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How To Convert Image To Word On Android Phones

How to Convert Image to Word onAndroid PhonesLong gone are the times where the only way to digitize something written on paper was to retype it on a computer. That was a really painful and time-consuming process. 
Just imagine students with hundreds of notes and study materials trying to digitize them all. Or stay at home moms trying to digitize their recipes so they wouldn't have them laying around the kitchen in a paper form. You could also imagine the struggle of a businessman trying to digitize tons of reports or other financial documents.

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Brown Sugar Peach Shortcakes

Brown sugar-sweetened shortcakes with fresh, ripe peaches and a lightly sweetened cream topping that's reminiscent of crème fraîche is the perfect ending to a summer meal.

Google Home Group: How To Set Up Multiroom Audio

All Google Home devices support multiroom audio, letting you simultaneously play the same music on both devices. Here's how to set up a Google Home Group.

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class Review

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Amounts to a pricey rear pillarStill tight inside compared to an E-ClassPrice skyrockets with optionsLook beyond the evolutionary looks; the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has one heck of a hybrid powertrain.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class may carry over its predecessors' trademark style, but it's what's underhood that makes it really stand out. For the first time, the CLS-Class is a hybrid (though a mild one) tuned both for performance and efficiency.

How To Use Google Home: Best Google Home Tips & Tricks

Google Assistant can do a lot more than tell you about the news or weather. These are some of our favourite Google Home tips and tricks, many of which you may not be aware of.

Moto G7 vs Honor 10 Lite

If you’re on a budget then the Honor 10 Lite and Moto G7 are two of the best Android phones going. Here’s how they compare
Should I Buy The Moto G7 Or Honor 10 Lite?
If you don’t mind a plastic backed phone and Honor’s software then the Honor 10 Lite is a steal at under £200. It has dual cameras and decent enough performance.
Spend a little more on the Moto G7 and you get a cleaner version of Android, fluid performance and a more premium glass design.

Mavis Staples - Live in London Music Album Reviews

Ten years after her last live record, Live in London feels like a valedictory statement.
Arriving roughly ten years after Mavis Staples’ last live album—and not to mention just a few months shy of her 80th birthday—Live in London can’t help but feel a bit like a valedictory statement. Recorded over two July 2018 nights at the Union Chapel, Live in London caps a decade where Staples seemed to be a presence in pop culture in a way she hadn’t been since at least the 1970s, when the Staple Singers were scoring number one hits with some regularity. Hit singles weren’t in the cards for Staples in the 2010s, but that didn’t mean she rested on her laurels. Signing with Anti- in 2007, she cut We’ll Never Turn Back with roots maven Ry Cooder at the helm, then proceeded to make a series of records with indie rock stalwarts, singing songs by Nick Cave and Merrill Garbus while Jeff Tweedy and M. Ward sat behind the mixing board.

Mercury Rev - Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited Music Album Reviews

A half-century after the release of Bobbie Gentry’s imaginative second album, the art-rock band revisits it as if in a daze but with the help of over a dozen brilliant singers.
Bobbie Gentry had unqualified freedom to record her second album, and she wasn’t going to waste it. Her 1967 smash, “Ode to Billie Joe,” not only introduced the breakout pop star but also gave listeners one of the era’s enduring mysteries: What exactly had she and Billie Joe McAllister thrown off the Tallahatchie Bridge? For her follow-up to that hit and its best-selling album, she envisioned something unique and highly ambitious: an avant-garde country-pop record full of technicolor arrangements, oddball collages, and playful sexual innuendos. Mixing originals with Southern standards made famous by J.D. Loudermilk, Doug Kershaw, and Mose Allison, The Delta Sweete depicts the Deep South as a fantastical place: not how it was in the late 1960s, but how Gentry remembers it from her idyllic Mississippi childhood.

Harlem - Oh Boy Music Album Reviews

In 2010, no band seemed to be having more fun with scrappy garage rock than this one. On their first album in nine years, they forget to replace that spark with anything else.
For long-AWOL Austin garage rockers Harlem, the excitement of releasing their first album in nine years must surely be tempered by knowing they’re bound to disappoint old fans. In an interview, co-leader Michael Coomers recalled previewing Oh Boy for a friend who was bummed it was nothing like the group’s younger, wilder music. “I’d like them to like what we do next,” Coomers said of similar listeners, “but if they’re looking for that sort of stuff, I think there’s a wealth of material, music made by others, that they can go to that will satisfy that urge.”

