Review: Tesla Model Y Performance

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Cameron Neveu

This amorphous hatchback is likely the most important car debut of 2020. Just as the Model 3 upended the segment for compact luxury sedans once ruled by the BMW 3-series, the Model Y is poised to rewrite the playbook for compact luxury crossovers, which are, like it or not, one of the chief breadwinners of the modern auto industry.

Although the Model Y shares most of its componentry with the Model 3, it enjoys some significant under-the-skin improvements, such as new processor chip that will underpin future autonomous functions and a more efficient aluminum rotor, rather than copper, for the front induction motor. The Model Y’s 75-kilowatt-hour battery pack consists of thousands of cylindrical cells that are cheaper and easier to package than the prismatic cells used by other EV makers. Last but not least, Tesla engineered a new HVAC system for the Model Y called the Octovalve that efficiently heats and cools the cabin without as much drain on battery range (remember: there’s no engine to heat the cabin or spin an AC compressor).

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In Long Range trim, like our well-equipped, $63,190 test car, the Model Y’s estimated range is 316 miles, just slightly short of the Model 3’s 322 miles. The standard $50K model provides a 230-mile range. (The promised $40K model was dead on arrival, but Tesla makes vague statements about introducing it sometime in 2021.) Standard dual electric motors provide all-wheel-drive capability. Also baked into the price is Tesla’s Supercharger network, with nearly 1000 locations and 9000 chargers across North America, but charging isn’t free for the Y like it is for the bigger Model S sedan and Model X SUV. Some locations feature 250-kilowatt V3 chargers, which can deliver 158 miles worth of juice in only 15 minutes. It still can’t beat the convenience of just pulling into a gas station, but it’s years ahead of the charging network for any EV competitor.

The Model Y is not a pretty car. The Model 3’s pure lines, when bloated to crossover proportions, become a visual blob. “It’s like shooting a chrome egg,” noted photographer Cameron Neveu. This is where the striking new Polestar 2, from Volvo’s new EV sub-brand, beats Tesla. (It doesn’t, however, beat Tesla in range, with a maximum of only 250 miles.)

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There’s no traditional key for the Model Y. You get a credit card-shaped electronic key, which you must press against the door pillar or place just so on the center console. Or, more conveniently, you just use your smartphone and the Tesla app. The door handles themselves are annoying, as they require you to release them on one end, then grasp the other end to actually open the door. Too clever by half.

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Depending on your outlook, the Model Y’s cabin is either a sleek, modern space in complete congruence with the state-of-the-art technology of the electric

Skagen Falster 3 review – Business Insider

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Crafted in partnership with Danish brand Skagen, and manufactured by the prolific Fossil Group, the Skagen Falster 3 combines the best of Google’s Wear OS with capable hardware in an elegant design that’s irresistible. 

This is not the best smartwatch around; that title goes to the latest Apple Watch., It’s not even the best smartwatch for Android phone owners; that would be the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. But, the Skagen Falster 3 has its charms. 

Is the Falster 3 worthy of a place on your wrist? I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, and I’m convinced it’s the best Wear OS smartwatch currently available, but it does have its flaws.

Dimensions: 1.65 x 0.43 inches (42mm case)

Display: 416 x 416-pixel color OLED

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100

Memory: 1GB

Storage: 8GB

Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth LE, NFC

Sensors: Accelerometer, Altimeter, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Heart Rate

Battery: 24 Hours

Water resistance: 3ATM

The Skagen Falster 3 is a gorgeous smartwatch. The round, stainless steel, 42mm case has a satisfying heft to it, but at 11mm thick it manages not to be too chunky. The slim, tubular lugs connect to a range of matching bands; I have the steel mesh band, but there are silicone and leather options. There’s a rotating crown on the right, with two shortcut buttons flanking it.

