SolarWinds hackers nailed federal prosecutors’ offices, Department of Justice says – CNET

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Hackers had access to email accounts for more than six months, the DOJ says.

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Hackers hit the offices of top US federal prosecutors nationwide last December, breaking in to email accounts, the Department of Justice said Friday. As part of the SolarWinds hack, attackers accessed accounts at nearly 30 US Attorneys’ offices, including offices in Washington, DC; New York and California, the DOJ said.

The department had revealed in January that its Microsoft O365 email environment had been breached, but it hadn’t provided the information about the US Attorneys.

“The Department of Justice understands that when victims make information public about the nature and scope of computer intrusions they suffered, others can use that information to prepare themselves for the next threat,” the DOJ said in a statement Friday. “To encourage transparency and strengthen homeland resilience, today we are providing additional details about the SolarWinds intrusion in December 2020.”

The DOJ said at least one employee account had been accessed at 27 offices from the West Coast to the East. It said at least 80% of employees at the US Attorneys’ offices in the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York had seen their accounts breached, with other districts “impacted to a lesser degree.”

The hackers are thought to have had access to breached accounts from about May 7 to Dec. 27 of last year, the DOJ said, adding that exposed data included sent, received and stored emails as well as attachments. The agency said in January that it had plugged the breach.

“The Department’s objective continues to be mitigating the operational, security, and privacy risks caused by the incident,” the DOJ said in its Friday statement.

The SolarWinds hack, which US intelligence agencies say likely originated in Russia, hit customers of IT software provider SolarWinds, including a number of private businesses and federal agencies. Victims included high-level officials at the Department of Homeland Security, showing that not even the government agency in charge of defending the US from foreign hacking attacks was immune.

In April, US President Joe Biden signed an executive order imposing a range of retaliatory measures against Russia. Russia, meanwhile, denied involvement in the hack. In May, Biden signed an executive order aimed at improving US cybersecurity defenses.

The DOJ listed the following US Attorneys’ offices as having been hit by the email breaches:

— Central District of California
— Northern District of California
— District of Columbia
— Northern District of Florida
— Middle District of Florida
— Southern District of Florida
— Northern District of Georgia
— District of Kansas
— District of Maryland
— District of Montana
— District of Nevada
— District of New Jersey
— Eastern District of New York
— Northern District of New York
— Southern District of New York
— Western District of New York
— Eastern District of North Carolina
— Eastern District of Pennsylvania
— Middle District of Pennsylvania
— Western District of Pennsylvania
— Northern District of Texas
— Southern District of Texas
— Western District of Texas
— District of Vermont
— Eastern District of Virginia
— Western District of Virginia
— Western District of Washington

CNET’s Laura Hautala contributed to this report.

Best 0% APR credit cards for August 2021 – CNET

If you use it responsibly, a credit card with a 0% introductory rate can help you make a large purchase, consolidate credit card debt and lower your credit utilization. Just like any credit card, the optimal scenario is that you pay off your balance each month. But a 0% introductory interest period can give you a helpful reprieve if you need more time to pay off your existing debt. 

The best 0% APR credit cards typically feature a 15-month introductory APR period and a $200 or $250 sign-on or welcome bonus. And unless you’re planning to carry a credit card balance of $2,500 or more well beyond that period, the bonus should surpass what you’d save in interest with a credit card that has a longer intro APR offer but no bonus. 

That noted, if your primary goal is to consolidate existing credit card debt, check out our list of the best balance transfer credit card and our top picks for personal loans. Once you have a good understanding of how much you can pay back each month, you can compare your options based on the welcome bonuses and total interest rate. Check out our current top picks as well as answers to frequently asked questions about 0% introductory APR credit cards. We’ll update this list periodically. 

Best 0% APR credit card overall

JPMorgan Chase

Annual fee: $0
Duration of introductory 0% APR: 15 months on purchases
Standard APR: 14.99% to 23.74% variable
Welcome bonus: $200 cash back
Bonus spending threshold: $500 on purchases in the first three months from account opening
Rewards: 5% cash back on travel booked through Chase; 5% on grocery store purchases (not including Target ® or Walmart ® purchases) on up to $12,000 spent in the first year, 3% on dining at restaurants; 3% on drugstore purchases; 1.5% on other purchases.

Our top pick for best 0% introductory APR credit card, the Chase Freedom Unlimited, checks all of the boxes: 15 months of introductory 0% APR on purchases (14.99% to 23.74% variable APR thereafter), a $200 bonus after spending only $500 in the first three months from account opening and competitive rewards.

The base reward rate is 1.5% cash back on combined purchases, and Chase offers 5% cash back on travel booked through Chase and 3% back on restaurant dining and drugstore purchases. Plus, you can earn 5% cash back on grocery store purchases (not including Target or Walmart purchases) on up to $12,000 spent in the first year. Even if it’s not travel-related, you’re looking at 1.5% back on your net purchases right off the bat, along with a $200 bonus.

Best 0% APR card for travel abroad

Capital One

Annual fee: $0
Duration of introductory 0% APR: 15 months on purchases
Standard APR: 15.49% to 25.49% variable
Welcome bonus: $200 cash back
Bonus spending threshold: $500 on purchases within three months from account opening
Rewards: 1.5% cash back on every purchase

The Capital One Quicksilver cash rewards credit card is a close runner-up to the Chase Freedom Unlimited. The highlights are virtually identical but the Quicksilver lacks the Chase card’s higher cash back rates for travel and restaurant dining. That noted, the Capital One distinguishes itself by having no foreign transaction fee — which can be as high as 3% with other cards (including the Chase Freedom Unlimited).

If you’re planning a big trip abroad, you might consider signing up for both cards: Use the Chase Freedom Unlimited for your plane tickets and the Capital One Quicksilver for your expenses overseas. 

Otherwise, both cards feature 15 months of intro 0% APR purchasing, a $200 welcome bonus (after spending $500 within the first three months) and 1.5% cash back on general purchases.

Best welcome bonus for a 0% APR credit card

Bank of America

Annual fee: $0

Duration of introductory 0% APR: 12 billing cycles on purchases from date of account opening 

Standard APR: 13.99% to 23.99% variable
Welcome bonus: 25,000 online bonus points
Bonus spending threshold: $1,000 on purchases within 90 days from account opening
Rewards: Unlimited 1.5 points per dollar on all purchases

The Bank of America Travel Rewards credit card is similar to the Chase Freedom Unlimited and Capital One Quicksilver — but features a higher welcome bonus (as well as a modestly higher spending threshold) and a shorter introductory 0% APR period. The 25,000 bonus points (after spending $1,000 in the first 90 days) can be redeemed for a $250 statement credit against travel and dining eligible purchases, and the points never expire. Qualifying travel and dining purchases include taxis, ride shares, buses, trains, bars, fast food, flights, hotels, restaurants and more. For most people, that means redemption shouldn’t be a problem. 

The extra $50 worth of value from the welcome bonus will be worth more than the interest you’ll spend during those final three months (compared to the 15-month introductory APR period offered by Chase and Capital One) when your average balance during those months is less than $1,000. If it’s more than $1,000, you’ll save more in credit card interest with the Chase or Capital One card. This calculation assumes an APR of 20%. 

Take a look at your repayment plan and if you don’t expect to have a $1,000 balance or more after 12 months, the Bank of America Travel Rewards card is a good choice. 

Longest introductory 0% APR period

US Bank

Annual fee: $0
Duration of introductory 0% APR: 20 billing cycles on purchases and balance transfers
Standard APR: 14.49% to 24.49% variable
Welcome bonus: None
Bonus spending threshold: N/A
Rewards: None

The US Bank Visa Platinum offers the longest introductory 0% APR offer of any card membership we researched, with 20 billing cycles of interest-free balances after signing up (though remember you still need to make minimum monthly payments; 14.49% to 24.49% variable APR thereafter). The trade-off is a lack of welcome bonus and rewards. 

The extra five months of 0% credit card interest (compared with the picks above) is only worth it if you plan on having an average balance over $2,400 during those months, and that doesn’t factor in the additional 1.5% of spending rewards.

0% APR credit cards, compared

Card Chase Freedom Unlimited Capital One Quicksilver Cash Bank of America Travel Rewards US Bank Visa Platinum
Annual fee $0 $0 $0 $0
Duration of 0% intro APR 15 months on purchases 15 months on purchases 12 billing cycles on purchases from date of account opening  20 billing cycles on purchases and balance transfer
Standard APR 14.99% to 23.74% variable 15.49% to 25.49% variable 13.99% to 23.99% variable 14.49% to 24.49% variable
Welcome bonus $200 $200 25,000 online bonus points ($250 statement credit for travel and dining purchases) none
Bonus threshold $500 in purchases in the first 3 months $500 in purchases in the first 3 months $1,000 in purchases in first 90 days n/a

What is a 0% APR credit card?

A 0% annual percentage rate (APR) credit card is a simplified term for credit cards with particularly long, introductory 0% APR periods. Most rewards credit cards offer at least 12 months of 0% APR after signing up, but many issuers also have extended offers for select cards. These cards can help you save money in interest payments during that introductory period. But they can also tempt you to carry a balance — which can accumulate into a longstanding debt over time. 

When does it make sense to apply for a 0% or low-APR credit card?

Ideally, you’re paying off your credit card balance every month to avoid paying an interest charge. If you’re making a significant purchase that you’ll need to pay for over a period of time, using a 0% APR card could save you serious money.

These cards may also be useful when you’re in a financial pinch — if you’re between jobs or navigating a period of inconsistent cash flow. As long as the intro APR period doesn’t lure you into spending beyond your means, a 0% credit card can be a helpful tool. 

Are 0% interest credit cards good for consolidating credit card debt?

Maybe — but that’s not what they’re designed for. Our picks for the best balance transfer card includes a number of options well-suited for consolidating credit card debt — and it may be worthwhile to explore a personal loan, too.

More credit card recommendations

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Latest IDC numbers reiterate Apple’s dominance of tablet market

Earlier this week during Apple’s earnings call, CEO Tim Cook said that the iPad had experienced its most successful June quarter in nearly a decade. And now IDC is out with its latest worldwide shipment figures that underline Apple’s commanding lead over the tablet competition. After refreshing the iPad Air in 2020 and launching an upgraded iPad Pro earlier this year, Apple is next expected to update the iPad Mini.

