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Virgin Media O2 has announced the roll out of 5G coverage across 37,000 postcodes in Scotland.
Posted: 17/8/2022
Rashik Parmar has been appointed as the new group chief executive of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
Posted: 17/8/2022
Younger adults now watch nearly seven times less scheduled TV than people over the age of 65, according to figures from Ofcom.
Posted: 17/8/2022
Apple has told its employees they must return to the office for at least three days per week, according to a memo seen by the Financial Times. Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, said that all employees at the company’s headquarters and nearby offices would be required to come in on Tuesday and Thursday, as well as one other day to be determined by team managers, starting on 5 September.
Posted: 17/08/2022
Innovation centre Plexal has announced that applications are open for a new digital security accelerator programme from Greater Manchester’s Digital Security Hub (DiSH).
Posted: 16/8/2022
The Sage Group has announced plans to buy Lockstep, a provider of automated accounting workflows technology.
Posted: 16/8/2022
48 per cent of businesses are looking for space in the metaverse to facilitate hybrid working, according to new research from Regus.
Posted: 16/8/2022
Chinese companies including ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, retailer Alibaba Group, and the entertainment conglomerate Tencent Holdings, have shared their algorithms with the Chinese government (CCP, Chinese Communist Party) for the first time, according to reports by Bloomberg. In March, China adopted regulations requiring internet firms to disclose such tools, in an effort to address complaints about data abuse while also helping regulators to keep internet firms on a tighter leash.
Posted: 16/08/2022
Researchers at the University of Cambridge have altered the blood type of three donor kidneys which they say could have “major implications” for transplant patients.
Posted: 15/8/2022
EOLAS Insight is leading a project which uses its technology to help conservationists count African elephants from space.
Posted: 15/8/2022
The government has reportedly urged UK broadband suppliers to offer cheaper deals for lower income households.
Posted: 15/8/2022
Constructive Bio is launching following the completion of a £12.35 million seeding round. The company focusses on two proprietary technologies: large scale DNA assembly, or the ability to construct large chunks of DNA at scale; and genome reprogramming, the process of recoding whole genomes to engineer unnatural products for commercial applications.
Posted: 15/08/2022
Government plans to force social media plans to tackle online harms are not fit for purpose, according to a new poll of IT experts.
Posted: 12/8/2022
GRIDSERVE, a tech-enabled sustainable energy business, has secured an initial £200 million investment from Infracapital, the infrastructure equity investment arm of M&G Plc. The funds will support the company’s drive to decarbonise transport through electric vehicle infrastructure, along with its mission to deliver sustainable energy on the scale needed to “move the needle” on climate change, the company said.
Posted: 12/08/2022
Illegal weapons are being sold by third-party sellers on Amazon, a Which? investigation has found. The consumer organisation also found the sale of banned weapons, including zombie and flick knives, knuckle dusters, swords and batons, on eBay, Wish, and AliExpress.
Posted: 12/8/2022
NHS IT provider Advanced has revealed that a recent disruption to its systems was the result of a cybersecurity incident caused by ransomware.
Posted: 12/8/2022
BT has announced that Barclaycard Payments is the latest business to join its new partnership network aimed at helping the UK’s smallest businesses grow.
Posted: 11/8/2022
What3words has announced it is partnering with carrier management business GFS.
Posted: 11/8/2022
Data breaches cost UK close to £4 billion every year, according to data from Credas Technologies.
Posted: 11/8/2022
The Department for Transport (DfT) has invested £8.8 million in devices since July 2019 to help ‘propel’ hybrid working, according to research by think tank Parliament Street. Research retrieved via the Freedom of Information (FOI) act and analysed by the think tank, showed that the DfT spent the sum on laptops – at £2.9 million of the investment – and smartphones, at £5.9 million.
Posted: 11/08/2022
Deliveroo is planning to end its operations in Holland.
Posted: 10/8/2022
NHS workforce platform Patchwork Health has announced the conclusion of a £20 million Series B funding round. Built by NHS doctors, Patchwork is aimed at tackling the NHS staffing crisis, and partners with over 100 healthcare sites across the UK.
Posted: 10/08/2022
BT has signed a £32 million contract with Sellafield to run the company’s entire network services.
Posted: 10/8/2022
Co-op is opening more technology recycling pods across the UK as part of its trial with Spring.
Posted: 10/8/2022
Meta, formerly Facebook, has announced a trio of upcoming privacy changes for WhatsApp.
Posted: 10/8/2022
BT says it has become the first operator in Europe to aggregate four carrier components in a 5G standalone live network.
Posted: 9/8/2022
Facebook has announced it is removing live shopping to focus on 'Reels', its short-form video product.
Posted: 9/8/2022
Apple has told its Taiwanese suppliers that China has begun strictly enforcing a longstanding rule that Taiwanese-made parts and components must be labelled as being made in either “Taiwan, China”, or “Chinese Taipei”, according to Nikkei Asia. The tech giant urged suppliers to treat the matter with urgency to avoid possible disruptions caused by goods and components being held for scrutiny, people familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia.
Posted: 09/08/2022
Microsoft has announced that Barclays has rolled out its business communication platform across the bank's global workforce of more than 120,000 employees and service partners.
Posted: 9/8/2022
Zap-Map, a UK-based electric vehicle (EV) charge point mapping service, has concluded a £9 million Series A funding round. The round included a further £3.7 million investment from energy company Good Energy and a £5.3 million investment from fuel card and payment provider Fleetcor – bringing Zap-Map’s post money equity value to £26.3 million.
Posted: 08/08/2022
New research suggests that SoftPOS technology will experience a 475 per cent hike in usage over the next five years.
Posted: 8/8/2022
Meta has announced the launch of its AI research project ‘BlenderBot 3’, a chatbot which the company says can search the internet to talk about “nearly any topic”.
Posted: 8/8/2022
SoftBank's first quarter results of 2022 have revealed losses of $23.4 billion. Falling listed investments for the Japanese conglomerate included robotics firm AutoStore Holdings and artificial intelligence firm SenseTime Group.
Posted: 08/08/2022
Amazon is buying consumer robot company iRobot for $1.7 billion.
Posted: 5/8/2022
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced that building work on Britain’s newest ‘smart’ prison will start in the autumn.
Posted: 5/8/2022
IBM Security has released a survey showing that data breaches are higher-impact and costlier than ever before, reaching an all-time high global average of $4.35 million. Conducted on behalf of IBM by the Poneman Institute, the 2022 Cost of a Data Breach Report was based on in-depth analysis of real-world data breaches experienced by 550 organisations globally between March 2021 and March 2022.
Posted: 05/08/2022
The average UK household spends £41.70 per month on subscription services, compared with an average of £51.65 in 2021, and £45.50 in 2020, according to research by Barclaycard Payments. The bank’s third annual study on the ‘subscription economy’ looked into how demand for sign-up products and services had evolved following growth throughout the pandemic and the impact of consumer spending in light of the cost-of-living crisis.
Posted: 05/08/2022
Deliveroo has announced a new partnership with Asda which will see the company provide on-demand grocery delivery across 15 of the supermarket's UK stores.
Posted: 5/8/2022
Amazon employees based at the company's warehouse in Tilbury have gone on strike over its latest pay offer.
Posted: 4/8/2022
BlackRock has partnered with Coinbase to give customers of its investment management platform direct access to cryptocurrencies. The platform, called Aladdin, will first have access to bitcoin.
Posted: 4/8/2022
The UK parliament has reportedly closed down its TikTok account over data privacy concerns.
Posted: 4/8/2022
Cornerstone VC has launched a £20 million fund for investing in ’exceptional’ entrepreneurs in the UK from diverse backgrounds. Born out of black-led investor Cornerstone Partners, the venture capital fund will focus on tech-enabled companies at pre-seed and seed stage, with typical investment of an initial £250,000 and one million with capital reserved for follow-on funding, the company said.
Posted: 04/08/2022
Almost six million households are struggling to afford essential telecoms services, a new analysis by Which? has found.
Posted: 4/8/2022
The Law Commission for England and Wales has published a consultation paper to explore how UK legislation could better facilitate crypto-tokens and other digital assets. The paper follows a request by the UK government to review the law on digital assets, to make sure legislation can accommodate the technology as it evolves.
Posted: 03/08/2022
Ernst and Young (EY) has announced the acquisition of UK-based Digital Detox Ventures for an undisclosed sum.
Posted: 3/8/2022
Amazon has launched a ‘same-day’ delivery service from local retailers in the US through the Amazon app or Amazon.com. Dubbed ‘Buy With Prime’, the retail giant’s new offering spans fashion items to homeware and is currently available in select ZIP codes in more than 10 US cities including Washington D.C., Miami, and Chicago.
Posted: 03/08/2022
With a quarter of all firms based in the UK, safety tech firms are part of one of the fastest-growing sectors of the UK technology industry, according to government figures.
Posted: 3/8/2022
The UK government is investing £4million in a LawTech programme aimed at supporting modernisation of the profession with new technology including Machine Learning (ML) and data analytics tools. The second phase of the government-backed LawtechUK programme will help to ensure the UK retains a competitive global edge, creates jobs, and boosts access to legal services for individuals and businesses through the use of technology, the government said.
Posted: 02/08/2022
More than half of the UK public – 63 per cent – would use digital services to access healthcare, according to research by Utimaco.
Posted: 2/8/2022
The UK’s mobile gaming base has grown by at least four million since the start of the pandemic, according to official figures.
Posted: 2/8/2022
Co-op is extending its partnership with Deliveroo for a further three years.
Posted: 2/8/2022
BP is set to invest up to £50 million in a new electric vehicle (EV) battery testing centre and analytical laboratory in the UK. The petrol giant plans for the new facilities, located at the global headquarters for its Castrol business in Pangbourne, Berkshire, to open by the end of 2024.
Posted: 02/08/2022
TikTok has announced it will sell fresh food on its video-sharing platform in the UK. Food brands Pasta Evangelists, The Fish Society, and The Veg Box Company will be some of the first to sell their products to British consumers directly through TikTok Shop.
Posted: 1/8/2022
The House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee has launched an inquiry into the impacts of new technologies like machine learning and virtual reality.
Posted: 1/8/2022
Techstars, an investment and programming business, is partnering with Polygon, an Ethereum scaling platform, for Techstars’ first quarter 2023 accelerator programme based in London. The partnership will see the 13-week first quarter accelerator programme take on the theme of Web3 theme.
Posted: 01/08/2022
Citizens Advice is calling on regulators like Ofcom to address a £1.3 billion a year loyalty penalty for broadband, mobile, and mortgages.
Posted: 1/8/2022
Work has commenced on a £13 million extension to the Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) centre ahead of its launch of a range of new apprenticeship programmes.

OAS will launch new apprenticeship programmes in space, robotics, data science, energy storage, power engineering and cybersecurity.
Posted: 29/07/2022
Some of the most influential women in tech are speaking out to help overcome gender bias in the industry.
Posted: 29/7/2022
UK-based AI laboratory DeepMind has uncovered the predicted structures for nearly all catalogued proteins known to science.
Posted: 29/7/2022
Amazon has reported a loss for the second quarter in a row. The e-commerce giant experienced a $2 billion loss compared with a net income of $7.8 billion during the same period of 2021.
Posted: 29/7/2022
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is calling on start-ups to join it in developing and piloting technology that meets the biggest cyber security challenges facing the UK.
Posted: 28/7/2022
Meta, formerly Facebook, has recorded its first revenue drop in the company’s 18-year history.
Posted: 28/7/2022
Condense has closed a £3.7 million funding round led by venture capitalists LocalGlobe, 7percent Ventures, and Deeptech Labs. Founded in Bristol in 2019, the metaverse infrastructure company uses computer vision, machine learning and proprietary streaming infrastructure, and captures and embeds live 3D video (Video 3.0) into any metaverse game, mobile app or platform created with the graphical engines Unity or Unreal Engine.
