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London becomes first European city to get an official Overwatch team
Blizzard’s Overwatch League has seen the addition of another two teams, with one of them being the first European franchise to enter the competition: an outfit based in London.LA-based esports firm Cloud9...
Paris aims to lure UK tech talent with new campus
Station F, a former railway station built in 1929, is now home to 1,000 technology start-up companies from around the world.Those behind the project hope that the 34,000-square-metre space, based on the...
YouTube battles extremism by redirecting terrorism-related search terms
YouTube has launched a new feature to combat online terror that redirects searches for violent extremist content to anti-terrorism videos. Story continues below As reported by Fortune and the Guardian,...
Questions raised over Battersea Power Station
Clamber out and you see a wide and telling view. You're eye level with the three other famous chimneys; around you, the cavernous, hollow interior of the turbine hall and switch houses; below, three thousand...
Here are the 50 hottest fintech firms in Europe right now
The Ethereum blockchain protocol and community has been included on the list as the one global exception in recognition of its status as a potentially disruptive worldwide phenomenon. All other companies...
Experts say Theresa May’s internet policies could make it harder to track extremists online
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s wants internet firms and social media companies to crack down on extremist content.However, experts say that doing so could make investigating the online activities...
Growing InsurTech market reflected in SBC London Demo Day
"Over $100 million has been invested in the companies that have gone through Startupbootcamp's (SBC) insurance technology (InsurTech) accelerator program since it launched 18 months ago,"...
London Marathon 2017: do runners really care about tech?
It’s the day before the London Marathon, and after yesterday’s heavier column, I felt like today should be a bit more tech-filled (and cheerier).But you’ve heard enough from me now, so I wanted to find...
Tech boss: Brexit will deter new start-ups
The comments from Taavet Hinrikus, the firm's chief executive, were a blow as the Government announced measures to help the UK "lead the world" in the sector.Mr Hinrikus also said the money transfer company...
Formula E racing on London’s public roads gets the greenlight
Formula E continues to grow, with the silent race cars winning fans over with gripping wheel-to-wheel racing that’s been missing from Formula 1 for some time.These technologically advanced racers could...
Facebook activates ‘Safety Check’ in London after ‘terror incident’ outside U.K. Parliament
Facebook has activated its “Safety Check” feature for users in the London area, after several people were injured on the iconic Westminster Bridge in what police are treating as a terrorist attack....
Driverless cars being tested on London roads
Using modified Leaf models, the company says its week-long trial is the first time anywhere in Europe that autonomous cars have been let loose on the public highway.The manufacturer put the electric vehicles...
Nissan picks London for first European on-road autonomous car tests
LONDON (Reuters) - Japanese carmaker Nissan said it will conduct its first European real-world trials of self-driving cars in London, choosing Britain just months after it said it would build two new models...
Snapchat becomes latest tech firm to pick London despite Brexit
LONDON (Reuters) - Messaging app Snapchat said it would make London the home of its international operations, delivering another vote of confidence in Britain's tech standing as the country prepares to...
London road has broken annual legal pollution limits already
Traffic on Brixton Road in Lambeth, LondonVictoria Jones/PABy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationLegal air pollution limits for the whole year have been broken just five days into 2017 in London,...
Cause of London's 1952 "killer fog" revealed
London may be known for its drizzly weather, but in 1952 the city’s quintessential fog cover turned deadly, and no one knew exactly why — until now.For five days in December 1952, a fog that contained...
Airbnb agrees to limit private rentals in London, Amsterdam
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Airbnb will start enforcing limits to private home rentals in two popular European cities on the home-sharing platform, London and Amsterdam, the San Francisco company said Thursday....
Facebook to increase UK staff by 50% in 2017
The move will see the company hire 500 new employees, ranging from engineers to developers, marking executives and sales staff.The majority of the new roles will be based in London, where Facebook is...
Want a job at Facebook UK? Now might be your best chance
Ever fancied yourself as a future Employee of the Month at Facebook? Then here's your chance - the social networking giant has announced plans for a huge expansion of its UK offices.Zuckerberg's crew...
Researchers solve mystery of historic 1952 London fog and current Chinese haze
In 1952 a killer fog covered London for five days, causing breathing problems and killing thousands of residents. The exact cause and nature of the fog has remained mostly unknown for decades, but an international...
Gorilla escapes from London Zoo
Police and evacuated visitors stand outside London Zoo after a gorilla escaped. Picture: Lynne Chapman via AP A GORILLA who sparked panic after escaping from its enclosure at London Zoo has been captured....
