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UK start-ups look to Brexit Europe

17 February 2017 in technology

With Brexit looming, start-ups are busy working out how to respond to the challenge, and one in five say they are considering establishing EU outposts, while 17% say they may well move their headquarters out of the UK, according to the UK Startup Outlook Report from Silicon Valley Bank. And in the long wake of last year’s EU exit vote, one-third of British start-ups say their major concerns are the worries of non-UK employees regarding their long-term opportunities in the country.

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Riches beyond Silicon

16 February 2017 in technology

UK software engineer salaries are among the lowest in the world – and even when factoring in cost of living, London tech workers make 25% less than their counterparts in San Francisco, and are down 30% than those toiling away in New York. In addition, over one-quarter of candidates receiving offers from UK companies come from outside that market, and the average relocation offer is 28% above than that of local British engineers, according to the 2017 State of Global Tech Salaries report from Hired.

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VR enters the rink

15 February 2017 in technology

Sportsnet is partnering with Canadian beer brand Molson to roll out a 360 virtual reality initiative to broadcast NHL hockey games in VR for the first time. Audiences can watch games live on Sportsnet.ca and via the Sportsnet app custom VR viewfinders, available in select cases of Molson Canadian product across Canada. The first game on the platform with the Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks is scheduled for February 18.

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Amazon drives Seattle stores

15 February 2017 in technology

Amazon is putting the finishing touches to its new drive-up grocery store in the Ballard neighbourhood of Seattle – its home metro – with another under construction over in the city’s SoDo district. On completion, consumers will be able to purchase their items online in the usual manner before scooting off to the new stores at a scheduled timeslot to pick them up.

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Now Berlin chases disaffected US start-ups

14 February 2017 in technology

Business and technology booster outfit Berlin Partner has shifted it sights from attracting UK start-ups to the German capital post-Brexit to seducing US entrepreneurs post-Trump. The state-backed agency’s head Stefan Franzke told Wirtschaftswoche that it has stepped up its activities Stateside and is planning to put on extra promotional events in the market, with next month’s SXSW festival in Austin on the hitlist. “Germany has the chance to partially reverse the brain drain,” he said.

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The public face of tech

9 February 2017 in technology

Technological innovations could help improve public-sector delivery, according to the Work in Progress: Towards a leaner, smarter public-sector workforce from UK-based thinktank Reform. For example, 20% of public-sector workers hold strategic, cognitive roles and they should be able to use data analytics to identify patterns – improving decision making and helping allocate workers efficiently. And it says the police and other emergency services are already using data to predict areas of greatest risk from burglary and fire.

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China heads to the cafe for VR

8 February 2017 in technology

China is now busy with around 3,000 virtual reality cafes as a raft of existing Internet joints switch to pure entertainment and VR to keep the clientele happy. These new establishments are charging visitors a fee for a headset and a timed VR experience, enabling consumers to get their eyes around virtual reality without having to stump up for the technology’s pretty expensive headsets.

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France goes after fake news

7 February 2017 in technology

In the run-up to the French presidential election in April and May, Facebook has joined forces with leading French news organisations – among them Agence France-Presse, BFM TV, Franceinfo, France Médias Monde, L’Express, Libération and Le Monde – and with Google in an effort keep fake news items from its social network. The CrossCheck project is a collaborative verification initiative from First Draft News which comprises a raft of news, social media partners and NGOs looking to provide guidance on verifying and publishing content sourced from the social web.

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Tech against Trump

6 February 2017 in technology

A grouping of some US tech firms including the likes of Apple, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft and Twitter have filed a joint legal brief opposing President Trump’s immigration ban

Now in bed with Birkenstocks

26 January 2017 in -e.showcase

German shoe firm Birkenstock is extending its business out of orthopaedic sandals and heading for the bedroom – cue a brand new range of six bed styles.

Tackling Fakebook

20 January 2017 in Social

The German government is drafting regulation that would require Facebook and other online networks to tackle fake news.

No more Yahoos here

10 January 2017 in -e.online

The Yahoo brand has been with us since the last century but is set to disappear from the online landscape when Verizon completes its acquisition of the Silicon Valley denizen

Non à Steve

15 December 2016 in technology

Paris Left attacks tech hub plans to name street after Steve Jobs.

Green it

9 December 2016 in -e.showcase

Greenery is the name of Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year. Or 15-0343 if you want to get technical.

Time-charged, wearable

21 November 2016 in technology

Look out for a smartwatch that powers up on body heat, which could well be one the first wearable devices that never needs a recharge.

Gimme drone, VR

18 November 2016 in technology

US consumers are set to purchase 1.2 million drones, 700,000 virtual reality headsets and 4.5 million 4K UHF TVs during the course of the fourth-quarter holiday season

Brexit slams UK fintech funding

17 November 2016 in Finance

Thirty UK-based fintech start-ups have had their funding cancelled or delayed by investors since the Brexit vote in June, giving them serious cashflow headaches.

alt-right tweets terminated

17 November 2016 in -e.social

Twitter has suspended a number of accounts associated with the US alt-right (aka right-wing extremist/white supremacist) movement backing Donald Trump.