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On Shantaram, our hero needs to escape from Bombay [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆


Shantaram recap Apple TV+: Lindsay Ford (played by Charlie Hunnam) realizes it's go time.★★★☆☆
Lindsay Ford (played by Charlie Hunnam) realizes it's go time.
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TV+ ReviewThis week on Shantaram, the Apple TV+ limited series about a fugitive trying and failing to lie low in ’80s Bombay, our hero sees that his days in his new home are numbered. The only question is, will he leave before a trap is sprung on him or meet his destiny head-on?

Lin and Karla aren’t sure they want to say goodbye, Modena makes a risky move (and Lisa’s caught up in his wake), and Pandey must put his money where his mouth is or risk everything.

Everybody’s escape plans are falling apart in a reasonably gripping outing of this reasonably gripping show.

Everyone’s looking for a way out on The Mosquito Coast [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


The Mosquito Coast recap Apple TV+: The members of the Fox family face troubles old and new this week.★★★★☆
The members of the Fox family face troubles old and new this week.
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TV+ ReviewThe Mosquito Coast hits a dead end this week, and the only one happy about it is Allie Fox. His wife Margot and daughter Dina get desperate looking for a way out of their situation, even as their hosts start to have major second thoughts about their new guests.

Charlie puts himself at risk, Dina goes on a fateful date, Margot throws a Hail Mary — and Allie’s one step ahead of everybody. As we’ve come to expect from Mosquito Coast, this is one tense hour of television.

Best iPhone game controllers this holiday season


Old school Xbox gaming on the RiotPWR Controller.
An iPhone game controller can make a great gift.
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If you are overstraining your brain trying to come up with the right gift for an iPhone fan, consider a clip-on game controller. Mobile gamers can appreciate that physical buttons, sticks and triggers make play a lot more fun for many types of games.

I’ve reviewed all the top iPhone game controllers. Here are my recommendations.

What’s on the menu in Acapulco? Sitcom leftovers. [Apple TV+ recap] ★★☆☆


Acapulco recap Apple TV+: It's another week of seduction, jealousy and hackneyed jokes.★★☆☆
We get heaping helpings of seduction, jealousy and hackneyed jokes this week on Acapulco.
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TV+ ReviewIt’s dueling dinner parties on this week’s episode of Apple TV+ culture clash comedy Acapulco. Memo is under investigation, Chad is under suspicion, Julia’s jealous, Esteban’s nervous, Sara’s drunk, Hector’s in lust, and — as usual — Maximo’s in the middle.

It’s an agreeably hectic week on the show, which doesn’t seem sure how to proceed with its more- serious ideas. As a result, Acapulco relies on an old-hat sitcom formula instead.

Two Joes walk into a bar this week on Mythic Quest [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


Mythic Quest recap Apple TV+: Well, this is awkward.★★★★☆
Well, this is awkward.
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TV+ ReviewMythic Quest goes Hollywood this week as Jo sits down with actor Joe Manganiello to discuss a role in the upcoming Mythic Quest movie.

Also, Dana and Ian go on an accidentally soul-searching trip, while Poppy looks for support around the office. And when Carol takes a personal day, that leaves Brad free to do as he pleases (and once more potentially ruin the game).

It’s a decent episode of Apple TV+’s gamer comedy — with one showstopper of a scene.

Echo 3 is a deeply strange military thriller [Apple TV+ recap] ★★☆☆


Echo 3 recap Apple TV+: New series Echo 3 takes Apple TV+ to a weird new battlefront.★★☆☆
Echo 3 takes Apple TV+ to a weird new battlefront.
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TV+ ReviewNew Apple TV+ series Echo 3 follows two very different military men who venture to South America to rescue a mutual loved one during a clandestine war.

Written and produced by Mark Boal, the mind behind Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, the series is deeply strange, if certainly memorable. And it shows Apple TV+ heading in a new, possibly suspect, direction.

Affordable Edifier wireless ANC headphones get the basics right [Review] ★★★★☆


Want solid headphones without breaking the bank? Consider Edifier's W820NB.★★★★☆
Want solid headphones without breaking the bank? Consider Edifier's W820NB.
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The Chinese company Edifier has been putting out affordable high-quality audio equipment for more than 25 years. I often find it hits the “high-value” button with many of its products, offering great sound and solid features at relatively low prices. The company seems to stake out that same territory with its W820NB ANC Bluetooth Stereo Headphones.

Edifier sent me a pair of the cans to try out. While they’re not likely to blow anybody away, they get the job done well, with quality sound, strong active noise cancellation and long battery life.

If you want good sound at a good price, they could be for you. But if you’re an exacting audiophile or on the hunt for luxury appointments, look elsewhere.

A road-trip companion, a new kind of shopping and a tribute to Apple Stores [Awesome Apps]


iphone on desk with headphones
The never-ending stream of apps truly never ends. And we’ve found a few more that might be worth your time.
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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, there’s a good chance you’ll have some down time on the way. Whether you’re planning a trip to see family, doing some shopping, or just want to flex your Apple knowledge, this week we have some Awesome Apps to infuse some tech into your holiday week.

The Mosquito Coast gives us that sinking feeling [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆


The Mosquito Coast recap Apple TV+: The Fox family finds itself with a boatload of troubles this week.★★★★☆
The Fox family finds itself with a boatload of troubles this week.
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+’s Mosquito Coast finds sanctuary at long last this week, but is it everything it appears to be? The Foxes are still learning hard lessons the hard way, surrounded at once by people who are like them and not —  and who know their place, unlike the Foxes.

Dina, Margot and Charlie have their doubts about their new home but Allie is all in, and he’s going to make sure they know how he feels. A hefty new complication rears its head in a tense episode of the thriller series about a family on the lam.

Shantaram shines with a street fight in Bombay’s slums [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★


Shantaram recap Apple TV+: Just as in real life, everybody's flawed in Shantaram.★★★
Just as in real life, everybody's flawed in Shantaram.
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TV+ Review In this week’s edition of Apple TV+ limited series Shantaram, Lin recovers from cholera with Karla’s help, and she’s discovering she isn’t the moral person she’d been hoping she was deep down. Shah and Khan go to war over water, Prabhu gets a win, Ravi makes a chilling discovery, and Lisa and Modena have an ultimatum or two in front of them.

As the show enters its back half, Shantaram’s becoming a very agreeable place to hang — even with all the bad people hanging around.