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Alexa is reported down across Europe

By | Alexa, Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Echo, austria, computing, engadget, Gadgets, Germany, ireland, Online Music Stores, Publishing, spain, United Kingdom, world wide web

Reports are coming in that Amazon’s Alexa service is down in parts of UK, Spain, Germany and Austria. According to Down Detector and Twitter, the problem started surfacing around 8am local time and still continues. Interestingly, some users are reporting the issue is isolated to Echo Dot 2 models and while other Echo devices are […]

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Kano’s latest computer kit for kids doubles down on touch

By | alex klein, computing, connected devices, Education, Europe, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Kano, learn to code, London, Minecraft, Raspberry Pi, United Kingdom

Learn-to-code startup Kano, whose products aim to turn kids into digital makers, has taken the wraps off the latest incarnation of its build-it-yourself computer kit. With the new flagship Kano is doubling down on touch interactions — urging kids to “make your own tablet”. The Computer Kit Touch packs a 10.1″ HD touchscreen, along with Kano’s now familiar […]

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Panasonic to move its European HQ out of the UK because Brexit

By | amsterdam, Asia, Brexit, corporate tax, Europe, european union, Gadgets, Government, Japan, Panasonic, tax haven, United Kingdom

Chalk up yet another Brexit deficit: Japanese electronics firm Panasonic will be moving its European headquarters from the UK to Amsterdam in October because it’s worried about the tax implications if it stays, the Nikkei Asian Review reports. The company is concerned it could face tax liabilities if the UK shifts its corporate tax regime […]

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Femtech hardware startup Elvie inks strategic partnership with UK’s NHS

By | Apps, biofeedback, Elvie, Europe, Gadgets, Hardware, Health, Healthcare, National Health Service, pelvic floor, sexual health, smart technology, Tania Boler, United Kingdom, Wearables

Elvie, a femtech hardware startup whose first product is a sleek smart pelvic floor exerciser, has inked a strategic partnership with the UK’s National Health Service that will make the device available nationwide through the country’s free-at-the-point-of-use healthcare service so at no direct cost to the patient. It’s a major win for the startup that was […]

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UK report highlights changing gadget habits — and our need for an online fix

By | Amazon, BBC, Brits, computing, digital media, eCommerce, Europe, Gadgets, generation z, Google, Instant Messaging, internet access, Mobile, mobile phone, ofcom, online purchases, online shopping, smartphone, smartphones, social media, United Kingdom

A look back at the past decade of consumer technology use in the UK has shone a light on changing gadget habits, underlining how Brits have gone from being smartphone dabblers back in 2008 when a top-of-the-range smartphone cost ~£500 to true addicts in today’s £1k+ premium smartphone era. The report also highlights what seems […]

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Dixons Carphone says millions more customers affected by 2017 breach

By | Carphone Warehouse, computer security, data breach, Dixons Carphone, electronics, Europe, european union, Gadgets, Mobile, Security, United Kingdom

A Dixons Carphone data breach that was disclosed earlier this summer was worse than initially reported. The company is now saying that personal data of 10 million customers could also have been accessed when its systems were hacked. The European electronics and telecoms retailer believes its systems were accessed by unknown and unauthorized person/s in 2017, although […]

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PSA: Drone flight restrictions are in force in the UK from today

By | Civil Aviation Authority, drone, drones, Europe, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, regulations, Robotics, United Kingdom, unmanned aerial vehicles

Consumers using drones in the UK have new safety restrictions they must obey from today, with a change to the law prohibiting drones from being flown above 400ft or within 1km of an airport boundary. Anyone caught flouting the new restrictions could be charged with recklessly or negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an […]

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Drone development should focus on social good first, says UK report

By | delivery drone, drone, electronics, Emergency services, Emerging-Technologies, Europe, Gadgets, Government, Health, London, NESTA, NHS, Robotics, TC, Transportation, UK government, United Kingdom, unmanned aerial vehicles

A UK government backed drone innovation project that’s exploring how unmanned aerial vehicles could benefit cities — including for use-cases such as medical delivery, traffic incident response, fire response and construction and regeneration — has reported early learnings from the first phase of the project. Five city regions are being used as drone test-beds as […]

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Bag Week 2018: The Bitcoin Genesis Block backpack will centralize your belongings

By | bag week 2018, Bitcoin, Blockchain, computing, cryptocurrencies, ethereum, Gadgets, TC, Technology, United Kingdom, vitalik buterin

Welcome to Bag Week 2018. Every year your faithful friends at TechCrunch spend an entire week looking at bags. Why? Because bags — often ignored but full of our important electronics — are the outward representations of our techie styles, and we put far too little thought into where we keep our most prized possessions. […]

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UK puts legal limits on drone flight heights and airport no-fly zones

By | Civil Aviation Authority, drone, drones, Europe, Gadgets, Robotics, UK government, United Kingdom, unmanned aerial vehicles

The UK has announced new stop-gap laws for drone operators restricting how high they can fly their craft — 400ft — and prohibiting the devices from being flown within 1km of an airport boundary. The measures will come into effect on July 30. The government says the new rules are intended to enhance safety, including the safety […]

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