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World’s first quantum ‘compass’ that uses atoms instead of satellites to navigate could make sat-nav obsolete

November 09, 2018 at 12:52PM The accelerometer overcomes many of the issues of traditional GPS systems, such as blockages from tall buildings or signal jamming World's first quantum 'compass' that uses atoms instead of satellites to navigate could make sat-nav obsolete ...

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David Attenborough to voice Netflix’s nature conservation series, Our Planet

November 09, 2018 at 09:34AM Netflix has persuaded everyone’s favorite naturalist, David Attenborough, to voice its forthcoming original nature documentary series, Our Planet, which is slated to put conservation squarely in the frame, not just offer glorious animal eye-candy. It’s a timely moment to focus on conservation with climate change posing existential threats to global… Continue reading David Attenborough to voice Netflix’s nature conservation series, Our Planet

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7,000 UK households still watching TV in black and white

November 08, 2018 at 07:55AM TV Licensing reveals hotspots across the country where monochrome remains kingMore than 7,000 households in the UK are still watching television in black and white, more than 50 years after the advent of colour programming.London has the largest number of black and white sets at 1,768, followed by the West… Continue reading 7,000 UK households still watching TV in black and white

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Where the streets have no change: how buskers are surviving in cashless times

November 08, 2018 at 06:00AM Dropping coins in a hat is increasingly, well, old hat. Is it time street musicians turned to contactless card readers?It is a crisp, blustery, autumn afternoon on the South Bank in London. Charlotte Campbell stands with her back to the river playing an acoustic guitar and singing Leonard Cohen’s song… Continue reading Where the streets have no change: how buskers are surviving in cashless times

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Scooter hire firm Bird launches UK trial – on one east London path

November 06, 2018 at 06:01AM US startup stymied by ban on powered vehicles using public roads and footpathsThe electric scooter revolution is coming to London, as the US-based startup Bird launches the UK’s first legal scooter-hire service.The company, which has already launched in France, Israel, Belgium, Austria and the US, is starting out small, however:… Continue reading Scooter hire firm Bird launches UK trial – on one east London path

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DeepMap, a maker of HD maps for self-driving, raised at least $60M at a $450M valuation

November 01, 2018 at 03:03PM As car and tech companies continue to make inroads on vehicles and services to build autonomous driving systems, a startup that is creating high-definition maps to help these vehicles move around has quietly picked up a significant round of funding. DeepMap — a Palo Alto startup co-founded by James Wu… Continue reading DeepMap, a maker of HD maps for self-driving, raised at least $60M at a $450M valuation

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Uber challenges ruling on drivers’ rights at court of appeal

October 30, 2018 at 02:27PM Protest held outside court in London as firm appeals against employment tribunal rulingUber has launched a court challenge against a landmark legal ruling that set a precedent for millions of gig economy workers.Hundreds of people rallied outside the court of appeal in central London, in what was billed as Britain’s… Continue reading Uber challenges ruling on drivers’ rights at court of appeal

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Medical students ‘raised on screens lack skills for surgery’

October 30, 2018 at 10:50AM Leading surgeon says lack of hobbies and creativity in schools has affected children’s practical abilitiesNew medical students have spent so much time on screens that they lack vital practical skills necessary to conduct life-saving operations, a leading surgeon has warned.Roger Kneebone, professor of surgical education at Imperial College London, said… Continue reading Medical students ‘raised on screens lack skills for surgery’

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From click to chic: Amazon trials real-world fashion boutique

October 28, 2018 at 07:30AM The retailer has launched five clothing labels in a year and has ambitions to be a serious player in fashionBright red lacy dresses, cosy coats and ripped jeans fill a chic central London boutique decorated with neon signage and stripped wood floors. Shoppers bustle and admire the clothes – but… Continue reading From click to chic: Amazon trials real-world fashion boutique

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Uber drivers ‘£18,000 poorer’ as firm appeals two-year-old tribunal order

October 28, 2018 at 06:00AM GMB union says 40,000 drivers are worse off through missing holiday and sick pay, despite a court ruling in 2016Uber drivers are estimated to be more than £18,000 out of pocket because the ride hailing company refuses to recognise a two-year-old ruling entitling them to holiday pay, a minimum wage… Continue reading Uber drivers ‘£18,000 poorer’ as firm appeals two-year-old tribunal order

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‘Would robot sex count as infidelity? Technically no…’

October 27, 2018 at 04:00PM Kate Devlin, computer scientist and sex-tech expert, talks about teledildonics, the possible futures of human relationships and the intersection of AI and sexDr Kate Devlin is a computer scientist at Kings College London whose work includes delving into the overlap between sex, intimacy and technology as well as human-computer and… Continue reading ‘Would robot sex count as infidelity? Technically no…’

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Amazon opens pop-up fashion shop in central London

October 23, 2018 at 06:07PM Baker Street store will sell own-label items and other brands during week-long trialAmazon has opened its first British fashion store, in the form of a central London pop-up where the retailer is seeking shoppers’ views on its clothing ranges, prices and store experience.The Baker Street pop-up is the first of… Continue reading Amazon opens pop-up fashion shop in central London

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Uber to introduce clean air fee to all London rides

October 23, 2018 at 12:34PM Ride-hailing app to charge extra 15p per mile to help drivers pay for electric carsUber will charge its customers in London an extra 15p per mile on every trip to help its drivers buy electric cars.The ride-hailing app hopes to create a £200m fund from the levy to encourage almost… Continue reading Uber to introduce clean air fee to all London rides

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Addison Lee aims to deploy self-driving cars in London by 2021

October 22, 2018 at 06:00AM Tech pioneer Oxbotica to start mapping public roads as it calls deal with hire firm ‘huge leap’Self-driving car services could be on the streets of London within three years under a partnership between the private hire firm Addison Lee and the British driverless car pioneers Oxbotica.The companies have signed a… Continue reading Addison Lee aims to deploy self-driving cars in London by 2021

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Coinbase plans for hard Brexit by opening Dublin offices

October 16, 2018 at 12:01AM London remains European headquarters of cryptocurrency exchange, but a move to Ireland is plan BCryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is opening new offices in Dublin as part of the company’s contingency planning for a hard Brexit.The company, one of the largest members of the blockchain ecosystem, says that London will remain its… Continue reading Coinbase plans for hard Brexit by opening Dublin offices

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The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world

October 14, 2018 at 09:00AM We check our phones every 12 minutes, often just after waking up. Always-on behaviour is harmful to long-term mental health, and we need to learn to the hit the pause buttonIt is difficult to imagine life before our personal and professional worlds were so dominated and “switched on” via smartphones… Continue reading The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world