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    38 of the Most Expensive Homes for Sale in the St. Louis Area – - March 29, 2020 by admin

    Beautifully appointed 2 story on a lovely lot. Wood floors on the main and upper levels. The 2 story entry foyer leads to the dining room and study/living room, both with custom shutters, crown and dental molding. The spectacular great room features a wood-burning fireplace, built-in bookcases, bay window, walk-behind wet bar and French doors to patio., The kitchen is the heart of the home with 42-inch cabinets, center island, stainless appliances and adjoining breakfast room with a bay window. The master suite boasts a walk-in closet and luxury bath with double vanities, shower, and soaking tub. Also on the UL are 3 additional bedrooms and a full bath. The lower level is perfect for gatherings with a rec room, game room, walk-behind wet bar, fireplace, full bath, exercise room, and sauna. Additional features include a patio, 3 car rear-entry garage, level lot, sprinkler and security system, and more. Impeccable throughout!

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    Around the House: The pros and cons of residential metal framing – Daily Commercial - March 5, 2020 by admin

    Metal framing for new residential homes and remodeling projects has grown in popularity over the last few years. For many years, metal construction framing has been more popular on commercial jobsites where there is more consideration for fire protection and the integration of red iron metal construction.

    No doubt, metal framing is a proven method of structural building. There are pros and cons to consider when considering metal framing for your next construction project

    The transition of metal framing to residential construction has been occurring over the last two decades with a lot of starting and stopping. One pro in using metal framing in residential construction is the ability to make a straight wall.

    By nature of the growth rings in a tree, lumber is a product that naturally crowns, which can create minor bows and cups in the wood. Normally, a wall run of 2x4 wood studs will not be perfectly straight, especially in this day and time, because few carpenters understand how to site and crown lumber.

    On the other hand, metal framing is true perfectly straight. A straighter wall can make a slight improvement on the installation of drywall, moulding, and doors.

    Another pro of metal framing is that metal is rot and termite resistant. Thus far, there is not a termite alive that can eat a metal stud. In addition, other pests find metal less inviting to inhabit.

    Metal does not preclude termite protection, because there is still a lot of wood that termites can enjoy in the doors, windows, and trim of a residential home. Metal framing can be more forgiving in case of flooding, and it can help limit the spread of a fire.

    The first con with metal framing is the limited number of tradespeople who are skilled to install it on residential jobsites. Most residential framing crews are skilled to build wood walls and install wood trusses. Few of them have the experience to do this in metal framing.

    In fact, some framing crews have abandoned installing any metal framing, because they cannot find the labor to do so. When you cant find labor, that means the price of that labor will be more expensive.

    Another con with metal framing is the pricing. Until the trade wars of 2019 and the uncertainty of steel pricing in the world markets, the price of steel framing was growing more competitive with wood products not so much now. Typically, metal framing runs about 20 percent more and future pricing continues to be uncertain as the United States discourages lower-priced steel from overseas.

    One of the more aggravating cons of metal framing for homeowners is its serviceability after the home is built. Lets face it, a lot of homeowners armed with a hammer or drill hang a lot of pictures and knick-knacks on the wall. Hanging a picture on a wall with wood studs is easy, because the nail can hit the stud edges in the wall and usually hold.

    On the other hand, metal framing requires special fasteners that can cut through metal or pre-drilled holes so that metal screws can be installed. If you have ever installed a picture on a metal stud wall, you understand the frustration.

    Wood framing is very forgiving during construction and remodeling projects. It is easy to plane, shave, cut, and modify when slabs are off a little. Because metal framing is true in its measurements, it takes more effort to adjust and modify, which is why metal framing installers are harder to find in the residential construction market.

    Most homeowners give little consideration as to what is in the wall. Although metal framing is a great product for building a home, expect to pay more and understand the issues involved with its use. This is how you determine if the investment is worth the pros and cons.

    Don Magruder is the CEO of RoMac Building Supply. He is also the host of the Around the House TV show on LSTV and at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and at 7 a.m., Noon and 6 p.m. Saturday.

