Mexico, US boffins used technique 'for the first time' with ground-based radio 'scopes to spot exoplanet Astronomers discovered an exoplanet for the first time using the astrometry technique with ground-based radio telescopes, according to fresh research published in The Astronomical Journal on Tuesday.…
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Warnings either not new or need more study, reckons open-source dev team Neal Krawetz, a computer forensics expert, has published details on how to detect Tor bridge network traffic that he characterizes as "zero-day exploits"... which the Tor Project insists are nothing of the sort.…
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I've driven seven Porsche models since last year: the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo, the Cayenne Turbo, Coupé, and GTS; the 911 4S and Turbo S; and the Spyder. The range of vehicles I've driven covers a lot of ground, including a wagon, SUVs, and of course, sports cars. Porsche is making tremendous cars these days, and its lineup is among the best in the business But I can still come up with a ranking! And the top Porsche is the remarkable 718 Spyder. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Porsche is simply crushing it these days. Its lineup of vehicles is basically second to none, ranging from classic sports cars, such as the 911 and Cayman/Boxster/Spyder, to SUVs like the legendary Cayenne and popular Macan, to executive four-door versions of the Panamera. I've been on a Porsche run since late last year, starting by driving the Cayenne Turbo and culminating with the 718 Spyder. Each of these machines has been stupendously impressive. Porsche engineers continue to improve already great vehicles — a difficult job they make look easy. Obviously, we have a roster drawn from different segments here — sedan, SUV, 2+2 sports cars, and a two-seat convertible — and it's not like many shoppers are choosing between a car for hauling the family and one to explore the coast. So, take my ranking with a grain of salt. But I did it anyway, and here's how these seven Porsches stacked up:FOLLOW US: On Facebook for more car and transportation content! IN 7th PLACE: The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupé. My tester, a well-optioned version of this fastback SUV that's a new thing for Porsche, stickered at $86,090. Read the review. The Cayenne Coupé under consideration here has a sloping roofline, much of which is glass, curving through an integrated spoiler and descending rakishly through a hatchback and terminating with a small, deck lid spoiler. The idea is to take a luxury SUV and add some flash, style, and sportiness. The front end, of course, defaults to the traditional bug-eyed design lingo that has defined Porsches since the 1950s. The Cayenne Coupé has a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, making 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The power heads to the all-wheel-drive system via an eight-speed automatic with a manual-shifting option. The top speed is 151 mph, and the 0-60 mph dash takes just under six seconds. Porsches aren't Mercedes. If you expect bling, you won't find it in here. Hope you enjoy the "Slate Gray" leather and subdued appointments. The trunk offers 22 cubic feet of cargo space, expandable to 54 with the rear seats dropped. The whole point of the Cayenne Coupé is to deliver a sportier Cayenne. And while it's plenty of fun, I craved a beefier engine option than the turbo six. IN 6TH PLACE: The 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo. My tester started at $125,000, but a batch of performance options added just over $10,000 to the already formidable sticker price. Read the review. Porsche has added character lines and a higher overall level of surface flash to the Cayenne, now in its third-generation. When the Cayenne first arrived in 2002, a big question was whether the traditional bug-eye Porsche design cues would translate to an SUV. They didn't, really, and they haven't — but now it doesn't matter because we've gotten used to it. The 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 makes 541 horsepower with 568 pound-feet of torque. This Porsche can tow nearly 8,000 pounds, which is staggering. My 0-60 time was around 4 seconds (Porsche says it's a few tenths quicker). The all-black leather interior is lovely, but also purposeful, in the way Porsche interiors often are. The Cayenne is a good-sized SUV, so rear legroom is pretty capacious. When the gaping rear maw opens, you have about 27 cubic feet of cargo space to work with and roughly double that when the second row of seats is folded down. That's really quite good. In summary, the Cayenne is simply good, good, and more good. The top-level Turbo trim is especially delightful, capable of orchestrating a brutal symphony of horsepower from that magnificent