first_img6 July 2005New immigration regulations which came into effect this month are designed to attract the foreign skills and investment necessary for South Africa’s economic growth, says Home Affairs spokesperson Nkosana Sibuyi.They also reflect South Africa’s commitment to human rights and the security of those living within the country’s borders.Sibuyi said the amended immigration regulations will discourage illegal migration, especially of people from poverty-stricken countries, by creating a wider array of permits to legalise entry.“As a country we have an obligation to regulate or facilitate movement of people, goods and services into and outside South Africa,” Sibuyi said.Relevant permits“If somebody wants to visit South Africa, he or she must have a passport and apply for a visa if so required.“A potential investor, tourist, student or diplomat should apply for a relevant permit to legalise his or her stay in the country.”Sibuyi explained that under the new regulations, if a foreigner wants to start a business, he or she is expected to apply for a business permit and should have R2.5-million to invest.Applicants without these funds must convince the government that the business will be viable in South Africa.“We need to strike a balance in terms of scarce skills,” Sibuyi said. “We must capacitate our own people first before we attract skills from foreigners, so that we get a cross-pollination of ideas to empower our country.”He said the regulations would create an enabling environment for direct foreign investment in South Africa, and attract skills needed by the country’s economy.TrainingThe new National Immigration Branch, launched in April, has trained 106 officials to control the entry, stay and departure of foreigners in the country, as regulated by the Immigration and Refugee Acts.“The training takes at least a year,” Sibuyi said. “We want our officials to understand the Act, immigration regulations and how to fill forms so that travellers do not have to go through this burden at immigration offices.“We want to ensure that people who come to the country can do so conveniently.”The new regulations also clamp down on marriages of convenience, where foreigners pay local people to marry them and then use the marriage certificates to apply for citizenship.“The amended Act makes it a requirement that any foreigner who wishes to marry a South African and thereby obtain permanent residence in the country should have a marriage in good faith to such a South African citizen for at least five years before the status can be granted to them.“This will help our fight against the problem of fraudulent marriages,” he said.Almost 2 000 marriages were recently denied legality following a department investigation into marriages of convenience.With the new regulations, students from Africa will no longer be required to pay deposits before getting study permits, provided their governments submit written undertakings to pay deportation expenses for such students should this become necessary.New costsEntry and transit visas, renewal of visitors’ permits, study permits and medical treatment permits will now cost R425.Business permits, work permits and permanent residence permits each cost R1 520. The certificate of confirmation of permanent residence is R100.The amended Act also benefits workers from neighbouring countries: they will no longer have to leave the country immediately after being retrenched or dismissed from their jobs.“Now that there so many permits, there is no need for people – especially those from neighbouring states – to come to South Africa illegally,” Sibuyi said.He said the Southern African Development Community was currently discussing free movement within member states, referring to the recent agreement between South Africa and Mozambique to waive visa requirements.RefugeesOn the question of asylum-seekers, he said South Africa was guided by United Nations policies and the African Union Convention on Refugees.“We do not expect asylum-seekers to come to here with all the required documents, because of the conflicts in their countries,” Sibuyi said. “When they come here they should go to the nearest refugee reception and apply for asylum.”Refugee smart cards printed by Home Affairs will be given to refugees.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgThere are several stylistic and technological approaches to communicate information at a distance. We look at two: the zoom and the punch In.The ZoomThe zoom, of course, requires a telescopic lens to magnify the image. The camera is static so there won’t be any perspective changes. You can move the camera while zooming, a notable effect being the Hitchcock shot (a.k.a. the dolly zoom), but let’s focus on a static camera for this article.At its most basic, a zoom allows us to redirect and focus our audience’s attention within a single shot. A great example is the crash-zoom, often used in Hong Kong action cinema, and films harkening back to it. It emphasizes an action, introduces an imposing character, or adds weight to a character’s mood or emotion. Note its use in introducing Calvin Candy in Django Unchained.Here, we finally meet the man of much discussion — the slave master of Django’s wife. Once we see