Yak - Pursuit of Momentary Happiness Music Album Reviews

On their second album, this unruly British trio make the rare garage rock-informed record that aims for the upper reaches of Royal Albert Hall.
There are bands who spend their entire careers hustling to make the right connections... and then there’s Yak. Though they’ve been a group for barely half a decade, the British trio have already amassed a coterie of mentors, collaborators, and famous fans strong enough to fill the headlining ranks of an entire edition of Desert Daze. Their 2015 EP, No, was released through Jack White’s Third Man Records; their 2016 full-length debut, Alas Salvation, was recorded with Pulp’s Steve Mackey and earned tour invites from the Last Shadow Puppets, the side band of Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner. For their second Third Man release, the new Pursuit of Momentary Happiness, Yak singer and guitarist Oli Burslem hooked up with his pal Jay Watson (of Tame Impala and Pond) in Perth to record at Kevin Parker’s own studio. That plan fell apart, however, when …

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Maple Sauce

This is a healthier version of the gooey-rich sticky toffee pudding recipe served in the winter at Joanne Chang's Asian restaurant Myers+Chang in Boston. Lightly sweetened with maple syrup, the cake is chock-full of rich, naturally sweet dates. Adapted from Baking with Less Sugar by Joanne Chang (Chronicle Books, 2015).

New World Preview

New World is in development by Amazon Studios and finally sees a massive publisher take a proper swing at a sandbox MMORPG. We've played it at Gamescom 2018 and at an event in London in January too and here is what we thought.
Amazon studios have been very busy over the past few years and that work was very visible when we took another look at New World, its sandbox MMORPG that has been the subject of extensive speculation and is one of the biggest games on the horizon for the MMO genre. We got our hands on an early build to put it through its paces.

2020 Kia Sportage Preview

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Bold looksGood infotainment softwareTurbo’s healthy punchMore safety techDISLIKES
Basic design shows its ageBase engine’s light on refinementNot all safety gear is standardThe 2020 Kia Sportage plays catch-up when it comes to active safety tech.
The 2020 Kia Sportage crossover SUV got an early start on the new year.

Ring Smart Doorbell Review

Smart home security systems are becoming more and more popular in the UK - but what about the front door? While smart doorbells are relatively new in the UK, US residents have been using them for a while and Ring is one of the more popular options. Now available in the UK, we’ve spent some time with Ring to see if smart doorbells are a good idea, or just a technological fad.
Should I Buy The Ring Smart Doorbell?
Despite a couple of flaws here and there, Ring is a favourite of ours. The ability to be notified on multiple devices whenever somebody is at the front door is very handy, and the fact that you can view a live video stream and even interact with the visitor via your smartphone, tablet or computer provides extra security for those that may need it. The 720p HD camera isn’t the greatest quality in the world, but is more than enough to identify who is at your door and thanks to the two-way communication system, you can even talk to the visitor without opening the door. It’s easy to…

How to Set Up Google Home Hub

A beginner's guide to getting started with Google's new smart display - how to set up Google Home Hub.
Google Home Hub is now available in the UK, US and Australia, and if you've already bought one you'll be itching to get it set up. The process could be a little simpler, however, so we've provided a step-by-step guide on using the Google Home app to set up Home Hub.

LCD Soundsystem - Electric Lady Sessions Music Album Reviews

The version of the band that toured behind 2017’s American Dream gathers in the legendary New York studio, giving old songs new life and additional oomph.
Though they mostly sound the same, there are two LCD Soundsystems. There’s the one James Murphy cooks up in private, the one you hear on albums, studio concoctions where one guy plays the glockenspiel, the bongos, the tambourine, the Casio MT-68 and the Casio CT-410V, and sings, too. Other names pepper the liner notes, but Murphy’s sits beside the most instruments, conjuring the image of a studio nerd laying down track after track until everything’s dense and perfect, which it often is. Over the past 17 years, this LCD Soundsystem has served as a sparkling vessel for one guy’s neuroses, threading lines about aging, ennui, and self-loathing into complex webs of disco beats and new wave basslines.

