Technology

Privacy Shield: White House makes EU spying promise

Image copyright Thinkstock The EU and US have agreed the final changes to a new data protection agreement known as the EU-US Privacy Shield. The agreement is designed to replace the Safe Harbour pact, which the EU Court of Justice ruled invalid in 2015. One key change is a commitment from the White House regarding bulk collection of data sent from the EU to the US. The UK’s Information Commissioner

Brexit: UK tech sector reacts to Leave vote

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Growth of the British tech sector has outpaced the wider economy by 32% – will that success continue outside the EU? Now the UK has decided to leave the European Union, technology firms have been left to wonder what the future holds. As news of Brexit broke, tech firms including BT, TalkTalk and software firm Sage reported share price falls. For years, the UK –

Where Did ‘Dumpster Fire’ Come From? Where Is It Rolling?

In 2009, sportswriter Mike Wise had just started a radio show at 106.7 The Fan, a Washington D.C.-area sports station. Wise, now a senior writer at The Undefeated, noticed that one of his work buddies, a traffic reporter at the station named Liz Drabick, had an evocative pet phrase. “Whenever someone was having a really bad day, or someone was completely out of sorts, she’d just go, ‘Oh man, guy’s a

Uber to ‘hide’ surge pricing notifications

Image copyright PA Uber says it will hide surge pricing notifications for more of its users to make its app less “complicated”. During busy periods, the taxi firm’s customers are currently told they will be charged a “surge price” such as 1.7 or 2.3 times the standard fare. Customers will instead be shown a fixed fee with a notice that “fares are higher due to increased demand”. One analyst said

Brexit: ‘Surge’ in searches on Irish passports, says Google

Image copyright AFP Image caption Google searches related to the EU referendum spiked in the hours after polls closed Google has said there was a dramatic spike in searches for Irish passport applications as news of the UK’s decision to leave the EU broke. The overwhelming majority of the searches came from Northern Ireland. The search giant also reported more searches for “what happens if we leave the EU” around

Tiles That Generate Energy When People Walk Over Them Are Totally Lit

One company steps up their energy game. British technology company Pavegen has built tiles that generate kinetic power from footsteps. Basically, if you walk on one, your step can help light soccer fields in Brazil and Nigeria, a hallway in Heathrow Airport or offices and shopping centers in London — all locations where these tiles have been installed. Pavegen The latest version of the tiles also come in a triangular shape, with

One Time FLOTUS Told Men To ‘Be Better’ And Now It’s A Ringtone

At the United State of Women Summit last week, Oprah Winfrey asked Michelle Obama how men can help in the fight for gender equality. FLOTUS’ answer was short and sweet: “Be better,” she said. “Be better at everything.” The First Lady’s words were so magical that one genius man created a ringtone called “Be Better: The Ringtone” (featuring Oprah, of course). Zak Griffler, a New York City-based filmmaker, told The

Fans angry over ‘missing’ iPhone 7 headphone socket

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The imminent launch of a new iPhone always attracts huge amount of speculation about its design More than 300,000 people have signed a petition urging Apple not to ditch the headphone socket from the version of the iPhone due for release this autumn. Online reports suggest Apple plans to omit the 3.5mm socket to make the iPhone 7 thinner and more waterproof, with more

Sculpture controlled by bees

“The Hive” is an installation by English artist Wolfgang Buttress Lights and sounds inside the sculpture are controlled by the vibrations of a real beehive Bjarke Ingels unveils Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016 Long journey home Originally commissioned and designed for the 2015 Milan Expo as the centrepiece of the UK pavilion, the structure went on to win the Gold Medal at the event. Composed of nearly 170,000 pieces of aluminum,

Electric car sets world acceleration record

Image copyright ETH Zürich / Alessandro Della Bella Image caption The Grimsel car has helped its creators dominate this year’s student racing competition An electric racing car built by Swiss student engineers has broken the world record for acceleration by battery-powered vehicles. The grimsel car took only 1.513 seconds to reach 100kph (62mph) – slashing about a quarter of a second off the previous record time. So far, no petrol-powered