Posted: 28/07/2022
Facebook, Google, and Trustpilot are failing to filter out fake reviews, according to an investigation by Which?.
Posted: 28/7/2022
10,896 HMRC customers have been potentially affected by data incidents reported to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) over the past 12-months.
Posted: 27/7/2022
Non-traditional sign-up products and services will drive the next wave of the subscription economy, according to data from Barclaycard Payments.
Posted: 27/7/2022
Google recorded a 13 per cent increase in revenue to nearly $70 billion in the second quarter of the year, but growth was down by nearly 50 per cent compared to the same period of last year.
Posted: 27/7/2022
Amazon is increasing the pricing for its Prime Membership plans. From September, the price of monthly Prime membership will increase from £7.99 to £8.99, while the price of the annual Prime membership will increase from £79 to £95 per year.
Posted: 26/07/2022
The UK is forming a telecoms technology partnership with South Korea. The move is part of government plans to boost innovation in 5G and 6G in the UK.
Posted: 26/7/2022
Uber has admitted to and accepted responsibility for concealing a 2016 data breach which affected 57 million users and 600,000 drivers. The ride-hailing giant’s admission to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) comes as part of a non-prosecution agreement signed with the FTC to resolve an investigation which ran from 2015 to 2017 into Uber’s data security practices.
Posted: 26/07/2022
Privacy group Big Brother Watch has filed a legal complaint about Southern Co-op use of facial recognition with the information commissioner. The civil rights organisation claims that the supermarket’s use of the technology in its stores is “unlawful”.
Posted: 26/7/2022
Snap has released financial results for its second quarter of 2022 which the company said do not ‘reflect our ambition’, prompting its share price to fall by 39 per cent. While the instant messaging app provider increased its daily active users to 18 per cent year-over-year to 347 million and posted revenue of $1.1 billion, up 13 per cent from around $980 million for the same quarter ending 30 June 2021, its net loss was $422 million compared to $152 million in the previous year’s second quarter.
Posted: 25/07/2022
The Digital Poverty Alliance (DPA) has partnered with Sincere Education and Cultural Development (SECD) to help provide access to technology for Ukrainian refugee families. The DPA scheme aims to support families who are fleeing war by enabling access to online services, including education.
Posted: 25/7/2022
Multiverse has announced a new partnership with online fashion retailer ASOS. The EdTech, which was founded by Euan Blair, son of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, focusses on building an alternative to university and corporate training.
Posted: 25/7/2022
Facebook is adding a new tab to the shortcuts taskbar called Feeds. Set to roll out globally over the next week, the new tab will enable users to control what content they see and discover on Facebook.
Posted: 25/07/2022
Co-op is expanding its partnership with Starship Technologies by rolling out robot deliveries across Bedford.
Posted: 22/7/2022
Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube are the top three news sources for teenagers in the UK, according to research from Ofcom. The regulator found that Instagram is the most popular news source for teenagers, used by 29 per cent.
Posted: 22/7/2022
The battery manufacturer Brill Power has announced the conclusion of an £8.7 million ($10.5 million) Series A funding round. The Oxford University spin-out company has stated that the funds will support its mission to make batteries smarter, cleaner, safer, and longer-lasting as a critical element in the shift towards zero emissions energy.
Posted: 22/07/2022
Amazon has announced plans to buy HealthTech company One Medical for $3.9 billion. One Medical is a technology-driven primary care organisation which offers a combination of in-person, digital, and virtual care services.
Posted: 22/7/2022
The UK and US governments have launched a set of prize challenges aimed at ‘unleashing’ the potential of privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) to combat societal challenges around the world. Competing for cash prizes from a combined UK-US pool of £1.3 million, academics, industry, and the broader public will be to participate.
Posted: 21/07/2022
The government has announced a £60 million contract which has been awarded to uncrewed aircraft developer Leonardo. The money, to be dished out over four years, will be spent on designing and developing an uncrewed helicopter.
Posted: 21/7/2022
Two experts from GCHQ and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have published a paper which outlines ways that children can be protected from online sex abuse on encrypted platforms like WhatsApp.
Posted: 21/7/2022
Apple has been hit with a lawsuit in the US over Apple Pay. Filed by Affinity Credit Union, an Iowa-based chartered credit union, the class-action suit accuses the tech giant of using its market power in the mobile phone industry to fend off competition from other payment card issuers.
Posted: 20/07/2022
The UK government’s business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has announced £3 million in grant funding for pioneering new space technologies that will help to cut carbon emissions. The funds will be made available for space-based solar power (SBSP) projects which collect the sun’s energy using solar panels orbiting the Earth – projects which can reportedly deliver clean energy, day and night, unaffected by the weather.
Posted: 20/07/2022
Netflix has lost almost one million subscribers in the second quarter of the year. The streaming service, which is losing subscribers for the first time in a decade, said that figures were better than expected on membership growth, having previously anticipated a loss of around two million users.
Posted: 20/7/2022
Oxford Science Enterprises (OSE), an investment company created to found, fund and build businesses via its partnership with the University of Oxford, has announced a further £250 million in funding. The latest funds bring the total amount raised by OSE to more than £850 million since its inception in 2015.
Posted: 19/07/2022
The government has urged video gaming platforms to “do more” to stop children making in-game purchases known as ‘loot boxes’. Players can purchase a loot box with real money to receive random items, including “power-ups” to help a player compete better in the game and cosmetic items, such as virtual clothing.
Posted: 19/07/2022
Amazon has announced plans to launch drone deliveries in Texas.
Posted: 18/7/2022
The government has announced plans to spend £273 million on aerospace technology including solar-powered aircraft and NHS treatment carrying drones.
Posted: 18/7/2022
The British government has greenlit plans for a drone 'superhighway'. A consortium led by the Reading-based Unified Traffic Management (UTM) software provider Altitude Angel submitted plans in March 2022 which envisioned the 165-mile (265km) drone superhighway connecting airspace above cities including Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Coventry, and Rugby.
Posted: 18/07/2022
The government has announced new plans for the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) which will see the responsibility split across different UK regulators.
Posted: 18/7/2022
Amazon is creating more than 4,000 new permanent roles in the UK as part of plans to expand its workforce to 75,000 permanent employees by the end of 2022. The company said the 4,000 new roles are in addition to the 40,000 new jobs opened up in the UK in the past three years.
Posted: 15/07/2022
Netflix has chosen Microsoft to be its tech and sales partner for a new ad-based subscription tier. Consumers can now choose to pay for a cheaper subscription service that includes advertisements.
Posted: 14/7/2022
Naked Energy has announced the opening of its Series B funding round
Posted: 14/7/2022
Uber is facing a US lawsuit filed by lawyers on behalf of 550 people that allege they were sexually assaulted during rides.
Posted: 14/7/2022
Spotify has acquired music trivia game Heardle for an undisclosed sum. Heardle is a daily music trivia game which asks players guess a song based on its opening notes.
Posted: 14/06/2022
TikTok is rolling out a tool which lets users automatically filter out videos with words or hashtags they don’t want to see in their feeds.
Posted: 13/7/2022
The UK government has made significant progress in digital adoption over the last decade, according to a report by techUK.The report into advances in digitisation across government was commissioned by techUK’s public services board and carried out by Dods, with research conducted among public sector suppliers.
Posted: 13/07/2022
98 per cent of British companies have been a victim of a security incident over the past 12 months, according to new research.
Posted: 13/7/2022
Australia’s information commissioner’s office has launched an investigation into two companies over their use of facial recognition technology.
Posted: 13/7/2022
Walmart is buying 4,500 all-electric delivery vehicles from technology company Canoo. It will begin with business’ ‘Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle’, with the option to purchase up to 10,000 units.
Posted: 12/7/2022
Seven in 10 UK adults – 68 per cent – want social media companies to do more to protect users from harmful content, according to a new government commissioned study.
Posted: 12/7/2022
NASA’s James Webb space telescope has released the first full-colour infrared image of the distant universe, revealing the deepest and sharpest images to date of galaxies billions of light years away. The James Webb telescope, the most powerful ever launched, was launched on 25 December 2021 from French Guyana and is now orbiting the sun one million miles away from Earth.
Posted: 12/07/2022
An investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) into the use of messaging apps at the Department of Health has found a “lack of clear” controls and an increased use of platforms like WhatsApp.
Posted: 12/7/2022
Ofwat, the water services regulator, has launched a £4 million competition inviting FinTech innovators to put forward ideas for the transformation of the UK’s water sector. The regulator said the new “open access” competition, which is making £4m available to entries up to the value of £500,000, is looking for innovators from across sectors including FinTech, manufacturing and materials as well as local government, to apply with ideas for improving the water sector.
Posted: 12/07/2022
Amazon is in the early phases of developing cancer vaccines in a collaboration with the Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Centre. The tech giant is collaborating on a study focussed on personalised vaccines for patients with melanoma or breast cancer that has metastasised to other parts of the body and has proven unresponsive to treatment.
Posted: 12/07/2022
A number of London-based Apple Store workers joined the United Tech and Allied Workers (UTAW) union last week, with some citing exhausting shift patterns as the reason behind becoming a member.
Posted: 11/7/2022
Elon Musk has terminated his Twitter takeover deal but may be forced by a US court to complete the transaction. Lawyers for the Tesla chief executive sent a letter to Bret Taylor, Twitter’s board chair, with Skadden Arps attorney Mike Ringler stating that Twitter had ‘not complied with its contractual obligations’, according to a Security and Exchanges Commission (SEC) filing.
Posted: 11/07/2022
Samsung has teamed up with ING on a new payment method that lets users pay by holding two mobile devices close to eachother.
Posted: 11/7/2022
Uber is seeking to contain the fallout from a series of leaked documents published by the Guardian newspaper which suggest a number of incidents of malpractice related to its global growth strategy. The newspaper published a leak of more than 124,000 private documents which suggest the company contravened laws, exploited violence against drivers and secretly lobbied governments during its global expansion.
Posted: 11/07/2022
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has called for progress to be made on crypto regulation. The international body which monitors and makes recommendations on the global financial system, stated that recent ‘turmoil’ in the cryptocurrency marketplace – including the 98 per cent devaluation of the TerraLuna currency overnight – has highlighted the intrinsic volatility, structural vulnerabilities, and the issue of cryptocurrencies’ increasing interconnectedness with the traditional financial system.
Posted: 11/07/2022
Fairtility, the makers of an AI-powered in vitro fertilisation (IVF) tool aimed at improving outcomes, has achieved the CE Mark under the European Medical Devices Regulation (MDR). CHLOE EQ, the Tel Aviv-based firm’s AI-powered decision support tool for IVF, was developed to provide embryo viability assessment which supports the prediction of blastulation (the stages in early embryonic development), implantation and ploidy (the number of sets of chromosomes in a cell), and ranks embryos in order of priority.
Posted: 08/07/2022
The Financial Policy Committee (FPC) of the Bank of England (BOE) has called for the increased regulation of cryptocurrencies in a recent report. In line with the broader reduction in risk appetite, cryptoasset valuations have fallen sharply in 2022, including the overnight plummeting of crypto coin TerraLuna in May.
Posted: 08/07/2022
The UK government has announced £54.4 million in funding to support a number of projects across the country aimed at removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. The funding comes under phase 2 of the Direct Air Capture and Greenhouse Gas Removal technologies competition. Totalling £60 million, in phase one of the competition, 23 winners received a share of £5.6 million. Of those, 15 have progressed to phase two and will receive a share of the newly announced £54.4 million fund.
