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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

AirPods add Conversation Boost and join Apple’s Find My Network

AirPods add Conversation Boost and join Apple’s Find My Network

Apple is updating AirPods, so that those with hearing difficulties can use them to highlight conversations, as well as linking in Find My Network support for those times you misplace your earbuds or headphones. The new features were announced alongside iOS 15 at WWDC 2021 today.

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Notifications and Focus in iOS 15 will supercharge Do Not Disturb and alerts

Notifications and Focus in iOS 15 will supercharge Do Not Disturb and alerts

Apple is making notifications smarter, with new ways for alerts to be shown on the lock screen, as well as new Focus modes to filter through notifications depending on what you're doing. The update will arrive in iOS 15, which Apple announced officially this morning at WWDC 2021.

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Zuckerberg blasts Apple in creators pitch for Facebook’s new Patreon rival

Zuckerberg blasts Apple in creators pitch for Facebook’s new Patreon rival

Facebook plans to take on Substack, Patreon, and other creator platforms, with Mark Zuckerberg announcing that the social network's independent news product will be free for those using it to publish. Facebook had previously made its paid online events, fan subscriptions, and badges free to use by creators, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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June Pixel feature drop brings Night Sight timelapse and Locked Folders

June Pixel feature drop brings Night Sight timelapse and Locked Folders

Google is releasing its Pixel June 2021 feature drop today, delivering some of the new options that it previewed at I/O 2021 last month. One big addition is an upgrade to Google Photos that adds a locked folder, so that images you don't want anybody else to gain access to can be secured behind a password.

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This carbon nanotube “reactor” could one day power microscopic robots

This carbon nanotube “reactor” could one day power microscopic robots

Tiny carbon nanotubes that can generate energy simply through bobbing in a special liquid could one day be a breakthrough power source for micro-robotics or even smaller devices, researchers at MIT say. The approach could also provide a new and far more efficient source of electricity for electrochemistry, tapping power from the environment to make chemical conversions that rely less on traditional power sources.

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Apple WWDC 2021: How to watch today and what to expect

Apple WWDC 2021: How to watch today and what to expect

It's the biggest week of the year for Apple developers, and though the WWDC 2021 keynote kicking off today may not be happening as an in-person event, that doesn't mean the excitement levels are any less. An opportunity for Apple to cast its spotlight on the next versions of iOS, macOS, iPadOS, and more, this year's WWDC could also be a surprise when it comes to hardware like the MacBook Pro.

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Now you can get OnStar Guardian even if you don’t drive a GM car

Now you can get OnStar Guardian even if you don’t drive a GM car

GM's OnStar is expanding beyond the car, with OnStar Guardian safety features now available for anybody willing to subscribe - regardless of which automaker's fob is on their keychain. Launched last year, OnStar Guardian brings services like crash detection to a smartphone, though until now you'd need to be a GM vehicle driver to access it.

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Honor 50 Series teased and you may feel deja-vu

Honor 50 Series teased and you may feel deja-vu

Honor has begun teasing its newest flagship smartphone, the Honor 50 Series, ahead of its full reveal later this month, and you'd be forgiven for feeling a sense of deja-vu right about now. The new handset has a distinctive double-circle camera system on the rear, strongly reminiscent of the aesthetic Huawei teased us with last week of its own P50 Series phone.

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Jeff Bezos is going to space

Jeff Bezos is going to space

Jeff Bezos will be aboard Blue Origin's first human flight, the Amazon billionaire has confirmed today, an audacious nod to the confidence he has in his company's spacecraft. Bezos will be joined by his brother, Mark Bezos, aboard New Shepard when it launches on July 20, 2021.

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Tesla Model S Plaid+ canceled Elon Musk confirms: This is why

Tesla Model S Plaid+ canceled Elon Musk confirms: This is why

The Tesla Model S Plaid+ has been cancelled, with Elon Musk confirming on Sunday that what was to be the most potent version of the all-electric sedan will no longer be put into production. Tesla had previously said that the Plaid+ trim would be its fastest EV ever, though sheer performance was only part of its overall appeal.

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2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country Review: Compelling Confidence

2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country Review: Compelling Confidence

It takes a certain type of person to buy a 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country. I'm not entirely sure if it's a matter of self-assurance, or the sort of rationality and awareness that some of us need a decade of therapy to get close to, but in a sea of SUVs this almost-wagon has a quiet confidence it's hard to ignore.

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Fiat sets the roadmap for its huge all-electric transition

Fiat sets the roadmap for its huge all-electric transition

Fiat plans to go all-EV, transitioning the automaker's range from 2025 as it shifts away from internal combustion. The announcement follows Fiat's decision to only make an electric version of the new 500, its iconic city car.

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