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    Trucker arrested in S. Calif. in Madras fatal hit-and-run – KTVZ - January 26, 2020 by admin

    (Update: Adding video, comment from Madras resident)

    MADRAS, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A 47-year-old truck driver was arrested in Southern California Wednesday on second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and other charges in Tuesday nights fatal vehicle-pedestrian hit-and-run crash on U.S. Highway 97 in Madras, police said.

    A Madras police officer's court filing said the driver told his supervisor he swerved to avoid "a dark, shadowy figure" but did not believe he'd hit anything.

    Law enforcement had been searching for a Volvo semi-trailer with likely damage, based on evidence at the scene, in the crash that killed a pedestrian identified Wednesday as Anthony Shadley, 59, of Madras, Detective Sgt. Steve Webb said.

    With help from several state and local agencies, officers were able to find the semi involved in the city of Azusa in Los Angeles County, where the driver, identified as Jose Manuel Bernal-Mendoza, was making a scheduled delivery, Webb said.

    By the time the truck was found, Madras police had filed an affidavit in support of an arrest warrant for Bernal-Mendoza and an arrest warrant was issued for charges of second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, failure to perform the duties of a driver and reckless driving.

    Bernal-Mendoza was arrested by Azusa police and the truck allegedly involved in the crash was seized.

    The investigation continues, Webb said, and anyone with information about the crash is urged to call Frontier Dispatch at 541-475-2201.

    In a probable cause affidavit to support the $250,000 arrest warrant, Madras Police Officer Brent Schulke said video surveillance footage from Wild Winds Station had helped identify the southbound truck.

    Schulke said ODOT confirmed that only two Volvo semi-trucks passed through the southbound weigh scales near Juniper Butte around the time of the crash, and only one was hauling a box trailer and passed that location about 10 minutes after the crash.

    ODOT was able to provide a photo of the truck, which appeared to match the surveillance video. ODOT also provided the trucks Texas license plate, which belonged to 5D Cargo Express Inc. in Laredo, Texas.

    A safety supervisor with the company identified a two-man drivers team that included Bernal-Mendoza and gave them an address in Azusa that was the next scheduled stop between 8 a.m. and noon Wednesday. Officers also were told Bernal-Mendoza would have been driving at the time of the crash.

    The drivers supervisor said Bernal-Mendoa told him he swerved to avoid a dark shadowy figure but did not believe he hit anything, according to Schulke's affidavit.

    Madras police, assisted by the Bend Police Department's traffic team, worked through the night investigating the crash scene on Highway 97 in northern Madras, near Northeast Cypress Street, Webb said.

    Based on parts found at the crash scene, they were able to determine the suspect vehicle is a 2018 Volvo VNL series tractor. Also, based on surveillance video under review, it was towing a traditional "van-type" semi trailer.

    Items recovered at the scene confirmed the tractor had damage to the passenger side and front and right side, Webb said. The damage included a missing chrome trim moulding piece from the center bumper on the right side, and damage to the right-side hood vent.

    Madras police, Jefferson County sheriffs deputies, Oregon State Police, Jefferson County EMS and Jefferson County Fire responded around 7 p.m. to the reported crash.

    The highway was closed in both directions in the area of milepost 92, with a detour in place. It reopened early Wednesday.

    It was the second serious vehicle-pedestrian crash on the same stretch of road in just over 24 hours. Around 6 p.m. Monday, a 55-year-old man was struck and critically injured when he tried to cross Highway 97 near Northeast Chestnut Street. He was one of three men heading to the warming shelter, police said.

    In that case, the driver stopped and has cooperated in the investigation.

    NewsChannel 21 spoke with a longtime Madras resident, Daniel Crowley, on Wednesday, who said he's seen an increasing amount of drivers, especially truck drivers, who go faster than the 55 mph speed limit in that area.

    "Even though the new rule is to walk with traffic, I'm not going to do that, I'm going to walk against traffic so I can see whats coming," Crowley said. "Dont wear black slacks and black coats if youre going to walk at night. Its not safe."