his face, it’s like nothing else in the world matters — all our attention is focused on him.In Clinton Jones’s short action film “Sleeping Dogs,” we see an excellent use of a crash-zoom-out. After our main character rolls back over the table, he steps up onto the counter, then turns and kicks an attacker in the face. The camera crash zooms out, whipping our view back to a wide angle, to see the kick to the face and the thwarted attacker’s painful reaction.Here, the crash-zoom whiplashes the audience, just as our hero’s kick whiplashes his foe. But the crash-zoom is a fairly unique type of zoom. What happens when we take our time and zoom in slowly?Now, zooming in and out can create very different emotions. Let’s zoom in first. As I said earlier, this redirects and focuses our audience’s attention, but when the focus of the zoom is a character, we create a new feeling — that our character’s point of view is becoming hyper-focused. Maybe the character is putting two and two together and their mind is coming closer to a solution or revelation. Or perhaps they’ve become focused on a goal, like Jack Torrance losing his mind and thinking he needs to kill his family to “correct them.”Zooming out creates isolation. The slower we zoom, the more we become aware just how far we are away from our target — both physically and situationally. It emphasizes the distance between us and them — between them and the world. If our character is in a crowd, we convey several things, either that they’re not unique, they’re one of many, or that no amount of people in the world can rid them of their isolation.The Punch InThe punch in is one of those frustrating “same but different” techniques, in relation to the zoom. Yes, they both accomplish the same objective of moving our audience closer to, or further from, a new focus. But the method is different and the resulting emotion can be, as well. The punch in is more direct. It literally cuts straight to the chase.Whereas the zoom accomplishes its goal in a single shot, the punch in requires (at minimum) two shots edited together. Check out this scene in Casino Royale where James Bond realizes that the fuel tanker is where his objective is.You could use a crash-zoom, but it might whiplash the audience, creating a more shocking feeling. A slow zoom would help convey that he has discovered the truth of the situation. But, we need something fast to keep the pace of the chase scene going — we need something punchier. We just need to quickly convey what James Bond has discovered and that it’s of critical importance. We don’t need to whiplash our audience, but we do want to surprise them, thus heightening the intensity of the scene.The punch in can also frighten us. With each cut, we draw closer and closer toward doom. A slow zoom can create dread, but a punch in can shock us, causing us to get closer to a state of panic.As we cut closer to the paranormal twins, we feel Danny’s impending doom.ExperimentationThe zoom and punch in have similar qualities. Like most things in art, a tool’s effectiveness relies on the artist. Experiment with each technique. Try shooting the same scene several different ways. Find a scene with a shocking revelation or dialogue, and use various versions of the zoom and the punch in. Does the crash zoom add weight to it or make it feel kind of hokey? Is the slow zoom too dramatic? Does the punch in ruin the pacing of the overall scene or shake it up in a necessary way? A dangerous approach can be having the technique you want in mind before even writing the scene. Experiment and see which technique fits the scene best, instead of trying to shoehorn the scene into the effect.Cover image via The Shining (Warner Bros)Looking for more cinematography tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Viltrox vs. Metabones: Speed Booster for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema CameraChoosing Aspect Ratio: A Guide to Everything You Need to Know3 Cheap, Underappreciated Cameras Filmmakers Should ConsiderCapturing the Cinematic Moment: Creative Uses for a Color MeterWhere to Find Vintage Lenses (and Tips on How to Use Them)last_img read more

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Both teams burned through their bullpens, and the relievers won’t get much rest. The Yankees and the AL East-leading Red Sox are set for a day-night doubleheader Sunday.Boston starter Chris Sale struck out 13 in 7 2/3 scoreless innings of three-hit ball. He leads the majors with 191 strikeouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsYankees starter Luis Severino allowed one run and four hits in seven innings. He gave up Mitch Moreland’s sacrifice fly in the third.Ben Heller (1-0) went two innings. Seven Yankees relievers combined to blank Boston on four hits for nine innings. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Doug Fister (0-3) gave up three runs in the 16th. