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CogniToys Dino Review : 1-week with a talking dinosaur

CogniToys Dino Review : 1-week with a talking dinosaur

The dinosaur "toy" shown here is not what it appears to be. It's supposed to be a toy for smart kits - or, to be fair, goofball kids if they know how to press a button and speak. It looks like a toy, but it's not just that. This is the CogniToys Dino, and it's likely the smartest dinosaur-themed object in my living space. He's also the most-used children's toy here (used by children or their parents) over the past few weeks. He cannot be stopped.

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2016 Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 Review: Torque fit for a king

2016 Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 Review: Torque fit for a king

At a time when diesel is a dirty word, Land Rover's refusal to give up with the 2016 Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 could be considered obstinance fit for a king. Sleeker than the Range Rover "proper" and more family-friendly than the Evoque, the Sport combines lashings of torque with quality accommodation, but comes with a high sticker price to match.

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PlayStation Vue Review: two months with Sony’s TV service

PlayStation Vue Review: two months with Sony’s TV service

In mid-March, Sony rolled out its previously limited PlayStation Vue service across the nation, bringing three channel packages to anyone with a PS3 or PS4, Amazon Fire TV/Fire Stick, or iPhone/iPad (and, as of June 29, Android). I'd been using Sling TV before this, but I was never too pleased with the service and so when the opportunity came to switch, I did. I've been using PlayStation Vue for the last two or so months and feel confident saying that, for the most part, it's pretty great.

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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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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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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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Lenovo Miix 310 Review: an affordable 2-in-1 PC

Lenovo Miix 310 Review: an affordable 2-in-1 PC

Lenovo has a new 2-in-1 PC for those who want the convenience of a tablet and the truly usable form factor of a proper laptop. Unlike some competing 2-in-1 systems, the Ideapad Miix 310 features a keyboard with a hinge — attach the tablet portion to the keyboard and the combination of the two feels nearly identical to an ordinary laptop. It’s not just a laptop, though, and it's all the better for it. Is the Miix 310 the inexpensive 2-in-1 you've been waiting for? Read our full review to find out!

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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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Nexus 6P Toast Review : Custom-cut Cover

Nexus 6P Toast Review : Custom-cut Cover

Today we're having a peek at the Nexus 6P with a custom-cut wood cover from the folks at Toast. What we've got here is an Ebony Wood cut with ash inlay with front and back cover for the Nexus 6P, both cut by the brand Toast. The custom design comes from yours truly and features a sort of "Ace of Spades" setup with a detailed skull. What we're reviewing here is both the detail the company was able to get and the fit of the cover on the device.

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AMD RX 480 Review

AMD RX 480 Review

Today we're having a peek at the AMD RX 480, a graphics card that's right ready to roll users in on the VR market without breaking the bank. This card roll out with Polaris and AMD LiquidVR ready to go, pushed with Direct X 12 and Vulkan to bring the latest in AMD power on FinFET 14 process technology. This card works with 4th-Generation GCN architecture, 36 compute units, and 2304 stream processors to round out the mix.

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Huawei MateBook Review: Two big deal-breakers for this iPad Pro rival

Huawei MateBook Review: Two big deal-breakers for this iPad Pro rival

For years, Apple has cornered the market in stylish tablets, but Huawei's MateBook has arrived to steal the iPad's crown. Announced to no shortage of fanfare at Mobile World Congress in February, the MateBook pieces together the style of an iPad Pro, the connectivity of a MacBook, and the flexibility of full Windows 10. Question is, does Huawei's math add up, or is the MateBook too ambitious for its own good?

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Lenovo Pocket Projector Review — a 110″ display in your bag

Lenovo Pocket Projector Review — a 110″ display in your bag

Lenovo has tablets with built-in projectors, but that's not practical for some. If you want to enjoy the same kind of projector sans the entire tablet arrangement, there's the new Lenovo Pocket Projector. As the name suggests, this newly launched projector is small...small enough to fit in many pockets, and definitely small enough to fit in whatever bag you're using. Is the image quality worth it, though? Read our review to find out!

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