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    12 of the Most Expensive Homes for Sale in Northwest Indiana – - November 29, 2019 by admin

    Step into your dream home! This 4 bedroom, 3-1/2 bath ranch in the Woods of Concord subdivision is a 5 min drive from I-94. There are amenities galore in this 4500 sq foot home. 14' & 10' ceilings w/ tray and triple crown moulding, 8' doors, crystal chandeliers, a library w/ coffered ceiling and built-in bookshelves, a fireplace with onyx surround, a formal dining room, Brazilian walnut floors throughout w/ onyx inlays, Labradorite countertops, Viking appliances, AND a glass enclosed, temperate-controlled wine room with 900 bottle capacity! The master wing features backlit ceilings, spa bath w/ custom shower, a vessel tub, dual sinks, and 2 walk in closets w/ high end cabinetry. The daylight basement is partially finished w/ a family room, bedroom, full bath, laundry room, and a HUGE bonus unfinished area! Other features include a 3 car attached garage, a generator, a curved driveway, sprinklers, & a partially covered patio w/ views to the beautifully landscaped 1 acre lot. Impeccable!

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    Report Predicts US Wood Millwork Demand Will Rise 2.4% Yearly – DWM Magazine - November 25, 2019 by admin

    November 25th, 2019 by DWM Magazine

    A report on wood millwork in the U.S. recently released from Freedonia Focus Reports predicts that demand will increase 2.4% annually in nominal terms through 2023.

    Gains will be driven by rising building construction activity, the aesthetically pleasing properties of wood, and the perception of wood as an environmentally friendly material according to the report. However, it suggests that further growth will be limited by negative characteristics of wood such as susceptibility to cracking and decay. The report also predicts that intensifying competition from plastics and other alternative materials offering similar aesthetics, including woodgrain patterning, will restrain additional gains.

    Wood moulding and trim sales are expected to remain the leading product segment. Demand is expected to be supported by the rising new housing construction activity.

    This report forecasts to 2023 U.S. wood millwork demand in nominal U.S. dollars at the manufacturer level. Total demand is segmented by product in terms of:

    Total demand, various product segments and trade are provided in annual series from 2008 to 2018 to illustrate historical trends.

    Product segment demand is further broken out by market for 2018 as follows:

    Millwork is defined in the report as fabricated wood millwork, including products covered with materials such as metal and plastic. Excluded from the scope of the report are cut stock, dimension lumber and other wood products manufactured from logs and bolts, millwork fabricated at construction sites, and finished furniture parts and frames. Also excluded from the scope of the report are wood doors, windows, moulding and trim, and flooring utilized in applications other than residential and nonresidential buildings (such as transport equipment). Re-exports of wood millwork are excluded from demand and trade figures.

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    iPhone 12 Pro will pack 6GB RAM and mmWave 5G, analyst claims – The INQUIRER - November 25, 2019 by admin

    NEXT YEAR'S iPhones look set to get an upgrade in the RAM department, according toanalysts at Barclays.

    The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max will pack 6GB RAM, the analysts told MacRumours,up from the 4GB RAM currentlypacked inside the iPhone 11 models. The lesser-spec iPhone 12 will likely stick with the current 4GB RAM, according to Barclays.

    The analysts alsoexpectthe higher-end iPhone 12 modelstofeature rear-facing 3D sensingand mmWave support for higher-performance 5G.

    Barclays also threw out some predictions about the long-rumoured iPhone SE 2, claiming that production of the device will begin in February ahead of its likely release the following month.

    21/11/19: A notorious tipsterhas shared a render of what we can expect the so-called iPhone 12 to look like.

    The render (below) which is based on leaked information, shows that the iPhone 12 will borrow some design elements from both the iPhone 4 and iPad Pro with its industrial chassis and slimmed-down bezels.

    The notch looks set to remain, though. While Geskin also shared an image of what a notch-less iPhone 12 would look like, his follow-up tweet suggests the cutout will remain for at least another year.

