Drops of God pours out an exquisite season finale [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★


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Season one of Drops of God served up perfectly decanted drama.
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TV+ ReviewAs stellar Apple TV+ series Drops of God brings its first season to a close, Camille and Issei complete their last challenge in the contest to inherit their father’s estate. However, the real challenges remain ahead of them.

A final contest will test their allegiances and their strengths, but nothing will prepare them for their final trial. The Drops of God season one finale, entitled “All or Nothing,” serves as a wonderful conclusion to a surprise delight.

High Desert digs into Guru Bob’s weird past [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


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Peggy's on the case. Sorta.
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TV+ ReviewOff-kilter Apple TV+ comedy High Desert, which stars Patricia Arquette as con artist-turned-private-investigator Peggy Newman, takes a detour into Guru Bob’s past this week.

In the episode, entitled “Soul Retrieval,” Peggy and her ex-husband get reacquainted with the good times and the bad times that so characterized their marriage. Plus, Peggy lands her first case — if she can remember to get around to it.

The wildly entertaining comedy procedural takes a beat from the main action this week and still proves fast on its feet.

Ted Lasso finale will make a believer out of you [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★


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It's finally time for Ted Lasso's last game with AFC Richmond.
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TV+ ReviewTed Lasso, the perpetually upbeat Apple TV+ show that blindsided a pandemic-stricken world with a cocktail of optimism and inspiration, comes to a fitting close this week after a remarkable three-season run.

The Ted Lasso finale, entitled “So Long, Farewell,” finds Ted’s team AFC Richmond up against its most fierce nemesis, Rupert Mannion’s West Ham United.

With West Ham’s old coach Nate back at Richmond after an awkward breakup, will the Greyhounds have what it takes to beat the Hammers? Just how optimistic can this show be?

Drugs fuel a poignant ‘divorce party’ on Platonic [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


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What can go wrong when strippers and cocaine are involved?
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ comedy Platonic takes a look at the lighter side of divorce this week. The show, about two best friends who are suddenly back in each other’s lives after a prolonged absence, finds Sylvia deciding to throw Charlie a divorce party to get his mind off how well his ex is doing.

In the poignant episode, entitled “Divorce Party,” some drugs and changes of plan send Sylvia into a tailspin that makes her realize she isn’t where she wants to be anymore.

Foldable magnetic iPad mount proves stiff but useful [Review] ★★★★☆


If you like your iPad mounted for use with your computer setup -- hello, Universal Control and Sidecar -- this mount can help.★★★★☆
If you like your iPad mounted for use with your computer setup -- hello, Universal Control and Sidecar -- this mount can help.
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If you like to mount your iPad as part of your computer setup — especially if you use Apple’s Universal Control or Sidecar — a foldable magnetic mount can be a big help. Kuxiu offers a high-quality product. It sent me one to try out.

My main impressions? Quality materials, strong magnets, good multidirectional design — and maybe I can skip going to the gym. This thing requires some muscle to move around.

Go ultrawide with this BenQ monitor for creatives [Review] ★★★★☆


BenQ PD3420Q review★★★★☆
BenQ's ultrawide monitor has room for three apps side-by-side-by-side.
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The BenQ PD3420Q is a ultrawide monitor designed to appeal to creative professionals with its atypical shape and color consistency with MacBooks.

The 34-inch screen has a 2K resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio. And there are some nice additions, like a HotKey Puck and built-in KVM.

I tested the PD3420Q in my home office, exploring the advantages and drawbacks of the very wide screen.

3 Reasons to Watch: High Desert, the neo-noir comedy that Apple TV+ canceled too early


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Patricia Arquette whips High Desert into a frenzy in the role of Peggy Newman.
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In this installment of 3 Reasons to Watch, we’ll tell you why we’re buzzing about High Desert, the new Apple TV+ comedy starring livewire Patricia Arquette as daffy private eye Peggy Newman.

The show, created by Miss Congeniality writer Katie Ford and Grace and Frankie alums Nancy Fichman and Jennifer Hoppe, is a bawdy neo-noir set in a world of lowlifes and fake cowboys.

Here’s why you need to give High Desert the old college try.

Silo thrills with action and conspiracies [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★


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Sheriff Juliette Nichols (played by Rebecca Ferguson) just keeps getting deeper down the rabbit hole of silo conspiracies.
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TV+ Review Apple TV+ dystopian sci-fi hit Silo sends Juliette out on her second day as sheriff and into a minefield this week.

The show, about the last few thousand people on earth living inside a massive underground structure, unveils more tentacles of its political conspiracy. When Juliette and her new deputy look into the murder of their predecessors, they find corruption and lies in every corner they search. The episode, entitled “The Janitor’s Boy,” is a thrilling chapter in the Silo saga.

City on Fire dishes out clues and catastrophes [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


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Charlie (played by Wyatt Oleff, left) is desperate to figure out who shot his friend Sam (Chase Sui Wonders), and why they did it.
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TV+ ReviewCity on Fire, the new Apple TV+ drama about a web of connections that expands from the attempted murder of an NYU student, nears what looks like a breakthrough this week.