When I first tried the Skagen Falster 3 on, I was impressed by the quality feel and look, which carries through to the wonderful array of Skagen watch faces. Spending more time with it has not dulled that first impression, and it’s a smartwatch that has drawn admiring glances and compliments from friends and family. The OLED screen is 1.3 inches across, and it’s sharp, bright, and responsive to touches.

I think the Skagen Falster 3 works better in a casual or work setting than it does at the gym, especially with the steel mesh band. My daily driver is usually the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, but I will switch to the Skagen for social gatherings or work meetings because I love the way it looks. 

Setup and interface

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To begin using your Skagen Falster 3 you need to download and install the Wear OS app for Android or iOS. I had some connection issues, possibly because I have a few Wear OS watches, and had to unpair and restart to get things working with my Pixel 4. 

The Wear OS interface is a bit clunky and there isn’t much in the way of help if you’re new to it. Some options feel as though they’re buried quite deep in the settings. To access the Play Store and third-party apps you press the crown, while the two shortcut buttons can be configured for workouts or whatever else you like. You can also rotate the crown to

Review: Sarah Cooper invents satire style for an anxiety-ridden world in ‘Everything’s Fine’

Sarah Cooper stars as the host of a morning television show in the Netflix special “Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine.” Photo: Lacey Terrell, Netflx

Sarah Cooper is one of the few good things to come out of the pandemic. She vaulted to public attention by lip-syncing Donald Trump in a series of funny and eerily perceptive videos. Now, with a comedy special, “Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine,” streaming on Netflix, she launches her big national career.

It’s a seriously interesting debut that confronts the particular difficulty of making social and political satire in a fraught time. It’s the same difficulty that “Saturday Night Live” has been dealing with recently, but with less success. The satirist’s dilemma can be summarized with a question: Does it really work to stand outside a burning building and make pyromaniac jokes? Maybe. Possibly. But how about if screams are still coming from the building?

“Saturday Night Live,” as an established brand, can only apply its old style to new and more dire circumstances, and with mixed results. But Cooper is brand-new, and she makes use of her newness by responding with a type of comedy that’s also brand-new, that’s absurdist, free-associative and nightmarish.

It’s a style of comedy that doesn’t have jokes, exactly. The whole spectacle is funny, but you can laugh at any point, or not at all. “Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine” is a wildly creative, on-target and proportional comic response to everything we’re going through. It is comedy for an anxiety-ridden moment.

Part mock documentary and part TV parody, the special stars Cooper as the host of a morning show called “Everything’s Fine.” A voice-over narrator tells us that every time Cooper has to say the title of her show on air, she feels like she’s about to lose her mind, and Cooper conveys that. She is genial and smiling, but her eyes always look terrified.

Actually, this smiling-but-terrified look is common with Cooper. It’s central to her comedy, and it may also reflect her own frame of mind. In any case, assuming the persona of a secretly terrified woman had to make it easier for her to play opposite the cast of established celebrities who make appearances here. These include Jane Lynch, Maya Rudolph and Helen Mirren.

Cooper lip-syncs Trump on two occasions. In the first, she appears, as Trump, on a golf course, speaking vaguely and incoherently about his policy initiatives. Later, in a longer sequence, she takes us onto the “Access Hollywood” bus, where Cooper as Trump and Mirren as Billy Bush enact the infamous tape against a background of gym lockers. The effect of seeing two women snapping towels at each other and performing the tape is deeply strange, and at least as disturbing as it is funny.

Jane Lynch (right) plays a “Karen” who calls the police on Sarah Cooper. Photo: Lacey Terrell, Netflix

“Everything’s Fine” is full of bizarre and imaginative skits. Maya Rudolph plays a TV meteorologist, whose five-day forecast includes 120-degree days, followed by 20-degree days, followed

2021 Jaguar F-Type R AWD Coupe Review: New Style, New Tech, Same Sexiness | News

The verdict: Jaguar’s updated 2021 F-Type R is even better-looking than before, and it delivers a winning mix of luxurious comfort, sports car performance and knockout style.

