The Digest: Console sales rise… and 4 other things people are talking about today

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Console sales up dramatically in 2014 as Xbox One finishes strongly | Engadget

“Console fanboys, get ready to gloat – or mope. Actually, (nearly) everybody can be cheered by the latest data from NPD, which showed console sales up a cool 20 percent from last year to to over $5 billion. Leading the final charge was Microsoft’s Xbox One, which topped the charts in December for the second straight month.”

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‘Cyber attack war games’ to be staged by UK and US | BBC News

“The UK and US are to carry out ‘war game’ cyber attacks on each other as part of a new joint defence against online criminals. The first exercise, a staged attack on the financial sector, will take place later this year, Downing Street said. The ‘unprecedented’ arrangement between the two countries was announced as Prime Minister David Cameron held talks with US President Barack Obama.”

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Mobile owners ‘overpay by £5.4bn annually’ | Sky News

“UK mobile phone customers are collectively overpaying £5.4bn to mobile phone firms annually because they are on the wrong contract for their requirements, it has been claimed. The consumer group Which? said firms must improve contract pricing transparency or risk being referred to the industry regulator, Ofcom. It said customers are being charged for texts, minutes and data they do not use or are billed for extra charges because their phone package is too small.”

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The Internet of Things is already a $2 billion business for Intel | The Verge

“There was no escaping the Internet of Things at CES 2015, it was the omnipresent theme of the expo, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s a far-off future concept. Intel’s latest earnings report demonstrates that the IoT age is already upon us, accounting for $2.1 billion in revenue in 2014.”

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Cats take centre stage at Perth’s first internet cat video festival | The Guardian

“Cat lovers of Western Australia will be able to indulge in one of their favourite pastimes in a social setting at Perth’s first internet cat video festival on Saturday. A selection of 85 internet cat videos will be shown on the big screen at Northbridge Piazza. The festival program ranges from six-second vines to short films and could not be replicated by less adventurous cat lovers spending the evening at home on YouTube.”

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