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Kodi streaming boxes to become illegal?

A lot of people enjoy watching TV through streaming set-top boxes, which basically gives you access to shows for free, and the whole thing is legally speaking, a grey area. Known as 'Android boxes' or Kodi boxes, a legal case about them kicks off this week. A trader called Brian Thompson has been accused of…

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Snapchat brings Spectacles

Snapchat brings Spectacles

Snapchat are branching out. Not sated with the need to get people to capture their own faces with a dog's features superimposed over the top, now they want to pop some literal glasses on your face. Wearable technology is definitely a buzzword in techland, and of course, Google put out their 'Glasses', which didn't really…

Yahoo! to confirm data breach

Yahoo are ready to come clean about a data breach they suffered in 2012, that affected around 200 million people. Now, they've not confessed to anything yet, but a source close to the company said that the fall out from this could very well see government investigations taking place, and legal action. They referred to…

Should you be compensated for Windows 10?

By now, you will have either ignored Microsoft's plea to upgrade to Windows 10, or you'll have the new OS, and may even have the 'Anniversary Update', which is still rolling out. However, it isn't all straightforward - when is anything? The upgrade has bricked a number of people's computers, and there's calls for Microsoft…

Amazon Fire TV price drop 'til midnight

In a bid to promote the new Jeremy Clarkson (& Co) show, The Grand Tour, Amazon have decided to drop the price of their Amazon Fire TV. It is only until midnight tonight (today being 20th September 2016, if you're reading this late), and you'll get £25 off, bagging the set-top box for £9.99. Now,…

Microsoft to shut down UK Skype office

Microsoft are going to be shutting down their London Skype office, and sack those who work there. There's no timeline on this, which is no good for those working for the company, but said that they came to this decision because they are going to "unify some engineering positions, potentially putting at risk a number…

Chrome and Firefox block Pirate Bay

The folks over at Chrome and Firefox have decided to block access to The Pirate Bay's download pages, meaning that there's probably going to be a spike in traffic for search terms like 'how do I get onto The Pirate Bay's download pages?' Now, the whole domain hasn't been blocked, but if you use these…

Free WiFi and 5G for all... in the EU

If you're reading this from a country that is staying in the EU, good news! Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, has announced plans to install free WiFi in public spaces across the whole of the Union, as well as getting rid of roaming fees, and enabling 5G for everyone. This is going to…

A national internet filter, for your safety?

Hands up if you like the idea of UK authorities setting up a national internet filter, to keep all the nasty things away from your computer. That could be a thing, as the head of Britain's newly formed cybersecurity agency says that people are looking into the development of a filter that will block malicious…

Amazon unleash smarthome gizmos!

Tech companies are very keen to turn your home into a 'smarthome', presumably tired of how 'stupid' your homes currently are. With that, Amazon are selling a robot assistant which can control your whole house, in the UK! The Alexa-powered Echo, and Echo Dot is available for pre-order, but what do they actually do? Well,…

Apple to launch something on 7/7

Apple are up to something. They're going to be holding an event on 7 September. As ever, Apple are being coy about the whole thing, but it looks like it'll concern the launch of the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch 2. The tech giant - shy with the tax, apparently - usually hold their…

Apple to take on/copy Snapchat

Apple are apparently looking at making a new app, which deals mostly in video. They're looking at taking on Snapchat and Instagram, basically. Seeing as Instagram outright copied Snapchat with their 'Stories' feature, it wouldn't be a surprise if Apple are looking at the service for a bit of success. You'll be able to take…

WhatsApp to share your number with Facebook

WhatsApp have tinkered with their terms and conditions, which means they'll now be sharing your number with Facebook. Of course, the messaging app is owned by Facebook, so this isn't exactly surprising. WhatsApp would like you to know that this doesn't mean your messages aren't encrypted anymore - they assure us that everything will still…

Best student broadband packages

Are you off to university soon? Is your pride and joy fleeing the coup, and vanishing into a world of studying, £2 cocktail pitchers, and dubious adult situations with deadbeats? Either way, students need internet connections, and a lot of contracts aren't best designed for someone who might only be in their shared house for…

HP unveil screen that people can't see

You may have read our headline literally, and thought 'what's the use of a screen you can't see?' Well, HP have come up with a laptop that is designed in such a way, that people sat near you won't be able to look at. Great news if you value a bit of privacy while you're…