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double, Gregorius and Austin Romine hit RBI singles and Gary Sanchez added a sacrifice fly.A day after Yankees blew a ninth-inning lead and lost, they rallied to win for just the eighth time in 28 games. New York closed within 3 1/2 games of Boston.The Red Sox had been 43-0 when leading after eight. Kimbrel, the winning pitcher in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, had his first career blown save at Fenway following 30 successful ones.Red Sox manager John Farrell put the game under protest after an odd sequence in the 11th.Holliday led off with a walk and Ellsbury followed with a grounder to Moreland at first base. Moreland threw to second for a forceout but Holliday retreated toward first and slid into the bag as shortstop Xander Bogaerts’ throw arrived.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next New York Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury, Didi Gregoriusd and Aaron Judge, from left, celebrate after the Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1 in 16 innings in a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, July 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Didi Gregorius lined a go-ahead single in the 16th inning and the New York Yankees outlasted the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Saturday in the longest game between the bitter rivals at Fenway Park since 1966.Matt Holliday hit a tying home run off Boston closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth that cleared the Green Monster, and it took 5 hours, 50 minutes and 512 pitches to finish. That is, if it’s really over — the Red Sox put the game under protest after a bizarre play on the bases involving Holliday in the 11th.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Moreland wasn’t able to reach the ball, which hit Ellsbury and bounced into foul territory. Farrell argued in favor of an interference call and after a lengthy review, the umpires allowed Ellsbury to stay on first.The clubs last played 16 at Fenway on June 4, 1966, when Jim Gosger’s three-run homer gave Boston a 6-3 victory.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: Manager Joe Girardi said the club was “hopeful” that OF Aaron Hicks, on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique, would “start doing some light baseball activity” when the club returns from its season-long, 11-game trip.Red Sox: Placed RHP Joe Kelly on the 10-day DL before the game with a strained left hamstring and recalled RHP Brandon Workman from Triple-A. . RHP Blaine Boyer left with right elbow tightness. . Bogaerts put on a soft brace to support his left ring and pinkie finger under his batting glove halfway through batting practice.HONOREDThe Red Sox welcomed about 1,300 Vietnam veterans and their families onto the field during a pregame ceremony.UP NEXTYankees: RHP Bryan Mitchell (1-1, 5.06 ERA) is set for the opener and RHP Masahiro Tanaka (7-8, 5.47) in the nightcap Sunday.Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-11, 4.75) and LHP David Price (4-2, 3.91) are slated to start. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Venus Williams to play World TeamTennis for Washington View commentslast_img read more

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UPDATE (Feb. 25, 4:58 p.m.): Since publication of this post, the Last Man organizers have acknowledged that their database did not include one contestant who was still viable in the competition. She has since been eliminated, but the numbers in this post would be slightly different if the database had been correct at the time of publication. Eighty-five percent of participants have already been felled by what competitors call “The Knowledge,”2Not to be confused with “The Knowledge.” according to the Last Man website. Sixteen percent of all players had, despite their best efforts, learned who won the Super Bowl by midnight on the night of the game (Feb. 7).3I wasn’t a declared player, but I made it only to 9:17 a.m. the day after the game, by which point 27 percent of players had learned the result, too. By the end of the next day, more than half of the competitors had lost their blissful ignorance. The more time that passes, the safer the players are; only about a quarter of competitors who made it through the first post-Super Bowl week perished in the second. Now, as you can see in the chart above, the survivor curve is more like a plateau.But that’s no reason for the survivors to let down their guard. They could still be taken out by the kind of thing that has felled other competitors — phone calls, cupcakes, baby photos, the usual. And it’s not always just the Last Manners who suffer when they lose: One competitor learned the Super Bowl winner via “email from treacherous husband I thought I could trust.” And that husband may find that the guilt of being the spoiler weighs on him for longer than The Knowledge haunts his spouse. It’s been more than two weeks since the Super Bowl, and there are still at least 29 people1As of Sunday, when the data was last updated. who don’t know who won. Those 29 are the recorded survivors of the Last Man challenge, a war-of-attrition, just-for-glory competition to be the last person in the U.S. (or at least in the challenge’s database) unaware of who won Super Bowl 50. (For all of you who still don’t know who won, this post is a safe space.) read more

