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Review: Asus ROG Strix GL502

Review: Asus ROG Strix GL502

Introduction and design

In the race for the thinnest gaming laptop, we’ve seen plenty of contenders from the MSI GS60 Ghost Pro to the Razer Blade. The promise of a gaming notebook that’s easier to take anywhere is tempting, however, greater portability has also made some of these machines feel underpowered with limited graphics options.

The Asus ROG Strix GL502, on the other hand, strikes the perfect balance between portability and power. This 15.6-inch laptop might be less than an inch thick but it can be fully loaded with serious high-end graphics, including a Nvidia GTX 980M with 8GB of video memory. Beyond parts and measurement, this gaming laptop delivers on all fronts with style, snappy inputs and a colorful screen.

Asus ROG Strix GL502 review

Design

Asus has slowly been edging its way away from the done-to-death black and red color scheme found on most gaming laptops. Instead of crimson highlights, the GL502 has orange trim accenting its black paint job. It’s not a grand departure like the titanium and copper design found on the Asus ROG GX700 and ROG G752, but it’s a start.

Though, we almost wish Asus would have stuck to the purely black and red motif, as the keyboard backlighting is still red.

Aside from the new paint job, Asus has seriously upped the profile of this machine with a new look that’s in line with the rest of its ROG series. Whereas the Asus ROG G501 closely copied the MacBook Pro look, the GL502 stands on its own with an attractive and aggressive design.

Asus ROG Strix GL502 review

Brushed aluminum screen lids are fairly common on gaming laptops, and so, you’ll also find one on this Strix machine. But, the GL502 also features an extra flat edge stamped with the Republic of Gamers tagline.

The rest of the chassis is made out of plastic, which might seem disappointing at first, but it feels solid as any full-metal gaming laptop. What’s more, Asus has given the keyboard deck a similar brushed finish to its top lid, while the underside carries a mechanical design etched into the panel.

Asus ROG Strix GL502 review

There’s a load of branding here, between the Strix logo cut into the keyboard deck and Republic of Gamers featured prominently on the top and bottom of the laptop, but you can’t deny that there isn’t a single boring side to this 15-inch beauty.

Beyond looks, the Strix’s largely plastic exterior also helps keep weight down to a mere 4.4-pounds (2kg). To put that in perspective, Dell’s super slimmed down XPS 15 weighs the same amount with lower-spec parts and a more comparable Gigabyte P35X v5 weighs in at 5.29-pounds (2.4kg).

That said, the GL502 can’t quite match up with lightweight systems like the 4.25-pound (1.93kg) Razer Blade and the 4.2-pound (1.91kg) MSI GS60 Ghost Pro. It’s also isn’t the world’s thinnest gaming laptop measuring in at 15.35 x 10.47 x 0.92 inches (38.99 x 26.59 x 2.34 cm; W x D x H), but this is largely to make room for a much more efficient cooling system.

Asus ROG Strix GL502 review

Beware of blast

Ultra-thin gaming laptops haven’t been the coolest of customers. More often than not, they either get excruciatingly hot, moo like a cow with loud fans or end up throttling components to stop the whole machine from melting itself down. Asus is the first company to make sure its svelte gaming machine is adequately cooled without any of those downsides.

On the rear edge of the GL502, you’ll find two thick heatsinks, and they’re not just painted orange for show. This large exhaust system pushes out a constant stream of air hot enough it could double as a space heater. Internally the laptop features Asus’ new ‘dual thermal design,’ which runs two separate lines of copper heat pipes and fans to cool the CPU and GPU individually.

Thanks to this efficient cooling system, the GL502 never really gets toasty on your lap, and the fan noise doesn’t get too rowdy either. Heck, you might even find a use for all the hot air coming out the back to keep your coffee hot.

Specifications, performance and features

The Asus ROG Strix GL502 can be configured with a variety of components. But, with a starting price of $1,249 (about £955, AU$1,641), it definitely isn’t a budget buy even if it nets you a 1TB hard drive disk (HDD) and 3GB Nvidia GTX 970M. For a slightly lower price, you can get the highest-end version of the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 or Lenovo Ideapad Y700, but you’ll be limited to the Nvidia GTX 960M for graphics.

