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Nest Secure hands-on plus Nest Hello, Cam IQ Outdoor

Nest Secure hands-on plus Nest Hello, Cam IQ Outdoor

Nest has done a solid job of filling in gaps in the company's connected home and security line-up today, unveiling Nest Secure, the Nest Hello doorbell, and Nest Cam IQ Outdoor. Joining the Alphabet company's existing smart thermostats, cameras, and smoke detectors, the new models are just as ambitious with their promises as their predecessors have been. Namely, delivering home security that people will actually go to the effort of switching on.

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2017 Audi R8 Spyder Review: Almost no compromises

2017 Audi R8 Spyder Review: Almost no compromises

You've probably heard the automotive press expound exponentially on the concept of 'range anxiety' as it applies to electric cars, but what of the 'supercar sweats?' You know, that feeling that descends on almost every exotic owner when called upon to park, navigate traffic, or go on a drive that lasts longer than a quick jaunt to the local show 'n shine? After all, asphalt-scraping, bone-jarring suspension setups, blind spots the size of a refrigerator, and the constant danger of reckless drivers zooming from two lanes over to snap a photo while hanging inches off the bumper are hazards anyone who elects to daily drive their six-figure sports car regularly face.

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iPhone 8 Review Round-up: No waiting for X

iPhone 8 Review Round-up: No waiting for X

Early iPhone 8 reviews are in, and it would appear that Apple's reveal of the iPhone X has taken a toll on reviewer's expectations. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are indeed slightly-better versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and in years past that'd garner a hearty "the best just got better" from the review circuit. But because Apple's strategy this season was to reveal an even better phone as well in the iPhone X, things are a little bit different.

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August Smart Lock Pro Review

August Smart Lock Pro Review

When it comes to connected locks, August is rightly one of the first names that comes to mind, and now there's a new flagship aiming for a spot on your door frame. The August Smart Lock Pro may look like its predecessor, but inside it's all-change with faster components, along with Z-Wave Plus support for pro-installation alarm systems. It'll even tell you whether you've left the door ajar. Question is, does that make it worth $279?

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August’s new smart locks know if your door’s ajar

August’s new smart locks know if your door’s ajar

August has rolled out a trio of new devices, including a pair of connected locks that can tell whether your door is actually closed or not, and a smarter doorbell camera. Offering features like Apple HomeKit support, integration with Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant, and Apple's Siri, and the same straightforward installation that made their predecessors so popular, the new IoT gadgets also offer more usable remote security monitoring.

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2018 Polaris RZR Dynamix First Drive: Off-road witchcraft

2018 Polaris RZR Dynamix First Drive: Off-road witchcraft

For those unacquainted with the experience of offroading in a Polaris RZR, allow me a few brief words to familiarize you with the sensations. Dusty. Bouncy. Jarring. Thrilling. Windy. Scary. Rattling. And after you’re done, Aching. For most weekend-warrior RZR drivers, the raw joy of conquering the backroads and trails of the western deserts of the USA have to be balanced by the raw muscles you’ll have the day after. But that “offroader’s hangover” might be a thing of the past, thanks to Polaris’ new Dynamix suspension.

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Pokken Tournament DX review: Pokemon brawler goes portable

Pokken Tournament DX review: Pokemon brawler goes portable

Even though I consider myself a pretty big Pokemon fan - I’ve played every mainline game since Red and Blue and to this day can still sing the PokeRap (it’s like riding a bike, honestly) - Pokken Tournament evaded me when it was originally launched on the Wii U. With Pokken Tournament DX, I’ve been given another shot at experiencing the game, so how does Nintendo’s Pokemon fighting title hold up in the jump to the Switch?

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iOS 11 release is tomorrow: Our essential ‘getting ready’ list

iOS 11 release is tomorrow: Our essential ‘getting ready’ list

Apple's iOS 11 was announced to be released tomorrow for all devices capable of its download. This release changes a lot of features for the iPad - especially the iPad Pro, and a significant amount for all versions of the iPhone. Today we're running down a few items that all iPhone users (and iPad and iPod Touch users) should be aware of before download time comes.

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What Google’s Pixel 2 needs to compete with iPhone X

What Google’s Pixel 2 needs to compete with iPhone X

Apple's stepped up their game with the iPhone X, creating a device that not only has a built-in cult following, but delivers on new features to boot. Google's task now with Pixel is to create not only a solid Android phone, but a device that's at least as high quality as the phone's first generation. Today we're having a peek at some of the key features on the iPhone X to see what Google's Pixel 2 will need to directly compete.

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Galaxy Note 8 Sale Uber Alles OR Why I’ll wait for iPhone X

Galaxy Note 8 Sale Uber Alles OR Why I’ll wait for iPhone X

Both Samsung and Apple have new smartphones out for sale today, and I've got some opinions about which one I'd choose. If I wanted to pay the smallest amount of money for a top-notch 2017 smartphone (not considering the Google Pixel), I'd have to go with the iPhone 8, which is around $700, on pre-order starting today. If I wanted the most impressive hero phone this year and I needed to order right this minute, I'd choose the Galaxy Note 8.

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iPhone X : How do I deal with The Notch?

iPhone X : How do I deal with The Notch?

The iPhone X's notch sparked a conversation this week between designers, users, naysayers, and notch-lovers alike. What we've done here is explore some of the first reactions to the notch's now-official presence on the iPhone X. We've also taken a brief look at what Apple has announced as Human Interface Guidelines for the iPhone X - and the notch specifically.

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Yes, the iPhone X supports wireless charging at Starbucks

Yes, the iPhone X supports wireless charging at Starbucks

Your iPhone X can get a wireless power boost while you top-up your caffeine levels at Starbucks, with Powermat confirming it'll upgrade its public charging pads to support Apple's preferred Qi standard. The news means iPhone X owners - along with those using the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus - will have a long list of locations where they can get a cable-free recharge, including the popular coffee shop chain and the dashboard cubbies of select Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Buick cars. Turns out, when it comes to wireless charging pads, Powermat has something special going on under the table.

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