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Google, Lenovo unveil standalone Daydream VR headset

Google and Lenovo on Tuesday at CES 2018 unveiled a Daydream VR headset called the Mirage Solo. A first for the Daydream platform, the Mirage Solo can function standalone, meaning it doesn’t need a smartphone tether by cord or Bluetooth. It also has integrated positional tracking thanks to Google’s WorldSense, doing away with the need for any external sensors. CES 2018 The Big Trends for Business CES showcases the tech trends that will shape the year ahead. See the most…

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The best Xbox One deals and bundles in the January sales 2018

Xbox One bundle deals and November are a perfect match for the very best offers on the net. Already we’ve seen loads of retailers smash huge amounts off the console and bundle it in with the latest games. We’re seeing bundles starting from as low as £179 and some super new games are getting involved too. So if you’re after an Xbox One deal for the likes of Star Wars: Battlefront II, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Shadow of War and more,…

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When is the next Apple event?

Apple tends to unveil new products at various times during the year. In the past the company has made big announcements at events in the Spring, during its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and at an event in September. Apple has also been known to hold an event in October. In this article we will look into what we can expect from Apple’s various special events in 2018, with their pre-launch speculation, mysterious invitations, warm-up music, and a bit of…

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Best Argos Deals January 2018

Argos is one of the top providers of technology deals in the UK, with big discounts year-round, not just during massive sales events like Black Friday or Boxing Day. Here, we bring you the very best Argos deals, to save you from having to spend hours sifting through the thousands available. Best Argos deals right now The retail giant also offers the ultimate in convenience with same-day delivery, or you can pay online and collect in store. It will hold your item…

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Intel and Micron break up NAND partnership

Intel SSD DC P4600 Series features 3D NAND Intel and Micron have decided that it’s time for the companies to go their separate ways with respect to future 3D NAND development. Must read: How to tell if your iPhone battery needs replacing The announcement came ahead of a keynote address at CES in Las Vegas by Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich. Intel and Micron have had a 12-year collaboration with regard to NAND development, with Intel funding a portion of…

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Cheaper OLED TVs on the way? Hisense announces new TV range for Australia

Hisense is a brand that’s synonymous with great value, generally offering the latest technologies at more affordable prices than its big name competitors like Sony, Samsung and LG.  OLED TVs generally carry premium price tags, which makes Hisense’s latest news out of CES 2018 especially exciting – alongside the announcement that it will be bringing Alexa and Google Assistant to its new ULED TV range, Hisense also revealed that it will be introducing its first OLED TV to the Australian market…

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South Korea probes local banks over virtual currency

South Korea’s financial regulator has said it is jointly carrying out inspections on six local banks that offer virtual currency accounts to institutions. The joint inspection by the Financial Services Commission (FSC) and Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) will check if banks are adhering to anti-money laundering rules and using real names for accounts, FSC chairman Choi Jong-ku told a press conference. Officials are also looking at ways to reduce risks associated with cryptocurrency trading in the country, which could include…

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GE’s next smart home appliance? A giant tablet for your kitchen

GE Appliances wants you to buy a massive 27-inch tablet called the Kitchen Hub for your culinary sanctum, and no, it’s not intended as a replacement cutting board.  Instead, the tablet, announced during CES 2018, will sit perched directly above your stove, doubling as an exhaust hood while somehow avoiding heat damage and serving as a central hub for all the smart appliances GE hopes you have. Not only does it provide a one-stop shop for all your various smart…

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Best Apple Watch Deals of January 2018

After an arguably rocky start, the Apple Watch is now a core part of the company’s device lineup, and undoubtedly the king of the smartwatch market. Still, that comes with a price – quite literally, as the Apple Watch is undeniably expensive unless you can find it under a discount. The Series 3 is the latest Watch model, which we reviewed here. But it is expensive, from £329. (Plus, if you want to use its 4G capabilities, you’ll need to…

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GoPro Karma News: Now Discontinued

The Karma drone has been a roller coaster ride for GoPro, mostly punctuated by lows rather than highs. And now, on a call to investors, the company announced it has stopped making the drone and will exit the market. It launched in 2016 with much hype (and many teaser trailers, below), but early models suffered from problems and were all recalled. The drone then went back on sale in Spring 2017, but faced huge competition from the DJI Mavic Pro and then in…

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Is Facebook Safe for Kids?

Chances are that you’re well aware of Facebook, since it’s the biggest social network in the world. Even if you have an account yourself, you might not realise that Facebook has a minimum age for creating a profile, which prevents kids under 13 from using the site. Except that it doesn’t, because anyone of any age can create an account by entering a fake date of birth. And millions of kids under 13 use it every day. Facebook says it…

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Your next real estate agent could be a robot

If you’re looking to rent a place in San Francisco, you can now get a home tour from a tablet-carrying robot. The robot is controlled remotely by a licensed real estate agent, whose beaming face appears on the tablet. The company bringing the rental game into the 21st century is Zenplace, a property management startup founded in 2016. CEO Rahul Mewawalla previously served as an advisor to late San Francisco mayor Ed Lee, where he dealt with the city’s IoT…

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5 great gadgets that are using AI that you can buy today

Artificial intelligence was one of the most hyped up technologies in 2017, and 2018 doesn’t look like being any different, with good reason – AI is creeping its way into every aspect of our daily lives, whether it’s browsing social media or chatting to a smart speaker in the corner of our living rooms. We’ve heard a lot about AI increasing its presence on smartphones – recognizing objects in photos, powering digital assistants and so on – but plenty of…

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Privacy Foundation: Trusting government with open data a ‘recipe for pain’

The Australian Privacy Foundation (APF) has called out the federal government and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) after failing to publish a report on the September 2016 incident that revealed Medicare Benefits Schedule and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme data was not encrypted properly. The dataset was found by a team of researchers from the University of Melbourne and was subsequently pulled down by the Department of Health. At the time, the OAIC announced it was investigating the publication…

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Meet the Byton concept car, an electric SUV for our connected future

A brand-new electric car has made its debut at CES, and no, we’re not talking about Faraday Future.  This is the Byton concept car, an “intuitive” SUV that the company’s founders drove onto the stage at CES 2018.  What was revealed is a sleek-looking vehicle, resembling the hatchback profile of the Tesla Model X. The door handles and antennas are invisible, and the car is said to be designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency.  There’s a touchscreen in the steering wheel,…

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​How the Meltdown and Spectre security holes fixes will affect you

Video: AMD vs Intel: Are you in the market for a new desktop processor? You can’t get away from Meltdown and Spectre. These chip bugs will make your life miserable. Everything you run — and I mean everything — PCs, Macs, iPhones, tablets, cloud computing, and servers — use vulnerable CPUs. Apple, Linux developers, and Microsoft have all released patches. And all of them will slow down at least some of your programs. While Intel gets most of the heat…

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