The configuration you see below will run you $1,449 (about £1,107, AU$1,904), which is a considerable bargain compared to the $2,199 or AU$3,299 (about £1,649) you would pay for a comparable Razer Blade with a 3K screen. Even if you were to pick up the strongest configuration of the GL502, it would still be more affordable than the cheapest Blade at $1,899 (about £1462, AU$.2461), complete with an 8GB Nvidia GTX 980M.

Asus ROG Strix GL502 review

Spec sheet

Here is the Asus ROG Strix GL502 configuration sent to techradar for review:

  • CPU: 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ (quad-core, 6MB cache, up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost)
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M (6GB GDDR5 RAM), Intel HD Graphics 530
  • RAM: 16GB (DDR4, 2,133MHz)
  • Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) with in-plane switching (IPS)
  • Storage: 128GB SSD (M.2 SATA3), 1TB HDD (7,200 rpm)
  • Ports: 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type (Gen1), HDMI, mini Display Port, card reader, Ethernet, headset jack
  • Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Camera: 720p HD webcam
  • Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Size: 15.35 x 10.47 x 0.92 inches (W x D x H)

Performance

The Asus ROG Strix GL502 is a rock star when it comes to Full HD gaming, For the last few weeks, we’ve been using the 15-inch notebook as our primary Overwatch system, and it’s been an absolute joy with Epic settings turned on and a constant 60 frames per second (fps). Even when operating on battery power alone, the laptop maintains a solid 30 fps experience.

With Doom, a much more intense first-person shooter game, I was able to kick the graphical settings up to Ultra and see a steady 60 fps runtime as well. Though there are rumors Nvidia’s next generation Pascal graphics are due to come mobile side very soon (as of this writing), the current configuration should still be more than capable to see you through the current swath of games and titles released over the next few years.

Asus ROG Strix GL502 review

Benchmarks

Here’s how the Asus ROG Strix GL502 performed in our suite of benchmark tests:

  • 3DMark: Cloud Gate: 21,081; Sky Diver: 19,403; Fire Strike: 6,515
  • Cinebench CPU: 679 points; Graphics: 105 fps
  • GeekBench: 3,623 (single-core); 13,255 (multi-core)
  • PCMark 8 (Home Test): 3,358 points
  • PCMark 8 Battery Life: 3 hours and 5 minutes
  • Battery Life (techradar movie test): 5 hours and 14 minutes
  • The Division (1080p, Ultra): 34 fps; (1080p, Low): 86 fps
  • GTA V (1080p, Ultra): 29 fps; (1080p, Low): 131 fps

Backing up the claims we just made, our benchmarks show the GL502 consistently keeps up with other Nvidia GTX 970M-powered gaming laptops, like the Aorus X3 v3 and Razer Blade. In more than a few cases – including the most intensive 3D Mark and GTA V benchmark tests – the Strix actually performs much better.

That’s not too surprising when you take Asus’ much better cooling system into account. It’s more than likely that both the Razer and Aorus were buckling under throttling constraints when we ran these challenging benchmark tests.

Asus ROG Strix GL502 review

Battery woes

Like most gaming laptops, the only area in which the Asus GL502 underperforms is long battery life. Lasting for a maximum of 5 hours and 14 minutes while playing Guardians of the Galaxy on loop at 50% brightness, the Strix falls short of the impressive six-hour run time we squeezed out of the Razer Blade. Still, this isn’t as bad as the three-hour-or-shorter runs we’ve seen from other thin gaming laptops.

With regular usage, expect to get between four to nearly six hours of battery life, depending on how hard you’re stressing the machine and how high you’ve set the screen brightness.

Asus ROG Strix GL502 review

Screen and speakers

While battery life is a mild disappointment, the quality of the screen and speakers on the GL502 are impeccable. We’ve pretty much adored the screen on every Asus device from the ZenBook series to the company’s most affordable Chromebook, but the vibrancy of colors seen on the Strix is on a whole other level.

Hues are represented brightly and distinctly on the 15-inch screen, and then a helping splash of rich contrast elevates image quality even higher.

Asus ROG Strix GL502 review

Visuals are only the half of it. The Asus ROG GL502 also sounds excellent, thanks to a pair of surprisingly powerful speakers. Though they might only look like two tiny slivers on the side of the keyboard deck, the tweeters on this system can push out plenty of sound, representing the cacophonous battles in Overwatch handily.