Posted: 08/07/2022
An amendment to the upcoming Online Safety Bill will include tougher protections for journalism, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced. The amendment is designed to guard against the “arbitrary removal of articles” from journalists at recognised news outlets when shared on social media.
Posted: 7/7/2022
The British trade association for investment managers has urged the government and the UK's financial watchdog to create a framework for cryptocurrency and other types of decentralised finance (DeFi).
Posted: 7/7/2022
Apple is launching a new ‘lockdown mode’ designed to give additional protection to users at high risk of targeted cyberattacks from private businesses developing state-sponsored mercenary spyware.
Posted: 7/7/2022
New businesses registered during the pandemic are set to add more than £20 billion to the UK economy according to a report from NatWest and CBI Economics.The report found that 800,000 new companies were registered in the first 12 months of the pandemic, a 22 per cent increase on the previous year.
Posted: 07/07/2022
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into Microsoft’s planned buyout of video game giant Activision Blizzard. The British regulator said it will explore whether the transaction could lead to a reduction of competition in the UK market.
Posted: 6/7/2022
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a new investigation into Amazon over concerns the company’s practices on its UK marketplace may be anti-competitive. The probe follows an existing European Commission investigation over similar concerns.
Posted: 6/7/2022
The UK’s communications regulator has called on technology firms to start preparing for the Online Safety Bill before it is enacted.
Posted: 6/7/2022
Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) has raised £38 million in the first close of an ongoing Series A funding round. The investment in the quantum computing company marks the UK’s largest ever Series A in quantum computing. The funding round was co-led by investment firm Lansdowne Partners and the University of Tokyo Edge Capital Partners.
Posted: 05/07/2022
A UK investment platform using short-form video in a similar style to Tik-Tok has announced £205,000 in funding. London-based Zeed aims to make investing more accessible to Gen-Z by pairing in-house finance content with trade execution.
Posted: 5/7/2022
Cyber Runway, the government-backed cyber security accelerator has opened applications for its second cohort of cyber scaleups. The six-month programme, run by Plexal and funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), will offer support to up to 100 startups to help them grow their businesses in the UK and abroad.
Posted: 05/07/2022
The electric vehicle app EasyPark is partnering with UnionPay International.

UnionPay is the latest payment partner to be added to UnionPay’s app, with users now able to bind their UnionPay card directly into the EasyPark app.
Posted: 05/07/2022
NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard has announced a new trial that will see chemotherapy delivered by drones. NHS cancer patients will be the “first in the word” to have the treatment delivered via the technology.
Posted: 5/7/2022
techUK has urged the government to address barriers to public and private sector data sharing. The technology trade association says that the government should make progress on work to facilitate the “right data governance framework” and a "culture of trust" to drive data sharing across the entire economy.
Posted: 4/7/2022
Amazon will commit to bringing its Prime membership cancellation practices in line with EU consumer protection rules and the unfair commercial practices directive. Last year, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), the Norwegian Consumer Council, and the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue lodged a complaint with the European Commission against the retail giant.
Posted: 04/07/2022
Following its successful fourth mission in California, Virgin Orbit is planning to launch its next satellite from the UK later this year. The satellite will be launched from Spaceport Cornwall.
Posted: 4/7/2022
Amazon is launching its first UK micromobility hub featuring electric delivery vans, e-cargo bikes, and walkers for more sustainable deliveries in Central London. In a partnership with the London Borough of Hackney, the new fleet of e-cargo bikes and walkers will directly replace thousands of traditional van trips with a view to reducing traffic congestion.
Posted: 04/07/2022
The British Army is carrying out an investigation after its Twitter and YouTube accounts were hacked over the weekend.
Posted: 4/7/2022
The government has announced plans to upgrade broadband so that rural primary schools have better digital connections. Over the next three years, up to 3,000 schools across rural England will get fast gigabit broadband under the new scheme.
Posted: 1/7/2022
Amazon has said it is restricting search results relating to the LGBT community on its United Arab Emirates (UAE) website.
Posted: 1/7/2022
Google has agreed to pay $90 million to settle a court dispute between app developers over the money they earned creating aps for Android smartphones. The developers had accused Google of using agreements with smartphone makers, technical barriers and revenue sharing agreements to shutter the app ecosystem and kettle most payments through its Google Play billing system with a default service fee of 30 per cent.
Posted: 01/07/2022
NatWest has launched a business builder toolkit and accompanying campaign on TikTok. The new online toolkit is specifically designed for fledgling entrepreneurs and comes as a response to the growing number of people starting their own businesses.
Posted: 01/07/2022
Hugo Boss is deploying a new cloud platform across its retail business.
Posted: 30/6/2022
Virgin Media O2 has deployed a small cells network across London to accelerate its 4G and 5G rollout.
Posted: 30/6/2022
The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has outlined a new approach to working with public authorities. UK information commissioner John Edwards penned an open letter to public authorities about the new approach, outlining aims to make consultation with public authorities more effective.
Posted: 30/06/2022
H&M and Google Cloud are partnering on a new core data platform.
Posted: 30/6/2022
The Digital Poverty Alliance (DPA), a charity coalition of third, public, and private sector organisations, has called for more action from national bodies and local communities to address digital poverty in the UK.
Posted: 29/6/2022
Deliveroo has announced the launch of a new advertising platform.
Posted: 29/9/2022
Commissioner Brendan Carr of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has called on Apple and Google to drop TikTok from its app stores. Citing security concerns over the social media platform, which is owned by Chinese parent company ByteDance, commissioner Carr shared a letter addressing Google and Apple in a Tweet.
Posted: 29/06/2022
As the use of live facial recognition (LFR) increases, a better legal and regulatory framework for biometric data is urgently needed, a new report has said.
Posted: 29/6/2022
Healthcare startup Careful has launched an app to help with the patient handover process in a range of different care settings. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 15 per cent of all hospital expenditure is wasted on adverse, sometimes fatal, occurrences for patients – and that 80 per cent of those are due to poor handover practices.
Posted: 28/06/2022
Two thirds of teens and young adults have recently come across at least one piece of harmful online content, according to Ofcom. But only around one in six go on to report the content, said the regulator.
Posted: 28/6/2022
The vast majority - 97 per cent - of senior security professionals hold cybersecurity concerns regarding the future of UK businesses following Brexit, according to research from CyberArk.

Almost a third of those surveyed - 32 per cent - highlighted inconsistencies in security legislation between Europe and the EU as a risk factor.
Posted: 28/06/2022
The UK’s largest broadband and mobile operators will allow customers struggling to pay their bills to move to cheaper packages without charge under new measures announced by the government.
Posted: 28/6/2022
Charac, the digital platform for independent pharmacies, has announced a £1 million strategic investment from Royal Mail Group. The company was founded in 2020 with the aim of providing a platform for the 7,200 independent pharmacies unable to offer digital services.
Posted: 27/6/2022
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Home Office has spent more than £44 million on remote working devices, a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request can reveal.
Posted: 27/6/2022
One-in-four organisations don’t have faith in open source security according to a report commissioned by cybersecurity firm Snyk and The Linux Foundation. The findings were based on a survey of more than 550 respondents, as well as data pulled from “1.3 billion” open source projects from Snyk’s Open Source platform.
Posted: 27/06/2022
Shareholders at Toshiba are expected to endorse all proposed directors at its annual general meeting on Tuesday, people familiar with the matter have told Reuters. The news comes after bidders valued Toshiba at up to $22 billion, according to the news agency.
Posted: 27/06/2022
Google has revealed that an Italian spyware company used a number of tactics to target mobile users on iOS and Android.
Posted: 24/6/2022
Deliveroo has signed a partnership deal with SPAR UK. The tech business will cover all 2,160 SPAR stores across England, Scotland, and Wales.
Posted: 24/6/2022
Twitter has announced the release of closed caption subtitles for Android and iOS-enables devices. In a Tweet, the company said that it is currently testing out a new ‘CC’ button to provide users with subtitles generated from transcripts and linked to videos on its platform.
Posted: 24/06/2022
Instagram is starting to test out new ways of verifying age on its platform. The social media platform is also partnering with online verification specialist Yoti to assist with its aims.
Posted: 23/06/2022
eBay has acquired a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) marketplace. UK-based KnownOrigin was founded in 2018 and enables artists and collectors to create, buy, and resell NFTs via blockchain-supported transactions.
Posted: 23/06/2022
Twitter has confirmed it is working on a way to write longer posts on its platform. Confirming the details in a Tweet, the social media giant said it is testing a new feature called Notes which will enable users to make posts beyond the traditional 280-word limit up to a maximum of 2,500 words.
Posted: 23/06/2022
Twitter is set to partner with Shopify on a new sales offering. Via the new Twitter sales channel, merchants will now be able to reach consumers directly from their Twitter profiles.
Posted: 23/06/2022
A new electric ferry which ‘flies across water’ will be launched in Stockholm next year. The high-speed ferry, built by marine technology company Candela, has three carbon fibre wings that extend underneath the hull.
Posted: 23/6/2022
Google is the frontrunner to partner with Netflix for the development of an ad-based subscription tier, according to reporting by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Netflix’s mulling of the introduction of adverts to their pricing plans was first revealed via internal notes seen by the New York Times in May.
Posted: 23/06/2022
Technology company Port has launched a fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) for rent as part of its ‘dark hub concept’. The EVs are locked and charged in a docking station in a Q-Park parking facility situated in Leicester Square.
Posted: 22/06/2022
The number of girls interested in STEM subjects has increased by more than 50 per cent, according to a new survey.
Posted: 22/6/2022
Creating a ‘clinical satnav’ for doctors will save lives, according to a new report by the professional body for IT.
Posted: 22/6/2022
Meta and Microsoft are among the founding members of a new standards forum for the metaverse. The Metaverse Standards Forum (MSF) also counts technology companies Adobe and NVIDIA among its founding members.
Posted: 22/06/2022
Deliveroo is offering its picking and inventory management technology to supermarkets for the first time. This will mean that grocery retailers can facilitate rapid delivery direct from store.
Posted: 21/6/2022
The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and City of Dublin have announced a successful proof-of-concept trial of smart city Wifi project OpenRoaming. Initially deployed at Bernardo Square, Dame Street and the City Council’s Amphitheatre, WBA OpenRoaming enables residents and visitors to log in only once and then maintain seamless connectivity as their smartphones, tablets and other Wi-Fi devices automatically switch between different public Wi-Fi hotspots.
Posted: 21/06/2022
New research suggests that the number of global digital loyalty programme memberships is to exceed 32 billion by the year 2026.
Posted: 21/6/2022
Spending on industrial asset management software (IAM) will reach $11 billion in the next four years, according to a new study.
Posted: 21/6/2022
Ocado Group has announced plans to raise £575 million from investors.
Posted: 21/6/2022
LloydsPharmacy has announced plans to expand its existing partnership with Deliveroo.
Posted: 20/6/2022
The government has said that new fusion facilities will be regulated by existing authorities and excluded from rules that apply to nuclear energy. Fusion energy research aims to capture the same energy process that powers the sun.
Posted: 20/6/2022
The number of hydrogen vehicles in service around the world will increase to more than one million by 2027, new research suggests.
Posted: 20/6/2022
Reddit has acquired Spell, a machine learning (ML) platform. Reddit, one of the world’s largest social and link sharing platforms says its vision to connect people to the topics, interests, and passions they care about the most, adding that Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence were important tools to help make these connections faster and more relevant to people.
Posted: 17/06/2022
The government is pledging around £43 million towards green automotive technology. Part of the money will be spent on projects that are developing an electric motorbike and a 4x4 electric delivery truck.
Posted: 17/6/2022
The government has made a U-turn on plans to move several powers of the biometrics and surveillance camera commissioner over to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). It had previously proposed to hand oversight of police use of DNA and fingerprints to the ICO.
