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Economy to grow faster than expected into 2017 as UK sustains post-Brexit performance

The UK economy will grow faster next year than official predictions suggest, a pair of leading industry bodies have predicted.<p>The Confederation of British Industry and the National Institute for Economic and Social Research expect GDP to grow by 1.3pc and 1.4pc respectively next year, higher than …

New Car Sales Fall For Three Consecutive Months, A First Since The Recession

<i>UPDATE: This story has been updated to include Ford’s sales numbers, which were delayed because of a fire that affected its data center.</i><p>Sales of new cars tumbled 5.8% in October, boosted only by America’s overwhelming appetite for trucks and SUVs, automakers reported Tuesday. It was the automotive …

Asian markets trade lower on US election jitters

Nikkei 225 index retreats 1.8% to 17,123.23 points at mid-day.<p>Stock markets across Asia were in the red on 2 November as investors fretted over the …

Amazon Just Killed Black Friday

If you're one of those people who feels like Black Friday starts earlier and earlier every year, then hold on to your hat: Black Friday 2016 is …

Shopping

Will Amazon.com, Inc. Become the Most Valuable Company in the World?

For most of the past five years, <b>Apple</b> (NASDAQ: AAPL) has been the most valuable publicly traded company in the world. While the iPhone maker has lost some of its momentum in the past year, Apple still sports a market capitalization of about $600 billion.<p>However, investors seem to be betting on a …

Kendall Jenner and Will.i.am join forces to launch wireless headphones

The market for Bluetooth speakers and earphones has never been more competitive, but that hasn't stopped musician turned tech entrepreneur Will.i.am …

Headphones

Why Ford is teaming up with BlackBerry

Seriously? BlackBerry? What is Ford thinking?<p>If you follow the smartphone wars, this deal might sound ridiculous. Why would Ford tie up with a company that has been eclipsed by far more sophisticated rivals? Is Ford <i>that</i> desperate to add software expertise?<p>Hang on a minute. It's true that BlackBerry …

Whirlpool integrates Amazon's Dash into its smart appliances

Whirlpool has come out swinging at this year's CES with a slew of connected kitchen appliances and an app that will be integrated with Amazon's Dash Replenishment Service. It's actually one of many appliance brands to have the integration this year, and it's doing so with its brand new Smart …

Smart Homes

Someone forgot to tell Microsoft and Nokia that the Internet of Things is dead

Two of tech’s more venerable names—Nokia and Microsoft—acquired Internet of Things startups recently. Nokia bought French wearables company Withings for $191 million, while the price of Microsoft’s purchase of Italian cloud specialist Solair was undisclosed. But both these tech giants, once at the …

Internet of Things

Companies once thought they’d make big money off big data–now it’s their biggest liability

Let’s just say it: In the future, successful data companies will not own any data. The data economy is the engine of growth for all digital businesses. However, the landscape is changing. We are heading for a data crunch. Data has huge economic value but it is becoming businesses’ biggest …

Personal Data

Amazon adds 50 new Dash Buttons and claims solid growth despite skeptics

Despite ongoing doubts that Dash Buttons will ever truly be a thing, Amazon announced today that 50 new brands have joined the program, bringing the total to 150.<p>The wireless buttons launched last year and were greeted with skepticism and not a little mockery. In breaking news about the new buttons …

A company you've never heard of is quietly leading the driverless-car revolution

NVIDIA (pronounced en-vid-eya) has been around for 23 years, but you may not have heard of it.<p>That's because it's a company working on big projects behind the scenes. It's first foray into the tech world was as a 3D-graphics company, primarily designing the graphics used in video-gaming. But that …

Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro: 4K gaming jargon explained

The release of the Xbox One X on November 7 will kickstart the era of 4K gaming. The world's most powerful console will join the PS4 Pro, released in …

PS4 Pro

Meet the Man Behind Amazon's Best-Selling Grooming Tool

Joshua Esnard was just 13-years-old when he came up with the idea for The Cut Buddy; a plastic template that makes it easier to keep your haircut fresh in between barbershop visits. Fifteen-odd years later, in 2016, while Esnard was studying finance at Florida State University, he finally brought …

