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Uber drivers stage go-slow protest through central London

Drivers seek to put pressure on the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, to insist that the US minicab company pays the minimum wage<p>More than a hundred Uber drivers have mounted a go-slow protest through central London to put pressure on the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, to insist the US company guarantee the …

London Mayor

Most students can’t tell the difference between sponsored content and real news

Study underscores the need for more media literacy in schools<p>Most students can’t tell the difference between real news articles and sponsored content, according to a study from Stanford University, raising concerns over how young people consume online media. As <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports, the …

Hey Alexa, tell Neato to clean this place up!

Robot vacuuming on demand, thanks to Neato and Alexa.<p>Think pressing a button to have a robot vacuum clean your floors is lazy? How about speaking out loud as you lounge on the couch to kickstart vacuuming. Thanks to a new partnership between the Amazon Alexa voice assistant and $699 Neato Botvac …

Smart Homes

Nintendo Switch will reportedly get a version of Pokémon Sun and Moon

The Nintendo Switch may be the first home console to get a core <i>Pokémon</i> game. <i>Eurogamer</i> reports that the upcoming hybrid console will receive a new version of the just-released <i>Pokémon Sun</i> and <i>Moon</i> in 2017. Titled <i>Pokémon Stars</i>, this new title will feature HD assets and maybe even new creatures to …

Why business class isn't worth the expense: You can travel comfortably on a budget

The Independent and other media recently have been full of stories about how the slump in sterling is damaging the wallets and purses of …

Purrfect harmony: Maximus the cat sings along with its owner

Maximus is a very clever kitty - it has been taught by its owner to sing a duet.<p>In a video which has been liked on Facebook more than 47,000 times, Maximus performs a call-and-response with Mat Ambrose.<p>Their party piece is 'Boom Boom Boom', the hit by The Outhere Brothers.<p>Mr Ambrose, of Falmouth, …

Galaxy S8 Production May Be 'Aborted' If Samsung Can't Figure Out Cause Of Note 7 Fires

Like any major company after a PR disaster, Samsung is in full-on goodwill tour mode right now, setting up counters at airports around the world to offer immediate loaners phones for Note 7 owners about to fly and reportedly compensating Note 7 parts suppliers for lost revenue. Heck, even Samsung …

Electronics Industry

20 cat Halloween costumes for the rare cats who want to wear them

Your cat will probably not wear a Halloween costume. Let's be honest, humans. But you'll want to be prepared just in case.<p>Here are 20 of the finest, …

Airborne cats will fly into your heart in new photography book

Do you ever lose track of time looking at cat photos on Instagram? Do your loved ones consistently beg you to pull your face away from your phone?<p>You …

Guess Who Dreamt up Ikea's Cuddly New Toys

Who says you need years of experience to design for the world's largest furniture retailer?<p>Here's some feel-good news that'll make you smile. Ikea just announced their new line of limited edition soft toys. Most of them animals, these stuffed toys don't look like the standard cute woodland …

Samsung is being sued over a Note 7 that allegedly burned a man

It was only a matter of time before the lawsuits started rolling in over Samsung's exploding Galaxy Note 7s, and what appears to be the first one was filed today in Florida. According to Reuters, Samsung is being sued by a man who says a Note 7 exploded while in his pants pocket, leading to a …

Appliance Science: The uninterruptible power supply

Where will you be when the lights go out? Still working on your computer? Yes, if you have a UPS. Appliance Science looks at how Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSes) work.<p>In a perfect world, your power would never go out, or have surges that could stop your appliances from working. We don't live …

Clean Energy

WiFi Startup Zenreach Emerges From Stealth With $50 Million And Peter Thiel On Its Board

Jack Abraham’s idea was so simple that for three years, he kept his startup quiet. On LinkedIn it was simply “new company.” And he raised $50 million across three rounds of funding without a peep to the press.<p>The startup has grown quickly despite the low profile. One-third of the city of San …

Startups

Curve Appeal: World’s First Freeform 3D Printed House

This groundbreaking 3D-printed house doesn’t just move beyond the four-wall paradigm with its curvaceous shape, it bursts through the boundaries of …

3D Printing

Here are 17 stock photos of cats trying to use laptops, because life is too short

What do you MEAN no free shipping? I thought there was free shipping.<p>Looks like my ex Mr. Whiskers is trying to add me on LinkedIn — the levels of …