IDC estimates that Apple shipped 12.9 million iPads in the second quarter. Its nearest competition is Samsung, which hit 8 million shipments. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 tablets offer fantastic hardware and punchy OLED screens, but they remain hamstrung by Android’s less-than-stellar selection of tablet apps. Lenovo, which continues to release well-received Chromebooks and Chrome OS tablets, took third with 4.7M units shipped, and Amazon came in fourth with 4.3 million Fire tablet shipments.

Both PC and tablet shipments have surged over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic as people have adapted to working from home and remote education. IDC’s figures reveal that Chromebook shipments have grown 68.6 percent year over year and reached 12.3 million units shipped in the second quarter. “While this wasn’t a record quarter for Chromebooks, it wasn’t far off the prior two quarters, which shattered previous highs,” IDC wrote.

But IDC does point to a possible slowdown in sales for Chromebooks and tablets due to ongoing chip shortages and an easing of consumer demand as more people return to the workplace or classroom. Apple has said that supply constraints could be detrimental to iPad sales in the coming months, and the iPhone might be affected as well.

Best travel credit cards for August 2021 – CNET

A travel credit card makes it easier to plan your next trip. Every time you use one, even at the grocery store or gas station, the points you accumulate can be used toward a future travel purchase. If you’re planning your next trip, a travel rewards credit card can help you score major perks like first class upgrades, airport lounge access, priority boarding, TSA Precheck and Global Entry statement credits and exclusive hotel and rental car benefits. 

Travel rewards credit cards offer some of the highest reward rates out there. While the rewards system isn’t as straightforward as a cash-back credit card, you can typically get more generous perks. So if you want to start racking up points that will be useful for your next vacation, check out our picks for the best travel credit cards.

Note: This list contains only travel credit cards, but if you’re a frequent flyer who’s dedicated to one airline, we recommend checking out our best airline credit cards to maximize your rewards.

Read more: Airline cards vs. travel credit cards: Which one’s better for you

The best travel credit card overall for most travelers

Chase

Reward rates: 3x points on travel and dining (begins after earning $300 credit), 1x point on all other purchases
Annual fee: $550
Welcome bonus: 60,000 points
Bonus redemption threshold: Spend $4,000 in first three months
APR: 16.99% to 23.99% variable
Foreign transaction fees: None
Credit requirement: Excellent

Chase Sapphire Reserve offers great value for those who spend around $12,000 or more annually on travel. The credit card company lets you accrue rewards card points for flights, hotels, rental cars, trains, buses and either travel or dining. Consider the Platinum Card (for the frequent flyer) or the Gold Card (for high food budgets). Otherwise, I’m a big fan of the wide range of expenses that fall under the Chase Sapphire Reserve card’s bonus points categories. And it’s even better for those who value its additional travel perks like travel insurance, hotel discounts and lounge access through Priority Pass Select.

Rewards details

The Chase Sapphire Reserve card gives you unlimited 3x points on travel and dining purchases, 1x points on all other purchases and 10x points on Lyft rides through March 2022. 

While the Chase Sapphire card’s $550 annual fee is steep, the yearly travel credit of $300 brings the overall cost down to $250, making the fee more manageable. Plus, the 60,000 sign-on bonus — earned after spending $4,000 in the first three months — is worth up to $900, depending on how you redeem those points (below). Finally, card holders get a statement credit reimbursement for Global Entry or TSA Precheck (worth $100 for Global Entry or $85 for TSA precheck, both of which are valid for five years) plus a number of VIP-style travel perks. 

Redemption details

Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be redeemed in three main ways. 

  • Cash redemption at a 1-cent rate effectively turns your card into a 3% cash-back card for travel and dining purchases. 
  • Booking travel through Chase’s Ultimate Rewards portal gets you a rate of 1.5 cents per point, or $1.50 for 100 points, which represents a return of 4.5% on travel and dining purchases (well above most cash-back cards). 
  • Transfer points to one of 13 Ultimate Rewards travel partners at a redemption rate of up to 2 cents per point, a 6% total return according to The Points Guy’s most recent valuations.

The best for foodies and big grocery shoppers

American Express

Terms apply to American Express benefits and offers. Enrollment may be required for select American Express benefits and offers. Visit americanexpress.com to learn more.

Reward rates: 4x points on restaurants and on Uber Eats purchases, 4x points at US supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year, then 1x), 3x points on flights (booked directly with airline or amextravel.com), 1x points on other purchases
Annual fee: $250 (see rates and fees)
Welcome bonus: 60,000 points
Bonus redemption threshold: Spend $4,000 on eligible purchases in first six months
APR: See Pay Over Time APR (see rates and fees)
Foreign transaction fees: None (see rates and fees)
Credit requirement: Good to Excellent

As the only card on this list that offers a high rewards rate on both restaurant and US supermarket purchases, the Gold Card from American Express is a great option for those who don’t currently spend a ton on travel every year, but would like to travel at a discount with points earned by spending money on food. 

If you spend more than about $7,000 annually on restaurants and US supermarkets (including smaller grocery stores, but excluding big-box stores like Walmart or Target), the $250 annual fee is well worth it. Considering the average American household spent $7,923 on food in 2018, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, many households could benefit from the Gold card. (If you spend a high amount on both food and travel each year, I recommend the Chase Sapphire Reserve instead.)

Rewards details

The Gold Card has a broad spectrum of rewards categories for a travel card, with 4x points on restaurants and US supermarkets (on up to $25,000 in US supermarket purchases each calendar year, then 1x) and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com, the website where points can be redeemed. The $250 annual fee is partially offset by up to $120 in annual dining statement credits (through services like Grubhub and Seamless). The intro bonus is fairly standard at 60,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $4,000 in eligible purchases in the first six months, which is worth up to $1,000. (To determine the value of rewards, bonuses and points, we take the average of the most recent The Points Guy and NerdWallet valuations and apply it to the reward rate.)

Redemption details

There are two main ways to redeem points with the Gold Card. The first is for travel purchases made through the American Express Travel portal, where one point equals 1 cent. The second option is to transfer your MR points to one of 18 airline partners or three hotel partners for a value of up to 2 cents per point, according to the most recent The Points Guy valuations. Since your points are worth twice as much when transferred, we highly recommend transferring to a travel partner and looking for good redemption deals in order to maximize your earned points.

The best travel card for first-class fliers

American Express

Terms apply to American Express benefits and offers. Enrollment may be required for select American Express benefits and offers. Visit americanexpress.com to learn more.

Reward rates: 10x points on eligible purchases at restaurants worldwide and when you Shop Small in the US (on up to $25,000 in combined purchases) during the first six months of card membership. 5x points on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year) and 5x points on prepaid hotels booked on American Express Travel; 1x point on other purchases
Annual fee: $695 (see rates and fees)
Welcome bonus: 100,000 points 
Bonus redemption threshold: Spend $6,000 in first six months of card membership
APR: See Pay Over Time APR (see rates and fees)
Foreign transaction fees: None (see rates and fees)
Credit requirement: Good to Excellent

The Platinum Card is Amex’s top-tier travel card, offering the highest potential ongoing reward rate of any we’ve reviewed, topping out at 10%, depending on how points are redeemed (details below). This card is ideal for anyone who already spends more than $10,000 annually on flights and hotels alone and for those who value premium travel perks such as lounge access and hotel upgrades. The narrow ongoing rewards structure — which doesn’t include food or dining — and high annual fee of $695 make this a valuable card for a particular spending profile, so do the math before applying. 

Rewards details

The Platinum Card gives 5x Membership Reward points on flights booked directly with airlines or through the American Express Travel portal and hotels — which require prepayment — booked through the Amex portal. Flights or hotels booked through a third-party service or company, like Orbitz, don’t qualify. 

The high annual fee of $695 is offset by up to a $200 airline fee statement credit per calendar year for travel incidentals, such as a checked bag, in-flight food or beverage or Wi-Fi; a statement credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck (worth $100 for Global Entry or $85 for TSA precheck, both of which are valid for five years); and up to $200 in Uber Cash per year for US rides and eats. The new-member bonus is on the high end at 100,000 points when you spend $6,000 in the first six months of card membership, worth up to $2,000 when transferred to a travel partner and redeemed at its maximum value (to determine the value of rewards, bonuses and points, we use the most recent The Points Guy valuations). The Platinum Card also offers a number of premium travel benefits, with hotel perks including room upgrades, complimentary breakfast, early check-in and late checkout and access to the Global Lounge Collection.

Redemption details

The Platinum card offers three main methods of redemption:

  • Travel purchases made through the AmEx Travel portal, where one point is equal to 1 cent, including flights and prepaid hotel reservations.
  • Transfer your MR points to one of 18 airline partners or three hotel partners for a value of up to 2 cents per point, according to the most recent The Points Guy valuations. Given that there’s a 100% value swing, we highly recommend transferring to a travel partner and looking for good redemption deals in order to maximize your points. 
  • A statement credit, but the rate is variable and you’ll typically get less value out of your points with this method.

The best travel credit card for earning miles on everyday spending

CapitalOne

Reward rates: Earn 2x miles on everyday purchases
Annual fee: $95
Welcome bonus: 60,000 miles
Bonus redemption threshold: Spend $3,000 in the first three months of account opening
APR: 17.24% to 24.49% variable
Foreign transaction fees: None
Credit requirement: Excellent

The Capital One Venture travel rewards credit card is a straightforward, easy-to-use option for those who would like to book travel with travel reward miles generated from general spending and would rather not worry about eligible purchase spending categories. 

Rewards details

With unlimited 2x miles on every purchase, the Venture card is the broadest-earning travel card available. You can earn 60,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months (compare that with $4,000 for most other cards). That’s significant — especially given the relatively low $95 annual fee. The Capital One Venture also gives cardholders a TSA Precheck or Global Entry credit, which is worth about $15 to $20 a year, as well as travel accident insurance and rental collision insurance (more on that later). 

