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Stuff UK

March 2019

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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United Kingdom
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English
Publisher:
Kelsey Publishing Group
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welcome

My name is Guy and I'm a smart home addict. If there’s an upgrade that will make my home cleaner, safer, more efficient or more fun, I want it. When I recently moved home, I had an electrician installing a Netatmo Thermostat and a Nest Hello doorbell before I even had a bed. And the cups of tea were obviously provided via a Xiaomi smart kettle that I controlled from my phone.The reason I can’t stop buying this stuff is that, after years of competing standards, hubs and apps, it’s finally starting to all play nice together. Whether you’ve tied yourself to Amazon, Google or even Apple’s smart assistants, most smart home kit now works with them. The most complicated part has become remembering the right wake word for each…

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our month

I CLEANED UP WITH A TINY TOY DYSONIt’s kind of funny that lots of toys are just mini home appliances. At the Toy Fair in Kensington Olympia, I somehow ended up playing with Casdon’s Little Helper Dyson cord-free vacuum cleaner. It simulates a cyclone, and little balls whirr around in the cylinder just like dust or dirt. It even has attachments like the grown-up Dyson I have at home. What I can’t get my head around is why it’s way more fun to use than the real thing.Heather Wald, Content EditorI PLAYED MUSIC USING MY TROUSERSDrumming is great fun; finding space for a drum kit less so. So Sphero’s new Specdrums kit uses a colour-sensing ring to turn practically anything into a percussion instrument. You can use the coloured mat…

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hot stuff

HOT FIVE #1HOLE LOTTA LOVEHonor View 20In a world where almost every smartphone is an expensive, superpowered rectangle, it’s becoming ever harder for the handsets that don’t unexpectedly explode in your hand (you know who you are) to make an impression.That’s not the case with Honor’s hole-ier-than-thou View 20. Half the price of an iPhone XS, this is the first blower to sport a punch-hole on the front. After it became clear there are more people who think pineapple belongs on pizza than there are people who like notches, Honor came up with an alternative: a small cutout that houses the 25MP selfie camera, leaving you more of that 6.4in LCD to look at.There’s also the 48MP main camera sensor borrowed from Sony, an AI Ultra Clarity mode that puts…

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boy lacer

£270 / nike.comMeet the Adapt BB: Nike’s first mass-market basketball self-lacer• Back to Back to the Future 2Yes. About that. The film’s tech predictions haven’t really worked out, have they? Hungry couch potatoes can’t instantly magic up a 20-inch deep pan by sliding a tiny dried-out pizza into a hydrator, hoverboards don’t actually hover, and self-lacing Nikes – well, they exist, but they’re 10 times the price of regular Nikes. Not any more, chum: the Adapt BBs are the company’s first semi-affordable, surprisingly practical self-lacers.• Put your best foot forwardRefining the formula of Nike’s first self-lacing trainer, the insanely pricey HyperAdapt 1.0 (launched in 2016), the Adapt BB reduces the size of the motor and gears that automatically pull the laces taut when you slip your foot inside and apply…

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ruark r5

THE POSH EXTERIOR HIDES A 90W STEREO AMP WITH TWO NEODYMIUM DRIVERS PLUS A SUBWOOFERWho knocked the legs off the pretty coffee table?Ruark did… except it didn’t have any legs to begin with, and it’s not a coffee table. The Ruark R5 is essentially a cheaper, shrunken-down version of the veteran British audio brand’s R7 Radiogram (which does have legs) – but that’s not to say it isn’t a comparably high-end piece of hi-fi kit, or absolutely rammed with features.Sorry, I stopped listening when I spotted what looks a lot like a CD drive…?Yup. Rightfully earning its billing as a truly all-in-one music system, the R5 is packing a CD player, a DAB radio, aptX HD Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, plus analogue, digital and optical inputs. Realising that not everyone will…

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3 of the best brian eno apps

BLOOM: 10 WORLDS£7.99 / Android, iOSFinally on Android, this ‘remastered’ interactive instrument/artwork/album includes 10 takes on its tappy goodness.SCAPE£11.99 / iPadEach track on this Eno/Chilvers collab resembles a minimalist landscape. Want to delve in yourself? Create your own ‘scapes’ to share by email.REFLECTION£29.99 / iOS, tvOSNo interaction here. Instead, it’s distilled Eno: a combined album/painting that constantly remixes itself, changing with the hours and seasons. ■…

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