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2018 Audi S5 Review: Let’s roleplay “sexy architect”

2018 Audi S5 Review: Let’s roleplay “sexy architect”

"Well," I said, filling for time as I racked my brain for a negative, "sometimes the little arm that holds out your seatbelt doesn't grab it properly. Then you have to reach back." If that sounds like the sort of First World Problem that First World Problems themselves complain about then you're not wrong. Welcome to the world of the 2018 Audi S5.

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Sonos One Review: When Alexa is the DJ

Sonos One Review: When Alexa is the DJ

Smart speakers are big business now, and with Amazon's Echo and Google's Home dominating the market, Sonos had a choice: step up or slip behind. The Sonos One shows the connected speaker stalwart chose to play the game, and not just with one virtual assistant but as many as it can. Rather than making its own AI for the Sonos One, the $199 connected speaker aims to be friends with all of them.

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Google Pixel 2 Review: Android camera magic

Google Pixel 2 Review: Android camera magic

If there's a rockstar of the Android world in 2017, it's the new Pixel 2. Google's own smartphones may not sell in as great a number as, say, Apple's iPhone or Samsung's Galaxy, but they're arguably no less important in their own way. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL embody Google's vision of hardware, software, and artificial intelligence, all working collaboratively.

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Surface Book 2 hands-on: 13.5″ and 15″ take fight to Apple

Surface Book 2 hands-on: 13.5″ and 15″ take fight to Apple

Microsoft has just unveiled the Surface Book 2, and it's pulling no punches as it targets Apple's MacBook Pro. Packing new processors for as much as twice the power of Apple's flagship notebooks, there's now not just one 2-in-1 but two. Joining the existing 13.5-inch model is a brand new 15-inch Surface Book 2.

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This is Polestar 1: Volvo’s disruptive performance EV

This is Polestar 1: Volvo’s disruptive performance EV

You expect solid confidence with a little reserve from the Swedes, and yet the freshly-revealed Polestar 1 arrives today with some bold claims. Before you is the first vehicle from Polestar, Volvo Car Group’s performance brand, and the first of three models set to launch over the next few years. Polestar 1 doesn’t go into production at the new state-of the art facility in China until mid-2019; indeed, as of right now, the plant is still under construction, with a completion date of its own in mid-2018. Still, there's enough here to get us seriously interested.

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Forza Motorsport 7 Review: Any more real and you’d be paying for gas

Forza Motorsport 7 Review: Any more real and you’d be paying for gas

Forza Motorsport has managed to captivate me for twelve years now. Starting with 233 cars and 31 tracks back in 2005, the game has evolved at a rapid pace year after year. Now, with over 700 cars and 32 race environments, Forza 7 is the biggest version ever.

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Google Home Mini Review: Affordability comes at a cost

Google Home Mini Review: Affordability comes at a cost

The Google Home Mini's existence is hardly a mystery: the squat little smart speaker is Google's retort to the Amazon Echo Dot. Packaging the virtues of the Google Assistant into a smaller, cheaper form factor than the existing Google Home, it's a $49 way to add the search company's smarts - and IoT support - to another room. Question is, has some of the magic been squeezed out in the process?

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Pixel 2’s Active Edge is another Bixby Button blunder

Pixel 2’s Active Edge is another Bixby Button blunder

Just as the Samsung Galaxy S8 was roasted for its Bixby button, so too must we address the squeeze feature on Google's Pixel 2. The hardware comes from the HTC U11, the first place where HTC implemented "Edge Sense" with open-ended functionality. While the edge squeeze feature on the Pixel 2 remains a shortcut, it's currently restricted to Google Assistant - and no other connections are enabled.

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New Kindle Oasis (2017) adds big screen and waterproofing, cuts price

New Kindle Oasis (2017) adds big screen and waterproofing, cuts price

Amazon's Kindle Oasis has had a reboot, boosting screen size, adding audiobook support, and gaining waterproofing, all while cutting the price. The new Kindle Oasis 2017 keeps the asymmetric form-factor of its predecessor but does away with that model's removable battery cover. Instead, Amazon has managed to squeeze sufficient power into just the slender ereader itself.

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10 ways iPhone X is best VS 8 (or vice versa)

10 ways iPhone X is best VS 8 (or vice versa)

The iPhone X was announced with its fair share of exclusive features, but just as many reasons exist to stick with iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus this Fall. Today we're having a peek at a number of reasons why the newest in new iPhone X technology is the way of the future. We're also looking at a number of ways in which the iPhone 8 (or 8 Plus) is the superior choice for the time being. Alternate title: Which iPhone is best? (10 ways it's X, 8, or Plus).

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2019 Audi A8 First Drive: The new luxury

2019 Audi A8 First Drive: The new luxury

"Vorsprung durch Technik" doesn't translate to "know your place, human," but in the case of the 2019 Audi A8 it probably should. Fourth generation of the luxury sedan, it's the most technologically advanced, gadget-packed iteration to-date, paving the way for Audi's autonomous driving future among a host of other "firsts". While the new A8 won't find its way to US shores until fall 2018, Audi invited us to get an early preview - I just didn't expect to have a crisis of identity while I was there.

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Stardew Valley tips and tricks for getting started on Switch

Stardew Valley tips and tricks for getting started on Switch

Though Stardew Valley is a wonderful game, it's also guilty of throwing you in without much direction. There's no tutorial to really speak of in Stardew Valley, aside from a few quests that push you to different corners of the in-game world. With Stardew Valley launching on the Switch yesterday and thereby introducing itself to a whole new subset of players, I thought I'd put together a quick tips and tricks list that will make your opening days in the Valley go a little more smoothly.

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