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Don’t underestimate the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Don’t underestimate the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Any other year, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would feel, well, magical. Apple's two new smartphones address some long-standing complaints from iPhone owners, like including wireless charging support; they look sleek, have improved cameras, and borrow clever screen technology from the iPad Pro. Of course, this year there's a shadow looming over both new handsets.

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Take it from an HTC fan: this Google deal won’t help

Take it from an HTC fan: this Google deal won’t help

I'm an HTC fan, but I can't say I'm impressed by the company's billion dollar deal with Google. The phone-maker has been instrumental in many of the most pivotal moments in modern smartphone history, producing some of my favorite devices in the process. I've also found myself at times being one of the company's more vocal critics, though, and for all HTC's attempts to spin this deal with Google as a win-win for all, I'm not convinced.

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iPhone X’s creepiest features are its most compelling

iPhone X’s creepiest features are its most compelling

I don't think I've ever been in the midst of a conversation and thought "what this discussion needs is my opinion stated by a perfectly-animated poop emoji," though I concede I'm a sample of one. There's also been doubt among some I've spoken to post-Apple iPhone X event that you couldn't do Animojis with a regular front-facing camera and facial tracking. After all, Snapchat has cemented its relevance, in part, by doing just that across pretty much any smartphone.

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Jaguar made the most beautiful electric car I’ve ever seen

Jaguar made the most beautiful electric car I’ve ever seen

Jaguar just made the most beautiful electric car in the world, and it only had to cheat a little to do so. The Jaguar E-Type Zero may look like it's right out of the sixties, but that's for good reason: it's an EV wearing the body of a classic. I've been spending some time up-close with it in London, England, at Jaguar Land Rover's inaugural Tech Fest event, and it's not hard to fall in love.

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Elecwave Omni-directional OTA Antenna Review: totally free TV for cord-cutters

Elecwave Omni-directional OTA Antenna Review: totally free TV for cord-cutters

If you've ditched cable for good, the first place you should look for an alternative is over-the-air television -- it offers some of the same channels you were paying for, after all, only they're free. Gone are the days of massive TV antenna dishes; replacing them are relatively small antennas like the Elecwave model we're reviewing. With the right antenna, you'll be able to pick up over-the-air networks from many dozens of miles away, but a low-quality antenna is almost as bad as not having any antenna at all. How does this Elecwave model perform?

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$1,000 Note 8: Should you preorder now, or wait

$1,000 Note 8: Should you preorder now, or wait

Nobody expected the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to be inexpensive, but are you ready to splash out almost a thousand dollars on a cutting-edge smartphone? That's the question many would-be Note 8 buyers find themselves asking today, as the carriers weigh in with just how much the brand new phablet will cost you. While promotions, preorder deals, and fine print varies, one thing is for sure: the average shopper shouldn't expect to get much change from $1k.

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Note 8 is a no-brainer upgrade for Note 5 owners

Note 8 is a no-brainer upgrade for Note 5 owners

The Note 8 finds itself in an unusual upgrade situation. Usually, when a brand new version of a smartphone series launches - whether it be an Android phone like Samsung's Galaxy, or Apple's latest iPhone - the big question for early-adopters is "should I upgrade from last year's model?" For the Note 8, though, last year's model just isn't around any more.

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The Essential Phone is a huge work-in-progress

The Essential Phone is a huge work-in-progress

You have to give the Essential Phone credit for managing to carve out a spot in our attention, given what a phone-heavy year 2017 is turning out to be. On the one hand, Samsung is about to make its play for phablet redemption with the Galaxy Note 8, successor to the ill-fated (and fiery) Note 7. Shortly after, we'll get to close the book on all the rumors around what could be Apple's most dramatic iPhone upheaval in years, as the iPhone 8 makes its much-anticipated debut.

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Laptops for back-to-school students: best budget to top-tier models

Laptops for back-to-school students: best budget to top-tier models

Later this month, thousands of students will return to college, and thousands more will be heading out for their first semester. Just as necessary as dorm room mini-fridges and a comfortable backpack is a laptop, the tool through which you will complete seemingly endless course work and Netflix binging. Whether you're in the market for a top-tier laptop that'll last you four plus years or just something cheap to get you through your first semester, this list has got you covered.

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Microsoft Surface vs Consumer Reports: What you need to know

Microsoft Surface vs Consumer Reports: What you need to know

Microsoft might be reconsidering its Consumer Reports subscription today, with the news that the Surface Laptop and Surface Book have both been stripped of their "recommended" status. Concerns about reliability of the Surface line-up as a whole have prompted the review organization to backtrack on its awards, in addition to suggesting that the Surface Pro shouldn't be among your top considerations for a 2-in-1 hybrid, either. Microsoft is suitably outraged, as you'd expect, and indeed there are some big questions around just what Consumer Reports is testing and how they're doing that.

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10 high-quality mobile games that are actually worth your time

10 high-quality mobile games that are actually worth your time

When you think of mobile games -- that is, games you play on your smartphone or tablet -- there's a reasonable chance you're thinking of Candy Crush, FarmVille, or the hundreds of not-so-subtle clones that plague the various app stores. No judgement if you enjoy those games, but they're not everyone's cup of tea. If you're looking for something that feels more like a high-quality game and less like thinly-veiled gambling, this is the list for you.

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4 Phone insurance options that are (much) cheaper than your carrier

4 Phone insurance options that are (much) cheaper than your carrier

If you have a top-tier flagship smartphone, there's a good chance you paid somewhere between $600 and $800 for it...or more. That's a fairly substantial sum, and the reason why many find it hard to turn down their carrier's monthly phone insurance. That insurance, though, adds up on its own, typically being $11.99/month -- that's just under $144/year, not including the 'deductible' many charge when you need to use it. The good news is that you don't have to pay this; there are much cheaper options on the market with arguably better coverage.

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