twin-turbo V8. IN 5TH PLACE: The 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo. I tested a 2019 edition, wagonified Panamera GTS that cost a well-optioned $144,000. Read the review. Style-wise, I think the wagon-y Sport Turismo trim improves on the unloved Panamera design. The headlamps, with their four-point running-light feature, are a cool upgrade to the familiar Porsche bug-eyes fascia. Under that lovely hunk of plastic, a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 makes 453 horsepower with 457 pound feet of torque. The power is channeled to a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive setup via a quick-shifting, eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission. The 0-60 mph time is about four seconds flat. The interior of my Panamera GTS Sport Turismo was a combo of leather and Alcantara, all in black. Severe! Purposeful! A study in not overdoing it. The dark grained wood and brushed metal trim were epic in their restraint. My time with the Sport Turismo took place in San Francisco, so I was able to check out its baggage-toting capability. At 18 cubic feet, it's adequate but not much more. My suitcase gobbled up about half the trunk. To sum it up, the Panamera's GTS ST's V8, snappy transmission, dynamic chassis feature, and torque-vectoring combined to fill me with confidence on freeways, byways, and some twisty asphalt. And I really liked the wagon treatment! IN 4TH PLACE: The 2021 Porsche Cayenne GTS. My 2021 tester wore a glorious Carmine Red paint job and stickered at $167,070. Read the review. I personally prefer the silhouette of the SUV over that of the Coupé. There's no question that the ute form is boxier. The GTS's ride height has been lowered about 30 millimeters, to enhance aerodynamics. Bug-eyes? Well, sure, but the swept-back design somewhat mitigates that effect. The LED "Matrix Design" lamps come equipped with technology that Porsche says lets them to adapt to oncoming traffic and bend illumination around corners. The Cayenne GTS rocks a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine, making 453 horsepower with 457 pound-feet of torque. The power is sent to the all-wheel-drive system through an eight-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode. Porsche interiors aren't overtly luxurious, nor are they supposed to be. But the Cayenne GTS's has something else going for it: sporty touches, including red contract topstitching and GTS logos. Cargo-wise, with the back seats in use, there's 27 cubic feet to work with; drop the back seats and that increases to 60 cubic feet. In summary, what we have with the GTS is the opposite of what the critics feared: a very fast (0-60 in about 4.5 seconds) four-door Porsche with a big ol' cargo hold. It corners like it's on rails (rear-axle steering lends an assist) and it can drop the hammer in a straight line. IN 3RD PLACE: The 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S. I drove a $224,000 example of the eighth generation of the greatest sports car in the world Read the review. The 911's unmistakable design has been more or less unchanged since the early 1960s. Over the decades, however, the styling has become sleeker and more aggressive. A variable front spoiler lip and active cooling vents make maximum use of the torrents the 911 Turbo S generates from its impressive speed. Zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, according to Porsche, and possibly 2.5, according to me. An incredibly potent 640-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six lives at the 911's rear. It makes 590 pound-feet of torque. Both numbers are significant increases on the previous-generation Turbo S: 60 more horses and 37 more pound-feet. The power is sent to the all-wheel-drive system though an eight-speed dual clutch transmission. The slate-gray leather interior is rather minimalist for a car this expensive. Other tones are limited to brushed metal and piano-black surfaces, as well as some Alcantara. 911s aren't noted for cargo capacity. The front trunk can handle — maybe — a pair of overnight bags. The Turbo S is the top dog in the 911 hierarchy, sitting atop the Carrera and GTS ranges. The $200,000-plus price tag is daunting, but for the most serious drivers, the Turbo and Turbo S are the pinnacle of Porsche-ness. IN 2ND PLACE: The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. I drove a 2020 model, priced at $140,830 — the latest version of the world's greatest sports car. Read the review. My 911 Carrera 4S tester wore a "Gentian Blue Metallic" paint job. Again, the shape has been essentially unchanged for decades. But Porsche has refined and refined. Our bug-eyed buddy grew out of the People's Car of postwar Germany — it's the snazzier older brother of the VW Beetle. The rear-engine design goes back to the era before the first 911s of the early 1960s. In the 