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2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Review

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Review

The Alfa Romeo 4C is spectacular, an exotic “baby Ferrari” that has taken me from point A to point B with more than the normal diversions in-between, and with a permanent grin from ear to ear. First astonishing US drivers in rarefied (and, at nearly $70k, more expensive) Launch Edition form, but finally available with a base price starting at $53,900, it's Alfa’s triumphant - and niche - return stateside. Achingly pretty but as demanding as a thoroughbred, only 1,200 Alfa 4C's will be imported from Maserati’s Modena plant. Should one be on your driveway?

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Star Wars behind the scenes: The Live Motion Capture Future

Star Wars behind the scenes: The Live Motion Capture Future

Today we're taking a peek at how Star Wars is being made. The creation process, you'll find, isn't all that different from how video games are made. Video games like Star Wars 1313. Even though J.J. Abrams has assured the public time and time again that practical effects are king in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we've got reason to believe that this doesn't necessarily mean that everything is as it seems --here we'll also be explaining why that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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The Battle of Jakku: canon Star Wars plot post-Jedi revealed

The Battle of Jakku: canon Star Wars plot post-Jedi revealed

The following is not a spoiler. Instead, it's a glimpse into the new canon - the new way the official Star Wars universe is set to unfold - thanks to the EA Games/DICE title Star Wars Battlefront. Revealed today was a bit about a piece of Star Wars universe history called the "Battle of Jakku." The planet Jakku was given its name yesterday at Star Wars Celebration 2015 for the first time. You've likely seen it already - its that sandy planet you catch a few glimpses of in both of the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers.

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2016 Fiat 500X first-drive – America’s grown-up Italian

2016 Fiat 500X first-drive – America’s grown-up Italian

If the Fiat 500 is an icon reborn, then why wouldn’t people want even more of an icon on their driveway? That’s the question the 2016 Fiat 500X arrives to address, slotting with Italian panache into the fashionable urban crossover segment. As the little-loved 500L demonstrated, however, there’s more to taking a popular city car and breaking it free of its urban runabout roots than simply enlarging it, but Fiat believes it has some secret weapons there, too.

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Watch Star Wars Celebration 2015 LIVE right here

Watch Star Wars Celebration 2015 LIVE right here

This week we'll be bringing you all sorts of Star Wars-related news courtesy of the folks at Disney, Lucasfilm, and Star Wars Celebration central. Below you'll find the first bit - one piece of the puzzle you'll be able to watch for the whole multi-day celebration schedule. Here you'll find the singular most important video feed of Star Wars Celebration, one centering on Star Wars: The Force Awakens - the next Star Wars film, coming this December - and Star Wars Battlegrounds, the next big Star Wars video game - and that's just day one!

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One Google trick every forgetful Android user should remember

One Google trick every forgetful Android user should remember

Today we're having a look at a bit of functionality hidden in Google's Android ecosystem. This piece of work is aimed at helping forgetful smartphone users keep track of their devices, and it does so through Google Search. Inside Google Search, you can now type a variety of different terms that add up to the same result. Start with "Where is my phone?" and see what it gets you. Go on, do it now! See if it finds your phone straight away.

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Jawbone UP4 puts American Express on your wrist

Jawbone UP4 puts American Express on your wrist

Jawbone is taking on mobile payments, with the fitness wearable firm partnering up with American Express to show Apple Pay and others how the cashless society should go. Based around a new flagship wristband, the Jawbone UP4, the payments system embeds NFC into the strap for frictionless transactions across any wireless-capable cash register where a regular American Express card could be used. I caught up with Jawbone and AMEX to find out why UP4 is special.

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Google’s EU case: three reasons why it matters to you

Google’s EU case: three reasons why it matters to you

The European Union is aiming for Google this month with a statement of objections. They've made allegations that Google isn't doing what they should when it comes to their super-dominant search engine. They suggest that what Google is doing with their search engine is selling products when they should simply be providing the public with this service without destroying their competition in the process. The European Union suggests that Google can keep doing what they're doing now - just so long as they're not found guilty of doing so in a way that allows no competition to realistically compete.

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Mortal Kombat X Review: it has begun

Mortal Kombat X Review: it has begun

This is the Mortal Kombat you've been waiting for. Gone are the sweeping orb-like arenas of the 2000s, gone are the overly-complex schemes of the Kombat episodes of the lost era. Mortal Kombat X is a blood-stained dream come true: everything that made the original Mortal Kombat series a hit mixed with the graphics and technical finesse of today. While I'll always be a fan of the original lineup, even the new characters are fun to play and interesting to learn about - imagine that!

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WWDC 2015; five things we expect to see from Apple

WWDC 2015; five things we expect to see from Apple

The last year or so has been an exciting one for Apple, with significant product refreshes made across the board. We’ve also seen two new products introduced with Apple Watch and MacBook. Some of the whispers circulating after Apple’s second Watch event suggested they’d exhausted themselves, and there would be little left for WWDC. Though a lot has come to pass lately, maybe Apple got some of their light work off the desks around campus, and are about to make even bigger things happen. Curious what may be in store? Read on.

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