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Microsoft has been caught installing updates onto Windows 7 and 8 computers that effectively introduce the same diagnostic telemetry technology used in Windows 10. It indiscriminately uploads data to Microsoft's servers, a major privacy concern for many.

Google tells app developers to bypass Apple's secure new ad tech

Apple is making some changes with iOS 9 that could make it harder to display some types of advert and may break existing ones. Google, one of the largest ad providers, isn't happy and has issued guidance to help developers get around the system.

Apple Watch is the second biggest wearable after just four months

The Apple Watch has become the second biggest wearable device in the market just four months after its highly-anticipated launch. The largest vendor remains Fitbit but its devices are more health trackers than smartwatches.

4K Netflix stream pirated for the first time

The DRM on Netflix's ultra-high definition content has been broken for the first time, allowing pirates to upload a 4K episode of Breaking Bad to a private torrent site. The episode weighs in at nearly 18GB because of the high quality.

BlackBerry CEO: 'We need more apps'

BlackBerry CEO John Chen admitted yesterday that the company needs more apps if its handsets are to be successful. An Android phone is believed to be in the works to solve this problem, although Chen did not confirm this.

Google to kill Adobe Flash in Chrome from next month

Google has said that it is going to continue contributing to the slow death of Adobe Flash next month by updating Chrome so that it freezes all Flash media by default. The company says performance and battery life will be improved as a result.

Apple confirms September 9 iPhone event in San Francisco

Apple confirmed yesterday that it will be hosting a press event in San Francisco on September 9. Although it doesn't state the obvious, the company will be unveiling the iPhone 6S, new iPads and updated software releases for iOS, Mac OS X and WatchOS.

Amazon laying off hardware staff after $170m Fire Phone failure

Dozens of Amazon engineers responsible for its failed attempt to enter the smartphone market with the Fire Phone are being told they are no longer required, according to a report today. The company is reorganising its general hardware efforts.

'Three billion' wearable sensors to be in use by 2025

A report has estimated that over three billion sensors will be put to collective use on our bodies over the next ten years, fuelled by growth in the wearables market. The number of physical sensors available is also expected to grow.

Revealed: Google's coder recruiting tool hidden inside search

Google has secretly hidden a tool inside its search results that recruits talented new programmers for the company. Searching for some complex programming terms can lead to access to a series of online puzzles. Solving the puzzles can lead to a job.

Facebook announces 'M' — a human-powered virtual assistant

Facebook has announced its own virtual assistant to rival Siri, Cortana and Google Now. 'M' will live inside Messenger and is supervised and enhanced by real people, giving it a unique advantage over its all-digital competitors.

Microsoft: Windows 10 is installed on 75 million devices

Microsoft has finally put an end to the rumours and speculation surrounding how many downloads Windows 10 has seen since launch. The company has revealed that in the past four weeks over 75 million copies have been activated.

Cops to delete LPR data as 80GB hard drive 'keeps crashing'

The Oakland Police Department has decided to delete license plate data after six months instead of retaining it indefinitely. The reason isn't really to give residents more privacy but rather because a Windows XP computer's 80GB hard drive is full.

AT&T found injecting adverts onto webpages through Wi-Fi hotspots

Mobile carrier AT&T has been found to be injecting extra advertisements into webpages when users connect to its free Wi-Fi hotspots. The company employs a variety of techniques to ensure that the adverts are always displayed.

Rumour: Apple Watch 'smart bands' to launch next year

The discovery of a hidden diagnostic port on the Apple Watch at launch prompted rumours suggesting that Apple may one day launch smart watch bands that use the connection for data. A new report says they will appear next year although not everyone agrees.

Company captures rogue drones with low-tech invention Special

Amid reports of drones trespassing or crashing, a company has come up with a novel way to make remote control aircraft safer — by tethering them to a wire for quick retrieval.

The Nokia 222 is a $37 feature phone with a month-long battery

Following on from the success of the ultra-cheap Nokia 105, Microsoft today announced a new feature phone with a similarly long-lasting battery life. The $37 Nokia 222 goes for 29 days on a charge and features Internet access, a camera and an MP3 player.

Galaxy Note 5 design flaw gets S Pen stuck in device backwards

A major design flaw in the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 could allow users to accidentally break one of the most attractive features of the device by inserting the S Pen backwards after use. Testers have found it becomes completely stuck and breaks pen detection.

Microsoft's Cortana comes to Android as a public beta

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant, previously exclusive to Windows devices, has arrived on Android in public beta form. The app can be downloaded and used as a Google Now replacement, although some of its features remain available on Windows only.

Torrent sites ban Windows 10 users amid privacy fears

Key torrent sites are banning Windows 10 users in fear that the operating system may be sending data back to Microsoft that could identify piracy and land websites in trouble. The sites have claimed that Microsoft is monitoring searches for pirated media.

Samsung smart fridge exposes Gmail login details to attackers

Hackers have successfully extracted login details for Google's Gmail email service from a Samsung smart fridge. The details were unveiled at the recent DEFCON hacking conference, fuelling concerns about the privacy of Internet of Things devices.