Redemption details

The best way to use your Capital One Rewards miles is to transfer them to one of more than 15 travel partners at a rate of up to 1.4 cents per mile, for a potential net rewards value of 2.8%. The exact reward rate depends on the particular flight you reserve. When compared with the dollar cost of a flight, some flights may get you closer to 1 cent per mile, while others get you the max rate of 1.4 cents per mile. It’s not clear how exactly the mile cost is calculated, but keep in mind sometimes the maximum rate is only available when booking business class or first-class flights.

You can also redeem your Capital One Venture rewards miles as statement credits against past travel purchases (at a rate of 1 cent per mile), use them to shop on Amazon at a rate of 0.8 cents per mile or use them to book travel through the Capital One travel portal.

In the table below, we’ve broken down the key features of each card to help you determine the best travel credit card for you.

Best travel credit cards compared

Best travel card for most Best for foodies Best premium card for frequent flyers Best for no-hassle redemptions/travel rewards
Chase Sapphire Reserve American Express Gold American Express Platinum Capital One Venture
Reward rates 3x points on travel and dining (begins after earning $300 credit); 1x point on all other purchases 4x points on restaurants, and on Uber Eats purchases; 4x points at US supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year, then 1x), 3x points on flights (booked directly with airline or amextravel.com); 1x point on other purchases 10x points on eligible purchases at restaurants worldwide and when you Shop Small in the US (on up to $25,000 in combined purchases) during first 6 months; 5x points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year); 5x points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel; 1x point on other purchases 2x miles on all purchases; transfer miles to any of 15+ travel loyalty programs
Reward credits $300 annual travel credit; statement credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck; $120 DoorDash credit Up to $120 annual limited dining credit (up to $10 monthly) Up to $200 annual airline incidentals statement credit; statement credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck; up to $200 in Uber Cash annually Statement credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck
Reward perks Priority Pass select airport lounge access; Luxury Hotel and Resort Collection benefits; travel insurance and coverage; Lyft Pink membership (12 months) Hotel Collection benefits Fine hotel and resorts benefits, Global Lounge Collection benefits Travel accident insurance; extended warranty; auto rental collision damage waiver
Annual fee $550; $75 for each authorized user $250 $695 $95
Foreign transaction fees None None None None
APR 16.99% to 23.99% 15.99% to 22.99% variable Pay Over Time APR (see rates and fees) 15.99% to 22.99% variable Pay Over Time APR (see rates and fees) 17.24% to 24.49%

How do travel credit cards work?

Travel credit cards turn purchases into points or miles that can be redeemed for travel purchases, like flights and hotel stays. Sometimes you can redeem those points for cash or a gift card, but you get the best rate when using them to book travel. The top cards have their own travel booking portals through which you can find flights, hotels and rental cars; sometimes, points are worth more when used in those credit card company portals.

Airline and hotel credit cards — which we didn’t include in this list — operate like loyalty programs in that you stay in a closed-loop rewards system. You earn rewards when you purchase flights or hotels through your chosen airline or hotel company, and you can use those points for perks or future bookings through the same airline or hotel group.

How do you choose the best travel credit card?

The points and travel benefits that you accrue through a travel rewards program are often redeemed through your credit card issuer’s website (or app) or appear as a statement credit that reimburses you for past travel-related and everyday purchases you made with your travel credit card. Points or miles can also be transferred to travel partners — mostly hotels and airlines — at a fluctuating conversion rate, where they can then be used to book a flight or hotel room.

To choose the best travel credit card, there are a few key factors to consider: 

  • Annual fees: Every single travel rewards program reviewed here has annual fees, with some climbing as high as $695, but those fees are usually mitigated by monthly or annual credits. 
  • Exclusive perks: Some of these travel rewards card options also grant access to exclusive travel perks, like airline lounges, priority boarding or VIP welcomes at hotels. The value of those perks is subjective and something you’ll have to evaluate based on your needs and wants.
  • Foreign transaction fees: None of the best travel cards makes users pay a foreign transaction fee, so a foreign transaction fee is not something you have to worry about with any of the credit cards recommended here.

Other travel credit card benefits

Most travel credit cards — which carry hefty annual fees — include benefits that further add value to those cards. Benefits like rental car collision insurance and even lost luggage reimbursement have become standard. Here’s what’s offered for the cards chosen here:

Travel accident insurance: Reserve, CapOne Venture

Trip cancellation insurance: Reserve, Platinum

Trip delay reimbursement or protection: Reserve, Platinum

Lost luggage reimbursement: Reserve, Platinum, Gold

Rental car collision insurance: Reserve, Platinum, Gold, Venture

How we picked the best travel credit cards

To determine our recommendations for the best travel credit cards, we researched 19 of the most popular travel rewards credit cards (listed below) and selected based on the best monetary value for certain customer profiles, such as frequent travelers, those who spend a lot on dining and groceries or those who are looking for an easy way to travel at a discount with miles earned on everyday spending. We always hold overall net value paramount, since choosing the right rewards credit card is about saving money and being financially responsible, not being lured by perks or offers that are flashy or irrelevant. 

Cards researched

More finance guides for 2021 

For rates and fees of the American Express Gold Card, click here.

For rates and fees of The Platinum Card from American Express, click here.

Disclaimer: The information included in this article, including rewards program features, program fees and credits available through credit cards to apply to such programs, may change from time to time and are presented without warranty. When evaluating offers, please check the credit card provider’s website and review its terms and conditions for the most current offers and information. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.

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Netflix: The 40 best TV shows to watch tonight – CNET

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Catch season 2 of Outer Banks now.

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A few more-than-decent shows hit Netflix this week. Monday kicks off with season 10 of The Walking Dead. If you’ve survived this long watching the zombie series, you may as well keep going till season 11, which will be the show’s last — aside from the films, the multiple spinoff series, etc.

Shout out to Wynonna Earp, the supernatural Western with a lightning-in-a-bottle cast, including witty and soulful lead gunslinger Melanie Scrofano. Season 4, following the great-great-granddaughter of Wyatt Earp and her fight with demons (physical and invisible), arrives on Monday as well.

On Tuesday, catch season 3 of All American. The sports drama follows the ups and downs of the life of a high school American football player. Finally, on Friday, catch season 2 of Outer Banks. The teen drama serves action, adventure and discoveries of treasure with its mystery about a friend’s missing father.

Last week’s arrivals include Sexy Beasts, season 2 of The Movies That Made Us and Masters of the Universe: Revelation. For more, scroll down through Netflix’s best original shows for anything you might have missed.

Read more: The 40 best movies to watch on Netflix | Sweet Tooth ending explained and all your questions answered

Best Netflix Original TV series

Fantasy

Sweet Tooth (2021—)

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This fantasy based on Jeff Lemire’s comic book is the definition of weird and wonderful. Sweet Tooth follows Gus (a stellar Christian Convery), a half-deer half-human child, who lives a sheltered life in the forest with his dad Pubba (Will Forte). Events relating to The Great Crumble, a viral pandemic, sweep Gus into an adventure branching down mysterious, action-filled and highly entertaining paths. Echoes with real-world struggles can be heard in the treetops of this immersive, riveting fantasy world. Genre fans settle in for this fantastic ride.

Romance

Lovesick (2014-2018)

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Lovesick is easy, enjoyable viewing with a premise ripe for embarrassment humor we can all relate to. Helpless-in-love Dylan discovers he has chlamydia and must track down past flings and inform them that they might have it too. A flashback narrative keeps things interesting, especially when the focus turns to Dylan and best friend Evie’s feelings for each other. It never goes into soapy territory, with an eccentric but loveable supporting cast playing English flatmates in a Glasgow setting.

Thriller

Lupin (2021—)

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If you enjoyed Money Heist, then meet Lupin, another non-English language show with a propulsive action-packed story. This time we’re in France, where professional thief Assane Diop enacts his revenge mission on the man responsible for his father’s death. Inspired by a book about gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, Assane uses disguises, thieving know-how and a good dose of charisma to expose the wealthy and powerful Hubert Pellegrini’s crimes.

Bodyguard (2018)

Netflix

Bodyguard broke records when it first aired in Britain, climbing from cliffhanger to cliffhanger at a relentless pace. This might be the definition of the unstoppable binge, not surprising given it comes from the mind of Line of Duty’s Jed Mercurio. Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden plays the titular bodyguard, who suffers from PTSD after serving in the Afghanistan war. On top of that, he’s assigned to protect the Home Secretary (Keeley Hawes), whose politics he despises. Taking provocative turns, and crafting one of the best-ever 20-minute opening scenes, Bodyguard is an expert tension-building balancing act.

Dark (2017-2020)

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Germany’s answer to Stranger Things deliberately takes its time before stepping into completely compelling and original places. A sci-fi noir, Dark folds time travel, conspiracies and estranged families into a generation-spanning story kicked off by a child’s disappearance. If those kinds of meticulously-crafted layers are what you’re after in your storytelling, settle in. All three seasons of Dark’s meditative look at time travel and its effect on human nature are waiting to hit you at full force.

Comedy

Never Have I Ever (2020—)

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Devi is your average high schooler who wants nothing more than to be cool and get a boyfriend. But it’s hard to stay chipper after your dad dies. Mindy Kaling’s coming-of-age story covers familiar territory and yet it stands out from the pack in multiple ways. Get this: Its narrator is John McEnroe. The sporting connection is just one layer of this surprising, charm-your-socks-off show, depicting an Indian family living in California. You’ve seen these stories before, but not with these unique characters.

Julie and the Phantoms (2020—)

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Stick with Julie and the Phantoms’ silly premise before making any judgements. Julie is a teenager who accidentally summons a boy band from the ’90s — The Phantoms. While Julie helps the band achieve their potential, they help her enjoy music and life again after the death of her mother. As music tends to do, the catchy tunes will send you soaring through the joyous, ridiculously entertaining and, of course, romance-filled first season. Ghost jokes are included.

Feel Good (2020-2021)

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Comedian Mae Martin’s Feel Good really does try to do what it says on the tin. It follows the repressed George (Charlotte Ritchie) as she falls for Martin’s Mae after seeing her stand-up show. Their London-based romance sees George grappling with coming out to her middle-class friends and family, while Canadian Mae has a drug problem that makes their love even more difficult. A confidently told story with its sense of humor nailed on from the start, Feel Good exudes sweetness and grace.

