The Mac mini is in danger of becoming the next Apple product to die of neglect

The Mac mini is in danger of becoming the next Apple product to die of neglect

As a Mac enthusiast, the news that 2022 will end with no new Mac announcements was disappointing. But what was even more of a letdown is that we’ll have to continue waiting—probably until March 2023—to see the rumored update to Apple’s most affordable Mac, the Mac mini. But even before the news, I was ready for more frustration. This unofficial delay only cements the sad fact that the Mac mini gets no respect from Apple. It’s a shame because Apple’s smallest computer was once its most exciting Mac—and it doesn’t deserve to be so neglected. THE BYODKM MAC The Mac mini was born in 2005 and at the time, Apple was much more aggressive about increasing its share of the PC market. The Mac mini was marketed as an affordable Mac for users…

Even with record profits, Apple can’t buy our trust

Even with record profits, Apple can’t buy our trust

Apple’s most recent financial quarter has come and gone, and the company posted (yet again) record revenues, pulling in a zillion dollars and ending its latest fiscal year with just shy of $100 billion in profit alone. Let that sink in. A hundred billion dollars is such a large number as to be utterly incomprehensible to most of us who will never approach anywhere near even a single billion in our lifetime. It’s bigger than the gross domestic product of some countries—and not just a few, but more than half of the countries in the world. Most of them. And again, that’s profit, not revenue, which was a soaring $316 billion, putting it in around the top 40 countries. On the one hand, good for Apple. There was a time in living…

The iMac Pro could come out of retirement to dominate the desktop

The iMac Pro could come out of retirement to dominate the desktop

In 2021, the iMac got a major refresh with a new design and an M1 processor. At the time, it was a much-needed update to Apple’s iconic line of computers, but now that it’s about a year and a half later, it’s about time for a new model—possibly an even better one. After putting some thought into a new iMac, I concluded that most of the features I’d like to see don’t fit with the current iMac. Instead, I’d like to see a return of the iMac Pro, which was discontinued last year. When it launched in 2017, it was largely seen as a stopgap between Mac Pro models, but it was an important machine that helped separate the iMac into distinct lines—the 21.5-inch model for budget-minded consumers, the 27-inch model…

Do you Have Blinders On? Getting More From FT8

Many people operate the FT8 digital mode. It has its detractors and a few negative aspects, but it does quite well during poor propagation and band conditions. Unfortunately, many FT8 operators are not getting the best FT8 experience because they have blinders on. I believe this to be a widespread problem. What do I mean by that? Let me explain. Most radios today have a 3-kilohertz passband capability. The passband is the range of frequencies that can pass through a filter. The passband is basically the spectrum coming into your radio from your antenna that you can actually hear when you are tuned to a particular frequency. So, if your radio is set for a 3-kHz passband and tuned to 21200 kHz, you are actually hearing everything between 21198.5 and 21201.5…

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First Look: 2024 Cadillac Celestiq

First Look: 2024 Cadillac Celestiq

Is the 2024 Cadillac Celestiq for real? This head-turning, all-electric superluxury sedan is longer than the brand’s Escalade SUV and priced in a stratosphere Cadillac has long only dreamed of returning to. To wit: Pricing will start above the $300,000 threshold, but customers can easily add up to $100,000 more via customization, all but guaranteeing no two owners have the same exact car. The mere fact Cadillac is producing the Celestiq is nearly as surprising as the vehicle itself, which fulfills a longstanding desire to build a proper flagship. An idea became a vision, then a concept car, and now a fabulous final-form four-door that brings to life almost all the gee-whiz features envisioned along the way. The Celestiq has an estimated 600 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque, a 0–60…

7 key Mac preferences that have new hiding spots in Ventura’s System Settings

7 key Mac preferences that have new hiding spots in Ventura’s System Settings

One of the major (and majorly controversial) changes in macOS Ventura is a redesign of System Preferences. It’s now called System Settings and it’s designed to better resemble the iOS Settings app. Apple’s desire to have more commonality between macOS and iOS is understandable, but the problem is that it’s now a chore to find the settings you need. The years of muscle memory developed by Mac users are out the window and it’s time to relearn where everything is. You can find most of the frequently accessed preferences up front (Apple ID, Battery, Bluetooth, and Sound, for example). Others have been renamed to match the corresponding iOS setting, such as Security & Privacy, which is now Privacy & Security. But most notably, System Settings now uses a lot of subsections and…

4 iPADOS 16 FEATURES THAT WILL HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON YOUR PRODUCTIVITY

4 iPADOS 16 FEATURES THAT WILL HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON YOUR PRODUCTIVITY

We’ve been saying it for years: The iPad is a phenomenally powerful and flexible piece of hardware that’s being held back by iPadOS. In 2019, Apple officially split iOS and iPadOS, signaling that the tablet’s software would start to grow in its own direction, and we’ve been waiting for that decision to bear fruit ever since. With iPadOS 16, we’re getting the first real big step in that direction. There are dozens of new features big and small, but these are the four biggest things that could change the way you use your iPad. Remember, the iPad also got many of the new features found in iOS such as editing iMessages, Live Text updates, iCloud Shared Photo Library, and so on. But these are the four features that will change the…

WE TESTED 43 OLD USB-C TO USB-A CABLES—1 WAS GREAT, 10 WERE DANGEROUS

WE TESTED 43 OLD USB-C TO USB-A CABLES—1 WAS GREAT, 10 WERE DANGEROUS

Like all digital pack rats, I’ve amassed a huge array of USB-C to USB-A cables over the years—but it wasn’t until recently that I realized how many of them were dangerous to my electronics and should be destroyed. Yours probably should, too. Why destroy a perfectly good USB-C to USB-A cable? Well, it all goes back to the introduction of USB-C in 2014. The reversible connector was a big break from previous USB designs and was so complicated that many cable makers didn’t know how to build a safe USB-C cable. In a nutshell, each cable is supposed to have a 56k ohm resistor in it. This lets your phone, tablet, or laptop know if the USB-C port is connected to an older square USB-A port. If the device senses the 56K…

Winner: 2023 Genesis G90

Winner: 2023 Genesis G90

Cars are becoming a niche commodity. Once the dominant form of family transportation, the “car” as we once knew it now toes the endangered segment list. Just 11 years ago we enjoyed our biggest MotorTrend Car of the Year field ever, at 35 entrants—triple the number of SUV contestants that year. Four years later, new SUVs outnumbered cars (by one), and now for 2023 they more than doubled our COTY field. And as cars get rarer, they’re also becoming rarified. The few remaining producers of mainstream econoboxes, compacts, and midsize sedans fielded no newcomers this year. In their place was a roster of mostly sporty or luxurious contestants. Among them, one outshone its own competitive set to a degree we don’t always see in our Of The Year contests: the…

WHY I SWITCHED TO BITWARDEN FOR MY PASSWORD MANAGER

WHY I SWITCHED TO BITWARDEN FOR MY PASSWORD MANAGER

Like many former users of LastPass, I was miffed when the company delivered an ultimatum to nonpaying customers last year. I’ve since switched to Bitwarden, and haven’t looked back. Without a $36 per year subscription, LastPass now limits users to one device type—mobile or computer—per account. That means free users must choose between accessing their passwords on either a laptop or a phone, which isn’t much of a choice for a lot of people. While I’m not fundamentally opposed to paying for useful services, I don’t like being forced to pay for something when a company can’t make its freemium business model work. With password managers in particular, there are plenty of other options, both free and paid, that work just as well as LastPass did. And so I took my years of…

Beast Mode

Cryptozoology is the study of animals that don’t exist. Bigfoot, Nessie, Mothman—creatures just a little bigger and stranger than anything else on earth. Some people claim they do exist; it’s just that nobody has evidence beyond a fuzzy old camcorder clip and some photos or castings of footprints that probably belong to a bear. Cryptohypercarology is something we made up, a study of the kinds of mythical automotive creations most of us will never see, except in shaky amateur videos. Are they super? Hyper? Über? Are they even street legal? Will they ever be more than one-offs on the Concept Car Lawn at Pebble Beach? We want to believe. Here’s a guide for spotting some real monsters. MIGRATORY PATTERNS Like all rare creatures, hypercars have native territories. Some you’d expect, like Italy and…

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WHY THE iPAD STILL CAN’T REPLACE MY LAPTOP

WHY THE iPAD STILL CAN’T REPLACE MY LAPTOP

For years, I’ve wanted to be one of those people who can do all my work on an iPad. The idea sounds so appealing: Instead of using a clunky laptop, just carry around Apple’s lightweight tablet with a snap-on keyboard and trackpad. You’ll get snappy performance, excellent battery life, fun apps, and fewer distractions. The way some other tech writers have pulled this off has always made me a bit envious. Yet whenever I try to spend serious time computing on an iPad, even with a keyboard attached, I always come crawling back to my laptop or desktop. The iPad might be where I go to focus on a single task or enjoy a change in computing scenery, but traditional PCs are where my serious work happens. (Case in point: I…

First Look: 2023 Ford Escape

First Look: 2023 Ford Escape

Few vehicles sharing the same basic platform are better differentiated than the boxy, go-anywhere Bronco Sport and the urban-outfitted, lozenge-shaped Escape. Had these C2 platform-mates looked more similar, the former might have cannibalized the latter’s sales. Both are selling at or near capacity three years into the fourth-gen Escape’s model run, but Ford has toughened up softer-looking Escape’s visage and demeanor anyway. Most of the redesign comes courtesy of a bolder new hood, which sits atop a more deeply sculpted grille flanked by a pair of LED-outlined “four-eyed” headlamps. On upper trim levels, a so-called “coast-to-coast” LED light strip connects these headlamp DRLs, illuminating the gap between the hood and grille. A new fascia incorporating a faux skidplate completes the makeover. Other exterior changes are minimal: new 17-, 18-, and 19-inch…

