James Thomas

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30 Home Inspection Myths You Need to Stop Believing

Make sure you understand the nature of home inspections<p>The job of the home inspector is to check on the safety of the home and identify potential …

This home theater recreates the multiplex with a level of detail you won't believe

Chicago's best steak tacos come from wood fires, not the griddle

Chicago's most popular taco filling isn't al pastor, carnitas or barbacoa; it's steak. And why shouldn't it be? As we've confirmed while delving into our city's hefty steak culture, Chicagoans have an unbridled appetite for grilled beef, and the steak taco provides one of the cheapest and most …

Why Earth's History Appears So Miraculous

The strange, cosmic reason our evolutionary path will look ever luckier the longer we survive<p>It was hard times for the bomber pilots that floated over Europe, their planes incinerating cities below, like birds of prey. Even as they turned the once-bustling streets beneath to howling firestorms, …

The Blockchain Could Power Big Changes in Gaming

By<p>Jan. 17, 2018 9:28 a.m. ET<p>Heads-up, videogame fans and industry followers: Here’s some interesting news that, to what will either be your …

Stock Markets

‘Ask Paul Thomas Anderson’ Delivered Great Advice And A Location For *That* ‘Boogie Nights’ Prop

Paul Thomas Anderson has delivered some of Hollywood’s most indulgent, challenging, and darkly funny movies over the last two decades. From Reed Rothchild asking Dirk Diggler how much he can bench in <i>Boogie Nights</i>, to Daniel Plainview declaring that he’ll drink your milkshake in <i>There Will Be Blood</i>, …

In Defense Of Dark Souls 2 And Why It Was An Amazing Game

Dark Souls 2 seems to be universally regarded as the black sheep of the Soulsborne series. In a way, I get it. It’s not created by the same design …

What’s a headphone amp, and do you really need one? You’d be surprised

From analog turntables to digital streaming, the way we get our music has transformed mightily over the years. As our music has gone increasingly …

Amazon updates Alexa with important new smart home powers

Alexa has long been a favorite of ours in the smart home. Over the weekend, Amazon rolled out an update to the company's popular digital assistant, which makes the Alexa app a more intuitive tool for controlling your connected devices.<p>Alexa is a voice assistant built into smart speakers such as the …

You Must See What Those Recent Insane Solar Flares Looked Like From Space

We are stunned.<p>We're heading into a solar minimum, the period of the least sunspot activity in our Sun's roughly 11-year cycle. But despite that, in …

Trump unleashes himself from would-be handlers, lashing out mornings, nights and weekends

When President Trump agreed last month with Democrats to strike a deal granting legal status to so-called Dreamers brought to this country illegally as children, his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, was all for it. Another Trump confidant disagreed: Fox host Sean Hannity made clear in a phone call …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Best Taco Recipes

Here, our favorite taco recipes from both our own kitchen and chefs around the world. From fish tacos with creamy lime guacamole to crispy fried …

5 Steps You Should Take To Protect Yourself After Massive Equifax Hack

On Thursday, Equifax announced that from mid-May through July 2017, criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Specifically, this hack may potentially impact 143 million U.S. consumers. The information accessed includes names, Social Security …

Identity Theft

Get caught up on Destiny’s lore with this incredible explainer video

OK, but what’s the Darkness, again?<p>The consensus on <i>Destiny</i>’s story was that it was thin, poorly told and downright nonsensical. The game threw sci-fi mumbo-jumbo at players and didn’t bother to lead them through its narrative, attempting to wave off any questions with a now-infamous meta-joke. …

5 solar eclipse apps to grab for Aug. 21

From timers to vocal narration, these smartphone apps will guide you through the solar eclipse, the year's biggest celestial event.<p>The last time a …

One Week Until the 2017 Solar Eclipse! Here Are Some Last-Minute Tips

The total solar eclipse is only one week away: Here are some last-minute tips for eclipse viewing and traveling.<p>The total solar eclipse of Aug. 21 …

Eclipse Day Timeline: Exactly What Will Happen on August 21

From First Contact to Totality, this is your solar eclipse schedule.<p>On Monday, August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse will be visible to anyone …

Solar Eclipse

Tips for photographing the total solar eclipse

You only have a few minutes to get a shot of totality<p>I've never been a big fan of astronomical events: there are just too many meteor showers or planet transits to keep up with, and a slightly larger Moon just doesn't do much for me. But I have completely shed my cynical attitude regarding the …

A NASA scientist's inside scoop on the great American eclipse

<i>NASA scientist Dr. C. Alex Young has spent more than 20 years studying the sun. Here's his take on the Great American eclipse happening August 21, 2017</i><p><b>Q: What is a total solar eclipse anyway?</b><p>A: Most people are familiar with the idea that the moon orbits around the earth, and that takes roughly 27 …

Solar eclipse 2017: The best glasses and viewers

If you hadn't heard, there's a major eclipse happening soon. The US hasn't had a total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast (Pacific to Atlantic) since 1918 -- so we figured we'd give you some retina-safe options for viewing the eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.<p>And to be clear, safety is paramount. …

OLED TV vs QLED TV – which is best in the Which? test lab?

<b>In the blue corner, we have OLED, the TV screen technology backed by LG, Sony and Panasonic, and claimed to give the best possible picture quality.</b> …

OLEDs

Amelia Earhart May Have Survived Crash-Landing, Newly Discovered Photo Suggests

A newly discovered photograph suggests legendary aviator Amelia Earhart, who vanished 80 years ago on a round-the-world flight, survived a crash-landing in the Marshall Islands.<p>The photo, found in a long-forgotten file in the National Archives, shows a woman who resembles Earhart and a man who …

Solar eclipse 2017: The best places to see the rare phenomenon

NASA produced these extremely accurate maps of the 2017 solar eclipse.<p>On August 21, for the first time in 38 years, a total solar eclipse will cut through the continental United States. It’s going to be awesome. If you’re in the bull’s eye center of the moon’s shadow known as the totality — the sky …

6 display settings you should be using in Windows 10

In addition to introducing a number of fresh features, hidden gems and new and useful privacy settings, Windows 10 April 2018 Update now offers to fix blurry apps for you, an annoying problem you can run into when you pair a classic Windows app with a high-resolution display. I'll cover this new …

E3 2017: All the trailers from Xbox’s conference

From Crackdown 3 to Metro Exodus<p>The biggest moment from the Xbox press conference was undoubtedly the confirmation that Xbox One X, the company’s new console, would be released on Nov. 7 for $499.<p>The Xbox One X isn’t just the most powerful, as toted by Microsoft during its conference, but it’s also …