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The Argument Against EV: Why You Should Stick to Conventional Cars

The Argument Against EV: Why You Should Stick to Conventional Cars

We love electric cars. The whisper-silent performance and smooth rush of torque from the get-go is simply exhilarating, and otherworldly. From an enthusiast's point of view, electric vehicles are a Godsend. You'll be hard-pressed to find a production gasoline or diesel engine that can replicate the immediate and, yes, ludicrous response of a powerful electric motor, and that's assuming you don't spend millions of dollars on a Bugatti Chiron or some other hyper-fast supercar.

As wonderful and Earth-friendly electric vehicles are, there are still practical and compelling reasons why you should wait a while and stick to conventional gasoline-powered vehicles instead. Mind you, we have nothing against EV's, hybrids, or plug-in hybrids, but the argument against electric cars are simply hard to ignore.

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SMS two-factor authentication is unsafe – Use these instead

SMS two-factor authentication is unsafe – Use these instead

The revelation of Google’s Titan security key has put the spotlight on a long-existing but not widely adopted technology: physical keys that open the doors to your digital life. FIDO-compatible security keys, strange as they may seem, is just the latest attempt to solve one of the biggest threats to digital security: passwords. But while two-factor authentication is finally gaining a bit of traction, thanks to services enforcing it, they are unfortunately using the least secure medium of all: text messages.

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Attack of the zombie apps: unmaintained and rotting in stores

Attack of the zombie apps: unmaintained and rotting in stores

Mobile app stores kicked off the most recent digital gold rush. It was a market that was almost easy to break into and, if you’re lucky, profit from. But as the dust slowly settled and the market stabilized, some developers were left disillusioned, penniless, or simply bored. Many just walked away towards the next big thing (like VR), abandoning their once carefully crafted apps. And now we’re left with a growing pile of unmaintained apps that both pose a threat and, at the same time, still hold some nuggets of gold we need to mine.

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Your new phone’s display was a waste of money

Your new phone’s display was a waste of money

Today I'm going to go over the reasons why the money spent on newly enlarged or otherwise differently-shaped displays is wasted. From the time the new display was made to the point at which it became a standard, in that timeframe. In that span of time, that extra bit of display that wasn't in the mix before - that's useless. It's akin to the black bars you see above and below your movie when you play it in "widescreen" format on your home TV.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive: 503hp of raw emotion

2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive: 503hp of raw emotion

You never forget your first AMG. Even just hearing the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine firing up for the first time, under the bulging hood of what was in 2015 the all-new Mercedes-AMG C63 S, I was instantly in love. That's why I’m totally fine with Mercedes-AMG keeping the same engine in this model year 2019 AMG C63 S mid-cycle refresh, though that's not to say Mercedes' fearsome tuners have slept on the rest of the car.

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A Samsung gaming phone isn’t going to sell: this is why

A Samsung gaming phone isn’t going to sell: this is why

News of Samsung working on its own GPU for mobile devices resurrected rumors of a gaming-centric Samsung phone coming soon. Neither of this is actually new but the timing seems almost perfect. Huawei just rolled out a “GPU Turbo” update, Apple is also rumored to be designing its own graphics chip, and gaming smartphones seem to be gaining traction thanks to the likes of Razer and ASUS. But while it’s almost too easy to think that Samsung could jump on the bandwagon, one has to also calm down and consider the more possible outcome. If Samsung makes its own gaming phone, it’s going to lose in that market.

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Microsoft has a new app store problem

Microsoft has a new app store problem

Microsoft started in earnest to carve out its own app store platform back in Windows 8 and it was a disaster. Barely anyone paid attention to it, which also left its Windows RT variant devoid of actually useful apps. It tried again with Windows 10 and its Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and had more success. But now it might have a new problem it needs to deal with and fast. With the influx of new apps on its Microsoft Store, the company now has to face the reality that there are some who are ready to game the system to trick users, even to the point of getting them to pay for something.

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Fortnite Playground LTM v2 detailed: Here are the 5 major changes

Fortnite Playground LTM v2 detailed: Here are the 5 major changes

Epic Games is bringing back Fortnite Playground Limited Time Mode tomorrow, July 25. The relaunch will follow today's v5.10 update, which added and changed many things in Fortnite, as well as revealing all the upcoming changes to Playground LTM. Epic made more than a dozen changes to Playground, some of them substantial, including a huge increase in the amount of loot.

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Google’s strategy to take on iPads needs these to succeed

Google’s strategy to take on iPads needs these to succeed

Once belittled as a glorified browser masquerading as a desktop, Google’s Chrome OS is arguably more exciting now than Android. Save for a phone, it now runs on different form factors, including detachable 2-in-1s and standalone tablets. It can run Android apps and, soon, Linux apps as well, both command line and graphical. Chrome OS is definitely now in a better position to take on even the likes of Apple’s iPads, but it will not be enough to simply have Chrome OS tablets or convertibles. Fortunately, Google might already have all that it needs to take it to the next level.

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2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder first drive: Howling Corner King

2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder first drive: Howling Corner King

There's an inevitable moment when you think you've screwed it up completely, when you're past that initial terror at being entrusted with the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder, and when the giddiness of a howling V10 engine and 640 horsepower is at its most beguiling. You were overly cautious at first, but that ebbed away as it took each turn you threw at it and shrugged them off with Mediterranean cool. Then the tricky corner comes.

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Keep your old phone and buy a new tablet

Keep your old phone and buy a new tablet

I need to get this message out to the world because it's apparent there's a bit of a break between sense and common sense going on right this minute. Over the past few weeks, I've witnessed a trend. People keep buying new smartphones when what they really want, what they don't realize they'd be better off with, is a brand new tablet - or even a used tablet, for crying out loud. Let's talk about why.

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Galaxy S and Galaxy Note merger makes perfect sense

Galaxy S and Galaxy Note merger makes perfect sense

With the upcoming launch of the Galaxy Note 9 and news of the Galaxy S9’s lackluster sales numbers, it’s not entirely surprising to hear murmurs of Samsung axing one or the other product lines. Of course, that still depends on how well or how badly the Galaxy Note 9 performs in comparison. It might, however, be more beneficial to simply merge its two flagship phones completely, whatever name it comes up with. That might even mean axing the non-Plus model as well.

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