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Man vs Machine: My rematch against Audi’s new self-driving RS 7

Man vs Machine: My rematch against Audi’s new self-driving RS 7

Last year, I beat Audi's autonomous race car on the track. Robots might not have feelings, but that didn't stop Audi's engineers calling me back for a re-match with the latest, greatest version of the self-driving RS7s. AJ, Bobby, Jack, and now Robby all have two things in common: first, they’re named after famous race car drivers, and second, they've successfully driven autonomously on racetracks, on the autobahn, and on a cross country trip.

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LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part II: translating mature subjects, 10 minutes a film

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part II: translating mature subjects, 10 minutes a film

Today we continue our interview series with Michael Price, writer behind the animated series LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales. In our second of several questions and answers with Mr Price, we asked whether the writer was given a set of rules to follow when writing this saga, or whether he was given free reign over the material. Price is also an award-winning writer for series like The Simpsons and the Netflix series F Is for Family. As such, his skills in adapting adult themes to animated, more kid-friendly environments made way for his growing LEGO Star Wars feature portfolio.

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Lumia 950 Review part I: Continuum desktop over “phone”

Lumia 950 Review part I: Continuum desktop over “phone”

Today we're having our first look at the Microsoft Lumia 950 on the review bench, showing you just one - perhaps the most compelling - feature of the bunch: Continuum. When Microsoft first created Windows Phone, it wasn't any secret that they wanted the software to look and feel like a mobile version of what was on the way for their desktop operating system. Almost as if desktop begat mobile. Now, several years down the line, Microsoft attempts to tie the two together implicitly with a feature called Continuum.

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LG V10 Review Part II: what no other phone has

LG V10 Review Part II: what no other phone has

Certainly there have been devices that've had second displays in the past - everything from the Kyocera Echo to the lesser-known Samsung Doubletime. What's been missing from this equation hasn't been the hardware, but the skillfully implemented purpose achieved. In the LG V10, you've got a second display that shows you the time. It'll show you some other things, too, but the second screen shows you the time - and, most important of all - it shows you this information without giving your battery a hit.

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2016 Toyota Prius First Drive: Eco-chic Gets Redone

2016 Toyota Prius First Drive: Eco-chic Gets Redone

Beloved by owners, bemoaned by automotive enthusiasts, championed by environmentalists, no car is as polarizing as the Toyota Prius. In California, it may be the only thing more abundant than sunshine. While other automakers have low-volume eco-friendly cars, or tout future solutions, the Prius delivers real-world results here-and-now.

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LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part I: Thank The Maker!

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part I: Thank The Maker!

This month we've had the opportunity to speak with Michael Price, the writer behind the animated movie mini-series "LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales." In this series of 5 features, our favorite golden droid C-3PO retells the entire first 6 episodes of Star Wars film history. Our Q&A session with Price starts with a question of intent and audience. Who was this super entertaining mini-series combination of Star Wars and LEGO originally aimed at? Who was the original intended audience, and who might eventually end up enjoying it?

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FIAT 500e Stormtrooper Concept looms over LA Auto Show

FIAT 500e Stormtrooper Concept looms over LA Auto Show

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just a month away from release, and FIAT is not about to let you forget it. They've brought their very own custom-designed First Order Stormtrooper 2015 FIAT 500e to the LA Auto Show to guard the corner of the convention center. This black and white one-off was created by Garage Italia Customs, and will be appearing at the LA Auto Show through the end of the week. And no, you cannot buy it - unless you want to buy the standard edition and customize it yourself.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 Review or: why it’s still the best

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 Review or: why it’s still the best

Today we're going to take a quick look at the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 and discuss why this device is the best tablet that money can buy. When we had a look at the original NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, it was very apparent that NVIDIA's tablet-making opponents were going to have a tough time competing with the features and overall quality of this top-notch piece of equipment. One year later and not one tablet can hold a flame to the SHIELD for its combination of quality and price. And now it's cheaper than it was before. What's going on here, you might ask?

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2017 Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro first drive – Diesel redeemer?

2017 Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro first drive – Diesel redeemer?

Damned by diesel, or redeemed by electric? The timing seems ill-fated for Audi's brand new 2017 Q7 e-tron quattro, a plug-in hybrid that arrives under the NOx cloud of the VW group's ongoing emissions scandal. Though on paper it makes sense - the plentiful torque of a V6 diesel paired with the eco-peppy zing of a plug-in EV - the fuel's already patchy reputation in the US hasn't been helped by the recent "dieselgate" revelations.

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Star Wars Blu-ray Steelbook set Review: back to beautiful basics

Star Wars Blu-ray Steelbook set Review: back to beautiful basics

Six Star Wars films have been re-released in Blu-ray form in two editions, one of which is the Steelbook set we're reviewing today. These movies are available individually, each in their own heavy-duty metal and plastic container, each with a single Blu-ray inside. There's also a "Complete Saga" Blu-ray set that includes a whopping 9-disc collection, full of extra features and commentary tracks. You COULD also purchase the Blu-ray disks in two 3-disc sets, one original trilogy, one prequel trilogy.

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