Versus the competition: It’s less expensive but no less capable than rivals like the Porsche 911 and Mercedes-AMG GT, and it maintains its own traditional feline styling; the new Chevrolet Corvette, however poses a value and performance challenge to the Jaguar — as it does to every other sports car on the market.

Ask any auto enthusiast what the best all-around sports car in the world is, and there’s a good chance you’ll hear the Porsche 911. For decades, the 911 has been the global benchmark for enthusiasts looking for a precision driving experience. But what do you buy if you’re looking for a sports car that’s a little different than that, one that’s still rewarding but maybe has a bit more passion to its styling, a bit more rarity to its presence, one you don’t see a dozen of at track days?

Might I suggest the 2021 Jaguar F-Type? It ticks all the boxes a 911 does — rear- or all-wheel drive, two doors, two seats, coupe or convertible, powerful engine — and throws in something the 911 has typically left as an afterthought: an absolutely gorgeous body. For 2021, Jaguar has updated that body and a few other notable features, so we took one for a weeklong spin to see if the F-Type really is a suitable alternative to the comparatively ubiquitous Porsche 911.

Related: 2021 Jaguar F-Type Video: A Cat Changes Its Stripes (a Little)

Despite the fact that the Jaguar brand isn’t one of the higher-selling nameplates in the world of luxury automobiles, it still commands a certain respect and cachet. Its historical mystique is powerful, allowing the brand to draw on decades of racing success, style leadership, technological innovation and a reputation for “glamour.” That’s why people will mob you when you show up anywhere in a Sorrento Yellow Ultra Metallic F-Type R coupe like the one I drove, whether you’re rumbling your way into a gas station, a drive-thru window or your local cars ‘n’ coffee gathering. And why wouldn’t they? There’s a lot in this new F-Type to love, and it all starts with that sensuous bodywork.

Few Cars Look Sexier

It looks a little different for 2021: Jaguar has redone the front end to give it a lower, wider, more horizontal look. Gone are the tall headlights stretching up into the fenders, replaced by slim cat-eye lenses that bring the F-Type more in line with the styling of Jaguar’s sedans. The sculpted fenders are still present, as are the muscular rear haunches evoking the whole feline image of the F-Type, first started when the stunning Jaguar E-Type appeared on the market nearly 60 years ago. New taillights adorn the rear, featuring the LED “chicane” signature Jaguar uses on the I-Pace electric car. The new headlights and grille, combined with a curvaceous rear, looks for all

Covid-19: Possible changes to quarantine and a review of Wales’ shopping rules

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Sunday morning. We’ll have another update for you at the same time on Monday morning.

1. Quarantine for Covid contacts could be reduced

Ministers are considering
reducing the 14-day quarantine period
for contacts of those who test positive for Covid-19 amid criticism of NHS Test and Trace. Sources told the BBC the period could be cut to 10 or seven days. It comes after concerns were raised over compliance and amid intense criticism of the agency’s leadership from a senior Conservative MP.

2. Pressure mounts over school meal decision

The government is facing mounting pressure
to reverse its decision not to provide free school meals to children over the holidays in England. More Conservative MPs are opposing No 10’s stance, as Labour threatens to push for another Commons vote. Meanwhile, some 2,000 children’s doctors are calling on Boris Johnson to U-turn. The government argues it has increased welfare support as well as giving additional funding to councils to help vulnerable families during the pandemic.

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The School Food Plan

3. Review for Wales’ lockdown supermarket rules

Wales will review its ban on supermarkets selling non-essential items
during the country’s two-week lockdown, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said. It comes after
government guidance said shops must close parts of their stores
that sell products such as clothes, shoes, toys and bedding during the 17-day “firebreak lockdown”.

