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Today’s Best Deals: A Futuristic Home Gym System, Deals on Rain Jackets & More

Get the Ultimate Home Workout Tool for $100 Off

Working out a home can often be a drab, repetitive business. It can be difficult to get up the motivation to workout, and once you do, knowing what exercises to do when, and on what equipment can quickly zap that energy and momentum. But Tempo is here to change all of that. Tempo is an AI-powered home gym that streams workouts straight to your home from expert coaches. The system includes a full weight set, and even has built-in 3D sensors that allow coaches to critique and improve your form while you’re working out. It’s about as close as you can get to being in a live class, without having to leave your home. Best of all, Tempo is offering $100 off a system of your own when you use the code GearPatrol.

Buy Now: $1,995 $1,895

5 On-Sale Rain Jackets That Are Perfect for Fall

Rain jackets are often viewed as a springtime apparel necessity, but there’s plenty of rain to protect yourself against in the fall, too.

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This Apple Watch Series 5 Is $100 Off — And Still a Great Buy

In the wake of Apple’s Series 6 release, you can snap up a great discount on the Series 5.

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The Prime Day for Cheap Furniture Is Coming. Here’s What You Need to Know

If the sale were any bigger, Wayfair would be giving things away for free.

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The Apple Watch Series 3 Is Back Down to $170 (Its Lowest Price Ever)

10 Deals Not to Miss: CRKT Knives, Hill City Rain Jacket & More

There are so many deals on the internet that we can’t get to all of them.

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One of the Best Percussion Massage Devices Is Deeply Discounted Right Now

Get This Glow-in-the-Dark Field Watch for Just $99

With tough field watch with its illuminated dial is discounted 38% off its $160 retail price.

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Want Carhartt Pants? Check Out This Massive Sale

Carhartt might be the most trusted name in workwear, and right now you can get its classic canvas pants for $30.

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Apple’s AirPods Pro Are Cheaper Than Ever Right Now

Amazon is selling Apple’s AirPods Pro for $200 right now. It’s the best deal on new AirPods Pro that we’ve seen.

Buy Now: $250 $200

10 Deals Not to Miss: Coleman Camp Stove, Bonobos Chinos & More

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A Ton of Lululemon Activewear Is Deeply Discounted Today

It’s time to start planning for fall, and the premium apparel maker is hooking it up.

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You Can Get Wireless Earbuds for Just $30

It’s pretty incredible how cheap wireless earbuds are getting. You can get a decent pair, like the Skullcandy Sesh or JLab Audio’s Go Air, for as low as $30.

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Need a Watch Winder? This One Is Massively Discounted

If you have a collection of automatic watches, a winder is a worthy investment — and some Wolf watch winders are available at a great deal right now.

Buy Now: $565 $159

One of the Best Workout Shoes Is Insanely Discounted Right Now

Now’s the time to save big (like, 42 percent off big) on the Reebok Nano 9, a GP100 selection that’s perfect for home workouts.

Buy Now: $130 $75

These Are the Best Motorcycle Gear Deals You’ll Find All Week

Seeking a bargain on a new motorcycle helmet, jacket or gloves? We’ve got your back.

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Trying to Get a Steal on Bedding? Check Out This Ridiculous Sale

A bunch of discontinued styles mean great deals for you.

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22 Style Deals Actually Worth Shopping Right Now

From iconic sandals to fuzzy sweaters and more, these stylish deals will refresh your wardrobe.

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Oculus Introduces Quest 2 VR Headset

The Oculus Quest VR headset just got even better. The all-new Quest 2 is a serious upgrade from the original & that’s impressive. First, the 2 boasts twice the resolution of its predecessor, now with 2K per eye for life-like visuals. There’s a new faster processor that’s also 10% lighter, and this model is considerably less expensive. Choose from a 64GB or 256GB model. Drops Oct. 13.

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How to Update Your AirPods Pro and Get Better Audio

Apple revealed earlier this year at WWDC that it would be rolling out a big firmware update to the AirPods Pro that greatly improves the sonic abilities. Well, with the launch of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 for the iPhone and iPad, the firmware update for the AirPods Pro is finally here.

The new firmware update gives the AirPods Pro a new “Spatial Audio” feature so that they can take better advantage of the built-in accelerometer in each earbud. When watching a video or movie on your iPhone or Mac computer, the AirPods Pro are now able to know exactly where your head in relation to the screen and then adjust the audio accordingly. The update would also bring support for immersive sound technologies like Dolby Atmos, so it’ll sound more like you’re watching a movie in an actual theater.

Additionally, the update gives the AirPods Pro two other features. First, there’s a new automatic switching feature; the earbuds will automatically detect which device you’re listening to — be it iPhone, iPad or Mac — and then switch to it (no dealing with Bluetooth Settings required). Also, there’s an “optimized charging” feature that allows your AirPods Pro to learn your usage habits and only charge to 100 percent when it knows your about to use them. This is a feature iPhones and iPads have had for years and should help your AirPods Pro have a longer lifespan.

In order to get these new features. you need to makes sure that they have 3A283 firmware update and that your phone or iPad has iOS 14. To check to see if your AirPods have the new update, make sure you have them paired to your iPhone or iPad. Then open the Settings app > General > About. Then scroll down and select the name of your AirPods Pro. The next screen should tell you the firmware version of your AirPods Pro. If it’s 3A283 — you’re up to date.

There’s a good chance your AirPods Pro will already be up to date. If that’s not the case however, you can update your AirPods Pro fairly easily. Make sure they’re paired with your iPhone or iPad and stick them back in their charging case. Then make sure the charging case is being charged, either by a Lightning cord or a wireless charging pad, and the open the lid of the AirPods Pro. Unfortunately, there isn’t a option to automatically update the AirPods Pro, but after waiting a few minutes they should update on their own.

Once updated, you can turn on the Spatial Audio feature by opening the Control Center (swipe down from the upper-right corner) and long-pressing on the AirPods Pro volume bar the same way you’d switch between noise-canceling and transparency modes. You should see a “Spatial Audio” option next to noise-cancellation. If not, your iPhone probably hasn’t downloaded iOS 14 yet.

