Best Fish Tank – BGR

Bring all the wonders of the sea into your home by buying some fish and housing them in these fish tanks and aquariums. Whether you’ve won a goldfish at the local carnival or want to get your kids a pet to teach them some responsibility, fish need a place to live. Not everybody is going to have baby sharks or rare, exotic fish in their homes like you see villains in movies have. Just owning some fish is a nice comfort in any home and a pleasure to look at. So take a peek at the three we’ve highlighted before and add a relaxing piece to your living room.

Best Plastic Fish Tank

With its small size, the is perfect for one or two fish. It has a clear plastic canopy with a feeding hole at the top and it holds 1.1 gallons of water. It has a movable LED light that can illuminate from the top or bottom, depending on which you prefer. With its half moon design, you get views from everywhere. It is perfect for a betta fish, which won’t grow large. It can fit on any desktop or table and is perfect as the focal point of a room.

Best Medium Size Fish Tank

Offering a different design, the is a cube and features an LED light to show off your fish. Made from glass and acrylic, the aquarium is equipped with a Tetra 3i filter to keep the tank clean and visible. It measures 10″ D x 10″W x 10.512″H and holds up to three gallons of water. It comes with a pedestal base that allows it to be placed anywhere in your home to maximize enjoyment. The low voltage power adapter keeps the filter running and your fish safe. It can hold multiple fish to enhance your style.

Best Large Fish Tank

The has many impressive features and won’t take up a lot of space, thanks to its tall design. It has a three-stage hidden back panel filtration that lets you adjust the flow filter pump. It has a white LED light that creates a shimmer on the water, as well as a blue LED light for a moonlight glow. It has a hinged light so you can see exactly what you’re looking at when you’re looking from above to feed the fish. The sliding glass canopy makes it easy to access the water to clean it. Holding up to 5 gallons of water, it’s just what you need for all your fish.

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BenQ’s mind-blowing new 4K projector will give you the ultimate home theater – BGR

When you buy a new TV, you’re trapped. You spend time picking the perfect size you need for the space in the room you’re shopping for, and if you ever need to move it you’re stuck with what you have. Here’s another option: check out the instead of a regular old TV. This new projector beams crystal clear 4K video with incredible picture quality and a 30,000:1 contrast ratio. Whether you need a 50-inch screen in your bedroom or a 100-inch screen in your home theater, the HT3550 is just what the doctor ordered.

Here are the key details from the product page:

  • AWARD WINNING PROJECTOR: Highly Recommended – Projector Central – June 2019
  • TRUE 4K PROJECTOR: 8.3 Million Pixels give awe-inspiring 3840×2160 image quality and deliver incredible clarity and crisply defined details
  • GRAND CINEMATIC ENJOYMENT: CinematicColor technology reproduces out-of-the-box Rec.709/DCI-P3 color accuracy, and offers super wide DCI-P3 color space
  • PROJECTOR-OPTIMIZED HDR: HDR-PRO supercharged by HDR10 and HLG support with auto color rendition and present detail in darkest black and brightest white
  • INSTALLATION FLEXIBILITY: Vertical lens shift (±5%) and short throw with 1.3x big zoom lens enable 100” at 8.2ft to be set up at a limited space
  • SHARP PICTURE QUALITY: All glass 4K-optimized Lens, high contrast 30,000:1 with dynamic Iris for enhanced clarity and sharpness
  • INDUSTRY-LEADING WARRANTY: 3-year limited parts and labor coverage makes you rest easy that our US-based customer service team is here when you need it

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Best Men’s Wallet – BGR

Money rules the world…well, at least according to some people. If you’re one of those people, you’re going to have to find a place to store your precious currency. That’s where the wallet comes in. Nobody likes to stuff cash, credit cards, ID, or pictures of their children in their pocket every morning before they go out. In today’s virtually cashless world, however, there are a few different options for storing your items. But which ones are the best? Let’s take a look at some of the best wallets for men, and you can be the judge for yourself.

Best Leather Wallet

Nothing exudes class quite like a genuine leather wallet. Leather wallets have always been a staple of men’s style, and if you’re a traditionalist, you might as well opt for this inexpensive by HIMI. Made of vegetable tanned cowhide leather, this bifold wallet is smooth to the touch. It’s roomy, with eight card slots, two additional slots behind them, and two ID windows. It’s also very secure as it contains special RFID security specifically made to block 13.56 MHz or higher signals, protecting any sensitive information stored on RFID chips. As an added bonus, the luxury leather is made from all natural ingredients, with no harmful chemicals being used. If protecting the environment is a big factor for you, this wallet is the way to go. 

Best Slim Wallet

In an increasingly cashless society, the need for bulkier wallets has somewhat diminished. For people who don’t like to carry a lot of cash, this by Zitahli is a great option. Despite being only 4.5″ x 3.2,” it fits six to eight cards and even a few bills. It’s also RFID protected and comes with a smart pull-strap for quick access to all of your cards. Best of all, it includes a lifetime warranty, so you can always replace it if you happen to lose it.

