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The Best Universal Remote Control for 2019: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
If you’re looking for an easy-to-use universal remote to control up to eight AV components and even some smart-home devices, we recommend the Logitech Harmony Companion. Harmony remotes are the easiest to set up, and the smart, activity-based system simplifies control of your whole home theater. No other remote control we found offers as much control, connectivity, and compatibility for the money.
Our pick
Logitech Harmony Companion
The best universal remote control
The eight-device Harmony Companion doesn’t require line-of-sight to your gear, can control Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices, and can even run your smart home.
$105 from Amazon
The two-piece Logitech Harmony Companion system, which consists of a hub and a handheld remote, can control up to eight AV components, and it works with IR, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth devices, which gives it more flexibility than many budget remotes have. You can also use a smartphone/tablet app to control your system. The Harmony Companion integrates with Alexa, Google Assistant, and several do-it-yourself home-automation hubs and smart devices, such as lights, locks, thermostats, and motorized shades. The remote lacks backlighting, and all of that functionality makes it a bit more difficult to program than some other Harmony remotes—but it’s still easier to use than anything else available.
remote  tv  smart_home  audio  wirecutter  comparo  review  wi-fi  bluetooth  automation 
18 hours ago by rgl7194
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 - Same Supercharger as Corvette ZR1
Put down your fists; it's not as bad as it sounds.
There's an old saying in the muscle-car world. Although it's a tad bawdy to repeat verbatim here, the basic idea is that the protagonist would rather see his sister earning her living in a house of ill repute than see his brother driving an insert name of muscle car that is the subject of your derision here. That's just how deeply the battle lines in the Ford versus Chevy muscle-car wars were drawn back in the day (Mopar guys just hated everyone). But this time around, thanks largely to manufacturers' dependence on the supplier market for key components of their performance strategy, the modern muscle segment has become a bit incestuous.
The latest example of this shared genealogy is the 2.7-liter supercharger found riding atop the 5.2-liter V-8 in the brand spankin' new 2020 Ford Mustang GT500. It's supplied by the Eaton Corporation, and Ford tells us that the Roots-type supercharger's model designation is TVS R2650, which by all outward appearances and model numbers appears to be the same unit that sits atop the 6.2-liter LT5 V-8 found in the Corvette ZR1. While no one at Ford or Chevrolet is commenting, they didn't outright deny it, either. For the tiebreaker, we called Eaton, where a friendly type took our contact info and told us they'd "get back to us." A spokesperson called back later and informed us that "The GT500’s supercharger has the same base rotors as the Vette, but everything around it has been redesigned/customized for this application." Given that the rotors are the heart and soul of any supercharger, the redesign likely deals primarily with packaging and cooling concerns.
cars  mustang  corvette  shelby  comparo 
2 days ago by rgl7194
Wall Hooks We Love: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
In the fight against clutter, the hook is an essential tool. Install a few around your home, and suddenly your jacket, bag, and tangle of necklaces have a place to live. But very few function well and look stylish enough to show off on your walls. We recommend 11 hooks that Wirecutter staffers use to help make their day-to-day hustle a little tidier.
wirecutter  review  comparo  organizing  home_stuff 
5 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Duct Tape for 2019: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We tested 10 duct tapes on wood, glass, and plastic sheeting, spending seven months monitoring their outdoor performance in a New England field, and we found the best roll of duct tape to have around the house is Duck Max Strength. No other tape we tested has such a good combination of features—strong adhesive, high material strength, and stretchy flexibility—making it the most useful in the widest variety of situations.
Our pick
Duck Max Strength
The best duct tape
Duck Max Strength sticks to most anything, tears off the roll neatly, and stays stiff enough to not flop onto itself yet flexible enough to wrap around corners or an uneven surface.
$7 from Amazon
$6 from Walmart
Duck Max Strength’s strong adhesive sticks well to a variety of materials. It tears off in a straight line, and while it’s flexible enough to wrap around an uneven shape (like the finger of a blown-out glove), it’s also stiff enough that it doesn’t flop over on itself during use.
home_stuff  wirecutter  review  comparo  tools  repair 
5 days ago by rgl7194
Christmachine Audio Reference Music Server Playlist #12 ~ The Best Of The “Led Zeppelin” Catalog Pressings…[Post Special] [Second Pass Edit 07/02/14][MIRROR Post Special] – Christmachine
Here is the Led Zeppelin Discography Referred to throughout this review:
Led Zeppelin (1969)
Led Zeppelin II (1969)
Led Zeppelin III (1970)
Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
Houses of the Holy (1973)
Physical Graffiti (1975)
Presence (1976)
In Through the Out Door (1979)
Coda (1982)
Led Zeppelin I (1969) Best Releases / Pressings...
music  ledzep  record  audio  review  comparo  ranking  discography  playlist 
6 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Of The “Led Zeppelin” Catalog Pressings…[Post Special] [Second Pass Edit 07/02/14] – Christmachine
The Best Of The “Led Zeppelin” Catalog Pressings…[Post Special] Part 1 of 2
This first section was written early on, I have returned to edit to make it seemless with part two, no latency here. I do not yet know how this mega post review is going to be laid out yet. I know that sounds strange, but I know what releases make the grade, just not sure how I will lay it out here. So this should be interesting. I have been listening to only Led Zeppelin for two weeks now and I am ready to lay it all on the line. Well almost, I had to listen to other stuff like The Black Crowes first three albums in Hi-res to rest my mind. OMG The Black Crowes in Hi-rez (listening now) & The Black Sabbath Dio Albums as well (I’m In good hands fo’ sho’!!!) Obviously that is not to say that this list did not take many years of listening to compile. I had my favorites, but I had to take into account the Deluxe Reissues released at the beginning of this month. This includes the first three records of the catalog reissues, in all three formats available, including CD’s, 24Bit/96kHz Hi-Res, and vinyl.
At first I had a very hard time being as subjective as possible because although there are the releases that I clearly prefer. There were also many releases that had decent quality, although I still did not prefer them (or find their sound quality better) over my original favorites… some were close but clearly not superior. Therefore different from the few reviews I have done so far, I decided to add some new factors into my decisions specific for this review based on availability, price, and reputation. Of course sound quality will always be the number one determining factor, but there are releases (especially the Original and early Vinyl) that come very close to the best although they are still inferior IMHO.The thing is many people do not know the difference, so I build this guide with you in mind so you can go directly to the pressings recommended and know you are getting decent sound quality even if you have to settle with sources farther down the list. Still although there is lots of good, the bad is still quite bad…I expose the comparable sources with easier availability at a better price and acceptable sound quality to boot. The Law of diminishing returns is in full effect.
music  ledzep  record  audio  review  comparo  ranking  discography 
6 days ago by rgl7194
2020 Toyota Supra v 2019 BMW Z4 comparison - Autoblog
But is there an acceleration difference, too? How to tell the twins apart
Update: We've changed some of the figures on the BMW Z4 M40i based on updates from BMW.
Now that the 2020 Toyota Supra has been revealed, it's time to let the inevitable comparisons begin. Number one on that list of comparisons has to be its sister vehicle: the BMW Z4. During the lead-up to this reveal, and most likely throughout its entire lifetime, talk of this relationship has and will continue to dominate conversation around it. We don't know every last spec and measurement for both these cars yet, but we know enough for a proper comparison on paper now.
cars  toyota  supra  auto_show  BMW  comparo 
8 days ago by rgl7194
How Wirecutter Money Makes Recommendations: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Not everyone wants to talk about money, so it can be hard to get solid advice from people you know. That’s where Wirecutter Money can help. The Money team takes the deep-dive Wirecutter approach and applies it to credit cards, software, and services to make recommendations that can set you on the path to a secure financial future. We asked Wirecutter Money senior editor Korrena Bailie to tell us what her team plans to review this year, how the Money team keeps up with changing rates, and what her own terrifying new year’s money resolution is.
"Wirecutter-ing your stuff" means buying things that make life easier and more enjoyable. What does "Wirecutter-ing your finances" mean?
We believe that Wirecutter-ing your finances is primarily about reducing friction or stress in your life—mostly in small ways, but sometimes in big ones.
There's no reason money topics have to cause fear or tension, and our job is to recommend the credit cards, software, and behavioral tricks that will ease those feelings.
Wirecutter-ing your finances can mean paying a little up front for greater benefits later on. For example, we love the Chase Sapphire Reserve, our pick for the best travel credit card. You pay a $450 annual fee up front, but the rewards and travel credits will most likely put more money in your pocket than with any other card. In addition, you get excellent travel insurance, which means your vacation won't crumble beneath you if your flight is late or someone rear-ends your rental car.
It also means picking the right software to do your taxes or the best budgeting app, or even thinking about saving for retirement. How many fights have you had with a significant other over money? For nearly all of these problems, there’s a better solution. And we’re committed to finding them for our readers.
Wirecutter-ing your finances can mean paying a little up front for greater benefits later on.
wirecutter  money  credit_cards  software  review  comparo  finances 
9 days ago by rgl7194
Why We Love the AeroPress Coffee Maker: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
I love my job, but the coffee provided in our offices is terrible. Luckily, I’ve found a great solution: the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker, a portable hybrid brewer that combines some of the best qualities of other brewing systems. It is fast like a Nespresso machine and easy to use like a French press, and makes coffee that tastes almost as great as a lovingly prepared pour-over.
Our pick
AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
A simple coffee solution
The lightweight, compact AeroPress is the simplest way to make an excellent tasting single cup of coffee, no electricity needed.
