Author: Michael Christopher

Our sister site SoundGuys has all sorts of objective ways to talk about audio, and when we feature their headphones reviews, we appreciate that. But if you head to other corners of the web, you’ll find many terms used to describe audio: “warm,” “crisp,” “punchy,” “sharp,” “dull,” and more. What do these terms even mean, though? Is there some standard, or are they being used on an ad-hoc basis?Here’s a spoiler: these audio terms usually don’t have a standard, but there are standardized ways to talk about audio. Crunchy, crisp, warm: Why do we talk about audio terms like food?One…

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With laptops under $500 you will most likely need to make compromises. So it’s important to be smart about your shopping. However, believe it or not, there are some advantages to less-expensive laptops—their low-powered processors mean you can expect good battery life and Chromebooks are often less vulnerable to malware. Within this budget range, you’ll typically find Windows machines with Intel Core i3 or i5 processors or entry-level Chromebooks. We have tested numerous inexpensive laptops and each one has its pros and cons, but those that stood out are included in this list. In addition to standard clamshell designs, you’ll…

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Climate change is affecting the gender balance of sea turtles. Rising temperatures over the past four years in Florida have led to a disproportionate number of female sea turtles to be hatched, perhaps as many as 99% of the total eggs laid. Unlike many animals, the sex of a sea turtle isn’t determined when the egg is fertilized. Instead, whether you get a male or female all depends on the temperature of the ground the eggs incubate in. If it stays below 81.86 degrees Fahrenheit, they’ll be male, says the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Anything above 88.8 degrees and…

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TL;DR Thanks to a patent lawsuit, Oppo and OnePlus Germany sales have been halted. The lawsuit began with Nokia which claims Oppo/OnePlus phones violate a Nokia-owned 5G patent. The court dispute wasn’t just limited to Germany, so other European countries could see bans soon, too. Here in the United States, we don’t have access to Oppo phones. We do have access to OnePlus phones, though. Over in Europe, however, most citizens have access to both OnePlus and Oppo phones.In Germany, unfortunately, that’s no longer the case. An ongoing patent lawsuit from Nokia (the Finnish equipment supplier, not HMD Global, which…

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One of the central themes for investing in U.S. banks this year was that their lending margins would widen as the Federal Reserve boosts interest rates. That’s because while banks are quick to charge borrowers more for products including credit card debt and mortgages in a rising-interest rate environment, they tend to slow-walk increases in the rate they pay to depositors. But one factor is complicating that story and could be a headwind for the industry, according to veteran Morgan Stanley banking analyst Betsy Graseck. Banks are now having to compete for deposits, unlike earlier during the pandemic, when the…

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Norway is to curb electricity exports to Europe if water levels for its hydropower plants remain low in a blow to hopes that the Nordic country could help ease its neighbours’ energy concerns ahead of a difficult winter.Under political pressure from high local electricity prices despite abundant hydropower resources, Norway’s centre-left government decided on Monday to prioritise refilling its reservoirs when their water levels are below seasonal averages.Norway is one of the biggest electricity exporters in Europe, often selling via cables to the UK, Germany, Netherlands and Denmark. This latest move foreshadows a tough winter for the continent as it…

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Since conflict erupted in November 2020, Tigray and other regions have seen the widespread disruption of agriculture, elevated levels of acute food insecurity, and loss of livelihoods.  The loan forms part of resource partners’ commitments to FAO, and the provision of fertilizers will help farmers sow their fields during the critical planting season. However, this support must be delivered and applied by the end of the month. Quick response David Phiri, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa and interim Representative for Ethiopia, thanked partners and CERF for recognizing the need to act swiftly. “If farmers receive the inputs they need, they will be able…

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mbbirdy The stock market is higher Monday, but the major averages are paring gains as semiconductor stocks weaken. The Nasdaq Composite (COMP.IND) is +0.7%, the S&P 500 (SP500) +0.5% and the Dow (DJI) +0.5%. Ten of 11 S&P sectors are higher, with Consumer Discretionary now at the top. Info Tech in the red after Nvidia preannounced weak Q2 sales. Other chip and chip-equipment stocks are struggling. Rates continue to slide. The 10-year Treasury yield (US10Y) is down 6 basis points to 2.78% and the 2-year yield (US2Y) is down 3 basis points to 3.21%. Since “peaking in June, long-dated Treasuries…

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Internal House Democratic polling reveals that the midterm election shifted toward Democrats after the Supreme Court overturned Roe.Abortion Is The Number One Negative Issues For Republicans In BattlegroundsFrom a DCCC memo on the midterm election provided to PolitcusUSA:DCCC’s own data shows Republicans’ extremist retrograde positions on access to abortion continue to be the top testing negative in battleground polls. Across the map, in every region of the country, and with every community in our base and persuasion groups, Republicans are on the wrong side of voters.Since the Supreme Court’s heinous Dobbs decision, in nearly thirty DCCC campaign polls, GOP attacks…

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