How will your favorite NBA team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016-17 season » There is little reason for the casual NBA fan to pay attention to the Denver Nuggets this season. They are a bad-to-mediocre team with a ceiling of mediocre-yet-interesting. Where they fall along that spectrum will probably depend on what becomes of Emmanuel Mudiay.Mudiay, who skipped college ball in favor of getting paid as a pro in China, looked like a steal as the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 draft. He walked into the starting point-guard position in his rookie season and went on to play 30 minutes of horror-show basketball every night. And, yet, because of the quirks of his position, his obvious talent and some promising stats papered over by the all-around badness, Mudiay remains a tantalizing prospect despite having one of the worst rookie seasons in recent memory.The baseline stats belie just how bad he was: Mudiay averaged 12.8 points and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 36 percent from the floor and 32 percent from behind the arc. Dig a little deeper and it starts to look worse: His turnover rate was just a hair under 18 percent, and he finished the year with his win shares per 48 at a tidy -0.049. That’s not good! It is in fact very bad!How does a supposed phenom have a season that bad? By having no idea how to put the ball in the basket. Among qualified players, Mudiay ranked dead last in both effective field goal percentage and true shooting percentage. He somehow managed to put up worse shooting numbers than Kobe Bryant, who spent the season heaving up as many shots as possible despite his body being held together by bungee cords. Bryant at least had the excuse of being a shameless gunner and 700 years old. Mudiay managed to be a black hole despite taking 200 fewer shots than Old Man Bryant. This isn’t to say that Nuggets fans should be feeling great about Mudiay’s future as he heads into his second season running the offense. The inclusion of Westbrook, Mike Conley and John Wall in the comparable players section of his CARMELO comps will surely induce a few fist pumps, but the sight of Sebastian Telfair and Brandon Jennings should leave them in a cold sweat.Whether Mudiay is able to overcome his growing pains and carry his second-half improvements into this season won’t mean much for the Nuggets’ immediate future — they’re likely a long shot for the playoffs even if Mudiay is great — but it means everything for their long-term plans. Aside from Mudiay and Nikola Jokic, this is a roster almost entirely made up of solid but uninspiring players. Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton are fine basketball players, but they aren’t a group that’s equipped to turn the Nuggets into a consistent playoff contender.In the coming years, the Nuggets will have to choose which of their good-but-not-great players are worth keeping around and which are better jettisoned. But none of those decisions will matter if the team can’t find a true star or two to anchor the roster. Jokic looks like he’s ready to play the part, but so much still depends on what becomes of Mudiay. At this point, one timeline sees him developing into an oversized point guard with a passable jumper who can use his speed, strength and vision to control the game. The darker timelines see him slogging through a disappointing NBA career, launching jumpers from a trebuchet and never quite catching onto the rhythm of the game. Mudiay will be much closer to one of those destinies at the conclusion of this season, which means it’s probably going to be a very good or very bad year for the Nuggets.Check out our NBA predictions. An optimist would point out that Mudiay’s shooting improved in the second half of the season; he shot 39 percent from the floor and 36 percent from 3-point range after the All-Star break. A pessimist would dunk on that optimist’s head by reminding everyone that shooting was far from Mudiay’s only problem — he created just 0.64 points per possession for his team as a pick-and-roll ball-handler last season, a rate that was nearly doubled up by Steph Curry (1.11) and lagged behind less lofty competition like Jimmy Butler (0.89) and Jamal Crawford (0.82).Rookies often take a while to find their stroke — Kris Dunn shot 24.2 percent over his last five preseason games — but what makes Mudiay’s shooting stats so ugly is that they weren’t just the result of a broken jumper. He struggled just as much around the basket. He made only 44 percent of the shots he took less than five feet from the rim, a full 15 points below the league average. According to NBA.com, Mudiay made 7.6 drives to the basket per game and converted just 38 percent of the shots he took at the end of those drives. This would maybe be understandable if Mudiay were the size of, say, Earl Boykins and built like a dachshund, but he’s a 6-foot-5 point guard who weighs 200 pounds. Driving to the hoop and finishing strong is supposed to be, like, his whole thing.If Mudiay were a center or power forward coming off a rookie season this rotten, I imagine that he would have already been written off as an Anthony Bennett-style bust, but point guards are evaluated a little differently. The inherent difficulties of the position are going to produce some ugly statistics in the first season, and the problems that rookie point guards have — unfamiliarity with the speed of the NBA, poor shooting, high turnover rate — are usually the kinds of problems that can be solved. Remember when Russell Westbrook’s effective field goal percentage was .414 in his first season? That’s why FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection model ranks guys like Marcus Smart and Elfrid Payton so highly.This goes a long way toward explaining why CARMELO is relatively bullish on Mudiay as well, projecting him to dig his way out of the basement and be a solid contributor within a few seasons: And don’t forget that for all Mudiay’s failings, he’s had his moments. It was highlights like this that made him a lottery pick to begin with: read more