$30 from Amazon
The first time I used the AeroPress in our office kitchen its somewhat sterile appearance drew more than a few confused looks, and my lack of confidence resulted in a small mess. But I quickly got the hang of the technique and grew to love my weird-looking beverage syringe. Now, as long as I have access to coffee grounds and hot water, the AeroPress allows me to make a great cup of coffee anywhere in less than two minutes. And in my year of using it, I’ve learned that I’m part of a large community of coffee enthusiasts who love the AeroPress, including many other Wirecutter staffers, as well as pros who conduct annual AeroPress competitions.
coffee  wirecutter  review  comparo 
10 days ago by rgl7194
Which cloud storage has the best value? | iMore
Best Answer: Overall, Microsoft OneDrive has the best value if you're going to pay, at 1TB for $6.99 a month, and that includes an Office 365 subscription. For the most space and versatility without having to ever pay a dime, then you can't go wrong with Google Drive's free 15GB. Mega is another good option for the most free storage right out of the gate (50GB), however, while it offers end-to-end encryption on your files, it's not as versatile with third-party integrations like other services.
We found the following:
Microsoft: OneDrive ($1.99 /mo and up)
Google: Google Drive ($1.99 /mo and up)
Mega: Mega (€4.99 /mo and up)
Apple: iCloud ($0.99 /mo and up)
Dropbox: Dropbox ($9.99 /mo and up)
Amazon: Amazon Drive ($11.99 /yr and up)
Box: Box ($10 a month)
cloud  storage  review  comparo  value  icloud  google  microsoft  amazon  dropbox 
12 days ago by rgl7194
Rheem Performance Platinum 40 Gal. - Product Comparison Page
$629.00 / each
Rheem Performance Platinum 40 Gal. Tall 12 Year 40,000 BTU Natural Gas Tank Water Heater
Model XG40T12HE40U0
$649.00 / each
Rheem Performance Platinum 40 Gal. Tall 12 Year 40,000 BTU Natural Gas ENERGY STAR Tank Water Heater
Model XG40T12DM40U0
$724.00 / each
Rheem Performance Platinum 40 Gal. Short 12 Year 40,000 BTU Natural Gas ENERGY STAR Tank Water Heater
Model XG40S12DM40U0
$754.97 / each
Rheem Performance Platinum 40 Gal Short 12 Year 40,000 BTU Natural Gas ENERGY STAR Tank Water Heater with WiFi Module Included
Model XG40S12DM40U0W
home_stuff  comparo  water  utilities 
12 days ago by rgl7194
LA Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys divisional playoff preview: Comparing QBs - Turf Show Times
The Rams and Cowboys both have a young QB, but who will have the edge this weekend?
The Los Angeles Rams set to host the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs in a game that will feature a couple of young, promising QBs. On the surface, the similarities are obvious. But even as you dig a little deeper, the parallels continue.
Jared Goff and Dak Prescott both entered the NFL in 2016, but with vastly different pedigrees. Goff was the #1 overall pick after the Rams made a flashy trade for the right to draft him. Prescott was the 8th QB selected and I don’t know that many fans expected him to do as well has he has thus far.
This matchup may not have the media appeal of Carson Wentz and Goff, but it is compelling nonetheless. There is an arguement to be made that Prescott and Goff are pretty comparable as far as career stats go...
...Verdict
Pro Football Focus ranked Goff 8th in their end of season QB rankings while Dak came in at 18th, and even without my rose colored glasses on I would agree. Prescott does bring more running ability to the table than Goff, but I don’t think that’s enough to offset what Goff has been able to do since Sean McVay took over has the Rams head coach.
Edge: Rams
comparo  football  goff  rams 
14 days ago by rgl7194
Jared Goff vs. Dak Prescott: Who has the edge in Rams-Cowboys battle?
When the Los Angeles Rams host their divisional-round playoff game this Saturday, they’ll be facing a re-invigorated Cowboys offense. The main narrative in the week leading up to the game will be the battle between Jared Goff and Dak Prescott. Quarterback is the most important position in football, after all, and the game will almost certainly come down to how the two young signal callers play. While Prescott has played much better as of late, the Rams have the clear edge at quarterback.
Both Goff and Prescott were members of the 2016 draft class, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Their careers have had nearly opposite arcs up to this point. Prescott burst onto the scene as a rookie, winning the league’s Rookie of the Year award, and went 13-3 as a starter his first year. Then Prescott struggled last year, and the team missed the playoffs as he received a ton of criticism...
...The bottom line:
Dallas has the superior defense right now so the matchup will be harder for Goff when these two teams meet, but there’s no question that at the end of the day the Rams have the better passer under center.
football  rams  goff  comparo 
14 days ago by rgl7194
Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace - the Ultimate Comparison (Jan 19)
Even if you don’t know the first thing about building websites, you’ve probably still heard of the big three: Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace.
These website builders have successfully gone about dominating the market, popping up on your TV screen, your social media feeds, and in YouTube adverts. Each one has tons of great features to offer, and has earned its place in the website builder hall of fame.
But with praise pouring in from all sides for each one, how are you meant to choose? It can be hard to know which features really matter, and which builder is actually best for you.
That’s where we come in.
Our aim is to use our carefully conducted research to make your life easier. We’ve tried, tested, and analyzed each builder in areas such as ease of use, value for money, and design flexibility, so we can give you the best possible results.
We use this information to give you detailed, honest answers about which builder is best for you. This article will help you decide whether you should use Wix, Weebly, or Squarespace to create your website.
web-dev  web-design  web2.0  comparo 
14 days ago by rgl7194
What’s the Best Place to Sell Your iPhone? A Comparison of Selling Options (2018 Report) - Flipsy
Apple sells more than 200 million iPhones annually, and many Apple customers have old iPhones they can sell to help mitigate the cost of new flagships that have crossed the $1,000 threshold.
However, the sheer number of used iPhone selling options is overwhelming. Where can you sell your iPhone for the most money? How long does it take to sell your iPhone, and to get paid? How much work is involved, and which option offers the best payout for the effort?
You can make an informed decision about the best place to sell your iPhone with this report, which compares metrics like:
Total payout
Payout type
Time to sell
Time to receive payout
Guaranteed sales
Shipping policies
Convenience
Trust
This report also discusses the role depreciation plays in iPhone values, and how you can use price locks to maximize cash value.
It’s a good idea to set priorities before you sell: do you want a quick and convenient sale? Are you willing to wait to see if you can get more money? Would you prefer to sell to a local buyer or ship to an online buyer? The answers to these questions will help you decide which iPhone selling option is best for you.
How much can you get for your iPhone?
Model Kiosks Carriers Online Marketplaces, after fees Online Buyback Stores
iPhone X $340 cash $565 credit $643 cash $587 cash
iPhone 8 $200 cash $340 credit $459 cash $419 cash
iPhone 7 $120 cash $185 credit $270 cash $250 cash
iPhone 6s $50 cash $110 credit $170 cash $132 cash
Retrieved 9/14/2018, base models compared
Online marketplaces offer more money for used iPhones, and buyback stores are a close second. Carriers like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile come in third, with ecoATM kiosks paying the least. But total payouts don’t tell the whole story.
Other iPhone selling factors
Selling price isn’t the only consideration to make when selling your iPhone. Payout type, time to receive payment, shipping fees, convenience and trust are all factors that might influence your decision.
iphone  ecommerce  store  comparo  grade  sales 
15 days ago by rgl7194
The Best iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and X Cases for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
The iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and X are Apple’s most expensive phones ever, and the most expensive to repair. Thanks to a design that uses glass for the entire front and back, they’re also perhaps the most breakable, so we recommend using a case that will help protect your phone against scratches, dents, and broken glass.
Case preferences are subjective, so we can’t tell you what the best case for you is. But we’ve tested more than 120 cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and X, taking into account protection, utility, and design, to find the best options in a variety of styles and categories. Read on for our picks for basic cases, leather cases, wallet cases, folio cases, transparent cases, extra-protective cases, cases that work well with accessories, thin cases, and waterproof cases. And as more models are released for Apple’s latest phones, we’ll update this guide with additional options for a wider variety of tastes.
iphoneXS  iphoneX  accessories  wirecutter  review  comparo 
17 days ago by rgl7194
The Best iPhone Cases for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
A good case is a wise investment for your iPhone. Even the least expensive iPhone is pricey, and the right case will offer protection against scratches, dings, and cracks—and allow you to personalize your phone—without adding much extra bulk or changing how you use your phone. We’ve tested hundreds of cases for every iPhone back to the iPhone 5, and we think the Silk Base Grip is the best case for the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and X, as well as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, offering solid everyday protection at a low price. But we have recommendations for older phones and different needs, too.
The best case for iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR: Silk Base Grip
Who this is for: People who want a slim, protective, and affordable case for any iPhone X model.
Why we like it: After testing almost 70 cases for the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR, we think the best case to protect that huge investment is the Silk Base Grip. This sleek case will help protect phones against damage from everyday life—to get more protection, you’d have to use a much bulkier case. The flexible plastic material offers more grip than a bare phone, and the raised lip around the screen is tall enough to help protect the glass from drops. And the Base Grip is very affordable.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Silk Base Grip is a rather plain case with a relatively limited selection of solid color choices. It’s not the best pick for someone seeking a unique look.
We also have picks for other types of cases, including leather cases, waterproof options, and more in our full review of the best iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and X cases.
iphoneX  iphoneXS  iphone8  accessories  wirecutter  comparo  review 
17 days ago by rgl7194
Your Favorite Mac Personal Finance Apps - TidBITS
We asked you to rate the Mac personal finance software that’s near and dear to your heart (or that had let you down), and nearly 700 TidBITS readers answered our survey of 34 apps with close to 1,400 votes (see “Vote for Your Favorite Mac Personal Finance App,” 17 February 2016). We found that the landscape for finance apps is still dominated by Intuit’s Quicken, but there are several alternatives that our readers recommend wholeheartedly...
...Still, some have found alternatives to the Quicken quagmire. Here are a few takeaways:
When looking at the top Quicken alternatives by weighted average and vote count, Moneydance (the top rating, second-most votes) and Banktivity (most votes, third-best rating) are the clear favorites.
