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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 CRM 2016 has been released worldwide

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One of the leading custom relationship management systems is soon to become world-leading, as it is released in a whopping 44 languages. Alongside the global revelation, Dynamics CRM has also enabled better integration with other Microsoft Products such as Office 365, enhanced use on a wide variety of devices, and a more comprehensive customer service ability. Give it a try.

Got your fairy lights up yet?

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Image: Annie Spratt via Unsplash

If your WiFi has been playing up a little bit since you decked the halls, your router hasn’t been overcome with Christmas merriment. Ofcom have warned that interference from other electronic devices in your home- such as fairy lights, baby monitors or microwaves- could be hampering your browsing speeds. It might be just the excuse to log off the web and spend a little quality time with the family- for an hour or two, at least.

Microsoft have teamed up with Guide Dogs charity to help the blind

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Image: Tanner Vines via Unsplash

Microsoft are working on a headset and app combination designed specifically for visually impaired people, so they can better navigate busy or new surroundings. Audio navigation informs the wearer about what surrounds them and what is coming up ahead in their path. A clicking sound gets rapidly faster if you are staying on the right path, and the remote function allows users with a cane or dog to remain hands-free. It’s designed to give a little bit more independence to a group of people who often lack the confidence to explore their surroundings alone. What a great use of technology!

Choose the Jedi or Sith with Google

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It’s 22 days until Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in Cinemas. So Google have got in on the hype by introducing a theme to their apps and webpages. Simply head to the Google Star Wars portal, select a team (I chose the light side), and see how it’s changed your android wear, chrome browser, or even your ChromeCast. More changes will be added in the run-up to the 19th December, so don’t worry if you don’t notice much right away. I am a fan of the small changes, such as my loading bar transforming into a lightsaber when I log into my Gmail account.
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Weirdest tech story of the week:
2015 isn’t quite ready for hoverboards

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Image: Ben Larcey

The hoverboard has been the pinnacle of super-cool future technology ever since we saw Back to the Future. The Swegway is the closest thing we can get- it’s speedy, compact, and gives the illusion of hovering. These devices have been a huge hit in the UK- but thousands have been confiscated due to faulty and unauthorised parts. There are reports of Swegways literally exploding during use. Look out for super-cheap versions being sold online: the original was over £1,000.

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