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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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Google Health may join (or battle) Apple’s HealthKit after all

Google Health may join (or battle) Apple’s HealthKit after all

A pair of trademarked healthcare-related images have appeared in the USPTO registered by Google this week. Both of these images suggest that the long-abandoned Google Health may make a resurgence, coming back now thanks (at least in part) due to Apple's efforts with HealthKit and CareKit. Now that Apple has all but convinced the tech-savvy of the positivity of monitoring their own health with their mobile devices, Google can join in (or return to, rather), this smarter, healthier future.

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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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Let’s See: Live Motion Capture VR

Let’s See: Live Motion Capture VR

Now that we've got the first consumer-level VR headsets out in the wild, it's only a matter of time before we see full motion capture immersion. What I mean is when you see someone inside the virtual world, you'll see their whole body. Their face will reflect what's actually being shown on their actual head in real time. Their body will be represented by a reasonably reconstructed virtual version of their real form. All we need is faster internet and the world's best GPUs.

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Apple’s iPad Pro is NOT “the ultimate PC replacement”

Apple’s iPad Pro is NOT “the ultimate PC replacement”

While I was watching the Apple Town Hall livestream, Phil Schiller kept calling the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro "The ultimate PC replacement." Now I watched the whole thing, and I could only come to one conclusion. The iPad Pro is as much "the ultimate PC replacement" as a very nice scooter is the "ultimate car replacement."

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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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Report: ‘PlayStation 4.5’ console in pipeline with 4K, more power

Report: ‘PlayStation 4.5’ console in pipeline with 4K, more power

Sony is quietly working on a PS4 hardware update called the “Playstation 4.5,” according to sources. This updated console will still be a PlayStation 4 in spirit, but will get some hardware upgrades that enable it to play 4K-resolution video games and better handle PlayStation VR, among other things. The PS4.5, as it's being called, will be more competitive with PC hardware when it comes to running VR headsets, as well.

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The Walking Dead: which major character will die next?

The Walking Dead: which major character will die next?

Prepare yourself, folks — the season finale of The Walking Dead is just around the corner, and rumor has it the episode will be brutal. Before you proceed, and in case you didn't figure it out yet, this article contains major spoilers (up to season 6, episode 13 and the comic books, that is). If you're caught up on the series, proceed forth and read, knowing the growing knot in your stomach is wholly justified.

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Android phone hero war: Flagship VS Flagship

Android phone hero war: Flagship VS Flagship

Back in the days, it was quite easy to classify phones into high-end, mid-range, and entry-level categories. Thanks to advancements in technology as well as increasing affordability of components and materials, smartphones are now all over the place. The brands usually associated with budget devices are starting to churn out classy smartphones. Budget smartphones no longer require buyers to make compromises in performance and features. Features once determined by price tier no longer adhere to that old convention. In short, the Android smartphone market has become a lot more diverse, and also a bit more confusing. Here we take a look at some of the latest and finest across the whole range and see how the come quite close to one another.

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PlayStation VR first impressions

PlayStation VR first impressions

Yesterday, Sony finally took the wraps off of their highly-anticipated PlayStation VR headset. With an entry price of just $399, it's significantly less expensive than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. After the announcement I had a chance to test out the headset and see how it stacked up against the competition.

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