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A trending project on Indiegogo seeks to create the "most adaptable shoes you'll ever own," a pair of sneakers with a flexible display letting you customise their appearance with an app. The shoes can display static images or animations as you walk.

Microsoft's Cortana comes to the iPhone for the first time

An early beta of the version of Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant for the iPhone is now available to a small group of select testers. Cortana's iOS version is similar to the one on Android, giving users access to a subset of its Windows commands.

4th largest data breach ever affects 5m parents, 200k children

The Chinese maker of some of the most popular tablet computers for young children has suffered a severe data breach. Hackers accessed VTech's servers and stole the personal information of nearly 5 million parents and over 200,000 kids.

Motorola's 'shatterproof' phone survives being dropped 100 times

Motorola claims its recently launched Droid Turbo 2 is "shatterproof" and guaranteed not to crack. A new video puts the phone to the test in spectacular fashion, failing to cause substantial damage after dropping the device onto concrete 100 times.

Instagram beta update adds support for using multiple accounts

A beta update to Instagram has added official support for using multiple accounts. The feature lets you switch logins at will without having to sign-out and in again. It will be particularly useful for people who maintain several different profiles.

Biometric tattoo is the latest in wearable technology

Wearable technology continues to advance at a rapid rate. The latest product to be prototyped uses electroconductive tattoo ink to connect sensors pressed against the skin to monitor vital signs.

'Li-Fi' could be coming soon — Wireless 100x faster than Wi-Fi

Developments in wireless networking over the past few years have seen Wi-Fi become faster and more reliable than ever. It's still far from perfect though, and now new tech known as 'Li-Fi' threatens to supersede it, boasting 100 times greater performance.

OnePlus will refund owners of potentially hazardous USB-C cables

Nearly two weeks after it emerged OnePlus' $7 USB Type-C cables could damage devices, the company has responded and admitted a resistor inside means they don't meet the required specification. The company will offer refunds but not free replacements.

The Raspberry Pi Zero is a $5 computer on the front of a magazine

The Raspberry Pi Foundation today announced the latest addition to its range of super-affordable pocket-sized computers designed to get people coding. The Pi Zero costs just £4 ($5 in the United States) and fits in the palm of the hand.

YouTube Kids app criticized over junk food marketing videos

Groups in the United States found promotional videos for Oreos, Coca-Cola and other junk food products in YouTube's Kids app, and the groups want regulators to investigate it.

Windows 10 Update mystery solved: Microsoft forgot your privacy

Over the weekend, Microsoft abruptly pulled the Windows 10 November update and gave a minimal explanation that did nothing to curb the ensuing confusion. The update is now back with a full explanation: it could delete your privacy settings.

Sony has sold 30 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide

Sony has announced it has sold over 30 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide since launch. It puts the company on a strong footing going into the all-important holiday season. Sony claims the figure shows PS4 is the "best place to play."

Microsoft launches another feature phone, the $55 Nokia 230

Microsoft has launched another Nokia-branded affordable feature phone, showing there is still an audience for devices without touchscreens. The Nokia 230 is aimed primarily at developing markets, featuring a 2.8-inch display and Internet connectivity.

Credit card skimmers at gas stations and ATMs on the rise

Police across America are warning people of a credit card crime that is occurring at gas stations and ATMs. The scam involves the use of credit card skimmers.

Bizarre bug leaves Google stumped by UK political leaders

Google has been found to be clueless regarding UK politics. An odd quirk in its search engine sees it presenting a jumbled-up assortment of past figures when entering terms like "Labour leader."

Dell apologises as serious security vulnerability found in PCs

Computer manufacturer Dell has issued an apology to customers amid concerns that the company has bundled intrusive software with its laptops. The allegations are similar to those directed at Lenovo after the Superfish adware scare earlier this year.

FAA Task Force recommends registration for drones over 9 ounces

A Federal Aviation Administration task force has recommended requiring owners of all drones larger than 9 oz. (250 grams) to register with the government, a move that could affect hundreds of thousands of US drone hobbyists.

Kim Dotcom calls U.S. a 'bully' as court hearing wraps up

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom's marathon extradition hearing ended in New Zealand on Tuesday, edging his four-year battle to avoid being sent to the United States closer to a conclusion.

LG smartwatch recall caused by 'failed' displays

A few days after abruptly cancelling the launch of its much-anticipated 4G-compatible Watch Urbane 2 smartwatch, LG has revealed more details of what went wrong. The company blames a display component which could fail and impact image quality.

Google can remotely reset the password of most Android phones

A report prepared by the New York District Attorney's Office has found Google is capable of remotely resetting the password on the majority of Android devices if ordered to by a court. The findings are the latest development in the war on encryption.

