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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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UK Prime Minister to messaging services: backdoor or get out

UK Prime Minister to messaging services: backdoor or get out

In his bid for re-election, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is threatening to have popular messaging services banned in the country unless a requirement is met. These services, which can be used as a vehicle for any type of communication, legal or otherwise, must provide a backdoor for the government to use or face being banned from the country. It's not exactly a novel or shocking idea but its is probably the boldest and most outright support for such methods from a head of state.

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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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