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Note 8 vs Galaxy S8: Do I buy now or wait for the phablet?

Note 8 vs Galaxy S8: Do I buy now or wait for the phablet?

By all reports, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a barnstorming success. Indeed, there are only really two phones that could overshadow it: Apple's iPhone 8 and, ironically, Samsung's own Galaxy Note 8. Expected to make its big debut at the end of the year, the new phablet has some fiery shoes to fill.

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Google’s Android updates policy needs a big makeover

Google’s Android updates policy needs a big makeover

No device lives forever, particularly not smartphones where what's on the cutting edge seems to dull within months, but Google's end-of-life announcement for the Pixel still surprises. The handset - still so popular months after its release, indeed, that Google's online store struggles to keep it in stock - may be facing replacement at the hand of the Pixel 2 later this year, but for the moment it's still the company's flagship Android device. So it's not too surprising that owners have been dumbfounded this week by Google's scant commitment to software updates in the years ahead.

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Pokemon is the key to Nintendo Switch success

Pokemon is the key to Nintendo Switch success

As a lifelong Nintendo fan (and recent Switch owner), I was happy to see the news that the Switch had an excellent launch, with nearly 3 million units sold worldwide. Home to the one of the best games of at least the past decade - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - there was little surprise that the Switch was going to sell well at launch, but what can Nintendo do to keep it up? The answer is as simple as it is certain: Nintendo must launch a proper Pokemon game on the Switch if it wants to see the console become a smash hit.

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10 Android smartphones that cost less than $40 (2017)

10 Android smartphones that cost less than $40 (2017)

Flip phones are by and large a thing of the past. For many buyers, a smartphone is their primary or sole means of accessing the Internet. For some, having a smartphone means being able to stay in touch with friends, apply to jobs, check email, and more. Not everyone has the budget for a pricey handset, though, and that's where the market's cheapest smartphones come. These models are, in some cases, as cheap as a mere $10, though for this list we're including models that range up to just under $40 USD.

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Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8: Do I buy Samsung now, or wait for Apple?

Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8: Do I buy Samsung now, or wait for Apple?

After my Galaxy S8 review, of the most frequent questions I've been asked is whether people should buy the new Samsung now, or wait until the new iPhone is revealed later in 2017. Samsung deserves some serious kudos for what it's done with the latest Galaxy flagship. Not only is the design on a par with the best we've seen from Apple's smartphone team, top-notch specs like the beautiful curved Super AMOLED screen make it just as pleasing to use as to hold.

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The IoT will survive this Juicero scorn

The IoT will survive this Juicero scorn

In a shocking revelation that came as a surprise to practically nobody, a $400 connected juicer may not be the must-have in the kitchen that it was pitched as. Nor is it the best poster-child for the Internet of Things and, as is usually the way, scorn heaped on Juicero has spilled over to the connected home more broadly. After all, with $120m in funding, some are already describing the company as the epitome of IoT hype.

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8 more games we’d like to see on SNES Classic Edition

8 more games we’d like to see on SNES Classic Edition

Back when it first became clear that the NES Classic Edition would become a major hit for Nintendo, we almost immediately began to think of the possibilities for the future. At the time, we made a list of eight games that should be on the SNES Classic, should one ever see the light of day. Now, with the NES Classic dead and new rumors pointing to the existence of a mini SNES console, it's time to revisit that idea. Here are 8 more games that we'd like to see on the SNES Classic Edition.

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The Galaxy S8 gives one great Note 7 feature a second chance

The Galaxy S8 gives one great Note 7 feature a second chance

The Note 7 may be dead - or, at least, as good as dead - but its legacy carries on in some small but highly useful ways in the Galaxy S8. Samsung's new flagship smartphone for 2017 has been getting consistently positive reviews around the internet this week - from myself included - though early users still have a couple of criticisms. One of those sent me out looking for a feature I'd almost forgotten about on the last Note, what with the whole battery distraction.

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The Galaxy S8’s ergonomic compromise is giving me iPhone 8 worries

The Galaxy S8’s ergonomic compromise is giving me iPhone 8 worries

If all goes according to plan (or, at least, the rumor machine's version of the plan) Apple's anniversary iPhone 8 will be a huge departure in design. After three years of iterative iPhones, the new model - one of three expected to launch later in 2017, alongside updated versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus - will usher in a huge number of changes. Curved glass and OLED displays; reworked dual cameras; and tiny bezels. I'm excited, certainly, but I'm also worried, and I'm not alone.

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Top 4 inexpensive data-only smartphone plans in the U.S. (2017)

Top 4 inexpensive data-only smartphone plans in the U.S. (2017)

While many people still use their phone plan's voice minutes and texts, an increasing number of people are leaving behind these two seemingly archaic communication options in favor of Internet-based communications. Most of the major messaging apps support free voice and video calls between users, for example, and those times you have to call someone you're not connected to via a messaging app can be done with something like Skype. It seems few people realize that data-only phone plans are an option, though, so we've performed the hard work and picked out the top four budget-friendly options.

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What Xbox One’s self-service refunds mean for consumers

What Xbox One’s self-service refunds mean for consumers

Earlier this week, Xbox One owners participating in the Xbox Preview program were greeted with a rather nice surprise: Microsoft has implemented a beta test for a refund system. Not only is this refund system apparently planned for both Xbox One and Windows 10, but it's also self-service, meaning you don't need to go through customer support to get your money back. This is very exciting news because it's a move that's ultimately great for consumers.

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Where is Nintendo Switch’s Virtual Console?

Where is Nintendo Switch’s Virtual Console?

The honeymoon is beginning to feel like it's over. Don't get me wrong, I love my Nintendo Switch and I'm excited for its future, but with my time in Zelda winding down, it's becoming more obvious that there just isn't that much to play on the console. I have a few Switch games and I've been enjoying my time with all of them, but nothing aside from Breath of the Wild strikes me as something I must spend my time on when I have a gaming PC and a PS4 calling me back.

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