Opinion

In New World, picking weapons is my biggest problem

In New World, picking weapons is my biggest problem

Like many MMO fans, I've been spending a lot of time with New World lately. While I'll need to play a lot more before I can review the game, I've played more than enough to know that I have a problem on my hands: I still have no idea which weapons I want to use. I've cycled through many different weapons, and I'm not much closer to the answer now than I was when I first started playing.

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The 2022 Ford Maverick is refreshingly honest

The 2022 Ford Maverick is refreshingly honest

While there are plenty of reasons that the 2022 Maverick stands apart from the state of play in the truck world right now, it's Ford's refreshingly blunt approach to design and accessories that might be the most shocking. Yes, the Maverick may be priced from an unprecedented $20k (plus destination), and it may be the first pickup in the market to come with a hybrid drivetrain as standard, but it's how the cabin looks, feels, and adapts that I suspect will have a longer lasting impact on owners.

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Rivian’s R1T “gimmicks” make so much more sense now

Rivian’s R1T “gimmicks” make so much more sense now

I'll admit, some of what Rivian was promising with the R1T all-electric pickup seemed a bit... gimmicky. Not pointless, nor useless, but enough to make you wonder whether, had the American EV startup opted to leave those features out, could the 2022 R1T have been even more affordable?

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“Astro, hold my beer”: Amazon’s home robot should fear more than the stairs

“Astro, hold my beer”: Amazon’s home robot should fear more than the stairs

Amazon knows you're probably skeptical about "Alexa on wheels," but it's making its Astro robot anyway. Announced today, the latest iteration of the retailer's smart assistant cuts the cord completely - well, for as long as the battery lasts, anyway - in a way the rotating Echo Show 10 could only dream of, though there's still an uphill struggle if Astro is to convince us that it's a household necessity.

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Hey Toyota, where’s the new Tundra BEV?

Hey Toyota, where’s the new Tundra BEV?

It's not unfair to say we've been waiting for quite some time for the new 2022 Toyota Tundra. The full-sized pickup may have become a familiar sight on US roads since it first launched in 2000, but with the second-generation truck debuting all the way back in 2007 it's a reasonable observation that Toyota's upgrade cycle hasn't exactly been rapid.

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Today I’m thinking about the Sinclair C5, a glorious EV failure

Today I’m thinking about the Sinclair C5, a glorious EV failure

Sir Clive Sinclair, the British inventor, has died today at the age of 81, and though it's the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and its impact on personal computing that will go down as his biggest success, it's an altogether more oddball gadget - and disaster - that I can't help but think of fondly. The Sinclair C5 arguably beat the current trend of electrified transportation by several decades, a three-wheeled curio that - like the Segway many years on - promised plenty but failed to live up to that in commercial terms.

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Apple’s new iPad mini is so much more than just a smaller tablet

Apple’s new iPad mini is so much more than just a smaller tablet

I'd hoped Apple would grant the iPad mini a reprieve - instead, it gave it a reinvention. The smallest of the iPadOS devices proved to be the biggest star of Apple's iPhone 13 event this week, with new style, functionality, and speed partially eclipsing what could well be considered incremental updates to the best-selling smartphones.

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I fear Sony is burning PS5 bridges with its most loyal gamers

I fear Sony is burning PS5 bridges with its most loyal gamers

At the beginning of this generation, it really seemed like all Sony had to do was stay the course and it would wind up on top again with the PlayStation 5. History proves that can be a tough thing to do, as winners in one generation sometimes become losers in the next. For instance, consider that the PlayStation 2 - the best-selling game console of all time - was followed by the PS3, a console that struggled from the outset and in the end only managed to break even with the Xbox 360. An even better - and more dramatic - example is the bomb that was the Wii U following the 100 million-selling Wii.

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 demands caution

Amazon Prime Day 2021 demands caution

Amazon knows you love a bargain, and that's what makes events like Prime Day 2021 so appealing. The online retailer has benefited handsomely over the past 12 months, as pandemic shoppers shifted to the internet in droves. Now, as it has for the past few years, Prime Day is coming to bring even more deals, though as always caution is the rule of the game.

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The 2022 Honda Civic cabin throws down an unexpected challenge

The 2022 Honda Civic cabin throws down an unexpected challenge

With a starting price of $22,694 for the 2022 Civic Sedan LX, nobody is expecting a Bentley-level interior from Honda's new mass-market car. Real wood, authentic metal, and artisan stitching on your hand-tanned leather is always going to come at a price. There's a good reason, after all, that luxury cars typically start at six-figures and spiral up from there.

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I can’t stop thinking about a Ford F-150 Lightning Raptor

I can’t stop thinking about a Ford F-150 Lightning Raptor

Ford confirmed the power figures for the 2021 F-150 Raptor this past week, and it's fair to say they came as a surprise. Since the first generation of the performance truck back in 2010, the Raptor badge has meant Ford's most potent version of the pickup. Problem is, even before it hits dealer forecourts, the new Raptor finds itself in an electric shadow.

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Mass Effect is dated, but still worth playing today

Mass Effect is dated, but still worth playing today

Earlier this month, Electronic Arts and BioWare released Mass Effect Legendary Edition, a compilation that remasters the three games in the original Mass Effect trilogy and offers all of them - along with their DLC - in one package. It’s a rather ambitious release, particularly as it concerns the original Mass Effect. BioWare’s impressive efforts to update the first Mass Effect for the modern era haven’t completely saved the game from feeling dated, but despite the fact that even a remastered Mass Effect shows its age to some degree, it’s still worth playing today.

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