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Microsoft discovers long-lost phone division down back of sofa

Confirms it'll be chucking 'Lumia' brand into the round file Nokia phones generated $2.6bn in revenue for Microsoft as the division arrested its decline. Redmond sold 9.3m Lumia devices in the quarter, the most ever.…

Humanity sniffs its first comet: Sadly, it stinks of rotten eggs, cat pee, and stale beer

59 minutes agoTechnology / Hardware : Extremetech

It turns out that comet 67P, the comet that is currently being stalked by the ESA's Rosetta spacecraft, stinks. If you just so happened to be in whiff range of the comet, you would be treated to a fantastic "perfume" (the ESA's words,...Show More Summary

Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn released: Happy 10th birthday, Ubuntu!

Earlier today, the latest version of Ubuntu was released to the public. Version 14.10 -- dubbed "Utopic Unicorn" -- doesn't bring much to the table in terms of new features, but it does mark an important anniversary. Ten years ago this week, the very first version of Ubuntu was released, and began the march to a more user-friendly Linux desktop. Show More Summary

Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

Heart of Windows 8 lives on in Windows 10 Analysis  This weekend marks two years since Windows 8 and Surface were launched at a press event at Pier 57 on the Hudson River in New York.…

RIP Nokia: Microsoft Lumia is the new face of Windows Phone

Microsoft has announced that the Nokia Lumia brand is dead; there will be no more Nokia-branded Windows Phones. Instead, we'll now get Microsoft Lumia devices. It will be interesting to see how the Lumia range does, now that it has been fully excised from Nokia. Show More Summary

Windows 10 vs. OS X Yosemite: The desktop still matters

In an effort to right the wrongs of Windows 8 on the desktop, Microsoft has put the Windows 10 Technical Preview out there for anyone to download and use, unusual in that such an early release is typically available only to developers. Show More Summary

Paralyzed man walks again after surgeons transplant cells from his nose to his spine

A paralyzed man just had cells from inside his nose transplanted into his spine. Now the man walks, albeit still using a frame. To dissect exactly how this procedure appears to have worked we need to understand precisely what was done during his incredible surgery, and what it is about these peculiar cells that enables neurons to reconnect.

WIN a 1TB monster Samsung EVO 840 SSD

Three solid state scorchers up for grabs Competition  SSDs, doncha love ’em? Blisteringly fast and no mechanical parts but all too often you’re faced with a capacity compromise. Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that are worth over £300 apiece.…

Samsung gets virtual with tiny S5 upgrade and goggle grab

VR headset rumoured to come down chimney with Santa A small upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S5 has popped up on Samsung's dutch web site? The phone is identical in all regards to the S5, save in the fact that it uses a Qualcomm CPU running at 2.5 Ghz. The original S5 runs at 2.7Ghz.…

Apple: We're still GREAT pals with GT and we'd LOVE to team up again

But give us back our $439m Apple hasn't given up on scratch-resistant sapphire glass for future products and it might even continue to work with GT Advanced Technologies on the material despite its past difficulties with the company, according to documents released on Thursday.…

Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec

You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that Hoping to woo the ladies with your shiny new Google Glass? Don't bother, because no woman in her right mind would let a Glasshole anywhere near her data centre, an HP bigwig has claimed.…

DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated Tim Cook's dream of bonking-to-pay global domination has taken a serious battering after customers using the new Apple Pay system were double charged.…

Vulture trails claw across Lenovo's touchy N20p Chromebook

The Googlebook you can fondle Review  A friend recently introduced me to a North West fast-food tradition called half-and-half. That’s chips, rice and curry sauce to those of us born and raised in the more enlightened parts of the realm. It’s not a combination I’d considered before, but truth be told it’s a pleasant repast. Especially after a beer or three.…

Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

USB-serial imitators whacked by driver update Reports are emerging that chip-maker FTDI has declared war on chip counterfeiters with a driver update that bricks USB devices recognised as fakes.…

Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

Unbelievable specs, too Pic  When Bonhams put a vintage Apple I computer on the block, the Brit auction house thought the tech antique would fetch as much as $500,000.…

Smartphone giant _____ puts citizens' private data beyond reach of oppressive regime _____

And into the hands of _______ that also spies on people Chinese Apple wannabe Xiaomi says it's spent much of the past year migrating its online services out of its Beijing data centers so that it can better serve customers in international markets.…

Nokia France leak: Windows Phone DUMPED in Microsoft Lumia revamp

Haricots renversés sur Facebook The French wing of Microsoft's Nokia mobile device division appears to have confirmed some Windows Phone rebranding efforts that have been rumored for the past few months.…

Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

Relax: it's just a patent... for now Apple has been granted a patent for an iKeyfob capable of unlocking doors, starting the engine and turning your car into a less good version of KITT from Knight Rider.…

Freescale lassos Ethernet cables around car, calls it 'Internet of Things'

Dev kit for the auto sector Freescale is showing off in-car Ethernet infotainment technology inexplicably pitched as an “Internet of Things” solution.…

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