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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.
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cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  review  youtube  comparo 
8 days ago 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 
8 days ago 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 
12 days ago 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 
13 days ago 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 
15 days ago 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 
15 days ago 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 
15 days ago by rgl7194
Apple iPhone XS Max Camera Takes #2 Spot at DxOMark with Score of 105
Apple’s new iPhone XS Max has received a score of 105 by the camera review lab DxOMark, putting the camera quality in the #2 spot behind the Huawei P20 Pro and its leading score of 109.
The new iPhone score is a significant improvement from the iPhone X, which received a mark of 97. Here’s what the top of the DxOMark mobile leaderboard now looks like...
“The [iPhone XS Max] camera’s highlight is its outstanding video quality in bright light,” DxOMark writes. “Footage recorded outdoors on a bright day shows a very wide dynamic range, vivid colors, and high levels of detail. In addition, a very effective image stabilization system keeps camera shake to a minimum, making the new iPhone an enticing option for any mobile video shooter.”
“Our testers were also pleased by the still image quality in bright light, which is excellent all around. Exposure in outdoor images tends to be spot on, levels of detail are high, and colors are pleasant.”
iphoneXS  camera  comparo  grade 
16 days ago by rgl7194
2018 Mazda6 Review: Curbed with Craig Cole | Mazda6 Turbo Review - YouTube
Published on May 30, 2018
The 2018 Mazda6 is delightful. Every aspect of this updated midsize sedan meshes perfectly, from the way it looks, to how it moves, to the emotions it can stir. Significantly enhanced, this car feels like it was crafted by a team of artisans, people who LOVE what they do, not folks merely collecting a paycheck. Does it measure up to the likes of the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion? Find out.
mazda  mazda6  cars  review  turbo  youtube  comparo 
18 days ago by rgl7194
How Does the 2018 Mazda 6 Compare to the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord? - YouTube
Published on Jun 16, 2018
Edmunds Road Test Engineer Calvin Kim had the opportunity to test-drive the new 2018 Mazda 6. Join him as he samples how it drives on the road and track, and keep watching to find out what makes this new Mazda 6 different from its competitors in the midsize sedan segment.
mazda  mazda6  cars  review  turbo  youtube  comparo 
18 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Stand Mixer for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After five years and over 50 hours of testing, we still think that the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer is the absolute best stand mixer you can get for its performance, versatility, and price. It whips up cakes, cookies, and creams with ease, and can knead sticky bread and pizza doughs without straining. A stand mixer is a great way to take your baking game to the next level, but if you’re an occasional baker looking for something more compact and affordable, you may want to try a hand mixer instead.
Our pick
KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
The best stand mixer
This classic mixer can tackle nearly any recipe without knocking around on the counter. It’s easier to use than many other tilt-head mixers, and is one of the quietest we tested.
$280 $210 from Amazon
You save $70 (25%)
$280 from JCPenney
$210 from Walmart
$475 from Macy’s
We’ve been using the KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer for more than five years, and we can definitively say that it is still the best for most home bakers and cooks. The Artisan is a sturdy machine that can power through thick doughs and aerate light batters without straining. It’s easy to use and clean, and it’s built to last. KitchenAid also makes attachments like a meat grinder or pasta maker that you can use with this machine, and as an added bonus, the Artisan comes in a huge variety of fun colors.
wirecutter  review  comparo  food  cooking 
18 days ago by rgl7194
LED ZEPPELIN vs SPIRIT Lawsuit | Stairway To Heaven Comparison - YouTube
Rick Beato
Published on Sep 30, 2018
In this episode we compare and analyze the music of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" to the Spirit song "Taurus".
ledzep  copyright  legal  music  songs  STH  youtube  comparo 
21 days ago by rgl7194
Moment - iPhone X vs. iPhone Xs Camera Shootout
iPhone X VS iPhone Xs
Worth the Upgrade?
After many anxious weeks of heavy rumors surrounding the new iPhones, we're happy to finally get our hands on one of these bad boys and test it for ourselves. We took to the streets of Seattle both the iPhone X and the Xs to see if the improved camera on the Xs alone is genuinely worth the upgrade.
iphoneX  iphoneXS  camera  comparo  review 
24 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: iPhone XS / iPhone X Camera Comparison
As promised, here’s a selection of photos and videos taken with iPhone XS and iPhone X side-by-side. The low-light video clips are just amazing. And audio quality is remarkably better in all video.
iphoneX  iphoneXS  camera  comparo  daring_fireball 
29 days ago by rgl7194
iPhone XS vs. iPhone X — The Camera Hardware Changes
We released Halide 1.9 on Monday, with a powerful new feature called Technical Readout. Reviewers with advance access to the iPhone XS have been kind enough to share these readouts with us, detailing several camera hardware specs.
After some analysis, we can now give you an overview of what’s new in the iPhone XS camera hardware and its technical capabilities beyond what Apple stated at their keynote.
Note that these are the hardware specs — Apple focused strongly on software enhancements like Smart HDR and the new Portrait mode, which are not covered by the technical specifications.
Skip to the end for the comparison table.
iphoneX  iphoneXS  camera  comparo 
29 days ago by rgl7194
iPhone XS vs. iPhone X : A Look at the Camera Hardware Changes
My name is Sebastiaan de With, and I’m the co-founder and designer of the iPhone camera app Halide. Some reviewers with advance access to the iPhone XS have been kind enough to share technical readouts of the new phones with our team, detailing several camera hardware specs. After some analysis, we can now give you an overview of what’s new in the iPhone XS camera hardware and its technical capabilities beyond what Apple stated at their keynote.
Note that these are the hardware specs — Apple focused strongly on software enhancements like Smart HDR and the new Portrait mode, which are not covered by the technical specifications.
iphoneX  iphoneXS  camera  comparo 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Tape Measure: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After dropping, extending, and scrubbing the blades of 17 different tape measures with 60-grit sandpaper, we found that the best one is the classic 25-foot Stanley PowerLock Tape Measure. It’s our pick after 45 hours of research and three annual updates to this guide, including another 15 hours of work in 2015 testing it against new tools. That’s because the PowerLock delivers the best basic combination of durability, ease of use, and accuracy—and all for a very low price. In fact, the PowerLock is one of the least expensive tape measures that we’ve looked at.
Our pick
25-foot Stanley PowerLock Tape Measure
The best tape measure
The PowerLock is easy to use, durable, affordable, accurate, and capable of doing its job without additional features that aren’t necessary for around-the-house work.
$10 from Amazon
$10 from Home Depot
The weakest part of any tape measure is the blade, and the PowerLock’s is more durable than nearly all the others’ we tested. The thumb-operated blade lock is smooth, strong, and easy to operate with one hand, unlike some other more cumbersome models. Its blade is a quarter-inch slimmer than most contractor’s tools, so it’s easy to lay flat for marking measurements, yet still stiff enough to stand out unsupported for nearly 8 feet, which is plenty. It’s a basic tool whose pared-down simplicity makes it light, tough, accurate, easy to handle, and affordable. Taking all this into consideration to name the tool that gives you the best value, the other tapes—which often cost more—all fell short compared to this one.
gadgets  wirecutter  home_stuff  review  comparo 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
New data from A4AI looks at the price of 1GB of mobile data across 60 countries – World Wide Web Foundation
This is the latest data pricing research from the Alliance for Affordable Internet. To see the data in full, visit
Survey after survey shows that the high cost of accessing and using the internet remains one of the major factors keeping billions offline. As the Web Foundation, through our Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), works to develop and implement the policies needed to reduce prices and enable those offline to afford to connect, current data on the level of broadband affordability across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is critical to tracking progress and impact.  
Based on A4AI’s understanding of affordability, where a 1GB mobile prepaid broadband plan is priced at 2% or less of average monthly income — a definition adopted earlier this year by the UN Broadband Commission — we assessed the price of 1GB of mobile prepaid data in 60 LMICs. What does this newest data show?
global  comparo  mobile  data  broadband 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Sofa Buying Advice From the People Who Design and Make Them: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Nobody buys a house without researching the neighborhood and inspecting the foundation, plumbing, and electrical. Yet many people drop serious money on a sofa without understanding what goes into a well-made piece of upholstered furniture. It’s a leap of faith that often leads to buyer’s remorse and one too many “for sale – hardly used” Craigslist postings.
The quality of the frame, suspension, cushioning, and upholstery are what separate a sofa that will last 10 to 20 years from one that will start to wobble or look dingy after only a few. To understand what distinguishes quality components from inferior ones I toured BSC Furniture sofa factory with owner Joshua Siegel, the manufacturer responsible for BenchMade Modern’s line of upholstered seating, followed by a visit to Modernica’s facilities in Los Angeles guided by Jay Novak, co-owner and president of the modernist furniture manufacturer. In 2017, Wirecutter senior editor Christine Cyr Clisset toured the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams factory, based in Taylorsville, North Carolina.
home_stuff  furniture  comparo  review  wirecutter 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Sofa Buying Guide: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After 45 hours of research, including visiting three furniture factories, interviewing industry experts, and parking ourselves on nearly every sofa we’ve seen, we can tell you exactly what separates great sofas from future curbside donations. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to bring home a durable, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture.
