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While President Trump disputes climate change, promises a revival of the coal industry, and disparages wind power, this leaves many states uncertain over the future of renewable energy policies.

Microsoft's 'early goodbye' to Windows 7 irks security experts

This week, Microsoft publicly claimed its own Windows 7 operating system is "long-outdated" and based on insecure security models. The statement has been criticised by security experts as the OS is still three years away from the end of support.

Iceland is drilling the world’s deepest geothermal well

Iceland is digging world’s deepest geothermal borehole into the heart of a volcano at a depth of 3.10 miles (5 km) to tap renewable energy. The extreme pressure and heat at such depths could derive 30 to 50 MW of electricity from one geothermal well.

Op-Ed: Interview with a chat bot — AI's revenge hits the biz sector?

Chat bots are in the news as the new way for businesses to manage communications. They’re designed to communicate with humans on a human level. That’s a pretty low level in most cases, but there’s an unexpected side.

AT&T kills the original iPhone

The original iPhone is now unusable as a cellular device in the U.S. because AT&T has quietly shut down its 2G network. The carrier was the only provider that supported the first-generation handset, meaning owners can no longer use voice or data.

Nokia 6 sells out in under one minute

The Nokia 6, the first Nokia smartphone to be sold by HMD Global, reportedly sold out one minute after going on sale in China this week. It's been interpreted as a sign that the brand is still respected by consumers, suggesting HMD has a bright future.

Microsoft postpones launch of Windows 10 'My People' feature

Microsoft has announced it is postponing the launch of Windows 10's upcoming "My People" feature. My People aims to make it easier to connect with your friends and colleagues by placing shortcuts to their profiles on the Windows taskbar.

Google building its own Android Wear smartwatches with LG

Google is planning to launch its own smartwatches to coincide with the release of Android Wear 2.0. The company has partnered with LG to manufacture the devices, according to a report this week. They'll be launched in early February.

The iPhone 8 could scan your face with a laser sensor

Apple is planning to add facial recognition powered by a laser sensor to the upcoming iPhone 8, according to a report today. It will be the first time the company has used technology of its kind on an iPhone. It isn't clear what it will be used for.

Windows 10 to get new 'adaptive' shell that works on every device

Microsoft is developing a new "adaptive" shell for Windows 10 that will unify interface experiences and remove the divide between PCs, phones and other kinds of device. The company plans to build a "universal" shell for a single Windows 10.

LinkedIn's redesign changes everything for the better

LinkedIn has announced the most significant overhaul of its website since the company's launch. The new interface has been simplified to make LinkedIn's purpose and core features more obvious to users. There's also new messaging and search functions.

Meet Gabe Newell, the richest man in the video game business

The wealthiest man in the video game industry has a name you likely haven't heard; he runs a company you probably haven't heard of; he wears a wild beard and, often, the same black polo.

Wearable sensor aims to flag when you’re getting sick

Smart watches and other wearable technologies are effective at monitoring vital signs and reporting on overall health, but can the technology be developed to actually signal when you might be getting sick? One research group thinks so.

Microsoft to add e-books to the Windows Store this spring

Microsoft is planning to open its own bookstore, according to leaked screenshots of an upcoming Windows Store update published this week. Launching with the Windows 10 Creators Update, you'll be able to purchase e-books directly from Windows.

Google shares how it finds malicious Android apps

Google has detailed one of its most useful methods for catching malicious apps threatening Android phones. It is able to work out when an app has left a device unusable by checking to see if it has been used in a recent period of time.

Former Apple employee says company no longer a 'change-maker'

Apple CEO Tim Cook transformed the company into a 'boring operations' firm after taking over the reins from Steve Jobs, according to a former employee. Cook permanently changed the mood within Apple, causing it to become less innovative than it once was.

Google+ gets new features in update that kills classic web app

Google+ may have failed in its quest to topple Facebook but Google is still working on the platform. It has announced a series of new features designed to attract new users and keep existing ones active. The 'classic' web version will now be switched off.

Op-Ed: ISIS drone bombers in Mosul: Big mistake

ISIS has started using quadcopters as grenade dropping bombers. While not a major innovation, it does raise a lot of issues for conventional military forces. It also creates a new weapon against terror.

Microsoft's CEO thinks AI should help people, not replace them

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has spoken out on how artificial intelligence should not be seen as a way of replacing humans. The leader made the comments as Microsoft enters new fields of AI research and prepares to 'democratise' the technology.

Apple to launch MacBook Pro with 32GB of RAM this year

Apple is said to be planning a new premium MacBook Pro model that includes truly high-end hardware. It comes after criticism of the 2016 version which features low-power processors and limited memory, making it unsuitable for professional work.