Verdict

Efficient cooling has been the biggest hurdle for thin gaming laptops to get over. While MSI, Razer, Gigabyte and more have been trying to crack the code, Asus has done a stellar job of shrinking down the 15-inch gaming laptop to a more portable size without sacrificing in any way on power.

We liked

The Asus ROG Strix GL502 is stylish without out being overtly obnoxious about it. Beyond its sharp looks, there aren’t many other gaming laptops this thin and light that can be equipped with an 8GB Nvidia GTX 980M. Even with a 6GB Nvidia GTX 970M, this machine more than kills it with Full HD gaming now and for years to come. Plus, there’s the super vibrant screen and potent speakers help round out the entertainment experience with this amazing machine.

We disliked

The biggest detraction we can give this 15-inch gaming laptop is battery life, but even then it’s not the worst. Five-to-six-hour battery life is middling by general standards, but it won’t leave you hanging like other machines that only last for three hours and can’t keep you away from the plug.

Asus ROG Strix GL502 review

Final verdict

It’s rare for us to be this thoroughly impressed with a gaming laptop. Aside from the minor knock against battery life, there’s nothing wrong with Asus ROG Strix GL502. In fact, almost everything else about the machine is stellar from the crisp keyboard, loud speakers, stunning screen and solid Full HD gaming experience. This is one of the best all-around gaming laptops we’ve ever reviewed, hands down, and we recommend it if you’re in the market for a solid mobile PC gaming system.

Source: Tech Radar

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Hands-on review: AOC U2879VF

Hands-on review: AOC U2879VF

Medium-sized 4K monitors are finally becoming a bit more affordable, dipping below £300 (around $400, AU$520), a price point that makes them competitive, between 25-inches and 30-inches, with ultra-wide 21:9 monitors.

The AOC U2879VF is the UK’s cheapest 4K 28-inch monitor at the time of writing with a price of less than £270 (around $360, AU$470) at online retailers Box and CCL.

At that price and given our past experience with first-generation 4K monitors of that size, we’d expect a few corners to be cut to bring the price down.

The only real let-down is the fact that AOC opted for a TN panel rather than an IPS one, but that’s understandable given the target price.

AOC U2879VF front

Can it be inferred then that the overall performance will be subpar? Absolutely not. In fact, quite the opposite – AOC is the first vendor we know of that has shipped a ‘colour uniformity data sheet’ with a sub-£300/entry-level monitor.

That A4 document provides details of the luminance uniformity of the screen and the sRGB average Delta E colour temperature. Both values for the monitor (luminance varied between 100% and 101%, and Delta E was 2.29) fall well within the acceptable range dictated by AOC.

AOC U2879VF OSD

That’s not the only notable feature of this monitor. It is also the most affordable we know of that comes with FreeSync, AMD’s adaptive refresh technology, which reduces tearing, stuttering or ghosting, making it ideal for gaming with AMD-equipped systems.

Out of the box, the monitor sports a glossy piano bezel with a matte display and a metal plate that is screwed to the stand. The power supply is external which may irk some of you looking for an integrated design.

AOC U2879VF stand

Three cables (HDMI, VGA and DP) are included, a welcome change from other vendors that tend to bundle just one. The control buttons are located on the lower edge of the monitor, on the right of the AOC logo; they produce a reassuring, audible click when pressed.

Sadly, there is no VESA mount so you will have to stick with the stand. You can’t rotate the display either, it only tilts slightly (-5/+24 degrees).

AOC U2879VF ports

The U2879VF boosts a 1ms response time with AOC’s proprietary flicker-free technology smoothing over the viewing experience. That’s further improved by the Innolux-sourced 10-bit ‘Deep Color’ RGB display panel, one which allows for a much wider colour range.

The monitor’s rear-facing connectors include MHL-compatible HDMI (v2.0), DisplayPort, VGA and DL-DVI. You will be able to combine two or more of them in PiP (Picture-in-Picture) or PbP (Picture-by-Picture) modes.

AOC U2879VF rear

There’s a headphone output but no speakers. The monitor is, overall, rather thin for a screen of its size and weighs about 8kg which makes it easy to move around.

