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Microsoft expands beta of Skype for Web

Microsoft has launched a beta of Skype for Web. The new website will allow users to access Skype from any web browser, removing the issue of being unable to use the popular communication program on computers where it is not installed.

Op-Ed: Sony's Action Cam is gunning for GoPro

Sony's recently-launched Action Cam has gotten plenty of viral interest on the Web. The buzz started with a March YouTube video of a POV shot from an eagle, which generated millions of views in a matter of days.

Microsoft could be building a new budget Surface for Windows 10

Microsoft is reporting to be building a new variant of its popular Surface Pro 3 tablet that will be a lower-end replacement to the Windows RT Surface 2 of September 2013. The new tablet will run full Windows though and is designed to fill a range gap.

Taking videos on iPhone might be about to get a whole lot better

Apple has been granted a patent for a new light-splitting, three-sensor camera system, Apple Insider reports, which could pave the way for a higher quality photos and videos in the iPhone.

Federal Aviation Administration allows for Amazon’s drones

Last Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to Amazon that will let the company test-drive Prime Air on the American grounds.

Researchers hack computers by firing blasts of hot air

Researchers have found a way to hack into secure computer systems by firing blasts of hot air, tricking the computer's thermal sensor and allowing the researchers access to the computer even when not connected to the internet.

Google enters the cloud storage game with Nearline

In an effort to add more customers, Google has added a new, cheaper storage service that mimics the function of tape or DVD backup on the cloud.

98% of UK firms have no cyber-attack insurance

A new UK government report has found that nearly all large firms do not possess any form of insurance that would help them to recover from a major cyber-attack, despite 81% of those surveyed having experienced a security breach in the past 12 months.

Facebook monetizes Messenger and allows third-party apps

The changes to Facebook’s Messenger didn’t with it becoming a standalone app in 2011. The long promised ability to send money over the app is becoming a reality and Facebook is planning to allow third-party apps to be added during its imminent overhau

Got money? Wanna fly your car — or drive your plane — come 2017?

Vienna - AeroMobil to release their first personal transformer sport plane with wheels that can drive -- or their first personal sport car with wings that can fly. If you are in the monied jet-set, you can park your own AeroMobil 3.0 in your garage come 2017.

Scientists find new way to control light for next gen computing

Scientists have created a device reminiscent of a bee's honeycomb that can twist beams of light around tighter curves than has ever been witnessed before. This could become a powerful way of transmitting data on circuit boards in next gen computers.

All four major browsers fail Pwn2Own exploit competition

All four major web browsers have failed to survive exploits at the Pwn2Own hacking contest running alongside the CanSecWest 2015 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Security researchers were testing them in exchange for cash.

Canada approves the genetically-modified, non-browning apple

Another genetically-modified food product has been approved for sale in Canada. Non-browning apples, which have a manipulated gene to prevent browning, were approved by Health Canada on Friday.

Ebola-proof Android tablet helps aid workers in West Africa

Google has developed an Ebola-proof tablet for use by health workers in Sierra Leone. It can resist the storms and high humidity of West Africa and can be dipped into antibacterial chlorine after use.

Apple's new iPhone research app poses ethical questions

Apple is launching a new data-sharing platform that can make any iPhone user a medical research participant. However, does this pose ethical issues?

Happy Birthday Twitter: Social media giant turns 9 this weekend

Twitter turns nine years old over the weekend and despite a few hiccups along the way, this social media platform is proving it is here to stay by using just a few short letter, numbers and symbols at a time.

Facebook plans to allow third-party apps onto Messenger

Facebook is planning to open up the Facebook Messenger app to third-party apps and services that will run on top of the service, continuing the large-scale expansion of Messenger that the company has started in the past year.

Survey says 60% of US iPhone users not interested in Apple Watch

A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll of U.S. iPhone users show that around 60 percent of respondents aren't really interested in Apple's latest product, the Apple Watch.

HTC CEO steps down to lead company's future tech division

HTC CEO Peter Chou has stepped down as leader of the company to take the helm of the HTC Future Development Lab. He will be replaced by chairwoman Cher Wang.
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