Samsung Confirms Radical New Galaxy Phone

Samsung’s first foldable phone is “right around the corner” according to Gregory Lee, President and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America.<p>Speaking at the Future:Mobile conference, and reported by Recode, Lee said that the new bendable phones are incoming. Explaining the delay behind getting …

Mobile

Why The Video Game Cultural Revolution Is In Jeopardy And Needs Parental Intervention

Culture and video games don’t mix, one is about real life and the other about entertainment, right? Iain Simons, director of the UK’s <i>National Video Game Arcade</i>, suggest that this is a problematic assumption and is working to reposition video games as culturally important experiences.<p>The UK’s</i> …

Gaming Industry

We could soon be seeing another massive wave of bird extinction

These are obscure birds with quaint names: Alagoas Foliage-Gleaner, Pernambuco Pygmy-Owl, Cryptic Treehunter. But their disappearance portends a turning point in a global biodiversity crisis.<p>Bird extinctions are nothing new. Human activity has already wiped out over a thousand species. But the vast …

6 Delicious Ways to Eat 2 Breakfasts Without Gaining Weight

Yum x2. (And your scale will never know.)<p>If you want to benefit from breakfast but can't stomach food first thing in the morning, need to fuel up before and refuel after morning workouts, or wake up criminally early and want to keep your energy levels up until a reasonable lunch hour, it could be …

Google's bipedal robot reveals the future of manual labor

Google recently put up its Boston Dynamics robotics unit up for sale, but that doesn't mean that the company is getting out of the automaton business.<p>…

Researchers warn of growing trend for 'unhealthy' flat-faced dogs

We all love a good pug picture - and there are scores of them on Instagram.<p>Search for the hashtag #pug and you'll see over 7.6 million posts.<p>While they're cute, researchers have warned the trend for flat-faced dogs is climbing year-on-year, and many of the breeds suffer severe and uncomfortable …

Pets

Your cat knows you’re upset — he just won’t comfort you

Cats have long been one of our most mercurial pets. Only now are we starting to understand what makes them tick<p>In my last post I introduced the topic of cat cognition and what we broadly know about how these animals think. In this post I'm going to talk more specifically about what we understand …

Huawei unveils P9 and P9 Plus smartphones to take on iPhone and Galaxy

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has unveiled its latest attempt to take on smartphone giants Samsung and Apple, betting on dual cameras and premium design with its new flagship Android phones.<p>The two phones, the 5.2in P9 and 5.5in P9 Plus, are thin, made of aluminium and have narrow bezels around their …

Phones

Zaha Hadid Was One of the Most Polarizing Architects of Our Time

Zaha Hadid has died suddenly at age 65 from a heart attack. As the first woman architect to achieve notable celebrity, Hadid’s prolific and …

She Was the Z: An Appreciation of Zaha Hadid

Z. At most Zaha. The way many of her friends referred to her conveyed the energy and the design signature both her buildings and she, herself, exemplified. Z’s buildings slashed and snaked their way into our consciousness and out of the sites to which they did not wish to be confined. She was the …

What It's Like to Fly on an All-Business Class Airline

There's no such thing as a middle seat.<p>Traveling for business is just that–work, not play. Boarding an approximately six-hour flight for a short stint in London or Paris requires a certain level of in-flight comfort to ensure no dark circles, crabby attitudes or the struggle of not falling asleep …

This Clever Bunk Bed Is Also a Sofa

How's that for handy?<p>If you're constantly hosting houseguests, you probably have a few pieces that pull double duty — like a pull-out couch or a room divider. But Resource Furniture's Palazzo wall bed system takes that concept to the next level.<p>Its bunk beds convert into a sofa — or the sofa …

Animation software used by Studio Ghibli will soon be free

You may not have heard of Toonz animation software, but you've no doubt seen work it was used in: Studio Ghibli films like <i>Spirited Away</i> and <i>Tale of the Princess Kaguya</i> (above), or the animated series <i>Futurama</i>. Now, the Toonz Ghibli Edition used by legendary Japanese filmmakers like Hayao Miyazaki is …

How Graphic Designers Are Protesting Trump

Make America kind again.<p>It’s hard to wring anything heartwarming out of Donald Trump’s relentlessly negative presidential campaign, but protesters managed to do exactly that yesterday morning. Thronged outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, they held 40-inch-by-60-inch signs of bold, graphic letters …