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Would you heat your house with a Facebook server?

As more effort goes into making our societies more environmentally friendly, it’s becoming apparent that along with switching to greener methods of energy production, we also need to focus on making ourselves more energy efficient. That’s why Nerdalize’s idea for using some of the world’s biggest datacentre servers to heat …

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Google starts rolling out major Android Wear update

The first major Android Wear update has started rolling out to some of the prominent Android smart watches available. Google announced the roll out of Android Wear version 5.1.1 in an official blog post, announcing WiFi support for the Moto 360, which we heard about a while back. In addition, …

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Oculus to host its own event ahead of E3

It looks like we will be getting our first look at the consumer version of the Oculus Rift ahead of E3 at an Oculus hosted media event on the 11th of June. The consumer version of the Rift VR headset was announced earlier this month, with a release window set …

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Parents are complaining about the YouTube Kids app

Google has been attempting to make its services a bit more child friendly in recent months, starting off with changes to the Play Store and now by creating a YouTube for Kids app in an attempt to ensure that children don’t come across inappropriate content. However, it turns out that the YouTube …

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Google Glass may extend in to a product family

Google Glass may not be being developed out in the open anymore but that doesn’t mean we aren’t learning anything new about Google’s plans for the wearable. A new report is suggesting that Glass will extend in to a range of products, rather than just being the one wearable. The …

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Google working to fix Chrome high RAM usage

Chances are, if you use Google Chrome, you have noticed just how much RAM the browser tends to eat up. Well, Google’s development team is also aware of this and is now working on a fix, which will hopefully make Chrome use up fewer resources. Currently Chrome creates a new …

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250 million cars to be ‘connected’ by 2020

The automotive industry right now is much like the early days of the smartphone, with the first hints at advanced computational features just cresting the horizon. There are companies all over the world introducing new automation and adding highly connected infotainment systems, but still most people put us well into the …

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Japanese man arrested for selling hacked video game characters

A thirty year old Japanese man has been arrested for selling a hacked video game character. Akihide Yamamoto was caught selling cheats to online shooter, ‘Alliance of Valiant Arms’, which is in violation of Japan’s unfair competition prevention laws. According to Japanese newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun (Via: Kotaku), Yamamoto is said …

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Latest version of Firefox comes with DRM

Mozilla has launched Firefox version 38, bring digital rights management to the web browser for the first time. This change currently only affects Windows Vista or later users and has not yet been brought over to the Linux or Mac OS X versions of the browser. Mozilla has managed to …

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Verizon to buy AOL for $4.4 billion

It looks like Verizon is set to buy out AOL for $4.4 billion, putting the company in control of all AOL businesses, including several news outlets such as The Huffington Post, Engadget, Tech Crunch along with AOL.com. Joystiq would have been included in the list but AOL chose to shut …

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Google shuts down Map editor after abuse

Google has gone ahead and announced that it will be shutting down Map Maker for a little while. Map Maker allowed users to make edits to Google Maps, unfortunately for Google, it didn’t have the resources to thoroughly review all edits before they went live. As you would imagine, some …

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MSI to launch ‘Pro Talk’ livestream on Twitch

MSI is looking to make its Twitch TV channel a bit more active with the launch of Pro Talk, a live stream talk show during which professional gamers, popular modders and prolific members of the overclocking community will be interviewed. The show is going to provide a platform for those …

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The Samsung Gear VR for Galaxy S6 is now available

Last month, Samsung revealed that it would be releasing an improved version of the Gear VR headset for use with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones. The Oculus-made virtual reality headset is now officially available, at the same price point as its predecessor. The original Gear VR was …

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Microsoft Surface 3 now available in the UK

Microsoft’s latest tablet, the Surface 3, is now available to pick up in the UK. The laptop replacement starts off at £419 for the 64GB model and goes up to £499 for the 128GB model. The Surface 3 was initially announced at the end of March and is aimed at …

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Daimler to test self-driving lorries on Nevada roads

There’s a lot of R&D going into driverless vehicles right now, with the likes of Google, Baidu and many more traditional auto-makers all pushing to become the first to offer a truly driverless experience on the roads. As much as they’re pushing for cars though, others believe the first self-piloted …

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