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Fossil Q Explorist and Venture hands-on: Android Wear fashion watches with full round display

Back in May I took a look at the Fossil Q x Cory Richards smartwatch, but it had that bottom flat tire on the display that held it back a bit. Fossil’s new Q Explorist and Q Venture models bring use a similar build and design, but with a full round display. These are not smartwatches focused on activity tracking like we see with most wearables since they do not have heart rate monitors on the back and are modeled…

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Eweka review | TechRadar

Founded in 2001, Eweka is a specialist internet service provider which offers a straightforward Usenet service from its Amsterdam headquarters. This isn’t yet another reseller. Eweka runs its own data centre in Amsterdam (there are no US servers yet), and has POP locations in Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt and more. It has its own trans-Atlantic backbone, manages its own routings, and is even a Local Internet Registry at RIPE with its own AS number (a unique identifier representing a network on…

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Mediasonic Homeworx HW180STB review

Do you demand an over-the-air DVR with a rich program guide, automated series-based recordings, a silky-smooth interface, and whole-home streaming features? If not, the Mediasonic Homeworx HW180STB might be the DVR for you. This $35 box—billed primarily as an analog-to-digital converter—has none of the sophisticated features you’d find in other solutions, such as the Tablo and TiVo Roamio OTA. The menu system is clunky and often confusing, there’s no easy way to resolve scheduling conflicts, and even some common tasks…

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus review: No other game could pull this off

There’s a quote you might’ve heard: “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” The quote is often attributed to Sinclair Lewis, albeit in that apocryphal, repeated-enough-it’s-become-true way the Internet is so good at. Regardless, the point is that while fascism is synonymous to Americans with swastikas and SS uniforms and the trappings of Nazism, homegrown fascism would approach subtly, would infiltrate under the guise of more familiar iconography. But Wolfenstein II:…

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HP EliteBook x360 Review: A Business Hybrid Ultraportable

The HP EliteBook X360 1030 G2 is a rare thing. It’s a business laptop that’s also one of the most desirable of any style of laptop in the world. It’s pretty, portable, has a great aluminium shell and fantastic battery life. The only problem is getting your CTO to agree to buy the HP EliteBook X360 1030 G2, as it doesn’t come cheap. Price-wise it’s similar to the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. That laptop is a sold alternative, although the HP…

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Meizu M6 hands-on: Good for gamers, consumers, and business users Review

I like the Meizu range of devices. They have sleek curved designs that are pleasing to the eye. They perform well and have a range of prices to suit most budgets. I like the way Meizu has departed from traditional Android builds and has introduced the Flyme OS to give a different Android experience. Whatever it is, the M6, does not disappoint. Inside the box, it is obvious that this is a basic workhorse of a device. Of course, for…

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Harman Kardon Invoke review | TechRadar

When the AI-equipped smart speaker was introduced to the wider world by Amazon in 2015, it was a novel idea. To that point, not only was the original Amazon Echo a Bluetooth speaker that could play nearly any song you could think of, but it was a pretty handy smart home hub, too.  Now fast-forward to 2017, a scant three years later, and the market is nearly saturated with these devices. Not only do you have Google and Amazon producing…

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Tidal Force Wave 5 headpone review

Tidal Force has joined the ever growing headphone marketplace with the launch of its Wave 5 planar magnetic headphones. Most headphones you are familiar with are driver-based designs, like loudspeakers. Not the Wave 5. Planar magnetic headphones use an extremely thin and light diaphragm to reproduce sound, instead of the more traditional driver. A magnetic system drives the entire surface of the diaphragm evenly in a pull-push manner. In the case of the Wave 5, the diaphragm’s size measures 56mm…

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MacBook Pro vs Surface Book 2

MacBook Pro vs Surface Book 2 In October 2017 Microsoft announced the Surface Book 2, the follow-up to the high-end laptop it launched in 2016. The Surface Book line is the company’s answer to Apple’s professional-focused MacBook Pro range of laptops, so in this article we compare the SB2 with the newest MBP models. Design & build quality The Surface Book 2 is a hybrid design: it can be used as a laptop or as a tablet, by detaching the…

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QNAP TS-253B review: A short talk with a NAS box

When it comes to fast, superbly competent NAS boxes, no company does it better than QNAP. Some of the company’s boxes, including the TS-253B reviewed here, even feature HDMI output for direct management and displaying multimedia via an attached display. That’s cool, but we forgot about all it when the box spoke to us. A talking NAS box “System boot completed.” Those were the words that distracted us. Conversations with a NAS box are usually one-sided, as in invectives from…

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Assassin’s Creed Origins Review – Tech Advisor

After taking the franchise back to the drawing board, Ubisoft’s upcoming Assassin’s Creed Origins promises to reinvent the series with improved combat, more engaging missions and an incredible open world environment: Ancient Egypt. But has Ubisoft done enough to tempt gamers back and cement Origins’ place as one of the best games of 2017? We’ve started playing through Assassin’s Creed Origins, and here’s what we think so far – we’ll update this to a full review once we’ve played more. Assassin’s…

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Moto X4 review: An affordable rock solid dual-camera, water resistant, mid-ranger Review

Four years ago, my primary device was the fantastic Moto X in navy blue with orange highlights. Four years later, we have the Moto X4 that doesn’t have the same unique look and feel, but offers a lot of value at a third to a half the price of the flagship options. CNET: Moto X4 has dual cameras, Amazon Alexa and extra smarts I’ve spent the last week with a Moto X4 with SIM cards from Project Fi and T-Mobile.…

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Marantz TT-15S1 Turntable review | TechRadar

The recipe for a great turntable seems simple. You need a rigid chassis that dampens vibration, a motor that keeps good time and a needle that can track record groves well. While the basic formula is the same among all turntables, the devil is in the details.  While most record collectors will be satisfied with the excellent sounding Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB or the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, there are better turntables for those who truly value audio fidelity.  One such turntable…

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TP-Link KC120 Kasa Cam review

TP-Link’s KC120 Kasa Cam marks the company’s entrance to the security camera market, but it’s already something of an old hand when it comes to the smart home, offering a mesh router, white and color smart bulbs, smart plugs, and even a smart switch. Something tells me TP-link has been taking note of the best and worst the market has to offer, because the KC120 (available at Amazon for $130) is surprisingly refined for a new product, boasting advanced features,…

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Google Pixelbook review: Clean design with impressive performance you’ll have to pay for Review

Google’s Pixel line is no longer just an expensive Chromebook, a seemingly forgotten tablet, or a smartphone lineup. The Pixel namesake is Google’s line of premium devices, spanning multiple form factors. The Pixelbook is one of the latest entries into the Pixel line. The Pixelbook runs Chrome OS, is powered by an Intel Core i5 (or i7) processor, and up to 16GB of memory, and up to 512GB of storage. On the spec sheet, at least, it’s a full-fledged computer…

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BlackBerry KeyOne review | TechRadar

Update: Our BlackBerry KeyOne review has been updated to reflect the recently released premium “Black Edition”, featuring a tweaked design, more RAM and more internal storage. Move over, Samsung Galaxy S8. The BlackBerry KeyOne is the latest smartphone comeback story of 2017, even if the company behind it is really just China’s TCL Communications. It’s touted as the most secure Android phone, pre-loaded with smart, enterprise-level mobile software and, at last, delivers an old-school physical keyboard within a modern enough…

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