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    How You Can Hike to Help Diversify the Outdoors

    Ron Griswell believes the outdoors are for everybody, not just the kinda groups that historically have better access to them (translation: white people). To open this world up to so many who haven’t full experienced it, the veteran outdoorsman has relaunched HBCUs Outside and rolled out its first fundraiser, #BlacktotheTrails5k. Best part? No matter where you live or how you choose to move, you can get involved.

    First, a bit of backstory. HBCUs is short for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and HBCUs Outside is a non-profit that aims to support these schools in helping students close the adventure gap.

    One of the big goals of this fundraiser? Raising money to furnish campuses with gear libraries, where people can rent, say, a whole bunch of camping equipment for a weekend. That helps lower the barrier to entry for such activities, increasing the odds of getting a wider variety of people hooked on the outdoors.

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    Now, how can you get involved? This Saturday, September 19th, is Global Trail Running Day. From that day through September 27th, #BlackToTheTrails5k encourages you to run, walk or use your adaptive device to travel five kilometers, in solidarity with HBCUs Outside. You can do it literally anywhere and share on social media to raise awareness for the cause. Signing up for the Virtual 5K costs $20, and you can also join a team, create a team, sponsor a runner in need or simply donate.

    Any way you choose to get involved helps make a difference. It will also likely leave you appreciating your own outdoor history — and your local trail — just a little bit more.

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    The Prime Day for Cheap Furniture Is Coming. Here’s What You Need to Know

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    What Is Way Day?

    Every year, budget shoppers’ favorite furniture website, Wayfair, holds Way Day, a multi-day sale with some of its biggest markdowns to date. Like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, Way Day is the best time to shop the best deals on almost every item you’ve had your eyes on throughout the year. Like previous Way Day sales, you can expect markdowns up to 80 percent off. And unlike Amazon Prime Day, no paid membership is required, and everything ships for free. The event runs across all of Wayfair’s subsites — Joss & Main, AllModern and Birch Lane — which cover different home decor styles. We’ll be updating this page with the best deals we find once Way Day starts. Bookmark it.

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    When Is Way Day?

    Wayfair just confirmed that Way Day 2020 will start on September 23 at 12 a.m. EST and end on September 25 at 3 a.m. EST.

    What Should I Buy?

    We’re already aware of some of the items to be discounted during Way Day, but we don’t know how steep the discounts on these items will be. Here’s what to keep your eye on.

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    Looking for the Best Bourbon for the Money? Just Get This

    Skip the heavy lifting and go straight to what’s best. Just Get This is our no-nonsense guide to the gear you need, now.

    “What’s the best bourbon you can buy?” is an impossible question to answer without knowing a person’s tastes, budget and the drinking context. That said, Knob Creek’s 9-year-old Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is the correct answer for more people than any other bottle. Here’s why.

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    Return of the age statement

    In a time when age statements – a guarantee of the minimum number of years a whiskey was aged – are drying up or demanding top dollar, Knob Creek brought its 9-year guarantee back, and for only $30 a bottle. In terms of age-dollar value, it’s unrivaled.

    Available everywhere, always

    There are stores that don’t carry Four Roses. There are stores that don’t carry Buffalo Trace. There are not stores that don’t carry Knob Creek. When it comes to availability and, by extension, consistent and fair pricing, this is a huge factor.

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    How does it taste? Knob Creek’s peanut profile is a known and very delicious quantity. It’s not as spice-driven as other mid-shelf bourbons, which makes it more approachable for those newer to the bourbon world, but its age and buttery finish provides more depth than its contemporaries.

    Be like (and good with) water

    Knob Creek Small Batch is not a mixing whiskey, it’s not a shooter and it’s not something that demands savoring, but you could take it any way you want and you won’t be disappointed. The price, quality and availability all but guarantees it.

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    You Wouldn’t Expect This Premium Leather on a Pair of Sperrys

    After falling overboard and into the ocean, Paul Sperry didn’t blame the slippery ship deck — he blamed his shoes. He set out to create a non-slip shoe ready to take on soaked decks and the boat shoe as we know it today was born in 1935. His brand has been the go-to brand ever since for nautical footwear and a staple of preppy style. Now, its latest release infuses a wabi-sabi mindset into its shoes with patina-ready natural vegetable-tanned leather.

    Part of its premium Cloud collection, the release features four shoes with full-grain leather linings and footbeds for both durability and comfort. While the two sneakers feature vulcanized rubber construction and siped soles — the invention that made Sperry a success — the boat shoe and the tassel loafer stand on thick Vibram soles with welted construction.

    But, the highlight of the collection has to be the uppers. All four shoes in the collection are made using natural, undyed vegetable-tanned leather. Because it’s left in its natural, undyed state, the leather starts out light pink. But with wear, exposure to the sun and gathering of oils over time, the leather will drastically change and form a deep patina that’s unique to you. Think of it like raw denim — you wear it in and achieve your own fades.

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    Cloud Authentic Original 3-Eye Boat Shoe

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    $175.00

    Cloud CVO Deck Sneaker

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    $140.00

    Cloud Chancla Sneaker

    Sperry Top Sider

    $120.00

    Men’s Cloud Authentic Original Tassel Loafer

    Sperry Top Sider

    $200.00

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    “There are Two Affordable Apple Watches Now. But Which One is Better?

    Apple now offers three different flavors of Apple Watch. The Series 6 is without a doubt the best and most expensive option, starting at $399. But for the first time Apple is selling two cheaper Apple Watch models. There’s the all-new Apple Watch SE that starts at $279 and the three-year old Apple Watch Series 3 that starts at $199 — so what exactly is the difference between the two? Well, there’s quite a lot.

    At $199, the Apple Watch Series 3 is $80 cheaper than the Apple Watch SE, and despite the fact that it is another year older, Apple hasn’t dropped its price. The main thing is that the Series 3 is now three years old and still has the old design. Remember, the Series 4 was the first Apple Watch with the substantial redesign, with the larger display and slimmed down bezels, so the Series 3 definitely is going to feel like an old design.

    The Series 3 does have a built-in GPS and an optical heart sensor, just like the one found in the Series SE, so it’s good for fitness tracking and it’s also able to record your heart rate. However, the Series 3 lacks the always-on altimeter and the built-in compass, so it’s probably not as great of hikers and outdoors enthusiasts.

