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2020 McLaren 600LT Spider First Drive: Speed with a Soundtrack

2020 McLaren 600LT Spider First Drive: Speed with a Soundtrack

If you thought slicing the roof off might leave the 2020 McLaren 600LT Spider softer, less extreme, or - dare I say it - even disappointing, worry not. The British automaker's latest addition to its Sport Series may have gained a retractable hard top roof, but this is no dilution of what makes a Longtail special. Never mind giving you a view of the sky: this extreme of engineering is all about bringing its audacious soundtrack inside.

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Why big teams like Apple develop and little ones like OnePlus disrupt

Why big teams like Apple develop and little ones like OnePlus disrupt

A study published this week on the size of teams in science and technology showed how one disrupts while the other tends to develop. I'm using Apple and OnePlus to extrapolate because Apple was, for a while, a disruptor. Now they're not exactly the same company they were a decade ago - they still disrupt the industry, sometimes, but they're far more apt to develop what's already successful. OnePlus, on the other hand, is in a place where they've disrupted the market, recently, and several times over.

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Snapdragon X55 5G modem: Why – and when – you’ll be using it

Snapdragon X55 5G modem: Why – and when – you’ll be using it

5G smartphones won't be in short supply at Mobile World Congress 2019 next week, but Qualcomm is already announcing its second-generation 5G modem, the Snapdragon X55. Successor to the Snapdragon X50 that, along with the Snapdragon 855 chipset, is expected to be at the heart of the first round of 5G Android devices, the new modem is arguably even more important.

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Android tablets are losing steam, Chrome OS to the rescue

Android tablets are losing steam, Chrome OS to the rescue

Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Tab S5e without much fanfare and it was received with equal amounts of interest. Granted, the tablet sounded more like an "economy" (Samsung will probably call it "essentials") edition of a proper Galaxy Tab S5, but the silent treatment closely echoes the reception of Android tablets of late, even from brands like Lenovo and Huawei.

Android tablets are, for all intents and purposes, dead and there is little to no hope of a revival. Chromebooks, or Chrome OS tablets, do seem to be the way forward but Google and its partners need to be careful lest they repeat the same mistakes all over again.

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2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country First Drive – The Wagon Agenda

2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country First Drive – The Wagon Agenda

It was while going sideways on a frozen lake in the 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country that I began to seriously question the wisdom of giving the American customer what they want. For years now, the answer to that question at car dealerships across the US has been "an SUV, please." That may be what they want, but what they actually need is something very different.

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Facebook needs more than a fine to change its privacy ethics

Facebook needs more than a fine to change its privacy ethics

Facebook might be setting a new world record soon but not in a very good way. Reports indicate that it is negotiating with the US Federal Trade Commission over what could be the largest fine ever levied on a technology company, breaking Google's $22.5 million in 2012. But while the still non-final multi-billion dollar penalty is seen as a "day of reckoning" for the social network giant, it will take more than just monetary fines to make Facebook change its ways.

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The top 4 franchises the Nintendo Switch needs next

The top 4 franchises the Nintendo Switch needs next

The first Nintendo Direct of 2019 has come and gone, and now that it’s over, we have a better idea of the games that will be coming to the Switch in the first half of the year. Nintendo’s first-party release schedule doesn’t seem to be slowing down as we prepare to enter the console’s third year of availability, but even though Nintendo has been tapping most of its franchises for Switch releases, there are a few that it’s missed so far. With the Switch being the success that it is, there’s plenty of room for new games from franchises that have gone ignored for far too long, so here are just a few of the franchises that need to get a Switch release.

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2019 Audi A6 and A7 First Drive: A Preview of the Future

2019 Audi A6 and A7 First Drive: A Preview of the Future

It all started with the beautiful Audi Prologue concept unveiled by Audi at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The Prologue heralded the future of Audi exterior and interior design, under the pen and leadership of Marc Lichte. The rounded lines of the past are now strong and aggressive; gone are button-heavy consoles from the interior and, in their place, touchscreens and a handful of necessary keys.

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The phone radiation top 15 list: Who’s emitting most?

The phone radiation top 15 list: Who’s emitting most?

So you'd like to know which smartphones emit the most radiation? Today we've got a chart for that - and a little explanation for what it all means. First you should know that there's no single study that shows worrying levels of negative effects on the human brain via cell phone use. That does NOT mean that you should go ahead and chat the night away every night - because we don't yet know the full effects, and studies are currently in progress.

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10 unique features Galaxy S10 will roll with on release day

10 unique features Galaxy S10 will roll with on release day

There's a new set of phones coming from Samsung this month - three different models, all called Galaxy S10. Rumors seem pretty much a lock at this point that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will be joined by a smaller model called Galaxy S10E and a larger version called Galaxy S10 Plus. The three models will be revealed at the same event (with a few other devices at the same time) and we've got a handy-dandy list of features here that've been tipped to set the Galaxy S10 family aside from the rest of the smartphone universe and/or other recent Galaxy S smartphones from the last several years.

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Honor 10 Lite Review: Honor 8X on a budget

Honor 10 Lite Review: Honor 8X on a budget

Honor, an independent Huawei subsidiary, is well-known and well-loved for offering high-end specs, higher than Xiaomi's, at lower prices. In some cases, it almost rivals its parent by putting almost the same specs and features as, say, a P or Mate series into a more affordable package with only a few compromises. That said, it also has room for smartphones a little lower down the ladder for those with even tighter budgets. The Honor 10 Lite is the latest in that roster and we take it for a spin to see whether it cuts off too many corners in the process.

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2020 Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is the V8 dream

2020 Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is the V8 dream

The Range Rover Velar is gaining a new, much more powerful version, giving the streamlined luxury SUV the grunt it always deserved. The 2020 Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition takes the top spot as the most powerful Velar so far, with a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 under its hood.

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