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Debt binge of £203bn threatens to sink the UK economy

A surge in household borrowing is paving the way for another financial crisis, according to the International Monetary Fund.<p>In a hard-hitting report …

UK Economy

Shop Direct boss to depart after digital turnaround

Alex Baldock, the Shop Direct boss, has ­announced he is leaving the online ­retailer next summer after seven years at the helm.<p>Earlier this week the company posted record sales of £1.9bn on the back of a surge in mobile phone shoppers, who now account for 53pc of the business.<p>Mr Baldock, who has …

Tick tock: Royal Mail sets Monday deadline for union to call off strike or face legal action

The clock is ticking.<p>Royal Mail has now set a deadline for the Communication Workers Union (CWU) to call off its planned 48-hour strike from 19 …

House prices hit record high after rising at fastest pace in eight months

UK house prices rose at their fastest pace since February, taking average values to a new record high, according to Halifax.<p>The typical home now …

Old £1 coins will be worthless in a week and taken out of circulation

Old £1 coins will no longer be accepted to make purchases after 15 October.<p>The new-look 12-sided quid will be the only valid £1 coin from next Sunday …

Google's Pixel 2 phones fight distracted driving

You don't have to own an iPhone or Samsung phone to get a modern handset that keeps your eyes on the road. The <i>9to5Google</i> team has discovered that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL include a buried feature in their software (namely, Ambient Services) that automatically invokes a Do Not Disturb mode when it …

Project Loon balloons from Google's Alphabet to aid Puerto Rico

It looks like Project Loon will be sending balloons to Puerto Rico to help the hurricane-ravaged island re-establish phone service.<p>In two tweets Friday, Matthew Berry, chief of staff of the US Federal Communications Commission, said the FCC had approved the Loon application to provide emergency …

Could the Google Clips camera be used to spy on you? Google says no.

This might be a flashback to Google Glass. At an event in San Francisco this week, Google announced a new camera you can “clip” onto anything, called Clips. Say you want to take photos at a birthday party. Just attach the camera to the back of a chair and let the machine learning take over. The …

Google Glass

How Azure Stack Helps Microsoft Deliver The Promise Of Intelligent Cloud And Edge

Last month at the Ignite conference, Microsoft has announced the commercial availability of Azure Stack, the long-awaited hybrid cloud platform from Redmond.<p>The product that was supposed to be shipped almost a year ago got delayed due to multiple factors. It’s finally available from select OEM …

Airbnb will offer business travelers spots at WeWork locations

Airbnb is testing out a new feature that should make business travelers pretty happy. According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, the company has partnered with WeWork to launch a pilot test that allows travelers with business accounts to reserve desks at WeWork locations.<p>The pilot program will take place in New York …

All-touchscreen BlackBerry Motion announced with IP67 rating and a 4,000 mAh battery

Rumors that BlackBerry would release an all-touchscreen smartphone have been floating around since August, and today we’re finally getting more details on the upcoming handset. At this year’s GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, UAE, BlackBerry officially revealed its new mid-range smartphone, the …

Elon Musk: Google's AI camera doesn't even pretend to be innocent

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Elon Musk isn't sure about artificial intelligence.<p>So when Google presented its new AI-based camera Google Clips last week, you might imagine that Musk wouldn't be overly excited.<p>On Saturday, however, he …

Action Launcher gains Pixel 2-style search bar in latest update

Google changed up the launcher a little bit on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The search bar makes a return and has been moved down below the docked icons, and the “pill” and weather widgets are gone from the top of the screen. In their place is a new “at a glance” widget that gives you quick access …

City of London 'cyber court' to tackle online fraud in financial sector

A new state-of-the-art court to tackle cyber crime and fraud in the financial sector is to open in the City of London.<p>Ministers say the court will enhance Britain’s reputation as a country where banking and finance is underpinned by the rule of law, and help the authorities tackle the growing …

Legal Services

These UK-based "techtrepreneurs" are building an empire right under our noses

While the media has a tendency to fawn over San Francisco's "disruptive" startup darlings, Silicon Valley is far from the end-all, be-all of global …

How A Town With One Of The Highest Rates Of Knife Violence Is Trying To Protect Its Young People

In 2008, the number of young people stabbed to death in London reached an all-time high. With that trend threatening to return, BuzzFeed News spoke to those working to save lives.<p>It was around a year ago that one family's world fell to pieces when 19-year-old Andre Aderemi was stabbed in a …

