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Lawyers launch Brexit legal challenge

The British government faces a legal challenge to stop it beginning the process of leaving the European Union without an act of parliament, a law firm announced Sunday.<p>Lawyers at Mishcon de Reya argue that the British government cannot trigger Article 50, the legal process for leaving the EU, …

Brexit

Buy-to-let mortgages pulled at fastest rate since 2009

Buy-to-let mortgage offers have been pulled from the market at the fastest rate since the banking crisis, reports the Daily Telegraph.<p>A report from …

Real Estate

Financial Times

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Help to Buy Isas: homebuyers handed up to £3,000 by government

Fresh help for first-time buyers comes in the form of the new Help to Buy Isa, which is officially available from Tuesday 1 December. You can start …

Money

Buy-to-let mortgage demand to grow, Bank of England says

<b>Lenders are expecting more jostling for buy-to-let mortgages in the coming weeks after a leap in demand in late 2015.</b><p>A survey by the Bank of England said 30% more lenders expected demand to grow over the first three months of the year than those predicting a fall.<p>Various figures have shown an …

Bank of England

Here's why the iPhone's Night Shift mode is such a big deal

In general, looking at your phone at night is a terrible idea.<p>Smartphone screens emit bright blue light so you can see them even at the sunniest …

Wellness

Shares soar in electrical goods retailer AO World

The group said it now expects its full year underlying earnings to rise to about £17million in the UK, which is higher than the £16million penciled …

Markets

Second cross rail link for London will have huge impact on housing

A new north-south cross London railway set to link Broxbourne and Wimbledon will provide a huge boost to certain residential neighbourhoods and the …

Housing

UK house price growth accelerates in February, Nationwide says

LONDON (Reuters) - British house price growth picked up speed in annual terms last month as investors sought out buy-to-let properties before the introduction of a new tax, mortgage lender Nationwide said on Thursday.<p>House prices were 4.8 percent higher in February compared with the same month last …

Economy

Isa guide 2016: Make the most of your savings

From the new Innovative Finance Isa to Help to Buy Isas for first-time buyers, the world of tax-friendly saving is changing rapidly.<p>Here, FT Money …

The UK wants Google to test its self-driving cars in London

Google's self-driving cars have already racked up more than a million miles, however all of them have taken place in the US. What about other parts of the world, such as those where people drive on the left? According to <i>Sky News</i>, some London officials have been trying to persuade the company to …

Google

The Government's first-time buyer schemes explained

Struggling to get a foot on (or up) the property ladder? Here's our round-up of Government schemes that could provide just the boost you need.<p>By …

Mortgages

Luxury gazebos: Springing up in a British back yard near you

Three months of bad weather have prompted a flurry of sales for high-end garden rooms with underfloor heating, home cinemas and fireplaces<p>A luxury gazebo and garden room business, which has created outdoor buildings for Duncan Bannatyne, Gloria Hunniford and Alan Titchmarsh, has reported a 23pc …

Return on Investment

'Like a shimmering sea creature': Britain's first amphibious homes

A luxury floating house on the Thames that rises and falls with the water levels is just the start for the architectural duo set on addressing problem flooding<p>The wise man built his house upon the rock – not upon the flood plain. But the UK housebuilding industry seems to have skipped that …

Here are the best pictures ever taken on an iPhone, according to Apple

Apple has launched a new ad campaign featuring iPhone photography and says it has found the best photos taken on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.<p>The campaign, called World Gallery, showcases work from around the world and will be featured in 85 cities across 26 countries, according to iMore.<p>The theme of …

Recreation

How did Google become the world's most valuable company?

<b>It doesn't sell anything you could pick up and put in your pocket. We never pay it any money directly.</b><p>Yet now, after its latest earnings report, Google's parent company Alphabet has a market capitalisation larger than Apple's, as shares rose sharply in after-hours trading.<p>That makes it the most …

Google

Microsoft has a crazy project to build massive data centres under the sea

Microsoft Research, the 1,000-strong scientific research arm of Microsoft, is investigating whether it is possible to put data centres deep under the sea, according to The New York Times.<p>The project, code-named Natick, would submerge data centres underwater, using fibre optics to transfer to data …

New York Times

The 25 Best Free iPhone Apps For Business

Make meetings actually useful. Brainstorm like a champ. Take the boredom out of busywork. And much more.<p>That little computer in your pocket has come a long way over the years, huh? Here are 25 incredibly useful apps that can help you run your business a whole lot smarter than ever before. And every …

Productivity

Puppy farming – a booming but horrific part of the UK economy

A vet and his assistant in Leeds were convicted last Thursday of six offences under the Animal Welfare Act.<p>Police discovered 22 dogs and eight cats - some of them in cages - in the basement and back room of Armley Vets in February.<p>Four dogs and a cat had to be put down following the raid on the vet …

Farming

Google just patented a box on wheels for receiving drone deliveries

Google announced last November that it would launch its Project Wing drone delivery service in 2017. The company hasn’t said much about its plans, but a patent granted today gives us a closer look at how it might drop off packages at your doorstep in under 30 minutes.<p>The patent describes a …

Drones

New self-cert mortgage lender 'can't meet demand'

Selfcert.co.uk says 4,000 potential borrowers registered interest within 48 hours of its launch, but site goes offline citing huge demand<p>A lender offering controversial self-certification mortgages – a type of home loan banned by the City regulator – claims more than 4,000 potential borrowers have …

Welcome to the great home insurance swindle

We have recently been highlighting how loyal insurance consumers are hit with outrageous premium rises – and your response has been huge. Here are just a few examples showing how insurers see unsuspecting older people as fair game<p>There can be no argument that the home insurance industry is engaged …

Rents continue to rise across the UK as competition for rooms heats up

Londoners are now spending up to two thirds of their income on rent, according to a new report.<p>Continuous rent rises over the past six years mean …

Real Estate

Fury Road, 45 Years top London Film Critics Award Winners

• FILM of the Year: “Mad Max: Fury Road”<br>• BRITISH/IRISH FILM of the Year: “45 Years”<br>• DIRECTOR of the year: George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”<br>• ACTRESS of …

Awards

Lumiere London Festival: Installations switched off due to crowds

<b>Installations were temporarily switched off and Kings Cross Station was evacuated because of overcrowding at the Lumiere London Festival.</b><p>Visitors to the free event on Saturday were told to check social media before visiting on Sunday evening.<p>The organiser, Artichoke, and the Met Police sent tweets …

Europe

More hints that Bank of England will act on buy to le...

Two interviews given by a deputy governor of the Bank of England appear to suggest that there will soon be additional restrictions on mortgage …

Bank of England

Siri can beatbox - here's how to make your iPhone bust out a beat

Siri can do many things - but did you know it could beatbox?<p>Siri, the iPhone's voice command software, can call people, search for things on the internet and set dates in your diary.<p>But did you know it could beat box?<p>According to Siri, it has been practicing a 'beat' for a while.<p>If you tell Siri to …

iOS

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Retirement

From buying flights on sale to swapping your home: How to broaden your horizons on a budget

From home swapping to cheap luxury hotels, Tara Evans looks at ways of cutting holiday costs without compromising on quality.

Personal Finance (UK)