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  • Taranis unmanned stealth fighter completes test flights, next generation could 'strike with precision'
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    Taranis unmanned stealth fighter completes test flights, next generation could 'strike with precision'

    By 5 February 2014

    BAE Systems and the UK Ministry of Defence have revealed that initial test flights of their jointly funded Taranis unmanned aircraft surpassed all expectations. The stealth combat vehicle demonstrator made a perfect takeoff, rotation, "climb-out" and...

  • Darpa pays IBM to develop self-destructing chips
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    Darpa pays IBM to develop self-destructing chips

    By 5 February 2014

    Darpa, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has paid IBM £3.4m to create self-destructing chips. This budget comes from a government scheme that started last year called Vanishing Programmable Resources. It was created after the embarrassment...

  • Asus unveils tiny Chromebox capable of 4K output
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    Asus unveils tiny Chromebox capable of 4K output

    By 4 February 2014

    Asus has unveiled a new Chromebox, set to launch in March for $179.  The mini Chrome OS computer sits 4.880-inches wide and 1.65-inches tall, making it the world's smallest Chrome computer. The Chromebox features 802.11 b/g/n wireless, four USB 3.0...

  • Sony could offload its struggling Vaio PC unit soon, 'continues to address various options'
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    Sony could offload its struggling Vaio PC unit soon, 'continues to address various options'

    By 4 February 2014

    Sony may be set to offload its struggling Vaio PC business very soon. A company spokesman told Pocket-lint that "Sony continues to address various options for the PC business", following a Nikkei daily report on Tuesday.  The Japan-based publication...

  • Who is Satya Nadella? The new Microsoft CEO
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    Who is Satya Nadella? The new Microsoft CEO

    By 4 February 2014

    Microsoft's CEO search is finally over: Satya Nadella is the new Microsoft CEO starting today. Nadella, who until yesterday served as Microsoft's executive vice-president of the Cloud and Enterprise group, is not a widely known name across tech media...

  • The future starts now: 11 landmark headlines that show a brave new world
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    The future starts now: 11 landmark headlines that show a brave new world

    By 4 February 2014

    We've all seen those sci-fi movies where someone is retelling the story of how it all began. Whether it is the virus that wipes out most of the human race in Twelve Monkeys, the lead up to Judgment Day in Terminator 2, or the scenes in iRobot and Minority...

  • Pebble review
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    Pebble review

    By 4 February 2014

    Pebble. The name hangs in the air when you say it. The darling of Kickstarter, the smartwatch that's acceptable to own.  Pebble was previewed at CES 2013 before shipping started later in January. With chatter about wearables now everywhere, the timing...

  • Halo Lego ship is 7-foot long and took four years to make
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    Halo Lego ship is 7-foot long and took four years to make

    By 4 February 2014

    In between Halo game releases it can be hard to fill the time. Mark Kelso hasn't had this problem as he's spent the last four years building a 7-foot Halo ship out of Lego. The impressive construction was of Halo's UNSC Spirit of Fire colony ship. Kelso...

  • Pebble 2.0: The first eight apps to download to your new watch
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    Pebble 2.0: The first eight apps to download to your new watch

    By 3 February 2014

    Pebble 2.0 is now available in the iTunes app store for iPhone users (Android coming soon) bringing a host of new tricks to the popular smartwatch. We've browsed through the 1,000s of apps and watch faces now available to bring you what we think are eight...

  • Pebble appstore now live with over 1,000 apps
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    Pebble appstore now live with over 1,000 apps

    By 3 February 2014

    The Pebble smartwatch now has an official appstore in iOS, featuring more than 1,000 apps. The Pebble appstore has also been released as a beta APK so it should arrive on Android "very soon", Pebble says. The store is the first time Pebble apps can all...

  • Ebuyer looks to succeed where Comet failed, considers opening UK high street stores
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    Ebuyer looks to succeed where Comet failed, considers opening UK high street stores

    By 3 February 2014

    Online consumer electronics retailer Ebuyer is considering opening high street shops in the UK. Although Britain's towns and cities have lost Comet, Best Buy, Blockbuster and a majority of Jessops and HMV stores in the last two years, the company's managing...

  • The Simpsons House Lego now available to buy, Homer and the gang for £179
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    The Simpsons House Lego now available to buy, Homer and the gang for £179

    By 3 February 2014

    Get ready Simpsons fans, for after much waiting, The Simpsons Lego is now available on Lego Shop. The Simpsons House set, available for $199/£179, lets fans build the Simpsons' familiar Springfield home with a detachable roof, modular design, car with...

