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Twitter goes down

Twitter has broken, with the network's website and mobile apps inaccessible. Visitors to the website were greeted by a message telling them that "Something is technically wrong". "Thanks for noticing," the message reads. "We're going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon." Mobile apps as well as the website itself appeared to be broken. Tweetdeck, Twitter's other official client, was also broken. ...

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Use Windows 7 at your own risk

Windows 7 currently powers around 55 per cent of the world's computers – but use it "at your own risk, at your own peril," Microsoft has warned. The controversial comments about the hugely popular operating system, which was first released in October 2009, were made by Microsoft chief marketing officer Chris Capossela. Mr Capossela issued the warning during his appearance on Windows Weekly – an online show ...

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New iPhone 7 ‘won’t have a headphone port’

Apple’s quest to make iPhones slimmer and slimmer could be about to claim a new casualty – the headphone socket. Sources in Apple’s supply chain claim that the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus won’t have a headphone socket at all, according to Chinese news sites. Instead, headphones will plug in via the Lightning connector – or connect wirelessly Bluetooth. It’s expected the new phone will ship with wire ...

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Yahoo reverses Alibaba spin-off plan

Yahoo has abandoned a plan to spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Most of the internet company’s $33bn (£21.8bn) value is attributed to its shareholding in Alibaba. The decision is the opposite of the strategy announced in January to spin off its 15% stake in Alibaba. Yahoo’s internet business will now be put into a new company to be listed on the stock market. Investors in Yahoo will ge ...

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Tiny chip that powers itself from radio waves

Dutch scientists have developed a tiny sensor powered by the radio waves it uses to communicate information. Such sensors could help advance the nascent Internet of Things industry, researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology said. Increasingly tiny chips that measure temperature, light, and air pollution are being deployed around cities and in smart homes and offices. One the biggest hurdles is to ma ...

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Apple already planning the next version of its TV

Apple will begin production of the fifth generation Apple TV in early 2016, according to DigiTimes, citing supply chain sources. Apple launched the fourth generation TV, which has a larger focus on iPhone-like apps, in October this year. The new model will be faster, likely in an effort to make the experience — which includes gaming — smoother. To achieve this extra speed, Apple is reportedly planning on in ...

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Apple turns stores into classrooms

Apple is using all of its worldwide network of stores as temporary classrooms this week to teach coding. The technology firm is using its 468 stores as bases for tutorials in the annual “Hour of Code” project. Craig Federighi, one of Apple’s top executives, says he wants to “set off a spark” in young learners. He also wants to dispel the geeky image of “solitary” computer programmers, saying “it’s an incred ...

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Obama calls on tech giants to fight ISIS

During his Sunday evening speech about terrorism, President Barack Obama called on tech companies to help America fight the Islamic State. “I will urge high-tech and law enforcement leaders to make it harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice,” he said. It’s not yet clear what that means. But to many, this sounded like a vague reference to an ongoing debate about encryption. The governm ...

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The truth about Facebook quizzes

Recently I, along with at least 17 million others, visited an app via Facebook which offered to provide me with a word cloud of my most used words on the social network. When I clicked on the link, it asked for permission to access a bunch of my Facebook data and my hand hesitated over the mouse. I’d been here before with quizzes to find out which dog I most resembled or which country best reflected my pers ...

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West Blue adjudged Software development company of the year

West Blue Consulting has been adjudged Software Development Company of the Year and winner of Best Use of Social Media Government Agency category. The awards were presented to the company by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Nigeria Technology Awards (NITA). The company in a statement said “this is no mean feat and speaks volume of West Blue Consulting’s commitment to being ...

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