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Welcome to The 848 Update- and the very first one of 2016! We know this week’s been a sluggish one, so check out our tech stories to perk you up. Maybe even make checking back your new year’s resolution… Take a look every Friday for more of the latest technology news.

L’Oreal are combining tech with skin safety

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Absolutely everyone is using tech these days- we bet even your Gran is capable of sending you some funny cat photos on Facebook. Now beauty giant L’Oreal is using tech to improve the health of their customers. The new invention is a piece of wearable tech called ‘My UV Patch’. The patch can be placed on any part of the body, lasts for up to 5 days, and changes colour when UV rays have been detected. The user can then take a picture and upload it to a custom app, which logs the changes to your skin. UV rays have been linked to everything from wrinkles to cancer, so this revolutionary little gadget might just help a lot of people.

Wave goodbye to Internet Explorer…

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Internet Explorer has never had the greatest reputation as a browser, often getting beaten by popular competitors such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Since IE was replaced with Microsoft Edge early last year, it’s become even more unloved and unused- and now Microsoft are finally pulling the plug on editions 8, 9, and 10.  These versions will no longer be updated, leaving them vulnerable to security breaches and putting your network at risk. If you’re an Internet Explorer fan, ensure you’re on version 11- or just upgrade to Windows 10 to experience all the great new features.

Twitter are changing what it means to tweet

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Twitter has seen some changes over the years, but is now rumoured to be altering one of the fundamental aspects of the site- the 140 character limit. In attempt to stay afloat in a sea of social media sites, you might soon be able to write a tweet of up to 10,000 characters. The super-tweet is something that’s been rumoured for eons, however, so we’ll have to watch this space.

Weirdest tech story of the week:
Mark Zuckerberg wants to become Iron Man
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Image credit: JD Hancock

Okay, maybe he doesn’t want to become a fully-fledged superhero billionaire. He does, however, want to create his very own digital assistant, just like J.A.R.V.I.S from the popular Marvel franchise. In a recent Facebook post, Zuckerberg announced his bizarre new year’s resolution, hoping to include features such as voice and facial recognition, to get the device to help him with his work and operate gadgets around his home. Becoming Tony Stark is the daydream of any tech fan- we’re hoping building the super-suit might come later.
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