4S, it's the classic boxer six, but with twin turbochargers, making 443 horsepower with 390 pound-feet of torque. As with the Turbo S, the power is sent through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission to the superb all-wheel-drive system. Same gray interior as the Turbo S, same purposeful layout. And same extremely cozy back seat. Same frunk, too. You don't expect to tote a lot of gear in a 911. Adding it all up, the 911 Carrera 4S is perfect. And by "perfect," I mean there's never been a better Porsche 911. This one is the finest I've ever driven, besting even its big brother, the Turbo S. IN 1ST PLACE: The 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder. My 2020 tester, in "GT Silver Metallic," cost $106,000. I've always taken a chilly attitude toward the mid-engine Porsche sports cars, the better to continue a cultish devotion to my beloved 911. But the Spyder, with its six-cylinder — no turbo! — engine, changed my tune. O.M.G. The car actually left me struggling for words and wondering if I still want a Targa someday. Read about my love for the Targa. In continuous production since the early 1960s, the 911 has a critical design flaw — the rear-engine setup is cockamamie — but Porsche's engineers have perfected imperfection. The Spyder's mid-engine layout, by contrast, still offers a bit of wildness. The 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine makes a succulent 414 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. And I can't say enough good things about the six-speed manual transmission — except that with an 8,000-rpm redline, that's three gears too many! If the Spyder has a drawback, it's that the distinctive semi-mechanical soft top is a bit of an ordeal to take down. It involves multiple steps to stow it in a compartment behind the seats. Are we used to the frunks yet? The Spyder has one — but thankfully, because it's a two-seater, it also has decent cargo space beneath its rear hatch. Summarizing my top choice, the 2020 718 Spyder is probably the best drop-top sports car you can buy today. There are some cheaper options, but the Spyder is so good at everything that it has relegated even the perfect 911 4S to second place in my roundup, if not in my heart.
Orlando Bloom has said he has “wept more this week than he thought possible”, as he announced the death of his beloved poodle, Mighty.The Lord Of The Rings star’s dog went missing a week ago, and after a long search, he has confirmed that Mighty is “on the other side now”.“After 7 days of searching from sunrise to sunset and into the wee hours, today, the 7th day ~the number of completion~ we found his collar,” he wrote on Instagram.Orlando continued: “I have wept more this week than I thought possible, which has been very cathartic and healing… I left no stone unturned, crawled thru all the man holes, under the roads, searched every back yard and creek bed. Had two separate sniffer dogs do their best as well.“I feel so grateful to have learned from my little Mighty man that love is eternal and the true meaning of devotion. I feel sure he was looking down on me whistling in every back yard and knowing that I was doing all I possibly could to respect our bond. He was more than a companion. It was a soul connection for sure. I’m sorry. I love you. Thank you. RIP my MIGHTY HEART my little fellow.”He added: “Thank you to the community for allowing me to search through their yards for him and supporting my midnight walks,” he added. “It was reassuring to see the best of people even in the worst of times.”Orlando also shared photos of a new tattoo that he’s had inked on his chest in honour of the dog. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Orlando Bloom (@orlandobloom) on Jul 21, 2020 at 11:19pm PDTEarlier this year, Orlando showed off another tattoo, in memory of his dog Sidi, who died in 2016.He and his fiancée Katy Perry are currently expecting their first child together, a daughter. Orlando also has a son from his previous marriage to model Miranda Kerr.READ MORE: Katy Perry Tells Dying Grandmother She's Pregnant In Touching Video Orlando Bloom Debuts Corrected Tattoo As He Laughs Off Previous Blunder Katy Perry Shares How Her Relationship With Orlando Bloom Differs From Marriage To Russell Brand
I committed the newbie error in believing that wow she goes to everything I have to give her everything my consideration and time.I have truly observed individuals go to organization occasions for about 10 years and never bring a solitary colleague into their Network Marketing Education business.I've additionally observed individuals skip from organization to organization to organization.Since a great many people show up in light of the fact that they are dependent on feeling better.Since there is not kidding cash to be produced using it.There are a large number of frantic spirits out there.
