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Gadget Issue 15

Featuring the most exciting tech, including drones, 3D printers, wearables and virtual reality headsets, Gadget is the next generation of technology magazine. It's the first of its kind to actually explain how consumer kit works, rather than just offering a shopping catalogue of products. As well as exploring real-world applications for the latest releases, Gadget also showcases the greatest gizmos that will make you go ‘wow!’ This means that, instead of just featuring dull phone, tablet and TV launches, you can expect to discover hoverboards, self-driving cars and robots that teach you or your kids to code. If you want to get hands-on with top tech and get the most out of your gear, read Gadget now.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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welcome

Get cutting-edge kit you can actually afford The price of being a tech lover in the UK just got more expensive. Under the cover of launching three new MacBook Pro laptops (including two with new Touch Bar tech – see page 8), Apple has bumped up the price of every computer in its line by up to £500. Dell, HP and Asus have also increased their prices. The trend isn’t limited to just computers: HTC has upped the price of the Vive VR headset and Chinese smartphone company OnePlus has followed suit with its products. The reason for this high-tech price hike? The weakened value of the pound in post-Brexit Britain. With the currency currently unstable, now is the time to shop around for a smart deal. To make your life easier,…

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meet the team...

Dave Harfield Editor In Chief Struggling with stress? Spire’s unique tracking device can teach you some calming breathing exercises (page 56). Drew Sleep Production Editor I bought my parents a Fire TV Stick (page32). It’s perfect for making a makeshift smart TV . Aiden Dalby Staff Writer As a fan of VR, I’ve started saving up for an Oculus Rift (page 70). So far I have £1.50 in the kitty… Stephen Williams Senior Art Editor There’s nothing I love more than ignoring my colleagues, so noise-cancelling cans are a must (page 62).…

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the surface studio is microsoft’s mac killer

Cortana inside With the built-in microphones you can interact with Microsoft’s voice-controlled assistant, Cortana, by simply saying its name and then asking a question or giving a command The Surface Pen With no latency, the Surface Pen makes it as close to writing on paper as possible. It also has a button on the end which can be used to capture screenshots Giant touchscreen The 28 inch touchscreen display is only 11.5mm thick and has a resolution of 4500 x 3000, 192PPI, that’s more than a 4K display Work and play Whether your way of relaxing is watching a movie or playing video games, the Surface Studio is built for both work and play with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M graphics card Adjustable display Have the screen upright like a desktop or lying down like a tablet. The arms…

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is the macbook pro out of touch?

Redesigned stereo speakers The ‘totally redesigned’ speakers offer twice as much dynamic range and up to 58 percent more volume, Apple promises, so your iTunes content should sound better than ever Faster Intel CPUs The i5 and i7 Skylake processors from Intel inside the new laptops range from 2.0GHz to 2.9GHz. Apple says you get a 50 percent speed boost overall from the previous models Keyboard and trackpad The keyboard and trackpad may look similar, but Apple says they’re smoother in use and more responsive, and the Force Touch trackpad is twice as big as the one on previous models The Touch Bar The Touch Bar replaces the row of function keys on the high-end MacBook Pros to give you context-sensitive shortcuts (such as music player controls or emojis) and Touch ID Thinner, lighter design The new 13.3-inch MacBook…

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nintendo switches it up with new hybrid console

Nintendo has given a first glimpse of its next-gen games machine, which works as both a high-end home console and a portable handheld. Previously codenamed NX, the Nintendo Switch looks like a tablet with modular controls. But it can also connect with your TV via a docking station, while the controllers can also be removed. Crucially, Nintendo says that the Switch will be able to run sophisticated games even in portable mode. For instance, the Switch’s announcement trailer showed Skyrim and NBA 2K being played on the go. In a year dominated by virtual reality headsets and incremental updates like the Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 Pro, the Nintendo Switch is a radical shift for gaming hardware. However, it’s also a huge gamble for the struggling gaming giant, following the…

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5 ways to play with the switch

01 Play at home When at home the Switch can be used like a conventional console: games are displayed on your TV, while the Switch sits in the docking device nearby and the player uses the Joy-Con Grip or Pro Controller, which resembles an ordinary handheld gamepad. 02 Hit the road When you’re on the move, you can resume the game you were playing at home from where you left off. The left and right controllers for the Joy-Con slide off the Grip gamepad and attach to the Switch, so that it works like an oversized Nintendo 3DS or PSVita handheld. 03 Kick back and relax The Switch also has a kickstand at the back, so that you can set it up like a small, upward-facing screen in a cafe or on a long flight.…

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