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Stuff UK

December 2020

Stuff inspires and nurtures a passion for gadgets. We make them look amazing and explain in a fast, confident and unfalteringly entertaining way how they will enhance our readers’ lives. Stuff is a celebration of the new, the innovative, the shiny and the cool. It’s pure gadget joy.

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Land:
United Kingdom
Språk:
English
Utgivare:
Kelsey Publishing Group
Antal:
Monthly
KÖP NUMMER
60,96 kr(Inkl. moms)
PRENUMERERA
293,10 kr(Inkl. moms)
12 Nummer

i detta nummer

1 min
welcome

Whisper it quietly, but launching two new games consoles as the country toys with going back into lockdown could be considered – in a twisted sense – perfect timing. After years of rumours, and our Hot Stuff Editor’s insufferable reminders that he’d bagsied review samples, we’re getting four at once – and each offering something different depending on your budget, broadband speed and penchant for physical media. So which one to buy? A full-fat PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X? A Digital Edition PlayStation relying solely on streaming and downloads, or the compromise of curtailed power with the compact and affordable Xbox Series S? Head to p34, where our expert guide will help you decide. Don’t despair if you’re not a gamer, because this issue is about much more than the next-gen…

8 min
hot stuff

HOT FIVE #1 NUTHIN’ BUT A 5G THANG Apple iPhone 12 Pro Apple has a habit of acting like it invented things other phones have been able to do for ages. Video calls had been around long before FaceTime was a thing and fingerprints had been unlocking phones for ages when the iPhone 5S appeared. Annoying, isn’t it? But when a new tech is embraced by Apple, that’s usually a sign that it’s about to go mainstream… and the iPhone 12 Pro finally has 5G. For some that would be enough, but there’s also a new 6.1in Ceramic Shield display, which Apple reckons is four times more robust than before, and a speedy A14 Bionic chip that’s claimed to make the 12 Pro up to 50% faster than any other phone. And that Pro moniker…

3 min
can’t take my eye off you

£240 / amazon.co.uk Amazon’s latest Alexa vessel won’t let you out of its sight… Swivel service If you’ve had Alexa living with you for a while you’ll know she’s always listening… but pick up an Amazon Echo Show 10 and she’ll always be watching too. Its 10.1in 1280x800 display and 13MP cam are mounted on a swivelling speaker – with two 1in tweeters and a 3in woofer – so when you summon her she’ll turn to face you like the obedient robot she is. You’ll feel like a god… and will also be able to wander about during video calls and always stay in the frame. Swivel partnership Having a built-in rotating camera also means the Echo Show 10 can double as a particularly effective security guard. Using the Alexa app, you can log in…

3 min
nissan re-leaf leaf no one behind

£N/A (concept) / nissan.co.uk It’s Leaf, Jim, but not as we know it… Excellent punning. Yep, this really is a Nissan Leaf, but unlike any we’ve ever seen before. It’s been decked out with off-road suspension, ultra-tough tyres and LED lighting to make it look like an emergency response vehicle. Oh… so it’s not an emergency response vehicle? Not really, as Nissan says this is just a working prototype, but it does highlight how great battery tech is for disaster management. Designed as a first responder, the Re-Leaf – a pretty excruciating pun in itself – features external 110/230v plug sockets that can power things like jackhammers, medical ventilators and water treatment devices when mains electricity has been knocked out. In fact, Leafs (Leaves?) have been powering stricken homes in Japan since 2011. It’s…

1 min
wtf is project aria?

Oh no, more smart specs? After the Google Glass fiasco you might think they’d joined 3D TV, laser discs and Amazon’s Fire Phone in the great recycling bin in the sky – but Facebook hasn’t given up on the idea just yet. Its new wearable AR venture is called Project Aria. When do they turn up on my face? You won’t find these connected glasses for sale. Project Aria is currently just a research initiative that Zuckerberg and co hope will help them to build the first generation of decent AR facewear. So this is a prototype pair? Nope, they’re not even at that stage yet. Facebook is dishing out ‘research devices’ to a small group of employees. They don’t even include a display, just a camera and mic plus sensors to capture location data…

3 min
games

FIRST PLAY YAKUZA: LIKE A DRAGON PS4, PS5, XB1, XSX, PC Newcomers just hearing about the Yakuza series, you’re in luck: not only are the Japanese crime epic’s early instalments available on Xbox Game Pass, but the latest chapter begins afresh with a new character, a new location and a completely new combat system. You play as Ichiban Kasuga, a lowly yakuza thug fresh out of an 18-year prison sentence for a murder he didn’t commit… only to find his sacrifice was in vain as he’s shot and left for dead by his old boss. Stranded in the port city of Yokohama, his search for the truth will lead to clashes with local Chinese and Korean gangsters; but where past Yakuza games have been OTT beat-’em-ups, Ichiban’s imagination transforms these bouts into battles…