  • Apple reportedly testing wireless charging, curved display for iWatch
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    Apple reportedly testing wireless charging, curved display for iWatch

    By 3 February 2014

    Apple doesn't want you to just plug in the iWatch through a Lightning cable - that's so 2013. The Cupertino-based technology company is looking into induction charging for its upcoming smartwatch product, according to the New York Times. The wireless...

  • Pebble appstore launching Monday on iOS, coming to Android 'very soon' after
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    Pebble appstore launching Monday on iOS, coming to Android 'very soon' after

    By 1 February 2014

    Pebble has confirmed to Pocket-lint that its Pebble appstore will be launching to iOS users on Monday, 3 February at 10am PST.  The Pebble appstore was first announced in December 2013, and shown off in-depth at CES 2014 in January alongside the new...

  • A week in reviews: 27 - 31 January
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    A week in reviews: 27 - 31 January

    By 1 February 2014

    It's been quite a week for smartphones. We've been blown away by the small and mighty Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, have taken the Motorola Moto X for its Brit-based walkies, and there's even the arrival of SwiftKey for iOS. Well, sort of. More on that last...

  • Shiver me timbers! This map of the internet is a treasure
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    Shiver me timbers! This map of the internet is a treasure

    By 31 January 2014

    If the internet is the modern day version of the pirate-laden seas of old, then this map is a treasure to be enjoyed. The Map of the Internet depicts software and hardware companies organised geographically. Even with Pirate Bay on its own island, as...

  • Back to the Future musical going on stage next year, first stop: London
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    Back to the Future musical going on stage next year, first stop: London

    By 31 January 2014

    What better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future than to take a trip back in time, on stage. A theatrical version of the film is being created by original screenwriter and director Robert Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale. The theatre...

  • Microsoft CEO candidate round-up: Who is rumoured on the shortlist and why? (Update)
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    Microsoft CEO candidate round-up: Who is rumoured on the shortlist and why? (Update)

    By 31 January 2014

    Microsoft's  chief executive search has been in full swing since Steve Ballmer announced his retirement in August, and the company has said it hopes to find a replacement by the end of 2013. Naturally, many names have popped up for the rumoured shortlist,...

  • Windows 8.1 update may bypass Metro interface by default when booting
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    Windows 8.1 update may bypass Metro interface by default when booting

    By 30 January 2014

    Microsoft is planning a Windows 8.1 Update 1 that will bypass the Metro interface at boot by default, according to The Verge. The move will put users directly into the desktop interface, seen as more welcoming for mouse and keyboard users. Russian website...

  • Microsoft's next CEO is reportedly Satya Nadella
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    Microsoft's next CEO is reportedly Satya Nadella

    By 30 January 2014

    Microsoft's next CEO is Satya Nadella, currently the chief of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, according to Bloomberg. Nadella is being considered a strong choice because of his technical background and familiarity with Microsoft, having been...

  • Google's Q4 2013 earnings show $16.86bn revenue, continued Motorola loss
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    Google's Q4 2013 earnings show $16.86bn revenue, continued Motorola loss

    By 30 January 2014

    Google has released its Q4 2013 earnings, reporting $16.86 billion in revenue, up 17 per cent compared to Q4 2012, and $3.38 billion in net income, up from $2.89 billion in Q4 2012.  Most telling, it was revealed Motorola lost $384 million for Google...

  • Hands-on: Archos Smart Home review
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    Hands-on: Archos Smart Home review

    By 30 January 2014

    Archos is moving into remote home monitoring, offering a new range of products called Smart Home. Perhaps confusingly, Archos is referring to a range of devices as "Connected Objects", a category which Smart Home falls into, alongside wearables and standalone...

  • Archos smartwatches pictures and hands-on
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    Archos smartwatches pictures and hands-on

    By 30 January 2014

    Archos announced its plans to launch a range of smartwatches at CES 2014, as it looks to join the trend in wearable tech. There are three watch models in the line-up, hitting three different price points with the aim of offering an affordable companion...

  • Amazon Kindle gets a price cut, now only £59
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    Amazon Kindle gets a price cut, now only £59

    By 30 January 2014

    Amazon has slashed £10 off the price of the entry-level Amazon Kindle, meaning you can now pick one up for £59. The entry-level model offers a 6-inch E Ink display and buttons across the bottom for navigation. It comes with Wi-Fi to keep you connected...

  • Toshiba Wristband Activity Monitor with Bluetooth 4.0 now available
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    Toshiba Wristband Activity Monitor with Bluetooth 4.0 now available

    By 29 January 2014

    Toshiba has jumped on the wearables bandwagon with a new wristband that monitors fitness and activity. Appropriately called the Wristband Activity Monitor, it uses Bluetooth 4.0 to sync with a smartphone app and serve up information related to tracked...