Finding the right sofa for your space and budget begins with deciding what type and style you want. Just as important, you’ll need to determine what size sofa will fit in your home (including through the delivery path of doorways, hallways, stairs, and other exterior/interior obstructions). Then consider how many people you want to seat, and what to avoid (and invest in) if pets or kids will regularly use the sofa. We cover how to check for quality construction, how much you should expect to spend, and when you can get the best deals. We’ve also put together a buying checklist that you can take with you when you’re shopping, to help you remember the most important details.
home_stuff  furniture  comparo  review  wirecutter 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best String Trimmers: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After using 10 string trimmers to level 12,598 square feet of an overgrown field and trimming over 6,000 linear feet along walls and fences, we’re convinced the best string trimmer (also known as a weed wacker or a weed eater1) is the Ego ST1502-SF Power+ 15″ String Trimmer.
Our pick
Ego ST1502-SF Power+ 15″ String Trimmer
The best string trimmer
The Ego far outdistanced the competition in run time and power. It’s also very comfortable to use, even for extended trimming sessions.
$180* from Home Depot
*At the time of publishing, the price was $200.
Compared with other cordless trimmers, the Ego ST1502-SF Power+ 15″ String Trimmer is at a different level—it cut through 1-inch thick Japanese Knotweed like it was grass, while the others pathetically slapped their strings against the thick stalks. With all of that power, you’d expect it to be noisy, but it was also the quietest tool we tested, with a hair-dryer-like hum that sounded more pleasant than the whine of its competitors. The Ego is just as powerful and affordable as a gas tool, but without the messy fuel, smelly exhaust, or time-consuming maintenance. It was also the most capable cordless trimmer we found, with enough run time to cut a 1-foot-wide strip of grass almost two-thirds of a mile long on a single battery charge. At 10 pounds, it was not the lightest trimmer we tried, but its excellent balance and handling made it one of the easiest to swing around and maneuver in tight spots.
gardening  tools  comparo  wirecutter  review 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Nail Clippers: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After interviewing a podiatrist and testing a total of 10 nail clippers over the past five years—most recently with the help of a nail technician with a decade of experience (who happens to be the mother of one of our reporters)—we’re certain that the Green Bell G-1008 clippers are the best ones. They have sharp blades that cut cleanly through toenails and fingernails alike, and excellent build quality as indicated by their pleasantly surprising heft.
Our pick
Green Bell G-1008
The best nail clippers
These clippers are razor sharp, feel sturdy in hand, and look nicer than the competition.
$15* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $14.
The Green Bell G-1008 clippers cut so cleanly that you may not even need to file off the edges when you’re done—though they do have a built-in file if you want to anyway. They also have a sturdier, more ergonomically sculpted body than the other clippers we tried. They’re usually less expensive than the next-sharpest clippers we’ve tested and feel better in hand. “They had a good weight,” the former nail tech tester said about the Green Bell clippers. “I had good control, and I didn’t have to tip around at an angle to get a clean cut.”
grooming  wirecutter  comparo  review 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Outdoor Watering Can: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After 10 hours of research and testing plus ongoing daily use in a community garden, we’re confident that the Bloem 2.6-Gallon Easy Pour is the best outdoor watering can for most people. It’s durable, easy to fill, and comfortable to carry and lift, and its unique spout design can quickly adjust from a rainshower pour to a steady stream of water.
Our pick
Bloem 2.6-Gallon Easy Pour
Easy filling, easy pouring
Durable, comfortable, and convenient to fill and carry, the Bloem watering can has a unique adjustable sprinkle head that makes switching from a rainshower to a steady pour a literal snap.
$17 from Amazon
This was the only watering can we found with an adjustable sprinkle head that converts from a rainshower to a stream of water with one easy click. (With other watering cans, you have to remove the sprinkle head completely to get a steady flow of water.) The Bloem’s rainshower setting is effective for watering both established and immature plants without damaging them, and its steady pour is gentle enough to target crop plants’ roots without washing away the soil around them. The twin handles—a fixed one on the side and a hinged one on top—make filling, carrying, and pouring exceptionally easy. Finally, the Bloem can (which was formerly branded as Fiskars) is sturdy, with a high-quality all-plastic construction that will never rust and no sharp edges or seams that can chafe bare hands.
gardening  water  wirecutter  comparo  review 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Comparing Aaron Donald’s deal to other massive contracts for defenders
After protracted holdouts, negotiations and a roller-coaster ride of reports, the Los Angeles Rams finally landed the biggest fish in the pond. Aaron Donald today agreed to a six-year extension worth $135 million, including $87 million in guaranteed money.
The deal makes him the highest-paid defender in NFL history, both in annual salary ($22.5 million per year) and guarantees, a target Donald set his eyes on from the get-go. Every penny is well deserved for the three-time All-Pro, watching his annual salary jump exponentially.
football  rams  AD99  business  money  comparo 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
nest Thermostat E Thermostat - Consumer Reports
CRs Take
This latest nest is an economized version of the nest Learning Thermostat, having shed a few features and higher cost materials. Gone is the polished, metal, outer-ring and customizable, crystal clear display. It’s been replaced by a white polycarbonate ring and a frosted cover intended to soften the look, and blend into the background wall. If you’re used to seeing the original nest’s crisp display, the nest E looks blurry. And if you have a complicated HVAC system with multiple stages of heating or cooling, or a heat pump with emergency heating, the nest E may not be compatible. It has fewer wiring choices than the nest Learning Thermostat, but it retains most of its older sibling’s features and characteristics. Rotating the outer dial allows you to adjust the set-point temperature or scroll through menu choices while “clicking” the thermostat body – much as you would click a computer mouse – displays menus and locks in selections. Most day-to-day adjustments can be conducted with a quick spin of the outer dial or by using the app. Over time it learns your heating and cooling preferences and can create its own operating schedule. And it can automatically determine if you are home or not, based on a combination of its motion sensing and geofencing capabilities. The first sample we purchased was unable to recognize the wires connected to it during the installation and setup process. Two subsequent samples worked without issue. This sample defect did not affect the score.
smart_home  review  comparo  HVAC  consumer  report 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Smart Thermostat: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We spent three months testing nine popular smart thermostats, and after considering design, features, ease of use, how comfortable they kept our home, and integrations with popular smart-home systems, the Nest Thermostat E is our top pick. The best smart thermostat is one that intelligently adjusts your home’s temperature with the least amount of programming, and like other Nest models, the E fits that description—it is simpler to use than any other smart thermostat we tested. And it’s significantly cheaper than previous Nest units, without sacrificing much functionality.
Our pick
Nest Thermostat E
Smart learning for less
The E has most of the learning features and the easy-to-use design of the standard Nest thermostat but costs less and offers a cleaner look.
$160* from Home Depot
*At the time of publishing, the price was $170.
Like all Nest thermostats, the Nest Thermostat E learns your heating and cooling preferences and intelligently creates a schedule, adjusting your home’s temperature so you don’t have to fiddle with it yourself. It installs easily (though it’s compatible with slightly fewer HVAC systems than other Nest models), works with Nest’s Temperature Sensors to help keep all your rooms comfortable, and blends in nicely with walls thanks to a clean, white design that some people may find more appealing than the previous black-and-metal Nest models. It also works with a wide variety of smart-home platforms, including Alexa and Google Assistant. It lacks a few features compared with the standard Nest model, but these are minor conveniences rather than necessities.
wirecutter  smart_home  review  comparo  HVAC 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Tent for Family and Car Camping: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After researching more than two dozen family car-camping tents, talking with a tent designer, interviewing an expert on family camping, and sleeping and playing in a total of 13 large tents on four weekend camping trips and in a neighbor’s flat backyard, we think the Eureka Copper Canyon 6 is the best car-camping tent for most families. Of all the models we tested, the Copper Canyon 6 offers the best combination of a spacious interior, easy setup, good durability, and a reasonable price.
Our pick
Eureka Copper Canyon 6
The best family car-camping tent
Spacious, versatile, and affordable, the Copper Canyon 6 has all the features most car campers need and none of the fussy extras they don’t.
$260* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $241.
With a peak height of 7 feet and a cubelike shape, the Copper Canyon 6 was among the roomiest of the tents we tested, with extra space to help you stay organized and sleep more comfortably. It is big and boxy, but as long as you plan on lugging your tent only a couple hundred feet, you don’t need something ultralight and high-tech. Although it isn’t built for stormy weather, it is still tough and durable enough to ride out most rainstorms and windstorms. With a time-tested design, this popular tent is one you can expect to pitch for years to come.
camping  sleep  comparo  review  wirecutter 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Extension Cords for Your Home and Garage: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After more than 20 hours researching over 44 different extension cords, talking with safety experts, and testing six of the most promising for flexibility in zero-degree temps, we recommend the U.S. Wire & Cable 50 FT. Extreme All-Weather Extension Cord. It’s the most flexible cord we tested, it’s durable in all types of weather, it won’t break down if dragged through oil or grease, and it makes a strong connection—all of which add up to a cord that should last for years even in the harshest environments.
Our pick
U.S. Wire & Cable 50 FT. Extreme All-Weather Extension Cord
The best extension cord
With a solid power rating and durable construction, this cord can safely handle any job around a home or garage. Plus, it’s the most flexible cord we’ve tested, even in freezing temps.
