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January 2019
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STUFF AWARDS 2018
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UPVOTED GLOVES
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Apple’s torn up the iPad design template for its new Pro flagship, complete with faster chip and magnetic Pencil dock. Enough to make it the GOAT?
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Alexa’s bold as love
Legendary guitar amp maker Marshall has mixed iconic style with modern gubbins to create a rocking wireless speaker, complete with badly behaved Alexa
Sharpened stick
Amazon’s compact new dongle offers 4K HDR streaming, an Alexa-powered remote, and zippier performance than ever before
Recorder solo
It might look like a sawn-off Christmas pudding, but the Izotope Spire claims to be a pro-quality recording studio in a box
Tekken us right back
Climb aboard Sony’s time machine and let it pull you into an alternative version of 1995, where everything’s smaller and CDs never existed
DJ jazzy KEF
Behind the bold colours, these wireless desktop speakers promise high-end hi-fi sound at a non-ridiculous price
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Just Cause 4
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CONSOLES
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TECH TOYS
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ELECTRIC CARS
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VR HEADSETS
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DRONES
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