If those two don’t float your boat, check out other apps that scored well in the ratings, but didn’t collect quite as many votes (such as SEE Finance, Moneywiz, and CheckBook/CheckBook Pro).
Be sure to look at the full results and read the comments on the original article, since there’s a lot of useful information there that we couldn’t convey here.
Don’t forget to read Michael Cohen’s articles on “Finding a Replacement for Quicken” (5 August 2011) and “Follow-up to Finding a Replacement for Quicken” (20 September 2011), which helped readers understand their needs and choose from the available alternatives.
apps  banking  finances  mac  review  comparo  favorites 
17 days ago by rgl7194
Banktivity 7 Review 2019 | The Best Personal Finance Software for Mac?
Summary
For those who want a native Macintosh application, Banktivity should be on your short list. Banktivity 7 has all of the must-have features you need in a modern personal finance application.
It’s great to see Banktivity improve with each new version. This version makes it just that much closer in comparison to Quicken for Windows and, in my opinion, surpasses Quicken for Mac. However, while the investment functionality has improved from the previous version, it could still use some improvements to match Quicken for Windows.
Compared to Quicken on a price basis, Banktivity 7 is a good value. Quicken has switched to a subscription model, which means you’ll have to pay $74.99 annually if you want all the bells and whistles. Conversely, Banktivity 7 is still a one-time purchase and costs just $69.99 (with an additional yearly charge of $44.99 if you want the Direct Access synchronization feature). However, if you are upgrading from either Banktivity 5 or Banktivity 6, you’ll pay just $34.99.
From my extensive testing, I actually like Banktivity enough to perhaps personally use it as a supplement to Personal Capital, which I like using for investment tracking.
For this version, we have increased the rating to 8.5 stars. This rates Banktivity higher than its Macintosh competitors, Moneydance and Quicken for Mac.
If you’re looking for desktop software that’s Macintosh-based, Banktivity 7 is hard to beat.
banking  apps  mac  finances  review  comparo 
17 days ago by rgl7194
Mattress Buying Guide: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Most people shop for mattresses all wrong, focusing on arbitrary measures of firmness level or sleep position, considering only price point, or simply choosing the materials and technology du jour. But that approach can land you a not-so-comfy mattress you may regret buying. The advice in this guide will show you a better way (hint: focus on comfort and support) and builds on our hundreds of hours of research and sleep testing to help you find a mattress you’ll happily sleep on for years.
Our pick
Leesa
Our favorite foam mattress
This three-layer foam mattress hugs your contours without feeling too soft. It has decent edge support and stays reasonably cool for foam. You have 100 days to decide if it works for you, after which you can return it without an extra charge.
$845 from Leesa
(queen)
Saatva
A good innerspring mattress
Staffers in our recent blind test liked the support provided by this innerspring mattress made with individually wrapped coils and a cushy Euro top. It comes with a generous 120-day trial period (though there’s a $100 fee to return it).
$1,100 from Saatva
(queen)
Leesa Sapira
A crowd-pleasing hybrid
Our staffers loved this hybrid’s just-right sink. Designed with individually wrapped coils and four layers of foam, Leesa’s higher-end model offers more edge support than its all-foam counterpart.
$1,400 from Leesa
(queen)
When shopping, you can choose from three primary mattress types: foam, spring, or hybrid (a mix of foam and springs). We’ll help you figure out which type you’ll like best, but as a starting place, we recommend the foam Leesa, the spring Saatva, and the hybrid Leesa Sapira mattresses for their comfort, price, and generous trial periods. But given that comfort is highly subjective, and no single mattress will work for everyone, we have other recommendations in our guide to the best foam mattresses.
sleep  wirecutter  review  comparo 
18 days ago by rgl7194
Cloud Storage Comparison: 5 Best Options for Business | The Startup Finance Blog
Your business has lots of files to store, and to share with your team, your investors, and your customers. The most practical way to store and share files is to use a cloud storage provider. You can store files, sync them to multiple devices, share them with others, and provide download links when you need to send a potential investor your business plan or share a press release with a journalist.
Not all cloud storage services are equal, and depending on which computing platforms your business uses, some may be more compatible than others. In this article, we’ll compare the 5 most popular cloud storage providers and explain how to choose the best option for your business.
business  cloud  storage  comparo  dropbox  amazon  icloud  google  microsoft 
20 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Mobile Scanning Apps for 2019: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After spending more than 25 hours researching and using 19 mobile scanning apps, we’re convinced that Scanbot Pro is the best choice for capturing documents on both Android and iOS. It’s easy to use and produces excellent scan quality, with reliable text recognition and useful sharing options. And since it doesn’t transmit any data to its own servers, it doesn’t put your personal info at unnecessary risk.
Our pick
Scanbot Pro
The best scanning app for Android and iOS
Scanbot’s excellent interface, image quality, text recognition, and sharing options put it a step ahead of the competition.
$7 from Apple
$3 from Google Play
Scanbot Pro produces good-looking scans across a variety of document types, including books, business cards, and even photos. The app’s results with optical character recognition (OCR) are very good, if not best in class, and it lets you easily share PDFs, images, and text files directly or automatically store them in the cloud for later use. It’s also more affordable than some of its nearest rivals, requiring only a modest one-time fee rather than an ongoing subscription.
ios  android  scanning  apps  comparo  review  wirecutter 
20 days ago by rgl7194
Comparing Jared Goff’s passing grids from his first 3 seasons
It feels like just yesterday that Jared Goff was the first overall pick in the 2016 draft, but here we are three seasons later and the young quarterback is already a two-time Pro Bowler. He’s led the Rams to the postseason in each of the past two seasons, taking big steps forward as he looks to become an elite quarterback.
But just how far along has he come? As a rookie, he was arguably the worst passer in the NFL, going 0-7 with five touchdowns, seven interceptions and 26 sacks in his first seven starts. It wasn’t entirely his fault, considering Jeff Fisher was his head coach and the Rams’ offensive line was atrocious, but it was a difficult start to his professional career, nonetheless.
football  rams  goff  statistics  comparo  infographic 
20 days ago by rgl7194
Deadly Class: 7 Differences Between The Pilot And The Comic | CBR
When Deadly Class premieres on SYFY on January 16th, it will arrive just little less than a week before the five year anniversary of its original publication. The creator-owned comic is about a young man named Marcus who's struggling to make it through a high school dedicated for assassins. Being in the halls with some of the most dangerous teenagers from across the globe is no easy feat.
The comics were published by Image Comics—written by Rick Remender with art by Wes Craig—both of whom are heavily involved with the production of the series (Remender acts as showrunner and Craig directed the series animation). That being said, there a few things the cast and crew had to change about the original comics in order to fit into the new medium. Let’s take a closer look at the pilot, which covers around the first three issues of the comic (if you’re following along at home), and see what didn’t make it past the perfectly colored pages.
deadly_class  80s  comics  high_school  sci-fi  teenager  thriller  tv  uniform  action  comparo 
21 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Apps for Managing Your Kid's Phone for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Parental controls allow adults to set limits on their kid’s app access and overall phone use and serve as “training wheels” to help kids and teens build healthy tech habits. We spent about 30 hours testing seven parental-control options on both iOS and Android devices, using them to manage our kids’ daily screen time, and concluded that Apple Screen Time is best for iOS households, while Google Family Link is best for Android households with kids under 13. Qustodio is the better choice for Android households with children 13 and older.
Our pick
Apple Screen Time
Best for iOS users
The controls built into iOS 12 let you set a daily time limit on app and/or device use and give you more information about and control over your kid’s screen time than third-party apps can.
Buy from Apple
Apple’s Screen Time is a free set of parental controls built into iOS 12, the iPhone’s latest operating system. It allows parents to manage their child’s iPhone or iPad remotely; set a daily limit on the time they spend on specific apps, on categories of apps, or generally on the phone; and automatically limit access to the phone at bedtime. Setup can be confusing, but no other software gives you as much insight into and control over the use of an iPhone or iPad, in part because Apple has such tight control over its software and hardware.
smartphone  iphone  parental_controls  children  wirecutter  review  comparo  screen_time  ios12 
24 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Travel Plug Adapter for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After spending more than 30 hours researching and testing 12 travel plug adapters, we found the Epicka Universal Travel Adapter to be the best of the options. It fits four types of outlets, and it has more USB ports than any of its competitors, so it can can charge more devices at higher speeds. If you prefer the small size and weight of a plug adapter, we recommend the Ceptics International Worldwide 5 Piece Set.
Our pick
Epicka Universal Travel Adapter
Best universal travel adapter
With four plugs that will work in most countries, plus faster-charging USB ports (and more of them) than its competitors, this adapter is the best all-around choice.
$22 from Amazon
In a sea of almost-identical travel adapters, the Epicka Universal Travel Adapter stands out, combining the best of the features we were looking for. It contains the three most common international plugs and a US-style plug, which should cover you in the majority of countries around the world. It has the most USB ports—four of the standard USB-A and one USB-C—of any universal adapter we tested, and it could charge more of our devices faster. A replaceable fuse and an included spare should take the brunt of any accidental, unfortunate, or shockingly bad connections. The Epicka is fairly compact and well built, and it even comes with an extra USB cable and a nylon case.
charger  electric  USB  travel  wirecutter  review  comparo 
24 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Kitchen Scale: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After nearly 45 hours of research, three years of testing, and interviews with pro bakers, cookbook authors, a culinary instructor, and a registered dietitian, we’re confident that the Escali Primo Digital Scale is the best for most people. It’s impressively accurate, and it reads weights quickly in 1-gram increments.
Our pick
Escali Primo Digital Scale
The best kitchen scale
The affordably priced Escali scale is best for most home cooks who want consistent results when baking and cooking. Incredibly accurate, it reads weights quickly in increments of 1 gram and has a long auto-off function of about four minutes.
$22* from Amazon
$25 from Bed Bath & Beyond
May be out of stock
*At the time of publishing, the price was $25.
