2020 Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge review: Half-million-dollar flex

The Black Badge doesn’t have to be painted black.

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The Wraith is Rolls-Royce’s full-size, grand touring coupe. It measures 207.4 inches from nose to tail, and sports a 122.5-inch wheelbase. The design leads with the vertical slats of Rolls”http://www.cnet.com/”phantom grille” and follows up with a sweeping roofline that flows smoothly and near seamlessly from the base of A-pillar to the rear decklid. The proportions and sparse sculpting and detailing lend the Wraith a heavy, solid appearance — as if machined from a solid block of steel — that is backed up by both the quality of its construction.

It’s an imposing machine, both figuratively and physically.


  • Super smooth V12 performance
  • Bespoke ultra-luxurious cabin
  • Unique amenities you’ll only find on a Rolls-Royce

Don’t Like

  • Cabin tech is a decade old.
  • Exterior design is a tad dull.

The Black Badge package adds $50,000 to the Wraith’s $330,000 starting price, bringing both performance upgrades and styling tweaks to the party. In addition to a torquier engine tune, there’s also a throatier exhaust (which you can still barely hear in the Roller’s coffin-quiet cabin), a set of 21-inch carbon-alloy composite wheels and a more dynamic Sport setting for the standard self-leveling

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The 2020 Perseid meteor shower is still going strong: How to watch the show

Some 2019 Perseids, as seen from Macedonia.

Spaceweather.com/Stojan Stojanovski

It’s mid-August, which means the annual Perseid meteor shower is active, and will be until Aug. 24. The Perseids are one of the best, brightest batches of shooting stars, and it feels like we could really use them now to add a bit of wonder and distraction into these pretty dismal times we’re living through.  

This famous shower comes around this time every year as the Earth drifts through a debris cloud left behind by the giant comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. Bits of dust, pebbles and other cosmic detritus slam into our atmosphere, burning up into brief, bright streaks and even the occasional full-blown fireball streaking across the night sky. 

Technically, the 2020 Perseids peaked on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 11 and morning of Wednesday, Aug. 12, but that doesn’t mean the show is over. Far from it, actually. 

The popularity of the shower is a combination of the fact that it’s one of the strongest, with up to 100 visible meteors per hour on average, and it’s coinciding with warm summer nights in the northern

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Top 5 Tablets for Business Professionals

Different professionals often need different hardware. Find out if one of these five tablets might may fill your workday niche.

Tablets have long occupied an odd middle ground between smartphones and laptop computers. Larger screens mean the devices are better for consuming media and playing games, but a lack of a full-fledged operating system means tablets are likely to underdeliver for heavier computing tasks.

That’s not the case in 2020, with a multitude of tablets available that can fill a vital role for different types of professional users–in some cases, even replacing a work laptop entirely. If you’re in the market for a new tablet, these five options are each suited to one or more business niches, and could be your must-have device for getting work done on the go.

Apple iPad Pro

Image: Apple

Apple has been pushing hard to make the iPad Pro a new option for laptop owners, and there are a lot of features in the 2020 iPad Pro that make it a potential choice, especially for those who wish MacBooks would get a touchscreen. The iPad Pro can reportedly outperform many PC laptops, it has great peripherals like the Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard case, trackpad,

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