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Currently managing editor at 88gadget.info, admin 4 has been with the site for more than a decade. With a background in graphic design, Chris' eclectic coverage spans UX, 3D printing, mixed reality, and new media, in addition to bringing his exacting eye for detail to smartphones and tablets. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

The next Near Earth, Potentially Hazardous Asteroid is the size of a school bus

The next Near Earth, Potentially Hazardous Asteroid is the size of a school bus

Today is the day NASA predicted the asteroid 2021 NY1 would orbit closest to our own planet Earth. This asteroid is classified as a "very small" asteroid, coming in at between 0.133 to 0.297 kilometers in diameter. Predictions suggest this asteroid will have four relatively close approaches to Earth in the next few decades, the closest of which is today!

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Xiaomi China government censorship list discovered in Mi 10T 5G

Xiaomi China government censorship list discovered in Mi 10T 5G

Lithuania's Defense Ministry's National Cyber Security Centre released a report this week discussing three smartphones. These devices were produced by OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Huawei. Each of these brands were included in the study due to their home base (China), and the fact that they're selling phones in Lithuania. The results are of global importance, since we're also talking about brands that sell smartphones around the world.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 8, X WiFi, Go 3, Duo 2, Laptop Studio prices and configurations

Microsoft Surface Pro 8, X WiFi, Go 3, Duo 2, Laptop Studio prices and configurations

Today Microsoft revealed prices and release dates for their newest Surface Pro, Go, Duo, and Laptop Studio devices. This includes everything, from the Microsoft Duo 2 with Android to the Surface Laptop Studio - the most extravagant Microsoft Surface laptop-sized device yet produced. Most of these devices will be released on October 4, 2021 - the Surface Duo 2 will arrive on October 20, 2021.

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Pokemon GO Fashion Challenge trainers: Why?

Pokemon GO Fashion Challenge trainers: Why?

Fashionable Trainers are appearing at Pokestops during Fashion Week 2021 in Pokemon GO. You'll need to challenge a few of them to complete your Event-exclusive Timed Research for Fashion Week (September 21 through the 28th), but outside of those requirements, is there another reason why you'd want to go out of your way to challenge these game-controlled opponents? They're not like Team GO Rocket, they won't allow you to catch any Shadow Pokemon, so what's up?

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Surface Adaptive Kit is Microsoft’s most universal release today

Surface Adaptive Kit is Microsoft’s most universal release today

Microsoft has a set of sticky-backed strong and custom-cut materials prepared for a Surface Adaptive Kit. This kit consists of keycap labels, 3-dimensional bump labels, port indicators, and openers. With these elements, users will modify their Surface devices to their hearts' content. This sort of kit should be available from hardware manufacturers across the board - if you make moving parts, 3D labels and add-ons like these should be ready to roll at launch, by default.

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Surface Slim Pen 2 revealed with built-in haptic motor

Surface Slim Pen 2 revealed with built-in haptic motor

Microsoft revealed a brand new stylus today called Surface Slim Pen 2. This device was made specifically for the Surface collection of devices from Microsoft, and works with most Surface devices. Connectivity is provided by Bluetooth 5.0, and buttons include one side button and a top button with eraser functionality.

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The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition wireless charger isn’t what I expected

The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition wireless charger isn’t what I expected

Amazon made some interesting decisions when it came to the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition and its wireless charger. There is a wireless charger for this device, and this device only. Amazon made a point to show a list of devices that do not work with this e-reader device, and suggested that the Amazon-made charger is the best item to buy to wirelessly charge this device. Why so specific?

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Facebook Portal Go and Portal+ revealed: Portable and giant

Facebook Portal Go and Portal+ revealed: Portable and giant

This afternoon Facebook revealed a pair of new smart video calling devices called Portal Go and (the newest version of) Portal+. These devices are just the latest of a series of "Portal" video calling devices of varying sizes. Facebook is calling the Portal Go their "first-ever portable Portal." For... if you ever wanted to... make calls on a screen on... the go.

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Book of Boba Fett episode titles leaked: Released back home!

Book of Boba Fett episode titles leaked: Released back home!

Today the first season of Book of Boba Fett TV show episodes leaked with some interesting implications. While the first episode in The Book of Boba Fett will be called "The Champion", it'll also have a "Chapter" number, just like The Mandalorian. There's a suggestion here that while The Book of Boba Fett isn't just The Mandalorian Season 3, it is the next part of this Mandalorian-related string of stories.

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Pokemon GO Furfrou must-know facts: Forms, Shiny, Evolution, Moves

Pokemon GO Furfrou must-know facts: Forms, Shiny, Evolution, Moves

Furfrou is not the most common Pokemon in the world. It's the most perfect fashionable Pokemon for Fashion Week 2021, but it's not out there this week in numbers as common as a Community Day Pokemon. Instead, it's available as a once-per-day Photobomb (try to take a photo of a Pokemon in the game and see), where it'll spawn in the wild as a result. It's also the encounter reward in a couple of quests. Now, let's talk about forms.

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Pixel 6 Live Translate might finally live up to Google Goggles’ promise

Pixel 6 Live Translate might finally live up to Google Goggles’ promise

An early peek at the inner workings of the Google Pixel 6 appeared to show the newest version of the device's Live Translate feature. Much like the device's ability to tell the user the artist and title of a song played locally, the Google Pixel 6 has the ability to translate languages in real time. It's entirely possible this feature will also appear on a variety of smartphones running Android 12 in the near future.

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Akai Professional MPC Studio takes tactile music control up a notch

Akai Professional MPC Studio takes tactile music control up a notch

A new music production system by the name of MPC Studio was revealed this week by Akai Professional. This device works with new MPC2 Desktop Software DAW for both PC and Mac computers and rolls with 16 "full-size" pressure and velocity sensitive pads. Each of these pads works with RGB backlighting and aftertouch tech. This device will be made available starting today - straight from the makers of said hardware.

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