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I love the MacBook but it’s getting lost

I love the MacBook but it’s getting lost

Creatives have a shiny new iPad Pro, while MacBook Air die-hards have an all-new Retina model, but where does that leave the 12-inch MacBook? Apple's thinnest, lightest laptop has been controversial from day one, its single USB-C port and low-profile keyboard forcing some not-insignificant compromises in return for its extreme portability.

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The winning iPhone strategy is shifting to Mac and iPad

The winning iPhone strategy is shifting to Mac and iPad

Apple tested its strategy out on the iPhone, took a risk, and it paid off: now, it’s the turn of the Mac - and specifically the new MacBook Air - to go next. For long-time MacBook Air fans, the late-2018 update to the ultraportable addressed a lot of complaints. Faster processors, more storage, and a Retina display all checked off boxes long-overdue. However there was one change we were hoping not to see.

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Five electric cars I’m surprised don’t exist yet

Five electric cars I’m surprised don’t exist yet

Electrification is in fashion now, but there’s still plenty of room for EVs to catch up with their gas-burning brethren. While Tesla may have led the charge in electric luxury, while Nissan, Chevrolet, and others have focused on the entry-level, the pickings are still rich for vehicles taking advantage of electric motors’ instantaneous torque, zero emissions, and design flexibility.

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The iPhone XR has one big dealbreaker

The iPhone XR has one big dealbreaker

On the face of it, the iPhone XR knocks it out the park. The same style as an iPhone XS, a bigger display, a broader range of colors, and no real compromise on performance - and all for $250 less. It sounds too good to be true and, unfortunately, it maybe is.

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For Pixel 3, bigger isn’t better

For Pixel 3, bigger isn’t better

Bigger isn't always better, and in the case of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, it's the smaller of the two smartphones that has my vote. Both smartphones share much the same feature-set, including Google's tremendous computational camera system. Indeed, it's that parity of talents which makes the Pixel 3 all the more appealing.

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I’m no notch-hater but jeez, this Pixel 3 XL

I’m no notch-hater but jeez, this Pixel 3 XL

I'm not a notch hater. Honestly, I'm a little surprised that that's a sentence you can say in 2018 and have it relate to an actual controversy in the tech world, but nobody said this year would make any sense. Anyway, I don't have an instant revulsion to phone display notches, but I have to say, I'm not feeling the Pixel 3 XL's screen right now.

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How Pokemon Red and Blue paved the way for Switch today

How Pokemon Red and Blue paved the way for Switch today

20 years ago today, Pokemon Red and Blue launched in North America, sparking what can really only be described as a media phenomenon. What started with two innocuous titles for a platform at the end of its life quickly grew into one of the most successful gaming franchises in the world, second only to Mario in terms of lifetime sales. Though many people considered it a fad at the time, Pokemon has endured for these past two decades, morphing into a media giant that shows no signs of slowing down. Today, at a time when the Pokemon franchise is approaching a major turning point, we're going to take a look back at where it all started.

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If Facebook just logged you out, don’t log back in again

If Facebook just logged you out, don’t log back in again

Facebook has logged 50 million users out of their compromised accounts today, along with 40 million more as a precaution, and frankly you might want to just not bother logging back in again. This latest forced detox from the increasingly controversial social network comes as Facebook admits a security glitch in one of its profile privacy features could've allowed hackers to gain access to the accounts of millions.

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What’s your favorite weapon in Monster Hunter: World?

What’s your favorite weapon in Monster Hunter: World?

Monster Hunter: World is a game of many deep components, and one of the most complex is the weapon system. Weapons, just as much as armor and perhaps even more, define your character in Monster Hunter: World, and there are 14 of them to choose from. Each weapon is viable for both solo and squad play, but each one is also vastly different from the next, leading many players to choose a "main" weapon that they primarily focus on throughout the course of the game.

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No Man’s Sky NEXT finally got me to take the plunge

No Man’s Sky NEXT finally got me to take the plunge

As far as gaming redemption stories go, there are few that are as incredible as that of No Man's Sky. Developers - and more specifically excited studio leads - mess up all the time when it comes to hyping up a game, but few did it to the astonishing degree that Hello Games founder Sean Murray did with No Man's Sky. Most of you likely remember just how bad the fallout from No Man's Sky's botched launch was, so for brevity's sake, let's just say that it was abysmal, with many eager gamers left feeling like they'd been duped by a design lead who overpromised at every available opportunity and severely under-delivered.

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We can’t trust self-driving car AI just yet

We can’t trust self-driving car AI just yet

Self-driving cars are the future. Almost every car maker, in one way or another, has embraced technology that can take over the wheel partially or completely. It has become not a question of “if” but of “when”. Some car makers are convinced that self-driving cars will be hitting the road in two years’ time. That, however, might be an extremely optimistic outlook that may miss out on how self-driving car tech just isn’t trustworthy yet, and it’s not for the reasons you might immediately think.

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The Argument Against EV: Why You Should Stick to Conventional Cars

The Argument Against EV: Why You Should Stick to Conventional Cars

We love electric cars. The whisper-silent performance and smooth rush of torque from the get-go is simply exhilarating, and otherworldly. From an enthusiast's point of view, electric vehicles are a Godsend. You'll be hard-pressed to find a production gasoline or diesel engine that can replicate the immediate and, yes, ludicrous response of a powerful electric motor, and that's assuming you don't spend millions of dollars on a Bugatti Chiron or some other hyper-fast supercar.

As wonderful and Earth-friendly electric vehicles are, there are still practical and compelling reasons why you should wait a while and stick to conventional gasoline-powered vehicles instead. Mind you, we have nothing against EV's, hybrids, or plug-in hybrids, but the argument against electric cars are simply hard to ignore.

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