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Monument Valley 2 finally lands on Android next month

The original Monument Valley was one of those mobile games that stands out in a sea of free-to-play cash grabs. It was a game that showed us just how great smartphones and tablets can be as a gaming platform, so it‘s no surprise that it managed to net itself a sizable fanbase. For the past four-and-a-half months, a portion of Continue reading

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Activision‘s latest in-game money-maker trick uncovered

It isn‘t exactly a secret that game publishers have gone a little crazy for microtransactions. As the current console generation marches on, more and more microtransactions are appearing in triple-A games, usually in the form of loot boxes. It is any surprise, then, that Activision was just awarded a patent for a matchmaking system designed to help sell microtransactions? The Continue reading

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Polestar and Volvo will upend modern car ownership

Polestar 1 may be the first exciting hybrid sports car from Volvo and Geely‘s EV-obsessed spin-off, but it‘s the prospect of shaking up the auto ownership experience that could really change the marketplace. Unveiled in China earlier this year, the Polestar 1 is a sleek performance hybrid that promises 600 horsepower from its combination of a gas engine and electric Continue reading

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Pokemon GO Halloween just got REAL (Gen 3 real)

This morning the latest build of Pokemon GO for Android revealed a collection of changes just before Halloween. This set of changes falls in the category of oh my goodness this could mean something big - with regard to the third full generation of Pokemon in the game. An in-game data update just like the one we‘re seeing today occurred Continue reading

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Apple‘s self-driving car tech just got caught on camera

Apple may not be making its own cars, but its mysterious Project Titan work continues as the company refines software and systems for other autonomous vehicles. The Cupertino firm has been plying the local streets for some time now with its Titan-topped test mules, bristling with LIDAR and more. Now, we‘ve got what‘s arguably the best view of the current Continue reading

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Bento Stack is the Japanese lunchbox of Apple dongle holders

The Bento Stack was announced today by Function 101 in an effort to easily contain the many Apple cords, dongles, and accessories some users use. This includes holding the Apple Pencil, the MacBook Pro power cord, the AirPods, and etcetera. Much like the original Japanese-designed lunch box system, this Bento Box stacks up and keeps things tidy. Especially dongles - Continue reading

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Lightroom CC leads huge Adobe updates ahead of MAX 2017

Adobe is getting ready to kick off its MAX conference for 2017, and in the lead up to the event, it‘s announced a slew of new apps and updates for existing ones. Though we‘re seeing a large portion of the Adobe library being updated in one form or another, they all have one thing in common: Creative Cloud. Chief among Continue reading

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LEGO Women of NASA set release date and pricing info

This week the folks at LEGO presented the final version of what‘ll be one of the most awesome Minifigure-centric sets in history. This is the LEGO Ideas Women of NASA LEGO set. It comes from the awesome mind of fan designer Maia Weinstock who presented her idea to LEGO Ideas under the headline Ladies rock outer space! In all realms Continue reading

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This is how the Pixel 2‘s fiendishly-clever portrait mode works

Of all the Pixel 2 surprises, top of the list has to be just how good the Google smartphone‘s portrait mode photography is, despite only using a single camera. Although phones that simulate background bokeh aren‘t new, the iPhone 8 Plus and others rely on two cameras side-by-side to pull off the trick. Now, Google is explaining how it‘s done Continue reading

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NVIDIA‘s cheapest SHIELD TV brings 4K HDR fight to Apple TV

NVIDIA‘s most affordable SHIELD TV is now shipping, with the entry-level set-top box promising 4K HDR content support and gaming despite its lower price. Announced last month, the SHIELD TV 16GB lacks the dedicated gamepad controller that comes bundled with its more expensive siblings. However, it still could be the best option for those looking for a fairly platform-agnostic way Continue reading

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This Moto Mod Smart Speaker just popped up with Alexa

Motorola‘s latest Moto Mod is the Moto Smart Speaker, a device with Amazon Alexa onboard. All Android devices can access Alexa to some degree - with the Amazon Alexa App or through more direct means. With the Moto Smart Speaker, Moto Z devices will be able to access Alexa on the fly - with an extra large speaker, battery, and Continue reading

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Gmail iOS beta‘s big change makes it the must-have email app

Google has launched a new beta test on iOS, and it‘s giving Gmail users the ability to view non-Google accounts in their Gmail app. Android and web users have been able to do this for a while, but now Google has deemed iOS users worthy of the feature as well. Getting started with the beta test is pretty easy, as Continue reading

