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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.

(There’s a lot of stories on ‘futuristic’ tech this week… maybe we’re just too excited for The Force Awakens…)

Future decoded 2015

Future decoded is one of the largest technology events of the year. It’s intended to showcase the fantastic new and developing technology that drives our evolution, and how we’re using this technology in exciting and innovative new ways. Over 4,000 visitors attended, and The 848 Group were proudly in that number! Our favourite things? The dancing Stormtroopers and the ‘Makr Shakr’ cocktail bar. Take a look for yourself.
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Pro vs Pro: The device wars.

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Microsoft launched their new Surface Pro 4 in the UK this week… The same week as Apple have released their iPad Pro. Wow. We’ve talked before about how both Microsoft and Apple have created some seriously competitive devices- but which one ends up under the most trees this Christmas time is yet to be decided.
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Star Wars is teaching kids to Code

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Star Wars has been a kid’s favourite for decades now- and Code.org andDisney have teamed up to take advantage of this. Coding is a key skill these days, and the industry is trying to get more little ones- particularly little girls, as there’s a severe shortage of women in this sector- to embrace and enjoy the skill.  Click the image to try it out.
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Windows 10’s November update

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4 months after its release, Windows 10 has received its first big update, improving the specs of the operating system across the board. Boot time is now 30% faster than older Windows OS, for instance, and Cortana has been given a makeover. Now, simply by scribbling in your notebook, Cortana can detect addresses, emails and phone numbers, plan your events, and even order you a cab. Microsoft Edge and other key apps, such as Box and Office 365, have been enhanced. It’s a little too soon for review, but we’re optimistic.
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Weirdest Tech Story of the Week
A self-driving Google car has been pulled over… for driving too slowly.

In California, near Google’s HQ, a driverless car was pulled over for going 24MPH in a 35MPH zone. Google claimed on their Google+ account that they cap their cars at 25 so they appear safe, friendly and approachable, which is perfectly legal in their area. In fact, stats show that the Google cars are significantly safer than human drivers, because they can’t get tired, angry or distracted, and aren’t daft enough to check their phone while driving. The car didn’t receive a fine and continues to tootle along California’s streets.

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We’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

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