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Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 Review: Top Marks

Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 Review: Top Marks

Razer's mechanical gaming keyboard line BlackWidow got a redesign with a new name: "V2". Today we're checking out the action on the keys, the color under the keys, and the build quality of the whole keyboard. Razer changed up their game 4 years after launching the BlackWidow mechanical keyboard line with programmable rainbow "Chroma" lighting and by manufacturing their own brand of mechanical switches for the first time. Here in 2017, Razer gave the BlackWidow keyboard a major redesign - refined for a new generation.

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How Princess Leia led the Women’s March protest against Trump

How Princess Leia led the Women’s March protest against Trump

With the Galactic Empire appearing to have taken control of the Senate, Congress, and the Presidency of the USA in short order, it seems only right that Princess Leia lead the resistance. As the image at the head of this article shows, pop culture is primed and ready to take on another unpopular president. Today we've gathered a gallery of images of protest signs and representations of Princess Leia as she appeared the day after the inauguration of United States President Donald Trump.

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As chip sales save 2016, Samsung looks to Note 8 for 2017 profit

As chip sales save 2016, Samsung looks to Note 8 for 2017 profit

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 may have tested the old "any publicity is good publicity" adage, but bumper chip demand has paved the way for a surprisingly successful 2017, the company predicts. Sales of memory chips helped assuage the financial hit from recalling millions of Note 7 handsets over fears they could explode, the South Korean firm said today, with record high prices in the final quarter of 2016. Indeed, Samsung's Q4 operating profit surged by 50-percent.

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Galaxy Note 7 battery fire investigation: What you need to know

Galaxy Note 7 battery fire investigation: What you need to know

The folks at Samsung seem to have made an effort to come as clean as possible in public about the Galaxy Note 7 and its battery-related mishap. Not long after the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the year 2016, it became apparent that there was a problem. Once it was clear that the problem was not relegated to a few faulty phones, Samsung set about recalling the entire bunch, all around the world, no exceptions.

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Galaxy Note 7 big reveal: the battery is really to blame

Galaxy Note 7 big reveal: the battery is really to blame

And so Samsung has finally made it official. To no one's surprise, the company is putting the blame squarely on the Galaxy Note 7's batteries, which is pretty much what it did before the first (failed) recall. This time, however, it has gone into more details on the how and why. While still not naming Samsung SDI and ATL, Samsung has blamed manufacturing defects and lapses in the batteries which resulted in the fiery deaths of the smartphones.

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Apple just sued Qualcomm for unfair license costs

Apple just sued Qualcomm for unfair license costs

This afternoon Apple released a statement which suggests they've begun a process to sue Qualcomm for unfair licensing practices for mobile technology. Apple also suggests that, due to Apple cooperating with a Korea-based regulatory probe into Qualcomm's business, the mobile processor-makers have withheld money owed to Apple. An amount of money, Apple says, that runs up to $1-billion in unpaid royalty rebates.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Review: The would-be crossover killer

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Review: The would-be crossover killer

Crossovers are everywhere, but the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is choosing to see that as a big potential audience rather than an insurmountable problem. Convincing drivers to give up their sleeker SUVs and give a station wagon a chance is no small challenge, though. So, just as if you want a cat to swallow a pill you have to either rub its throat until it acquiesces or bury the medication in a mound of delicious treats, VW has opted for a mixed strategy when it comes to feeding Americans a wagon.

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Beware the Meitu photo filter app – it just stole your phone’s ID [UPDATE]

Beware the Meitu photo filter app – it just stole your phone’s ID [UPDATE]

It's time to uninstall Meitu, the photo app masses of users downloaded over the past week to make their selfies look wacky. This app was found today to be sending IMEI numbers to several China-based digital locations. That alone isn't enough to do a whole lot, but given the massive amount of permissions the app seeks (and is granted) when it's installed, the app has effectively given someone in China the ability to take control of the phone it's installed on. In other words - uninstall Meitu (and any apps made by the same company) IMMEDIATELY and consider changing all passwords of apps and accounts associated with your smartphone.

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QCY Q29 Wireless Earbuds Review: AirPods on a budget

QCY Q29 Wireless Earbuds Review: AirPods on a budget

Apple's AirPods have made untethered Bluetooth earbuds mainstream, but the design itself -- that is, two untethered wireless ear pieces -- has been around for years. Go back far enough, and you'll find early models like the Sennheiser MX W1, a pair of big, clunky but functional earbuds that provided stereo audio without a wire tethering them together. As technology improves and prices substantially drop (the MX W1 retailed for $600 new), we've seen earbuds of this sort with increased frequency, and joining them are the QCY Q29 pair.

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5 Mid-Size SUVs under $40,000 to watch out for in 2017

5 Mid-Size SUVs under $40,000 to watch out for in 2017

Mid-size SUVs are the 'next step' in almost every family's automotive evolution. With enough room to handle a growing brood - especially when trying to fit lanky teenagers in the back seat - along with the kind of cargo space that lets you haul all of your gear at the same time, mid-size sport-utility vehicles are versatile and in many cases surprisingly affordable additions to any driveway.

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Galaxy J7 Prime out now: 5 reasons you’ll want one

Galaxy J7 Prime out now: 5 reasons you’ll want one

Supposing you're a consumer looking for a new smartphone and you've not already purchased a Galaxy S7, the Galaxy J7 Prime might be right up your alley. Today we're running down 5 reasons why a person might want this smartphone here in the first part of the year 2017. This device isn't quite the most powerful smartphone in Samsung's collection, but it's no pack of small beans to cough at.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV Review (Gen2, 2017)

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Review (Gen2, 2017)

Over the past two years just one device has been in near-constant use at my home - that's the original NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV. This piece of hardware sits quietly to the side of my television and serves content to my family almost every day of the year. Unlike any other device I've used over the past half-decade, the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV has never failed to feel like a natural part of my everyday routine - without the need for an over-abundant amount of software updates, and completely functional in every way I'd needed it to be. That's why I was skeptical when NVIDIA announced they'd be releasing another newer NVIDIA SHIELD device this year.

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