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Netflix 4K content starts leaking on to the web

Netflix has had 4K content for a while now. All of its original shows are filmed in ultra HD and it even has a few third-party offerings, like Breaking Bad. Unfortunately, only specific devices have access to 4K streaming on Netflix and that list mostly consists of smart TVs. This …

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Not all USB type-C ports are equal: Nine versions of USB-C incoming

The reversible USB type-C connector is something that the industry has been waiting for since the introduction of the original USB bus in 1997. This year PCs, computer components and mobile devices finally started to incorporate USB-C receptacles, but not all implementations necessarily support all features introduced by the latest …

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Google Chrome plans to combat auto-play videos

If there is one thing a lot of us don’t take too kindly to on the internet, it is auto-play videos on sites in the background. Google already made finding which tab is playing audio a little easier last year with a new speaker icon displayed on tabs with audio, …

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Google officially responds to EU anti-trust allegations

Earlier this year, after months of investigation, the European Commission formally accused Google of anti-trust practises, forcing the company to respond and give evidence that its business tactics aren’t secretly squeezing out the competition. As you would expect, Google is arguing that the EU’s allegations are “incorrect”. The European Commission’s …

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Sony’s new speaker doubles as a TV remote

We have known for a while that Sony has been pushing for its Japanese employees to experiment a bit more with product ideas in order to try to turn its company financials around. We’ve seen Sony drones, paper smart watches and now, we have a speaker that also doubles as …

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Amazon is scaling back its hardware efforts

So, does anyone remember last year when Amazon attempted to release a smartphone? No? … I didn’t think so. Since the Fire Phone flopped last year, costing Amazon as much as £100 million, the company has decided that it would be a wise idea to scale back its hardware efforts …

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John Smedley steps down from Daybreak to head new company

Its official, John Smedley has left Daybreak Studios for good, after stepping down as President in order to take some time away following a series of personal attacks alongside some high-profile DDOS attacks on the company’s game servers. It was initially thought that Smedley would return to the former SOE …

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Sony’s Aerosene drone shows of VTOL in new video

What Sony would do with its partnership with Japanese automation specialist, ZMP, was pondered over by many in the know when it was announced earlier this year, but now we all know. Aerosene, the joint venture formed by both firms, showed off its new VTOL commercial drone yesterday, as well …

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Spotify swiftly apologises following privacy concerns

Earlier today, Spotify updated its terms and conditions and thanks to the wording, it sounded like the streaming service wasn’t taking user privacy very seriously at all. Fortunately, the company’s CEO, Daniel Ek, is eager to clear things up a bit and try to stop people from freaking out. In …

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Amazon to stop accepting flash advertisements from September

The slow downfall of Adobe Flash continues, as Amazon announces that from September onwards it will no longer be accepting flash based advertisements on its site. The decision was apparently driven by recent updates to several popular web browsers, including Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. In recent years, Flash has …

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Kickstarter launched for a giant robot duel

MegaBots Inc is back again with a new Kickstarter campaign to build a giant fighting robot, following its previously unsuccessful attempt. Last year, MegaBots asked the internet for $1.8 million to construct a team of 15 feet tall robots, which would be piloted by humans and fight in an arena …

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YouTubers now have official guidelines for advertising

Google Adsense revenue has taken a hit over the years thanks to the popularity of browser extensions like Adblock Plus. As a result, many YouTubers have resorted to outside sponsorships and advertising deals that can be integrated directly in to their videos. Since these sorts of deals are so new, …

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Sony has apparently finalised Project Morpheus hardware

The first wave of consumer virtual reality headsets are on the way, kicking off with Valve’s headset, supposedly at some point this year, followed by the Oculus Rift next year and finally, Sony’s console oriented headset, Project Morpheus. We have been following Morpheus for some time now but it looks …

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Google given two more weeks for EU antitrust defence

We have been reporting on the European Commission’s grievances with Google for some time now. Earlier this year, the EU officially accused Google of abusing its online position to give its own products and services an edge over the competition. At the time, Google had ten weeks to respond with a defence, …

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The Zenimax VS Oculus lawsuit is still going ahead

Last year it was revealed that Zenimax would be launching a lawsuit at Oculus VR, which had recently been acquired by Facebook at the time. The lawsuit seemed to be based around the accusation that Oculus stole trade secrets from Zenimax. As you would imagine, Oculus immediately appealed to have …

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Spotify might limit free streaming from next year

It looks like Spotify might be preparing to limit its free streaming tier from early 2016 onwards in order to keep record labels signed on to the service. Spotify is apparently facing pressure from labels, including Sony and Universal to offer less music in the free tier in order to …

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Columbia Pictures DMCAs official Pixels trailer

Pixels launched earlier this month and the movie is not off to a good start with critics, with an abysmal score of 17% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, it seems that Columbia Pictures is still pretty worried about piracy as the company has been sending out mass amounts of DMCA claims, one …

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