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.

(Via Wirecutter: Reviews for the Real World)

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.

(Via Wirecutter: Reviews for the Real World)

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)

Spied: Two Jaguar I-Pace prototypes undergo testing

Jose Altoveros / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | December 06, 2017 09:52

Jaguar continues testing on upcoming all-electric I-Pace

Jaguar’s much anticipated first all-electric vehicle, the I-Pace, has once again been spotted undergoing road tests. This time however, there are two prototype units testing near the Nurgburgring. Unsurprsingly, both test mules still sport the green camouflage it was wearing before, hiding its production body.

 

Compared to the first time our spies saw the I-Pace, it appears as though not much has changed. The styling of the I-Pace has overall remained faithful to the concept previewed earlier. Curiously however, one prototype does have some wires dangling in front of the lower air intake. Furthermore, almost a half of it’s front bumper is covered by a different coloured camouflage.

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At the side, we do see some differences between the two prototypes. One was wearing larger, possibly 20-inch, wheels, Meanwhile, the other test mule was seen wearing smaller diamater wheels fitted with high profile tires. Not much can be said about the rear of both I-Pace test mules as they are still covered in camouflage. We do get a glimpse of the rear’s vent on the prototype with rougher camouflage. 

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The I-Pace is said to feature a 90-kWh battery pack capable of over of 500km of range on a single full-charge according to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). 90 minutes of charging with the 50-kW DC charger will already fill the battery up to 80-percent. Power comes from two electric motors which deliver a total of 400 PS. This allows the I-Pace to accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 4 seconds.

It was anticipated that I-Pace would make its possible debut before the end of 2017. However now that 2017 is about to come to a close, it’s earliest debut could be at the North American International Auto Show or at Geneva next year.