$41 from Amazon
Because the U.S. Wire & Cable 50 FT. Extreme All-Weather Extension Cord is the most flexible cord we’ve ever tried, it is easy to work with whether you’re in the height of summer heat or the depths of a near-zero-degree winter. The thick, 12-gauge wires inside are rated to handle up to 15 amps—as much as most residential breakers will allow—making it safe to use with most tools and equipment in the US. The outlet has a small LED that lights up when the cord is live. If you’re going to own only one extension cord, the 50-foot version is versatile enough to maneuver across a two-car garage, run between two rooms indoors, or stretch deep into a yard outside. This same cord is also available in a 25-foot length if you want something more manageable, and a 100-foot length if you need more range but want to avoid daisy-chaining cords.
cables  electric  review  comparo  wirecutter 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
How to Pick the Best Extension Cord at the Hardware Store: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
The extension cords you’ll find for sale online are better quality and cost less than the ones generally stocked at brick-and-mortar hardware stores. If you can wait a day or two for shipping, buying online is the way to go. But that’s not particularly helpful advice if you’re in the middle of a project and need an extension cord right now. If you’re going to have only one cord, focus on indoor/outdoor extension cords—generally the ones in bright colors—and follow the tips laid out here to snag the best cord among the limited options in the store. If you’re looking for an indoor cord just to extend your phone charger or plug in a lamp, the guidelines are a little different.
Buy longer than you think you’ll need
When you’re guessing how long of an extension cord you need, leave yourself extra room for error and buy the next longest cord. Not only is a longer cord more convenient—it’s annoying to just barely reach your work area—-but it’s safer too. That’s because you’re not supposed to daisy-chain extension cords, connecting one to another. The extra length of multiple cords plugged in to each other (without thicker wires to make up for the distance) adds electrical resistance between the outlet and the thing you’re trying to power. Added resistance can in turn cause voltage drops that will make equipment like drills, saws, and vacuums run at lower power. The extra resistance of daisy-chaining cords can also cause additional heat to build up along the way, increasing the risk of one of the cords melting or even starting a fire.
electric  cables  review  howto  wirecutter  comparo 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Pen: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We interviewed experts with thousands of hours of experience testing stationery, and subjected their favorite pens to nearly 70 professionally picky Wirecutter staffers, to affirm that the Uni-ball Jetstream is the best pen for everyday writing. It’s easy to find in stores, it writes smoothly on most paper, and it’s affordable enough that you won’t be heartbroken if someone permanently borrows it.
Our pick
Uni-ball Jetstream
The best pen
Affordable, smooth, left-hand friendly, and filled with the best-performing ink, the Jetstream is a verified go-to pen.
$10 from Amazon
(pack of three)
For most people in most situations, the Uni-ball Jetstream is the best pen for the job. Its pigment-darkened ballpoint ink flows out smoothly and evenly, without skipping and with minimal pressure. The ink sinks into paper and dries quickly (which is great for lefties), and it rarely, if ever, feathers out from your lines or bleeds through good notebook paper. Available in a variety of tip widths and colors, the Jetstream is sold in office-supply stores and through online merchants. It felt reasonably good in our testers’ hands, and it has been a Wirecutter pick since 2013.
Tip width as tested: 0.7 mm
Widths available: 0.38 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm, 1.0 mm
Style: Ballpoint
Ink type: Hybrid (low-viscosity ballpoint ink with pigments)
writing  review  comparo  wirecutter 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best DNA Ancestry Testing Kit: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After more than 80 hours of research and reporting, and evaluating results from a panel of testers representing every major population group, we think AncestryDNA is the best DNA testing service for most people who are curious about their ethnic roots or are searching for contemporary relatives. All five DNA services we tested involve compromises, and you should keep in mind that the TV ads for these companies suggest a level of certainty that is well beyond the science upon which current tests are based. But AncestryDNA presents your data in a way that is easier to understand than many of its rivals, makes use of the largest database of DNA participants we’ve seen, and is among the lowest-priced services we tested.
Our pick
Great for tracing your ethnic roots and finding living relatives
AncestryDNA makes it easy to explore your ethnic origins but can’t differentiate between maternal and paternal lineages.
$100* from AncestryDNA
*At the time of publishing, the price was $80.
AncestryDNA is our pick for those who want to learn about their relatively recent ethnic roots or are seeking to connect with unknown relatives. Though all of the DNA services we tested provided broadly similar results for the ethnic origins of our panel of testers, AncestryDNA did a better job than its rivals of presenting this data in a clear manner while placing the information in a useful historical context. And for those seeking distant cousins or even biological parents, the company’s claimed DNA database of 5 million customers—two and a half times larger than its closest competitor—increases the odds of successful family matches. Unlike the other services we tested, however, AncestryDNA cannot track your maternal and paternal heritage independently or trace your ancient migration path out of Africa, so although its clarity makes it a superior choice for most people’s needs, it may not satisfy more dedicated amateur genealogists.
review  comparo  wirecutter  history  family 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Basic Home Toolkit: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After spending 75 hours researching almost 50 home toolkits, talking to experts about the basic essentials of any toolbox, and testing nine sets on a range of household tasks, we found that Home Depot’s HDX 76-Piece Homeowner’s Tool Set is the best basic toolkit for most homes, apartments, or dorm rooms if you’re not putting together your own kit. No preassembled toolkit will offer much more than entry-level tools, and the tools will not last forever—but if you’re looking for something simple and straightforward, this is the guide for you. This kit has been our pick for the past two years, and after a new round of comparing and testing the options, we concluded that it still offers the best value—a useful mix of decent tools at a great price.
Our pick
HDX 76-Piece Homeowner’s Tool Set
The HDX has all the essentials in a small package at a great price, making it the best choice for common home repairs and upgrades.
Buy from Home Depot
*At the time of publishing, the price was $20.
More than any other kit, the HDX set delivers on the basics, providing the necessary items without the useless filler that inflates the total tool count—and the price tag—on the other kits we tried. The HDX kit includes a perfectly adequate hammer, tape measure, utility knife, screwdriver, and hex wrenches, just to name a few. It also has one of the best adjustable wrenches that we saw in any kit. The tools come organized in a case that’s cheap-feeling but basically okay, and also one of the most compact cases we’ve encountered.
You can find plenty of kits that offer a lesser selection of tools and cost twice as much—and you can also find some that cost a bit less but fail to match this set’s overall quality. The HDX set was among the lowest-priced products we tested, and for about $20 at the moment, it’s a steal. This kit wouldn’t last long on a construction site, but for simple home upgrades and repairs, you could keep it around for years.
tools  repair  home_stuff  wirecutter  comparo  review 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Men’s Travel Clothes I Pack No Matter Where I’m Going: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
In my travels spanning 10 countries across four continents over the past five years, I’ve found that any comfortable clothes can get the job done. But having the best travel clothing lets me pack less and do more. This wardrobe of basics fits into a single medium-size packing cube yet works in climates ranging from the humid jungles of Brazil to the snowy craters of Mount Etna. I’ll add a blazer and a button-down to pass the dress code at a nice restaurant, or an extra coat for colder places, but these are the clothes I pack regardless of my destination.
Video: Michael Hession
The research
One T-shirt for all climates
Desert-island jeans
Shorts that go beyond the gym
A jacket for all seasons
A travel-underwear bargain
Socks for life
Bonus: Always bring a towel
men  clothing  travel  wirecutter  review  comparo 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Hangers: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After testing dozens of hangers over the span of seven months using a range of clothing, and asking experts in the home-organization and garment industry, we recommend Proman’s Kascade Hanger as the best and most durable general-purpose hanger for most wardrobes.
Our pick
Proman Kascade Hanger
The best hanger
Lightweight and well constructed with a consistent finish, yet affordably priced.
$60 from Amazon
Lightweight and slim with uniform construction, the Proman Kascade Hanger is an affordable, classic, and versatile clothing hanger style. Its consistently smooth edge finishing, its hooks for chain-linking hangers vertically, and its sturdy construction set it apart from competing models we reviewed. Our top all-purpose wooden hanger pick is strong enough to hold heavier winter coats, even suits, and it also accommodates all types of clothes, including pieces with delicate straps. If you buy a box, you’ll probably never have to worry about buying hangers again.
clothing  storage  wirecutter  review  comparo 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
Rams are sixth-most valuable franchise in the NFL | Rams Wire
Everything about the Los Angeles Rams is on the rise right now. Not only is the team a legitimate Super Bowl contender, but the roster is littered with exciting players who are sure to draw fans to home games in 2018.
The stadium may not be anything special, but that’ll change in 2020 when the new venue in Inglewood opens and hosts its first Rams game. Needless to say, the team’s move to Los Angeles has paid big dividends financially, not only helping lure players in free agency, but also raising the value of the franchise.
Forbes released its latest list of the most valuable franchises in sports and not surprisingly, the Dallas Cowboys were once again on top at $4.8 billion. The Rams weren’t far behind at No. 6 on the list, coming in with a value of $3.0 billion.
football  rams  business  comparo  top_ten 
july 2018 by rgl7194
Long Songs by Led Zeppelin, Yes, Iron Butterfly + Others: Odd Couples
“ACHILLES LAST STAND” by LED ZEPPELIN VS. “HEART OF THE SUNRISE” by YES: Led Zeppelin has a reputation for long songs, especially in a live setting. And then there’s “Stairway to Heaven,” one of the most-loved long songs of the classic rock era. Surprisingly, the mighty Zep only has three studio creations that clock in over 10 minutes: “In My Time of Dying,” “Carouselambra,” and “Achilles Last Stand.”
Yes is another band with a reputation for long songs, but at least they sometimes explicitly subtitle the songs into sections, so you know exactly what you’re getting. Hmmm … points awarded here for honesty, or maybe deducted for pomposity?
When it comes to lyrics, both bands have been accused on occasion of being obscure. “Sharp / Distance / How can the wind its arms all around me?” ponders Yes, “Oh to ride the wind / To tread the air above the din.” responds Led Zeppelin. As to whether the winds in question are breezes or hurricanes – well, likely only the singers know for sure.
Actually, there is some speculation that both songs are perhaps travel related. “Sunrise” references being “lost in the city,” while “Achilles” is supposedly about a trip to Morocco.
