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…

How to set up a Mac to run either macOS Mojave or macOS Big Sur

How to set up a Mac to run either macOS Mojave or macOS Big Sur

Big Sur is a major upgrade to macOS, and some people are ready for it. However, if you’ve been running Mojave or an earlier version of macOS to keep 32-bit applications running, you may still be holding back. If you’re otherwise ready to move forward, you have a few options for keeping your Mojave installation active. In each case, I’d recommend starting by making a full disk image backup of your current macOS setup with Disk Utility, SuperDuper!, or Carbon Copy Cloner. In case something goes wrong, you can revert to it or restore from it. Your easiest path is to buy or use a sufficiently large external drive and clone to it directly from your current Mac. This lets you even boot from it in a pinch, so you don’t have a…

Gender treatments banned

Gender treatments banned

Salt Lake City Republican Gov. Spencer Cox signed a new law instituting a moratorium on surgical and hormone treatments for transgender minors, as a wave of Republican-led states consider similar legislation. Cox said more long-term research is needed “to better understand the science and consequences behind these procedures.” The law exempts minors who have already been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and begun “gender-affirming care.” The bill’s sponsor, Republican state Sen. Michael Kennedy, a family practice physician, said these treatments represent “a radical and dangerous push for children to enter this version of health care.” The American Medical Association says the treatments “improve the physical health and mental well-being of transgender individuals.” Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, and Tennessee have also restricted access to gender-transition care for minors, and at least 18 other states…

Videos show savagery of Memphis police killing

Videos show savagery of Memphis police killing

What happened America was thrust into another anguished conversation around race and police violence this week, after the release of graphic videos showing five Black Memphis police officers fatally beating a Black man following a traffic stop. Body-camera and surveillance videos released by the Memphis police department showed Tyre Nichols, 29, being pulled from his car and pushed to the ground after being pulled over by members of an anti-crime unit, allegedly for reckless driving. “I didn’t do anything,” Nichols, a 150-pound father of a 4-year-old who worked at FedEx, is heard to say. After being cursed at, pepper sprayed, and given 71 contradictory orders by cops, Nichols ran for his mother’s house. When pursuing officers caught him, they held him down and assaulted him as he cried out for his…

Letters

Email the Editor: rharley@nextscreen.com or: TAS, 2500 McHale Ct., Ste. A, Austin, Texas 73758 Betrayed, Indeed I read with great interest your editonal about manufacturers believing that you [Robert Harley], Jonathan Valin, or any other reviewer in your magazine would intentionally downplay their product just because they have noticed said reviewer's previous appreciation and enjoyment of another company's product [From the Editor, “How Could He Betray Us?” in Issue 334]. I look forward every month to new reviews of every type of product—products, by the way, that get better every year. I especially get a thrill out of the (very) occasional “I bought the review sample” endings. No, Mr. Harley, if anyone should feel betrayed it should be you, your entire team, and perhaps your readers, as well. It is very clear that…

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MORE NEXT-GEN BUILDING

SINCE THE Nvidia RTX 4090 arrived to a ‘9 Kick-Ass’ award in our December 2022 issue, we’ve been fixated on the card. I admit to being personally impressed when I did the cover build for the following issue, and after some frustrating boot problems, I was able to see all my favorite games in a new light by playing them at 4K with maxed-out settings. Sam followed that up with a much cheaper 4090 build in the Jan 2023 issue, showing that while the 4090 itself is expensive, it didn’t need the latest and greatest CPU, RAM, or motherboard to get the most out of it. This time it’s the turn of the RTX 4080, the much-maligned little sibling of the flagship, which has been somewhat overlooked since its launch at…

MORE NEXT-GEN BUILDING

The People’s Republic of EVs

China is the country with the largest new-car market and the highest automobile production. You’d think we’d know Chinese automotive brands as well as we know Detroit’s, but since the models aren’t exported to the U.S. (yet), readers may find their names unfamiliar. Of the nine largest Chinese multibrand automakers, together fielding almost 50 nameplates, only four have mapped out a global strategy so far. And of those four, arguably only Geely, BYD, and Nio are, at this point, sufficiently advanced to take on American, Korean, and European brands. Hot on the heels of those industry giants are several fast-rising second-tier competitors. Overall, these five companies are best poised to capitalize on the shift to EVs. HUMAN HORIZONS Human Horizons, which is privately owned by the former general manager of Shanghai General…

The People’s Republic of EVs

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MacBook butterfly keyboard settlement: File your claim by March 6

MacBook butterfly keyboard settlement: File your claim by March 6

If you owned a MacBook with a busted butterfly keyboard, Apple may soon send you a refund. A judge has approved a $50 million class-action lawsuit settlement for several states that will reimburse MacBook users for repairs going back to 2015. Here’s what you need to know. WHICH MODELS DOES THIS SETTLEMENT COVER? Every MacBook with a butterfly keyboard is part of the class-action suit, including the MacBook (all), MacBook Air (2018–19), MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016–19), and MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016–19). WHAT WAS THE ISSUE? For years, MacBook users complained of stuck, repeating, and broken keys when typing with MacBooks. The issue has been traced to Apple’s use of butterfly-style keycaps, which have a lower profile than scissor-style keys. Apple began replacing the butterfly keyboard with the Magic Keyboard in the 16-inch MacBook Pro…

New GeForce Cards

New GeForce Cards

NVIDIA’S GeForce RTX 4090 is a power-hungry giant of a card that sets new performance standards. It’s also a buck shy of $1,600 at retail and requires a monster of a rig to give it room to work. The RTX 4080 isn’t any smaller, but can’t reach the same performance highs, yet still costs $1,199. What many are waiting for are the more affordable mainstream Ada Lovelace-based cards. These are due to appear this year—the RTX 4060, 4060 Ti, 4070, and the RTX 4070 Ti. The specifications for these have appeared across several sources, although they do not all concur, and none have been confirmed by Nvidia yet, bar the 4070 Ti. The RTX 4060 and 4060 Ti are based around the AD106 GPU with either 3,840 or 4,352 CUDA cores coupled…

ham radio news

Two Ham Radio Bills Introduced in Congress Two bills aimed at helping hams were introduced in the waning days of the 117th Congress. The ARRL reported that H.R. 9670, introduced by Ohio Rep. Bill Johnson, would pre-empt most antenna restrictions imposed by homeowners’ associations, and H.R. 9664, introduced by Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko, would instruct the FCC to replace symbol rate limits in HF amateur radio communications with bandwidth limits, a topic on which the ARRL has had a rulemaking request pending for several years without Commission action. HOA antenna restrictions, of course, have been the subject of ARRL lobbying efforts over several decades. As both bills were introduced in the final days of the 2021-22 Congressional session, they died without action at the end of the year. At press time in…

MAGA Mayhem

MAGA Mayhem

FANS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY had good cause to celebrate in November, when many election deniers and extremists were sent packing, and predictions of violence and chaos at the polls did not come to pass. Democrats were the beneficiaries, holding the Senate and making significant gains in governorships and state legislatures. But a political force propelled by racism, conspiracy theories, and lies, led by a man who tried to overturn a national election, who incited violence to block the peaceful transfer of power, won control of the House of Representatives. In an election in which far-right kooks generally fared poorly and no red wave emerged, the Republican Party, aided by racial gerrymandering and fueled by antidemocratic election denialism and extremism, still amassed a slim majority of seats in the lower chamber. And…

zero bias: a cq editorial

Do we really talk to each other on the radio anymore? As in having real conversations with our fellow hams? Making friends over the airwaves? Ragchewing? Or have our frenetic lifestyles made the art of conversation a luxury of time that we don’t think we can afford? This magazine’s subtitle is “Communications and Technology.” We sometimes fall into the trap of focusing on the technology part of that phrase to the exclusion of the communications part. But the technology exists primarily to allow us to communicate. And if we aren’t communicating, are we getting all we should be out of our hobby? Several things got me thinking about this topic and before I say anything else, I confess to being as guilty of this as anyone else. I consider myself very lucky…

