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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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Lenovo announce three new “Yoga” Windows/Android tablets

Lenovo has announced three new tablets. The company claims that one of them has been designed by "Product Engineer" Ashton Kutcher. Yes, that one. The star of "Dude, where's my car?" has "designed" the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. The entertainment-focused device is 13", has a built-in projector (!) and has an 8-watt sound system with…

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James O'MalleyLenovo announce three new “Yoga” Windows/Android tablets
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Microsoft rumoured to be stopping Surface production – though it is probably DigiTimes talking rubbish again

Another day, another completely spurious rumour from Taiwan's DigiTimes. The website is reporting that Microsoft is about to kill off its Surface line of tablets. There are mountains of salt not large enough for our scepticism on this claim. Such a move could conceivably make sense: The first two Surface generations bled money for the…

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James O'MalleyMicrosoft rumoured to be stopping Surface production – though it is probably DigiTimes talking rubbish again
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The Skep-Tech: Why Apple WON’T make iPads that run Mac OS, and why it would be INSANE to do so

I've been holding off talking about this, because it sounds insane - but the din in the tech scene won't go away because it is largely a massive echo-chamber. Everyone is reporting 'rumours' that Apple is planning an iPad (possibly a 12" iPad) that runs Mac OS. Now, perhaps I'll look back on this post…

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James O'MalleyThe Skep-Tech: Why Apple WON’T make iPads that run Mac OS, and why it would be INSANE to do so
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Tesco announces Hudl 2 tablet

Tesco this morning has officially announced the Hudl 2 - a follow-up to its well received budget tablet last year, which has apparently sold 150,000 units. Read on for all of the details. At the launch Tesco's Michael Comish explained how the tablet has received a "complete redesign" in terms of hardware, software and user…

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James O'MalleyTesco announces Hudl 2 tablet
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How to Use E-book Readers and Tablets as Tools for Research

It is often claimed that superficial and occasional readers are more likely to “succumb” to the lures of e-book reading devices, whereas “serious” readers will always prefer printed books. However, studies conducted among e-book users have steadily shown them to be avid readers, who read books in all formats and for a number of reasons,…

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Tech Digest CorrespondentHow to Use E-book Readers and Tablets as Tools for Research
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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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Panasonic’s new Toughpad tablets will let you tweet whatever the circumstances

Panasonic is known for its range of Toughpad enterprise tablets, and now it adds two new 5-inch handheld devices to the lineup. Careful, there's a bowl of ice beneath the device... The two new Toughpads are the Android-based F-X1 and the FZ-E1, which runs embedded Windows Phone 8.1. The Toughpads are…

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Stuart O'ConnorPanasonic’s new Toughpad tablets will let you tweet whatever the circumstances
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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…

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Stuart O'ConnorQantas and Virgin loosen their in-flight phone rules