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Porsche 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS models pack 365 hp turbo fours

Porsche has unveiled the 718 Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS cars, and right off the bat, we can clear up rumors about a return to the flat-six. It hasn‘t happened. Both the Cayman GTS and the Boxster GTS carry on with a revised version of the 2.5L turbo flat four that is found in the Cayman S and Boxster S Continue reading

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Fossil Q Neely, Q Jacqueline hybrid smartwatches cater to small wrists

Not everyone needs a smartwatch. Especially when said smartwatches seemed designed for a specific demographic only. Some users not only have simpler digital lifestyles but also need less conspicuous and classier accessories. For this group, Fossil is announcing the Q Neely and Q Jacquelline, billed as their smallest hybrid smartwatches to date. These fusion of fashion and smartphone accessories combine Continue reading

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2019 Jeep Cherokee gets more mainstream style

Jeep is steadily updating its models and eliminating some not so popular models (like the Liberty). One of the models that returned to the Jeep line after a hiatus for many years was the Cherokee and many Cherokee purists weren‘t happy with the model. One thing about that new Cherokee was that it had styling that didn‘t really go along Continue reading

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CardHop breathes life into the dead ‘contacts‘ app

We shouldn‘t ignore the obvious: managing your contacts are boring. Chances are, if you dip into whatever app/service(s) you use to corral your contacts now, it‘s an unruly mess or duplicates and misinformation. Somehow, contacts never quite made it past a pretty static SQL database, on the backend or via an app. A new offering hopes to change that. From Continue reading

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Nissan ProPILOT Assist debuts on 2018 Nissan Rogue

Nissan has announced that its ProPILOT Assist technology will land on the 2018 Rogue SUV. This new feature is able to reduce driver workload during stop and go traffic by controlling acceleration, braking, and steering during single lane driving. Nissan says that ProPILOT Assist is the foundation for autonomous vehicles of the future. Drivers can use ProPILOT Assist to maintain Continue reading

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The first ever Giant Robot Duel is as epic as it sounds

After two years of preparation, tons of metal, and undoubtedly no small amount of money, the world was treated to its first ever fight between two giant robots. Forget clashing Roombas, this is full on MechWarrior-esque battle. Well, almost. Hopes and spirits were high when Japan‘s Suido bashi and US‘ MegaBots finally met in the arena and while the results Continue reading

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Huawei Mate 10 Lite silently launched in Germany

When Huawei made its big AI splash earlier this week with the Mate 10 models, there seemed to be one member missing. Already launched in China, the Huawei Mate 10 Lite was also expected to debut alongside its more powerful siblings. But perhaps the Chinese OEM preferred to keep things separate to prevent the already confusing mix of features. Better Continue reading

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Intel, Mobileye formula can determine who to blame in self-driving car accidents

Intel may have scaled down or even axed some of its extracurricular activities, like wearables and IoT, but it isn‘t yet backing down from down from one of those: autonomous vehicles. After acquiring Mobileye just recently, the chip maker has double down on its involvement in making the self-driving car dream come true. It‘s latest contribution, curiously, is a mathematical Continue reading

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Facebook Live starts rolling out own screen-sharing feature

Video live streaming is often thought of these days as a way to broadcast events, gathers, and whatnot on social media. The idea, however, stems back to the days when streamers showed off their desktop screens, either to broadcast games or content creation. Somewhat giving a nod to its roots, Facebook Live is now reported to be rolling out a Continue reading

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Nova Launcher Beta brings a taste of Pixel 2 to other phones

It is no surprise that Google as started acting a bit like other OEMs when it comes to its darling Pixel phones. It‘s still not as bad and not as permanent, but some features end up being available only on the Pixel phone or at least first on a Pixel phone. The Pixel 2 is no different, especially when it Continue reading

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HP ZBook x2 crams a workstation in 2-in-one form

Microsoft may have just unveiled not one but two new Surface Book 2s, but it‘s hardly the only detachable PC game in town anymore. Other OEMs have already followed suit. HP, for example, already has the Elite x2 and the Spectre x2. So what‘s the harm in adding one more? While differentiation is usually a concern, it‘s no problem for Continue reading

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Sonos One Review: When Alexa is the DJ

Smart speakers are big business now, and with Amazon‘s Echo and Google‘s Home dominating the market, Sonos had a choice: step up or slip behind. The Sonos One shows the connected speaker stalwart chose to play the game, and not just with one virtual assistant but as many as it can. Rather than making its own AI for the Sonos Continue reading

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