Roon 2.0 Arrives

Roon 2.0 Arrives

Roon recently unveiled its newest update, Roon 2.0, which replaces Roon 1.8. The new version adds some powerful features but has also created problems for some Roon users. Because it is more powerful, Roon instituted new minimum OS standards for 2.0. For Mac OS, the minimum is now 10.15. For Windows, the minimum is now 10 or later. From Roon's knowledge base: “If your Core or desktop remote (s) do not meet this minimum specification, they will be unable to run Roon 2.0.” Welcome ARC to the Roon Family The primary new feature in Roon 2.0 is ARC, which is a new app for your Android or iOS device that lets you access and play any music file that you have in your home library or your Qobuz and Tidal libraries anywhere…

The Car's Future

The Car's Future

Looking at our 15-strong 2023 Car of the Year field, it’s apparent we’re witnessing the form’s decline. Our field is not only smaller than in recent years but also more “foreign.” The Detroit Three sell a total of 10 cars between them. Add Tesla and Lucid into the mix, and that number balloons to a whopping 13. A decade ago, the Detroit Three alone sold upward of 30 car models. This year’s COTY field featured just one American car. But what if we’re looking at the car’s decline the wrong way? What if we’re being colored by recent biases? What if the traditional car—typically a three-box design with a distinct hood, body, and trunk—was a historical anomaly? Was the SUV’s rise inevitable? Looking back at the bestselling vehicles of the past 100…

NEW PRODUCTS

NEW PRODUCTS

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES Xander Learns Nicole’s Secret Brady arrives at Basic Black and overhears Nicole say she slept with Xander. His reaction? “Not too rosy,” notes Eric Martsolf (Brady). “Considering the history that he’s had with Xander, you just can’t forget some of the behavior. He literally shot Brady in the heart and left him to die in a cabin in Canada, so there’s always that that plagues your mind when thinking about one of your good friends sleeping with one of your most hated enemies. He’s not happy about it, obviously, and he is questioning the motivation for hiring Xander, because as we know, blackmail is the oxygen of Salem. So, Brady is very suspicious.” Nevertheless, Brady consoles a grateful Nicole and pledges to help her get out from under the…

Stage Manager, Finder and more

Stage Manager, Finder and more

VENTURA BRINGS THE greatest change to the Mac’s human interface in over 22 years: Stage Manager, a new way to manage active apps and windows. This centers working windows on its Stage, keeping others in its Cast on the left. It works with Mission Control and Spaces to bring order to large displays, and making best use of smaller ones. 1 Toggle control You can enable its menu bar control in System Settings > Control Center. You can also Opt–click its icon in the menu bar to toggle Stage Manager on and off. 2 Set its options Customize it to control whether its Cast is hidden, and whether multiple windows of an app are shown individually or grouped. 3 Clear the Stage You can maximize the Stage area by disabling Recent Apps and Desktop Items in…

LETTER OF THE MONTH

I’ve had many cameras in my lifetime — I forked out a pretty penny for a one megapixel Olympus when all things went digital. I thought it was great and even got some fairly good insect shots that a digital camera magazine saw fit to do a double page spread of! But this was before iPhones were around. Or if they were out I didn’t take a lot of notice. Oddly enough when they did come out and normal cameras took a back seat I didn’t do a great deal of photography with them, which didn’t make a great deal of sense because I would always have had a phone, and therefore camera, in my pocket. Instead I got into art and drew portraits on the iPad with the Apple Pencil. Then things…

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8K GAMING MONSTER

THIS IS THE PC we’ve been waiting all year to build. After months of leaks and rumors about Intel’s 13th-generation Raptor Lake CPUs and Nvidia’s 40-series Ada Lovelace GPUs, they have both arrived at once. Things were looking good when the RTX 4090 just made it in time for us to review in the last issue of Maximum PC, landing a much coveted ‘Kick Ass’ award in the process. This issue, we have the Intel Core i9-13900K (reviewed in full on page 74), which—spoiler alert—is also pretty impressive. There will no doubt be faster CPUs coming soon, and the 4090Ti in a year or so but, right now, these are the best raw materials we have. As such, our build errs towards the premium and the luxurious, using a brand new,…

8K GAMING MONSTER

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Chase’s Shocking Move Chase intervenes in a big way when he figures out the secret Maxie and Brook Lynn have been hiding. Sets up Co-Head Writer Dan O’Connor, “Chase puts the pieces together that Bailey and Louise are one and the same, while at the same time, Valentin is starting to realize that Brook Lynn has lied to him. Chase will make a desperate play to protect Brook Lynn’s secret” — one that “will also pivot them and their relationship in a brand-new direction.” According to O’Connor, Chase “knows that this is a secret worth protecting for the greater good.” So, he bursts in on Valentin and Brook Lynn’s unfolding confrontation and makes a shocking declaration that takes them both by surprise. “I think it’s a mixed bag for Brook Lynn,” the…

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Record This

Record This

Bold And Beautiful The Envelope, Please On Wednesday, February 10, Steffy, Liam, Hope and Finn learn the identity of Steffy’s baby daddy…. Thomas makes it clear to Vinny (l.) that Hope’s happiness is his utmost concern on Thursday, February 11…. On Friday, February 12, Bill discusses his trip to Genoa City with Liam. Days Of Our Lives Dream Weavers On Monday, February 8, Jake has an offer for Kate; Gabi turns to Xander; and Philip gives his letter of resignation to Victor…. Kristen summons Susan to the prison and asks for a favor; Chloe volunteers to help Brady as he recovers; and an angry Xander makes a shocking announcement on Tuesday, February 9…. On Wednesday, February 10, Chad is thrilled when Abigail agrees to move back home…. Steve surprises Kayla (both above) with a wedding,…

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YOUNG AND RESTLESS Ashland Meets His Blackmailer Ashland receives another anonymous text and heads to Society, where he meets his blackmailer, Gerard Gaines, who’s been receiving payments to keep a big secret. The reason for the meeting, Gaines announces, is that since Ashland will be dying soon, he wants to renegotiate their original deal. “Ashland isn’t happy that Gaines doesn’t want to stick to their agreement,” says Co-Executive Producer/Head Writer Josh Griffith. “Ashland pushes back hard but since they have a history together, he’s aware that he’s dealing with an unsavory character, who is low enough to blackmail someone with a terminal disease.” Gaines demands a lump sum payoff of $3 million in cash by the end of the day. “While Ashland can certainly afford to pay off Gaines, Ashland knows that caving…

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New Cars You Can Count On

New Cars You Can Count On

SHOPPING FOR A new car tends to be an anxiety-ridden process. It’s one of the largest single purchases many people make, and no one wants to waste money—or time—on a model that will be a regular at the repair shop. Fortunately, CR can guide you to the most reliable new cars, including sedans, SUVs, and pickup trucks. Our recommendations are based on our Auto Reliability Survey, which asked members about issues they’ve had with their vehicles in any of 17 potential problem areas during the previous 12 months. We’re talking everything from engine, transmission, and brakes to electrical systems, noises, leaks, paint, and trim. We use their responses on more than 300,000 vehicles to calculate predicted reliability ratings for almost every new auto on the market. Highlights of this year’s survey include…

DAYS: POSSESSION PREVIEW!

For Head Writer Ron Carlivati, doing a possession story was always a thought in the back of his mind. “I started thinking about it the day I got hired at DAYS OF OUR LIVES,” he muses. “I was like, ‘Wait a minute. Isn’t this the show where Marlena got possessed by the devil? We’re doing that.’ But when I got there, it seemed there was, let’s say, a caution or a hesitation about it, and it seemed like for me to come in and establish myself at the show, maybe it wasn’t the smartest thing to do right away. But it’s the kind of thing that I gravitate to and was intrigued by.” Four years later, Carlivati was surprised when Executive Producer Ken Corday and Co-Executive Producer Albert Alarr pitched the…

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Record This

Record This

Bold And Beautiful Bad News All Around On Monday, July 5, Eric unleashes his anger at Quinn for her betrayal…. A frustrated Wyatt questions Justin’s legal plan to free Bill and Liam on Wednesday, July 7…. On Friday, July 9, Baker (l.) notifies a devastated Liam that he’s being transferred to a permanent prison. Days Of Our Lives Making Moves On Monday, July 5, Ciara tries to get Ben to sign the divorce papers, and he refuses…. Eli and Lani (both r.) share a quiet anniversary celebration, and Ava and Rafe watch fireworks on Tuesday, July 6…. On Wednesday, July 7, Jake and Gabi reveal to Rafe that they moved in last night; Nicole asks Chloe to help her prove Sami and Lucas had an affair; and Kristen calls Brady…. Brady pulls Chloe into a…

Change Agent

Change Agent

THE CHAOS OF UPHEAVAL CAN CREATE OPPORTUNITY. Take the dawning EV revolution, which has already seen a startup car company rocket past century-old competitors to become the most valuable automaker on earth. In the latest upset, a Korean brand best known for low prices, long warranties, and liberal financing has created a machine with performance that rivals the most revered Germans. In nomenclature, the difference between the Kia EV6 GT and the lesser EV6 GT-Line models is slight. That Kia denotes the top-performing version of its mid-size EV by reducing rather than adding to the nameplate is something of an undersell, but the GT’s hardware shows the intensity of this effort. The headline achievement is the powertrain. Other dual-motor, all-wheel-drive EV6 models serve up 320 total horsepower; the GT, presumably after downing a…

