has been in good form and this is when he should be tested out.Rishabh Pant has only underperformed in two matches so far. But since he is the only primary wicket-keeper in the squad, he could get in another game and perhaps, could be bumped up the other to find some form. Rishabh PantAlbert Perez/Getty ImagesAs far as the bowling attack is concerned, Bhuvneshwar Kumar could be rested because he is a proven performer. This opens the door for Deepak Chahar. The fast bowler was a bank for MS Dhoni in the IPL and after a horrendous debut, this could be his chance to stake a claim for more opportunities.The management could also rest Ravindra Jadeja and hand a debut to young Rahul Chahar as his wrist spin needs to be tested. The series is sealed and Jadeja has been consistent all the while. Thus, there is an opportunity to give Rahul Chahar a go.Krunal Pandya has shown great promise in the two matches so far and hence, the management should be confident of him shouldering the responsibility of the primary all-rounder in the side. This will also allow Krunal to be more expressive when he comes out to bat.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /32:59 Listen X It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup when we discuss national, state, and local political stories — with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.This week, our experts discuss results of the Texas primary runoff elections, to primary results across the country, to Gov. Abbott’s roundtable discussions on school safety.Our panel of experts this week includes David Branham, professor of political science at the University of Houston-Downtown, and Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder. Share
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read April 15, 2010 This story appears in the May 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Apple’s January announcement of its new tablet computing device triggered a full-on sprint among application developers, giving them 66 days to adapt their successful apps from the desktop or the mobile phone to the iPad, a tablet PC, if they wanted to be on-screen for the iPad’s April launch date. For The Omni Group, it represented the opportunity of a lifetime.”It’s the first platform that really has made sense for our applications,” says founder and CEO Ken Case.The group is the Seattle software developer behind the Omni web browser for the Mac and popular productivity applications OmniFocus, OmniGraffle and OmniGraphSketcher. The firm has five productivity apps for the Mac, but only one–OmniFocus, a self-organization app that Case calls “a to-do list on steroids”–has been available for the iPhone. That’s because its other apps, such as OmniGraffle, a diagramming and website mock-up program, wouldn’t have translated well to the small iPhone screen. The roughly 9.5-inch-by-7.5-inch iPad changes all that.”It’s clear that this is the direction computing devices are going in,” Case says. “Touching a screen to push text and scroll the screen is a much more natural way.” Having business-focused apps ready by the iPad’s launch date “is our chance to get in on that future, and the extra visibility that comes with it,” he says.Adapting apps for the iPad after working on the iPhone and Mac was made simpler by the fact that some of the operating system underpinnings are the same as the Mac’s, and some of the programming layer elements and APIs are the same as the iPhone’s. But one fact made the job harder: “With the iPhone, we had our hands on one for a year, but we didn’t have an iPad in our hands, and Apple couldn’t guarantee us we’d test one before launch day,” Case says.He had one-half to two-thirds of his staff working on adapting OmniFocus and OmniGraffle for the iPad. But he says the overtime was worth it. “We want to put all five of our apps on this platform, but inspired by the iPad, we now have ideas for at least five more.” Register Now »
The 21st International Conference of Black Hat USA 2018, has just concluded. It took place from August 4, 2018 – August 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is one of the most anticipated conferences of the year for security practitioners, executives, business developers and anyone who is a cybersecurity fanatic and wants to expand their horizon into the world of security. Black Hat USA 2018 opened with four days of technical training followed by the two-day main conference featuring Briefings, Arsenal, Business Hall, and more. The conference covered exclusive training modules that provided a hands-on offensive and defensive skill set building opportunity for security professionals. The Briefings covered the nitty-gritties of all the latest trends in information security. The Business Hall included a network of more than 17,000 InfoSec professionals who evaluated a range of security products offered by Black Hat sponsors. Best cybersecurity Trainings in the conference: For more than 20 years, Black Hat has been providing its attendees with trainings that stand the test of time and prove to be an asset in penetration testing. The training modules designed exclusively for Black Hat attendees are taken by industry and subject matter experts from all over the world with the goal of shaping the information security landscape. Here’s a look at a few from this year’s conference. #1 Applied Hardware attacks: Embedded and IOT systems This hands-on training was headed by Josh Datko, and Joe Fitzpatrick that: Introduced students to the common interfaces on embedded MIPS and ARM systems Taught them how to exploit physical access to grant themselves software privilege. Focussed on UART, JTAG, and SPI interfaces. Students were given a brief architectural overview. 