Charlie finds a roll of undeveloped film that’s a missing piece of the puzzle surrounding the near-death of Samantha, the object of his affection. Nicky thinks he has the upper hand, but learns he’ll always be someone’s patsy. Plus, Keith and Regan follow a lead to a dead end, and Amory starts to sweat.

Entitled “Brass Tactics,” it’s an action-packed episode with few of City on Fire’s usual misplaced steps.

Drops of God prepares for its final showdown [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


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Camille (played by Fleur Geffrier, left) and Issei (Tomohisa Yamashita) get ready for their third wine-soaked challenge.
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TV+ Review This week on Drops of God, the excellent Apple TV+ show about two people competing for the title of greatest sommelier on earth, Camille and Issei consider their places in the world — and in their family lines.

Issei, fuming over a secret long kept, needs to focus for the final challenge. Camille, weighing an impulsive business decision, wonders what the next step for her will be, no matter whether she wins or loses.

Prehistoric Planet is the best dinosaur doc in a generation [Apple TV+ review] ★★★★★


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Triceratops fights are a highlight of Prehistoric Planet season two.
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Season two of Prehistoric Planet will fill the heart of any dinosaur-obsessed child with joy. And adults should watch, too — especially anyone who still thinks dinos are slow-moving, stupid creatures that are just waiting around to go extinct.

These new episodes, which Apple TV+ doled out this week, combine cutting-edge CGI with the latest in paleontology. The result is a series that’s stunningly beautiful, exciting to watch and as scientifically accurate as possible.

Patricia Arquette kicks High Desert into high gear [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


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Part private investigator, part Wild West show entertainer and all hustler, Peggy (played by Patricia Arquette, right) makes High Desert a blast.
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TV+ Review Apple TV+ neo-noir comedy High Desert gets mired in criminal business and stolen paintings this week. The show stars Patricia Arquette as Peggy Newman, who’s doing some on-the-ground investigation into a missing woman and the trail of chaos she left in her wake.

Is her husband, a mutilated guru, to blame? Or the woman’s mobbed-up brothers? The episode, entitled “Get Judy off the Bed,” delivers another delirious dose of the streaming service’s newest success.

Jamie Tartt shows some heart this week on Ted Lasso [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★


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Will Jamie Tartt (played by Phil Dunster, right) get his head straight this week on Ted Lasso?
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TV+ ReviewTed Lasso, Apple TV+’s most popular show, is winding down, with just two episodes left before it closes up shop (likely for good). The fish-out-of-water football coach is trying to keep his struggling soccer team from the bottom of the rankings — and himself from the bottom of his feelings.

To complicate things, Jamie Tartt goes on an existential bender this week as he prepares for a big hometown gig, and Ted and his tough-guy coach Roy Kent need to figure out how to fix their star player. The episode, entitled “Mom City,” is about as good as this show gets.

Prep to be friends with actual benefits in new comedy Platonic [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


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Platonic asks, "Why can't we be friends ... again?"
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TV+ ReviewIn new Apple TV+ comedy Platonic, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne play old pals who, after taking a hiatus from their intense friendship, learn that rekindling such a thing is a fraught proposition this far into their lives.

Created by Francesca Delblanco and Nicholas Stoller, Platonic is a lovely, lazy-day kind of a comedy that charms even when it seems like it could stand to straighten up and fly right.

Sit on your favorite Mac with a Throwboy pillow [Review] ★★★★☆


A collection of Throwboy pillows sitting on a dingy tan couch★★★★☆
Throwboy: “Where do you want to sit today?” Oh wait, that’s Microsoft. Throwboy: “A cushion for the rest of us.”
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Throwboy pillows by Roberto Hoyos are a series of soft, squishy pillows that resemble your favorite Apple products. You can decorate your living room with astonishingly accurate facsimiles of the fan favorites — the Macintosh 128k, the iMac G3, the iPod, the iPhone — as well as the cult classics — the Lisa, the iMac G4 and the G4 Cube.

When I say “astonishingly accurate,” I’m not exaggerating. I was blown away by the attention to detail.

3 Reasons to Watch: Bad Sisters, the outrageous Irish black comedy on Apple TV+


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If you're not acquainted with the Garvey sisters, you're missing out.
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In this installment of 3 Reasons to Watch, we look at Bad Sisters, the Irish black comedy that racked up awards after its spectacular first season.

The acidic series follows the five Garvey sisters, who are complicit in a crime … but not in the way it initially appears. Here’s why you need to stream Bad Sisters yesterday.

Who needs HDMI? This gadget connects Mac or iPad to TV wirelessly [Review] ★★★★☆


Who needs HDMI? This gadget connects Mac or iPad to TV wirelessly★★★★☆
Don't use a cable when the plug-and-play EZCast Pocket is so much more convenient.
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EZCast Pocket lets a range of computers connect wirelessly to an external display. No additional software is needed — it’s very nearly as easy to use as a cable, but without the cable clutter.