Best Trifold Wallet

If you’re someone who prefers to carry around a bunch cash (and a slew of other things), you’re probably going to need a bigger wallet. This should do just the trick. With nine card slots, two currency note compartments, two document compartments, and two ID window slots, you’re not getting much bigger than this behemoth. Like the previous two, it’s also RFID protected, so you know it’s secure. It also makes a great gift—this 100% genuine leather wallet comes in an elegant gift box and is available in a few different colors for that special someone.

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Home Is a Sculpture Garden, but the Art Doesn’t Stop at the Door – The New York Times


Monumental works by Serra, Noguchi and many others occupy the grounds, and the collection of Louise and Leonard Riggio continues inside their house.

Louise and Leonard Riggio at their Bridgehampton home with “Untitled” (1986) by Isamu Noguchi.CreditCreditThe Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Joe Carrotta for The New York Times

A 300-ton steel sculpture by Richard Serra snakes across the lawn of Leonard and Louise Riggio’s Tudor-style mansion in Bridgehampton, N.Y. “The Serra has become a landmark here,” Mr. Riggio, executive chairman of Barnes & Noble, said of the Minimalist serpentine structure clearly visible from the road.

When people wander onto the grounds to peer up close, he will often come out and invite them to look out back at some two dozen other sculptures integrated into the 12-acre landscape by artists including Isamu Noguchi, Donald Judd, Maya Lin, Walter De Maria and Louise Nevelson — much to the dismay of his wife, who has concerns about privacy. “I told her I want to open it up to the public. She almost killed me,” he chuckled.

Their collecting began 35 years ago with inexpensive prints and posters for their walls. The pursuit turned more serious in 1994 with the acquisition of a figurative painting by Alberto Giacometti that hangs in their Park Avenue apartment, alongside other works of midcentury modernism by Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Arshile Gorky and Joseph Cornell.

“We went to the so-called classics,” said Mrs. Riggio, who grew up in Manhattan going to museums and studied art history in college. “Each acquisition informed us to something else. It was a learning experience.”

“Sidewinder” by Richard Serra attracts passers-by to the Riggio front yard.CreditRichard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Joe Carrotta for The New York Times

Mr. Riggio, a self-made entrepreneur from Bensonhurst who opened his first bookstore in 1965 at age 24, described the “transformational” experience of walking into Dia in Chelsea in 1997 and discovering Serra’s three monumental “Torqued Ellipses.” “I saw infinite possibilities,” Mr. Riggio said, explaining the visceral connection he felt to the imposing steel sculptures. He purchased them on the spot as a gift to Dia and later served as its board chairman, contributing more than $30 million to the building of Dia:Beacon, which opened in 2005. “I began this journey with Dia, and then, all of the sudden, we’re fascinated by Minimalism and into Judd, [Dan] Flavin, [Fred] Sandback and on and on.”

The couple’s focus has expanded to embrace the Italian Arte Povera movement that was contemporaneous with Minimalism in the 1960s and ’70s. Dominating the walls of the Riggios’ expansive Bridgehampton home are vibrant tapestries by Alighiero Boetti, distressed canvases by Alberto Burri, numbers from the Fibonacci sequence in blue neon by Mario Merz and reliefs in salt and Elmer’s glue on lead by Pier Paolo Calzolari, including one etched with Italian words meaning “When the dreamer dies, what happens to the dream?”

“For me, it becomes fun to try to grasp these riddles and complex issues the artists were looking to solve,” said Mr. Riggio, who is retiring soon. (Barnes & Noble was sold last month.) The Riggios are being honored on July 13 at the Parrish Art Museum in nearby Water Mill for their longtime support of that institution.

Following are edited excerpts from the conversation.

“Black Standing Nana” (1993-1994) by Niki de Saint Phalle.CreditNiki Charitable Art Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; Joe Carrotta for The New York Times
“Large Grey Sphere” by Walter De Maria (2011-2015).CreditJoe Carrotta for The New York Times
“The Boxing Ones” (1989) by Barry Flanagan.CreditJoe Carrotta for The New York Times

How does the collecting work between you two as a couple?

LEONARD RIGGIO I’ve been more of the scout and go to more galleries. I found the auctions really important, because it gave me some sense of relative value and what was going on in the world. Oftentimes, I ask her for a nod of approval, but we both have to love the art.

Do you always have to agree on things?

LOUISE RIGGIO No. But if we’re going to live with the piece, then, yes. Len can be a little more adventurous in his office. There have been times when I’ve walked into his office, and I’ve taken something out and put it in the house. He’ll say, “She’s stealing my art again!”

“Tavole Pitagoriche” (1990), embroidered tapestry by Alighiero Boetti indoors at the Riggio home.CreditArtists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome; Joe Carrotta for The New York Times

How large is the collection?