Sex Education (2019—)

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Binging Sex Education is a no-brainer: The self-aware, John Hughes-possessed mishmash of American and British high school culture is a joyful breeze to watch. We follow Otis (Asa Butterfield), the son of a sex therapist (Gillian Anderson), as he embarks on his sexual awakening. The explicit sex talk and scenes are addressed in refreshingly healthy and honest ways. Built around a diverse cast with pure charisma, Netflix understandably commissioned a third season.

Russian Doll (2019—)

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Russian Doll takes its Groundhog Day premise and wrenches it apart in the most unpredictable ways. Natasha Lyonne is the crackling spark at the center of its time-looping mystery, playing Nadia, a game developer who repeatedly dies on the night of her 36th birthday party. The Amy Poehler co-created show uses time travel to explore self-reflection on a whole new level, making this a definite one-sitting appointment.

Dead To Me (2019—)

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If you’re looking for a female-led show with a dark sense of humor and a mystery, Dead To Me delivers all that in spades. This underrated series is all about the friendship between Linda Cardellini’s Judy and Christina Applegate’s Jen, total opposites who bond over wine, family and murder. The twists and reveals keep momentum going, while you enjoy spending time with these flawed but brilliant women.

Derry Girls (2018—)

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Another unmissable show, Derry Girls follows the mishaps of Erin and her friends in 1990s Derry, Ireland. Their teenage woes are paired with antics from their equally hilarious parents, set on a backdrop of the Northern Ireland conflict. While you can make comparisons with The Inbetweeners, Derry Girls draws from its own well of sweet charm and the historical context paves ground for surprisingly dark humor.

On My Block (2018—)

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As teen comedy-dramas go, On My Block treads the pavement at the head of the pack. The series is set in a rough Los Angeles neighborhood called Freeridge, where a diverse group of friends start to feel the seams of their friendship tugged apart as they head to high school. This meticulously-crafted window into young lives glows with charm, giving us a grounded, realistic view of underrepresented communities. Prepare to become invested in your next binge.

The End of The F***ing World (2017-2019)

Netflix

If you like your dark British humor, look no further than The End of The F***ing World. Psychopath James (Alex Lawther) comes up with a plan to kill Alyssa (Jessica Barden) while on the run from their lousy parents. But as they soar across the open road and commit a couple of violent crimes, their callous hearts soften and they develop feelings for one another. Surprising, fast-paced and surreal, both seasons of this deadpan teenager of a show, with its headphones pumping the best sad ’50s, ’60s and ’70s doo-wop, will blow you away.

Crashing (2016)

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Before she electrified everyone with the word-for-word perfect Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge wrote a six-part comedy that showcased the early stages of her astonishing talent. Crashing follows six twenty-somethings living in a disused hospital, casually observing the strict rules in exchange for cheap rent. The oddball characters subvert expectations wherever hilariously possible, with Waller-Bridge dropping in as the ukulele-playing Lulu. Not only disrupting the Friends setup, she gets herself into occasionally jaw-droppingly dark situations (see the all-too-touchy Aunt Gladys).

Master of None (2015—)

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On the surface a comedy about a 30-year-old New Yorker who loves his pasta, Master of None casually throws in nuanced and moving episodes about immigrant families and their second-generation children. Then it drops an entire episode about Tinder. Dev’s relatable experiences bubble with creator and star Aziz Ansari’s wit and charm and, personal controversy aside, the romantic and cultural themes he explores are remarkably mature. Season 3 takes things down a different road again, starring Lena Waithe and Naomi Ackie. Ansari features in an episode, letting us know where Dev’s at in his love life.

Call My Agent! (2015-2020)

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Thinking about dipping your toe into more of Netflix’s international content? French comedy Call My Agent! hosts an ever-growing list of famous actors playing themselves, from French stars to Americans like Sigourney Weaver (!) in the latter seasons. But we look at the world of showbiz from the perspective of the long-suffering agents, including Camille Cottin’s scene stealing powerhouse agent Andréa Martel, who rebuffs male colleagues with lines like: “When I moved on from guys to girls, it was like graduating from the sandpit to the football pitch.” A brilliant series with four seasons poking fun at the entertainment industry.

BoJack Horseman (2014-2020)

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When it comes to cartoons that lower your guard before gut-punching you with reflections on mental health, BoJack Horseman takes the cake. Set in an LA filled with anthropomorphic animals, it follows a washed-up ex-sitcom star who tries to climb back to his former celebrity by releasing an autobiography. While at first it might take you some time to digest this unconventional cocktail, BoJack Horseman soon astounds you with its truths about struggling with depression and addiction on the path to getting your life back on track.

Orange Is the New Black (2013-2019)

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One of the first ever Netflix originals broke ground in more ways than one. The seven seasons, initially drawn from a memoir about a real-life women’s prison, span the lives of women from multiple backgrounds and nationalities, who all end up in orange jumpsuits. Drug money smuggler Piper kicks off the first season as our Alice going down the rabbit hole in this wild, raw, hilarious and powerful show, taking on tough issues not often explored on screen.

Sci-fi

Stranger Things (2016—)

Netflix

It wouldn’t be a best list without Stranger Things. If somehow you’ve missed the Duffer Brothers’ ode to ’80s horror and Steven Spielberg, things are about to get tubular. We follow El, a near-mute girl who was the subject of scientific experiments. She develops telekinetic powers, which she uses to fend off monsters who invade from a frightening alternative dimension. The world of Indiana, Hawkins, is lovingly detailed for anyone in need of an ’80s nostalgia hit and the misfit characters, played by a stellar young cast, are part of everything that makes this show a tour de force.

The OA (2016-2019)

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From the minds of Britt Marling and Zal Batmanglij, The OA has it all: mystery, sci-fi, the supernatural and even a dash of fantasy for good measure. We follow Prairie, a young woman who reappears after being missing for seven years. She used to be blind, but not anymore! Now she calls herself the OA and she sweeps a host of Midwestern locals of all ages and backgrounds into her dimension-hopping mission to save lives. Sadly, Netflix cancelled The OA after season 2, but this big, inventive and human sci-fi is still well worth taking a look at.

Travelers (2016-2018)

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Full disclosure: Netflix sadly canceled Travelers after its third season, but this tightly-plotted sci-fi out of Canada does manage to end with an ambitious bang. We start with Marcy, a disabled woman who’s beaten up after helping a friend escape thugs. She dies — then comes back to life. This strong character-driven sci-fi reveals its secrets in clever ways, following operatives from the future tasked with preventing the collapse of society, but also navigating the tricky territory of living a double life.

Black Mirror (2011—)

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While Charlie Brooker’s bleak tech anthology series can be hit and miss, at its best, Black Mirror packs its mini-movies with an exploration of futuristic technological ideas through painfully human stories. One of those is San Junipero, following two women in the ’80s (cue banging soundtrack) as they fall for each other in ways they couldn’t do in their “real” lives outside the beach city. The tech aspect is revealed with genius timing and, in general, the show explores the consequences of our plugged-in lives in disturbing and occasionally uplifting ways.

Drama

The Queen’s Gambit (2020)

Netflix

How do you make chess the thrilling centerpiece of a coming-of-age tale? You shake it into a cocktail of stylish visuals, a rocking ’60s soundtrack and the magnetic Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon, one of the youngest (and few female) chess players in the world. The fictional story in The Queen’s Gambit, named after a chess opening, follows her rise from an orphanage to toppling the best players in the world — as long as her drug addiction and bags of wine bottles don’t get in the way.

Unorthodox (2020)

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This miniseries is based on a memoir and told primarily in Yiddish with painstaking detail. Almost a thriller, Unorthodox follows 19-year-old Esty Shapiro, who escapes her arranged marriage in an ultra-Orthodox community in Brooklyn. She ends up in Berlin, exploring a new life outside the strict beliefs she grew up in, but her community doesn’t let go that easily. Featuring a stunning performance from Shira Haas, Unorthodox lets you take a step into a relentlessly compelling world.

Godless (2017)

Netflix

This miniseries carves itself firmly into the Western genre, with a female-led cast boasting Merritt Weaver and Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery. With its 1880s New Mexico vistas swirling around it, Godless draws up the violence in a tale that sees an outlaw on the run from his boss seek refuge with an outcast widower. Oh, Jeff Daniels is in this too, if the show wasn’t enticing enough.

The Crown (2016—)

Netflix

Sumptuous is one word to describe the production values of The Crown’s drama about the British monarchy. Following Queen Elizabeth II’s life, starting in her 20s with a powerhouse performance from Claire Foy, The Crown captures the grand workings of historical events from deep within Buckingham Palace. Figures like Winston Churchill, Princess Margaret, Margaret Thatcher and more are treated with the highest cinematic sophistication. A fifth and sixth season are on their way to round out your knowledge of the Queen’s reign into the early 21st century.

Horror

Kingdom (2019—)

Netflix

Netflix’s first original Korean series doesn’t pull any punches. A zombie horror with a Joseon period political backdrop to sprawl over, Kingdom is for those partial to a blood-pumping genre-meld with a gory imagination. Season 1 sees Crown Prince Lee Chang wrapped up in a political conspiracy, when he’s not investigating a mysterious plague. He’s swept up in a life or death thriller, with a dash of royal dynasty at stake.

The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

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Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House, loosely based on Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name, weaves its horror into a deeply affecting story about a broken family. Fractured after growing up in a haunted house, the Crains can’t ignore their past and must do what you never want to do: Go back down those dark corridors. The impressive set-pieces will please horror fans, but it’s the sad story of the Crains that will, yes, haunt you for days. Good news: The second chapter of the anthology, The Haunting of Bly Manor, is out for Halloween.

Crazyhead (2016)

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If you were a fan of Howard Overman’s insanely entertaining Misfits, Crazyhead might be where you want to head next. Overman’s follow-up show, which first aired in the UK in 2016, is a comedy-horror starring Cara Theobold (the voice of Tracer in Overwatch) and Susan Wokoma as unlikely friends who bond over being able to see demons gallivanting about in normal society. Their brilliant double-act is at the heart of this disturbingly entertaining series, featuring exorcisms, accidental roommate killings and demon fathers. Yeah, you need to watch this for yourself.