4. Concerns over ‘dogfishing’ and abandoned pets

Dog welfare charities in Wales are concerned the high
demand for new pets during the pandemic will lead to an increase in “dogfishing”
– where dog lovers are misled into buying a dog with no clear provenance, which has often come from overseas or an illegal puppy farm. It comes amid a fivefold increase in people searching for puppies online. Between the start of lockdown in March and the end of September, the Dogs Trust charity rescued 140 puppies illegally imported from central and eastern European countries.

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5. Farm runs Covid-secure pumpkin picking for Halloween

This year has seen the cancellation of many events, but one farm in Hampshire is determined people
do not miss out on traditional Halloween activities,
such as picking pumpkins. In honour of the season, Sunnyfields Farm in Totton, has created a giant mural out of hundreds of the colourful vegetable.

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The Hampshire farm has created a huge mural out of pumpkins

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‘The Witches’ Review: A Tale of Mice and Women, Toil and Trouble

There’s no eye of newt or toe of frog in “Roald Dahl’s The Witches,” Robert Zemeckis’s take on the 1983 book — just a mischief of mice, a cantankerous cat and an occasional s-s-snake. There are people, too; some buzz around in the background while others push the story forward. Chief among these are an unnamed orphan, call him the Boy (Jahzir Bruno, sweetly sensitive), and his loving grandmother (Octavia Spencer), who form a wee bulwark against witches who appear fair but are most foul.

Narrated by a distracting Chris Rock, the story primarily takes place in flashback, in 1967, starting with an accident that kills the Boy’s parents. He moves into the Alabama home of his Grandma, whose warm embrace eases his pain. Zemeckis, working from a script written with Kenya Barris and Guillermo del Toro, handles this setup effortlessly, with his two cozily inviting leads, low-key visual panache and customary restive camerawork. Within minutes, Zemeckis has created a vibrantly inhabited world, even if the golden oldies on the soundtrack are overly familiar, as is his habit, and Grandma’s caky cornbread looks more Northern than Southern.

The witches sidle in, disguised and cunning. One materializes in a once-upon-a-time tale; another pops up in the present. Amid intimations of doom, Grandma and the Boy decamp to a resort hotel, a nonsensical turn that’s effectively a narrative contrivance. There, they soon find themselves facing down a coven of witches stirring up trouble. United by their hatred of children, the twisted sisters are led by the Grand High Witch (an amusing Anne Hathaway), who arrives with a black cat, a trunk stuffed with cash and a vile plan. Speaking in a vaguely Eastern European accent with Nordic notes, she has a cavernous mouth and jagged teeth right out of del Toro’s imaginarium.

Zemeckis improves on the first film adaptation, a 1990 oddity directed by Nicolas Roeg. There’s more heart in the new version and more emotion, qualities which can go missing in those Zemeckis movies that get lost in his technical whiz-bangery. Here, the Boy feelingly mourns his parents, creating a tangible sense of loss that strengthens the story and raises its stakes. As the Boy heals, Zemeckis pumps up the design and sets his cameras to giddily flying. Everything is slicker and grander in this iteration, including the hotel, which now looks like a supersized plantation. The movie doesn’t do much with this iconography, but it resonates simply because the heroes are now Black.

Mostly the movie is all shivers and silliness until the High Witch and her minions gather. By that point, she has peeled off her wig and bared her sharp teeth, exposing her true evil self. Witches may look like women, as Grandma warns the Boy, but they’re demons. Roeg literalized that idea by revealing the High Witch (Anjelica Huston) as a blobby, warty monster who speaks with a German accent and calls her cat “Liebchen.” Hathaway’s witch largely retains her human shape, which only makes her more

The Queen’s Gambit plays familiar moves with style and star power: Review

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I like chess, I like ’60s fashion, and I like Anya Taylor-Joy. So I was a cheap date for The Queen’s Gambit, Netflix’s new seven-part miniseries streaming Friday. Taylor-Joy plays Beth Harmon, an outcast teen chess prodigy who becomes a grown-up celebrity chess casualty. Writer-director Scott Frank tracks her from a dingy orphanage cellar to globetrotting duels against Soviet supermen. It’s a stylish period piece with the rambling-years momentum of a John Irving novel. Luscious production design and a darkly fascinating lead performance duel against mawkish sentiment and a messy final act. It’s always fun to watch, even when it’s playing emotional checkers.

