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Sonos One Review: When Alexa is the DJ

Sonos One Review: When Alexa is the DJ

Smart speakers are big business now, and with Amazon's Echo and Google's Home dominating the market, Sonos had a choice: step up or slip behind. The Sonos One shows the connected speaker stalwart chose to play the game, and not just with one virtual assistant but as many as it can. Rather than making its own AI for the Sonos One, the $199 connected speaker aims to be friends with all of them.

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You don’t need an expensive phone, so don’t buy one

You don’t need an expensive phone, so don’t buy one

This year is the first in smartphone hardware in a long time in which I felt like no game-changing changes came from any company. The smartphones revealed by HTC, Samsung, Apple, and the rest - they were all solid. But we've reached a point in the history of the smartphone where only the very rich should consider buying a new device every single year. Let me tell you why.

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Google Pixel 2 Review: Android camera magic

Google Pixel 2 Review: Android camera magic

If there's a rockstar of the Android world in 2017, it's the new Pixel 2. Google's own smartphones may not sell in as great a number as, say, Apple's iPhone or Samsung's Galaxy, but they're arguably no less important in their own way. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL embody Google's vision of hardware, software, and artificial intelligence, all working collaboratively.

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Surface Book 2 hands-on: 13.5″ and 15″ take fight to Apple

Surface Book 2 hands-on: 13.5″ and 15″ take fight to Apple

Microsoft has just unveiled the Surface Book 2, and it's pulling no punches as it targets Apple's MacBook Pro. Packing new processors for as much as twice the power of Apple's flagship notebooks, there's now not just one 2-in-1 but two. Joining the existing 13.5-inch model is a brand new 15-inch Surface Book 2.

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This is Polestar 1: Volvo’s disruptive performance EV

This is Polestar 1: Volvo’s disruptive performance EV

You expect solid confidence with a little reserve from the Swedes, and yet the freshly-revealed Polestar 1 arrives today with some bold claims. Before you is the first vehicle from Polestar, Volvo Car Group’s performance brand, and the first of three models set to launch over the next few years. Polestar 1 doesn’t go into production at the new state-of the art facility in China until mid-2019; indeed, as of right now, the plant is still under construction, with a completion date of its own in mid-2018. Still, there's enough here to get us seriously interested.

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Forza Motorsport 7 Review: Any more real and you’d be paying for gas

Forza Motorsport 7 Review: Any more real and you’d be paying for gas

Forza Motorsport has managed to captivate me for twelve years now. Starting with 233 cars and 31 tracks back in 2005, the game has evolved at a rapid pace year after year. Now, with over 700 cars and 32 race environments, Forza 7 is the biggest version ever.

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Friday the 13th streaming : where Jason Vorhees lives right now

Friday the 13th streaming : where Jason Vorhees lives right now

It's lucky Friday the 13th again, and right smack in the middle of October - perfect timing for a Jason Voorhees / Friday the 13th scary horror movie marathon. We've got the latest updated collection of locations where Friday the 13th films are streaming - legally, of course. We've also got a few suggestions for those thrill-seekers that don't want to stick strictly to Jason - but they're all horrific!

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Google Home Mini Review: Affordability comes at a cost

Google Home Mini Review: Affordability comes at a cost

The Google Home Mini's existence is hardly a mystery: the squat little smart speaker is Google's retort to the Amazon Echo Dot. Packaging the virtues of the Google Assistant into a smaller, cheaper form factor than the existing Google Home, it's a $49 way to add the search company's smarts - and IoT support - to another room. Question is, has some of the magic been squeezed out in the process?

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This is Oculus Go: Standalone VR for just $199

This is Oculus Go: Standalone VR for just $199

Oculus has revealed its newest headset, Oculus Go, aiming to bridge the gap between mobile-based virtual reality headsets and PC-tethered versions. Unveiled today at Oculus Connect 4, the company's annual developer conference, Oculus Go promises the pricing we're used to from phone-based VR headsets, but the quality and performance of a PC-powered system.

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New Kindle Oasis (2017) adds big screen and waterproofing, cuts price

New Kindle Oasis (2017) adds big screen and waterproofing, cuts price

Amazon's Kindle Oasis has had a reboot, boosting screen size, adding audiobook support, and gaining waterproofing, all while cutting the price. The new Kindle Oasis 2017 keeps the asymmetric form-factor of its predecessor but does away with that model's removable battery cover. Instead, Amazon has managed to squeeze sufficient power into just the slender ereader itself.

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Xiaomi Mi A1 Review : Android One just got familiar

Xiaomi Mi A1 Review : Android One just got familiar

Xiaomi Mi A1 is the first in a wave of Android One smartphones to take advantage of Google's new price point target. That might not sound exciting to the average citizen, but to the future of low-cost, high-end smartphone enthusiasts like myself, that's something to get pumped up about. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is essentially a rebranded Mi 5X, this time coming with the most basic Google-approved Android on the market, meaning it's already market-tested and its hardware is solid enough to be taken out a whole new door.

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August Doorbell Cam Pro Review

August Doorbell Cam Pro Review

The smart home is flourishing right now, and connected security is probably the hottest area of them all. August's Doorbell Cam Pro arrives today to bring your front door into the 21st century, replacing your dumb doorbell with a camera and floodlight toting, WiFi connected upgrade that also plays nicely with the company's smart locks. The promise is that the rough spots of the original August Doorbell Cam have been polished away; I got out my screwdriver set to find out if that was true.

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