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Microsoft launches Windows 10 update with Mixed Reality features

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the latest version of the OS and the first to include support for Windows Mixed Reality. Microsoft is betting big on bringing mixed reality and 3D content into the lives of consumers.

Smartphone ownership to hit two-thirds of all adults next year

Two-thirds of all adults worldwide will own smartphones by the end of 2018, according to new predictions from media measurement firm Zenith. Growth is being led by emerging regions as saturation rises above 90 percent in some European and Asian countries.

Google Wifi gets site blocker to help kids stay safe online

Google's announced it's adding a new safety feature to its family-friendly Wifi router. Site Blocking helps children stay safe online by allowing you to restrict access to approved sites. The feature knows over 8 million "non-kid-friendly" sites.

Huawei's new Mate 10 comes with dedicated AI hardware

Huawei has announced its new Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, smartphones designed to compete with the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S8. Huawei has aimed to differentiate its brand by adding dedicated AI hardware to the handsets, including a neural processing unit.

Mark Zuckerberg wants 'one billion' people to use virtual reality

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the company wants to get one billion people using virtual reality. Speaking at Facebook's Oculus Connect VR event, Zuckerberg said headsets are "freeing" and let people experience things they'd otherwise miss out on.

Tim Cook doesn't 'give a rats' about being first to AR glasses

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said augmented reality glasses won't be around anytime soon. Cook said he doesn't think the concept can be created in a way people would be "satisfied with." The company would rather ship a polished product than be first to launch.

Microsoft makes it official: Windows 10 Mobile is as good as dead

Microsoft has confirmed Windows 10 Mobile will not be getting any new features going forward. The company said the lack of apps on the platform has caused its demise. The operating system will still be supported with bug fixes and security updates.

Amazon's Echo family advances the smart home but risks confusion

Amazon has launched a new line of Alexa smart speakers in a surprise event. The devices include a redesigned "Echo Plus" and the all-new Echo Spot. Analysts have said the devices will help to usher in home automation but the range could cause confusion.

Report: Microsoft planning new modular Windows dubbed 'Andromeda'

Microsoft is reportedly laying down the groundwork for a more modular Windows known as Andromeda. The company wants to rid itself of the 30-year-old legacy components in Windows 10, creating a more agile platform that adapts to different hardware.

UK's £11bn 'smart meter' rollout needs 'rethink,' say researchers

The UK's ambitious rollout of "smart" energy meters is a long way off achieving its targets, according to researchers studying the program. The aim to get a connected meter into every house has been held back by consumer resistance and device problems.

Apple's Face ID might allow cops to unlock your phone

Apple's new Face ID technology on the iPhone X could make it easier for law enforcement to unlock your phone. The biometric authentication method offers fewer legal protections than a passcode or PIN. There are also concerns it could be bypassed.

8 billion Bluetooth devices at risk of attack

Security researchers have discovered a flaw in Bluetooth that leaves almost every Bluetooth-enabled device vulnerable. It gives the attacker the ability to run malicious code. It's an example of what could go wrong with the Internet of Things.

Websites will load 'significantly faster' in next Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has said an upcoming update to its Edge web browser for Windows 10 will allow some pages to load "significantly" faster. The company is changing the way in which it renders pages so they feel more responsive and don't hang the entire browser.

Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note8

Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy Note8, the next incarnation of the company's flagship phablet. The device has been upgraded with a 6.3-inch Infinity Display and an improved S Pen stylus. Samsung's also assured customers the battery is safe.

ASUS unveils upgraded family of ZenFone Android smartphones

ASUS has unveiled its new family of ZenFone smartphones comprising four handsets to expand the company's range. The devices are separated into two different series, including a dedicated "Selfie" range aimed at people looking for a social media device.

Nokia unveils its new flagship smartphone

Nokia has officially announced the Nokia 8, the company's anticipated flagship Android phone. Since the brand returned to the smartphone market this year, it has concentrated on the mid-range sector. It's now turning its sights towards a premium product.

Microsoft aims to recapture power users with new Windows version

Microsoft has launched a new version of Windows 10 designed specifically for users of high-end workstation PCs. The company said it had listened to feedback from customers asking for a desktop operating system tailored to server-grade hardware.

Google Allo is finally available on the web… sort of

Google Allo now has a web version, almost a year after its launch. The long-requested site is rolling out now but only some users will benefit from it. The app's currently limited to Android devices and the Chrome browser, restricting its usefulness.

Microsoft forced to damage control as Surface problems exposed

Microsoft has responded to Consumer Reports' finding that Surface devices have a 25 percent failure rate. While it publicly denied the report, a leaked memo reveals Microsoft is aware of reliability issues. The company said it's "proud" of Surface.

Holography will be the next big thing in electronics

Digital device development never stands still and the next big thing with devices could be the integrated of 3D holography. This area is attracting considerable interest from tech developers and with research centers.

Google's Pixel 2 might look very similar to current model

Google's upcoming Pixel 2 smartphone might come with only minor design changes over the original. A credible report claims Google will be keeping the same chassis and body, leaving out the bezel-less display that defines contemporary flagship handsets.

Detachables prop up tablets market as sales slump continues

Sales of tablet computers continued to fall during the second quarter of the year, according to a new report from market analysts IDC. However, there is hope that interest in detachable devices could provide a revival this year as some brands are growing.

Apple moves away from iPod as it says goodbye to Nano and Shuffle

Apple has confirmed it is discontinuing production of the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle. The devices were the company's last traditional music players, launched before the iPhone took centre stage. The decision leaves just the iOS-powered iPod Touch on sale.

iPhone 8 delayed by weeks as Apple works 'feverishly' to fix bugs

Apple's in a state of "panic" as serious problems with the iPhone 8's new features threaten to postpone the device's launch. The company is now expected to launch the device up to a month later than expected as it fails to finish headline capabilities.

Apple launches smart home demos at its retail stores

Apple has started offering demos of its HomeKit suite of smart home devices at its retail stores. The launch of the interactive spaces is designed to encourage adoption of the smart home because most consumers haven't experienced the Internet of Things.

Camera brand RED surprises with a 'holographic' smartphone

RED has announced its debut smartphone. It features a holographic display that works without glasses. RED has taken the tech industry by surprise having never previously entered the market. It's known for high-end cameras used by professional filmmakers.

Wearable maker Jawbone insolvent, two years after $3bn valuation

Jawbone has announced it's shutting down and liquidating its assets. The 18-year-old technology company, best known in recent years for its work in the wearables market, was once worth $3 billion. It's one of the biggest tech firms ever to collapse.

China's LeEco put under pressure as co-founder's assets frozen

LeEco has said its ongoing financial crisis is "far worse than expected" and it is still rapidly running out of cash. Its billionaire co-founder resigned today, hours after having his personal bank accounts and assets frozen due to outstanding debt.

Almost a quarter of Windows users would switch to a Mac: survey

A new survey of U.S. computer customers has found that Apple continues to enjoy strong brand loyalty with its followers. 21 percent of respondents currently using a Windows machine said they'd like to switch to Mac.

Google Glass updated for the first time in three years

Google has published the first software update for its Google Glass wearable computer since 2014. The minor release adds one feature to the device. It isn't known why Google has launched the update now as the consumer version of Glass has been abandoned.
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