    Also, Apple just recently discontinued the Series 3’s cellular model, meaning you can only buy a GPS-only model from now on. If you are somebody who likes to leave your iPhone behind when you workout or go for runs, the Series 3 won’t be able to send you smartphone notifications.

    Both watches can take advantages of the new features of watchOS 7, like as sleep tracking, and they both have the same battery life of up to 18 hours. Neither have an always-on display. If you’re looking for the cheapest option, the Series 3 is still a good deal. However, I’d argue for just $80 extra, the Apple SE is definitely worth it. You’re getting a better-looking smartwatch that’s also a little more versatile.

    Buy Now: $199+ (Series 3) Buy Now: $279+ (SE)

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    These Premium Sneakers Are Radically Affordable

    New York-based Thursday Boot Co. just released its first sneaker that delivers top quality details for a radically affordable price. The Premier Low Top features top-tier leather uppers, Vaquetta leather insoles, 2mm EVA cushioned insole covers and dual density rubber outsoles — all for just $129.

    The minimalist design shows the natural beauty of the leathers — sourced from the legendary Horween and Carpanese tanneries — devoid of superfluous stitching details. These are some of the best premium sneakers available and cost a fraction of price of the competition. To learn more about the style and what makes them stand out, we talked to Thursday Boot Co. CEO and co-founder Nolan Walsh.

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    What was the impetus to expand from boots to sneakers?

    At first I was pretty resistant to the idea of expanding into sneakers because I was not confident we could do something additive to what was already on the market. After tabling the idea to pursue sneakers, late one night I was voicing my hesitancy to my friend/CMO, Zach Jacobs, and he asked me “then which sneakers on the market do you think are perfect?”

    I didn’t have an answer, so I started to look around more closely. I couldn’t find any perfectly clean sneakers with top tier materials at what I would consider a reasonable price point, so we set out to do the same thing with sneakers that we did with boots five years earlier. Make the highest quality, most comfortable, timeless sneaker possible, and sell it at the lowest sustainable markup possible.

    How did you choose the silhouette of the Premier Lop Top?
    I love a minimalist aesthetic, particularly when it comes to men’s fashion. High quality materials, impeccable technical construction and comfort are all necessary for the smart, effortless style that I most appreciate. When I was looking around before starting the sneaker project, I was amazed I couldn’t find a single sneaker that was pristine, and perfectly clean — if you don’t trust me, look for yourself.

    Every sneaker I found had some unnecessary pattern or stitch work. As the true shoe dogs know, adding stitches and pattern work allows for lower quality materials and are typically easier to produce because it is easier to hide flaws. With big pattern pieces, there is nowhere to hide the flaws. Doing the cleanest visible pattern forces us to have every technical element of the construction perfect, that challenge is what got me excited about the project.

    How did you make the sneaker better?
    We sweat all the details: every millimeter of the last, custom outsole molds in every half size so that the fit is perfect — very atypical — and even densities of every element. The easiest example from a pattern perspective is the collar foam. As you probably know, most brands have some heel and collar stitchwork or overlay pieces to keep the collar foam in place and looking consistent as opposed to doing the R&D to make the perfect collar foam for their specific last. To maintain a clean look and optimize comfort we tested countless types of foam with different thicknesses densities and cutting shapes before settling on our low density high rebound foam cut in a, somewhat-difficult-to-explain ¾ cylindrical, ¼ angled edge shape.

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    What makes these sneakers stand out from others at this price?
    Well, I must concede that everyone is going to say their sneakers are well made and that their fit is perfect, so I think the easiest differentiator for a potential customer to look at is the material composition. Our sneakers feature rich leather uppers from the finest tanneries in the USA (Horween) and Italy (Carpanese), buttery soft sheepskin lining, dual-density natural rubber outsoles and Vaquetta leather insoles.

    Furthering the point, our insole leather supplier appreciatively told us that we are the only client he’s ever had in his two decades in business who did insole leather density testing and receiving insole leather cuts in a specific custom density range. I don’t think people need to simply take us on our word when we say our sneakers are a great value. Try finding another sneaker less than $130 using leathers from our tanneries partners, and you’ll see that we are serious about our low markup philosophy.

    What about the upper leathers?

    We didn’t just want to do the run of the mill leather sneakers. It was important to us that the sneakers tie into our boot collection. While I love white and black sneakers and felt they were necessary evergreen colorways, the more difficult choices were the 3 other colorways. We’ve been working with Horween since we started Thursday and their leathers have a unique heritage Americana aesthetic. We went with Essex, Chromexcel (Natural) and Waxed Flesh Roghout (Cacao) — three very different tannages — to give a sense of texture to the line while staying true to the Heritage Americana aesthetic we love.

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    A Short Buying Guide to the New Apple Watch Bands

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    Forget the Apple Watch Series 6, the Apple Watch SE, the new iPad Air, and all that other stuff — that stuff is expensive. New straps! New straps are more digestible.

    Apple dropped several brand spankin’ new designs as well as several new colors for a few of its core Apple Watch bands. Chief amongst the newness is the Solo Loop, a strap made of a single piece of either silicone rubber or a polyester/silicone mix that doesn’t feature a buckle or clasp. Available in nine sizes, you simply find your correct fit and slip the band on and off.

    We broke down the new bands as well as which classic models are receiving new color updates. Check ’em out below.

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    1 The Solo Loop

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    $49.00

    Apple’s new Solo Loop is made of a single piece of liquid silicone rubber. It’s available in nine sizes for a precise fit and comes in seven colors.

    2 The Braided Solo Loop

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    $99.00

    Made from recycled polyester and silicone materials, the Braided Solo Loop, which is also available in nine sizes, is sweat- and water-resistant.

    3 The Leather Link

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    $99.00

    This leather band doesn’t have a clasp or buckle — rather, it comes in two lengths and features a hidden magnetic enclosure. It’s made of handcrafted Roux Granada leather.

    4 The Sport Band

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    $49.00

    Apple’s Sport Band, which closes with a button system, now comes in four new colors, including Pink Citrus.

    5 The Nike Sport Band

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    $49.00

    The Nike Sport Band, which is made from fluoroelastomer and features perforations for breathability, is a fan favorite. It’s now available in three new colors, including Vapor Green (pictured).

