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Google Brillo aims to power the Internet of Things

At its IO developers conference yesterday, Google unveiled a new operating system called "Brillo". Essentially a stripped-down version of Android, Brillo will power Internet of Things devices, driving interconnectivity and enabling seamless control.

Researchers create a working wooden processor for future PCs

U.S. and Chinese researchers have successfully created a processor made nearly entirely of a material derived from wood. Biodegradable, cheap and fully functional, our phones and computers of the future may be powered by the most basic of materials.

Millennials most vulnerable to hacking, cyberattacks, says study

While teens and young adults are usually thought to be more tech savvy then middle-aged adults, new research suggests millennials are more lackadaisical about being safe online.

Crash your friend's iPhone by sending this specific text

A new bug in Apple's iOS means anybody can crash an iPhone by sending a very specific message over text or iMessage. On doing so, the app will crash and — if the phone is on the lockscreen — causing the entire device to restart in a major annoyance.

WTF is one turn-of-phrase added to the dictionary this year

In its blog, Merriam-Webster confessed to having a "growth spurt." And with the addition of 1,700 new words added to its digital database, most people would have to agree.

Boeing debuts powerful electromagnetic pulse weapon

The U.S. Air Force has officially announced it — along with three other companies — has developed an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) device unlike anything seen before.

Op-Ed: Driverless trucks from Mexico to Manitoba: What could go wrong?

Brownsville - Hot on the wheels of Google's second generation of driverless cars, industry heads plan to send driverless big rigs on the road on a planned route from Mexico to Manitoba.

Periscope arrives on Android with exclusive features

Exactly two months after debuting on iPhone, the live-streaming app Periscope has finally arrived on Android. There are a few minor yet useful features in the Android version of the app that aren't available in the iOS app just yet.

Cortana will kick Google Now and iOS off their own platforms

In a video uploaded to the Windows YouTube channel today, Microsoft has announced its digital voice assistant Cortana, already known by Windows Phone fans, will be coming to Android, iOS and PC with the launch of Windows 10 this summer.

This is Google's patent for a creepy, watching smart teddy bear

It has emerged that Google has filed a patent for a "smart teddy bear" that could listen to your conversations, watch your movements and control media devices. It would have built-in speakers, cameras and microphones but Google's intentions are not clear.

Google Fiber forwards piracy fine notices straight to subscribers

Google Fiber is reportedly forwarding copyright infringement notices to subscribers offering settlements ranging from $20 to $300.

Instagram to start sending 'Highlights' emails to inactive users

Photo-sharing app Instagram is now rolling out a new feature that copies other rival social networks by sending inactive users regular digests of what they have missed. New "Highlights" emails feature some of the best unseen photos in a users' feed.

Leaked documents reveal New Zealand planned to hack smartphones

A leaked top secret document has revealed that New Zealand and its spy partners attempted to exploit weaknesses in smartphone browsers to hack into the devices without informing companies or the public. The information was obtained by Edward Snowden.

BlackBerry announces global layoffs in next stage of turnaround

Phone company BlackBerry has announced that it will be starting off a new wave of layoffs as it progresses into the next stage of its ongoing turnaround strategy. The company's success has fallen dramatically in the face of powerful smartphone rivals.

Real life hoverboard sets world record

Quebec - A Canadian inventor has given us a glimpse of the future with his hoverboard, setting a Guinness World Record in the process.

Google lets schoolboy run up £3000 bill as app purchases bounce

An 11-year-old school student ran up a bill of over £3000 on his mother's card after a series of app and game purchases were charged repetitively by Google despite the payments failing. Google made hundreds of transactions in just a few days.

Eurovision to install anti-booing technology for Russian act

The organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest are installing "anti-booing" technology for the final this year. It comes after Russia's performance was met with heavy crowd protests last year, something that organisers have called "embarrassing."

Microsoft threatened UK government over open source plans

Microsoft reportedly threatened the UK government over its plans to promote more open-source software standards instead of the company's products last year. Microsoft apparently even went so far as to consider closing its UK research facilities.

Researchers develop light-emitting paper for flexible displays

Chinese researchers have successfully created a sheet of light-emitting, transparent and flexible paper with a new eco-friendly manufacturing technique. The paper could be used to create truly flexible displays for bendable gadgets of the future.
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