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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.

Mexicans to light pope's route with mobile phones

Worshipers will line the roadside holding up their mobile telephones to light the way for Pope Francis when he arrives on his visit to Mexico next week, organizers said Sunday.

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.

Rock climbing meets augmented reality in New York

Rock climbing walls are taken to a new level thanks to augmented reality (AR). Brooklyn Boulders holds a twice-monthly event where climbers have to complete a course in as short a time as possible while tapping targets.

Android Wear 1.4 adds voice calling support and new gestures

Google has unveiled a new update to Android Wear that will become available on existing devices over the next few weeks. The latest version of the smartwatch operating system expands on the set of available gestures and enables speakers.

Review: The best of Samsung Gear VR so far Special

Until the Oculus Rift comes out later this year as a competitor, the Samsung Gear VR is far and away the best virtual-reality device on the market. Here, I'll explain how it works it and what to check out.

Apple CEO Tim Cook teases new products and more Android apps

Tim Cook hinted at the existence of new Apple products and a plan to make the company's services available on other platforms during an employee "Town Hall" meeting at Apple's Cupertino headquarters this week.

Major security flaw found in antivirus firm's 'secure' browser

A major security flaw has been found in Avast's SecureZone browser, also known as Avastium, that allows an attacker to remotely read any file on the user's computer, over the Internet. Antivirus firm Avast quickly patched the embarrassing bug.

Apple confirms third-party repairs will leave iPhone 6 dead

Apple has confirmed that getting a third-party repair shop to replace the home button or Touch ID sensor on an iPhone 6 will 'brick' the device and leave it unusable. Owners have reacted angrily to what Apple calls a "security feature."

Mozilla kills off Firefox OS for smartphones, refocuses on IoT

Three years after unveiling Firefox OS for smartphones, Mozilla has called time on the struggling platform that originally aimed to compete with the likes of iOS and Android. Its lack of market share has defeated it and led the company to refocus on IoT.

Google goes to war against fake download buttons

A common trick used by advertisers and scammers is to design fake software download buttons to display alongside websites with legitimate links. Google has announced it will start to protect users against these deceptive buttons with a Chrome update.

Canonical to 'reinvent' personal computing with new Ubuntu tablet

Canonical, creators of the Ubuntu operating system, have announced a new tablet to showcase the platform's "Convergence" feature. It makes switching between desktop and mobile computing simpler with intuitive apps and window controls.

Phoenix brings affordability into the world of paraplegics

With SuitX taking the initiative to create affordable exoskeletons paraplegics can now tread freely, without worrying about durability issues.

Poncho releases weather alarm app you can wake up to

Software app Poncho realized that people were already using their app to wake up to weather reports. Now the creative minds behind the app have added an actual alarm to the mix.

'Fundamentally flawed' USB Type-C cable killed a $1,000 laptop

A fatally flawed USB Type-C cable, listed on Amazon up until very recently, can cause critical damage to devices it is connected to, one engineer has found. The cheap cable instantly killed a USB voltage tester and $1,000 laptop.

Smart keyboard SwiftKey is now owned by Microsoft

Microsoft has confirmed it has bought SwiftKey, an award-winning and very popular custom keyboard for Android and iOS devices. The company plans to integrate SwiftKey's predictive technologies into its own Word Flow keyboard.

Fitbit announces the Alta, a stylish touchscreen fitness tracker

Fitbit has added a new fitness tracker to its collection of wearables, breaking from tradition by emphasising style as well as functionality with the new product. The Fitbit Alta is a $130 low-profile wrist band for appearance-conscious fitness fans.

Run Windows 7 or 8.1? Windows 10 will now try to install for you

Windows 10 is now a "recommended" update in Windows Update for computers running Windows 7 and 8.1. This means the new operating system may try to install itself automatically in a move that will further annoy users who don't want to upgrade.

iPad Air 3 and iPhone 5se reportedly coming March 15

Apple is said to have set a date for its rumoured March device launch event which will see the company unveil an updated iPad Air, revived 4-inch compact iPhone and revised Apple Watch. It is possible the 'event' will be online only though.

WhatsApp used by one billion people worldwide

Popular instant messaging platform WhatsApp has announced that one billion people are now active on its network, making it one of the largest services online. WhatsApp has been experiencing explosive growth over the past few years.

Paris entrepreneur's 2CV tours to go electric

The humble "Deux Chevaux", once ubiquitous in the French countryside, chugging down tree-lined roads -- cue accordion music -- is now more of a curiosity than a cheap and cheerful runabout.