    6 The Sport Loop

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    $49.00

    Made of a double nylon weave, the Sport Loop is soft and breathable and features a hook and loop fastening system. It now comes in seven new colors. 

    7 The Nike Sport Loop

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    $49.00

    The Nike Sport Loop, with its nylon weave and reflective thread, is made for fitness. Several new colors are made to match a new line of Nike running shoes. 

    8 Hermès Swift Leather Single Tour

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    $339.00

    Available in both single and double-pass versions in various leathers, the Hermès strap with its stainless steel buckle is an Apple Watch classic. It now comes in several new colors. 

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    The Best Multi-Room Wireless Speakers of 2020

    When it comes to wireless multi-room speaker systems, Sonos has reigned king for some time. And while it still wears the crown, a number of audio companies have taken notice and mimicked Sonos to a tee — Bose SoundTouch, Yamaha MusicCast, Bowers & Wilkins’ Formation and Denon’s HEOS are all examples. While excellent solutions, they’re limited (like Sonos) because they only allow you to group certain speakers together. You can’t group Sonos speakers and Bose speakers in the same multi-room system, for example.

    Which multi-room speaker systems are right for you? There are a few questions to ask: Are you looking for the best sound quality or multi-functionality, i.e. voice commands and smart home control? Do you have an iPhone or Android device? And if you want voice control, which music streaming service do you subscribe to? Whether it be Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music or Tidal, different voice assistants support voice commands to different services.

    This guide identifies the most popular multi-room speaker systems to invest in right now, with one eye on the future: Aside from Sonos, each of these wireless streaming technologies work on an open network, allowing multiple speakers from various brands to stream high-quality music to different rooms in your house.

    Why not Bluetooth? Bluetooth speakers are ideal for streaming music to one speaker at a time. Also, since they don’t require a network connection, you can stream Bluetooth anywhere (see our list of best portable Bluetooth speakers). The problem with Bluetooth is that it’s a low-energy streaming technology that compresses audio files — you’re listening to much less than CD-quality audio. There’s Bluetooth aptX, which can transmit CD-quality audio (16-bit/44.1kHz), but it requires both speaker and streaming device (probably your smartphone) to be compatible. It also can’t stream to multiple rooms in your house.

    A Sonos Speaker System

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    Sonos One (Gen 2) (with Amazon Alexa), $199
    Sonos Arc (with Amazon Alexa), $799
    Sonos Five, $499

    What Is It? Sonos has been the industry leader for multi-room speakers since it launched the PLAY:3 ($299) all the way back in 2011. Three things have made this ecosystem so popular: sound quality, simplicity and longevity. And in the past few years, Sonos added both support for Amazon Alexa and Apple’s AirPlay 2 (although AirPlay 2 only works with Sonos’s newer speakers). If you have an Amazon Echo or an HomePod smart speaker, you’re now able to control your Sonos speakers with your voice using Alexa (here’s how to set it up) or Siri. You can also give Alexa voice commands directly through the Sonos One ($199) or Sonos Beam ($399), if you have either speaker.

    The Good: Sonos speakers connect over a Wi-Fi network, meaning the streamed audio files aren’t compressed, like with Bluetooth — you’re able to listen to CD-quality audio (or better if you have Tidal). You can stream music from all of the major streaming services, including Spotify and Apple Music (a rarity). And since software updates are as simple as updating an app on your phone, tablet or computer, the speakers are designed to last a lifetime. As for ease of use, the Sonos app walks you through the setup process and optimizes speaker output for your room. It’s straightforward and easy thanks to its built-in TruePlay Speaker Tuning Software. Adding additional Sonos speakers to your system is a breeze, too, and it’s also cheaper, than ever; thanks to the new Sonos x Ikea partnership, you can buy the Symfonisk Bookshelf Speaker for as little as $99.

    Watch Out For: Older Sonos speakers do not support AirPlay 2. If you want to connect a non-Sonos speaker to your Sonos system, you have to use a Sonos Port ($449) or Sonos Amp ($499), both of which are pretty expensive components.

    A Google Chromecast Speaker System

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    Google Home Max (with Google Assistant), $299
    JBL Link Portable (with Google Assistant), $100
    Naim Mu-so 2, $1,690

    What Is It? Chromecast is Google’s wireless streaming technology for multi-room audio. It’s grown rapidly in popularity with the introduction of the Google Home, Home Max and Home Mini. All speakers with Chromecast built-in can be integrated into a multi-room system. Some of them, if integrated with Google Assistant, respond to voice commands.

    The Good: There is a growing number of speakers, soundbars and televisions with Chromecast built-in by the likes of Bang & Olufsen, Pioneer, Sony and Vizio. Using the Chromecast app, you can group numerous Chromecast speakers together. You can add a Google Home speaker into a group to control the group with Google’s voice assistant, Google Assistant; and unlike an Amazon Echo and Amazon’s Multi-Room Music technology, the Google Home will actually play with the existing Chromecast group and its third-party speakers.

    Watch Out For: It’s important to note that Google Cast and Chromecast speakers are different and can’t be grouped together in a multi-room system. Speakers with built-in Chromecast or connected with a Chromecast Audio streaming puck can be controlled via Google Home or by your phone’s Google Assistant right now.

    An Amazon Alexa Speaker System

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    Amazon Echo Studio $199
    Echo Dot (3rd Gen), $50
    Echo Link Amp
    $299

    What Is It? Amazon updated the firmware on its Echo speakers so that they now support multi-room audio playback. This means you can play music on all your Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot and Echo Show devices. You can designate each speaker as its own separate room, or sync them together in a one-room setup. It’s important to note that Amazon has also licensed out Alexa support to other third-party speakers, like the Sonos One or the Sonos Beam, but those can’t be connected to the same multi-room audio system as your other Echo speakers. Also, in order to use Alexa voice commands, you’ll need to be an Amazon Prime Music, Amazon Music Unlimited or Spotify subscriber.

    The Good: All speakers that work with Amazon’s Multi-Room Music have Alexa built into them, meaning you can change the music with your voice from anywhere; as opposed to the Sonos One, which is the only speaker in a Sonos multi-room system that will respond to voice controls (unless there’s another Sonos One). The cost of entry is very low — you can get two Echo Dots for less than $100. And setting up a multi-room system is pretty easy — here’s how.

