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HTC seems unable to decide what’s best for itself

HTC seems unable to decide what’s best for itself

HTC has reported that it's newest strategy for growth is discontinuing models to focus on high-end devices like the HTC One M9. They've also suggested this week that they'll be cutting a "significant" number of jobs in light of recent financial results. There's no sugar-coating the fact that HTC isn't doing as well as they did in their smartphone-selling hayday, but in light of their recent success in the high-end segments of markets like India, they're going the one-way route.

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A Week with Windows 10: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

A Week with Windows 10: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It seems almost surreal to think that it has already been a week since Microsoft unleashed Windows 10 to the world. Or at least to those not privy to Insider previews. In that short span of time, a lot has already been said about the latest, and supposedly the last, version of Windows. As expected, not all of them are good, but not all of them are bad either. Here are some of the top five things you can expect to experience when your time finally comes to upgrade.

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LG G4 Wins Blind Camera Test vs iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 in low light

LG G4 Wins Blind Camera Test vs iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 in low light

This past week we ran a Blind Camera Test between the LG G4, the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the iPhone 6 with a number of photos taken in low-lighting environments. We placed photos taken by each smartphone next to one another without the names of their devices attached and asked you, the readers, to vote on which photos looked best. Not which photos looked most color-correct, not which photos were sharpest - though those could have been your criteria if you'd wanted. This was a test of objective desires.

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Exploding Kittens stop-motion unboxing

Exploding Kittens stop-motion unboxing

This morning our very own box of Exploding Kittens cards arrived, ready to show us what a massively successful Kickstarter campaign looks like. Using the BLACKBOX company (the same folks that ship Cards Against Humanity) along with hundreds of other contributors, the creators of this game have created a high-quality piece of work. This card game is one of the top 5 most-funded Kickstarter projects ever, and certainly one of the most entertaining. This game also holds high esteem for not losing their cool when their original goal was surpassed by an unimaginable amount.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V First Drive – 640 all-American horses

2016 Cadillac CTS-V First Drive – 640 all-American horses

There's a moment, just after you start up the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, when the seat belt gently contracts around you, almost like the 640 horsepower super-sedan is giving you a hug. It's a reassuring gesture, though a little at odds with the near-simultaneous gurgle from the engine as the exhaust valves flutter. "Sure, I'm 16.5 feet long, weigh more than four thousand pounds, and will catapult to sixty miles per hour in 3.7 seconds and then run all the way to 200 mph," the Caddy is saying, "but I don't want to kill you in the process."

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Camera Test: Moto G 3rd Gen vs Moto G 1st Gen Original

Camera Test: Moto G 3rd Gen vs Moto G 1st Gen Original

As the Moto G 3rd generation smartphone is released, second sequel to the original best-selling Motorola phone, we have a look at how its camera stacks up. We're not comparing this device's camera to the other hero phones on the market today. We're not even comparing the Moto G 3rd gen's camera to the budget smartphones it's up against. Today we compare the camera on the 3rd Gen Moto G to the original Moto G from 2013. This is for all the original Moto G users that are 2-years into Moto G ownership seriously considering upgrading.

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2016 Mazda CX-3 First Drive – Crossover style, Miata spirit

2016 Mazda CX-3 First Drive – Crossover style, Miata spirit

Mazda wants to make a compact crossover that isn't boringly earnest, and the 2016 CX-3 is the striking result. Taking on the Honda HR-V, Fiat's 500X, and Jeep's Renegade among the other smaller SUVs that have proliferated among city streets in recent months, the CX-3's promise is that you needn't sacrifice fun simply because an MX-5 Miata won't fit all your friends or family. Turns out, they're actually on to something, though it helps if you tick the right options.

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Blind Camera Test: Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 vs LG G4 in low light

Blind Camera Test: Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 vs LG G4 in low light

Today we're conducting a test which will decide the finest of three of the best-rated smartphone cameras on the market today. We're testing the Apple iPhone 6, the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the LG G4. Today's test will be a blind test, with each photo cropped to the same pre portions as the others in each individual test. Each camera has been set to Auto mode and HDR has been turned off. While the angles at which these photos have been taken are not exact, they're very, very close.

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This is VW’s plan for semi-autonomous, smartphone-friendly driving

This is VW’s plan for semi-autonomous, smartphone-friendly driving

Volkswagen is embracing CarPlay and Android Auto, revamping its whole infotainment line-up while injecting some smart semi-autonomous tech to its 2016 cars. I spent some time with VW's new Driver Assist semi-autonomous features, along with the Discover Pro on the e-Golf SEL Premium, the top-spec MIB-II model in VW's new range. It's a noticeable improvement over the old infotainment platform, pairing a sizable 8-inch capacitive touchscreen with easily stabbed and grabbed shortcut buttons and knobs.

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Windows 10 guide to downloading and loading from a USB stick

Windows 10 guide to downloading and loading from a USB stick

Today upgrades to Windows 10 begin to be unleashed by Microsoft for all the most modern computers, including yours. Microsoft is releasing this operating system upgrade for free for most users - assuming they've got a Windows operating system from the past couple of generations -- if you're running Windows 7 or Windows 8, you should be safe. Today we're having a peek at how simple it is to load Windows 10 to your computer using a disk image (ISO file) downloaded from Microsoft to a USB stick.

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Moto X Style vs X Play vs G 3rd Gen: Spec War

Moto X Style vs X Play vs G 3rd Gen: Spec War

This morning Motorola revealed details on their three newest smartphones: the Moto X Style, the Moto X Play, and the 3rd gen Moto G. These devices have many features which make them similar, but each device is unique enough to cost users several hundred dollars more or less dependent on their needs and wishes. Each device will be released at a different time over the next few months, starting with the Moto G 3rd gen, which is available through Motorola online starting today.

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OnePlus 2 hands-on – The Android wild-card

OnePlus 2 hands-on – The Android wild-card

Seldom are the life-lessons so clear when you launch a follow-up product, like the new OnePlus 2 Android smartphone. Born of a desire to cater to the whims of the Android enthusiast, the requests were simple: they wanted power, they wanted affordability, and they wanted it right now. The original OnePlus One succeeded on the first two of those counts but notoriously botched the third. Now, still bearing a near-astonishing SIM-free, unlocked price tag - starting at $329 - but brought up to speed with 2015's finest, the OnePlus 2 is aiming for the hat trick. I caught up with OnePlus to see what's new.

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