Crime

Criminal (2019—)

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Criminal gives you four series of Line of Duty-channeling police procedural, with each episode centered on a suspect picked apart in an interrogation room. The twist: Each series takes place in a different country and language — Spanish, French, German and English — but they use the exact same concept and set. As well as the tightly-scripted, cat-and-mouse interrogations, featuring masterclass performances from the likes of David Tennant, Hayley Atwell — and in season 2, Kit Harington — it’s fascinating to see how the limited sets are used differently by different police teams.

Unbelievable (2019)

Netflix

This miniseries, based on a true story of rape, deftly navigates its disturbing and tricky subject matter with the help of a remarkable performance from Kaitlyn Dever. She plays Marie, a teenager who’s charged with lying about being raped, but of course it’s more complicated than that. Toni Collette and Merritt Wever team up as whip-smart detectives who see what others fail to, adding another layer to Unbelievable’s delicate, powerfully moving triumph.

When They See Us (2019)

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Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us comes under the tough but essential viewing banner. It depicts the real-life events of the 1989 Central Park jogger case, involving five male suspects of color who were falsely accused of rape and assault. Not only sensitively drawing the humanity of the boys into focus, When They See Us demands outrage at the injustice of systemic racism.

The Sinner (2017—)

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Three fascinating seasons of The Sinner await to be cracked open, each one focused on a murder committed by an unlikely offender in even stranger circumstances. Season 1 follows Jessica Biel’s Cora, who stabs a man to death on a beach in a sudden frenzy, but has no idea why. It’s up to Bill Pullman’s Detective Ambrose to unravel the shockingly disturbing events embedded in her psyche that lead to her being triggered.

Money Heist (2017—)

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This series is loved by many (and Netflix loves you for it), but in case you haven’t heard what all the fuss is about, Money Heist is, yep, about a heist. The mastermind doing Ocean’s Eleven-level prep work with equally satisfying reveals is The Professor. He’s got banks in his sights and we see how his intricate plans come together with slick flashbacks, time-jumps and even an unreliable narrator. This is captivating TV with a distinct Spanish identity — don’t let the subtitles put you off.

Ozark (2017—)

Touted as the next Breaking Bad, Ozark only gets better and better as you watch the Byrde family’s life spiral out of control. Beginning with a bang, Ozark sees financial advisor Marty’s (Jason Bateman) money laundering scheme for a Mexican drug cartel go wrong. His solution? Move his family to the Lake of the Ozarks, where he’ll set up a bigger laundering operation. Building on all that potential, Ozark crafts a smart, but most importantly, entertaining story, with a superb stand-out turn from Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde. Great news: Ozark was just renewed for a fourth and final season.

Alias Grace (2017)

Netflix

This miniseries is from a couple of years ago, but in case you missed it, it’s definitely worth checking out. In the vein of The Sinner, Alias Grace steps back into its young female protagonist’s past to figure out why she commits murder, of which she has no memory. An adaptation of a Margaret Atwood novel, the show stars a hypnotic Sarah Gadon as Irish immigrant Grace, navigating a turbulent life as a servant for a family in colonial Toronto. Partly based on a true story, this isn’t a straightforward mystery with straightforward answers and that’s what makes it all the more captivating.

Mindhunter (2017-2019)

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David Fincher directs a stash of episodes in this psychological crime thriller’s two-season run (the third is on indefinite hold), so meticulous visuals and captivating storylines are a given. Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) is a special agent in the FBI, sent to interview serial killers in prison to build a profile of what makes them tick. Cameron Britton as real-life serial killer Ed Kemper is absolutely chilling. Mindhunter is smarter and richer than your average crime show, somehow growing with its complex characters. It would be a shame if the third season didn’t happen (although that seems to be the case).

Narcos (2015-2017)

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Drug kingpin Pablo Escobar is the subject of this, yes, addictive series that races through his rise to becoming the infamous cocaine distributor and billionaire. A true-to-life account that blends in archival footage, Narcos manages to present a sympathetic side to Escobar without undermining the gravity of its material. Plus, the DEA’s hunt to bring Escobar down ratchets up the suspense. After you finish the three series, head to Narcos: Mexico, a companion series that focuses on the illegal drug trade in Mexico.

Peaky Blinders (2013—)

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Netflix wisely snapped up the rights to Peaky Blinders and there are five seasons, with two more coming, to traverse the stunning rise of 1900s Birmingham gang leader Thomas Shelby. Prepare yourself for a mesmerizing performance from Cillian Murphy in this family saga that has a fantastic amount of fun and flair showing Shelby’s dealings with other gangs, the police and the occasional lover.

Google pairs Stadia Controller and Chromecast as $100 ‘play and watch’ bundle

Google has recently been selling a combo-package of the Stadia Controller and 2020 Chromecast as a limited-time promotion. But as spotted by 9to5Google, the company has now made the pair a permanent bundle that it’s calling the “play and watch” package.

For $99.99, you get both the controller and streaming dongle. That’s a savings of $19 compared to buying both products separately. Google is also promoting the Chromecast ethernet adapter as a recommended accessory; if you want the absolute best Stadia experience, it’s probably a smart buy — and it’s a mere $9.99 ($10 off) when purchased alongside the bundle.

In an effort to clear out inventory of the old, puck-shaped Chromecast Ultra, Google is discounting its Stadia Premiere Edition bundle yet again to $79.99. I’d definitely recommend the newer Chromecast with Google TV over the older one. The streaming experience is much richer and more comprehensive on the newer device. But if you’re strictly using it as a gateway to Stadia, the $79.99 deal might be worth hopping on.

Remember that Google’s game streaming service now supports select Android TV products as well. So if you’ve got a TV running that software, all you really need to get going is Google’s controller or a compatible third-party Bluetooth gamepad.

Thanks to the Rickroll, ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ hits 1 billion YouTube plays

The official video for Rick Astley’s 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” has surpassed 1 billion plays on YouTube. The song became a lasting part of internet culture thanks to the Rickroll meme and reached the impressive milestone a couple days ago. Astley took to the video’s comments to share his gratitude, saying “amazing, crazy, wonderful!” In a video posted to Instagram, he added “the world is a wonderful and beautiful place, and I am very lucky.”

With some songs having crossed as many as 7 billion views in recent years, the 1 billion club isn’t quite as prestigious as it once was. But the achievement goes to show the staying power of the Rickroll prank. The video hit daily views of 2.3 million on April Fools Day, according to Billboard. Just in the past couple years, there have been Fortnite emotes and fan-made 4K remasters.

Back in 2008, the man himself Rickrolled the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The meme was also put to excellent use when the San Diego Padres trolled the Boston Red Sox just as fans thought they were about to belt out the chorus to “Sweet Caroline.” If you’ve got other prime examples, the comments section awaits.

I’m curious what the average watch time is for “Never Gonna Give You Up.” After being duped, how many people have closed out the window in aggravation within seconds of hearing the drum intro and synths coming in?

Astley celebrated joining the billion plays club by releasing a limited, already-sold-out run of 7-inch blue vinyl pressings of the quintessential ‘80s jam.

Best balance transfer credit cards for August 2021 – CNET

Getting your debt under control is the first step toward achieving financial security. When used the right way, a balance transfer credit card can give you a relatively cost-efficient way to catch up on bills and reduce credit card debt. It can also help consolidate debt into a single payment, giving a person who’s straining to keep up with their bills a singular financial goal. 

If you’re already struggling with debt, you might be hesitant to apply for yet another credit card, but a balance transfer card is a different animal. A balance transfer card lets you transfer debt from an old high-interest card to a new card with a 0% or low annual percentage rate for a specific period of time — usually between 12 and 20 months. This gives you some breathing room to pay off or pay down the transferred balance of existing credit card debt while accruing little or no interest. Here are CNET’s top recommendations for the best balance transfer cards. We’ll update this list periodically.

Best balance transfer credit card overall

US Bank

  • Introductory APR: 20 billing cycles of 0% intro APR for balance transfers and purchases
  • Standard APR: 14.49% to 24.49% variable APR
  • Penalty APR: None
  • Introductory balance transfer fee: N/A
  • Standard balance transfer fee: 3% or $5, whichever is greater
  • How long you have to make transfers: 60 days
  • Credit requirement: 680 to 850
  • Annual fee: $0

The US Bank Visa Platinum offers one of the longest 0% introductory APR periods, at 20 billing cycles, combined with a relatively low 3% fee.

Long balance transfer period

Citi

  • Introductory APR: 18 months of 0% intro APR for balance transfers and purchases. Balance transfers must be completed within 4 months of account opening.
  • Standard APR: 14.74% to 24.74% variable APR
  • Penalty APR: None
  • Introductory balance transfer fee: N/A
  • Standard balance transfer fee: 3% or $5, whichever is greater
  • How long you have to make transfers: 4 months
  • Credit requirement: 670 to 850
  • Annual fee: $0

The Citi Simplicity card is similar to the Citi Diamond Preferred, but the Simplicity has no late fee or penalty APR, while the standard APR for the Diamond Preferred is 1% lower (13.74% to 23.74% variable APR). If there’s any chance that you could miss a payment at some point, the Simplicity could save you up to $40 and the loss of the introductory 0% APR.

The 18-month intro APR period comes with a transfer fee of 3% ($5 minimum), making the Simplicity similar to the US Bank Visa Platinum. The main advantage with the Citi card is the length of time you have to make a credit card balance transfer — 4 months compared to US Bank’s 60 days.

Long balance transfer period

Wells Fargo

  • Introductory APR: 18 months from account opening of 0% APR for qualifying balance transfers and purchases
  • Standard APR: 16.49-24.49% variable APR
  • Penalty APR: None
  • Introductory balance transfer fee: 3% or $5 for first 120 days from account opening
  • Standard balance transfer fee: Up to 5% or $5, whichever is greater
  • How long you have to make transfers: 120 days
  • Credit requirement: 680 to 850
  • Annual fee: $0

The Wells Fargo Platinum offers an introductory 18 months of 0% APR for qualifying balance transfers (16.49-24.49% variable APR thereafter), but with a higher balance transfer fee after the first 120 days of card ownership than the Citi Simplicity. In most circumstances, you’ll transfer a balance at the beginning of the period to qualify for the introductory 0% APR; as such, the higher standard balance transfer fee is less consequential. 

