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August Doorbell Cam Review

August Doorbell Cam Review

Home security is one of the cornerstones of the Internet of Things, and seeing who is at the door - and then optionally letting them in - is a growing market. August is following up its popular Smart Lock with the August Doorbell Cam, a handsome WiFi-connected streaming video camera which gives you a sneaky eye on the front door frame. At $199, though, before you've even bought the Smart Lock, it's not a cheap upgrade for your home security, but does the convenience make it worth it?

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Oculus Rift Review round-up: so awesome, so new

Oculus Rift Review round-up: so awesome, so new

If you've tried an Oculus Rift in the past several years, you've experienced the most important bit of the final product: immersion. Today the first reviews of the final product are out, and they all agree: it's the magic that counts. As Kyle Orland of Ars Technica suggests, "Similar to the first the first iPhone, which launched nearly 10 years ago with a crappy camera and no app store, the Oculus Rift is as revolutionary as it is still limited."

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2016 New York Auto Show Highlights: Genesis, Lincoln, Mazda, Audi, More!

2016 New York Auto Show Highlights: Genesis, Lincoln, Mazda, Audi, More!

All the silk has all been officially slipped, the cars are under New York’s bright lights, and automakers from around the globe have turned out to take a last opportunity — at least for a few months — to showcase their most recent efforts on a grand stage. While New York springs to life with the thawing temperatures, inside Manhattan’s Javits Center has been a hive of activity, as well. Our team was on the ground and we’ve got all of the highlights of what went down during the press days, and if you can’t make it to New York, our extensive galleries, coverage, and videos are the next best thing, maybe even better.

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Why does the iPhone SE exist?

Why does the iPhone SE exist?

This week Apple revealed a new smartphone that looks just like one of their old smartphones - why would they do such a thing? This is the iPhone SE, a device that uses the design of the iPhone 5 (or 5S, if you prefer) but bumps up its internal capabilities with the power of the iPhone 6S. The dimensions of this device are exactly the same as the iPhone 5s - the display is exactly the same, too - but it has a better processor and a better set of cameras. But why?

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In race to out-tech Tesla, Toyota’s Prius Prime misses the point

In race to out-tech Tesla, Toyota’s Prius Prime misses the point

If the Toyota Prius is the de-facto geekmobile of the green movement, then the new Prius Prime is the moon buggy it aspires to grow up to be. Intended as Toyota's showcase for just what sort of technology it can squeeze into a hybrid - only without pushing the price tag up to lavish Tesla Model S levels - the new car introduces a big dashboard touchscreen, head-up display, and wireless charging, among other things. All the same, when you push gadgetry and limit price, something has to give.

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The next iPhone wont “think different” like Android

The next iPhone wont “think different” like Android

The next iPhone will not be significantly different from the last. Of that you can be sure. If you're an Android smartphone fan, you've come to expect this. If you're an iPhone user, this is what you've come to rely on. We've had nearly a decade of fan battles between iOS and Android, all leading toward the place we're at right now - smartphone singularity. Every smartphone that wants to try for Apple's spot with the iPhone looks the same and acts the same - neither Apple nor Google wants to change this. This relationship is based on trust.

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How Audi’s 2017 R8 Spyder pairs soft top with hard performance

How Audi’s 2017 R8 Spyder pairs soft top with hard performance

When you're making the droptop version of your track-destroying supercar, do you tone things down for the open air crowd? To the relief of R8 fans everywhere, Audi opted to do no such thing with the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder, appearing for the first time at the New York International Auto Show ahead of its release later this year. I caught up with Filip Brabec, director of product management at Audi, as well as the chief engineers on the project to find out why this roofless R8 hasn't lost its edge in the process.

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We gave the Acura NSX a nose-job

We gave the Acura NSX a nose-job

The first 2017 Acura NSX hasn't even made it into an owner's garage, but is the supercar already due a facelift? That's the question we couldn't help but ask ourselves after seeing the Acura MDX break cover today at the North American International Auto Show, complete with the company's brand new - and far more charming - nose.

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BMW and Alpina tag-team on Bavarian bruisers at NYIAS

BMW and Alpina tag-team on Bavarian bruisers at NYIAS

You wait an age for a stupidly-powerful, ridiculously-luxurious, vast Bavarian sports sedan, and then two come along at the same time. Sharing the spotlight at the New York International Auto Show today are two takes on the same car: BMW's tech-blessed 7 Series. On the one hand there's Alpina's 2017 B7, an independent take on the high-end sedan.

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iPhone SE rekindles the screen size debate : The in-depth analysis

iPhone SE rekindles the screen size debate : The in-depth analysis

Contrary to the popular adage, when it comes to smartphones and even tablets, size does matter. Whether it be about more content or more one-handed manageability, size has been one of the most debated aspects of smartphones in the past years. Recently, it seems that the noise has died down and that the market has decided to go with larger form factors. Even Apple seemed to agree when it launched its first ever phablet. Everyone saw it coming but still the iPhone SE's formal arrival triggered a spark that re-ignited the embers of the debate on whether smartphones of that size still have a room in today's world.

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iPad Pro 9.7 first impressions and hands-on

iPad Pro 9.7 first impressions and hands-on

It was only a matter of time before the 12-inch iPad Pro spawned a smaller sibling, and the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is that tablet. Revealed this morning at Apple's Cupertino HQ, the new iPad Pro takes the boosted performance of the larger model but distills it into what the company says is still the most popular screen size.

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iPhone SE first impressions and hands-on – quite familiar

iPhone SE first impressions and hands-on – quite familiar

This afternoon we're getting our hands on the iPhone SE, a device that looks like the iPhone 5s but acts like a newer device. This is the first time Apple has effectively skipped a generation with smartphone design, keeping the innards of a device that's more than two years old, packing in hardware that's brand new. As such, we're expecting this iPhone SE to run a lot quicker than its predecessor, the iPhone 5s, but to feel just as classic. Surprise! It does both of these things.

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