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Satire, subversion, and Sonic the Hedgehog: What a hit YouTube series reveals about web culture

By repurposing in-game Sonic cutscenes and overdubbing amusing new lines, this YouTuber has found a winning formula for satirizing online culture.
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Disney+ is working on a ‘Daredevil’ series

Daredevil fans who were disappointed when Netflix axed the popular show after three seasons now have something to look forward to. Disney+ is moving forward with its own series about the blind lawyer-turned-superhero Matt Murdock, reportedVariety. The streaming service has signed co-writers Matt Corman and Chris Ord to write and executive produce the series. Corman and Ord served as co-showrunners for the NBC military drama The Brave, and the duo also created the spy drama Covert Affairs.

Daredevil is only the latest of a large number of MCU titles that have been revived on Disney+ as shows, starting with last year’s WandaVision. The streamer has since released six other Marvel shows, including Hawkeye, Moonknight and Loki, with many more to follow this year. Meanwhile, the raft of Netflix shows based on Marvel characters all left the streaming platform's library for good earlier this year.

The Daredevil Disney+ show is still in the very early stages — Variety notes that Marvel has yet to announce anything formally. Charlie Cox, who played the lead character in the Netflix series, returned to his old role in this year’s Spider-Man:No Way Home and Vincent D'Onofrio reprised his Daredevil role of Kingpin in Disney’s Hawkeye. Both actors seemed optimistic about a Disney+ revival of the series, but there's no telling if they'll return to the new series.

In an interview with Marvel News Desk, D'Onofrio shed some light on the Netflix show’s sudden cancellation, which shocked its many fans. The actor said the show’s departure in 2018 likely had to do with Marvel paving the way for Disney’s nascent streaming service. “You know, at the same time the group #SaveDaredevil started to rise, we started to learn the reasons why that happened and so we understood what Marvel was doing because Disney+ coming out.”

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Remedy is remaking the first two Max Payne games for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S

Remedy is remaking Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne. In a surprise announcement on Wednesday, the Finnish studio said it was working with Rockstar Games to fully remaster the first two games in its cult classic third-person shooter series for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.

Under a new publishing agreement between the two companies, Rockstar will fund the project “in line with a typical Remedy AAA-game production.” What’s more, the studio will rebuild the games in its in-house Northlight Engine, the same engine Remedy used for its most recent title, Control. Nearly three years after its 2019 release, Control is still one of the best-looking games on both PC and consoles thanks to its implementation of ray-tracing.

"We were thrilled when our long-time friends at Remedy approached us about remaking the original Max Payne games," said Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser. "We are massive fans of the work the Remedy team has created over the years and we can't wait to play these new versions."

Released in 2001, Max Payne was the game that put Remedy on the map and established the studio’s signature storytelling style. It was also one of the first games to include the bullet-time effect made popular by The Matrix. Two years later, Remedy released The Fall of Max Payne. Rockstar published both games before it went on to develop the third and currently final entry in the series on its own.

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The best Apple Watch Series 6 tips and tricks

The Apple Watch Series 6 includes numerous handy features for testing blood oxygen, measuring elevation, hand washing, and more. Here are our favorite tricks.
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Apple Watch Series 7 down to lowest price of 2022

The Apple Watch Series 7 is down to its lowest price ever for the year on Amazon, which is offering a $ 50 discount for the wearable device’s 41mm, GPS model.
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OPPO will launch its flagship Find X5 series on February 24th

It’s official – OPPO will take the wraps off of its new Find X5 series of flagship smartphones on February 24th. As the first models to feature OPPO’s self-developed MariSilicon X Imaging NPU, the Find X5 series will also feature the first fruits of the recently announced partnership with Hasselblad. So far, we know that […]

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Here’s what I want to see from the Samsung Galaxy S22 series

Samsung’s first Unpacked event of 2022 is coming up. Here are some things we’d like to see with the Galaxy S22.
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The Realme 9 Pro series will sport a color-shifting rear panel

