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2015 Audi A3 First Drive

2015 Audi A3 First Drive

No chances are being taken with the 2015 Audi A3. While the outgoing model never quite achieved the same cachet in the US as it did in Europe in five-door hatchback form, the new car targets the US from the outset with an A3 Sedan leading the charge. Starting just under $29,900 but promising Teutonic refinement - and a typically lengthy options list, including what may be the best infotainment system we’ve used so far - the A3 aims to follow in the footsteps of its well-received bigger siblings, not to mention return fire against other recent entrants in the premium C-segment niche. Read on for our first drive report.

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The Secret to Smartwatch Success is Non-tech Firms

The Secret to Smartwatch Success is Non-tech Firms

Smartwatches will be everywhere this year. With Google announcing Android Wear and companies already showing off devices at CES and Mobile World Congress, it won’t be long before a slew of smartwatches are sitting on store shelves.

Of course, smartwatches are already available. In fact, several companies, from Samsung to Pebble, have offered their interpretation of wrist-worn wearables. The trouble for those firms, however, is that so far, those products haven’t taken off. And it’s unclear whether even Android Wear could go a long way in pushing smartwatches onto more wrists.

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12-inch MacBook Air with fanless design rumored

12-inch MacBook Air with fanless design rumored

Apple is reportedly planning a new, 12-inch MacBook Air which would be even slimmer and more portable than the existing model, doing away with the fan among other things. In addition to being fanless, the new ultraportable is also said to do away with the mechanical click button trackpad familiar from existing MacBooks, instead using touch-to-tap.

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Star Wars 7: 30 years later, R2-D2 returns

Star Wars 7: 30 years later, R2-D2 returns

While we’ve still gotten no solid answers on if C-3PO will be making an appearance, it would seem that the one and only R2-D2 will indeed be ready for action for Star Wars 7. Confirmed by Disney chief Robert Iger in an analyst call this week via the LA Times, R2-D2 will be the first character that definitely, certainly be in this segment of the film series.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 making surprise in-store showing starting today

Samsung Galaxy S5 making surprise in-store showing starting today

Though the Samsung Galaxy S5 is headed to a number of Best Buy stores today, you’ll be amongst a very, very rare few if you happen to be close to one of the stores participating. This week the Galaxy S5 hits pre-order with AT&T, and as Best Buy is one of the few 3rd-party retailers that carries Samsung gear, be it AT&T or otherwise, you’ll find the device there for all the hands-on action you desire. The catch is that only around 100 Best Buy stores in the United States will be showing the Galaxy S5 off today, while the rest will be getting the device in for show inside the next couple of weeks.

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iPhone 6 to retain 8-megapixel camera: here’s why that’s OK

iPhone 6 to retain 8-megapixel camera: here’s why that’s OK

Supposing you’re the sort of person that purchases a smartphone because it has all the newest specifications - biggest and therefor best, that is to say, you may not be happy about today’s iPhone 6 rumor. It’s suggested by sources speaking with AppleInsider that there will - once again - be an 8-megapixel sensor on the iPhone. That’s the iPhone 6, arriving later in 2014, with an 8-megapixel camera on its back.

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Amazon smartphone details tipped by analyst: 6 cameras onboard

Amazon smartphone details tipped by analyst: 6 cameras onboard

Notoriously accurate pre-release analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has spoken up this week on the future of Amazon. This comes after dishing on Apple for several years, more often than not showing when products would be launching well before they were made official. This week Kuo suggests that the Amazon phone will launch in a timeframe between 3 and 6 months into the future.

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DirectX 12 detailed for Xbox One, Desktop, and Mobile devices

DirectX 12 detailed for Xbox One, Desktop, and Mobile devices

Today Microsoft announced that DirectX 12 is officially headed to all of its platforms for futuristic gaming finesse. Both NVIDIA and AMD are pushing their claim for the collaboration gold on this release, with details on the Xbox One side of things coming mostly from the AMD camp, while NVIDIA appears to be firmly planting itself in the PC gaming side of the map.

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