IMOLA: Valtteri Bottas powered to pole position for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola on Saturday with the Finn’s team mate and Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton locking out the front row for dominant Mercedes.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified third, after a power unit scare in the second phase sent mechanics scrambling to fix his car, with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly a stunning fourth on the grid.Mercedes need only a fourth place finish in Sunday’s race to secure a record seventh successive constructors’ world championship.The pole, with a time of one minute 13.609 seconds, was a 13th in 13 races this season for the champions.Sunday’s race will be the first grand prix at Imola since 2006, with the track returning to flesh out a calendar ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the third in Italy this season.”This track, when you push flat out, it’s beautiful. I knew I had to improve in the last lap and I found those small gains that were needed,” said Bottas, who was 0.097 quicker than Hamilton.”It’s a great feeling when you get those.”It’s going to be a good fight. It’s one of the longest runs in the calendar into Turn One so no doubt Lewis and Max will be chasing me, but it’s a good place to start and hopefully the pace is good.”Hamilton leads Bottas by 77 points, having won eight times so far this season, and is closing on a record-equalling seventh drivers’ title although he will have to wait at least until Turkey in two weeks’ time for a chance to clinch it.”Valtteri did a great job. It was a pretty poor lap from myself. These things happen, you can’t always get it perfect,” said Hamilton, who had been quickest after the first flying laps in phase three.
Google’s Nest Hub smart display is still great – CNET
Editors’ note, Oct. 30, 2020: The Nest Hub debuted as the Google Home Hub in 2018. Google changed the product name in May 2019 to Google Nest Hub. The Nest Hub has been an Editors’ Choice winner since it launched, and it remains one of our favorite smart home products here in 2020. The review below…
Editors’ note, Oct. 30, 2020: The Nest Hub debuted as the Google Home Hub in 2018. Google changed the product name in May 2019 to Google Nest Hub. The Nest Hub has been an Editors’ Choice winner since it launched, and it remains one of our favorite smart home products here in 2020. The review below has been updated to account for new competition from Amazon’s Echo Show smart display line. The Google Nest Hub may be small, but it’s surprisingly useful in lots of ways, from organizing your smart home to walking you through a complex recipe, to finding you a place to eat if your cooking efforts fall short. The small gadget is made mighty by the great Google Assistant, and the line is blurry between where the actual hardware of the Google Nest Hub shines and where the digital Google Assistant does all of the heavy lifting. That differentiation might not matter for your buying decision. The Hub, at a newly reduced price of $90, down from $130, is a smart display that combines the functionality of a voice-controlled smart speaker like the original Google Home with a touchscreen you can use to look at pictures, watch videos, browse recipes, control your smart home and more. Read more: The best smart displays of 2020If you’re a fan of Google and want a Google-centric smart home, or if you just like the idea of a smart speaker with a screen and want to try one out for displaying photos at home, or for the step-by-step recipe guides, I recommend the Google Nest Hub. The seamless touch controls and intuitive voice commands will even help the tech-phobic members of your family get used to it. The differentiation between hardware and software becomes much more important if you’re able to spend a little more and you’re willing to consider third-party smart displays alongside this Google-branded one. Google added a newer, bigger smart display called the Nest Hub Max, which has a 10-inch screen and a built-in Nest Cam with unique features including gesture control. Both Lenovo and JBL have recommendable 10-inch smart displays with Google Assistant built in and most of the same features as the Nest Hub. Read more: The best Google Assistant and Google Home devices of 2020Unlike most of the other smart displays, the Nest Hub doesn’t have a camera, which might be a negative for some, but privacy-minded folks will appreciate its absence. Otherwise, it offers all the same features as the other smart displays for a reasonable price. The Google Nest Hub is a cute, useful gadget, and an even better value now than it was when it debuted.
