Echo Flex Review: A $25 plug-it-in Alexa speaker Score Details DT Recommended Product “Being a stand-alone, fully functional Echo speaker, the Echo Flex is an excellent value.” Compact size Inconspicuous Has audio output jack An independent Alexa speaker Very affordable Accessories cost extra Poor audio quality Poor voice recognition Amazon recently released several new Alexa devices, and one of the company’s most affordable new offerings is the Echo Flex. The Flex retails for $25, but during Cyber Week and other shopping events, Amazon has been offering the device on sale for an even lower price. What is the Echo Flex? What exactly can the Echo Flex do? What features does it boast? Is this $25 device a suitable alternative to larger, more expensive Echo speakers? Plug it in, plug it in The Echo Flex comes packaged inside of an incredibly cute little box, and it contains the Echo Flex speaker and … [Read more...] about Echo Flex Review: A $25 plug-it-in Alexa speaker
You probably remember the cheese sandwich. Maybe you had no idea who the young, bro-tastic hustler Billy McFarland was, or hadn’t heard of the Fyre Music Festival before — or god forbid you’d somehow miraculously missed the already deserved roasting that this misbegotten, mismanaged event had inspired on social media. But the picture of that pathetic meal almost assuredly crossed your path. It was two slices of white cheese, their ends curled, looking like they’d just been peeled straight out of the plastic Kraft packaging; they lay haphazardly over two pieces of wheat bread, as if they’d been slapped down in a rush. Condiments are A.W.O.L. The salad in the corner looks like a crime scene. If this was something your kid was served as a school lunch, you’d want to sue the Department of Education. Death row inmates wouldn’t eat this. But as a tweet heard round the world attested, the “sandwich” — quotes are necessary here, lest … [Read more...] about ‘Fyre’ Review: Doc on Disastrous Music Fest Is One Three-Alarm Autopsy
Superheroes — they’re so like us! We kid. Mere mortals can’t stop bullets and leap buildings in a single bound, or use our vast wealth to construct secret lairs and Batmobiles, or command the denizens of the seven seas, or run faster than the speed of light. But let’s say they were as petty and horrible as us. What if the Justice League’s headquarters was filled with as much with toxic masculinity and sexual harassment as your average workplace? What if caped crusaders preached anti-gay sentiments at Christian gatherings and then got caught screwing around in same-sex after-hours clubs? What if, like their celebrity counterparts, they could literally get away with murder thanks to some corporate cover-ups? Who would hold them accountable? Who watches the…never mind, sorry, we were thinking of something else. If they’re not using their extraordinary gifts for truth, justice and the American way but in the name of power, corruption and lies, you … [Read more...] about ‘The Boys’ Review: What If Superheroes Broke Bad (Again)?
Remember Heavy Metal, the 1981 animated movie based on the French magazine Métal Hurlant? That feature-length hodgepodge of stories about stoner aliens, voluptuous androids, horny space travelers, dragon-riding heroines in dominatrix gear and other interstellar-overdriven pulp touches? “A step beyond science fiction” was the tagline; a 13-year-old boy peering at intricate drawings of rayguns and boobies with a flashlight under the sheets was the vibe. For a generation of geeks, this was solid gold. Fast forward to right now — past the years of Spike & Mike’s Twisted Animation festivals and MTV’s Liquid Television, the endless rewatchings of Akira and the rise of Adult Swim — and you can find outré toons a few keyboard clicks away. But perhaps you have a certain animation itch that needs to be scratched, and only a topless cyborg who can turn into a mecha-fox hellbent on vengeance will do the trick. Maybe Netflix knows this. Maybe they … [Read more...] about ‘Love, Death & Robots’ Review: Netflix’s ‘Heavy Metal’ For Post-Millennials
So what’s it going to be, folks: Sugar Puffs or Frosted Flakes? That’s the first choice you have to make in Bandersnatch, the Black Mirror stand-alone “event” — basically a movie, possibly the show’s fifth season en toto — that dropped 11th-hour–ishly into Netflix queues at the beginning of the weekend. It’s an innocuous decision, really: A British video-game nut named Stefan (Fionn Whitehead) wakes up one July morning in 1984, pads down the stairs and joins his dad (Craig Parkinson) at the breakfast table. The young man is going to pitch Tuckersoft, the company where his hero, the boy-wonder designer Colin Ritman (Will Poulter) works, a new idea for a game. It’s based on his favorite sci-fi novel Bandersnatch; like the source material, his game allows for multiple storylines and resolutions. And like the man behind this epic tome, the late writer Jerome F. Davies — who bears no resemblance to any real-life authors with … [Read more...] about ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Review: Choose Your Own Delirium, Disappointment
(CNN)The Defense Department will review measures for screening foreign students after a deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida on Friday. The gunman was a second lieutenant in the Saudi Arabian military involved in flight training at the station, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Friday. Three people were killed in the shooting and eight others were injured and taken to a hospital, authorities said. What do we know about the man who killed three at a Florida Navy base? Officials are looking into whether the shooting was terror-related as a possible motive, but it's still early in the investigation. "I also talked about our team looking at the measures we have in place to ensure proper vetting and screening of foreign students as they come to our country to make sure we understand we have a good handle on who they are and that they've been properly screened," Esper said Friday night. Two law enforcement sources told CNN the shooter, who was killed, has … [Read more...] about Defense Department reviewing screening of foreign students after Saudi national kills 3 people at Pensacola naval base