Winner: “Achilles Last Stand.” Both of these long songs are pretty good, but regardless what the lyrics actually mean, “Achilles Last Stand” musically sounds like the second coming of the Viking hoard from “Immigrant Song.” I dunno – did Norsemen ever holiday in Casablanca?
music  ledzep  70s  comparo  songs 
july 2018 by rgl7194
Should you upgrade to the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2018)? | iMore
Is Apple's new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2018) worth the upgrade? Find out!
Apple has unveiled the all-new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2018) and with it a bevy of new features … but not all the ones everyone was hoping for. If you've been waiting to upgrade from a MacBook, MacBook Air, or previous generation MacBook Pro, is now the time to do it? Let's take a look!
MBP  preview  comparo 
july 2018 by rgl7194
Less, More and None/Best tape measurer/The Gateway | Cool Tools
Shopping research
When I’m in shopping mode I check out BestReviews. Modeled after Wirecutter and Cool Tools, it tests, compares and recommends a huge variety of products, from ATV ramps, to kiddie pools, to pressure washers. It carries no ads, relying on Amazon links for revenue. While its range is vast, the depth of reviews is uneven, but I find their simple summaries of the best stuff worthwhile to check out. — KK
shopping  review  comparo 
july 2018 by rgl7194
Old music: The Electras – Action Woman | Music | The Guardian
The Electras have got to find themselves some action, a little satisfaction – anyone know a woman who might lend a hand?
In his magnificent autobiography, Head-On, Julian Cope recounts one of the arguments that would rend asunder Liverpool's music heads in the 70s: whose version of the 1967 garage-rock staple Action Woman was better? Was it the one by the Litter, better known by far, after featuring on the first volume of the Pebbles series of albums? Or was it the one by their Minneapolitan confreres, the Electras?
Action Woman was written by a man called Warren Kendrick, who was the manager of the Electras. He was also the manager of the Litter. So the ownership of the song – usually ceded to the Litter, though no one seems sure whose version came first – is open to debate.
music  60s  garage_rock  comparo  review 
july 2018 by rgl7194
NutriBullet Review: Which NutriBullet Should You Get?: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
NutriBullet is the most recognized name in the world of personal blenders. They’re everywhere, from TV infomercials to large displays in big-box stores. And at first glance, all four of NutriBullet’s current models look kind of the same (with the exception of some size variation). So, besides comparing price and wattage (which won’t tell you everything about how a blender performs) how do you know which is right for you?
The short answer, for most people, is the 900-watt NutriBullet Pro. It offers the best price-to-performance ratio of any NutriBullet—or other brand of personal blender for that matter—which is why it’s been our top pick since our personal-blender review first published. But to give you the long answer, we put all four NutriBullet models—including two we hadn’t tested before—through their paces side by side.
food  cooking  gadgets  review  wirecutter  comparo 
june 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Garden Hose: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
If you’re looking for the easiest and cheapest way to keep your garden lush, your car clean, and your sprinkler a-sprinkling—or you just need an elongated water source to let your kids play with on a hot summer day—then the lightweight Flexzilla Garden Hose is your best bet. It’s safe, durable, and far more flexible than any other hose we tested.
Our pick
Flexzilla Garden Hose
The best garden hose
This tough, flexible hose was the most kink-resistant hose we tested, and its lightweight material will coil up, lay flat, and twist and turn easily. It’s durable, but it can show dirt if you don’t store it well.
$13* from Walmart
$33 from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $33.
Don’t be fooled by the Flexzilla’s ectoplasmic coloring—its hose and fittings are both made from the same proprietary materials that the company uses for its other industrial-grade offerings. This slinky hose is nearly impossible to kink or break, it lays flat when you unroll it (the material has no “memory” of its coiled state), and its light weight and flexibility make it easy and comfortable to coil up at the end of the day. One drawback is its potential to show dirt or develop moldy patches, but that’s an issue you can control by storing it under shelter.
home_stuff  gardening  wirecutter  water  review  comparo 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Rams another 'Dream Team' Eagles? We'll wait and see - Los Angeles Rams Blog- ESPN
LOS ANGELES -- The heightened excitement and the lofty expectations that surround these Los Angeles Rams have been tempered, somewhat, by the faint-yet-lingering presence of a recent cautionary tale.
The 2011 Philadelphia Eagles, who carried the burden of a “Dream Team” moniker all the way through a disastrous season, have occasionally been linked to a 2018 Rams team that is suddenly bursting with star talent.
football  rams  comparo 
june 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Waterproof Mattress Protectors and Pads: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
If you want to shield a mattress from spills, potty training accidents, or pet messes, we recommend the SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector. After 240 hours researching and testing 14 protectors, we found the SafeRest did the best job at keeping our mattress dry, while also feeling comfortable to sleep on. And after multiple washes, it retained its waterproofing better than almost any other protector we tried.
Our pick
SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector
The best waterproof mattress protector
This inexpensive fitted mattress protector is one of the few that stayed fully waterproof through our tests. It’s comfortable to sleep on and inexpensive.
$25 from Amazon
$30 from Walmart
The SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector is one of the few protectors we tested that never failed, staying completely waterproof through 10 cycles of washing and drying and two leak tests. It’s affordable and highly recommended in user reviews (and from our staffers who’ve owned it). We think it’s great for a child’s bed, and we recommend having at least two on hand to swap out if needed. The cotton/polyester terry top is a little noisy and it’s scratchier than pricier quilted protectors, but we don’t think that’s a big deal because it goes underneath the sheets, not against the skin. The SafeRest comes in twin to California king sizes.
sleep  home_stuff  wirecutter  review  comparo 
june 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Sunscreen: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After spending 60 hours on research and interviews, and many more wearing sunscreen on our bodies, we’ve determined that the best sunscreen for everyday use is the one you’ll apply liberally and often, so it should be inexpensive but still feel good. But most people don’t wear nearly enough sunscreen—which means you probably don’t either. That’s why we recommend Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70.
According to all seven experts and dermatologists we interviewed, as well as the many scientific papers and lit reviews we read, if you’re outside, you should be applying a full shot glass’s worth of sunscreen to your near-naked body about once an hour in order to get adequate protection from your sunscreen. That’s a lot, and it means the best sunscreen needs to be affordable. Ideally, it should go on easily and feel good against your skin as well. If you prefer a spray sunscreen, or if you need something that won’t stain white clothes, we have picks for you, too.
Our pick
Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70
Great feel, smell, and price
Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70 has all the features you need in a sunscreen at a reasonable price: It’s water resistant, it offers broad-spectrum protection, and it has no added fragrance.
$10 from Amazon
$10 from Walmart
$10 from Bed Bath & Beyond
Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70 has a thin texture for its SPF rating, making it one of the easiest sunscreens to apply of the 14 we tested. It’s water resistant (not all sunscreens are) for up to 80 minutes, the maximum amount of time a sunscreen can claim to be per FDA guidelines. At just over a dollar per ounce, it works as well as sunscreens that cost seven times as much, but it is still smooth and easy to apply, and it comes in a bottle that’s easy to hold and easy to close. Unlike many sunscreens we considered and some we tried, it won’t make you look like a ghost or smell like a Bath & Body Works shop. In fact, it smells like almost nothing. And it comes in the best format to ensure optimal protection: lotion.
safety  health  wirecutter  review  comparo  water 
june 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Electric Pressure Cooker: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After 40 hours of research and testing—including cooking 15 pounds of brisket, 13 pounds of black beans, and 12 pounds of brown rice—we think the best electric pressure cooker for most people is the Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart. Of the nine cookers we tried, it offers the best combination of great performance at a reasonable price. The Duo 6-Quart will help you get dinner on the table in less than half the time of cooking in a regular pot. And unlike the finicky, volatile pressure cookers of the past, this smart electric cooker is totally safe and easy to use.
Our pick
Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart
The best electric pressure cooker
One of the most affordable electric cookers we tried is a versatile time-saver in the kitchen.
$100 from Amazon
$100 from Walmart
The Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart is our overall favorite if you’re looking for a super-easy pressure-cooking experience. It’s simple to use and will turn out delicious meals in a fraction of the time conventional cooking requires—you can cook black beans from scratch in 20 minutes, for example. Compared with other models, it has more heat settings, and it sautéed our onions better. (None of the electric models brown meat all that well). As a multi-cooker, you can also use this pot as a slow cooker and a rice cooker (although if you eat a lot of rice we prefer our rice cooker pick, which will give you better texture and flavor).
cooking  food  gadgets  review  comparo  wirecutter 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Lakers News: Metta World Peace calls Kobe Bryant, not LeBron James or Michael Jordan, the best player of his generation - Silver Screen and Roll
Former Lakers forward Metta World Peace, who also played against LeBron James and Michael Jordan, explained why he felt Kobe Bryant was the best player of his generation in his new book.
Metta World Peace, the Artest formerly known as Ron, played with and against some of the greatest players in NBA history, including a few years alongside Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, and plenty of chances to guard LeBron James and Michael Jordan.
This experience gives World Peace some interesting perspective on the greatest of all time debate that’s been raging once again following James’ eighth-straight trip to the NBA Finals, an argument he weighed in on in his recently released autobiography, “No Malice: My Life in Basketball or: How a Kid from Queensbridge Survived the Streets, the Brawls, and Himself to Become an NBA Champion.”
basketball  lakers  kobe  lebron  comparo 
may 2018 by rgl7194
As he gets set to (maybe) join the Lakers, it’s time to acknowledge that LeBron James has surpassed Kobe Bryant - Silver Screen and Roll
Kobe Bryant might always be more loved by Lakers fans than LeBron James, but there is no arguing he’s better any longer, and it’s time to finally appreciate James’ greatness.