Google flooded with piracy takedown requests, gets 1,500 a minute

Google's latest Transparency Report has confirmed the flood of piracy takedown requests shows no sign of stopping soon. The company now receives over 2 million requests to remove URLs from search results every day, equating to 1,500 each minute.

Virtual reality app brings crisis zones closer to home

Bombed-out buildings tower overhead, and rubble is piled high in the deserted streets of Syria's onetime economic hub Aleppo. Gunshots can be heard in the distance.

Chinese smartphone survives 20 foot drop without any major damage

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Bluboo dropped its upcoming Xtouch handset 20 feet this week as part of an elaborate publicity stunt to demonstrate the phone's durability. The Xtouch survives intact, with only some case scratching to tell the tale.

Study exposes the secret activities of Android apps

A study has found many popular Android apps waste data by communicating with servers that do nothing to enhance their functionality. It proves it isn't just malicious apps to be wary of as even mainstream titles are sending data in the background.

Confusion as Windows 10 November update appears to vanish

The first major Windows 10 feature update has been available to users for just over a week now. However, it now appears to have vanished without trace in uncertain circumstances that haven't been fully explained by a statement from Microsoft.

This designer extension cord wants to revolutionise power bars

A start-up project seeking crowd-funding wants to revolutionize the plug socket by releasing a designer power bar with detachable, variable length cords and both AC and USB outlets. Joule aims to create a power strip "you can finally love."

WhatsApp accessed a user's contacts 23,000 times in one week

Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has been caught accessing one user's contacts list over 23,000 times in one week. It remains unclear why the app made so many requests as it looked at the list over 3,300 times a day.

Apple admits the iPad Pro may 'stop responding' while charging

Since the iPad Pro went on sale last week, several users have reported that the premium tablet goes unresponsive and has to be force restarted after charging for a prolonged period of time. Apple has now acknowledged the issue and is investigating.

Report claims U.S. iPhone usage has crossed 100 million handsets

Over 100 million iPhones are now being actively used in just the U.S., according to a report. Over two thirds of those devices have been sold within the past two years and are iPhone 6 or 6S models.

Microsoft HoloLens teams up with Volvo to reinvent selling cars

In another indication of where Microsoft wants to take its HoloLens holographic headset technology, the company has announced it is working with Swedish car manufacturer Volvo to reinvent car buying as an interactive and enjoyable experience.

LG forced to cancel the first Android Wear smartwatch with 4G

LG has announced it has suspended the launch of its upcoming Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE smartwatch due to an unspecified but presumably serious hardware issue. The device would have been the first Android Wear watch to feature LTE mobile data.

Long thought extinct, Betamax tapes have been retired for good

After losing the home market wars against VHS long ago, Sony finally decides to pull the plug on Betamax tapes after 41 years.

Amazon adds two-factor authentication for stronger security

With Black Friday nearly upon us, shoppers on Amazon will be able to enjoy some extra security protection this holiday season as the company has finally introduced two-factor authentication support to its website.

Google 'experiment' lets you stream Android apps from the web

An update to the Google search app on Android devices has enabled a new feature that lets users stream apps from the Internet if they don't already have them installed, opening the door to richer search experiences and marking a new first for Android.

iPhone user says $2000 bill shock was caused by iOS Wi-Fi Assist

An iPhone user who received a phone bill of over $2,000 from AT&T has said he believes the Wi-Fi Assist feature introduced in iOS 9 is the cause. It's far from the first time Wi-Fi Assist has been alleged to have caused bill shock.

Instant messaging app in spotlight after IS attacks

The instant messaging app Telegram, created by Russian Internet guru Pavel Durov, says it has blocked dozens of accounts associated with the jihadist Islamic State group.

Op-Ed: Aussie motorized picnic tables — DUI while you drink?

Perth police were less than thrilled to have two tables driving down their roads yesterday. Ten guys, glued to their drinks apparently, were spotted swanning majestically down the main road in the town of Scarborough.

Op-Ed: Robot cats — New companion idea for elderly

Game and toys giant Hasbro has been working for a few years on this idea. Currently, they have a robot cat range with cat behaviors which are instantly familiar and, well, furry and adorable.

Hasbro thinks robotic pets are great for lonely oldsters

Technological advances in robotics have produced some amazingly real-life creations, and one toy company is using the world's fascination with them to target a huge consumer-base, seniors. Hasbro suggests getting grandma a robotic companion pet.

Sky to 'set TV free' with an all-new range of set-top boxes

European TV provider Sky has unveiled an all-new range of set-top boxes and mobile apps that combine to create a "whole new way of watching TV." The service is supposed to seamlessly blend live and on-demand content.

This company will break up with your significant other for you

Breakups are messy — sometimes so messy that we drag on a relationship just to avoid the actual breaking up part. The good news is that you never have to deliver the bad news again.
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