Posted: 17/6/2022
Snapchat is trialling a new subscription feature called Snapchat+. A spokesperson for Snapchat’s parent company Snap Inc. confirmed with Reuters that the subscription feature is currently being tested internally.
Posted: 17/06/2022
Samsung has announced the launch of a digital wallet, enabling users of the firm’s Galaxy handsets to store digital information on a single platform. Available at launch in six markets - France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the US -Samsung Wallet can be used to store the likes of payment and loyalty cards, digital keys, and boarding passes.
Posted: 16/06/2022
The government has said it will spend a record £743 million to support the development of new technologies. During London Tech Week, it announced that it has plans to fund projects developing autonomous vehicles and airborne laboratories.
Posted: 16/6/2022
A south London man has been jailed for four and a half years after he sold software designed to help criminals get access to consumer bank accounts.
Posted: 16/6/2022
The number of technology-based job opportunities has hit a 10-year high as the demand for digital services continues to increase.
Posted: 16/6/2022
Apple is facing a £750 million class action-style lawsuit in the UK over battery ‘throttling’ on its handsets. Lodged with the UK judicial body the Competition Appeal Tribunal by consumer rights campaigner Justin Gutmann, the filing alleges that Apple concealed a battery management system in a software update in 2017 which slowed down the performance of older iPhones.
Posted: 16/06/2022
A European court has invalidated the decision to impose fines of almost €1 billion on Qualcomm in the case of Commission vs. Qualcomm over alleged abuse of dominance of the worldwide chipset market. Qualcomm develops and supplies baseband chipsets designed for use in smartphones and tablets, enabling them to connect to cellular networks.
Posted: 15/06/2022
Over half of employees in the UK and US have admitted falling victim to a business email compromise attack, according to new research.
Posted: 15/6/2022
Twitch is upgrading its ad revenue model to provide creators with bigger pay outs from ads. The videogame streaming platform said it has traditionally calculated creator earnings from ads through a fixed cost per mile (CPM) — a flat rate for every 1,000 ad views on their channel.
Posted: 15/06/2022
Under new rules that come into force today, some prison-leavers will face alcohol bans and having their drinking electronically monitored.
Posted: 15/6/2022
The UK is welcoming a cohort of startups from New Zealand to attend London Tech Week 2022. Following the signing of a trade agreement, the UK Government has created a tailored programme for New Zealand technology companies in partnership with Kea New Zealand and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
Posted: 15/06/2022
Meta is rolling out new security and control tools for parents and teens in VR and on Instagram. For Instagram, parents and guardians can now send invitations to their teens to initiate supervision tools - previously only teens could send invitations; set specific times when they would like to limit their teen’s use of Instagram; and see more information when their teen reports an account or post, including who was reported, and the type of report.
Posted: 15/06/2022
An engineer at Google has claimed that an AI system developed by the company “has feelings”.
Posted: 14/6/2022
The Port of Tyne has partnered with BT to launch its 5G internet network. Announced at the recent Maritime innovation Week, the Newcastle-based port wants to bring 5G to users of the port, and the partnership with BT will enable them to deliver port users advanced technology including AI, robotics and autonomous vehicles, and Internet of Things (IOT) applications.
Posted: 14/06/2022
Amazon has revealed plans to introduce 'Prime Air' drone deliveries in California later in 2022.
Posted: 14/6/2022
UK tech minister Chris Philp has unveiled the government’s new UK Digital Strategy at London Tech Week.
Posted: 13/6/2022
Over three quarters of UK adults have been targeted by a scammer this year, according to figures from Citizens Advice. The study, which surveyed over 2000 Brits, found that the number of people being targeted by scams was up 14 per cent compared to 2021.
Posted: 13/6/2022
Bill payments system PayPoint is launching a new product called PayPoint Donate to facilitate charitable giving. The new offering leverages digital solutions for the acquisition and reconciliation of payments and donations to charities.
Posted: 13/06/2022
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced plans to launch an investigation over Google and Apple’s market power in mobile browsers and Apple’s restrictions in cloud gaming. Following a year-long study of the companies, the CMA determined that Apple and Google had an ‘effective duopoly on mobile systems’ and that their practices enabled them to effectively exercise a stranglehold over these markets.
Posted: 13/06/2022
Rapyd, a ‘FinTech as a service’ platform, is launching a hackathon for developers which gives them the chance to win a ride to the edge of space. The Hack the Galaxy challenge will begins this week and runs until 3 October 2022, with Rapyd offering tickets for Space Perspective’s ‘Spaceship Neptune’ service, launching in 2026.
Posted: 10/06/2022
Zumo and its partner Zero Labs have been awarded a grant by Innovate UK, the UK’s national innovation agency, which will go towards funding the firms’ continued research into the decarbonisation of cryptocurrency. The Edinburgh-based cryptocurrency platform recently concluded its Zero Hero pathfinder project’s live trial to compensate for electricity usage of bitcoin purchased through the Zumo app.
Posted: 10/06/2022
Multiverse has become the UK’s first EdTech unicorn with its latest funding round, giving it a valuation of $1.7 billion.

A “unicorn” is an independently owned tech company with a valuation of $1 billion.
Posted: 09/06/2022
JP Morgan Growth Equity Partners has led a $100 million Series C funding round in software start-up Codat. Codat provides an API which allows small businesses to integrate different pieces of software together, including tools for accounting and HR.
Posted: 09/06/2022
TechUK is calling on the government and industry to deliver a properly regulated Digital Identity (ID) marketplace.The technology trade association said that closer collaboration is needed to strengthen business confidence that the UK has a viable digital identity ecosystem.
Posted: 09/06/2022
Tech Nation is launching a new initiative aimed at encouraging British tech companies to tap into the rapid growth in Southeast Asian technology markets.The GBxAsia initiative will serve as a community of British entrepreneurs and others involved in the tech scene in the region to come together for mutual help and support.
Posted: 08/06/2022
More than 80 per cent of Brits are concerned by the privacy of their data online, according to new research. The survey of 2,019 consumers by Perspectus Global on behalf of Motive.co also revealed that 95 per cent felt it was important their data was protected when online while 67 per cent of consumers reported leaving a website due to concerns around how their data would be used.
Posted: 08/06/2022
USB-C is set to become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets, and cameras in the EU by Autumn 2024. European parliament lawmakers said the new measures are part of a broader EU effort to make products in the EU more sustainable, to reduce electronic waste, and make consumers’ lives easier.
Posted: 08/06/2022
Uber has partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to transport emergency assistance to people in need in urban areas of Ukraine as Russia’s war of aggression rages on. Using a custom-built version of its ride-hailing app, the collaboration enables the WFB to better coordinate, dispatch and track a fleet of smaller vehicles delivering relief items to people in densely populated areas of Ukraine, WFP said.
Posted: 08/06/2022
The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is sending its miniaturised space weather instrumentation suite on the first UK satellite launch.The Dstl is sending the technology, known as CIRCE, as one of the payloads aboard the Virgin Orbit satellite launch, which is due to take off this summer from Spaceport Cornwall in Newquay.
Posted: 07/06/2022
The government has approved the Post Office and Yoti as the UK’s first providers of a certified digital identity service. The service, which enables employers to verify a UK citizen’s Right to Work will allow them to complete identity checks digitally via the Post Office Easy ID app or the Yoti ID app.
Posted: 06/06/2022
HSBC is set to invest £500 million in the UK tech sector. The investment will come as part of a wider £15 billion fund earmarked for investment in SMBs (Small to Medium Sized Businesses).
Posted: 06/06/2022
China has sent its third crew to its under-construction Tiangong Space Station which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 after launching its core module, Tianhe, in April 2021. Carried by a Long March 2F rocket, the Shenzhou 14 spacecraft lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert on 4 June.
Posted: 06/06/2022
New York state lawmakers have passed a bill proposing a two-year moratorium on cryptocurrency mining based on carbon sources. The bill will mean a two year hold on new permits for miners that use carbon-based fuel for their operations and calls for an environmental impact study around crypto mining.
Posted: 06/06/2022
Binance Labs, the venture capital and incubation arm of Binance, the digital asset and crypto giant, has launched a new $500 million investment fund. The fund will invest in projects that can extend the use cases of cryptocurrencies and drive the adoption of Web3 and blockchain technologies, said Binance Labs.
Posted: 01/06/2022
Oxford Metrics has sold its physical infrastructure asset management division, Yotta, in a deal worth £52m. Yotta helps over 200 customers manage their physical infrastructure including highways, street lighting and waste management.
Posted: 01/06/2022
Ultima Genomics has secured $600 million in funding to support its research into new approaches to flow cell engineering, sequencing chemistry, and machine learning for its gene-sequencing platform. The company has developed a new sequencing architecture designed to scale beyond conventional approaches and will use the funding to support what the company dubs a ‘new era in genomics-driven research and healthcare’ for their gene-sequencing platform which aims to deliver the ‘$100 genome’.
Posted: 01/06/2022
London has retained its title as Europe’s most attractive city for foreign direct investment (FDI), according to new research from Ernst and Young.There were 394 FDI-backed projects in London in 2021, a 2.9 per cent rise from 383 projects in 2020, but a fall from the capital’s peak of 538 in 2019.
Posted: 01/06/2022
Sweden’s national supercomputer has been expanded with technology from Lenovo and Nvidia artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg is using the new infrastructure technology to help power the Alvis [old Norse meaning “all-wise”] supercomputer project.
Posted: 01/06/2022
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced it will investigate the anticipated merger between BT Group and Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc. First proposed in May 2022, the merger is aimed at creating a new premium sport offering for the UK and Ireland.
Posted: 01/06/2022
Machine learning AI trained on the night sky can surpass the ability of astronomers to analyse large datasets and make new observations humans could miss, such as the discovery of new exoplanets, a new research paper has shown.

Astronomers at the University of Berkley, California recently published a paper in the journal Nature Astronomy, that detailed how an AI algorithm was developed to identify exoplanets.
Posted: 31/05/2022
The battery manufacturer Britishvolt has partnered with logistics real estate operator Prologis to build a £200 million battery cell scale-up facility in the West Midlands and cement its reputation as a “Battery Corridor”.

The company states the Battery Corridor concept behind the plans will enhance the UK’s existing battery ecosystem and powers the country ahead in the next industrial revolution.
Posted: 31/05/2022
US chipmaker Qualcomm is interested in purchasing a stake in Arm, according to a report in the Financial Times. Qualcomm chief executive Cristiano Amon told the newspaper that Arm is a “very important asset and it’s an asset which is going to be essential to the development of our industry.”
Posted: 31/05/2022
Telecoms firms BT and Ericsson have announced a multi-million-pound partnership to deliver commercial 5G private networks to the UK.

Private networks will provide the UK with indoor and outdoor 5G cellular coverage to factories, university campuses and other locations where security and ultra-low latency connectivity are important.
Posted: 31/05/2022
US chipmaker Broadcom is set to buy cloud computing giant VMware in a cash-and stock deal worth $61 billion. VMware, based in California , is primarily known for its cloud computing and virtualisation offerings.
Posted: 30/05/2022
UK synthetic data start-up Neurolabs has raised €3 million in a seed funding round. The Edinburgh-based firm produces synthetically generated data to help companies, such as retailers, develop object recognition models more efficiently.
Posted: 30/05/2022
Joby Aviation, a US company developing an aircraft taxi service, has received,a Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – taking the company a step closer to beginning commercial operations. A Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate is one of three FAA approvals required for Joby to operate its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft taxi service.
Posted: 30/05/2022
Funding for ‘purpose-driven’ start-ups has soared to £2.8 billion ($3.5 billion) in the past 10 years, according to research from Tech Nation and Google for Startups.
