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U.S. clears acquisition of IBM’s chip unit by GlobalFoundries

GlobalFoundries this week said that the U.S. authorities had approved its acquisition of IBM’s microelectronics business unit. From now on, GlobalFoundries will make various important semiconductors for the U.S. military and government agencies. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has reviewed the proposed transaction between IBM and …

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The EU agrees to get rid of roaming charges

The European Union has finally reached an agreement that will result in the end of roaming charges for those travelling within the 28 member countries of Europe, though this new plan doesn’t start until June 2017. The new agreement was made after several months of planning, the deal also means …

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It looks like Samsung has been messing with Windows Update

It looks like Samsung has been messing around with the Windows Update feature on its own laptops, which is causing quite a stir this week. According to Microsoft’s Patrick Barker, Samsung has a program titled ‘Disable_Windowsupdate.exe’ as part of its own Samsung branded computer update tool called SW Update. It …

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Not everyone is convinced of VR’s future

Since Palmer Luckey first unveiled his dodgy virtual reality prototype to John Carmack and a few other industry leaders, VR has been a hot topic for discussion and speculation. As the various versions have been released and we edge ever closer to a commercial iteration of hardware and software, even …

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Gmail now has an ‘undo send’ option

If you are a Gmail user and have ever sent an email that you immediately ended up regretting, then now you can take it back as Google has added in an ‘undo send’ option to its email service. The undo send feature is now an official setting, letting users stop a …

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AOL is now a part of Verizon

Update: Just over a month ago, Verizon revealed that it was set to acquire AOL. Now the acquisition has been completed with AOL becoming a part of Verizon officially today. The company was bought for $4.4 billion and from the sounds of it, Verizon aims to use the company to …

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Lenovo is launching its own HDMI PC stick

Some time ago, Google launched the Chromecast, a little HDMI dongle that brought smart functionality to TVs. Since then, both Qualcomm and Intel have come up with their own HDMI dongles designed to allow users to do basic PC tasks without the need for a full on desktop machine or …

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US to develop hoverbike for military uses

The US military is looking to further develop a hover bike design produced by joint British and American engineers for military and other purposes. It’s thought that the piece of futuristic kit will be used in many situations currently occupied by helicopters and could work as a manned alternative to …

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Former Nokia CEO is leaving Microsoft

Last year, Microsoft officially acquired Nokia, the company’s mobile division swiftly merged with Microsoft and quite a few key employees stayed on. However, now around a year later, Nokia’s former CEO, Stephen Elop, is leaving Microsoft, alongside a few other key members of the Nokia mobile team as Microsoft re-organizes its …

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Microsoft is also partnering up with Valve for VR

Last week ahead of E3, Phil Spencer attended the Oculus Rift event to announce a partnership between the two companies. Every consumer Oculus Rift will ship with an Xbox One controller and will also benefit from native support within Windows 10. The Xbox is also going to benefit, with Xbox …

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The Netflix website has been re-designed

Netflix has started rolling out a major redesign to its own website for PC users. Up until now, the Netflix streaming site has stuck to a similar user interface since its launch, which didn’t offer a super efficient browsing experience for those using a PC with a mouse or trackpad. …

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It looks like Razer went ahead and bought Ouya

Update: Last week, we got wind of rumours suggesting that Razer might be interested in buying out Ouya, the company behind the Kickstarted Android console that failed to garner commercial success. Now, it seems that Razer may have taken the plunge and quietly acquired the struggling device maker. At this present …

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