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Beats Pill XL Review: A Great Bluetooth Speaker That Plays Nice With Others

There are so many Bluetooth speakers, you could easily be mistaken for feeling like you’re drowning in them. So what does it take for a company trying to sell a Bluetooth speaker to stand out? Well there’s a popular brand for one, and Beats has that, but with the Pill XL, it also offers the ability to pair two speakers for true stereo sound from a single source, and that’s a big deal when you’re talking about Bluetooth, which doesn’t natively support output to multiple audio devices at the...

Alcatel A50 Review: An inoffensive design that speaks to budget sensibilities

Place Alcatel’s A50 next to a Nexus 5X, and you’ll be hard-pressed to notice any major differences.Both are sleek, black devices with power buttons and volume rockers on the side that greatly resemble the archetype of a smartphone.That being said, with its inferior screen, lack of NFC, lack of fast-charging — in spite of it featuring a USB-C port — and its slow, sluggish performance, it’s difficult to say that the A50 compares favourably against the now almost two-year old Nexus 5X.However,...

Remember When: A look back at the staples the corner stores no longer carry

Think I’ll run down to the corner store and pick up a huge, tasty Mars bar – you know, the old-time version with a couple of in-your-face almonds on top – plus a copy of the New York Mirror so I can catch up on my big-city celebrity news.Ah, in my dreams, in my dreams!The Mars bar of today is OK, but strictly junior varsity with its chopped-up nuts. The Mirror, which once dazzled me with its tales of movie and stage celebs dining and dancing in famous Manhattan night spots, ended up years ago...

Album Review: ‘Red Pill Blues’

★★★☆☆Fifteen years and five albums since the release of its critically acclaimed debut, “Songs About Jane,” quintessential pop rock group Maroon 5 is creating quite a different sound.MAROON 5The sultry rock songs that launched the band to stardom in the early 2000s would not find a place on its new albums, like “Red Pill Blues” released last Friday.Although “Red Pill Blues” has all the romantic lyricism characteristic of the band, and particularly of lead singer Adam Levine, the album has a...