The series begins with Beth hungover and half-sunk into a bathtub. She’s in a palatial Paris hotel room; the place looks trashed. She gets dressed, notices someone in her bed, pops some pills, and races downstairs. Flashbulbs pop in her face. The whole world press is there, watching her play the Russian grandmaster Vasily Borgov (Marcin Dorocinski). They make a sharp contrast. He’s a stern middle-aged communist, somehow looming and invisible, followed everywhere by his KGB retinue of bodyguard-jailers. She’s glamorous, undone, afire, and lonely. It’s a great opening, rife with conflict: America, Russia, woman, man, youth, experience, druggy hedonism, rigid professionalism.

Alas, it is a prologue flash-forward, the hottest story idea of 2006. Queen’s Gambit kind of earns its backstep. The first episode circles to a younger Beth (Isla Johnston), shellshocked after her mother dies in a maybe suicidal car crash. She arrives at a midcentury Catholic orphanage. Those three words suggest nightmare possibilities, but here the abuse is all chemical. Orderlies stuff the kids full of state-mandated tranquilizers. Beth is getting high on Orphan’s Little Helper right as she discovers chess. Downstairs, somber janitor Mr. Shaibel (Bill Camp) plays solo matches on his ratty board. He starts teaching Beth the basics, and realizes he’s found a queen.

Every episode takes another step forward in Beth’s chess career, her coming of age, and her addiction spiral. It’s a familiar biopic trajectory, though the source material is a novel by Walter Tevis. Taylor-Joy is at her best playing Beth as a kid with a Vulcan-ish awkward confidence. She lets you see how the chessboard is an escape for a confused young person and a kind of religion, offering “an entire world of just 64 squares” to someone whose inner life is full of murky confusion.

Beth winds up adopted by the Wheatleys, a married couple whose heavily patterned house looks like the mausoleum of ’50s America. Dad Allston (Patrick Kennedy) is distantly busy. His wife, Alma (Marielle Heller), grieves a never-quite-explained loss by retreating into daylight drinking and perpetual television. When she realizes her adopted daughter has a lucrative chess habit, she sparks to life. Heller’s performance is astounding, a world-weary match for Taylor-Joy’s anxious curiosity. Alma becomes a supportive manager, yet there’s something overly vicarious in her interest. She’s being a good mother — and turning a teenager into her drinking

Apple iPad Air (2020) review

I am the best kind of person to write a review of the new iPad Air. And, not just because I’m the editor of Engadget, but because I happen to be in the market for a personal computer. I need a machine for emails, browsing, Spotify and Slack— basic stuff. But I’m undecided between a pricey notebook and a tablet. Do I really need a $1,300 machine when I already have a work laptop that I use 10 hours a day, five days a week?

As it happens, even though I’ve reviewed iPads for my job, I’ve never actually owned one. And according to Apple, I’m not alone: more than half of iPad buyers are first-time iPad owners. Other than my persnickety taste, then, I am exactly the kind of person Apple is trying to win over with the Air.

Not that it’s a revolutionary update over last year’s model. The new Air is slightly larger than the previous generation, and more expensive, too: $599 for the base model, up from $499. The performance, WiFi speeds and optional LTE are all said to be faster. The tablet also now supports Apple’s second-generation Apple Pencil, which brings some genuinely useful new tricks in iPadOS 14. With a few exceptions, the Air is now on par with the iPad Pro, in terms of both features and specs. 

Design and hardware

When we tested the 2019 Air, we dinged it for its stale design (a common complaint in our Apple reviews). This year’s edition looks a lot more like an iPad Pro, with flat edges; a smooth, uninterrupted back panel; and a nearly edge-to-edge screen that does away with the old-school home button. The Touch ID fingerprint sensor that used to live there is now contained within the lock button. 

