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Europe is poised to give Silicon Valley a run for its money, argues a new report

You might think Europe is treading water these days, with one of its biggest financial centers, London, hamstrung by Brexit and the uncertainty it has fostered.<p>You’d be wrong. So suggests a new survey by the venture firm Atomico that persuasively argues that Europe’s tech scene is instead being …

Google Hangouts adds GIF keyboard for Android 7.1 Nougat users

Fans of Google’s Hangouts chat client can expect to see a new 15.0 version of the app to roll out this week. The new version’s major addition is just for the very few smartphone owners who have Android 7.1 Nougat installed, as it adds the GIF keyboard to the app.<p>The GIF keyboard made its debut in …

Google Hangout

Sony launches Communities smartphone app to help you find PS4 friends

Sony has launched a new PlayStation Communities app for iOS and Android, allowing players to search for, join, and interact with groups of likeminded PS4 gamers from their smartphones. Communities can be used to find players of specific games, and work like forums, letting members post messages and …

HTC's Newest High-End Smartphone Works Extra Fast At A Strange Cost

HTC is at it again. The Taiwanese developer is trying to prop up its long-faltering smartphone business with a new high-end model that might stand out in a vast field of Android devices. Its HTC Bolt smartphone runs at an extraordinarily high speed on the Sprint LTE Plus data transmission network …

Massive Apple Leaks Reveal Radical New iPhone

Is Apple set to <i>Wow the world</i> with a radical new iPhone? A rash of leaks from a variety of credible sources strongly suggest so, and they promise a level of reinvention we haven’t seen from Apple in several years.<p>Here’s the breakdown.<p>The biggest news comes from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo (widely …

Mobile Technology

Here's what it's like to use DirecTV Now, AT&T's new service that lets you stream 100+ cable channels over the internet

If that sounds like other internet TV services such as Dish's Sling TV or Sony's PlayStation Vue, that's because it is! At its core, DirecTV Now does the same thing as any other so-called "skinny bundle" — it's something for people who <i>want</i> to quit cable, but can't go whole hog.<p>This is by no means a …

Sling TV

Steam will tell you what games work with OSVR

Steam has added an official badge to games on the platform that will work with Razer's OSVR headset. Much like the visual designation for titles compatible with Oculus Rift and the company's own HTC Vive headsets, it's a simple icon. In this case it looks like a rounded square set inside a bigger …

Ex-Watergate investigators urge Obama to show leniency to Edward Snowden

Members of a committee that investigated the CIA during the Watergate era have urged President Obama to show leniency on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and strike a deal to allow him to return home.<p>15 former members of the 1970s Church Committee, led by its former chief counsel Frederick Schwarz …

Apple Music student subscription is now available in over 30 countries

Students in more countries can now listen to Apple Music at lower prices.<p>Apple has expanded Apple Music student membership program to 25 new …

14 convicted in Air France bosses' ripped-shirt case

BOBIGNY, France (AP) — A French court has convicted 14 current and former Air France workers of taking part in violence during a union protest last …

Air France

Meizu’s new flagship phone is the Pro 6 Plus

Meizu has announced the Pro 6 Plus, a more powerful version of its Pro 6 flagship phone from earlier this year. There’s a bigger, sharper screen, a new processor, a larger battery, and more.<p>Here’s the list of important specs:<p>5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 OLED screen<br>• Samsung Exynos 8890 processor (as used in …

Trump's overseas properties spark security fears

Experts say Trump name could be a terror target, forcing higher expenses for protection.<p>Even as the Secret Service takes unprecedented steps to protect Donald Trump’s midtown Manhattan tower from terrorist attacks, security experts warn that numerous other Trump-branded properties offer prime …

Samsung Could Be About to Release the Results From Its Galaxy Note 7 Probe

Korean electronics giant Samsung (ssnlf) will reportedly announce the final results of an internal investigation into what went wrong with the Galaxy …

25 striking wildlife photos that show nature at its most tranquil and brutal

LONDON — The winners of the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition have already been declared, but now you can have …