MR. RIGGIO A couple hundred pieces. We live with something for a couple of years and give it to a museum. Then we buy something else that we can live with.

MRS. RIGGIO We had a beautiful Blinky Palermo/Gerhard Richter that we just donated to Dia. We knew we’d never use it again. We’d moved on. Why stick it in storage? It’s needs to be seen.

Boetti seems to be claiming the most wall space in the house.

MR. RIGGIO Boetti designed these works, and they were made by weavers in Afghanistan. This one’s called “Tutto,” meaning all the things in the world — including some naughty things. His most famous works are these Mappas of the globe. To me, this speaks of Boetti’s ecumenicalism. All the things and the people in the world are together. We share the planet.

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The Mitte Water Filter is (Almost) Ready to Provide the Best Damn Water Ever – The Manual

Traditional wisdom says to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. But what kind of water? With an embarrassment of hydration options, both in our homes and on the market, the choice can be paralyzing. It doesn’t help that, in the wake of contamination crises and scarcity caused by natural disasters, most of us are aware like never before of the vital importance of clean water.

Most of us judge the cleanliness and healthiness of our water based on what tastes good to us. If you’re fine with what comes out of your faucet, then that’s what you drink — maybe you even proclaim its virtues to your out-of-state friends. (We’re looking at you, New York.) If you don’t like the taste, though, or you’ve been freaked out by stories of bacteria, pathogens, heavy metals, and even micro plastics swimming around in your municipal water system, you might want to use a home water filter to ensure that you’re drinking H2O in its purest form.

But even ultra-filtration can’t make water more refreshing. Once you’ve passed the cleanliness bar and found something that doesn’t taste metallic or stale, you’ve got the numinous X factor — does this water quench my thirst? If your water doesn’t make you run back for another 8-ounce glass, or if you’re just drinking the bare minimum before resorting to soda, juice, or tea to wet your whistle, it’s time you met Mitte.

We have to be honest — we were first attracted to the Mitte water filter by its pretty looks. Cube-shaped, sleekly minimalist, and fitted with a natural wood dispensing knob, the filtration machine looks a lot nicer sitting on the countertop than the cumbersome plastic pitcher filters we’re used to. But when we investigated, we found some serious brains behind the beauty.

Built by a Berlin-based startup team of engineers, Mitte is as high-performing and ultra-efficient as you’d expect from the country that gave us Mercedes-Benz, the Deutsche Bahn railway company, and watchmaker A. Lange & Sohne. It uses a proprietary distillation technology inspired by the natural water cycle (where water flows through rocks) to remove contaminants and add trace elements for your health. The result is water that is 60 times cleaner than what’s achieved by simple filtration, and 5 times cleaner than the product of reverse osmosis systems.

Need the nitty gritty? The World Health Organization measures water purity by the amount of Total Dissolved Solids, or TDS, it contains. The smaller the TDS value, the purer the water. Distilled water has a TDS of 1 ppm while water filtered in a Mitte comes close with a TDS value of 3 ppm.

But it gets even cooler than that. While other water filtration devices remove beneficial minerals along with contaminants, Mitte enhances your water with natural minerals that are essential to human health. You can choose from three mineral cartridges that offer different combinations and varying levels to suit your health needs as well as your taste preferences. The Vitality cartridge helps athletes and party animals hydrate and recover electrolytes quickly. The Balance cartridge is great for people with sensitive digestion, as well as families with small children. The Alkaline cartridge helps restore the body’s pH balance and purify it with antioxidants.

If you’ve used a Brita filter or a reverse osmosis system, you’ve probably had that moment where the taste is a little “off,” making you wonder whether something is broken. Mitte filters require no guesswork. If one part of the machine breaks down, no water comes out — simple as that. And no need to wonder when it’s time to replace the cartridge. The Mitte app will monitor your current cartridge usage, send you notifications when it’s getting time to order more, and even set up automatic ordering of new cartridges based on your individual usage.

Best of all, the Mitte filter has a conscience. Along with being the most energy efficient countertop distiller in the market, the Mitte machine tracks your in-home water use for charitable purposes. With every liter Mitte dispenses, a donation is made through to a water project in developing countries. In other words, you drinking clean water from a Mitte means somebody else gets to drink clean water, too.

The only potential downside of the Mitte is the length of time it takes. The machine can purify one liter every two hours, with a max of about 3 gallons per day. Makes sense — it takes some time to get all the nasty bits out and all the good stuff in. But on the upside, Mitte’s purification process is always ongoing to ensure a ready supply of drinking water. And the system’s smart sensors will alert you when you need to refill the input water tank to keep the 4-liter storage tank going so that you’re never left thirsty.

The Mitte mineralizing water filter is in its final stages of production. Until then, sign up for their mailing list to get first notice of the product’s official launch. You can also keep your appetite whetted (see what we did there?) by following Mitte’s journey on Instagram and on their blog.

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