Posted: 27/5/2022
HMRC saw the number of chatbot interactions jump from under 200,000 before the pandemic, to almost 2.5 million in 2021. The numbers, obtained via a Freedom of Information request by a Parliament Street think tank, increased by 1,150 per cent in the space of a year.
Posted: 27/5/2022
Greater Manchester Police and Blackberry, Vodafone Business UK, and Asda and AND Digital were among the winners to take home trophies at The National Technology Awards last night.
Posted: 27/5/2022
Campaigners have claimed that Meta’s VR platform Horizon Worlds is a hotbed for sexual assault, racism, and homophobia.
Posted: 26/5/2022
The UK’s competition watchdog has opened a second investigation into Google’s practices in digital advertising.
Posted: 26/5/2022
Twitter has agreed to pay a $150 million settlement over allegations the social media platform misused users’ private information between May 2013 and September 2019, according to reporting by Reuters. The settlement purportedly encompasses allegations that Twitter misrepresented the “security and privacy” of users’ data and misused the likes of phone numbers to target advertising, according to court documents.
Posted: 26/05/2022
Dyson is moving beyond robotic-floor based vacuums and developing new robot prototypes designed to carry out household chores and other tasks.
Posted: 26/5/2022
Ad Astra, a UK-based non-fungible token (NFT) agency has launched with the aim of using end-to-end NFT services to connect artists, art collectors, and galleries. The agency aims to provide education, creative direction, legal contracts, and marketing and sales services.
Posted: 25/5/2022
techUK has published a new report calling on the government to invest in quantum to help bring the technology to commercial viability in the UK.
Posted: 25/5/2022
The government has announced a new post-Brexit law designed to ‘cut the red tape’ around the development of crop technology.
Posted: 25/5/2022
The Cabinet Office has revealed that nearly 800 electronic devices have been either lost or stolen in the past three years.
Posted: 24/5/2022
BUD, a user-generated metaverse platform, has announced a $36.8 million Series B funding round. The round is set to be led by Sequoia Capital India, with participation from ClearVue Partners, NetEase and Northern Light Venture Capture.
Posted: 24/05/2022
Zoom saw revenue jump 12 per cent to $1.07 billion in the first quarter of 2022 as workplaces began to consolidate the hybrid working model.The video conferencing platform, which has experienced hypergrowth since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, also reported that net profits had halved to $113.6 million in the three months to April 30.
Posted: 24/05/2022
Technology can play a role in preventing the outbreak of conflict, according to the UK’s ambassador to the UN.
Posted: 24/5/2022
techUK has published a new report calling for the roll out of digital innovation across the UK’s local public services
Posted: 23/5/2022
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined facial recognition database Clearview AI £7.5 million for using images of people in the UK that were collected from the web and social media.
Posted: 23/5/2022
Boeing’s Starliner capsule spacecraft at the International Space Station (ISS) is officially open to astronauts for the first time. Starliner arrived at the ISS on an uncrewed test flight on 20 May and was opened by NASA astronaut Robert Hines.
Posted: 23/05/2022
The UK government has launched a £40 million competition fund to propel the roll out of commercial self-driving services across the UK from 2025. The competition will cement the UK’s reputation as a global leader in self-driving vehicle technology, the government has said.
Posted: 23/05/2022
British organisations need to “fight back” against economic headwinds by boosting digital skills and embracing digital-first methods for working.
Posted: 20/5/2022
App-based insomnia treatment ‘Sleepio’ could save the NHS money and reduce prescriptions for sleeping pills, a health public body has said. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended the app as an effective alternative for sleeping pills like zolpidem and zopiclone, which can be addictive.
Posted: 20/5/2022
Ripple has pledged to invest $100 million in carbon markets with the aim of accelerating development of carbon removal technology and climate-focussed FinTechs.The enterprise blockchain and crypto exchange giant said the funding will target innovative carbon removal companies and help to modernise carbon markets.
Posted: 20/05/2022
Arrival, a UK-based electric vehicle (EV) company, has unveiled a prototype of a dedicated ride-hail vehicle developed in collaboration with Uber. The prototype was unveiled this week at Techcrunch’s TC Sessions: Mobility 2022 conference in San Mateo, California.
Posted: 20/05/2022
Sainsbury’s has expanded its existing relationship Deliveroo, announcing that a further 65 stores will be available on the delivery app. The new locations are: Winchester; Marlow; Barking; Loughborough; Watford; and Lancaster.
Posted: 19/5/2022
Mercedes-Benz has joined the Aura Blockchain Consortium of luxury brands as a founding member.
Posted: 19/5/2022
Investment in technology is the number one priority for small and medium sized businesses in the next 12-months, according to new research from Cynergy Bank. The study surveyed 500 senior decision makers at SMEs in November last year.
Posted: 19/5/2022
A decision to only allow advertisements for the financial services sector from FCA approved organisations has impacted revenue, Google has said.
Posted: 19/5/2022
By the year 2050, the UK’s small businesses will be run by personal avatars, according to a new futurology report by Virgin Money.
Posted: 18/5/2022
Digital advertising exposes people’s data 376 times a day in Europe, a new study suggests. The number grows even higher in the US, where a person has their online activity and location revealed as many as 747 times across a 24-hour period, claims the report.
Posted: 18/5/2022
London-based start-up Wayve is using supercomputing infrastructure from Microsoft to develop AI-based models for autonomous vehicles (AVs) on a global scale. The company, which focusses on the development of deep learning for driverless cars, said the move would enable it to scale faster than a rules-based approach.
Posted: 18/5/2022
The government has announced the launch of a new app designed protect businesses and the public from espionage.
Posted: 17/5/2022
Mastercard is launching a new biometrics programme that will use face and fingerprint technology to verify customers at checkout. The company said it will use the same technology used to unlock phones to speed up the process.
Posted: 17/5/2022
techUK has released a new guide highlighting the benefits of the growth of the private network roll out in Britain. The trade association said that further adoption will enable “new and transformative” technologies for enterprise.
Posted: 17/5/2022
Changes to Britain’s GDPR rules must not put the flow of data between the UK and the EU at risk, according to BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. The UK’s professional body for information technology issued the warning following the UK government’s proposal of a new post-Brexit data reform bill as announced in the Queen’s Speech last week.
Posted: 17/05/2022
Singapore’s Ministry of Affairs’ e-commerce safety ratings system has given Facebook’s Facebook Marketplace just one out of four in its tick-based safety rating. Launched on 14 May, E-commerce Marketplace Transaction Safety Ratings (TSR) is a government initiative created to better inform consumers on the anti-scam measures major e-commerce platforms have in place in order to foster a safer online environment.
Posted: 16/05/2022
Tech Nation has today opened applications for seven government-backed growth programmes aimed at accelerating the growth of the UK’s scaleup companies. The growth network for the UK’s tech firms has relaunched its growth stage and sector programmes: Upscale, Future Fifty, Libra, Applied AI, Fintech, Net Zero as well as launching the new Net Zero X, programme, aimed at later-stage climate-tech companies.
Posted: 16/05/2022
Northern Ireland (NI) is the top region in the UK in terms of opportunities for software developers, according to research from the Code Institute. NI has around 9,744 opportunities available for software developers, but with an average salary of £43,690, lower than other regions in the UK on average.
Posted: 16/05/2022
Tether, the world’s largest stablecoin by market capitalisation, has returned to parity with the US dollar. Stablecoins are a type of cryptocurrency designed to remain the same value as another asset, in Tether’s case the US dollar.
Posted: 16/05/2022
The value of cryptocurrency TerraLuna plummeted by around 98% this week, after a stablecoin currency linked to TerraLuna, called terraUSD (UST) decoupled from its pegging to the US dollar. Terra Luna’s token peaked at a value of $118 (£96) in April 2022, and fell 99 per cent to $0.09 on 12 May.
Posted: 13/05/2022
The UK’s first purpose-built virtual reality (VR) centre, the Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality (CCIXR), has launched at the University of Portsmouth. The centre is billed as a one-stop-shop exhibiting the latest kit in virtual, augmented, and extended realities.
Posted: 13/05/2022
Royal Mail is planning to scale up its use of drone technology, creating more than 50 new postal drone routes over the next three years.The plan is subject to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approval, and is part of a new partnership with Windracers, the logistics drone company.
Posted: 13/05/2022
Netflix is considering introducing advertisements to its streaming platform as early as October 2022, according to an internal note to employees seen by the New York times. Despite Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings having long been against introducing ads to the platform, saying in a 2020 interview with Variety that “we want to be the safe respite where you can explore, get stimulated, have fun, enjoy, relax — and have none of the controversy around exploiting users with advertising”, a lower-tier price plan which includes ads is now under consideration, according to documents reported by the New York Times.
Posted: 13/05/2022
Security software vendor CyberArk has unveiled a $30 million global investment fund, and has announced the first three startups to receive cash. CyberArk Ventures is partnering with Venrock, YL Ventures, Team8 Capital and Merlin Ventures in the initiative.
Posted: 12/05/2022
Google is set to launch augmented reality (AR) glasses that can display translations of conversations in real time. At the tech giant’s annual I/O developer conference, Eddie Chung, director of product management at Google said the unnamed device would provide “subtitles for the world”, according to a report from Reuters news.
Posted: 12/05/2022
World leaders should “think more laterally” and consider the deployment of drones to improve severely disrupted supply chains in Ukraine, according to Robert Garbett, chief executive and founder of Drone Major Group Ltd. Speaking as world leaders gather to discuss the impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine on world food supplies and, Garbett called for creative solutions to Russian moves to cut off supply lines to Ukrainians on the front lines and those trapped in regions like Donbas.
Posted: 12/05/2022
Technology trade association techUK has welcomed the announcement of reforms to existing data protection laws by the government.
Posted: 11/5/2022
Vodafone is launching a new programme based on Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) technology to enable its business customers to create ‘futuristic’ and mixed reality services.
Posted: 11/5/2022
The UK’s technology industry has shown strong post-pandemic recovery, bouncing back “bigger and better” than before, figures from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT have found.
Posted: 11/5/2022
Wales is to gain a £9.5 million innovation hub as part of the country’s drive to become a global leader in cybersecurity.
Posted: 10/5/2022
Luxury fashion brand Gucci has revealed it will launch a trial in the US to test cryptocurrency purchases.
Posted: 10/5/2022
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that this week the company will begin trialling digital collectibles on Instagram, enabling creators and collectors to display Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) on their profiles. With plans to bring similar functionality to Facebook and other Meta apps in future, Zuckerberg also shared that the company is working on augmented reality, ‘basically 3d NFT’s’, that users will be able to bring to their Instagram stories using Meta’s augmented reality (AR) platform, Spark AR.
Posted: 10/05/2022
The UK arm of HCL Technologies has announced it is acquiring Swiss digital banking and wealth management consulting business Confinale.
Posted: 10/5/2022
Mastercard has teamed up with Enterprise Nation to launch a new app aimed at helping the UK's micro and small businesses make business plans on their smartphones.The programme, supported by Strive UK, is an initiative from the Mastercard Centre for Inclusive Growth that aims to empower 650,000 micro and small businesses succeed in the digital economy over the next three years.
Posted: 09/05/2022
Payments platform Paysafe has signed a global partnership with gambling technology provider Playtech. The agreement is the extension of an existing partnership between the two companies into the UK and Europe from the US, where Playtech offers Paysafe’s solutions to its iGaming operator customers.
Posted: 09/05/2022
The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, comprised of Apple, Google, and Microsoft, has announced a joint plan to expand support for a common ‘passwordless’ sign-in standard.
Password-only authentication remains one of the largest security concerns across the internet; managing multiple passwords for different websites is burdensome for consumers, often leading them to use the same password across platforms – a practice which can lead to costly account takeovers, data breaches, and stolen identities.