    Watch Out For: Sound quality. Even though the second-generation Amazon Echo sounds marginally better than the original, it’s still not great. The Echo Show and the Echo Dot aren’t any better. Amazon’s original intention for the Echo devices wasn’t to support multi-room audio, but simply to get its voice assistant into your home. Even the higher-end Echo Plus can’t compete with the audio quality of something like a Sonos. Also, you’re not going to get much bass on any of these speakers.

    An Apple AirPlay 2 Speaker System

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    Apple HomePod, $299
    Sonos Beam, $399
    Bose HomeSpeaker 500, $399

    What Is It? Apple’s AirPlay 2 is the newest multi-room streaming protocol. It’s different than the original AirPlay because it actually supports multi-room streaming. Many different Wi-Fi speakers support by many well-known audio companies – Bose, Naim, and Bang & Olufsen – support AirPlay 2, meaning you can have many different speakers playing music insync. It’ll essentially be a Sonos-like system that’s really easy to control via your iPhone, Mac or HomePod.

    The Good: If you’re an exclusive Apple user, meaning you own an iPhone, Mac and Apple TV, and you are a subscriber to Apple Music (or just have a vast iTunes library), buying a multi-room speaker system around AirPlay 2 is probably your best bet. You can easily group various AirPlay 2 speakers together via the Home app; you can also ask Siri on your iPhone or Mac play music or podcasts throughout the multi-room speaker group. Also, since the HomePod is an AirPlay 2 speaker that also has Siri baked right in, you can use it as the smart speaker in a multi-room group (sort of like Sonos One in a Sonos multi-room group, but with Siri instead of Alexa.)

    Watch Out For: Not all speakers that supported AirPlay also support AirPlay 2, meaning they can’t play in a multi-room speaker system. If you have an older AirPlay speaker, do some research and check to see if it can be updated (over Wi-Fi) to support AirPlay 2.

    A DTS Play-Fi Speaker System

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    McIntosh RS100, $1,000
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    Martin Logan Crescendo X, $1,000

    What Is It? You probably know DTS from the movies; the logo appears in a ton of opening and closing credit sequences. The company has been developing immersive sound technologies for cinemas and films since the early ’90s. Play-Fi is DTS’s audio streaming technology and it’s arguably Sonos’s biggest competitor. The major difference between the two is that DTS isn’t actually a speaker manufacturer. Instead, it licenses out its Play-Fi technology to a whole host of speaker manufacturers, including McIntosh, Definitive Technology, Klipsch, Pioneer and Rotel. (You can see the full list of partners here.)

    The Good: Just like with Sonos speakers, Play-Fi speakers connect over a local Wi-Fi network. You can play music through an app, or directly through Spotify, and you can separate various speakers into different rooms. Unlike Sonos however, because there are a wide variety of Play-Fi speaker manufacturers, you can mismatch different speakers and have them all easily play on the same multi-room sound system. Basically, you get more options and you’re not tied down to one speaker manufacturer. Various Play-Fi speakers are compatible with Spotify Connect and AirPlay 2.

    Watch Out For: No support for Apple Music. DTS Play-Fi speakers can play ultra-high-resolution audio files (24-bit/192kHz), which Sonos can’t, but it should be noted that these high-res files need to be listened to in “critical listening mode” and can only be played on one Play-Fi speaker at a time. When not in critical listening mode, these files are down-sampled to CD quality (16-bit/48kHz). Also, there are only a few DTS Play-Fi-enabled speakers that “work with Alexa” — none have the virtual assistant built directly in the speaker

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    Which Toyota RAV4 Is the Better Buy: the RAV4 TRD Off-Road or the RAV4 Prime?

    If you tried to distill down what the average new car buyer wants these days into a single vehicle, you might well end up with something very much like the Toyota RAV4. In fact, the RAV4 happened to be the best-selling vehicle that wasn’t a pickup truck in America last year; Toyota moved more than 448,000 of them off dealer lots from January 1st to December 31st.

    That tremendous appeal is in part, of course, buoyed by the insatiable consumer appetite for crossovers these days, but it’s also largely due to the fact that 2019 was the first full year of availability for the fifth-generation model, which brought far more attractive looks and better driving dynamics to the table than its predecessor. Toyota, however, wasn’t about to let the RAV4 rest on its laurels, so for 2020, the carmaker rolled out not one but two variants designed to make it appeal to a broader audience — albeit in very different directions: one made to appeal to off-roaders, another designed for eco-warriors.

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    The Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road

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    The former, as you might have guessed already, is the RAV4 TRD Off-Road, which builds upon the Adventure trim level’s torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive, 8.6 inches of ground clearance and terrain-selectable drive modes by adding all-terrain tires and an off-road-tuned suspension. The latter goes by RAV4 Prime, and it pairs its gasoline engine with two electric motors and a battery pack that, after being charged from an external power source, can propel this cute ute more than 40 miles on electrons alone.

    That last fact is key here, because it means the RAV4 Prime is eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit awarded to EVs and most PHEVs. That brings the $41,425 price of the higher-trim XSE Prime down to $33,925 – a touch less than the $35,780 price of the RAV4 TRD Off-Road. The design and interior of both vehicles is pretty much identical, apart from a few trim variations, so this comparison will focus on the areas where there’s a greater contrast: value, and performance.

    Performance

    On the street, there’s no contest: the Prime eats the TRD Off-Road for lunch. The TRD’s 2.5-liter inline-four makes 205 horses and 184 lb-ft of torque, which is fine for off-roading and plenty adequate for daily driving. The Prime, however, combines its 2.5-liter I-4 with a duo of electric motors to whip up a combined 302 hp, enough to spring it from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds in Car and Driver testing. (It even proved quicker than the four-cylinder Supra in the 5-60 mph test, which is generally more equivalent to real-world conditions.)

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    Plus, the Prime’s electric motors help mask the inline-four’s somewhat uncouth power delivery. The RAV4’s engine never sounds happy when being revved high (something you’ll do every time you try and merge onto a highway in the TRD); the Prime’s inline-four sounds just as raspy and harsh as the Off-Road’s, but since the electric motors are also doing plenty of work, you’ll hear it less often.