Tomato prices rocket 37pc as bad weather hits growing regions

Britain's tomato lovers could soon face a hike in the price of their salad favourite, according to a new report.<p>For bad weather across key European tomato growing regions has led to wholesale prices rocketing to a level which is 36 per cent higher than this time last year, the latest research shows.<p>…

Fewer Than Half Of Employees Know If They're Doing A Good Job

Around nine out of ten managers have avoided giving constructive feedback to their employees for fear of the employees reacting poorly. Well, is it any wonder that an employee would react badly to getting constructive feedback when less than half of them know if they’re doing a good job? If you …

Morrisons to slash food prices by up to 12%

Cuts to 160 meat, veg and fruit products prompted by accelerating food deflation and intensifying supermarket price war<p>Morrisons is to cut prices on meat, fruit and vegetables this week amid a backdrop of falling food prices.<p>The supermarket said it would be trimming prices on nearly 160 products by …

Galaxy Note 7 recall: what you need to know (Note 7 officially discontinued)

Samsung has announced it has permanently discontinued production of the Galaxy Note 7 in light of continued battery problems in replacement units. The official announcement was made just one day after the company halted global sales of the device.<p>By now, you’ve probably heard about the whole …

Galaxy Note

How Amazon.com Could Change the Way We Buy Cars

The new Amazon Vehicles site allows users to gather information and read reviews on a slew of new and used vehicles. Image source: Amazon.<p><b>Amazon.com</b> (NASDAQ: AMZN) surprised the auto industry with its launch of a new portal last week. The new Amazon Vehicles allows consumers to view details on …

Database allegedly containing ID numbers of 50m Turks posted online

Half the population of Turkey potentially opened up to identity theft and privacy violations after information posted to server hosted in Romania<p>A database posted online allegedly contains the personal information of 49 million people on the Turkish citizenship database, potentially making more …

Amazon to Restore Encryption to Fire Tablets After Complaints

Amazon said it plans to restore an encryption feature on its Fire tablets after customers and privacy advocates criticized the company for quietly removing the security option when it released its latest operating system.<p>“We will return the option for full-disk encryption with a Fire OS update …

NatWest tightens online banking security after hacks' 'hack' exposé

Step 1. Simply take over a victim's mobile phone numberNatWest is tightening up its internet banking systems after security shortcomings were exposed …

IRS shuts down its insecure identity protection service

Following a major breach of its systems in which hackers stole 700,000 US taxpayers’ records in 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) attempted to tighten security last week by issuing people personal identification numbers (PINs).<p>The trouble is that this new authentication method can be cracked …

21 Scary Things Big Data Knows About You

What does big data know about <i>you</i>?<p>Quite a lot.<p>Every time we use a computer, access our phones, or open an app on a tablet, we’re leaving a digital trail. Most people are vaguely aware that Google knows what they’ve searched for, or that Facebook knows who their friends are, but it goes much, much …

Big Data

What Apple’s Standoff With the FBI Means for Your Medical Records

The issue of data privacy on mobile phones has been brought to public and judicial debate again with Apple’s (aapl) refusal to create a backdoor into …

How hackers steal your data on free public Wi-Fi hotspots

Connecting to a public Wi-Fi hotspot, whether open or secured by a password, leaves you open to snooping and hacking. That’s the word from SensePost …

Information Systems

Man loses 'right to be forgotten' Google court bid

<b>A man involved in a £51m VAT scam has lost a legal bid to have news stories about him removed from Google under the so-called "right to be forgotten".</b><p>Malcolm Edwards originally applied for an injunction forcing five media organisations including the BBC to remove their articles about him.<p>He …

This Is What WIFI, Cell Phones, iPads & More Are Doing To Your Child’s Brain – 100 + Scientists Are Now Petitioning The UN

I'm in!<p>*This article only represents a very small fraction of the research regarding the dangers associated with these devices. We encourage you to …

FBI explains why it changed Apple ID password in iPhone unlock case, retrieved iCloud backups up to October 19 but wants more

The FBI has released a press statement explaining its motivation for resetting the iCloud password in the San Bernardino iPhone backdoor/unlock case. It seems like a screw-up, which prevented Apple from extracting data from the phone via iCloud. However, the FBI says that the county did it, in …

Hacking by GCHQ 'fundamentally weakens the security of the internet', says UK lawyer

Hacking and computer exploitation by cyber spooks at the UK's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) threatens to "fundamentally weaken" the …