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UK court: ISPs must block Popcorn Time download sites

UK court: ISPs must block Popcorn Time download sites

The UK has cracked down against Popcorn Time, that neatly organized bit of movie piracy. It is illegal to stream the content offered by it, but that hasn’t stopped many and has spurred concerns for as long as it has been around. Following in line with this is a new ruling from the United Kingdom’s High Court that requires the nation’s top five broadband providers block some sites offering the Popcorn Time download. Whether that will make any difference is doubtful.

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What Apple Watch needs to pull in the cash

What Apple Watch needs to pull in the cash

This week the folks at GfK have produced a study which suggests potential Apple Watch buyers don't expect to pay a lot to wear. This study included a nationally representative sample of 1000 people online from the 2nd to the 10th of April 2015 inside the UK. This study suggests that consumer expectations for the cost of the Apple Watch are actually lower than the actual price of the device in Apple Stores - closest, as it were, to the Apple Watch Sport, the least expensive of the Apple Watch launch lineup.

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Twitter’s #PoweredbyTweets contest to test what platform is capable of

Twitter’s #PoweredbyTweets contest to test what platform is capable of

What can be accomplished with a Tweet? That’s what Twitter would like to know, and their new ‘#PoweredByTweets’ challenge in the UK is hopefully going to answer that question for them. The actual challenge is two-fold: either create something beautiful with Twitter/Tweets, or solve a problem using Twitter. Prizes will be awarded, with a judging panel handing out unnamed packages to the top three winners in each category. Not only a contest, those with the best ideas will have their ideas brought to life by Pixie Labs.

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UK investigation finds Huawei isn’t a security threat

UK investigation finds Huawei isn’t a security threat

Huawei, along with ZTE, has previously been a source of concern for western governments, many of whom have expressed worry that the Chinese company could be performing surveillance for the Chinese government. That has led to use of its hardware being banned in some places, and probes into whether Huawei hardware has been compromised. Back in 2013, Huawei revealed that it would be launching an R&D facility in the United Kingdom, and that resulted in an investigation into the matter. It has been quite a while since then, and the result is in Huawei's favor.

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UK Safari users now able to sue Google over cookies

UK Safari users now able to sue Google over cookies

Safari users in the UK have won the right to sue Google. The judgement, which potentially paves the way for a series of lawsuits, comes about as the result of the Court of Appeals, where Google was fighting the case being heard at all. a group of users claim Google was bypassing Apple’s privacy settings for Safari and installing ‘cookies’ meant to track their Internet activity. While plaintiffs applaud the ruling, Google is “disappointed with the court's decision.”

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All 650 MPs in House of Commons to receive iPad Air 2

All 650 MPs in House of Commons to receive iPad Air 2

Once the current elections are wrapped up, all 650 members of the House of Commons will receive a special tool to help them perform their tasks. With a funding boost of about $300,000 (£200,000) annually, the MPs will all get an iPad Air 2 and a laptop of unknown make. It’s the latest workaround for Apple, who has been diligently working to get the iPad into hands of enterprise, schools, and now government. Questions loom, though, as critics say MPs will be playing games, not passing laws.

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PlayStation Now coming to the UK via private beta this Spring

PlayStation Now coming to the UK via private beta this Spring

PlayStation Now is US-only, and that’s pretty lame. We’re not fans of region-locked services like that, so when we hear they’ll be opening up to new markets, it’s exciting. Such is the news today, where we’ve learned Sony is opening up PlayStation Now to the UK. Via a private beta program, those in the UK with a PlayStation 4 — and who are members of PlayStation Plus — can be among the first to sign up for the PlayStation Now network in the UK.

HTC One M9 heads to the UK first, pricing identical to M8

HTC One M9 heads to the UK first, pricing identical to M8

While it's not certain whether the HTC One M9 will literally be delivered to UK carriers before the USA, pre-orders certainly have arrived first. The HTC One M9 is the next in a line of successful hero devices for the brand, coming with a design that closely mirrors last year's M8. This device works with a 5-inch Full HD 1080p display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octacore processor (SoC) with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There's also a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

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Internet to be classified as a public utility if UK Parliament has its way

Internet to be classified as a public utility if UK Parliament has its way

Many people around the world feel like internet is as important as water or electricity making it feel like a utility to many. Lawmakers in the US want to classify internet as a utility with backlash from many groups who fear that putting the government in more control of internet access would ruin net neutrality. In the UK, the upper house of parliament known as the House of Lords is also clamoring for internet access to be reclassified as a public utility.

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Lutz Pathfinder is the UK’s First Driverless Car

Lutz Pathfinder is the UK’s First Driverless Car

The first driverless car for the UK is set to be unveiled this week and it is aimed at helping commuters, shoppers, and the elderly travel over short distances. The new driverless car will be unveiled in Greenwich, London this week and is called the Lutz Pathfinder prototype pod. The car is the first of 40 cars that will hit the streets of Milton Keynes later in the year.

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