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UK leads Europe in electric car growth

Registrations up 300 percent in the UK and 36.6 percent across the continent<p>Europe's interest in electric cars is slowly growing, with registrations of electric and hybrid vehicles up 36.6 percent last year. Of the major EU markets, the UK saw the biggest growth, with registrations up a massive 300 …

Chat App Line’s Latest Experiment Is A YouTube-Like Video Service

Messaging app company Line continues to build out its business beyond its core chat experience after it launched a YouTube-like video service in Thailand. The company, which claims 181 million active users worldwide, is evaluating plans to introduce similar services in other markets.<p>Available via …

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New iPhone game uses your heartbeat as the controller

Your heartbeat just got gamified.<p>A Dutch startup released a new iPhone game Thursday that relies on users' heartbeats to control the gameplay.<p><i>Skip a</i> …

You can spend up to £30 using contactless payments from September

Contactless cards have been available in the UK for a number of years now, but it's fair to say that it's not yet become the defacto method of payment. Part of the reason is due to the £20 ceiling placed on such purchases, ruling it out when paying for a weekly supermarket shop or a romantic meal …

Meet the 17-year-old who has already made more than $100,000 creating video games

But that's not the case for Lithuanian 17-year-old Laimonas Mileska, or Loleris as many know him.<p>Mileska has been creating video games through a platform called Roblox for about five years under the alias Loleris. And he's already made more than $100,000 doing it, even though Roblox's program for …

Researchers say treadmill desks make you smarter

Every week, a group of scientists publish a study that arrives at a <i>ker-azy</i>, headline-grabbing conclusion. Unfortunately, it's easy to just report on these studies as if they were handed down as truth by St. Albert, the patron saint of scientists. That's why we should take this Canadian study, …

First Ubuntu Phone Landing In Europe Shortly

A year after it revealed another attempt to muscle in on the smartphone market, Canonical’s first Ubuntu-based smartphone is due to go on sale in Europe in the “coming days”, it said today. The device will be sold for €169.90 (~$190) unlocked to any carrier network, although some regional European …

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Will Twitter let users pay for verified accounts?

Would you pay for that little blue checkmark next to your Twitter handle?<p>According to tech investor Jason Calacanis, users may soon get the …

British web surveillance violated human rights, court rules

GCHQ acted unlawfully by accessing NSA intelligence, but court says program is now legal after recent disclosures<p>Britain's GCHQ violated human rights by accessing intelligence from the NSA's mass surveillance programs, a UK court ruled today, though the agency is now considered compliant after …

Little Caesars Mocks All of Modern Tech in One Great Commercial

The pizza chain uses a Steve Jobs-style keynote to encourage people to use their revolutionary new "legs" rather than some app to fetch dinner.<p>Tech is great for all kinds of on-demand stuff.<p>You can order via Instacart to replace the groceries you left in your Uber, and then use TaskRabbit to find …

Google is testing Hangouts-based customer service

Google isn't exactly known for interacting directly with its customers, but according to <i>TechCrunch</i>, the company wants to change that -- if you're looking to a buy a new gadget. Apparently, Mountain View has started testing a service on the Play Devices page that connects you to a Google Device …

Sling TV opens early access and reveals pricing for extra channel packages

Dish’s new Sling TV service has been dubbed as a cord-cutters dream. It finally gives non-cable subscribers the ability to tune into ESPN and other premium channels for just $20 a monthly, but the company just revealed its new channel packages that will nearly double your monthly deal.<p>Sling TV …

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Samsung Galaxy S6 leaked photo hints at 5 different versions

It's been rumored there could be more than one version of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone, but now it looks like we could see as many as …

Pinterest Operations Head Don Faul Departs in a “Personal Decision”

The former Marine came to Pinterest from big jobs at both Google and Facebook, making him a big hire for the San Francisco-based startup when he arrived in 2012.<p>Pinterest* operations head Don Faul, one of the visual discovery site’s highest-ranking execs, is departing the company.<p>A Pinterest …

A security firm claims it was Russia that hacked Sony — and that it still has access

Taia Global released a report Wednesday alleging that Russian hackers managed to gain access to Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer systems at the same time the hacking group known as Guardians Of Peace launched a massive attack on the studio, as reported by PC World.<p>Vast quantities of …

Unexpected issues force drone maker DJI to roll back 'White House' update

DJI Phantom 2 drones are once again free to fly over restricted areas — at least temporarily. The Chinese drone maker has been forced to roll back its latest firmware update — also known as the "White House patch" — after reports that the update caused "unanticipated flight behavior."<p>The patch was …

Robots to staff a self-titled 'Strange Hotel' in Japan

These aren't your typical bell boys.<p>A hotel in Japan, opening this July, claims that it will eventually be staffed almost entirely by humanoid …

Apple begins training retail employees about the Apple Watch

Apple today began training its retail store employees in multiple countries, including the U.S. and the U.K, about the upcoming Apple Watch. The training is said to not divulge many new details, but the beginning of the training program does represent Apple’s first move on the retail employee level …

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Your Xbox One will soon let you take in-game screenshots

Your Xbox One lets you livestream or record video to share your gaming exploits, but that's overkill when all you want to do is brag about a shiny new <i>Forza</i> car. Wouldn't it be nice if you could take a screenshot, like your PlayStation 4-toting friends can? You'll have that option soon. After months …

People Use These Apps Like Crazy On Smart Phones And Tablets

Seeing how much data usage an app generates is an indicator of how popular certain apps are (apps that don't get used don't generate much data) and it reveals how people are using their devices. If they're streaming videos, for example, that will eat up a lot more data than if they're perusing …

Google Hints At YouTube Kids Rollout With New Online Survey

According to an online focus group questionnaire, Google is mulling a paid YouTube Kids product.<p>Google's long-rumored YouTube for kids service may be just around the corner. Currently the company is running web surveys asking prospective users to indicate their preference on a series of possible …

Google's adorable new Android ad tells us to be 'friends furever'

Google's latest Android ad is simply adorable. Called "Friends Furever," the spot is little more than a collection of cute videos showing animals working together, but it ends with a message: "Be together. Not the same."<p>That same motto runs at the end of its previous spot, highlighting that while …

Take a look inside Wall Street’s favorite new Caribbean resort

The Caribbean island has stunning views, beautiful resorts and a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere. The entire island of Anguilla only has one road running through it, and it's small enough to traverse in about 30 minutes.<p>For the wealthy visitors lounging around Anguilla, accommodations are just as …

Exploring Zimbabwe

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I spent a lot of December exploring Zimbabwe. I knew I was interested in the country and was pretty sure I would like it but I have to say I was absolutely blown away, I LOVED it.<p>We did not to a typical safari circuit, for example we drove ourselves around quite …

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