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2021 Mazda6 review: G’bye, gorgeous – Roadshow

After all this time, the Mazda6 still looks great. Kyle Hyatt/Roadshow The venerable sedan used to be the default choice for most new car buyers. Every company made some, and they were just about guaranteed to outsell anything other than pickup trucks. Times have certainly changed, however, and compact and midsize sedans are dropping like…

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After all this time, the Mazda6 still looks great.
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The venerable sedan used to be the default choice for most new car buyers. Every company made some, and they were just about guaranteed to outsell anything other than pickup trucks. Times have certainly changed, however, and compact and midsize sedans are dropping like flies as automakers shift their focus to crossovers and SUVs. Mazda just confirmed the fashionable Mazda6 won’t live to see 2022, and following a drive in the 2021 Carbon Edition, I can tell you this sedan’s demise hurts more than most.

LikeGreat turbo engineExcellent ride qualityLuxurious interiorGorgeous exterior

Don’t LikeAntiquated techMediocre fuel economy

Arguably the best thing about the Mazda6 is how it drives. It’s currently available with two engines: a 2.5-liter I4 with 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, and the uplevel 2.5-liter turbo I4 found in my test car, with a healthy 250 hp and a borderline-silly 320 lb-ft. Both engines are paired with a somewhat archaic six-speed automatic transmission, driving the front wheels exclusively.On the road, the six-speed auto is largely ignorable — and I mean that as a compliment. The transmission shifts smoothly and imperceptibly, though with only six forward gears, fuel economy isn’t exactly outstanding. The EPA rates the 2021 Mazda6 2.5T at 23 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined, but at least I’m able to match those estimates without issue.

As is the case with most Mazdas, the 6’s goodness isn’t about its power, it’s how it feels on the road. The Mazda6 is fun to drive on a curvy road but also very comfortable and compliant even on terribly maintained Los Angeles streets. The steering is quick and perfectly weighted, and there’s a sense of lightness to the chassis. If I have one criticism, it’s that the engine’s healthy torque often overwhelms the stock all-season tires, making unintentional chirps a fairly regular occurrence.When the Mazda6 was refreshed for the 2018 model year, one key focus was to make the interior look and feel more luxurious and upscale. This was largely successful, as the 2021 Mazda6 uses some excellent materials and the overall cabin design is clean and modern. This sedan has arguably one of the most elegant and understated interiors to come out of Japan in a while. The high-quality leather and solid-feeling plastics go a long way toward accomplishing Mazda’s goal. The tall gear lever and mostly analog instrument panel feel a little old compared with what’s in more modern competitors, but they’re perfectly functional and easy to use.

An upscale interior is a highlight of the Mazda6.
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Mazda has always lagged behind rivals like Honda and Toyota when it comes to infotainment technology, and that’s evident in the 6. The 8-inch touchscreen atop the dash is bright and easy to read. The standard Mazda Connect software is pretty antiquated, and Mazda’s insistence on locking out the touchscreen while you’re moving is super annoying, especially if you need to do something that can’t be controlled with voice commands. Thankfully, the 6 has wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto integration, so maybe just rely on your smartphone’s tech for infotainment duties.

