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UK police to test crime reporting over Skype

UK police to test crime reporting over Skype

Video chat platform/app Skype has long been replacing the way people contact each other, from personal calls across the globe to teleconferencing in business environments. Now it may finally find a place in contacting law enforcement. The police in the UK city of Peterborough have revealed a trial program where crime reports and follow-up interviews can done over Skype. Now, this isn't for emergency calls to police, like in the event of an attack or serious injury, but rather for those time when an officer would to someone's home to discuss something less serious.

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15-year-old arrested in connection with TalkTalk hack

15-year-old arrested in connection with TalkTalk hack

Last week, the UK telecom TalkTalk was hit with a cyberattack, and a short while later it revealed that a ransom had been made by an individual claiming to be behind the hack. The cyberattack was described as being “significant and sustained,” though later on it stated the attack wasn’t as bad as previously feared. Now a teenager has been arrested by law enforcement in Northern Ireland in connection to the cyberattack.

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UK ISP TalkTalk gets ransom demand after 4M users’ data hacked

UK ISP TalkTalk gets ransom demand after 4M users’ data hacked

The news broke this morning that the UK internet service provider and telecom company TalkTalk was the target of a major attack from hackers, with the personal data of some 4 million customers being stolen. While this could be the definition of a bad situation, it's already gotten worse. The London-based company has confirmed that it has now received a ransom demand from an unidentified party claiming responsibility for the hack.

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Uber sees London victory: High Court rules in favor

Uber sees London victory: High Court rules in favor

When Uber goes to court, it doesn't always prove successful. That hasn't been the case in London, however, where the ridesharing service's app was ruled legal by the High Court after the local taxi industry complained that the mobile software is the same as a taxi meter. The case had been brought by Transport for London due to the outcry from taxi drivers.

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UK theaters will ramp up anti-piracy patrols for Spectre

UK theaters will ramp up anti-piracy patrols for Spectre

Theaters in the United Kingdom are reportedly gearing up in anticipation of the new 007 movie, but not in the way you may think. Rather than beefing up concessions and janitorial personnel, theaters will be rolling out anti-piracy patrols armed with night vision goggles to search for potential pirates. It is anticipated the new James Bond movie will be one of 2015's biggest hits.

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FreedomPop officially opens the free floodgate in the UK

FreedomPop officially opens the free floodgate in the UK

Practically four months in the making, FreedomPop is finally opening its doors to UK customers who want or need to get free calls and messaging, at a certain limit, for life. In its first ever expansion outside the US, FreedomPop will be offering residents in the UK 200MB of data, 200 text messages, and 200 minutes of calls, all for absolutely free. Of course, subscribers do have the option to expand their quota, but not all of those are equally available for free like the base offer.

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UK scientists want to genetically modify human embryos, too

UK scientists want to genetically modify human embryos, too

Researchers in the United Kingdom are seeking permission to begin genetically modifying human embryos, something that has proven highly controversial but is already underway in some parts of the world. The scientists, if they receive permission, will modify the embryos as part of a research effort that’ll study the very earliest stages of development; the embryos used would be donated from individuals who pursued IVF procedures

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Six teenagers arrested in UK for alleged cyberattacks

Six teenagers arrested in UK for alleged cyberattacks

Law enforcement officials in the United Kingdom have arrested half a dozen teenagers who are said to have used a tool from Lizard Squad to carry out cyberattacks against online retailers, a school, a newspaper, and more. The teenagers, who range in age from 15 to 18, have been released on bail; the collective allegedly used Bitcoin to purchase the Lizard Stresser tool in a bid for anonymity, but none are part of Lizard Squad. The arrests were made as part of a larger operation codenamed “Vivarium”.

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Britain’s Wileyfox debuts with 2 Cyanogen OS-powered phones

Britain’s Wileyfox debuts with 2 Cyanogen OS-powered phones

Say hello to Wileyfox, a brand new smartphone maker from the UK to enter the Android market with two new devices running Cyanogen OS. From the looks of their new phones, the 5.5-inch Storm and the 5-inch Swift, it seems like Wileyfox will be targeting customers interested reasonably priced devices with mid-level specs, a bit like OnePlus. The company says the Storm and Swift will be available in September and October in the UK and across Europe, but only via their website.

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England set to trial charging tech for EVs and hybrids alongside major roadways

England set to trial charging tech for EVs and hybrids alongside major roadways

The British government is set to being trials for charging technology for hybrid and electric vehicles that may one day be placed on major A roads in the country. The trials will test the charging tech needed to allow drivers of EVs and plug-in hybrids to travel longer distances on electricity alone. The test doesn't involve charging stations placed at the side of the roads, rather the charging tech would allow batteries to be charged without the driver needing to stop.

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Amazon UK Prime members get free streaming music

Amazon UK Prime members get free streaming music

Amazon has announced one more reason why people in the UK might want to sign up for a Prime membership. If the cheap, fast shipping and free streaming video wasn't enough to get you to plunk down the £79 per year membership fee for Prime, a massive catalog of streaming music might do the trick. The music plays on mobile devices via iOS and Android apps or on Fire devices.

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Apple Pay now supported by UK’s HSBC and First Direct

Apple Pay now supported by UK’s HSBC and First Direct

If you're a UK resident and were disappointed by the launch of Apple Pay about two weeks ago and the lack of support from more than a few major banking institutions, good news is finally here. Today HSBC and First Direct have announced they've rolled out support for Apple Pay, allowing customers to link their credit and debit cards from the banks to Apple's mobile payment system. A large number of UK merchants are already supporting payments via iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch.

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