Tag: Comparing

Best smart speakers of 2020: Comparing Google Nest Mini, Amazon Echo Dot, and Apple HomePod

In 2020, Amazon, Google and Apple are all making good smart speakers. The competition between these tech giants only pushes them to keep getting better. Amazon popularized smart speakers with the original Echo and the Alexa voice assistant, but today you have several options, each with their own pros and cons. 

So how do you pick the best smart speaker for your needs? Well, the key differences largely come down to hardware size, price and audio quality. If you don’t need much oomph from your music and you’re good with a little lower audio quality, you can save money and get the same smarts in a smaller smart speaker.

Pretty much all of your options include multi-room audio and let you turn on the lights, play music, ask a question,

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Comparing The Major College Ranking Systems: How Methodology Matters

The major college ranking systems have all published their much-anticipated lists of the nation’s best colleges for this year. These lists continue to influence students, families, college administrators and the general public, even during a pandemic that has arguably rendered many of the ranking dimensions much less relevant than in the past.

How do the methodologies employed by the various systems compare? And how similar are their rankings? Here’s a brief primer on four of the most influential approaches.

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges rankings ranks more than 1,400 colleges and universities granting baccalaureate degrees. Now in its 36th year, it’s the dean of all ranking systems.

U.S. News revises its methodology over time, and this year it

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Comparing Nvidia’s Impressive New GPUs to PS5 and Xbox Series X

It’s a big year for gaming hardware. Nvidia’s new graphics cards are finally here, AMD has its own lineup on the way, and the Xbox Series X is launching in November, with the PlayStation 5 around the same time (probably). So if you’re looking to upgrade your gaming gear, you have a major choice to make. But if Nvidia’s new graphics cards are any indication of where PC gaming is headed, consoles won’t be gaining a performance edge over their more expensive competition anytime soon.There’s still a lot we don’t know about all the hardware coming out this year, but Nvidia’s confirmed specs give us a lot more to go on. The new flagship Ampere GPU, the GeForce RTX 3080, looks like a pretty big step forward from its last generation – at least, if Nvidia’s marketing material is to be believed (and it should always be taken with
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