Intel thinks you need AI, bots and sensors to help you shop

Intel has announced a $100 million investment in technologies that will bring automated bots and the Internet of Things to the high street. The company wants to connect and "transform" the retail industry using data and devices.

Rescue your Vines before the app shuts down today

Vine is closing down today, leaving users unable to access the app and content abandoned online. You can still rescue your Vines before it's too late and archive them for future viewings. In the next few hours Vine will be replaced by 'Vine Camera.'

Hackers use a clever fake email attachment to access accounts

A new email scam is circulating that aims to trick the user into giving up their email login details by sending over a (fake) link to a PDF to open.

Smart watch designed to monitor glucose levels

Wearable technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, especially in the health-related field. A new smart watch, equipped with a standard heart rate monitor and step counter, can also measure glucose levels.

Microsoft waves an 'early goodbye' to Windows 7

Microsoft has suggested Windows 7 is no longer a secure or supported operating system in a blog post today. The company said it's waving an "early goodbye" to the much-loved platform, even though support actually ends in 2020.

Microsoft patents folding phone that transforms into a tablet

A Microsoft patent filing describing a foldable smartphone that can turn itself into a tablet has been uncovered. Although the company may not intend to build the device, it could provide hints into the future of Microsoft's mobile ambitions.

'123456' leads the worst passwords of 2016

A list of the worst passwords of 2016 has been revealed by a cybersecurity company. Unsurprisingly, the top 10 still consists of strings of sequential characters, phrases from the top of the keyboard and repeated groups of letters.

Future batteries could include built-in fire extinguishers

Researchers have developed a lithium-ion battery that includes its own fire extinguisher capable of preventing a device from bursting into flame. It comes in the wake of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone disaster, potentially preventing future incidents.

Robot arms replace factory hands

Donald Trump has been crowing as companies including Ford renounce plans to move factories to Mexico. But the main beneficiaries of this shift back to the US aren't saying much by way of celebration -- industrial robots don't tend to speak.

Investments in global clean energy projects drops 18 percent

Global investment in renewables and low-carbon technologies suffered a setback in 2016 as demand in China and Japan faltered, according to new research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Delta police become first Canadian department to employ GPS darts

The Delta, B.C. police department became the first in Canada to deploy technology allowing officers to fire GPS darts into fleeing vehicles. This allows police to track wanted drivers rather than requiring officers to engage in high-speed pursuits.

Xiaomi admits it grew 'too fast'

Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi has admitted it grew "too fast" and is still not making any profit on handset sales. After rapidly climbing to the top of the mobile charts, the company is now struggling to expand into international markets.

Snapchat's new search bar makes it simpler to find friends

Snapchat is rolling out an app update that adds a persistent search bar that lets you find friends, groups, publishers and stories. It's meant to simplify the Snapchat app and make it faster to navigate between sections and find specific content.

Apple promises update to fix MacBook Pro battery problems

Apple is preparing to release a software update for the MacBook Pro that should address some of the battery problems customers have been experiencing. It comes after the company investigated issues that led to the laptop failing Consumer Reports' tests.

YouTube livestreams now have their own tip jar

Google has unveiled a new YouTube feature designed to help creators make more money from their livestreams. Super Chat acts as a kind of virtual tip jar, letting viewers pay to have their comments promoted to the top of the stream.

WhatsApp denies existence of deliberate security backdoor

A backdoor has been found in encrypted messaging platform WhatsApp, according to a report today. Privacy campaigners have described the hole as "a huge threat to freedom of speech" but WhatsApp has denied there are security concerns.

EU proposes new rules that could put an end to the cookie banner

The European Commission has drafted plans to overhaul the way in which websites warn users about their use of cookies. Under current regulation, sites must display warnings if cookies are placed on the user's computer, even though they're usually ignored.

Apple reportedly planning major push into TV shows and movies

Apple is preparing for a major push into original video content, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal — a move that could set it on a collision course with the likes of Netflix and Amazon.

Nokia 6 unveiled: Nokia returns to phones with mid-range handset

Nokia has officially unveiled its debut Android smartphone built by Chinese brand HMD. The Nokia 6 will begin Nokia's return to the global smartphone ranks after selling its mobile business to Microsoft in 2014. Initially, sales will be limited to China.

Ten years of the iPhone: The device that started smartphones

The iPhone reached its tenth birthday this week, a milestone not just for Apple but the history of consumer technology. Since its launch, over one billion handsets have been sold, giving rise to millions of apps and a new generation of mobile-based media.

Google Voice preparing for its first major update in years

Google has confirmed it is working on some significant updates to Google Voice, the company's neglected communications service. Voice hasn't received much attention in the past couple of years but Google is now hinting at a major relaunch coming soon.
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