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What is this, 2016? A rummage around in 7th-gen iPad innards shows repurposed tech within

Apple’s new iPad is a magical machine, able to take a user back to 2016, the year of the iPhone 7. Screwdriver demons iFixit have ripped one apart to find out just how retro the thing really is. It is no secret that the 7th-generation iPad shares an awful lot of features with the seventh generation iPhone, including the A10 Fusion processor (just like last year’s iPad). The question…

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Hey, it’s Google’s birthday! Remember when they were the good guys?

Google is celebrating its 21st birthday today – old enough to buy its own celebratory pint in many states in the US. Larry Page and Sergey Brin met at Stanford University and officially launched the site in 1998. This was preceded by a variety of soft launches but the company chooses September 27 as its official birthday. Before it stretched its tentacles into advertising, maps, mobile operating systems, video…

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Amazon, maker of racist and sexist facial recog, to suggest regulations for facial recog systems

Amazon is drafting proposals for the regulation of facial recognition technology. Founder Jeff Bezos told reporters at the company’s annual Alexa devices launch this week that the company’s public policy team is working on proposed regulations for the controversial technology. “Our public policy team is actually working on facial recognition regulations, and it makes a lot of sense to regulate that,” he said. “It’s a perfect example of something…

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Mayor of London wants mobile providers to stick more network kit across Big Smoke’s rooftops

UK mobile networks could be able to shove their kit on more of the capital’s rooftops following a draft agreement put together by the Mayor of London’s office. Recent changes to the Electronic Communications Code have made it easier for mobile operators to negotiate lease arrangements with property owners. As such, the Greater London Authority (GLA) has drafted a template for mobile operators and property owners, which contains the…

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Sussex Police gives up on £790k Gatwick drone shutdown probe

No new arrests, no idea what happened A panoramic view of the empty runway at Gatwick Airport Sussex Police still have no clue what happened during the Gatwick drone fiasco of Christmas 2018 – though the force now claims witnesses saw two small unmanned craft over the London airport during its 30-hour shutdown. In a statement released today, Sussex Police claimed it received almost 130 sightings during the airport’s…

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Baby alert! Japan Air lets passengers book seats far away from screaming abdabs

Japan Airlines is reportedly adding a baby symbol to its online seat booking system, allowing passengers to pick a seat according to possible noise levels. It is not entirely clear that this is really a new feature or just new to observers on Twitter, but it is causing quite the furore. The icon covers kids from the age of eight days to two years – babies younger than eight…

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No Huawei: Micron hit by oversupply, US-China trade issues as DRAM sales sliced in half

Micron’s revenues for its Q4 were dramatically affected by the US trade dispute with China – and Huawei in particular – as well as larger stockpiling and trade uncertainties. Revenues for the three months ended 29 August fell a whopping 42 per cent to $4.87bn, down from $8.44bn a year ago. Net income, meanwhile, sped down a greasy slide from $4.33bn to just $561m. The memory and storage kit-making…

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We’re all doooooomed: Gloomy Brit workforce really isn’t coping well with impending Brexit

Employee confidence in the UK has fallen for the third consecutive quarter and the number of workers actively looking for new jobs is down 8 per cent as people hunker down for the perceived storms ahead. A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of declining GDP. In the UK, GDP fell 0.2 per cent in the second quarter and predictions for the third quarter range between another drop…

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Cisco helps ease blight of tourism on Orkney’s Wi-Fi hotspot network thanks to £4.3m grant

Cisco has begun live trials of its OpenRoaming technology on the Orkney islands off the north coast of Scotland, intended to allow people to move more easily between Wi-Fi hotspots. The trial is part of the UK government’s £25m 5G RuralFirst testbeds programme. Last year it awarded a £4.3m grant to Switchzilla and the University of Strathclyde to deliver testbeds and trials of 5G in Orkney and the farmlands…

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Match.com? More like Match dot-con, claims watchdog: Cyber-lonely-hearts ‘lured into forking out to view bot spam’

America’s trade watchdog claims the owner of Match.com, Tinder, and other dating sites, shafted its lonely-hearts by allowing obviously bogus bot profiles to feign interest in the singletons. On Wednesday, the FTC alleged in a legal complaint that Match.com and other dating sites owned by Match group broke US law when they let accounts known to be fraudulent message netizens who had set up free profiles. The problem, the…

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