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Record for fastest ever data rate smashed as 1.125Tb/s reached

A team of researchers have set a new record for the fastest ever data rate used to transfer digital information. The system can handle speeds in excess of 1 terabit per second, responding to the growing demand for faster networks.

Medical devices begin to harness wireless technology

Medical devices are becoming the latest equipment to utilize the Internet to collect data and to send alerts. Here ‘smart inhalers’ are leading the way, with the first commercial units expected within a year. We take a look at the latest developments.

Odd iOS bug leaves devices dead if date set to January 1st, 1970

A new and intriguing bug has been found in Apple's iOS software used on the iPhone and iPad. Manually setting the date to the earliest time possible, January 1st 1970, leaves devices completely bricked and unusable with no confirmed known fix.

ViaSat announces 1Tbps satellite to rival Facebook and Google

U.S. satellite company ViaSat has developed a plan to deliver blazingly fast Internet to remote regions by beaming it from space. It is working with Boeing to launch three satellites capable of delivering 1Tbps bandwidth for ultrafast speeds.

New Qualcomm chip makes 1Gbps LTE a reality, coming this year

Qualcomm has introduced three new mid-range mobile processors set to power smartphones released later in the year. The chips are its fastest yet in the segment but have been overshadowed by a new LTE modem with gigabit speeds.

Microsoft apps doing better than ever on Android

Microsoft has revealed that a significant number of manufacturers of devices running Android now bundle its productivity software out of the box, a major win for the software giant looking to get its services onto every platform.

Wi-Fi pushed to the limit with new 100Gbps transmitter, THz waves

A team of Japanese researchers have developed a Wi-Fi transmitter capable of sustaining a 100 gigabit per second connection speed. The breakthrough, using very short waves, lets mobile devices download an HD film in under a second.

The power of the Physical Web is now available to Android users

The Android version of Google's Chrome web browser now includes support for the Physical Web, the concept of real devices sending notifications and alerts to the phone in your pocket. Google says Physical Web beacons are becoming more widespread.

World's biggest aircraft set to take off over UK next month

The world's biggest airship is set to take off and be tested over the skies of the United Kingdom next month. Called the Airlander 10, the airship is a gargantuan 302 feet in length and the height of six double-decker buses.

Op-Ed: Blockchain — New tech buzzword means major tech change for world

Sydney - Expect to hear a lot about Blockchain soon. Blockchain is a new system designed to protect assets and transactions. It’s like Bitcoin, but more advanced. It includes a multi-user ledger to protect against fraud, and global money laundering.

Microsoft promises to start detailing Windows 10 updates

Since the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has been releasing regular cumulative updates for the operating system without supplying any changelogs. After hearing much negative feedback, the company has committed to revealing what updates do.

Opera receives $1.2 billion buyout offer, accepts the deal

Internet company Opera has confirmed it has been approached by a consortium of Chinese firms interested in purchasing it for $1.2 billion. Opera, best known for the web browser of the same name, has indicated it will accept the offer.

West's advantage in military tech 'eroding': Think-tank

London - Western superiority in military technology is "eroding", notably at the hands of China and Russia, a leading think-tank said Tuesday in its annual report on the state of militaries around the world.

Google offering 2GB free storage as reward for updating security

Google is giving users 2GB of free Google Drive cloud storage in return for spending two minutes of their time to complete a Security Checkup. The offer is part of Safer Internet Day, designed to raise awareness of security issues online.

Google to ban Flash adverts next year, remove them from the web

Google has announced its plans to phase out Flash in the AdWords advertisements displayed on websites. Ads using the old and outdated technology will not be accepted for submission from July 2016 and Flash will be banned entirely next year.

Multi-account support comes to Instagram

Instagram has added the functionality to log into their application using multiple accounts on Apple and Android devices.

Team creates 'unhackable' brain scanner to replace passwords

Future security is topical at the moment as groups across the world are building different systems to prepare us for a passwordless future. One such team has come up with a very different solution that scans the brain to create an 'unhackable' ID.

Report: Google to release its own virtual reality headset in 2016

Google has a team building its own virtual reality headset to rival devices like the Samsung Gear VR, according to a report today. The company is aiming to launch the headset later this year, stepping up the race to virtual reality.

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant gets sexually harassed?

Microsoft has explained how it trains its Cortana digital assistant, available on Windows, Android and iOS, to respond to the "inappropriate" questions that users often ask. A "good chunk" of early queries asked Cortana about her sex life.
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