Low interest rate for an extended payoff period

SunTrust

  • Introductory APR: 3.25% for 3 years on balance transfers
  • Standard APR: 11.24-21.24% variable APR
  • Penalty APR: 11.24-21.24% variable APR
  • Introductory balance transfer fee: $0
  • Standard balance transfer fee: 3% or $10, whichever is greater
  • How long you have to make transfers: 60 days
  • Credit requirement: Good to Excellent (680 to 850)
  • Annual fee: $0

The SunTrust Mastercard Prime Rewards credit card is different from the other balance transfer credit cards profiled here. Instead of an introductory 0% APR, SunTrust offers new cardholders three years of a low APR — 3.25%. (The average standard APR for credit cards is usually somewhere between 12 and 25%.)

That 3.25% APR functions similarly to a flat 3.25% transfer fee — you’re just paying it over the course of the year. And it’s worth noting that the effective rate should end up being lower than a flat 3.25% fee, since your balance will decrease as you pay it off, lowering the principal.

If you need more time to pay off your debt, the SunTrust Mastercard Prime Rewards may be your best bet. You can see how it compares to the US Bank Visa Platinum in the chart above. 

Another card worth considering

Discover

  • Introductory APR: 14 months of 0% APR for balance transfers and purchases
  • Standard APR: 11.99% to 22.99%
  • Penalty APR: None
  • Introductory balance transfer fee: 3% for first three months
  • Standard balance transfer fee: 5%
  • How long you have to make balance transfers: No limit
  • Credit requirement: 680 to 850
  • Annual fee: $0

One more card worth considering

HSBC

  • Introductory APR: 18 months of 0% APR for balance transfers and purchases
  • Standard APR: 13.99-23.99% variable APR
  • Penalty APR: None
  • Introductory balance transfer fee: None
  • Standard balance transfer fee: 4% or $10, whichever is greater
  • How long you have to make transfers: 60 days
  • Credit requirement: 680 to 850
  • Annual fee: $0

In the table below, we’ve broken down the key features of each card to help you determine the best balance transfer credit card for your needs.

Best balance transfer credit cards compared

Best card overall for balance transfers Long balance transfer period Long balance transfer period (runner-up) Best card for an extended payoff period Another card worth considering Another card worth considering
US Bank Visa Platinum Citi Simplicity Wells Fargo Platinum SunTrust Mastercard Prime Rewards Discover it Cash Back HSBC Gold Mastercard
Balance transfer annual percentage rate (APR) 0% 0% 0% 3.25% 0% 0%
Intro balance transfer APR period (months) 20 18 18 36 14 18
How long you have to make transfers (months) 2 4 4 2 3 2
Standard APR 14.49% – 24.49% variable 14.74% – 24.74% variable 16.49% – 24.49% variable 12.74% – 22.74% variable 11.99% – 22.99% variable 13.99% – 23.99% variable
Balance transfer fee 3% ($5 minimum) 3% ($5 minimum) 3% for 120 days from account opening, then up to 5% ($5 minimum) 0% 5% 4%
Annual fee $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Choosing the best balance transfer credit card depends largely on how much you owe and how quickly you can pay it off. With a balance transfer card, the goal should always be to pay off the credit card balance by the end of the introductory APR period, which can have a huge impact on your ability to achieve or maintain a good credit score.

For example, if you have a $6,000 credit card balance on a high rate card and you can afford to pay $309 each month, US Bank Visa Platinum’s 20-month 0% APR period would do the trick. With its 3% transfer fee, you’d end up adding only $180 to your transferred balance — compared to $1,221 with your old card, which is likely bogged down by a standard 22% APR. (See table below.)

Sample balance transfers, compared

US Bank Visa Platinum Citi Simplicity SunTrust Mastercard Prime Rewards
Starting balance $6,000 $6,000 $6,000
Balance transfer APR 0% 0% 3.25%
Monthly payment to pay off balance during low APR period $309 $343 $175
Months 20 18 36
Total fees and interest paid $180 $180 $305
Monthly payment with standard card (22% APR) $361 $394 $229
Total fees and interest paid $1,221 $1,099 $2,249
Amount saved with balance transfer card $1,041 $919 $1,944

If you can only afford to pay $150 each month, however, you’d need a card with a longer low-interest period. The SunTrust Prime Rewards card, for example, offers 36 months at 3.25% APR and no transfer fee. At the end of three years, it would have cost you a total of $372 in interest — far less than a new card that offers 0% to start but then balloons to 20% or higher after 18 or 20 months. (See table below.)

Sample balance transfer, compared (part 2)

US Bank Visa Platinum Citi Simplicity SunTrust Mastercard Prime Rewards
Starting balance $6,000 $6,000 $6,000
Balance transfer APR 0% 0% 3.25%
Monthly payment $150 $150 $150
Special APR payment periods 48 50 43
Total fees and interest paid $1,178 $1,483 $372
Standard payment periods (22% APR) 73 73 73
Total fees and interest paid $4,913 $4,913 $4,913
Amount saved using balance transfer card vs. standard card $3,735 $3,431 $4,541

Using a balance transfer credit card correctly requires some math — but paying close attention to the numbers can ultimately save you many hundreds or thousands of dollars. And even though some banks have recently shortened or eliminated their introductory low-APR periods for balance transfers (due to increasing economic uncertainty), there are still plenty of good options in the market. Each balance transfer offer is different though, so be sure to vet each potential card and card issuer carefully before applying for a new credit card. Even if you have pretty good credit, your existing credit card debt could throw a wrench into your plans.

And when choosing the best balance transfer credit card, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Though some cards offer sign-on or introductory bonuses or cash rewards, they’re mostly a distraction from the primary goal: paying down your balance.
  • Some balance transfer cards charge an annual fee — but I don’t recommend any of them.
  • You can’t transfer balances between cards from the same issuer, so you can’t transfer a Chase balance to another Chase card.
  • The maximum amount you can transfer depends on a variety of factors, including your credit utilization ratio, the qualifying balance transfer, your minimum payment, and whether you already have good credit or even excellent credit. Each card and credit card company is different, and each factor is determined by the card issuer after assessing your specific creditworthiness.

Glossary of terms

Introductory APR: The interest rate that’s applied toward your balance transfer amount and any purchases during the initial period of card ownership (usually 12 to 20 months).

Standard APR: The interest rate applied toward balances and purchases after the introductory period ends.

Introductory balance transfer fee: The fee charged on a balance transfer during the initial period of card ownership (usually 12 to 20 months).

Standard balance transfer fee: The fee charged on a balance after the introductory period ends.

What are the best balance transfer credit cards right now?

The US Bank Visa Platinum Card is our current pick for best balance transfer credit card right now, thanks to its long introductory APR period and low balance transfer fees. The Citi Simplicity and Wells Fargo Platinum cards are also good options — while they have slightly shorter introductory APR periods, they also have longer balance transfer periods, which is the period of time you have to initiate a balance transfer.

How do balance transfer credit cards work?

Though balance transfer credit cards are technically credit cards, they’re more like a debt-financing tool. They’re better used to pay off existing credit card debt instead of as a payment method.

A balance transfer is when you take the debt, or balance, you owe on one card account and transfer it to another credit card account. Usually this is done with the goal of saving money, transferring debt from a high-interest account to one with lower or no interest. 

While many credit cards allow balance transfers, those primarily designed for the purpose all share one main feature: an introductory 0% APR period on balances transferred to that account, typically applicable to transfers made within the first 60 to 120 days of card ownership. The introductory APR period generally lasts between 12 months and 21 months, giving you a significant period of time to pay off your balance interest-free. 

While a few credit cards offer no-fee transfers, most balance transfer cards charge a fee to transfer your debt, usually between 3% and 5%. Broadly speaking, the longer the introductory 0% APR period, the higher the fee, and vice versa. So the best cards without a balance transfer fee have a shorter introductory APR period, and those with the longest introductory APR period have a 3% to 5% transfer fee. 

If I still have a balance after the introductory APR period is over, can I just keep transferring my debt to a new balance transfer card?

Technically, yes. In some cases, transferring your balance two or three times might even be what’s necessary to finally pay off your debt. But unless you have a firm understanding of how you got into debt in the first place and a plan for getting out of debt, you won’t be working toward a solution. 

While transferring your remaining debt to a second balance transfer card may allow you to pay off your balance without monthly interest or a fee, it’s important to note that there are too many variables for multiple balance transfers to be a fail-proof debt strategy. For example, your card application could be denied, your credit limit could be much lower than you anticipated or your transfer request could be denied. Credit card offers could also change, making it difficult to plan ahead. For this reason I recommend selecting a card that allows you to pay off the full balance after one cycle if possible. 

What’s the maximum balance I can transfer to a new credit card?

The balance transfer limit is determined by the card issuer, on an individual basis. Some cards may take into account your creditworthiness and account history (if applicable) when determining this amount. 

The same goes for determining your credit limit. The card issuer will take into account factors like your credit score, credit utilization, income and housing payments when establishing your credit limit. Remember that the credit limit may be less than you expected and therefore less than your current outstanding balance. To successfully raise your limit, you usually need an adjustment in your financial situation, like increased income or lower housing payment, or an extended period of paying your bills on time, which obviously isn’t a great option if you’re qualifying for a balance transfer to take advantage of an introductory 0% APR period.

What is an introductory APR? And what is an introductory balance transfer fee?

The Introductory APR is the APR applied toward your balance (including balance transfers and purchases in most cases) for the first 12 to 20 months of card ownership, depending on the card. The Standard APR is the APR applied toward your balance after the introductory period ends. The Penalty APR is applied toward your balance if you miss more than one payment in six months, usually, but depends on the individual card and your card issuer.

The Introductory Balance Transfer fee is the fee charged for transfers made during the first 30 to 120 days of card ownership, depending on the card. The Standard Balance Transfer fee is the fee charged for transfers made after the introductory period. Note that some cards only allow balance transfers for a certain period of time. 

How long will it take to complete a balance transfer?