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Dex Makes Inroads With Sonny Unaware that Dex is actually working for Michael, Sonny tells Brick that he’s so impressed with his new hire that he’s considering him as a replacement for Jason — and a wary Brick insists on looking into Dex’s past. Michael considers this good news, as it means that Dex is working his way into Sonny’s inner circle, and he urges Dex to score more points with Sonny by letting the don mentor him. Reports Evan Hofer (Dex), “Michael gives him some advice about how to talk to Sonny and I think he walks away from that conversation thinking that he’s going to change his approach to Sonny. He’s been taking the initiative and hasn’t wanted to ask Sonny for help, but Michael helps him realize Sonny…

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FCC Plans to Establish Space Bureau FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced plans in early November to reorganize the commission’s structure to create a new Space Bureau to consolidate all activities related to satellites. Under the plan, the International Bureau will have its satellite-related responsibilities transferred to the new Space Bureau and will be reconfigured as a standalone Office of International Affairs, modeled after the current Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) and Office of General Counsel. The Space Bureau will also deal with domestic satellite matters. It is unclear how or whether this change in FCC bureau structure will impact the Amateur Satellite Service. The FCC did not release a timetable for making these changes. IARU Holds Virtual General Assembly For the first time in its history, Region 2 of the International Amateur…

Technologue

Technologue

Have you noticed about every 10 years or so, your phone’s performance takes a leap forward? Clunky first-gen 1980s car phones and bag phones carried analog voice communication only. Things sounded better with second-gen (2G) digital voice service in the early ’90s. New-millennium 3G could send and receive data (simple websites and texting). When 4G and LTE mobile broadband brought the full internet in the 2010s, drivers proved unwilling to ignore their phones, so cars evolved with screen mirroring. Now, get ready for the biggest leap of them all: 5G. Fifth-gen wireless tech relies on broadcast technology like 4G’s, but you won’t be able to flash-upgrade a 4G phone. That’s because 5G is designed to operate over a broader range of radio frequency spectra. Leveraging multiple frequencies allows 5G to broaden…

THE RUNDOWN

THE RUNDOWN

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 attracts a swarm of new fans, page 74. The World’s Heaviest Minivan (Also, Its Fanciest) Highs: Eats interstate miles like a Greyhound, luxury appointments of the new king’s polo closet, will carry two caskets simultaneously. Lows: Gas mileage that’s difficult to countenance, cockpit electronics require a seven-day tutorial in Dallas, roughly as Jeepish as a Bentley. To suggest that Jeep’s seven-or eight-passenger Wagoneer L/Grand Wagoneer L twins are elephantine is to libel pachyderms. Both vehicles boast seven newfound inches of wheelbase and 12.0 bonus inches overall, compared with what we now quite inadvisably call their short-wheelbase kinsfolk. We are here to make you smile. Ladies and gentlemen, behold an SUV that, in latest limo guise, requires a 19-foot parking space. Somewhere beneath the Grand L’s 6428-pound heft, you can hear the…

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YOUNG AND RESTLESS Sally Makes Her Choice A depressed Sally is packing up her desk at Newman Media when Victoria arrives with CEO replacement Nate. While he feels awkward, Victoria pushes Sally to step up her exit. “Sally is disappointed to be ushered out so quickly by Victoria,” says Co-Executive Producer/Head Writer Josh Griffith. “Sally knows the reasons for losing her job are strictly personal. When she later shows up at Crimson Lights, she does her best to maintain her dignity but Nick can tell she’s feeling defeated.” However, Nick reiterates that he’s still determined to give Sally space when it comes to her personal life. “While Nick understands that Sally’s romantic entanglements are delicate, he tells her he’s not going to compete with Adam for her affections,” explains Griffith. “Nick wants Sally…

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MacCleaner Pro: Get rid of the junk clogging up your Mac

MacCleaner Pro: Get rid of the junk clogging up your Mac

There’s no shortage of cleaning and optimization utilities for the Mac these days, and while Ukrainian developer Nektony’s MacCleaner Pro doesn’t offer the most revelatory set of features, what’s present here is a handy, powerful selection of tools. MacCleaner Pro doesn’t overextend itself by promising to remove malware or move into otherwise esoteric tasks that can’t live up to their promise. These utilities are competent, clever, and run smoothly while delivering what’s promised. The suite hones in on several modules and functions (MacCleaner Pro itself, App Cleaner & Uninstaller, Disk Space Analyzer, Funter, and Memory Cleaner) and executes them well, albeit at a price point that may be high for some users. Each of the MacCleaner Pro tools is fairly powerful, and it has a good tutorial system that opens when you…

Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo: Cheating Accusations and a Marriage Under Pressure

Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo: Cheating Accusations and a Marriage Under Pressure

Adam Levine and his wife, Behati Prinsloo—with her growing baby bump on display—looked blissful as ever when they stepped out for a family lunch with their two daughters in Santa Barbara on Sept. 4. But just two weeks later, fans were shocked when cheating accusations emerged against the Maroon 5 frontman on social media. In a viral TikTok video, model Sumner Stroh, 23, claimed she had a yearlong affair with Levine, 43, and shared screenshots of apparent Instagram messages from the musician, including a note in which he asked how she would feel if he were to name his new baby Sumner. “At the time, I was young, I was naive, and, quite frankly, I feel exploited,” said Stroh, who told the New York Post’s Page Six they had a…

7 key Mac preferences that have new hiding spots in Ventura’s System Settings

7 key Mac preferences that have new hiding spots in Ventura’s System Settings

One of the major (and majorly controversial) changes in macOS Ventura is a redesign of System Preferences. It’s now called System Settings and it’s designed to better resemble the iOS Settings app. Apple’s desire to have more commonality between macOS and iOS is understandable, but the problem is that it’s now a chore to find the settings you need. The years of muscle memory developed by Mac users are out the window and it’s time to relearn where everything is. You can find most of the frequently-access preferences up front (Apple ID, Battery, Bluetooth, and Sound, for example). Others have been renamed to match the corresponding iOS setting, such as Security & Privacy, which is now Privacy & Security. But most notably, System Settings now uses a lot of subsections and lists,…

POWERPHOTOS 2.1 BRINGS EVEN MORE POWER TO PHOTOS LIBRARY MANAGEMENT

POWERPHOTOS 2.1 BRINGS EVEN MORE POWER TO PHOTOS LIBRARY MANAGEMENT

Apple has matured its Photos app for macOS substantially in the several years since the company cut the thread for iPhoto and declared Photos its new approach. The current version mostly resembles the one introduced but with everything working reliably most of the time. However, Photos still has substantial missing pieces for managing libraries. Fat Cat Software’s PowerPhotos has filled that role since 2015, and the company released a major update in 2022 to version 2 that offers even more refinement. The app is the solution for many of the problems with Photos that people routinely write to us about at Mac 911. The program lets you merge Photos libraries, view multiple libraries without quitting Photos and re-selecting them (including in separate windows simultaneously), create libraries on external files, and move…

APPLE WATCH ULTRA REVIEW: NEARLY PERFECT NICHE

APPLE WATCH ULTRA REVIEW: NEARLY PERFECT NICHE

At Apple Park, this has been the year of the premium product, with the company aggressively pushing customers toward Pro versions of the iPhone and AirPods. The Apple Watch too has got its flagship product, and this time it actually offers some extra features beyond being made out of a costly material. But the Apple Watch Ultra is a different proposition than the iPhone 14 Pro and AirPods Pro. The Apple Watch Ultra isn’t a straightforward upgrade where you pay more to add only improvements; it’s a niche device that some customers will love, but most absolutely shouldn’t buy. A BIG CHANGE: DESIGN AND COMFORT The Ultra is considerably bigger than any previous Apple Watch model. It’s almost twice as heavy as the lightest Series 8 model and weighs 19 percent more than…

macOS Ventura: How to use your iPhone as a Mac webcam with Continuity Camera

macOS Ventura: How to use your iPhone as a Mac webcam with Continuity Camera

The Mac’s FaceTime camera sucks—720p or 1080p, it doesn’t matter. But Apple does make great cameras, like those in the iPhone, and with macOS Ventura and iOS 16, Apple is leveraging its iPhone cameras so they can be used as a webcam through a new enhancement to macOS’s Continuity Camera feature. If you’re sick of being embarrassed by your Mac camera’s image quality during videoconferences, or you demand better quality for video recordings of yourself that you want to use, Continuity Camera is a godsend. And fortunately, it’s so easy to set up and use, that you’ll come to rely on it and only use the Mac’s built-in camera in emergencies. Here’s how to set up and use Continuity Camera. But first, here are the requirements: > A Mac running macOS Ventura > An…

Stage Manager is a window into the future of the iPad—a broken one

Stage Manager is a window into the future of the iPad—a broken one

With iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura threatening to arrive later this month, we’re on the precipice of the arrival of one of the biggest new features added to the iPad and Mac in recent years: Stage Manager. For Mac users, Stage Manager is an optional feature that might or might not improve productivity and organization. No big deal! Use it or don’t. Meanwhile, for the iPad, the feature is practically an existential crisis. Put simply, Stage Manager is a big deal for the iPad because it gives it windows for the first time, while the Mac has been a window-based computing device since Steve Jobs first took it out of that bag in early 1984. And that contrast gets to the core of why putting Stage Manager on the iPad is a…