Brightness and contrast ratio are rated at 300cd/m2 and 1000:1 respectively. In the real world, we were more than happy with the viewing experience. Colours were vibrant without being harsh and the picture quality was more than adequate for casual office usage. The viewing angles were adequate, bearing in mind that this is a TN panel.

AOC U2879VF side

You can always play around with the OSD settings which provide an impressive level of granularity. More details are provided in the monitor’s online manual.

Note that you can bypass the OSD and use AOC’s own i-menu instead – this is a software-based display control panel. Another interesting tool is Screen+ which can split your desktop into different panels and is essentially an improved version of Windows Snap.

Early verdict

This monitor delivers a punchy performance, offering excellent value-for-money, superb colour accuracy and great features like PiP and uniformity compensation. There are a few minor niggles but none of them really outweigh this monitor’s big selling points.

Businesses will love it because of the PiP ability, its affordability and that flicker-free feature which may reduce the chance of suffering from headaches. Add in a great design, a three-year warranty and some nifty tools, and you get very close to perfection, at least for a business monitor.

(At techradar pro, we’re adamant that moving to a 4K monitor is one of the best upgrades that any business or professional can make to improve their workflow).

Hannspree’s HU282PPS is the only other monitor we’ve recently tested that is in this price range. The only way to go cheaper is to look for a 23.6-inch 4K monitor (some cost less than £200 – around $265, AU$350), or shoot for a 40-inch 4K television (for as little as £220 – around $290, AU$385), and both those options lack the finesse of a 28-inch solution.

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Review: Amazon Kindle review

Review: Amazon Kindle review

Introduction, key features and design

Amazon is the undisputed champion of the ereader market, and its cheapest Kindle model is one of the best-selling ebook readers on the planet.

The 2016 model is the eighth generation of Amazon’s entry-level Kindle. We gave the 2014 seventh-generation Kindle a positive review, and this latest version sees the design revised once more, and some new features added.

The 2016 Kindle costs £59/US$79 (about AU$105) with adverts on the lock screen, or £69/US$99 (about AU$130) if you don’t want to see any adverts.

There are more exciting, bell and whistle-packed ereaders out there, such as Amazon’s Kindle Oasis or Kindle Voyage; however, the basic Kindle has long been the go-to device if you’re looking for a straightforward reading experience without spending much money.

Amazon Kindle 2016

But is the original ereader still the best basic option out there? If you have the 2014 model, is it worth upgrading? And, given that you can still buy the 2014 Kindle for £10 or $10 less at the time of writing, is it worth shelling out the extra for a new look and some extra features?

White Kindle

Design

The design is the major change in the new version of the Amazon Kindle – the Kindle Fire-like design has been dropped in favor of something a little sleeker, and this Kindle is slimmer, lighter and shorter than ever before.

Amazon Kindle 2016

The bezels are a little thinner, making the device feel much more compact, and easier to hold in one hand. It’s 16% lighter than the Kindle that went before it, and a whole 1.5mm slimmer as well.

The Kindle doesn’t feel premium to the touch though – for that you’ll need to upgrade to the Oasis or Voyage, which are the most expensive models in the Kindle line.

Amazon

Here you’ve got a simple black box with rounded corners. It’s not thrilling, but it does the job.

Kindle 2016

The back is plastic, with the Amazon logo emblazoned on it. This can pick up fingerprints quite easily and is a grease magnet, but if you keep your digits clean it won’t be an issue.

The four corners of the Kindle feel rounder and easier to hold than on previous iterations, which makes the whole reading experience much more comfortable – remember, you could be holding this device for quite some time.

Kindle 2016

You’ll have a more comfortable experience with the premium Oasis model – it’s slimmer on one side to make it easy to hold in one hand – but the new Kindle is now so compact that it’s easy enough to use one-handed.

You may find it fiddly to hit the sleep button at the bottom of the device, but then you won’t be switching your Kindle on and off that often, so it’s hardly an issue.

Key features

Amazon has doubled the storage capacity on its basic model to 4GB – not that storage is really an issue with Kindles, as you can literally store thousands of books on your device, and if there’s not enough room the others will be kept in Amazon’s cloud storage.

You can then access them via your Wi-Fi connection, but if you’re planning on living in a cave for a few months – or you’re just go on holiday and can’t rely on having web access – you’ll need to make sure you have all the books you want to read stored locally.