I hated LeBron James, for years. Hated that people kept talking about him, because when I heard his non stop praise, in my mind it came at the expense of my favorite player of all time, Kobe Bryant. Every time somebody spoke about his Magic Johnson-level passing, I heard it as shade towards Kobe’s more aggressive style of playing basketball.
And then I grew up.
I think it’s worth exploring why I and a lot of my fellow Lakers fans disliked LeBron so much. I started watching basketball roughly around 2000, but I really got into it in a big way around when Shaq left. To me, Kobe wasn’t just my favorite basketball player, he was basketball to me. There was no League Pass, I barely watched any games that didn’t involve the Lakers, and I fell in love with Kobe’s nightly displays of brilliance. I was never ready to let go of the fact that Kobe was not only my favorite player, but the best player in the NBA, and like people hold onto music from their childhood, I held onto that and reveled in LeBron’s failures. (Remember #LeChoke?)
basketball  lakers  kobe  lebron  comparo 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Kobe Bryant says debating whether he, Michael Jordan or LeBron James is better is a waste of time - Silver Screen and Roll
Retired Lakers guard Kobe Bryant isn’t a fan of arguments about the greatness he, LeBron James and Michael Jordan have displayed throughout their careers, as one reporter found out the hard way on Twitter.
Every time LeBron James racks up another career achievement, the discussion throughout media always (predictably and exhaustingly) turns to where he ranks among the all-time greats. Sunday night was no different, with the internet and broadcasters immediately flipping to debate whether or not James’ eighth-straight NBA Finals appearances is finally proof he’s better than greats like Michael Jordan and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
For Bryant, it appears that discussion has grown exhausting, and he tweeted out a plea to end it following the game:
We can enjoy one without tearing down one. I love what he’s doing. Don’t debate what can’t be definitively won by anyone #enjoymy5 #enjoymj6 #enjoylbjquest
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 28, 2018
basketball  lakers  kobe  lebron  comparo  twitter 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Strike: Career of Evil: How is the BBC version different to the book? - Radio Times
The latest TV adaptation of JK Rowling’s crime series is probably the biggest departure from the source material yet
When adapting books to TV a certain amount of change should be expected, and the BBC’s Strike series is no exception.
In the first two mysteries solved by the ex-army detective (adapted from The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, written by JK Rowling under the penname Robert Galbraith), all sorts of characters and subplots were altered – but the new adventure for Strike (Tom Burke) and Robin (Holliday Grainger) might have the biggest changes so far.
Here are just a few fairly spoiler-free divergences that you might notice…
crime_drama  detectives  rowling  tv  books  comparo 
may 2018 by rgl7194
LogMeIn Ignition vs. Screens vs. iTeleport: VNC apps for iPad shootout! | iMore
Screen sharing and VNC apps allow you to log in and access other computers remotely straight from your iPad. Whether you've forgotten a file on your work computer, need to access data from your Mac at home while you're on vacation, or want to run your server room from pool-side, a VNC app is what you need to get the job done. LogMeIn Ignition, Screens, and iTeleport will all give you access to any Mac, PC, or server you've linked them up with from anywhere in the world. But, they all handle the process in very different ways. Is one more convenient and full featured than the others or will they cater to completely different user bases? Follow along and we'll help you figure out which one may be right for you...
...LogMeIn Ignition vs. Screens vs. iTeleport: The bottom line
iTeleport is neither the best nor the best value. However, if you really don't like the price of LogMeIn or the interface of Screens, iTeleport is an option.
LogMeIn Ignition is the best all around screen sharing and VNC client package when it comes to user interface, ease of use, simplicity, and features. You've got one login to rule them all and once you install the software you'll never have to think about it again if you don't want to. It's also the only service that offers features like file management and direct access to cloud services. If convenience is more of a concern to you than price is, look no further than LogMeIn Ignition.
Screens is the best value for your money. Sceens is super easy to navigate and easy to set up. If you only need to access your computers remotely and screen sharing is all you're concerned with, Screens is the client for you.
apps  comparo  ios  mac  remote_access  review  windows  VNC 
may 2018 by rgl7194
The best remote access solution for Mac and iOS – The Sweet Setup
The best remote access solution for Mac and iOS
iPhone $19.99
Mac $29.99
Screens for Mac and iOS is the best remote access solution for accessing our Macs when away from home. It uses industry-standard technology for remote access (VNC), but the free Screens Connect service makes it easy to setup. This removes the requirement to use a static IP address or configure your router manually.
If your machine is behind a corporate network that prohibits Screens from working remotely, we recommend LogMeIn. The iOS and Mac apps are free, but the service is prohibitively expensive for most users.
Why do you need remote access?
With the rise of services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud, remote access services aren’t necessary for simply accessing files remotely. There are countless ways to sync documents and access them from anywhere. Accessing a PDF file using PDF Expert that is stored in Dropbox is certainly better than remotely controlling a Mac and opening the document. I use remote access to manage a Mac mini at Mac mini colo and my Plex server at home. Accessing a Mac remotely allows you to run desktop applications, have access to a full web browser from iOS, and access files and programs that are only on that one machine.
apps  comparo  ios  mac  remote_access  review  windows  VNC 
may 2018 by rgl7194
How Mueller’s First Year Compares To Watergate, Iran-Contra And Whitewater | FiveThirtyEight
And what those past investigations tell us about where the Russia investigation might go next.
It’s a big day for Robert Mueller and his team: One year ago today, Mueller was appointed to lead the special counsel investigation into possible ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian officials. It’s a miracle, in some ways, that Mueller has lasted this long. President Trump’s relationship with the investigation has grown increasingly adversarial, and at many moments over the course of the past 12 months, it seemed like Mueller’s job was in jeopardy.
So this hasn’t been an easy year for Mueller, but it’s certainly been productive. Since the first indictments came down in the investigation last fall, the special counsel has racked up five guilty pleas and 14 indictments of individuals.1 He also reportedly gave a referral to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York that led to a raid on the office, home and hotel room of presidential lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, which has turned into its own separate investigation.
We’ve taken a look at how Mueller’s first year measures up against the initial 12 months of other special counsel and independent counsel investigations. In terms of the number of charges he’s been able to file, Mueller is moving quickly. At one year after the formal appointment of a special or independent counsel, only the Watergate special prosecution force had obtained more indictments and guilty pleas.
538  crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  special_counsel  trump  comparo 
may 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Antivirus Is Not Traditional Antivirus: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We set out to do a standard Wirecutter guide to the best antivirus app, so we spent months researching products, reading reports from independent testing labs and institutions, and consulting experts on safe computing. And after all that, we learned that most people should neither pay for a traditional antivirus suite, such as McAfee, Norton, or Kaspersky, nor use free programs like Avira, Avast, or AVG. The “best antivirus” for most people to buy, it turns out, is not a traditional antivirus package.
Information security experts told us that the built-in Windows Defender is good-enough antivirus for most Windows PC owners, and that both Mac and Windows users should consider using Malwarebytes Premium, an anti-malware program that augments both operating systems’ built-in protections. These options provide reliable protection without slowing your computer significantly, installing unwanted add-ons, or harassing you about upgrades.
Malwarebytes is not an all-in-one option for protecting your system against exploits, malware, and other bad stuff. But information security experts repeatedly recommended it as a useful anti-malware layer, one of multiple layers of security you need for your devices, coupled with good habits. Relying on any one app to protect your system, data, and privacy is a bad bet, especially when almost every security app—including Malwarebytes and Windows Defender—has proven vulnerable on occasion. You should have good virus and malware protection, yes, but you also need secure passwords, two-factor logins, data encryption, and smart privacy tools added to your browser. Check out our guide to setting up those layers here.
security  privacy  wirecutter  review  comparo  malware 
may 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Blankets: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
A great blanket should not only make you feel cozy but also keep you from sweating (or feeling too cold), while looking good on your bed for many years. After spending almost 400 hours researching more than 100 blankets, and sleeping under 21 of them over the course of a month, we recommend seven that we like for their softness, warmth, and design. There’s no perfect blanket for everyone, but we think most people will find something here to love.
We focused on blankets that worked nicely on top of a sheet for the summer, or layered under a comforter for the cooler months, and that were reasonably priced. Our picks come in a range of fabrics, including a lightweight cotton gauze; a cotton/acrylic blend for moderate weather; a chunky, warm waffle knit; a heavyweight cotton twill; a velvety, warm fleece; a washable wool; and a plush/cotton quilt. Wherever possible, we looked for blankets that were widely available, and that came in a good range of sizes and colors.
home_stuff  sleep  wirecutter  review  comparo 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Best Trampoline Brands - Our Top 7 Picks 2018 | Trampoline First
Trampolines – no matter how big or small – are an investment. Whether you’re buying one for yourself or for your family to enjoy, you want to make sure that the trampoline you purchase is durable, safe and fun to use. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure that you buy from a brand that is well respected and trusted in the industry.
But let’s face it, you don’t have time to scour the web for reviews or compare brands. That’s why we’ve done all the hard work for you. Listed below are the absolute best trampoline brands on the market, and a few other brands to consider, too.
sports  review  comparo  exercise 
may 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS): Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After more than 20 hours considering nearly 100 models, interviewing experts, and testing our top candidates, we found that the CyberPower CP685AVR is the best uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for people who want to keep a home network or other small electronics running during a blackout of an hour or less. It requires no setup aside from plugging it in, and it includes important features that competing models lack like automatic voltage regulation.
