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Samsung Gear Live hands-on

Samsung Gear Live hands-on

Samsung's Gear Live was a surprise addition to the Android Wear lineup at Google I/O 2014, but with its roots firmly in the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Neo it's no great stretch for the Korean giant. As with Motorola and LG's watches, Google and its partners are playing things close to its chest when it comes to actually playing with the new smartwatch platform, but that doesn't mean I couldn't draw some early conclusions from my hands-on time.

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Fire Phone calling Mayday: hands-on demo

Fire Phone calling Mayday: hands-on demo

You may or may not like Amazon's recently announced Fire Phone, but for what it's worth, it has some amazing features that you would be hard-pressed to find in other smartphones or services. One of those is Mayday, a 24/7 live assistance service that will get you through your technical problems with a personal touch. And we've got an exclusive hands-on video of just how well this extremely helpful feature works.

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Amazon Fire Phone hands-on

Amazon Fire Phone hands-on

There are two sides to Amazon's new Fire Phone. On the one hand is the technology, Amazon experimenting with face tracking and optical recognition. On the other is the price and AT&T exclusivity; many believed Amazon would try to shake up the phone industry with its pricing, not match it. I've spent some time with the Fire Phone today: read on for some first impressions.

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Here’s the best MacBook upgrade you can buy for under $50

Here’s the best MacBook upgrade you can buy for under $50

Working with a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air released in the past few years means having an SD card slot for quick data transfer. What we’re looking at today is the relatively unknown world of 3rd-party products aiming to make use of that slot for non-traditional purposes. With the Transcend JetDrive Lite 360, we’re expanding storage for our MacBook at a fraction of the cost of built-in storage.

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2014 Camaro Z/28 first-drive

2014 Camaro Z/28 first-drive

Chevrolet has resurrected a legend, with the Camaro Z/28 finally granting its muscle car the badge enthusiast drivers have been crying out for. Building on the seven-liter V8 LS7 engine from the old Corvette Z06, Chevy’s engineers hand-squeeze out 505 horsepower and 481 pounds per foot of torque, mounted in an aero-treated body that’s been built for speed and downforce. So, when Chevrolet called to see if I wanted to be among the first to drive the Z/28 on the track, I didn’t say no.

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Battlefield: Hardline Beta gameplay hands-on

Battlefield: Hardline Beta gameplay hands-on

When you dive in head-first to the Beta of Battlefield: Hardline, you expect things to be different from the rest of the Battlefield series. It seems like it would be a big jump to go from fighting in the hairiest of wartime locations to moving in on the city. But it’s not. If you enjoyed Battlefield in the past, DICE and Visceral Games have a treat for you in Hardline, and it tastes delicious.

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Honeywell Lyric smart thermostat takes on Nest: Hands on

Honeywell Lyric smart thermostat takes on Nest: Hands on

Honeywell is looking to shake off its "old school" reputation with a new smart thermostat, Lyric, promising greater convenience and energy savings by following the patterns of your home, not a preset schedule. Eschewing beige plastic for a slick gloss white and chrome finish and OLED touchscreen controls, Lyric is aimed conspicuously at the sort of audience courted by Google-owned Nest, but takes a different approach to figuring when you need heating or cooling.

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