Microsoft testing submerged servers that operate under the waves

An ambitious Microsoft research project wants to put the datacentres of the future at the bottom of the ocean. Although the plan may sound odd at first, it would lower cost and increase the efficiency of the datacentre.

Google to beam 5G Internet from the skies using a fleet of drones

Google is working on a system that will see solar-powered drones delivering 5G Internet from the sky, according to a report. The company has already built several prototype versions of "Project SkyBender" and has acquired FCC permission to do so.

Obama wants more girls, kids of color to learn computer science

Citing a Benjamin Franklin quote asserting that "an investment in knowledge pays the best interest," President Barack Obama on Saturday launched an initiative to get more children—especially girls and minorities—to learn computer science.

Report: Smartphone fitness apps inaccurate and unreliable

A study has warned that fitness tracking apps for smartphones may not be as accurate as users believe. Some of the most popular apps were found to be inconsistent and incorrect in their reporting when compared to a traditional pedometer.

BlackBerry signals it could abandon BB10 for Android after all

When BlackBerry launched the Priv in late 2015, its first Android-powered smartphone, the company promised it wouldn't let its own BlackBerry 10 (BB10) operating system suffer as a result. This week the company indicated it may be rethinking that.

Apple team of 'hundreds' secretly working with virtual reality

Apple is reportedly building its own virtual reality headset to rival devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The highly secretive team is said to number in the hundreds and has already assembled several prototypes.

Samsung's Galaxy S7 may be physically identical to the Galaxy S6

Samsung's 2015 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6, brought in a sweeping redesign not seen in the Galaxy range for some years. Fans hoping further changes would come this year may be disappointed though, as reports say the S7 may be identical.

Sony profit boosted by PlayStation 4, sales may be double Xbox's

Sony Corp. posted a 33.5 percent jump in profit over the last quarter this week despite struggling to succeed in its smartphone and consumer electronics businesses. The PlayStation 4 led the sales as the console continues to prove popular.

Apple building long-range wireless charging for future iPhones

Apple is developing next-generation proprietary wireless charging technology to use in future versions of the iPhone, according to a report today. Apple wants to do away with the wireless charging pads of today and create a longer-range system.

Apple recalls wall plug adapters sold outside U.S.

Apple announced a recall of 12 years' worth of wall plug adapters it sold outside the United States, warning of the risk of electric shock.

1.4 billion smartphones were shipped in 2015

1.4 billion smartphones were sold during 2015 according to market analysts IDC. Smartphone sales may be slowing but overall volumes are still very high. Samsung remains the largest manufacturer, followed by Apple and Huawei.

Report finds Microsoft Edge 'InPrivate' mode isn't private at all

An investigation into the internals of Microsoft's new Edge web browser has found its InPrivate mode is flawed and continues to store browsing data as normal. Outsiders could work out which sites were viewed with InPrivate, making it insecure.

Apple recalls dangerous power adapters sold worldwide for years

Apple has announced a voluntary recall of some international AC power adapters shipped with its Mac and iPad computers between 2003 and 2015. The company says the adapters can fail and cause an electric shock.

Apple rushes to patch Safari bug preventing people from searching

Apple has acted quickly to fix a bug in its Safari web browser for iOS and Mac OS X that caused it to crash instantly every time a search was made from the web browser. Reports of the crashes were widespread earlier today.

Adobe's Flash expected to be dead and gone by 2018

Adobe Flash, the once popular technology used to create a plethora of interactive videos, games and animations for websites, is expected to be gone entirely within the next two years. The insecure and outdated Flash has been dying a slow death.

Facebook ready for global rollout of new 'Like' button

According to reports, Facebook is on the verge of launching its new Reactions feature across the world. A revised form of the 'Like' button, Reactions lets users express emotions including "Love", "Wow", "Angry" , "Sad" and "Haha".

Google donating 25,000 new Chromebook laptops to refugees

Google has announced it will donate 25,000 Chromebooks to refugees fleeing countries like Syria for the safety of Europe. The company says Chromebooks will be a good option for refugees because of the range of software available.

Google Glass disappears from social media, consumer version dies

Google has closed down the social media accounts formerly used to promote its Google Glass wearable computer. The consumer edition of the headset has been abandoned in favour of a business-centric version called "Glass: Enterprise Edition."

Spotify reportedly launching streaming video service this week

Spotify will launch its upcoming streaming video service later this week according to reports. Android users may be able to start watching video within the next few days and iOS users will only be waiting a little longer.

Google+ integration removed from Play Games as network fades away

Google has announced it is separating Google+ from its Play Games Android gaming service. It is the latest move from the company to decouple the Facebook-rivaling but unpopular social network from its core apps, something long-requested by users.