Apple App Store breaks records customers spent 122B in one week

first_imgSome of the many offerings on Apple’s App Store. Apple Apple’s App Store started off 2019 with a bang.Apple says that the App Store broke records during the holiday season. In a blog post, Apple shared that customers spent over $1.22 billion between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. On New Year’s Day alone customers spent $322 million, setting a new record for the App Store’s biggest single day.”The App Store had a record-breaking holiday week and New Year’s Day. The holiday week was our biggest week ever with more than $1.22 billion spent on apps and games, and New Year’s Day set a new single-day record at more than $322 million,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.Gaming and self-care were the most popular app categories over the holidays. The Cupertino tech company calls out Fortnite, PUBG, Brawl Stars, Asphalt 9 and Monster Strike as the top downloaded games.The Apple App Store turned 10 this year, after getting a major redesign in 2017 with iOS 11. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments Tags Share your voice Apple Apple 3 Mobile Apps reading • Apple App Store breaks records, customers spent $1.22B in one week See Alllast_img read more

TCLs topvalue 6 series TV blows up to 75 inches at CES

first_img The TCL 6 series has an insanely good picture for the… Now playing: Watch this: Comments TCL So you have your eye on the best TV value of 2018, the TCL 6 series, but want something larger than a 65-inch screen? Here ya go.Today at CES 2019 TCL announced that it’s releasing a 75-inch version of the 6 series. It’s available for preorder at Best Buy starting today at $1,800, and coming to other retailers in the next few weeks. It offers all of the same features we liked so much in the smaller 65-inch size, including the full-array local dimming largely responsible for that set’s impressive image quality. And, as you might expect from a bigger set, it has more dimming zones: 160 compared to 120 on the 65-incher. The 75-inch model also has a true 120Hz refresh rate, while the 55- and 65-inch members of the series are 60Hz. The result should be better motion performance, although as usual the benefits are pretty subtle.The new 75-inch 6 series’ chief competitor is the Vizio P-Series, our previous pick at that size for best picture for the money — and it also costs about $1,800. Based on my comparison between each series 65-inch sets, I slightly prefer the image quality of the TCL, but both are excellent. And of course the TCL’s built-in Roku smart TV system is much better than Vizio’s SmartCast setup.Just like with the smaller versions of the 6 series, the 75-inchers will have two slightly different varieties. The Best Buy version of the set, model 75R615, has a standard infrared Roku TV remote, while the version on sale at other retailers, model 75R617, gets Roku’s voice remote with Wi-Fi that doesn’t need to be aimed at the TV. Pricing on the 75R617 was not announced. The two versions are otherwise identical. Share your voice TCL 6 series is a Roku-powered picture quality monster 43 Photoscenter_img 9 TVs CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Tags CES 2019 1:48last_img read more

Best iPad Pro deal ever 550 at Best Buy

first_img Best Buy Apple CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! iPad Pro Review • iPad Pro 2018 review: A powerful, beautiful tablet that needs a software overhaul See it Comments Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $747 $799 Amazon See All Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Tags See It 8 Apple 2:47 Preview • Apple’s newest iPad Pros hands-on: The iPad X we expected 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. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy?center_img See It • reading • Best iPad Pro deal ever: $550 at Best Buy $674 See It $674 Pencil not included, alas, but the support is there! Sarah Tew/CNET Make no mistake: The iPad Pro is not the tablet for cheapskates. It’s the tablet for people who have specific needs and the budget to accommodate those needs.Of course, everybody likes a deal, am I right? And for a limited time, Best Buy’s got one of the best ones ever: The iPad Pro 10.5 (256GB) for $549.99. That’s a hefty $250 off Apple’s price and the lowest to date. (You can also get it from Amazon for the same price, but it’s backordered for at least a week.)See it at Best BuyIf you’re still working with an older iPad, this may well be a good upgrade option. You get a bigger screen, boatloads of storage, better cameras, a faster processor, Apple Pencil support and so on.Read CNET’s iPad Pro 10.5 review to learn more. The review is a bit out of date now — it dings the tablet for not yet having the cool features afforded by 2017’s iOS 11 — but note that even iOS 12 doesn’t bring iPads up to full laptop-replacement level. Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, Silver, 64GB, 2018) The Cheapskate Best Buy Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple Apple’s new iPad Pro takes baby steps towards the future Tablets News • Get an 11-inch iPad Pro for $650 (save $150)last_img read more

