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Test-driving OnStar 4G LTE: Geek-heaven or Gimmick?

Test-driving OnStar 4G LTE: Geek-heaven or Gimmick?

GM has been talking about baking 4G LTE into its cars for some time, but the first examples are just now rolling off the production line and into dealerships. Upgrading OnStar with a 100x faster data connection, it adds support for mobile hotspot sharing, remote control by smartphone and smartwatch, and third-party apps and services. I jumped into some of the first Buick LaCrosse and Regal cars off the line with 4G to see if it’s a must-have or a gimmick.

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Windows is rising to the Chromebook price war

Windows is rising to the Chromebook price war

HP is readying a $199 Windows notebook for the holidays, as Microsoft pushes Windows 8.1 against Google Chromebooks, one of a number of more affordable PC options. The HP Stream laptop, confirmed during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, will be one of at least three models, though versions from Acer and Toshiba will be slightly more expensive, at $249 apiece.

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Super Smash Bros. newest challenger revealed

Super Smash Bros. newest challenger revealed

Today one of the final Super Smash Bros. Wii U characters will be revealed in a live feed straight from Nintendo. Devising and producing new launch trailers for every single new character in the Super Smash Bros lineup is a task unto itself, so get pumped up for this three minute presentation right this second!

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What does iPhone 6 need to restore Apple’s innovation crown?

What does iPhone 6 need to restore Apple’s innovation crown?

Apple was once the king of innovation. Ask anyone. When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone in 2007, his company was on top of the world. He had just announced the most forward-thinking device ever, his iPod was easily the most innovative music player on the market, and his computers were top-notch. Then the iPad launched and proved again that Apple was an innovation leader after topping competitors in the form factor.

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2015 Lexus NX first-drive: Crossover Crunchtime

2015 Lexus NX first-drive: Crossover Crunchtime

The 2015 Lexus NX isn’t your accountant’s Lexus. Aggressively designed, and breaking new ground for Lexus with its first turbocharged engine, the new NX attempts to distill what has worked for the RX into a package more appealing to hip urbanites, young families, and those who might more regularly find mountain bikes in their trunk than Whole Foods bags. True to recent form, there’s even a warmed-up F SPORT version to offset the hybrid worthiness just a little. The NX doesn’t hit the US officially until the end of this year, but I grabbed some early time behind the wheel to see how it’s shaping up.

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BMW and Mercedes team on wireless car charging

BMW and Mercedes team on wireless car charging

BMW and Mercedes-Benz are teaming up on wireless car charging, pushing a super-efficient way of refueling EVs like the BMW i8 and the Mercedes S500 Plug-In Hybrid simply by parking over a certain spot on your driveway. The system, which the two German marques hope to get accepted as the de-facto standard for wireless car recharging, promises a cut in charge times without the hassle of having to regularly plug in: BMW says the batteries in its i8 supercar, for instance, can be topped up in under two hours.

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