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Review: Sony MDR-ZX770BT

It’s a difficult task to stand out in the headphone market these days. Having a killer feature helps, be it awesome sound performance or wireless capabilities. But value remains the most important item on many listeners’ checklists. The more packed into the offering, the better. Sony enters 2015 guns a-blazing with a new set of wireless over-ear headphones for just $150. (This model isn’t currently available in UK or AU

Scientists are tracking water levels with the help of YouTube… and graffiti artists

Geoscientists in Germany are using YouTube videos to study the water levels of a cave south-east of the Saudi Arabian capital city Riyadh. The scorching deserts of the Middle East sit atop huge reservoirs of groundwater, which formed in prehistoric times and have long permitted people to survive in its inhospitable landscapes. Until the 1980s, the region even sported a few lakes and waterholes. But today they lie empty, as

Scientists are tracking water levels with the help of YouTube… and graffiti artists

Geoscientists in Germany are using YouTube videos to study the water levels of a cave south-east of the Saudi Arabian capital city Riyadh. The scorching deserts of the Middle East sit atop huge reservoirs of groundwater, which formed in prehistoric times and have long permitted people to survive in its inhospitable landscapes. Until the 1980s, the region even sported a few lakes and waterholes. But today they lie empty, as

In Depth: 12 Star Wars tech facts you almost certainly should know

Star Wars: Holograms to Vaderselfies Star Wars’ impact on the world of film cannot be ignored, but George Lucas’ iconic sci-fi series has also been a significant player in the world of tech since 1977. From sound design to special FX, via computer games and CGI and from laser disc through to holograms, Star Wars has always been close to TechRadar’s heart. So, with Star Wars VII’s trailer nearly here,

No sex please, just cutesy flirting and strawberries for China's online hostesses

By Natalie Thomas BEIJING (Reuters) – In China’s online hostessing world, men find virtual company and the women can find riches. Student Xiao Yue, 21, spends four hours most days chatting online with fans who shower her with virtual roses and other presents. She is one of more than 10,000 hostesses on the internet site bobo.com, a live broadcasting web platform where anyone can record themselves singing, playing piano, dancing

Microsoft and Yahoo amend search deal

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc amended a 2009 partnership to give Yahoo more flexibility to enhance the search services on any platform. Microsoft will get exclusive rights to sell ads delivered by its Bing ads platform, while Yahoo will continue to sell ads on its Gemini platform. The 10-year search partnership was crafted by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz in 2009. (Reporting

India's Tata Consultancy accused in U.S. lawsuit of South Asian bias

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd has been sued by a white American information technology worker who accused India’s largest software services exporter of overwhelming favoritism toward workers of South Asian descent in the United States. In a complaint filed on Tuesday in San Francisco federal court, Steven Heldt said 95 percent of Tata’s 14,000-person U.S. workforce descend from South Asia, primarily India, and that the company violated federal civil rights law

Seattle homeless newspaper vendors pioneer scan-to-pay Google app

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) – Street vendors selling Seattle’s Real Change newspaper will accept digital payments from Thursday through a new smartphone application developed by workers at Google Inc in a volunteer project to help hawkers serve increasingly cashless patrons. Seattle residents looking for a weekly dose of reform-minded news will be able to scan a barcode with their phones to receive a $2.99 digital edition of the

Net neutrality row grows louder in India, Internet.org hit

A group of India’s leading technology and Internet firms has pulled out of Internet.org, Facebook’s flagship effort to get billions more online, in a growing debate over free access and internet neutrality in the country. Net neutrality is the concept that all websites on the internet are treated equally. The debate over access and neutrality has grabbed headlines in India this week after leading telecom carrier Bharti Airtel announced a

Hands-on review: Huawei P8

This is a flash hands on review to give you the chance to see what the phone is all about as soon as possible. Stay tuned as we’ll be expanding and upgrading this review very shortly with more info. The Huawei P8 is the Chinese firm’s latest foray into the flagship market, and it’s arguably its best handset to date after the comparably sedate Ascend P6 and Ascend P7 flagships

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