GameTech: What to give the gamer in your life

This year, if you hear bells at Christmas maybe you should stop subscribing to so many YouTube channels? Or perhaps those are alarm bells you hear, as you panic-buy ...

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British augmented reality start-up Blippar falls into administration

The AR experience maker collapsed after an apparent dispute over funding.

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Uber seeks London-based boss to lead introduction of new bike hiring service

The ride-hailing giant bought Jump in April and hopes to become ‘the Amazon of transportation’.

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Are fitness wearables fit for purpose?

Experts are debating how accurate the health stats offered by wearables really are to users.

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Police to test facial recognition technology in Westminster

The Metropolitan Police will use the technology as part of an ongoing trial in a mobile deployment on December 17 and 18 in central London.

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Facebook bug exposes photos of up to 6.8 million users

The social network said the issue granted third-party apps access to a wider set of user photos than intended.

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Tumblr returns to the App Store ahead of adult content ban

The microblogging platform’s app had been removed after child pornography images were discovered in November.

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Half of homes could switch to faster broadband, Ofcom says

The regulator has proposed new rules to tell customers about best broadband deals and a review of pricing policies for loyal customers.

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Sega Classics gaming bundle comes to Amazon’s Fire TV

Fire TV owners can now download and play 25 classic Mega Drive games to mark the console’s 30th anniversary.

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Tiny solar panels embedded in clothes could be used to charge a mobile phone

Nottingham Trent University researchers have created solar panels small enough to be embedded in yarn and woven into garments.

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Apple to build new billion-dollar campus in Texas

The technology giant has announced plans to build a new base for 5,000 employees in Austin, as well as three other new offices in the US.

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Music streaming and podcast listening in cars doubles in five years – study

The rise in connected cars is changing how drivers listen to entertainment behind the wheel, a new study by Nissan claims.

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LG reveals capsule-based automated craft beer system

The LG HomeBrew will be shown off at CES early next year.

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Jack Dorsey admits ‘I need to learn more about human rights in Burma’

The Twitter boss was accused of overlooking alleged human rights abuses in the country in a series of posts.

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Worst street for broadband almost 2,000 times slower than the fastest – survey

Residents of Greenmeadows Park in Bamfurlong, Gloucestershire would need 102 hours to download a two-hour HD film on Netflix, according to uSwitch.

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GameTech: All you need in latest Super Smash game

Super Smash Bros Melee has done it all. It has smashed records. It has smashed expectations. It has smashed every character under the sun into its roster. Now, finally, ...

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Audit shows no signs of Chinese spy chips in hardware, says Supermicro

A report had claimed Chinese spyware had been planted in motherboards that were sold to the likes of Apple and Amazon.

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Facebook plays down relevance of location prediction patent

The social network has said the filing of a patent for technology that can predict a user’s future location is no indication of the firm’s plans.

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OnePlus can reach wider audience through phone link with McLaren – expert

Industry experts say the new partnership between the Chinese start-up and the racing firm will help it reach a new audience.

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Alexa can now be used on the Amazon Music app hands-free

Users in the UK can use their voice to request songs without lifting a finger.

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OnePlus unveils superfast charging 6T McLaren Edition phone

The Chinese smartphone maker has partnered with the motoring firm to build its latest device.

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Barclays mobile banking customers can ‘switch off’ certain types of spending

The move could help people with addictions and lessen the risk of fraud for some vulnerable customers, Barclays said.

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Instagram Direct adds voice messaging

Users can now send voice messages to friends through the chat section of the social media app.

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Apple denies claims of iPhone sales ban in China

US chip-maker Qualcomm says it has been granted two injunctions against Apple in the country, but the tech giant says its devices remain on sale.

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Elon Musk ‘does not respect’ US regulator

The Tesla boss revealed none of his tweets have been censored since reaching a settlement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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YouTube Rewind 2018 becomes site’s second most disliked video

The end-of-year celebration video has gained the second largest amount of dislikes in the site’s history.

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Parliamentary inquiry launched into addictive technologies

MPs will examine the impact of virtual and augmented reality.

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Tech giants need to take more responsibility for the advertising that makes them billions

Last week I was followed around the Internet by a pair of shoes. I had looked at them online as a gift for my father-in-law, but he didn’t like them, and neither ...

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Twitter boss Jack Dorsey criticised for Burma tweets

The country has been accused of human rights abuses against ethnic minorities.

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Ready, steady, go: 150 years since world’s first traffic light in London

The first traffic light arrived in 1868 but was short-lived after a gas leak caused the invention to explode.

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Amazon introduces Christmas Countdown feature to Alexa

The virtual assistant is getting into the Christmas spirit.

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Apple rolls out ECG test feature for heart health checks on the Apple Watch

The new feature allows people to carry out an ECG test by holding their finger on the Digital Crown.

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God Of War wins game of the year at The Game Awards

Fortnite and Red Dead Redemption 2 were also honoured at the awards, which also saw a handful of new games unveiled for the first time.

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Atom proves mighty goods do come in small parcels

Noel Campion finds the Unihertz Atom is such a little gem that he sets aside his big love for big screens.

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Competition concern over Microsoft’s decision to use Google web technology

Firefox maker Mozilla is concerned that the move will put more power in the hands of Google.

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Scottish designers enable public to have their say with Exit Brexit tool

Glasgow digital product studio Neu says it is a simple vehicle for those against Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement to express their disapproval.

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Loyal broadband customers hit with penalties of up to £220 – survey

Which? found it was cheaper for some customers to sign a new superfast contract than remain loyal to their provider without haggling.

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Microsoft to rebuild Edge browser with Google Chrome technology

Edge was first introduced as a future replacement to Internet Explorer but has failed to gain much traction over Google’s dominant Chrome web browser.

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Lime electric-assist bikes to launch in London

The dockless, on-demand e-bikes will be available to pick up and ride from Friday via the Lime app.

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Facebook says published emails cache tells ‘only one side of the story’

The social network’s internal discussions on data privacy, taking on rival companies and other business practices are included in the documents.

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Fortnite’s Season 7 launches with planes and ziplines on its chilly new island

Players will be able to take to the skies and more with Fortnite’s latest update.

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O2 investigating network outage

The mobile provider says it is aware of an issue affecting customer data.

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Amazon adds Alexa Drop In functionality to Fire HD tablets

Users of the 2018 and 2017 Fire HD 8 and the Fire HD 10 will be able to take advantage of the feature.

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BT confirms removal of Huawei equipment from core networks

Equipment has been part of EE’s 3G and 4G networks but is being removed from core areas to bring it in line with an internal policy.

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Tom Cruise urges TV owners to check their settings to avoid ‘motion smoothing’

The actor posted a video to Twitter alongside Mission: Impossible Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie warning about default TV settings.

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Goldilocks reimagined to teach children about using social media responsibly

#Goldilocks explores online safety topics including oversharing on social media.

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Pokemon Go players will be able to challenge others for the first time

Some fans believe the feature, which will arrive later this month, is two years too late.

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The new Christmas list? Facebook collections feature can be shared with friends

Updated collections mean you can share the things you’ve bookmarked – including the gifts you’re wishing for this Christmas.

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Xiaomi overtakes Apple in latest wearables market figures

The Chinese firm recently launched in the UK for the first time.

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British start-up hopes to transform contactless payments with smart ring

Visa-supported McLear Smart Ring aims to put people’s wallet on their hand.

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