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James Walker

Editor-at-Large based in Crawley, United Kingdom, United Kingdom. Joined on Mar 30, 2014
Expertise in Social media, Video games, Internet, Technology

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Mastercard's new credit card comes with a fingerprint sensor

Mastercard has announced what it's describing as a "new generation" of credit cards. The company has included biometric technology that adds a fingerprint to the card for additional security. It's used when verifying payments and replaces the PIN code.

Samsung unveils new Microsoft Surface rival for 2-in-1 computing

Samsung has formally introduced its Galaxy Book Windows 10 convertible, a device built to compete with Microsoft's Surface. While smaller and less powerful than Surface, the Galaxy Book is also significantly less costly, a point that could sway buyers.

Microsoft experiments with putting tabs in every Windows window

Microsoft is toying with a major rethinking of the core Windows desktop. The company is considering a new layout for apps that would see every window fitted with a tab strip reminiscent of your web browser. Multiple app instances would display as tabs.

Google plans to add a built-in ad blocker to Chrome

Google is planning to add a built-in ad-blocking feature to its Chrome web browser, according to a report. It will be available on Chrome's desktop and mobile apps and could be unveiled next month. It's already facing scrutiny from industry bodies.

'Vigilante' worm fights Mirai botnet for control of your devices

A new worm is rapidly spreading across the Internet in search of vulnerable smart home appliances. Curiously, it's believed its author is a vigilante white-hat hacker, aiming to fend off the dangerous Mirai botnet that's coordinating IoT attacks.

Microsoft unveils new 'To-Do' app, will kill off Wunderlist

Microsoft has launched the preview version of new task management app that will eventually replace the popular Wunderlist. The aptly-named Microsoft To-Do is available on Android, iOS and Windows and is backed by Microsoft's Office 365.

Google teams up with PayPal to make Android Pay more useful

Google has announced a new partnership with PayPal that will see the popular online payments service integrated into Android Pay. Mobile payment users will be able to complete in-store transactions using their PayPal account, adding a new way to pay.

Samsung Galaxy S8 owners report strange red-tinted screens

Early buyers of the Samsung Galaxy S8 are complaining the phone has a hardware problem. While the device isn't catching fire, some handsets appear to be shipping with oddly red-tinted displays. Samsung has denied there is anything wrong with the S8.

New Windows update could boost battery life by over 10 percent

Microsoft has announced details of an upcoming Windows power saving technology that could lead to substantial battery life improvements. The next major Windows version will be able to intelligently manage background apps to cut down power consumption.

Facebook thinks Messenger can replace the Yellow Pages

Facebook has announced the second generation of its Messenger bot platform, giving developers new tools to create intelligent services on Messenger. The company said it wants Messenger to replace the Yellow Pages, connecting you straight to businesses.

Facebook looks to augmented reality as its future focus

Facebook has announced a new focus on augmented reality, unveiling a set of features for developers and users that will enable you to communicate online in VR and AR. It includes an app for hanging out in a virtual environment and new camera effects.

AMD announces new low-cost graphics cards for budget gaming PCs

AMD has today announced a new generation of graphics cards that continue the company's recent focus on value-for-money gaming performance. The Radeon RX 500 series are priced lower than the competition but still offer ample power for most games.

Samsung stops people remapping the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8

Samsung has put an end to Galaxy S8 customers remapping the handset's Bixby button to a function of their choice. The company has released an update that disables the existing unofficial workaround, leaving many owners with a useless button.

YouTube is working on a new look that includes a dark theme

YouTube is quietly testing a substantial overhaul of its web interface on desktop devices. The design is bigger, bolder and brighter, unless you enable its optional dark mode. The feature has long been requested by YouTube fans.

iPhone 8 to feature stainless steel and glass design

Apple is planning a major overhaul of the iPhone's design in recognition of the iconic smartphone's 10th anniversary. According to a report corroborated by multiple outlets, the highlights of the new design will be stainless steel sides and a glass back.

Google unveils the all-new Google Earth

Google has launched a brand-new version of Google Earth, its rapidly aging mapping software designed to let you explore the planet. After a lengthy development period, today's rethinking brings new features to help you discover the world around you.

Mastodon is an open alternative to Twitter

Mastodon is a rapidly growing social network that's like a more open, less abusive version of Twitter. Open-source and decentralised, Mastodon gives you a say over how your data is used. It takes away the algorithms and returns to simple chronology.

Google could face a lawsuit over Nexus 6P bootloop issues

Google may be presented with a class action lawsuit over issues with its popular Nexus 6P smartphone, manufactured by Huawei. Users are experiencing problems including bootloops and major battery issues. Google is allegedly offering no support.

Instagram takes on Pinterest with new 'Collections' feature

Instagram is rolling out a new feature that expands its recently-added "Save" button with the ability to create Collections of posts that you can look back on in the future. It allows Instagram to move closer to popular social network Pinterest.

Microsoft patched Windows flaws in new NSA leaks back in March

Microsoft has said it patched Windows flaws allegedly exploited by the NSA in an update in March, before they were leaked. The company has not disclosed who alerted it to the issues in an unusual move that's added to the mystery.
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