Audi ETron charging plans in Europe are a little convoluted

first_img Transit Tariff Share your voice Basic fee News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Audi E-Tron: Check out our first drive of this new EV.Jaguar I-Pace: For comparison’s sake, read up on the I-Pace, too. Audi E-Tron charging schemes 7.95 euro per charge 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 17.95 euro per month Tags 2019 Audi E-Tron basking in the desert sun Audi has unveiled its charging programs for the E-Tron SUV, its first full-production modern EV, but they’re not exactly straightforward, and while its fast chargers are pricey, it still appears cheaper than filling up with gas.There are two tiers of plan available — City Tariff and Transit Tariff. City Tariff is aimed at shorter-distance commuters, costing a base 4.95 euro (about $6) per month. It offers flat-rate charging for 22-kW AC charging and 50-kW DC charging, with the former costing 7.95 euro (about $9) per charging session and the latter costing 9.95 euro (about $11) per charging session. Transit Tariff offers the same flat charging rate for AC and DC, but its 17.95-euro (about $21) monthly base price also offers access to Ionity’s network of 150-kW fast chargers scattered about Europe. At the start of the program, E-Tron owners will only have to pay 8 euro (about $9) per charging session, but eventually it will switch to a rate of 0.33 euro (about 40 cents) per kWh. Thus, a full top-off of the E-Tron’s 95-kWh battery will eventually cost 31.35 euro (about $36) once the introductory pricing goes away.Here’s a chart that puts all that info in a somewhat more straightforward manner: AC charging (22 kW) N/A 9.95 euro per charge 8.00 euro per charge (for now) 0.33 euro per kWh (later) 4.95 euro per month 9.95 euro per charge 7.95 euro per charge 51 Photos More about 2019 Audi E-Tron Audi Electric Cars Luxury cars SUVs More From Roadshow City Tariff Things get a little more complicated from there. These figures only apply to chargers in Germany at the moment, due to what Audi calls “applicable legal calibration requirements.” However, the program promises access to infrastructure in 10 different countries to start, with six more to follow in the first quarter, finally expanding to eight additional markets in Eastern Europe over the next year or so. Chargers are accessed using an Audi charging card with NFC built in. To sweeten the deal and push users to the higher tier, E-Tron buyers get the first year’s worth of monthly fees waived if they opt for the Transit Tariff package.It’s a little expensive, but it’s still cheaper than a big ol’ tank of petrol. For example, an Audi Q5 SUV has a gas-tank capacity of approximately 75 liters. With gas in Germany costing approximately 1.5 euro (a little under $2) per liter, that would put a full tank of gas at 112.50 euro (about $130). Even if the E-Tron’s battery goes half the distance that a topped-off Q5 can, paying $72 sounds a lot better than paying $130. Under the introductory (per-charge) pricing, it’s even cheaper.Since Ionity’s fast-charging network only exists in Europe, we’ll likely see a vastly different charging structure when the E-Tron goes on sale in the US. It could partner with VW Group’s own Electrify America subsidiary, as Porsche did with the Taycan, but Audi has yet to confirm anything. DC charging (50 kW) Audi Jaguar 0 Post a comment Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Ionity charging (150 kW) 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

