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

    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 things… Read More

  • Oyster card hack published, released at security conference

    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 have… Read More

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

    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 of… Read More

  • Free gas stunt has Electronic Arts in hot water

    Free gas stunt has Electronic Arts in hot water

    Electronic Arts sure knows how to annoy people, especially unsuspecting British motorists. The publishing giant staged one of those “free gas” giveaways at the weekend in London to promote Mercenaries 2. (Specifically, EA was handing out free gas cards worth £40.) Needless to say, people freaked out, traffic became a mess, and a politician now wants an apology, calling the stunt… Read More

  • Fake cops stop videographer in London, videographer wins

    http://current.com/e/88856223 “Give me a good reason why you’re filming around.” BakelBlog discusses some of the filming restrictions proposed in the UK and the resulting reactions of “community support officers” when folks try to film in public streets. Read More

  • Telectroscope 'telescope': From London, look at New York

    Telectroscope 'telescope': From London, look at New York

    A new art installation in London and New York lets passersby look clear across the Atlantic. The Telectroscope, a 37 by 11-feet telescope of sorts, connects the two cities using fiber optic cable, with an HD camera on either end. If you’re in New York, looking through the Telectroscope shows you London, and vice-versa. Pretty cool, and much better than other New York public art… Read More

  • Vending machine vends shoes to shoeless Londoners

    Vending machine vends shoes to shoeless Londoners

    If the thought of sticking your dirty-ass feet into a new pair of shoes that you bought from a vending machine because you somehow lost your regular pair of shoes doesn’t appeal to you, then maybe this machine’s not for you. Shoppers, hobos, and late-night footwear forgetters near Carnaby Street in London will be able to pick up a pair of emergency shoes at the new Onitsuka Tigers… Read More

  • Mobile-pay trial in London; Japan laughs at the primitive cavemen

    Mobile-pay trial in London; Japan laughs at the primitive cavemen

    If you’ve ever been to London, you’ve taken the Tube, and if you’ve taken the Tube, you probably got yourself an Oyster Card, that convenient wireless super-ticket. Well, those crazy Britons are taking another step towards being a futuristic, Blade-Runner-esque utopia with this trial run of a mobile-phone-based payment system. Oyster and credit card functionality have been built… Read More

  • Nokia 5310 XpressMusic Ups The Ante

    Nokia 5310 XpressMusic Ups The Ante

    ‘Ello from London. Remember the 5310? Meet the 5310 XpressMusic. The middle child in the Xpress line now takes a candy bar form factor, which I like better than the slider. Encased in a sleek metallic black case with red or blue accents, the tri-band GSM 5310 takes it up a notch with a 2-inch QVGA screen, built-in FM stereo radio with RDS, a dedicated audio chip (DAC-33) for Hi-Fi audio and… Read More

  • Live From London: Nokia: Go Play Press Conference

    Live From London: Nokia: Go Play Press Conference

    The city: London, England. The location: Old Billingsgate. The thing: Nokia press conference. My path happens to converge here with CrunchGear correspondent Peter Ha, so we’ll be tag-teaming this one. Stay tuned for the latest live happenings as we show you the latest GSMs out of Finland. We’ve got some idea as to what they’ll be showing, but we’re always expecting some… Read More