The Best Gear for Holiday Hosting

The Best Gear for Entertaining this Christmas:

The Best Gear for Holiday Hosting

When family and friends arrive for longer stays, you’ll need a few extra supplies—especially if the spares you keep in the back of the linen closet are worn, or not sturdy enough for pint-sized guests. Keeping a few key comforts on hand will give your guests the independence to make themselves at home. We’ve collected some of our favorite bed, bath, and kitchen gear to help you anticipate common houseguest needs and make your home feel more inviting. Our picks reflect hundreds of hours of research and testing, and we’ve focused primarily on budget-friendly options. You probably don’t need everything on this list, but covering the basics will allow you and your guests to focus on what matters: spending time together.

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The Best Thunderbolt 3 and 2 Docks

The Best Thunderbolt 3 and 2 Docks:

The Best Thunderbolt 3 and 2 Docks
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After doing more than 40 hours of research and hands-on testing of 10 Thunderbolt 3 docks with more than $7,000 worth of high-end gear, we’ve determined that the best Thunderbolt 3 dock for Mac or PC owners who are looking to expand their Thunderbolt-equipped computer’s array of inputs and outputs—or just to make plugging in and unplugging more convenient—is Plugable’s Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station (officially named the TBT3-UDV). Most docks have a similar array of ports that perform identically, but our pick has five USB-A ports, more than any other dock except for our runner-up (which also has five), and a small footprint if you stand it vertically; it can charge a 13-inch MacBook Pro at full speed and is the most affordable full-featured dock you can buy.

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First look: Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV launches on tvOS App Store

First look: Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV launches on tvOS App Store:

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Six months after being announced, Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV has debuted on the tvOS App Store, meaning subscribers will be able to view hits like "The Man in the High Castle," "The Big Sick," "Catastrophe," and "The Grand Tour" on Apple’s latest set-top boxes.

(Via AppleInsider – Frontpage News)

The Best 4K Blu-ray Player

The Best 4K Blu-ray Player:

After researching every currently available 4K Blu-ray player, and spending more than 20 hours testing the features and performance of six contenders, we’re sure that the Sony UBP-X800 is the best for most people. All the players we tested had indistinguishable 4K disc performance, but the Sony’s disc-loading speed, snappy menus, and superior 4K upscaling of DVDs and non-4K Blu-rays set it apart from the pack.

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The Best Drones

The Best Drones:

After 25 hours of research and several days of real-world flight and photography with nine leading models, we’ve found that the DJI Mavic Pro is the best drone for most aspiring aerial photographers and videographers. It matches or beats similarly priced competitors in image quality, ease of flight, and autopilot modes, but it really stands out for its portability—it’s smaller and lighter than a full 1-liter water bottle, so it’ll fit in almost any bag.

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Until holodecks arrive, AR not VR will be where the action is

Comment: Until holodecks arrive, AR not VR will be where the action is:

While I’m generally more of a hard-SF fan, I’m not above a little lighthearted fun where sci-fi is concerned – so I can enjoy a good Star Trek episode as much as the next person. And there are a couple of Star Trek toys I think most of us would like to see: replicators and holodecks.

Replicators as the kind of ultimate Amazon Prime, putting anything you might want into your hands instantly. Holodecks as a way to experience any sights and activities you could ever wish, without even having to leave the building.

But while VR might be the first stepping stone toward holodecks, I think it’s augmented reality rather than virtual reality that will be where the action – and the money – is …

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