2020 Ford Escape teased ahead of debut next week

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Best-ever Escape performance, unrivaled flexibility and smart new technology. The all-new #FordEscape debuts April 2. pic.twitter.com/tUJ8R2F7Rq— Ford Motor Company (@Ford) March 28, 2019 Crossovers Tags Share your voice More From Roadshow 23 Photos All-New #FordKuga // Revealed 02.04.2019 pic.twitter.com/5OmjtlRTOD— Ford UK (@forduk) March 28, 2019 Enlarge ImageThe 2020 Escape looks to have a new design. Ford A teaser video shared Thursday reveals that the new 2020 Ford Escape crossover will be revealed next Tuesday, April 2. While the video shows only brief glimpses of the new model, it’s clear the 2020 Escape will have a very different design than today’s version.Up front, expect the 2020 Ford Escape to have a restyled nose with a new grille design and the Ford oval badge now located above, rather than in the middle, said grille. Around back, it looks like the Escape’s rear window will have a shallower angle than before, while a larger roof spoiler and bold “Escape” block lettering will adorn the liftgate. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouscenter_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Ford 1 Comment Ford The current, third-gen Ford Escape was introduced at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and went on sale as a 2013 model. Though it’s received updates since then, rival compact crossovers — including top sellers such as the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 — have all spawned new models during that time.We’ll have more details and photos when the 2020 Ford Escape is fully revealed on April 2. The model should also be on display later in April at the New York Auto Show. The 2019 Ford Escape is stylish and spacious Other specifics won’t be announced until the Tuesday reveal, but it seems a fair guess the new Escape would continue to offer turbocharged four-cylinder engines, like the 179-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbo and 245-hp, 2.0-liter turbo offered today. It’s also rumored that the Escape will offer a plug-in-hybrid powertrain.Ford of Europe also teased its new Kuga on Thursday, the European version of the Escape, which will likewise debut on April 2. The Kuga’s teaser video shows a couple of different details, like a close-up of the new crossover’s headlights and a look at its rotary transmission shifter. But until the vehicles debut, we won’t know for sure if all of the the Kuga’s features will carry over to the Escape.last_img read more

Mitsubishis growth plan More dealers more marketing more awareness

first_img Comment More From Roadshow Mitsubishi 2019 Honda CR-V review: Still one of the best small SUVs around Tags Share your voice 18 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything bettercenter_img The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport looks bolder than ever 1 Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) has enjoyed a successful few years. The company just posted its sixth consecutive year of sales growth, ending 2018 at just over 118,000 cars. That was good enough to put Mitsubishi ahead of Lincoln and Volvo, for instance, but it’s still small overall, and less than the sales from brands like Acura, Lincoln and Cadillac. However, MMNA president and CEO Fred Diaz is optimistic about increasing those figures, he said at a presentation with journalists on Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “We feel that we can effectively double our sales from where they are right now,” he said.Enlarge ImageCEO Fred Diaz has previously worked at Nissan, Ram and Chrysler. Mitsubishi Specifically, Diaz said he hopes to double — or at least come close to doubling — last year’s sales number in three to four years’ time. One of the keys to that will be adding more dealers. Mitsubishi currently has 367 dealers nationwide, having added 45 in the past year. But that only covers about 61% of the US market, Diaz said, and he wants to grow until Mitsubshi dealers cover closer to 90% of the country.”We need some bigger dealers in bigger metro markets,” he said. “I would say that somewhere between 475 and 500 is probably the sweet spot of where we want to go.”The other half of the mission to boost sales is just getting people to think about the Mitsubishi brand or even stop in at a showroom. Right now, Diaz said that for most car shoppers, “we’re not even on their consideration list.”2020 Mitsubishi Outlander SportEnlarge ImageThe redesigned Outlander Sport is the first model to wear Mitsubishi’s new design language. Jake Holmes/Roadshow “We need to increase awareness. The marketing budget got really small,” he said.That small budget made it hard for Mitsubishi to compete with the ad buys of giants like Ford, Nissan and Toyota. So buying TV ad space is “like whispering when other automakers are shouting.” Instead, Diaz said Mitsubishi will continue to focus on digital marketing, under the direction of new Chief Marketing Officer Kimberley Gardiner.”We’re definitely putting a much larger percentage of our budget to digital marketing than we ever have,” Diaz said. 2018 Mitsubishi MirageEnlarge ImageSales of the tiny and affordable Mirage were up 8.6 percent in 2018 — even as sales of traditional cars in general fell. Mitsubishi At the same time, Diaz doesn’t want to rush to grow Mitsubishi just for the sake of growth. The company has been down that path before, hitting as many as 650 dealers and 354,000 annual sales in the US in the early 2000s — before sales tumbled to closer to 50,000 units annually. Instead, the aim is for steady growth while keeping the financial figures in a good place.”We aspire to be what I would classify as small and beautiful,” he said. “A small company, not necessarily one that does over a million units a year, but also one that has dealers and a corporation that have beautiful financial statements.”Finally, Diaz noted that the alliance between Mitsubishi and Renault-Nissan is already bearing fruit in terms of saving money on shipping and buying some commodities on a larger scale. But he promised the best is yet to come as Mitsubishi introduces new vehicles based on shared components.”In the not-too-distant future, you’re going to start seeing actual products that we’ll build on Alliance platforms,” he said. “I’ve seen those vehicles in Japan… and I’m really, really excited.” 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review: A plug-in SUV that lacks appeal Mitsubishi Car Industrylast_img read more

