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The macOS Sierra public beta is ready to download today

The macOS Sierra public beta is ready to download today

Apple is launching the macOS Sierra public beta today, an opportunity for non-developers to get their hands on the upcoming software for Macs. As promised, the beta program throws open the doors to the latest version of macOS - renamed from OS X, of course, at WWDC earlier this year - ahead of its full release in the fall.

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2017 Porsche Panamera 4S and turbo: Every techie’s dream car

2017 Porsche Panamera 4S and turbo: Every techie’s dream car

For Porsche, unveiling the new Panamera isn’t just about replacing one of its best-selling models, it also ushers in a whole new era for the automaker. When Porsche launched the Panamera four-door sedan back in 2009, it was a couple of years before I had kids. Though anything is possible, to my mind it was unimaginable that you could make a four-door version of the 928, the car that was to me - next to the 911 - the heart and soul of Porsche. After the initial shock, I never really gave it much thought.

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HP Spectre 13 Review: Thin requires compromise

HP Spectre 13 Review: Thin requires compromise

How thin is too thin, and is extreme style worth extreme compromise? The HP Spectre 13 is the latest notebook to ask those questions, chasing - and indeed besting - Apple's MacBook in millimeters of depth and raw power potential, though demanding concessions in functionality and connectivity from users in the process.

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The Top 5 Pokemon Sun and Moon features I’d like to see

The Top 5 Pokemon Sun and Moon features I’d like to see

It's kind of hard to believe that Pokemon will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. For those of us outside of Japan, we haven't had the franchise quite that long, but if you're old enough to remember the US or European launch of Pokemon Red and Blue, Pokemon's 20th anniversary serves as a reminder that it's been a really long time since we took that first journey through the Kanto region. Pokemon Sun and Moon are being released in conjunction with the franchise's 20th anniversary, and it looks to be one of the most exciting Pokemon releases we've had in a while. With that in mind, I've come up with a list of five features I'd like to see in Pokemon Sun and Moon to make them stand out from the rest of the titles in this admittedly by-the-books series.

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Evernote alternatives : Here are five cross-platform note taking tools

Evernote alternatives : Here are five cross-platform note taking tools

Once the darling of the startup and productivity world, Evernote has suddenly found itself shunned after a series of management mishaps, workforce exodus, and business changes. For some of the remaining faithful, the latest changes in pricing and features was the straw that broke the elephant's back. Naturally, there have been a lot of other apps and services more than willing to pick up the pieces. In fact, there are dozens of them, some already famous and some still quite obscure. Here are five of the ones suited to fill in Evernote's shoes, that mostly works on any platform.

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Drivers, not ones and zeroes, the biggest roadblock to autonomous cars

Drivers, not ones and zeroes, the biggest roadblock to autonomous cars

Tesla's Autopilot is in safety regulators' crosshairs after one driver died using the system, but the NHTSA's own research suggests unrealistic expectations and human nature may be the biggest risk to semi-automated cars. The crash, in May 2016, saw Joshua D. Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio die after his 2015 Model S struck a tractor-trailer crossing the divided highway he was using Autopilot on.

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Olympus PEN-F Review: Retro done right

Olympus PEN-F Review: Retro done right

The Olympus PEN-F is retro done right: not just classic looks for the sake of tickling your reminiscence glands, but for delivering the best aspects of old gear. Launched back in January, the micro-four-thirds camera introduces several "firsts" to the PEN line-up, fittingly given it's also styled after Olympus' first PEN rangefinder from eighty years ago. Camera technology may have moved on hugely since the original PEN, but the key lessons are just as relevant today.

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Securing your Android device against evil hands and prying eyes

Securing your Android device against evil hands and prying eyes

There has been a recent surge in malware plaguing Android devices, especially very harmful ransomware that encrypt and keep you out of your own files. Some, especially Android critics, might point out how that's not exactly new for Google's mobile platform. But the brazenness and frequency has admittedly increased of late. In this age of near unchecked spying, hacking, and all sorts of unauthorized access to networks, computers, and smartphones, users can no longer remain complacent. We all have to do our small part in keeping our devices secure. You don't have to turn your smartphone or tablet into a tank to keep it safe. Here are a few simple steps you can take, and most of them don't even require money!

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Pokemon GO is the best game EVER: here’s why

Pokemon GO is the best game EVER: here’s why

Today is the first day I'm able to speak in public about my experience with Pokemon GO. It's been about a week and a half since I first started playing in the Field Test - very similar to the Beta most people were playing (likely identical) - and it's time to let loose. This game is fantastic. Not in the same way a visually spectacular game like Fallout 4 or DOOM are fantastic, but in a new way. A way that's not like any game I've played before. Pokemon GO is a real game-changer.

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2016 Nissan Leaf vs 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf: Range-Anxiety

2016 Nissan Leaf vs 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf: Range-Anxiety

Electric cars may be the future, but so is range anxiety. That's the lingering conclusion after testing two of the most popular, competitively-priced EVs on the market, the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf SE, and the 2016 Nissan Leaf SL. Unlike anything from Tesla's forecourt, you'll get change from $40k even buying brand new, and various subsidies tickle the sticker prices even lower. Question is, are either of these all-electric chariots really ready to join the rat-race?

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Google phone might not be the best move for Android

Google phone might not be the best move for Android

It's like the early 2000s again. With Apple finally launching the first ever iPhone, there is talk about Google doing something similar. Of course, that happened and it didn't, with the Nexus line the closest thing to a "Google phone". Fast-forward nearly a decade, Google is rumored to once again try its hand at actually becoming a smartphone maker too. Like Apple. It doesn't make business sense, of course. But what if it were true? What if Google din put out a "gPhone"? It definitely can, like the Pixel C Android tablet. But if it did, this non-Nexus Google-made Android smartphone would be an atrocity for consumers. Here are the reasons why.

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The Road to Google’s First “iPhone”

The Road to Google’s First “iPhone”

The rumors are ripe - Google is tipped to be designing their own iPhone competitor within the next year. Today we're going to explore how we got to this point and, perhaps more importantly, why Google won't actually release this non-Nexus device. Could it be that the company known for their wildly popular open-source mobile operating system would destroy everything they've worked for just to battle Apple directly? Hypothetically yes. Realistically, no.

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