Contender: 2023 Nissan Z

Contender: 2023 Nissan Z

PROS • Comfortable ride • Approachable handling limits • More power than before CONS • Extra power offset by extra mass • Cabin feels old despite being new • Limited-slip differential only on upper trims VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door hatchback ENGINE, TRANSMISSION 3.0L twin-turbo direct-injected DOHC 24-valve 60-degree V-6, 6-speed manual CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,519 lb (57/43%) WHEELBASE 100.4 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 172.4 x 72.6 x 51.8 in ON SALE Now What’s old is new again? The 2023 Nissan Z takes that phrase literally, as it represents yet another rehash of a rear-wheel-drive platform dating back to the 2003 350Z. Nissan reanimated those old bones for the 370Z in 2010, and here they are again for the new, numberless Z. Next to its mashup of retro Z styling cues—the nose is pure, original 240Z, while the tail is more…

Finalist: 2023 Acura Integra

Finalist: 2023 Acura Integra

PROS • Sharp handling • Practical hatchback body • Stellar fuel economy CONS • Too much Civic inside not to notice • No summer tire option • Road noise is an issue AUTO; MANUAL VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback ENGINE, TRANSMISSION 1.5L turbo direct-injected DOHC 16-valve I-4, cont variable auto; 6-speed manual CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,117 lb (61/39%); 3,040 lb (60/40%) WHEELBASE 107.7 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 185.8 x 72.0 x 55.5 in ON SALE Now The resurrected Acura Integra is an exceptional car when viewed within a vacuum. It competes against other small luxury cars such as the Audi A3, BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class but costs far less and is much larger inside than all of them. The styling laid over the Integra’s hatchback shape might not be beautiful, but it is eye-catching with…

Is gigabit internet worth it? Only if you meet these 3 criteria

Is gigabit internet worth it? Only if you meet these 3 criteria

If you ever need a textbook example of misleading marketing, just look at what some internet providers are saying about gigabit internet service. Cable companies would have you believe that speeds upward of 1 Gbps are essential for modern internet use. A gigabit connection “lets you multitask,” Cox’s website proclaims, suggesting that it’s important for “scrolling through your Instagram feed on your phone while simultaneously streaming Netflix and surfing Amazon Prime on your laptop.” Likewise, Comcast says to consider gigabit speeds if “your family loves to stream movies and TV while playing bandwidth-hungry games and downloading the latest apps on your smartphone.” For the sake of keeping this article family-friendly, the term I will use for these claims is “exaggeration.” Gigabit speeds are overkill for the vast majority of internet users, but…

DOCTOR

DOCTOR

> Wireless Bands > OneDrive Storage > Win11 downgrade? Megahertz Madness I was recently exploring my router’s settings—more through curiosity than any particular need. While there, I found an option to adjust channel widths. It was preset to 20/40/80MHz, but there was a tick box to enable 160MHz. What does this mean and what’s the difference between them? Bigger usually means better, so should I enable the 160MHz option? —James McCarthy THE DOCTOR RESPONDS: It can, but this is a complex area where sometimes less is more. By necessity, we’re going to have to simplify matters. Though not a perfect analogy, think of Wi-Fi bands such as 2.4GHz and 5GHz as freeways. In this context, the channels are lanes. Each lane can carry only so much data—or vehicles, to stretch our analogy. A standard channel on…

ChatGPT is the dazzling, scary future of AI chatbots

ChatGPT is the dazzling, scary future of AI chatbots

Someone on the internet wrote that ChatGPT just made the first two years of high-school homework meaningless. That assessment is not far off the mark. OpenAI’s new AI text-generation tool currently offers sophisticated, lengthy, and even fun responses to textual prompts, currently all for free. ChatGPT is part Wikipedia, part researcher, part analyst, and part poet. It can write a short paper on the causes and outcomes of the French Revolution. It can write a seven-paragraph essay on why nihilism should be your personal philosophy. It can write an epic poem on the need to brush your teeth regularly. It can write a formal yet sarcastic letter to your neighbor on why he shouldn’t trim your trees without permission. It’s a breathtaking development. It’s also a scary one when you think about…

Wind on Capitol Hill: Once Upon a Time

Wind on Capitol Hill: Once Upon a Time

The thing that’s hardest to believe about George Santos, the congressman from Long Island who claimed falsely, or without evidence, that he worked for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, that he was the target of an assassination attempt, that he starred, and “slayed,” on the Baruch College volleyball team, that he was Jewish (“I said I was Jew-ish,” he later clarified), that his grandparents survived the Holocaust, that his mother died in the September 11th attacks, that four of his employees were killed in the Pulse night-club shooting, that he had his shoes stolen off his feet on Fifth Avenue, and that an alter ego of his had a role on the show “Hannah Montana,” and who has been accused of swindling three thousand dollars from a homeless Navy veteran with…

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…

Business

The World Bank sharply reduced its forecast of world economic growth this year, to 1.7%, which would be the third-weakest pace in nearly three decades, behind the global recessions of 2009 and 2020. The bank said the lower forecast reflected a “synchronous” tightening of monetary policy and continuing disruption caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine. It warned that small countries reeling from the pandemic and the effects of Russia’s war could see permanent losses to their output. Assuming that the war does not escalate, Ukraine’s economy is expected to grow by 3.3%, but only after a third of its GDP was wiped out last year. Jerome Powell said the Federal Reserve would not adjust its polices to tackle climate-change issues, and would instead “stick to our knitting” of making judgments related…

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Trees and HF RF Interactions

Trees and HF RF Interactions

In 1976, G3WRT wrote a tongue-in-cheek letter in Wireless World (UK), commenting on the influence of a single tree on HF radiation, after reading that trees were being used by the military as makeshift HF antennas in the tropical jungles of the world by exciting the sap structure. My current (2022) interest was spurred by a contact with someone who lives in a densely wooded deciduous tree area in the U.S., W3DIY. The trees in question are shown in Photo A (summer) and Photo B (winter). His experience has been particularly disappointing for HF DX in his dense woodland location. Measuring and then modeling the influence of trees on HF propagation is the subject presented here using his wood dimensions and spacings as an example. An excellent article in QST1 detailed…

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 HUNT FOR A CAUSE

THE HUNT FOR A CAUSE

≫ IF YOU’VE FOUND yourself struggling with persistent melancholy or malaise in recent years, you’re not alone: Twenty-one million adults in the U.S. — or 8 percent of the population — had at least one major depressive episode in 2020. That prevalence is even higher, 17 percent of the population, among 18-to 25-year-olds. With so many people affected, it’s surprising how little we know about depression in the brain and body. The neurotransmitter serotonin has long been a prime suspect for the condition’s cause. That’s largely based on the notion that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs (SSRIs), which increase serotonin levels in the brain, seem to alleviate depression symptoms for many people. But this July, a team led by researchers at University College London did a systematic review of 17 recent studies…

ON THIN ICE

ON THIN ICE

During my years in the Marine Corps, I participated in military operations as diverse as night ambushes, amphibious raids, and helicopter assaults. All required intricate planning. Gathered around maps and satellite imagery, my colleagues and I had to consider all three of the dimensions in which war is typically waged: land, sea, and air. Once our plans were laid, there was always one last step before our mission: we would synchronize our watches. This ritual acknowledged the final dimension in which war is waged: time. Too often our analysis of a conflict neglects time as a space through which armies maneuver. But in Ukraine, as winter sets in and the war enters its second year, time will prove decisive. Time is not on Ukraine’s side. A strategy of maximum pressure may…

MLS RENEWS WITH FOX FOR 4 YEARS, ENDS RUN WITH ESPN

MLS RENEWS WITH FOX FOR 4 YEARS, ENDS RUN WITH ESPN

Fox will keep on broadcasting Major League Soccer games in the U.S. as part of a four-year agreement, ending the run of ESPN and ABC, which had carried matches since the league launched in 1996. MLS also announced linear television agreements on Tuesday with TSN and RDS in Canada and TelevisaUnivision. MLS chose only one television partner in the U.S. due to its 10-year partnership with Apple that begins next season. The rights deal with Apple, announced in July, allows fans to watch every game without local blackouts or restrictions. MLS deputy commissioner Gary Stevenson noted the media deals, beginning with Apple, were built with a streaming-first mentality. The league has found 83% of its fans watch sports on streaming devices or recorded TV during an average week, up from 52% for all TV…

