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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review: The return of the king

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review: The return of the king

That I’m sitting here in 2017 and writing a review of Mario Kart 8 definitely seems strange. I have played this game before - a lot - and now I’m revisiting the same game under very different circumstances. Nintendo, recognizing that the original release of Mario Kart 8 likely missed a lot folks because it was released on the Wii U (a console not many people had), has re-released the game on the Nintendo Switch as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, packing in some extra racers, modes, and all the DLC that was released for the original game. Do the extras make Mario Kart 8 Deluxe worth a second purchase?

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2017 Volkswagen e-Golf First Drive: VW’s EV puts Golf first, electric after

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf First Drive: VW’s EV puts Golf first, electric after

More range, more power, and more like a regular, gasoline Golf than ever, the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is an EV you could forget runs on electricity. VW's sole electric car in the US - which it currently only offers in ten states - it's the vanguard of the automaker's big electrification push due in 2020, when a production version of the I.D. concept will hit the streets. That promises can't-miss-it design, range to rival the Bolt EV, and a whole new platform underneath. For now, though, the e-Golf is more about coaxing VW loyalists into something more surreptitiously green.

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Here are 2017’s Video Game Hall of Fame inductees

Here are 2017’s Video Game Hall of Fame inductees

The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York has announced the 2017 inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Only four games made it in this year, and being just the third class inducted into the Hall of Fame, they're joining a rather small list. These four also managed to beat out a number classic, beloved games, including Final Fantasy VII, Mortal Kombat, Myst, Portal, and yes, even Microsoft Windows Solitaire.

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BlackBerry KEYone Review: With QWERTY comes compromise

BlackBerry KEYone Review: With QWERTY comes compromise

The phoenix metaphor is overused in a tech world where brand recycling has become commonplace, so let's just call the BlackBerry KEYone a QWERTY comeback. You'd be forgiven for dismissing it for not one but two reasons, after all. First, for packing a physical keyboard in an age where more flexible, programable touchscreen interfaces are the status-quo. Second, for its attempt at resurrecting a nameplate that long ago lost its shine.

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Inside Intel’s big plan to seize the wheel in self-driving cars

Inside Intel’s big plan to seize the wheel in self-driving cars

Autonomous driving is coming, and unsurprisingly Intel believes it should be at the heart of it. At the former Altera facility in San Jose, California, the company better known for powering your laptop and PC outlined its vision for driverless cars over the coming years. While collaboration is the name of Intel's game, make no mistake: it sees this as a prime opportunity to sell more silicon.

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Waymo says Uber made “cover up scheme” to steal self-driving car tech

Waymo says Uber made “cover up scheme” to steal self-driving car tech

In a legal battle between Alphabet's Waymo (previously under Google) and Uber is raging in California. Revelations today suggest that Uber may have given a former Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski $250-million in stock options in exchange for a massive amount of data (9.7GB, according to Waymo outside attorney Charles Verhoeven) essentially stolen from Waymo computers. Of course it's not all that simple - there's another company in between Waymo and Uber, but Google suggests that the company in question was created only to act as a shell to cover Levandowki's tracks.

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Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S is too good just for class

Surface Laptop with Windows 10 S is too good just for class

Today Microsoft revealed the Surface Laptop, what Microsoft describes as a new more "personal" vision of a personal computer. This notebook computer works with the Surface Pen, it works with the Surface Dial, and it works with the Surface Mouse. It also has a touchpad and a touchscreen, too. Basically this is what Apple originally marketed as the MacBook Air, but here it comes with a bit more functionality and a different approach with materials.

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This is Windows 10 S: What you need to know

This is Windows 10 S: What you need to know

Microsoft kicked off its education-centric event today by introducing the world to a new version of Windows 10. Dubbed Windows 10 S, Microsoft Executive Vice President Terry Myerson took the stage to show off this pared-back version of Windows. There are a few features in Windows 10 S that make it useful not just in classroom settings, but perhaps for personal use as well.

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Windows 10 Cloud is almost here: Should Chromebooks be worried?

Windows 10 Cloud is almost here: Should Chromebooks be worried?

Don't expect the Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 5, or even a Surface Phone at Microsoft's event this week, but do expect its answer to Google's Chromebook. Anticipation for what the software giant will do next with its premium Surface range has never been higher, not least because it was a disappointing glitch in an otherwise healthy financial quarter. It looks, though, like we'll have to wait a little longer to see how Microsoft will address that, because the company is too busy going back to school.

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Samsung’s self-driving cars let loose onto public roads

Samsung’s self-driving cars let loose onto public roads

Samsung's self-driving cars are headed to public roads, though the autonomous vehicles will initially only be tested in South Korea. The company announced it was weighing into the driverless vehicle business back in 2015, though its strategy is more about components than a whole vehicle. Don't expect the "Samsung Galaxy Car", but at the same time don't be surprised if the next vehicle you buy has some Samsung components inside.

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Google’s Android updates policy needs a big makeover

Google’s Android updates policy needs a big makeover

No device lives forever, particularly not smartphones where what's on the cutting edge seems to dull within months, but Google's end-of-life announcement for the Pixel still surprises. The handset - still so popular months after its release, indeed, that Google's online store struggles to keep it in stock - may be facing replacement at the hand of the Pixel 2 later this year, but for the moment it's still the company's flagship Android device. So it's not too surprising that owners have been dumbfounded this week by Google's scant commitment to software updates in the years ahead.

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New Nintendo 2DS XL: Five things to know

New Nintendo 2DS XL: Five things to know

You'd think that most of Nintendo's focus would be on the Switch at the moment, but even a new console launch isn't stopping Nintendo from refining its existing platforms. Late last night, Nintendo introduced the New 2DS XL, keeping with the confusing naming convention it's used for the 3DS. In order to dispel some of that confusion, here are five things you need to know about Nintendo's latest handheld.

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