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Dyson V8 Absolute Review: A cordless masterclass in suction

Dyson V8 Absolute Review: A cordless masterclass in suction

No home appliance manufacturer inspires outspoken brand loyalty quite like Dyson, but it's taken the British company several tries to get cordless vacuum cleaners right. Latest to the showroom is the Dyson V8 Absolute, a decidedly premium way to cut the cord as you vanquish dust, dirt, and animal hair, with the promise of the sort of efficacy you'd hitherto require a traditional upright vacuum to achieve. Question is, has Dyson delivered enough to warrant its $600 sticker?

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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Review – Turbo all the things

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Review – Turbo all the things

Brand purists are simultaneously the best and worst buyers a car company can have flocking to its showrooms, and few automakers understand this better than Porsche. While it's an ego boost to have a loyal group of followers celebrating your heritage, that same cohort can turn on you in a heartbeat should it feel that the march of progress has in some way desecrated the traditions that they hold most dear. Still, this hasn't kept the German sport car builder from pushing past the boundaries of its own illustrious past, first with front-engine V8s (the 928), then while swapping air-cooled sixes for modern water-cooled designs (the 996), and now by going all-in on the turbo zeitgeist with the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera.

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Withings Thermo Review : suddenly, a smart thermometer

Withings Thermo Review : suddenly, a smart thermometer

The Withings Thermo is a smart temporal thermometer that uses 16 infrared sensors to take your temperature by sensing heat on your noggin. I've got one right here. A noggin as well as a Withings Thermo, that is to say. The device is surprisingly simple yet complex in its abilities. You can use it with or without its connected app, made available for both Android devices and iPhone.

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2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Review – Leave the chauffeur at home

2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith Review – Leave the chauffeur at home

The 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith is something of an outlier for the British luxury brand - it’s the Rolls you drive yourself, rather than enjoy from the more traditional perspective of the rear seat. Past that, however, it's also a car that intends to make your time behind the wheel a bit more engaging than what your chauffeur would experience piloting the four-door Ghost sedan on which the Wraith is based. Either way, after driving this two-door behemoth in and around Montreal, there's one thing I can state without reservation: regardless of where you're sitting, being inside the Rolls-Royce Wraith is an event in and of itself.

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2017 Ford Fusion First Drive: Mid-size sedan blurs traditional luxury / sport lines

2017 Ford Fusion First Drive: Mid-size sedan blurs traditional luxury / sport lines

When you've got a top-five mid-size sedan in your fleet - like the Blue Oval does with the Ford Fusion - you've got to take extra care when revising any of the details that have made it such a popular option with bread-and-butter four-door buyers. By combining affordability, style, and one of the most versatile under-hood options list in its segment, the Fusion has managed to stay within striking distance of heavyweights like the Toyota Camry, the Nissan Altima, and the Honda Accord while outpacing its domestic rival, the Chevrolet Malibu. For 2017, a series of updates have been implemented to give the new Ford Fusion a performance edge it's been lacking, as well improve on the technologies it has to offer family shoppers.

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2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i Review

2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i Review

Decry me as a wagon-loving European rabble-rouser if you must, but BMW's decision to give the X1 a crossover-style makeover felt like a misstep. The original X1 always felt like a clandestine feint by the German automaker: yes, it bore the badge of an X Series, but its 3 Series underpinnings were more wagon than America's tastes generally lean toward.

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Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition Review

Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition Review

Despite Nokia ex-CEO Stephen Elop's boasts, the smartphone market has indeed become a two-horse race between Android and iOS. Of course, just because those two have pretty much cornered the mobile market doesn't mean there is no room for others, especially those that aren't aiming for world domination. At leat not yet. We're talking here about more unconventional, more "experimental" platforms like, say, Ubuntu Touch. Although already in the commercial market for more than a year, Ubuntu Touch's smartphone promise reaches its full potential in the more muscled Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition. But does this so far most powerful Ubuntu smartphone live up to the expectations it has set up for itself? It's time to buckle your seat belts and join us for another ride into the somewhat alien world of Ubuntu on Mobile.

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Signia primax Insio & Pure hearing aid review: one of the most advanced wearable devices

Signia primax Insio & Pure hearing aid review: one of the most advanced wearable devices

In this review, Signia offered me the Pure primax (Receiver in Canal or RIC) and a custom Insio primax “near” invisible-in-canal (IIC) version (more on this later). I’ve worn both extensively over the past months – long enough to be able to share and recommend the right version for you.

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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Review – Italy’s bad-attitude baby supercar

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Review – Italy’s bad-attitude baby supercar

The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has a secret. It's not particularly good at keeping it either. You see, this is a car that honestly doesn’t care if you have a problem with its 'lack' of power steering (demanding strength beyond strength when parking), or its ultra-wide door sills (that require you to fold your body like a jackknife to slide behind the wheel), or even its miniscule trunk (truly just a plastic bin tucked behind the motor that's barely big enough to store the fussy fabric roof that you need to snap-and-tug on and off all on your own).

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2016 Audi TTS Coupe Review

2016 Audi TTS Coupe Review

Resplendently menacing in battleship gray, the 2016 Audi TTS Coupe hides its horsepower upgrade over the regular TT with little more than some red badging to signify the difference. The third-generation TT looks great, rediscovering its way, if not quite to the Bauhaus purity of the original, then at least to a sharper, crisper aesthetic than the second-gen car ever managed, and if you're of the mind that more power always equals more appeal, the TTS argument might seem clear cut.

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Mophie Juice Pack Wireless Review for iPhone 6s

Mophie Juice Pack Wireless Review for iPhone 6s

For many of us, a battery case for our smartphone is a necessary fact of life, but Mophie wants to make opportunity out of obligation. The company is no stranger to putting extra power into cases for the iPhone and other smartphones, but with the Mophie Juice Pack Wireless it's embracing not only wireless charging but building a power ecosystem that, though not inexpensive, promises to last you through the iPhone 7 and beyond.

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2017 Porsche Panamera 4S and turbo: Every techie’s dream car

2017 Porsche Panamera 4S and turbo: Every techie’s dream car

For Porsche, unveiling the new Panamera isn’t just about replacing one of its best-selling models, it also ushers in a whole new era for the automaker. When Porsche launched the Panamera four-door sedan back in 2009, it was a couple of years before I had kids. Though anything is possible, to my mind it was unimaginable that you could make a four-door version of the 928, the car that was to me - next to the 911 - the heart and soul of Porsche. After the initial shock, I never really gave it much thought.

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