Cheap HDMI cables work fine probably

first_img Tags HDMI just works, or it doesn’t There is no difference between an HDMI cable that just barely works and one that expensively overbuilt. If the cable is able to transmit 4K HDR from your source to your TV, it works. That’s all it needs to do. If it cuts in and out, then it doesn’t work (or at best, doesn’t work for that application). This has to do with how HDMI cables transmit data. They are, in essence, a pipe, just like the pipes in your house. If you’re getting the right water pressure and temperature in the bathroom, the pipes work. If you replace them with gold-plated pipes, you’re not suddenly going to get showers of vodka. This is essentially what expensive HDMI cables are promising. The idea when buying HDMI cables should be: get the least expensive cable that works. When it comes to modern 4K HDR TVs, this requires a slightly better cable than an old 1080p, TV, but thankfully the prices are all so low this effectively doesn’t matter. Related on CNET Four great 4K TVs for every budget HDMI 2.1 is here, but don’t worry about it now When should I upgrade my HDMI cables? How HDR works Which HDMI cable do you need? 5 Comments 2:18center_img Share your voice That caveat, though… You’ve probably noticed that throughout this article I’ve hedged a bit. That’s because not all cheap HDMI cables will work. Older, or poorly made, cheap HDMI cables might not be capable of the bandwidth required to transmit 4K HDR. It’s important to realize that just because one $5 cable didn’t work that doesn’t mean a different $5 cable won’t work. It also doesn’t mean that if the $5 cable didn’t work, you have to get a $50 cable. You likely have HDMI cables already. It’s entirely possible these will work with your new TV. But then again, they might not. The only way to know for sure is to test them out. If your source (a media streamer, 4K Blu-ray player, etc), is sending a 4K HDR signal, and your TV says it’s getting a 4K HDR signal, you’re all set. The cable works. No other cable will make the image look, or make the sound, better. If your setup doesn’t work, check all your gear’s settings before you consider new cables.Monoprice and Amazon HDMI cables, two inexpensive choices that can handle 4K HDR signals for just a few dollars a foot. Monoprice and Amazon If you still need new cables, your best bet is to stick with the big names in cheap cables, like Monoprice and Amazon. Both sell HDMI cables that cost just a few dollars a foot, and are capable of transmitting 4K HDR. We have a buying guide for those, plus a few other options, at “Which HDMI cable do you need?”If you need longer cables, those will cost a bit more, and over 15 feet/3 meters, you should consider active cables. These use a bit of power in the HDMI connection to boost the signal over longer distances. Even with this added tech, they should only cost you around $2 a foot. Save your money It’s amazing to me that the HDMI up-sell still goes on. Just last week I received a tweet asking about silver HDMI cables. I told him that no, despite what he was told, he didn’t need a $140 HDMI cable to connect his new TV. When we, as humans, seem programmed to believe that if something is more expensive it must be better, it’s easy for companies to take advantage. Don’t fall for it. Got a question for Geoff? First, check out all the other articles he’s written on topics like why all HDMI cables are the same, TV resolutions explained, LED LCD vs. OLED and more. Still have a question? Tweet at him @TechWriterGeoff, then check out his travel photography on Instagram. He also thinks you should check out his best-selling sci-fi novel and its sequel.  Now playing: Watch this: If you just bought a new TV, chances are you might feel the need to get expensive new HDMI cables. Resist the temptation.Even with Ultra HD 4K resolution, high dynamic range, and wide color gamut, you don’t need expensive HDMI cables. It’s probably that your current HDMI cables could work fine, but if they don’t, no matter what a salesperson tells you, you don’t need to spend more than a few dollars/pounds/euros a foot (0.3m). Even over long runs of 15ft/3m or more, you shouldn’t have to spend a lot. Some stores are still hyping “high-end” HDMI cables with all sorts of fancy buzzwords, but you don’t need them. They won’t improve performance or allow additional features compared to the right cheap HDMI cables. The only cable features you need are “18 Gbps,” which is how much they need to transmit 4K HDR, and maybe “Certified Premium.” This label is found on cables that are guaranteed to work with 4K HDR. A cable might work if it doesn’t have this logo, but should almost certainly work if it does. Fortunately, there are plenty of cheap cables with these features. TVs Audio Home Entertainment HDMIlast_img read more

