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2017 Chevrolet Volt Review: The secret hybrid

2017 Chevrolet Volt Review: The secret hybrid

My head knows the future of transportation is probably electric, but my stomach can’t quite get past the range anxiety. Pure EV drivers do, over time, quit the urge to stare at the dwindling range and worry about where their next outlet might be, but Chevrolet has another solution if you don't mind carrying a little old-school fossil fuel. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt may officially be a hybrid, but it desperately wants to leave its gas engine turned off and providing mental reassurance not actual power.

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Acer Predator G1 Review: A lot of power in a tiny package

Acer Predator G1 Review: A lot of power in a tiny package

Acer's Predator G1-701-70001 gaming rig is here, arriving after the successful splash the G6 enjoyed. One look at the specification list is all you need to know that this is rig is a beast, but in a world where anyone can throw together top-of-the-line equipment into a formidable gaming PC, what does the G1 have to make it stand out from the crowd? The answer is quite a lot, actually.

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Orion Onyx Review: Star Trek communicator fumbles its prime directive

Orion Onyx Review: Star Trek communicator fumbles its prime directive

As product ideas go, "the Star Trek communicator, made real" requires little explanation. Orion Labs' Onyx aims to keep our smartphones in our pockets and bags where they belong, and return us to the halcyon days of push-to-talk or - if you're old enough to remember them - walkie-talkies by getting us into group conversations again.

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Android tablets endangered: searching for a new purpose

Android tablets endangered: searching for a new purpose

A few years back, analysts and market watchers loved picking on the PCs, by which they traditional meant desktops and laptops, as the underdogs of the consumer tech industry. These days, however, that status has befallen the tablet, whose sales have seen continuously plummeting numbers. But with the iPad Pro and the proliferation of Windows 2-in-1 hybrids, that is even more so the case with Android tablets, despite the strength of their numbers. Why has this once popular device class become so laid low? Is there a way to save them, or should we even bother trying? I'd say yes, but it's going to take some guts, which OEMs have unfortunately lost in the past years.

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2016 Bentley Flying Spur Review: Lavish is an understatement

2016 Bentley Flying Spur Review: Lavish is an understatement

The Bentley Flying Spur is over seven feet wide. Wider, in fact, than a Hummer H1. Just twenty inches narrower than a Smart car is long. Ironically for a marque so closely associated with Britain, that makes the Flying Spur singularly unsuited for a great many British roads. And, with a price tag easily ten times that of the Smart - and dwarfing even the cost of a full tank of gas for the Humvee - it's not something you want to scrape along one of the ancient stone walls you suddenly notice the UK has in abundance when you're driving a borrowed behemoth.

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8 things to know about the $399 Honor 8

8 things to know about the $399 Honor 8

Honor might not be a name you're familiar with in smartphones, but the upstart handset maker is hoping to change all that with the Honor 8 - particularly if you're a Millennial. Huawei's sub-brand may have a tendency to over-use the phrase "digital native" but for Android buyers on a budget its strategy of selling direct and cutting out the middle-man makes the Honor 8 almost disturbingly good value for money.

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Huawei honor 8 finally brings flagship quality to the US

Huawei honor 8 finally brings flagship quality to the US

This isn't honor's first dance in the US. The Huawei sub-brand has made a couple of smartphones available in this primary market, but they all have one thing in common. They are all mid-range models. honor's higher end, but not exorbitantly more expensive, devices were reserved for its home market and a few others. That changes today with the launch of the honor 8 in the US, which ups honor's game in the Western hemisphere. The honor 8 offers almost flagship specs with that intriguing camera from the Huawei P9, at the price tag that honor is known for.

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2017 Genesis G90 First Drive: Rattling the cage of established luxury players

2017 Genesis G90 First Drive: Rattling the cage of established luxury players

Automakers ignore the aspirations of global giant Hyundai at their own peril. Cresting a 10-year renaissance that has seen the Korean automaker carve up its Japanese and American rivals in everything from the entry-level compact segment to the hot-selling SUV market, the enormous and unblinking eye of Hyundai's product planning team has now turned its full attention to the world of luxury. Successful, and lengthy flirtation with the viability of the Genesis nameplate under the auspices of its current hierarchy has lead to the Genesis G90 full-size sedan exploding onto the scene for 2017 as the herald of an all-new, and entirely separate premium brand.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review – The best Android of 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review – The best Android of 2016

You could forgive Samsung for gloating with the Galaxy Note 7; after all, the phablet category the original Note created was dismissed by many as a sure-fire flop. People laughed at its size, its stylus, and its price, and yet time after time, generation after generation, Samsung has demonstrated it knows what its most serious users want. Now, with the Note 7, it's time for the phablet to go mass-market.

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No Man’s Sky PC disaster reminds us why we should stop pre-ordering games

No Man’s Sky PC disaster reminds us why we should stop pre-ordering games

In case you missed the news, No Man's Sky launched on PC last week, and the version that appeared on Steam and GOG was in rough shape. Users reported a whole slew of problems with the game, from frame rate hitching even on overpowered rigs to frequent crashes. The backlash against developer Hello Games was swift and widespread, with angry purchasers tanking the game's Steam user rating almost immediately. All the while, gamers who have been through this before held it up as an example of why we should no longer pre-order video games.

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Audi traffic light connected cars get green light for fall launch

Audi traffic light connected cars get green light for fall launch

Audi's A8 will be the first Level 3 autonomous car to hit the market, coming in 2018, but before then the German automaker plans to push live traffic light alerts directly to the dashboard of select models this year. The new Audi Traffic Light Information system will switch on this fall, and is expected to operate across as many as seven US cities by the end of this year, to try to dilute some of the frustration when you're waiting for the lights to change, as well as encourage you to keep your phone in your pocket and the traffic flow moving.

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The Internet of Things will always be vulnerable

The Internet of Things will always be vulnerable

The "Internet of Things", also known as the "IoT". A made up marketing buzzword now used to refer to anything and everything that can connect to the Internet, or at least a local network, that isn't a traditional computer or mobile device. But as dreamy as the idea of being able to command your entire home, as well as your car, with just a few taps on your smartphone or smartwatch, this new trend in consumer electronics does come with some risks. As IoT brings these devices right into our homes and deeper into our lives, they also pose bigger threats to our privacy and security. Because try as we might, the Internet of Things will never be truly and absolutely secure. But that's also alright, because no connected device really is.

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