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We Tried Microsoft's Ambitious First Step Into Virtual Reality  

2017-08-29 16:13:10

Virtual reality had its big coming out party in 2016, but the technology has only been embraced by early adopters so far. That's largely because the best virtual reality headsets available are still considerably more expensive and require some time and effort to set up. Microsoft is one of several tech companies hoping to address those issues, and the culmination of its efforts will debut later this year.

'Cyborg' bacteria deliver green fuel source from sunlight  

2017-08-23 16:44:43

Scientists have created bacteria covered in tiny semiconductors that generate a potential fuel source from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water.

Android Oreo released by Google  

2017-08-22 17:16:31

Google has released the latest version of its Android mobile operating system (OS), which is named after Oreo chocolate biscuits.

Killer robots: Experts warn of 'third revolution in warfare'  

2017-08-21 16:15:11

More than 100 leading robotics experts are urging the United Nations to take action in order to prevent the development of "killer robots".

Skype’s new mobile design arrives on the desktop for Windows testers  

2017-08-19 14:40:34

Microsoft is testing out its new Skype mobile interface in a desktop preview of the company's communication app. The new radical Skype mobile design debuted back in June, and the reception hasn't been positive. Despite that, Microsoft wants to try out a new design on the desktop side. "It's not yet complete and we need your feedback," says a Skype spokesperson.

Instagram will now automatically turn photos you're replying to into a sticker  

2017-08-18 16:40:23

Instagram is rolling out a new feature today on its iOS and Android apps that'll clear up DM confusion. Users could already reply to photos, videos, and reshared posts sent to their DMs with their own photo or video, but now, a sticker of whatever they're responding to will automatically show up in their reply.

Twitter Suspends Accounts Linked to Neo-Nazi Website  

2017-08-17 15:24:08

Twitter Inc on Wednesday suspended accounts linked to the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, keeping up pressure from Silicon Valley on white supremacists after weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro to feature swim tracking, offline Spotify support  

2017-08-16 14:47:37

Samsung is believed to be hard at work on its next-generation wearable device, dubbed the Gear Fit2 Pro. While some reports have said the Gear Fit2 Pro will be a slightly more polished version of the Gear Fit2, other scattered reports suggest the wearable will be an all-new device. Ahead of the August 23 launch, reputable leakster Evan Blass via VentureBeat has revealed even more details about the upcoming wearable.

Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle  

2017-08-15 16:51:46

Plans to build the world's "largest" data centre are being made public.

Why Facebook's New YouTube Rival Faces Very Different Challenges  

2017-08-11 15:21:17

Facebook is making a big effort to boost its video presence with the launch of Watch, a new subsection of the social media giant's feature lineup meant to serve as a destination for original episodic shows. Facebook is introducing Watch to a limited number of people in the U.S., and the company hasn't specified when it will roll out more broadly.

Google's Smartphone Is Super Cheap Right Now  

2017-08-10 16:26:12

Google is cutting the price of its Pixel smartphone just as the company may be preparing to launch a new model.

Google fires diversity memo author  

2017-08-09 16:37:46

A Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about workplace diversity has been fired, the BBC can confirm.

The controversial memo broke the firm's code of conduct, Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday in an email to employees.

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