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Essential Phone Review: The Impossible Challenge

Essential Phone Review: The Impossible Challenge

The first Essential Phone was a good device, and everything that the first wave of Android phone enthusiasts could have wanted. But by the time the Essential company and the PH-1 existed, the general public had moved beyond their initial any-new-Android frenzy. Now we're in an era where the most fad-friendly phone is king, and only king for a half-cycle. Essential's first phone release is an attempt to check all the boxes for innovation but remain bare-bones at the same time. Therein lies the Essential struggle.

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The Pickup is Growing Up

The Pickup is Growing Up

Given Detroit's history with the pickup, the fact that the North American International Auto Show 2018 was dominated by trucks probably wasn't much of a surprise. All the same, it's telling that these weren't the rough and ready workhorses of pickup tradition. Consumer demand, more stringent regulations, and an undeniable appetite for raising sticker prices on the forecourt have all forced the unthinkable: the pickup truck is growing up.

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Samsung investigated for old phone slowdown (just like Apple)

Samsung investigated for old phone slowdown (just like Apple)

Remember how Apple just got in trouble for deliberately slowing down old iPhones? Samsung was just called out for the same thing. Antitrust authorities are now investigating both Samsung and Apple for their part in "unfair commercial practices." More specifically, Samsung and Apple now part of two separate proceedings for "exploiting the shortcomings of some components to reduce the performance of their products over time and induce consumers to purchase new versions of the same."

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Audi MMI update integrates design and technology in one place

Audi MMI update integrates design and technology in one place

Who says concepts are just for phones and computers? Car makers have been putting out concept cars and outfitting them with forward-looking technology, some of which may never see the light of day. Some, however, do and they eventually get integrated into the car maker’s premium line. At Detroit, we sat with Audi of America VP of Product Management Filip Brabec to talk about the company’s plans to bring its technology, specifically its latest MMI system, from its luxury A8 to the rest of its premium brood.

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Smart Vision EQ fortwo first ride & Interview with Dr. Annette Winkler on quality of life

Smart Vision EQ fortwo first ride & Interview with Dr. Annette Winkler on quality of life

Cars are making the jump, some more of a slow hop, to technologies like connectivity, artificial intelligence and the like. These days, car makers talk as much about machine learning and neural networks as they do horsepower and torque. But while they are undoubtedly interesting from a technological perspective, in the grand scheme of things they should take a backseat to the most important element of all: the human element. At CES 2018, I got a chance to sit down with Dr. Annette Winkler, CEO of Smart Automobile, who describes what smart cars ultimately mean.

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Wish Review (website and app): Buyer Beware

Wish Review (website and app): Buyer Beware

This week we're having a peek at the shopping website and app called Wish (that is, Wish dot com, or Wish.com) for products of all sorts. This site brings heat to the feet of Amazon with a wide variety of products that appear to be extremely well priced and organized extremely well. I must note here that I'm not reviewing any of the products that come from the site and/or app, but the process of visiting the site or app itself - therein lies the rub.

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Project ONE: SlashGear interviews AMG Head Tobias Moers

Project ONE: SlashGear interviews AMG Head Tobias Moers

Almost all car makers have made promises about putting a street-legal race car on the road, by which they really mean a road car with race car power and speed. AMG, on the other hand, intends to put a literal one in consumer’s hands. At least that was the big splash it made in Frankfurt last September when it unveiled the Project ONE hypercar, which not only leave other road cars in its dust but even looked like an F1 speed demon. At the North America International Auto Show (NAIAS), Vincent Nguyen, SlashGear's Editor-in-Chief got a chance to sit with Tobias Moers, Chief Executive of AMG, to get his insight on Project ONE, electrifying the future, and, of course, the MBUX.

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Lamborghini Urus: making a Super SUV possible

Lamborghini Urus: making a Super SUV possible

Lamborghini is a name mostly associated with sports cars. Or to be more specific, “super” sports cars. But once in a while, the marque decides to venture outside of its comfort zone, giving birth to vehicles like the LM002 “Lamborghini truck”. It is doing so once again, but, this time, it is pulling in all its history, its lessons, its heritage, what Lamborghini loves to call its “DNA”, to create a new car, even a new classification, for the modern market. That is the Urus, the world’s first ever, and so far only, “super” SUV.

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Trucks and SUVs give Detroit Auto Show 2018 its mojo

Trucks and SUVs give Detroit Auto Show 2018 its mojo

It should probably come as no surprise that in a city like Detroit, trucks dominated the auto show. All the same, with CES increasingly counting car news among its gadget pageantry just a week prior, there were questions from some quarters as to whether the North American International Auto Show 2018 would have any news left. Turns out, Detroit still had some aces up its sleeve, both domestic and foreign.

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2019 Hyundai Veloster N wants to eat the Golf GTI

2019 Hyundai Veloster N wants to eat the Golf GTI

Clearly nobody told Hyundai that the Detroit Auto Show 2018 was being dominated by trucks and slick luxury sedans: the South Korean company instead brought the brand new 2019 Veloster and its crazy Veloster N. The regular Veloster is now available with both a regular and a turbocharged engine for those looking for more power. As for the Veloster N, that's Hyundai's attempt to out-play VW's Golf GTI.

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Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept aims to make sedans cool again

Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept aims to make sedans cool again

Infiniti promised something special when it came to its new Q Inspiration Concept, and the seductively curvaceous sedan certainly delivers. Officially revealed at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 today, the sleek four-door wraps around the Japanese automaker's latest VC-Turbo engine. In the process, Infiniti insists, it presages what's coming next for its production style, powertrains, and infotainment systems.

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Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept hints at super-luxe crossover to come

Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept hints at super-luxe crossover to come

Lexus has revealed its new vision of a luxury crossover, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept, and the idea is all about flexibility. Revealed today at the Detroit Auto Show 2018, the LF-1 Limitless is longer and wider than the current Lexus RX SUV, and even more aggressively proportioned, with a long hood and steeply raked rear glass.

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