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Trying to get the most out of remote learning this semester?

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Thanks to the fact that we’re all currently living in the weirdest timeline, many more college students than normal could be continuing their studies remotely this year. This could present an interesting challenge for both first-time college students as well as veterans of the game who are accustomed to being on campus and studying in person. If you’re not sure what you might need to help you get through the semester, this list is a good place to start.

Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop – $1,331.97 (17% off) at Amazon.com

Alright, you might be seeing this and thinking “Wait a minute, why would I need a gaming laptop for school?” Well, it’s not really about the “gaming” aspect here, but more so that this is a solid all-around laptop and you’ll probably need one of those throughout college and the rest of your life, and this one is on sale. It’s packing a 15.6″ HD screen, a 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 256GB PCIe SSD, and 16GB RAM. Outside of it being a beast for anything you’ll need during your studies, don’t discount the need for leisure time during college either. Yes, it’s important to take your studies seriously, but an important part of success is having moments to relax as well. If your favored type of relaxation is video gaming, then this laptop could easily kill two birds with one stone over your college career. You can pick it up right here for 17% off

HP 15.6″ Laptop with Windows 10 – $319.99 (9% off) at Target.com

It’s 2020 and realistically, if you can swing it, most people are probably going to want a mid- to top-tier laptop that will last you a few years. But of course, not everyone wants to spend that much on a computer. So what’s the next best thing? A solid laptop that’s “good enough.” While the extra RAM and processing power of the previous example is nice, it’s not necessarily a “need-to-have” for many people. If you’re sure you only need a laptop to watch lessons, write papers and send emails, this will be more than enough. If that’s more your speed, you can learn more about this laptop by clicking right here.

JLab Studio Wired On-Ear Headphones – $19.99 at Target.com

No matter which laptop you decide to go with, one thing will remain the same: You’ll need a good pair of headphones to go with it. If you’ll be listening to and participating in lectures, we’d recommend a pair of over-ear headphones (to block out some of the background noise) with a microphone attached. You can definitely just use a pair of Apple Earpods for this as well if you have a pair laying around, but if not, these headphones are a solid choice that should be everything you need. You can check them out for just $20 right here

Apple iPad Mini Wi-Fi Only (2019 Model) – $349.99 (13% off) at Target.com

Outside of laptops, which are absolutely necessary, it’s probably not a bad idea to consider something like a tablet for your college studies as well. Tablets are one of those things that you just don’t realize how much you’ll use until you have one. Depending on if you’re using physical or digital textbooks this year, a tablet is a far more efficient way to read than on a laptop screen. It’s also great for quickly checking email, joining video calls, and of course burning a few minutes with games. Everyone’s individual tablet needs will be different, but if you think you could benefit from one, this iPad Mini is currently 13% off bringing the total price down to just $349.99.

Five Star 1 Subject College Ruled Spiral Notebook – $2.49 (11% off) at Target.com

It’s a digital world, but let’s be honest, sometimes there’s just nothing better than a good old-fashioned notebook for scribbling down your thoughts. If you’re still a pen-and-paper kind of person, you can pick up a bunch of these notebooks here for $2.49 a pop.

Desktop Storage Unit Wood – Threshold – $13.99 at Target.com

Another helpful “old school” accessory you might need while studying from home is a desk organizer. This will keep your pencils, highlighters and notes organized, unless you like living in a constant state of chaos. This simple wooden desktop storage unit should be everything you need for some basic organization. You can check it out right here for $13.99.

DIY Color Changing Lightbox Novelty LED Table Lamp Black – Room Essentials – $24.99 at Target.com

Last but not least, if you’re stuck at home for school this year, as silly as it might sound, it’s crucially important to make sure you make the vibe of your space as positive as possible. This is purely a “vibe” accessory. If this particular desk accessory isn’t your style, all good, but definitely consider getting something a little extra for your study space whether it be a cool light sign, a plant, a painting, a little plush for your desk, or anything at all that can make the space seem more like yours. Learning is always harder if you’re not comfortable, so be comfortable in your space! This totally customizable light sign could be a cool way to do that, and you can check it out here for $24.99


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Source: https://www.autoblog.com/2020/07/29/back-to-school-college-remote-learning/

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See 2021 Cadillac Escalade Get Driven With Blocked Windshield

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The 2021 Cadillac Escalade test units are out and about, and first drives have already been orchestrated. A handful of journalists and YouTubers have started pouring out content about the full-size luxury SUV. That includes us with our Escalade First Drive Review.

The Fast Lane, however, took a different route and made videos that are out of the ordinary. We’ve seen the channel do some off-roading with the Escalade, something owners won’t probably do when they get their hands on one.

This time, The Fast Lane Truck does a review with the Escalade’s bevy of tech toys. And as crazy as you would expect from the channel, the folks there tried to drive the SUV with a blocked windshield and front windows. How? By using the Escalade’s VR function displayed on the instrument panel. The resulting video was bonkers, which you can watch on top of this page.

