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NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2019) Review: Android TV meets AI upscaling magic

NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2019) Review: Android TV meets AI upscaling magic

For something intended to be hidden out of sight, the NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2019) sure is a funny shape. Then again, after four years solidifying its reputation as the go-to Android TV box, perhaps NVIDIA's brand new SHIELD TV is allowed to step outside the lines a little. One thing's for sure: with a new AI-powered upscaler, lower sticker price, and brand new remote, there's more to this 2019 model than just a fresh shape.

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Google Pixelbook Go Review: Treat your fingers

Google Pixelbook Go Review: Treat your fingers

Unlike a chest of gold in the movies, the Pixelbook Go may not cast a honeyed glow on your face when you open the lid, but the keyboard you find waiting inside is no less precious. More affordable and more mainstream than the Pixelbook, Google's newest Chromebook puts Chrome OS on a far more traditional form-factor. With a starting price of $649 the Pixelbook Go may still have its flaws, but its big advantage over rival laptops cuts through them all.

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OPPO Reno 2 Review: full-screen display, 4x camera power, and a trade-off

OPPO Reno 2 Review: full-screen display, 4x camera power, and a trade-off

The OPPO Reno 2 (or OPPO Reno2 if you like) is an interesting piece of hardware. It's a smartphone thats part of a very, very similar set of associated handsets, all under the same "Reno" branding name. OPPO's not failed to deliver impressive smartphone hardware to our review bench since we first started reviewing their devices. But here's the thing - if a phone has good hardware but less-than-great software, is the overall experience still good enough for the price?

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Google Pixel 4 Review: Self-Sabotage

Google Pixel 4 Review: Self-Sabotage

I wanted to love the Pixel 4, but instead I can only bring myself to like it, and if it sounds like I'm being demanding then you may not have been keeping up with smartphones in 2019. Apple's iPhones are the best they have been in years, there are numerous affordable Android phones that don't sacrifice top-tier photographic talents, and expectations from whatever device we entrust our SIM to are rightfully high. Into that fray arrives the Pixel 4, Google demonstrating that it can still innovate - and still shoot itself in the foot.

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2020 Aston Martin Vantage AMR First Drive: Long live the manual

2020 Aston Martin Vantage AMR First Drive: Long live the manual

Right off the bat, Aston Martin wanted the new Vantage to go hunting for Porsche and McLaren. I experienced this first-hand on the challenging Portimao Algarve racing circuit in Portugal, a blistering combination of blind turns, massive elevation changes, and fast straights. There, the Aston Martin Vantage felt right at home and eager for more, but there was still one thing missing.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening review – Second time’s the charm

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening review – Second time’s the charm

Though I count The Legend of Zelda as one of my favorite game franchises, I’ve never properly played Link’s Awakening. When I was a kid, my Game Boy served mostly as a vehicle for Pokemon, and though I’d always heard good things about Link’s Awakening, I never actually gave it a decent chance. Luckily for me, Nintendo has remade the game for the Switch, giving me a chance to play it without having to bust out a decades-old handheld. For those who may be in the same boat, is Link’s Awakening a safe buy on the Switch?

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III hands-on: compact and even more powerful

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III hands-on: compact and even more powerful

While digital cameras still have the advantage of power and features over even the most sophisticated smartphones, they often lose out when it comes to ubiquity. If the best tool is the one that you have with you always, then smartphones have a distinct advantage over the powerful yet heavy professional cameras. Olympus says you no longer have to choose with the new OM-D E-M5 Mark III. Combining the lineage of its predecessor and the higher-grade OM-D E-M1 Mark II, the new interchangeable lens touts advanced features from the company's high-end OM-D kits but shrunken down to a handier and more rugged size.

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The Pixel 4 camera is brilliant and frustrating

The Pixel 4 camera is brilliant and frustrating

When Google unveiled the Pixel 4, all eyes were on its cameras. Google pushed computational photography into the limelight, and the Pixel 4's upgrades to Portrait Mode and Super Res Zoom, along with new features like Astrophotography Mode, promise to keep it ahead of the smartphone pack. So, I set out to see just how well the Pixel 4's new camera features held up in practice.

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Re-watch the first all-female spacewalk via NASA

Re-watch the first all-female spacewalk via NASA

UPDATE: The spacewalk is effectively complete, but we can watch it again and again since NASA's recorded the whole thing, live in effect. Humanity's first all-female spacewalk started at 7:50 a.m. EDT (1150 GMT) on October 18, 2019. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir worked outside the International Space Station to repair the station by replacing a power controller.

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We test out the Diamondback Haanjo adventure bicycle: Learning to love gravel

We test out the Diamondback Haanjo adventure bicycle: Learning to love gravel

A roostertail of dust sprouts out behind me as I bomb down a gravel road, speeding down a steep hill in the woods as fast as I possibly can go. And it is fast. I’m blazing. My gaze strays to a tree at the apex of an upcoming curve and I briefly imagine the crunch of bone and carbon if I were run into that oak at this velocity.

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Volvo XC40 Recharge all-electric crossover revealed: Range, Speed, Tech, Price

Volvo XC40 Recharge all-electric crossover revealed: Range, Speed, Tech, Price

Volvo has revealed its first all-electric crossover, the fully electric Volvo XC40 Recharge, the first vehicle of the automaker's grand plan to shift to electrification. As the name suggests, the XC40 Recharge puts its plug-in credentials front and center, with a range of more than 400 kilometers (249 miles) on the WLTP cycle, and a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds.

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Pixel 4: Why no earbuds in the box is a good thing

Pixel 4: Why no earbuds in the box is a good thing

The Google Pixel 4 doesn't include a pair of earbuds in its box, no headphone jack, and no 3.5mm headphone adapter for USB-C. My first reaction as a tech news reporter and reviewer of products is to cry foul! We've come to expect that we'll get certain things when we buy a smartphone, and those expectations are being changed for us, right before our eyes! But there's a bright side to some of this.

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