CHARACTER STUDY: Actors Offer Insight Into heir Alter Egos

What do you like most about Michael? “I’m not a big fan of him right now [laughs]. But I feel like he always puts his family first and he’s always had good intentions. He likes to give people the benefit of the doubt; he’s not malicious and he’s very protective and supportive of his family and always wanting to keep the peace. He has a good heart and he’s a good father.” What do you most dislike about him? “I dislike how naive he can be at times. Someone who always tries to see the good in situations can kind of get walked over or come across as a little bit of an idiot, I guess. I don’t think Michael is very streetsmart. A lot of times, there are obvious things…

CHARACTER STUDY: Actors Offer Insight Into heir Alter Egos
How to use two-factor authentication to lock down your accounts the right way

How to use two-factor authentication to lock down your accounts the right way

Ready or not, two-factor authentication is something you’ll need to start thinking more about. This approach to online security, also known as two-step authentication, multi-factor authentication, or just 2FA for short, involves combining a regular password with a secondary numeric code, which you must enter on any device where you haven’t logged in before. This extra code typically gets sent to your phone, so someone who steals your password can’t get into your account unless they have physical access to your phone as well (and know how to unlock it). The added annoyance of 2FA is well worth the extra security it provides, which is why some tech companies have now started requiring it. Google and Amazon’s Ring both made 2FA mandatory last year, and it’s on by default for most…

THIRD ACT ENCORES

FROM THE BOOK THE THIRD ACT: REINVENTING YOUR NEXT CHAPTER JOHN KERR AS A BOY, John Kerr wanted to be a fireman or a park ranger. Looking back on that childhood fantasy, he says, “I think it was the hat.” Instead, he spent four decades at WGBH in Boston, one of public broadcasting's flagship stations. He retired in 2005 at the age of 65 without any particular postcareer goal in mind. After several idle weeks, he decided to drive his camper to visit family in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. En route, he casually stopped at the Yellowstone Park Foundation, which raises funds for Yellowstone, America's first national park. As it happens, the foundation was hiring people to educate park guests on wolves. Kerr signed on. Later, at the urging of his daughter, a forestry school…

THIRD ACT ENCORES

Business

Meta’s quarterly earnings delighted investors, for a change, as it set out a plan to reduce costs in a “year of efficiency” and announced a $40bn share buy-back. Revenue fell in the last three months of 2022, year on year, but is expected to rise in this quarter. Still, Reality Labs, the division tasked with creating the metaverse, ran up another loss, of $4.3bn, taking its total loss for the year to $13.7bn. Sharing the driving seat After months of sometimes troublesome negotiations, Nissan and Renault announced a restructuring of their two-decade-old alliance, which has been under strain since the fall from grace in 2018 of Carlos Ghosn, who had run both carmakers. The main feature of the agreement is a reduction in Renault’s stake in Nissan to 15% from 43%, with…

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> THE SHIFT

> THE SHIFT

THE LATEST M2 MacBook Air is an incredible machine, but it has one fundamental problem: the M1 MacBook Air. Despite being someone who is so shamelessly easy to sucker into getting the latest version of a perfectly good product that I already own, I haven’t felt any pull to get one. The other day I was in an Apple Store and thought I’d have another play with one, but I actually prefer the design of the previous model — the tapered edge is easy to pick up. Now, that’s the kind of thing that could be easily overcome if I was excited by it elsewhere, but… I’m not. Its biggest selling point is the M2 chip at its core, but I don’t even push the M1 to its limit. The M2…

Football Tories

Football Tories

IF ONLY BORIS JOHNSON had been as quick to respond to the threat of covid-19 as he was to react to the threat of a new football super league. No sooner had six British clubs announced their plan to form a breakaway league with top European clubs than the government swung into action. Mr Johnson arranged a summit in Downing Street to discuss ways of scuppering the scheme. Angry Tory MP s suggested possible punishments for miscreants: a windfall tax on the breakaway clubs, fewer work permits to prevent the signing of players from abroad, unleashing competition law, withdrawing police support from matches and introducing a German-style ownership structure whereby fans own a controlling 51% of the clubs. The Super League, a soufflé of arrogance and greed, quickly collapsed under sustained…

Record This

Record This

Bold And Beautiful Carter Country On Tuesday, June 8, Carter’s guilt gets the best of him while working closely with Eric (r.)…. On Thursday, June 10, Carter attempts to move forward and re-proposes to Zoe…. On Friday, June 11, Quinn and Carter covertly update each other on the state of their respective relationships. Days Of Our Lives Warning Signs On Monday, June 7, Nicole gets sympathy from Roman; Chanel and Allie appear on the verge of a close moment; and Jack talks to Steve and Kayla about Gwen…. Chanel once again spots Eli in an exposed state; Tripp asks Kayla for advice; and Xander pays Dr. Snyder (both l.) a visit on Tuesday, June 8…. On Wednesday, June 9, Nicole debates confessing to Eric, and Kayla questions Gwen about Dr. Snyder. The show will be…

EARLY EDITIONS!

EARLY EDITIONS!

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL ◼ Thomas confronts Liam in jail. ◼ Paris faces a moral dilemma. ◼ Quinn and Carter receive terrible news. YOUNG AND RESTLESS ◼ Abby worries about Chance. ◼ Sally plots her revenge. ◼ Mariah makes a confession. ◼ Victor questions Victoria about Ashland. DAYS OF OUR LIVES ◼ Philip and Brady lock horns over Chloe. ◼ Xander pressures Nicole to put him to work. ◼ Tony reconnects with EJ. ◼ Bonnie and Justin dine with Steve and Kayla. RATINGS RACE: WEEK OF MAY 10 The numbers listed after each show are ratings points. Each ratings point represents 1,210,000 homes. These numbers now reflect DVR playback within the same day. • YOUNG AND RESTLESS 2.30 • BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL 1.96 • GENERAL HOSPITAL 1.48 • DAYS OF OUR LIVES 1.12…

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…

Hot Plots Preview!

Hot Plots Preview!

DAYS OF OUR LIVES Sonny Kicks Leo Out Leo’s reformed nice guy act takes a major hit when Will overhears a telling conversation between him and Sloan. When Leo returns home, Sonny, who’s learned the truth from Will, confronts Leo about his betrayal. “Sonny extended himself and his home to Leo, and Leo did him wrong,” summarizes Greg Rikaart (Leo). “That’s where Sonny is really stung, and Leo is feeling hugely remorseful. Leo tries to explain that he was trying to help a friend and nobody was supposed to get hurt, but Sonny is very emotional and not willing to hear what he has to say. Sonny sees a different picture.” Leo begs for forgiveness, having realized “that he has legitimate feelings for Sonny,” notes Rikaart. “He really is quite smitten with him, and…

One More Time for the Pundits in the Back

One More Time for the Pundits in the Back

“THIS AGAIN??” I thought when I read the Washington Post’s editorial, a couple of weeks before Election Day. The topic was “pink slime” news, a.k.a. political campaign literature made to look like a newspaper. A good issue for journalists to address. But a few paragraphs in came a lazy and familiar trope: “People know more or less what they’re getting when they tune in to Fox News or open up a copy of Mother Jones. These institutions’ primary purpose is to make money by putting out news…” I may or may not have flung something at the wall, an impulse that seizes me every time some media pundit feels compelled to drag independent investigative reporting down to the level of propaganda to make their “both sides do it” arguments. To its credit,…

FEBRUARY FIRE

FEBRUARY FIRE

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL “This February, new alliances are formed, betrayal is avenged and passion burns brightly,” teases Executive Producer/Head Writer Bradley Bell. Bill/Sheila: “This unholy coupling has left everyone reeling and worried for their safety. Having burned all of his relationships for Sheila, Bill remains steadfast in protecting the woman he claims to love at all costs. And, although grateful for Bill’s love and support, Sheila still isn’t completely happy with just her freedom. She wants more. The plot gets even juicier when we learn that Sheila may be keeping a secret from her newfound love.” Steffy/Finn: “Steffy and Finn remain resolute in their mission to see that Sheila is behind bars for good. This beautiful couple has been put to the test this past year in unimaginable ways; however, their obstacles are…

10 SIMPLE TIPS & TRICKS TO HELP YOU MASTER YOUR NEW iPHONE

10 SIMPLE TIPS & TRICKS TO HELP YOU MASTER YOUR NEW iPHONE

So you just unboxed your brand-new iPhone. Maybe it’s the first one you’ve ever had. Maybe you’re replacing an iPhone 8 that has seen better days. Maybe you get an iPhone every year, but you’re just super casual about using it. Whatever the reason, you will enjoy your time with your new phone so much more if you spend a little time learning some new tips and tricks. Some of these you may know, others you may have never heard of, but they all make life with an iPhone a little nicer. 1. CHANGE SIRI’S VOICE Siri’s voice is quite iconic, but did you know you can change it? There are multiple varieties (American, Australian, British, and so on) to choose from, each with several voices, including different genders. Just open Settings and…

BEHIND the SCENES!

