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Watch: ‘Mean’ humans bully robot and it gets up no problems. Heck, it even opens doors

Humanoid robot is pushed around by humans but just carries on. The latest version of the Atlas robot is a seriously impressive piece of technology, if the YouTube video put out by Google’s Boston Dynamics is anything to go by. It’s pushed with a hockey stick but stays on its two feet. And when it is taken by surprise with a shove from a giant stick from behind, it falls over but gets up again. In no way, is it a little bit terrifying…

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5 Fun things to type into Google and Bing

Enjoy the fun results from FREE classic arcade games, to your screen doing a roll or going lopsided – click here to see what you need to type in. 1. Type askew into Google and see what happens…. 2. Go to Microsoft’s search engine bing.com and type in pong… 3. And if you like retro games, go to Google images and type in Atari breakout… 4. Do a barrel roll – type these words into Google and your screen will do, well a…

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5 REALLY Simple Ways To Make Your Phone Battery Last Longer

Easy ways to keep your phone going longer – a light-hearted look at options to ensure the battery lasts longer while out and about. 1. Turn down the screen brightness Okay, so you might struggle to see your phone screen on a bright day – but you could try shielding it with your hand. And it could help your phone battery last that crucial little bit longer. You could also try making your screen timeout – when the display goes dark…

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Inside Google: Photos Of What The Internet Really Looks Like

The web is not wireless but is made up of huge warehouses of servers and data storage capacity. Here’s 10 photos from Google’s data centres. Today, we think of nothing of sending a quick email, searching and browsing the internet, enjoying online shopping, or storing and sharing photos and videos. But a vast physical network of data centres (also known as server farms) – full of servers and storage capacity – around the world is needed to support the explosion in…

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Now Google ‘Takes Over’ The Alphabet – Err, But Reportedly Doesn’t Own alphabet.com!

Google has turned itself into Alphabet,  a new holding company that owns the Google search engine, gmail, YouTube and so-called “moon-shot” businesses. But despite it’s huge online presence and power, it turns out that Google/Alphabet doesn’t appear to actually own the web address alphabet.com. That apparently belongs to a vehicle fleet management business that is part of car maker BMW, according to the Techcrunch news website – ironic given Google’s much-publicised development of driverless cars. Instead, the announcement about the change in the…

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Sent An Email By Mistake? CANCEL It In Gmail. Here’s How

New ‘undo send’ button will allow Gmail users to cancel a sent email – if they instantly regret it! This newly added feature by Google is easy to set up. Just click on the settings button in your Gmail account (the wheel icon towards the top of the right hand side) and then select general in the drop-down menu. Make sure you’re in the general settings tab. The Undo Send button is the tenth option down and you can set the cancellation period for 5,…

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How The World’s First Android Phone Was Blown Away By The iPhone

Codenamed “Sooner”, it was the world’s first Android phone but you may never have seen this Android phone. And that’s down to the first Apple iPhone. With a physical keyboard and small non-touch screen, this device also had navigation keys. It’s been described as a messenger-style phone in the style of Blackberry. But it never launched to market, thanks to Steve Jobs unveiling the iPhone in 2007. Blown away by the iPhone “As a consumer I was blown away. I wanted one immediately,” is…

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End of the road for car giants?

Digital applications have revolutionised the mobile phone sector, producing new business models. Ashley Potter finds out whether the same could be about to happen to the car industry The car industry is currently mulling over the biggest transformation in its history since Henry Ford set up shop in Dearborn, Michigan. Before Ford, the automobile was an expensive plaything for the rich that had little effect on the prevalent form of transportation – horse-drawn vehicles. Ford’s introduction of the mass production assembly line and…

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Could your mobile phone look this in future?

Creating your own mobile phone with features you want is the goal of Google’s Project Ara and a market pilot is planned for 2015. Project Ara: Part of it (Video: Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects group)/YouTube) The goal of the project is to develop a modular phone, which allows consumers to buy a phone frame and data backbone, and then add the building blocks they want to personalise the features they want. For example, they could choose the camera they want rather than…

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The selfie stick: 5 ‘facts’ that may surprise you

1. 1925 – the first ‘selfie stick’? The selfie stick is an extendable rod or monopod with a mount or clamp to hold your smartphone or camera at one end and handle at the other end. The idea is that you can take better pictures of yourself (known as a selfie) or group shots. Some even have remote or Bluetooth controls. But the selfie stick may be a much older phenomenon. In December 2014, the BBC reported about a photo of a couple taken in…

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