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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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Nintendo should just make NES Classic stock unlimited

Nintendo should just make NES Classic stock unlimited

This morning we were all greeted with some happy news: Nintendo is bringing back the NES Classic! After an initial production run that was abysmal in every sense of the word, Nintendo has decided to give eager gamers another chance to own an NES Classic Edition. This is good news for anyone who missed out on it the first time around, but it begs the question: why doesn't Nintendo just make the NES Classic Edition a regular product in its hardware lineup?

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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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Six months with Nintendo Switch

Six months with Nintendo Switch

As of yesterday, the Nintendo Switch has been available at retail for six months. In that time, it’s become clear that the Switch is a smashing success, at least at launch. Though we won’t be able to say if it will take a place among the console greats for quite some time, it certainly is off to an excellent start. This is evidenced by the fact that even six months out from release, Nintendo is having a tough time keeping it in stock across the country. That doesn’t bode well for the holiday shopping season, but it’s at least a good problem to have for Nintendo.

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After Sonic Mania, Sega needs to make 2D Sonic games a priority

After Sonic Mania, Sega needs to make 2D Sonic games a priority

Like many people, I was a bit apprehensive when Sega first revealed Sonic Mania. I was just as excited for a 2D Sonic the Hedgehog title as the next guy, but Sega's talent for screwing up Sonic games is not an easy thing to forget. Now that it's been here for around two weeks - except for the PC version, which launches today - it's clear that I was wrong to be worried. Sonic Mania is a brilliant game, and it shows that Sega needs to commit to regular 2D Sonic releases once and for all.

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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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Jurassic World Evolution is the game I’ve always wanted (so please don’t screw it up)

Jurassic World Evolution is the game I’ve always wanted (so please don’t screw it up)

Jurassic World Evolution is a game I've been waiting years to play. To understand why, we need to go all the way back to 2003, when a long-forgotten game called Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis launched on Xbox, PlayStation 2, and PC. Operation Genesis, like Jurassic World Evolution, tasked you with creating your own Jurassic Park, and it was a sublime experience that was sadly limited by console technology at the time.

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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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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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Pixel XL 2: Is no headphone jack a deal-breaker?

Pixel XL 2: Is no headphone jack a deal-breaker?

We've heard a lot of rumors about the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, but one of the most persistent revolves around the headphone jack. More specifically, these rumors concern the lack of a headphone jack on either phone, continuing a rather unpopular trend we've seen taking hold in the smartphone industry for a few years now. Today yet another report has surfaced, this one claiming once again that neither the Pixel 2 nor the Pixel 2 XL will have a headphone jack.

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