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BEHIND the SCENES!
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’m thankful for Universal Control on my Mac and iPad

Why I’m thankful for Universal Control on my Mac and iPad

When Apple announced Universal Control as a feature of macOS Monterey and iPadOS 15, I wasn’t sure what to think. It seemed like a feature nobody had asked for, but one that Apple had realized might actually be incredibly useful. I was certainly impressed by its technical ambition. But would it be something I would ever use day to day? I was skeptical. It’s been almost a year since Universal Control arrived—remember, it was announced in June 2021 but gestated for nine months before being released in March 2022—and I’m finally ready to weigh in on the feature. It’s great. It is one of my favorite operating system feature additions in recent memory. And most surprising of all, I’m using it in ways I had never, ever anticipated. Here’s why I’m…

Blinken calls for calm as violence spikes in Israel

Blinken calls for calm as violence spikes in Israel

What happened Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week urged Israelis and Palestinians to “defuse this cycle of violence” as tit-for-tat attacks threatened to mushroom into a full-blown Palestinian insurgency. Blinken’s three-day trip to the region, which also included a stop in Egypt, came at the end of the deadliest month for Israel and the Palestinian territories in eight years. Last week, an Israeli army raid on a refugee camp in the West Bank city of Jenin left nine Palestinians dead, among them at least one civilian. A day later, a Palestinian gunman shot and killed seven Israeli civilians outside an East Jerusalem synagogue, prompting street celebrations in the West Bank, while the next day, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy shot and wounded two more Israelis. “Restoring calm is the immediate task,”…

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…

What Lies Beneath

ON JANUARY 11, 2021, five days after Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol, CNN published an article titled “Experts Warn That Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ Will Outlast His Presidency.” It quoted Timothy Snyder, a historian who wrote the 2017 bestseller On Tyranny. “The idea that Mr. Biden didn’t win the election is a big lie,” Snyder said. “It’s a big lie because you have to disbelieve all kinds of evidence to believe in it. It’s a big lie because you have to believe in a huge conspiracy in order to believe it. And it’s a big lie because, if you believe it, it demands you take radical action.” In the two years since, the phrase “Big Lie” has become central to the story of how Trump incited violence at the Capitol. Opening…

What Lies Beneath
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…

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…

My “Strong Brain” Party Trick

LIKE MOST PEOPLE, I had a lot of time on my hands these past few years, and I spent most of it on my phone. This has made my brain weak, like a puddle of slime. I've never had a very good memory, but by summer of 2021, I saw the little memory that I did have evaporate unceremoniously while Googling “ben afleCk brther bad 1.” I grew frustrated. I couldn't remember the name of Joan Holloway's military husband from Mad Men without looking it up, or the name of the guy I went to college with who would come into my dorm regularly to talk about how much he worked out, or even the boiling time for a soft-boiled egg. None of this was especially useful or life-changing information, but…

My “Strong Brain” Party Trick

VAIL BLOOM ON Y&R RETURN

According to Vail Bloom, who played Heather Stevens from 2007-10, “There were little wonderful signs from the universe,” even before Y&R asked her to reprise the character. “I bumped into Michelle Stafford [Phyllis] and I haven’t seen her for so long and we were so excited to talk and catch up by the tonic bar in the middle of Erehwon [market],” explains the actress. “That was just a couple of months ago, and then I kept bumping into Jennifer Gareis [Donna] from BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL, which shoots across the hall from Y&R, in Beverly Hills, so there were these two soap world encounters that were so enjoyable. It seemed like I was primed and ready when I got the call from my agent that Y&R wanted me to come back…

VAIL BLOOM ON Y&R RETURN

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ARRESTED BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Bill Spencer Liam Spencer GENERAL HOSPITAL Jason Morgan BACK IN TOWN BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Steffy Forrester and John Finnegan DAYS OF OUR LIVES Paulina Price BLACKMAILED DAYS OF OUR LIVES Dr. Snyder BORN GENERAL HOSPITAL Louise Jones CONFESSED GENERAL HOSPITAL Gladys Corbin ENTERED GUILTY PLEA DAYS OF OUR LIVES Belle Black EVICTED DAYS OF OUR LIVES Lucas Roberts FAKING CONDITIONS DAYS OF OUR LIVES Kate Roberts FELL INTO MINE SHAFT GENERAL HOSPITAL “Chloe Jennings” HELD HOSTAGE GENERAL HOSPITAL Portia Robinson and Trina Robinson KISSED GENERAL HOSPITAL Sonny Corinthos and Nina Reeves Curtis Ashford and Portia Robinson LEARNED SEX OF BABY BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Steffy Forrester and John Finnegan MADE LOVE DAYS OF OUR LIVES Rafe Hernandez and Ava Vitali GENERAL HOSPITAL Jason Morgan and Britt Westbourne PATERNITY CONFIRMED YOUNG AND RESTLESS Kyle Abbott RESCUED DAYS OF OUR LIVES Claire Brady RULED NOT GUILTY YOUNG AND RESTLESS Chelsea Lawson SHOT GENERAL HOSPITAL Gladys Corbin Cyrus Renault FLASHBACK TRIVIA Erroneous reports of whose death led Sami and EJ to seek physical comfort from one another on DAYS in 2011? Turn to page 60 to find out.…

SCORECARD
days of our lives

days of our lives

TO DIE FOR Kristen insists to Brady that she doesn’t know what happened to the missing orchid. Brady warns Kristen if anything happens to Marlena, Kate or Kayla, their blood will be on her hands. Eric comes to see John and Marlena, who are stunned when Eric reveals that he kidnapped Rachel because of Kristen’s blackmail. Brady and Kristen return and confess that the flower is gone. Later, Eric brings Rachel back home. Roman urges Kate to go to the hospital for more tests, but she refuses. She then passes out. Kayla, Steve and Rex reel over her test results, which indicate she is also relapsing. Steve and Rex convince Kayla to admit herself. Rex checks on Kate, who flatlines. He tearfully breaks the news to Roman that Kate is dead. CALL WAITING Chad and Stephanie…

This cannot go on. It will not go on

IT’S NOT EVEN NEWS to point out that PC graphics card pricing is ridiculous. And yet to merely complain about over-priced graphics boards fails to capture the disconnected, unhinged state of the GPU market. The way AMD and Nvidia priced their new cards makes no sense. It cannot go on. How we got here is well documented. It was a perfect storm of spiraling crypto-fueled demand, multiple Covid-induced market shocks and distortions including supply chain disruption, stay-at-home induced consumer behavior, and a new generation of GPUs that delivered a big boost in performance after several years of relative stagnation. That explains why Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30 Series and AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 went through the roof following their launch in late 2020. It all made sense, even if didn’t make paying three…

This cannot go on. It will not go on
Finalist: 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe

Finalist: 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe

PROS • Return of the light, fun BMW coupe • Excellent I-4 and I-6 powertrains • Longer wheelbase improves second row CONS • Lacks some standard safety systems • Center console lacks storage space • Occasionally glitchy infotainment system 230i, M240i VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe; front-engine, AWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe ENGINE, TRANSMISSION 2.0L turbo direct-injected DOHC 16-valve I-4; 3.0L turbo direct-injected DOHC 24-valve I-6, 8-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,535 lb (50/50%); 3,876 lb (53/47%) WHEELBASE 107.9 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 179.0 x 72.4 x 54.8; 179.4 x 72.4 x 55.3 in ON SALE Now A slow clap for BMW bringing a new 2 Series to the lineup. There isn’t much appetite in this world for compact, playful sport coupes, yet here the 2 sits. It does more than that, though—while the second-generation car has grown, it remains…

