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Meet the Volvo XC40, the compact luxury SUV that hasn’t forgotten safety

Meet the Volvo XC40, the compact luxury SUV that hasn’t forgotten safety

Volvo’s unexpected reinvention as one of the most thoughtful automakers in the industry has produced award-winning big SUVs and sedans. Now, it’s the turn of the premium compact SUV to get its shot of Swedish imagination. As the dad of two extremely active girls with multiple after school activities, I’m big on the idea of driving a sportier compact SUV, especially when I don’t have to sacrifice on safety and a luxurious cabin. Just because you’re buying a compact SUV, doesn’t mean that you have to settle for less, and that’s the key message Volvo wanted to share with a group of journalists at a recent event in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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2018 Nissan Leaf revealed: 150 miles range, and we’ve driven it

2018 Nissan Leaf revealed: 150 miles range, and we’ve driven it

Meet the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf, the much-anticipated updated version of one of the most affordable electric cars on the market. Promising more range, more power, and more technology, the new 2018 Leaf also adds some enthusiasm to the design of Nissan's zero-emissions hatchback. And, having had the rare opportunity to cruise around Nissan's research facility in Japan behind the wheel of a prototype, here's why I think this is a tipping point for the car.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review

You can't say Samsung's Galaxy Note brand isn't resilient: even explosions and costly recalls couldn't dampen enthusiasm for the new Note 8. Phablet fans are dedicated, though, especially those who demand stylus support too, which means the Note 8 arrives with an audience of eager buyers waiting to open their wallets. Problem is, 2017 isn't short on great phones: there's a new iPhone waiting in the wings, strong competition from LG and HTC, and even Samsung's own Galaxy S8+ is edging in on what would, traditionally, have been Note territory. It begs the question... did Samsung do the right thing, bringing the Note 8 back from the grave?

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Six months with Nintendo Switch

Six months with Nintendo Switch

As of yesterday, the Nintendo Switch has been available at retail for six months. In that time, it’s become clear that the Switch is a smashing success, at least at launch. Though we won’t be able to say if it will take a place among the console greats for quite some time, it certainly is off to an excellent start. This is evidenced by the fact that even six months out from release, Nintendo is having a tough time keeping it in stock across the country. That doesn’t bode well for the holiday shopping season, but it’s at least a good problem to have for Nintendo.

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Amazon Alexa is clearly the star of IFA 2017

Amazon Alexa is clearly the star of IFA 2017

As the dust of IFA 2017 settles down and exhibitors and companies pack up and head for home, we take stock of everything that greeted us in Berlin the past few days. If you haven’t yet, go ahead and take our top picks in SlashGear’s Best of IFA 2017. But in the midst of all the phones, gears, and whatchamacallits scattered throughout the convention, there seem to be something that kept on popping up nearly everywhere. Almost like a ghost, it couldn’t be seen nor touched, but it was definitely heard, loud and clear. Amazon Alexa has come of age and Apple, Google, and Microsoft better take note.

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SlashGear’s Best of IFA 2017

SlashGear’s Best of IFA 2017

If there's one thing you can say about IFA 2017, it's that the European uber-show isn't short on new products. Every year manufacturers bring the best TVs, phones, laptops, and more - along with more refrigerators, ovens, and robots than you could imagine - to demonstrate that, when it comes to consumer tech, CES certainly isn't the be-all and end-all. Here, then, is SlashGear's best of IFA 2017.

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Sony’s RX0 has DJI in its sights as well as GoPro

Sony’s RX0 has DJI in its sights as well as GoPro

The action camera space might seem crowded right now, not to mention commoditized, but Sony believes it has something sufficiently different. That's the promise of high-end optics in a segment more commonly associated with ruggedness and ease of use, with Sony partnering up with Zeiss for the lenses on its new RX0 camera. However, it's not only GoPro that should be worried.

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Sphero R2-D2 will be 2017’s must-have toy

Sphero R2-D2 will be 2017’s must-have toy

We may only be heading into September, but I'm calling it: you're looking at Sphero's R2-D2, and it's going to be the must-have toy of the 2017 holidays. Revealed today as part of the Star Wars "Force Friday" event, the remote-control R2-D2 - and its cousin from the Dark Side, Sphero's new BB-9E droid - looks set to be a must-have for fans of the movie, whether they're kids or otherwise. Indeed, it could well end up being Sphero's most popular robot to-date.

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LG V30 hands-on

LG V30 hands-on

The LG V30 is here, and the new smartphone has the potential to please photographers while it frustrates Android power-users. Revealed at IFA 2017, the latest iteration of the V Series marks something of a departure from what we've come to expect of that line, as LG narrows the gap between it and the G6.

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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk First Drive: The 707hp SUV

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk First Drive: The 707hp SUV

If you’re offended by the concept of a 707 horsepower SUV, then you should probably just stop reading right now. In our age of instantaneous outrage, it's easy to see how from certain quarters the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk could appear as yet another missive intended to inflame the passions of those who have already decided that high-po people movers represent the height of excess in an era where emissions and efficiency are increasingly under the microscope.

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After Sonic Mania, Sega needs to make 2D Sonic games a priority

After Sonic Mania, Sega needs to make 2D Sonic games a priority

Like many people, I was a bit apprehensive when Sega first revealed Sonic Mania. I was just as excited for a 2D Sonic the Hedgehog title as the next guy, but Sega's talent for screwing up Sonic games is not an easy thing to forget. Now that it's been here for around two weeks - except for the PC version, which launches today - it's clear that I was wrong to be worried. Sonic Mania is a brilliant game, and it shows that Sega needs to commit to regular 2D Sonic releases once and for all.

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iPhone 8’s best feature may be its shiny new backside

iPhone 8’s best feature may be its shiny new backside

On the back of Apple's next hero iPhone 8, it's been reported that a new mixture of metal and glass will be in order. There, on the side of the phone most people mostly disregard, a technology that's been in the making for nearly a decade may well create a new mobile device material paradigm. In the most-used piece of hardware in most modern adult's lives, here on the iPhone's backside it's suspected Apple's next greatest contribution to the future will be made.

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