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Long-form articles about the people, places, and things in tech. We go beyond the surface story to unearth technology’s more fascinating details.

A person holding the iPad Air M2.

One missing feature has almost ruined the new iPad Air for me

I'm a few days into using the new iPad Air (2024), and there's one missing feature that's nearly ruined Apple's latest tablet. Let me explain.
Senua stares ahead wearing war paint.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 ending, explained: What happens to Senua?

Nines Sols main character, Yi

You know cyberpunk. Now let Nine Sols introduce you to ‘Taopunk’

Computex 2024 logo.

I’m attending the world’s biggest PC show next week. Here’s why I’m so excited

Tom Burke stands between Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.

Is Furiosa a worthy follow-up to Mad Max: Fury Road?

A photo of Google's Project Starline during a demo session.

I saw the future of video calling, and it blew me away

iPhone 15 Pro (left) and Google Pixel 8a camera modules.

Can a $500 Pixel phone beat a $1,000 iPhone in a camera test? I found out

Key art for Zet Zillions

May is packed with great games, but don’t miss these 3 hidden gems

Three 2021 iPads are stacked on a table.

The one thing stopping me from buying a new iPad

Senua stares ahead wearing war paint.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 shows the limits of photorealistic graphics

Key art of the Prince in The Rogue Prince of Persia.

Move over Hades 2. Another great roguelike just hit early access

You Asked Feature

You Asked: 4K OLED vs. 8K Mini-LED. And are built-in apps good enough?

The iPhone 15 Pro Max with Standby mode on the Anker MagGo Wireless Charging Station.

It took me 8 months to try out this fantastic iOS 17 feature

I had forgotten about iOS 17's StandBy feature, then the right piece of hardware came along and reminded me how fantastic it is.
A Pulse Elite, DualSense, and PlayStation Portal sit on a table.

I would buy a PlayStation Portal 2 if it had this one feature

While the PlayStation Portal is a solid cloud streaming handheld, there's one missing feature that its successor needs to have.
The 2020 Google Chromecast and 2024 Onn 4K Pro.

Onn 4K Pro vs. Chromecast with Google TV 4K: $50 streaming devices face off

While Walmart surprised us with its powerful and feature-rich Onn 4K Pro streamer, the stalwart Chromecast with Google TV isn't going down without a fight.
Main title image for the Outtafocus column.

My Google Pixel phone turned my photos into AI nightmares

Will AI take over the world? Who knows. But after using the Pixel 8a's Magic Editor on photos of animals, I'm more scared of it than ever.
A character stands before a God in Isles of Sea and Sky.

This retro Game Boy throwback is the modern-day Link’s Awakening

If you love The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, you need to check out retro Game Boy throwback Isles of Sea and Sky.
Senua stares at a burning tree in Hellblade 2.

Hellblade 2 struggles to balance a serious message and video game tropes

Hellblade 2 delivers a serious story about mental health, but gamey elements like collectibles distract from its power.
Microsoft introducing the Recall feature in Windows 11.

Here’s why everyone is talking about this controversial new Windows AI feature

Microsoft has announced a new AI Windows feature called Recall that has the potential to completely change how we use PCs.
The Samsung Galaxy A35 and Galaxy A55's cameras.

A cheap Samsung phone crushed its biggest rival in this camera test

Ready to buy the Galaxy A55, but wondering if the cheaper Galaxy A35's camera is just as good? We've answered the question in our extensive test.
Sonic, Tails, and their pals stand side by side in Sonic Mania Plus.

3 Netflix games you can play with your subscription this weekend (May 24-26)

If you have a Netflix subscription, you can play these three great games for no additional charge this weekend.
Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2.

3 new PS Plus games to play this Memorial Day weekend (May 24-27)

This Memorial Day weekend, play these games from Sony, Rockstar Games, and Ubisoft that were just added to the PlayStation Plus game catalog.
Senua carries a torch in Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2.

3 Xbox Game Pass games to play over Memorial Day weekend (May 24-27)

If you're looking for Xbox Game Pass games to play over Memorial Day weekend, check out these three titles.
White Kia EV3

Kia EV3: release date, performance, range, and more

Kia is expanding its series of electric vehicles. Ithas finally taken the wraps off of a production-ready version of the EV3. Here's what we know so far.
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MultiVersus is back, but it still has the same identity crisis

MultiVersus is back, and while it's more fun than ever, it also feels like more of a corporate product than ever.
A person holding the Poco F6 and Poco F6 Pro.

These are two of the most confusing Android phones I’ve used in 2024

I tried the Poco F6 and Poco F6 Pro right after reviewing the Google Pixel 8a. It was difficult to know which phone to try first, so I used them both.
Cropped key art for Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door got the remake it deserved

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door's remake on Nintendo Switch is a testament to the game's influence and the fans who wanted it to make a comeback.
Apple Mac Mini side view showing edges.

Why you should buy a Mac mini instead of a MacBook Air

Picking between the Mac mini and the MacBook Air can be tough, but there are plenty of reasons why Apple’s bite-sized desktop is the best choice.
Valah stands in front of graffiti in RKGK.

RKGK mashes Hi-Fi Rush and Jet Set Radio up into one stylish game

PC players are getting a stylish new game today: the graffiti-filled RKGK.
Street Fighter emulated on an iPhone.

Emulators have changed the iPhone forever

After years and years of waiting, emulators are finally on the iPhone — and they're changing it forever.
A man plays High on Life on an Asus ROG Ally.

Whatever you do, don’t buy the Asus ROG Ally right now

Asus' ROG Ally is still one of the best handheld PCs you can buy, but it's definitely one of the worst times to pick one up.
The back of the Google Pixel 8a.

It’s impossible to recommend a cheap Google Pixel phone

The Pixel 8a is the cheap Google phone to buy, right? Well, no, because the Pixel 8 is. Sometimes. Google has made it hard to know which phone to buy.
A character wanders a cracked maze in Lorelei and the Laser Eyes.

How Lorelei and the Laser Eyes went from a small project to 2024’s most ambitious game

Lorelei and the Laser Eyes is a sprawling puzzle game, but developer Simogo originally set out to make something smaller than Sayonara Wild Hearts.
The new Surface Pro on a table.

The real reason behind Copilot+ PCs goes far beyond just AI

Microsoft is kicking off a new era with Copilot+ PCs, but despite AI being all the rage in 2024, the Copilot+ push is about more than that.