Speaking of, the driver was able to go around the course without issues, twice even, and you can see in the video that he even reached speeds of up to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) before coming to a halt.

Before you raise your pitchforks, let us all be reminded that TFL Trucks did the test on a close course, so the test looked safe. Although as expected, both the driver and his passenger felt queasy after the virtual drive. But overall, at least now we know that you can still drive the new Escalade even if your windshield got broken – so as long as the front camera’s intact.

See the full crazy test on video and let us know what you think through the comments section below.

Source: https://www.motor1.com/news/450745/2021-cadillac-escalade-camera-test/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-category-technology

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Fancy Acer Book RS By Porsche Design Comes With Carbon Fiber Cover

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Porsche RS models are revered for their performance both on and off the race track, as they are admired for their flurry of carbon fiber materials. Porsche Design is back with another collaboration to showcase its styling prowess – this time it’s with Acer and its latest laptop.

Named the Porsche Design Acer Book RS, this fancy laptop signifies a new partnership between the two brands, something that fuses Porsche Design’s functional design philosophy and engineering mindset with Acer’s technological innovations and deep-rooted knowledge in the global computer segment.

The high-end notebook comes with a minimalist design, but a closer inspection reveals a 3k carbon fiber cover, striking a contrast against the diamond-cut CNC-machined chassis. With the use of this lightweight material normally used for race cars, the entire Acer Book RS only weighs 2.76 pounds (1.25 kilograms) while only measuring 0.63 inches (15.99 millimeters) thin.

Underneath the classy body, the Porsche Design Acer Book RS is equipped with the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics and optional discrete NVIDIA GeForce®MX350 GPUs and 16 GB of RAM. The 14-inch FHD IPS3 touchscreen is covered with a layer of Antimicrobial4 Corning Gorilla Glass with an immersive 90% screen-to-body ratio.

The Porsche Design Acer Book RS will be available in North America with a starting price of $1,399.99. A premium package, which comes with equally great-looking accessories such as premium package i7 notebook, travel pack, and mouse, will be priced at $1,999.99. This chic Acer laptop will also be available in Europe and in China.

This isn’t the first time that Porsche designed a gadget. Back in 2018, a Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS came into fruition, which had a price tag that started at $1,800.

Source: https://www.motor1.com/news/450660/porsche-design-acer-book-rs/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-category-technology

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GMC Hummer EV’s WTF Mode Does A Weird Song And Dance Before Launching

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First thing’s first. What the heck is Watts to Freedom? In short, it’s the GMC Hummer EV version of Tesla’s Ludicrous Plus launch mode, both in function and in its gimmicky nature. What does that mean? Ludicrous refers to Ludicrous speed from the classic 1987 Sci-Fi spoof Spaceballs. Meanwhile, the acronym for GMC’s Watts To Freedom is WTF, and we’re sure you know what else that stands for. But wait, there’s more

Engage WTF mode in the recently revealed GMC Hummer EV, and you won’t just launch to 60 mph in three seconds. For starters, the truck will hunker down a couple of inches before putting its GM-estimated 1,000 horsepower (735 kilowatts) to the ground. That’s a functional component of going fast, but less functional are the sounds that emanate from the Hummer EV’s speakers and animations that pop up on its digital screens.

Watts To Freedom Screenshot

GMC doesn’t offer a specific description of what this means, but the B-roll footage below takes us through the process starting at the 28-second mark. Once activated, a low-pitch humming sound reverberates through the speakers, and a snazzy animation on the main screen morphs to a third-person view of a Hummer EV poised on a space-themed runway. Meanwhile, the dash displays “Watts To Freedom” with stars and bars, along with a message that advises “repeated usage will cause accelerated wear on vehicle.” The driver can choose cancel or let’s go, which isn’t quite as catchy as I want my mommy or bring it on but hey, you get the point.

Selecting let’s go puts the system into motion. The truck lowers (which is also shown on the instrument display) and the driver is eventually prompted to press the brake and accelerator. This is the interactive part, as the driver must brake hard enough to get the all-important green checkmark to then floor it, all while the sound increases in both intensity and annoyance.

With the pedals mashed and the Hummer EV ready, release the brake and it’s off to the races. Presumably, drivers will be concentrating on the road while sprinting to 60 mph, so they won’t see the mini starfield flashing on the digital instrument board next to the speed readout. However, everyone will hear what sounds like the USS Enterprise going to warp speed through the speakers. At least it’s more pleasant than the low-resonance buzzing that starts it all off.

Is the GMC Hummer EV fast? Yes, it certainly is. However, experiencing all the pomp and circumstance that’s not at all similar to Tesla’s various quirky Easter eggs could easily be considered gimmicky in the best of circumstances. We’re at least curious to try it all in person as opposed to seeing a close-up on a video, but we suspect these aspects of WTF Mode might have more than a few people asking WTF GMC was thinking with all this.

Source: https://www.motor1.com/news/450196/hummer-ev-wtf-sound-animation-launch/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-category-technology

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