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I have a keen personal interest in how technology can be used to solve broader social and even geopolitical problems; if you have any thoughts on that front, let's have a beer and chew the cud - you never know, we may just make the world a better place.
Huge sci-fi fan as well (BSG/Trek run through my veins), and I love a good cup of tea. And Ovaltine. More than anything though, I love things with buttons, screens, switches, lights and toggles. I love tech.
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After releasing its new flagship phone in the US last week, Huawei has launched the Honor 8 in Europe, featuring an octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, 5.2-inch Full HD display, dual-12MP cameras, and more.
Many were hoping the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) might get Android 7.0 Nougat. But the cut-off for guaranteed OS updates for both devices was last year - and security patches will likely end soon too.
Microsoft cut the Lumia 950 XL's price to £399.99 in June, but its price continues to fall elsewhere in the UK. After reducing it to £359.99 last month, Amazon has now cut its price by a further 5.5%.
...although you can win one in the company's Xbox One S 'Madden NFL 17' Custom Console Sweepstakes. There are 32 of the uniquely designed consoles up for grabs - one for each team in the NFL.
Next week, Microsoft will close its Lumia Twitter accounts for individual markets and regions, as well as its @LumiaHelp support account, merging those activities into 'unified, global' accounts.
Behold, the new addition to Microsoft's gaming portfolio: the Xbox Onesie. Designed to enhance the couch potato experience, it says it's "the perfect loungewear attire for true entertainment fans".
Google has announced that it is "moving Nougat into a new regular maintenance schedule over the coming quarters", and a developer preview of its first update to Android 7.0 will arrive this fall.
After stating a release date of August 18, and then pushing it back to August 22, the Microsoft Store now says the Elite x3 won't arrive until September 6, while HP's store listing remains more vague.
When you buy a Type Cover, Microsoft will give you a free 32GB PNY microSD card, but the claim that it's "worth £19.99" is a bit optimistic - the same card is available with 64GB for £14.95 on Amazon.
Genee launched in 2014, using AI, natural language processing and chat bots to make it easier to schedule meetings. It's now been acquired by Microsoft, and will shut down its service next month.
HP has priced the Elite x3 alone at £683, and the Desk Dock at £131. It's also revealed the cost of many other accessories for the Windows 10 Mobile flagship - but its release date is still a mystery.
Almost eleven months after Marshmallow was originally released, a preview build of OxygenOS 3.1.0 - based on Android 6.0.1 - is now available for the OnePlus X, but there are some known issues.
The Microsoft Store cut the price of its Windows 10 Mobile flagship to £399.99 in June - but its price has continued to fall elsewhere in the UK. One retailer is now offering it for £336.20.
Microsoft has begun accepting pre-orders for HP's new Windows 10 Mobile flagship in the US, with shipments starting next month - but there are a few things to be aware of before placing your order.