Angel Bat Dawid - The Oracle Music Album Reviews

The debut from the Chicago-based composer and clarinetist serves as a vibrant, spiritual, free-jazz document of black life as it stands today.
Years ago, we would record the soundtrack of our lives on cassette. A blank tape became filled with not only the music that we listened to but also what surrounded that music, the breadth of our experiences. As part of a limited edition, the Chicago-based clarinetist will release her debut album, The Oracle, on cassette tape. It evokes how the album itself was conceived—Angel Bat Dawid overdubbed, mixed, and performed almost all of the voices and instruments herself, and recorded and produced the album mainly on her cell phone as she trekked across the globe. The result is a spiritual opus of one’s refusal to accept the cards that life has dealt her.

Michael Chapman - True North Music Album Reviews

On his second album produced by Steve Gunn, the underground folk icon sings about age and regret with authority and grace.
The British folk guitarist Michael Chapman has spent at least half a century writing and singing about age, regret, and longing. On “An Old Man Remembers,” from his third album, 1970’s Window, he presciently offers, “An old man is lost in his dreams/As he waits for the fruit of his schemes.” Even then, young Chapman sensed the span of time—how quickly the present morphs into past, how laden it becomes with memories. Now, at 78, he’s caught up in number to the old soul he’s often inhabited in song.

Astronoid - Astronoid Music Album Reviews

On their second album, these metallurgists again find an awesome intersection of black metal pummel and shoegaze luster—then remain there, in its thrall.
The self-titled second album from Boston’s Astronoid begins, boldly, with a song called “A New Color.” But if you have heard Deafheaven’s Sunbather and Boris’ Pink or even simply seen their covers, this a familiar hue, where black metal and neon shoegaze converge in a brilliant Belt of Venus. As the double kick drums shudder beneath comet trails of processed guitars, certain expectations emerge for the vocals—something harsh and demonic, signifying the atrocity inside the eerie mist. But Brett Boland is actually the exact opposite, his choirboy keen providing the unearthly glow of a Mew or Sigur Rós record. Hearing Boland in the context of Astronoid’s laser-lit blackgaze is unsettling but awesome, like witnessing a hailstorm in daylight. But this excellent first impression is the only one Astronoid really make.

"Chocomole" Pudding

Creamy avocados make this dairy-free and vegan chocolate dessert recipe super-rich. Serve as a not-so-sweet dessert or with strawberries for dipping.

How To Connect Chromecast To Google Home

Google's smart home devices ties into each other, meaning you can use Google Home as your Chromecast remote. But how do you connect Chromecast to Google Home?
If you've come to this article looking for advice on using Chromecast with Google Home, we're going to make one of two assumptions. Either you haven't tried to set up the two together yet, or you're not quite sure what instructions to give Google Home. (Also see our full Google Home review)

2019 Acura NSX Review

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Sexy as hellSeamless sub-3-second accelerationEffortless high-speed gripA technological tour de forceA launching pad for a new Acura?DISLIKES
Very expensive, before the carbon-fiber add-onsAn even-tempered supercar, for better and worseLacks supercar cachet, for someHybrid gas mileage doesn't pan outTires can make or break its road feelThe 2019 Acura NSX drops supercar performance numbers in a gas-electric, typically offbeat tour de force.
With the 2019 NSX, Acura doesn’t lighten up on performance. Not like it did in 1990, when the first NSX and its aluminum body muscled into a sports-car arena with delicate looks and inspired handling and a rippling sound—and the cockpit of a 1989 Civic.

How To Use Google Assistant

Google Home's family of smart speakers let you make free calls over Wi-Fi. Here's how.
All Google Home devices let you make free phone calls over Wi-Fi, but the new Google Home Hub extends this to Google Duo video calling too. By recognising your voice it is clever enough to ensure it calls only your contacts, and not those of another member of the household.

115 Funny Things To Ask Google Assistant

Google Assistant claims to take every question extremely seriously, but we know otherwise. Here are 115 funny things to ask the Google Assistant on your phone, tablet, watch or Google Home.

