Innovation, Tech and Economic Development

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I am slave to Apple Watch no more

I suffer from phantom smartwatch syndrome—an ailment that hopefully will disappear over time. Nearly four weeks ago, I put aside Apple Watch 2 …

Smartwatches

The Future Of Coworking And Why It Will Give Your Business A Huge Edge

Here are the numbers that support the case for coworking–and why it’s not just for startups or freelancers anymore.<p>Fun. Friendly. Inspiring. Collaborative. Productive. If you wouldn’t define your workplace with any or all of those terms, you may have to ditch your own desk and take a seat at a …

The Workplace

Ebay accused of failing its sellers as fraudulent buyers manipulate the system

A website built on the premise that most people are honest is struggling. Now at last there is a promise of more protection, as Anna Tims reports<p>Last November Clive Rose* sold two handmade Japanese swords on eBay, worth a total of £1,940. The buyer, once he had received them, demanded that the cost …

Money

Brexit and the coming food crisis: ‘If you can’t feed a country, you haven’t got a country’

Britain’s food production depends on seasonal migrant labour from the EU. What will happen to those workers after Brexit? And how will it change the industry?<p>On 24 June last year, the few hundred residents of a temporary village, hidden from view in the middle of a West Sussex soft fruit farm, …

Brexit

UK switches on the world's largest wind turbines

The largest wind turbines in the world have recently started producing energy for the UK. Dong Energy, the Danish company behind the project, has recently switched on the 32 gigantic structures in Liverpool Bay. The turbines are taller than some skyscrapers at 640 feet and have 262-foot-long blades …

Wind Power

Google Lens turns your phone into a super-intelligent camera

Google's image-recognition AI just got way smarter.<p>The company announced a new computer-vision platform, Google Lens, which could give our smartphone cameras even more power, during its I/O developer conference Wednesday.<p>CEO Sundar Pichai showed off Google Lens with an innocuous image of a little …

Google

Is the editor of the Daily Mail the most dangerous man in Britain?

Under Paul Dacre’s 25-year reign, the paper has become the UK’s most fanatical anti-liberal voice. We trace its growing political influence through the past year’s headlines<p>For me, Brexit fell from the sky. On the night of 23 June last year, while the referendum count was in progress, I was flying …

Referendums

Toyota is set to finance a flying car project that could take flight by 2018

Toyota is set to finance a flying car project that could take flight by 2018.<p>The Japanese car firm will give engineers £274,000 to develop …

Drones

FaceApp changes old world art models from stoic to stoked

It's such an obvious idea, but it took a professional artist to think of it: use the FaceApp to give old world art portraits the smiles they deserve.<p>UK-based designer Olly Gibbs decided to take the app to the museum and apply its effects to classic paintings and sculptures and the results are …

Art

Apple launches a set of tutorials for improving your iPhone photography

Smartphone cameras have become quite powerful. Because of this, it seems that more people get attracted to photography and want to explore all its …

Photography

How to escape the online spies

Whether you’re tweeting, shopping or just browsing, internet companies are monitoring you. Here’s how to evade the snoopers<p>Nobody likes being spied on. When you’re innocently browsing the web, it’s deeply unpleasant to think that faceless technology corporations are monitoring and recording your …

Privacy

LiveSmart, a London-based employee health platform, raises £700,000

LiveSmart, a London-based startup that offers a platform to help employees track and improve their health, has raised £700,000 in funding.<p>Investors include Matt Merrick (formerly the managing director of Virgin Active Health Clubs) and Lawrence Mitchell (formerly global marketing director and …

Startups

Surf fan who loves pizza: anonymous hero who halted cyber-attack

Known on Twitter as Malware Tech, the 22-year-old is a self-taught computer expert who reveals little about his true identity<p>His online avatar is a cat in sunglasses, he drools over surf pictures from Cornwall and orders three takeaway pizzas for lunch. But unlike other home-based computer whizzes …

Security

Follow the data: does a legal document link Brexit campaigns to US billionaire?

