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Writing for 88gadget.info since 2006, Admin1 is executive editor and is responsible for shaping the editorial direction of the site. With a remit that covers everything from consumer technology to automotive, through autonomous vehicles, the smart home, and cutting-edge science, Chris' primary focus is sharing the news that matters and bringing a distinctive, independent, and trustworthy voice to testing and reviews. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

SmartThings app gets an overhaul to better tame the smart home

SmartThings app gets an overhaul to better tame the smart home

Samsung has launched its latest generation of SmartThings, with the smart home and connected devices platform promising to make automations easier and actions more stable. The revamped SmartThings gets a new interface, too, following Samsung's release of a version of the app for Windows.

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This $3.84m Chiron Super Sport is a 1,600 hp reminder of what Bugatti does best

This $3.84m Chiron Super Sport is a 1,600 hp reminder of what Bugatti does best

Bugatti's Chiron was already fast, but the automaker couldn't resist squeezing more power out of its monstrous 8.0-liter W16 engine and creating this, the Chiron Super Sport. Headed to roads in 2022, the most potent version of the hardly-lacking hypercar now has 1,600 horsepower to play with.

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Electrify America’s HomeStation EV charger promises easier installation

Electrify America’s HomeStation EV charger promises easier installation

Electrify America's Level 2 home charger is now available, with the Electrify Home HomeStation promising smoother synchronization with your public charging along with smart power management. Capable of up to 9.6 kW it's the company's fastest home charger, and though while that still means you won't get the sort of DC fast charging rates you'd see Electrify America's public locations, it's still faster than many rivals.

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More of Adobe Creative Cloud is Apple M1-native now and the speed bump is astonishing

More of Adobe Creative Cloud is Apple M1-native now and the speed bump is astonishing

Adobe has updated some of its most popular apps for native Apple Silicon support, with the newest versions of Illustrator, InDesign, and Lightroom Classic all now updated to be M1-native. The changes should mean a noticeable performance improvement, Adobe says, as the new software taps Apple's custom CPU and GPU acceleration.

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Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021) Review: Alexa’s best display yet

Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021) Review: Alexa’s best display yet

The pandemic has made clear that low-resolution webcams are only the tip of the video calling iceberg: in an ideal world we'd all have our own cameraperson to make sure the angles were perfect. That's what Amazon's Echo Show 8 (2nd Generation) promises, turning Alexa into your personal videographer but - to keep the new smart display to $130 - with no moving parts involved.

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Goal Zero Yeti 1000X is a home battery you’ll want to take on roadtrips

Goal Zero Yeti 1000X is a home battery you’ll want to take on roadtrips

Mobile power specialist Goal Zero has revealed its latest beefy battery, with the Yeti 1000X Portable Power Station aiming to satisfy camping and emergency use alike. Its front panel packs 120V AC outlets capable of powering medium to large appliances, while there's also solar support for recharging.

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Mophie’s MagSafe accessories come with an adapter for your Android

Mophie’s MagSafe accessories come with an adapter for your Android

Mophie has launched a new range of accessories that work with MagSafe on Apple's iPhone 12, attaching not only chargers and batteries but things like vent mounts. In addition, Mophie also has an adapter to use the new Snap system with other, non-MagSafe phones, whether they be older iPhones or Android devices, as well as Snap+ accessories that include Qi wireless charging.

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2022 Ford Maverick is a $20k hybrid pickup for a new type of truck owner

2022 Ford Maverick is a $20k hybrid pickup for a new type of truck owner

The 2022 Ford Maverick is the truck, the automaker says, for those who didn't know they wanted a truck, and with a hybrid engine as standard despite a starting price around $20k, it could be right. Announced today, this baby brother to the Ford F-150 and Ranger brings back a classic nameplate for a modern pickup, including a serious nod to the maker community.

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watchOS 8 adds multiple timer support but Apple Watch still needs iPhone for offline Siri

watchOS 8 adds multiple timer support but Apple Watch still needs iPhone for offline Siri

Apple's offline Siri support won't be offered as a standalone ability on the Apple Watch, it appears, though watchOS 8 is shaping up to include much-requested features like multiple timers. Siri's ability to work even when you don't have a network connection was one of the highlights of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, the new software coming to iPhone and iPad, at WWDC 2021 today.

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Apple reveals new App Store features to win over mutinous developers

Apple reveals new App Store features to win over mutinous developers

Apple is adding a number of new features to the App Store, amid controversy around the cut it takes of developer income and its focus on privacy. The company already put app-makers on notice earlier today at WWDC 2021, with the launch of App Privacy Reports that show just what sites and services are secretly sharing your data in the background.

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Soon your Apple TV 4K can use HomePod mini as its speakers

Soon your Apple TV 4K can use HomePod mini as its speakers

Apple is enabling the ability to use HomePod mini speakers for your Apple TV's audio, echoing a feature that originally was offered only on the original HomePod. The ability to connect HomePod to the Apple TV and use it instead of your TV's speakers was an easy route to getting an audio upgrade.

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Apple adds tougher privacy tools and launches iCloud+ subscriptions

Apple adds tougher privacy tools and launches iCloud+ subscriptions

Apple is increasing the stakes in its big privacy push, extending anti-tracking systems to apps as well as websites, and shutting down so-called "invisible pixel" tracking in emails. It's part of an ongoing war on data sharing - or, more accurately, data sharing that happens when users aren't aware it's taking place - which has set Apple at odds with some heavyweights in the tech world.

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