First Drive: 2023 Toyota GR Corolla

First Drive: 2023 Toyota GR Corolla

Hey, Toyota—is everything, um, OK? Strapped into the new Toyota GR Corolla and sitting in pit lane awaiting our turn at a 2.1-mile section of Utah Motorsports Park’s wildly undulating road course, we felt slightly silly. Until now, we imagined, the only people who’d ever worn helmets inside a dealership-ready Corolla were unbalanced folks with visions of, well, something as absurd as a track-ready production Toyota Corolla. One such person is Toyota President Akio Toyoda. He’s been pushing the company’s Gazoo Racing (GR) subbrand, and he personally signed off on the final product. The result is the craziest showroom-spec Corolla hatchback ever built. Just how out of bounds is it? We can count on one hand the sporty Corollas sold here over the decades. It was long ago typecast as an anodyne, safe…

New graphical king

THE MIGHTY Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 ($1,599) has finally landed, and it’s a monster. The card has quickly dominated the benchmark tables, proving virtually unbeatable, especially at higher resolutions. Nvidia claims the card is over twice as fast as the RTX 3090 Ti. It’s not just a gaming beast either, it has also proved to be the world’s best password-cracking card, thanks to all that raw GPU power. Using a benchmark called Hashcat, a researcher found the card to be over twice as fast as the previous champion, the RTX 3090. As impressive as it is, AMD’s RDNA 3 cards are just around the corner, and we’ll get an RTX 4090 Ti at some point too. However, for now, the RTX 4090 rules the roost. As welcome as the 4000-series cards are,…

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Why I bought a 2021 Apple TV 4K instead of a new one

Why I bought a 2021 Apple TV 4K instead of a new one

Recently I decided to update my 2017 Apple TV 4K to a newer 2021 model after writing about a killer Amazon deal: I bought the 32GB model for $100 on something of a whim. But it was the smartest purchase I’ve ever made. I didn’t need it, mind you. Even with a five-year-old chip, my 2017 Apple TV box was as fast and responsive as it was on the day I bought it, and I had long jettisoned the terrible first-gen Siri remote for a Caavo one. But for $79 off, I decided to update to the 2021 model even though the 2022 update starts shipping today. Here’s why it was one of my best calls. I NEED ETHERNET AND WANT THREAD With the 2022 Apple TV, Apple made the surprising move to…

Henry Radio Amplifiers to Remain on the Market Under New Ownership

Henry Radio Amplifiers to Remain on the Market Under New Ownership

Henry Radio’s amplifier line (Photo A) will remain available to the amateur and commercial markets following a sale of that portion of the company following the retirement at the end of September of longtime owner Ted Henry, W6YEY. The new owner is Bob Burchett, WB6SLC (Photo B), owner of Torrance, California-based NovexComm, a manufacturer of radio rack mounts for amateur and government users (Photo C). Henry Radio was founded in Missouri in 1927 as a ham radio dealership and stayed in the family for three generations, expanding to California and later consolidating operations in the Los Angeles area (Photo D). The company began making vacuum tube RF amplifiers in the 1960s. Burchett announced the transition to the amateur community in early November: “After 50+ years working, with 40+ years of it in…

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Here’s the short version of our review of the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06: It’s the best American sports car ever made. How can we say this so definitively? What about the Ford GT? What about the Dodge Viper ACR? You know we’ve driven, tested, and tracked them, and they’re both great cars. And each is a Le Mans winner in its own right (though Corvette Racing has more wins than the two of them combined). The 2023 Z06 is better. As much as there is to talk about with the C8 Z06, we must begin with the sacrilegious dual-overhead-cam, flat-plane-crank V-8 engine. No, it doesn’t burble like a cross-plane-crank V-8, because it isn’t one. It does, however, make more naturally aspirated power than any production V-8 in history. We’re talking 670 American…

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As Apple’s prices keep going up, where will the value come from?

As Apple’s prices keep going up, where will the value come from?

There’s a line I like to use a lot when I’m responding to people who expect Apple to release low-cost products that appeal to the widest swath of the masses: “Apple’s never going to be the low-price leader.” While people frequently complain about the prices of Apple products, in general they confuse Apple’s unwillingness to reach down to the lowest price categories with offering a bad value. Yes, you might pay a little more for an Apple product than a product from the competition–but you also get more. Still, there’s no denying Apple’s products are on the pricey side. As it has become one of the most profitable and valuable companies in the world, its skill in maximizing revenue growth has served it well. But as Apple sees slowing revenue growth in…

The Almost Heathkit

The Almost Heathkit

In 1977-1979, a new top-of-the-line 6-band synthesized HF transceiver kit was being developed at Heathkit to replace the well-known SB104. Named the SS-8000, it featured fully synthesized operation with a greenish blue vacuum-fluorescent dual digital frequency display for split channel operation; selectable receiver passband shift; 2.1-kHz, 400-Hz, and 200-Hz selectable crystal filters for SSB, CW, and RTTY; noise blanker; RIT; adjustable speech compression; very fast up and down tuning buttons to zip quickly across the band; and a big central tuning knob. This transceiver (Photo A) was also capable of being operated digitally by computer for remote operation. The tuning steps were in 100-Hz increments. These are regarded today as rather large steps but operating it, I find it tunes nicely. Development of this deluxe transceiver was nearly completed as the…

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Bold And Beautiful Saint Thomas On Wednesday, February 17, Ridge urges Thomas (l.) not to listen to Vinny’s advice about going after Hope…. Thomas becomes concerned for Steffy and Hope over their current situation on Thursday, February 18…. On Friday, February 19, Thomas decides to help Hope and Steffy in a most unusual way. Days Of Our Lives Once More, With Feeling On Monday, February 15, Lucas apologizes to Tripp for attacking him, and Rafe is upset that Nicole (both r.) invited Ava to stay at his house…. Vivian runs into Kristen at Statesville, and Orpheus shares information with Rhodes on Tuesday, February 16…. On Wednesday, February 17, Xander proposes to Sarah; the family gathers for Laura’s funeral; and Jake wonders if Gwen killed Laura…. Abigail and Gwen get into a physical altercation at Laura’s…

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THE LUXE LIFE

THE LUXE LIFE

WEALTH AND POWER. For decades, that’s what big luxury sedans have represented. They’ve been the flagships of upmarket brands, making journeys supremely comfortable while conferring a special status upon owners. Hotel parking-lot valets leave them out front. Movie and TV directors use them as props to signal prestige (think Succession). There are twice as many large luxury SUVs on the market today as large luxury sedans, but when a big, black, expensive sedan pulls up, it still gets attention. Several brands continue to build these cruise ships, so it seems like the right time to take the pulse of the luxe-sedan segment by pitting two important upscale nameplates against the standard-bearer. The Mercedes-Benz S-class has long been the luxury car others are judged by. An S500 4Matic was the natural choice as…

GH PREVIEW: DOUBLE WEDDING DRAMA!

GH PREVIEW: DOUBLE WEDDING DRAMA!

There is no shortage of potential landmines threatening to derail the big double wedding of Finn and Anna, and Peter and Maxie, poised to unfold on GH. Among the most pressing of these for Anna is that Valentin discloses the devastating news to her that Peter came clean to him about his various crimes, including his central role in the Jason/Drew switch and hiring an assassin to murder Andre and Franco. “This is the worst wake-up call you could possibly receive,” says Co-Head Writer Chris Van Etten. “This is a woman who had her mind warped by her own sister and who, for years, has been saddled with a memory that was not hers and a [mother/son] relationship that she felt compelled to have, only to find out that the person…

The LONG Journey BACK

Soap Opera Digest: Welcome back, Suzanne! You were on a long break from the show. Can you tell the story of what happened? Suzanne Rogers: Well, I will start by saying it wasn’t Covid. It was one of those freaky accidents of swallowing a pill and it not going down. It was last November 18th. I had washed my hair that day and set it in curlers, which I do when I’m going to clean house. I figure that way my hair is set and I’m doing two things at one time. I remembered I hadn’t taken one of my horse pills, so I took the pill and I guess I didn’t drink enough water and I thought, “Gosh, that didn’t go down.” So I drank some more water. Well then…

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A NOVEMBER TO Remember

A NOVEMBER TO Remember

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL “Double trouble has come to town in the form of Deacon and Sheila, so batten down the hatches because individually they are a challenge; together they are a menace to society,” says Executive Producer/Head Writer Bradley Bell. “Even though they are determined to become better people, trouble isn’t far behind.” Deacon/Hope/Liam/Ridge/Brooke: “In November, we’re going to see Deacon making progress. Deacon is determined to have Hope in his life and at first, Brooke is very much against this, as is Ridge, as is Liam, but over time, Brooke is going to listen to her daughter and understand what it’s like to not have a father in her life. Hope is determined to get to know her father, and she thinks her father is pretty cool. He’s got a wicked…

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 9 hides an Arm option and cool features

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 9 hides an Arm option and cool features

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9 is noteworthy in one particular aspect: You now have a choice between an always-connected version with an Arm processor, or a more powerful 12th-gen Core chip for more traditional use. Essentially, the single Surface Pro 9 represents the merging of two product lines, with the traditional Surface Pro tablet and the Surface Pro X now transformed as the Surface Pro 9 and Surface Pro 9 with 5G, respectively. And that’s interesting, since the Surface Pro 9’s two different versions continue to significantly differ in both their capabilities and even their feature sets: one for performance and one for connectivity. Both versions of the Surface Pro 9 began shipping on October 25, starting at $999.99 for the 12th-gen Core (Alder Lake) and $1,299.99 for the Surface Pro 9 with…