On the bottom you’ll find a USB-C port — an amenity that until now has been reserved for the Pro line. Also on board is the same Smart Connector found on the last-generation Air and other newer Apple tablets. You’ll need this for the optional Magic Keyboard and folio cover. Otherwise, you’ve got stereo speakers and separate volume buttons, but no headphone jack. Buy yourself some AirPods, kids.

Apple's iPad Air has gained a USB-C port in the 2020 model.Apple's iPad Air has gained a USB-C port in the 2020 model.
Apple’s iPad Air has gained a USB-C port in the 2020 model.

Your color choice may also be a giveaway that you’ve got a newer model. Though it’s available in familiar hues like silver, Space Gray and Rose Gold, you can also opt for Sky Blue and Green, the same mint shade as the new iPhone 12. If you saw Apple’s press photos on launch day and the pastel tones reminded you a little too much of Easter eggs, rest assured it’s much more subtle in real life — almost a slate blue. 

Though the display is slightly larger this time around (10.9 inches, up from 10.5), the tablet weighs the same, at about one pound. It’s the same story with so many laptops we’ve tested in recent years: maximizing screen real estate

Allbirds Clothing Launch Review

Allbirds makes some of our favorite shoes, that’s no secret. And while their underwear is top-notch too, that’s all they had to offer in the clothing department— until recently. Because Allbirds knows we want their sustainable Merino Wool everywhere, they’ve launched clothing for men and women for the very first time, and they let me try it out, too.

TrinoXO Tee: Let’s just get this one out of the way: it’s made out of discarded crab shells. I can’t tell you how, what, or why — I truly don’t know —but what I can say it might just be your new favorite T-Shirt. It’s extremely soft, well fitting, and as with all of Allbirds gear, sustainably made (this time, just out of crab shells).

Wool Puffer: If you’re looking for a new puffer for the cooler months, Allbirds’ puffer is a great way to stay warm and dry all winter without worrying about your impact. It’s made of wool, has a nice collar on the neck, and a nice shape too. It has substance, which you want in a puffer so that it’s not tossed about by the wind, but instead sits around the hips with flair and style.

Wool Cardi: Personally, this is one of my favorites from the collection. It’s perfect work from home attire—the perfect sweater to leave draped around your chair to throw on if you get a little chilly.

Check out the full women’s line here.

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Noise-punk “supergroup” Brandy kills it on The Gift of Repetition | Music Review

A few years ago Matthew Hord, who fronts Chicago-based noise-punk mainstays Running (and played alongside yours truly in a handful of local bands over the years), moved to New York City and linked up with guitarist Jordan Lovelace and drummer Peter Buxton, both of whom had played a similar style of jumpy, blown-out garage rock in their band Pampers. The new trio gave themselves the confusing-on-all-streaming-platforms name “Brandy,” which makes them nearly impossible to Google and (according to at least one Instagram story) has resulted in disappointing showgoers anticipating a performance by the 90s R&B icon. They forged ahead with more overdriven noise rock, but staying on-brand didn’t mean stagnating—they stepped up their collective game by leaps and bounds. Brandy’s second full-length, the brand-new The Gift of Repetition (Total Punk), is an economical, abrasive eight-song blast that piles new sounds on top of the the glorious scuzz of the members’ past bands: the bonehead punk of the Spits, the minimal stomp of Coachwhips, even the catchy vocal interplay of the B-52s. Within Brandy’s relentless madness lie gems of pure pop genius: opening track “(Wish You Was) Madball Baby” cleverly ping-pongs its earworm vocals between Buxton and Hord (and even includes some wild harmonies), while the end of album single “UFO’s 2 Heaven” sounds like a twisted beach-party sing-along. The Gift of Repetition is easily the best thing anyone in this crew of dudes has put out, and its raw, cathartic fun beats the hell out of doomscrolling.   v

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