Happy Birthday Traffic Lights! 150 years old today

  Image: Press Association Today (December 9th, 2018) marks 150 years since the world’s first traffic light was installed close to Westminster Bridge in London - though its first appearance in the UK was brief following a disaster. The gas-powered traffic light was installed at the junction of Great George Street…

Amazon introduces Christmas Countdown feature to Alexa – including Santa stories!

Amazon Alexa users are now able to hear a story from Father Christmas and have the virtual assistant sing Christmas songs as part of a new festive feature. Called Christmas Countdown, the new Alexa Skill means that when users ask “how many sleeps until Christmas?”, they’ll hear a Christmas story from Santa and a different…

Apple rolls out ECG test feature for heart health checks on the Apple Watch

Users of the latest Apple Watch are now able to take an ECG (Electro Cardiogram) reading of their heart’s rhythm as part of an update which is initially rolling out across the US. Apple announced the arrival of enhanced sensors for a unique ECG feature at the launch of the latest Apple Watch in September,…

God Of War wins Game of the Year, Red Dead Redemption 2 wins four at Game Awards

PlayStation exclusive video game God Of War has been named game of the year at the industry’s prestigious Game Awards. Red Dead Redemption 2, the latest game by Grand Theft Auto creator Rockstar Games was the biggest winner on the night, picking up four awards, including best narrative and best performance for Roger Clark’s role…

O2 to compensate customers over 3G and 4G data outage

O2 has confirmed it will compensate users affected by the software fault that took the mobile network’s data services offline for 24 hours. The company said its 3G and 4G data networks, which were taken offline by a software issue on Thursday morning, were restored to normal on Friday. Some O2 customers also reported being…

Robots and DNA coding to revolutionise surgery, commission says

  Image: PA New developments in robotics and DNA coding will revolutionise surgery by making it safer and less traumatic for millions of patients, an independent commission predicts. The Commission on the Future of Surgery said advances in genomics could mean major cancer operations become redundant because patients can be offered…

Which? finds loyal broadband customers face penalties of up to £220

Broadband customers who stay with the same provider and do not haggle for a better deal are being hit with “loyalty penalties” of up to £220 a year, a consumer group has warned. Which? found that in some cases consumers would be better taking up a new superfast broadband contract rather than staying loyal to…

Scottish designers enable create Exit Brexit tool for digital generation

An online tool created to make it easy for the “digital generation” to urge their MP to vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal if they are against it has been launched by designers. The Exit Brexit tool locates users’ MPs from their address details and generates a letter of objection, which it then sends to…

Microsoft to rebuild Edge browser with Google Chrome technology

Microsoft is giving into the power of Google Chrome by adopting the same technology behind the rival web browser into its own struggling Edge browser. Edge was first introduced as a future replacement to Internet Explorer with the launch of Windows 10 in July 2015, but has failed to gain much traction over Google’s dominant…

Lime electric-assist bikes to launch in London boroughs of Brent and Ealing

Electric-assist Lime bikes will be available in London for the first time from Friday. A fleet of 1,000 Lime e-bikes is to be placed throughout the boroughs of Brent and Ealing, where they can be hired and unlocked via a smartphone app. The dockless bikes cost £1 to unlock and 15p per minute of ride…