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The Bixby button is the bane of my mobile existence

The Bixby button is the bane of my mobile existence

Samsung made a controversial decision with its flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones: to include a physical button for summoning Bixby, the personal assistant that wasn't finished upon the handsets' launch. Some people were okay with the button's existence when the option (briefly and unofficially) existed to remap it. Samsung squashed that ability, though, and now we're left with a button that is, for many of us, really annoying and completely useless.

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Sling TV was the real winner of Mayweather-McGregor Fight

Sling TV was the real winner of Mayweather-McGregor Fight

As sporting events go, boxing matches are rarely must-see endeavors for a wide audience. For the dedicated boxing fan, Mayweather vs. McGregor was one of those times. For more casual fans – and those who prefer MMA – the bout was a litmus test for which discipline might be supreme. We didn’t learn much from the fight itself as that goes, but how I was able to consume the fight told me volumes about the future of TV, where Sling is already winning.

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ASUS ZenFone AR Tango Phone Review

ASUS ZenFone AR Tango Phone Review

This is SlashGear's ASUS ZenFone AR Review - complete with Google Tango onboard. This is a review of both the device and the AR - reviewed together and separately. While the device's full worth does take Tango into account, we've also considered the idea that a consumer might not end up using the AR features here as often as they thought they might. With a fine software build and hardware that's quite top-notch, it wasn't difficult to look beyond the hype.

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This is Mercedes’ EQ compact city EV concept

This is Mercedes’ EQ compact city EV concept

Mercedes might not have fully intended to, but the automaker has given us an early glimpse of its upcoming fully-electric city car concept. The Mercedes-Benz EQ compact car concept will be part of a packed Frankfurt Motor Show stage when the German car event kicks off in a few weeks time. There, among other things, the automaker will be talking about its ongoing roadmap for electrification.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on

Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 the most highly-anticipated Android smartphone of 2017? There's a good case to be made for that; certainly, given the fiery fall from grace of its Note 7 predecessor, launched to rave reviews and then forced into an embarrassing, and costly recall over battery issues, many have been waiting to see what Samsung would do with its new phablet. The answer, it seems, is double-down. More productivity, more S Pen features, more cameras, and more screen. If you expected Samsung to be coy, the Note 8 will prove you wrong.

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SNES Classic pre-order sell out has people preparing for the worst

SNES Classic pre-order sell out has people preparing for the worst

Here we go again: pre-orders for the highly anticipated SNES Classic Edition went live today, and about as quickly as they were available, they all sold out. By now, this is an all too familiar sight for Nintendo fans. The NES Classic Edition was a notoriously difficult device to find, and if this quick pre-order sell out is any indication, the SNES Classic will be as well.

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Android Oreo is official

Android Oreo is official

The big surprise that, well, wasn't that much of a surprise is here: the new version of Google's smartphone platform is Android Oreo. Announced shortly after the solar eclipse passed over New York City, Android 8.0 Oreo brings to an end months of speculation about just what Google would call its new "Android O" OS. Even if you weren't one of the many making predictions, there's some good news if you're a Pixel or Pixel XL user.

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VW’s electric Microbus just got confirmed for production

VW’s electric Microbus just got confirmed for production

Volkswagen has given the green-light to its I.D. BUZZ concept, with plans to put the electric VW Microbus into production. The decision, announced at the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance today, will deliver one of the automaker's most well-received concepts to dealerships, atop its brand new electrified platform. According to VW, the demands to build a production version of the I.D. BUZZ have been frequent and vocal since the concept bus was first shown off.

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Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is 20 feet of electric drop-top luxury

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is 20 feet of electric drop-top luxury

Last year, Mercedes-Benz revealed the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept, the closest thing you could get to a luxury yacht for the road, and now the German carmaker is back with the convertible version. Meet the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet, a near 20-foot long all-electric coupe, complete with its "boat tail" and 24-inch wheels. If last year's concept was a land yacht, the Cabriolet is a land speedboat.

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Andy Rubin’s Essential aims big by staying small

Andy Rubin’s Essential aims big by staying small

For the guy who once operated the mighty levers of Android as a whole, you might suspect a smartphone startup like Essential would be small fry for Andy Rubin. The ex-Googler and current head of product incubator Playground didn't intend to get into hardware development, at least not himself. His focus at Playground has been artificial intelligence, though not the sort that you'd find running Wikipedia searches and pulling down weather forecasts in Amazon's Echo or Google's Home.

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Essential Phone first-impressions

Essential Phone first-impressions

In a crowded smartphone world you need to do something seriously special if you want to stand out. Essential's mix is a combination of pure Android, high-end build quality even a Vertu fan would have to give credit, and an ambitious roadmap of modular accessories, multiple form-factors, and a new generation of AI. Today, though, with the Essential Phone in hand and most of the rest still somewhere on a nebulous roadmap, I can't help but wonder: would it be taken as seriously if it wasn't the handiwork of Andy "Father of Android" Rubin?

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Sonic Mania: 5 reasons to love this classic reboot

Sonic Mania: 5 reasons to love this classic reboot

Sonic Mania is nearly upon us and the Sonic faithful are definitely excited. Sonic Mania is a return to form for the ol' Blue Blur, but those of you who haven't been following the game so closely may not know why it's worth getting excited about it. After all, Sonic games in recent years have been a bit hit or a miss, so it might be hard to know why this one should stick out. With that in mind, here are five reasons to look forward to Sonic Mania.

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