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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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First Windows-branded phone coming to the UK

First Windows-branded phone coming to the UK

Of all the major mobile OSs, Windows has done the best job of making sure the mobile and desktop experience are nearly identical. A recent report suggested they’d continue that effort by dropping “phone” from “Windows Phone” on future handsets. Now we’ve got our first look at a new smartphone that follows that dictum, dropping “phone” from the hardware badging on the rear of the device.

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NOOK GlowLight enters UK to challenge Kindle Paperwhite

NOOK GlowLight enters UK to challenge Kindle Paperwhite

Taking on once more that ereader market that is virtually dominated by Amazon's Kindle brand, Barnes & Noble is expanding the reach of its NOOK GlowLight device across the pond. Now digital book lovers in the UK will be able enjoy their favorite ebooks from a device that has been made lighter, brighter, and more spacious than other brands.

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British Lords criticize EU “right to be forgotten” policy

British Lords criticize EU “right to be forgotten” policy

While some welcome the European Union's ruling popularly known as the "right to be forgotten", with some even waiting for a similar implementation in the US, there is, unsurprisingly some dissenting voices even within the Union. A committee from the UK's House of Lords has called out the EU for its new policy, claiming that the Directive on which the ruling was based, as well as the EU Court's interpretation of that directive, is outdated.

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UK to allow self-driving cars on public roads starting 2015

UK to allow self-driving cars on public roads starting 2015

By January next year, residents of the UK might start seeing cars without drivers, or at least without manual driver interference, on public roads. The legalization of these types of autonomous vehicle is part of the country's efforts to bill itself as place that is conducive for building and testing self-driving cars.

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USA and UK airports ban electronics with no power

USA and UK airports ban electronics with no power

While just this 6th of July, the Transportation Security Administration in the USA banned "powerless devices" from flights, the UK has joined in the battle this week. Attempting to go through security at an airport going into or out of the UK through "certain airports" will result in your devices being checked (as per usual.) If you are asked to power your device on, and you can’t, your device will be confiscated.

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Nokia Lumia 930 released in the UK, “Icon” goes international

Nokia Lumia 930 released in the UK, “Icon” goes international

This week the folks behind the already successful Lumia 930 line have released the handset in the UK. This device will be revealed in the area with Windows Phone 8.1 installed right out of the box. On the back of this device is a 20-megapixel Pureview camera with optical image stabilization and ZEISS optics to boot.

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UK ad authority to EA Games: Dungeon Keeper ad lied

UK ad authority to EA Games: Dungeon Keeper ad lied

The freemium business model takes yet another blow, this time across the pond in the UK. The country's self-policing ad standards body came out with a verdict that finds EA Games guilty of using misleading advertisements in trying to sell its now controversial Dungeon Keeper mobile game. Fortunately for EA, they might not have to pay any price.

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Google Glass faces country-wide cinema ban in UK

Google Glass faces country-wide cinema ban in UK

Did you buy Google Glass? If you did, and live in the UK, you’ll have to shelve it should you want to visit the cinema. A newly placed ban on the heads-up wearable means that nearly 4,000 screens in 750 theatres across the UK won’t take to your Glass-wearing ways. The ban comes days after Google released their wearable for users across the pond.

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Edible Cupcake Wrappers are real: here’s where you buy them

Edible Cupcake Wrappers are real: here’s where you buy them

Scientists, put away your chalk - the most important discovery of our time has come to fruition: edible cupcake wrappers. Straight from the folks at Dr. Oetker (whom we must assume is a Doctor in All Things Excellent) comes "Edible Wafer Cupcake Cases". They do exactly what you think they do.

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Google Glass hits UK, no Union Jack model in sight

Google Glass hits UK, no Union Jack model in sight

After being relegated to the US, and limited to a semi-closed beta, Google Glass is opening up. Earlier today, the device support page had the UK listed, and shortly after opened up for sales overseas. The pricing, unfortunately for our UK readers, is similarly steep to the US variant.

 

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UK counter-terrorism boss wants unfettered data access

UK counter-terrorism boss wants unfettered data access

A new report submitted by the General Director of the Office for Security and Counter-terrorism in the UK has some surprising takes on surveillance. According to Charles Farr, because some data centers reside outside of the UK, all surveillance should be fair game. This would extend beyond public chats and into private correspondence.

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