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Inside Cadillac’s early bet on Vehicle-to-Vehicle tech

Inside Cadillac’s early bet on Vehicle-to-Vehicle tech

Until now, the only way one car could communicate with another was if the driver leaned on the horn or made imaginative hand-signals to their fellow motorists. With the arrival of the 2017 Cadillac CTS, though, all of a sudden the vehicle itself gets chatty. Making V2V, or Vehicle-to-Vehicle, communication a standard feature, it promises not only an increase in on-road safety but to pave the way to new semi-autonomous and self-driving features. The big question is, with Vehicle-to... well, anything still in its infancy, why is Cadillac making the jump now?

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Snow Joe iON24SB-XR Review: Battery-powered snow blower says ‘shush’ to winter

Snow Joe iON24SB-XR Review: Battery-powered snow blower says ‘shush’ to winter

It took a long time for battery-powered tools to gain the same respect as their corded peers, and one of the technologies that played the biggest role in their eventual proliferation was lithium-ion technology. The same energy storage systems tapped into by electric cars heralded a new era in longevity and capability for saws, drills, and impact wrenches, and also erased fears about over-charging and potentially damaging battery packs that were prevalent with nickel-cadmium designs.

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Top 3 Ways to Stream Hi-Res Music (2017)

Top 3 Ways to Stream Hi-Res Music (2017)

So you’ve grown tired of poor-quality music streaming, but you’re not interested in downloading a massive library of FLAC files to fill up your music player. What’s the solution? So-called hi-res music streaming, an increasingly common tier of on-demand music access for audiophiles and others with discerning tastes. We recently heard a rumor that Spotify is planning to launch a 'Hi-Fi' subscription tier, but what options are available right now?

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I said Nintendo should quit consoles: Can Switch change my mind?

I said Nintendo should quit consoles: Can Switch change my mind?

Way back in September, when the Nintendo Switch was still known as the NX and we had no idea what Nintendo was plotting, I wrote that the company should call it quits when it comes to consoles. I remembered this article when I was standing in line on the morning of March 3, waiting to pick up my Switch, which had been pre-ordered and paid off since January. The irony of the situation wasn't lost on me, but now that I've got the Switch and I've been playing it constantly for the better part of a week, can it change my mind about Nintendo and its console business?

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2017 Land Rover Discovery First Drive: Unstoppable 7-seat SUV redux

2017 Land Rover Discovery First Drive: Unstoppable 7-seat SUV redux

It was only a matter of time before Land Rover got around to dusting its most popular family SUV with the same magic that has dramatically overhauled the brand's Range Rover line-up of luxury people movers. The 2017 Land Rover Discovery breaks with the past by abandoning its truck-like platform for a more modern design, while simultaneously getting back in touch with its heritage by reviving the long-dormant - in North America, at least - Discovery name.

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X-Men comics in the movie Logan: images and details from the creator

X-Men comics in the movie Logan: images and details from the creator

The film Logan (2017) features several vintage-looking X-Men comic books that play a key role in the playing out of the film's plot. This week we got the opportunity to pose a number of questions to the creator of those comic illustrations and designs, Dan Panosian. This illustrator is wildly talented in creating a wide variety of looks in his drawings and comic book designs and is also - importantly - able to illustrate, ink, and letter pages and covers for comics. WARNING: The following may have SPOILERS for the film Logan (2017).

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Pokemon GO: Eevee evolutions and Special Items update

Pokemon GO: Eevee evolutions and Special Items update

The most common question asked by Pokemon GO users since the dawn of the game involves Eevee. How do I evolve Eevee to get the evolution I want? Originally we'd been relying on three names to get each of the three different Eeveelutions - now there's a couple more. Our most recently updated list of Eeveelutions includes Umbreon and Espeon, and we've got some news on the "how to get Special Items" for evolutions as well.

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The McLaren 720S supercar is a 212mph engineering dream

The McLaren 720S supercar is a 212mph engineering dream

When McLaren wants to take on Ferrari and the other supercar makers it doesn't hold back, and the new McLaren 720S is fine example of that. Revealed today at the Geneva Motor Show 2017, the new 720S is the first model of the second-generation Super Series, McLaren's top-tier range of cars. Initially offered as a coupe, the 720S is all about light weighting and aerodynamic efficiency.

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Kyocera DuraForce PRO Ultra-Rugged Smartphone Review

Kyocera DuraForce PRO Ultra-Rugged Smartphone Review

The Kyocera DuraForce PRO ultra-rugged smartphone has launched at three big carriers, and it promises to offer everything the outdoorsy, adventurous mobile user needs. Ultra-durable design? Check. Super-wide-angle HD action camera? Check. Waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, and drop-proof? Check, check, check and check. The phone makes some pretty big promises on paper, but does it hold up to use and abuse in the real world? Read on to find out!

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This is it: The 306hp 2017 Honda Civic Type R

This is it: The 306hp 2017 Honda Civic Type R

The long wait is over: Honda has finally taken the wraps off the new 2017 Civic Type R. Long-anticipated by hot hatch fans, and notable for being the first Type R-badged Honda to be offered officially in the US, the newest, hottest Civic doesn't stint on power or aggressive design. Indeed, it gets impressively close to Honda's previous Type R-teasing concepts.

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Nintendo Switch Buyer’s Guide: Accessories you should get

Nintendo Switch Buyer’s Guide: Accessories you should get

There's no lack of accessories launching alongside the Nintendo Switch today, but it can be difficult to distinguish what's essential from what's merely supplemental. Given the Switch's portability and interesting control scheme in the Joy Cons, you'll certainly want to consider some of the accessories you'll undoubtedly be offered when you purchase a Switch. With that in mind, here are a few Switch accessories that are, in my opinion, essential.

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Pokemon GO’s “Big 3” updates for 2017: Special Items need not apply!

Pokemon GO’s “Big 3” updates for 2017: Special Items need not apply!

We now have a list of the three game-changing updates for Pokemon GO in the year 2017 - and they're huge! While we do not know the order of the 2nd and 3rd update, the first will center on the Pokemon Gym. While we've had Gyms and Gym Battles since the start of the game, these battles have been notoriously simple and devoid of the complexities of battles as they've existed in core Pokemon games - all that's about to change.

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