Using SUPERGLUE

Using SUPERGLUE

Even if you’ve only built one or two models, you are no doubt aware that various types of glue are needed for different situations. For me, superglue is a critical part of my workbench, and it should be on yours, if it isn’t now. Superglue has applications that no other adhesive can approach. It is the first choice for attaching photo-etched metal (PE) to plastic, resin, or other PE, and works in most instances to attach resin to pretty much any material. Some modelers use it as the basic glue for assembly. Given all that, superglue is one tool that I depend on almost every time I sit down to model. Types of superglue Superglue comes in a variety of viscosities, from very thin to a thick gel, and each has its…

HOW TO LAUNCH IN A CROSSWIND

HOW TO LAUNCH IN A CROSSWIND

When you learn to fly, you are told it is dangerous to launch with the wind beyond 45 degrees off “straight up the slope”. Crosswinds cause turbulence. So why would you launch in a crosswind? In hike-and-fly, you often cannot reach a perfect launch slope. It might have taken hours to get to your chosen peak, and the weather might have changed. The forecast might be wrong. Or you just need to get off the mountain before the rain comes in. If you can do it safely, there’s no reason to restrict yourself to “perfect direction”. But it can be risky to ignore the dangers of the crosswind. So what to do? In this article I’ll show you how to keep yourself safe on a steep slope. Here are 10 steps to help…

Honda Unveils First All-Electric SUV, Built on GM’s Battery Platform

Honda Unveils First All-Electric SUV, Built on GM’s Battery Platform

What comes before the first chapter in a new book? The prologue, as Honda has aptly named its first electric vehicle, an SUV that will hit dealers in 2024. The Honda Prologue is the first of 30 new battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) the brand aims to launch globally by 2030. By 2040, Honda plans to be a fully electric brand. After the Prologue, Honda will launch an EV version of the Acura SUV later in 2024. Honda has not confirmed pricing or miles of range for the Prologue, although Car & Driver suspects it will land around $45,000 and have 250 to 320 miles of range. What we do know is that it’ll be 8 inches longer and 5 inches wider than the 2023 Honda CR-V. “We see a natural progression for a CR-V…

Holiday Gift Guide

For the Person Who Has It All One-size-fits-all gifts in vibrant colors never disappoint. 1. Section Pads Three sizes of paper (45 sheets each) in one 7×6" pad. $24 each; shop.moglea.com 2. Mini-Mango Key Organizer A leather cover and brass ring keep keys in a tidy stack. $32; sereniikey.com 3. Colorblock Cap Pen Shiny gold accents on refillable two-tone pens. $38, set of 4; poketo.com 4. Venus Shells Velvet shell-shape boxes for jewelry. $20; doiydesign.com 5. Colorblock Gloves Ultrasoft inside with touch screen-friendly thumbs and fingertips. $35; shop.verloopknits.com LONG RIBBED CUFFS KEEP OUT THE COLD. 6. Fabric Wrap Silky fabric squares wrap presents then become headwearor scarves. $38–$48; unwrp.com For the Foodie Sweet and spicy indulgences for flavor-obsessed friends. 1. STONE HOLLOW FARMSTEAD NASTURTIUM JELLY A floral jelly with subtle pepper flavor, $22; westontable.com 2. DENIM ITALIAN OLIVE OIL Extra virgin olive…

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Can Jen MOVE ON?

Can Jen MOVE ON?

While Jennifer Garner’s ex-husband Ben Affleck continues to make headlines over his surprise July 16 Las Vegas wedding to Jennifer Lopez and their ultraglamorous Parisian mini-honeymoon, Garner seems to be enjoying the simpler things in life. In a July 24 Instagram post, the actress was all smiles as she held a wooden bucket in a sunny greenhouse surrounded by fresh fruits and veggies. “Summer love, from Farmer Jen,” she wrote, wearing a breezy flowered dress, white sneakers and not a stitch of makeup. Garner and Affleck — who ended their marriage in 2015 after 10 years — couldn’t be living more different lives. But they remain connected, in part because of their three children (Violet, 16, Seraphina, 13, and 10-year-old Samuel) and, according to a source, because Garner, 50, hasn’t fully…

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Bold And Beautiful Surprises Everywhere On Monday, October 4, Eric experiences an epic epiphany…. An unexpected visitor arrives in Los Angeles on Thursday, October 7…. On Friday, October 8, Sheila sets a new plan in motion to come between Steffy and Finn (both l.). Days Of Our Lives First Do No Harm On Monday, October 4, Doug tries to stop Marlena from harming Julie, and Paulina and Lani talk about the past…. Rafe and Ava have an awkward run-in with Nicole and EJ, and Chad makes a deal with Johnny on Tuesday, October 5…. On Wednesday, October 6, Ava gives Philip the dirt on Jake, and Gwen plays dirty to help Xander (both r.)…. On Thursday, October 7, Philip gives Gabi an ultimatum, and Brady invites Chloe to join him and Rachel on a fall…

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Bold And Beautiful Revelation Station On Tuesday, April 13, Zoe (r.) has an epiphany about how to regain her happiness…. Liam is unnerved after an encounter with an unexpected visitor on Wednesday, April 14…. On Friday, April 16, Eric opens up to Ridge about his relationship with Quinn. Days Of Our Lives Turning Points On Tuesday, April 13, Paulina and Eli are stunned to find Chanel with Xander, who are now husband and wife, and Chloe admits her feelings to Brady…. Chad is happy to get a visit from Theo, and Justin brings Ciara a letter from Victor on Wednesday, April 14…. On Thursday, April 15, Ben tries to give Ciara a memory-enhancing drug, and Jake is upset when he learns that Gabi and Philip are on a date…. On Friday, April 16, John persuades…

First Test: 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring

First Test: 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring

We don’t blame you if you think to yourself, “Here we go again; MotorTrend is about to laud yet another 911 GT3.” We also won’t apologize, because few cars deserve the consistency of praise given to the latest 911 GT3 range, from the standard GT3 that won our 2022 Performance Vehicle of the Year award to the next-level-and-then-some GT3 RS we drove for the first time recently (January 2023). Now we’ve taken a 2022 911 GT3 Touring with a manual transmission to our testing grounds to see how the “least extreme” version gets on with its job. The wing delete is the only significant performance-altering change between the GT3 and GT3 Touring models, thanks to the aerodynamic downforce lost by replacing the large, fixed version with an active rear spoiler and…

Finalist: 2022 BMW i4

Finalist: 2022 BMW i4

PROS • Slick EV integration • Crushingly normal, unlike most EVs • Channels core BMW traits CONS • Eco-minded tires can be loud • Awkward ingress/egress • Limited center-console storage space eDRIVE40; M50 VEHICLE LAYOUT Rear-motor, RWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback; front- and rear-motor, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback MOTORS, TRANSMISSIONS Brushed synchronous electric, 1-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4,708 lb (45/55%); 5,012 lb (48/52%) WHEELBASE 112.4 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 188.5 x 72.9 x 57.0 ON SALE Now Look at the BMW i4, then look at a current BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The two four-door hatchbacks are virtually identical, their shared platform flexible enough to support both electric and gas-powered models. Cover the i4’s badges, and it’s tough to identify as an EV—save for the lack of exhaust pipes and its blocked-off kidney grilles. Typically, gas cars converted to EVs don’t feel…

zero bias: a cq editorial

zero bias: a cq editorial

Football call? Nope. Winning Powerball numbers? I wish … Contest exchange? Yes, and one that made me very happy to hear. When I turned my rig on around noon on Saturday of the CQWW DX Contest SSB weekend, I was greeted by dozens of stations reporting “5-9, 14,” meaning (for non-contesters) that I had a strong signal (5-by-9) into Western Europe (CQ Zone 14). Now, there’s generally nothing especially unusual about that. In fact, if you look at last month’s Contesting column, you’ll see that Tim, N3QE, has determined that Zone 14 is the most commonly reported zone in the CQWW. In addition, contacts between Zone 14 and Zone 5 (my zone) were the second-most commonly reported. So what made these Zone 14 stations special? They were on 10 meters, which has…

Finalist: 2023 Cadillac Lyriq

Finalist: 2023 Cadillac Lyriq

PROS Stunning, distinctive design • Natural brake feel for an EV • Google Maps can plan charge stops CONS Fussy exterior door handles • Must use infotainment for basic tasks • Early-run build quality needs improvement VEHICLE LAYOUT Rear-motor, RWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV MOTOR, TRANSMISSION Permanent-magnet elec, 1-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 5,654 lb (49/51%) WHEELBASE 121.8 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 196.7 x 77.8 x 63.9 in ON SALE Now The Lyriq, which ushers in Cadillac’s electric vehicle future, is being unfairly critiqued by those doubting EVs in general and Cadillac in particular. Here’s what we concluded after our judging: The Lyriq is a strong harbinger of what’s to come for the marque, thanks to its striking good looks, spirited driving dynamics, excellent regenerative braking, and innovative touches. From a styling perspective, the Lyriq looks the part…

The reckoning

IN 230 YEARS the House of Representatives voted for the president to be impeached just twice. In only 13 months it has doubled the total by indicting Donald Trump twice more. Now the Senate should issue another historical rebuke by making him the first American president in history to be convicted. The article of impeachment that passed on January 13th accuses Mr Trump of inciting an insurrection (see United States section). Stand back, for a moment, and consider the enormity of his actions. As president, he tried to cling to power by overturning an election that he had unambiguously lost. First, he spread a big lie in a months-long campaign to convince his voters that the election was a fraud and that the media, the courts and the politicians who clung…

