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Microsoft Windows 95 – 20 Years Old!

Wow! The popular Windows 95 operating system is a fifth of a century old – having been released on 24 August 1995. A reported $300 million was spent by Microsoft during its advertising campaign to launch the then latest version of its operating system. There was the ad featuring the Rolling Stones’ song Start Me Up – a reference to the start button – and even a 30-minute video with Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry of Friends’ fame, according to Wikipedia. Ah, they…

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The ‘Magic Internet Button’ That Fixes Everything – Click Here

Who doesn’t want a button like this on their keyboard? Aren’t there some days when you’d love a magic button when the web’s having an off day or misbehaving? Okay, so we don’t really have a magic button that fixes everything, but we do have a list of 5 things that could make your online and technology life that bit easier – click on the photos below. 1. Not running out of phone battery at just the worst moment – get this power bank!…

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Is Your Bank Supporting Apple Pay in the UK – Click Here To Find Out

Here’s the list of the banks supporting Apple’s contactless payment system in the UK now. Apple Pay allows you to store the details of your credit or debit card – of participating financial institutions  – into your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, Apple Watch or iPad Air 2 or mini 3 and pay for things at high street stores simply by holding your phone over a shop’s contactless reader. The Apple Watch must be paired with an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6…

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New BBC Micro:bit Computer To Be Given To Children For Free

Pocket-sized BBC micro:bit designed to introduce a new generation to computing. The idea of the new codeable computer is to encourage children to become creative with technology, bringing their digital ideas, games and apps to life. A simple piece of coding within seconds can light up it LEDs or display a pattern. It measures 4 x 5cm and has 25 red LEDs, two programmable buttons, an on-board motion detector and compass, Bluetooth to connect to the internet and other devices,…

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Did You Know This About the Moon Landings?

The guidance computer in the Apollo mission to the moon had around 64KB of memory – 8,000,000 times LESS than the highest capacity SD memory cards. The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) was more basic than the electronics in modern toasters, according to a Computer Weekly report, but played a critical role in getting humans to the moon back in the 1960s. So, it’s incredible to think that tiny SD or microSD memory card neatly tucked away in your mobile phone,…

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You Can Now Drive A Car With Your Phone

Video: Land Rover unveils remote control that allows you to drive a Range Rover Sport from outside the car using a smartphone app! The driver can steer, accelerate and brake using the app – as you can see from the YouTube video above posted by the automotive company. The car maker says this means the driver can walk alongside the car to check the precise positioning of the vehicle to negotiate their way out of tricky situations or difficult terrains safely or even…

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Is This The World’s Highest Capacity MicroSD Memory Card – 512GB?

News reaches us of a 512GB microSD memory card reportedly going on sale in July. Memory card maker Microdia is set to begin shipping the card within months at a cost of around $1,000 (£655), reports technology news site CNET. The Xtra Elite card will reportedly use version 4.0 of the SD standard, meaning there’s an additional row of pins to the ones found on standard cards, and feature data transfer rates of up to 300MBps – although the CNET report did…

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Windows 10 To Be Released ‘For Free’ On July 29

Users of Windows will able to upgrade to the latest version of the operating system for free, says Microsoft. Windows 10 will be initially available for release for PCs and tablets, although you will need to be running the latest version of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 update. And customers will be able to get an upgrade for free within the first year of release. Microsoft has promised Windows 10 will be faster than ever, work across different devices and bring…

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Woman Throws Out Rare $200,000 Apple Computer For Recycling

But E-recycling company says there’s a $100,000 (£65,492.17) cheque waiting for her. Silicon Valley based CleanBayArea is looking for the woman who dropped off the rare Apple 1 computer, produced in the 1970s, among a couple of boxes of e-waste about a month ago. She told them she had decided clear up her garage after her husband had passed away. The woman did not leave any contact information, and a couple of weeks later a recycling manager found the computer –…

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The First Digital Camera Was Invented In 1975

It was the size of a toaster and captured images at a resolution of 0.01 megapixels. It weighed in at a hefty 3.6kg (8lbs) and recorded the first black and white image onto a cassette tape – a process that took 23 seconds. These specifications might seem meagre to a modern reader. But the invention of the digital camera by Steven Sasson at Kodak in 1975 launched a revolution that has turned us all into photographers. Film cameras have pretty much been swept…

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