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The price of Bitcoin took a big hit earlier today when the price declined by around $3,000. The price is still higher than earlier this month but it could mark the start of a bigger decline.
A new report published by UK MPs has suggested how the government could tackle the issue of electronic waste. It criticised online retailers like Amazon for not offering to collect e-waste.
IDC has predicted that smartphones will grow year-over-year in 4Q20 after the market performed stronger than expected during 3Q20. The sales will be largely driven by consumer interest in 5G.
The UK government has announced that it's scaling back ambitions to deploy gigabit broadband to 100% of residences by 2025. Instead, it has set a new target of 85% but the budget is unchanged.
The latest Vivaldi snapshot has arrived with Vivaldi Mail, Vivaldi Feed Reader, and Vivaldi Calendar. The features are still in technical preview so users will need to manually enable them.
Snapchat has announced that it will pay users for their content that does well on its Spotlight. Creators will earn based on a proprietary formula that includes how many users heart content.
Vodafone has announced that it plans to hit net zero carbon by the year 2040. Its Scope 1 & 2 emissions will reach net zero by 2030. The 2040 goal was set for 2050 but was brought forward.
Fedora 31 is set to reach its end of life next Tuesday. People that are still running this old version of Fedora are strongly urged to upgrade their system before they stop receiving security updates.
Google has announced some changes that Android app developers will need to implement next year. They include switching to the newer Android App Bundle publishing format to decrease download sizes.
IBM and Red Hat are among firms pushing for more inclusion in the software industry. The Inclusive Naming Initiative will look at terms like blacklist and whitelist and suggest alternatives.
Mozilla's Firefox 85, due for release in January, will be the first version of the browser to ship without support for Flash. It will stop working in Firefox 84 on 12 January when support ends.
Elecnor Deimos UK will be one of the firms working on a new satellite dubbed The Claw which will guide space junk, which is becoming unsafe, to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere where it will burn up.
Mozilla has just released Firefox 83. It comes with lots of changes including better performance from the SpiderMonkey engine and emulated support for Apple's M1 chip with native support due.
GitHub has reinstated the youtube-dl repository after it received evidence from the Electronic Frontier Foundation showing that the project doesn't violate the DMCA as it was accused of doing.
Proton has announced its Black Friday sale. Discounts are available for a little under two weeks and if you get ProtonMail and ProtonVPN Plus you'll get early access to ProtonDrive beta.
The UK government has commissioned research into whether space-based solar power could be made to work. The research will look to find what hurdles need to be overcome to achieve the plan.
The Debian Project has announced that Juliette Taka's Homeworld theme will be used by default in Debian 11. Taka also provided the themes which were the defaults on Debian 8 and Debian 9.
The analyst firm, TrendForce, has predicted a growth in MacBook Sales this year and for sales records to be broken in 2021. The reason for the expected growth is Apple's new M1 processor.
Roku has announced that its Roku OS 9.4 update, due in phases over the coming months, it includes support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on select 4K Roku devices including Roku Ultra and Streambar.
Virgin Media has announced a new TV platform called Virgin TV 360. It's available to all new customers and later in the year for existing customers with the premium Ultimate Oomph bundle.
Samsung has become the latest OEM to join Google's Android Enterprise Recommended programme. These devices are designed to be ready to go for enterprise customers looking for devices.
Apple has suspended future business with its supplier, Pegatron after it was found to be using student labour outside of normal rules. Pegatron said it's taking corrective measures.
The Debian Project has announced that Debian 13, which is due for release in 2025, has been given the codename Trixie. The name comes from one of the newer characters in the Toy Story series.
Let's Encrypt has announced that from September 1, 2021, its existing root certificate will expire. This will cause significant issues for people using Android version below 7.1.1.
The team behind GIMP has released a new development version of the image editor which it describes as the first step to GIMP 3. It includes a GTK 3 UI, render caching, Wayland support, and more.
The price of bitcoin has reached $15,000 for the first time since 2018. It comes as the US presidential race comes down to the wire with ballots being counted in a handful of crucial states.
The contact tracing app in the UK, Jersey and Gibraltar can now communicate with each other making them more effective when a person with the app crosses over into another territory.
Virgin Media has announced that its Gig1 gigabit broadband package is now available to customers in London and Northern Ireland. Speeds offered with Gig1 are 17 times above the national average.
The TIOBE Index has put Python as the second most popular programming language, replacing Java. It's the first time in nearly 20 years that the TIOBE Index is not reporting C and Java in the top two.
People in California have voted in favour of Proposition 22 which means app-based drivers will still be considered contractors but Uber, Lyft and others will have to make some concessions.
The Brave web browser now has 20 million monthly active users and 7 million daily active users according to its maker. These new figures represent a 2.3 times increase compared to this time last year.
COVID-19 has destroyed many livelihoods and reduced sales across many sectors but new research from Canalys suggests smart accessories such as fitness bands will see increased sales in 2021.
Clem Lefebvre, head of Linux Mint, has said Chromium is available again in its official repositories after it started building the browser itself. It has also started work on an IPTV player.
Sky Broadband has announced two new FTTP broadband packages that offer download speeds of up to 145Mbps and upload speed of up to 27Mbps. Both offers are available on an 18-month contract.
The UK charity, Internet Watch Foundation, has reported an increase in reports of child sexual abuse content online. It said the lockdown meant more people were online and uncovering illegal content.
O2 and Hubbub have announced that they plan to donate 10,000 smartphones to the most vulnerable people around the country. Recipients will also receive unlimited calls, texts, and 6GB of data.
Samsung has announced a competition set to begin in mid-November where players compete in a digital scavenger hunt to win a Limited Edition QLED TV, and Xbox Series X, and Cyberpunk 2077.
The NHS COVID-19 app has been updated. It removes possible exposure and near-miss notifications, improves the distance measurements and lowers the threshold for isolation notifications.
The coronavirus contact tracing apps across the UK will also speak to one another from November meaning that users don't have to download different apps if they cross borders to other nations.