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The Lexus RC F needs an attitude adjustment

The Lexus RC F needs an attitude adjustment

First impressions matter, which is why - economy be damned - the Lexus RC F should start up in its feistiest Sport S+ mode. Lexus' hottest model, offering 467 HP and 389 lb-ft of torque from a 5.0-liter V8 that, increasingly rare, succumbs neither to turbocharging nor supercharging, it sits alongside the more practical GS F but - also like its sedan sibling - hides its magic from the start.

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LUMO Jacket Review – Fall and Spring warmth in LED lights

LUMO Jacket Review – Fall and Spring warmth in LED lights

LED lights ride the front zipper cover and the rear rump area of the LUMO Herne Hill Harrington jacket. This is the latest in an expanding line of designs from LUMO, a company that makes all manner of activities safer for pedestrians in darkness. This jacket is made for biking - and for that it's certainly made fit. Up front is a line of white LED lights and along around back is a line of red LEDs, the lot of which blink in a variety of patterns when the wearer presses a button hidden within.

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2016 Honda CR-V Review: Current King of the compact SUVs

2016 Honda CR-V Review: Current King of the compact SUVs

Sizzle might sell sports cars, but a much more conservative design philosophy guides the hottest segment of the automotive market: small SUVs. In fact, the top three best-selling sport-utility vehicles in the country also happen to be the among the least flashy options you'll find in any given showroom - and leading them all is the 2016 Honda CR-V.

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Anki Overdrive Supertrucks Review

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks Review

The folks behind the Anki remote control car group have released a new set of vehicles for all of our racing and smashing needs: Supertrucks. These miniature beasts play in to the Anki system of infrared camera-embedded car racing like hammers in a drawer full of nails, making it a wild new experience to attempt racing cars on the same track.

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Dyson 360 Eye Review: A great robo-vac with blind spots

Dyson 360 Eye Review: A great robo-vac with blind spots

Dyson's first robot vacuum arrives with plenty of fanfare, promising more suction than the competition, more flexible trundling on its tank tracks, and smarter cleaning with vision-based navigation. As with all the British icon's products, however, that doesn't come cheap: the Dyson 360 Eye has the familiar grey, blue, and fuchsia plastic of its manually-operated vacuum siblings, and a similarly hefty $999.99 price tag.

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Xbox One S Gears of War 4 mini-Review in blood red

Xbox One S Gears of War 4 mini-Review in blood red

This special limited edition version of the Xbox One S is no average re-coloring. The folks responsible for tricking this console out have taken extra steps to make certain the device was no simple skin-job. This device looks like it's been customized personally - cut into by miniature beasts of war with claws of death. This comes from The Swarm - we'll see them again once the game is ready to roll later this month.

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Philips Hue Motion Sensor Review

Philips Hue Motion Sensor Review

You can control your connected lighting by app, from your smartwatch, by voice, and even by a good old-fashioned button, but Philips' latest addition to Hue only cares when you're around. The Hue Motion Sensor takes a hands-off approach to smart lighting, triggering scenes across any of Philips' bulbs, lamps, or luminaires when you walk past, either for convenience, security, or both.

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Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen) Review: Alexa goes everywhere

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen) Review: Alexa goes everywhere

Amazon may have all-but stumbled onto its hit Echo speaker and the smart Alexa assistant that powers it, but the new $49.99 Echo Dot proves the retailer has no intention of letting that momentum slip. Resembling a hockey puck rather than the column of its sibling Echo, the smaller, cheaper Echo Dot actually has two goals: be the new entry-level device for those just getting started with Alexa, as well as making it affordable for existing users to spread her skills around the home.

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Star Wars Rogue One Director Krennic’s Shuttle LEGO Review

Star Wars Rogue One Director Krennic’s Shuttle LEGO Review

One of several LEGO sets made for the release of Star Wars Rogue One is here - Director Krennic's Shuttle. Behold, the LEGO Empire's award for Best Dressed in pre-Yavin attire goes to none other than Director Krennic. He'll be arriving in his all-black shuttle to emphasize his white outfit - and cape, of course. This vehicle should remind any hardcore Star Wars fan of the Emperor's own shuttle - and several other three-winged beasts made for only the most powerful of Imperial agents.

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Star Wars Rogue One Toys Review : Action Figures #GoRogue

Star Wars Rogue One Toys Review : Action Figures #GoRogue

Today we've got our hands on a number of Star Wars Rogue One toys before they're released - and we're going to share the lot up close and personal. We've got a couple of Black Series action figures, a couple of slightly heavier-duty action figures in the Elite Series from the Disney Store, a couple of Hasbro 2-packs (complete with super-absurd mega-weapons), and some JAKKS Big-Figs to crown the massiveness of this collection off. And, as no modern collection of Star Wars figures would be complete without, we've got a couple of brand new Funko Pop vinyl bobblehead figures as well, all from Rogue One.

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bObsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum review

bObsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum review

I've been cohabiting with a robot slave, and though bObsweep claims its eponymous PetHair Plus vacuum doesn't mind hard labor, I wasn't convinced it would necessarily be the key to domestic bliss. My experiences with robot cleaners have led me to conclude that they have just as much of an appetite for stray cables and rugs as they do dust and dirt, but with one messy, frequently-shedding kitty in the house and a natural disinclination to vacuum myself, it seemed worth a try.

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Mevo by Livestream camera review

Mevo by Livestream camera review

A year or so ago, live streaming events was more of a fad that only the very tech savvy or very social user would do. As we near the close of 2016, however, we look back at how the Internet has been flooded by this type of “democratized” broadcasting, ranging from sports and music events, to political debates, to witnessing crimes as they happen. But while live streaming has mostly been associated with smartphones, there is always a need for more professional, but still accessible, recording devices. That’s where the Mevo camera from Livestream comes in, developed by the company whose very name is synonymous to its purpose.

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