Carl Pei on OnePlus 3/3T touch latency issues: “Nougat has higher priority” (Updated)

Lifehacker<p><b>Update:</b> OnePlus has reached out to <i>Android Authority</i> with clarification on the original article.<p>While the original comment, made by XDA developer Arter97 in a PasteBin post, may have been taken a bit out of context, the developer further clarified his points on Twitter. He states that the …

Virgin Media readies itself for the future with the V6 box

After months of teasing, Virgin Media has finally lifted the lid on what it believes will help it move "from cable TV to connected entertainment." At the heart of its new proposition is the Virgin V6, the 4K set-top box we were first introduced to in August, which the company says is specifically …

Russia has been in contact with Trump team over Syria, senior diplomat says

MOSCOW — Russia has been in contact over Syria with the team of President-elect Donald Trump, a senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday, suggesting that Moscow is already looking past the Obama administration when it comes to the crisis in Syria.<p>Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov was quoted by …

Race Through All 8 Harry Potter Movies in This Impressive Supercut

While it’s thrilling to read and watch the <i>Harry Potter</i> story, with a book series that is over 4,200 pages long and movies that clock in at nearly 20 …

German intelligence officer 'arrested over Islamist plot' raising fears the spy agency has been infiltrated

A German intelligence officer has reportedly been arrested over a suspected Islamist plot to bomb the agency's headquarters in Cologne.<p>The 51-year-old official was said to have made a "partial confession" to the plot, according to Der Spiegel.<p>The suspect attempted to pass on "sensitive information …

President Obama: 'Michelle will never run for office'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has tamped down any speculation that first lady Michelle Obama may one day run for office herself.<p>In an …

Michelle Obama

10 Times Vending Machines Were Sources of Unexpected Comedy

The machines are fighting back.<p>Vending machines are often a last resort when we're desperate for a snack or drink to get through work or a late-night study session, but the technology has let us down more than once. These food fails go way beyond machines eating your change ... and some might be …

Victoria & David Beckham take the family to celebrate Brooklyn's book launch

The Beckham clan turned out en masse to Christie's on Tuesday night to celebrate the launch of Brooklyn Beckham's foray into the world of published …

Andrew Garfield was 'heartbroken' by the 'corporate' Spider-Man films

When Andrew Garfield landed the lead role in The Amazing Spider-Man, the actor was thrilled to be living out his childhood dream: "I’ve been preparing for it for most of my life," he told The Telegraph in 2010.<p>But now the 33-year-old says he was "heartbroken" by the experience. Speaking to Arrival …

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s 6-Year-Old Son Egypt Composes and Performs His First Song on the Piano

Following in his parents' footsteps! <b>Alicia Keys</b> and <b>Swizz Beatz</b>’s 6-year-old son, Egypt, already has some serious musical talent.<p>The little boy …

Arsenal transfer news: Mesut Ozil linked with shock return to Real Madrid, Gunners eye Petr Cech replacement

The rumour mill is back in overdrive as the Premier League nears the January transfer window and already a number of Arsenal’s players have been …

Manchester United transfer news: West Ham ready to resist Jose Mourinho's advances for Dimitri Payet - reports

West Ham are reportedly set to increase Dimitri Payet’s wages as the club attempt to ward off interest from Manchester United.<p>The former Premier …

Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Franck Kessie Rumours Amid Juventus Interest

Liverpool are reportedly losing the race to sign Atalanta's young star Franck Kessie, as Juventus are looking to complete a deal for the 19-year-old and will meet his €20 million (£17 million) valuation.<p>According to <i>Tuttosport</i> (h/t Football Italia, via ESPN FC's Jack Rathborn), Juve general manager …

Sony Releases PlayStation Communities iOS App

Sony has released a new PlayStation Communities iOS app that allows players to interact with fellow PS4 gamers from their Apple phones and tablets.<p>The app works much like a forum portal: Players using the app can search for, join, and interact with groups, where they can post messages and images on …