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Scientists have discovered the part of brain that makes us disappointed

Let's face it, we've all been disappointed many many times on occasion. Not to rub it in, but if you were hoping for a Yes vote in Scotland you're probably feeling some pretty intense disappointment right now. What you might not know is where you're feeling it, as scientists only just discovered that themselves. In…

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Diane ShipleyScientists have discovered the part of brain that makes us disappointed
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One billion Android devices with Qualcomm processors have shipped

Anyone who pays attention to the hardware specs of phones will be well aware of who Qualcomm are. The company's Snapdragon processors appear in hardware specifications more often than not, especially in flagships and budget devices, meaning it definitely seems to do quite well for itself. Well it seems it has done very well, because as of yesterday…

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Tom PritchardOne billion Android devices with Qualcomm processors have shipped
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A homeless charity sold off a place in the iPhone 6 queue for £570

What would you give to be fifth in the queue outside London's Regent Street Apple Store? £100? £200? £500? Well as it turns out a number of people are willing to pay to not have to queue, and homeless charity Depaul took full advantage of that by auctioning off places in the queue to raise…

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Tom PritchardA homeless charity sold off a place in the iPhone 6 queue for £570
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Now depression can be diagnosed by a blood test

American scientists have developed a new blood test for depression, Psych Central reports. The researchers, from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, say this is the first unbiased scientific way to diagnose the illness. This is a huge breakthrough given that depression is the most common mental illness in the world and the second biggest…

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Diane ShipleyNow depression can be diagnosed by a blood test
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What is Alibaba and why should we care?

So what's Alibaba? Alibaba (not to be confused with the guy from the Arabian Nights tales) is widely known as 'China's answer to eBay', but many say it's actually more like someone rolled eBay, Amazon and Google together into one massive superpower. The thing is it's got the potential to be even better AND more…

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Becca CaddyWhat is Alibaba and why should we care?
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Android L will encrypt your data automatically

It's no secret that Google is stepping up the security aspects in Android L, perhaps to try and give the paranoid members of society another reason not to buy a BlackBerry. It actually turns out that encryption won't be something the user has to activate themselves, in fact it's all activated when you take it…

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Tom PritchardAndroid L will encrypt your data automatically
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Facebook and Twitter got the Scottish referendum all wrong

Just after 6 AM today, the results were in: Scotland had voted to stay in the United Kingdom by 55% to 45%. Whether it was because of Gordon Brown’s unexpectedly rousing speech, the Better Together campaign’s uninspiring ad, or just because people tend to stick with what they know, the final result was 2,001,926 votes…

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Diane ShipleyFacebook and Twitter got the Scottish referendum all wrong
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Facebook is changing the news feed to highlight relevant news

Facebook's news feature is little out of date, often showcasing news that is hours, or even days, old and totally irrelevant to what's going on in the world at the current point in time. Facebook is well aware of this, and is introducing a system that will highlight important news when it matters the most.…

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Tom PritchardFacebook is changing the news feed to highlight relevant news
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10 people who just didn’t want to queue for an iPhone 6

So, it turns out there were a lot of people REALLY wanting the iPhone 6 today, as there were queues all over the world, full of Apple fans hoping to be the first to get their hands on the new Apple phone. Of course, Twitter was on hand, as always, to mock the whole idea…

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Hayley Minn10 people who just didn’t want to queue for an iPhone 6
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iPhone 6 Plus: Teardown reveals the handset’s monster battery

There were a number of rumours about the battery capacity in the iPhone 6, and Apple's announcement event wasn't exactly forthcoming about the amount of power each device could hold. But now release day is upon us, the folks at iFxit have taken both models apart to see what they have. The iPhone 6 has…

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Tom PritchardiPhone 6 Plus: Teardown reveals the handset’s monster battery
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How safe are contactless payments?

With the announcement of Apple Pay earlier this month and the launch of EE’s Cash on Tap users being able to pay for London transport this week, anti-virus software Bitdefender’s Chief Security Strategist has spoken out about his fears of the growth of contactless payment, and questions its security. We know, we know it's scaremongering at its…

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Hayley MinnHow safe are contactless payments?
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Eight old TV shows we’d like on Netflix NOW please

At first you think you will never reach Netflix saturation point. The bounty! The volume! The unexpected quantity of Jennifer Aniston films you’ve never seen! And yet, after a few months of blissful cohabitation there will eventually come a point where you find yourself having your first fight with the search box. ‘What do you…

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Lauren BravoEight old TV shows we’d like on Netflix NOW please
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Android L could arrive on the Galaxy S5 and Note 4 in November

Android L was first announced back in June at the Google I/O, and we haven't heard massive amounts of key information since then. More importantly we still don't know exactly when it's going to be released, even though various rumours have indicated strong possibilities. While we still don't know a definite general release date, SamMobile…

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Tom PritchardAndroid L could arrive on the Galaxy S5 and Note 4 in November
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London’s mobile phone data can help predict crimes

Researchers in Italy have accurately predicted crime outbreaks in London – and all without plunging Samantha Morton into a perma-bath. Unlike Minority Report, the University of Trento team didn’t need pre-cogs or Tom Cruise on the case; they just needed mobile phone data. As Engadget reports, Andrey Bogomolov and his colleagues build an algorithm using…

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Diane ShipleyLondon’s mobile phone data can help predict crimes
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Google wants websites to be more like apps and work offline

'This page cannot be displayed' or 'Error 404, not found' are two things on the internet that nobody every really wants to see, because it can mean that something has gone wrong with your connection. No connection means no internet, and no internet means mass panic. Ok, maybe not but it's incredibly frustrating. Google wants to…

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Tom PritchardGoogle wants websites to be more like apps and work offline
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Bono thinks forcing his album on people is very ‘punk rock’

Remember how Apple decided to give everyone U2's latest album free of charge? And how it was incredible difficult to actually delete it from your iTunes library? Apparently Bono thinks that the whole situation was very 'punk rock'. Because nothing says punk like allying yourself with one of the world's largest corporations. In an interview…

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Tom PritchardBono thinks forcing his album on people is very ‘punk rock’
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Twitpic is no longer shutting down

A few weeks ago the owners of Twitpic announced that the site would be shutting down due to legal threats from Twitter related to a trademark filing from 2008. Now it's been announced that this will not be happening. According to a tweet from the site's official account, Twitpic has been taken over by an unspecified…

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Tom PritchardTwitpic is no longer shutting down
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Can the Libratone Diva’s sound live up to its looks?

Libratone has announced a new soundbar, Diva, which hopes to appeal to movie fans and audiophiles alike, and we were invited to an audio demo yesterday, to see whether its sound can live up to its aesthetics. The Scandinavian audio company is probably most famous for its minimalist-looking speakers, like the Loop, and the Diva…

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Hayley MinnCan the Libratone Diva’s sound live up to its looks?