What the Google Home Hub lacks in size, it makes up for in substance
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Good things in small packagesThe Google Nest Hub is tiny. It sort of looks like Google stuck a thin, 7-inch tablet onto a Google Home Mini smart speaker. It’s simple — a screen and a stand covered in fabric.It has two forward-facing microphones on a bezel surrounding the 7-inch screen. The middle dot between the mics is an ambient light sensor, not a camera. On the back of the Nest Hub you’ll find a switch that mutes the microphone and buttons for controlling the volume, and that’s it. If you want to do anything else with the Nest Hub, you’ll need to use its touchscreen or give it a voice command. That’s an ambient light sensor, not a camera.
You can pick from four colors for the fabric — chalk, charcoal, aqua and sand. We tested the chalk model, but all four colors are otherwise the same and all cost $90. You can buy the Google Nest Hub at Best Buy, Walmart, Target and other electronics retailers as well as online via the Google Store. (See here for the UK and Australia.)Google bundles a six-month trial of YouTube Premium with the purchase of a Nest Hub. The service costs $12 (£12, AU$15) a month after the trial ends and allows you to listen to YouTube’s music library without ads. The four color options for the Google Nest Hub.
An entertainment hubYou don’t need a subscription to watch ordinary YouTube videos on the Nest Hub. You can search for them by voice and scroll through the options with your voice or with touch. YouTube gives the Google Nest Hub an advantage over the Amazon Echo Show. Google pulled the rights to the streaming site from Amazon’s competing smart display over a dispute in 2017. You can watch YouTube on the Echo Show, but only via a browser, which doesn’t respond to voice commands.Videos also look surprisingly crisp on the petite 7-inch screen. If you have a subscription to YouTube’s live TV service — YouTube TV — you can watch live TV on the Hub as well. It certainly won’t replace your main TV, but again, the picture looks good, so this feature could come in handy if you want to watch the news in the morning while you make breakfast.
Otherwise, you can watch streaming videos through services such as HBO Max and, as of this summer, Netflix. As with any of Google’s smart speakers, you can also issue a voice command to the Hub to start streaming Netflix on any of your TVs with a Chromecast streamer or Chromecast built-in. You have plenty of options for listening to music on the Hub as well. Other than YouTube music, you can sync your account for Pandora, Spotify, and Deezer. You can also set any of those services as your default, so Google Assistant will search there first when you ask it to play a song. Once you start playing music, you can use the Google Home app to customize the speaker equalizer settings if you want a little more bass or treble. You can also add the Nest Hub to speaker groups with other Google Assistant smart speakers or speakers connected to a Chromecast audio streamer. If you don’t like the sound quality of the Nest Hub, you can also set another speaker as your default and it will automatically start playing music on that device instead of through its own speakers.Smaller hardware, smaller soundFrom left to right, the Lenovo Smart Display, Google Nest Hub and JBL Link View.
You might not like the sound quality of the Nest Hub if you’re an audiophile. It’s fine if you want to listen to background music, but it’s not particularly loud or crisp. Unfortunately, the sound quality isn’t in the same league as other smart displays such as the Amazon Echo Show or the JBL Link View. In fact, the sound quality is more on par with Google’s smallest smart speaker, the Google Home Mini, which still beat the Nest Hub in our tests. Thankfully, the Hub’s microphones held up better under scrutiny. The Nest Hub understood my voice commands from across the great room of the CNET Smart Home. It even heard me from an adjacent room as long as I had the door open. It also fared well over background noise while I stood in the same room. Expect to need to speak up if you’re playing loud music, but that’s standard for any smart speaker. The second-gen Amazon Echo Show heard me more often from a greater distance, but the Hub’s mics are on par with those in the smart displays from Lenovo and JBL. A versatile personal assistantYou can issue a wide variety of voice commands to the Google Nest Hub. Plug it in and set it up on your Wi-Fi using the Google Home app, then, thanks to the built-in Google Assistant, you can ask Google Nest Hub any question you’d ask the original Google Home.As we saw on the Lenovo Smart Display and the JBL Link View, Google Assistant makes good use of the touchscreen with helpful visuals after you ask a question. Check the weather, and you’ll see illustrations of the forecast for the week. Search for local restaurants and you’ll see pictures of nearby places. You can use the Google Nest Hub to find a place to eat.