Various Artists - Music Inspired by the Film Roma Music Album Reviews

The curious, sometimes effective, sometimes bizarre music collected here features contributions from Beck, El-P, Patti Smith, DJ Shadow, Billie Eilish, and more.
Music is integral to the world of Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, but it is also incidental, experienced only as part of the action. The remarkable 2018 film contains no diegetic use of music; no song is ever superimposed over the deliberately paced action that takes place in Mexico City’s Colonia Roma neighborhood at the dawn of the 1970s. Of the 41 songs identified in IMDB’s soundtrack credits, most viewers won’t notice more than a handful. A wistful Leo Dan lament plays tinnily on the radio as Cleo, the film’s housekeeper protagonist, tidies up; a Berlioz symphony shakes the paterfamilias’ Ford Galaxie as he stubs out his cigarette in its overflowing ashtray; a garage band rehearses a shambling cover of “House of the Rising Sun” outside a corrugated shack in the muddy slum of Nezahualcóyotl. It’s all part of Cuarón’s naturalistic to…

Bob Mould - Sunshine Rock Music Album Reviews

After a stretch of dark, searching records, the former Hüsker Dü and Sugar leader uses the familiar power trio configuration to find a little peace.
Bob Mould gives away the game with the title of Sunshine Rock, his 13th solo album: After several years in darkness, he’s ready for the light. Darkness is a comfortable place for Mould, who has spent his career picking at scabs and exorcising demons. But he had extra reasons for gloom earlier this decade, when his parents died in quick succession. On the subsequent Beauty & Ruin and Patch the Sky, Mould turned inward, meditating on mortality and loss. “I went through a dark period,” he admitted in a 2016 interview with Fact circa Patch the Sky. “I felt very isolated. I took six months away from the excitement of life to sit and contemplate the meaning of the rest of my life, and here it is.”

Dreezy - Big Dreez Music Album Reviews

After a quiet few years following her 2016 studio debut, the Chicago rapper returns sounding self-assured, wrapping her sharp flow in lush yet punchy beats.
It’s been a quiet few years for Dreezy since she released her appealing 2016 studio debut, No Hard Feelings. She’s released four non-album singles since, but none of them really stuck. She was anointed the Princess of Chicago rap upon her arrival as a fresh-faced 20-year-old in 2014, but other artists moving into the same sonic spaces she’s occupied—Cardi B, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Tierra Whack—have covered more ground in less time, commercially and creatively. But those paying closer attention know Dreezy’s potential, and how it’s still paying out returns. She was recently invited to J. Cole’s rap summit for his Revenge of the Dreamers III uber-compilation, a nod from her peers to her obvious talent in what otherwise felt like a boys’ club; she played Rolling Loud, a festival notorious for underbooking women, two years in a row. N…

Rustin Man - Drift Code Music Album Reviews

Former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb finally steps to the microphone on his first album in 16 years, a meticulously arranged wonder steeped in English folk and proggy vibes.
Remember when Bono generously allowed The Edge to sing that one song on Rattle and Hum? A flicker of shock tends to register when you hear a member of a beloved band who is not the vocalist sing for the first time. It’s like hearing an internet personality interviewed on a podcast— “Wait, they sound like that?” During his seven years in Talk Talk, a period in which the group mutated from the routine synthpop of The Party’s Over to the astonishing art-rock of Spirit of Eden, bassist Paul Webb never sang lead. Mark Hollis, owner of one of the great expressive voices of the 1980s, had that job covered. Even when Webb resurfaced during the early 2000s as Rustin Man, he shied from the spotlight, releasing the quiet gem Out of Season in collaboration with another mood-altering vocal talent, Beth Gibbons.

Vegan No-Bake Cookies

Almond butter and coconut oil melt together to bind these stovetop cookies without using any eggs. To take the flavor to the next level, try subbing in your favorite nut butter.

