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I don't envy the team at OnePlus. After shipping a smartphone that made us rethink what we could get -- nay, what we deserved -- for $299, it was tasked with building an even better follow-up. If this were some schlocky '80s, teen coming-of-age film, it'd be time for a montage, but here we are a y...

August 19th 2015 at 10:15am 0 Comments
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There are only a few companies out there with as much experience making Android Wear watches as LG. After all, the platform's only been part of the public consciousness for a year and yet this Korean giant has already made three of them. Its first sequel -- the G Watch R -- was a marked improvemen...

May 15th 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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HBO is trying super hard to dislodge Game of Thrones' crown as the "most pirated TV show" of modern times. It recently launched HBO Now, a non-cable-based streaming service, and today the company announced it would stop providing reviewers with DVDs containing episodes of its shows prior to thei...

May 4th 2015 at 3:55pm 0 Comments
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It's pretty easy to find local restaurants using Google Maps, but figuring out if they're any good or not? Most folks turn to Yelp or TripAdvisor, which have larger, more hardcore user communities. But Google has just done a makeover on its City Experts service, by switching the name to Local Guid...

February 6th 2015 at 10:13am 0 Comments
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Ever since we started publishing reviews here at Joystiq, we've striven to deliver the most timely and definitive critiques we can. The word "definitive" is important in this conversation, because things don't get much more definitive than a review score. The very purpose of a score is to define so...

January 13th 2015 at 9:10am 0 Comments
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Yelp maintains that it doesn't game the reviews on its site or try to extort businesses that refuse to pay for ads. In fact, it's just published a blog post to air that the Federal Trade Commission has finished a year-long deep inquiry into its business practices and has chosen not to take any act...

January 7th 2015 at 6:16am 0 Comments
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Bungie continues to hype its Destiny shooter post-launch, with the latest bit of messenging courtesy of COO Pete Parsons and an interview at GamesIndustry.biz. "The launch of Destiny was the starting line," Parsons says, before going on to explain how Bungie's Destiny operations center "looks like...

November 26th 2014 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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There are oh so many Bluetooth speakers out there. Little plastic ones that sound tinny, larger battery-operated speakers that you can take with you and improve the sound quality. In a departure from the small and the portable is this new speaker from Audioengine (US$299.00). The company, which has...

November 21st 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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iPad Air 2 reviews started making the rounds yesterday and, as one might expect, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Below is a quick roundup from some of the more notable hands-on reviews. Brad Molen of Engadget: Strap on your seat belts, kids -- the iPad Air 2 is speedy. The irony is not...

October 22nd 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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I've been a fan of the original Zombie Highway since it launched on iOS in 2010. The game received regular updates in the years since, adding so much additional content that today it's practically unrecognizable from the original App Store release -- in a good way, of course. Tomorrow, Zombie Highw...

October 8th 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Our five-star review of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor reassured players that an appreciation for J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings universe isn't necessary to enjoy the deep action game. "What would have otherwise been a competent sandbox game with solid combat mechanics and an interesting twist...

September 26th 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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MemoPics is a free game for iPhone and iPad that gets inspiration from the classic memory match games in which you keep flipping over cards until you find all the matching pairs and eliminate the cards. That version of the game is built in to MemoPics as well, but the novelty here comes with game...

September 22nd 2014 at 7:30pm 0 Comments