While we await a launch date for the new Realme 9 Pro series the brand has confirmed on social media that the range will feature a color-shifting finish on the rear panel. Dubbed the “Light Shift Design”, the color of the panel will change according to the lighting conditions. As you can see from the […]

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Garmin Instinct 2 series tipped to launch next month

Garmin has several smartwatch launches in the pipeline this year. One of the most anticipated — the Instinct 2 — is expected to arrive in February 2022.
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The Xiaomi 12 series may launch globally during MWC 2022

The Xiaomi 12 series launched in China on December 28th sporting 120Hz displays across the board and power units in the form of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and the reheated Snapdragon 870 chipsets. While Xiaomi is yet to officially announce when we’ll see the global launch of the new phones, it’s being reported […]

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‘Arcane’ creators explain why Jinx and Vi are the stars of the Netflix series

It was always Jinx and Vi. They’re the sisters at the heart of Riot Games’ hit Netflix series, Arcane, and they were picked for the spotlight out of a lineup of more than 150 League of Legends champions.

For Arcane creators Christian Linke and Alex Yee, the stars really couldn’t have been anyone else from League of Legends lore. Especially not Teemo. Linke and Yee have been preparing Jinx and Vi for their leading roles in a mature, mainstream, animated TV series for the past nine years, even if they didn’t know it the entire time.

Back in December 2012, Vi debuted and became the first League of Legends champion to receive a login screen complete with an original, lyrical song. A year later, Jinx joined the game’s ranks and starred in its first character-driven cinematic, a high-energy music video called Get Jinxed. Linke and Yee worked on both of these releases, flexing their creative muscles in music and narrative storyboarding, two aspects that didn’t get much attention in the core game-development process.

The Jinx cinematic was also the first time Riot partnered with Fortiche Production, the studio behind Arcane’s otherworldly animation style.

“They kind of got our special treatment already because we just really liked them,” Linke told Engadget. “And so, when we had to think about like, which characters do we want to stick with for many years to come? I think it was pretty obvious.”

Yee agreed and added, “Both of them were a bit of a milestone, I think, for our time at Riot.”

In-game, Jinx and Vi are sisters and bitter enemies, though this story fades into the background of the action, appearing only in small voice lines and character descriptions. As an online MOBA, narrative isn’t critical to the way League of Legends plays, but Riot has infused its champions with more lore over the years, focusing on expanding their universe beyond the game launcher.

Nowadays, Riot is a hub of creative development across multiple mediums, including short stories, graphic novels, cinematics, music videos and one truly fantastic K-pop group. Arcane is the studio’s biggest push onto a mainstream service, and Jinx and Vi carry the story, surrounded by a handful of other champions, including Caitlyn, Jayce and Viktor, and other original characters.

Jinx and Vi were always intriguing to Linke and Yee. They were grounded in a way that the game’s more fantastical champions weren’t, with distinct, opposing personalities and an unexplained rivalry that clearly cut both sisters to the core. Vi was a powerful, rigid Enforcer working for the prosperous city of Piltover, while Jinx was an anarchist with a belt full of bombs and no filter. Vi’s hair is short and pink, while Jinx’s is long and bright blue.

“If you just imagine those two characters together in a scene, whatever location, whatever they would be debating – you know, what kind of food they're going to get in the evening, or what kind of movie they're going to watch,” Linke said. “It's just always going to be fun, because they're always going to have these very different perspectives.”

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There’s an inherent question in Jinx and Vi’s shared backstory, Yee said, and it’s a mystery that fans of the game and newcomers to the show would be able to grasp quickly: If they’re sisters, why do they hate each other so much? Arcane asks that question and slowly answers it, providing a rich, emotionally charged origin story for Jinx, Vi and their surrounding champions along the way.

“The fact that Jinx and Vi’s relationship is a bit of a mystery from the outset allows us to sort of satisfy both audiences,” Yee said.

In Arcane, Linke and Yee were able to zoom in and focus on the small details that bring their characters to life, showing micro-expressions and all-consuming rage on Jinx’s face, or giving Vi a nuanced nervous tick, like bouncing her leg. Fortiche Production, the studio that handles animation duties for Arcane and other Riot projects, was a pivotal part of this development process. Animators there were given leeway to express themselves in the characters, Linke said, and this resulted in a unique visual style that flowed like motion-capture, even though it was completely hand-drawn.

