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The landline phone’s days appear to be numbered

Do you know the number of your landline phone off by heart? No, neither do I. Yes, I could tell you my mobile number in a second, but the landline? Nobody calls that number except those PPI marketers and computer scammers. And my mum. And it seems I am not alone. The rise of mobile…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe landline phone’s days appear to be numbered
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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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The Digest: Lenovo rumoured to be buying BlackBerry (again)… and 5 other things people are talking about this morning

Industry rumours suggest Lenovo is looking to expand its smartphone operations by buying BlackBerry, says a report at ExpertReviews: "The rumours boosted share prices for BlackBerry this week, a much needed increase following lukewarm reception to the company's Passport smartphone earlier in the year. BlackBerry handsets used to be widely used by business…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Lenovo rumoured to be buying BlackBerry (again)… and 5 other things people are talking about this morning
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Google says its anti-piracy algorithm will now visibly affect file-sharing sites’ rankings

Google is tweaking its search engine to make sure that the most "notorious" piracy sites are less likely to appear when people search for music, films and other copyrighted content. The changes were revealed in a blogpost by Katherine Oyama, the company's senior copyright policy counsel, and they include new ad formats that are designed…

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Stuart O'ConnorGoogle says its anti-piracy algorithm will now visibly affect file-sharing sites’ rankings
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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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10 of the best films to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video

Yes, there is so much choice for what to watch on TV these days – far too many good movies and TV shows. Amazon's Instant Video streaming service has loads of good films – some you may have never come across yourself – and there's even some decent TV on it, too. Pretty much everything on…

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Stuart O'Connor10 of the best films to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video
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Half of the world will be online by 2017

Our connected world is becoming ever more connected, according to the latest State of Broadband report. The report's 2014 edition estimates that more than half of the global population will have internet access within three years' time. The report also says that mobile broadband via smartphones and tablets is now the fastest growing technology in…

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Stuart O'ConnorHalf of the world will be online by 2017
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Amazon beats Apple and Argos to top list of Top 50 online retailers

IMRG and comScore have joined forces to produce the Top 50 IMRG Retailer Ranking, a new league table for online retailers. The IMRG Top 50 Retailer Ranking will be published quarterly, and measures visitors to those websites based on comScore’s MMX online audience measurement technology. In the inaugural list, online retail giant Amazon beat Apple…

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Chris PriceAmazon beats Apple and Argos to top list of Top 50 online retailers
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Destiny is the most-watched game on Twitch so far in 2014

Destiny has received mixed early reviews, but it has become 2014's most-viewed console game on the Twitch streaming service. In its first week on sale, Destiny Twitch streams have been viewed nearly 20 million times, with fans watching almost 240 million minutes of gameplay. "To date, Destiny is the biggest console game launch of the…

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Stuart O'ConnorDestiny is the most-watched game on Twitch so far in 2014