Kindle

Just bear in mind that if you’re looking to jump ship from either Nook or Kobo you won’t be able to transfer your purchases to Kindle, so you may want to consider the added cost of re-purchasing some of your favorite reads before making the switch.

Nook is also no longer available in the UK, which means customers no longer have access to the Barnes and Noble ebook store, and so have even more reason to switch.

Amazon is highlighting how the new Kindle runs faster than the previous version. It comes with 512MB or RAM rather than 256MB, and while that might not sound like much when some phones now sport 6GB of RAM, there’s a lot less to power here, and the slight upgrade has given the Kindle a noticeable jolt in terms of speed.

Compared to the 2014 model, this version does show a slight speed advance when downloading and opening books. Page flipping is noticeably faster – the faster you can turn the page with e-ink technology the better, as all those fractions of a second waiting for the next page to appear add up.

What’s it like to use?

Display

The display is the one thing that sets the original Kindle out from the Paperwhite, Voyage and Oasis, and it’s not in a good way.

Amazon hasn’t improved the screen for the 2016 version. The 2014 edition introduced a touchscreen, which makes it much quicker and easier to shop for what you want to read, and it’s the one area where this Kindle can hold its own against its more expensive siblings.

Kindle screen

The screen size remains at six inches, which reflects the dimensions of your average paperback, and allows the device to sit comfortably in the hand.

It’s disappointing, however, that Amazon hasn’t seen fit to increase the resolution of the screen for the latest Kindle. The 167ppi display is starting to look a little dated compared to the 300ppi Paperwhite and the premium models.

You won’t be disappointed with the quality of the text when reading – the display is more of an issue when looking at the artwork for books in the Kindle Store, or in your library.

If you’re coming direct from a higher-end Kindle you’ll certainly notice the difference, not just in terms of resolution but also contrast – it’s a little flat here, and a far cry from the pages of a physical book.

Screen

If you’re not coming from a higher-end Kindle you won’t know what you’re missing, as the reading experience here is absolutely fine. But if you’re an avid digital reader you might want to consider spending a little more on a Voyage or Paperwhite.

The big omission on the Kindle screen remains the lack of a built-in light – if you want to read your Kindle in bed you’ll need a bedside light, and if you’re a bit of a night owl this might be a deal-breaker.

In natural light the Kindle is mostly easy to read. It’s a bit of a struggle when you’re in direct sunlight, and if it’s very bright you won’t find it particularly easy to focus – take a closer look at image below and you’ll see that it’s difficult to make out the author’s name.

Light Amazon

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If you’re after a device that you can use on a sun lounger while on holiday the Kindle Paperwhite is the better option to go for, as its screen is easy to read in bright sunlight.

Battery life

Battery life is much less of an issue with ereaders than with smartphones and tablets. You’ll only need to charge your Kindle once every few weeks, rather than plugging it in every night before you sleep.

Depending on usage you may even be able to make it through a month on a single charge. And when you do have to charge your Kindle it only takes a matter of hours, via the microUSB port at the bottom of the device.

Amazon Kindle 2016

During our week with the Kindle we didn’t need to recharge it once, despite high usage at times.

If you need even longer battery life – perhaps if you’re travelling and won’t always have guaranteed access to power – then the Kindle Oasis, which comes with a case that has a built-in charger to extend battery life to months, rather than weeks, may be a better choice.

Amazon Kindle Store

Amazon’s ebook store is arguably the best of its kind. The Kobo and Nook stores are well stocked, but if you’re after the biggest selection of ebooks around then the Kindle Store is the place to go.

Store

Knowing that you can download your choice of millions of books in a matter of moments, wherever you are (internet connection permitting of course), makes it feel like you have the world’s biggest library in your pocket.

The Kindle Store holds regular sales too, so you should be able to pick up some bargains.

Kindle Store

Software

The Kindle we reviewed was running Amazon’s Kindle 5.8.1.1 software. Amazon’s software always feels slightly outdated, but then so does much of the competition’s – ereaders haven’t exactly kept pace with the tablet world in terms of interface development.

Your library is laid out in front of you. You tap to download a book if necessary, you tap to open a book, and you tap the edges of the screen to flick through the pages. It’s all very intuitive, and if you’re new to ereaders you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly.

