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The Digest: Microsoft unveils fitness band… and 5 other things people are talking about today

Microsoft unveils $199 wearable fitness device | The BBC "Microsoft has unveiled its first wearable device that can track a user's sleep and exercise as well as connect to a health service on smartphones. The Microsoft Band will retail for $199 (£125) on the company's online store. The device can operate for two…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Microsoft unveils fitness band… and 5 other things people are talking about today
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Google Fit finally launches on Android

Android-toting fitness fanatics have a new toy to play with this morning, as Google Fit, the company's competitor for Apple's Health app, has appeared on the Google Play store. We've known it was coming since it was unveiled in June at Google's I/O conference, and essentially does the same job as Apple's Health: The idea…

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The Digest: Samaritans app flags worrying tweets… and 5 other things people are talking about today

Samaritans app monitors Twitter feeds for suicide warnings | The BBC "Samaritans Radar uses an algorithm to identify key words and phrases which indicate distress. They include 'tired of being alone', 'hate myself', 'depressed', 'help me' and 'need someone to talk to'. Users who have signed up for the scheme will receive an…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Samaritans app flags worrying tweets… and 5 other things people are talking about today
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OK Google, tell me about a trip to a Google-centric universe

Last week an invite arrived in my inbox from Google to see a new... thing... the company had put together. It wasn't hugely specific, so I was intrigued - just what is Google doing in London? Today, I found out. At one o'clock I joined a tour of assembled hacks as we took a trip…

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James O'MalleyOK Google, tell me about a trip to a Google-centric universe
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Google opens up some satellite data to good causes

A few months ago Google bought satellite imagery company Skybox Imaging, which offers companies high quality satellite images at a price... but now it seems that the company will be participating in some corporate space-age responsibility, and offering some of its data for free. In a blog post for the company, Sky Box co-founder Julian…

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James O'MalleyGoogle opens up some satellite data to good causes
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The Digest: First Apple computer sells for £570,000… and 5 other things people are talking about today

First Apple computer sells for £570,000 | ShortList Magazine "One of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak's Apple I computers has sold at auction for an astonishing $905,000 (£570,000) to an unnamed buyer. Originally hand-made by Steve Wozniak in 1976, it's believed to be one of the first 50 models made in Wozniak's family…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: First Apple computer sells for £570,000… and 5 other things people are talking about today
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The Digest: Google launches Inbox app… and 4 other things people are talking about this morning

Google has launched the Inbox app in an attempt to solve email headaches, says the Guardian: "Unveiled this week, Inbox is an app for Android and for iPhone, with an invite-only launch that mirrors the debut of Gmail in 2004. Its features include the ability to organise similar emails in 'bundles', from bank…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Google launches Inbox app… and 4 other things people are talking about this morning
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The Digest: Charlie Brooker on Gamergate… and 4 other things people are talking about this morning

Gamergate: the internet is the toughest game in town – if you’re playing as a woman, says the Guardian's Charlie Brooker: "There seems to be a small yet vocal core of maniacs bafflingly resistant to the notion that women should have any say in the games industry at all. Even recent statistics indicating…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Charlie Brooker on Gamergate… and 4 other things people are talking about this morning
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Google launches secure USB key for safer login

Worried about your password getting into the wrong hands? Google has just launched a USB stick that might put your mind at rest. According to ExtremeTech, Google is calling it Security Key, and uses the Universal Second Factor protocol, found in some makes of USB thumb drives. Basically, when it comes to login on Chrome,…

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James O'MalleyGoogle launches secure USB key for safer login

Flappy Bird found hiding in Android Lollipop

How about this? Hidden in the depths of the next version of Google's Android operating system is a clone of the wildly popular Flappy Bird. As one developer uncovered, tapping on the version number in the "About" menu in settings, triggered the game: Unlike regular Flappy Bird, the bird has been replaced with an Android…

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James O'MalleyFlappy Bird found hiding in Android Lollipop