Your laptop’s battery life may be dropping faster than you think

Your laptop’s battery life may be dropping faster than you think

Most laptop and CPU makers encourage you to upgrade your PC because its performance can’t keep up with the latest hardware. But there’s another, more compelling reason that’s largely ignored: Your laptop’s battery life will become significantly worse as time goes by. How much battery life will diminish depends on a number of factors. But here’s my anecdotal report, based on my day-to-day use: In just a year’s time, my laptop’s battery capacity has dropped by a whopping 16 percent. That’s a real-life number, based on real-world use. Though I swap back and forth between a number of test laptops for various uses, I typically leave a Surface Laptop Studio plugged in during the day; it’s also the test bed for powering my evaluations of the best Thunderbolt docks. As our Surface…

Letter from Italy: The Missing

Letter from Italy: The Missing

By the time Nasenet Alme Wildmikael arrived in Germany, in 2015, she had passed through four countries by land or sea and had spent a month in a migrant prison. Wildmikael was twenty-three and petite, with full cheeks and a puff of curly hair. She had grown up in a small town in western Eritrea, the fourth of ten children. Her father died when she was young, and her mother raised the kids alone, working as a laundress. Although they had little money, she refused to let her children work. Wildmikael’s home life was happy. She loved cars and wanted to be a mechanic. But there was little opportunity for the necessary schooling, and her future was uncertain. “Even if you dreamed to have something more, you knew that you…

The folk-rock superstar who created chaos offstage

David Crosby was a complicated artist. He was an ethereal harmonizer whose ability to blend his voice with others helped make the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash into powerhouses of the classic-rock era. Yet he was also an abrasive presence who sowed so much discord in the bands that eventually none of his old bandmates would speak to him. With his wild hair, walrus mustache, fringed suede jacket, and voracious appetite for sex and illicit substances, he was a Woodstock-era icon—he even claimed to have been a model for Dennis Hopper’s character in the 1969 film Easy Rider. But while he sang of peace and love, his life was marked by turmoil, including addiction, relapses, illness, and imprisonment on drug and weapons charges. Clean for the last several decades…

The folk-rock superstar who created chaos offstage

Q & A

Back Page Michael Levy, Alta Audio “Everyone has the same goal: to advance the state of the art in music reproduction.” What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side or the electronics side? My love of music started at a very young age. I barely remember any formal lessons, but listening to music was more of a passion than an interest. As a teenager, I gave up convincing myself to play an instrument. Not because I didn't possess great musical abilities, which I didn't, but because I have such great respect for artists who are blessed with the talent to play well. It was around this time that I turned my attention to high-end audio. My love of high-end audio came from the desire to hear music…

Q & A
On the Count of Three

On the Count of Three

For the first three days, we just stared at each other. Me, suspicious, resentful, concerned I had committed to something I no longer wanted to do. The Arcimoto FUV, dopey and expectant, a wolf spider on benzos, insectile but goofy. I’d agreed to a month-long loan of Arcimoto’s reverse-trike electric runabout to see whether the “Fun Utility Vehicle” delivers on the promise of its name. There are plenty of three-wheelers in automotive history, all wobbling along on the line between motorcycle and car. Morgan, Isetta, Reliant, Campagna—heck, the first Benz was a delta-style trike. The goal has always been to create a smaller, more efficient means of transport while maintaining affordability and stability—and, for an EV, usable range. Arcimoto is an Oregon manufacturer hoping to achieve those goals and overcome those challenges…

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…

10 essential Mac trackpad gestures you need to know

10 essential Mac trackpad gestures you need to know

Apple has created 15 known gestures for your fingers to use on a Multi-Touch trackpad in order to perform a function. At least a couple of them are undoubtedly already second nature in your daily use, but you may not have had a chance to learn others that might really help you out over time. If you can remember the following 10 gestures, you’ll take steps toward being more efficient with your trackpad use while reducing strain on your hands. Even if it takes a moment to remember them all, there’s one additional benefit beyond saving time by using gestures. There should also be a reduction in the frequency with which you use an annoying and task-disrupting gesture accidentally on the trackpad. 1. TAP TO CLICK Tapping with one finger to click is…

TOP 10 SPACE STORIES OF 2022

TOP 10 SPACE STORIES OF 2022

SCIENCE IS SUCH A FORWARD-LOOKINGendeavor that it’s all the more rewarding when long, challenging efforts finally come to fruition. And 2022 was a year with many payoffs, as researchers began unlocking the secrets of our solar system’s asteroids and received rich maps of the stars that populate the Milky Way. Excitement reigned as we moved an asteroid from 6.8 million miles (11 million kilometers) away. New and intriguing phenomena popped onto the scene, proving we still have much to understand about our universe. And two groundbreaking stories stole headlines, as we finally glimpsed the monster black hole at the heart of our galaxy and received the first stunningly sharp images from humanity’s most challenging and risky space telescope effort to date. It was also a year for reflection, as landmark missions drew…

It’s Only My Opinion

Follow Carolyn on Twitter @carolynhinsey It’s fun to watch a story built on a lie because we know what’s coming — as long as the story makes sense. Carly keeping the secret that Nina is Willow’s mother on GH made perfect sense to her because she and Willow hated Nina. But keeping it from her wannabe beau after he was hired by the pregnant Willow to find her biological parents blew up in Carly’s face. Drew: “I opened my heart to you and you were lying to me the whole time.” Carly: “One mistake and I’m out?” Hard to believe Carly dating Jason’s long-lost “twin” hit a snag … The lengthy cover-up meant Willow’s leukemia accelerated to Stage 4. Naturally, Nina didn’t believe any of it. Carly: “Why would I lie?” Nina: “Because you’re a…

It’s Only My Opinion
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…

Lies, Damn Lies, and Speaker-Sensitivity Specs (with apologies to Mark Twain)

Most audiophiles pay more attention to an amplifier's power-output spec than they do to a speaker's sensitivity rating. Yet those two specs carry equal weight in determining how loudly a system will play. Consider the Göbel Divin Noblesse speaker featured on this issue's cover. It has a sensitivity rating of 95dB—a very high figure. The Göbel will produce the same volume with a 30W amplifier as an 86dB-sensitive speaker with a 240W amplifier. In addition to needing less power, high-sensitivity speakers seem to confer certain sonic qualities that low-sensitivity speakers just don't deliver to the same degree, particularly the sense of lifelike immediacy and dynamic verve. It's not that low-sensitivity speakers can't sound dynamic and lifelike, only that these qualities seem to come more easily and universally to high-sensitivity designs, in…

Comings and Goings

who’s coming BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Juan Blasquez (Prison Guard): Blasquez keeps a close eye on Liam (Scott Clifton) on June 7. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Dan Feuerriegel (EJ DiMera): EJ returns to Salem on June 9. See page 30 for more. GENERAL HOSPITAL Roger Howarth (Austin): Now it can be told: Howarth, who previously appeared on the show as Todd (2012-13) and Franco (2013-21), has assumed the role of the doctor who delivered Maxie’s (Kirsten Storms) baby girl, Louise. See page 6 for more. Vernee Watson (Stella Henry): Two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Watson, who debuted in 2017, reprises the role of Curtis’s (Donnell Turner) aunt this week. She was last seen on the canvas in October 2020. who’s going DAYS OF OUR LIVES Heather Lindell (Jan Spears): Jan falls into another coma, which means Lindell will exit again soon. “Considering Jan’s…

Comings and Goings
general hospital

general hospital

HISTORY CHANNEL Laura confides in Sonny that Cyrus is targeting her, apparently due to her long-ago involvement in David Hamilton’s death. Sonny is sympathetic when he hears about her ordeal with the predatorial David. HERE COMES RUBBLE As Julian dials Cyrus, the bomb goes off inside The Floating Rib, leveling the building. Dante searches for survivors. Liz tends to Franco and Cameron, who are injured. Lulu comes to and calls out for Dustin, who is severely hurt. Carly and Portia’s chat about the influx of drugs to Port Charles is interrupted when Portia gets a call about the explosion. Carly, Sonny, Laura, Mac, Sam and Diane race to the scene. Sonny hops in the ambulance with a critically wounded Dev, who dies en route to G.H. after asking Sonny to tell Joss he’s…