CyberPower CP685AVR
The best UPS for a home network
It can reliably keep your Wi-Fi network up for an hour in a blackout and is affordable enough to pick up "just in case."
$70 from Amazon
The CyberPower CP685AVR will cover the basics for most people during common, short blackouts. In our tests, it provided enough power to keep the average broadband modem and Wi-Fi router running for an hour, which means that you can stay online while the power is off—whether that’s to reach emergency services, follow news and weather changes, or just pass the time on your favorite websites. CyberPower is the only company with such an inexpensive model that can also correct minor power fluctuations without resorting to battery power; that, in turn, extends the overall life of the battery and improves its reliability.
home_stuff  networking  router  electric  battery  backup  wirecutter  review  comparo 
may 2018 by rgl7194
The Best VPN Service: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We spent more than 130 hours over four months researching 32 VPN services, testing 12, interviewing the leadership of five, and consulting information security and legal experts about our results. We found that most people should prioritize other security tools and privacy practices first, but in the cases where a VPN makes sense—such as when you’re connecting to public Wi-Fi—IVPN is the most trustworthy provider that offers fast, secure connections with an easy setup process on both computers and mobile devices.
Our pick
Security we trust
This is the most trustworthy VPN provider we found, with fast, secure connections, easy-to-use applications on every major platform, and helpful support.
$100 from IVPN
(per year)
IVPN excels at trust and transparency, the most important factors when you’re choosing a virtual private network. The company publicly displays information about its leadership team so you know who you’re trusting with your online activity. After interviewing IVPN’s CEO about the company’s internal procedures, we’re convinced that the team is dedicated to its promises not to monitor or log customer activity. But a trustworthy VPN is only as good as its connections, and in our tests IVPN was stable and fast, with very few exceptions. IVPN defaults to secure connections with the OpenVPN protocol on Windows, macOS, and Android, plus a few other platforms. Its apps are easy to set up and use, and they’re secure even if you use the default settings. (We don’t recommend any VPN service’s native app for iOS, but IVPN has options for Apple devices, too.) And you can make IVPN even better with two clicks: one to enable IVPN’s “firewall,” a kill switch to stop traffic when you aren’t protected, and one to auto-connect IVPN when you’re joining unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Even though IVPN is more expensive than some competitors, we found it to be worth the price for its combination of trust, security, and usability.
vpn  privacy  security  wirecutter  comparo  review 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Shootout: Samsung Galaxy vs Google Pixel vs Apple iPhone
It’s been a few years now since smartphones became legitimate tools for professional photography. While a DSLR or high-end mirrorless is almost certainly the preferred choice, phone camera quality has reached the point where it can be used in many situations. TIME Magazine ran an iPhone photo as a cover image in 2012, and since 2017 many other major publications have had their own mobile-shot covers.
However, with the exception of one Sports Illustrated cover, most photographers wielding smartphones are firmly in Apple’s camp. The iPhone long had the superior image quality, and a large part of Apple’s brand was their dedication to great cameras. In the past two years, though, Android has done a lot to catch up.
iphone7  smartphone  camera  photography  comparo  google 
april 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Windshield Wipers for Your Car: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After researching wiper blades for more than 60 hours, scouring user reviews, talking to auto-service shops in such weather-challenged regions as Chicago and Portland, Oregon, and testing top competitors on a handful of cars, our findings show that the Bosch Icon is a good bet for most drivers, as long as it fits your car. Bosch wiper blades are recommended by the shops we interviewed more than any other brand, and the Icon is consistently among the highest-rated models by users on websites that sell a wide range of wipers. It’s also earned among the highest ratings of any top-selling blade on Amazon with relatively few complaints.
Our pick
Bosch Icon
Best windshield wipers for your car
This beam-blade wiper is a solid choice for any climate and is consistently among the highest-rated wipers by users.
$22* from Amazon
$21 from Walmart
*At the time of publishing, the price was $20.
The best wiper blade, of course, is the one that fits your vehicle and performs well throughout its service life. But because windshield shapes vary a lot, even the best quality blade may perform poorly if it doesn’t fit (as is obvious from the number of negative reviews you’ll find for just about any popular wiper). The Icon is a beam-blade wiper that, like other beam blades, generally works better in snowy and icy conditions than traditional bracket-style wipers. It’s a great choice for year-round use in any climate. It’s among the top-rated wipers on the Amazon, Walmart, Advance Auto Parts, and JC Whitney websites. And it has the best differential between five- and one-star ratings of any best-selling model on Amazon, which is important to know since many users leave a one-star rating when a wiper doesn’t fit their car well. That means more people like them and fewer people have had problems with them. The bottom line? If you’ve found wipers that you’re happy with, you might want to continue using those, because you know they’ll work on your windshield. But if we were buying new wipers, we’d choose the Bosch Icon first.
cars  accessories  wirecutter  comparo  review  weather  cleaning 
april 2018 by rgl7194
The Furnace and Air Conditioner Filters We Would Buy: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
If we were looking to buy a new filter today for our HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, we’d aim for a medium-efficiency filter with a MERV rating in the 8 to 13 range, which can clean the air throughout your home almost as effectively as a portable air purifier can clean a room.
Nordic Pure MERV 12
The filter we would get
Available in a range of sizes and usually at a lower price than similar competitors, this pleated electret filter catches most anything you would breathe at home.
$41 from Amazon
(Box of 6)
Compared with the cheapest basic filters available, medium-efficiency MERV filters like the Nordic Pure MERV 12 can greatly reduce airborne dust, mold spores, pollen, and even smoke, and doing that can help ease respiratory ailments, according to an NIH review.
However, these filters have a few drawbacks—first, they can cost about $7 to $20 apiece, versus about $5 for a six-pack of basic fiberglass filters. You’re supposed to replace filters every few months, so the cost adds up. Second, they can put stress on some HVAC equipment, making the system less effective at heating and cooling, potentially even shortening its life span by restricting airflow and forcing the equipment to run harder. But those are rare circumstances, and the decision to pay more for a better filter or not mainly comes down to whether or not cleaner air is a priority for you. If it is, there are several examples of qualified filters that we’d recommend—including the Nordic Pure MERV 12, a perfectly good filter that we’d look for first (because it often costs less), as well as two other filters that are also fine.
home_stuff  wirecutter  comparo  review 
april 2018 by rgl7194
2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, First-Round Preview: Let’s Crunch Some Numbers - Jewels From The Crown
Vegas ran away with the Pacific, but do their numbers back up their dominance?
There’s no shortage of interesting storylines in this matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and the Vegas Golden Knights. The old guard versus the new upstart in town. An expansion team of spare parts and unknown quantities, beginning their season under the shadow of a great tragedy that brought the team and the city together. Two battle-tested goaltenders, both with their share of post-season triumphs and collapses. A world-class all-star center, against a revelation of a scoring machine.
If you’re talking narratives, there may not be a better matchup than Kings/Golden Knights. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have an age-old grudge match. Toronto has a chance to exorcise some demons against Boston. But the Kings trying to resurrect themselves after being all but buried by most hockey pundits, taking on a team which was predicted to be somewhere between embarrassment and adequate, we guess? Now that’s a story.
While the general perception of these teams is that of a rising star taking the league by storm squaring off against the fading beauty trying for one last hurrah, the numbers — well, the numbers tell a slightly different story.
hockey  kings  statistics  comparo 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Mac Power Users #425: Web Browsers - Relay FM
David and Katie dive into the topic of browsers. The browsers we use on Mac and iOS, reasons to look at third-party browsers vs staying with Safari, tweaking your settings, our favorite add-ons and companions services and more.
Please Review: Mac Power Users
macOS - Safari - Apple
How to start using Safari on Mac | iMore
Pin frequently visited websites in Safari on Mac - Apple Support
Safari for Mac: Keep a reading list in Safari
Apple - Safari - Safari Extensions Gallery
DuckDuckGo Search Engine
Chrome Web Store - Extensions
Chrome Web Browser
Download Firefox — Free Web Browser
Choosy: A smarter default browser for macOS
iCab Mobile (Web Browser) on the App Store
Google Chrome on the App Store
Dolphin Web Browser for iPad on the App Store
Ghostery Makes the Web Cleaner, Faster and Safer!
Adblock Plus - Surf the web without annoying ads!
Get organized. Work smarter. Remember everything. | Evernote
Downie on Setapp | Ultimate YouTube video downloader
My Feed | Honey
Amazon price tracker, Amazon price history charts, price watches, and price drop alerts. |
Facebook Container Extension: Take control of how you’re being tracked | The Firefox Frontier
Amazon Assistant
1Blocker on the App Store
The Super Simple VPN You Can Trust |
eero Plus: Worry Free Wifi Security | eero
MPU  podcast  browser  mac  ios  comparo  safari  chrome  firefox 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Mostly False: 18 U.S. school shootings so far in 2018 and 18 in rest of the world over past 20 years | PolitiFact Wisconsin
Amid the early news reports about a Florida school shooting that left 17 dead on Feb. 14, 2018, longtime network TV journalist and author Jeff Greenfield declared in a tweet:
In the rest of the world, there have been 18 school shootings in the last twenty years. In the U.S., there have been 18 school shootings since January 1.
It’s a provocative claim that drew more the 130,000 likes on Twitter.
Greenfield, a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, may be on the right track generally in contrasting how much gun violence there is in America compared to the rest of the world.
