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Volvo 2015 V60, S60 and XC60 Drive-E First-Drive

Volvo 2015 V60, S60 and XC60 Drive-E First-Drive

Volvo has high hopes for 2014, glowing from a multi-billion investment after its break-up from Ford, and with a new engine architecture, Drive-E, for its refreshed best-sellers, the S60, V60, and XC60. They're important models for the Swedish car company, together expected to comprise 80-percent of Volvo's sales this year, but what's under the hood is arguably more of a game-changer. We grabbed the keys to all three to see whether a 4-cylinder engine can really deliver the best of a V6, and to see if Volvo stands a chance in coercing Audi buyers to swap their brand loyalties.

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Volvo Drive-E: Trying to wean America off its V6 addiction

Volvo Drive-E: Trying to wean America off its V6 addiction

Volvo already faced a challenge, taking on the big players in automotive post-divorce from Ford, but now it has given itself a second, arguably more difficult one: weaning America off of its big engine addiction. The Swedish car company has taken an unexpected approach with its model year 2015 line-up, the headline engine option being a 2.0-liter four-cylinder where you might have expected to see a V6 or even bigger. It's what Volvo calls Drive-E, and it's all about changing beliefs about what makes a great powertrain. We caught up with Volvo to find out more.

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Pelican ProGear Protector Galaxy S 4 case first look: real heavy-duty

Pelican ProGear Protector Galaxy S 4 case first look: real heavy-duty

If there’s one thing that can be said without hesitation about Pelican’s delivery of cases for devices, it’s that they’re rugged. Each time we’ve had our hands on a case from this group, known for their protection of vital gear on all levels, consumer to infantry (for quite a few years, mind you), we’ve found them to go above and beyond the call of duty. This Pelican ProGear CE1250 Protector Series Phone Case for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is no exception to the rule.

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Moto G Google Play Edition hands-on vs Motorola’s G

Moto G Google Play Edition hands-on vs Motorola’s G

When we heard about the Moto G being offered as a Google Play Edition handset, we immediately scratched our heads in wonder. Why would Google offer a device from their own store with the exact same price as the original device when the software is essentially the same? The answer lies in Google's unique plan, the one where they hand-pick the most appealing devices in the market and sell them themselves - all other matters pale when shown in the face of this Google Play Edition long-term goal.

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Tobii EyeX eye-tracking for UI and Gaming hands-on with SteelSeries

Tobii EyeX eye-tracking for UI and Gaming hands-on with SteelSeries

With the folks at Tobii Technology you've got some of the most advanced work in the world being down with eye-tracking with the PC. This month they're introducing a partnership with gaming peripheral leaders SteelSeries in an effort to jump-start their entry into the personal PC eye-tracking market. The first introduction we've had with Tobii has been their very own Tobii EyeX Developer Kit, a unit that's already rolling for a variety of PCs and getting prepared for launch this Spring.

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3D Systems Chef Jet and Pro eyes-on: legitimizing 3D printed food

3D Systems Chef Jet and Pro eyes-on: legitimizing 3D printed food

In the 3D realm of CES 2014 we caught up with 3D Systems, a crew that brought so many new products and services to the show that it was difficult keeping up with it all! Two of the more late-breaking items we were introduced to were the Chef Jet and the Chef Jet Pro, both of them capable food-safe 3D printing. Both printers are fully certified and ready to head to the kitchen this year.

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SMS Audio Star Wars line eyes-on: 50 Cent goes galactic

SMS Audio Star Wars line eyes-on: 50 Cent goes galactic

Coming completely out of left field with a release of Star Wars headphones - officially licensed and everything - was 50 Cent and SMS Audio. It’s difficult to describe the way this new cross-section of Star Wars headphones looks and feels without being there with them in your own hands, as it were. It’s almost as if they’re made to look like they’re made for children, but continue to impose the possibility of high-end sound - an interesting market to be going after, for sure.

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Thief gameplay hands-on: offscreen with 5 displays and Radeon R9 290X

Thief gameplay hands-on: offscreen with 5 displays and Radeon R9 290X

Just as we saw a massive multi-monitor showing off the likes of Project CARS earlier this week, here we're seeing the likes of the game Thief. Working with AMD's finest in a customized Webhallen case, it's not difficult to see the draw in working with a highest-end setup this week in the gaming space, especially when this industry's top competitors are pulling out all the stops on a demonstration tip.

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Panono 360-degree 108MP throwable ball camera hands-on

Panono 360-degree 108MP throwable ball camera hands-on

Throwing a camera is generally a bad idea - lenses tend to be delicate - but Panono positively begs to be tossed. The spherical, lens-studded camera ball slammed through its Indiegogo goal recently, a happy backdrop to its first appearance at CES ahead of its estimated ship date later in the year. We've been tracking the project for the past few years, so we stopped by to grab some hands-on time.

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Infamous: Second Son gameplay hands-on: offscreen at CES 2014

Infamous: Second Son gameplay hands-on: offscreen at CES 2014

It’s such a close release we can taste it - Infamous: Second Son from the folks at Sucker Punch, a title that’ll bring a beast of an open-world set of elements to the PlayStation 4. At CES 2014 this week, this game looks and feels like an alternate-reality iteration of another open world release from last year: Saint’s Row 4. Though were your super-powers in that title are based in a more Matrix film series type of hacker reality, here we’re talking about a more physically sound system.

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