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Uber’s appeal will not be heard until Spring 2018

Uber’s appeal will not be heard until Spring 2018

Business, economy, London, London Mayor, News, Tech, Transport
Uber's appeal against TFL’s decision, to not renew their licence will not be heard until the spring of 2018. Judge Emma Arbuthnot proposed two dates, April 30 or June 25th for the five-day trial at Westminster magistrates court on Monday morning. TFL’s decision came after the company was declared not “fit and proper” after a series of failures over passenger safety. TfL said that the company’s approach and conduct “demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.” The company is in the process of repairing its reputation after they were hit with several controversies including harassment and a data breach that is thought to have affected millions. Chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi fle
Mobile phone addiction began 25 years ago

Mobile phone addiction began 25 years ago

#breakingnews, Breaking News, Culture, Tech, Technology
The first text message that was sent actually used full words rather than text-speak. The first SMS was sent 25 years ago on the 3rd December 1992. A quarter of a century ago a British test engineer, Neil Papworth, typed the first text message which said, “Merry Christmas”. It launched into a success with smartphones that some reports suggest might even have become an addiction. The first SMS message was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom using a personal computer. It originated from radio telegraphy in radio memo pagers. The initial growth was slow, with GSM customers in 1995 sending on average 0.4 messages per month. But by 2006, over 205 million messages were sent in the UK alone. Did Neil Papworth have any idea at the time that analysts expect 7.89 trillion
Don’t be a binner, have it for dinner: millenials targeted over food waste

Don’t be a binner, have it for dinner: millenials targeted over food waste

Business, Environment, Food, News, Tech
Waste reduction charity Wrap is poised to launch an anti-food waste campaign focused on 18-34 year olds living in urban areas. Research shows that millennials are the generation that throws away most food. In the UK more than £13bn of edible food was thrown out in 2015 Photo: Wrap A Wrap spokesperson told Westminster World: "We will be using a targeted approach to reach the right people using Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram – all channels we know are popular with our target audience. We’re advertising our content to ensure we really reach the right people and not just our existing fans and followers." Food waste is the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after China and the US according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization. Take #ClimateActio
Regulators warn gambling sites for creating advertisements appealing to children

Regulators warn gambling sites for creating advertisements appealing to children

#breakingnews, Breaking News, children, Media, News, Tech, Technology, trends
Regulators have sent letters to more than 450 online gambling sites to immediately amend or remove advertisements appealing to children. William Hill and Bet365 are few to be named. The joint letter sent by the Gambling Commission, the Advertising Standards Authority, the Committee of Advertising Practice and the Remote Gambling Association said the companies needed to advertise responsibly. The Regulators said its “unacceptable” to exploit children by advertising brightly colored and appealing cartoon characters. Tim Miller, executive director at Gambling Commission said new technology created “opportunities but also new risks”. Photo Credits: Sreelakshmi Vachaspathy Fluffy Favorites, Pirate Princess, Piggy Payout, Jack and the Beanstalk are the few prominent ones. Even though some

Dancing with robots: a tale of hope and fear

#breakingnews, Art, Audio, Culture, economy, News, Politics, Radio, Tech, Technology, Uncategorized
In 1982, Blade Runner pictured a dystopian future settled in LA in 2019 where a private corporation whose motto is 'More human than humans' has created a superior android called Replicant, an improved version of human beings. Replicants are stronger, faster and smarter than humans. They have reached the final step of mankind: they fear the death. They want more life. They have consciousness. The machine has become human. Only one year before 2019, how far are we from this paradigm in real life? Much closer than we think, according to many experts. The flying driverless cars, the genetically-modified food and the permanent acid rain seen in the movie are almost here with us. It is just a matter of years. Technological development is changing the face of the earth. Artificial intelligence...
Is the human touch needed to put an end to online dating fails?

Is the human touch needed to put an end to online dating fails?

dating, Social media, Tech
Finding a life partner has long been a subject of concern especially after hitting your late 20’s. If you were of South Asian origin, grandmothers played cupid and had a major role in hand picking your future partner. Matchmaking in today’s world isn' just limited to the Asian household, it has come to be a well-known phenomenon globally. In London, particularly, matchmaking has turned into this million-dollar industry where professionals in their 30’s spend thousands of pounds in a quest to find the perfect match. 68% of people in the UK admit to have used online dating sites, but what is the probability that a computer algorithm will be successful in finding you the right match? Data found in 2014, shows the success rate of the different dating sites. With an overload of dating we
What will Brexit mean for UK tech startups?

What will Brexit mean for UK tech startups?

#breakingnews, Audio, brexit, EU investment, EU referendum, EU talents, International, Media, News, Politics, Social media, Tech, Tech startups, Video
UK’s tech entrepreneurs remain concerned over Brexit despite the government’s recent investment guaranteed on the Spring Budget. Talent access Jack*, a london-based tech entrepreneur, said that he is to launch a startup company, but is concerned over Brexit. He told Westminster World that he fears the hiring cost of his business would spiral because of a “hard Brexit deal”. The 29-year-old will create a digital publishing platform where consumers could be engaged by various visual content. He said: “Especially for digital startups, their employees have never had to think about residential opportunities here, whether they need visa or not. Even if Brexit is not here yet, for many of them it would make no sense to take jobs in the UK if after a year they will have to apply for certain
The unfiltered world of ‘fake’ Instagram accounts

The unfiltered world of ‘fake’ Instagram accounts

Opinion, Social media, Tech
“The selection process is mostly your close friends or anyone who you trust to see not-so-nice photos of yourself.” Emily* is an 18-year-old girl who loves Facebook and Instagram. She’s been on social media for most of her teen years, and enjoys scrolling Instagram for funny videos and photos her friends post.  Emily is acting as my guide to one trend on the photo-sharing app which is previously unchartered territory for me: Finstagrams. ‘Finstagram’ explained A ‘Finstagram’, or fake Instagram for the uninitiated, is a private Instagram account run alongside with the user’s public account. The difference between the two is that the ‘Finsta’ is a much more liberated space where posting is more frequent and less filtered. Emily explains: “a few of my friends do to kind of spam wi
Apps provide solution to gender gap in the workplace

Apps provide solution to gender gap in the workplace

Business, ReportingWeek1, Tech
We’ve all heard about the gender divide in the workplace, ‘the glass ceiling’ and the fact there are not enough women in the boardroom. But it’s time to move the conversation forward and provide solutions in a digital sphere where both men and women can participate. There are countless self-help articles and books on how to ‘disconnect from the internet’, cope with email anxiety and successfully create an online presence. Clearly there is a disjointment here, where the question is to consume, or to be eventually consumed by the digital sphere. “Data shows that digital not only changed how we shop, how we commercially engage with each other, how we interact, it’s fundamentally changing the world that we work in,” says Kathleen Mitchell, Vice President of fashion retail brand, Stel
Robots in London: is your job ‘safe’?

Robots in London: is your job ‘safe’?

Tech
Do Londoners have a competitive advantage in the event of a robot-invasion of the labour market? One in 20 jobs in London will be taken over by robotic and autonomous systems in the next 20 years. Most likely to be affected are the Square Mile's financial, insurance, business and information services. Just as Londoners traversing the underground are greeted by a sombre barrage of electronic ticket barriers instead of smiles from human ticket checkers, so robots will continue to overtake human capabilities in the capital. Nearly 15,000 more jobs in London are likely to be automated by 2035, according to researchers at Oxford University and leading recruitment agency, Adzuna. However, it's not just working-class jobs the robots are coming for, it's London's lawyers, ins