When it comes to safety tech, the Mazda6 offers a suite of driver assistance systems on par with the rest of the class. Things like automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability are all standard on my loaded Carbon Edition tester. Are any of these features class-leading? No. But they’re all things I’d expect to see at this price.Where the Mazda6 continues to lead the midsize sedan class is in exterior design. Sleek and sophisticated, this is an incredibly pretty car, even when stacked up against fresh competition like the Hyundai Sonata and the Kia K5. But once you dig a little deeper, the Mazda6’s old bones just can’t keep it relevant against hot newcomers, even with its powerful turbo engine. The Honda Accord 2.0T is better than it’s ever been, and the Hyundai Sonata N Line is freaking brilliant.One of the good ones, right here.
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The 2021 Mazda6 Carbon Edition comes with all the bells and whistles, with no options apart from $500 parking sensors and $400 embedded navigation. My tester retails for $34,845, including Mazda’s $995 destination fee, which isn’t unreasonable but is still slightly more than the sporty Sonata N Line, which has a better drivetrain, newer tech and a more comprehensive warranty — though the Mazda’s looks are likely less polarizing.Of course, even the less expensive trims have plenty of appeal. The base Mazda6 Sport trim with its nonturbocharged engine retails for just $25,470, including destination. The turbo engine becomes available on the Grand Touring model, which starts at $31,170. The top-tier Signature, with its wood and ultrasuede interior trim, will set you back $36,895. Basically, there’s a Mazda6 for most budgets and the inherently great chassis is standard on all of them.All told, the 6 continues to show off the things Mazda does best: great handling, nice interiors and stellar looks. The Mazda6 might not present as strong a case as it once did, but it’s still a favorite among enthusiasts. I’ll be very sad to see this driver-oriented sedan go.

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Huawei’s new flagship P50 series has Snapdragon 888 and two camera bumps – CNET

Huawei/Screenshot by Sareena Dayaram/CNET Huawei has taken the wraps off its latest superphone series. It unveiled the P50 and P50 Pro in an online event Thursday, each of which are getting a China-only release for now. The main superpower of Huawei’s phones has long been their cameras — and the P50 is no exception. In fact, you…

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Huawei has taken the wraps off its latest superphone series. It unveiled the P50 and P50 Pro in an online event Thursday, each of which are getting a China-only release for now. The main superpower of Huawei’s phones has long been their cameras — and the P50 is no exception. In fact, you can see the emphasis Huawei put on the cameras as soon as you look at the phones: Both the P50 and P50 Pro have not one but two camera bumps, which together take up more than a third of the phone’s rear width. This wasn’t entirely a surprise, since Huawei had teased images and videos of the lineup ahead of the event, but it does make for an eye-catching new design, which does away with the dual hole-punch design of the P40 series.The P50 Pro has four cameras on its rear: a 50-megapixel main, a 64-megapixel telephoto, a 40-megapixel monochrome and a 13-megapixel ultrawide lens. The P50 has a similar camera bump, but it has one less lens. There’s a 50-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto and a 13-megapixel ultrawide. Surprisingly, the base version has better optical zoom than the Pro version (5x versus 3.5x optical zoom). Each has 13-megapixel selfie cameras.Huawei’s P50 lineup was launched in China on Thursday.
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Beyond the camera, the P50 series stacks a range of enviable features, as expected (see the specs list below for more details). A crisp and smooth OLED display, a large battery, fast charging (66 watts) and powerful processors. The P50 series comes in two variants — one powered by the company’s own Kirin 9000 chipset and the other by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 4G CPU. Qualcomm was granted permission to sell chips to Huawei last year. These chipsets are backed up by 8GB of RAM and 256 or 512GB of flash storage. You may recall Huawei phones no longer feature Google apps — a consequence of crippling US sanctions. But the P50 series is one of Huawei’s first new lineups to debut the company’s own operating system, Harmony OS, which the Chinese telecom had developed in-house to replace Google Mobile Services in its smartphones. When the P50 launches internationally, it should provide Huawei with the opportunity to gauge consumer response to the company’s in-house software and whether it’ll gain wider adoption among international shoppers amid the backdrop of Huawei’s eroding smartphone market share.  Huawei’s Richard Yu unveiled the company’s P50 series in a virtual launch event.
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Huawei is starting out with a China release before the series gets an international rollout (if it ever does), though specs may vary slightly based on your country. The P50 Pro starts at 5,988 yuan (roughly $930, £665 or AU$1,256), while the P50 starts at 4,488 yuan (roughly $695, £500 or AU$940).Key specsHuawei P50 Pro 4GDisplay: 6.6-inch OLED, 120Hz, 2,700×1,228 pixels, 450ppiDimensions: 158.8×72.8×8.5mmCamera: 50-megapixel main, 64-megapixel telephoto, 40-megapixel monochrome, 13-megapixel ultrawideProcessor: Snapdragon 888 4GBattery and charging: 4,360 mAH, 66-watt charging, 50-watt wirelessWater and dust resistance: IP68 ratingHuawei P50 4GDisplay: 6.5-inch OLED, 90Hz, 2,700×1,224 pixelsDimensions: 156.5×73.8×7.9mm Camera: 50-megapixel main, 13-megapixel ultrawide, 12-megapixel telephotoProcessor: Snapdragon 888 4GBattery and charging: 4,100 mAh, 66-watt chargingWater and dust resistance: IP68 rating