The Escali Primo Digital Scale is also affordably priced and easy to use and store, and it has a long battery life. Of the models we tested, this scale had the longest auto-off function, so you can take your time measuring. We think this 11-pound-capacity kitchen scale is ideal for all your basic home baking and cooking needs.
kitchen  cooking  food  recipes  wirecutter  review  comparo 
24 days ago by rgl7194
Do You Know Your Pelmeni From Your Pierogi?
There are dumplings … and then there are dumplings! Across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, nothing inspires more passionate debate than which dumplings -- pelmeni, pierogi, varenyky, or khinkali, to name a few -- are better. And which ones are the real deal?
food  ukrainian  comparo  video 
25 days ago by rgl7194
iPhone XR vs iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max: Which one should you buy?
Apple Just like last year, Apple announced three new iPhone models , but it’s not so easy to tell them apart anymore. Gone is the old-school design with the…
iphoneXS  comparo 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Hands-on with the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
Enlarge / New iPhone models at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California. Valentina Palladino CUPERTINO, Calif.—The iPhone X is the new default iPhone.…
iphoneXS  comparo 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
iPhone - Compare Models
iPhone XS iPhone XS Max iPhone XR iPhone X iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 8 iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 7 iPhone 6s Plus iPhone 6s iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 6 iPhone SE Finish…
iphoneXS  comparo 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
iPhone XS vs. XR: Are the camera differences worth $250?
iPhone XR has the same front-facing TrueDepth camera system as iPhone X, XS, and XS Max. That means it can do the same Portrait Selfies, including with Portrait…
iphoneXS  comparo  camera 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
2017 vs. 2018 Mazda6: What's the Difference? - Autotrader
The 2018 Mazda6 receives a significant refresh for 2018.
The 2018 models introduce an available turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 250 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque.
A 360-degree camera and ventilated seats are among the new features available for 2018.
Since its introduction for the 2014 model year, the third-generation Mazda6 has felt a cut above the competition. The doors feel solid and robust, the cabin is quiet and the interior materials exceed the level of quality you'd expect from a midsize sedan. Since its debut five model years ago, the Mazda6 has been updated twice, with each refresh moving the vehicle further upmarket. The most recent refresh has taken place for the 2018 model year and has taken the Mazda6 to new heights. Below, we'll discuss the major changes that have come about for 2018.
The 2018 Mazda6 is available in five trim levels; Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. Grand Touring Reserve and Signature are new additions for 2018.
cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  review  comparo 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Xmas wishlist – Why choose NAS drives over desktop drives for your NAS?
Is a NAS drive worth it, or is it just another gimmick? Let’s find out.
When it comes to choosing hard drives for a NAS device, many users may pinch pennies and make do with lower-cost desktop drives. Some are probably not even aware that desktop drives are not designed for closely nested environments like a NAS. With greater reliability, NAS drives are particularly suitable for a NAS environment.
With the heat-resistant and anti-vibration design, a NAS HDD is tailor-made for a NAS server, providing 24/7 operation with higher speeds. A NAS drive solution may be a substantial investment in the beginning, but its high level of stability and reliability makes it cost-effective in the long run, which realizes a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and a better return on investment (ROI).
Continuous operation and RAID configuration are what makes NAS HDDs stand out from desktop HDDs. A NAS HDD is designed to run for weeks on end, while a desktop HDD can only read and write data for hours at a time. A NAS HDD is also built specifically for RAID setup. By combining multiple drives into one single logical unit, RAID configurations provide data redundancy, thus protecting data against drive failures.
NAS  storage  comparo 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Multi-Tool for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We spent three weeks fixing fences and cutting hay bale twine in rural New Hampshire with 18 multi-tools, and the Leatherman Skeletool CX was the best tool for most jobs. Its minimal lineup of well-executed essentials and sleek, lightweight design is easier to use and carry because it’s unburdened by an abundance of rarely used tools. In fact, the Skeletool’s pliers, knife, screwdrivers, and bottle opener were all we ever needed to deal with minor fixes and get on with our day.
Our pick
Leatherman Skeletool CX
The best multi-tool
This light and slim multi-tool focuses on well-executed essentials—like precise, comfortable pliers—and has no filler. It’s easy to carry daily and built to last.
$80 from Amazon
$80 from REI
Of all the multi-tools we tried, the Skeletool CX is the one we kept reaching for long after testing concluded. Its knife deploys and locks smoothly with one hand—without forcing you to first open up the pliers—and its high quality 154CM blade steel holds an edge longer than most multi-tool blades. Other multi-tools are so bulky they need to be carried in a belt sheath, but the lighter,1 slimmer Skeletool fits comfortably in a pocket. It can also clip onto a belt or backpack with either a pocket clip or a carabiner, which doubles as an easy-access bottle opener. The CX’s pliers unfold easily, have the precision to pull a small splinter, and are comfortable to hold, thanks to the asymmetric handle. Its two Phillips and two flathead screwdrivers capably handle the most common screws. It’s backed by a 25-year warranty, but it’s sturdily built and we’d be surprised if you needed to use it—other Leathermans we’ve owned and used for over a decade have held up perfectly.
Closed dimensions: 4⅛ by 1¼ by ½ inches
Weight: 5.2 ounces
Blade length: 2⅝ inches
Tools included: Needle-nose pliers, regular pliers, hard wire cutters, wire cutters, bottle opener, Phillips screwdriver (2), flat screwdriver (2), carabiner clip
wirecutter  comparo  gadgets  review  knife  tools 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N Versus the Honda Civic Type R
It's a battle of the hot hatches between the esteemed Honda and the upstart Hyundai.
Introduction
Second place: 2019 Hyundai Veloster N
First place: 2018 Honda Civic Type R
You know an automaker is serious about performance when it stakes a claim on a piece of the alphabet. Letters are fast, particularly once you move past frumpy B and lackadaisical H into the latter two-thirds, where M, R, and S transform mass-production ennui into factory-built adrenaline. That's exactly what we have here: two ordinary economy cars overengineered into track-capable front-wheel-drive hot hatches, brought to us by the letters N and R. Their speed, grip, and theatrics had us cackling like Elmo.
Born under the care of ex–BMW M bosses, Hyundai's nascent N division honors both Namyang—home to Hyundai's Korean R&D center—and the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife. The division's first export to the States, the three-door Veloster N comes bearing a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, six-speed manual transmission, and powder-blue seatbelts. The Veloster N starts at $27,785 and with 250 horsepower. However, potential buyers should consider the $2100 Performance package on our test car mandatory equipment. It adds 25 horsepower, electronically adjustable dampers, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, larger brakes, an active exhaust, and an upsize from 18- to 19-inch wheels. Beyond that, the options list looks similar to the Honda Civic Type R's, which is to say that you can choose from a limited selection of paint colors.
If it's going to win its first battle, the N division will have to beat Honda's Type R badge, which has a 26-year head start—though only a fleeting fraction of that run has elapsed in America. The Acura Integra that wore the badge here for a few years in the late 1990s and early 2000s still looms large in our minds, and the second car to carry the name on our soil, this Civic Type R, is steadily wearing a similar groove in our hippocampi. Around this time last year, the then-new Civic Type R toppled the all-wheel-drive Ford Focus RS, which itself had knocked out the Subaru WRX STI and the Volkswagen Golf R in an earlier comparison. The Civic Type R sells in a single $35,595 spec with a 306-hp turbo 2.0-liter inline-four channeled through a six-speed manual and a helical-gear limited-slip differential, all riding on electronically controlled dampers.
cars  honda  hyundai  comparo  review  turbo 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple TV 4K vs. Roku Ultra: Which should you buy? | iMore
In our rigorous testing, we've found that when it comes to streaming hardware, you get what you pay for. That's why even between the Apple TV 4K and the Roku Ultra, it comes down to price.
Total package
Apple TV 4K
If your home is already dominated by Apple products and you're looking for a 4K solution, this is the streaming box to get. Actually, this is the one to get, period.
$180 at Amazon
Pros
Better processor, more RAM
Speedier
Overall, better experience
Cons
Siri remote will test your last nerve
Price
appletv  review  comparo  streaming 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack: $177M and worth every (guaranteed) penny - Chicago Bears Blog- ESPN
The saga lasted 18 months, included two training camp holdouts and endless speculation whether Aaron Donald sought to be paid quarterback money. But at last, 10 days before the 2018 season opener, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year signed a six-year, $135 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams, including $87 million guaranteed, to become the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.
That title lasted less than a day. Then Khalil Mack stole at least part of Donald’s thunder.
football  rams  AD99  comparo  statistics 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Photographer's review of iPhone XR and iPhone XS cameras
Are the iPhone XS and iPhone XR cameras better than the Google Pixel 3 camera? This professional photographer thinks it is in at least a few important ways.
Tyler Stalman, YouTuber, podcaster, and professional photographer has taken a look at both the iPhone XS and iPhone XR cameras and shares his thoughts.
In depth iPhone XS vs iPhone XR review & camera test by a professional photographer
Well worth your watch and sub.
camera  iphoneXS  review  comparo  video 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple HomePod Compared to Sonos One | The Mac Security Blog
Many people buy smart speakers because of their smarts: Apple's HomePod provides access to Siri, Amazon's Echo and some devices from other manufacturers let you talk to Alexa and Google Home lets you query Ok Google. If you want a speaker to listen to music but are wedded to one of these "smart" ecosystems, then your choices are limited.
But if what matters to you is sound quality and you want a standalone speaker that you can stream music to, then you have a lot of options. I reviewed Apple's HomePod here, and, while the sound is good, it's not as good as it could be. I now have two HomePods which I use in my bedroom as a stereo pair, and I wanted a speaker for the kitchen to listen to music while I cook. But I didn't want a Bluetooth speaker because their sound quality is limited; since I use Apple Music and iTunes, having AirPlay access was essential for me. Rather than spend the $350 for another HomePod, I decided to buy a Sonos One. At $200 (and I got it at the $25 discount Black Friday price), it's more accessible; you can get two to make a stereo pair for just a bit more than a single HomePod.