Moto G7 vs Moto G6 Comparison

As expected, Motorola has updated its Moto G range. But how does the Moto G7 compare to the Moto G6? We explain all.
Should I Buy The Moto G7 Or Moto G6?
The Moto G7 might be a little more expensive than the G6, but it bring with it a number of upgrades including a larger screen, new processor, 4K video recording and more.
A lot of specs and design traits do remain the same so G6 owners might not feel the urge to upgrade too strongly. If you're deciding between them, you may as well get the newer model unless you see the G6 at a great price.

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport Preview

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Standard safety techDecent infotainmentNot bad-lookingDISLIKES Pokey without being efficientRivals bring a lot to tableLast year’s concerning safety scoreNewly standard active safety tech marks 2020 for the Nissan Rogue Sport.
The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport goes on sale this fall with updated looks and more safety tech on its base trim level.

Moto G7 vs Moto Plus vs Moto Play vs Moto Power

There are four different Moto G7 phones this year, so how to choose which one to buy? We compare them across price, design and specs.
Motorola’s range of affordable Moto G phones has been refreshed for 2019. There are four Moto G7 models including the Play, Plus and Power so choosing might be tricky. Here we compare them on price, design and specs.

Moto G7 Review: Hands-on

It might cost a little more than before but the Moto G7 looks like it’ll be worth it for the quarter of the price of an iPhone XS. Here’s our hands on review
Should I Buy The Moto G7?
The G series has always been good value and it remains so even as its price continues to rise. An outstanding display, clean Android 9 Pie with thoughtful Moto additions and improved cameras means this will likely be the best G series phone yet.
There are three other G7 phones in the series but, as ever, the G7 will be best for most people. Tad annoying it’s an Amazon exclusive, though.

Dave Harrington - Pure Imagination, No Country Music Album Reviews

With a group behind him that recalls the electronic jazz splatter of ’90s New York, Dave Harrington’s guitar work becomes a psychedelic, soft-hued quest for transcendence.
Dave Harrington gives himself some context, which is one of the main challenges of the modern guitar soloist. As one half of the electro-jam duo Darkside, Harrington threaded his glimmering instrumental lines through Nicolas Jaar’s downtempo deconstructions. Their 2013 debut Psychic used this formula to ground their compositions and break through to an audience of head dancers in the international language of minimalist space-funk. After one full-length, the duo put the project on hold and Harrington soon hit a different kind of club scene, gigging relentlessly around New York with a variety of configurations and finding an audience amid the local jam cognoscenti.

Tuamie/Fly Anakin - Emergency Raps Vol. 4 Music Album Reviews

When emcee Fly Anakin and producer Tuamie connect inside a sound infatuated with the hip-hop of the past, it becomes a launch pad to new life.
It would be easy to hear the lush, crate-digging loops of Tuamie and the tongue-twisting bars of Fly Anakin and write off Emergency Raps, Vol. 4 as two twentysomethings who grew up watching too many episodes of “Rap City.” And though Fly Anakin—ringleader of the Virginia-based label Mutant Academy—is the same emcee who once said his dream was to “rap on an unreleased RZA beat from like ’95-’97,” this too is selling the producer/rapper combo short. Because when the two connect inside a sound infatuated with the hip-hop of the past, it becomes a launch pad to new life.

Leon Vynehall - DJ-Kicks Music Album Reviews

The British house producer’s contribution to the longstanding series offers a broad cross-section of his tastes, mostly letting his selections, and not his mixing, do the heavy lifting.
In this bountiful age for DJ mixes, where even the most avid fan struggles to keep up with the digital deluge that falls upon Soundcloud daily, the DJ-Kicks name still stands for something. The venerable mix series is now onto its 67th edition: It’s a run that stretches back to 1995 and has come to be seen as both an arbiter of taste and a sign that an electronic act has arrived. Putting your name to a DJ-Kicks is still a big deal in 2019, even as over-familiarity has robbed the DJ mix of its currency.

Cherry Glazerr - Stuffed & Ready Music Album Reviews

Leading her thorny rock trio, Clementine Creevy keeps her themes broad and her anger specific as she reflects this moment’s feelings and fatigue.
Stuffed & Ready—the third album from Los Angeles trio Cherry Glazerr—is a document of exhausted fury. On these 10 songs, the founder, singer, and guitarist Clementine Creevy sounds like she heard about some unacceptable bullshit and came into the studio the next morning, red-eyed and short-tempered and uninterested in hiding it. In this economy, if you’re tough and vulnerable, Creevy tells us, you’re not going to get much sleep with so much fighting to do. In her breathless way, she’s running on fumes.

