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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!
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2 days ago 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 
4 days ago 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 
11 days ago 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 
15 days ago 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 
23 days ago 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 
24 days ago 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 
5 weeks ago 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 
5 weeks ago 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 
6 weeks ago 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 
6 weeks ago 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 
6 weeks ago 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 
6 weeks ago 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 
6 weeks ago 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 
7 weeks ago 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 
7 weeks ago 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 
8 weeks ago 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 
8 weeks ago 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 
8 weeks ago 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 
9 weeks ago 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 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194

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