The Sonos One is one of three devices from this company that supports AirPlay 2 (the others are the Beam, Playbase, and Play:5 2nd generation). It is about the same size as the HomePod but the main difference is its smarts: it offers access to Amazon Alexa rather than Siri. So if that's a dealbreaker, then stop reading.
music  speaker  homepod  sonos  comparo 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
How to Choose Flatware According to the People Who Design and Make It: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Picking flatware is a surprisingly weighty decision, especially since the average American buys only three sets in a lifetime. We learned this from Matthew A. Roberts, president of Sherrill Manufacturing—the last flatware factory based in the United States—just one of the many experts we consulted for this guide to helping you pick the right settings for your table.
With thousands of patterns to choose from, purchasing a set of flatware is a daunting task if you don’t know what to look for. That’s why we spent over a hundred hours researching what makes great flatware, including taking a tour of Sherrill Manufacturing, interviewing a professor of material science and engineering, and handling hundreds of different utensil designs, to help you make a more informed decision in your quest for the perfect cutlery. It includes a basic overview of construction techniques, design, and materials, so you’ll have a better understanding of what’s worth paying for.
We suggest starting your search by looking at flatware in person. Many stores have sample sets available to handle, which will tell you a lot about the weight of individual utensils and how comfortable they are to hold. If you need some recommendations to get the ball rolling, see our guide to the best flatware.
food  comparo  wirecutter  review  kitchen 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Showerhead: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After taking more than 240 showers over the course of four months in testing nearly a dozen showerheads, we believe the Delta In2ition 58480 is the best showerhead for most people. Offering rich spray patterns, water efficiency, the convenience of a handheld shower, and higher-quality components than its competitors, it’s not cheap—but it’s a great value.
Our pick
Delta In2ition 58480
The best showerhead
This efficient showerhead combines the benefits of a handheld with a full-featured traditional model to give you a unique set of advantages, like richer spray patterns and easier installation, than some competitors.
$111* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $116.
The Delta In2ition 58480 combines the simplicity of a wall-mounted showerhead and the utility of a handheld—switching between them is a matter of holstering or drawing the handheld unit. At 2 gallons of water per minute, it meets the strictest federal efficiency guidelines, yet delivers satisfying results on multiple spray settings, from a gentle “rainshower” to a powerful massage. The 58480 replaces this guide’s former handheld pick, the similar Delta 58471, an excellent product many of our readers and a few editors use and love. This new Delta is more efficient than the other one’s 2.5 gpm, and its gentler spray options are more comfortable, which really helps when bathing kids or pets. The hardware installs in seconds with only an adjustable wrench, and includes a flexible, stretchable, tough stainless steel hose—superior to competitors in its price range, which often have stiff, non-stretch plastic hoses or complex installation requirements. It’s not cheap, but given its mix of practicality, pleasure, and top-shelf components, we consider it a worthy value.
home_stuff  water  wirecutter  review  comparo 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Who Makes The Best Family Sedan?? (PART 2)---2018 Camry vs 2018 Mazda6 vs 2018 Honda Accord! - YouTube
Forrest's Auto Reviews
Published on May 29, 2018
Time for the winner of this test! Thank you all for watching this review, I enjoyed putting all this together for y'all! Be sure to subscribe, like, and share this video! LETS HIT 1 MILLION VIEWS! ****READ BELOW!****
cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  review  comparo  youtube 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
WHO MAKES THE BEST FAMILY SEDAN??? (PART 1)---2018 Honda Accord vs 2018 Mazda 6 vs 2018 Toyota Camry - YouTube
Forrest's Auto Reviews
Published on May 26, 2018
Ever wonder who makes the best sedan on the market? Ever wanted to get 3 of the best cars in a segment and compare them apples to apples? Tune in because this is exactly what I have done! So thankful to Hiley Mazda Arlington, Honda of Fort Worth, and Toyota USA for allowing me to use all 3 of these car to review for you guys! I hope you enjoy all the effort that went into this video! Stay tuned for Part 2 where you will see how they drive, which is the quickest, and who walks away with the title of best sedan!
cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  review  comparo  youtube 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Audi A4 versus the Audi S5 reviewed—sometimes less is more | Ars Technica
Style and a V6 are no match for the simplicity of a stick shift.
It's been an interesting year behind the wheel here at Cars Technica. Quite a few of the cars I've tested have delivered surprises—underwhelming ones in the case of best-sellers like the Toyota Camry and Nissan Rogue, as well as unexpectedly delightful ones like the Kia Niro and Honda Accord. Think of today's story as a microcosm, then. It's about two cars from the same OEM, built on the same architecture, similar enough to be cross-shopped. The brand is Audi, the cars are the 2018 A4 sedan and 2018 S5 Sportback, and the surprise? For that you'll have to read on.
Neither car is a stranger to these pages. We first drove the A4 sedan back in 2016 at its launch, proclaiming it "for nerds, by nerds." Our first taste of the more powerful, more expensive S4 sedan and S5 coupe came a year later, as did our first drive of the Sportback, a sleeker, yet practical, five-door alternative to the sedans. First drives are certainly informative, but you'll learn a lot more living with a car for a week than you will sharing it for the day with another auto journalist. And over the summer, I had the opportunity to really get to know these four-ringed siblings.
cars  audi  review  driving  comparo 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Why compare the Holodomor and the Holocaust -- EUROMAIDAN PRESSEuromaidan Press |
A French philosopher, political expert and Professor at the Paris II Panthéon Assas University Mr. Philippe de Lara visited Ukraine to present his research about genocide. The meeting with researcher was arranged in Dnipropetrovsk by Alliance Française and involved local students, historians and culture experts – below is a summary of key points of their three hour discussion.
Professor Philippe de Lara gave a lecture about the unique nature of the two genocides:  the Holocaust as a crime against the Jewish people and the Holodomor as a crime against the Ukrainian people. The Kremlin intended Holodomor to become Ukraine’s Holocaust, de Lara believes.
Although according to the Professor, the widespread opinion in the West is that these two tragedies are incomparable just as one cannot measure misfortunes of one people against misfortunes of another people. However, Philippe de Lara believes such comparison is appropriate. Despite the criticism, Professor believes that although the two genocides are unique, they may and should be compared, because they have much in common. In particular, both were committed by totalitarian regimes and left deep scars in each of the people’s history.
russia  history  ukraine  30s  holodomor  comparo 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
BestPhotos 2.0 — MacSparky
I wrote awhile back how how I started using BestPhotos for doing the initial photo sort and purge on on my iPhone. The thing is, it is really easy to take a lot of pictures with your iPhone. Ask me to take a picture of a group of friends and I won't shoot just one. I’ll shoot six with the reckless abandon of someone who grew up in a family where we only bought a few rolls of film a year.
While the small iPhone screen may not be sufficient to do fine edits, it's a great place to trash photos that, for one reason or another, don't make the cut.
apps  ios  iphone  photo  comparo  review 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Halide Developer Ben Sandofsky Breaks Down How the iPhone XR Captures Depth Data – MacStories
Ben Sandofsky from the team that makes the Halide iOS camera app has a detailed post on the iPhone XR’s camera and how Apple creates Portrait Mode photos with a single lens. Sandofsky walks through how Apple uses Focus Pixels to develop a rough Disparity Map and combines that with a Portrait Effects Matte to create Portrait Mode images.
The results have some advantages, but also distinct disadvantages compared to the iPhone XS’s camera. As Sandofsky explains:
It seems the iPhone XR has two advantages over the iPhone XS: it can capture wider angle depth photos, and because the wide-angle lens collects more light, the photos will come out better in low light and have less noise.
However:
…most of the time, the XS will probably produce a better result. The higher fidelity depth map, combined with a focal length that’s better suited for portraiture means people will just look better, even if the image is sometimes a bit darker. And it can apply Portrait effects on just about anything, not just people.
iphoneXS  camera  comparo 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Multi-Bit Screwdriver for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
In five years of researching and testing screwdrivers, we’ve found that the MegaPro 13-in-1 Multi-Bit Ratcheting Screwdriver is the one tool that gets everything right. Other tools have additional features or a finer ratchet, but for a solid ratcheting action, fantastic bit storage, a useful selection of bits, and an oddly comfortable handle, the MegaPro is the one to beat.
Our pick
MegaPro 211R2C36RD 13-in-1 Ratcheting Driver
The best multi-bit screwdriver
This manual screwdriver combines smooth ratcheting action with excellent bit storage and a uniquely comfortable handle to be the most well-rounded, capable tool of its kind.
$25* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $24.
Channellock 131CB 13-in-1 Multi-Bit Ratcheting Driver
Same screwdriver, different color
In side-by-side tests, the Channellock and MegaPro performed identically. Other than the color, they’re exactly the same tools. Get whichever costs less.
$24 from Amazon
$24 from Home Depot
The MegaPro 13-in-1 works as well at actual screwdriving as many other high-quality tools. What really sets it apart is the excellent bit storage, which makes it easy to find, store, swap—and never drop—its six unusually tough double-sided bits. Those bits store in its handle, a comfortable rubberized grip with a unique feature: a free-spinning rear cap, which lets you turn the tool with one hand while using the other to press it into a screw (without the friction burning a fiery hole into your palm). Paying around $30 for a screwdriver may make your jaw drop, but in the five years we’ve been recommending it, we’ve received more positive feedback on this than just about any other Wirecutter pick. If you don’t lose it, this is probably the last screwdriver you’ll ever need to purchase.
