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David Nield

David Nield


Dave is a freelance journalist from Manchester in the north-west of England. He's been writing about technology since the days of Windows
95 and the Pentium processor, and you can find his work on a variety of different tech sites. Outside of the world of apps and gadgets he
enjoys long walks in the countryside and the occasional game of football (also known as

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Sony’s e-ink FES Watch goes on sale this week

Sony is launching its popular e-ink watch in Japan this week. The watch was the first project on the company's internal crowdfunding site.
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Watch US astronaut Scott Kelly haunt the ISS for Halloween

Record-breaking astronaut Scott Kelly had time to 'haunt' the International Space Station and capture the prank on video.
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First details of the Windows 10 Redstone update leak out

Windows 10 users will be getting a major update delivered next summer, with new features for switching between desktops, laptops, and mobiles.
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Instagram launches new video channels to challenge Snapchat

Instagram is taking on Snapchat and Twitter again with a new curated set of video channels.
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Facebook testing a Local Markets feature to rival Craigslist

If you've got something to sell, you can go to eBay, Craigslist, Amazon, Etsy — and now Facebook is working on something similar too.
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Google launches a new app to find out Who’s Down

Find out who's around and who's available right now with the latest app from Google, Who's Down.
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Here’s why OnePlus abandoned plans for its own wearable

OnePlus decided to pull the plug on its fitness tracker wearable just a month before it was due to be launched.
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New Star Wars poster lands, with clues about The Force Awakens

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Apple Stores now have pressure-sensitive tables to promote 3D Touch

A couple of Apple Stores have new 3D Touch-enabled display tables for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.
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YouTube is ready to make you pay to watch some of its best new videos

A new report suggests that programs from YouTube's biggest stars are going to help tempt users into upgrading to a premium plan.
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Google book scanning counts as ‘fair use’ says appeals court

A U.S. court dismisses authors' claims that Google Books infringes on copyright and affects their income.
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More than half of Apple users are now running iOS 9 on their devices

Have you upgraded to iOS 9 yet? Localytics found that the latest version of the software still has a way to go to win over everyone.
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Google Play Store’s visual revamp is rolling out now

The Play Store is your way in to all of Google's digital wares, from TV shows to mobile games, and the company is giving the app a brand new look.
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White House backs away from demanding access to encrypted data

A U.S. government spokesperson says President Barack Obama's administration is not currently seeking legislation to enable access to user data.
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Kanye hates in-app purchases just as much as the rest of us

Developers often include in-app purchases to generate revenue for their software, but music icon Kanye West has had enough of the tactic.
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Elon Musk swears he likes Apple, announces new Autopilot update for Tesla

The Tesla and SpaceX boss took to Twitter to clarify his opinion on Apple and to announce a new Autopilot software update to begin rolling out on Thursday.
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Is the world ready for a Pepsi Phone?

Clues left on the Chinese social network Weibo suggest a Pepsi Phone could be in the works — but what would it look like and why would they do it?

Google’s OnHub router is actually a Chromebook in disguise

A team of hackers have been able to root the Google OnHub, which means that you might one day be able to load your own custom software onto the router
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Wiz Khalifa joins YouTube’s exclusive ‘1 billion views’ club

The Furious 7 track is now part of the most exclusive club on YouTube — Khalifa joins Mark Ronson, Meghan Trainor, Taylor Swift, and others.
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Palmer Luckey drops another hint about how much the Oculus Rift will cost

We don't know exactly how much the Oculus Rift is going to cost when it launches next year, but Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has dropped a few hints.
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A veteran of the original Mac team gives his verdict on the new Jobs movie

Andy Hertzfeld was a key member of the team that worked on the first Mac computer, and is portrayed by Michael Stuhlbarg in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic.
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Hacked Patreon data spills out onto the Web

Crowdfunding site Patreon admitted earlier this week that it had been the victim of a hacking attack, and now the data has been published online.
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Apple’s latest acquisition could make Siri sound more natural

Apple has picked up U.K. firm VocalIQ to help improve the voice recognition and speech technologies in its software, including Siri.
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Enterprising Facebook developers get Doom running on an Apple Watch

After a 10-hour hackathon event, programmers from Facebook were able to port Doom over to an Apple Watch running WatchOS 2.
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Cortana won’t arrive on the Xbox One until 2016

There's a major software update coming to the Xbox One in November, built around Windows 10, but the Cortana app still needs some fine-tuning.
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UberEvents lets you give your guests a free ride to the party

If you're hosting an event, UberEvents lets you pay the transportation costs for everyone who's coming.
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Google’s latest idea would make it harder to drop your phone

Google has filed a patent for an odd-looking smartphone housing designed to make your mobile harder to drop.
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Are Apple’s new iPhones secretly waterproof?

One intrepid YouTube has submerged an iPhone 6S and an iPhone 6S Plus for an hour — and both the handsets were found to be working fine afterward.
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Sorkin hits back over Tim Cook’s criticism of his Steve Jobs movie

Steve Jobs screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has defended his film against earlier comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook in a new interview.
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Facebook’s Medium-style Notes upgrade is now rolling out

Facebook is introducing a newly revamped Notes tool, encouraging users to start writing longer, blog-like posts with pictures.
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Twitter tests out polls inside your tweets

Twitter can't stand still if it wants to keep up with the likes of Facebook and Instagram, and a small group of users have found they can now add polls.
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Spanish group campaigns to bring accents back to the Web

A nonprofit organization in Spain wants to see more done to preserve accents and meaning on social media.

US and China reportedly working on cybersecurity peace treaty

The United States and China are working on an agreement over cybersecurity warfare — but don't expect the hacking and surveillance to stop completely.
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Hitachi puts AI boss in charge to boost productivity

Hitachi has been experimenting with software systems that can assign employee duties, and so far there's been an 8 percent increase in warehouse efficiency.