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If Audi’s PB18 is the future of sports EVs – count me in

If Audi’s PB18 is the future of sports EVs – count me in

Even if it's not entirely clear what exact category the Audi PB18 e-tron falls into - the "hatchback-station-wagon single-seater electric performance coupe" is a woefully-underrepresented segment, sadly - one thing is abundantly obvious. Audi is definitely preparing for an electrified future which diverges significantly from what we know of as supercars today. Having seen the PB18 e-tron at Monterey Car Week 2018 this week, I'm ready to say I'm along for the ride.

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Poco F1 can beat OnePlus 6: 10 points!

Poco F1 can beat OnePlus 6: 10 points!

Phone brand Xiaomi made sub-brand Poco to take on OnePlus both in India and abroad. In the first week after launch, Poco seems already to have rustled up quite a few jimmies in OnePlus forums - might it be that OnePlus finally has some real competition in their once-dominated price-for-value space?

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10 reasons to skip the Galaxy Note 9

10 reasons to skip the Galaxy Note 9

Today is the day the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was released unto the world in stores and with general availability online for the first time. This is the last Galaxy Note in line before the landmark Galaxy S10 (or whatever it'll be called), and it's the first Galaxy Note with an S Pen that works with Bluetooth. So there are a few factors to think about when deciding whether to purchase this $1000 device.

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In-App Purchase revenue cut war will hurt consumers the most – Here is why

In-App Purchase revenue cut war will hurt consumers the most – Here is why

In a battle of giants, it’s the little guys that get stomped on. There seems to be a revolution brewing in the mobile market, with key players no longer satisfied with the status quo that once made them rich. They’re seemingly flipping the finger at “The Man” and rallying in support of the common folk.

It isn’t a David vs. Goliath battle, though. More like Goliath 1 vs Goliath 2. And while many might not be so fond of the current in-app purchase trends and exploitation, users are likely to be on the losing end, no matter which side wins.

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Phone durability or performance: why users upgrade and why you shouldn’t

Phone durability or performance: why users upgrade and why you shouldn’t

There’s a sort of tug of war going on inside every smartphone manufacturer. On the one hand, they want to create a device that won’t easily break and give their brand a bad rap. On the other hand, they want consumers to upgrade to new models often, if possible every time they come out with a new one year after year after year. There seems to be an unspoken agreement where phones are considered “deprecated” just two years after they launched, thanks to being cut off from regular software updates - But is that enough reason to upgrade to a new phone? What are the reasons users have when they upgrade? Or more importantly, should you?

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Surface Go: what you’re really paying for

Surface Go: what you’re really paying for

There are few things in tech history that have gone down in history to be so polarizing, like Apple’s removal of the headphone jack, the notch, and the Surface Go. Reviews are all over the place but, unsurprisingly, they can be easily grouped into the +1s and the -1s. And it is one of those rare cases on the Internet where both sides are actually right. Because at the end of the day, the Surface Go’s real problem isn’t its specs, the iPad, or even Windows 10 S mode. Its real enemy is perception.

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2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback first drive: Practically perfect

2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback first drive: Practically perfect

It's not a coupe, and it's not a sedan, but the 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback absolutely is mesmerizing. Audi Sport's latest blend of performance and luxury takes on the BMW 650i and the Mercedes-Benz CLS 550, not to mention putting the V8-powered Mercedes AMG C63 S sedan in its crosshairs, too. At this stage of the game it's not enough to be simply fast, or pretty. You have to be distinctive.

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Dear anyone: Please destroy Google’s Pixel 3 camera

Dear anyone: Please destroy Google’s Pixel 3 camera

It's become painfully clear that Google's most majorly seemingly unbeatable smartphone feature on the Pixel is its camera. Several of the most major names in Android smartphone reviews and publications continue to use their Pixel device well beyond multiple opportunities to use more expensive and more extravagant phones. It's the camera that it would SEEM that nobody else can beat. It may be my imagination, but I feel like this one win is holding Google back.

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ARM Laptops won’t sell without this important change

ARM Laptops won’t sell without this important change

At SIGGRAPH, Intel tried to sway the attention of the graphically inclined away from NVIDIA’s ray-tracing debut towards it’s upcoming discrete graphics card. That, however, won’t be coming until 2020. But while Intel will be busy fending off AMD and NVIDIA in that arena, it might also be busy fighting another battle that year. 2020 is also when ARM will make its big laptop play to take on both Intel and AMD. But its venture might fall flat on its face unless something important changes within that two-year wait.

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The EPA is about to commit regulatory suicide

The EPA is about to commit regulatory suicide

The EPA is about to enact rules that would essentially hobble the agency's own ability to protect the environment. Rules were first proposed on April 30th, 2018, under now-resigned and disgraced Trump-appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt. The public comment portion of this situation is over tomorrow.

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Fortnite on Android a dangerous slippery slope

Fortnite on Android a dangerous slippery slope

It started innocently enough. Android users are no stranger to iOS getting first dibs on apps and games, as long as they eventually get their share. At first, it seemed that was what Epic Games was doing for Fortnite Mobile on Android. Instead, it turned into a rather complicated situation involving revenue sharing and security. But more than just potential security problems, Epic’s decision to shun Google could, if unchecked, undo many of the things the Android community have been working towards for the past few years.

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Chromebooks dual-booting Windows 10 is a terrible idea

Chromebooks dual-booting Windows 10 is a terrible idea

After years of being ignored, if not ridiculed, Chromebooks are slowly becoming more interesting and more appealing. Chrome OS, combined with Android and Linux, is transforming into a platform that can make both Microsoft and Apple worry. All of that, however, might be for naught. Because come October, Chromebooks might be declared dead or at least on their way to becoming pointless. And that will be thanks to an admittedly appealing feature that will be introduced by none other than Google itself.

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