Average Wedding Costs

If you’re thinking about popping the big question, you need to make sure you understand what you’re getting into from a financial point of view. Wedding costs are just one of many things to consider. Check out this infographic of average wedding costs to get you started:

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Ways in Which Technology is Changing Our Lives

Have you ever stopped to think about all the ways in which technology is impacting our lives? While there are some obvious ways in which we use technological innovations every day, and it is apparent that they are steeped in technology, what about all the ‘little’ things we take for granted day in and day out? So many of our luxuries wouldn’t be possible without technological innovation. Here are just a few of the ways in which technology is changing our lives – some for the better and some maybe not so much.

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Blu Tuesday: Passengers and More

Every Tuesday, I review the newest Blu-ray releases and let you know whether they’re worth buying, renting or skipping, along with a breakdown of the included extras. If you see something you like, click on the cover art to purchase the Blu-ray from Amazon, and be sure to share each week’s column on social media with your friends.

“Passengers”

Developed from one of the hottest scripts in Hollywood and starring two of its most bankable stars, “Passengers” should have been a slam dunk. But while the movie fails to reach its lofty ambitions, it’s still a thought-provoking piece of genre-hopping sci-fi that’s biggest misstep is the way in which it handles the story’s ethical dilemma. The world that director Morten Tyldum and writer Jon Spaihts have created is so captivating that it’s easy to see how their focus may have been derailed, but despite a few cool sequences in the latter half, the setup is much better than the payoff. Although it’s ultimately held together by some fantastic chemistry between Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, your mileage will vary depending on how you respond to the film’s polarizing plot twist.

Extras include a trio of featurettes on casting, production design and visual effects, as well as some outtakes, deleted scenes and more. FINAL VERDICT: RENT

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First Drive: 2018 Lexus LC

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The design revolution that began at Lexus several years ago has reached a new milestone with the introduction of the all-new Lexus LC, a beautiful luxury coupe that will now assume the role as the aspirational vehicle for the Lexus brand. I had the opportunity to drive the new vehicle around the Big Island in Hawaii, which was a perfect setting for this powerful and luxurious car that looks like a big hit for Lexus.

The LC grew out of the Lexus LF-LC, which was a true concept car that debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The effort to bring this vehicle to market resulted in an entirely new platform called GA–L (Global Architecture – Luxury), which also forms the foundation for the all-new 2018 LS flagship sedan that will be released later this year and will underpin future front engine/rear-wheel drive Lexus models. The platform was designed with a lower center of gravity to aid agility and driving pleasure and to enable more alluring vehicle designs.

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The Expansion of eSports Betting: A Phenomenon Across the World

One thing is for sure: the beginnings of the eSports betting industry are far behind us. Now, this industry has been transformed into a global phenomenon. This information is backed up by reports and official stats. In 2016, the eSports industry was expected to grow by 43 percent, reaching $40 billion. The growing popularity of this trend is translated into the quick increase of individuals that follow eSports events.

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