It may take anywhere between 10 days and six weeks to complete a balance transfer, after receiving your new card and cardholder agreement. It’s also important to note that some card issuers, such as Citi, make balance transfers available at their discretion, and could therefore decline a transfer request. And you should probably still pay the minimum on the old card’s balance until you’ve confirmed that the transfer was completed, so you don’t run the risk of fees or penalties. 

What do I do if I have sub-par credit?

Unfortunately, most of the cards recommended above require good to excellent credit scores, meaning above 660 or so. If your credit score is lower than that and you’ve been unsuccessful securing one of the cards above, there are alternative methods for refinancing your debt. You can call your current card issuer and try to negotiate a lower APR or explore a debt consolidation loan, which could allow you to gather all of your debt under a new, lower APR.

Can I use a balance transfer credit card to buy things?

While a balance transfer credit card certainly works like a normal credit card, it’s generally not a good idea to use it to make new purchases. If you currently have credit card debt, your primary goal should be to get out of debt and avoid paying interest. When you purchase something and add new charges to your balance transfer account, you’re moving in the wrong direction, especially if you’re only able to make the minimum payment.

A debit card or cash is better for any new purchases while you pay off your debt, thus leaving your balance transfer account only for debt repayment. This will also help you track your progress more clearly. And keep in mind that some balance transfer credit cards still charge interest on new purchases until you pay off the entire balance (the new purchases plus whatever balance you transferred), which will only compound your debt problem. 

How I picked the best balance transfer credit cards

To select my recommendations above, I primarily looked at two features: The length of the introductory 0% APR period, and the balance transfer fee. Those two factors determine the majority of the overall cost of paying off a balance when using a balance transfer card. 

Given that the average credit card debt for US households is about $6,200, I used a $6,000 hypothetical balance to calculate which cards make sense in certain situations, depending on how much you can pay back each month. 

List of cards researched

  • Amex EveryDay® Credit Card 
  • Chase Slate 
  • Citi Simplicity 
  • Citi Double Cash Card 
  • US Bank Visa Platinum Card 
  • Discover it Balance Transfer
  • Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card
  • BankAmericard Credit Card for Students 
  • Citi Rewards Plus Card
  • Chase Freedom
  • Chase Freedom Unlimited 
  • BankAmericard 
  • Wells Fargo Platinum Card 
  • Simmons Visa
  • SunTrust Prime Rewards
  • Indigo Mastercard
  • Milestone Mastercard
  • Applied Bank Secured Visa Gold Preferred
  • Surge Mastercard
  • OpenSky Secured Visa 
  • Green Dot Primor Secured
  • Fit Mastercard
  • Reflex Mastercard

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James Bond movies ranked: The best and worst of 007 – CNET

James Bond actors portrayed at Madame Tussaud's wax museum: Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Daniel Craig, Sean Connery, George Lazenby and Pierce Brosnan

Armed and dangerous, and stylish too: This lineup at the Madame Tussauds wax museum in Berlin presents all the actors who’ve played James Bond in the legendary Eon Productions movies. From left: Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Daniel Craig, Sean Connery, George Lazenby and Pierce Brosnan.

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Count ’em: There have been 26 James Bond movies to date (24 canonical, plus two rogues), coming out every few years over the course of six decades. That’s quite a legacy, and while the legendary secret agent franchise has brought us countless thrills, it’s had some dud moments, too. So what’s the best Bond movie? Glad you asked. We’ve got answers.

And soon — we hope — we’ll be able to add another film to the list: No Time to Die, likely the final one to star Daniel Craig as 007. It’s scheduled to hit theaters Oct. 8, after its theatrical release was bumped back several times, and many months, by coronavirus concerns.

While you’re waiting for No Time to Die, aka Bond 25, you can satisfy your Bond cravings by revisiting the older 007 movies, from Sean Connery‘s debut in Dr. No in 1962 all the way to Craig’s most recent outing, Spectre. It’ll be a fun look back, seeing how Eon Productions made the superspy an emblem of the times, an avatar of style and a man of many gadgets, with six different actors taking their turn as Bond.

See also: Being James Bond: How 007 movies got me into intelligence work

The latest plot twist for the long-running Bond franchise: In May, tech titan Amazon ponied up $8.45 billion to buy MGM, the venerable Hollywood studio that oversees the 007 movies.

If you don’t know where to start with the Bond films, be sure to check out our recommendations and full rundown on big-screen Bond.

Or you can check out the James Bond movie rankings below, from worst to best. It’s based on an aggregate of movie reviews, specific to when the movies came out, as compiled by CNET sister site Metacritic. The list accounts for every theatrical 007 release, not just the two dozen from Eon Productions but also two noncanonical entries — the 1967 version of Casino Royale, a trippy turn with multiple actors playing Bond (David Niven chief among them), and 1983’s Never Say Never Again, with Connery in his second comeback.

See also: James Bond villains build the best lairs, from volcanoes to space

It doesn’t, however, include the 1954 version of Casino Royale, a 50-minute TV playhouse production that introduced Ian Fleming’s hero to the world as “Jimmy” Bond, an American secret agent. You can find that on YouTube, if you’re curious. 

Otherwise, we’ve got the whole litany of actors who’ve played Bond in the official franchise — besides Connery and Craig, that’s George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.


James Bond movies ranked, from worst to best


26. A View to a Kill

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According to the critical consensus, Roger Moore isn’t just the star of the worst James Bond movie — this snowboarding 1985 entry — he’s the star of the worst James Bond movies, period. When combined and averaged, his 007 films produce a franchise-low Metascore of 53.7.

A View to a Kill was Moore’s seventh and final 007 movie. His co-stars included Christopher Walken as gleefully murderous villain Max Zorin and Grace Jones as Bond baddie (and eventual ally) May Day. The plot that Bond has to foil: Zorin’s scheme to destroy Silicon Valley so he can control the market for computer chips.

“The James Bond series has had its bummers, but nothing before in the class of this one,” Pauline Kael wrote for The New Yorker.

Metascore: 40

25. The Man With the Golden Gun

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As far as critics are concerned, this 1974 installment, Moore’s second outing as 007, is another bottom-dweller in the James Bond franchise. “If you enjoyed the early Bond films as much as I did, you’d better skip this one,” Nora Sayre wrote in The New York Times.

The Man With the Golden Gun, featuring Christopher Lee as the Bond villain and rival marksman Scaramanga and eventual Fantasy Island star Herve Villechaize as his henchman Nick Nack, grossed $97.6 million worldwide, the weakest box-office performance by any of the Roger Moore 007 films.

Metascore: 43

24. Casino Royale (1967)

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This offbeat, comic entry features a multitude of actors as James Bond. But more 007s do not make things merrier — or better. Variety called this version of Casino Royale “a film of astounding sloppiness” and “an insult to the Bond name.” 

This is one of the two noncanonical, non-Eon films in our rundown. (And for Bond completists — sorry, we’re not including the 1954 television production of Casino Royale, which portrayed our hero as Jimmy Bond, and an American to boot.)

1967’s Casino Royale, featuring David Niven, Peter Sellers and Orson Welles, grossed a Bond-worst $41.7 million worldwide.

Metascore: 48

23. Tomorrow Never Dies

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The first of the four Pierce Brosnan Bond movies in this list gets credit for giving Michelle Yeoh an early Hollywood showcase — but for little else. According to Salon’s Charles Taylor, this 1997 movie “scores zero in suspense, wit or class.”

When averaged, Brosnan’s four James Bond movies post a 57.5 Metascore, the second-lowest among 007 actors who have starred in at least four movies. 

At the box office, Tomorrow Never Dies, featuring Jonathan Pryce as villain Elliot Carver, grossed $339.5 million worldwide. That’s on par with, but on the low end of, the other films of the Brosnan era.

Metascore: 52

22. For Your Eyes Only

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Critics are kinder, if still cool, to Roger Moore’s fifth 007 adventure. In the Chicago Sun-Times, critic Roger Ebert wrote that the 1981 film “is a competent James Bond thriller …[b]ut it’s no more than that.”

Aside from its reviews, For Your Eyes Only is a success of the Roger Moore era: It earned an Oscar nomination for its Sheena Easton-crooned title song, and it grossed $195.3 million worldwide — the second-best box office showing for a Moore installment. 

Metascore: 54

20 (tie). The Spy Who Loved Me

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Nominated for a franchise-best three Oscars, this 1977 Roger Moore adventure nonetheless rated mixed reviews from critics. “After the opening sequence,” Newsweek’s Maureen Orth wrote, “much of the action in The Spy Who Loved Me … is somewhat downhill.”

The Spy Who Loved Me, featuring the first of two franchise appearances by Richard Kiel as the villainous Jaws, grossed $185.4 million worldwide, making it one of the biggest box office hits of its release year.   

Metascore: 55

20 (tie). Live and Let Die

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Roger Moore’s first James Bond movie is, well, another middling effort — at least per the critics. In retrospect, this 1973 film may have suffered by comparison with the just-concluded Sean Connery era.

“[E]ven the art direction — long the Bond films’ real secret weapon — seems to have fallen to a shrunken budget,” the Chicago Reader’s Dave Kehr wrote. “Not much fun.”

At the box office, Live and Let Die, co-starring Geoffrey Holder as the voodoo-practicing henchman Baron Samedi and Yaphet Kotto as head bad guy Katanga/Mr. Big, and featuring the hit title song by Paul McCartney’s Wings, was a big step up from the Sean Connery film that preceded it, Diamonds Are Forever. Live and Let Die grossed $161.8 million worldwide.

Metascore: 55

19. Die Another Day

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The final Pierce Brosnan James Bond film may have introduced the invisible car, but critics think of this 2002 film as a retread, not an innovator. “Surely it will not be giving things away to tell you there’s absolutely nothing new about the latest episode,” Desson Thomson wrote in The Washington Post.

Co-starring then-reigning Oscar winner Halle Berry as Bond girl Jinx Johnson, with Monty Python’s John Cleese as Q, and featuring the hit title track by Madonna, Die Another Day grossed more money than any other Pierce Brosnan 007 film: $431.9 million worldwide.

Metascore: 56

18. The World Is Not Enough

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This 1998 film is the third Pierce Brosnan James Bond film. “This keeps one reasonably amused, titillated, and brain-dead for a little over two hours,” Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote in the Chicago Reader.