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15) and sophomore guard C.J. Jackson walk down the floor late in the second half against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe NBA released a list of early entry candidates for the 2017 NBA draft on Tuesday, and among those names was Ohio State redshirt junior shooting guard Kam Williams.The fourth-year guard set career-highs across the board, averaging 30.7 minutes, 9.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in his first season as the regular point guard while starting in 29 of his team’s 32 games. He shot .391 from the field, including a .376 success percentage from beyond the arc. Williams also led the team shooting 91.9 percent (34-for-37) from the free-throw line.Williams is the second Buckeye player on this list, joining junior center Trevor Thompson who reportedly declared for the draft on March 14. read more

first_imgFormer Chelsea captain John Terry is unsure if he will be continuing with his career at the end of the season with current club Aston Villa keen to retain his services for next seasonThe former England captain left his beloved Chelsea, last season, after falling down the pecking order under new manager Antonio Conte and, after refusing offers from other Premier League sides, Terry signed for Aston Villa in the Championsip.Terry has promptly named the new captain of Steve Bruce’s side and has become an integral part at Aston Villa with the club currently aiming to return to the Premier League this season.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.But despite Villa’s intentions to keep him for another season, Terry (who turned 37 in December) is unsure whether he will continue playing for another season and has told Bruce that he will make a final decision in May.Daily Star has reported that Terry is concerned that he may no longer have enough stamina to endure a another season of top-flight football and finds the prospect of facing Chelsea to be unappealing.At the end of last season, Terry turned down Swansea City due to not wanting to line-up against his former club and it is believed that the defender may be looking at a prospective move to either America or China at the end of the season.last_img read more

first_imgNuno Espirito Santo is confident his team’s chances when they face bottom side Fulham despite admitting they will be difficult opposition.Wolves will be aiming to return to winning ways after losing 2-0 to Klopp’s men while Ranieri will be hoping for the perfect gift to Fulham fans.“From our point of view it will be the same, the approach will be exactly the same, so the game will tell us whether it will be harder or not. He told the club’s website“For sure, it’s going to be tough, because Fulham, we played them last season, they are the situations that they have, as the season goes by all the teams start fighting for their lives, so that changes the reality of the games. But it’s going to be tough, very tough.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It’s different realities. In those moments both teams were fighting for different objectives that would get them promoted. Now the squads are totally different.“I think we’ve stayed more with the core of our squad, maintained our main places. I don’t know if Fulham, the decisions that they made, but it’s not the same team that we found last season, so it will be totally different.“What I see is that it will be difficult, they have a very good manager and they’ve tried to get back on their ideas and I see a better team.”last_img read more

first_img Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house $999 See All 1 Google Play possibilities The other big difference is the absence of the Google Play store on smart displays. This is where the GE Kitchen Hub really made its point. At first, I was disappointed to realize this giant smart home screen was actually just a mega tablet. But the tablet OS offers nearly endless customization thanks to the Google Play store, which is completely absent on Android Things smart displays.  With a large tablet like the Kitchen Hub, I could watch Netflix or any streaming service I subscribe to, download any other app I use on my Android phone or play any Android-compatible tablet game (a little Cut The Rope, anyone?).  screenshot-20190612-103753GE’s Kitchen Hub does include a guided recipe app called Flavorly for a more hands-free experience. Screenshot by Molly Price/CNET That level of customization is what draws me to the Kitchen Hub. The idea that I can make it exactly what I want it to be is so appealing. Yes, the smart home controls will be a little less intuitive and hands-free, but they are still there. Everything you do on a smart display is still possible on a tablet and much much more.  