Flourless Honey-Almond Cake

Honey and almonds flavor this simple (and gluten-free) cake. It's lovely for afternoon tea or a spring holiday dessert. Be careful not to overbeat the egg whites—they should be white and very foamy, but not at all stiff or able to hold peaks. If you beat them too much, the cake may sink in the middle as it cools.

Lenovo Smart Tab P10 Review

Can Lenovo's Smart Tab P10 rival Amazon's own Fire tablets and charging dock combo, or is this tablet just not smart enough?
Should I Buy The Lenovo Smart Tab P10?
The P10 is ultimately a fairly budget tablet, with lightweight specs, old software, and a simple feature set, masked in part by slick-but-simple design that leaves it looking and feeling more premium than it really is.
If it wasn't for the included dock, this would be fairly unremarkable, so it's really only worth buying if the idea of a tablet that doubles as an Echo Show really speaks to you.

2020 Subaru Legacy Preview

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Bigscreen techLots of safety gearTurbo’s backStandard AWDDISLIKES
Where’s the Outback?Good, not great mpgSedate looksFrom wallflower to tech standout, the 2020 Subaru Legacy has come a long way.
With its 2020 Legacy, Subaru adds some flavor to its mid-size sedan thanks to a turbo engine underhood and a Tesla-like 11.6-inch touchscreen on its dashboard.

Plantronics Rig 500 Pro Review

The Rig 500 Pro is said to offer Dolby Atmos support and more for less than £90. Is it too good to be true? Find out in our review.
Should I Buy The Plantronics Rig 500 Pro?
Solid metal construction means the Plantronics Rig 500 Pro is comfortable and built to last, with high-quality audio and powerful bass that’s perfect for driving shooters alongside refreshingly simple controls.

Ring Stick Up Cam Review

Ring's Stick Up Cam is one of a small number of smart security cameras designed for outdoor use. Is it worth the price tag, or should users opt for more traditional CCTV systems? We've spent some time with the Ring Stick Up Cam, and here's what we thought.
Should I Buy The Ring Stick Up Cam?
Ring’s Stick Up Cam is a great option for those looking for an intelligent outdoor security camera. Thanks to its design, setup is a breeze even for those with little or no DIY experience and the built-in battery means that there’s no need for wires. While video is capped at 720p HD, overall quality provided is great and the night vision is more than enough for most gardens. Ring’s motion detection feature is far beyond what competitors offer with advanced ‘zone’ detection, and alerts you on your smartphone, tablet or PC.
It’s also the only outdoor security camera that offers push to talk functionality, allowing you to interact with those on camera. Battery life isn’t perfect, but you hav…

Beirut - Gallipoli Music Album Reviews

Zach Condon reunites with his old Farfisa on his fifth album, but otherwise he remains cozily ensconced in his twee wheelhouse.
Beirut’s Zach Condon came up in the tender landscape of mid-aughts indie rock and has been chilling there ever since. After nearly four years freewheeling throughout both New York and Europe, he is back with Gallipoli, which is neither named after the World War I battle nor a reference to the terrible Mel Gibson movie (also about the World War I battle). On Gallipoli, Condon is still doing the same exact thing he’s been doing the past 13 years—creating roomy, Elephant 6-indebted indie pop that sounds more or less like a readymade soundtrack for a young film student trying to front as an auteur. Those who can’t get on board with Condon’s penchant for twee won’t change their minds with this album, either. However, for listeners who appreciate indie pop at its most wide-eyed, this record does just that. Gallipoli doesn’t really break any new ground, but consisten…

Boy Harsher - Careful Music Album Reviews

A decade after minimal wave seemed to reach its peak, the Massachusetts duo proves the style’s continued vitality.
A few weeks ago, at a bar in Brooklyn known for its metal and goth affiliations, a DJ in the back room was running through a playlist thick with synths. The old standbys—Bauhaus, Joy Division, Soft Cell, Siouxsie and the Banshees—made their appearances, as did a younger generation of artists like New York’s Xeno & Oaklander, Montreal duo Essaie Pas, and the Northampton, Massachusetts, group Boy Harsher. Among the more recent crop, one song stood out: Boy Harsher’s “Motion.” It was, like other songs played that night, dark and driving, powered by stark, acrid synthesis and barreling drums. But something about it felt unusually immediate.

