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Google takes another step to designing its own CPUs following completion of $1.1bn HTC deal

Google has closed its $1.1 billion buy-in to the hardware business of HTC, bringing around 2,000 chip and integrated circuit designers in-house enabling it to design its own CPUs and hardware for smartphones. The idea is that more control over the hardware will enable the company to better control the smartphones and other devices that it produces, as well as to ... Read More »

Apple to start taking HomePod pre-orders on Friday

Apple’s exceptionally long-awaited Siri-powered ‘smart speaker’, the Apple HomePod, will be available for pre-order from Friday.  The device will cost £319 – around three times the price of rival devices from Amazon and Google.  The speaker was originally set to ship in time for Christmas, but Apple was forced to push back the release date, saying it “needs a little more ... Read More »

RED’s ‘holographic,’ ‘SOLID’ Hydrogen phone will ship this summer

Boutique Android phone makers didn’t have a good 2017, but RED aims to reverse that trend with its high-end Hydrogen handset, which founder Jim Jannard talks up in a recent post on the company’s forums. The chunky, unique device will ship in the summer, but those who have pre-ordered will be able to test out its “4-view” display in April. ... Read More »

Batteries could be beefed-up with "crumpled graphene balls", suggest scientists

Data Insight in association with IBM The channel looks at how storage software is fuelling the future of IT, as we explore analytics, insight, virtualisation and other hot topics storage plays a vital role in defining. Security Spotlight in association with Malwarebytes The channel looks at all things security, including all the news, analyses, opinion and research into these new, yet ... Read More »

These high-speed ‘nano-cranes’ could form molecular assembly lines

Things aren’t going well down at the ol’ nano-factory. They’re having trouble getting all those tiny workers to synchronize and move quickly together. But leave it to the Germans to get things running smoothly! All it took was a careful application of that newfangled technology “electricity.” Tiny nano-scale machines formed from DNA could be the future of manufacturing things at ... Read More »

Lishtot’s TestDrop tells you whether water is safe to drink without even touching it

Consistent access to clean water is something billions lack, and part of that is the inability to check whether one’s water is clean or not. Lishtot could help change this with a tiny device that instantly determines if water is safe to drink just by analyzing the electric field around it — no strips, no microfluidics, no toxic chemicals. It ... Read More »

Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Christmas is here, and most people will be frantically flicking through pages online and off in search of the perfect gifts for their loved ones. Computing has come to the rescue with a host of excellent, and relatively inexpensive gifts, so leave the socks, festive jumpers and bottles of eggnog unbought, and peruse our rundown of the top tech presents ... Read More »

The 5-year bootstrapped odyssey of Sno-Go, a snow bike for the everyday ski mountain visitor

Skiing has always been something of a nightmare for me. I first “learned” how to ski in middle school, and still to this day don’t really understand how to stop. I once went to a “black diamond” mountain in Minnesota (read: gently sloping Midwest hill) and had to slam myself into the ground before skiing straight into the ski chalet. ... Read More »

Wileyfox offers 40 per cent smartphone discount

Cut-price smartphone maker Wileyfox is offering buyers big discounts on new smartphones in exchange for the right to pump adverts onto the lockscreens of the devices.   In a move that mimics Amazon’s with its Kindle and Fire tablets, Wileyfox announced today that customers can get discounts of up to 43 per cent if they opt-into receive offers and adverts on their Wileyfox ... Read More »

Google Assistant can now help you find a plumber and other local services

Google Assistant is about to get a bit more home-savvy. The voice assistant will be gaining local discovery skills that will help you locate home services nearby. The company specifically detailed that Assistant would be gaining insights to help users locate “nearby services like an electrician, plumber, house cleaner and more.” Saying something like, “Hey Google, I need a plumber,” will ... Read More »

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