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Simple Process to make Breakfast Hash Browns and Veggie SkilletI took a survey in my Facebook bunch as of late asking what your greatest difficulties are with respect to a plant-based eating routine.The answer was insufficient entire nourishment plant-based alternatives when eating out.In any case, I've gotten quite great about having the capacity to discover something on pretty much any menu that works.They incorporate breakfast potatoes or hash tans beat with frankfurter or bacon and a few veggies bested again with eggs and cheddar.Not in any manner vegetarian benevolent or even remotely plant-based.
I committed the newbie error in believing that wow she goes to everything I have to give her everything my consideration and time.I have truly observed individuals go to organization occasions for about 10 years and never bring a solitary colleague into their Network Marketing Education business.I've additionally observed individuals skip from organization to organization to organization.Since a great many people show up in light of the fact that they are dependent on feeling better.Since there is not kidding cash to be produced using it.There are a large number of frantic spirits out there.
Carrying on with your best vocation life takes an ability to go past observing an entryway as bolted to trusting it may be somewhat slightly open.Remember that a lot of individuals like you have cut out open doors for themselves in spite of not having a remarkable list of qualifications.Medium sized regions offer a less furious pace while as yet presenting energizing vocation decisions and redirections alike.go to preparing, acquire significant accreditations, and meet others in your field.Individuals you to be the wellspring of learning on explicit subjects, giving you more clout in your industry.The individuals who haven't needed to apply for work in numerous years would be stunned by how unique the present hunt truly is.
Simple Process to make Breakfast Hash Browns and Veggie SkilletI took a survey in my Facebook bunch as of late asking what your greatest difficulties are with respect to a plant-based eating routine.The answer was insufficient entire nourishment plant-based alternatives when eating out.In any case, I've gotten quite great about having the capacity to discover something on pretty much any menu that works.They incorporate breakfast potatoes or hash tans beat with frankfurter or bacon and a few veggies bested again with eggs and cheddar.Not in any manner vegetarian benevolent or even remotely plant-based.
The glacial pace at which some of the world's major automakers are electrifying their product line-ups can be rather frustrating.I've been particularly critical of Ford, although there's clear evidence that the Blue Oval wants that to change.It invested $500 million in Rivian, an electric vehicle startup that has also seen big investment from Amazon.And it's going to use Volkswagen's MEB architecture to build battery EVs for European markets.But next year, before either of those efforts bears fruit, we'll get to see Ford's first in-house, long-range BEV hit the showroom.And now it's official—the new vehicle will be badged the Mustang Mach-E.
I recently discovered that I've been dragging iPhone apps the hard way for my entire adult life.And I certainly wasn't the only one.To demonstrate the easier way to do it, I took a screen recording of my phone.As it turns out, not everyone knows how to do this.How to set it upBefore you go on a screen recording frenzy, you'll want to set it up for ease of use later.
I can't even begin to count the number of times I've declined travel insurance when booking plane tickets.But when it came to Amtrak, horror stories of delays that I couldn't shake from my head convinced me it might be worth the investment for my cross-country trip this fall.My first train for this journey, the Lake Shore Limited, was on time just about 42% of the time last year, according to Amtrak's annual report.So when the railroad's booking website hawked travel insurance for just $17 on my $900 fare, I bit the bullet and bought for the first time what I had long considered to be a scam and didn't think of it again.Here's how it ended up saving me $124.I started to think about the travel insurance policy again less than 24 hours after leaving New York.
