Austin Allen’s first big-league homer helps A’s extend winning streak to 5 straight

In his five starts in September after returning from shoulder surgery, Manaea also demonstrated this tendency: Until Wednesday, he hadn’t allowed a run in the first three innings in his past seven starts dating to last season — but after the third inning, in those eight outings, he has given up 14 runs in 18 […]

‘Umbrella Academy’ season two review: The apocalypse continues in the stifling 60s

Continuing to steal scenes, Klaus (Robert Sheehan) brims with witty repartee worth an Oscar Wilde read, as he navigates the socially repressed society of southern America during this time. Leave it to Klaus to find his place in the swinging 60s, be it as a reluctant hippie cult leader or as a guru in Varanasi […]

1More Dual Driver ANC Pro review: Listen to this

The in-ear component of the headphones fits comfortably and securely in my ears and hung in there rather nicely when I decided to audition them during a run around the local park. At the other end of the wire is the silicone neckband, which wraps gently around the neck. The band has buttons for power, […]

Razer Opus wireless headphones review: A budget ANC champ

I’ll preface this critique by saying this: I haven’t had any specific issues with my connection to the Razer Opus, and the range of these headphones is adequate. Sadly, the Opus only supports Bluetooth 4.2, as opposed to the more advanced Bluetooth 5 technology. I know a few cost-saving measures may have had to be […]

‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ Review: An A-List Literary Adaptation Limps to Life

Theater legend and Bridge of Spies Oscar-winner Rylance is a standout as the character known only as the Magistrate, who runs a remote outpost on the edge of nowhere. The British actor builds the role in layers, allowing us to see and understand the Magistrate’s daily routine as he negotiates a relative peace with the […]

Review: Poetry of Belonging: Muslim Imaginings of India 1850-1950 by Ali Khan Mahmudabad

Poets had to be formally invited to the musha’irahs, they came in tongas and cars, dressed in their traditional best, achkans and shalwars, ate paan, rested against gao takias (pillows) and cheered (“daad”) their peers. A candle was lit to mark the start of the musha’irah by the nazim (conductor of ceremony), the junior poets […]

The Guardian view on judicial review: hands off the rule of law

This is absolutely not politics by other means. That accusation was made in the Tory manifesto and repeated by Mr Buckland when he launched the judicial review panel. It is a childish calumny. The accusation reflects the government’s anger when the supreme court ruled that last summer’s prorogation of parliament was unlawful. Anger is no […]

Sony WH-1000XM4 review: The best headphones get even better

The XM4 have been graced with the latest and greatest version of Sony’s digital music upscaling tech, DSEE Extreme. The goal of DSEE technology is to partially compensate for the loss of quality that happens when music gets highly compressed using lossy codecs like MP3 or AAC.

Sony Xperia S review

The software on the Xperia S is disappointing less for what it is than for what it isn’tA positive new change Sony has made with the Xperia S is the updated lockscreen notification area, where unread texts and missed calls can be opened up directly with a swipe to the right. The iconography used for […]

Cyber-security incident at US power grid entity linked to unpatched firewalls

Follow good industry practices for vulnerability and patch management.Reduce and control your attack surface (have as few internet-facing devices as possible).Use VPNs (virtual private networks).Use access control lists (ACLs) to filter inbound traffic prior to handling by the firewall; minimize the traffic through a denial by default configuration with whitelisting for the allowed and expected […]