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Microsoft still has millions of PCs to upgrade to Creators Update

Microsoft has detailed the progress of the rollout of the Windows 10 Creators Update, released to consumers last month. The company said that around 20 percent of all devices have now got the update. It explained why yours may still be left waiting.

Google introduces the new Android TV home screen

Google has detailed Android TV's new more intuitive home screen that's designed to let you jump straight into content. The revised interface also comes with Google Assistant support to let you control media playback using only your voice.

Microsoft rebrands its Beam game streaming service as 'Mixer'

Microsoft has unexpectedly renamed Beam, the game streaming service it acquired last year. Now known as "Mixer," the company has unveiled a slew of new features that fans have been vocally requesting. The name change has proved divisive though.

New Zealand makes history with launch of Electron rocket

California-based Rocket Lab successfully shot a rocket into space from their private launch facility in New Zealand on Thursday at 4:20 p.m. local time, reaching space three minutes later.

Facebook tweaks Trending to help you find new stories quicker

Facebook has announced it's expanding the search results page for its Trending feature on mobile devices to include more alternative viewpoints on major stories. The company is also improving the visibility of Trending to help you quickly access the news.

Google's DeepMind AlphaGo defeats Go champion

The ultimate contest? Human versus machine. Google's DeepMind AlphaGo artificial intelligence platform has twice defeated the world's number one Go player Ke Jie.

World's largest solar plant to begin construction immediately

Abu Dhabi - The government-owned power utility, Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has closed a 3.2 billion dirhams ($872 million) financing deal to build the world's largest solar power plant, it was announced on Wednesday.

Apple launches coding course for high school and college students

Apple has launched a new app development course aimed at teaching high school and college students to create fully-fledged mobile products in its Swift programming language. The full-year course delivers all the basics required to create a complete app.

Hackers find way to hijack PCs using malicious subtitle files

Hackers have discovered a way to take control of computers using a creative exploit of subtitle files in media players. Researchers found that several highly successful multimedia programs house a subtitle flaw that could hand attackers complete control.

Comcast criticised for trying to shut down net neutrality site

Comcast has threatened legal action against a site run by a group of net neutrality advocates. The site in question was trying to establish who's responsible for a deluge of fake anti-net neutrality comments. Comcast has objected to the use of its name.

DARPA says it's one step closer to its hypersonic space plane

The Pentagon's research and development shop is moving one step closer toward building a hypersonic space plane that could shuttle satellites or people into space in record time.

Emojipedia adds trends to let you check which emoji are popular

A new emoji tool hopes to help you avoid digital embarrassment by letting you know when your most frequented symbols are heading out of fashion. The current trends suggest you should be accompanying your tweets and messages with dog icons today.

Self-ventilating workout suit keeps athletes cool and dry

A breathable workout suit that has ventilating flaps, able to open and close in response to an athlete's body heat has been invented by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers.

Samsung investigating Galaxy S8 'iris hack'

Seoul - Samsung Electronics is investigating claims by a German hacking group that it fooled the iris recognition system of the new flagship Galaxy S8 device, the firm said Wednesday.

Perovskite's unique ability increases efficiency of solar cells

Using metal halide perovskite solar cells has made it possible to increase the efficiency of devices using these materials from under 4.0 percent in 2009 to 22 percent in 2016. Now, researchers have found a way to make them even more efficient.

Microsoft makes Windows even more pen-friendly

Microsoft has detailed a new set of pen-focused features in Windows 10 designed to give creatives the freedom to emulate real writing on a digital display. It has expanded its Windows Ink platform with new "building blocks" to simplify ink input.

Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro with more power, bigger battery

Microsoft has officially unveiled its new Surface Pro, the latest incarnation of the popular convertible device. The company has focused on incremental improvements to refine the existing experience, adding new processors and subtle design changes.

Early Uber employee launches 'Uber for storage'

Uber transformed the taxi industry by making it easy to hail a ride with the touch of a button. Now, an early Uber employee wants to apply the same idea of making it more convenient and affordable to a market that is typically neither: self-storage.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 iris scanner fooled by a photograph

Samsung's "ultrasecure" iris scanner on its Galaxy S8 smartphone has been fooled using a photograph and contact lens. The method is alarmingly trivial to use and raises concerns about the safety of the biometric authentication technique.
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