You can then scroll through the options and tap one for more details. Google will even show you how to get there on a map and send the directions to your phone. This will work automatically if you have an Android phone and it works on Apple’s iPhones too, as long as you have the Google Assistant app installed. You can also make calls with the Nest Hub. Since Google Assistant can recognize your individual voice, it can find numbers from your phone’s list of contacts and dial. The recipient will even see that it’s you calling. You can make video calls with the Hub too, but you’re limited to using Google Duo — Google’s mobile app for video chats. Since the Nest Hub doesn’t have a camera, you’ll be able to look at the recipient but they won’t be able to see you.
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You can always swipe right on the screen to go back a page, or swipe up for quick settings like volume and brightness. You can’t download apps or browse the web as you could on an ordinary tablet, but all of the content of the Google Nest Hub is meant to be visible from across the room. Other helpful features include routines, which are customizable grouped commands that allow you to play videos or podcasts, get directions to work and turn on your connected lights with a simple command like “good morning.” If you control your smart home with a voice command, you’ll see your device pop up on the screen. Change the temp of your thermostat, and you’ll see buttons and sliders to tweak the temp further or change the mode. All of these features are the same on all of the Google Assistant-equipped smart displays, and my favorite feature of both the Lenovo Smart Display and the JBL Link View has made its way intact to the Google Nest Hub. Search for a recipe by voice, or find one in your phone and send it to your display. Google Assistant will read the ingredients and directions out loud and you can see them listed on the screen.
Fiumicino: First airport in Europe to activate COVID-tested corridors on routes with US
FIUMICINO – Fiumicino will be the first airport in Europe to activate “Covid-tested” safe air corridors, on flights coming from US, excluding quarantine for passengers, thanks to Aeroporti di Roma’s cooperation with Alitalia and Delta Air Lines. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Italy has been at the forefront of measures and protocols for containing…
FIUMICINO – Fiumicino will be the first airport in Europe to activate “Covid-tested” safe air corridors, on flights coming from US, excluding quarantine for passengers, thanks to Aeroporti di Roma’s cooperation with Alitalia and Delta Air Lines. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Italy has been at the forefront of measures and protocols for containing the virus, so as to be regarded one of the most virtuous countries internationally in this respect.ADR believes that, especially with the worsening of the epidemic crisis, it is necessary to assess and implement new and additional control systems at departure, which can inhibit the movement of infected people and which can be effective alternatives to the quarantine measures currently in force.The new travel protocols, which will operate on a trial basis on flights from the United States to Fiumicino, as provided in the Order recently signed by the Ministers of Health, Transportation and Foreign Affairs, will be progressively offered to passengers starting this coming December 2020 already. The pilot phase aims at assessing the effectiveness and functionality of the new travel procedures, looking at making it widely available in the Summer 2021 season. The Order includes the launching of the Covid Tested flights between Munich, Frankfurt and Rome Fiumicino aiming at ensuring that the new travel procedure could be tested within the European Union as well.Travellers arriving from New York JFK, Newark and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airports, on Covid-tested flights, will not be subject to the quarantine obligation, having performed at least a molecular or antigenic test within 48 hours before boarding and repeating, for additional safety, a rapid antigenic test upon arrival at Fiumicino.The experiment, with Italy first among European countries to implement this innovative procedure, will take advantage of the experience already successfully gained on the Covid-tested Rome-Milan flights in operation since September 16, 2020, as well as the rapid testing facilities already in operation at Fiumicino airport, with the support of Lazio Region, for a convenient and easy travel experience. In fact, since mid-August, a rapid testing centre has been active in the “Arrivals” area at Terminal 3 at Fiumicino, with results in less than 30 minutes, managed by medical staff from the Lazio Region and the USMAF – Ministry of Health. Since September, a “drive-through” testing facility has also been operational at the Fiumicino Long-Stay car park managed by the Lazio Region in coordination with Italian Red Cross, which is available to citizens as well as passengers, operating 24 hours a day.For this