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Welcome to The 848 Update! We’re here to give you the need-to-know guide on all that has happened this week in the world of technology. Released every Friday, 848 aims to sum it all up in 500 words or less! Check back every week for more.

Microsoft Edge may be soon to get extensions

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Microsoft Edge is still the brand-new browser on the scene. Although it’s so far received better criticism than its predecessor, Internet Explorer, it’s got a long way to go. Microsoft may have accidentally revealed a webpage showcasing extensions for both Pinterest and Reddit websites. The website was quickly taken down, however, and Microsoft have yet to comment. Watch this space…

Bing can keep you on top of the presidential election news

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Microsoft have released a politics based website in anticipation of the 2016 presidential elections. Using an algorithm called the Bing Political Index (BPI), the software charts each candidate in 10 key policy areas, which will be updated month-by-month as the election progresses. You can even calculate your own BPI and find the candidate who best suits your political interests. This sounds just a little like the Microsoft Dynamics CRM system- only managing politicians instead of customers.

New technology is teaching cars to ‘listen’ to wet roads

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Deaths in car accidents remain one of the highest killers in the western world- and technology is being developed to attempt to counteract just that. The tech works by ‘listening’ to the sound of tires on a wet road. This can measure exactly how wet the road is, and using cloud-based technology, can even share this information with other drivers. I love stories about tech being used to save lives.

Weirdest tech story of the week:
Presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to ‘close the internet’
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Donald Trump is the leading Presidential candidate for the upcoming 2016 election in the USA. In light of the recent terror events, Trump has identified social media and online forums as a manner in which terrorists recruit new members. To stop this, he’s decided he wants to close the internet in certain areas. If you’re thinking ‘that’s not how the internet works’, Trump has clearly had the same thought- and has planned to enlist Bill Gates put his plan into action. I don’t want to sound too political, but I certainly hope he learns how to google his ‘facts’ before he reaches the White House.  Until he closes down the internet, that is.

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