Apple to make landmark Battersea Power Station its new London home
LONDON (Reuters) - Technology giant Apple said on Wednesday it is moving its London headquarters to the landmark Battersea Power Station, a move hailed by the government as a sign that major firms are...
Android Pay will give you free coffee and London travel next month
England has some of the most expensive public transport in the world, but for four Mondays in October fares across London are free to anyone using a Mastercard through Android Pay.Simply load your Mastercard...
UK not thinking 'smart' on future of cities?
In an interview with the Financial Times, Ronan Dunne said slow-moving planning laws were holding back innovation and that a "radical overhaul" was required to pave the way for 5G networks.Smart cities...
Amazon’s restaurant delivery service launches in London to take on Uber, Deliveroo
But the London market already has some major players. Incumbent Deliveroo as well as the newly-launched UberEATS service are among Amazon's closest rivals. Uber declined to comment when contacted by CNBC....
Amazon to start restaurant deliveries in London
LONDON (Reuters) - Amazon said it would start delivering meals from restaurants direct to customers in some parts of London, the newest entrant to an increasingly competitive market which includes Just...
Wales Is 'Fastest Growing Digital Economy' Outside London
Cheap rents and sources of investment see modest increase in number of digital tech firms in Wales. By Nicholas Fearn A report published this week by law firm Nockolds claims Wales has the fastest growing...
London Underground to offer 24-hour service
London bills itself as a global city, the world’s biggest financial center and a creative hub to rival New York. [...] though, getting home after midnight meant taking the bus. “It’s a psychological step,...
Uber takes legal action over new rules in London
LONDON (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] has launched legal action against new rules in London such as written English tests for its drivers, in the latest battle between regulators and the car ride app which...
Swipe: Bike Couriers Monitoring Pollution
Fifty couriers will carry a CleanSpace tag which measures carbon monoxide levels and a LoRa (Long Range) tracker which maps their location. The data is fed into a free app which enables you to monitor...
What Brexit may mean for British tech, and Silicon Valley
The lasting impact of the United Kingdom’s vote to break with the European Union won’t be known for years, but the shift has immediate ramifications for the global technology industry, including Bay Area...
Meal delivery service app UberEATS launches in London
LONDON (Reuters) - Ride-hailing company Uber launched its meal delivery service app UberEATS in London on Thursday, the second European city where users will be able to order food to their home, entering...
2000-year-old find at building site
The faint scratchings have been deciphered by a renowned classicist. Picture: John Stillwell/PA via AP ARCHEOLOGISTS have made a stunning discovery of Britain’s oldest handwritten document at a site in...
Rare 2,000-year-old documents found in London mud
LONDON -- They came, they saw, they got down to business.Archaeologists announced Wednesday they have discovered hundreds of writing tablets from Roman London - including the oldest handwritten document...
Brits lose minds over spring ‘thundersnow’
Spring snow in Germany is a little more extreme, but still. Picture: AFP PHOTO/Arne Dedert. THEY’RE notoriously adept at complaining about the weather — but on Tuesday Brits had legitimate reason when...
London drone flights banned during Obama visit
Drone flights above central London and Windsor have been banned while president Barack Obama is visiting the city.Restrictions imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) say that as part of the "overarching...
Mahindra looks north after UK electric car launch
LONDON Mahindra group sees northern Europe as the next market for its electric cars after choosing Britain for the first stage of its expansion into Europe. The $17 billion automotive and technology company...
Bollore's London electric car club scheme faces delay
LONDON (Reuters) - An electric carsharing scheme being rolled out in London by French firm Bollore is taking longer than expected to set up fully because contract talks with the capital's local councils...
Google's Android Pay to launch in UK in few months
Alphabet Inc's Google unit said on Wednesday its one-touch payment app for Android devices, Android Pay, will be launching in the UK in the next few months.Android Pay will support MasterCard Inc and...
Silencing breast and lung cancer's ability to spread
As a tumor grows, cells can break off it and move around the body, potentially spreading the disease to other organs. Known as metastasis, this process significantly lowers the patient's likelihood of...
First all-electric double-decker buses roll out in London
London's famed red buses are set to receive a little dash of green, thanks to five new all-electric additions to the fleet. After being formally received at a ceremony last week, the new local emissions-free...
London drops the veil on electric double-deckers, will hit roads in April - Roadshow
Enlarge ImageIt's...well...a bus. The design doesn't need to be revolutionary, just what lies underneath. BYD The next time you travel through London on public transportation, you might find your experience...
London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Borse agree on merger
LONDON — The London Stock Exchange Group and Deutsche Borse said Wednesday that they had agreed to merge in an all-stock deal that they hope will create a European champion in a rapidly consolidating...
