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John W Arthur

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John is the head of our IT Security team and he writes about Security, IT news on The Next Digit. He was the Employee of the Year 2013 for his selfless support and efficiently setting up the whole security infrastructure. He also occasionally writes on "IT Sec Pro" Print Media of Sweden. All posts by John

Amazon’s Alexa Can Adjust Room Temperature with Nest Thermostat

Do you have a Nest thermostat installed in your home or at the office? Amazon’s Alexa can now help you control the temperature in the room simply with voice commands. All you need to do is link the smart heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) control to your Amazon account via the accompanying Alexa mobile app. After you integrate the voice ...

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Happy 10th Anniversary, Twitter!

Happy 10th anniversary, Twitter! This Monday, the micro-blogging platform celebrates its success gained over the past decade, so it seems fitting to take a look at some of the important milestones achieved, as well as wondering about the future of the 140-character documenter. According to the most recent reports, Twitter boasts more than 300 million active users – which sounds ...

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TweetDeck for Windows Will Shut Down on April 15th

Twitter rolled out a new update today saying that users can now switch with more ease between its website desktop and its application TweetDeck. How? Users are no longer required to log in to TweetDeck separately. In other words, if users are already logged in on the Twitter website, they can skip the log-in process on TweetDeck. In a similar news ...

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Alphabet Inc. Wants to Sell Boston Dynamics

On February 23, Boston Dynamics posted a video on YouTube showing off how far the robot technology had come. We were awestruck to see a humanoid robot walking just fine through snow, perfectly maintaining its balance. Another robot with two arms gently grabbed a box to place it on a shelf – then manages somehow to keep its upright position ...

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Smart Replies Comes to Inbox by Gmail for Desktop

Formally known as Inbox by Gmail, Inbox has forever been the odd beast among email services. Made by the people who developed and run Gmail, Inbox has never threatened to replace it, at least not yet. Instead, it wants to improve the way we write our emails. Since not a lot of people use Inbox, this might be a rather ...

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Samsung Gear VR Launches Oculus Social

A week ago Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg received the Axel Springer Award in Berlin. During the award ceremony, the young millionaire chose to talk about a hot topic: the future of virtual reality in general, and the role of Oculus Rift in particular. After releasing a controversial picture of the entire audience wearing the VR headsets as he was walking ...

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Amazon Sells and Ships Japanese Games Internationally

Have you ever paid a monumental price just to import a Japanese game into the States – or Europe, for that matter? If you’re a dedicated gamer, you surely did; but here’s some good news: Amazon Japan has finally agreed to ship video game hardware and software worldwide. No fanfare joined the quiet change – it was Twitter users that ...

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Universal Studios Japan Schedules Nintendo Land Opening by 2020

Nintendo’s brands and characters are so carefully guarded that we have the company itself to blame for the lack of exciting real-world adventures fans could have with Pokemon, Mario and Luigi, and Link and Zelda. However, there’s some change on the horizon, and in four years’ time, we might be able to enjoy a Nintendo theme park. According to a ...

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Is Intel Developing Its Own Augmented Reality Headpiece?

Augmented and virtual reality are gradually taking over the interests of tech companies, and after Microsoft’s HoloLens headset and Meta’s next-generation AR dev glasses, it’s now time for Intel to claim a stake in the field. Or at least, that’s what the rumor mill spewed this week. Sources familiar with the matter say that Intel might be developing its own ...

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