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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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Comcast Verizon merger would truly be the darkest timeline

Comcast Verizon merger would truly be the darkest timeline

These days, you hear a lot of jokes on the internet about the citizens of the world (or at least the US) heading down the "darkest timeline." It's easy to believe it, too, with important things like healthcare and net neutrality potentially at risk through new legislation. Now, Citibank analyst Jason Bazinet has penned an opinion that Comcast should purchase Verizon, and if we aren't in the darkest timeline right now, we certainly will be if such a deal ever becomes a reality.

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SNES Classic Edition: Why I won’t pre-order Nintendo’s sure-fire hit

SNES Classic Edition: Why I won’t pre-order Nintendo’s sure-fire hit

Today's biggest bit of gaming news was undoubtedly the announcement of the SNES Classic Edition. It's something we all knew was coming, something that a lot of people are going to want, and something that offers a decent helping of classic 16-bit games. It's also something that I don't think I'll be pre-ordering or purchasing, despite the fact that I was very excited about the NES Classic Edition.

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Google Photos’ new AI sharing may be creepy, but count me in

Google Photos’ new AI sharing may be creepy, but count me in

At a Google I/O where the Google Assistant held center stage, it was a service I'm already deeply committed to, Google Photos, which arguably made best mainstream use of the growing AI. Like Google's most successful products, the integration between the Assistant and the cloud photo service ignored technological showboating in favor of just plain useful features that address real sharing hassles users experience every day. Indeed, as nudges to sharing goes, it's hard to see how Google Photos could now make it any easier without bypassing the human user altogether.

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Note 8 vs Galaxy S8: Do I buy now or wait for the phablet?

Note 8 vs Galaxy S8: Do I buy now or wait for the phablet?

By all reports, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a barnstorming success. Indeed, there are only really two phones that could overshadow it: Apple's iPhone 8 and, ironically, Samsung's own Galaxy Note 8. Expected to make its big debut at the end of the year, the new phablet has some fiery shoes to fill.

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Pokemon is the key to Nintendo Switch success

Pokemon is the key to Nintendo Switch success

As a lifelong Nintendo fan (and recent Switch owner), I was happy to see the news that the Switch had an excellent launch, with nearly 3 million units sold worldwide. Home to the one of the best games of at least the past decade - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - there was little surprise that the Switch was going to sell well at launch, but what can Nintendo do to keep it up? The answer is as simple as it is certain: Nintendo must launch a proper Pokemon game on the Switch if it wants to see the console become a smash hit.

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Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8: Do I buy Samsung now, or wait for Apple?

Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8: Do I buy Samsung now, or wait for Apple?

After my Galaxy S8 review, of the most frequent questions I've been asked is whether people should buy the new Samsung now, or wait until the new iPhone is revealed later in 2017. Samsung deserves some serious kudos for what it's done with the latest Galaxy flagship. Not only is the design on a par with the best we've seen from Apple's smartphone team, top-notch specs like the beautiful curved Super AMOLED screen make it just as pleasing to use as to hold.

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The IoT will survive this Juicero scorn

The IoT will survive this Juicero scorn

In a shocking revelation that came as a surprise to practically nobody, a $400 connected juicer may not be the must-have in the kitchen that it was pitched as. Nor is it the best poster-child for the Internet of Things and, as is usually the way, scorn heaped on Juicero has spilled over to the connected home more broadly. After all, with $120m in funding, some are already describing the company as the epitome of IoT hype.

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