We tested the MegaPro 13-in-1 alongside the Channellock 13-in-1 Multi-Bit Ratcheting Screwdriver, and they perform identically. Other than the color, they’re the same tool; MegaPro confirmed to us that it manufactures the Channellock on a private-label basis. We recommend buying whichever tool is cheaper or easier for you to get.
tools  gadgets  wirecutter  comparo  review 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
2018 NFL - Los Angeles Rams win over Kansas City Chiefs was greatest regular season win ever
If you missed Monday night's Chiefs-Rams game, stop reading this and rectify that problem immediately. Do what you have to do. Call in sick to work. Sit in the back of class and watch it without even pretending to pay attention to what's going on up front. Buy a copy from your sketchy friend. This will still be here when you come back, and you're going to feel a lot happier having spent three hours in football ecstasy.
It's going to take the rest of the season to break down what happened. It was the first game in league history in which both teams topped 50 points, and it was somehow decided in the end by punter Johnny Hekker, and Travis Kelce struggling to sustain a block on Samson Ebukam, who might have been the game's MVP. Both offenses came up with spectacular plays and left opportunities on the field. Both coaches were hitting on virtually every playcalling cylinder imaginable and still struggled with clock management late in the fourth quarter. It was a game that was somehow everything to everyone besides Todd Gurley fantasy owners.
Was it the greatest regular-season game of all time?
football  rams  comparo 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Usenet Indexes Of 2018 - GreyCoder
Before you can download from the Usenet, you need a provider — these are my recommended Usenet Providers.
Binsearch is public Usenet search engine but it’s very basic and difficult to use. Newzleech is another public index, but it hasn’t been updated for a while.
If you need a better organized, more comprehensive NZB search, try a member-only site. These sites generally require an invitation for access, but they sometimes open for public registration.
usenet  comparo  review 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
What makes the Rams' offense special? The Greatest Show on Turf explains - Los Angeles Rams Blog- ESPN
LOS ANGELES -- There’s a method to the madness.
And you'd better believe, the Los Angeles Rams' offense is madness.
Some might even call it the Greatest Show on Turf 2.0, including quarterback Kurt Warner, the conductor of the original Greatest Show.
“What makes them so good is that they’ve got great balance,” Warner said about the 2018 Rams. “They’re equally effective running and passing the football, offensive line is playing great ... and Sean McVay does a great job of making everything look the same.”
It’s time, members of the original Greatest Show said, for the records to fall, for new legends to be made, and for them to reunite at the Super Bowl to watch this new team solidify its place in history.
football  rams  comparo  kurt_warner  gurley  goff  coach  mcbae 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Wired Fast Chargers for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Smartphones are capable of charging a lot faster than they could just a few years ago, but you may not know it because some phone makers (mainly Apple) have continued to include slower chargers in the box. If you have a newer iPhone, you’ll need to pick up a third-party USB-C PD unit if you want the fastest possible charging. We spent more than 20 hours testing and researching 14 power banks, wall chargers, and car chargers to find the best fast chargers for home, for car, and even for multiple devices.
Our pick
Anker PowerPort II PD
Fastest wall charging for your phone plus another device
The fastest possible charge for your iPhone or USB-C Android phone, and it has a second USB port.
$30 from Amazon
If you want to get the fastest possible charge for your iPhone 8 or newer model, we recommend Anker’s PowerPort II PD. It’s expensive compared to the chargers that Apple includes with iPhones, but it can charge a phone twice as fast—from empty to about 50 percent in only half an hour. Android phones that support 18-watt USB-C PD like the Google Pixel 2 will also charge at their fastest rate with this charger. Plus, the PowerPort II PD is the only 18 W wall charger we tested that has an additional USB-A port that can charge a second device at standard speeds.
smartphone  charger  comparo  review  wirecutter 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
iPad Pro 2018 review: A computer, not a PC - Six Colors
You have to judge a product on what it is.
In starting the pricing of the 2018 iPad Pro models at $799 and $999, in comparing the power of the A12X chip inside to PC laptops, in replacing the Lightning port of previous iOS devices with the USB-C port found on Mac and PC devices, Apple is sending a clear message: The iPad Pro is not meant to be a toy or a curiosity or an alternate device. It is just as serious a device as a computer, Apple suggests, and if that’s true we should judge it accordingly.
But just because the iPad Pro needs to be taken as seriously as a computer doesn’t mean it should be judged as a PC. The iPad is not a computer, not as the term’s been defined for the past 40 years. It’s something new and different, and it excels in some ways that PCs don’t while also struggling to do some things that PCs do well.
No, the iPad Pro can’t do everything a PC can do—nor should we expect it to, because it’s not a PC. If you choose to use an iPad Pro rather than a MacBook or a Windows laptop, you are presumably doing so because some aspect of the iPad Pro makes it more appealing than those products. In other words, there’s something else it does better than those devices, making it worth the trade-off.
Better is to judge the iPad on what it is—and where its potential lies. While it’s misguided to consider the iPad’s path incomplete until it turns itself into a PC, it’s fair to ask if the spectacular hardware Apple’s developed here is being let down by its software.
The iPad Pro isn’t a PC, and shouldn’t be judged as such. It’s something new, and different. But being new and different doesn’t mean it gets a free pass. It’s still got to measure up.
You have to judge a product on what it is.
ipad_pro  review  macbook  comparo 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Jason Snell on the New iPad Pros: ‘A Computer, Not a PC’
Jason Snell, writing last week at Six Colors..
I simply love this review, and Snell’s perspective on the iPad in general, because Snell and I share a similar history, affinity, and expertise with the Mac. But he’s leaving me behind. I do travel with both an iPad and MacBook — but if I had to take only one it would be the MacBook, zero hesitation. I’m open to the notion that this is less about the iPad and more about me, personally.
But, I will object to one thing: the iPad feels like a young platform, yes, but it’s not young. It’s over 8 years old. Steve Jobs was still around to introduce it. When the Mac was 8 years old in 1992, System 7 had been launched and it was a very advanced platform, suitable for work of any kind. The new iPad Pro hardware might be the best consumer computer hardware ever made — the only rivals are the iPhone XS and XR. But software-wise, the iPad platform is nowhere near as far along after 8 years as the Mac was a generation ago. The iPhone is. But the iPad is not, and I don’t see how anyone can deny that.
ipad_pro  review  macbook  comparo  daring_fireball 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Are the Harry Potter Films Better Than The Books? | Consequence of Sound
We pit all seven books against their cinematic counterparts to discover which is more magical
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art is subjective. Music and movies aren’t about competition; they’re about artistic expression. Well, for those of you who know better than to believe those lies, welcome to another installment of Vs. This time, we figure out if the Harry Potter books or films are more magical.
In 2001, J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books kicked off their parallel journey as the kind of sustainable, decade-long film franchise that modern movie studios have come to covet above most other things. The depth of Rowling’s world was tailor-made for film adaptations, the novels so rich in detail that any filmmaker with even a little bit of vision could make incredible things out of them.
Yet at times, it’s difficult to truly compare the two. The film series, by the nature of film and the necessities of making movies that could equally appeal to both die-hard fans and newcomers, had to cut so many of the smaller stories and side journeys that made the books so rich. Likewise, the films had the advantage of paring the stories down to their most essential elements, in hopes of translating the novels’ deep emotional and social resonance in far less time. Each offers its own pleasures, and preference is often as simple a matter as which one you grew up with. If you grew up reading the books, that relationship will always be different. If you’re among the people for whom ad nauseam replays of the movies on ABC Family (or sorry, Freeform) were a childhood touchstone, you might be of a different opinion as well.
We won’t pretend that we can settle the debate any more definitively than anybody else who’s tried, but that’s hardly deterred us from taking a crack at it all the same. We’ve put each of the novels and films head-to-head and hope to help continue the discussion of which work stands at the forefront of accomplishment. If you’ve had trouble shedding light on your own feelings about this, let us offer a helpful lumos. In the head-to-head debate, who’ll emerge as Head Boy of the respective series?
harry_potter  rowling  books  movies  comparo 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
7 stats that show Chiefs-Rams is a historically great matchup
Even with the debacle at Estadio Azteca and resulting relocation, anticipation for Chiefs-Rams has never been higher. The game will take place in Los Angeles on Monday night with all eyes on these two Super Bowl contenders.
This is a game many fans have been waiting for, even those outside the L.A. and K.C. markets. For good reason, too. There’s plenty of star power on both sides, playoff implications and an ongoing race for NFL MVP.
What’s not to get excited about?
This is a historic matchup for more reasons than one, and we’re here to prove that. Here are seven stats that show just how great this game will be, making history in multiple ways.
football  rams  comparo  statistics 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Comparing and contrasting Rams and Kansas City Chiefs high-powered offenses – Daily News
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Cover up the names on a side-by-side list of statistics, and it’s almost impossible to differentiate between the Rams’ offense and the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense.
The Chiefs have scored a few more points, while the Rams have totaled a few more yards. The Rams carry the ball into the end zone with great ease, while the Chiefs like to throw it. The Rams have run a few more plays, but the teams have averaged exactly the same yards per play (6.9) through nine games this season.
Las Vegas has set 63.5 points as the over/under spread for Monday’s game at the Coliseum, and the poor folks who carry the yardage markers on the sidelines better have some electrolytes ready.
This is a game between, by all objective standards, two of the three best offenses in the NFL – the New Orleans Saints certainly would like a word – and it’s being viewed by some as a possible Super Bowl preview.
