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Galaxy Note 8 and Dex – one month later: I almost ditched my PC

Galaxy Note 8 and Dex – one month later: I almost ditched my PC

I will confess. I am one of those who have been mesmerized by the likes of Microsoft's continuum, Ubuntu's Convergence, and all the other attempts at utilizing the computer in your pocket as your only, or at least primary, computer on your desk. So when Samsung came out with the oddly-named DeX and the promise of another “PC in your pocket” experience, I was naturally intrigued. Did Samsung succeed where many others have failed? Just a week of use might not be enough to truly judge that proposition, so I decided to do one better. I used the Galaxy Note 8 and the Samsung DeX exclusively for a month, for both work and play. This is how my adventure went.

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iPhone X preorders: Are you buying?

iPhone X preorders: Are you buying?

If you want an iPhone X, you have to do your homework. Apple's flagship smartphone for 2017 isn't just expensive, it's undoubtedly going to be in short supply, and that means conceding that you're not going to get much sleep tonight. That said, with the potential for very limited devices, Apple's promise of in-store stock next week, and lingering skepticism about just how willing people are to put up with "the notch," the big question is how many will actually preorder the iPhone X?

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Super Mario Odyssey review roundup: Switch’s best game?

Super Mario Odyssey review roundup: Switch’s best game?

Perhaps only second to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (and very possibly second to none), Super Mario Odyssey is the most anticipated Nintendo game of the year. We're now less than a day out from its release, and this morning, many publications began publishing their reviews. So, what's the critical consensus? Is Super Mario Odyssey a worthy entry in a series that includes greats like Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine?

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Amazon Fire TV (2017) Review: 4K HDR, Alexa, and a problem

Amazon Fire TV (2017) Review: 4K HDR, Alexa, and a problem

Welcome to the age of 4K HDR and a brand new Amazon Fire TV (2017), complete with Alexa to hold your hand as you wade into High Dynamic Range content. Aggressively priced at $69.99, and thoroughly undercutting the latest Apple TV in the process, Amazon's newest media streamer boasts not only 4K HDR 60 fps, but all the skills and talents its virtual assistant can offer. As I found, however, the road to multimedia nirvana is seldom smooth.

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Fynd LTE tracker finds dogs, keys or kids in real-time

Fynd LTE tracker finds dogs, keys or kids in real-time

The tracker market may be growing, but startup Fynd thinks it can out-perform Tile, TrackR and others with its new 4G LTE tracker. Tracking dongles, which promise to help you find your keys, dog, or kids, are increasingly popular, but most rely on Bluetooth and that has some big issues. While it's low-power, Bluetooth doesn't have the service coverage that cellular radios offer.

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Pixel 2 XL screen saga keeps getting worse

Pixel 2 XL screen saga keeps getting worse

The Pixel 2 XL is still making headlines, but not for the reasons Google was hoping for. The early wave of generally glowing reviews may have given the Android smartphone a good start, but as devices reach buyers there are big, ominous concerns being raised about Google's choice of display. Right now, there are three big problems the Pixel 2 XL faces, and one awkward question.

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Best phone camera of 2017 : Seek out PDAF

Best phone camera of 2017 : Seek out PDAF

Today we're going to take a look at what it means to buy a smartphone with a camera "that just takes good pictures." You know, the sort of phone that just lets you snap a picture and it won't be blurry. I'm here to tell you that this phone does exist, but that actually snapping a reasonably sharp photo is not quite as simple as just pointing and shooting.

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Amazon Echo Review (2017)

Amazon Echo Review (2017)

Amazon couldn't have hoped for a better response when it created the smart speaker market three years ago with the original Amazon Echo. What once seemed like a vaguely creepy gimmick - a virtual assistant housed in a slender black totem - has gone on to spawn multiple models along with numerous competitors. Now, Amazon has a new version of the Echo for 2017: smaller, and - at $99.99 - more affordable, but can it impress like the original did?

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Pixel 2 XL screen problems VS iPhone 8 Plus, LG V30, Galaxy Note 8

Pixel 2 XL screen problems VS iPhone 8 Plus, LG V30, Galaxy Note 8

Over the past few days a bit of controversy popped up over the display on the Pixel 2 XL. The most common issue seen in descriptions of the device seems to have to do with the device's coloring and/or texture. Our own review by Chris Davies said that the display on the Pixel 2 XL is "muted and blue-tinged off-axis."

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Harman Kardon Invoke Review: Cortana finds her voice

Harman Kardon Invoke Review: Cortana finds her voice

Move aside, Alexa; back off, Google Assistant. Microsoft's Cortana is here, and she wants to be the de-facto virtual assistant for busy people in their busy homes. Breaking free of the smartphone and desktop for the first time, Cortana's newest form is the Harman Kardon Invoke, a new entrant to the burgeoning smart speaker market that promises audio quality to rival true music systems along with everything from both your home and your work lives.

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2019 Audi A7 Sportback revealed: Everything you need to know

2019 Audi A7 Sportback revealed: Everything you need to know

The new 2019 Audi A7 Sportback is an evolution, representing the automaker's latest design language and the dramatic design elements of the Prologue concept car studies. The four-door coupe raises the bar in the luxury class when it comes to the new styling, digitalization, driving experience, and interior space. It's a competitive segment, but Audi is confident the new A7 has what it takes.

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2018 Audi S5 Review: Let’s roleplay “sexy architect”

2018 Audi S5 Review: Let’s roleplay “sexy architect”

"Well," I said, filling for time as I racked my brain for a negative, "sometimes the little arm that holds out your seatbelt doesn't grab it properly. Then you have to reach back." If that sounds like the sort of First World Problem that First World Problems themselves complain about then you're not wrong. Welcome to the world of the 2018 Audi S5.

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