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Microsoft announces new details about upcoming augmented reality headset

Microsoft has stayed fairly cagey about its upcoming Hololens augmented reality headset, but details of the impressive device are beginning to come out. We know that the Hololens will overlay virtual images onto the real world, turning a wall into a canvas or a tabletop into a videogame, but the device's technical specs have been kept from the public. Now, new information about the Hololens has been announc ...

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Ghana to get ‘sin-free’ Facebook alternative

A Ghanaian Christian group is to launch a "holy" social network alternative to Facebook which will be free of "un-Christian" content. "Social networks these days are filled with nude content and violence," the group LoveRealm said in a statement. "The site will be launched on 9 January and will ensure a holy social network experience by censoring and removing "un-Christian content," its CEO Yaw Ansong Jnr s ...

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The toilet you only clean once a year

An "intelligent" toilet that opens when you approach it and self-cleans with every flush is on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It also cleans the user with an aerated wand, which delivers warm water and warm air "from a seated position", a spokeswoman said. Despite a $9,800 (£6,704) price tag, more than 40 million earlier versions of the Neorest toilets have been sold. Bathroom firm T ...

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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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