Both teams enter the game with 9-1 records and with offenses that, even though they have different architects and philosophies, have produced shockingly similar results. Here’s a look at how the Rams and Chiefs resemble each other on offense, and some important differences...
football  rams  comparo 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Best Coffee Makers in 2018 | iMore
Whether you're brand new to coffee or have been living off of its sweet, sweet buzz since high school, you've probably had a cup of mud at some point or another. Avoid that nasty swill or the long lines at your local coffee shop with one of these excellent coffee makers that'll have you looking forward to your morning cup o' joe every day.
coffee  kitchen  comparo  review 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
How Does My 2016 Mazda6 Compare to the new TURBO 2018 Mazda6? - YouTube
GemmyD on Cars
Published on Aug 16, 2018
After I drove the new 6, I wanted to compare all the new changes made inside and out to the new version. Hope you enjoy.
cars  mazda  mazda6  comparo  review  youtube  turbo 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Justin O’Beirne Evaluates Apple’s New Maps and How They Stack Up Against Google Maps – MacStories
Justin O'Beirne has written about the evolution of Apple Maps and how the app compares to Google Maps several times in the past, which we’ve covered on MacStories. In his most recent analysis, O’Beirne asks whether Apple’s new efforts to update Maps has closed the gap with Google Maps. Backed up by over 100 images comparing the two sets of map data, the answer appears to be a qualified yes. In some respects, Apple has caught up and even passed Google, but in other areas, it remains behind.
Apple also has a long way to go before its Maps update is complete. As O’Beirne notes, the currently-updated map data covers a small fraction of the globe consisting of Northern California and a slice of Nevada. However, those 48 California and 4 Nevada counties contain a lot of new details.
One of the primary differences documented by O'Beirne is the amount of new vegetation detail in Apple Maps. The changes aren’t limited to parks and forests preserves. The new maps add significant greenery detail to cities and towns too. The differences and level of detail are striking. Vegetation has even been added to road medians.
apple  maps  mapping  google  comparo 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Rene Ritchie on iPhone XR vs. XS Displays
Good explanation from Rene Ritchie on the many nuances involved comparing the iPhone XS and XR displays. It’s a lot more complicated than “OLED is better”, and it’s just plain nonsense that the 326 pixels per inch is not enough to make for a great display.
iphoneXS  comparo  daring_fireball 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Apple’s New Map
Justin O’Beirne has a detailed look at what’s new in Apple’s limited rollout (big parts of California, a few counties in western Nevada) of all-new maps in iOS 12:
Unless they’re already listed on Yelp, none of the shapes Apple has added appear in its search results or are labeled on its map. And this is a problem for Apple because AR is all about labels — but Apple’s new map is all about shapes.
So is Apple making the right map?
O’Bierne’s keen observation is this: even in the areas where Apple’s new maps have rolled out, Google is still far ahead in correctly identifying places and specific destinations. And that might be the most important thing for maps to get right going forward. As usual, his piece is exquisitely well-written, designed, and illustrated.
apple  maps  mapping  daring_fireball  comparo  google 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Choosing the Right Cloud Service to Backup your NAS - NAS Compares
Why Should you Backup your NAS to a Cloud Provider
Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Cloud synchronization integrate the advantages of off-site public cloud and safety and access of private cloud. This enables you to effortlessly connect your NAS to public cloud services, such as Amazon Drive, BackBlaze B2, Dropbox, Google Cloud Storage, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack Swift, and more. Key advantages are:
Sync direction
Select one-way or two-way synchronization to flexibly backup or sync your data between your NAS and other cloud services.
Encryption and compression
Securely store and transfer your data with encryption, and reduce traffic and storage consumption with compression.
Concurrent processing
Customize the suitable number of concurrent file uploads and downloads to maximize system usage.
Selective sync
Select certain folders and filter the files you want to sync to the public cloud service or your NAS, optimizing storage usage.
Traffic control
Set the bandwidth limits to prevent the upload and download traffic from interfering with the general traffic on your NAS.
NAS  cloud  backup  review  comparo 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple’s New Map
Has Apple closed the gap with Google’s map?
Perhaps the biggest surprise about Apple’s new map is how small it is...
Four years in the making, it covers just 3.1% of the U.S.’s land area and 4.9% of its population...
But don’t let its size fool you—it’s a dramatically different map from before, with a staggering amount of vegetation detail.
apple  google  maps  mapping  comparo 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Life after CrashPlan: why they sucked, why Backblaze & B2 suck, Glacier vs Others — LowEndTalk
With Crashplan's recent finger to the consumer market, I'm looking for a replacement. Really, two replacements:
(1) At home my family has various laptops and desktops. Macs backup to a central Synology TimeMachine but there's still Windows to consider. Right now, windows boxes backup to a central file server via Crashplan (so local protection but not disaster protection).
(2) The Linux file server itself has various shares which is what I backup to Crashplan.
Crashplan was nice because you could do computer-to-computer backups without having to pay them, but alas that's going away.
For (1) I'm not sure there is a good solution. I may just have to tell my family that Windows machines are considered expendable...save your work to the file server.
cloud  backup  comparo  crashplan 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Numbers say: Put Rams QB Jared Goff in the MVP race - Los Angeles Rams Blog- ESPN
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- When asked if he'd given much thought to this season's MVP race, Jared Goff chuckled.
"No," said the low-key quarterback who has led the Los Angeles Rams to a 7-0 start. "I haven't."
So, as Goff prepares to face two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (3-2) on Sunday at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, we thought about it for him.
After all, the Rams are the only remaining undefeated team in the NFL, and Goff, in his third season, is leading the league's top-ranked offense and has ascended the quarterback rankings.
football  rams  award  goff  statistics  comparo 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
How to Sell Your Old iPhone: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
When it comes time to upgrade to a new iPhone, you have a good number of options for getting some value out of your old one. If you’re on an upgrade program with your carrier—or on Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program—the process may simply involve turning in your current phone and getting a new one. If you aren’t on such a plan, though, and you aren’t planning to hand down the old phone to a family member or friend, selling it will help offset the cost of a new one.
You could list the old phone on Craigslist or eBay and hope for the best, but that’s a labor-intensive process with no guaranteed results and some potential pitfalls. One Wirecutter staffer who has sold several iPhones on eBay has seen the US Postal Service lose a phone before the package even left his town. Another phone was stolen by a buyer who claimed—falsely, it was later revealed—that an unauthorized person had signed for the package at his address.
Instead, you can use one of several buyback services that have popped up in the past few years. These services generally offer a lower price than you might get by selling your old iPhone yourself, but the process is much easier. (By the way—whichever service you choose, make sure to securely wipe your old device before you sell it.)
iphone  upgrade  wirecutter  comparo  howto 
october 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Cell Phone Plan for Frequent International Travel in 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After working in and traveling through dozens of countries all over the world over the past five years and researching every option to remain digitally connected, we believe that T-Mobile One is the best mobile phone service for the majority of frequent international travelers. If you don’t want to switch providers or you need faster service for working from the road, we’ve got advice for you on using local SIM cards where you’re going.
Our pick
T-Mobile One
The best plan for international travelers
With coverage in more than 210 countries and no international data roaming fees, T-Mobile One is the best plan for most people who travel frequently and already own their phone. The one drawback: the data is slow.
Buy from T-Mobile
With its near-worldwide coverage and “unlimited” data even when roaming, the T-Mobile One plan will likely save you money and headaches when traveling abroad. Dozens of new Android and iOS phones will work on T-Mobile, and if you already have one you’re happy with, you can probably use it. This plan is also relatively inexpensive compared with its competition and, in particular, their international roaming plans. However, although you’ll have dependable data in more than 210 “countries and destinations,” that data is very slow: 2G speeds, or 128 Kbps. That is only slightly faster than old-school dial-up speeds, so everything takes forever to load: It’s still usable for maps and email and researching destinations (albeit slowly), but video isn’t going to work. For the days when you need faster downloads—let’s say you want to work from the beach—you can get a 512 MB “Global Pass” 4G data pack (good for a day) for $5, or you can get a local SIM if you need faster Internet for multiple days in the same country. We’ll discuss this option more in the What about local SIMs? section below.
cellphones  travel  wirecutter  comparo  review 
october 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Pillow for Side Sleepers for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Nothing highlights the importance of a good pillow like trying to sleep on a bad one, and people who sleep on their side, in particular, can have a tough time finding the right fit because they need more neck and head support. After 956 nights sleeping on 56 pillows, we’ve found that the Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow is the best for a range of side-sleepers.
Our pick
Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow (standard)
Best for side-sleepers
Moldable and adjustable, with excellent support for side-sleepers, this is also one of the most affordable pillows we tested.
$50 from Amazon
We recommend the Xtreme Comforts for both side- and back-sleepers in our full guide to bed pillows, and we know some stomach-sleepers—those who sleep half on their side, half on their stomach—also find it comfortable. The shredded-memory-foam fill molds to the neck and head and is adjustable to the right height for good alignment, and the pillow is affordable. This has been our favorite pillow for three years running.
Many companies advertise their pillows for specific sleep positions, but in our experience their recommendations don’t match up all that well. Overwhelmingly, our side-sleeping testers have preferred pillows with shredded memory foam (even when they didn’t like the idea of sleeping on foam at first) because of its moldability. If you’re willing to spend more, our side-sleepers preferred Nest Bedding’s Easy Breather Pillow. But given that it’s usually twice the price of the Xtreme Comforts, most of our testers agreed they’d be happy enough with the Xtreme Comforts.
sleep  wirecutter  review  comparo 
october 2018 by rgl7194
When Was the Last Time You Replaced Your Bike Helmet?: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
If you ride a bike and wear a helmet, you may have heard at some point—perhaps for vague reasons having to do with foam degrading, or maybe corrosion from salt or sweat—that helmets expire. Which is why we were surprised to learn, in the course of researching our recent bike-helmet guide, that John Larkin, an industrial designer specializing in helmets (including some iconic ones, such as the Giro Reverb and Schwinn Atlas), hasn’t replaced his helmet in more than 20 years.
“I ride a 1998 Trek Photon,” he mentioned via email, “which is the first helmet I ever designed. Light, good ‘perception of ventilation’ and ‘vintage’ all at once!”
Now Larkin may be an extreme case, but even the most trusted helmet safety resources do not agree on when to retire a seemingly undamaged bike helmet. The government testing body in the US, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), recommends replacing a bicycle helmet every five to 10 years. The Snell Memorial Foundation, which also certifies helmets for safety, states a firm five years. And many manufacturers tell you to get rid of your helmet after as little as three years.