To come out of a book you tap near the top or bottom of the page to bring up navigation bars that enable you to return to the main menu, or access other features.

Software

This entry-level Kindle, like other models, includes the Page Flip feature, which enables you to quickly skip to another page or chapter while reading without losing your place. Amazon continues to add useful features like this to the Kindle interface.

Verdict and competition

The Kindle has cemented its position as the go-to basic ereader to buy. If you’re after a cheap but capable device you’re likely to look at the Kindle before any other brand, and this newest version reminds us why.

While it may not feel ‘premium’, the 2016 Kindle certainly looks better than previous models, and with a store that contains pretty much everything you could ever want to read, and simple and reliable operation, it’s simply one of the best ereading experiences available.

And the clincher is its price – the Kindle has consistently been one of the cheapest ereader devices on the market, with lesser products from competitors costing more.

Kindle

The minor processor upgrade and slimmed-down design may not be reason enough to upgrade if you already have the Kindle 2014, but you’ll certainly want to consider it if you’re using an older device, or want to try an ereader for the very first time.

Who’s this for?

The Kindle is for anyone who wants to get their first experience or reading ebooks, or who wants a new ereader without spending too much money.

Kindle

If you have the 2014 Kindle we wouldn’t recommend upgrading, but if you have an older Kindle then this new model both looks better, and will perform better, than the device you’re currently using.

Should you buy it?

If you’re upgrading, or looking for dip your toes into the world of ebooks without spending too much money, yes. There are other ebook readers out there that you may find comfier in the hand, but this is the one to go for if price is your main consideration.

First reviewed August 2016

  • Maybe the Amazon Kindle isn’t for you – if so, here are a couple of alternatives to consider…

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite

The Kindle Paperwhite is going to cost you more than the entry-level Kindle, but it does offer up some extra functionality.

The screen is the main difference. There’s a backlight for easy reading in the dark, and you get a higher-resolution display – 300ppi, rather than the 167ppi of the basic model.

Apart from that, and a few design tweaks, the Kindle Paperwhite isn’t massively different, so unless you’re a devoted bed-reader it may not be worth the extra cash.

Kobo Touch 2.0

Kobo Touch 2.0

A cheaper alternative to the Paperwhite is the Kobo Touch 2.0. It’s a little more expensive than the Kindle at £69.99/$89.99 (about AU$120), but the Kobo offers a slightly better reading experience when in direct sunlight.

The 6-inch Kobo Touch 2.0 also has an anti-glare screen to make it easier on the eye when you’re basking on your sunbed, but design-wise it’s not all that different to the Kindle.

The main disadvantage of buying the Kobo Touch 2.0 rather than the Kindle is that you won’t have access to the millions of books in Amazon’s store. Kobo has its own store, but it’s quite limited compared to Amazon’s offering.

Source: Tech Radar

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Millions of Volkswagens can be broken into with a wireless hack

Millions of Volkswagens built over the past 20 years can be broken into with a hack that exploits the cars’ remote control key systems, security researchers have found.

Most VWs built since 1995 use one of a handful of electronic “master keys” to remotely open and lock the doors, and those keys can be extracted by reverse engineering the firmware, the researchers wrote in a new paper

That alone isn’t enough to break into a car — the master key has to be combined with a unique code generated by each remote key device. But the researchers also devised a way to do that, assembling a piece of radio hardware costing around $40.

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Can the galaxy’s most anticipated game live up to the hype? And how do you get from Land’s End to John O’Groats without leaving your house? Answers are contained herein.
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When tech companies battle — do we always win? Chat with us live at 3:30 p.m. ET – CNET

Sony’s rumored PS4.5 Neo vs. the Xbox One S? HDR10 vs. Dolby Vision? Tech companies are always fighting each other to win the most business, but do we as consumers win from these battles? Join CNET’s Open_Tab with special guest David Katzmaier this week as we discuss two of the biggest battles this year.
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Takeover: A second robot-run hotel opens in Japan – CNET

The first automated “weird hotel” opened in Nagasaki last year — this second one, in Tokyo, relies even less on humans.
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Netflix spent a fortune on 'The Get Down' and boy does it show (spoiler-free review) – CNET

Baz Luhrmann’s lavish new drama, said to cost upwards of $120 million, is an ambitious ode to the birth of hip-hop.
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