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Pokemon Sun and Moon Review: The finest Pokemon games in years

Pokemon Sun and Moon Review: The finest Pokemon games in years

Pokemon games are nothing if not formulaic. Pokemon Red and Blue were released in North America 18 years ago, and subsequent games have largely felt like iterations on the structure of those initial titles. Little improvements were made here and there along the way, but for the most part, the core of Pokemon stayed the same. Now, in anticipation of Pokemon’s 20th anniversary, Nintendo has released Pokemon Sun and Moon in an effort to give us something that feels both like a Pokemon game and a fresh start at the same time. For the most, it’s successful in doing so too.

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2017 Nissan GT-R: Supercar for the people

2017 Nissan GT-R: Supercar for the people

The 2017 Nissan GT-R is not a supercar that asks you to put down a deposit and wait your turn. It doesn't require that you be a previous Nissan owner to buy one, or that you be vetted by a team of brand gatekeepers to determine whether you're worth of GT-R stewardship. You don't have to accept exotic hybrid technologies to tap into what the GT-R has to offer, nor does it come with an elaborate maintenance schedule and a pair of white gloves that you must wear each and every time you slip behind the wheel. Instead, it simply kicks enormous amounts of ass, and invites you to come along for the ride.

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Lenovo YOGA 910 Review

Lenovo YOGA 910 Review

Lenovo has an update to its previously launched (and quite gorgeous) YOGA 900, and it is called the YOGA 910. This new model is no less beautiful than its 900 counterpart, bringing with it all the luxurious underpinnings and elements of the 900 with some notable updates, including a fully CNC-machined aluminum body and a 7th-gen Intel processor. Is the 910 worth the extra cost over the older 900? Read on to find out.

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Review: Funlux Smart Wireless Mini CAM security camera

Review: Funlux Smart Wireless Mini CAM security camera

Consumer-grade home security cameras are a safety blanket, a source of reassurance while you're traveling or when the babysitter is over. Security cameras like the Nest Cam let you take a peek in or around your home even if you're not home, they keep watch while you're asleep, send notifications when you're not looking, and are an excellent way to make sure your insurance company honors a claim. They also tend to be expensive.

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Why the MacBook Pro reviews are all wrong

Why the MacBook Pro reviews are all wrong

If you take a look around the web, you’ll already find plenty of reviews about the new MacBook Pro. To date, only the non-Touch Bar 13-inch model has been made available, with other models arriving sometime next week (if you ordered early). All told, the reviews are less than glowing, with many likening the computer to a farce foisted on us by Apple. That’s certainly one way to look at it, but there’s probably something a bit more obvious at play.

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2016.5 Mazda CX-5 Review: A family SUV can be driver-friendly too

2016.5 Mazda CX-5 Review: A family SUV can be driver-friendly too

The 2016.5 Mazda CX-5 - yes, that half-model year is not a typo - just keeps on winning. Who would have thought that in the space of less than a decade, a company whose previous SUV efforts were limited to rebadged versions of the Ford Explorer and Ford Escape would be fielding such an enticing array of people movers? And that a compact hauler like the CX-5 would be leading the charge?

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2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet Review: Interstellar luxury

2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet Review: Interstellar luxury

There's more than one way to manifest as a master of the universe, but few show off your upper echelon status with more class and style than slipping behind the wheel of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG S63 cabriolet. Truly, this is the chariot of those who are tired of the ostentatious display brought on by drop-top Ferraris, Bentleys, and Lamborghinis, a megabuck mirage that steals its way to the front of the valet line without drawing daggers from the 99 percent at every stoplight.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y900 Review: surprising power in a big package

Lenovo IdeaPad Y900 Review: surprising power in a big package

I've always found it difficult to wrap my head around gaming laptops, and when I first opened the Lenovo IdeaPad Y900 notebook, I didn't think my feelings were going to change. I found myself almost immediately wondering why I would use such a bulky laptop when I have my own gaming desktop at home. Still, there's more to a computer than its size, and once I really dug in and got to playing around with it, there were a few things that caught me by surprise. The question then was whether the IdeaPad Y900 was enough to change my opinion on gaming laptops, or if I'd end the review process with the same opinions I had at the start.

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2017 Panamera Turbo and 4S technical details

2017 Panamera Turbo and 4S technical details

Overview, concept and design - The all-new 2017 Porsche Panamera epitomizes, to me, what a true four-door sports sedan ought to be: bad to its bones. Everything’s new, inside and out; it looks like a Porsche; it drives and performs like a Porsche. The only thing left is for me to actually get behind the wheel myself.

Sadly so far Porsche isn’t quite ready to entrust those outside of the company with the keys, but the automaker did invite me to take a “Taxi Ride” in the new Panamera recently. Don’t let the name mislead you: this is the hottest of hot laps, driven by a pro-driver around a proper racetrack. While I’d obviously prefer to be at the wheel of a car I’ve written about extensively over the past few months, this was definitely the next-best-thing. Launch control? Check. Slicing through hairpin turns? Check. High speed down the straights and then maximum braking? Check. One of the most epic cab rides ever? Oh, definitely check.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Review — an ultrabook unlike any other

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Review — an ultrabook unlike any other

Ultrabooks are a wonderful thing, but they're known to require compromise: you get this (usually thin and lightweight construction), but you have to sacrifice that (let's say battery life and durability). It's this very nature of compromise that turns many off; more than a few laptop owners have gone with larger, heavier models to get the things their ultrabook counterparts couldn't offer. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Yoga ultrabook changes this -- there is no compromise needed. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find any laptop, ultrabook or otherwise, that can stand up to the utter gem that is this Yoga model. I don't ordinarily feel like reviewing something is an honor, but the ThinkPad X1 Yoga is no ordinary ultrabook.

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2017 Porsche Panamera 4S and turbo: Every techie’s dream car

2017 Porsche Panamera 4S and turbo: Every techie’s dream car

For Porsche, unveiling the new Panamera isn’t just about replacing one of its best-selling models, it also ushers in a whole new era for the automaker. When Porsche launched the Panamera four-door sedan back in 2009, it was a couple of years before I had kids. Though anything is possible, to my mind it was unimaginable that you could make a four-door version of the 928, the car that was to me - next to the 911 - the heart and soul of Porsche. After the initial shock, I never really gave it much thought.

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PlayStation Vue Review: two months with Sony’s TV service

PlayStation Vue Review: two months with Sony’s TV service

In mid-March, Sony rolled out its previously limited PlayStation Vue service across the nation, bringing three channel packages to anyone with a PS3 or PS4, Amazon Fire TV/Fire Stick, or iPhone/iPad (and, as of June 29, Android). I'd been using Sling TV before this, but I was never too pleased with the service and so when the opportunity came to switch, I did. I've been using PlayStation Vue for the last two or so months and feel confident saying that, for the most part, it's pretty great.

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