So do helmets actually deteriorate or what? They do, but perhaps not in the way you might think. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to replace your helmet.
bicycling  safety  comparo  review  wirecutter 
october 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Fire Extinguisher: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After spending over 30 hours researching fire extinguishers and talking to eight experts in the fire-safety industry, we think the best fire extinguisher for your home is the First Alert PRO5, which is readily available, affordable, and certified by the Underwriters Laboratories (now UL), a leading global safety-testing organization. The reality, though, is that choosing an extinguisher doesn’t have to be a complicated purchase—any UL-certified, similarly sized extinguisher from a quality manufacturer has the same firefighting ability.
Our pick
First Alert PRO5
A fine extinguisher
Easy to handle and effective against all types of common fires, this First Alert model exceeds the minimum recommendations for the home and is easy to find.
$51* from Amazon
$50 from Ace Hardware
*At the time of publishing, the price was $36.
The First Alert PRO51 can effectively handle all types of common household fires, including wood and paper, burning liquids, and electrical fires. But its build, reusability, and availability set it apart from the competition. The First Alert exceeds the minimum size recommendations of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) yet weighs a manageable 10 pounds. It has a sturdy and reliable metal valve (not plastic), and you can recharge it for about half the cost of a new extinguisher. You can find a number of extinguishers that share most of its features, but the PRO5 gains the edge due to its wide availability on the shelves of Ace Hardware, Lowe’s, Target, and Walmart. This is important because it’s possible for a fire extinguisher to discharge during shipping.
home_stuff  safety  wirecutter  review  comparo 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Best Mesh Router in 2018 - NAS Compares
Guide to the Best Mesh Router for you in 2018
Wireless coverage is IMPORTANT! No doubt over the course of the year you have seen the word ‘mesh’ being thrown around over and over again. For many of us, this kind of technology has existed for a while in large hotels, conference centres and pretty much anywhere where you need ample wireless coverage across hundreds or thousands of square metres. WHere it is for surveillance, clients, customers or just for the home, choose the right mesh network will be a difficult choice (given that there are literally hundreds of models released this year alone). Luckily I have gone through the best and the worst and below have compiled a guide to the best Mesh Routers of the year. Each of the top 5 mesh routers below was selected for there:
Lowest Price – TP-Link Deco M5 Wi-Fi System – $80
Best Software – Synology MR2200ac Mesh Router – £130
Most Powerful – Netgear Orbi AC3000 – $200+
Easiest Setup – Google WiFi system – $99
Most Intelligent – eero Home WiFi System – $99
Worst Mesh Router – AirTies Air 4920 v2
But before we get ahead of ourselves, what is a mesh router? How does it work and what makes it better than a normal router or powerline adapter? Let’s find out.
router  mesh  wi-fi  networking  comparo  review 
october 2018 by rgl7194
2018 Mazda6 Signature Review vs Toyota Camry and Honda Accord - YouTube
Driving Sports TV
Published on Jul 23, 2018
The new 2018 Mazda6 Signature brings a new level of sophistication to Mazda's mid-size sedan. Price as tested: $36,140 including destination. In this review we test the 0-60 time, check the brakes, kick the tires (metaphorically) and try out all the new and updated features. Engine is a 2.5-liter turbo (227hp, 310tq) with a 6-speed automatic powering the front wheels.
Driving Sports produces exclusive automotive reviews, news and motor sports for broadcast, web, mobile and set-top boxes. Be sure to subscribe here on YouTube.
For more videos and adventures visit the official site: http://www.drivingsports.com or get our free Roku app: http://dspor.tv/get-roku
cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  review  youtube  comparo 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Ben Brooks: Mobile Safari Content Blocker Evaluations, September 2018
Ben Brooks:
I ran another round of content blocker testing for Mobile Safari in order to take a look at which ones are the “best” right now. To be fair: it’s really hard to find these content blockers on the App Store now, so I grabbed the ones which looked the most popular to me (top lists, and top search results) and then did the testing to see which was the best.
Now, I am using a particular word choice here: best. In the past I mostly evaluated on speed or website size reductions. This was problematic because a content blocker could work out to be very fast, while still breaking the usability of the site.
I love his subjective focus on “best”, and agree with his conclusions. Firefox Focus is an interesting option because it acts both as a system-wide Safari content blocker and as a standalone always-private web browser app. No special private or incognito mode — it’s always private, with no saved cookies, no history, etc.
I’d love to see someone do a survey of the field for Mac content blockers. (Brooks is all-in on iOS and doesn’t use a Mac any more.)
ios  safari  adblock  review  comparo  firefox  daring_fireball 
october 2018 by rgl7194
The iPhone XS vs a Cinema Camera: Can You Tell the Difference?
As a filmmaker, I come across many different types of cameras, lenses, and of course all the peripherals that come with movie making. For commercial shoots I am currently shooting on a Canon C200 cinema camera using the Canon RAW lite codec. The results are incredible.
A few weeks ago I picked up the new iPhone XS max and as a photographer and film maker the first thing I did was open up the camera app to see how it looked. To be honest, I was actually shocked. It looked awesome.
Over the next few days I took a few videos and found myself actually watching them back on the phone and being pretty impressed. I would then watch a video I shot on the C200 and to be honest I would question which one I liked more. So that was it, I just had to test them out.
iphoneXS  camera  video  comparo 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Jared Goff’s stats eerily similar to Kurt Warner’s from 2001 MVP year
Jared Goff has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the NFL since his rookie season. Two years ago, he was dubbed a “bust” by many after seven shaky starts as a rookie, getting sacked 26 times in those games. Last season, he turned into a Pro Bowler, leading the NFL in yards per completion and adjusted net yards per attempt.
As good as he was in 2017, though, he’s better now than ever before. Goff ranks in the top three in several key stats, including a league-high 127.3 passer rating and 10.5 yards per attempt. According to Bovada, only one player in the NFL has better odds to win MVP than Goff, and that’s Patrick Mahomes.
Goff’s numbers look eerily similar to a former Rams MVP through four games, which is both a good and bad sign. Take a look at the tweet below, and click it to view the full stat comparison.
football  rams  goff  kurt_warner  comparo  statistics 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Banktivity: the best app for managing personal finances and budgets
Banktivity 6
APP STORE $64.99
There are many options (and opinions) when it comes to budgeting apps for Mac users. We’ve put many of them through the ringer and believe Banktivity 6 (formerly iBank) has the right blend of powerful features and ease of use that can help just about anyone take control of their finances.
When it comes to personal finance software, there are a lot of options available, along with a lot of very strong opinions on which one is the best.
In fact, when we ran our survey asking what app or service people currently used, the number one response — despite our attempt to nail down the 8 most popular options — was Other with 34.7%. This illustrates two things:
budgeting is very personal, and
the ecosystem is very broad
People are just as passionate about their budgeting software as they are about their artisanal to-do list apps. Everyone has their own system that works for them. That also means that what works for me may not work for you, but we did notice that successful financial management systems seem to all share a few common characteristics:
The ability to add transactions quickly and seamlessly.
The ability to import/sync bank and credit card statements.
The ability to review accounts and financial status at a glance.
You will find these key features at the heart of just about every personal finance app. The difference is usually in how they are implemented, and in this review we compared them side-by-side to see what worked…and what didn’t.
finances  banking  apps  comparo  review 
october 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Packing Cubes: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After testing seven more sets of popular packing cubes, we still think the Eagle Creek Pack-It Original Cube Set is the best choice for most travelers for the third year running, thanks to its functional design and excellent build quality. Its simple design features high-quality fabrics and allows you to easily organize and access your clothing and small items.
Our pick
Eagle Creek Pack-It Original Cube Set
Well-built with easy access
Simple and solidly constructed, the Eagle Creek Pack-It Original Cube Set is an ideal way to keep organized for short trips.
$28 $22 from Amazon
You save $6 (21%)
The three-piece Eagle Creek Pack-It Original Cube Set keeps a week’s worth of clothes organized efficiently to move easily from suitcase to hotel dresser: The full-size cube is great for shirts or insulating layers, the half cube is perfect for socks and underwear, and the quarter cube is the perfect size for travel extras like chargers, batteries, and cables. They’re made of 300-denier polyester lined with nylon so they feel nice to the touch and stay upright when empty, for easy packing. The Pack-It’s windows are made of the finest woven mesh we tested—better for resisting snags—and its smooth zippers close easily around all corners, even when the cube is overstuffed. We also like that they open all the way so you can easily access everything inside if you place them in a drawer. They’re available in black, blue, red, and usually a few limited-edition prints at any given moment.
travel  luggage  wirecutter  comparo  review 
october 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Wall Outlets With USB Charging Ports for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After researching 14 options and testing five, we found that the Topgreener TU21558AC outlet with USB Type-A and Type-C is the best wall outlet with USB charging ports for mobile devices such as phones, tablets, and e-readers. Its ports can charge two devices as fast as possible, and since one of them is USB-C, it will still be the best outlet, as your newer devices will be able to take advantage of this newer port. It’s also easy to install safely yourself.
Our pick
Topgreener TU21558AC
The best wall outlet with USB
This is the only outlet that can charge both a standard USB-A device and newer USB-C devices at full speeds simultaneously. It’s the most versatile way to upgrade outlets around your home.
$26 from Amazon
We like the Topgreener TU21558AC because both its standard USB-A port and its newer USB-C port go as fast as any plug-in wall charger—2.4 A (12 W) and 3 A (15 W), respectively—and unlike all the other options we tried, it won’t slow down even if you use the ports at the same time. And like any good wall outlet, our pick is UL listed and compliant with the National Electrical Code, so it’s as safe as a standard outlet when installed correctly.
wirecutter  electric  comparo  review  USB  charger 
october 2018 by rgl7194
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