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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 12 Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 12Impressive portability but lacks power.For $2700, the X1 seriously lacks performance. Unfortunately, the Ultra 7 chip did fail to keep up with the completion. You'd be amazed at its portability and gorgeous display, but it's not easy to ignore the power you're getting for such a big price. ProsLong battery lifeGenerous array of portsA bright, sharp display with a lot of detailExcellent form factorConsDisappointing performance for the priceKeyboard feels a bit crampedHands-on: Lenovo Legion…

Ultra-Processed Foods Have Disturbing Health Effects, Large Review Finds

A lifetime of snacking and frozen food dinners may affect your body in lots of surprising ways, new research suggests. The study, a large-scale review of the existing evidence, found an association between regularly eating ultra-processed foods and a higher risk of many health problems. It also found that these foods were associated with an early death.Prepping the Sandworm Scenes in Dune: Part TwoMany studies have indicated that ultra-processed foods are uniquely bad for our health. But the authors of this latest…

Beauty and power comes at a cost

Dell's XPS 16 takes the minimalist design of the XPS 13 Plus and scales it up to a 16-inch system that's far more powerful and functional. But just like with that earlier machine, which was Dell's first attempt at implementing an "invisible" trackpad in its palm rest, there are some usability tradeoffs. It's hard not to be impressed by how sleek the XPS 16 looks — personally, I consider it one of the most attractive Windows laptops around — but power users who demand a wide variety of ports may find it lacking. (Even…

JLab Epic Lab Edition true wireless earbuds review: A solid AirPods Pro 2 alternative with a cool extra USB-C dongle in the box

JLab isn’t known for its expensive, top-of-the-line AirPods rivals. The company's stomping ground has usually been bang-for-your-buck, inexpensive buds that sound great for the price but pale in comparison to the more expensive competition. But with the JLab Epic Lab Edition earbuds, the firm looks to make a pair of true wireless ear buds that not only undercut Apple’s AirPods Pro 2, but beat them in features and sound. Can JLab's not insignificant chops in making excellent and inexpensive buds translate into brilliant,…

Review: Playing Games by Huma Qureshi

British-Pakistani writer Huma Qureshi’s Playing Games presents two thirty-something sisters, the story of a failing marriage, and the life of a woman who is struggling to write a play. As alternating chapters show each of the sisters’ perspectives, the reader follows the women as they attempt to understand life and its heartbreaks in London. Mira, the younger of the two, works at a café when she’s not fighting with herself to write a play about a woman lying on the pavement. She wants to apply for a playwriting prize…

Sheer Mag: Playing Favorites review – euphoric expansion by one of today’s great American bands | Music

In 2015, Philadelphia’s Sheer Mag released their second EP in collaboration with a tiny Brooklyn punk label. Its lead track, Fan the Flames, was one of those songs that just stops you in your tracks. It seemed to be rooted in music that had far less to do with punk than the mainstream hard rock that predominated when punk first reared its head: there was Thin Lizzy and quite possibly some Lynyrd Skynyrd in its unhurried sound, while lead guitarist Kyle Seely was audibly engaged in the kind of playing that would once have…

ROLI LUMI Keys Studio Edition Review: A great modular midi keyboard that sounds as good as it looks

The problem with beginner instruments is many players outgrow them quite quickly. The ROLI LUMI Keys Studio is perfect for this problem as its modular design means you can upgrade it at any time. The colorful lights also manage to offer an appealing way to learn songs and these features mostly perform admirably. You will feel the sting of that price tag, but it sets a great foundation to work off. ROLI LUMI Keys Studio Edition Review: Price and availability(Image credit: Future / James Bentley)Coming in at $249 from the…

Private equity review – an insider’s account of high finance | Autobiography and memoir

The world of private equity, as described in Carrie Sun’s memoir, brings to mind less the muscular jockeying of HBO’s Succession, and instead the quiet intensity of a Sofia Coppola film: all glittering surfaces and cagey alienation. When Sun arrives at Carbon, a secretive hedge fund (the name has been changed), she finds offices with sweeping views of Central Park; a library with heavy drapes and velvet couches; a bathroom with marble sinks and stone walls. After employees complain about the state of the toilets, the firm…

A Sign of Her Own by Sarah Marsh review – a vivid journey into a world without hearing | Fiction

In the spring of 1876, just before the centennial of the United States, the Scottish-born Alexander Graham Bell patented an apparatus for “transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically … causing electrical undulations”. A century and a half later, there is an argument to be made that Bell’s device is one of the most transformative inventions in human history.Yet the 29-year-old Bell we meet in Sarah Marsh’s engaging first novel is a man whose passion for invention was very much secondary to his other great project:…

Revolutionary Acts by Jason Okundaye review – bringing Black gay history to life | History books

For much of the 1980s and 90s, every corner of Brixton seemed to be a visible site of resistance and radicalism – from the disturbances of April 1981 to the emergence of the Voice newspaper, the Brixton Black Women’s Group and the Race Today collective. At the same time, though, the south London neighbourhood was home to another mostly hidden struggle for recognition, fought by the first generation of out Black gay men.Jason Okundaye’s groundbreaking debut focuses on those pioneers, using six mini-biographies to craft a…