pilot, Fiumicino airport, the only airport in the world to have obtained the maximum rating of 5 stars from Skytrax on its anti-Covid health protocols and just designated by ACI Europe as the best Airport in Europe for the third year in a row and recently obtained Health Accreditation by ACI is the ideal choice, thanks to the high safety standards achieved and to all the measures taken since the beginning of the pandemic: from the 100+ latest-generation temperature scanners, which measure the temperatures of passengers in less than 2 seconds, to the signage favouring the respect of the physical distancing measures, to the full sanitisation of all surfaces in the airport, to the disinfection of hold baggage, lifts and escalator handrails.Also, this new travel procedure enhances the already very high standards of safety on the aircraft, guaranteed by the constant renewal of air in the cabin operated by highly efficient Hepa filters, confirming flights as the safest means of transport.“Ensuring passenger safety is of the essence for relaunching air traffic, still badly impacted by the effects of the pandemic”, said the CEO of ADR, Marco Troncone. “To this end, ADR has entered, with determination, into a path based on a maximum safety airport and oriented towards proposing new safe and innovative travel protocols, first developed on a prototype basis on the Rome-Milan route and now extended to major long-haul destinations. We are proud to have been forerunners of these models, thanks tothe Ministry of Health, Transport, Foreign Affairs and Lazio Region in close coordination with Alitalia and Delta Air Lines, the country’s flag carrier and the largest global airline, respectively”.
Home Depot Black Friday deals still available: Save on video doorbells, smart fridges, vacuums, power tools, more – CNET
This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family. Black Friday may be over, but Cyber Monday deals are still in full swing, with major sales still going on at Home Depot. The home improvement store’s…
This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.
Black Friday may be over, but Cyber Monday deals are still in full swing, with major sales still going on at Home Depot. The home improvement store’s Black Friday sale actually started at the beginning of November, and you’ll still find savings up until Dec. 2. Right now, there are deals running on typical Home Depot items such as major appliances, home improvement essentials, vacuums, electronics, grills, furniture and power tools. You can even find savings on holiday decor such as trees and inflatables. Keep checking back as more deals might drop this week.Below, we’ve rounded up all the best deals from the event. These are the sales we think will be worth your time and attention. Be sure to check back, because we’ll update this list periodically as more deals become available and others expire.
Black Friday 2020 sales and deals
Arlo’s video doorbell is one of our favorites, and it’s selling for a mouthwatering $100 right now. If you want to up your home security game, Arlo’s doorbell is a smart way to do it.
This 26-cubic-foot fridge from LG features French doors over a lower freezer and dual ice makers, and it’s finished in stainless steel. It’s equipped with Wi-Fi and communicates with a mobile app to send you notifications about things like the freezer door being left open or the filters needing to be replaced.
When it comes to vacuums, Shark is a household name, and the Navigator Lift-Away DLX is among one of its more popular models. Use it in upright mode or detach the canister for all those hard-to-reach areas.
GE’s Profile line of fridges boasts plenty of bells and whistles, and we’ve been impressed with some of them in the past. Now the 17.9 cubic foot fridge is available for under $2,800, and it’s a pretty solid deal (though the discount is a little misleading, since it rarely sells for its $3,799 list price these days).
Bobsweep’s robot vacuum is selling for 50% off. $200 for a vacuum that will clean your floor without requiring you to lift a finger isn’t a bad find.
This six-tool combo kit includes a drill/driver with a half-inch keyless chuck, an impact driver, a reciprocating saw, a circular saw, a multitool and a work light — plus a 1.5-Ah battery, a 4-Ah battery and an 18-volt charger.
While it’s not as intuitive as the Nest Learning Thermostat, Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is extremely capable, has a touchscreen display and will help you monitor your energy habits. It’s a big step up from your standard programmable thermostat.
This portable wet tile saw has a 6.5-amp motor and features an anti-splash system that keeps your work area completely dry. It also features a detachable table support that lets you rip cut up to 24 inches with the extended table support.
KitchenAid’s Classic Series 4.5-quart 10-speed stand mixer has a 250-watt motor and a tilt head. It’s finished in white. Accessories include a flat beater, a six-wire whip and dough hooks.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020
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