Posted: 09/05/2022
Sensorium, a leading metaverse developer, has announced a strategic partnership with the Humanity 2.0 Foundation to develop the first-ever Virtual Reality (VR) and Non-Fungible Token (NFT) gallery hosting the Vatican’s art, content, and educational initiatives. The Humanity 2.0 Foundation is a non-profit organisation which tackles obstacles surrounding humanity’s socio-economic development.
Posted: 06/05/2022
The government has announced its final plans for how the new digital markets regulator will tackle the dominance of technology giants like Facebook and Google.
Posted: 6/5/2022
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), a financial institution owned by the world's central banks, has called for a new governance system that gives consumers and companies more control over data shared with social media platforms and banks.
Posted: 6/5/2022
The global cryptocurrency market is projected to reach a value of $4.9 billion by 2030, according to a report by Allied Market Research. In line with this rapidly growing market, banks across the globe are continuing to investigate how Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) could help to meet the needs of their increasingly digitally savvy customers.
Posted: 05/05/2022
Millions of people in the UK are sharing their passwords with scammers on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram without knowing, research from TalkTalk has found. “With internet usage at record levels, it’s never been more important to stay safe online,” said TalkTalk’s head of customer security, Mark Johnson.
Posted: 5/5/2022
DPD UK has announced a new deal with Ford for 1,000 e-transit vans.
Posted: 5/5/2022
Nearly 50 per cent of firms in the European Union (EU) have invested in digitalisation as a response to Covid-19, a new report from the European Investment Bank (EIB) has found. The research revealed that digital companies fared better than non-digital organisations during the pandemic.
Posted: 5/5/2022
Hundreds of thousands of app store users could be putting their data and money at risk by downloading malicious apps, according to a report published by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The UK government said it has plans to combat this threat this with a ‘first-of-its-kind solution’.
Posted: 05/05/2022
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has recorded a 71 per cent hike in revenue to $5.9 billion in the first quarter of the year. The results follow what the US semiconductor business described as the “largest acquisition” in the history of the industry, after the company bought technology and semiconductor organisation Xilinx in February.
Posted: 04/05/2022
Meta AI is set to make its large language model – also known as a natural language processing (NLP) system - Open Pretrained Transformer (OPT-175B) publicly available. OPT-175B has 175 billion parameters trained on publicly available datasets, and in a first for a language technology system of its size, the release includes pretrained models along with the code with which to train and use them.
Posted: 04/05/2022
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has suggested in a tweet that while casual Twitter users will be to use the platform for free following his $44bn acquisition of the tech giant, commercial and government accounts may be subject to a ‘slight cost’. Twitter’s board of directors accepted Musk’s $44bn offer to buy the platform on 25 April – a deal funded by $21bn of his own money, $12.5bn borrowed against his shares held in in Tesla and with the remaining sum made up by loans from banks.
Posted: 04/05/2022
TAFT, the direct-to-consumer men's footwear brand, has launched a new NFT collection.
Posted: 3/5/2022
Tech Nation has said that the UK needs to do more to keep British technology companies in Britain. After the collapse of its planned sale to Nvidia, Arm’s parent company SoftBank reportedly said that a US listing would be most suitable.
Posted: 3/5/2022
The UK’s Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has seen a near 1000 per cent increase in customer interactions with its chatbots since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Data obtained via a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act request issued by the Parliament Street think tank revealed a rise in customers’ interactions with bots from 512,017 in 2019-20, to 2,802,256 in FY-2020-21, and with a near doubling to 5,423,277 by 2021-22.
Posted: 03/05/2022
Apple is abusing its dominance in the market for mobile wallets on iOS devices, according to the European Commission.
Posted: 3/5/2022
The UK’s competition watchdog has raised concerns about a merger between two emergency service software providers. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said that NEC Software Solutions’ purchase of SSS raises competition concerns in the “supply of vital software to emergency services and transport customers”.
Posted: 29/4/2022
Brownies will have the opportunity to learn new digital skills like coding and working with algorithms as part of a partnership with Google. Girlguiding, the UK charity behind the Brownies, is expanding an existing relationship with the tech giant with the aim of inspiring young girls and women to pursue technology interests.
Posted: 29/4/2022
Amazon recorded a loss of $3.8 billion in the first quarter compared to an $8.1 billion income during the same period of last year.
Posted: 29/4/2022
Europe’s small deep tech companies are lagging behind companies in the US, according to a new report from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Patent Office (EPO). The study identifies the “unique obstacles” that SMEs face in developing advanced digital technologies in the EU.
Posted: 28/4/2022
The number of daily active users on Facebook is once again on a positive trajectory. The social media platform saw the number of daily users increase by four per cent in the first quarter of the year, despite reportedly recording its slowest revenue growth in 10 years.
Posted: 28/4/2022
techUK has launched a new report calling for data to be positioned at the centre of the criminal justice system to “improve user experience”. The technology trade association says that the challenges of data sharing are disrupting the development of an efficient criminal justice system.
Posted: 28/4/2022
Pinterest has unveiled an extension for WooCommerce, the customisable, open-source e-commerce platform built on WordPress. The extension gives more than 3 million merchants who use WooCommerce the power to turn their entire product catalogues into shoppable Product Pins on Pinterest.
Posted: 27/4/2022
The chancellor has announced a new fraud squad made up of analytics experts and economic crime investigators to “crack down on criminal gangs” stealing taxpayer money. The £25 million central government taskforce, based in the Cabinet Office, is set to be operational by the summer.
Posted: 27/4/2022
The UK’s Chartered Institute for IT is encouraging companies around the world to give Ukraine’s tech consultancies “serious consideration when tendering for contracts”.
Posted: 27/4/2022
The global FinTech sector has seen a 182 per cent increase in tech job growth for the first quarter of 2022, but the industry will have a problem filling vacancies.
Posted: 27/4/2022
In the near future, all consumers will use an app that empowers people to control and earn from their data, the founder of tech company Gener8 has said. Sam Jones, who pitched his idea on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den programme last year, launched a company that gives people the choice to keep their data private online or be rewarded from it.
Posted: 27/4/2022
Digital assets are set to cause chaos in divorce settlements, warn lawyers, with couples being recommended to adopt prenups to help avoid problems. According to the Financial Conduct Authority, over 2.3 million UK adults now hold some form of crypto asset, such as Bitcoin.
Posted: 27/4/2022
The board of Twitter has agreed to allow a $44 billion takeover offer from Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX.The social media platform, known as the 'world's town square' had initially pushed back advances from Musk to acquire the platform after it was revealed he had bought a 9.2% stake in the company.
Posted: 26/04/2022
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk could agree the acquisition of Twitter later today in the US, a Reuters report has revealed. The deal could be worth around $43 billion, the amount Musk said was his “best and final” offer earlier this month, through an unsolicited approach.
Posted: 25/4/2022
Mastercard launched identity tech which is designed to improve the e-commerce experience whilst tackling fraud.
Posted: 25/4/2022
Twitter creators who opt in will now be able to have their earnings paid into a crypto wallet, payments giant Stripe has said.
Posted: 25/4/2022
Amidst rising cyber fears in higher education institutions, it’s been revealed that University College London (UCL) faced almost 60 million “malicious” email attacks in the first three months of 2022.
Posted: 25/4/2022
The UK’s largest mobile providers – O2, EE, Vodafone and Three – are being beaten by smaller rivals on customer service and value for money, according to research from Which?.
Posted: 25/4/2022
Research for today’s Earth Day 2022 suggests that although UK climate technology is playing a “crucial role” in tackling global climate change, challenges in accessing funding and a lack of support from the government is “impeding” the development of the industry.
Posted: 22/4/2022
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has announced that the UK has joined the US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand to share updated mitigation advice against Russian state-sponsored and criminal cyber threats.
Posted: 22/4/2022
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has splashed out well over £20 million on data scientists and data analysts, according to official figures.
Posted: 22/4/2022
Netflix says it will move to reduce the large number of people watching its services for free, after its first quarter results showed that it had lost 200,000 subscribers. The company also warned shareholders that it expected another 2 million subscribers could disappear by July.
Posted: 21/4/2022
The government has launched a new group made up of aviation experts who will focus on the tech, infrastructure, and regulation needed to develop zero-emission flights.
Posted: 21/4/20221
GRIDSERVE has opened its latest electric forecourt in Norwich, hosting 36 electric vehicle chargers. The Norwich, East Anglia site forms part of the company’s £1 billion UK-wide investment into charging infrastructure.
Posted: 21/4/2022
Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are replacing skilled professionals and threatening employment opportunities in the performing arts industry, a union has warned.
Posted: 21/4/2022
Amazon shareholders will for the first time be asked to vote on workers’ rights this year. Activist investor platform Tulipshare said that the move comes after it successfully defeated the e-commerce giant’s attempt to exclude the proposal from this year’s proxy statement.
Posted: 20/4/2022
The government is planning a set of new reforms which could make it against the law to pay someone to write or host a fake review.
Posted: 20/4/2022
The government has said planned changes to The Highway Code will enable owners of self-driving cars to view content on built-in display screens while the vehicle is in control. It will still be illegal to use mobile phones in self-driving mode, which the government says poses a greater risk in distracting drivers.
Posted: 20/4/2022
Amazon is unlikely to introduce cryptocurrencies as a payment option, its chief executive has said.
Posted: 19/4/2022
10 Downing Street and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) were allegedly hit with a number of Pegasus spyware infections in 2020 and 2021, according to research group The Citizen Lab.
Posted: 19/4/2022
New online safety legislation which includes tougher criminal sanctions for tech bosses will be debated in the commons on Tuesday.
Posted: 19/4/2022
Beanstalk, the decentralised credit-based stablecoin, was hacked over the weekend – resulting in around $182 million being drained from the company’s reserves. The hacker used a flash loan to exploit the platform’s governance mechanism to send the funds to a wallet they controlled.
Posted: 19/4/2022
More than two fifths – 42 per cent – of UK consumers want to use augmented reality (AR) to find product information when shopping, according to research from product experience management company Akeneo.
Posted: 14/4/2022
Mercedes-Benz has trialled its VISION EQXX electric vehicle, travelling 1000 km on a single battery charge. The automaker says the car is the most efficient its ever built.
Posted: 14/4/2022
The UK’s biometrics commissioner has written to Dahua Technology to ask the company about the extent of its involvement in surveillance activity within Uyghur ‘political re-education camps” in China.
Posted: 14/4/2022
Google is set to invest $9.5 billion in its US offices and data centres during 2022. The BigTech is also set to create 12,000 new full-time jobs, in addition to ‘thousands more’ among its local suppliers, partners, and communities.
Posted: 14/04/2022
The government has pledged £7.6 million for what it describes as “cutting-edge” rail technology as part of a competition in association with Innovate UK. Minister for rail Wendy Morton has this week announced this year’s ‘First of Kind’ competition, which calls for bids from companies specialising in ways to modernise the UK’s railways.
Posted: 13/4/2022
Predictive visual analytics platform Dragonfly AI has raised £3 million in a Series A funding round. Co-founded in 2018, by entrepreneurs Mark Bainbridge and David Mitchell, Dragonfly AI said its solution helps brands improve creative performance by predicting what their target audience sees.
Posted: 13/04/2022
Private equity firm KKR is set to buy cybersecurity firm Barracuda Networks. The size of the deal was not disclosed in the announcement, but sources reported by Reuters pegged the deal at $4 billion inclusive of debt.
Posted: 13/04/2022
The Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG) has called for greater focus on real-life cyber resilience following the launch of government research on UK cybersecurity breaches. The study found that 39 per cent of UK businesses had experienced a cyberattack in the past 12 months – the same percentage as last year.
Posted: 12/4/2022
Honda has announced it is planning to launch 30 electric vehicle (EV) models globally by 2030. The company said that it will have a production volume of two million units every year.