Why you should use dark mode on the iPhone

first_img See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 1 See it Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $999 Are there any negatives? Not that we know of — not any real health consequences, anyway. A few potential downsides to inverted color schemes include: Very small text and long blocks of text may be harder to readPeople with certain kinds of color blindness may find it harder to useMay be hard to see in dimly lit environments  Should you use it? If you look at your phone screen for a substantial amount of time each day, there’s a chance you could benefit from using dark mode. For the best results, try enabling Dark Mode and Night Shift (Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift) to reduce as much blue light as possible. There are no real consequences from using Dark Mode, but a few great benefits to consider, so when Apple rolls it out for iPhone in September, give it a shot and note any differences in your vision, sleep or headaches.  2:45 Apple iPhone XS Dark Mode comes to Apple iOS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple The benefits of dark mode Apple introduced dark mode for Mac in 2018. At the time, creative professionals raved about the feature, as it’s sleek and makes photos and text pop on the black background. But aside from creative potential, the obvious benefit is that dark mode helps protects your eyes from the traditionally blinding whiteness of computer and phone screens. Even with features like Night Shift, which softens harsh blue light and wearing blue-light blocking glasses, bright white tech screens can still cause blurry vision, headaches and watery eyes. For many, dark mode may alleviate those symptoms. Reducing the amount of blue light you come into contact with throughout the day may also help you sleep better. Additionally, dark mode for iOS might increase your iPhone’s battery life. It takes less power for OLED screens to emit dark colors than a bright ones, so while Apple hasn’t yet made any claims that Dark Mode saves battery, there’s a good chance that it will give you more time before you need to plug in again. However, this is only true for OLED screens (organic light-emitting diode) and not LCD (liquid crystal display) screens. In OLED screens, every individual pixel lights up to create an image. So when you turn on Dark Mode, your phone just shuts off the pixels it doesn’t need — versus an LCD screen, which uses a backlight regardless of color scheme. Only the newest iPhones use OLED, so this trick won’t work for you if you use any model from the 8 Plus or earlier. More iPhones with OLED screens are expected to come out next year. See It 9 Photos Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itcenter_img See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sprint reading • Why you should use dark mode on the iPhone Dark Mode in the calendar app James Martin/CNET Apple announced at WWDC 2019 that it is bringing Dark Mode to iOS to give anyone with an iPhone the chance to use the alternative color scheme. Until this year, Dark Mode was only available with MacOS on Mac computers. The new feature is currently in Apple’s beta iOS and should be available with iOS 13, which will come out with the newest iPhone in September. What is dark mode? Like its name implies, dark mode darkens the user interface on Apple devices. Basically, the appearance is inverted so that instead of black text on a white background, you see light or white text on a black background. The feature is system-wide, so all native Apple apps will support dark mode, and so will your notifications and widgets. Plus, Dark Mode will be available for third-party developers to make it part of their app. The effect is most noticeable on apps where the majority appears white, such as Apple Health and Calendar. Read more: Dark mode is coming to iOS 13, but these iPhone apps have it now Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags Boost Mobile Comment • See All $999 Wellness $999 Dark mode for iOS 13: iPhone’s dark side never looked so good Best Buy Applelast_img read more

Children sing dance and participate in hitech gaming sessions at Indian Auto

first_imgGreater Noida, Feb 10 (ANI): Children sang and danced with their favourite cartoon characters while participating in hi-tech gaming sessions at the Indian Auto Expo in Greater Noida. In order to attract large number of children and families to the event, various activities were organized to keep the visitors entertained. Few children were seen participating in hi-tech video games session while some others were engrossed in modeling toy cars. Japanese auto and bike maker Honda invited Indian animation superstar ‘Chota Bheem’ and his best friend ‘Chutkiat’ at their motor cycle and scooter pavilion. Children participating in the games loved the arrangements.last_img read more

3rd Annual Outside the Walls Back to School Service

first_imgOn Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. Christian Liberty Church is having its back to school drive service. Free backpacks and school supplies will be given out. The annual outdoor worship service will be led by the youth and followed by free giveaways of backpacks, back to school supplies and children’s clothing. The event is free with food, games for kids, moon bounce, face painting and more. The event will be held at Frederick Douglass High School, 2301 Gwynns Falls Parkway, Baltimore, Md. 21217.last_img

VIT recognises relief efforts in floodhit Kerala

first_imgThanima ’18, the annual cultural event to mark Onam festival was recently held at Vellore Institute of Technology. The festival was inaugurated by Malayalam actor Amit Chakkalakkal while Dr G Viswanathan, Founder, and Chancellor of VIT, handed over prizes to those who had extended help in all forms to the Kerala flood victims.Thanima is held at VIT and organised by students and faculty hailing from Kerala. The recent Kerala floods had caused immense destruction to the State and people from all over the world had contributed for relief and rehabilitation. Students, parents, staff and the management had mobilised a relief amount Rs 1 crore, which was personally handed over to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan by Dr Viswanathan. In addition, with help from philanthropists in Vellore, students mobilised Rs 20 lakh worth of clothes, medicines, and stationery and this was sent in a truck to Kerala. This year’s Thanima was held as an event to express gratitude to the people who had contributed to the flood relief. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking at the function held at Anna Auditorium, Dr Viswanathan said that Thanima was being staged this year as an event to express gratitude to all those who had contributed to the relief and rehabilitation following the floods in Kerala. He said that he felt immensely happy that Thanima was conducted by students from Kerala, 1,500 of whom were studying here and 160 faculties, who taught at VIT. Thanima was an event in which not just people from Kerala took part, but students from faculty from all over India took part with great interest. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChakkalakkal, who inaugurated the event by lighting a traditional lamp, said that it gave him immense happiness to take part in the cultural festival. After completing his school he went to Bengaluru to study engineering. He said that he had completed his engineering studies eight years ago and it was struggling to succeed in life that had brought him as chief guest at the function in VIT now. He further extolled students to dream and struggle in order to fulfill it. Besides Malayalam writer Pushpa Kurup, who was the guest of honour, Director of Students Welfare Amit Mahendrakar, and professors Naiji, Jagadeesh Kumar also marked their presence at the occasion. Students presented kummi dance, drama, and other cultural programmes, followed by a vote of thanks by student coordinators Sachin and Malavika.last_img read more