London

  • The "Tube" shall be getting Wi-Fi, old chum

    Pip pip and cheerio! The London Tubemaster General, Mayor Boris Johnson ESQ 1st Class Deceased is proposing that the tube lines in London have Wi-Fi coverage. While he does not want cellular coverage – then they’d have to have quiet cars – but he does wish people to enjoy email, saying “I think people do want the facility of looking at their Blackberry, or whatever… Read More

  • London planning on citywide wifi before Olympics

    Mayor of London and Top Gear slowpoke Boris Johnson is trying to make London one of the most wired cities, just in time for the Olympics. During a recent conference, Johnson announced a plan to install wifi hotspots in “every lampost and bus stop.” Read More

  • Say it isn't so – WhoSampled reveals the rip-offs in music

    [UK] As the saying goes, there are no original ideas – only original people. It’s this concept that drives the latest music-related startup to come out of London’s ‘Silicon Roundabout‘, that concentration of tech startups around the Old Street area. WhoSampled.com has been in public beta for a year, and officially launches today. Founded by Nadav Poraz, the… Read More

  • Kohive launches premium services – is anyone using the free ones?

    [UK] London-based Kohive, a startup in the collaboration space, has announced the launch of its premium services. This will be of interest to its users – however it’s not clear if it’s being used that much. Most of the people tweeting about it are trying to win an iPod touch in their promotion. Usually startups launch premium services when they have lots of users of their… Read More

  • Traveling Geeks – On the road in the UK

    The following is a guest post by Ayelet Noff, who is part of the Traveling Geeks contingent of bloggers. This morning we had a breakfast with Tristan Wilkinson, Intel’s Director of Public Sector and other Intel execs. We had an interesting discussion about the use of  technology in the Western world, in developing countries, in the classroom. For example, we talked about how parents… Read More

  • George Lucas approves production of Star Wars musical: Say goodbye to your childhood

    Bravo to George Lucas for making a mockery of many of our childhoods. The Star Wars creator (and destroyer) has approved the production of “Star Wars: A Musical Journey,” a musical that will open in London next year. Read More

  • Aerion supersonic jet flies from New York to London in 3 hours

    The superrich and political élite will be able to fly from London to New York in three hours once 2015 rolls around. A new supersonic jet, the Aerion, is in development that will be able fly at mach 1.6—that’s 1,217 mph. And it’s not like this is a mock-up or anything. The company has already received 50 $237,000 deposits for the first models. The supersonic jet is being… Read More

  • London taxis going electrical, old sport, didn't you know?


    The iconic TX4 taxis that crowd the streets of London are going to be getting an overhaul. In the interest of reducing costs, improving air quality, and replacing the aging fleet, they’ll be introducing new TX4 E electric taxis starting in early 2009. I think we can all agree that the air in London could use a bit of scrubbing; maybe they could mount big filters on the tops of these… Read More

  • Oyster card hack published, released at security conference

    Details of the much-discussed Oyster card hack have been published and released at a security conference that’s being held in Spain right now. What a long, awkward sentence. The hack takes advantage of a security flaw in the Mifare Classic RFID chip. This chip is used in, among other locales, the Oyster card that’s used in the London public transportation system. The researchers… Read More

  • Nokia to debut its first touchscreen cellphone next week in London

    The highly anticipated (?) Nokia touchscreen phone, the company’s first, will debut next week at a big song and dance press event in London. The phone is codenamed “Tube,” and not a damn thing is known about it. Nokia has always stressed its commitment to making touchscreen phones, including both low-end and high-end devices. And now we endure about a week’s worth… Read More