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ROBERT SCOTT WILSON BACK TO DAYS IN A NEW ROLE

ROBERT SCOTT WILSON BACK TO DAYS IN A NEW ROLE

A familiar face is resurfacing in Salem this week. Robert Scott Wilson, whose Ben sailed off into the sunset with Ciara on July 8, is back portraying Alexander Kiriakis, the only son of Justin and the late Anjelica. “I think my head spun around about 15 times,” cracks Wilson, describing his reaction to Co-Executive Producer Albert Alarr revealing the soap was bringing him back in a new role. “I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ After it sunk in and he told me what the plan was for him, I was excited.” Wilson first heard about the twist in the beginning of the year. “Albert called me the first week of January,” he shares. “We’ve kept it on the hush for such a long time. As soon as he explained it to…

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES Gabi And Ava Face Off Gabi pretends to Rafe that she wants to make peace with Ava, but once the women are alone, Gabi rips into Ava for sharing information from Jake’s past with Philip. “It just confirms everything Gabi has thought, that Ava is a criminal, that she hasn’t changed, that she is bad news for Rafe and that Gabi needs to make sure he knows that,” sniffs Camila Banus (Gabi). “Gabi got rubbed the wrong way from the beginning with Ava. She just feels like Ava is never going to change. She came into Gabi’s house, Gabi’s kitchen, and I think Gabi is thinking, ‘I’m the sister. I’m the one who cooks. I’m the one who makes my brother feel good. Why are you here imposing…

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Big-hall acoustics and hi-fi

Big-hall acoustics and hi-fi

THIS ISSUE: A lesson in acoustics from the Geffen Hall renovation. What do New York’s Lincoln Center and the typical Stereophile reader have in common? Both have recently made large investments to achieve sonic excellence. I doubt that very many Stereophile readers have spent as much as Lincoln Center did on the renovation of Geffen Hall: $550 million. But then few audiophiles’ systems are supported by the likes of David Geffen, a $100 million contributor to the Geffen Hall project, or Joseph and Clara Wu Tsai, who gave $50 million. Geffen made his contribution several years ago, setting the stage, as it were, for the renovation. Tsai’s late-2020 contribution helped accelerate the work so that it could be completed, or almost completed, while the hall was closed due to the pandemic. The renovated…

Get started with 3D PRINTING

Get started with 3D PRINTING

No matter what you think of it, 3D printing is becoming a big part of scale modeling. Like home computers, you can bet 3D printers will likely be in every household. But which printers best fit our modeling? I spent weeks researching 3D printers before I bought mine, looking at the pros and cons of spool versus resin bath (SLA) printers, the different sizes available, and so on. I contacted modelers who were already using 3D printers and asked them questions, watched YouTube video reviews, and surfed the internet to compare prices. After all this research three things became obvious: First, I was going to go with an SLA printer rather than a spool-fed model. Second, I was going to get the biggest printing plate I could afford. And third, people…

Apple is quietly preparing for a future without the iPhone—or another big thing

Apple is quietly preparing for a future without the iPhone—or another big thing

Apple’s at the top of the world—and from this standpoint, it’s hard to see how the company could be anything other than the market leader and taste maker it’s been in recent memories. I’m not about to suggest that its decline and fall are imminent, but those who (like me) remember the dark days of the 1990s know that success is never guaranteed. In any case, it’s unlikely that a company as massive and dominant as Apple would simply vanish into the ether—poof. But as the company’s grown and matured, it’s undeniable that its nature is changing. Those changes aren’t without precedent. Over the last several decades, there’s been a pattern among dominant tech companies. Where once they might have ruled the world by producing the thing that everybody needed to have—whether…

It’s never been more difficult to decide which new iPad to buy

It’s never been more difficult to decide which new iPad to buy

Apple on Tuesday released new iPads that will give us plenty to talk about for weeks to come. The new 10th-generation iPad is a complete redesign that brings it in line with the Air and mini, and the new iPad Pro is the fastest tablet ever made, with an M2 processor and Wi-Fi 6E. In simple terms, Apple’s new tablets are its strongest ever, bringing more options for consumers at both ends of the spectrum. But buying an iPad is also more confusing than ever. Apple now has five different iPad lines starting at $329 and going all the way up to $2,000-plus. Here’s how the models break down: iPad (9th generation, 64GB): $329 iPad (9th generation, 256GB): $479 iPad (10th generation, 64GB): $479 iPad mini (64GB): $499 iPad (10th generation, 256GB): $599 iPad Air (64GB): $599 iPad…

Apple TV 4K (3rd generation): The best new feature is the price

Apple TV 4K (3rd generation): The best new feature is the price

Apple has the best streaming box out there. It’s the fastest and most responsive, with the best audio and video quality (support for both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision), and with the update in 2021, it finally has a great remote, too. The operating system works well, shows are consolidated neatly in the TV app for most major services (with the notable exception of Netflix), and the Siri voice commands are for the most part convenient and reliable. If you use other Apple products, the synergy between them makes it even more delightful to use. Unfortunately, the Apple TV 4K has also maintained its spot as the most expensive of the popular streaming platforms—by far. With a starting price of $179, it was easily three or four times the price of…

How to turn on Lockdown Mode and protect your iPhone from a rare cyberattack

How to turn on Lockdown Mode and protect your iPhone from a rare cyberattack

Apple takes seriously the threat of targeted malware that hits its devices and extracts personal data from journalists, human-rights activists, opposition politicians, and others in the cross-hairs of repressive governments, criminal rings, and even spies for hire. Beyond suing companies in 2021 that Apple maintains produce “sophisticated, state-sponsored surveillance technology that allows its highly targeted spyware to surveil its victims,” and underwriting organizations countering cyber surveillance, Apple added a new high-security option to iOS 16 called Lockdown Mode. You’ll also find Lockdown Mode in iPadOS 16.1 when it ships (expected in October 2022) and macOS 13 Ventura (due out later this year). The vast majority of people don’t need to use Lockdown Mode, as it is designed to protect against tailored and targeted attacks that rely on delivering payloads via Messages…

Intel’s next-generation Thunderbolt will hit a blistering 80Gbps+

Intel’s next-generation Thunderbolt will hit a blistering 80Gbps+

A few weeks after USB4 version 2.0 was announced, Intel has returned fire with its own 80Gbps I/O standard, what it’s calling “the next generation of Thunderbolt” for docking stations and other devices. What will likely be called Thunderbolt 5 has its own quirk: In certain situations, specifically transmitting high-definition video, the available channels can be reallocated to allow from 80Gbps to up to 120Gbps of available bandwidth. But Intel isn’t revealing when the next-gen Thunderbolt technology will roll out, or what it will be officially called. What we do know, however, is that several major I/O standards are aligning for the future. USB4v2, whose standard was finalized on Tuesday, will allow its own 80Gbps connections and forms the foundation for the next-gen Thunderbolt spec. DisplayPort, one of the video protocols that…

REVIEW: APPLE WATCH SERIES 8, UNCHANGINGLY EXCELLENT

REVIEW: APPLE WATCH SERIES 8, UNCHANGINGLY EXCELLENT

For its fall 2022 releases, Apple made a conscious decision to focus on its elite product lines: the iPhone 14 Pro, AirPods Pro and Apple Watch Ultra. In each case, more effort was made than ever before to persuade customers to spend extra for the premium experience. This is a risky strategy, however. Some customers will be upsold, but given the choice between a denigrated standard model and a costly premium one, others may be dissuaded from buying anything. Which brings us to the Apple Watch Series 8. In a world where cheaper alternates exist (including Apple’s own new SE), the most interesting new features and design decisions have been confined to the Apple Watch Ultra, and there are very few changes from last year’s Series 7. So the question remains:…

It’s time for Windows to copy Apple’s built-in text expander

It’s time for Windows to copy Apple’s built-in text expander

A few keystrokes might not seem like a lot, but they add up over time. That’s why text expanders can be a major productivity boost, allowing you to create shortcuts for commonly used phrases across your computer. There are numerous programs that do this on Windows, some of which have been around since the 20th century, but Apple added its own text expander feature in macOS more than a decade ago. It’s long past time for Microsoft to add the same functionality to Windows. SAVING KEYSTROKES, SAVING TIME Anyone who spends a lot of time typing can benefit hugely from a text expander, sometimes called “text replacement.” Instead of typing the same long string of text over and over, you can use these programs to create a shortcut. For example, instead of…

AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX revealed: 5 crucial details PC gamers need to know

AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX revealed: 5 crucial details PC gamers need to know

After a so-called “lost generation” for graphics cards plagued by shortages and scalpers, things are finally looking up for PC gamers—and the battle for next-generation GPU supremacy has finally arrived. Nvidia launched its ferocious GeForce RTX 4090 mere weeks ago, but its monitor-melting lead isn’t going uncontested for long. This week, AMD revealed its next-gen RDNA 3 architecture and two GPUs serving as its paragon: the Radeon RX 7900 XTX and 7900 XT. This ain’t your momma’s GPU throw-down, though. AMD is doing some radically different things with RDNA 3 and the Radeon RX 7900 XTX, and we’ve never seen a graphics card quite like this before. We’ve already covered the Radeon RX 7900 XTX’s technical notes in-depth in our announcement coverage, but if you don’t feel like sifting through a…

