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Google Ford partnership could mirror Baidu BMW deal

Google and Ford are said to be in talks to partner over the development of automated vehicles according to sources that are said to have been “briefed on the matter.” Although yet to be officially detailed, the partnership could well be similar to the deal struck between Chinese search giant …

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Toshiba to cut 7,800 jobs following accounting scandal

Toshiba is facing hard times right now, the company’s former President and CEO Hisao Tanaka stepped down around six months ago, following a revelation that the company had $ 1.2 billion in declared false profit. Obviously, this is a serious offense that will require Toshiba to pay out a hefty …

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Sky to introduce internet watershed for all new customers

Taking the initiative following the British government’s interest in bringing forward the Investigatory Powers Bill, Sky has announced that it will be introducing its filtering system automatically for all new customers (it won’t even ask first) and will even go so far as to instigate a watershed-like system. Before 9PM, …

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Need a DIY Christmas idea? How about Netflix socks

Although it’s usually easier to buy someone a Christmas present with money you’ve already earned, for those that would rather give the gift of effort and smart-technology, Netflix has put a guide online on to make a pair of socks with a special ability. They keep your feet warm of course, but …

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Amazon has a lot of illegal weapons for sale

When it comes to buying illegal weaponry online, people often think of darkweb markets like the long-closed Silk Road, but it’s actually far easier to get a hold of such items it seems, as Amazon sells most of them. As part of an investigation into the retailer’s sales practices, it …

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Chrome extension will block Star Wars spoilers

The time has come, after years of rumours and speculation Star Wars: The Force Awakens is releasing this week but obviously, not everyone can see it the day it comes out. For those who are wary of spoilers, a Google Chrome browser extension has been released to help block pages …

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UK ISPs to block 85 more pirate sites

The UK High Court has once again ordered internet service providers to expand its list of blocked sites, with a new wave of 85 sites set to be blocked this week on the likes of Sky, Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk. This will be one of the larger ban waves …

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YouTube to stop direct video uploads from webcams

Over the years, Google has tried out a number of features with YouTube, some of which don’t necessarily take off. One of these features happens to be the ability to upload video footage to the site directly from a Webcam, though this infrequently used feature will be going away for …

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Microsoft will soon have extensions for Edge Browser

Back before Wind0ws 10 launched, there was talk of Microsoft’s new browser, Edge, being compatible extensions.  The feature has taken a while, in-fact Microsoft initially planned to include it in November’s big Threshold 2 update for Windows 10, but now after a few delays it seems that a release is …

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The EU Commission hits Qualcomm with antitrust charges

Earlier this year, we heard that the European Commission had begun investigating Qualcomm after receiving some anti-trust complaints. Now, it seems that investigation has wrapped up and the smartphone chip maker giant is facing antitrust charges. Right now, the EU Commission is also trying to pin similar charges on Google …

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Toshiba faces £39 million fine over accounting scandal

Toshiba is facing a huge fine of 7.37 billion Yen/£39 million/$60 million, following a huge accounting scandal that took place over seven years and saw the company overstating its profits by huge amounts. So far, the current fine is just the suggested figure from the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission, …

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MicFlip reversible micro-USB cable now in stock

Although the USB 3.1 standard had some exciting features for us all to enjoy, Type-C was perhaps the biggest recent development, as it promises a reversible header. As the WinnerGear guys said in their IndieGoGo campaign though, it’s going to be some time before that’s common in our hardware. How …

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New video shows off Halo 5 on the Hololens

So far, most of the demos we have seen for the Hololens have been gaming oriented, with Minecraft being a pretty big focus at E3. This trend isn’t changing any time soon as a new video posted online by Microsoft project manager, Varun Mani, shows off Halo 5 on the …

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Microsoft confirms 60 job cuts in Hololens team

Microsoft has confirmed that it has cut 60 jobs from the Hololens team as part of a shift in priorities in the development of the augmented reality headset. The team based in Israel was affected, with 30 full-time workers and 30 third-party contractors affected, the development of the Hololens will …

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Microsoft may be making huge changes to Hololens

Microsoft might be making huge changes to the development of the Hololens behind the scenes, as new reports are suggesting that the company recently fired as many as 60 engineers working on the project, based on technology that Microsoft acquired six years ago. Apparently the project change has been quite …

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