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SlashGear’s Best of IFA 2017

SlashGear’s Best of IFA 2017

If there's one thing you can say about IFA 2017, it's that the European uber-show isn't short on new products. Every year manufacturers bring the best TVs, phones, laptops, and more - along with more refrigerators, ovens, and robots than you could imagine - to demonstrate that, when it comes to consumer tech, CES certainly isn't the be-all and end-all. Here, then, is SlashGear's best of IFA 2017.

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10 Tasker tips to Automate your life

10 Tasker tips to Automate your life

As powerful and as smart at our smartphones are, they’re still pretty much like any other computer in our possession. We have to tell it what we want it to do and, most of the time, we do it manually and step by step. That’s definitely a great waste of time and a waste of the smartphone’s power. That’s where automation platforms come in. iOS has Workflow, now owned by Apple itself, and Android has Tasker, which is now on a surprise 70% discount for only $0.99. But what makes Tasker more than just a geek’s toy? Here are ten of the best ways you can use Tasker to remove the chore out of using your phone.

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV First Drive: 5 Things You Need To Know

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV First Drive: 5 Things You Need To Know

Volkswagen has found itself on the outside looking in when it comes to the current SUV zeitgeist that has seized American car shoppers. The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan compact sport-utility vehicle, in combination with the full-size VW Atlas, is intended to address that oversight and snag a larger slice of customer affections (and paychecks) than the previous Tiguan and the ignored Touareg were able to claim.

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The best free Netflix alternatives you’ve never heard of (mid-2017)

The best free Netflix alternatives you’ve never heard of (mid-2017)

Somewhere in the vast expanse between Netflix and piracy lies a slew of free, legal streaming services, some more appealing than others. These free services are supported by advertisements -- there's no free lunch, after all -- but they're a solid option for anyone who wants to ditch cable without racking up a similar bill. You've probably heard of the most popular ad-supported service, Crackle, but how about these options?

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5 Things You Need To Know About The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition

The original Honda Ridgeline's career arc looked much more like that of a sports car than a truck: after a strong start out of the gate in the mid-2000s, consumer interest in this unique not-quite-a-truck, not-quite-a-crossover trailed off until it was axed less than 10 years into its production run.

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Father’s Day Gifts Guide: SlashGear’s 2017 top picks

Father’s Day Gifts Guide: SlashGear’s 2017 top picks

Today we've got a list of gift ideas for Father's Day for both standard dad-type dads and the off-the-wall dads we know so well. In this buyers guide of sorts, we're looking at some of the newest and most awesome bits and pieces we've gotten our hands on over the past few weeks. We've got a few old surefire hits in here as well.

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5 Things You Need To Know About The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

The new 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is the first legitimate challenger to the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro's all-terrain dominance since the latter hit the scene as a 2015 model. While in the past the Nissan Frontier PRO-4X and the Colorado Z71 each upped the ante of what was possible in a mid-size pickup once the pavement disappeared, they were truly competitors to the more modest Tacoma TRD Off-Road, with the TRD Pro representing a higher level of capability.

Check out these 5 things you need to know about the Colorado ZR2 and see if it's enough to sway you from choosing Toyota's strong-selling mid-size marvel.

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5 Things we learned on our Chevrolet Bolt winter road trip

5 Things we learned on our Chevrolet Bolt winter road trip

It's easy to love electric cars when the sun is shining and the mercury is comfortably pegged at a balmy 75 degrees, but dial back the seasons to the starker setting offered by winter's chill and things get a little more complicated. I'd been excited by the prospect of the Chevrolet Bolt since it was first announced - finally, an affordable EV with real-world range - but I was somewhat nervous as to how it would handle the ice palace climate of my native Montreal, where you can use your back porch as a deep freeze during January, February, and most of March.

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5 Things you need to know about the 2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

5 Things you need to know about the 2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

The 2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro seems prepped to bridge the gap between traditional, 'yeah, it's got four-wheel drive' pickup fare and hardcore desert-racing rides like the Ford F-150 Raptor. The full-size truck delivers when it comes to attitude, and it certainly boasts all the right upgrades to tackle extra-harsh terrain, but at the same time it maintains a veneer of civilization that makes it livable on a daily basis.

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Surface Laptop: The 5 things you really need to know

Surface Laptop: The 5 things you really need to know

There are a few different things users will need to know before they purchase - or once they've already purchased - the Microsoft Surface Laptop. In this device is Microsoft's newest best hope to take on their biggest competitor's main notebook - the MacBook. At the same time, this device is the headliner for a software suite that's not necessarily going to work all that well for all the people who plan on purchasing the hardware.

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5 tips for new Galaxy S8 users: our Day 1 experience

5 tips for new Galaxy S8 users: our Day 1 experience

There are several facts that a first-time Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus user should know when running the device right out the box. What we're doing today is speaking about the pieces of this smartphone that might not be immediately obvious and/or should be addressed before any other part of the phone is either switched on or handled extensively. This device is slightly unusual, and not just because Samsung removed the home button.

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5 things you need to know about the 2017 Genesis G80

5 things you need to know about the 2017 Genesis G80

The 2017 Genesis G80 is part of the newly-minted luxury brand's one-two punch to shake up the premium segment. Positioned just under the long-wheelbase G90 sedan, the G80 represents an upgrade over last year's Hyundai Genesis four-door on which it is based.

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