THE FUTURE OF SCALE MODELING

THE FUTURE OF SCALE MODELING

Asking hobbyists about the future of scale modeling can sometimes feel like opening Pandora’s box. You aren’t quite sure what you’re going to get, but you can bet that it isn’t all going to be good. Prognosticating the hobby’s future makes for lively debate, and it’s not bad to take stock of where we are and where the hobby is headed. Shifts in the Golden Age “It’s getting to the point where almost anything you can imagine is being produced by kit manufacturers, which is why I feel we’re in the Golden Age of styrene modeling for now, “says George Seletas, contest chief at WonderFest USA, the leading show for sci-fi, fantasy, and horror modelers. He’s not alone. As one of scale modeling’s chief proponents, and certainly not blind to the challenges the hobby…

Wine Star Awards

Wine Star Awards

This year marks the 23nd anniversary of Wine Enthusiast’s Annual Wine Star Awards, honoring the individuals and companies that make outstanding contributions to the wine and beverage world. Here are the nominees across 13 categories for the 2022 Awards. The winners of these categories, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award and American Wine Legend, will be announced in the magazine’s Best of Year issue and celebrated at our annual event in January 2023. Cheers to all of the nominees! PERSON OF THE YEAR David Adelsheim Founder, Adelsheim Vineyard Newberg, Oregon Catherine Bugue Co-owner and Vice President of Education, Napa Valley Wine Academy Napa, California Tim Lightbourne & Rob Cameron Cofounders, Invivo & Co Auckland, New Zealand Jeff O’Neill Founder, O’Neill Vintners and Distillers Parlier, CA Pat Roney CEO and Founding Partner, Vintage Wine Estates Santa Rosa, California WINE REGION OF THE YEAR Abruzzo, Italy Marlborough, New Zealand Rogue Valley,…

The iPhone 14 may be the start of an extreme trend

The iPhone 14 may be the start of an extreme trend

With the launch of the new iPhones and Apple Watches, the annual fall season of the latest Apple tech is now fully upon us. But though the September event may have been the first and most prominent in the run-up to the holiday season, there’s almost certainly more waiting in the wings. When we look forward at what to expect from subsequent Apple announcements, it can be instrumental to look at the way Apple is positioning the products it’s already released this year. In particular, both the Apple Watch and the iPhone lines saw “main” models (the iPhone 14 and the Apple Watch Series 8) that received less substantial updates, while the company took much bigger swings for its top-of-the-line models (the iPhone 14 Pro and the Apple Watch Ultra). What Apple…

Windows 11 2022 Update: Subtle upgrades in weird places

Windows 11 2022 Update: Subtle upgrades in weird places

Rating Windows 11’s latest feature update, officially known as the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2), means acknowledging that many of its most useful features are somewhat hidden. Dig in and you’ll be rewarded, but most of the 2022 update’s more obvious new features won’t blow you away initially. Windows 11 2022 Update is not a return to the glory days of Windows 10. Then, splashy product launches heralded new, important additions to the operating system, like Disney teasing new Marvel characters into its cinematic universe. Windows 11 22H2 takes a subtler approach, updating the File Explorer, and adding a new Snap Layouts bar, Start menu folders, Live Captions, Voice Access, and more. There are now thousands of Android apps from Amazon, as well as something called Smart App Control. Microsoft is also…

KNOG SCOUT: A FIND MY TRACKER WITH A MOTION ALARM FOR YOUR BIKE

KNOG SCOUT: A FIND MY TRACKER WITH A MOTION ALARM FOR YOUR BIKE

Using a Find My item has often involved a trade-off. Apple’s crowdsourced network of all its owners’ iPhones, iPads, and Macs (that haven’t opted out) provides robust tracking as long as somebody’s device is occasionally nearby. Many travelers discovered in the summer of 2022 that an Apple AirTag or third-party Find My item in their luggage meant the difference between a “lost” bag and being able to tell an airline where to find that bag. But the tradeoff is that makers of Find My items have to conform to an array of Apple’s rules and technology choices designed to balance tracking our stuff and the privacy and safety of others. For instance, Find My items that are away from the paired iPhone or iPad for between 8 and 24 hours will…

“How Could He Betray Us?”

“What all these manufacturers don't understand is that our allegiance is to our readership, not to their marketing plans.” A few months ago, I was speaking on the phone with a manufacturer who was pitching me on the idea of the magazine reviewing the manufacturer's ambitious new product. After learning about the product during the call, it was obvious that Jonathan Valin was the ideal reviewer. Jonathan has extensive experience in, and enthusiasm for, the category; he has a large reader following; and his writing ability and style would perfectly fit with this potentially ground-breaking product. But when I proposed Jonathan for the review, the manufacturer balked. Why? Because Jonathan had favorably reviewed another product in the same category. The manufacturer assumed that Jonathan had some sort of allegiance to the other…

Record This

Record This

Bold And Beautiful Life Goes On On Monday, June 21, Liam tells Hope that she needs to be realistic about their future…. Hope and Steffy join forces to keep Liam’s spirits up while he is in prison on Tuesday, June 22…. Afraid that Paris will spill her secret, Quinn asks Eric (both l.) for a vow renewal ceremony on Friday, June 25. Days Of Our Lives Pressure Points On Monday, June 21, EJ presses Chad about teaming up with him to oust Jake, and Kate enjoys torturing Jake…. Philip flirts with Chloe (both r.), and Kayla searches Gwen’s medical chart on Tuesday, June 22…. On Wednesday, June 23, Abe tells Roman that he slept with Paulina…. On Thursday, June 24, EJ introduces himself to Jake; Chad makes a pitch to Kate; and Roman observes the tension…

Early review of Intel 11th-gen Rocket Lake gives the chip mixed marks

Early review of Intel 11th-gen Rocket Lake gives the chip mixed marks

Intel’s 11th-gen Rocket Lake chip won’t hit shelves until the end of March, but an unexpectedly early review of a retail Core i7-11700K labels the chip as power-hungry and unable to surpass AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X in many tests. The review, written by respected CPU expert Dr. Ian Cutress of Anandtech.com, was based on a Core i7-11700K that is presumably one of the hundreds of CPUs accidentally sold a month before launch by a German retailer. Benchmarks of the chip have been making the rounds ever since, but Cutress is the first experienced journalist to publish a review. Cutress stepped carefully in his story, avoiding mention of any information he had already been given by Intel under embargo during regular briefings for the chip. He said he informed Intel that he had the…

Finalist: 2022 Rivian R1S

Finalist: 2022 Rivian R1S

PROS Genuinely handsome, head-turning design • Same jaw-dropping performance as the R1T • Great interior package CONS Heat-soaking sunroof • No Apple Carplay, Android Auto, or SiriusXM • Fussy infotainment and driver assistance systems LAUNCH EDITION; LAUNCH EDITION & A/T TIRE VEHICLE LAYOUT 2x front- and 2x rear-motor, AWD, 7-pass, 4-door SUV MOTORS, TRANSMISSIONS Permanent-magnet electric, 1-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 7,068 lb (48/52%); 7,091 lb (48/52%) WHEELBASE 121.1 in LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 200.8 x 79.3 x 71.5–77.3 in ON SALE Now How? HOW?! How could the Rivian R1S not be our SUV of the Year? Less than 12 months earlier we named its older brother, the R1T, our 2022 Truck of the Year. Is it possible there’s something better? Let’s explore. The R1S uses the R1T’s powertrain, down to the 133-kWh battery pack, and it’s…

Update: 2022 Rivian R1T

Update: 2022 Rivian R1T

“We tried to do a weekend camping trip without stopping to charge. We almost didn’t make it.”Scott Evans Service Life 4 months/9,712 miles Average Fuel Econ 65.6 mpg-e Unresolved problems None Maintenance cost $0 Normal wear $0 Base price $74,075 As tested $76,875 EPA City/Hwy/Comb fuel econ 74/66/70 mpg-e People buy EVs for all sorts of reasons—fuel costs being top of mind recently—but at least a few buy them to be friendlier to the environment. Without getting into whether mining or oil drilling is more destructive, the simple fact is, electric motors operate more efficiently than internal combustion engines and don’t produce exhaust fumes everywhere you go. With that in mind, we decided to take our long-term R1T for an all-electric, fossil-fuel-free camping trip in the mountains. It didn’t quite go to plan. My camping trip should’ve been the ideal…

DOCTOR

DOCTOR

> Which mesh system? > Archive emails offline > Noisy fans Confusion over mesh I’ve got a couple of dead spots in my home network. The obvious solution would appear to be a mesh network, but there’s so much choice—even from the same manufacturer sometimes. What sort of things should I be looking for when shopping for a mesh network? —Joel Dawson THE DOCTOR RESPONDS: There are many things to consider when looking at mesh networks. If you’re looking to futureproof your mesh network, then make sure it supports WiFi 6 as a minimum, and WiFi 6E if you have lots of devices where competing demands for network bandwidth could exacerbate your problems. WiFi 6 adds an additional 160MHz channel to the 5GHz spectrum, so those devices capable of using WiFi 6 (802.11ax) are moved on to…

TRENDING

TRENDING

IF you want to broadcast your forward-thinking ways with a luxuriously aspirational electric vehicle in today’s preferred SUV body style, the options are scarce. Neither Rolls-Royce nor Bentley makes one, and the Mercedes EQS SUV isn’t on sale just yet. Everything else, including the Genesis GV60, the Cadillac Lyriq, and the Audi e-tron, falls well short of the pricing and performance bar set by the BMW iX and Rivian R1S, the two vehicles we’ve gathered here. Our requirement for conventionally hinged doors meant the aging Tesla Model X got left out. Shucks. At $109,895, the top M60 version of BMW’s futuristic iX features an upgraded rear motor with a 0.8-inch-longer rotor and a stator stuffed with more copper windings. A second inverter feeds sufficient current to increase peak output from 335…

