2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave review: Desert runner

The king of the rocks is now the king of the desert.


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When I first drove the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, I thought I’d found my off-road dream truck. Solid axles, a crazy crawl ratio, front and rear differential lockers and a convertible to boot? Hell yes. But then Jeep unveiled the Gladiator Mojave, and now that I’ve had a chance to put it through its paces, well, move over, Rubicon.

Like

  • Purposeful suspension upgrades
  • No noticeable loss in other off-road abilities
  • Easy-to-use Uconnect infotainment tech
  • The roof comes off!

Don’t Like

  • Reduced tow rating
  • Fully loaded models get pretty expensive

The Mojave is only offered with four-wheel drive and a two-speed transfer case. It’s also only available with Jeep’s 3.6-liter V6 engine, and while a six-speed manual transmission is standard, you can opt for an eight-speed automatic for $2,000.

This is also the first vehicle to get Jeep’s new Desert Rated badge. This means that, in addition to all of the usual off-road stuff that goes into earning the Trail Rated badge, the Gladiator Mojave is prepped for high-speed desert running. I’m talking about bombing through whoops and scrambling up dunes. Yes, any Gladiator can do

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Elac Debut Reference DBR62 review: High-end design, friendly sound

Since leaving Pioneer in 2015, speaker designer Andrew Jones has continued to produce some of the best speakers for the money in his new home at Elac America. His newest speaker, the Debut Reference, shares DNA with the original dam-busting Debut B6, which produced a warm sound and a lot of bass for a compact speaker. The Reference is the real sonic successor to the first Debut, with its own warm yet vocally expressive sound. 

Like

  • Warm tone handles jazz, folk and vocals particularly well.
  • Forgiving and versatile with many systems.
  • Premium design for the money.

Don’t Like

  • They lack the drive demanded by rock and pop.
  • Cheaper Elacs offer better value for the money.

As much as I enjoyed listening to the Elac Debut Reference DBR62, it’s arguable if it’s worth the extra cost compared to Elac’s Debut 2.0. The 2.0 is superior in many ways at half the price, while the Uni-Fi offers an even more detailed performance for the same money as than the Reference. Neither of those look or feel as premium as the Reference, though.

If you don’t crave out-and-out excitement in your music, and instead want a laid-back performance for jazz

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2020 Bentley Flying Spur review: A truly sublime sedan

There is something fundamentally right about a British luxury machine dipped in the color green. The shades may change but somehow the historic truth is that it always just works. From the moment I first laid eyes on the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur you see here, clad in a color called Verdant, I felt all was right in the world. (Editors’ note: This was months ago, when optimism was still possible.)

Like

  • Surprisingly deft handling
  • Limitless power
  • Loaded with tech and features
  • Championship-level comfort

Don’t Like

  • That W12 sure is thirsty
  • Ancient rear-seat tablets

But the clean look of this car isn’t just about the paint, it’s also about the trim. This car features the so-called Blackline Specification, which turns the machine’s typical brightwork dark and creates a more muted, modern look.

So it’s a blend of the old and the new, then, and that’s the moral of the story here with the 2020 Flying Spur: A classic brand putting out a modern sedan into a world increasingly full of SUVs — machines like the bigger Bentley, the Bentayga.

So how can a car like the new Flying Spur compete? It’s a rough road to climb, but it

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Netflix Party: Binge-watch Tiger King and other TV shows at the same time as friends

Invite your friends to join your Netflix Party remotely.


Netflix Party

Miss binge-watching the latest TV and movies with your friends? Tiger King is one popular show that comes to mind. You’re in luck, this free extension for the Google Chrome browser called Netflix Party lets you start, stop and pause a Netflix movie or show so you can watch it at the same time as a group of friends and family, without the hard work of trying to synchronize everyone. (“Three, two, one … Play!”) 

There’s also a side chat bar where you and your friends can discuss what’s going on in the movie — much like you would if you were sitting together on the couch.

The sudden and severe lack of socializing as a result of trying to stem the spread of the coronavirus puts a particular strain on children who have been removed from school, and on people who live alone. (Here’s everything you need to know about staying healthy, educated and sane during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

Netflix Party helps bridge the gap by letting you and your friends simultaneously stream shows and movies on your desktop, so you’re always watching the same thing

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2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S first drive review: Quick, fast and then some

I spend a lot of time pedantically arguing about the difference between “fast” and “quick.” Many people use these words interchangeably, and if you’re one of them, well, you’re wrong. To properly illustrate this disparity, let me introduce you to the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S — a car that is very, very fast and very, very quick.

“Fast” refers to velocity. “Quick” is how long it takes to get there. This Turbo S defines both in superlative fashion. The newest member of the 992-generation Porsche 911, this model has a top speed of 205 mph and takes just 2.6 seconds to hit 60 mph.

The Turbo S comes standard with a staggered 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheel setup.


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Numbers don’t properly convey the experience. Launching the 911 Turbo S is the best kind of brutal — you don’t even have to get halfway into the throttle to unleash more force than you can reasonably use on a highway onramp. Want to make that yellow light? Just flex your big toe. Under full-throttle launch, the 911 Turbo S is quicker than other, more exotic-looking supercars such as the Ferrari 488 Pista, Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and McLaren

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The top 5 Apple Apps to Boost Business Productivity

These Apple Store apps help remote workers stay focused, organized, and efficient, and apps related to business productivity are now on sale.

Many employees were given mere hours notice that their job would be moving from in-the-office to remote work, as a reaction to the quick spread of COVID-19. For those who already have WFH part-time, the transition was less grueling than for those who infrequently, or even never have worked from home and are starting with a clean slate to set a home office.
 
Clearly, the goal for anyone telecommuting is to work efficiently and productively, and workers everywhere welcome assistance. So whether you have a MacBook, Apple Watch, iPad, or iPhone, let’s take a look at the top five apps in the Apple store designed to boost productivity on a Mac. Note: The Apple App Store is now offering a 60% discount on business productivity apps.

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