Long-Term Equipment Loans: A Win-Win for Everyone

In this issue's Letters column, reader Henry Kleeman expresses concern over the magazine's policy regarding long-term equipment loans from manufacturers to reviewers. He writes: “I have always thought that the ‘extended loan’ of high-end gear to reviewers is the dirty litde secret of the audio-reviewing community. I'm hard -pressed to understand how it doesn't create, at the very least, an appearance of a conflict of interest. If Company B has graciously given a reviewer its new state-of-the-art, half-million-dollar, ultimate speaker on an ‘extended loan,’ how does that reviewer then approach a review of Company B's new $50,000 speaker?” I fully understand Mr. Kleeman's perception that a reviewer would feel beholden to a manufacturer who has lent him an expensive piece of equipment (though I'm not as clear about how buying such…

Backfires

WHAT BINDS US I got two sets of pages 17 to 32 in my November issue, and there’s a big gap between pages 32 and 49. Based on the verbiage on the cover, the new Corvette Z06 is pretty special, but I’d have no way of knowing, because the story doesn’t exist in my magazine. I called customer service. They’re extending my subscription by one issue, but come on. —Jay Olson-Goude Stockholm, WI An error at the printer caused some issues to go out wonky. Your replacement issue is on the way—Ed. PRICE SMOOTHING Cover line: “America’s $100,000 Hypercar.” Turns to page 39: base price, $116,795; as tested, $162,510. You aren’t very good at math, huh? Wish my account had that kind of variance. —Rich Boudet Seattle, WA Does your bank account have $109,295? That’s the Z06…

Backfires

TAKE FIVE

◼ How do you clear your head after a bad day? “I set up an exercise platform way back in the yard where my wife can’t see it so it’s not too much of an eyesore. I go back there and I exercise outside in the sunshine and look at the mountains, and it really helps clear the head for sure.” ◼ What is a deal-breaker for you in a relationship? “Being too close-minded is a huge no-no.” ◼ What gets on your nerves? “Everything? Specifically, the one thing I have never managed to quite cure myself of is being constantly surprised about how terrible all the other drivers are. I try not to become enraged by Los Angeles drivers, just the general selfishness of the way people operate these incredibly heavy, metallic death machines.” ◼…

TAKE FIVE

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Q On Y&R, Michael is the current district attorney of Genoa City, but didn’t he hold that office once before? T.M., via email A Yes he did. In 2012, Michael was offered the DA post, which he accepted, but quickly learned how his duties presented a conflict of interest when friends like Phyllis and Paul got in legal hot water. However, when Michael’s marriage to Lauren hit stormy seas in 2013 — which included her affair with Carmine — and the Baldwins’ son, Fenmore, became involved in drugs and bullying another teenager, who almost committed suicide, Michael stepped down from his office to focus on his family. Christine took over as DA but handed the reins back over to Michael in 2019. Q Who is that very handsome man on DYNASTY who plays…

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Doppelganger murder

Doppelganger murder

Ingolstädt, Germany A woman who wanted to fake her own death scoured lnstagram for a look-alike and stabbed her to death, German prosecutors said this week. The body with a mutilated face, found in a Mercedes in Ingolstädt last summer, was first misidentified as Sharaban K., an Iraqi-German beautician, because the car was registered to her family and she had disappeared. But an autopsy concluded that the victim was actually Algerian-German beauty blogger Khadidja O., and Sharaban K. was soon found and arrested along with a male suspected accomplice. Police said she had contacted multiple women on Instagram until she found a look-alike who agreed to meet her. Anarchist inspires attacks Milan Italy boosted security at its embassies abroad this week, citing a “crescendo of terrorist attacks” by supporters of imprisoned anarchist Alfredo Cospito.…

Biden’s WSJ op-ed targets big tech, and Apple should be both nervous and pleased

Biden’s WSJ op-ed targets big tech, and Apple should be both nervous and pleased

President Joe Biden just penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal in an effort to get Republicans and Democrats on board with reining in the excesses and abuses of the biggest tech companies. He didn’t name any individual company by name, but it is clear he was talking about most of the big companies whose products we use daily. As the most valuable (and some would argue most important and influential) tech company on earth, Apple comes high on the list in terms of the need for regulatory scrutiny. Biden lays out three major areas in which he will push for legislation. One will likely make Apple quite happy, another should make Apple sweat, and the third doesn’t really concern Apple much at all. The first is a call for better…

The fentanyl scourge

Overdose deaths from the powerful, easy-to-produce drug have soared. How did this happen? How dangerous is fentanyl? Developed in 1960, the synthetic opioid is still used as a prescription painkiller through controlled-release patches, pills, lozenges, and sprays. But in its illicit form, it is purer, highly addictive, and often lethal. A narcotic 50 times more potent than heroin, fentanyl can kill in doses as small as 2 milligrams—an amount that could fit on a sharpened pencil tip. Fentanyl was responsible for two-thirds of the more than 107,000 fatal overdoses in the U.S. in 2021. More Americans ages 18 to 49 die of fentanyl overdose than from any other single cause. “It is a new, deeper, more deadly threat than we have ever seen,” said Anne Milgram of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “Just…

The fentanyl scourge
thumbs up! and down!

thumbs up! and down!

thumbs up! YOUNG AND RESTLESS Breakout Breakup Y&R put a lot of heart and soul into developing Billy and Lily as a dynamic couple, and while we have mixed feelings about whether it was wise for the show to break them up, the breakup scenes themselves were executed beautifully. As has happened time and time again with other girlfriends (and wives), Billy became restless and reckless in trying to find himself, and his flightiness stretched the boundaries of Lily’s patience. When Lily declared that their relationship was unsalvageable, the scenes were tragically touching, and instead of Billy running away from yet another messy episode in his personal life, he displayed maturity as he pleaded with Lily for another chance. As genuine as his conviction was, Lily was firm in her decision, and when…

Don’t get scammed: Why you can’t trust Elon Musk’s Twitter right now

Don’t get scammed: Why you can’t trust Elon Musk’s Twitter right now

If you don’t use Twitter often, you may be unaware of how the site has dissolved into organizational chaos. But it’s a mess right now—and dangerous as a result. Prior to the company’s sale to Elon Musk, Twitter had a verification process that confirmed the identity of account owners. If the program found that you were who you claimed to be, a blue checkmark (or gray for the dark mode theme) would appear next to your name. It helped reduce harassment of highly public figures, and allowed users to easily recognize official accounts held by government agencies, newspapers, medical professionals, airlines, large corporations, and other sources of vital information. But last week, a major (and hugely confusing) change rolled out to the system. The tweak? The verification part got dropped—but Twitter didn’t…

Perfect Backup: Perfect? No, but darn close

Perfect Backup: Perfect? No, but darn close

Though Windows provides its own file backup facilities in Windows File Backup, the OS has continually made them less obvious and less intuitive. Why is anyone’s guess. There are plenty of alternatives, but they can be hard to find or just as hard to use. Enter Perfect Backup. It’s free and, while it’s just shy of perfect, Perfect Backup does grab the brass ring for being the most straightforward and user-friendly interface for the purpose. Add to that stable performance and a cornucopia of options, as well as network, FTP, and online services support, and you’ve got a winner on your hands. FEATURES Perfect Backup is file backup—that is, it doesn’t image entire partitions like our favorite R-Drive Image does. Instead, it merely copies files and folders to a new location. Truth be…

Why is the Mac Pro?

Why is the Mac Pro?

