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Who are smartwatches like the Apple Watch and Android Wear really for?

Is the smartwatch the next big thing after the MP3 player, smartphone, tablet and phablet, or is it the 21st-century equivalent of the electric can opener?Smart watches are attempting to break into the mainstream. The massive marketing machines of Apple, Google and Samsung are trying to push their appeal beyond geeks and early adopters and get everyone wondering whether there’s a smartwatch f

Twitter kills MS-Dos games embedded in tweets

Social network kills MS-Dos gaming fun, saying interactives and games breach its embedded cards terms of serviceFaster than Ryu KOing Ken, Twitter has killed off the ability to play MS-Dos games in tweets.Just last week, users discovered they could take advantage of Twitter’s embedding feature to turn links to the Internet Archive’s 2,600 strong collection of emulated MS-Dos games into pla

The unmanned aerial vehicles that are giving drones a good name

Use of drones in Nepal earthquake relief effort and Dronestagr.am, which allows users to upload their aerial photos, are just two examples of non-military use You float above a garden in Belgium. There’s not a soul in sight. In another picture a group of men stare up at you from the entrance of a church, eyes squinting in the sun. In another you drift across a charred landscape, black and sca

Swedish islanders seek status update after Facebook dumps them in Norway

Residents of Gotland bemused by a Facebook glitch that places them just north of Oslo, and local businesses worry it might affect the tourist tradeFacebook has been accused of a lot of things, from riding roughshod over people’s privacy to prudishly censoring the most innocuous of photographs.But it’s never gone so far as to annex an entire island of 50,000 people and dump it in another co

You buy the TV, Google ‘upgrades’ its software and then YouTube doesn’t work …

Google has upgraded its software meaning that many people can no longer watch YouTube on their ‘smart TV’ and set-top box. What can you do?Did you buy a smart TV or set-top box or tablet any time before January 2013? Do you watch YouTube on it, perhaps through an app? Bad news: Google has shut down the feed that pushed content into the app. You may have noticed this of course: one person contac

Take the test: Could you get a job at Google?

Hardballing, Rubik’s Cube skills and other ways of securing a job with the Silicon Valley behemoth Continue reading...

Ask Jack: How do I get permission to copy files between Windows PCs?

Maurice gets a message saying he is not authorised to open files he has copied from one computer running Windows to another_I have tried to copy files from my old computer running Microsoft Windows 7 to my new one running Windows 8. When I try to open the files, I get a message telling me that I am not authorised to open them. _MauriceWhen you use a Windows PC, you do it via your user acco

Five things we love: from super-light skateboards to jedi knight chopsticks

Our tech favourites this week let you grill with the power of the sun, or eat chow mein with the power of the forceConstructed from carbon fibre, a material commonly used in aviation, this longboardputs the lightweight technology to use on terra firma (although certainly not with the aim of keeping your feet firmly on the ground). The Gridboard, rather unsurprisingly, is designed in a grid patt

Silicon Valley CEO Dave Goldberg, husband of Sheryl Sandberg, dies at 47

*Chief executive of Survey Monkey died suddenly on Friday*Goldberg married the Facebook COO and Lean In author in 2004Dave Goldberg, the chief executive of the online survey and research company Survey Monkey who was married to the Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, has died aged 47. The cause of his death was not immediately known.Goldberg’s brother, Robert, broke the ne

Google may not do ‘nice’, but even the omnipotent need to survive

The mighty search engine is putting on a good Samaritan act with its Digital News Initiative, but its munificence isn’t all that surprising in a digital world where content, and allies, are vitalAnd now for a wholly different area of politics. Here’s Google, the mightiest search engine in the universe, struggling to win press friends and get the European Union’s antitrust campaigners off its ba

Football Manager Classic review – as hugely enjoyable on tablet as it was on PC

(iPad, Sega, cert: 4)The football season is drawing to a close and without the joys of a World Cup or European Championship fans could be left with a barren two months with nothing to do but head out into a British summer. But fear not. Sports Interactive has come to the rescue. After years of slimmed-down, portable _Football Manager_, finally a fully fledged iteration arrives on the iPad. _F

David Goldberg, tech entrepreneur, died while exercising at Mexican resort

*Goldberg was husband of Facebook COO and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg*Mark Zuckerberg: ‘Dave Goldberg was an amazing person’ Continue reading...

Periscope delivers blow to pay-per-view in Mayweather v Pacquiao fight

Twitter CEO boasts its live-streaming service was the saviour when viewers struggled for access or didn’t want to give up $100 Continue reading...

Tower of Guns review – a refreshing take on the first-person shooter

(PS4, Xbox One, Terrible Posture Games, cert: 7) Continue reading...

Gradius V review – a bare-bones revamp of a classic 2D shooter

(PS3, Konami, cert: 3) Continue reading...

Who invented the piano? Google doodle marks Bartolomeo Cristofori's 360th birthday

Cristofori’s entry in Encyclopaedia Britannica notes that little is known of his life and that his invention was not well known in his lifetime Continue reading...

Playing politics in video games: how you can have democracy or despotism at your fingertips

Tropico and Democracy 3 give you a chance to experience being a political leader Continue reading...

Teenagers develop app to scrutinise election candidates

Votr uses your postcode to collate candidates’ tweets and invites you to swipe, like the Tinder dating app Continue reading...

Tweets versus Wall Street: analysts fear for Twitter in the battle for advertising

The social network’s results and revenues are failing to impress investors – especially when compared with Facebook’s and Google’s Continue reading...

ZX Spectrum beeps again as nostalgia for 80s tech takes hold

Clive Sinclair’s computer returns as a retro games console after crowdfunding campaign Continue reading...

Telstra breached privacy law by refusing to give customer his metadata

Australian privacy commissioner ruled the telco must provide within 10 days the URL and IP information sought by Fairfax journalist Ben Grubb Continue reading...

Carly Fiorina declares bid for president as new foil to 'not trustworthy' Clinton

Former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard becomes first woman to seek party’s nod for White House in crowded 2016 race – and to test Hillary Clinton ‘disconnect’ Continue reading...

Sexting could see teenagers branded as sex offenders

Sending an erotic selfie should not automatically land teenagers a criminal record, say anti-censorship campaigners Continue reading...

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea debut new track Pretty Girls to Uber riders

Fans booked 30-minute rides in a fleet of Britney-branded SUVs to hear singer’s new duet with Australian rapper after online leak Continue reading...

Global hopes for renewable energy fading, patents data show

Falling number of patents for renewable energy products risks governments missing carbon reduction targets Continue reading...

Carly Fiorina will run for president as a successful tech CEO. Silicon Valley says that's a fantasy

Former Hewlett-Packard chief questions Hillary Clinton’s record in hunt for female voters and startup cash on campaign trail, but ex-colleagues insist Fiorina ‘didn’t know what she was doing’ Continue reading...

Rolling TV election news eclipsed by Twitter, Buzzfeed and Periscope

Sky News and BBC News channel face digital-driven reorganisations as they struggle to keep up with the speed of social media Continue reading...

The innovators: the 3D weaving machine putting new heart into soles

Industrial designer Oluwaseyi Sosanya hopes his 3D weaver can stitch together much more than shoes – be it bulletproof vests or even buildings Continue reading...

#talkpay surges as Twitter users fight inequality by revealing own pay

Hashtag is May Day hit in Silicon Valley, where top-paid workers are mostly white and male – but some fear tweeting salary could have personal consequences Continue reading...

Four of the top five YouTube channels are for kids (and the fifth is Taylor Swift)

Google’s video service has become a global children’s TV staple thanks to channels like Funtoys Collector and Little Baby Bum Continue reading...


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