After WWDC earlier this month, I looked into why we may never see an Apple smart display. It’s the iPad. After spending time with the GE Kitchen Hub, I think the folks in Cupertino might be right to shrug off the smart display.  At first, I was sure GE had made a mistake in choosing a tablet approach over a smart display. I was disappointed that I couldn’t get the hands-free simplicity of the Google Nest Hub.  Now that I’ve used it, I see the advantages. As tablets integrate better with voice assistants and large appliances get their own built-in displays, I’m not sure the smart display will have as long a shelf life as we first imagined, unless it opens up to more user customization.  Read more:Smart display debate: Are these speaker-tablets worth it or not? Google Home vs. Amazon Echo Show: Should you buy a smart speaker or a smart display? GE Kitchen Hub 23 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above GE Kitchen Hub (Stainless Steel) Tags All the coolest kitchen tech we saw at CES 2019 Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Smart Home Smart Display Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Smart displays are getting a lot of attention in the smart home, especially in the kitchen. The Google Nest Hub, Lenovo Smart Display and Amazon Echo Show are all fine-tuned to manage tasks like controlling smart home devices and getting important information quickly. Their focus on voice commands and simple graphics for things like timers and quick questions makes them a good fit for the kitchen.  While that’s all well and good, more than once I’ve asked myself, “Why not just use a tablet?” The answer seemed simple. Smart displays are tailor-made for the smart home. Guided recipes, drop-down smart home controls. Who wouldn’t want all that sweet smart home simplicity controlled by the sound of their voice? Then I tested the GE Kitchen Hub.  Chris Monroe/CNET A light bulb suddenly went off. Smart displays might not be the smartest option. Sure, I had known about, at least on paper, the differences between using a smart display and a tablet, but when you mount a 27-inch Android touchscreen above a range, those differences become much more tangible. Here’s what I mean.  Android OS vs. Android Things Most people probably won’t get in the weeds about the operating systems running the screens in their home, but it does make a difference. Smart displays and tablets use two different Android systems (there’s no Apple smart display yet) and those systems change the entire experience. Smart displays, designed for the smart home specifically, run an OS called Android Things. Good examples of this are the Lenovo Smart Display and the JBL Link View. Whereas a Samsung Galaxy Tab, a Pixel Slate and the GE Kitchen Hub all use an iteration of the standard mobile Android OS that’s on your Android phone. The two systems are remarkably different, especially when it comes to voice control. Android Things began as a simpler version of Android for IoT products. Since then, it’s become the go-to for Google-enabled smart displays and smart speakers.  These Android Things smart displays are centered around your voice: They’re built to be navigated predominately with voice commands instead of taps or swipes, making them a theoretically great kitchen assistant. Ask Google to show you a recipe for macaroni and cheese, and you’ll get a recipe you can swipe through using voice commands without ever putting messy fingers or wet hands on your display. lenovo-smart-display-18 Chris Monroe/CNET A tablet running on Android OS (currently version 9, nicknamed Android Pie), won’t display those nice pop-up recipe cards. Instead, you’ll still be able to ask Google for a recipe hands-free, but you’ll get a web page of internet search results instead of interactive cards. You’ll need to scroll and tap the result you want to pull up the recipe, which won’t be navigable via voice. It’s not nearly as easy as the voice-first smart display approach.  There are other smart-home centric qualities of smart displays, too. Most include swipe-down dashboard controls for things like lights, cameras and thermostats for quick, easy access. Of course, with a simple voice command you can also adjust the thermostat or turn off the lights. All of that is slightly more difficult on an Android OS tablet. You’ll get a less intuitive home menu from the Google Assistant or you’ll need to use the Home app or product-specific app to control your devices.  No matter how you slice it, smart displays win in these areas. But the fight isn’t over. center_img 4:05 reading • Why GE’s giant Android screen for the kitchen changed my mind about smart displays Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected CNET Smart Home See it Share your voice Review • GE’s 27-inch Android touchscreen is coming for your kitchen Now playing: Watch this: The battle for the best smart display: Google Home Hub… • CNET Smart Home Comment Nest GE Google Assistant Alexa KitchenAid Amazon Google Lenovo Applelast_img read more