    The image, though not official, also suggests that the iPhone 12 could be the first to sport a quad-camera setup; recent rumours suggested Apple could equip next year's handsets with a depth-sensing Time of Flight sensor.

    3/11/19: The iPhone 12 lineupcould be Apple's most expensive yet due to its added 5G components andnew metal frame.

    So says analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, who in a research note seen by Apple Insider claims a new, larger motherboard - necessary to accommodate the circuitryfor connecting the new 5G antenna - could come with a 35 per cent increase in cost.

    Additionally, the iPhone 12's redesigned iPhone 4-alike chassis will be 50 to 60 per cent more expensive to construct, while its glass looks set to be 40 to50 per cent pricier than that found on the iPhone 11.

    If Apple was to pass these extra costs onto consumers, the iPhone 12 will likely start around 1,100, compared to the iPhone 11's 729 price tag.

    28/10/19: Apple's 2020iPhones will reportedly be the first to ship with a 5nm processor.

    So says Nikkei, which reports that Apple will release three iPhones with 5G connectivity next yearthat will utiliseQualcomm's X55 5G modem. This will come paired with the company's first chipset to be built using a 5-nanometer process, according to the report, which will likely arrive as the A14 Bionic.

    As well as support for 5G connectivity and an all-new 5nm chip, Nikkei reports that next year's iPhones could debut Apple's first major redesign since 2017. It's heard from its sources that the iPhone 12's "leading-edge screens"could be the first to adopt under-display fingerprint scanners.

    According to previous rumours, the handsets could also adopt an all-new chassis with ametal frame structure reminiscent of theiPhone 4.

    28/10/19: Next year'siPhonescould double the refresh rate ofApple's current handsets with 120Hz ProMotion displays.

    So says hit-and-miss rumour-peddler Digitimes, which claims the iPhone 12will follow in the footsteps of Apple'sProMotion iPad Pros with a Pixel 4-rivalling 120Hz screen, a significant upgrade over the iPhones' current 60Hz displays.

    The iPhone will sport a high refresh rate OLED panel, according to Digitimes, unlike the iPad Pro's LCD offering.

    Apple launched its first120Hz screens in 2017 with the 10.5in iPad Pro and 12.9in iPad Pro.Bringing such a screen to its next-gen iPhones willundoubtedly improve the overall iOS experience on its smaller-screened devices, bringing increased responsiveness and more fluid scrolling and swiping.

    24/10/19: Apple is reportedlyplotting some major design changes for next year's iPhones and one of them could be the removal of the notch.

    That's according to Twitter tipster Benjamin Geskin, who claims Apple is testing new Face ID prototypes with new optics, some of which are "smaller in width" and some which "fit in the top bezel."

    While by no means confirmation - Geskin doesn't have a faultless track record - this suggestsApple iseither looking to reduce the size of the notch or eliminate the cutout it completely.

    Geskin also claims that the iPhone 12 lineupwillsport wider antennas on the top, bottom (below) which will be made from a new material - eitherglass, ceramic or sapphire. This is no doubt to make them to compatible with5Gnetworks, with all iPhone 12 models tipped to support the next-gen connectivity.

    And finally, the loose-lipped tipster says that in the long-term, Apple plans to get rid of the Lightning port. While next year's iPhones are expected to switch to USB-C, Geskin notes that, ultimately, iPhones will rely solely on wireless charging. However, this change is unlikely to be made until 2023 at the earliest.

    "Apple long-term plan is to get rid of the Lightning port for the wireless charging and data transfer (UWD technology - 480Mbps (USB 3.0) speed at 3 meters, 110Mbps at 10 meters)," Geskin notes.

    18/10/19:O2 has dropped the biggest hint yet than next year's iPhones will support 5G.

    O2, which this week switched on its 5G network,has detailed a trade-in offer for 100 off an as-yet-unannounced iPhone. The deal, which is listed under the not-so-subtle heading "5Guarantee", will give buyers of an iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max on a 90GB, 120GB or Unlimited 4G tariff100 off the "the New Apple Smartphone" in 2020.

