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Living with Google Home

Living with Google Home

The Google Assistant has been bundled into the browser, added into Android, and squeezed into Android Wear: now, it's getting a sleek object d'art for the smart home. Google Home is the search giant's take on the smart speaker space, a direct challenge to everyone's current favorite virtual PA, Amazon's Alexa. At $129, Google Home undercuts Echo (though not Echo Dot) and, if your digital life is already in Google's cloud, it promises a more streamlined way to consume that data around the home.

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The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is 485HP of tire hate

The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is 485HP of tire hate

You know what you're getting with a Dodge Challenger: some good, old-fashioned American muscle. In the somewhat confusing - unless you're a super-fan - line-up of trims, tunes, and general craziness, this 2016 Challenger RT Scat Pack strikes its balance near the top of the tree. No, it doesn't have the ridiculous 707 horsepower of the infamous SRT Hellcat, but its $38,995 sticker is also twenty-five grand cheaper.

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2016.5 Mazda CX-5 Review: A family SUV can be driver-friendly too

2016.5 Mazda CX-5 Review: A family SUV can be driver-friendly too

The 2016.5 Mazda CX-5 - yes, that half-model year is not a typo - just keeps on winning. Who would have thought that in the space of less than a decade, a company whose previous SUV efforts were limited to rebadged versions of the Ford Explorer and Ford Escape would be fielding such an enticing array of people movers? And that a compact hauler like the CX-5 would be leading the charge?

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UMi Plus Review – Mid-range deja vu

UMi Plus Review – Mid-range deja vu

In the first half of this year, a new challenger in the smartphone arrived with guns blazing. Ignoring the almost cutthroat competition in the high-end, the UMi Super aimed for the mid-range, easily rivaling other, older brands in both features and bang for buck. But UMi was hardly done. Just two months later, it unveiled the UMi Max. And then just a month or so after, the UMi Plus. But with three smartphones in less than six months, things are bound to get confusing. Does the UMi Plus have enough for it to stand out from its own siblings, let alone the rest of the market? We take a deeper look to bring you that answer.

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Razer Blade Stealth (late 2016) Review : Still the anti-MacBook Boss

Razer Blade Stealth (late 2016) Review : Still the anti-MacBook Boss

When I reviewed the original Razer Blade Stealth earlier this year, I suggested it was the "true MacBook alternative". I stand by that claim, and go one further: Razer has out-done Apple in one key area. At a time when Apple is taking upwards 2-3 years to bring a refresh to their MacBooks, Razer just released 2 in 1. Less than a year after release, the Razer has another Razer Blade Stealth with upgraded specs.

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Top 4 Best X-Box One Controllers Review

Top 4 Best X-Box One Controllers Review

The Xbox One has its fair share of controllers now, both official and 3rd-party. What we're doing today is running down the best of the best - with a real oddity thrown in for good measure. This means both Microsoft-made and 3rd-party-made, since the dawn of the Xbox One. Here you'll find the controller you're looking for - or bust.

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The Best Google Pixel XL case Review

The Best Google Pixel XL case Review

Today I'm confident that I've got the best protective case for the Google Pixel XL. It wasn't difficult to find - I've used almost the exact same case several phones in a row. Over the past three generations, at least - it's been Tech21, and the case I'm talking about today goes by the name Evo Check.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet Review: Interstellar luxury

2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet Review: Interstellar luxury

There's more than one way to manifest as a master of the universe, but few show off your upper echelon status with more class and style than slipping behind the wheel of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 cabriolet. Truly, this is the chariot of those who are tired of the ostentatious display brought on by drop-top Ferraris, Bentleys, and Lamborghinis, a megabuck mirage that steals its way to the front of the valet line without drawing daggers from the 99 percent at every stoplight.

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Starbucks Verismo V Brewer Review: Can pods convert a coffee snob?

Starbucks Verismo V Brewer Review: Can pods convert a coffee snob?

Caffeine is serious business, and if you're anything like me then coffee - and plenty of it - is your delivery mechanism of choice. Over the years we've seen a growing number of ways to bring not only brewed coffee but cafe favorites like lattes and cappuccinos into the kitchen, some more straightforward than others. Now, Starbucks has arrived with its new Verismo system, with redesigned pods and all-new brewers.

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Google Pixel XL Review: Android embodied, for better or worse

Google Pixel XL Review: Android embodied, for better or worse

Nexus phones have always represented Google's super-focused vision of the future of Android, but for 2016 the attention to detail is getting down to individual pixels. That's pixels, plural: two Nougat flagships, distinguished only by their size, the 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL. Each, for better and for worse, the purest embodiment of what Android is today and where it will go tomorrow.

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Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Review: Sub-$200 Bose rival

Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Review: Sub-$200 Bose rival

Plantronics cut the cord on active noise cancelling headphones two years ago, and now it's back with the BackBeat PRO 2 to cut the price, too. Follow-up to the well received BackBeat PRO of 2014, the revamped model slims down the hit on your wallet and the space occupied in your bag. That's while still promising superlative wireless performance and enough battery life for back-to-back transatlantic flights with juice to spare.

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2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Review: The $400,000 question

2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed Review: The $400,000 question

It's late in the evening in San Francisco, and I'm singing along to Blondie's "Atomic" at the top of my lungs in a $400k Bentley Mulsanne Speed when I realize people have stopped walking to watch me at the lights. Then again, when you're driving eighteen feet of British hyper-luxury sedan, it probably doesn't matter much what you're doing. You're going to get attention either way.

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