I tested the affordable and very portable wireless video adapter in my home and on a business trip. Here are its strengths and occasional weaknesses.

Note: When this review was first published in March, there was so much interest that EZCast Pocket sold out almost immediately. Amazon once again has the product in stock so we’re re-publishing the review.

City on Fire brings its mysteries to a steady simmer [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆


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William (played by Nico Tortorella) finds himself in hot water this week on City on Fire.
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TV+ ReviewNew Apple TV+ drama City on Fire, based on the book by Garth Risk Hallberg, tries to crack its central mysteries wide open this week.

William discovers he has a connection to the attempted murder of Samantha. Regan discovers she has more rats in her nest than she imagined. Charlie finds his allegiances tested as his sanity frays. Keith’s troubles are getting worse, and he still hasn’t even hit bottom.

Entitled “Land of a Thousand Dances,” it’s a good episode of the Dickensian potboiler, but it’s almost undone by rookie mistakes.

There’s a new sheriff in town this week on Silo [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★


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New sheriff of the silo Juliette (played by Rebecca Ferguson) is on the job, and she's got disturbing questions.
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ dystopian sci-fi hit Silo investigates a high-profile murder and a hero’s childhood this week.

The show, about the last people on Earth living in hellish conditions underground, follows new Sheriff Juliette Nichols as she gets wrapped up in her first homicide investigation with Deputy Marnes. Plus, it delves into her past as she remembers the circumstances under which she became a machinist.

As this show progresses, it gets a little better with each episode and each twisty plot development.

Drops of God takes a tricky trip to Italy [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★


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Lorenzo (played by Luca Terracciano, left) and Camille (Fleur Geffrier) take a trip to Trento as they try to answer a wine-soaked question.
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TV+ Review This week’s episode of the Apple TV+ series Drops of God, about the differing paths of two potential heirs to a fortune in wine, finds Camille on an excursion and Issei in a fog.

Camille and Lorenzo take a jog to Italy to do research before the second challenge. And Issei and Yurika discover some things about his personal history that make the contest even more bitter. Entitled “Legacy,” the episode splashes out a very fine bit of work from this team.

The Last Thing He Told Me finale packs an emotional wallop [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★


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Hanna (played by Jennifer Garner) must make a tough decision in the series finale of The Last Thing He Told Me.
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TV+ Review Apple TV+ limited series The Last Thing He Told Me comes to a shockingly emotional end this week.

In the series finale, Hannah makes a calculated risk on behalf of her stepdaughter and herself, and they’re both still distraught over the disappearance of their husband and father. Plus, a shadowy criminal and a U.S. Marshal offer competing visions of safety for the pair — and no one’s sure which one is better.

The Big Door Prize season finale spits out cliffhangers large and small [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


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Surprise! The Morpho machine has even bigger mysteries to spin.
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TV+ ReviewThe Big Door Prize closes its first season with a blackout at Deerfest and a big twist from the Morpho. The show, about a mysterious machine that reads people’s futures, throws harsh weather and hard truths at its cast of misfit townies this week.

Father Reuben and Hana experience a few troubling realizations. Cass and Izzy have another blow-up. Jacob and Trina try to make it through their first real date. And more than one storm is brewing in this compelling cap to a winning season of a wonderful show.

Ted Lasso starts to wrap up loose ends this week [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆


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Toheeb Jimoh and Phil Dunster in "Ted Lasso," now streaming on Apple TV+.
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+’s runaway hit Ted Lasso starts closing up shop this week as the show nears the end of season three. The stars of AFC Richmond are out of town, but that doesn’t mean we can’t wrap up some loose ends.

Keeley finds herself without a job or an office. Rebecca has a big meeting, and one small chance to make a difference. Roy starts thinking about human connection. Sam suffers a series of letdowns. And Nate goes on a soul-searching trip back home.

While undoubtedly enervating, this week’s episode, entitled “International Break,” occasionally scores a win.

High Desert is the right kind of rolling disaster [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


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Peggy Newman (played by Patricia Arquette) is a marvelous disaster in edgy new comedy High Desert.
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TV+ Review In the tragicomic new Apple TV+ series High Desert, Patricia Arquette plays Peggy Newman, a drug addict and serial liar/improviser who’s trying to remake her life after her husband goes to jail and ruins her social standing.

The perpetually broke and broken Peggy is a marvelous creation. The first three episodes of High Desert arrived on Apple TV+ today, and the show is mighty good company.

Add convenient wireless charging to iPad Pro with this case and stand [Review] ★★★★☆


Pitaka MagEZ Case Pro and MagEZ Charging Stand review★★★★☆
Pitaka's wireless charging case and stand look brilliant.
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With the Pitaka MagEZ Case Pro, you can stop plugging in a charging cable. Put the tablet in this slim, lightweight case then pop on a charging mat when it’s time to juice up the tablet.

Combine it with the MagEZ Charging Stand and you have a desktop setup without the hassle of wires for the iPad Pro and an iPhone or AirPods.

I tested both accessories in my home office. There’s a lot to like here.