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PlayStation Now debuts in UK as open beta

PlayStation Now debuts in UK as open beta

After roughly a year of availability in the US and Canada, PlayStation Now, Sony's on-demand game streaming service, is finally launching in the UK this week as an open beta. The service is starting out with rentals only, but Sony says it will add full subscription options later in the summer. PlayStation Now lets gamers stream select PS3 titles to not only their PS4 and PS3 consoles, but also to a handful of Sony's internet-connected televisions and Blu-ray players.

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Apple Pay opens its doors in the UK

Apple Pay opens its doors in the UK

Apple has finally opened the gates to its nascent mobile payment system in the UK, turning on the Apple Pay switch for more than 250,000 shops across the country as well as several transportation networks. But while the UK comes only in second after Apple's US launch way back in October last year, this could prove to be a much bigger contactless market than the US. This is thanks to the UK having a substantial head start in preparing for contactless payments and setting up compatible terminals almost everywhere.

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BBC announces Micro:bit, a pocket-sized programmable computer

BBC announces Micro:bit, a pocket-sized programmable computer

The BBC has revealed the final design of its Micro:bit mini-computer to rival the likes of the Raspberry Pi. The project was first announced back in March, and serves as a spiritual successor the old BBC Micro of the 80's. The Micro:bit is a tiny, programmable computer about the size of a credit card, meant to teach kids about programing and building computers. To help facilitate this as a learning tool, the BBC says it will be giving away 1 million of the devices for free to UK school kids around 12 years old, starting this October.

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Nest Cam and new smoke alarm now protecting homes in the UK

Nest Cam and new smoke alarm now protecting homes in the UK

Last month Nest unveiled a couple new and updated products in the US including a revised Protect smoke alarm and a new wireless Nest Cam security camera. Fans of Nest gear in the UK who have wanted to get the new products into their homes can now do so. Nest has launched both the Nest Cam and the revised Protect smoke alarm in the UK.

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Apple Pay reportedly going live in UK on July 14

Apple Pay reportedly going live in UK on July 14

While Apple announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last month that Apple Pay would be launching in the UK this summer, it looks like we finally have a specific date: Tuesday, July 14th. This will be the first time Apple's new mobile contactless payment system will debut outside the US, and it's expected to be supported at over 250,000 locations, including London's bus and subway networks, major retailers, and a number of banks and financial institutions.

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London to debut world’s first all-electric double-decker bus

London to debut world’s first all-electric double-decker bus

The UK's capital city, London, has just announced that their iconic double-decker buses will go all-electric starting in October of this year. Not only is this an effort to make the city's public transportation greener, but it will also be the world's first double-decker bus to be powered solely by electricity. London Mayor Boris Johnson made the announcement this week, with an emphasis on improving the city's air quality.

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UK police seize drone for flying over Wimbledon

UK police seize drone for flying over Wimbledon

Drones may be the fun new tech toy for private users, but it's unlikely they'll become welcome at things like concerts or sporting events anytime soon. Case in point, the UK police have seized a user's drone after it was spotted flying near the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London, which is hosting the Wimbledon tennis tournament this week. This took place on Saturday morning around 8:30 AM, and police say they found the pilot at a nearby golf course.

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Tesla reaches settlement with Supercharger rival in the UK

Tesla reaches settlement with Supercharger rival in the UK

Tesla Supercharger network expansion may have slowed in the UK due to a legal battle against a rival energy provider, Ecotricity. Tesla's Supercharger stations provide Tesla owners with free charges so they can make the most of their drives. Just like gas stations, location is important. If a station is too far off the main thoroughfare, accessing it isn't a bonus. It's a hindrance. To get the best real estate for its Superchargers in the UK, Tesla had partnered with another EV charging station provider, Ecotricity.

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Barclays likely next on Apple Pay’s to-do list

Barclays likely next on Apple Pay’s to-do list

While Apple's keynote at WWDC 2015 included an expansion to the UK for Apple Pay, one omission was a bit more glaring than most: Barclays. Not long after the keynote was complete, Barclays UK took to Twitter to rectify the situation. Not with confirmation that they'd be coming forward with Apple Pay, but with word that they were, indeed, in talks with Apple. Of particular interest is the fact that while Barclays does support a mobile payment service on smartphones with phone numbers, they do not yet support NFC-based connections as of yet.

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Apple Pay might be UK’s first big mobile payment run

Apple Pay might be UK’s first big mobile payment run

In less than a day, Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference or WWDC will commence. Of course, that means there's time for a last minute flood of what may or may not be revealed at the event. This latest one is quite some big news for Apple's fresh new mobile payment system. Sources claim Cupertino is ready to announce that Apple Pay will be landing in the UK this summer. While mobile payment in the US isn't exactly new, this is very big news for those across the pond.

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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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