    Go past the pavement — or even onto some rough roads — however, and the Off-Road’s benefits shine through. The suspension soaks up bumps very well, something that’s appreciated just as much on the post-apocalyptic streets of Brooklyn as on the roads and trails of rural America. Plus, there’s the tires; much like with sports cars and high-performance rubber, a set of tires specifically made for off-roading is one of the most substantive upgrades you can make to an SUV or truck to boost its chops, and the Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail all-terrain tires Toyota outfits the TRD Off-Road with are a damn fine example of the breed. (As a bonus, they’re good enough in the white stuff to score the tire industry’s “severe snow service” certification, meaning you might not have to invest in a set of snow tires the way you would with the Prime.)

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    And while the Prime’s electric motor-powered AWD system (the gas engine isn’t connected to the rear axle at all; it’s only AWD thanks to that motor at the rear axle) is capable of serving up grip to all four wheels, it can’t match the computerized wizardry of the Off-Road’s drive modes, which serve up setting specifically tailored for sand and mud, rock-strewn trails and wintery snow.

    Value

    The RAV4 Prime’s reduced price, of course, doesn’t show up when you drive it off the lot; you’ll still have to fork over more than $40K at the time of purchase. But if you don’t mind waiting until next year’s tax refund to knock down the cost, it’s hard to argue with the Prime’s value proposition. In many areas, owners can snag additional savings due to state tax breaks (in New Jersey, for example, you can knock an extra $1,050 off the effective price), as well as score perks like the ability to travel solo in HOV lanes.

    On top of that, there’s the fiscal advantage of, well, using less fuel. While gasoline prices may be fairly cheap these days, electricity is even cheaper — and with 42 miles of EV range, the Prime has what it takes to knock out many Americans’ average commute without using a drop of gas, so long as you plug it in every night. And should the battery pack run out, it defaults to hybrid mode, in which case it gets 40 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway — a substantial improvement over the TRD’s 25 city / 32 highway.

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    Of course, if you want to save even more money and can live without such fancy features as faux leather, a moonroof and a wireless phone charger, you can opt for the SE Prime. It packs the same powertrain, still comes well-equipped with heated seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a bounty of active safety features, and rings up at $30,600 after the tax credit, making it only a little more expensive than the mid-grade XLE version of the non-hybrid RAV4.

    The TRD Off-Road, on the flip side, does pack a fairly impressive amount of capability into a package that still manages to come in below the average new car price. But anyone interested in the Off-Road has a few other options to consider: the Ford Bronco Sport and Jeep Cherokee, among others, both offer off-road-optimized trims that can likely keep up with it past the pavement for similar money, and anyone searching for a truly burly off-roader might be better suited leveling up to a Wrangler or 4Runner for not much more money.

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    The RAV4 Prime, on the flip side, has few direct competitors. Most PHEV SUVs currently exist in premium segments; the only real foes the Toyota has to worry about are the aging Mitsubishi Outlander, the front-wheel-drive Kia Niro that’s really more of a station wagon than an SUV, and the new Ford Escape. Objectively, none of them can match the RAV4’s EPA EV range; subjectively, none of them look quite as appealing as the RAV4’s brute, aggressive styling.

    Verdict

    The TRD Off-Road certainly impresses; the idea that Toyota has taken the archetypal soft-roader and turned it into a capable off-pavement vehicle is surprising in principle, but splendid in practice. Still, the Prime’s combination of better on-road performance and fuel economy — along with an effectively lower price — make it the better choice of the two by far for the vast majority of us.

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    The 9 Best Vegan Boots for Men

    While there are many health benefits to a plant-based diet, the philosophy of Veganism goes beyond just not eating animals. The vegan ideology seeks to avoid exploitation and cruelty to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. And though a lot of leather is a byproduct of the meat industry, this isn’t always the case.

    Cutting cheese out of your diet is one thing, but letting go of leather boots is another altogether. Luckily, there are a handful of brands making high-quality boots while foregoing leather and animal-derived glues entirely. Here are 9 of our favorite pairs you can buy right now.

    Native Johnny TrekLite

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    Made from polyurethane nubuck and rubber outsoles with a microfleece lining, these boots are a hell of a deal at just under $100. They’re water-resistant as well, meaning you can take them just about anywhere.

    Buy Now: $95

    Vegetarian Ralph Brogues

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    These handsome microfiber brogues are made by the aptly named Vegetarian Shoes, and feature a corduroy lining and a slip-resistant sole.

    Buy Now: $119

    Hunter Rubber Chelsea Boots

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    No boots are quite as good for trudging around in the mud as Hunter boots. The rubber and nylon construction can stand up to most anything, and the classic Chelsea pairs well with a variety of aethetics.

    Buy Now: $134

    Dr. Martens Chelsea Boot

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    Adored by vegans and punks everywhere, Dr. Martens vegan options have been a go-to for quite some time. These boots feature the patented AirWair soles as well for excellent slip resistance.

    Buy Now: $150

    Tastemaker Exploration Hiking Boot

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    If you’re looking to do some hiking, the Exploration boot from Tastemaker will serve you well. Handmade in Greece, they’re water-resistant and scratch-resistant as well, making them a great versatile option.

    Buy Now: $159

    Nae Etna Boot

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    Channeling classic Timberland style, the Nae Etnas feature a Goodyear welt and a rubber outsole.

    Buy Now: $173

    Ahimsa Chris Boot

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    The hand-sewn stitching give these moc-toes traditional style, while the Extralight outsole gives the silhouette modern comfort.

    Buy Now: $199

    Noah Claude Winter Boot

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    If you’re living somewhere with a serious winter, you owe it to yourself to get a serious winter boot. The Claude boots feature a faux fur lining for warmth, and the thick non-slip sole provides great traction on slippery surfaces.

    Buy Now: ~$223

    Ground Cover Combat Boot

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    Ground Cover’s combat boots are made from agricultural waste, and the ultra-heavy exterior and Goodyear welt are built to last.

    Buy Now: $480

    Levi’s Popular Face Masks Are Finally Back In Stock … For Now

    If you told us a year ago that face masks would be the most in-demand accessories of 2020, we’d think you were joking. (Apple watches? Sure. AirPods? Definitely. Face masks? Not so much.) But not only are face masks an effective way to keep us safe, but our favorite fashion brands have created their own iterations. As a result, we’ve been spending the past few months impulse buying stylish and breathable masks.