David Behrman - On the Other Ocean Music Album Reviews

Over 40 years after its initial release, the composer’s pioneering work pairing computers with live players feels not only prescient but also refreshingly optimistic.
ANew York Times article recently explored a spate of violence against robots, from people attacking driverless cars in Arizona and beating robots with bats in Russia to taking down one security bot in Silicon Valley with a tarp and barbecue sauce. Beyond dystopian depictions of HAL-9000 and Skynet, there’s plenty to fear from automation, be it decimating entire industries to hijacking our thought processes. But those menacing portrayals implicate humans and automatons alike: “We see ourselves in the mirror of the machines that we can build,” Frédéric Kaplan wrote in his essay “Who is afraid of the humanoid?”

Spielbergs - This Is Not the End Music Album Reviews

On their debut LP, the Norwegian trio emboldens their customary celebration rock by adding emphatic stretches of post-rock and power pop.
Distant Star, the 2018 debut EP from Oslo’s Spielbergs, took less than a second to put its target market on notice. Throttling, distorted octaves and massive drum rolls moved in lockstep, instantly evoking decades worth of bands, both boyish and brawny, who most effectively communicated their feelings through “whoas.” This style of rock is perpetually deemed obsolescent, but it always seems to find an audience dealing with the same issues. Played with enough urgency, it doesn’t become relevant but simply asks, “Why do we waste so much time caring, anyway?” Spielbergs clearly understood those mechanics; their original band name, after all, was We Are All Going to Die, which doubles as the name of the first song they wrote. It’s the fourth tune on their debut LP, This Is Not the End, where it now serves as a weighty sentiment rather than a mission stat…

Berry Chantilly Cake

In this beautiful and simple Chantilly cake recipe, fresh berries are layered with whipped cream and delicate sponge cake for a special sweet that's as well suited for a bridal shower as it is for a birthday or graduation party or other special occasion. Fill and top with any combination of fresh berries.

Hive View Outdoor Camera Review

You might know Hive for its smart heating but it also makes some decent security cameras. Here we review the View Outdoor.
Should I Buy The Hive View Outdoor? The Hive View Outdoor is a compact, stylish and capable security camera with little to dislike.
It's not the cheapest around, especially if you need someone to install it for you, but has good features and makes sense especially if you already have other Hive products.

2019 Lexus ES Review

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Best-looking ES ever?ES350 F Sport’s crisp responsesApple CarPlay, finally!Thrifty ES300h hybridStrong acceleration (ES350)DISLIKES
No all-wheel driveComplicated infotainmentA sedan in a crossover-crazy worldThe 2019 Lexus ES deletes “sedate” from its vocabulary.
Freed from its burden of being the mid-size sedan for every luxury buyer, the 2019 Lexus ES sedan has grown slightly sharper in each of its several distinct flavors: ES350, F Sport, and ES300h hybrid.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC Review

Does the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC offer enough to justify the high price tag? Find out in our review
Should I Buy The SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC?
The Arctis Pro + GameDAC offers a harmonious balance between exceptional build quality and highly-customisable sound quality. The price-point will certainly be a barrier for some but if you’re looking for a premium audio experience and a headset you can wear for extended periods of time without discomfort, you really can’t do much better.

Polaroid Pop Review

The Polaroid Pop is a digital instant camera that prints in the classic Polaroid square size, but can gimmicky filters and video options make up for the hefty price point?
Should I Buy The Polaroid Pop?
It's hard to know who the Pop is for really. If you want to use it as an instant camera, there are better ones out there for half the price, using either Zink or film. If you want to use a printer for photos from your phone, then once again there are better ones out there for half the price.
If you really want one device that handles both then it might appeal, but you're still stuck paying a serious premium for the larger square prints.
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