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Android needs a bit of growing up for productivity

Android needs a bit of growing up for productivity

Tablets are on the cusp of a renaissance. Long described by analysts as a dying device category, tablets may have stumbled upon a new lease on life, a new reason for being. That will come through a redefinition of sorts, a transformation from content consumption to content creation and productivity. We've already seen that shift starting to turn, with the Microsoft Surface line for a good few years now, to Apple's iPad Pro and Google's Pixel C. But hardware is one thing. Software is a related but different story. And as far as Android is concerned, , and even iOS as well, the software has a bit of catching up to do.

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Star Wars: TFA Monopoly has no Rey

Star Wars: TFA Monopoly has no Rey

This week it's becoming apparent that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Monopoly game just isn't up to snuff. This first edition was released all the way back in September, but it didn't become apparent until now, after most Star Wars fans have seen the film, that the game's contents aren't in line with the film. In particular, the game's four board avatars. They consist of Return of the Jedi Luke and Return of the Jedi Darth Vader - which is fine. They also consist of Kylo Ren and Finn (or FN-2187, if you prefer). This game does not contain the main character of the film: Rey.

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Land Rover’s TD6 Turbodiesel Gamble

Land Rover’s TD6 Turbodiesel Gamble

I shouldn't have to say this, but I will: Land Rover does not use any emissions defeating technology on any of its diesel engines. When the morning starts with that kind of announcement from the engineer at the front of the room, you know the maelstrom surrounding Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal has permeated the entire industry. With American trust in clean diesel design seemingly shattered by the admission that the vast majority of VW TDI models tricked sniff-testing for over seven years, it would seem to be the worst possible time for Land Rover to introduce a brand new line-up of turbodiesel SUVs.

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Microsoft’s rumored Xbox Mini is a bad idea, here’s why

Microsoft’s rumored Xbox Mini is a bad idea, here’s why

Recently, rumors have started to swirl regarding a new Xbox. No, I'm not talking about the standard generational leap that consoles go through. Instead, the rumors suggest a smaller, underpowered machine that competes directly with the Apple TV. But is that really a good idea?

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Ten years of change

Ten years of change

A decade is a long time in technology. Ten years ago the smartphone did not exist. LTE was an acronym on the roadmap. Wearable technology was the stuff of jury-rigged helmets and goggles in the labs of MIT. Your TV was standard resolution, your internet connection a trickle not a flood, and your coffee table almost certainly didn't have a tablet on it.

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How that Star Wars character could have survived The Force Awakens

How that Star Wars character could have survived The Force Awakens

With the release of The Force Awakens, people everywhere are coming up with theories about the movie. Everything from character backstories, to whether that character was giving someone the bird or not. Since I've been off for the holiday, I figured that it was time that I shared one of my own theories. With that in mind, it goes without saying that the rest of the article will have spoilers. If you a haven't seen the movie, then you can go about your business, move along.

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Going ‘Catatonic’ in VR’s horror underbelly

Going ‘Catatonic’ in VR’s horror underbelly

It’s no secret that I love horror movies, the reasons for which are both numerous and irrelevant. I’ve seen hundreds of movies in the genre over the years, most of them cheesy with healthy half and one-star ratings on Netflix. It’s not that I like crappy movies; rather, the genre suffers from one big problem: true fear is very hard to impart through traditional film. That’s where virtual reality comes in.

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Dear Neil deGrasse Tyson: this is why Han Solo says “Parsecs”

Dear Neil deGrasse Tyson: this is why Han Solo says “Parsecs”

This morning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to speak about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He took time to pay extra attention to Han Solo's claim of "making the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs." Han Solo makes this claim all the way back in Star Wars: A New Hope, then repeats his claim in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Rey suggests that he's heard the ship has made this run in 14 parsecs. There's a problem with that, suggests Tyson. We disagree.

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Why Star Wars: Machete Order is the definitive way to view the films

Why Star Wars: Machete Order is the definitive way to view the films

Over the weekend I hosted a Star Wars marathon at my place. I busted out my projector, and screened some of my favorite movies on a 100” wall for all of my friends. While being surrounded by friends who all riffed on the movies with me was nice, and the giant screen provided a theater-like experience for me, that's not what made this viewing different for me. Rather, it was the order in which we all watched them. Specifically, the Machete Order.

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Why the Samsung Galaxy S7 will leapfrog iPhone 7 for true believers

Why the Samsung Galaxy S7 will leapfrog iPhone 7 for true believers

All of the pieces are falling in place for Samsung to take a running leap over Apple in the smartphone feature market. What I'm talking about here isn't necessarily Samsung taking away market share from Apple - the Samsung Galaxy S7 almost certainly will not outsell the iPhone 7. What I'm talking about is daring, innovative moves that push the personal device industry forward. Apple remains a company that are wonderful and work well. They aren't about creating something that has a significant chance of not selling as much or more than their previous-generation product.

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We’re already cyborgs: how screens have stolen our eyes

We’re already cyborgs: how screens have stolen our eyes

Some coffee shops have stopped, or refused to even begin, offering Wi-Fi in their establishments. The goal is noble: to get people to either talk to each other or bury their heads in books or notebooks. It might be an effective strategy if not for the prevalence of 4G even 3G connections in those areas as well. But while almost comic in nature, anecdotes such as these do hint at an underlying truth: that people have become attached, even dependent, on their mobile devices to the point of almost becoming a part of their body, if not their person. They have, become, to some extent, present day cyborgs.

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Disney goes too far protecting Star Wars spoilers

Disney goes too far protecting Star Wars spoilers

I'm a huge Star Wars fan. As such, I'm looking forward to next week's release of The Force Awakens. Now, there are really two camps of fans, when it comes to the upcoming movie. Those that scour the web for any possible hints of what the movie might hold, and those that want to know as little as possible. I fall into the latter group, because I want to sit in the theater and be surprised. So what happens when spoilers get posted online before the movie is released?

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