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Nokia 8110 4G review: a nostalgia trip too far



The original was made famous by The Matrix, and some might want to drop this reboot out of the nearest window too

The new Nokia 8110 4G is the latest nostalgia trip from HMD Global, but is it more than just a remake of that “banana phone” from the Matrix?

HMD had a hit on its hands with the new Nokia 3310 from last year, which was a surprisingly charming dumbphone that cost slightly more than other basic Nokias because of the name.

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Twitter suspends Infowars’ Alex Jones for abuse



Far-right conspiracy theorist will not be able to tweet, retweet or favourite tweets for seven days

Controversial Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been suspended from Twitter for up to seven days.

The suspension has put Jones into what Twitter describes as “read-only mode” preventing him from tweeting, liking or retweeting, but not removing his tweets or personal account from the social network. The Infowars Twitter account remains unaffected.

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How to turn off Google’s location tracking



Turning off location history won’t hide where you are when you use search, Maps or weather. Here’s how to stop being tracked

When you turn off “location history” Google still tracks your location when you use several of its key services including Maps, search and the weather. Here’s how to really turn all of it off.

A report from the Associated Press has highlighted that the feature called location history is just one of the systems that Google uses to track your location for personalised services, local search and other purposes such as advertising.

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Artificial intelligence tool ‘as good as experts’ at detecting eye problems



Machine-learning system can identify more than 50 different eye diseases and could speed up diagnosis and treatmentA new machine-learning system is as good as the best human experts at detecting eye problems and referring patients for treatment, say sc…

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 9 with big screen and Fortnite



Top-of-the-range Android smartphone has new Bluetooth stylus and intelligent dual camera system with dual aperture lenses

Samsung’s latest flagship Android smartphone is the productivity-focused Galaxy Note 9: a larger, longer-lasting version of its stylus-touting phablet.

Announced at an event in New York the Note 9 resembles last year’s Note 8, replete with glass front and back, curved edges and slide-out S Pen stylus.

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Android 9 Pie: everything you need to know



Google’s new mobile OS is rolling out to a select group of phones. Here’s the lowdown on the new features

Google’s next version of Android finally has a name: “Pie”. It’s rolling out right now and is packed with new features, from extended battery life to new gesture navigation.

Pie marks one of the biggest changes in the way Android looks and feels in some years, with a more colourful interface, a collection of new movement animations and rounded edges on almost everything. Thankfully, it’s still as fast as Android Oreo, at least on Google’s Pixel smartphones.

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How do I get the best from Alexa?



Crafty and creative hacks, apps and bits of kit to use with your Amazon Echo and its avatar

Smart speakers are taking over British homes. A recent UK Gov survey found the number had doubled in three months, with around 10% of Brits owning one – and that 75% of these were Amazon Echo devices. The overwhelming majority are used for basic tasks like playing music and answering general knowledge questions – but with the right tips, tricks, skills and accessories you can get the Echo’s digital assistant Alexa to do just about anything…

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Reddit user data compromised in sophisticated hack



Hackers access usernames, passwords and email addresses in breach of one of world’s biggest websites

Reddit has suffered a data breach compromising usernames, passwords and email addresses of groups of users, the site has confirmed.

While the size of the breach has yet to be clarified, Reddit said two data sets had been accessed by hackers, including one from 2007 containing account details and all public and private posts between 2005 and May 2007.

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Huawei beats Apple to become second-largest smartphone maker



iPhone manufacturer drops to third after Chinese company splits Samsung and Apple for first time in seven years

Huawei overtook Apple to become the world’s second-largest smartphone seller behind Samsung in the second quarter, the first time in seven years that any contender has managed to split the top two.

Multiple market analysts said that Huawei’s rise came as the slowdown in China, the world’s largest market for smartphones, eased, with growing market share in Europe. Huawei failed in its recent bid to launch in the US after government action against companies deemed a security threat.

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