But as for his specific claim, he leaves a misleading impression with the U.S. part and lacks evidence for the part about the rest of the world.
statistics  guns  usa  comparo  factcheck  politics 
april 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Multiport USB Wall Charger: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After surveying more than 1,100 Wirecutter readers and using six iPads to test 20 top models, we can safely say that Anker’s PowerPort 4 is the best USB wall charger for most people. It costs a little more than Apple’s single-port 12W USB Power Adapter, but the Anker model can push out more than three times as much power and charge four devices at once. In fact, it can simultaneously charge three full-size iPads at full speed while also charging a smartphone. Surveyed readers said they preferred chargers that plug directly into an outlet, and this is the most powerful one we tested to do so. Additionally, Anker’s charger allows connected devices to draw the advertised amount of power; some of the competition doesn’t.
Our pick
Anker PowerPort 4
The best multiport USB charger
Affordable, fast, and compact, this 40-watt charger is great for use at home or on the road.
$26 from Amazon
This 40-watt four-port charger is just as wide as Apple’s iPad charger but larger in its other dimensions because of its extra ports. It plugs directly into an outlet instead of using a detachable power cable, but thanks to the orientation of its prongs, it covers only a single outlet instead of crowding your power strip or wall plate. Anker’s PowerIQ technology identifies what kind of device is plugged into each port and delivers the proper amperage without your having to figure out the “right” USB port for each device.
charger  battery  ipad  USB  wirecutter  review  comparo 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Checked Luggage: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After researching 26 pieces of checked luggage and testing five finalists, we can say that the Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 25-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter is the best checked luggage for most travelers. We put it through its paces on a three-week trip to New Zealand and found that it easily packs two weeks’ worth of clothes into the maximum-allowed checked-bag dimensions for most airlines. It also looks and feels fantastic, and it comes with a lifetime warranty against defects and airline damage.
Our pick
Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 25-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter
The best checked bag for most travelers
Luxury feel at a reasonable price, with a capacity, warranty, and reliability that should suit most travelers. The 25-inch model should offer plenty of room for most people without going over airline weight limits.
$288* from Amazon
$360 from Bed Bath & Beyond
*At the time of publishing, the price was $305.
Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 29-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter
Same, but bigger
If you need the maximum space allowable and don’t mind going over weight limits, the 29-inch model is the way to go.
$340 from Amazon
$400 from Bed Bath & Beyond
luggage  travel  flying  wirecutter  comparo  review 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The iPad Is the Best Tablet: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We think Apple’s iPad (5th generation),1 released in spring 2017, is the best tablet for most people because it offers the best combination of speed, features, screen size, ecosystem, and price. The iPad line is the best selection of tablets for many reasons: They’re solidly built, they perform well, they have fantastic screens, they run a reliable and easy-to-use operating system, and—maybe most important—they have the largest app library and accessory ecosystem of any tablet. They also come with the best support of any brand. If you’re looking for the best tablet, your biggest question is likely “Which iPad should I buy?”
Our pick
9.7-inch iPad (5th generation)
The best tablet for most people
The standard iPad is powerful and easy to use, and it features a large, high-quality screen, solid build quality, and a huge app library.
$330 from Best Buy
$330 from Apple
$330 $280 from Staples
You save $50 (15%)
$330 $280 from Costco
You save $50 (15%)
The things that have made all iPads great tablets—such as an unbeatable selection of outstanding apps, stellar hardware quality, long battery life, and unrivaled customer support—help them continue to best other tablets on the market. The 5th-generation iPad’s significantly lower price than the model it replaced (the $400 iPad Air 2, our previous top pick) makes it even more appealing and simplifies the decision between it and other iPad models: Although the iPad Pro and iPad mini models will be better for some people, the 5th-generation iPad is the best all-around value. (Though you may want to spring for more storage.)
ipad  comparo  review  wirecutter 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Cable Modem: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
If you have cable Internet, you already have a cable modem, and you’re probably paying your Internet service provider a separate fee every month to rent it. Stop giving away your money. If you instead buy a cable modem like the Netgear CM500, you can recoup its cost in as little as six months—and then start saving up to $10 each month.
Our pick
Netgear CM500
The best modem for most people
Compatible with the most ISPs, the CM500 supports Internet plans up to 300 Mbps. It’s reliable, and it pays for itself in about six months.
$60 $48* from Amazon
You save $12 (20%)
*At the time of publishing, the price was $70.
After researching nearly 100 cable modems over the past four years, we recommend the Netgear CM500 for most people. The CM500 offers reliable operation, supports the Internet speeds available to most Americans, and has positive reviews from owners. Just as important, it’s compatible with the most major cable Internet service providers in the US—including Comcast, Spectrum (formerly Time Warner, Charter, and Bright House), Cox, Suddenlink, Cable One, and WOW—which gives you the flexibility to switch providers if you move (or if you’re lucky enough to have multiple ISPs to choose from).
The CM500 works well for plans up to 300 megabits per second, because it’s a DOCSIS 3.0 modem that can handle 16 downstream channels and four upstream channels. (A channel is a connection to your ISP, like a lane on a road. The more channels you have, the easier it is to avoid congested traffic. While channel availability varies by region, 16×4 is the maximum you need for the most common current plans.) The CM500 has a good reputation for reliability, but it comes with only a one-year warranty, while most modems come with a two-year warranty.
cable_modem  wirecutter  review  comparo  broadband  internet 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Battle of the Baby Bimmers: Hot Wheels BMW M2 vs Matchbox BMW 1M – the Lamley Group
If I could have any car – real car, not toy car – what would it be?
I get asked that a lot. Many times by you diecast nerds, but also by a lot of non-diecast nerds who know I am a diecast nerd. And in all honesty I have no idea. I know what cars I would put in my garage if I were a Jay Leno-like collector, but I’m not. That is probably why I’m a diecast collector. Lots of cars, minimal space.
Back to the real cars. Considering all the factors – classic vs new, project vs low maintenance, fun-to-drive vs fun-to-look-at, among many – there have always been a few cars on my list. I won’t get into all of them now, but the BMW 1M is one of them.
I don’t know what put the 1M on my favorites list. It might have been Jeremy Clarkson’s reaction to driving it, or maybe it was the Matchbox release. Needless to say, I’d love to have one in the garage.
I probably won’t have on in the garage, so the Matchbox will do just fine. I have a nice collection, including a prototype won at a Gathering charity auction, and am happy to have them. And I am happy to start a Hot Wheels BMW M2 collection alongside it.
Both castings represent their real counterparts well, and both are musts for me. The real-life M2 doesn’t bring the excitement that the 1M does, but I am sure happy to see it in diecast form. The casting is stellar.
cars  BMW_M  hot_wheels  matchbox  video  comparo 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Sheets Buying Guide: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We’ve done hundreds of hours of research and slept on dozens of different sheets in order to figure out just what makes a great set stand out from the rest. If you’re lost in the bedding aisle while trying to figure out what to buy, this guide will help you walk away with a winner.
The first step is to figure out what texture of fabric you like and how warm or cool you want to feel when sliding into bed. Most people should have at least one or two sets of cotton percale or sateen sheets for year-round use, but you may want to invest in flannel or linen sets depending on how cold or warm your room gets seasonally (or mix and match different types of sheets for extra comfort).
We recommend buying sheets made from long-staple cotton or linen, since they’re breathable and long-lasting. Sheets made from microfiber or bamboo rayon have environmental costs with no real benefit over natural fibers. In addition to helping you pinpoint the type of sheets to buy, we’ll help you figure out the right size and color of sheets for your bed, whether to buy a set or individual pieces, how to parse thread counts, and when you might want to spring for organic bedding.
home_stuff  sleep  wirecutter  comparo  review 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Best Evernote alternatives for iPhone
Nothing can truly replace Evernote, but OneNote comes darn close.
You may be at a crossroads right now, wondering if it's time for you to end your Evernote subscription and move on to something different. It's a difficult choice. Evernote has been your go-to note-taking, web-clipping, audio-storing, collaboration app for a very long time and change is hard. If you're fed up with Evernote and the change, though hard it may be, is worth it, here's the best alternatives to help ease the pain of transition.
The Best: OneNote
Runner up: Google Keep
Built-in: Apple Notes
For Sharing: Notejoy
notes_app  evernote  comparo  review 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Definitive Blueberry Hill - Page 2 - Led Zep Live - Led Zeppelin Official Forum
Posted February 8, 2017
Guys, could use some help please. This seems to be discussed in several places in this forum, but I was hoping for a discussion devoted to this and this alone. 
From what I've read, there are many different audience sources of this gig. Also, many different labels have put this out. 
My question is, what is the definitive version? 
Posted February 8, 2017 (edited)
Not really a definitive version, because of all the source combos but the Winston Remaster is pretty damn good. A new label called Moonchild has been pressing Winston's freely shared work onto silver discs and selling them for $10 to $40 a title depending on the source. ( I don't like the fact that "Moon Child" is taking a freely shared version and pressing them onto silvers with some artwork and selling them but hey, that's the boot business).  I worked on a fan based version called Heavy Vibraphones which I think stands up to the best of them. The latest offering from Eat A Peach was quite good. The key with that show is to enjoy the different sources because they have different sonic qualities to enjoy. Mono, stereo, more ambient , more dry and focused. I still like the old Cobra boot!  But if you want the best source blend with smooth editing and correct pitch, then you can't go wrong with the Eat A Peach version. Heavy Vibraphones is quite good IMHO and should be around the trading sites still. If you want silver pressed discs and artwork though you'll have to pay $ and take your chance. I would go for the Winston ( Moon Child) or Eat A Peach versions. 