    While this doesn't confirm that next year's iPhone will offer 5G, it's a pretty big hint given it's the only non-5G device mentioned in O2's 5G-focused press release.

    Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also long-peddled the rumour that next year's iPhones will be the first to support 5G networks; he claims two "premium" Apple handsets will be 5G-ready at launch next year thanks to the inclusion ofa Qualcomm modem and homegrownRF antenna designs.

    25/9/19: Apple may have just released its iPhone 11 lineup, but renowned analyst Ming Chi-Kuo is already spouting rumours about next years handsets.

    According to his latest research note, seen by MacRumours, Apple's 2020 iPhones will sport a "significant" new design complete with metal frame structure reminiscent of the, er, iPhone 4. Additionally, the redesigned chassis will feature "a more complex segmentation design, new trenching and injection moulding procedures, and sapphire or glass cover assembly to protect the trench injection moulding structure," Kuo notes.

    "We predict that the new 2H20 iPhone design will change significantly [...] The metal frame and the front and rear 2/2.5D glass are still used, but the metal frame surface will be changed to a similar design to the iPhone 4, replacing the current surface design," the research note reads.

    While it might seem bizarre that Apple would recycle the aesthetic of a 10-year old smartphone, particularly one that suffered signal issues caused by its "defective" design, the firm's most recent iPad Pro tablets feature a more blocky,industrial design that's somewhat reminiscent of the iPhone 4.

    Kuo also reiterates his earlier predictions that next year's iPhones will be the first to offer 5G support, noting that the inclusion of next-gen connectivity will increase Apple's smartphone shipments to 85 million units in 2020, compared to 75 million new iPhone shipments in 2019.

    And ifhis guesswork is on the money,you can alsoexpect next year's iPhones lineup to comprise 5.4in and 6.7in OLED variants and a 6.1in LCD variant, with the higher-spec models set to boast a rear-facing time-of-flight 3D camera that will support augmented reality

    11/9/19: AnalystMing-Chi Kuo expects Apple to release three 5G-capable iPhones in 2020.

    Kuo originally predicted that just two 5G iPhones would launch next year, in the form of Apple's premium 5.4in and 6.7in handsets. However, in anew research note seen by MacRumours, he claims all three of next year's iPhones will be 5G-ready as Apple looks to better compete with lower-cost 5G Android handsets.

    The analyst's change of heart follows Apple's $1bn acquisition of Intel's smartphone modem business, which has seen it scoop up 2,200 of the chipmaker's employees, along with its 5G-relatedintellectual property, equipment and leases.

    Apple's 2020 iPhones will likely still make use of Qualcomm's chips, though. While the company is working on its own modem chips, these are unlikely to be ready until 2021.

    According to Kuo, the5G-ready iPhones will support both mmWave and Sub-6GHz spectrum to meet the requirements of the US market but notes that it's not yet but it is not clear if Apple will launch alower-cost 5G iPhonethat only supports Sub-6GHz.

    22/7/19: Apple's looks setto equip next year's iPhones with 120Hz ProMotion displays.

    Whilesuch high refresh rates aretypically reserved for gaming-focused handsets like the Razer Phone 2 and newly-announced RoG Phone 2, tipster Ice Universe claims that Apple's 2020 iPhones will double their current 60Hz refresh rates to 120Hz.

    According to the tweet (above), Apple is "considering a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate screen on the iPhone in 2020", and iscurrently in talks with OLED display suppliers Samsung and LG.

    If the rumour is legit, Apple's 2020 iPhones won't be its first devices to boast 120Hz screens - the 10.5in and 12.9in iPad Pros have boasted the super-fast refresh rates since 2017, with the tablets boasting LED Retina ProMotion displays.

    11/7/19: AnalystMing-Chi Kuo has been at the speculation sauce again and has spat out some rumours about Apple's 2020 iPhones.