Culture trip: discover 10 of the world's top cultural enclaves

Every traveller has their own definition of culture. Whether it has something to do with social customs and rituals or is inscribed into the local art, literature and architecture, the culture of a place can be what initially inspires our travels and is one of the most meaningful aspects we take …

The fascinating untold human history of the Galápagos

It is hot. Eighty degrees Fahrenheit (26C) hot. But – somehow – the waves look almost glacial. I watch them approaching, navy then ice-blue as the crests thin, before crumpling on to the shore with a whoosh that I hear as a hiss.<p>The island’s unwelcoming “beach” is made up of volcanic boulders, …

Nordic Noir 101: 12 Best Books to Get to Know the Genre

Alex Dahl<p>Cecilia Wilborg seems to have it all: a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a gorgeous home in the affluent Norwegian town of Sandefjord. She works hard to keep everything together because she knows that one mistake from her past that could bring it all crashing down. When someone …

Books

The Strange Political Afterlife of Arnold Schwarzenegger

The Terminator is suiting up for a new adversary: Donald Trump.<p>MUNICH, Germany—The Governator is off to conduct the band at his favorite beer tent at Oktoberfest. Why? Well, he finished his salty half-chicken, gave the photographers the pose he knew they wanted—the one in which he's holding the …

Donald Trump

The UK’s productivity problem is almost twice as bad as the rest of the G7

The UK economy’s decade-long struggle with low productivity is showing little sign of abating. In the second quarter of 2017, output per hour fell by 0.1%, after falling 0.5% in the previous quarter, according to data released today (Oct. 6) by the Office for National Statistics.<p>The problem is much …

UK Economy

The Netherlands Is Paving the Way in Toilet Paper Infrastructure

A parking lot and stretch of highway made from recycled toilet paper help move a portion of the sludge out of the wastewater stream.<p>Maintaining cycling infrastructure is a matter of course in the Netherlands, a country boasting 35,000 kilometers of bicycle paths. Still, the Dutch province of …

Wastewater

Why do we feel so guilty all the time?

Food, sex, money, work, family, friends, health, politics: there’s nothing we can’t feel guilty about, including our own feelings of guilt. By Devorah Baum<p>I feel guilty about everything. Already today I’ve felt guilty about having said the wrong thing to a friend. Then I felt guilty about avoiding …

Corruption

3% of science Nobels go to women. And it's not just a gender problem

The Nobel Prizes in chemistry, physics, and physiology or medicine were awarded this week. All 9 recipients were white, 7 were from the U.S., and all …

Nobel Peace Prize 2017 awarded to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

A nuclear disarmament group has won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its decade-long campaign to rid the world of the atomic bomb.<p>As nuclear-fuelled crises swirl over North Korea and Iran, the International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the honour on Friday.<p>"The organisation …

'Fatbergs', faeces and other waste we flush could be a fuel

The stuff we flush down the toilet and the fat washed down the drain could be the surprising fuel of the 21st Century – improving sanitation and creating green energy worldwide.<p>Our planet has a problem. Humans, like all living creatures, produce a lot of… well, unpleasant waste. In the form of pee …

Energy

Iris can’t hold your hand, but she may ease your mind as you step into a driverless car

It may help if you call her "Iris" and allow her to talk with you as if she were sitting in the car beside you.<p>If you are like most Americans, being soothed by Iris's calm voice may be just what you need as you make the traumatic transition to cars that drive themselves. Surveys show an …

Autonomous Cars

This Solar-Powered Cart Is Designed To Change The African Water Delivery Business

The Watt-r wants to offer a motorized, sustainable solution to the long journeys many African women have to take to carry water back home.<p>Jose Paris used to design cars for a living. His next vehicle, though, is different: It doesn’t have a steering wheel or brakes or doors, and instead of carrying …

DNA confirms amazing Australian isle insect not extinct after all

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When black rats invaded Lord Howe Island after the 1918 wreck of the steamship Makambo, they wiped out numerous native species on the small Australian isle in the Tasman Sea including a big, flightless insect that resembled a stick.<p>But the Lord Howe Island stick insect, once …

GM's SURUS fuel-cell truck platform could be a disaster-relief hero

Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico's infrastructure, including its power and water supplies, as well as its medical, transportation and food distribution networks. The natural disaster's wrath couldn't have been fully avoided, but having access to something like General Motors' new concept …