We’re back again with The 848 Update! This week we’re covering big news about Boston Dynamics, exciting new extensions to Microsoft Edge and sharing a heartwarming story that proves tech can change lives.

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When Microsoft launched Edge, the internet browser to replace Internet Explorer, the biggest drawback was undoubtedly a lack of extension support. Browser extensions are a feature that is becoming increasingly popular with savvy internet users so it’s unsurprising Edge are trialing extensions in order to compete with Chrome and Firefox.

Initially only three extensions will be available; Microsoft Translator, Mouse Gestures and a preview of the Reddit Enhancement Suite. There are already plans for extensions from Adblock, Amazon and Evernote, however, so watch this space for new developments!

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We were both awestruck and terrified when the above video went live. Boston Dynamics revealed their newest version of Atlas, a disturbingly humanoid hydraulic robot that can navigate terrain, pick up objects and get up when it falls on the floor. We’re not the only ones who found this a little disturbing as the video seemed to instill a strong sense of both fear and approval in viewers.

It’s looking like we’ll be safe from any I, Robot scenarios for now (the film is set just 19 years in the future!) as Google are considering selling Boston Dynamics in anticipation of criticism. Not wanting to be responsible for this ‘terrifying’ scenario of robots taking over human jobs, Google seem to be cutting ties and possibly passing on the robotics development division to Toyota or Amazon.

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Moving on from terrifying technology of the future, computers are still improving lives every day here in the present. James Walker, a 16 year old from Hull was able to speak to his mum for the first time this week thanks to a new computer he can control with eye movement.

As a wheelchair user with limited arm movement and no verbal communication abilities, James has been learning to use his new computer at school and surprised his mother this week with the simple phrase, “Hello Mum”. Finally able to express himself, James is now able to say what he wants to wear, argue with his sister and warn people when he’s about to have a fit.

When so many of us only use computers for work and social networking, it’s easy to forget how big a difference they can make to the lives of others!

Thank you for reading The 848 Update. We’ll be back next week with more news from the tech world.