    Though Android OEMs are ditching the notch in favour of punch-hole cutouts and, er, rotating cameras, it doesn't look like Apple is planning to get rid of the screen cutout any time soon.

    Kuo, via Apple Insider, expects next year's iPhones will adopt a smaller front-facing camera lens - and in turn a sized-down TrueDepth camera array - that will allow the firm to shrink the size of the notch.

    The camera on the back will also get a re-jig; the analyst says the 2020 rear-facing camera will boast an all-new seven-piece lens system.

    Apple could also debut a new iPhone design next year, with Kuo predicting a switch away from the current design, which was first debuted on the iPhone X and continued by the current-gen iPhone XS and XR. There are no details as to how the design will change exactly, though.

    Kuo has also spouted some predictions about Apple's 2021 iPhones, which he claims will adopt full-screen fingerprint recognition technology and an under-screen TrueDepth camera.

    18/6/19: Apple will releasetwo 5G iPhones in 2020, reckons trustworthy analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

    This isn't the first time we've heard this rumour, but Apple's first 5G iPhone was originally slated to use an Intel radio chip. Since, however, Intel has canned its 5G modem biz after Apple and Qualcomm settled their differences.

    In a research note seen by 9to5Mac, Kuo says that Apple's first-generation 5G iPhones - 5.4in and 6.7in OLED models - will heavily rely on Qualcomm when they arrive in 2020, though notes that Apple will use its own power amplifier and RF antenna designs.

    "We believe that the content of Apple and Qualcomm's previous settlement includes Qualcomm's release of partly 5G baseband chip source code to Apple for Apple's development of own 5G PA/FEM," Kuo says.

    The 5G compatibility in the 2020 iPhone would apparently support both leading standards; sub-6GHz and mmWave technology.

    They might be more than a year away, but Kuo has some more details on the 2020 iPhones. Along with 5.4in and 6.7in models - which would suggest the XS is getting smaller and the XS Max bigger - Apple will release a "low-end" 6.1in OLED iPhone, ditching the LCD screen currently found on the iPhone XR.

    Kuonotes that all new iPhones will support 5G starting in 2021, and believes that Apple willhave its own 5G modem readyby 2022or 2023, which should reduce its dependence on Qualcomm.

    17/4/19: Apple is said to be plottinga 4.7in iPhone for 2020 that'll arrive as an upgraded iPhone 8.

    So says a report atEconomic Daily News, which citingsources from Taiwan-based Fubon Securities Investment Trust claims that Apple's revisediPhone 8willmake its debut in March 2020.

    The pint-sized smartphone will reportedly featurethe same 4.7in LCD display as the iPhone 8 but will feature souped-up internals including an A13 processor and 128GB of base storage. The device, which could arrive as the iPhone XE, will also retain a single-lens rear camera and asimilar design to the iPhone 8, according to the report, complete with a home button and chunky bezels.

    This is likely to keep the price of the device low, the EDNsuggesting it'll feature an "aggressive" price tag of around $649 (around 500).

    4/4/19: Apple will reportedly release three OLED iPhones in 2020 that will feature different screen sizes to its current crop of handsets.

    While Apple is expected to stick with the same screen sizes for 2019's iPhones, a new report from Digitimes suggests that it'll shake things up in 2020.

    Citing sources in Taiwan's supply chain, Digitimes claims that Apple's 2020 iPhone lineup will comprise of 5.42in, 6.06in and 6.67in models; currently, the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max sport 5.8in, 6.1in and 6.5in screens, respectively.

    Further, backing up previous rumours, the report claims that all of next year's iPhones will adopt OLED screen technology, with Apple ridding of the LCD display on its cheapest model.

    It notes that Samsung will remain Apple's main OLED panel supplier for Apple next year, adding that the smallest model coming in 2020 will include Samsung or LG touchscreen tech that will allow Apple to make the display thinner than on previous handsets.

    "The 5.42in model to be released in 2020 may come with either Samsung Display's Y-Octa or LG Display's TOE touch technology, indicated the sources, noting that both touch solutions promise to trim down the display cost,"Digitimes reports.