Disney Plus will discount a bundle with Hulu and ESPN Plus for

first_img Tags TV and Movies Digital Media Comments Everything we know about Disney Plus The original shows planned for Disney Plus include a big-budget Star Wars spinoff series, The Mandalorian. François Duhamel/Lucasfilm/Disney Plus Disney Plus, the $7-a-month streaming service coming from Disney in November, will be bundled at a discount with the company’s other streaming services: ESPN Plus and the ad-supported version of Hulu. Disney will combine all three subscriptions for $13 a month, CEO Bob Iger said Tuesday, a $5 discount on what you’d pay for the three services separately.That’s the same price as Netflix’s most popular plan in the US. (Iger said that’s a coincidence.) The bundle will be available in the US on Nov. 12, when Disney Plus is set to launch there. Disney also hinted Disney Plus would have reboots based on Fox franchises like Home Alone and Night at the Museum. Disney bought 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion earlier this year. Iger said Tuesday that Disney is interested in “reimagining” those franchises and others like Cheaper by the Dozen and Diary of a Wimpy Kid “for a new generation.” In another effect of its Fox takeover, Iger said Disney may create FX shows that premiere on Hulu but ultimately end up running on the traditional network.Disney Plus is one of the highest-profile examples of traditional Hollywood digging in to compete against streaming services from the likes of Netflix, Amazon and, soon, Apple. With tech giants pouring money into their own TV shows and movies and luring consumers away from traditional pay TV, Disney is aiming to pull all its content off other services and consolidate it with flashy original programs on its own service. When Disney announced its “initial” $7-a-month pricing for Disney Plus in April, the theater full of investors and analysts gasped at the low price. That’s half the cost of HBO Now and significantly less than Netflix’s most popular plan. At that April meeting and since, Disney said it planned to offer a discounted bundle for all three of its subscription services, but it hadn’t specified the price until Tuesday.Though Disney Plus is meant to be the streaming home for nearly all things Disney — such as Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars — ESPN Plus is designed to complement the company’s cash-cow sports network. By subscribing to ESPN Plus, you don’t unlock the same programming that ESPN’s channels have. Disney Plus plansIger said Disney will be revving up its marketing machine to campaign for Disney Plus later this month. “It’s going to be treated as the most important product that the company has launched … certainly during my tenure,” he said. People attending Disney’s biennial fan conference in Anaheim, D23, are going to be the first to sign up as subscribers. D23 opens Aug. 23. Iger also expects Disney will strike deals with distributors like Amazon and Apple that sell subscriptions to streaming services through a single bill, like Amazon Channels. Originally published Aug 6.Update, Aug. 7: With Netflix context. Now playing: Watch this:center_img Disney Fox Hulu Netflix Share your voice 20 1:29last_img read more