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A Windows 9 upgrade may cost Windows 7 users £20

Yesterday an Indonesian Microsoft executive confirmed that Windows 9 would be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users, but details on upgrade options for users of older software were mysteriously absent. Now it seems that Windows 7 users might be able to get their hands on Windows 9 for a mere £20. This comes from…

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Tom PritchardA Windows 9 upgrade may cost Windows 7 users £20
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This new wearable harvests electricity while you walk

Mexican scientists have developed a new wearable that fits inside a shoe and can convert energy from walking (or running, I guess, if you’re into that kind of thing) and turn it into electricity. The device, which is around three millimetres thick, is similar to an insole and designed to store mechanical-vibrational energy created by…

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Diane ShipleyThis new wearable harvests electricity while you walk
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Bendgate is old news, it’s all about Gapgate now

Bendgate is a bit of a serious issue, and ignoring the fact that adding the 'gate' suffix onto any sort of scandal is ridiculous and unnecessary the hashtag has helped people vent their frustrations about bendy iPhone 6s and allowed other to relentlessly mock the issue. Well Bengate is old news, it's all about Gapgate…

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Tom PritchardBendgate is old news, it’s all about Gapgate now
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PayPal is splitting away from eBay as its own company

eBay has just announced that as of next year PayPal will be its own separate, publicly traded company. The split is reported to be happening in the latter half of 2015 and will see eBay's e-commerce unit and PayPal's payment system become their own separate entities. Devin Wenig, president of eBay Marketplaces, will become CEO of…

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Tom PritchardPayPal is splitting away from eBay as its own company
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iOS 8.1 code reveals details on TouchID for iPad and Apple Pay settings

iOS 8 hasn't actually had a great time during the roll-out period, but reports from Mac Rumours indicate that iOS 8.1 might be on the way fairly soon. It also claims that the developer release contains information for Apple Pay, due for US release in October, and TouchID systems for the iPad. The code seems…

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Tom PritchardiOS 8.1 code reveals details on TouchID for iPad and Apple Pay settings
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Five situations in which we’d like to taste and smell with our phones (and three we really wouldn’t)

This week Adrian Cheok, professor of pervasive computing at City University London and the inventor of the Scentee, a Japanese iPhone attachment that emits pre-programmed scent, revealed that he's working on technology that will allow our smartphones to transmit taste and smell electronically. Considering how much of our youths we spent excitedly waiting for the…

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Lauren BravoFive situations in which we’d like to taste and smell with our phones (and three we really wouldn’t)
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Google’s modular phone will let you swap modules while it’s still on

The idea of a modular phone has been floating around for years, a phone with hardware that can be customised to suit you. Google's Project Ara is one such device, and it was recently revealed that the modules can be changed while the phone is still on. The display and CPU are exceptions to that,…

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Tom PritchardGoogle’s modular phone will let you swap modules while it’s still on
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Next-gen data storage could be based on our brains

Researchers have built a new platform that could be the basis for data storage that’s smaller and faster than ever. Their inspiration? The human brain. Scientists from RMIT University in Melbourne and the University of California, Santa Barbara worked together to make a structure using a thin, oxide film that’s 10,000 times thinner than a…

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Diane ShipleyNext-gen data storage could be based on our brains
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The first seven apps you should download on your Android phone

So you've just bought yourself a shiny new Android phone, and you're setting it up ready to use in your day-to-day life. But there's one important thing you should be thinking of at this point, 'what apps should I download?' There are an awful lot of apps available, and barring the usual services,…

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Tom PritchardThe first seven apps you should download on your Android phone
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Apple may be slapped with an enormous fine for tax-dodging in Europe

When profit is your key goal you want to do everything to can to not spend money, and this happens all the time with corporations trying their best to avoid taxes. Apple is one such company, it it means that it could be given a record fine by the EU for avoiding its tax obligations.…

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Tom PritchardApple may be slapped with an enormous fine for tax-dodging in Europe
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How restaurant app Twizoo will make sure you never have a mediocre meal again

I can’t eat at a restaurant unless I’ve heard that it’s good. I need a Grace Dent endorsement, at least two trusted friend recommendations or at the very least a crinkled Time Out review blu-tacked up in the window before I can risk putting my stomach and wallet in an eatery’s hands. As afflictions go,…

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Lauren BravoHow restaurant app Twizoo will make sure you never have a mediocre meal again
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Scientists have built the best invisibility device yet

Scientists have developed a new device that can make objects invisible (yes, just like in Harry Potter. OK, a bit like in Harry Potter. Either way, I think we can all agree that JK was a tech prophet). A team from the University of Rochester led by professor of physics John Howell, and graduate student…

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Diane ShipleyScientists have built the best invisibility device yet
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Retina iMacs might be on the way

While they haven't been ignored as much as the humble Mac Mini, there's no denying that we're about due for an iMac upgrade. According to rumours from 9to5Mac we might be seeing Retina iMacs hit our shelves in the near future. We don't know when exactly, but 9t05Mac claims that the new machines are in…

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Tom PritchardRetina iMacs might be on the way
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The week in hashtags: #Bendgate, #OccupyCentral, #NotInMyName, #BakeOffInnuendo

#NotInMyName and #MuslimApologies In his speech at the United Nations last week, President Obama referenced East London’s Active Change Foundation – the community group who began the #notinmyname campaign earlier this month, encouraging young Muslims to add their voice to the fight against Islamic State. The hashtag spread fast, and the #notinmyname video was viewed…

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Lauren BravoThe week in hashtags: #Bendgate, #OccupyCentral, #NotInMyName, #BakeOffInnuendo
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Google has hinted at the Android Lollipop name in the least subtle way imaginable

So when Google announced the latest iteration of Android at I/O back in June they revealed it only as 'Android L'. This has led to a lot of speculation over the past few months over what the name is, Lollipop? Lemon Meringue Pie? Lion Bar? We've heard rumours and speculation, and now Google has thrown…

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Tom PritchardGoogle has hinted at the Android Lollipop name in the least subtle way imaginable