Google wants your food photos to power a new Maps feature

Google has reportedly found a use for all of the photos of food that people take on their phones. The company is testing a Maps feature that lets users easily tag images to restaurant listings, letting everybody see what the food looks like.

Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition boasts 256GB of storage

Asus has launched a new version of its ZenFone 2 Android smartphone. The star feature is a gigantic 256GB of storage - more than many modern laptops have - which makes every other phone on the market pale in comparison.

Swatch CEO calls Apple Watch an 'interesting toy', not innovation

The CEO of renowned Swiss watch manufacturer Swatch has slammed the new generation of smartwatches, most notably led by the Apple Watch. Calling the wearable an "interesting toy", the watchmaker insisted that mechanical devices are still better overall.

Hydrogen-powered phone battery could provide charge for a week

A British firm has created a tiny hydrogen-powered battery that could let modern smartphones survive an entire week's usage without having to return to the charger. The company has already created a working iPhone 6 prototype device.

Google could launch Android Pay this Wednesday

Google seems to be preparing its new Android Pay service for launch on Wednesday. It will allow owners of compatible Android phones to make payments for things in shops with just a simple tap of their device in a very similar model to that of Apple Pay.

Calls for German city that ditched Windows to return to Microsoft

In 2004, the German city of Munich shut down its Windows systems and switched to the open-source Linux instead. Now, it has reportedly had enough. Senior IT members have called Linux "cumbersome" and "limited" and urged the mayor to bring back Windows.

MIT's new camera sensor could erradicate photo overexposure

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working on a new way of capturing light with camera sensors that could put an end to overexposure in photos without having to enable HDR or alter the shot in post-processing.

Op-Ed: Why you might want to change one Windows 10 setting

A "feature" in Windows 10's Update utility has been drawing lots of negative attention since launch. Here's what that setting that lets Microsoft use your computer to deliver updates to others over the Internet does - and why you might want to disable it.

Next-gen Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch spotted on employee wrists

The Motorola Moto 360 has proven to be one of the most popular Android smartwatches to date. Now, its much-anticipated successor seems to have been shown off in full by three images of the device being worn by Motorola employees in Chicago.

Study finds Windows 10 users 'love' Cortana

A study of social media reactions has found that the vast majority of users 'love' Windows 10 with its star feature, digital assistant Cortana, gaining the most attention. Hostility is growing though and some features fare much better than others.

Apple says iPhone 6 Plus cameras 'may fail', offers free repairs

Apple has acknowledged a long-running complaint amongst iPhone 6 Plus owners who have found that their devices take very blurry photos. The company has admitted that, in some instances, the camera units may fail and has started a replacement program.

U.S. sees big surge in close calls with drones

It was a fine summer day over the airport at Charlotte, North Carolina and a CRJ200 commuter jet was preparing to land when its pilots spotted something odd outside their cockpit window -- a drone.The unmanned craft flew about five to 10 feet (1.

Spotify to users: 'We have heard your concerns loud and clear'

Spotify's updated privacy policy has had a lot of people up in arms this week owing to its requests to track nearly everything that a user does on their phone. Now, the company has apologised and explained - after debating with Minecraft maker Notch.

Report: Android lock screen patterns are surprisingly predictable

Security researchers have found that many lock screen patterns used by Android smartphone owners are as predictable as simple passwords like "1234567". Most people adhere to several common traits when making a pattern which dramatically reduces security.

Lumia, Surface, Xbox, Band: Microsoft to launch all in October?

Reports have indicated that Microsoft may have cancelled its rumoured Windows 10 Mobile Lumia unveiling next month in favour of a large-scale October event set to include the Surface Pro 4, flagship Lumias, a smaller Xbox and the Microsoft Band 2.

Marijuana businesses getting more tech savvy as popularity grows

Spurred by the push for legalization, marijuana for medical and recreational use is becoming more mainstream. And as the popularity of the drug grows, so does the technology aimed at making it easier for people to have access to it from handy apps.

Meet the social network promising immortality amongst AI users

A new social network is promising users digital immortality and interaction with intelligent, developing AI visitors. Users will each have an AI representative on the site, making posts in the same style as they would when the real person goes offline.

Samsung giving $1 Galaxies to iPhone users for 30-day testing

Samsung has announced a marketing tactic aimed squarely at converting some iPhone users to its Android-powered Galaxy smartphones. Apple fans can try out a flagship Samsung device for 30 days by paying just $1 as the company's market share declines.

Google delays Project Ara modular phones, '#FailedTheDropTest'

Earlier this week, Google announced it was delaying the launch of the pilot program for its "Project Ara" modular smartphones. Users can swap out components as every aspect of the phone is removable. Unfortunately, it apparently falls apart when dropped.

Vaio returning to the U.S. with a truly 'monster' tablet

The Vaio computer brand has announced that it will be returning to the U.S. from October this year, unveiling a powerful high-end tablet as its launch device. The company used to belong to Sony but became independent after being sold off in 2014.