“We also tried to really treat the animators like actors who can find their ways of expressing things, rather than just kind of saying, make Jinx or Vi do this,” Linke said. “But instead, just being like, here's what's going on in their head, how can we really make that feel real?”

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After nearly 10 years of in-game development and cross-media projects, Jinx and Vi are still able to surprise Linke and Yee. Developing Arcane, for instance, marked the first time they’d seen any League of Legends champion actually speaking, mouth movements and all.

“When we did our first trial, or our first test animatic for the show, it was the first time we'd ever seen any of our champions talk,” Yee said. “We'd never – their mouths don't move in game, you know. So it was a very funny milestone to cross at that point.”

Given how well Arcane has been received by League of Legends fans and newcomers alike, there are plenty more creative milestones to come as Riot continues its ride into mainstream entertainment. Season two of Arcaneis in production as we — and Jinx and Vi — speak.

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Apple Watch Series 7 is still at its lowest-ever Black Friday price

The GPS, 41mm version of the Apple Watch Series 7 is still at its lowest-ever price of $ 380 on Amazon, but you need to hurry to take advantage of the deal.
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6 weeks in, I see the value in committing to the Apple Watch Series 7

I’ve worn the Apple Watch Series 7 every day for the last six weeks, and am beginning to see the health-related value in committing to a smartwatch this way.
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Apple Watch Series 7 Cyber Monday deal drops price to $380

With this Apple Watch Series 7 Cyber Monday deal from Amazon, you’ll be able to purchase the latest version of Apple’s smartwatch for its cheapest-ever price.
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Apple Watch Series 7 down to lowest-ever price for Black Friday 2021

Amazon is offering a $ 10 discount on the Apple Watch Series 7, marking it down to $ 390 for a Black Friday deal.
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Apple Watch Series 7 just got a price cut at Amazon for Black Friday

Today Amazon is offering a $ 10 discount on the green Apple Watch Series 7, marking it down to $ 390 for an early Black Friday deal.
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Apple Watch Series 7 Review: The best smartwatch you can buy, by far

Spoiler alert: The Apple Watch Series 7 impresses at every turn, and does everything you could want and more.
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Apple Watch Series 7 teardown reveals new display tech and a slightly bigger battery

The Apple Watch Series 7 teardown by iFixit revealed some changes under the hood, including new display tech and bigger battery.
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5 things the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro can do that the Apple Watch Series 7 can’t

Both the Apple Watch Series 7 and the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro have their own advantages and disadvantages, but here are five where Amazfit pulls ahead.
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Apple Watch Series 7: Everything you need to know about the latest smartwatch

The Apple Watch Series 7 was announced in September 2021. Here’s what you need to know about the new smartwatch.
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Apple’s Watch Series 6 is 15-percent off at Amazon and Best Buy

Discounts on Apple’s latest products are pretty rare, and the Watch Series 6 is no exception. Normally, it costs at least $ 399, though we’ve seen small discounts at Apple and prices as low as around $ 350 on Amazon. Right now, however, you can grab th…
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The Android 11 and One UI 3.0 update is rolling out to the Galaxy S20 series on Verizon

Samsung has been running an Android 11/ One UI 3.0 beta program for the Galaxy S20 series over the past month or so and now it’s showing some love for the Verizon versions of the handsets in the form of a stable release of the new software. Yup, this isn’t a beta, it’s the real […]

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The Apple Watch Series 6 falls to new low of $350 at Amazon

Amazon has reduced the price of Apple’s latest flagship smartwatch yet again. The online retailer has had the Apple Watch Series 6 for $ 385 for a number of weeks now, despite the Series 6 only debuting in September, and now some 40mm models are disco…
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These are the optimized games available for the Xbox Series X/S from November 10

