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2017 Audi A4 allroad First Drive: Wunderwagon

2017 Audi A4 allroad First Drive: Wunderwagon

For a nation so addicted to crossovers and SUVs, it's perverse that Audi had to get sneaky to make America swallow its wagon medicine. The 2017 Audi A4 allroad keeps to the Avant-with-attitude ethos of previous generations, but introduces a brand new quattro all-wheel drive system that the German automaker expects to go down very well among what has traditionally been a fairly niche allroad audience.

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The best Android phone is now Google’s Pixel

The best Android phone is now Google’s Pixel

Google made clear this week that they're ready to center their attention on one smartphone: the Pixel. Android will continue to be updated, they'll continue to have teams dedicated to working with 3rd-party manufacturers of Android devices, but here comes the big break. It's time. Google may not have made a formal declaration of their intentions to take the throne, but they're most certainly gunning for it. The Google Pixel phone is about to be the device that's all the best in Google's services and hardware, all at once.

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Dyson 360 Eye Review: A great robo-vac with blind spots

Dyson 360 Eye Review: A great robo-vac with blind spots

Dyson's first robot vacuum arrives with plenty of fanfare, promising more suction than the competition, more flexible trundling on its tank tracks, and smarter cleaning with vision-based navigation. As with all the British icon's products, however, that doesn't come cheap: the Dyson 360 Eye has the familiar grey, blue, and fuchsia plastic of its manually-operated vacuum siblings, and a similarly hefty $999.99 price tag.

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PlayStation VR hands-on and eyes-on

PlayStation VR hands-on and eyes-on

For believers, the VR renaissance probably started with the Oculus Rift’s birth, though that did launch nearly at the same time as rival HTC Vive. But virtual reality, and augmented/mixed reality for that matter, is primarily a PC thing. Or a Windows thing even. Those who have chosen the path of the console have mostly been left out, unless they happen to have a PC rig worthy of those VR headsets or have settled for the smartphone version. Today, however, those from the PlayStation side of the fence no longer need to feel disenfranchised. The PS VR has arrived and with it, the promise of immersive virtual reality experiences for consoles. We take a brief tour to see what awaits us in this (slightly) new world.

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Google Pixel XL vs Pixel first impressions and hands-on

Google Pixel XL vs Pixel first impressions and hands-on

Today Google has revealed two smartphones, one the Pixel, the other the Pixel XL. These devices are made to be part of Google's bigger picture - a future in which the company is known for its hardware and software suite, not just a company that makes Android and releases Nexus devices mainly for developers. This larger machine has more pixels than its companion, coming in at 2K (2560 x 1440) at 5.5-inches instead of 1080p and 5-inches, not entirely unlike the Nexus 6P was to the Nexus 5X.

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Google Pixel first impressions and hands-on

Google Pixel first impressions and hands-on

This morning Google's big Pixel event has revealed two devices, the smaller of the two being the Pixel phone. This device looks quite sleek, reminiscent of previous Google Nexus phones but making a visual name for itself with its metal edge and glass up front and behind. The top third of the backside of the Pixel is glass, while the rest is aluminum. Colors on the front match the back, and the back also has a fingerprint scanner, not unlike the Nexus 6P.

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Philips Hue Motion Sensor Review

Philips Hue Motion Sensor Review

You can control your connected lighting by app, from your smartwatch, by voice, and even by a good old-fashioned button, but Philips' latest addition to Hue only cares when you're around. The Hue Motion Sensor takes a hands-off approach to smart lighting, triggering scenes across any of Philips' bulbs, lamps, or luminaires when you walk past, either for convenience, security, or both.

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Google Pixel details : release all about perception (and HTC)

Google Pixel details : release all about perception (and HTC)

The Google Pixel phone has arrived, in two sizes, complete with the company's new public image for their brand. The letter G, simplicity in all things, the absence of over-thinking names for apps and connecting devices to other smart devices and those devices to the web. If we're to believe Google will do what we're fairly sure they will do, this isn't going to be about a spec war. Google has long since discovered that their biggest competitor(s) don't play on that basketball court, anyway.

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Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen) Review: Alexa goes everywhere

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen) Review: Alexa goes everywhere

Amazon may have all-but stumbled onto its hit Echo speaker and the smart Alexa assistant that powers it, but the new $49.99 Echo Dot proves the retailer has no intention of letting that momentum slip. Resembling a hockey puck rather than the column of its sibling Echo, the smaller, cheaper Echo Dot actually has two goals: be the new entry-level device for those just getting started with Alexa, as well as making it affordable for existing users to spread her skills around the home.

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2017 Infiniti Q60 First Drive: Seeing Red

2017 Infiniti Q60 First Drive: Seeing Red

In an industry increasingly driven by bottom-line bolstering SUVs that cater to sales volume over anything resembling a passion for driving or design, the 2017 Infiniti Q60 is a ray of hope. Here is a car staged to take part in the vanishingly small sliver of the market given over to premium coupes - a segment devastated by the transition away from personal luxury to sport-utilities in the late 90s - and yet the investment made in the completely redesigned Q60's every detail firmly communicates Infiniti's commitment to taking on leaders from BMW (the 4 Series), Mercedes-Benz (the C-Class) and Audi (the A5).

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Star Wars Rogue One Toys Review : Action Figures #GoRogue

Star Wars Rogue One Toys Review : Action Figures #GoRogue

Today we've got our hands on a number of Star Wars Rogue One toys before they're released - and we're going to share the lot up close and personal. We've got a couple of Black Series action figures, a couple of slightly heavier-duty action figures in the Elite Series from the Disney Store, a couple of Hasbro 2-packs (complete with super-absurd mega-weapons), and some JAKKS Big-Figs to crown the massiveness of this collection off. And, as no modern collection of Star Wars figures would be complete without, we've got a couple of brand new Funko Pop vinyl bobblehead figures as well, all from Rogue One.

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3 Pokemon GO updates that’ll suck me back in

3 Pokemon GO updates that’ll suck me back in

Niantic has a set of features up its sleeve that they hope will not only bring the game back near its peak in global users, it'll bring in new players as well. Back when the game was launched, it caught on with feature's we'd never seen before. As Match Group explained in a recent AppAnnie interview, "Artificial intelligence and location-aware notifications [will be big next year for retention] - Pokémon GO is a good example of a high retention product that has completely brand new hooks." Niantic doesn't need to pay attention to what's worked before - they need to keep innovating.

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