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London airspace closed due to computer glitch

London airspace closed due to computer glitch

In London, a “computer failure” has shut down the airspace surrounding the city. The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation says Swanwich air traffic control center is experiencing severe technical problems, and a fix is nowhere in sight. For now, the technical issue is causing severe delays, and they advise anyone departing via a London Airport — yes, even Heathrow — to double-check with their airline to make sure they’ll be able to leave on-time. There is no timeframe for a solution to this issue.

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EE installs first micro network site in rural UK

EE installs first micro network site in rural UK

One of the biggest challenges for firms looking to roll out internet connectivity around the world is getting adequate coverage in rural areas. The cost of running the required cabling and installing other parts of the infrastructure in rural areas can be prohibitive leaving some smaller cities without internet coverage. In the UK EE, the largest mobile network provider in the country, is working on a new system that will provide connectivity in rural areas wirelessly.

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23andMe expands into UK with genome service

23andMe expands into UK with genome service

Controversial 23andMe has announced that its Personal Genome Service is now available to those in the United Kingdom. This move comes after the FDA stomped on the service last year, limiting what it can offer over what were said to be medical claims made without the required research to substantiate them. 23andMe is still available to those in the US, but it bids itself as a "genetic kit for ancestry" rather than a means to, among other things, identify possible inherited health conditions.

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UK gets its first human, food waste powered bus

UK gets its first human, food waste powered bus

The "poo bus". OK, cue all dirty jokes and puns you might have been inspired to make from this, but this is a rather serious endeavor, but one that will still have some people raising their eyebrows or twitching their noses at the idea. Over at Bristol in the United Kingdom, water supplier Wessex Water has unveiled a bus that uses waste, both from humans and our leftovers, to power an eco-friendly bus. Provided people would actually want to ride on a thing they know is fueled in that manner.

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EE turns on LTE-A service in central London

EE turns on LTE-A service in central London

UK mobile carrier EE has announced that it has a new and faster mobile 4G service available for users in Central London. The service is LTE-A or LTE-Advanced and it promises data speeds up to 150Mbps. for starters only Central London will get the new blazing fast mobile connectivity, but EE plans to role LTE-A out to greater London in 2015. Average data speeds are expected to be around 90Mbps with a compatible device and plan.

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Woman turns home into anti-WiFi zone with shielding paint

Woman turns home into anti-WiFi zone with shielding paint

There's an interesting story coming out of the United Kingdom this week about an elderly woman who has paid a substantial amount of money to turn her house into an anti-wireless technology zone. Stefanie Russell, who is 72-years-old and from Steyning, according to The Argus, has spent several thousand dollars to have her home painted in a type of radiation shielding paint that keeps all wireless signals out, making it an Internet and cell phone-free zone. The reason, she says, is concern about her health.

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Amazon UK rolls out same-day pick-up service for Prime customers

Amazon UK rolls out same-day pick-up service for Prime customers

Amazon.co.uk has announced a new service that Prime customers in the UK will be very interested to hear about. The new service is for same-day pick-up of items. That means customers close to a pick-up location can order something in the morning and then go pick it up in the afternoon. The service is a collaboration between Amazon and a newspaper and magazine distributor called Smith News. The best news is that starting out the service will be free to Prime members.

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Cortana speaks Klingon in Star Trek update

Cortana speaks Klingon in Star Trek update

This week Microsoft is launching the Lumia 830 in the UK. At the same time, they’re sponsoring a big chunk of the "Destination Star Trek" convention a London’s Excel center. What better way to connect the two than to update Cortana with a bit of the ol’ Star Trek language modifier?

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Distracted driving laws stretch to your smartwatch

Distracted driving laws stretch to your smartwatch

Thinking of smartwatches as sidestepping smartphones is a novel concept, but lawmakers in the UK are asking that we take a step back from that. The Department for Transportation there is asking drivers to think about how a smartwatches an contribute to distracted driving, just like a smartphone can. In fact, they’ll go after you all the same if you cause an accident.

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