    We firmly believe you can never own too many face masks. If you want to add yet another option to your growing rotation, Levi’s popular face masks are finally back in stock on Amazon.

    Levi’s has been making great jeans that don’t break the bank since 1853, so it’s no surprise its face masks are so popular. Made with a durable cotton, Levi has two different mask designs to choose from. With the solid-colored masks have an adjustable tie that goes around your head, its bandana-printed option have two comfortable ear loops. That way, you can a comfortable style that will keep you safe, too. Plus, each style is reversible, so it’s like two masks in one.

    While this mask is available in three sizes — small, large, and extra-large, it’s worth noting they run pretty small. According to Amazon, a large will fit most adults.

    Oh, and did we mention they’re super affordable? A set of three masks costs $15, so you won’t have to break the budget. Stylish, comfortable, and affordable, it’s no wonder why these masks are so popular. In fact, we have a feeling these will sell out quickly. So if you want to add another mask (or, you know three) to your growing rotation, now’s the time to do so.

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    Today in Gear: A Bourbon-Wine Mash Up You Need to Try, Apple’s Favorite Office Chair & More

    This Seasonal Release from Oak & Eden Is A Mash-Up Made In Heaven

    Some mash-ups are instant classics — like chocolate and peanut butter, or wine and chocolate or really anything with chocolate. But mash-ups of mash-ups — or meta mash-ups, if you will — can quickly go from complex to chaotic. Fortunately the new seasonal release from Oak & Eden, crafted in collaboration with Marker Cellars Winery in the Texas hills, is a flawlessly developed mash-up that any fan of whiskey or wine will be drooling over. Bourbon & Vine begins with Oak & Eden’s four-time gold medal-winning Bourbon whiskey and ends with a Cabernet Sauvignon-steeped French Oak spire, which is commonly used to age wine due to its profile of savory spices and — that’s right — dark chocolate. It’s truly a mash-up made in heaven.

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    The Best New Fitness Products of September 2020

    Recently, Tracksmith released a backpack for run commuting, Ten Thousand unveiled a durable workout short, Jaxjox showed off smart dumbbells and more.

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    Sit Like an Apple Engineer in This 70s-Era British Office Chair

    Lessons from the world’s pickiest company when it comes to office furniture.

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    Comparing the new subscription service to Nike Training Club, Peloton and other digital workout leaders.

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    A Quick Guide to LG’s Best-In-Class OLED TVs

    What’s the difference between LG’s various OLED TV models? From the entry-level BX series to the high-end Wallpaper TV, we break it down for you.

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    These Are Some of the Best New Luxury Sport Watches

    Timepieces with integrated bracelets and funky modern styling are having their moment in the sun.

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    What Yesterday’s Apple Event Tells Us About the Next One

    Apple’s watch and iPad announcements have cleared the way for the iPhone 12. Here’s what you can expect.

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    The 7 Best Beard Trimmers You Can Buy in 2020

    The Valjoux 7750 Chronograph Is a Timekeeping Icon

    1970 was a year of great ups and downs for the mechanical chronograph. The vaunted Omega Speedmaster helped bring the crippled Apollo 13 space capsule back to Earth.

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    Recliners Will Never Go Out of Style. Here Are 10 to Buy

    I Will Make Counter Space for This Epic New Kitchenware Collaboration

    Ghetto Gastro teamed up with cookware brand Crux to make a sleek line of small kitchen appliances.

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    What’s the Difference Between the Two New Apple Watches?

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    The 11 Best New iPhone Features (iOS 14 Is Out Now)

    iOS 14 is one of the biggest software updates the iPhone has gotten in years — and it’s available now. Here are its best new features.

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    TAG Heuer Just Revamped One of the World’s Best Chronographs

    The new TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph watches are a welcome balance of modern and classical.

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    This App Guarantees You Won’t Overpay for Bourbon Ever Again

    The 3 Best New iPad Features (iPadOS 14 Is Out Now)

    Apple has added a bunch of new features that take advantage of the iPad’s big screen and Apple Pencil.

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    4 New Spyderco Pocket Knives Fit for Your EDC

    The 42-year-old pocket knife company just revealed a big batch of updates and new models. Here are our favorites.

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    Upgrade Your Pilot’s Watch to This Overbuilt Beauty

    The new Tutima Grand Flieger Airport draws from a long history of aviation watchmaking.

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    The Key Organizer You Didn’t Know You Needed Is Here

    The Orbitkey x Gear Patrol Leather Key Organizer keeps your EDC sleek, organized and elegant.

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    This App Guarantees You Won’t Overpay for Bourbon Ever Again

    BoozApp is a new smartphone app that aims to offer its users a look at the whole picture of a specific bottle of liquor’s pricing, from its SRP to what shoppers consider “fair.” You’d be forgiven for thinking an app that distinguishes between suggested retail pricing and a good deal was built for those hunting down sough-after bottles bottles – sadly, that’s just the market we’re living in.

    The app’s founders, Scott Manning and Rich Morrow, built it with whiskey – the spirit category most subject to drastic differences between a retail price and bottle value – in mind. The two compiled a database with the prices of more than 20,000 individual bottles of booze to create its SRP price, while the app’s “fair” price will be guided by users. At launch, these prices will be based on internet sleuthing and resources like Bourbon Brown Book, but once a user searches a specific bottle, they’re given the opportunity to mark the listed “fair” price as high, just right or low. Their answer will feed into an algorithm and incrementally adjust the bottle’s price until consensus reigns.

    The app, which is in private invite phase now, arrives as the whiskey world reckons with dramatic price disparities across regions, states and in many cases retailers across the street from one another. Some pin the problem to the secondary whiskey market, which started as black market for buying and selling rare whiskey but has since subsumed more standard expressions, quickly inflating the prices of said bottles. In turn, drinkers have leaned on social networks and Instagram accounts to get an idea of how much a specific bottle should cost. BoozApp aims to provide a more official, democratic means of learning what is and isn’t a good deal.

    You can submit your email now for a shot at getting access to the app’s databases early.

