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Microsoft planning its own Chromecast-style streaming dongle?

Microsoft is thought to be working on its own Chromecast-style streaming dongle for TVs – at least if a filing with America’s Federal Communications Commission is to believed. The filing suggests the company is working on something that can plug into a HDMI port, is powered by USB and can stream content over wifi – which would make sense for …

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James O'MalleyMicrosoft planning its own Chromecast-style streaming dongle?
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Jabra Sport Pulse wireless earphones measure your heart rate

Jabra has unveiled its latest wireless earbuds which feature a built-in heart-rate monitor and aerobic capacity measure. The Jabra Sport Pulse is a Dolby-enhanced pair of Bluetooth 4.0 LE wireless earbuds whhich, as well as the heart-rate monitor, also freatures an accelerometer, pedometer and access to individual tailored coaching as you exercise. Designed to complement its Jabra Sport Box wireless …

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Stuart O'ConnorJabra Sport Pulse wireless earphones measure your heart rate
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LG to unveil G3 Stylus

Korean manufacturer LG will officially launch its new G3 Stylus budget Android smartphone at the IFA trade show in Berlin next week. The stylus-equipped LG phone features a 5.5-inch screen with a 960×540-pixel resolution, is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and a 3,000 mAh battery, has 8GB of onboard storage and 1GB RAM, a microSD card slot and a …

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Stuart O'ConnorLG to unveil G3 Stylus
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Qantas and Virgin loosen their in-flight phone rules

The airlines Qantas and Virgin Australia will now allow passengers to keep phones and other electronic devices powered on during flights. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority has approved applications from both airlines that will allow passengers to keep their phones, tablets and e-readers on even during take-off and landing. The devices will need to remain in “flight mode” throughout the …

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Stuart O'ConnorQantas and Virgin loosen their in-flight phone rules
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Human-like skin for aircraft under development

A so-called “smart skin” – made up of tens of thousands of tiny sensors – could be fitted to future aircraft so that they can “feel” changes in speed, temperature, physical strain and movement. The system, which is being developed by BAE System’s Advanced Technology Centre in Essex, will also allow the exterior of aircraft to “feel” damage or injury …

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Stuart O'ConnorHuman-like skin for aircraft under development
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Meet Simon: the world’s first ‘smartphone’ turns 20

OK, so the term ‘smartphone’ wasn’t actually around when IBM released the Simon in August of 1994, but it was easily the smartest mobile phone of its day. The Simon Personal Communicator was was a handheld, touchscreen mobile phone, designed and engineered by IBM and the American cellular company Belself. It was the first gadget to combine the functions of …

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Stuart O'ConnorMeet Simon: the world’s first ‘smartphone’ turns 20

WATCH: 1024 robots swarm together

Yesterday we showed you the terrifying implications of robotics, and with that in mind, perhaps here’s a reason to get even more worried: The robots are getting organised. The CBC has been reporting on an attempt by Harvard University to build robots that can work together to form shapes: Think like how fish can swim together in a school, or …

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James O'MalleyWATCH: 1024 robots swarm together
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LightFreq wifi lightbulb with built in speaker smashes Kickstarter goal

A crazy new wifi lightbulb called LightFreq has smashed its Kickstarter goal of $50,000 by raising (at time of writing) over $84,000 – with over 23 days to go. LightFreq calls itself “the lovechild of Phillips Hue and Jambox Boom”, and is certainly an unusual combination of technologies. First and foremost it is a lightbulb – albeit on that connects …

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James O'MalleyLightFreq wifi lightbulb with built in speaker smashes Kickstarter goal
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Microsoft could be about to make GoPro videos AMAZING

Check out this video from Microsoft Research, which has come up with a technology that it calls “Hyperlapse” – which could make videos shot on devices like GoPro cameras look even better. The problem is pretty straightforward: If you shoot your bike ride or whatever on a GoPro, if you speed it up to show the whole journey it will …

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James O'MalleyMicrosoft could be about to make GoPro videos AMAZING
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Microsoft loses $400m on Xbox One

In news that will no doubt please Sony, Microsoft – which spent $2.1 billion producing and marketing the Xbox One – has reported a loss of $400 million (£238m) since launching the console in November last year. The Independent reports that the news comes from Microsoft’s annual earnings report for 2014, and shows the loss is directly from the increased …

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Stuart O'ConnorMicrosoft loses $400m on Xbox One