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The Digest: Charlie Brooker on Gamergate… and 4 other things people are talking about this morning

Stuart O'Connor 4G, Apple, Computers, Crowdfunding, Daily Tech Roundup, EE, Gadgets, Gaming, Google, Internet, iPad, Movies, Tablet, Video games Leave a Comment

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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The Digest: Lenovo rumoured to be buying BlackBerry (again)… and 5 other things people are talking about this morning

Stuart O'Connor Apple, BlackBerry, Broadband, Computers, Cryptocurrencies, Daily Tech Roundup, Gadgets, Internet, Microsoft Leave a Comment

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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Google says its anti-piracy algorithm will now visibly affect file-sharing sites’ rankings

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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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Apple unveils iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 and iMac retina display

Stuart O'Connor Apple, Computers, Gadgets, iCloud, Internet, iPad, iPhone Leave a Comment

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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10 of the best films to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video

Stuart O'Connor Amazon, DTR, HDTV, Home cinema, Internet, Movies, TV

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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Half of the world will be online by 2017

Stuart O'Connor Broadband, Computers, Internet, Phablets, Smartphones, Tablet Leave a Comment

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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Amazon beats Apple and Argos to top list of Top 50 online retailers

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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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Destiny is the most-watched game on Twitch so far in 2014

Stuart O'Connor Gaming, Internet, PlayStation 4, Video games, Xbox One Leave a Comment

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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Apple tightens up its iCloud security

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Apple has expanded its use of two-factor verification checks to protect data stored online by its customers, after a massive breach last month that saw thousands of nude celebrity photos stolen from iCloud. The BBC says the move follows suggestions that third-party software had been used to steal the photos. It says that the security…

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