    "Y-Octa is an advanced flexible AMOLED display technology that removes the film substrate and allows the touch circuit to be directly patterned on the film's encapsulation layer, making the display thinner, indicated the sources."

    22/2/19: Apple's 2020 iPhones will reportedly ship with a 5-nanometer (5nm) chip manufactured by TSMC.

    Digitimes, just weeks after claiming that TSMC will be the sole supplier of 7nm chips for this year's iPhones, reports that the chipmaker "is expected to secure the first 5nm chip orders from Apple for the 2020 iPhones".

    Further details are scant, but it looks like Apple could be one of the first to use the 5nm chip, which looks set to advanced AR and AI applications and offer a significant boost to battery life.

    6/11/18: Does your iPhone XSalready bore you? Good news: as sure as night follows day, new iPhones are always just around the corner, and the latest report suggests that the 2020 model will be the first company handset to pack 5G in.

    If that news leaves you feeling sad that Apple seems to be dragging its feet, it's probably worth reflecting on the fact that having 5G in your phone in 2019 will likely be an entirely pointless endeavour in future proofing. Like ensuring your new shoes will be great for the office and the first Martian colony.

    Yes, a bunch of Android phones will have 5G modems in the next year, but the opportunity to use that speed will be almost pointlessly limited - and that's before you even get into the likely bugginess and huge battery drain that the smartphone vanity plates will have. Those points withstanding, do you really want to give Apple an excuse to raise their prices further?

    With that in mind, even 2020 may feel a tad optimistic, but FastCompany reckons that Apple has already planned Intel as its modem supplier. The report suggests that Apple is using Intel's 8160 chip for testing, but hopes that the 10nm 8161 will provide faster speeds and greater efficiency for the finished product.

    Indeed, sources report that the current 8060 model is having problems with heat dissipation, which isn't ideal for something that spends much of its life in your pocket, perilously close to your sensitive regions.

    As a backup, the report says, Apple will turn to MediaTek. Of course, Qualcomm also has its own X50 modem for 5G, but given the escalating legal battles between the chip giant and Apple, you would imagine that a deal will only be struck there once Hell freezes over. Which, helpfully, may well occur before 5G actually delivers on its promise.

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    Where Your Author Selects an Outback Replacement, but New or Used? – The Truth About Cars - November 17, 2019 by admin

    Recently I reached out to you, dear readers, for some suggestionson replacing a 2012 Subaru Outback. The wagon has occupied my driveway for the past two years, but, for reasons outlined previously, its time for it to go. My initial idea for a replacement was a Kia Niro, but that didnt seem like it was going to pan out. So I turned to the real experts around here.

    Comments poured in, and four suggestions were clear. Lets narrow things down a bit.

    After more than 160 comments, the four main reader suggestions were the Hyundai Elantra GT, Buick Regal TourX, Volkswagen Golf, and Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen. Not coincidentally, the list there is in order of least to most desirable to me.

    The Elantra GTs interior is a big letdown in contrast to the restrained good looks of the exterior. Inside it looks cheap and cobbled together, and Id expect better of Hyundai in 2019. The Regal TourX is outside of budget, even when used. Some commenters seemed to think dealers would be happy to knock of $10,000 just for asking nicely, but Im not so sure. Nor am I sold on the reliability or later resale value on an Opel-Buick wagon which will surely be discontinued very soon.

    The upper half of the class is filled by two Volkswagens. While I dont take issue with the standard Golfs purposeful interior and time-proven exterior appearance, its a bit smaller than Id like (even though Im downsizing). The Sportwagen is left as the Outback replacement worth considering. Its in budget, I like how it looks, and prices are good because its as popular as getting a rash. It drives nicely, is quiet, and feels like its been put together well. But in this single model, Im left with a new/used quandary.

    2019 is the final year for the Sportwagen in the North American market, and it shows. The model lineup is consolidated this year, with just three trims on offer. The highest trim is the SE, which features a smaller 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. Said engine replaces the 1.8 from prior model years. With this change, horsepower dropped from 170 to 147, while estimated fuel economy went up a couple of highway MPGs.

