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The Digest: Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch… and 5 other things people are talking about this morning

  Microsoft has again been forced to pull a patch to prevent nasty side-effects, according to The Register: "The patch that aimed to add 'SHA-2 Hashing' to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has instead raised some concerns among Redmond's customers. The company is therefore 'investigating behavior associated with this update' and…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch… and 5 other things people are talking about this morning
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Campaigners use a drone to protest Hyde Park charging for access to pitches

The London Charity Softball League has been running since 2003, and in its latest season has seen teams from 70 charities join in - but now the Royal Parks authorities, which manage Hyde Park want to start charging for access to pitches. In response, campaigners who oppose the move have been kicking up a fuss…

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James O'MalleyCampaigners use a drone to protest Hyde Park charging for access to pitches
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Were Apple fans unimpressed by last night’s announcements?

So last night Apple announced the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 and iMac Retina Display but it seems that people tuning into the live stream were decidedly unimpressed, according to research. SocialBro has been crunching the numbers, and analysing the volume of tweets about the event, and the associated sentiment. The company reckon's that…

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James O'MalleyWere Apple fans unimpressed by last night’s announcements?
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The Hemingwrite will help you get some work done. Maybe.

If you've ever tried to write something longer than a tweet, you'll know that it is basically impossible to write anything without getting distracted. Just whilst typing this sentence I've checked my emails, watched a YouTube video and done the washing up, for instance. But soon, mercifully, there could be a solution. The Hemingwrite is…

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James O'MalleyThe Hemingwrite will help you get some work done. Maybe.
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Apple unveils iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 and iMac retina display

Just over a month ago (on September 9, to be exact) Apple launched two new models of its somewhat popular flagship smartphone, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus – along with a wearable, the Apple Watch. Today, at a special event at its Cupertino headquarters in California, Apple has unveiled two new…

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Stuart O'ConnorApple unveils iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 and iMac retina display
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Check out the Pi-Top, the Raspberry Pi laptop

Raspberry Pi is something of a sensation - and now the ultra low-cost computer is being turned into a laptop that you can build yourself. The people behind the Pi-Top have launched a crowdfunding campaign. The kit can be picked up for as little as $209 if you already have a Raspberry Pi Model B+…

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James O'MalleyCheck out the Pi-Top, the Raspberry Pi laptop
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Sonos announces wifi boost product

If you've got a Sonos wireless music system, chances are you'll both swear by it, but also worry about the wifi signal - especially if you live in a built up area. Which is presumably why Sonos has today announced the "Sonos Boost" signal booster. The Boost plugs directly into your router and will apparently…

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James O'MalleySonos announces wifi boost product
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Almost half of Britons watch mostly time-shifted TV

Technology has really changed how people watch television. About a fifth of all TV viewing is now time-shifted – either from the DVR or via video-on-demand, Virgin Media found in a study based on data from more than 2.3 million set-top boxes. And, according to the research, almost half (43 per cent) of people mostly…

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Stuart O'ConnorAlmost half of Britons watch mostly time-shifted TV
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The iPad as a Point of Sale Terminal

It sound an implausible design: putting up a consumer-level tablet as a replacement for specially designed hardware and software. When you think about it, though, it makes a lot of sense. Suppliers such as Shopify make it simple to source hardware solutions to use with this particular point of sale solution. As retail businesses, having…

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HTC announce 13MP selfie phone – “HTC Desire EYE” – and a portable…. umm, thing?

HTC has announced two new products that are all about photography: a new phone that sees a 13MP camera on both front and back, and a new.... periscope style camera device, that looks set to rival the likes of GoPro. So first up, the HTC Desire Eye - essentially think a fairly powerful HTC Desire…

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James O'MalleyHTC announce 13MP selfie phone – “HTC Desire EYE” – and a portable…. umm, thing?