Posted: 12/4/2022
Video game company Epic Games has raised $2 billion from Sony and Lego-owner Kirkbi at valuation of $31.5 billion. The North Carolina-based company is responsible for franchises such as Fortnite and Gears of War.
Posted: 12/04/2022
The Council of Europe has issued guidelines for digital political campaigning to its 46 member states. The guides aim to “address the challenges to the fairness and legitimacy” of electoral processes created by new digital techniques.
Posted: 11/4/2022
UK video game technology company Improbable has raised $150 million. The company’s flagship project “M Squared” promises to connect different metaverse worlds via a blockchain, including communities in sports, music, fashion, and entertainment.
Posted: 11/04/2022
The European Union (EU) has launched its new Digital Finance Platform. The new platform is designed to support financial innovation and digital technologies in the European Union.
Posted: 11/4/2022
The government has announced plans to run fast broadband through water pipes in parts of South Yorkshire. The move aims to get better internet access to people at a faster pace.
Posted: 8/4/2022
The government has announced it will spend £375 million on supporting “innovative energy technologies” to power UK homes and businesses. The investment includes £240 million to support the production of hydrogen, £2.5 million of funding to develop “next-generation” nuclear tech, and £5 million towards research into carbon capture.
Posted: 8/4/2022
Twitter has rolled out new accessibility features. The new features will make alt text image descriptions more prominent for all users.
Posted: 08/04/2022
Meta is planning to launch new virtual coins, called 'Zuck Bucks', which will be used on its social media platforms. According to a report by the Financial Times, the company will also introduce tokens and lending services on its platforms.
Posted: 8/4/2022
The UK's central bank has spent nearly £3 million on its data roles, according to figures from a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request from the Parliament Street think tank. Between 2017 and 2021, the Bank of England quadrupled its data scientist payroll.
Posted: 7/4/2022
Businesses on Amazon are exploiting weaknesses in the company’s review system to fraudulently boost their listings with reviews from unrelated items, an investigation by Which? has found.
Posted: 7/4/2022
US climate technology start-up Watershed is set to create a co-headquarters in London. The San Francisco-based company provides a software platform which allows companies to measure their climate emissions.
Posted: 07/04/2022
Dell Technologies is expanding its asset recovery services with new availability in the UK. The service helps to properly dispose of IT equipment, including laptops, desktops, servers, peripheral or accessory.
Posted: 6/4/2022
Nearly a third of UK shoppers plan to use crypto as a form of payment in 2022, according to research from payments giant Checkout.com.
Posted: 6/4/2022
Google is set to launch a new data lake storage engine dubbed BigLake. The BigTech said the new product will allow enterprises to break down the barriers between their data warehouses and data lakes, providing a unified interface across storage layers, according to sources reported by ZDNet.
Posted: 06/04/2022
NatWest and Coutts have launched a programme to help entrepreneurs in the Interactive Entertainment (IE) space build and develop their businesses.Starting in June 2022, the six-month accelerator is aimed at e-sports, gaming, social media and streaming entrepreneurs across the UK who have recently started a business or are thinking about forming a company.
Posted: 06/04/2022
Up to six million adults in the UK only started playing video games last year, according to research from Marmalade Game Studio. The gaming company said that overall there are around 44 million video game users in the UK.
Posted: 5/4/2022
The Ukraine ware could lead to a global recession, according to the chief global economist at Deloitte. At the World Retail Congress in Rome, Ira Kalish told guests that the conflict has thrown a “massive monkey wrench” into what was a gradually improving post-pandemic picture.
Posted: 5/4/2022
Google is set to offer its employees free electric scooters to tempt them back into the office, according to sources reported by The Verge. The BigTech’s new program, called “Ride Scott”, will allow employees to cover the full cost of Model One scooters produced by manufacturer Unagi.
Posted: 05/04/2022
The government has announced that it plans to bring stablecoins into regulation and that the cryptoassets will be recognised as a form of payment in the UK. The move is part of government plans to make Britain a “global hub for cryptoasset technology and investment”.
Posted: 5/4/2022
Lenovo has committed to hiring 12,000 new employees specialising in research and development (R&D) over the next three years. To mark the start of its financial year the company set out its vision for the coming 12-months, which also includes pledging to achieve net-zero by 2050 and doubling R&D investment.
Posted: 4/4/2022
Tesla produced over 305,000 vehicles and delivered more than 310,000 cars in the first quarter of the year. The company reported a record quarter, despite facing “ongoing supply chain challenges” alongside factory shutdowns.
Posted: 4/4/2022
New research has shown that the metaverse could be between $8 trillion and $13 trillion in the next eight years. The report, from Citi Bank, said that total metaverse users could number around five billion by the 2030.
Posted: 4/4/2022
Just under a fifth - 18 per cent - of UK adults now own cryptocurrency, according to research from crypto exchange Gemini. Nearly half of these UK adults - 45 per cent - invested in cryptocurrency for the first time in 2021.
Posted: 04/04/2022
Dyson has announced the launch of its new purifying headphones.
Posted: 1/4/2022
DHL Parcel UK has announced it is partnering ZigZag, the e-commerce returns technology platform.
Posted: 1/4/2022
A new predictive tool that uses artificial intelligence could diagnose type 1 diabetes in children earlier, reducing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) – a serious and possibly life threatening complication.
Posted: 1/4/2022
Meta paid a consulting firm to sow distrust about TikTok, according to the sources reported by The Washington Post. The sources alleged the firm, called Targeted Victory, placed “op-eds and letters to the editor in major regional news outlets, promoting dubious stories about alleged TikTok trends that actually originated on Facebook”.
Posted: 01/04/2022
techUK has published a new paper on data governance which lists six key principles for the UK to “seize post-Brexit opportunities”. The UK technology trade association released the proposals ahead of the government’s publication of the consultation response, ‘Data: A new direction’.
Posted: 31/3/2022
Phishing attempts were the most common attack method identified by UK businesses over the past 12 months. The study, from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, found around one in five - 21 per cent - of these businesses identified a more sophisticated attack type such as a denial of service, malware, or ransomware attack.
Posted: 31/03/2022
Chinese tech giant Alibaba has led a $60 million investment in augmented reality glasses manufacturer Nreal as appetite for metaverse technology grows. The Beijing-based firm said it will use the capital from the Series C funding round to invest in research and development, expand into new markets including its native China, and strengthen its existing partnerships with developers and partners.
Posted: 31/03/2022
Visa has launched a new programme designed to help digital-first creators develop their small businesses with NFTs.
Posted: 31/3/2022
On-demand delivery business Gorillas is digitally transforming its HR management strategy with a new partnership. The company is using technology from Workday Human Capital Management to roll out the digitalisation plans.
Posted: 30/3/2022
Around $600 million of cryptocurrency has been stolen from Ronin Network. Ronin Network is the blockchain which powers online game Axie Infinity, which allows users to trade Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) within a virtual world.
Posted: 30/03/2022
DHL has announced the roll out of what3words location tech on its UK parcel platform. From Wednesday, customers will be able to add their what3words address to the delivery preferences section on the DHL Parcel App.
Posted: 30/3/2022
HP is set to acquire audio and video device manufacturer Poly for $1.7 billion. The all-cash deal will see Poly’s shareholders receive $40 per share.
Posted: 30/03/2022
GiveStar has announced the launch of tap-on-phone, a technology which can turn any smartphone into a contactless donations point for charity fundraising.
Posted: 29/3/2022
Almost a third – 29 per cent – of companies have lost a client or customers due to sending an email to the wrong person, according to research from Tessian.
Posted: 29/3/2022
Deliveroo has announced that WHSmith is trialling its online delivery service. The move will give customers access to 600 WHSmith products, including stationary, home office products, and books.
Posted: 29/3/2022
Ukrtelecom, a national telecoms provider based in Ukraine, has reportedly been hit with a major cyber-attack. NetBlocks – which tracks network disruptions and shutdowns – said that the disruption was the most severe registered since the invasion by Russia.
Posted: 29/3/2022
The FinTech industry is pushing the UK’s tech ecosystem to record growth, with the country’s tech sector now worth a landmark $1 trillion valuation. According to data compiled by Dealroom and analysed for the UK Digital Economy Council the country has become the third in the world ever to reach the landmark valuation of $1 trillion.
Posted: 29/03/2022
The installed base of operational data centres is set to exceed 1,200 by 2026, according to research from Synergy. The research was based on analysis of the data centre footprint and plans of 19 of the world's largest cloud and internet service firms, including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook.
Posted: 28/03/2022
Musk ‘giving serious thought’ to creating a social network. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said he is “giving serious thought” to the idea of creating a social network in a recent Tweet.
Posted: 28/03/2022
Epic Games has announced that it is sending all Fortnite proceeds from 20 March to 3 April to humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine. The company said that Xbox is also committing their net proceeds for the game during this time.
Posted: 25/3/2022
European lawmakers have given the green-light for new EU rules that will limit the market power of large online platforms like Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon.
Posted: 25/3/2022
Risk analytics start-up Climate X has raised £4.1 million in a seed funding round. The London-based firm provides a platform, called Spectra, which allows firms to estimate the physical risks posed by climate change to their assets.
Posted: 25/03/2022
Mitek has announced it has purchased UK-based KYC tech company HooYu in a £98 million deal.
Posted: 24/3/2022
Meta and NatWest have formed a new partnership that will offer "financial readiness training" and other support to female entrepreneurs. The training is part of Meta’s #SheMeansBusiness initiative, which provides digital skills training and opportunities to expand business connections and networks.
Posted: 24/3/2022
Multinational tech business Lenovo has announced the expansion of its UK and Ireland digital equity programme. Lenovo said it is working with local authorities, education experts, and charitable organisations to make sure “technology, time and money” reach those most in need.
Posted: 24/3/2022
US robotics firm Skyline Robotics has raised $6.5 million in a pre-Series A funding round. The company provides a high-rise cleaning robot called Ozmo, which it said is soon to see its first customer deployment in New York City.
Posted: 24/03/2022
Nvidia is introducing new features designed to make it easier for gaming developers to share assets, sort asset libraries, collaborate, and roll-out AI to animate characters’ facial expressions.
Posted: 23/3/2022
The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) has announced that it has been a victim to a “sophisticated and criminal” cybersecurity attack. The organisation said that it is difficult to understand why perpetrators would want to disrupt work relied on by vulnerable people.
Posted: 23/3/2022
Private equity firm Thoma Bravo has agreed to buy enterprise software firm Anaplan for $10.7 billion. Anaplan, based in San Francisco, provides subscription-based business planning software.
Posted: 23/03/2022
The government is facing a three-day hearing at the London High Court after being accused of using “disappearing messaging apps” like WhatsApp to conduct business.
Posted: 23/2/2022
Getty Images has launched what it describes as an “industry-first” model release form designed to support data privacy in AI and machine learning. The form aims to address recent lawsuits around the use of biometric information without explicit consent of people featured in visual imagery.
Posted: 22/3/2022
Livestock data platform Breedr has raised £12 million in a Series A funding round led by Investbridge Capital. The Chichester-based company’s solutions enable farmers to record information about their animals on their smartphones, including weight, health, fertility, genetics, and medication regimen.
Posted: 22/03/2022
One in five retail employees in the UK have been involved in cyber security incident or loss of secure data, according to new research.
Posted: 22/3/2022
The government has announced it will fund a new organisation aimed at boosting innovation in the UK telecoms supply chain.
Posted: 22/3/2022
BlackBerry has announced it is partnering with Samsung on critical event management. The company will use rugged Samsung Galaxy devices for its solution, which is designed for first responders and front-line workers.
Posted: 21/3/2022
While 70 per cent of technology companies plan to increase UK investment, they are being hindered by "significant R&D challenges" and the digital skills gap, according to research from techUK.