Edited February 8, 2017 by porgie66
bootlegs  review  comparo  ledzep  music  concert  LA  70s 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Gas Grills: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After four days of cooking burgers, barbecue, and chicken on six top-rated grills—and weeks of researching the dozens available—we’ve decided that the Weber Spirit E-310 Gas Grill is our pick as the best gas grill for most people. No grill out there matches its combination of exceptional performance, usability, durability, and value.
Our top pick, the Weber Spirit E-310, has been replaced by the new Spirit II E-310. With some nice features borrowed from our upgrade pick, the Genesis II line, like an externally mounted propane tank, the Spirit II is our new provisional top pick. We’ll test it fully this spring. In the meantime, the original Spirit E-310 is being sold at a nice discount until inventory runs out.
Our pick
Weber Spirit E-310 Gas Grill
Exceptional performance, exceptional value
Offering an unrivaled combination of performance, usability, versatility, durability, and value, this is the best grill for most people.
$450* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $500.
The Spirit E-310 excelled at every test we ran it through, producing the juiciest, most perfectly cooked hamburgers of any grill we tested, and outdoing or equalling the others on barbecue chicken and whole roasted chickens. Its overall compact size suits almost any patio or deck, but its grilling surface is big enough to cook a complete meal (meat or fish and a couple of veggies) for a family, or a dozen burgers for a party. With a thick, rustproof cast-aluminum firebox, it’ll last for years. And Weber has refined the Spirit’s design for decades; as a result, it’s a particularly easy grill to assemble, maintain, and use. Finally, at $500 currently, it’s a terrific value.
food  cooking  grilling  wirecutter  comparo  review 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Closet Organizing Ideas: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We spent 41 hours researching and testing closet-organization tools in our own homes. Then we asked five experts for their best tips and tricks for getting closets of any size under control. Whether you need to maximize storage in a tiny space, install a closet system, or store seasonal clothing and bedding, we’ve found the best items to help you find your organizing bliss.
The research
Why you should trust us
How to organize a closet
Small-closet organizers
Closet systems
Seasonal-storage options
storage  organizing  wirecutter  review  comparo 
march 2018 by rgl7194
A Year-Long Experiment Comparing the Best Map Navigation Services – MacStories
We all have our own anecdotal reasons for thinking a certain map navigation service is best, but few of us are willing to perform a committed experiment that gathers enough data to prove our beliefs. Artur Grabowski, however, did just that.
In an experiment that began early last year and led to recording 120 different driving trips, Grabowski compared the big three mapping services: Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze. Though more complex studies could certainly be done, Grabowski kept things simple by focusing on answering only three questions:
Which navigation app estimates the shortest travel time?
How does each app over/underestimate travel times?
Which navigation app actually gets you to your destination most quickly?
His results found that Waze estimated the shortest travel times, but that actually wasn't a good thing, because the service also had the least accurate estimates. Apple Maps estimated the longest times, but that resulted in it being more accurate than its competitors. Google Maps, meanwhile, most often produced the fastest actual travel times, with Apple Maps and Waze placing second and third, respectively.
Grabowski's tests are accompanied by the asterisk that his routes were all taken in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Apple Maps is likely at its strongest. Even so, the data he compiled over the year is fascinating to analyze, and shows just how competitive these services are with each other in the areas that matter most.
google  apple  maps  comparo 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Rechargeable AA and AAA Batteries: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Rechargeable batteries are better and cheaper than you remember, and all the name-brand offerings will hold a charge for months and cost less than a nickel per charge over their entire life. Despite running our battery analyzers for over 1,000 hours, doing more than 20 hours of real-world tests, and literally driving three top brands considerably harder than recommended, our tests showed only a few small differences between the top brands. If you’re looking for AA batteries, the Energizer Recharge line of batteries ekes out the best performance for the price, but Eneloop AAs shouldn’t be ignored if you can find them on sale. For AAA batteries, AmazonBasics AAA Rechargeables are generally the best deal, but performance was nearly identical to AAAs from Eneloop, Energizer, and Duracell, so just get whatever’s cheapest when you need them.
We’ve added Ikea’s AA rechargeable batteries (which may or may not be repackaged Eneloops) to our What to look forward to section.
Our pick
Energizer Recharge Universal
The best rechargeable AA battery
The Recharge batteries proved their worth in testing with high capacity and longevity after dozens of recharges. They are widely available at a fair price.
$11* from Walmart
$20 from Amazon
$10 from Target
*At the time of publishing, the price was $15.
The Energizer Recharge Universal AA batteries performed well at each step of testing: initial capacity, capacity after four dozen charges, self-discharge, and high-drain RC car racing. In raw capacity, Energizer had 30 percent more energy storage per dollar than the Panasonic Eneloop AAs, so your devices should run a little longer between recharges. In the first few cycles, that came to average of 1,888 milliamp hours (mAh) or 2.3 watt hours (Wh) of discharged capacity. When we cycled the batteries—discharged and recharged them, again and again—to show how they might handle once-a-week charging for a year (or once-a-month charging for four years); both the Energizers and Eneloops had virtually the same available capacity as when we started. This means that even after four dozen charges, we’d need more precise equipment to quantify any changes in performance and you shouldn’t notice a difference in day-to-day use.
battery  wirecutter  review  comparo 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Bed Pillows: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After spending a combined 459 nights on 45 pillows, talking with nine sleep and industry experts, and long-term testing our top picks for 15 months, we’ve concluded that the best pillow for most people, including back-sleepers, side-sleepers, and stomach-sleepers who prefer a pillow with generous loft, is the Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow in standard size. The best choice for stomach-sleepers who prefer something thinner and less lofty is the Parachute Down Pillow in soft density.
We’ve gone through this guide and are still confident in all our picks.
Our pick
Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow (standard)
Best for most sleepers
It’s supportive without being stiff, and it’s moldable, giving excellent support for back-, side-, and some stomach-sleepers. It’s also one of the most affordable pillows we tested.
$50* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $45.
Because finding the best pillow usually starts with looking at your sleeping position, we thought we’d need to find a variety of pillows for different positions. Our experts agreed that there’s no best pillow for everyone. That’s why we were surprised that the Xtreme Comforts actually pleased so many of our testers. Everyone loved how supportive it was without being too stiff or firm, and its moldability made it more comfortable than you’d imagine for a pillow filled with cut-up foam. We originally featured this pillow as best for back- and side-sleepers, but in additional tests we found that stomach-sleepers who prefer a half-stomach, half-side position, or with their arms under the torso, really liked this pillow.
wirecutter  sleep  comparo  review 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The Best DSLR for Beginner: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
The Nikon D3400 is the best entry-level DSLR for those looking to improve their photography and learn the ins and outs of tweaking camera settings. The D3400 has some of the best image quality we’ve ever seen at this price, along with excellent battery life, Bluetooth connectivity, 1080/60p video, silent autofocus for video, easy-to-use controls, and a Guide Mode to help you learn—and it’s widely available for less than $500.
We’ve added the Canon EOS Rebel T7 to the What to look forward to section.
Our pick
Nikon D3400
The best beginner DSLR
The best image quality, longest battery life, and best ease of use at this price. Now with Bluetooth for easier connection with your devices.
$497* from Walmart
$497 from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $496.
Nikon continues to put better sensors into its entry-level cameras than main rival Canon, which means you get cleaner images when you shoot in low light and can capture a wider range of darks and lights in a single photo. Add to that a superior kit lens and a mode specifically designed to teach beginners how to shoot and you end up with a camera that makes it easier for beginners to capture better images.
camera  comparo  review  wirecutter 
march 2018 by rgl7194
What Do Return Policies Owe Us?: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
L.L.Bean has changed its legendary return policy, and some people are so mad, they’re suing (PDF). But we’re not too worried.
You’re no longer allowed to return anything as long as you live, due to “a small, but growing number of customers” who abused that policy, the retailer’s executive chairman wrote on Facebook last month. Now, you’ll typically have just one year, and you must show proof of purchase. After one year, the company will still consider a return if the item is defective. L.L.Bean is following in the footsteps of REI (which also reduced its lifetime policy to one year to escape its reputation as “Rental Equipment Inc.” ) and Nordstrom (which now excludes special-occasion clothing from its no-time-limit policy).
business  clothing  footwear  gear  wirecutter  comparo 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The Hidden Joy of Great Packing Tape: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Sometimes that moment where you critically reexamine your life choices happens when you least expect it—like when you just spent 90 seconds trying to find the end of a roll of clear packing tape, finally managing to claw up the edge, and then successfully peeling off an entirely useless half-inch strip that means you have to start over again. And you think to yourself, “Why in the world didn’t I buy more of the good stuff?”
I’ve been working for Wirecutter in one form or another for more than five years, and by now much of what I own consists of Wirecutter picks. I know objectively that most of these things are really good, and that they do their job admirably. But there’s a special sort of joy from using an object that comes only from years of struggling with something much, much worse. And the difference between good packing tape—the kind that comes off the roll easily and sticks quickly and firmly—and the other stuff fills me with regret for the countless hours I spent struggling with bad tape.
wirecutter  review  comparo  home_stuff 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Consumer Reports: iPhone X Has the Best Smartphone Camera
Consumer Reports has published its latest research regarding the best smartphone cameras on the market. The non-profit magazine concluded that the iPhone X is number 1 camera on the market today. The number 2 and 3 spots? They’re held by the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, respectively.
Here are the 10 best smartphone cameras available, according to Consumer Reports:
Apple iPhone X
Apple iPhone 8
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S8+
Apple iPhone 7
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
As many reviewers are finding as of late, the quality difference between the cameras in flagship smartphones these days is shrinking almost to the point of being non-existent.
camera  iphone  android  comparo  ranking  review 
march 2018 by rgl7194
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