The World Is Not Enough grossed a solid $361.7 million at the worldwide box office. It co-stars Robert Carlyle as the villain Renard, who feels no pain; Sophie Marceau as the strikingly conflicted Elektra King; and Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist. 

Metascore: 57

16 (tie). Licence to Kill

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The second — and final — James Bond movie of the Timothy Dalton era gets good marks as an action movie, but not necessarily as a 007 movie. “James Bond might as well be any of a dozen movie cops,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Joe Pollack wrote of this 1989 entry.

Licence to Kill, featuring Robert Davi as the drug lord villain Sanchez, Carey Lowell as Bond girl Pam Bouvier and a young Benicio del Toro as a henchman, grossed $156.2 million worldwide — a big drop at the box office compared with Dalton’s debut 007 film.

Metascore: 58

16 (tie). Quantum of Solace

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To date, this 2008 film is the worst-reviewed of the 007 Daniel Craig era. “Quantum of Solace may be explosive with images of fiery infernos,” Film Threat’s Jay Slater wrote, “but it’s convoluted and confusing.” 

On the whole, the Craig-led Bond films boast a Metascore average of 69.8, making his movies the second-best reviewed 007 movies of all time.

On one hand, Quantum of Solace, co-starring Mathieu Amalric as Bond villain Dominic Greene, is the fourth-biggest-grossing James Bond movie of all time, with $591.7 million in worldwide ticket sales. On the other hand, the film is the lowest-grossing James Bond film starring Daniel Craig. 

Metascore: 58

15. Diamonds Are Forever

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The lowest-ranked Sean Connery film in this rundown is the Scotsman’s sixth Bond project — and the last one that the iconic star made before taking a 12-year 007 hiatus. According to critics, Diamonds Are Forever was evidence of a franchise in need of new blood. 

The New Yorker’s Pauline Kael called the film an “unimaginative Bond picture that is often noisy when it means to be exciting.”

Diamonds Are Forever co-stars Charles Gray as arch-villain Blofeld and Jill St. John as Bond girl Tiffany Case, and features Putter Smith and Bruce Glover as the archly menacing Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint, respectively. Among the Sean Connery 007 installments, the movie grossed a middling $116 million worldwide.

Metascore: 59

13 (tie). Spectre

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This 2015 Daniel Craig adventure, the most recently released James Bond movie, is “filled with big sets, big stunts, and what ought to be big moments,” Matt Zoller Seitz noted for RogerEbert.com, “but few of them land.”

Spectre co-stars Christoph Waltz in a new take on the old reliable Bond villain Blofeld, with Ralph Fiennes taking over as M, and like Skyfall, delves deeper into Bond’s origin story. It grossed a whopping $879.6 million worldwide, the second-biggest take for the franchise.

Metascore: 60

13 (tie). The Living Daylights

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This 1987 Timothy Dalton entry, the first of his two turns as James Bond, wins points from critics for not being a Roger Moore entry. “After the fizzle of the later Roger Moore Bonds,” Empire’s Kim Newman wrote, “The Living Daylights brings in a new 007 … who manages the Connery trick of seeming suave and tough at the same time.”

The Living Daylights outgrossed its predecessor, Roger Moore’s A View to a Kill, by nearly $40 million, for a worldwide box office total of $191.2 million.

Metascore: 60

11 (tie). On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

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This 1969 film, which marks George Lazenby’s lone outing as James Bond, is a pretty good 007 entry, per critics. While the New Yorker’s Pauline Kael found its star “quite a dull fellow,” she called the movie “exciting.”

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service broke new ground: It featured a James Bond wedding, with Diana Rigg as 007’s feisty but ill-fated bride, Tracy di Vincenzo. At the box office, though, the film fell flat with an $82 million worldwide gross.

Metascore: 61

11 (tie). You Only Live Twice

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This 1967 entry marks Sean Connery’s fifth outing as James Bond. Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert saw signs of wear: “Connery labors mightily,” Ebert wrote.

For a Sean Connery James Bond movie, You Only Live Twice grossed a so-so $111.6 million worldwide. The film is nonetheless influential: Its cat-petting iteration of Blofeld (played by Donald Pleasence), complete with villain’s hideaway in a volcano, inspired the Austin Powers franchise’s Dr. Evil.  

Metascore: 61

10. Octopussy

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According to critics, this 1983 film is Roger Moore’s second-best James Bond movie. “It soars, all right, but it does it on automatic pilot,” wrote Jay Scott for Toronto’s Globe and Mail.

Octopussy, co-starring Maud Adams in her second franchise outing (after The Man with the Golden Gun), as the titular character, grossed a solid $187.5 million worldwide.

Metascore: 63

9. Thunderball

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According to critics, this 1965 film is a lesser Sean Connery 007 entry, but a worthy entry overall. “[It] still effortlessly plies the glory Bond years, concluding with a stunning underwater battle,” wrote Empire’s Kim Newman.

Thunderball is the top-grossing Sean Connery 007 movie of the 1960s and 1970s: It took in $141.2 million in worldwide ticket sales. It also provided the template for Connery’s final James Bond outing nearly two decades later, Never Say Never Again.

Metascore: 64

8. GoldenEye

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The first Pierce Brosnan Bond movie is the best Pierce Brosnan Bond movie, per critics. “New Bond man Brosnan can’t be faulted for much,” Desson Thomson wrote in The Washington Post. “In this new venture, he’s appropriately handsome, British-accented and suave.”

GoldenEye featured Sean Bean as a double-0 agent turned bad guy, Famke Janssen as Bond girl Xenia Onatopp and Judi Dench in her first turn as Bond boss M. It grossed a then-huge $356.4 million worldwide. Pent-up demand may have helped: The 1995 film was the first James Bond movie since Timothy Dalton’s License to Kill, released six years prior.

Metascore: 65

7. Moonraker

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Released in 1979, two years after Star Wars changed just about everything in Hollywood, the fourth Roger Moore James Bond film sees 007 sent to outer space. Critics non-ironically cheered. “Moonraker is a satisfying blend of familiar ingredients,”  wrote The Washington Post’s Gary Arnold.

Moonraker, co-starring Lois Chiles as astronaut Holly Goodhead (yes, really), is the ninth-biggest-grossing James Bond movie of all time, with $210.3 million in worldwide ticket sales. 

Overall, Moonraker is the best-reviewed Bond movie of the Moore era. 

Metascore: 66

6. Never Say Never Again

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The top-grossing Sean Connery Bond movie, this 1983 film is also one of the better-reviewed Bond movies. 

Never Say Never Again marked Connery’s final 007 appearance and, from a critical standpoint, seems to have benefited from having been released during the reviled tail end of the Roger Moore era. 

“It is good to see Connery’s grave stylishness in this role again,” Time’s Richard Schickel wrote. “It makes Bond’s cynicism and opportunism seem the product of genuine worldliness (and world weariness) as opposed to Roger Moore’s mere twirpishness.”

Despite the presence of Connery, who first embodied Bond on the big screen, this movie wasn’t from Eon Productions, making it the second of the two non-canonical films in our list.

Metascore: 68

5. Dr. No

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The first James Bond feature film, released in 1962 (though it didn’t arrive in the United States until 1963), is one of the best James Bond movies, per critics. “Sean Connery excellently puts over a cool, fearless, on-the-ball, fictional Secret Service guy,” Variety praised.

Dr. No, featuring Ursula Andress as original Bond girl Honey Ryder (yes, really), was one of 1963’s Top 10 box-office hits. It grossed $59.6 million worldwide.

Metascore: 78

4. Casino Royale

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The first Daniel Craig James Bond movie, Casino Royale blew away critics with its new take on the spy saga. “[Craig’s] Bond is at least the equal of the best ones before him, and beats all of them in sheer intensity,” The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern raved.

The opening minutes of the film reveal how Bond earned his double-0 rating, and for fans of the Ian Fleming novels, it manages to both stay true to the 1953 book and adapt that story for audiences a half-century later.

The 2006 film grossed a then-franchise-best $594.4 million worldwide. 

Metascore: 80

3. Skyfall

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The top-grossing James Bond movie to date, with a worldwide take of more than $1.1 billion, this 2012 film is, according to critics, the best Daniel Craig 007 movie — and that’s not all.  

Skyfall is one of the best Bonds in the 50-year history of moviedom’s most successful franchise,” James Adams wrote in Toronto’s Globe and Mail.

The film won the series’ first two Oscars since 1964’s Goldfinger; it claimed statuettes for sound editing and for Adele’s title song. 

Metascore: 81

2. From Russia With Love

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The second James Bond movie is, per the critical consensus, the second-best James Bond movie ever. The New Yorker’s fabled Pauline Kael praised the 1963 release: “Exciting, handsomely staged, and campy.”

From Russia With Love, featuring Lotte Lenya as Bond baddie Rosa Klebb and Robert Shaw as the SPECTRE assassin gunning for Bond, grossed $78.9 million worldwide, a take that represented significant growth over Dr. No, and firmly established 007 as a franchise to watch.

Metascore: 84

1. Goldfinger

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Here it is: This 1964 Sean Connery entry is, per the critical consensus, the best James Bond movie. It had all the elements we’ve come to expect: the megalomaniac villain with an outrageous and murderous scheme, the henchman with a quirky method for killing (Oddjob and his hat), big set pieces with extravagant action, Bond in a dinner jacket.

“Larger than life, faintly ridiculous, completely cool, Goldfinger is the quintessential James Bond movie,” Empire’s Ian Freer wrote.

The film grossed a then-franchise-best $124.9 million worldwide, and won the franchise’s first Oscar (for sound effects). 

Metascore: 87

James Bond movies in chronological order

In the official Bond canon — the films made by Eon Productions — there are 25 films, including the upcoming No Time to Die. Because of licensing issues, there were two other, non-canonical movies: the 1967 version of Casino Royale, and Sean Connery’s final outing, 1983’s Never Say Never Again.

Sean Connery

David Niven, among others

George Lazenby

Sean Connery, first comeback

Roger Moore

Sean Connery, second comeback

Roger Moore, still on his run

Timothy Dalton

Pierce Brosnan

Daniel Craig