Switching between Android and iOS can feel burdensome, despite the efforts that companies like Google and Apple have made to make migrating to their respective platforms as seamless as possible.Even if you're generally familiar with how both operating systems work, it usually still takes some time to before you feel comfortably at home after making the switch.But when your credit card lives on your phone in an app that's exclusive to one operating system, switching between Android and iOS isn't just slightly uncomfortable — it feels nearly impossible.I experienced this firsthand when I recently swapped out my iPhone 11 Pro to try out Google's new Pixel 4.I pay for nearly everything with my iPhone, and rarely find myself reaching for my wallet.Companies like Apple, Samsung, and Google have made it possible to pay for goods and services with your phone for years.
I've even gone so far as to call the iPhone 11 Pro a DSLR replacement in some shots.This wouldn't be some quick, rough vlog mind you -- Carfection has won numerous awards for its stunning cinematic style, incredible videography talent and high production value.It was tricky at times because I'm not used to shooting with something so small; I usually use something much bigger -- DSLRs like our Panasonic GH5 or even bigger cameras like our Sony FS7.We used lenses by Moment, as well as some of Moment's filters that just screw onto the front with an adapter.We also used our same sliders, tripods and stabilizing gimbals we usually use, all of which allowed us to recreate the same cinematic maneuvers we'd perform with our normal gear.I'm used to having buttons for everything or a big focus wheel to move the focus point.
I have to admit that I wasn't really paying attention to Blizzcon 2019.I was on vacation, it was the day after Halloween, and I had come down with a cold – all good reasons not to keep an eye on the latest happenings.However, the trailer for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands showed up on my Twitter feed, and I just had to watch it – and I don't regret anything.Seeing Sylvanas walk up to Icecrown and show Bolvar what was what was incredible enough.But, there was a moment after she pulled the helmet from his head that I could have sworn she was going to put it on and become the Lich Queen everyone (ok maybe not everyone) knew she would.It's no secret that there's a bit of animosity going on in the WoW community ever since Battle For Azeroth launched back in August 2018: the story took a decidedly unpopular turn, and there were a ton of gameplay mechanics that weren't exactly beloved – Azerite, anyone?
Carrying on with your best vocation life takes an ability to go past observing an entryway as bolted to trusting it may be somewhat slightly open.Remember that a lot of individuals like you have cut out open doors for themselves in spite of not having a remarkable list of qualifications.Medium sized regions offer a less furious pace while as yet presenting energizing vocation decisions and redirections alike.go to preparing, acquire significant accreditations, and meet others in your field.Individuals you to be the wellspring of learning on explicit subjects, giving you more clout in your industry.The individuals who haven't needed to apply for work in numerous years would be stunned by how unique the present hunt truly is.
In the hybrid category, Fossil's Hybrid HR mixes physical watch hands with an always-on display that shows information and notifications.It almost feels like an old-school Pebble watch fused with an everyday analog-style watch.There are plenty of Fossil Group watches that track steps and sleep and display the results with mechanical watch hands.I've also worn a few smartwatch attempts at hybrids mixing analog hands and screens before.I've been wearing it for a few days now, and the hybrid smartwatch stands out as what could be the future of smartwatches in general.Fossil's newest line of hybrid smartwatches may have found an answer, and it's E Ink.
For many years, Bose was the gold standard for noise-canceling headphones.But other companies have steadily chipped away at Bose's lead and now it's a competitive category with plenty of compelling noise-canceling options at different prices.I've collected the best noise-canceling headphones below, all of which I've fully reviewed or used hands-on over a period of time.I'll be updating this list as more options are released.Sony's WH-1000XM3, the third generation of Sony's excellent wireless noise-canceling headphones, has a more comfortable fit and features even better performance than its predecessor.With a strong battery life, it's currently our top-rated noise-canceling headphone, edging out the Bose models on some key points.
