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Vainglory review: Intense strategy and gorgeous graphics await you!

Vainglory made a big splash during Apple's summer event announcing iOS 8 and the new Metal API. It certainly served as a great demonstration of the graphics capability of the new framework for games developers, and now that we've had some time to play around with it, we can tell if it's ultimately good news for the players too.

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Review: Space Age is pixel-perfect nostalgia

The games that shape you in your childhood tend to linger in your memory long after you finish playing them. I can't open an exploratory game like Gone Home or The Room without thinking of my first stumblings into Myst years before, insisting my dad not leave the room because I was too scared to go alone and too excited to not have someone to talk to.

Playing Space Age stirs a very different set of memories — ones founded in explorative delight, or frenetic frustration from just missing the final piece in a boss fight for the fifth time. They trust the player and tease them, compelling them forward with a great narrative all the while confounding them with dastardly puzzles and note-perfect timing.

It's been a long time since I played a game and failed a mission with a smile on my face and a goofy "aw, rats, I almost had it!" exclamation, but Space Age brings all that out and more.

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Review: Wildcard has a deck for all your first-world problems

What do you get when you stick Pinterest, Flipboard, Twitter Cards, and the Wirecutter into a blender? I suspect the result might look something like Wildcard, the brainchild of former New York Times designer Khoi Vinh and the other folks behind Coopkanics. Wildcard, released Thursday, combines trending news with featured collections of goods and services to offer you a solution to all your first-world problems.

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Review: Monument Valley's Forgotten Shores expansion is a triumph

When it comes to gaming, in-app purchases are a tricky thing. Some games use Apple's mechanism to wrest more cash out of you to complete levels faster; others enrich the game experience with new costumes and player characters; others still use the in-app purchase to build off the original game.

It's that last option that has come to Monument Valley, ustwo's brilliantly-constructed architectural puzzler. The Escher-homaging app first appeared on the iOS App Store in April, winning a number of awards shortly thereafter — including Apple's own prestigious Design Award at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Monument Valley was one of my own favorite iOS games to play back in April, and I've been eagerly awaiting its expansion ever since I heard rumors of its existence a few months back. Was it worth the wait and the $2 purchase? Oh, architectural gods, yes.

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Goal Zero Switch 10 and Torch 250 review - solar charging for your iPhone and iPad

Goal Zero has made a big name for itself as purveyors of a whole family of smartphone-friendly solar chargers, and we got a chance to check out some of their latest products, the Switch 10 battery stick and the larger Torch 250.

I had used some of Goal Zero's solar chargers on Android devices in the past, and wanted to have a go with their latest offerings before the sun was blotted out for 8 months with Canadian snow and woefully shorter days.

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Take control of your connected devices with the Harmony Ultimate Home

If you have a lot of connected devices in your home, chances are you often look for ways to tie them all together. Most devices have their own specific smartphone apps or remote in tow, making it hard to get everything to work together as one big unit. That's where the Harmony Ultimate Home comes in. The system consists of just a remote, hub, and smartphone app, but it's what they can all do together that really makes the magic.

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Race into the future with Anki Drive

It's something you may have seen during your travels on the internet or a trip to the Apple Store. Anki Drive is one of the coolest connected toys on the market today. It takes the classic action of slot cars and brings it into the future with power-ups, weapons, battle mode and more.

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The Revolv Hub is the center of your connected universe

If you have more than one connected device in your home, chances are you'll also have more than one app to control said devices. As you add more toys, you also get bogged down with more apps, more hubs, and an all around bigger mess. That's where Revolv comes in. The $299 Revolv hub sets out to automate all of your connected devices — from lights to door locks to home audio — all from one streamlined app. It's great if you're already loaded up with a bunch of connected devices, but if you only have a few, you may not even need it. Lets jump in and see what makes Revolv tick.

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CrackBerry reviews the BlackBerry Passport

Some of you may or may not be BlackBerry fans, but on the heels of the biggest iPhone to date, the biggest BlackBerry to date has arrived as well. The BlackBerry Passport is the largest, squarest BlackBerry device there is and CrackBerry took it on with both hands. It has design that's optimized to get things done, and with a 3450mAh battery and 32GB of storage, you'll be able to do just that.

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Reviewed: The AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is the connected toy you've always wanted

I have had my eye on the AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadcopter‎ for quite a while, though I was never quite ready to drop $300 for one. So when Parrot offered to send me one, to say I was ecstatic would be an understatement. When the package arrived at my door, I quickly dropped what I was doing and got to work (well, got to play I guess). I popped open the box, pulled out all of the pieces, installed the free app (Android & iOS) and it was up, up, and away!

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