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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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The frustrating limit to Ford’s F-150 Lightning electric pickup

The frustrating limit to Ford’s F-150 Lightning electric pickup

There's a whole lot to like about the Ford F-150 Lightning, though one aspect of the all-electric pickup could prove frustrating for those considering taking the leap into a gas-free lifestyle. Unveiled earlier this month, Ford's zero-emissions truck is no mere nod to electrification but feels like a wholehearted embrace of the concept and all the potential perks that come along with it, with a line-up that should have something for almost everyone.

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Six months with PlayStation 5

Six months with PlayStation 5

It’s been just a little over six months since the PlayStation 5 arrived here in the US. While global stock shortages persist and don’t seem to be getting better, Sony is clearly selling consoles to some people judging by the fact that it has managed to sell 7.8 million PS5s thus far. The beginning of a new console generation is always exciting, but what does the PlayStation landscape look like six months after release?

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Ford’s most outrageous F-150 Lightning feature is right in front of you

Ford’s most outrageous F-150 Lightning feature is right in front of you

Ford's new electric pickup doesn't look like a spaceship, or a movie prop, it looks like an F-150. It feels a little weird that normality alone leaves the F-150 Lightning an outlier in the fledgling EV truck segment, but then Ford's challenge is arguably a very different one to that faced by Tesla, Rivian, Canoo, and others.

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There’s a huge EV hole and I’m in it

There’s a huge EV hole and I’m in it

Electric vehicles are the future. At least, that's what automakers, regulators, and EV enthusiasts keep telling us, but though I'm a fan of electrification I'm still frustrated. In fact, I'm on a countdown to making a tough electric decision, and it's one that has left me scratching my head about the EVs on offer today, not to mention just how well they actually fit with the lifestyles of potential buyers.

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After a week with Apple AirTags, this is what I can’t work out

After a week with Apple AirTags, this is what I can’t work out

If Apple's big strength is taking the complex and stressful and making it simple and elegant, then its AirTag tracker might be the most successful gadget from the company in years. It's no surprise, then, that since the tiny circular tags were announced earlier in the month, people have been brainstorming just what they might attach them to. I'm no different, though I've come to realize AirTags aren't yet entirely amenable to everything important in my day-to-day life.

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I can’t stop looking at the 2022 Honda Civic’s dashboard

I can’t stop looking at the 2022 Honda Civic’s dashboard

I had to Google what the outgoing Honda Civic's dashboard looks like, and then wished I hadn't bothered. Honda's compact may be a lot of things - affordable, economical, surprisingly spritely to drive, and a gateway for new owners to the automaker's brand - but being memorable for its cabin wasn't one of them. That all changes with the new 2022 Honda Civic Sedan.

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I need Google’s Sleep Sensing tech to break out of the new Nest Hub

I need Google’s Sleep Sensing tech to break out of the new Nest Hub

Google has finally found an application worthy of its fiendishly clever Soli chip, and quite frankly it's wasted in a smart display. Or more accurately, the Nest Hub 2nd Gen may be a great showcase for what Soli, the short-range radar, is capable of with Sleep Sensing, but I can't help but wish Google had just made a standalone sensor instead.

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I drove Chevrolet’s new Bolt EUV crossover and now I have an EV headache

I drove Chevrolet’s new Bolt EUV crossover and now I have an EV headache

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV has a problem and, embarrassingly for the new electric crossover, the headache is a family affair. Having spent time behind the wheel of the new EV last week, I can tell you it's perky, affordable, and practical in its own way, as well as that it offers tech you'd previously have needed to splash out on a Cadillac to enjoy.

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