    2018 is the used year of consideration here. The 2018 version received an infotainment update with a larger touchscreen, and was also the last instance the top-tier SEL trim was available. SELs featured more standard equipment like navigation, nicer interior trim bits, sport-design seats with additional bolstering, Fender audio, and more exterior bright work.

    Either option is thin on the ground with a tan interior, though a few new ones are out there. As new, dealers seem to want $24-25k for 1.4T SE, apart from a large volume dealer in Illinoisthats asking $23,206. Used 2018s with around 10,000 miles ask between $20,000 and $21,000. But that figure includes a higher trim SELs with a larger engine, like the one pictured.

    What do you do in this situation spend $24,000 on a new one thats a lower trim, or $20,000 for a used one thats more powerful and has more equipment, but is less efficient?

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    15 of the Most Expensive Homes for Sale in Northwest Indiana – Kenosha News - November 17, 2019 by admin

    The epitome of high quality and luxury, this beautiful custom home built by SPK Construction, LLC is stunning. This RANCH offers 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, nearly 2500 square feet of finished living space, and a full unfinished basement located in the gorgeous subdivision of Doubletree Lake Estates. As you enter, you'll immediately notice the OPEN CONCEPT floor plan, high level trim work, and beautiful finishes throughout. The main level features 9' ceilings, 9 base trim, high-end hardwood floors, a stone gas fireplace, and more. The kitchen features high-end, custom cabinets, beautiful granite, backsplash, farm sink, and stainless appliances. The main living area also offers a separate dining area with amazing coffered ceilings and Wayne's coating. The master suite features crown molding with a beautiful master bathroom with glass, tiled shower, double vanity, and FREE STANDING tub. Other features include ANDERSON 400 windows, mud room, laundry room with cabinets, and much more!

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    Moldings and Trim | Floor & Decor - October 23, 2019 by admin

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    Floor moldings are a necessity to complete any flooring project. Whether you are transitioning between two rooms, or between two different types of flooring, floor moldings are key to finishing your floor with a great look!

    Floor moldings arent just necessary for solid hardwood floors. You will also need a laminate transition molding to go between rooms or different types of laminate floors. Laminate molding is available in a variety of styles and colors to match your project. These laminate trims offset the final look of your project, ensuring the project is at its best.

    Floor & Decor is here to help you find the right floor molding for your transitions. Simply choose your type of floor, thickness and color to show the vast selection that we offer.

    Please note: Special Order Moldings may require 21-28 business days for delivery after receipt of your order.

    In order to get the correct moldings for your product, please contact our Customer Care Center at 877-675-0002.

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    Decorative Wood Moulding & Trim: The Bendix Collection - April 12, 2019 by admin

    Do you need a new look for your home or project? Look no further than the Bendix by Osborne Moulding Collection! This collection has a wide variety of incredibly detailed moulding and trim that are perfect for any ornate, traditional, or shaker styled home. Use our moulding and trim to create dimension and detail in home that will leave your guests in awe!

    Our beautiful moulding types include anywhere from our large crown moulding to our delicate small pearl moulding. Try using some of our amazing Panel Moulding to create incredibly detailed panels and on your cabinets or doors. Or protect your home in style with our chair rail moulding. The chair rail mouldings are perfect for adding interest to your home while protecting your walls from everyday wear and tear your furniture can cause.

    These mouldings are all hand crafted to perfection and feature timeless designs that are iconic in architecture. For example, add life to your house or project by choosing the Carved Acanthus Leaf Moulding. Acanthus leaves were used extensively in the art and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. Some say the acanthus leaves represent a long life since it is the oldest flower in the Mediterranean area, so let the history and tradition of elegance live on in your home or project.

    With so many options available, you cant go wrong! Most of our mouldings are offered in several wood types making them perfect for a paint or stain. This makes it so much easier to customize your home or project in a way that is unique to you and your style.

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