Microsoft’s new Series X and S Xbox gaming consoles are officially going on sale on November 10th, which means those of us who placed pre-orders back in September should hopefully be getting our grubby paws on the new distractions on the very same day. More powerful and capable than their predecessors, the Series X and […]

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[Updated: Now rolling out in the US] Samsung’s Android 11-based One UI 3.0 public beta for the Galaxy S20 Series is live

Galaxy S20 owners in South Korea woke up to a tasty treat this morning in the form of the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 beta program that has just gone live in the region. After a closed beta aimed at helping developers prepare their apps for the new version of Samsung’s One UI, the public […]

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Xbox Series S is all about Game Pass

Microsoft has finally announced its budget next-gen Xbox, the $ 299 Xbox Series S. That price is appealing, but the cuts to storage and graphical power… not so much. We know that the Xbox Series X will be $ 500, and history has shown that gamers will t…
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Watch the first trailer for Gillian Flynn’s Amazon series ‘Utopia’

Amazon has released the first trailer for Utopia and announced that it will debut on Prime Video on September 25th. Written and executive produced by Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn, the eight-part series is adapted from a 2013 UK series of the same n…
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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 series is here

A new Galaxy Note series is expected every year, and some were expecting delays this year due to COVID-19 reasons; however, Samsung hosted its first virtual Unpacked event, where it made its latest flagship phones official. Samsung made both the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra official today. Both phones have some […]

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LG’s $1,300 sound bar is made to match the new GX series OLEDs

As LG prepares to deliver its new range of 4K OLED TVs — including a new 48-inch model — it’s also got a soundbar to match. The GX soundbar is styled with the same aesthetics as LG’s flagship GX OLED TVs this year, with 3.1 channels of audio built-in…
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OnePlus Developing a “Lite” Series and Fans are Raving

Just this week CEO of OnePlus, Pete Lau, announced the company is in the developmental stages of a new OnePlus smartphone series. This series—what we’re calling OnePlus Nord for now—is designed to offer consumers a OnePlus smartphone line at a more affordable price, without giving up the key features that make OnePlus so distinct. OnePlus […]

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The ‘Resident Evil’ series has sold over 100 million copies

Capcom just reached a major milestone for itself and the survival horror genre: the developer has sold (via PC Gamer) over 100 million copies of Resident Evil games since the franchise kicked off in 1996. It didn’t break down the sales by series, but…
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EA allows ‘Madden NFL 21’ Xbox Series X upgrades until ‘NFL 22’ arrives

When EA first introduced an option to upgrade the Xbox One version of Madden NFL 21 to the Xbox Series X release for free, it gave players until March 31st, 2021 to make the decision. That’s not much time if you aren’t dead set on buying the Series X…
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OPPO’s Find X2 Series is finally on sale from these networks and retailers

OPPO announced the Find X2 Series of smartphones back in March and now the full range consisting of the premium flagships Find X2 and X2 Pro are finally on sale in the UK, along with the world’s thinnest and cheapest 5G handsets, the Neo and Lite. Join us after the break to see OPPO’s pre-order […]

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Xbox Series X and PS5: The new consoles are all about crazy fast storage

The Xbox One and PS4 were the start of an unusual console generation. Both systems adopted very "PC-like" architecture and instead of a new generation we instead got a refresh where Microsoft and Sony both released faster versions of th…
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LG’s affordable K Series of smartphones feature hole-punch displays, quad rear cameras, and MIL-STD 810G certification

MWC 2020 might have been canceled but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a ton of handsets waiting to be announced. LG is first out of the gate with its new 2020 K-series of range of affordable smartphones with premium features such as punch-hole displays, slim bezels, quad rear-camera setups, and big 4,000mAh batteries. We’ve […]

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‘Rainbow Six Siege’ will be ready for PS5 and Xbox Series X at launch

Rainbow Six Siege will be available to play on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles as soon as they launch, Ubisoft game director Leroy Athanassof told Windows Central. On top of that, cross-generation multiplay will be supported, meaning nex…
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Samsung launches the latest Galaxy S series – S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra – Available March 6