If I had to guess, I’d say Apple sold fewer than 1,000 Mac Pros last year. Between the long wait for Apple silicon, the arrival of the Mac Studio, and the years-long lack of meaningful upgrades, Apple’s most expensive Mac likely only sold to the most desperate or unaware Apple buyers. That was supposed to change this year. When John Ternus teased the Apple silicon Mac Pro for “another day” at Apple’s Peek Performance event last March, he seemed to give a nod and a wink to the most fanciful rumors of a machine significantly greater than the just-announced Mac Studio and its massive M1 Ultra chip. Fast-forward 10 months, and we’re still waiting for the Apple silicon Mac Pro to arrive. The safest bet would be the new Mac Pro arriving…

Finalist: 2023 Genesis Electrified G80

PROS • Looks great without rubbing its EV-ness in your face • Refined and powerful • Long legs and quick-charging capability CONS • Sometimes-uncomfortable driving position • Battery and motors eat into space • Shares infotainment with non-luxe products VEHICLE LAYOUT Front- and rear-motor, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan MOTORS, TRANSMISSIONS Permanent-magnet electric, 1-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 5,038 lb (49/51%) WHEELBASE 118.5 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 197.0 x 75.8 x 57.9 in ON SALE Now (select states) In our experience, vehicles that serve up both gas and electric powertrain options are masters of none. As the old Hyundai Ioniq demonstrated, building a package that suits both an internal combustion drivetrain and an electric one often results in compromises for both. So according to recent history, then, the 2023 Genesis Electrified G80 probably shouldn’t be any good. Yet to our pleasant surprise…

Finalist: 2023 Genesis Electrified G80

1 LB A DAY JUST FALLS OFF

“Eat less and exercise more.” That’s the advice taught in medical school that ob-gyn Mary Claire Haver, M.D., gave patients whenever they complained about menopausal weight gain. And when they returned, still packing on pounds, Dr. Haver figured they must be cheating and just needed to work harder. Until… Dr. Haver experienced menopausal weight gain herself and realized the advice she’d doled out for years didn’t work. “I was frustrated and starving myself and not seeing any long-term results.” Finally, her husband challenged her with, “You’re a scientist. If something’s not working, you’ve got to stop using the same tools and find new tools.” So Dr. Haver dove into the research. She called everyone she knew in nutrition, and they all pointed her to the same culprit: inflammation. During menopause, our body starts…

1 LB A DAY JUST FALLS OFF

It’s Only My Opinion

Follow Carolyn on Twitter @carolynhinsey The Christmas episodes lasted into the new year, which was good because we needed some sarcasm to cut the sappiness. In the end, it added up to (sing along with me!) “Five firing Forresters, four fooled Abbotts, three threatening storms, two stranded preggos and Victor’s tribute from the Kiriakis family.” Y&R’s Tessa and Mariah want a baby, so in came a woman in labor during a storm. The birth on the floor of Crimson Lights went well (watch your step, customers!) and then the woman launched into a speech scripted from fortune cookies. Sonia: “I was supposed to meet you. The universe brought us together for a reason. I had a strength I didn’t know inside me.” Turned out the whole episode was a “manifestation” brought to…

It’s Only My Opinion

Tanks to Ukraine

Berlin Germany finally agreed this week to send at least 14 Leopard 2 diesel-powered tanks to Ukraine and to allow other European countries to ship their own German-made Leopards to Ukraine at will. Chancellor Olaf Scholz had been insisting for weeks that Germany would supply Ukraine tanks only if the U.S. first agreed to send its own Ml Abrams tanks. Because Abrams tanks run on jet fuel and require much more extensive training to operate and maintain, they are not as suited to Ukraine’s needs. But to placate Germany, Washington has agreed to send 31 Abrams tanks, which will arrive months from now after crews have had time to train. Dozens of Leopards will begin arriving from various European countries within weeks, and analysts said they could shift the balance of…

Tanks to Ukraine
Hardening schools

Hardening schools

Elementary and high schools are spending billions of dollars to prevent shootings. Are students any safer? What’s being done? School districts nationwide are spending more than $3 billion per year to “harden” buildings. Many schools increasingly resemble fortresses, with metal detectors, surveillance cameras, bulletproof windows, panic buttons, and armed guards. Nevertheless, more than 330 people were shot on school grounds last year, and 44 percent of parents with a child in kindergarten through 12th grade say they fear for their oldest child’s safety at school—the highest percentage Gallup has registered since the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. Since that harrowing massacre of 12 students and a teacher, more than 331,000 children at 350-plus schools have experienced gun violence during school hours. Nearly all students today are frequently reminded of the possibility of…

Artificial intelligence: The dawn of a startling new era

Artificial intelligence: The dawn of a startling new era

“They can write software code,” said Tyler Cowen in Bloomberg. They can compose poetry and music and translate 100 languages. “They can give very interesting answers to questions about almost anything in the human or natural world.” One passed a graduate-level law and economics exam at George Mason University, where I teach, with “nice, clear” essay-length answers. The awesome capabilities of a new generation of artificial intelligence programs, or AI, “are hard for the human mind to grasp.” With “neural networks” that mimic the functions of the brain, generative AI can create original text, images, or other content of startling quality. These programs sift through billions of pieces of data, finding patterns and making probability-based decisions about their responses. When OpenAI—an eight-year-old startup now in a multibillion-dollar partnership with Microsoft—released…

Raising the Stakes on Sports Betting

1 ABOUT 112 MILLION people tuned in to see the Rams top the Bengals in Super Bowl LVI last February, making it the mostwatched sporting event of the year. It was also the most wagered on. Gamblers across the country bet almost $8 billion—though not all legally—that month, largely on gambling websites and sports-book apps such as Fan-Duel and DraftKings. 2 THESE RELATIVELY new platforms are also newly legal in a growing number of places. Now, 26 states (plus D.C.) have legalized online sports betting, including Tennessee, where there isn't a single casino. 3 CASINO GAMBLING remains legal statewide only in Louisiana and Nevada, but web versions of blackjack, roulette, slots and more operate in a handful of states: Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. You'll find these games…

Raising the Stakes on Sports Betting
DOUBLE-PLAY AGAINST CANCER

DOUBLE-PLAY AGAINST CANCER

≫ CANCER RESEARCHERS don’t toss around superlatives lightly. In June, however, experts used the term unheard of to describe the results of two different clinical trials. Both studies were reported at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The first involved rectal cancer, a disease that is seldom fatal if caught in time, but whose treatment often leads to permanent bowel, urinary and sexual dysfunction. At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, researchers tried a gentler approach: Instead of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, they used dostarlimab — a type of drug known as a checkpoint inhibitor, which enhances the immune system’s ability to target and destroy cancer cells. The 18 participants in the trial were chosen because their tumors shared a genetic defect that prevents cells from repairing damage…

Politics

Thousands of supporters of Jair Bolsonaro, who was Brazil’s president until narrowly losing an election in October, stormed the presidential palace, Congress and the Supreme Court in an attempted insurrection. They smashed offices and attacked journalists and the police. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the new president, put security in Brasília, the capital, under the control of his government. Mr Bolsonaro, who has been in Florida since December, distanced himself from the violence. But a few days later he posted a video which once again questioned the validity of the election result. Protests continued to rage in Peru, following the ousting of Pedro Castillo, a left-wing president, after his attempted “self-coup” in December. At least 19 people died this week. Dina Boluarte, who is now president, is among several politicians to…

Politics

Zero-sum

SINCE 1945 the world economy has run according to a system of rules and norms underwritten by America. This brought about unprecedented economic integration that boosted growth, lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and helped the West prevail over Soviet Russia in the cold war. Today the system is in peril. Countries are racing to subsidise green industry, lure manufacturing away from friend and foe alike and restrict the flow of goods and capital. Mutual benefit is out and national gain is in. An era of zero-sum thinking has begun. The old system was already under strain, as America’s interest in maintaining it waned after the global financial crisis of 2007-09. But President Joe Biden’s abandonment of free-market rules for an aggressive industrial policy has dealt it a…

Zero-sum
Comment: Viral Numbers

Comment: Viral Numbers

In “How to Lie with Statistics,” a bestselling book from 1954, the journalist (and tobacco apologist) Darrell Huff details common techniques for manipulating people’s understanding of reality, among them truncating the y-axis of a graph. A trend line starts in a chart’s midsection and moseys up and to the right—a gradual rise over time. But if you hack off empty space at the bottom and zoom in on the action, the line takes off like a rocket. The axis transforms the narrative. Throughout the pandemic, we have truncated not the y-axis but the x-axis: stopping time to pass judgment on a nation’s performance instead of waiting to consider the broad sweep of the covid-19 years. Cut the graph at the summer of 2020 and the United States is a catastrophic outlier,…

Big, green and mean

GET BEHIND the wheel of an electric vehicle made in Detroit and drive south. The outline of a city that was once a byword for industrial decline fades in the rear-view mirror. Head into Ohio, where the battery under your feet was made. The semiconductors that regulate its charging speed were made there too, in a vast new factory that counts the Pentagon among its biggest customers. Recharge with electricity transmitted from one of West Virginia’s new nuclear plants, then start the long journey into the heartlands. After the endless wind farms of Kansas, you drive through Oklahoma’s vast solar fields, then loop back to the gulf coast. The trip ends by the water, the bright sun glinting off a spanking-new green-hydrogen plant. This is America in 2033, if the Biden…

