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Bank of England Says No to Blockchain Tech

A blockchain revolution to simplify stock and bond settlement won’t happen anytime soon, though change to today’s “cat’s cradle” of costly …

Cashless Britain advances as contactless and debit cards thrive

Less than half of consumer payments were cash in 2015, while direct debits were worth £1.22tn<p>Britain has passed another milestone on the path to a cashless society, with 2015 the first year that cash was used for less than half of all payments by consumers.<p>Cash usage will be eclipsed by debit cards …

Keynes helped us through the crisis – but he's still out of favour

A brief burst of Keynes prevented a 1930s-style collapse that might have led to a more fundamental rethink of the status quo<p>Keynes’s General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money is to economics what Joyce’s Ulysses is to literature: a classic that lots more people start than finish. The same …

How large is the UK’s national debt, and why does it matter?

The UK Government owes more than £1.6 trillion to its creditors.<p>If you want to compare that to the UK’s population, then the national debt attributable to every man, woman and child is in the region of £24,900 each.<p>George Osborne, the Chancellor, has made it his mission to reduce the size of this …

Here are all the terrible things Apple CEO Tim Cook had to say about the global economy

On Tuesday afternoon Apple reported revenue that missed expectations and guided to an 11% year-on-year sales decline in the current quarter.<p>But given Apple's global footprint, it was Cook's extensive commentary on the conference call about just how hard things have been for the company in the …

Tim Cook

8 mobile apps to make real money

Times are rough and everyone can use a couple of extra bucks for the holidays.<p>Fear not though, tech has come to save you (sort of, provided you don’t need any <i>serious</i> cash) with apps that let you earn real money from an Android or iOS device.<p>There’s certainly no shortage to choose from, but many …

Apps

A month with Nest's latest smart thermostat

Nest's programmable thermostat has just turned four, and the company marked the anniversary with the debut of its third-generation device. Four years ago, thermostats were still boring blocks stuck to your wall and while programming them was already possible, it was always a painful process. Once …

The Best Beauty Looks of the Week: Week of May 18, 2015

Review: Apple Watch as a watch, a gadget, and platform (Video)

Apple Watch has been out for over three weeks and I’ve been using mine now for most of that time, from the moment I wake up to just before bed each night. While my colleague Ben Lovejoy previously journaled his experience in his excellent “A skeptic’s Apple Watch diary” series, I’ve been sold on …

Smartwatches

Review: LaCie’s Mirror and Seagate’s Seven set new standards for Mac hard drive shininess, thinness

Until last week, the list of companies making visually stunning external hard drives began and ended with one name: <b>LaCie</b>. Partnered with respected industrial designers including Philippe Starck, LaCie has released more drool-worthy accessories than any other company in the Mac space — and that’s …

Gear & Gadgets

Flexible spinal cord implants will let paralyzed people walk

Doctors dream of helping the paralzyed walk through implants that stimulate their spinal cords, but current technology makes that impossible; these stiff, unnatural gadgets usually end up damaging or inflaming nervous tissue over time. Swiss researchers may have just solved this problem once and …

8 Gadgets That Might Make Your Home Smarter Than You

New smart-home products, as part of the Internet of Things movement, aim to connect phones with just about everything.<p>In the near future, you may no longer need to remember to turn the oven off when the cake's done, switch on lights when you enter a room, or run the clothes dryer when electricity …

First impressions of the new Garmin Vivoactive

Fitness trackers and smartwatches are everywhere at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but many brands are new to the space. Garmin has been …

SnapCam is iON's new $150 wearable lifelogging camera

What's the opposite of a selfie? Not sure? Well, we'd argue any photo from the SnapCam by iON (of Air Pro action camera fame) would fit that description. SnapCam is the latest entrant into the wearable lifelogging market (you may know Autographer, or Narrative already). The 1.5-inch square device …

The “first great Apple Watch accessory” is here at CES

Companies aren’t wasting any time getting on the Apple Watch bandwagon. Here’s Exhibit A: The Bandstand Apple Watch Dock from Standzout, prototypes …

Osram 60W Replacement Ultra LED review: Hard to go wrong with Osram's 60W Replacement LED - CNET

<b>The Good</b> Osram's 60W Replacement LED offers plenty of brightness, strong dimming performance and a very efficient design<p><b>The Bad</b> Osram's color rendering score is a little low, and it doesn't offer as quite as good a warranty as you'll get from some of its competitors.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> At $10, this …

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