Posted: 21/3/2022
Amazon has said that its most recent Amazon Fresh store is the first of its kind to try to achieve zero-carbon certification.
Posted: 21/3/2022
Fraudulent advertisements requesting donations to Ukrainians are appearing on the Darknet, according to research from cybersecurity firm Check Point. The Darknet is a part of the internet that isn’t visible to search engines, which requires the use of anonymised browsers such as Tor to access and is frequently used for trading illegal drugs.
Posted: 21/03/2022
Currys has pledged to tackle e-waste with a new initiative. 'Long Live Your Tech' aims to educate and help consumers make more informed choices when buying and disposing technology.
Posted: 18/3/2022
The CMA has found that NortonLifeLock’s approximately £6 billion purchase of Avast raises competition concerns and may now be referred for an in-depth investigation. The news comes after the US cybersecurity firm agreed to buy the EU-based company in August.
Posted: 18/03/2022
Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, has published a consultation on its proposals for a new space spectrum strategy.The strategy sets out plans to coordinate the space domain whilst ensuring there is appropriate spectrum available for all users.
Posted: 18/03/2022
Technology investment in Northern Ireland reached over £100 million in 2021, according to research from analyst firm Catalyst. This represents a significant rise from the £5 million in total investment the region received in 2014, and a 127 per cent rise over 2020 levels.
Posted: 18/03/2022
Microsoft for Startups and third-party tech vendor Ansarada have announced a new global partnership aimed at making it easier and faster for startups to raise capital and grow. Ansarada is the first company of its kind to form a worldwide partnership in the Microsoft for Startups programme.
Posted: 17/3/2022
As the government announced the introduction of the long-awaited Online Safety Bill to parliament today, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT has said that singling out algorithms as responsible for children’s online safety is ‘passing the buck’.
Posted: 17/3/2022
The government will introduce what it describes as a set of “world-first” online safety laws in parliament today. The long-awaited Online Safety Bill includes tougher and quicker criminal sanctions for tech bosses, as well as new criminal offences for falsifying and destroying data.
Posted: 17/3/2022
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is set to invest £1.8 billion into building out its UK data centre presence over the next two years. The BigTech giant said this will bring AWS’s total investment in the UK to more than double what it is today, benefitting existing customers as well as strengthening the UK’s digital infrastructure.
Posted: 17/03/2022
HSBC has announced it is entering the metaverse through a new partnership with blockchain gaming business The Sandbox. HSBC is to buy a plot of land in The Sandbox metaverse, which will be developed to engage with sports, e-sports, and gaming enthusiasts.
Posted: 16/3/2022
Ireland’s Data Protection Commision (DPC) has issued a fine of €17 million to Meta Platforms Ireland after the company broke EU data privacy rules.
Posted: 16/3/2022
The former president and chief operating officer of Nintendo has said that he does not buy into the idea that Meta – formerly Facebook – will be successful in the metaverse. Reggie-Fils Aime told Bloomberg journalist Emily Chang that he believes the metaverse is the cloud of five years ago and the internet of 20 years ago at an event in Austin, Texas.
Posted: 16/3/2022
Interpol, the international criminal police organisation, is partnering with IDnow, an identity proofing firm, to share expertise through global training programmes. The 12 month collaboration will see IDnow experts deliver a series of training programmes to local law enforcement and immigration departments, starting in Abu Dhabi later this month.
Posted: 16/03/2022
UK semiconductor giant Arm could be axing up to 975 roles from its workforce following the collapse of its planned sale to Nvidia.
Posted: 16//3/2022
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning self-assessment customers to be on their guard following more than 570,000 scam reports in the last year. The tax authority said that following the deadline for tax return submission in January this year, scammers have been targeting self-assessment customers to try and steal money or personal information.
Posted: 16/03/2022
The Home Office is reportedly facing an investigation for allegedly capturing data from the phones of migrants entering the UK, according to an exclusive report by Sky News.
Posted: 15/3/2022
Online textbook subscription service Perlego has announced the close of a $50million Series B funding round.
Posted: 15/3/2022
UK start-up OW Smell Digital, which develops smell-based technology for the metaverse, has raised £1 million. OW said its digital smell technology ‘will transform an ecosystem dominated by sound and vision’ and that its hardware and software ‘can identify smells and their unique perceptual effects’.
Posted: 15/03/2022
There are currently six boys to one girl in many areas of computing education, according to a new report from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. However, the research also found that once young women do choose computing they generally outperform their male counterparts.
Posted: 15/3/2022
Co-op has announced it is expanding its Starship Technologies-run robot delivery service to an additional five stores in Northampton. The expanded robot service, which delivers same day, on-demand grocery orders, will add a further 20,000 households to the delivery remit.
Posted: 14/3/2022
The education sector is the most likely to pay ransomware demands, according to new research from Immersive Labs. The Bristol-based cybersecurity firm surveyed 2,100 organisations and their responses across 1,500 separate threats and incidents.
Posted: 14/03/2022
Skechers has announced it is entering the metaverse. The footwear brand said that it is the first to sign a lease in the fashion district of Decentraland.
Posted: 14/3/2022
The government has announced that cyberflashing will become a criminal offence under the upcoming Online Safety Bill.
Posted: 14/3/2022
Meta – which owns social media giants Facebook and Instagram – has reportedly made an exception to its rules by allowing violent speech against Russian soldiers and Vladimir Putin.
Posted: 11/3/2022
Blockchain and crypto solution business Ripple has announced the first independent creators to receive money for their NFT projects through its Creator Fund.
Posted: 11/3/2022
eBay has announced a number of new digital products and services as part of the company’s new tech-led strategy.
Posted: 11/3/2022
A new commission has been formed to investigate the potential for tidal power generation on the Severn estuary. The Severn estuary is a body of water which flows into the Bristol Channel between England and South Wales, and the second largest tidal range in the world.
Posted: 11/03/2022
Two board members from the UK branch of Huawei have reportedly resigned over the company’s alleged silence about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Posted: 10/3/2022
YouTube and Google Play have both announced they are “pausing” payment services in Russia. In a statement, Google Play said it was stopping its billing system for users in Russia.
Posted: 10/3/2022
London-based consumer technology company Nothing has raised $70 million in a Series B funding round. The earphone manufacturer said it will use the capital for product development and to open a new London design hub, led by former Dyson design head Adam Bates.
Posted: 10/03/2022
The government has announced a new series of loans worth £150 million, designed to support the UK’s innovative SMEs.
Posted: 10/3/2022
45 per cent of UK parents are concerned about children spending too much time on games, according to figures from digital board game publisher Marmalade Game Studio.
Posted: 9/3/2022
During the 100 days since the start of the COP26 conference last October, climate technology businesses have experienced a strong uplift in venture capital (VC) investment, according to data from Tech Nation.
Posted: 9/3/2022
Google is set to buy US cybersecurity firm Mandiant for $5.4 billion. The search giant offered 32$ per share in an all-cash deal, a 53 per cent premium to Mandiant’s share price at the time of the offer.
Posted: 09/03/2022
The government has announced an update to draft legislation that will give regulators power to tackle “harmful and misleading” adverts on social media and search engines.
Posted: 9/3/2022
Brent and Merton councils have collectively been hit by five successful ransomware attacks since 2016, according to a report by Parliament Street. The data was obtained from a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) requested by the think tank.
Posted: 8/3/2022
HMRC is urging the British public to stop sharing personal information online to avoid their identities being used to claim fake self-assessment tax refunds.
Posted: 8/3/2022
UK sustainability technology start-up Provenance has raised £4.1 million in its latest funding round. The company said its product, called ‘Proof Point’, enables consumers to verify the corporate sustainability claims made on webpages.
Posted: 08/03/2022
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced new commitments from Gridserve – owner of major chargepoint operator The Electric Highway – which will reduce the length of exclusive rights to a number of motorway service companies.
Posted: 8/3/2022
Amazon has purchased Swansea-based retail technology company Veeqo. The company, founded in 2013 by Matt Warren, provides tools which help sellers on e-commerce platforms manage their orders, covering inventory, picking, shipping, purchasing, and reporting.
Posted: 08/03/2022
Phishing attacks increased 15 per cent over the course of 2021, according to research from cybersecurity firm Egress. The research surveyed 500 IT leaders from a variety of industries, with an equal number of UK and US respondents.
Posted: 07/03/2022
Changes to existing planning laws could see the faster roll out of 4G and 5G across the UK’s rural areas.The government has said that reforms to legislation will mean fewer phone masts will be needed to boost 4g and 5G coverage, as telecoms companies will be able to upgrade existing infrastructure over building new masts.
Posted: 07/03/2022
LifeScore, the AI music technology business, has announced a £11 million funding raise.The company creates what it describes as “adaptive music on demand that is algorithmically tailored to the context and needs of the listener,” whether they want to relax, focus, or energise to “support the emotional narrative of a performance or immersive experience”.
Posted: 07/03/2022
Posted: 07/03/2022
Amazon is reportedly facing pressure from investors over tax transparency. 24 institutional investors want to have a better understanding about how much tax the e-commerce giant pays globally, according to a report by the Financial Times.
Posted: 07/03/2022
PayPal has joined a host of companies who have suspended operations in Russia. The move comes after Visa, Mastercard, and American Express stopped processing transactions for Russian financial organisations in the past week.
Posted: 07/03/2022
The United Kingdom has been ranked fourth in the world for automated vehicle (AV) readiness, according to research from Confused.com. The UK received a 6.92 out of 10 ready score.
Posted: 4/3/2022
Amazon has announced the launch of its own range of apparel, home, beauty, and household essentials made from more sustainable materials. The retail giant said the new products will be made from recycled polyester, organic cotton, and bio-based ingredients and will have certifications specific to product type.
Posted: 4/3/2022
Britain has opened a new prison designed “from top to bottom” with smart technology to help cut crime.
Posted: 4/3/2022
Founder-led venture capital firm Sure Valley Ventures has completed a £85 million first close of a £95 million UK software technology fund. The fund includes a £50 million investment from the British Business Bank through its enterprise capital funds programme.
Posted: 3/3/2022
Amazon has announced that it will be closing all of its Amazon 4-star, Books, and Pop Up stores in the UK and US. The company said that it want to focus more on its Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods Market, Amazon Go, and Amazon Style stores, as well as its ‘Just Walk Out Technology’.
Posted: 3/3/2022
Electric vehicles (EVs) are the least reliable fuel type and spend longer off the road than other cars when they need to be repaired, according to a survey by Which?. The consumer organisation has called on car manufacturers to improve the reliability of EVs.
Posted: 3/3/2022
BKwai, the company which aims to help engineers develop smarter and more sustainable built infrastructure, has announced a £2.2 million seed funding round.
Posted: 2/3/2022
APG has announced a new partnership with what3words. The company, which specialises in cross-border e-commerce delivery solutions, will offer its UK retail partners delivery to an exact what3words address.
Posted: 2/3/2022
Netflix has announced plans to acquire Finnish mobile games company Next Games. The Helsinki-based games developer, which was launched in 2013, specialises in mobile games based on popular entertainment franchises.
Posted: 2/3/2022
Google has removed Russian state-funded media – including Russia Today and Sputnik – from its Google News search platform. The search giant said it also blocking YouTube channels connected to Russian state media across Europe, and that this action builds on its indefinite pause of the monetisation of Russian state-funded media across its platforms, meaning media outlets such as RT are not allowed to monetise their content or advertise on its platforms.
Posted: 02/03/2022
The government has announced funding a number of UK projects developing technologies for future space science missions.
Posted: 1/3/2022
Advertising technology, or AdTech, is set to grow from $438 billion to $1 trillion by 2030, according to figures from analytics company GlobalData.
Posted: 1/3/2022