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Google Home’s Philips Hue integration can now wake you up gently

By | Australia, Canada, Companies, consumer electronics, Gadgets, Google, google home, Hardware, home appliances, Home Automation, india, lighting, Philips, philips hue, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States

Maybe you love the sound of your alarm clock blaring in the morning, heralding a new day full of joy and adventure. More likely, though, you don’t. If you prefer a more gentle wake-up (and have invested in some smart home technology), here’s some good news: Google Home now lets you use your Philips Hue […]

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UK’s extended 5km airport drone ‘no-fly’ zones in force next month

By | Aircraft, airmap, airports, Civil Aviation Authority, DJI, drone, Drone Bill, drone restrictions, drones, Europe, Gadgets, Gatwick Airport, Home Office, Robotics, United Kingdom

The UK’s Department for Transport has said today that an expansion of drone ‘no-fly’ zones to 5km around airport runways will come into force on March 13. Anyone caught and convicted of flying a drone inside the restricted zones could face a fine and years in prison. Last month the government said it would tighten […]

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pi-top’s latest edtech tool doubles down on maker culture

By | drone, edtech startup, Education, electronics, Europe, Gadgets, Hardware, learn to code, London, pi-top, pi-top 4, Raspberry Pi, Robotics, Startups, STEM, TC, United Kingdom

London-based edtech startup, pi-top, has unboxed a new flagship learn-to-code product, demoing the “go anywhere” Pi-powered computer at the Bett Show education fare in London today. Discussing the product with TechCrunch ahead of launch, co-founder and CEO Jesse Lozano talked up the skills the company hopes students in the target 12-to-17 age range will develop and […]

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UK police to get more powers to curb drone misuse after Gatwick fiasco

By | drone, drone regulation, Emerging-Technologies, Europe, Gadgets, Gatwick Airport, Home Office, UK government, United Kingdom

The UK government has announced new powers for police to tackle illegal use of drone technology, including powers to land, seize and search drones. This follows the recent Gatwick drone fiasco when, just before Christmas, a spate of drone sightings near the airport caused a temporary shutdown of the runway, and disruptive misery for thousands of people at one of […]

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UK airport restarts some flights after drone shutdown chaos

By | airport, drone, Europe, Gadgets, Gatwick, Hardware, runway, Transportation, United Kingdom

The U.K.’s second busiest airport, Gatwick, reopened its runway early this morning after a day of shutdown triggered after drones were repeatedly spotting flying nearby. Drones ground flights at UK’s second largest airport In a media statement issued at 08:00 GMT this morning, the airport said it reopened the runway at 06:00 and that a […]

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Drones ground flights at UK’s second largest airport

By | Civil Aviation Authority, drone, drones, Emerging-Technologies, Europe, Gadgets, Gatwick Airport, gchq, Hardware, Robotics, TC, United Kingdom

Mystery drone operator/s have grounded flights at the U.K.’s second largest airport, disrupting the travel plans of hundreds of thousands of people hoping to get away over the festive period. The BBC reports that Gatwick Airport’s runway has been shut since Wednesday night on safety grounds, after drones were spotted being flown repeatedly over the […]

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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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