Ring’s Video Doorbell 3 Plus takes a run at Google’s Nest Hello

Ring’s Video Doorbell 3 Plus, first announced on March 11 — which feels like a very long time ago amid the coronavirus pandemic and resulting quarantine — is available now at Best Buy and other online retailers, including Ring’s store. Like Google’s Nest Hello doorbell, Ring’s 3 Plus costs $230 (£199, AU$369). That’s on the high end of video doorbells now, but the 3 Plus has one key trick that separates it from every other battery-powered Ring buzzer: Pre-Roll. 

Like

  • Can be hardwired or run on included rechargeable battery
  • People Only Mode successfully filtered out most nonperson motion activity alerts
  • Pre-Roll feature records extra motion activity so you can see more of an event

Don’t Like

  • At $230, the 3 Plus is on the pricey end
  • Doesn’t work with Google Assistant or Siri

I’ll talk more about the Pre-Roll feature in a bit, but the gist is that it captures and saves four seconds of video footage leading up to motion detection. That means it can pick up crucial footage that the camera might otherwise miss. 

Read more: Recommending Ring doorbells is as tough as ever, but new security changes are a plus

The combination of

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LG Gram 17 (2020) review: A lightweight productivity machine with a big screen


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If you’ve been working from home on a 13-, 14- or 15-inch laptop and you’re finding your productivity suffering by working on its small screen, you may be craving moving to something larger. An external display might make the most sense assuming you’ve got the room for one. But, if you need something more mobile and lap-friendly, the LG Gram 17 might do the trick because, despite its tall 17-inch display, it’s incredibly light with a long battery life making it a standout in the category. 

Like

  • Incredibly light for a 17-inch laptop.
  • Improved keyboard and overall design from 2019.
  • Long battery life.

Don’t Like

  • Expensive.
  • Centered touchpad could cause accidental clicks, cursor movement.

Built from a magnesium alloy, the 2020 LG Gram 17 weighs just under 3 pounds (1.4 kilograms) — less than many smaller ultraportables and certainly less than other 17-inch models. Because the laptop feels like it’s filled with nothing but air and doesn’t have the weight or stiffness of aluminum, the Gram laptops (they’re available in 13- and 15-inch sizes as well as an excellent 14-inch two-in-one) usually get knocked for feeling cheap or plasticky. The main issue here is that it’s decidedly

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2020 Lexus RC F review: Power and presence, but still a step behind

I love the Infrared paint on this test car.


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The luxury performance coupe segment is dominated by heavy-hitters such as the Audi RS5, BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63. But Lexus has been playing in this space, too. The sharp-looking RC F launched in 2015 — a coupe-bodied successor to the outrageous IS F that came before it — and it gets a few meaningful updates for the 2020 model year that make it even more attractive than before.

Like

  • Hot damn this thing looks good
  • V8 engine brings a nice rumble to the cabin

Don’t Like

  • Enform infotainment system needs a major overhaul
  • Transmission could be snappier

What’s new

There’s no denying the RC F is a handsome car, especially decked out in the Infrared color of my tester. But for 2020, the big coupe gets a few small styling tweaks. The cool-looking stacked tailpipes are still here, but they’re set off by new taillights and a redesigned bumper. Up front, you’ll notice larger air intakes and restyled headlights. The huge spindle grille is as prominent here as it’s ever been, though it’s actually a bit smaller for 2020.

The RC F gets a few engineering

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Motorola Edge Plus: 5G, best cameras of any Moto phone…but I wanted more

The Motorola Edge Plus ($1,000 at Motorola) has pretty much everything you’d hope for in a premium 5G phone: It’s got a Snapdragon 865 chipset, a giant battery, an OLED screen with a high refresh rate and multiple rear cameras with heavy-duty specs. Motorola took features found on other top-of-the-line Android phones, put its own Moto spin on them and housed them all into one of the most wonderful Android phones I’ve tried in a long time.

Like

  • Long-lasting battery so far
  • Edge display
  • Best cameras on any Moto phone

Don’t Like

  • Verizon exclusive
  • No IP rating for water resistance
  • Night Vision isn’t great

But there are two things about the phone that can impede its success. One is its chunky build and lack of IP rating for water or dust resistance. The other is that it’s sold as a Verizon exclusive in the US, which could shut out interested buyers. Considering the Edge Plus is competing in a sea of other 5G, Snapdragon 865-powered phones, it needs all the advantages it can get. Anyone in the market for such a device can afford to be picky. 

Want a screen with a higher refresh rate than 90Hz?

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Coronavirus treatments: Remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine and vaccines for COVID-19

Everything you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines.


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The coronavirus has spread across the globe with speed and ferocity, reaching almost every country on the planet. The world has been sent into lockdown in an attempt to flatten the curve and prevent health care systems from being overwhelmed. Major events, including the Tokyo Olympics, have been postponed or canceled altogether. As health authorities and governments continue to mitigate extensive transmission in the community, scientists and researchers are turning their attention to another goal: Development of treatments and vaccines.

Since coronavirus was first discovered as the causative agent of COVID-19, scientists have been racing to get a better understanding of the virus’ genetic makeup and unravel how to effectively treat infections. There’s no cure and medical specialists can only treat the symptoms of the disease. Many different treatment options have been proposed and some older drugs seem to be associated with positive outcomes — but much more work is required. However, the long-term strategy to combat COVID-19, which has spread to every continent on Earth besides Antarctica, is to develop a vaccine.

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