London gets a flock air pollution monitoring pigeons
Pigeons wearing backpacks with air quality sensors are now flying around London.Half a dozen racing pigeons have been released into the capital with GPS devices and a 35g sensor to measure levels of nitrogen...
Scientists Use Math to Hunt for Identity of Elusive Banksy
Scientists have applied a type of modeling used to track down criminals and map disease outbreaks to identify the graffiti artist, whose real name has never been confirmed. The technique, known as geographic...
For software developer jobs and pay, which works out best: London or Bucharest?
Can developers earn more in Romania's capital Bucharest than in London? Image: iStock A year and a half ago, software engineer Ciprian Florescu moved from London to Bucharest. After paying the bills and...
Botox-style injections bring England rugby player back to the pitch
Switching sides: Andy Goode from Worcester has been poached by rivals London Wasps. Photo: ACTION IMAGES Goode, who has had two groin surgeries, a torn hamstring, ankle and shoulder injuries, quit the...
Delivery drones tested on streets of London
Comments By: PTI | London | Published:February 24, 2016 5:26 pm The robots by Starship Technologies have been described as “ground drones” and were created by former Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and...
When you accidentally start trending on Twitter
Queen Elizabeth holds a commemorative plaque at the under construction Bond Street station after unveiling the new roundel for the Crossrail line that will be known as the Elizabeth line once the line...
Inside London's first whisky distillery since 1903
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Movebubble, The App That Aims To Make Renting In London Suck Less, Scores $1.6M Investment
Movebubble, the startup that wants to make renting in London suck a little less, has picked up $1.6 million in further funding, bringing total investment to just over $3.4 million. Investors include...
Gett Adds £6 Couriers To Its On-Demand Cab Service In London
As Uber continues to reap ever more funding to expand its on-demand transportation app into more categories and countries, one of its smaller, regional cab-hailing rivals is quietly expanding into...
Astronaut Tim Peake's View Of London At Night
British astronaut Tim Peake has given his hundreds of thousands of social media followers an insight into his view from space after tweeting a photo of London at night. He said he preferred to be in the...
In pictures: The best tech toys from London Toy Fair 2016
We recently spent some time professionaly testing (okay, playing) with the latest toys at the Toy Fair in London. This being 2016 many of those toys had a significant technological element, making them...
Hideo Kojima tries PlayStation VR, visits LittleBigPlanet dev Media Molecule - CNET
The Hideo Kojima 2016 World Tour rolls on today with multiple stops in and around London.Kojima, the creator of the Metal Gear Solid series who recently left Konami, today dropped by Sony London Studio...
Uber rejoices as 'bonkers' London rules get kicked to the curb - CNET
Uber has had multiple run-ins with the black cab industry and regulators in London. David Rowe/Demotix/Corbis Ride-hailing service Uber scored a victory in London Wednesday, as regulator Transport for...
OnePlus promises a free phone if it delivers late - here's how to slow it down
OnePlus is rushing a new phone to your side - if you live in the UK, specifically London - with a new deal that if it turns up more than an hour later, it'll be free.Tomorrow (January 21) will see you...
Uber claims 'common sense victory' as TfL backs down on regulations
Transport for London (TfL) has backed down on controversial plans that would have heavily regulated Uber and forced its drivers to wait for five minutes before picking up customers.The transport organisation...
Uber wins victory in London as TfL drops proposals to crack down on app
"We’re pleased Transport for London has listened to the views of passengers and drivers, dropping the bonkers ideas proposed last year like compulsory five minute wait times and banning showing cars in...
'Minecraft Boris Johnson' announces London Games Festival
London may soon stand shoulder to shoulder with Cologne, Los Angeles, and Tokyo, with a brand new, large scaleÂ gamingÂ event to rival Gamescom, E3, and Tokyo Games Show launching this April. Games industry...
Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017)
Amazon takes a lot of the spots in our best cheap tablets round-up, proving the company is perfecting its affordable tablets with respectable specs on board and super low prices.The Amazon Fire HD 10...
Founded in 2011 to support online gaming, Luxembourg-based G-Core Labs now offers powerful management hosting packages and a very capable, enterprise-level CDN.G-Core's network covers more than 40 locations...
Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
Update: The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is now available. We've updated our early impressions with pricing and availability information. Stay tuned for our full review to see if this one's worth checking out.Original...
Apple Watch 3
The leaks were all true: the Apple Watch 2 has been given an update just a year after launch, but with only a minimal set of changes.The new device isn't a huge upgrade on the previous iteration by any...
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