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Expectations are high after Sony’s dispiriting launch of the new PS4

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at the launch of Microsoft Windows 8 in October 2012

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Millions have downloaded utilities to bring back some traditional lements of Windows

Steve Ballmer: The boss who bet his company on Windows 8 – and lost as computer giant announces 'biggest product U-turn since New Coke'

Updated version of operating system will take into account complaints made by users as decision to overhaul the much-maligned operating system has put Bill Gates’s successor under pressure

We, like, should really stop saying ‘like’

WWNMS? ‘What Would Nancy Mitford Say,’ wonders Eleanor Doughty, quite properly

Microsoft grabs a slice of app action

Gamers don’t help themselves, do they? It’s well known that we here at Trending love eating pizza as much as we enjoy playing some digital slice of entertainment, but we try not to have a combo of the two, lest we unwittingly stereotype ourselves.

Two held after series of 'explosions' in Denbigh

Two people were held in custody last night by police investigating suspected explosive incidents which saw residents in a Welsh town evacuated from their homes for two nights in succession.

Joe Dinicol, left, and Sarah Stouffer act out a scene from an episode of Betas, one of 14 TV show pilots being made by Amazon

Amazon posts 14 pilot TV shows online for free

The world's largest internet retailer Amazon has taken a leap into broadcasting and has posted 14 pilot television shows online for users to watch for free.

'Severe' blaze hits Birmingham's Smurfit Kappa paper mill

Ten thousand tons of cardboard has been burning through the night in a “severe” fire at a paper mill.

PC sales hit by biggest decline in 20 years as tablet takes over

Sales of PCs have been hit by the biggest decline in 20 years thanks to consumers increasingly choosing tablet computers over their less portable counterparts.

Global PC sales dive in move towards tablets

Microsoft's Windows 8 software appears to be driving buyers away from PCs and toward smartphones and tablets, research firm IDC said last night. Global shipments of PCs fell 14 per cent in the first three months this year, it said, the sharpest plunge since the firm started tracking the industry in 1994.

Next-generation Xbox 'reveal' planned for May claims tech blogger as rumours and rows continue to swirl over 'always-on' device

Seasoned Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott has claimed in a 'What the Tech' podcast, that the console will be unveiled at a 'reveal' event in May

Windows warning for IT

Over half of the UK's large businesses are putting themselves at risk of cyber-attacks and security breaches by sticking with Windows XP, according to new research.

Google’s data-gathering technology has sparked privacy fears

Stop your snooping, European regulators tell Google

Privacy watchdogs have united in an unprecedented attack on the way the search giant collects information on its users

Review: 'Gears of War: Judgement'

Some solid shooting done well, but there's precious little new here

Microsoft: warned by European Union regulators to modify how it presents Internet Explorer in Windows 8

Microsoft hit with massive €561m fine for breaking EU deal on user choice over internet browser

Software giant will have paid  €2.24 billion (£1.94 billion) in penalties racked up in clashes with EU over past decade.

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