2019 Audi e-tron: 5 key things you should know

2019 Audi e-tron: 5 key things you should know

With the 2019 Audi e-tron, the all-electric SUV category enters the big leagues. Launching in the US midway through next year, the new five-seater promises the Audi style and luxury we're familiar with from the Q5 and Q7, along with the off-roading abilities, but with zero emissions along the way.

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NASA TESS shares first science photograph

NASA TESS shares first science photograph

NASA has a new planet-hunting tool in orbit called Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS. TESS is in orbit specifically to search for new worlds beyond our solar system or exoplanets. The satellite has completed its first orbit and part of the data from that first orbit includes this detailed image of the southern sky taken with the quartet of wide-field cameras TESS fields.

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VIZIO Dolby Atmos Home Theater Systems bring sound form above

VIZIO Dolby Atmos Home Theater Systems bring sound form above

In the past, it was enough for “surround sound” to come from front and sides, sometimes also from the back if you have enough speakers. Sound, however, doesn’t just travel sideways, it can also come from up high and sometimes even from below. You can’t, however, easily and safely screw in a vibrating device on your ceiling. Vizio’s new Dolby Atmos-enhanced Home Theater Sound Systems offer the next best thing: upward-facing speakers that bounce sound on the ceiling instead, creating an audio net that better mimic what the real world sounds like.

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Ford Edge and Edge ST leverage AI for better traction and fuel economy

Ford Edge and Edge ST leverage AI for better traction and fuel economy

Ford has announced that the 2019 Edge and Edge ST will leverage AI for something you wouldn’t expect. Ford will equip the Edge with a new All-wheel-drive disconnect, a first for Ford. The AI will be used to sift through data to determine if all-wheel or front-wheel drive is optimal for the driving conditions.

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iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max: To Upgrade or Not

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max: To Upgrade or Not

Another year, another batch of new iPhones. More than just the beginning of a new breed of iPhones, last year’s iPhone X is changing the narrative ever so slightly when it comes to upgrading to the latest and greatest. Yes, it’s an “S” generation, but, unlike before, the decision isn’t as clear-cut. But rather than directly answer the question of whether you should upgrade or not, it might be better to consider not what you’re upgrading to but where you’re upgrading from.

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Withings Steel HR Sport puts fitness tech in a sleek analog design

Withings Steel HR Sport puts fitness tech in a sleek analog design

Withings is back to being independent, and the smartwatch company is celebrating post-Nokia liberation with the new Steel HR Sport. A fitness-tracking smartwatch that you could mistake, at first glance, for a high-end analog timepiece, it takes inspiration from the first Withings Activité, launched back in 2014.

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Punkt MP02 is a 4G Android phone for calls and not much else

Punkt MP02 is a 4G Android phone for calls and not much else

We live in a smartphone-centric world so it’s not surprising that there is a sort of counter-culture rallying against it, from advocating analog/physical notebooks to pushing for simpler mobile phones. The latter often means going old school but also wasting the power of the Internet, not to mention the money you pay for data plans. Swiss company Punkt, which almost sounds like “punked”, has a compromise. The Punkt MP02 is a simple 4G phone that lets you still use the Internet, except that you’ll need a separate computer or device to do so.

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Nintendo Switch NES Joy-cons have a disappointing fine print

Nintendo Switch NES Joy-cons have a disappointing fine print

Nintendo giveth and Nintendo taketh away. Or in this case, it just didn’t make things painfully clear before “encouraging” Nintendo fans to put their hard-earned monies into this nod to the past. At its Nintendo Direct stream last week, the gaming giant revealed, much to the glee of NES fans, Joy-con replicas of the classic controller. But while it’s not completely useless, the fine print that Nintendo didn’t mention makes these accessories a lot less useful than you might have presumed.

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Xiaomi phones showing ads everywhere, including Settings app

Xiaomi phones showing ads everywhere, including Settings app

Everyone loves to hate ads. Even when they can have benefits, the way they’re being misused has made even the plainest of consumers wary and tired of them. Companies, however, are always finding ways to bend rules and shove ads down their own users’ throats. The latest example comes from the smartphone market with Chinese giant Xiaomi sneaking in ads in all its apps, including, surprisingly, the Android Settings app.

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2019 Audi e-tron official: Luxury electric SUV gets priced for US release

2019 Audi e-tron official: Luxury electric SUV gets priced for US release

The electric SUV space is about to get crowded, with the 2019 Audi e-tron making its official debut in production form. Revealed in San Francisco, CA today, the all-electric five-seater promises the luxury and gadgetry you'd expect from an Audi, but with the green performance of an EV. Of course, there's one big question we have ahead of 2019 e-tron sales in mid-2019.

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Alexa goes native in 2019 Audi e-tron EV’s dashboard

Alexa goes native in 2019 Audi e-tron EV’s dashboard

Alexa is hitching a ride in Audi's upcoming 2019 e-tron, with the electric SUV the first of the automaker's cars that will feature Amazon's assistant. The news makes Audi one of a number of high-profile automakers which have baked Alexa integration into the dashboard.

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iPhone XS, XS Max LTE speed tests show massive gains

iPhone XS, XS Max LTE speed tests show massive gains

Some might not think of the iPhone XS, particularly the smaller one, as a big step forward in terms of design but it’s hard to deny that it’s a massive leap in terms of the things that you don’t see. For one, there’s the new A12 Bionic processor. But there’s one more that even more invisible but palpably felt the moment you start streaming videos. Yes, the 2019 iPhones have significantly faster LTE modems, and one of the earliest benchmarks shows exactly how much faster they are.

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