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As I cruise down Silicon Valley’s Bayshore Freeway, I twirl my right index finger in small clockwise circles. Though the gesture recognition system needs several tries to pick up the command and crank up the 16-speaker stereo, the 20 air chambers massaging my backside keep my frustration at bay. All the while, the 2017 BMW …

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Nintendo’s Switch comes out on Friday. I’ve been playing with the Switch—an all-in-one gaming machine that works as both a handheld device and a TV game console—for the last two weeks. But it’s only been fully operational since this morning, when Nintendo finally rolled out its day-one patch for the unit. I’m happy to report that the …

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While baseball’s foundational history is contested, the core of the game has remained largely unaltered for over a century. Take a stick, hit a ball, then run to a base before the other player can throw the ball there. The bats, gloves, and shoes may have gotten more advanced, but everything else remains almost identical …

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The mirrorless camera market was long notable for what it lacked: hardware from Nikon and Canon. Technically Canon has had a mirrorless offering for about four years, the EOS M, but it was a low-end model that felt more like a token gesture than a real camera. Other than that, the company largely ignored the …

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Sometimes an audio component punches so far above its weight that even the snootiest critics must acknowledge it. That happened back in 2000, when a small Boston startup called Tivoli Audio launched the Model One. Stereophile voted it a runner-up in its sacred “Analog Source” category. This monaural tabletop radio was shockingly good at locking …

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Waffles put pancakes to shame. Anyone with a frying pan can make a pancake. But a perfectly cooked waffle—crisp on the outside, soft and steaming on the inside, covered in those ingenious dimples that capture syrup and butter in tiny pockets? A thing of beauty. So why, you ask, are pancakes so much more common …

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