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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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NuForce BE Free8 Untethered Earbuds Review: the rise of AirPods competitors

NuForce BE Free8 Untethered Earbuds Review: the rise of AirPods competitors

Truly wireless earbuds -- the kind that feature two small ear pieces without a cable between them -- were popularized by AirPods, and now competitors are popping up all over the place. Among those competitors is Optoma and its newly launched NuForce BE Free8. Unlike its recent BE2 Bluetooth earbuds, which have a cable, the BE Free are two simple ear pieces alongside a charging case.

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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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Xiaomi Mi A1 Review : Android One just got familiar

Xiaomi Mi A1 Review : Android One just got familiar

Xiaomi Mi A1 is the first in a wave of Android One smartphones to take advantage of Google's new price point target. That might not sound exciting to the average citizen, but to the future of low-cost, high-end smartphone enthusiasts like myself, that's something to get pumped up about. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is essentially a rebranded Mi 5X, this time coming with the most basic Google-approved Android on the market, meaning it's already market-tested and its hardware is solid enough to be taken out a whole new door.

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August Doorbell Cam Pro Review

August Doorbell Cam Pro Review

The smart home is flourishing right now, and connected security is probably the hottest area of them all. August's Doorbell Cam Pro arrives today to bring your front door into the 21st century, replacing your dumb doorbell with a camera and floodlight toting, WiFi connected upgrade that also plays nicely with the company's smart locks. The promise is that the rough spots of the original August Doorbell Cam have been polished away; I got out my screwdriver set to find out if that was true.

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GPD Pocket Ubuntu Editon Review

GPD Pocket Ubuntu Editon Review

Netbooks are often ridiculed as a solution looking for a problem but they are also regarded as the ancestors of present day Chromebooks and “cloudbooks”. With the resurgence of these more modern but still low-performance devices, it might seem that the netbook is due for a revival as well. Or so that seems to be the proposition GPD makes with its almost literal Pocket computer. But does that make more sense now than it did before, especially in an age of powerful smartphones? We take the Ubuntu Edition of the GPD Pocket for a good and thorough testing to find out.

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iPhone 8 Review

iPhone 8 Review

"Familiarity breeds contempt," or so the old proverb goes, and never has that been more topical than for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. In any other year from the past decade, Apple's new smartphones would be the topic of endless fascination and discussion. In 2017, though, they're almost forgotten in the shadow of the iPhone X. While "X" may mark the spot where Apple's future lies, however, the realities of price, availability, and carrier upgrades means many more people will switch to an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus this time around. So, are they being short-changed?

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SNES Classic Edition Review: Gaming’s finest era returns for round two

SNES Classic Edition Review: Gaming’s finest era returns for round two

It probably shouldn’t come as much of a shock that the NES Classic Edition was as successful as it was. Nostalgia can be a powerful thing and, in this case, it was so powerful that even Nintendo was caught off guard. Now that the NES Classic has served as something of a proof of concept, Nintendo is ready to see if lightning can strike twice with the SNES Classic Edition, hoping to draw in an entirely new generation of gamers.

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2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8 first-drive: The driver’s GT

2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8 first-drive: The driver’s GT

First the bad news: just because Aston Martin is adding a V8 engine to the DB11 lineup, doesn’t mean that the car is much more affordable, just in case you’ve been holding out. Indeed, if price is important to you, then might I divert your attention to the 2018 Lexus LC 500 instead. The V8-powered DB11 is on an entirely different level, distinguishing itself intriguingly when compared to the driving dynamics and characteristics of the 600 horsepower V12 DB11 we drove earlier this year.

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2017 Nissan Rogue SV Hybrid Review

2017 Nissan Rogue SV Hybrid Review

With the rise in popularity of small SUVs and crossovers, it'd be easy to assume that fuel economy has taken a back seat in many drivers' list of priorities. Nissan, though, isn't so sure, hence the 2017 Nissan Rogue SV Hybrid. Boasting the strongest economy figures in the segment, not to mention a competitive starting price, on paper it's a tough act to follow.

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Switchmate Bright Review: No-tool smart light upgrade needs work

Switchmate Bright Review: No-tool smart light upgrade needs work

Sometimes the smart home doesn't feel very welcoming to those of us who rent, rather than own, where they live, but Switchmate wants to change all that. After its cleverly-simple first generation Bluetooth light switch upgrade comes this, the Switchmate Bright, throwing in more flexibility as well as a streamlined update to the magnetic mounting system. At $35 the promise is instant smart lighting, but does reality live up to that?

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LEGO Ninjago Movie Destiny’s Bounty LEGO Review (behold the golden banana)

LEGO Ninjago Movie Destiny’s Bounty LEGO Review (behold the golden banana)

This is the Destiny's Bounty, and it's arrived at SlashGear just in time for The Ninjago Movie premiere. The Ninjago Movie is coming to theaters in the United States this weekend, and this ship aims to be the real-world representation of the main characters' flying skyship, containing the entire crew of 7 main character minifigs. Behold, this film's most iconic vehicle.

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