Big, green and mean
DuckDuckGo’s Mac browser is amazing for YouTube, but it still needs work

DuckDuckGo’s Mac browser is amazing for YouTube, but it still needs work

After months of private beta testing, the DuckDuckGo browser for Mac beta is now available to anyone (grab it here if you’re interested in checking it out). The company started as a privacy-oriented search engine and now offers mobile apps and browser extensions, all aimed at reducing the ability of companies to track your every move online. The next logical step is for the company to make its own web browser, so that’s exactly what it’s doing. I spent a few days with the DuckDuckGo beta and, while I like what I see so far, it’s not quite ready to be my everyday browser just yet. It’s clean, simple, and performs well, but it lacks a few features that are table stakes in modern desktop browsers such as extension support and…

Contender: 2022 Audi A3

Contender: 2022 Audi A3

Words Billy Rehbock PROS • Handy size for the day-to-day • RS 3’s incredible engine • Sharp exterior design CONS • Cheap-feeling interior across the range • Limited standard safety features • Pricey at any level A3; S3; RS 3 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan ENGINE, TRANSMISSION 2.0L turbo direct-injected DOHC 16-valve I-4; 2.5L turbo direct-injected DOHC 20-valve I-5, 7-speed twin-clutch auto CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,478 lb (59/41%); 3,559 lb (58/42%); 3,597 lb (58/42%) WHEELBASE 103.5; 103.6 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 176.9 x 71.5 x 56.2; 177.3 x 71.5 x 55.7; 178.8 x 72.9 x 55.6 in ON SALE Now As cars get ever bigger, we’re always excited to drive something small as a palate cleanser. Fully redesigned for 2022, the smallest car in Audi’s U.S. lineup is offered in three distinct sedan flavors—the base A3, the sporty S3, and…

The SCIENCE of COMETS

LAST YEAR, 2022, MARKED 30 YEARS since the first discovery of a member of the Kuiper Belt beyond Pluto, 1992 QB1, by astronomers David Jewitt and Jane Luu. The presence of this small world, roughly 60 miles (100 kilometers) across, wasn’t entirely unexpected; the Irish astronomer Kenneth Edgeworth had suggested a population of such objects could exist beyond Neptune nearly 50 years earlier. Nevertheless, it was an impressive feat of perseverance and technical skill. It also marked a turning point in the study of comets. The last three decades have brought a torrent of new discoveries that have trans-formed our understanding of where cometary bodies reside, how they got there, and how they continue to evolve. Thanks to an expanding network of progressively more powerful surveys and telescopes, we now have identified…

The SCIENCE of COMETS
Officers and gentlewomen

Officers and gentlewomen

RACHEL GRIMES served three tours of Northern Ireland as an officer in the British army. Her colleagues in the Royal Ulster Constabulary, the region’s erstwhile police force, noticed that things were different when she—the only woman present—joined police and army patrols. The team’s behaviour changed. Fellow soldiers behaved with more restraint. At checkpoints, locals stopped to talk for longer. She did not notice these things at the time. Her epiphany came years later, when she deployed as a gender adviser to United Nations forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC ). She recalls seeing women and children gathered on the edge of a village—victims of rape cast out by their communities. “The last thing a Congolese woman wants to see is a man in uniform,” she recalls, unsurprisingly, in…

One Week in PARIS

One Week in PARIS

After a few false starts, four of today's finest plein air painters finally made their “wouldn't it be nice” conversations a reality. “When my artist friends mentioned they would he teaching in Europe at the same time I would be, it didn't seem like a stretch for us to make room for a few days in Paris before or after our workshops,” says Christine Lashley. But when initial plans fell through, they realized that if they were ever going to make it happen, they would need to caive time out of their busy schedules to make the journey. Ultimately, the trip went from a casual one- or two-day jaunt to a full-week commitment, but the goal remained the same: “Early on we agreed this would primarily be an ‘artist retreat’ for…

Search The efforts to replace and surpass the Google service

Search The efforts to replace and surpass the Google service

As Apple increasingly looks to find ways to boost its services revenue and encourage customers to move away from exploitative ad-backed platforms like Facebook, the firm is reportedly on the verge of announcing its own supercharged search engine to rival Google. A “SILENT WAR” WITH GOOGLE It’s no secret that Google and Apple aren’t best friends. Now, according to a new report, two former engineers at Apple have revealed the tech giant holds a grudge against Google due to the alleged copying of iOS by Android. The two tech giants have been competitors in the smartphone market since Google introduced and popularized the Android operating system in the 2000s. This led to an infamous declaration of “thermonuclear war” against Google by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who accused Android of being a “stolen…

PIG HEART TRANSPLANT OFFERS UNCERTAIN HOPE

≫ DESPERATELY ILL and seeking a miracle, David Bennett Sr. took a last-ditch gamble on Jan. 7, when he became the first human to be successfully transplanted with the heart of a pig. “It creates the pulse, it creates the pressure, it is his heart,” declared Bartley Griffith, director of the surgical team that performed the operation at the University of Maryland Medical Center. “We are thrilled, but we don’t know what tomorrow will bring us.” Bennett, 57, held on through 60 tomorrows, far longer than any previous patient who’d received a heart from another species. His remarkable run offered new hope that such procedures, known as xenotransplantation, could help relieve the perpetual shortage of donor organs, saving thousands of lives each year. (On average, 17 people die every day in…

PIG HEART TRANSPLANT OFFERS UNCERTAIN HOPE

CLOSE ENCOUNTER

When Steven Spielberg was a kid growing up in 1950s Arizona, watching westerns on his family’s 20-inch black-and-white Philco, he would creep right up to the screen, as if to surround himself with the image. He also wished he could see these moving pictures in color. So he’d riffle through his family’s collection of slides, having learned that by holding one transparency or another up to the television screen he could turn grayed-out western skies blue, or the ground to a realistic-looking green. Recalling this story from a conference room at his production company Amblin Entertainment, he winds toward the classic punch line: “So my mom would walk in, and she’d see me holding these slides up to both of my eyes, right next to the TV set. And she’d…

CLOSE ENCOUNTER
Comment: Historic Battles

Comment: Historic Battles

The debacle surrounding the Florida Department of Education’s recent rejection of an Advanced Placement course in African American studies is a reminder that battles over the past are almost always tied to efforts to win some war being waged in the present. The late-nineteenth-century romanticization of the Confederacy was meant to justify the new regime of segregation then being implemented across the South. That campaign was so successful that, in 1935, when W. E. B. Du Bois published “Black Reconstruction,” his reconsideration of the period following the Civil War, he devoted an entire chapter to the ways in which the South had lost the war but won the historiography. The road runs in both directions. The social movements of the nineteen-fifties and sixties spawned their own, generally corrective takes on the…

Renovatıon CHECKLIST

Renovatıon CHECKLIST

IF IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE you know is renovating, you’re not imagining things. According to a survey by Houzz, more than half of homeowners (55 percent) planned to renovate in 2022. Considering joining their ranks in the year ahead? We talked to renovation professionals and experienced homeowners to assemble a checklist that will help you prep for the road ahead. With their tips and some strategic planning, your remodel has a fighting chance to finish on time and within budget. □ 1. Make a wish list. The first step in any renovation is to identify the essentials, says Jean Brownhill, the founder of Sweeten, a platform that helps homeowners find vetted contractors. “Know what’s definitively required, then make a second wish list of nice-to-haves,” Brownhill says, noting it’s valuable to include all…

Small Sub Big Bass

RATING WHAT IS the number one complaint about almost every soundbar? Let’s say it together: lack of deep bass. Even soundbars as sonically competent as the Sonos Beam and Ray could benefit from more. So here comes the Sono Sub Mini (MSRP $429), a compact subwoofer that perfectly bonds with all of the non-portable, amplified Sonos products. It should be noted that while the Sub Mini will work with the larger Arc soundbar, Sonos recommends using that configuration only in a smaller room and at low-to-moderate listening levels. Fair enough. This isn’t the first subwoofer offered by Sonos. The original Sonos Sub is a much larger, heavier, and significantly costlier version, so the Mini is a welcome addition to the ecosystem. It weighs in at 14 lbs. and measures 12" high and…

Small Sub Big Bass