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The $4.5m Monster Trucks running gold mines

The $4.5m Monster Trucks running gold mines

I'll confess, my attention wasn't entirely on Ford's top-secret 2015 F-150 prototype when I saw the clandestine trucks in action at the Cortez gold mine. After all, it's hard to concentrate when multistory monster-trucks are roaming a near-Martian landscape. Roughly $4.5m apiece, they're the sort of heavy machinery most of us never come into contact with, so join me on a photo-tour of these big-wheeled behemoths.

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Gold Standard: Inside Ford’s 2015 F-150 secret testing

Gold Standard: Inside Ford’s 2015 F-150 secret testing

At first glance you don’t notice the Ford F-150, not when there’s a vast Liebherr T282B dump truck towering above. Looks can be deceiving, though: this is no ordinary Ford truck, but in fact an experimental prototype of Ford’s new 2015 F-150, potentially worth more than the 2,700HP monster that looms over it. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. First of all I’m wearing steel-toed boots and standing in a gold mine in the middle of Nevada.

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Surface Pro 3 Review

Surface Pro 3 Review

The Surface Pro 3 is something special. Microsoft has refused to give up on its concept of one device that’s both a tablet and ultrabook, and its ramped up the trash-talk, too, calling out the MacBook Air and iPad by name when it launched the third-generation Windows 8.1 machine. Thing is, this may not just be hot air: bigger but lighter, faster but slimmer, the Surface Pro 3 might well be the hybrid Microsoft has been promising all this time. More importantly, it could well convince me - as an unabashed Mac and iPad user - that the Surface Pro 3 is now competitive. Read on for my full review.

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Making VR mainstream: SMI’s eye-tracking magic hands-on

Making VR mainstream: SMI’s eye-tracking magic hands-on

Eye-tracking tech could finally go mainstream with head-mounted displays like Oculus Rift and Sony Project Morpheus, with pupil spotting specialist SMI readying new consumer-level hardware for gaming, VR, and social networking. SensoMotoric Instruments may not be a household name, but it might be one you end up silently thanking if you've ever gotten motion-sick from using a virtual reality headset. I caught up with the company to find out how understanding eyes may be more important - and closer to the market - than you think.

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Apple Beats: The Next Episode

Apple Beats: The Next Episode

The acquisition of Beats by Apple was not about shutting down a rival company, nor was it about grabbing patents. Apple didn’t intent on purchasing Beats because they wanted good designers or because they didn’t already have good enough headphones themselves. Instead, this purchase was the first in Apple’s public transformation into a company that isn’t forced to retain its excellence by strict regulation of hardware and software. Now begins Apple’s diversification.

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Samsung SIMBAND: the third age of wearable devices

Samsung SIMBAND: the third age of wearable devices

Today the Samsung SIMBAND sensor platform has been revealed to advance the world of health-centric wearable devices. Samsung President and CSO Young Sohn spoke up this week on the future of wearable devices and digital health. He suggested that the third age of consumer adoption of digital health is upon us, a new era in Wearable Sensors. "Why should we have to see a doctor," suggested Young Sohn, "when we’re not feeling good?"

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LG G3 camera hands-on

LG G3 camera hands-on

Our first impressions of the LG G3 have been relatively positive. Having a look at this device in an international iteration for the first time means we’re getting several features that are slightly different from the USA-based edition, but one thing certainly remains the same: the camera. Here we’re having a first glimpse at the camera’s ability to take fine shots and video in a relatively dark environment.

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LG G3 hands-on: Quad HD and Lasers for 2014’s flagship

LG G3 hands-on: Quad HD and Lasers for 2014’s flagship

The LG G3 has been officially revealed, and while the headline specs - the 5.5-inch QHD 2560 x 1440 display, the 13-megapixel camera - have been leaked, what's really interesting about the new flagship are the details. LG has pushed the hardware of course (this time around, the phone even gets lasers), but after lingering criticisms it overlooks usability in the process, this time the feature rush is more considered. Read on for some first-impressions.

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Watch Dogs Review

Watch Dogs Review

Watch Dogs will make you fear for the Smart Chicago of tomorrow, but it won’t change the way you play video games today. Watch Dogs does a lot right in its packed set of features and oddities - including a new set of ways to roll with a multiplayer experience. It also forgets to carve new paths in many places other than online.

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HTC One mini 2 Review

HTC One mini 2 Review

HTC makes a great flagship smartphone but overlooked its midrange, and it has the dreary sales figures over the past couple of quarters to prove how shortsighted that was. Swinging in to save 2014, then, is the HTC One mini 2, a 4.5-inch version of the One M8 which promises to distill down the best of its bigger brother, but with a more palatable price tag. We’ve been burned by lackluster “Mini Me” phones before, though, so does the One mini 2 keep enough of the charm? Read on for our full review.

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