The new iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Max have arrived and so have a multitude of cases to protect them.As always, when the new iPhones arrive every year, I've put together a list of my favorite cases, with a focus on those that are relatively slim but offer strong protection.A few budget cases are included, but since this is supposed to be more of a best-of-the-best list, most of my picks tend to cost more than the typical generic case you'll find on Amazon for $20 or less.Also, since the iPhone 11 comes in a variety of colors people may want to show off, I've included a number of cases that are translucent.If you're looking for a clear case for your new smartphone, you can't go wrong with Speck's Stay Clear case that resists discoloration (yes, cheap clear cases can turn yellow), provides 13-foot drop protection and includes Microban antimicrobial product protection.The case also allows for easy wireless charging.
Every Star Wars conversation I've had since December 2017 leads to an inevitable question: "What did you think of The Last Jedi?"The ongoing negativity surrounding Disney's impact on a galaxy far, far away continues to astound me, and in the wake of the final trailer for The Rise of Skywalker, I can't help but feel like I live in a different world than all those angry fans.That glorious cackle at the end of the first Rise of Skywalker trailer revealed that my favorite Star Wars character had cheated death and would terrorize a new generation of heroes.The Mandalorian, a live-action TV show focusing on a group that's never even named in the movies, is hitting Disney Plus in a few weeks, along with the badass-looking Jedi: Fallen Order game.Resistance is bringing us on fun adventures, and more of the flipping amazing Clone Wars is coming next year.I've been enchanted with this universe since my mum gave me a copy of the original movie 's novelization, which I consumed shortly before the special editions hit theaters.
The Lenovo Smart Clock is an $80 smart display with baked-in Google Assistant.Once or twice I've seen it on sale for $60 or less, but nothing quite like this: For a limited time, you can get the Lenovo Smart Clock, Lenovo Smart Plug and Lenovo Smart Bulb for $55.99 with promo code BFSNEAKPEAK3.That bundle has a retail value of about $140.Pro tip: Use Rakuten to save an extra 10% in the form of cash back.At this writing, the promo page shows 69% of the code redemptions claimed, so this will not last long.So I'll just point you to CNET's Lenovo Smart Clock review for reference purposes and leave it at that.
I thought about this back in the spring, when the AirPods were slightly revamped with a wireless charge case.And, now that the AirPods Pro are suddenly here, I thought: Here we go again.Squeeze to silence the worldThe noise-canceling AirPod Pros snap in and out of their active noise-muffling by squeezing the stem, which feels more like holding for a few moments until a subtle click and a chime happen.A few tracks of the Phantom Menace soundtrack (underrated), and I was deep in John Williams land and unaware of a few people who suddenly were sitting next to me.Transparency mode, which lets in the outside audio of the real world, sounds great when talking to someone face-to-face (their voice sounded normal), but for other ambient sounds, I could tell there was some subtle amplification going on.
Every Star Wars conversation I've had since December 2017 leads to an inevitable question: "What did you think of The Last Jedi?"The ongoing negativity surrounding Disney's impact on a galaxy far, far away continues to astound me, and in the wake of the final trailer for The Rise of Skywalker, I can't help but feel like I live in a different world than all those angry fans.That glorious cackle at the end of the first Rise of Skywalker trailer revealed that my favorite Star Wars character had cheated death and would terrorize a new generation of heroes.The Mandalorian, a live-action TV show focusing on a group that's never even named in the movies, is hitting Disney Plus in a few weeks, along with the badass-looking Jedi: Fallen Order game.Resistance is bringing us on fun adventures, and more of the flipping amazing Clone Wars is coming next year.I've been enchanted with this universe since my mum gave me a copy of the original movie's novelization, which I consumed shortly before the special editions hit theaters.