The WORLD of COMETS

LITTLE MEANS MORE to me than comets. While in the sixth grade at Roslyn School in Montreal, I delivered the first of more than 2,500 lectures I’ve given in my life. The subject I chose for this first talk was comets, and it’s amazing to me to compare what we knew about comets then with what we know now. For example, all those years ago, we knew of a few hundred comets; now we know of at least 4,000. The most famous of all comets, Halley’s Comet, last rounded the Sun on Feb. 9, 1986. Twenty-one years before that, on Dec. 17, 1965, I began searching telescopically for comets. On Nov. 13, 1984, I discovered my first. I’ll never forget my view of a brand-new comet that no one else had…

The WORLD of COMETS
AirPods Pro 2022: It’s what’s on the inside that counts

AirPods Pro 2022: It’s what’s on the inside that counts

The original AirPods Pro were the right product at the right time. AirPods weren’t the first true wireless earbuds, but they were certainly the ones that popularized the category, and in 2019 the time was right for a beefed-up version. Combining active noise cancelling, decent sound quality, and Apple’s signature ease of use into a relatively affordable pair of earbuds was a slam dunk. But times have changed. Three years later, the competition from Sony, Bose, Samsung, and Google is stiffer than ever. Everyone’s got little comfy earbuds, and most offer better sound quality, noise cancelling, or battery life. Even Apple’s instant pairing and other ease-of-use features aren’t so special anymore. The second-generation AirPods Pro may not look like much of a change, but Apple has remade nearly everything about them other…

What We’re Testing in Our Labs …

Dish Detergents WE TESTED: 23 models WE TEST FOR: How well a detergent cleans dishes with baked-on food and resists mineral deposits on glassware. Prices are per load. ABOUT THE SCORES: Median: 75 Range: 47-92 TOP-PERFORMING PACKS Member’s Mark (Sam’s Club) Ultimate Clean Dishwasher Pacs 10 cents 92 OVERALL SCORE BARGAIN GEL Great Value Dishwasher Gel (Walmart) 5 cents 74 OVERALL SCORE EXCELLENT AT REMOVING BAKED-ON FOOD Cascade Gel with Dawn 10 cents 68 OVERALL SCORE Green Choice Dishwashers WE TESTED: 22 24-inch models WE TEST FOR: How clean they get dishes when set on the normal cycle, the machine’s environmental impact based on its water use, reliability, and more. ABOUT THE SCORES: Median: 71 Range: 59-85 MOST RELIABLE BRAND Bosch 100 Series SHXM4AY55N $900 85 OVERALL SCORE QUIETEST & WIFI-CAPABLE Cafe CDT845P2NS1 $1,260 74 OVERALL SCORE SPARKLING DISHES FOR LESS Whirlpool WDTA50SAKZ $750 72 OVERALL SCORE Ask Our Experts Do I need to put a rinse aid as well as detergent in my dishwasher? MOST DISHWASHERS HAVE a designated spot for you to…

What We’re Testing in Our Labs …
Mac 911

Mac 911

HOW TO FIX GROUP MESSAGE REPLIES THAT APPEAR AS INDIVIDUAL ONES ON YOUR iPHONE Apple insulates us from most of the peculiarities of the cellular world’s text messaging system, SMS (Short Messaging Service), and the multimedia version, MMS. If everyone you text with uses an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch, you see nice blue bubbles and it’s all handled within Apple’s iMessage system. Even if you’re using SMS or MMS—where messages appear in green—Apple still hides the complexity, packaging it within the Messages app on various platforms. But you might be perplexed in one specific case, as one reader was: They use group messaging without all Apple ecosystem participants and every reply comes back as an individual message—the group isn’t receiving replies as a whole! It turns out it’s related to that…

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 5 adds Thunderbolt and Intel’s latest CPUs

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 5 adds Thunderbolt and Intel’s latest CPUs

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 5 continues Microsoft’s tradition of providing a general all-around productivity laptop, though there’s one pronounced change for this generation: Microsoft has settled on a 12th-gen Alder Lake Core chip from Intel—and that’s it. The Surface Laptop 5 won’t offer us the chance to directly compare Intel’s latest Core against AMD’s latest Ryzen processor, as was demonstrated in our Surface Laptop 4 review. But it will still offer you a choice—between a 13.5-inch display and a larger 15-inch version. Inside, you’ll find the same processors used on the new Surface Pro 9: a choice between the Core i5-1235U and Core i7-1255U, with a faster i5-1245U and i7-1265U reserved for commercial versions. Preorders for the Surface Laptop 5 begin today. Prices will range from $999.99 to $1,699.99 for the 13.5-inch consumer…

Season's Eatings

When we asked around the office what foods come to mind when our staff thinks of their own holiday traditions, we learned that if we all got together, we might end up with one very eclectic potluck. Dessert is covered and the influences span the globe, but, as you might expect, we all had one thing in common: The team would be bringing some heat when it comes to bottles and cocktail creativity. So, take notes—no matter what is being served at your family table, this should spark your shopping list. Retro dishes are feeling fresh again, so I keep thinking about the Waldorf salad—green apple, celery and walnut, occasionally with some shredded coconut (!)—that my mom would bust out for holiday dinners when I was a kid. –Nils Bernstein, Contributing Editor,…

Season's Eatings

Samsung Goes Organic

RATING WE’VE BECOME so accustomed to what an OLED TV can do that we risk reciting its benefits in our sleep. Great black levels, check. Viewable with little picture change from as far off center as you might want to sit, double check. Bright enough for modestly lit to very dark rooms (but not a sun porch!), check. High prices? That too. But in the past few years, nothing dramatic has muscled its way into the OLED world, though prices have slowly become less intimidating—until now. Samsung, which for years resisted joining the OLED TV parade, has developed a relatively radical way to build an OLED display with Quantum Dot Technology. QD WHAT? Until now, the most common and commercially successful way to design an OLED TV involved using white OLEDs together with…

Samsung Goes Organic

NO GOING BACK

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pulled no punches during the second part of their six-hour Netflix documentary, Harry & Meghan. Harry accused his estranged older brother, Prince William, of screaming at him during a family meeting, and Meghan claimed the palace essentially fed her “to the wolves” in a thinly veiled attempt to distract the public from other royal scandals. The reactions have been mixed, with some fans celebrating Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, for speaking out about their experience in The Firm, while others have criticized them for courting yet more attention. Sources say members of Harry’s family, including William, 40, and King Charles III, 74, are livid over Harry and Meghan’s revelations — and have officially cut ties with them. “Charles is furious and wants to strip them of…

NO GOING BACK
We Must Save Streaming Video Before It’s Too Late

We Must Save Streaming Video Before It’s Too Late

As much as we like to pretend otherwise, nothing lasts forever. Even works of art meant to outlive mere mortals aren’t immune to fate: Libraries can burn down or close, film strips disintegrate, and Snapchat messages self-destruct. The internet gives nearly everyone access to infinitely more content than has ever been available before, but that hasn’t solved this media preservation problem—and in some ways, it’s making it worse. When it comes to saving online streaming video for upcoming generations, the future looks bleak. But it’s not too late. We have the technology and the power to preserve streaming art, but we have to act now. LOST HORIZON Our world is hostile toward the very idea of art preservation, and now the problem has come for the latest craze: online streaming-video services. Once a…

Can’t find that file? These Windows Search tips can help

Can’t find that file? These Windows Search tips can help

Let’s face it: Searching your PC for files within Windows has always been mildly confusing, especially with several options for searching right in Windows 10 and 11. But if you’re convinced a particular file is hidden somewhere on your PC, try these tips to find it and get back to work. We can’t guarantee that finding a file will be as easy as using a search engine like Google. (Incidentally, Google once made a desktop search engine for your PC, but it has since been discontinued.) But realizing what Windows is searching, when it’s doing it, and how to interpret results should make life much easier. Finally, it’s important to realize that there are essentially two search mechanisms built into your PC: the built-in Windows Search, and File Explorer. The first is…

Full-bodied FUSELAGE

Full-bodied FUSELAGE

The 1969 model year saw the Chrysler Motor Corporation unveil a newly designed C-body line up that featured the Dodge Polara, Plymouth Fury, and Chrysler 300, among others. Dubbed the “fuselage look,” these were characterized by curved side glass that leaned in at the top of the greenhouse, coupled with body sides that bowed inward at the rocker panels, creating a cylindrical shape that was reminiscent of an airliner fuselage in cross-section. Four years later, with the 1973 models, this design era ended. Model kit manufacturers have shown some love for earlier (JoHan’s Chrysler 300s) and later (MPC’s mid-70s Monacos and Road Runners) C-bodies, but these fuselage Mopars have gone unrepresented, save for a few resin offerings. That all changed in recent years when someone, with the help of modern technology,…

Hello, Halo: This Car-Share Service Remotely Drives Its Vehicles to You

Hello, Halo: This Car-Share Service Remotely Drives Its Vehicles to You

When I visited Las Vegas last month, I used my phone to summon a car. But the Kia Niro that met me at the Downtown Container Park featured a few differences from an everyday Uber or Lyft: a trio of puck-shaped antennas on the top, tiny cameras mounted around its exterior, and Nevada autonomous-vehicle license plates. This battery-electric vehicle operated by Halo did not rate as a robotaxi, either. I’d have to do the driving—and the car did not drive itself to me. Instead, it had a remote driver sitting in front of a giant monitor at Halo’s offices, plus a human up front as a safety check, during this startup’s beta-test operations. A better comparison is not autonomous-vehicle operators such as GM’s Cruise or Alphabet’s Waymo, but rather car-sharing services such…