We reveal how a confidential legal agreement is at the heart of a web connecting Robert Mercer to Britain’s EU referendum<p>This article is the subject of a legal complaint on behalf of SCLE and Cambridge Analytica.<p>On 18 November 2015, the British press gathered in a hall in Westminster to witness the …

Referendums

Death of '1.5m oldsters' could swing second Brexit vote, says Ian McEwan

At Brexit conference in London, author says ‘angry old men’ are shaping UK’s future and by 2019 the mood could be different<p>The novelist Ian McEwan has suggested that the death of many elderly Brexit voters over the next two years would help swing a second referendum in favour of Britain staying in …

Brexit

A Sensor That Could Soon Make Homes Scary-Smart

If you want to set up a connected home, you’ve got two options. You can buy a bunch of smart gadgets that may or may not communicate with other smart …

Machine Learning

Elon Musk's underground traffic tunnel looks like hyperspace

Elon Musk works fast. Just last month the Tesla CEO was showing off a concept video for how his solution to gridlocked traffic: a giant underground tunnel where rapidly propelled cars travel point A to point B on car-carrying sleds. Now we have footage of a recent test, using real cameras and a …

Elon Musk

HP shipped laptops with a keylogger installed, security firm reveals

The firm says it has now issued updates that will stop the audio driver keylogger from working<p>Keyloggers are intrusive malware that, when installed, …

Security

Welcome to the Real World - Immersive Audio for Augmented and Virtual Reality

• Jelle van Mourik (Sony) – Immersive Audio in Games<br>• Gavin Kearney (University of York) – Immersive Audio Research<br>• Gareth Llewellyn (Mixed Immersion) – …

Augmented Reality

Travelmate Robotics Suitcase Autonomously Follows Its “Owner”

Gone are the days of wheel-less rucksacks and old school duffel bags. Today’s smart luggage — with Bluetooth technology, GPS tracking, and backup …

Gear & Gadgets

Macron Wins: Now Can Europe Do What Investors Want?

Centrist Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential race is the most definitive sign yet that Europe has resisted, rather than embraced, the populist political tide embodied by Brexit and Donald Trump. While markets anticipated the win, the next test will be whether the renewed sense of …

Emmanuel Macron

Apple isn't working on a car — it's working on something much bigger

Apple is behaving in a really strange way regarding the mythical "Apple Car." After hiring 1,000 people to work on a secret program called Project Titan, which many believed to be the development of a car, the company laid off hundreds of them late last year. Observers interpreted that as one of …

Apple

Here's a Chilling Glimpse of the Privacy-Free Future

The computers are watching.<p>Imagine if you lost your keys and instead of fishing around in the couch cushions, you could just pull out your phone and search for them. Just a quick, textual query with a quick response that they're on your desk, you doofus. This is not only possible; it's possible …

Privacy

The next version of Windows embraces iOS and Android like never before

The Windows 10 Creators Update may have only started rolling out, but Microsoft just gave us our first look at what's next for Windows.<p>During the second day of its Build developer conference on Thursday, Microsoft unveiled the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which will launch later this …

Microsoft

Nominations now open for The Europas European Tech Startup Awards 2017

Nominations are now open for The Europas, the European Tech Startup Awards and one-day conference. The Europas will be held on 13 June 2017, in London at Here East, and are officially part of London Tech Week. TechCrunch is the exclusive media sponsor of the conference and awards.<p>You can nominate …

Spotify's beta was packed with pirate music, book claims

In the company’s early days, music was sourced from wherever they could find it, claims author and researcher<p>More than anything else, Spotify is …

Pirate Party

​Elon Musk says his 'neural lace' will solve brain injuries in four years, but not everyone's buying it

It will take a few miracles in the fields of brain surgery and medical devices to see this vision realised in four years, but over the long haul …

Elon Musk

Microsoft’s HoloLens headset is coming to China by the end of this month

A year after Microsoft started shipping HoloLens devices to the United States and Canada, it’s ready to expand the holographic / mixed reality gadget to another huge territory: China. On stage at Build 2017, Microsoft’s Alex Kipman announced that HoloLens will arrive in China by the end of this …

Augmented Reality

Europeans are less likely to share fake news. Here's why.

If you picked up a newspaper in the UK on Monday, you might have encountered an unusual advertisement offering tips on how to spot “false news.”<p>Facebook published the full-page ads in major newspapers — including The Guardian and The Times of London — ahead of the country’s general elections next …

Fake News