Deal alert: These 32-inch Fire TV sets are a steal at $100

In brief: Amazon’s deal of the day delivers again as you can pick up your choice of 32-inch Toshiba or Insignia 720p television for less than $100. Neither are ideal for desktop PC use or even as your main television but could serve as an excellent secondary set given the price.

Amazon’s current deal of the day is a hot one. For a limited time, you can save up to 44 percent on select Fire TV smart televisions from Toshiba and Insignia.

Both sets are of the 32-inch LED variety, delivering 720p picture quality with integrated Fire TV capabilities, granting access to thousands of apps and channels including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO, Showtime and more.

The two televisions appear nearly identical in terms of looks, feature set (three HDMI ports, USB, Ethernet, etc.) and even rating – both have an average rating of 4.1 stars out of five on Amazon.

Neither of these sets will suffice as a desktop monitor replacement – they max out at 720p, after all – but if you’re looking for a secondary set or need one for the kids’ bedroom, they could be hard to pass up at just $100.

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Consumer Reports retracts Tesla Model 3 recommendation due to 'reliability issues'

When it rains, it pours, and Tesla is learning that lesson the hard way. After an already-difficult 2018, the electric carmaker isn’t off to the best start this year.

They’ve been slapped with (relatively minor) OSHA fines and forced to slash their staff by a whopping seven percent. Now, their bottom line may be about to take another hit, albeit a smaller one.

Consumer Reports (CR) has reversed its decision to “Recommend” Tesla’s mid-range Model 3 sedan. For those who aren’t up-to-date on CR’s history with Tesla, this marks the third time CR has changed its mind about the vehicle.

First, the outlet gave the Model 3 a “not recommended” rating due to safety issues, particularly problems with the car’s braking distance.

Tesla was quick to address most of those issues with an over-the-air software update, and after the outlet had a chance to test the vehicle out again, CR decided to recommend it after all.

Now, as stated before, the Model 3 has lost CR’s trust yet again. This time, the website cites “declining reliability” as the primary reason for their retracted recommendation. The following newly-added excerpt from CR’s full Model 3 review summarizes their concerns:

Model 3 owners in our spring survey sample reported some body hardware and in-car electronics problems, such as the screen freezing, which we have seen with other Tesla models. The latest survey data also shows complaints about paint and trim issues. In addition, some members reported that the Model 3’s sole display screen acted strangely.

Tesla, for its part, says CR’s data — which was obtained from its annual springtime consumer survey — is outdated.

“This new data from Consumer Reports comes from their annual Owner Satisfaction survey… so the vast majority of these issues have already been corrected through design and manufacturing improvements,” Tesla spokesman Rich Otto said in a statement.

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Intel takes on AMD's budget-focused Athlon Zen with the new Pentium G5620

Forward-looking: Set to release in March, Intel announced its new line of Pentium Gold CPUs. At the top of the list is the G5620, a dual core chip with Hyper-Threading, and the first Pentium CPU to launch with a 4 GHz clock speed. The G5620 is expected to retail around $100 and compete directly with AMD’s budget-focused processors.

Intel is bringing new Pentium Gold processors to market in an attempt to claim back low-end consumer market share from AMD’s Athlon Zen. The top SKU, the G5620, will be the first Pentium with a 4 GHz clock speed out of the box, and will pack two cores with hyper-threading and a 65W TDP. The G5620 will replace the G5600 at the top of Intel’s low-end product stack, offering a 100 MHz boost over its predecessor.

The budget Coffee Lake line of CPUs also includes the Pentium G5420 (3.8 GHz), G5600T (3.3 GHz, 35W TDP), and G5420T (3.2 GHz, 35W TDP), all of which are dual core with four threads. Three Celeron SKUs were also revealed, the G4950, G4930, and G4930T, and will carry two cores without hyperthreading.

The chips are built on the same 14 nm++ node that the rest of the Coffee Lake processors utilize. The Pentium G5620 will feature integrated UHD 630 graphics, with the lower-end CPUs featuring the UHD 610 variant.

The flagship G5620 is expected to retail somewhere around $100 at launch in March, which places it just below the i3-8100 on Intel’s CPU hierarchy. The i3-8100 is a true quad-core CPU without hyper-threading, but is clocked lower at 3.6 GHz. The G5620 can support dual-channel DDR4 up to 64GB, has 512 KB of L2 cache, and 4 MB of L3 cache.

The $100 price tag is up slightly from previous generations. The much-loved G4560 launched in 2017 at $64, which resulted in i3 sales plummeting since the Pentium chip was roughly 10% slower at less than half the price. Intel likely raised the price of the G5620 to protect sales of its current i3 chips.

AMD recently released the Athlon 200GE and 240GE, with both offering two cores, four threads, and Radeon Vega 3 graphics for $50 and $60, respectively. The 200GE is able to outperform the $119 i3-8100 in some CPU tests, and routinely beat it in integrated graphics tests. While Intel isn’t pricing the G5620 as low as the Athlon Zen CPUs, we can likely expect performance similar to the i3-8100 with a slightly lower price tag.

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YouTube terminates over 400 channels in response to suspected child exploitation

In context: YouTube announced that it has banned over 400 channels and deleted “tens of millions” of comments in response to a massive child exploitation ring suspected to exist across the platform. YouTube was forced to act after major advertisers, such as Epic Games and Disney, began pulling advertisements from videos after evidence surfaced of malicious comments and videos being tied to a coordinated effort to exploit children.

The decision by YouTube was spurred by major advertisers, such as Disney and Nestle, pulling advertising from the platform.

The initial discovery of the child exploitation issue is credited to blogger Mark Watson, who posted a clip demonstrating how comments were being used to timestamp videos containing children performing physical acts such as gymnastics. This behavior was inadvertently reinforced by YouTube, since its algorithm would then suggest similar videos to the user.

News of other major advertisers bailing has begun to trickle in, with Epic Games confirming that it too will stop running pre-roll ads on YouTube.

YouTube was finally prompted to act by content creator Philip DeFranco, who posted a video highlighting the unchecked exploitation and got a response from YouTube. In their response, they stated they disabled the channels and relevant comments, and reported the users making the comments to law enforcement:

The platform issued an additional statement to Bloomberg, stating:

“Any content — including comments — that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube. We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling violative comments.”

YouTube has promised the companies involved that they will refund all ad spend that appeared on the videos and channels affected by this decision, which amounted to less than $8,000 in total.

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Building a 270-degree fisheye lens from scratch

The big picture: The massive lens features a fully mechanical design – no image stabilizers, focus motors, etc. Even still, it’s incredibly complex and to think that someone built it from scratch is mind-blowing.

The photography geeks over at Lens Rentals recently constructed a prototype fisheye lens that offers a ridiculous 270-degree field of view. Fortunately, they were kind enough to detail the build in a blog post and accompanying time-lapse video.

Lens Rentals founder Roger Cicala said the closest thing that has existed to this is the Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 fisheye, a lens from the 1970s that produces a 220-degree field of view and commands well over $100,000. This new lens, a C-4 Optics 4.9mm f/3.5 circular fisheye, has a 270-degree field of view which means it can literally see behind itself.

It should also be far sharper, have less vignetting and distortion and cost significantly less than the Nikkor.

The time-lapse is fascinating but if you’re a hardcore optics geek, I’d suggest clicking over to Lens Rentals and checking out the full build log. It’s incredibly detailed with loads of photos to drool over.

As one of two prototypes, the lens will probably never be offered to rent.

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