Samsung just wrapped up its Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event with the launch of three 5G Galaxy S20 devices – the S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra. All will be available on March 6 with preorders starting on February 21st in the US. They should also be available across all carriers, but Verizon’s not getting the standard […]

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Leak points to OnePlus 8 series launching with wireless charging

Ever since the OnePlus 6 launched back in 2018 sporting a glass rear panel, fans have wondered why wireless charging wasn’t present. It’s a theme that has continued through multiple launches culminating in the recent OnePlus 7T back in October. With the rumor mill having started up already for the OnePlus 8, a new leak […]

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Stable EMUI 10 is now rolling out to Huawei’s P30 and Mate 30 series via OTA

After showing a roadmap of when it would begin rolling out beta versions of its Android 10-based EMUI 10 to a range of handsets, Huawei has begun rolling out stable builds of the new software to its P30 and Mate 20 series of smartphones. Those with global versions of the P30 and Mate 20 series […]

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Apple TV+ documentary series will profile Oprah, Lin-Manuel and Big Bird

Apple is leaning even further into documentaries than you might have expected. The company has unveiled plans for a Dear… Apple TV+ documentary series that, in an odd (if logical) twist, will use the "Dear Apple" ads as inspiration for the basic f…
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Production is finally starting on the ‘Halo’ TV series

After six long years, filming for the Halo TV series is ready to start. Showtime has announced that production on the game-based show is "about to begin," and has revealed three new cast members in the process. Danny Sapani (of Doctor Who and The L…
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EA leaks personal data for ‘FIFA 20’ Global Series players

EA opened up registrations for the FIFA 20 Global Series competition today. However, those trying to register noticed that the sign-up page displayed personal details of players who had already done so. They saw usernames, email addresses and dates o…
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The 40mm Apple Watch Series 5 comes with a new battery design

Apple's latest smartwatch model isn't that different from Series 4, but its 40mm version is apparently hiding a component that's dramatically different from its peers. iFixit has discovered that the smaller Series 5 watch uses a battery encased in me…
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Leaked images show off the entire Huawei Mate 30 series ahead of September 19th launch

With the US ban a hot topic and everyone wondering how it will manage to give users access to Google apps and services, Huawei is plowing full steam ahead and launching its brand new Mate 30 series of phones on September 19th. Thanks to a series of leaks from perhaps the best-known leaker of them […]

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Apple’s comedy series ‘Dickinson’ gets its first trailer

Apple appears to be ramping up for the launch of Apple TV. Just one week after dropping the trailer for its first original series, The Morning Show, the company released the first teaser for its upcoming series Dickinson on Monday. The comedy based o…
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Apple previews its ‘Peanuts’ series ‘Snoopy in Space’

Apple isn't just using the Apollo 11 anniversary to hype up its live action shows. The tech giant has offered an early look at its Apple TV+ Peanuts cartoons with a short trailer for "Snoopy in Space." The clip underscores Snoopy's usual hijinks (m…
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Xiaomi may be ending their large Mi Max and Mi Note series

Xiaomi maintains a huge product catalogue across the market, however they may be removing their size-focused ranges, likely because size is not a defining factor anymore. Amongst their huge array of devices and product lines, Xiaomi has maintained their ‘Max‘ and ‘Note‘ series as sub-segments of their flagship ‘Mi‘ brand which both focus on size […]

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J.J. Abrams will turn Stephen King’s ‘Lisey’s Story’ into an Apple TV+ series

Apple promised us ad-free original shows when its TV service debuts this fall, and one of them will apparently be the Stephen King novel Lisey's Story. According to Hollywood Reporter, Apple has ordered an eight-episode series to be written by King h…
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Series will give Snap’s founding story the ‘Social Network’ treatment

Quibi, an upcoming mobile-first video streaming service, will create a series based on Snap's founding. Film executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman — HP Enterprise's former CEO and current Quibi chief — have announced their plans for Quibi an…
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Our readers review the Apple Watch Series 4

Two months after our review of the Apple Watch Series 4 was published, we asked our readers to leave their critique of the device on its product page in our buyer's guide. Almost 30 readers participated, detailing their long-term experiences with App…
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