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Grab a Ring Doorbell and an Echo Show 5 bundle for $65 today – CNET

ring Having a Ring Doorbell is one of the best ways to know what’s happening at your front door when you’re not home, because it lets you see what’s happening right from your phone. When you are at home, however, you may not always have your phone om hand. This is one of the best…

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Having a Ring Doorbell is one of the best ways to know what’s happening at your front door when you’re not home, because it lets you see what’s happening right from your phone. When you are at home, however, you may not always have your phone om hand. This is one of the best reasons to pair your Ring doorbell up with an Echo Show, as it lets you immediately see what’s happening from that camera. It’s why you frequently see Ring products and Echo Show products bundled, but it’s rare to see those bundles as heavily discounted as the one available today. The wired version of the Ring Doorbell is perfect for anyone who already has a doorbell system in their home and wants to make it a little smarter. And when you pair an Echo Show 5 with it, you have a screen that lets you peek outside from wherever in the house you set it up. This setup is incredibly handy for people who work in a room that isn’t near the front door of their house, or if you’re elbows deep in meal prep in the kitchen and can’t clean your hands off fast enough to reach for your phone. This huge discount is a great way to make your front door safer, and if you have an Amazon login you can purchase from the Ring website as though you were purchasing from Amazon itself. 

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How to use the automatic responses on Ring Doorbells – CNET

Chris Monroe/CNET Ring’s video doorbells can talk to the delivery person at your door when you don’t feel like it. They can even tell your annoying neighbor to go away. Ring’s Quick Replies feature debuted recently and is rolling out on newer models like the Ring 4. It’s even available via an update on older models…

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Ring’s video doorbells can talk to the delivery person at your door when you don’t feel like it. They can even tell your annoying neighbor to go away. Ring’s Quick Replies feature debuted recently and is rolling out on newer models like the Ring 4. It’s even available via an update on older models dating back to the Ring 2. From the app, you can pick from a variety of automatic responses and then, when your doorbell rings, your smart gadget will do the talking on your behalf. 

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Check out the video to see it in action. Here are the steps to enable the feature and customize it to your liking. From the main page of the app, click on the settings icon on your device. You can also tap the image from your doorbell cam to pull up a menu specific to your device, then tap the settings icon. The icon itself will in the top right corner in both cases and looks like a gear wheel.Once in the settings menu, look for a button labeled “Smart Responses” and tap it. Everything else is pretty intuitive.You can turn the feature on and off with the toggle at the top. Turn it on and you’ll see options for response time and what message to relay. You can set the response time to “immediate” to have the doorbell talk right away or you can give yourself a few seconds delay if you want to respond most of the time. If you answer the door, the quick reply won’t also join in.  Ring has a variety of generic messages to pick from. You can have it say things like “leave the package” or “we’re not interested.” You can also prompt the person to leave a message, but you’ll need to subscribe to Ring’s premium service to be able to watch the clip later on and see what they said.

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That’s all you need to know to use this simple but helpful feature. I do wish Ring offered a little more customization or conditional responses so it only gave an automated answer at night, for instance. As it stands, the feature is easy to flip on or off, so when you’re expecting a delivery, you can quickly prep an automatic response from the friendly robotic helper inside your Ring Video Doorbell. 

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