Simple Process to make Breakfast Hash Browns and Veggie SkilletI took a survey in my Facebook bunch as of late asking what your greatest difficulties are with respect to a plant-based eating routine.The answer was insufficient entire nourishment plant-based alternatives when eating out.In any case, I've gotten quite great about having the capacity to discover something on pretty much any menu that works.They incorporate breakfast potatoes or hash tans beat with frankfurter or bacon and a few veggies bested again with eggs and cheddar.Not in any manner vegetarian benevolent or even remotely plant-based.
Welcome to Unofficial JBL Month here at CNET.Through sheer coincidence, I've had deals crop up on the JBL Link 10, JBL Link 500 (still available, by the way) and JBL Boost TV, all within the last 10 days or so.So just to finish off October in style, here's one more: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the JBL Link 20 portable wireless voice-activated speaker for $59.99.That's after applying promo code CNETLINK20 at checkout.It lists for $229.95, currently sells for $199.95 and runs $172.99 refurbished.The Link 20 is the big brother to the smaller Link 10 I wrote about last week and offers a similarly dazzling array of features: It's portable, waterproof and wireless times two (Bluetooth Wi-Fi).
Apple's regular AirPods have proven to be popular, but features like noise cancellation and sweat resistance are a must now that the industry has become more competitive.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Apple's AirPods may have popularized the wireless earbud category, spawning competing products from Amazon, Microsoft, and Samsung (and a slew of AirPods-themed memes) following their 2016 release.With the AirPods Pro, Apple is closing the gap between its popular earbuds and the competition, especially as the space continues to get even more crowded with newcomers like Amazon and Microsoft.Overall, Apple's new AirPods offer meaningful improvements over the regular version that will make a bigger difference for most people than the jump between Apple's first- and second-generation AirPods.But since the Pro earbuds are designed to cancel out noise, they fit a bit more snugly and securely than their predecessors since they properly seal your ear.
Google's new and improved Assistant may not be a full-fledged revolution quite yet, but it sure is a substantial upgrade over the traditional Assistant experience.But rest assured, that'll change before long: I've confirmed with Google that the revamped setup will indeed be making its way to the broader Android ecosystem sometime next year.Well, the interface is dramatically improved, for one: Instead of having a big honkin' box pop up every time you summon your virtual genie, the Assistant now indicates it's listening via the presence of an animated, multicolored bar at the bottom of your screen.The words you speak appear in that same area, and responses pop up in a small partial-screen window instead of requiring you to stop what you're doing and shift over to the full Google app.In apps with visible search boxes — YouTube, Twitter, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Maps, and so on — firing up Assistant and saying search for followed by any term will immediately launch a search within that app.Once Assistant pulls up the Photos app and shows you all your Halloween images, you could then say the ones with pumpkins — and it'd search within your results to show you only the pictures that are both from Halloween and with pumpkins in them.
Mario Party, Mario Tennis, Mario Kart... and over in the corner, the mysterious, occasionally surfacing franchise that is Luigi's Mansion.Luigi's Mansion 3 arrives on the Nintendo Switch in Year 3 of the console's lifecycle, just in time for Halloween.I've played the game, so far, on a Switch Lite, and by the way, I'm still having a blast.Luigi's Mansion games involve a lot of careful hunting around in mysterious mansions where ghosts and treasure are hidden.It's a scavenger hunt and escape room and, just like Ghostbusters, you're sucking ghosts into your backpack (OK, close enough, you know what I mean).Luigi's Mansion makes full use of the Switch controls, from the buttons to the triggers to the motion controls.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is one of the world's most popular commercial vans.I leapt at the opportunity, even though I wasn't sure what I'd do with all that seating capacity, given that I didn't want to go into the airport-shuttle business for a weekend.Here's how it went down:The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 definitely filled the driveway of our suburban New Jersey test center.In fact, I think it beat out the Ford Super Duty pickup for the title of Largest Vehicle We've Ever Tested at Business Insider.Yep, he's a big boy: 14 feet long, to be exact.
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