70% hands-on labs- identifying, observing, interacting, and eventually exploiting each interface. Basic analysis and manipulation of firmware images were also covered. This two-day course was geared toward pen testers, red teamers, exploit developers, and product developers who wished to learn how to take advantage of physical access to systems to assist and enable other attacks. This course also aimed to show security researchers and enthusiasts- who are unwilling to ‘just trust the hardware’- to gain deeper insight into how hardware works and can be undermined. #2 Information Operations: Influence, exploit, and counter This fast-moving class included hands-on exercises to apply and reinforce the skills learned during the course of the training. It also included a best IO campaign contest which was conducted live during the class. Trainers David Raymond and Gregory Conti covered information operations theory and practice in depth. Some of the main topics covered were IO Strategies and Tactics, Countering Information Operations and Operations Security and Counter Intelligence. Users learned about Online Personas and explored the use of bots and AI to scale attacks and defenses. Other topics included understanding performance and assessment metrics, how to respond to an IO incident, exploring the concepts of Deception and counter-deception, and Cyber-enabled IO. #3 Practical Vulnerability discovery with fuzzing: Abdul Aziz Hariri and Brian Gorenc trained students on techniques to quickly identify common patterns in specifications that produce vulnerable conditions in the network. The course covered the following- Learning the process to build a successful fuzzer, and highlight public fuzzing frameworks that produce quality results. “Real world” case studies that demonstrated the fundamentals being introduced. Leverage existing fuzzing frameworks, develop their own test harnesses, integrate publicly available data generation engines and automate the analysis of crashing test cases. This class was aimed at individuals wanting to learn the fundamentals of the fuzzing process, develop advanced fuzzing frameworks, and/or improve their bug finding capabilities. #4 Active Directory Attacks for Red and Blue teams: Nikhil Mittal’s main aim to conduct the training was to change how you test an Active Directory Environment. To secure Active Directory, it is important to understand different techniques and attacks used by adversaries against it. The AD environments lack the ability to tackle latest threats. Hence, this training was aimed towards attacking modern AD Environment using built-in tools like PowerShell and other trusted OS resources. The training was based on real-world penetration tests and Red Team engagements for highly secured environments. Some of the techniques used in the course were- Extensive AD Enumeration Active Directory trust mapping and abuse. Privilege Escalation (User Hunting, Delegation issues and more) Kerberos Attacks and Defense (Golden, Silver ticket, Kerberoast and more) Abusing cross-forest trust (Lateral movement across forest, PrivEsc and more) Attacking Azure integration and components Abusing SQL Server trust in AD (Command Execution, trust abuse, lateral movement) Credentials Replay Attacks (Over-PTH, Token Replay etc.) Persistence (WMI, GPO, ACLs and more) Defenses (JEA, PAW, LAPS, Deception, App Whitelisting, Advanced Threat Analytics etc.) Bypassing defenses Attendees also acquired a free one month access to an Active Directory environment. This comprised of multiple domains and forests, during and after the training. #5 Hands-on Power Analysis and Glitching with ChipWhisperer This course was suited for anyone dealing with embedded systems who needed to understand the threats that can be used to break even a “perfectly secure” system. Side-Channel Power Analysis can be used to read out an AES-128 key in less than 60 seconds from a standard implementation on a small microcontroller. Colin O’Flynn helped the students understand whether their systems were vulnerable to such an attack or not. The course was loaded with hands-on examples to teach them about attacks and theories. The course included a ChipWhisperer-Lite, that students could walk away with the hardware provided during the lab sessions. During the two-day course, topics covered included : Theory behind side-channel power analysis, Measuring power in existing systems, Setting up the ChipWhisperer hardware & software, Several demonstrated attacks, Understanding and demonstration glitch attacks, and Analyzing your own hardware #6 Threat Hunting with attacker TTPs A proper Threat Hunting program focused on maximizing the effectiveness of scarce network defense resources to protect against a potentially limitless threat was the main aim of this class. Threat Hunting takes a different perspective on performing network defense, relying on skilled operators to investigate and find the presence of malicious activity. This training used standard network defense and incident response (which target flagging known malware). It focussed on abnormal behaviors and the use of attacker Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs). Trainers Jared Atkinson, Robby Winchester and Roberto Rodriquez taught students on how to create threat hunting hypotheses based on attacker TTPs to perform threat hunting operations and detect attacker activity. In addition, they used free and open source data collection and analysis tools (Sysmon, ELK and Automated Collection and Enrichment Platform) to gather and analyze large amounts of host information to detect malicious activity. They used these techniques and toolsets to create threat hunting hypotheses and perform threat hunting in a simulated enterprise network undergoing active compromise from various types of threat actors. The class was intended for defenders wanting to learn how to effectively hunt threats in enterprise networks. #7 Hands-on Hardware Hacking Training: The class, taught by Joe Grand, took the students through the process of reverse engineering and defeating the security of electronic devices. The comprehensive training covered Product teardown Component identification Circuit board reverse engineering Soldering and desoldering Signal monitoring and analysis, and memory extraction, using a variety of tools including a logic analyzer, multimeter, and device programmer. It concluded with a final challenge where users identify, reverse engineer, and defeat the security mechanism of a custom embedded system. Users interested in hardware hacking, including security researchers, digital forensic investigators, design engineers, and executive management benefitted from this class. And that’s not all! Some other trainings include– Software defined radio, a guide to threat hunting utilizing the elk stack and machine learning, AWS and Azure exploitation: making the cloud rain shells and much more. This is just a brief overview of the BlackHat USA 2018 conference, where we have handpicked a select few trainings. You can see the full schedule along with the list of selected research papers at the BlackHat Website. And if you missed out this one, fret not. There is another conference happening soon from 3rd December to 6th December 2018. Check out the official website for details. Read Next Top 5 cybersecurity trends you should be aware of in 2018 Top 5 cybersecurity myths debunked A new WPA/WPA2 security attack in town: Wi-fi routers watch out!