    Learn More: Here

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    This Timer Is the Tech Your Workout Has Been Missing

    Now that you’re confined to working out at home, it can be difficult to make the most of your one hour workout window and keep yourself accountable — particularly when you’re away from your timer at the gym. There’s a good chance this sounds familiar: You’re in your basement — cranking out the last few stomach crunches of your morning routine. You roll over into a forward plank and try to start the timer on your smartphone using your nose, which quite frankly is a bit embarrassing — or maybe you left your phone upstairs and now you have no idea how long you’ve been holding this plank for. Whatever the case, a gym timer is a necessity when working out at home and for avoiding situations like this. But if you don’t know where to start, this pocket-sized gym timer from Timebirds is about as good as it gets. Designed with segmented LED lights, a magnetic spine and seven versatile workout modes (including an alarm clock function), this is the purpose-built workout timer you, your smartphone and your nose have been waiting for. Plus, right now you can get it for $10 off when you back the brand’s Kickstarter campaign — hurry though, because the deal is only active for the next ten days.

    Buy Now: $79


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    Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE are finally official

    After months of speculation it’s finally official, the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE are here. The latest models were unveiled during the company’s Time Flies event which also revealed the iPad Air 4 and iPad 8. Over the years, the wearable has been the best-selling smartwatch in the market. Moreover, many users continue to laud its health-centric features such as fall detection and the built-in electrocardiogram.

    Now, the latest flagship brings another set of functions many have been requesting for quite some time. Before we go into that, let’s talk about the design. Ever since the first-generation model was introduced, the form factor has been the same. Same goes for the more affordable option, which makes us wonder if there will ever be one with a round display.

    The Apple Watch Series 6 is available in four colors: Silver, Blue, Gold, and (PRODUCT) RED. Meanwhile, the Apple Watch SE has three: Space Gray, Gold, and Silver. As for the processor, the Series 6 comes with an S6 processor with a U1 chip, while the SE packs an S5 silicon. Both will ship with WatchOS 7 out of the box on September 18, 2020. Although Apple Watch users are already enjoying a comprehensive suite of fitness-related features, the developers are adding two more.

    First is sleep tracking, which uses the motion sensors of the Apple Watch Series 6 to gauge how well you rest up for the day. Then there’s the SP02 monitoring, which, in our current situation, gives users an idea of how well their body performs during a workout or more. Blood oxygen along with other metrics provides a detailed overview of one’s overall health. Unfortunately, the Apple Watch SE does not have this on board.

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    What’s the Difference Between the Two New Apple Watches?

    Apple just announced two new smartwatches that look very similar. There’s the Apple Watch Series 6, which starts at $399. And there’s the Apple Watch SE, which starts at $279. So what exactly are you giving if you opt for the more affordable option?

    One of the biggest differences is that Apple Watch SE doesn’t have an always-on display, which is exclusive to the Series 5 and the Series 6. This means that Apple Watch SE’s watch face will go dark when it resting at your side. It’s probably the biggest thing that most people will notice because they won’t be able to check the time or a notification at a glance.

    There are two big sensors that the Apple Watch SE lacks.

    First, it doesn’t have an electrical heart sensor, so it’s not capable of taking an ECG. This is a test that records the timing and strength of your heart beats, which could potentially help a doctor determine if you have an irregular heart beat. The Apple Watch SE does have optical heart sensor, similar to the one found in the Series 3, so it’s still about to record your heart rate.

    Secondly, the Apple Watch SE lacks the blood oxygen sensor that Apple debuted on the Series 6. This sensor uses infrared light to detect how much oxygen is in your blood, which could help identify something like asthma, as well as various heart conditions. However, I imagine it’s feature that endurance athletes and workout enthusiasts will get the most out of it because because blood-oxygen is a big metric for fitness.

    Here’s a wildcard. The Apple Watch SE doesn’t have the U1 Ultra Wideband chip which Apple integrated into the Series 6. The issue is that we don’t know how Apple intends to use it just yet. It’s expected that U1 Ultra Wideband chip helps with location tracking. On the iPhone 11, the U1 Ultra Wideband chip helps with directional AirDrop. The Series 6 is currently the only Apple Watch with the U1 Ultra Wideband chip.

    Finally, the Apple Watch SE is only available in an aluminum finish, whereas the Series 6 is available in a number of different finishes, including aluminum, stainless steal, titanium and ceramic. The SE is only comes in three finishes (gold, silver and space gray) while the Series 6 comes in several more, including red and blue.

    In the end, the Series 6 and SE are two Apple Watches that are more similar than they are different. They have the same display size, come in the sizes (40mm or 44mm) and work with the same watch straps. They come in GPS-only and cellular models. They have most of the same sensors, including the gyroscope, compass, fall detection and the brand-new always-on altimeter. They also have the same battery life and support the watchOS 7 (out now).

    Both new smartwatches are available to preorder right now, with full availability coming this Friday.

    Buy Now: $279+ (SE) Buy Now: $399+ (Series 6)

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    The Herschel Chapter Travel Kit Is A Versatile Everyday Carry-On

    No matter where you go, you need a dependable bag to keep your small essentials neat and secure. The Herschel Chapter Travel Kit provides water protection and keeps your things organized for easy access.

    This carry-on is just the right size to put inside your travel bag. It measures 5.2 inches in height, 8.5 inches in width, and has a diameter of 3.2 inches. It is the ideal buddy in case you need a compact bag to hold your travel essentials. This handy pack has enough pockets to store anything including toothbrushes, glasses, passports, pens, cologne, keys, earphones, and more.

    The Herschel Chapter Travel Kit comes with the brand’s signature striped fabric liner and has an internal mesh storage sleeve for neat organization. The main compartment has a waterproof zipper to keep safe important documents or electronic gadgets. Meanwhile, the front zippered pocket comes with a pebbled leather pull for accent and easy opening.

    You can bring this carry-on solo during your urban commutes. It does not have to be for travel use only. A stitched-in handle makes it convenient to carry it around. It is also portable as is without contents. It only weighs 5.12 ounces. Guaranteed durable and versatile, you can choose how you want to use each of the three compartments. You can have everything you need inside with its impressive 5L capacity.

    As with other products from the brand, the Herschel Chapter Travel Kit comes in attractive colors.  You can have it in plain colors, in camo, or a mixture of hues.

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