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  • Apple Watch Is Now Available For Pre-Order

    Apple Watch Is Now Available For Pre-Order

    Apple has flipped the switch for pre-orders for the Apple Watch, letting customers purchase their device in advance via the Apple Store website and the Store app for iPhone and iPad. Previously, customers could “favorite” their preferred selection, picking from the three Watch collections and the various bands available for each, but now they can actually order a device, with… Read More

  • Google Takes Its Amazon-Style Starred Product Ratings To Europe To Boost Shopping Searches

    Google Takes Its Amazon-Style Starred Product Ratings To Europe To Boost Shopping Searches

    While Amazon is expanding its logistics and delivery business to complement its e-commerce portal, Google is working on ways to make its search experience online more like Amazon’s to grow the number of people who use Google to look for and buy products. Today Google announced that it is turning on Product Ratings in the UK, France and Germany. Product ratings, first launched in the U.S. Read More

  • London’s Tech Hiring Boom Attracts Hired, JobBox And Other Startups To The Fray

    London’s Tech Hiring Boom Attracts Hired, JobBox And Other Startups To The Fray

    What is it with tech jobs in London (and, lately, the rest of the UK)? Well, ask a silly question, right? Because the city and the country is going through a tech boom right now and when that happens tech startups in the recruitment space scramble to join the fray, especially in the UK capital. There’s even a “Silicon Milkround” to compete with the usual ‘milk… Read More

  • BT Confirms New BT Mobile 4G Service On EE’s Network

    BT Confirms New BT Mobile 4G Service On EE’s Network

    Ahead of closing its deal to buy EE for £12.5 billion, BT is laying the groundwork for its new mobile business and quad-play strategy, today: the company has now officially launched BT Mobile — a 4G service that will run on EE’s network, for now by way of an MVNO deal, with pricing starting at a competition-busting £5 per month. “Offering BT customers the UK’s best… Read More

  • Remixing Culture And Why The Art Of The Mash-Up Matters Crunch Network

    Remixing Culture And Why The Art Of The Mash-Up Matters

    Editor’s Note: Ben Murray is the editor for The Space, a digital art non-profit organization in the UK and was a former BBC digital editor.  The line “good artists copy; great artists steal,” attributed to Pablo Picasso and appropriated by Steve Jobs in a 1995 interview, is in some ways at the core of much of the aesthetic endeavors that engage modern technology. Jobs… Read More

  • Media Tech And Venture Capital Crunch Network

    Media Tech And Venture Capital

    “You can’t get venture capital if you’re hiring people who make content.” Of all the people least likely to say those words, Jonah Peretti, chief executive of BuzzFeed, would have to be high on the list. But Peretti is no stranger to having people say exactly that to him. Looking for investment in his startup back in 2006, Peretti found that the mere mention of the… Read More

  • YC-Backed Taskpipes Is SaaS To Simplify Using Lots Of (Other) SaaS Platforms

    YC-Backed Taskpipes Is SaaS To Simplify Using Lots Of (Other) SaaS Platforms

    If there was a neat label for startups whose raison d’être is to take the strain out of dealing with other startup services then Taskpipes would be wearing that badge proudly on its lapel. The YC backed, U.K. founded b2b startup is attacking what it says is a growing data-management problem for businesses — created by the proliferation and adoption of SaaS platforms. Read More

  • Android Auto Now Available On Android 5.0+ And Pioneer Head Units

    Android Auto Now Available On Android 5.0+ And Pioneer Head Units

    Android Auto has gone live, for devices running Android 5.0 and up, so long as users have a car stereo system that’s compatible with the in-car software. For now, that means a range of Pioneer headings, which are already available for sale in the U.S. and the U.K. This also marks the beginning of support for third-party Android Auto apps, which Google is now making available on Google… Read More

  • UK Chancellor Says “Google Tax” On Diverted Profits Will Come Into Effect Next Month

    UK Chancellor Says “Google Tax” On Diverted Profits Will Come Into Effect Next Month

    UK Chancellor George Osborne today confirmed that a new tax dubbed the “Google tax” — because of its aim at tech companies that divert profits made in the UK — will come into effect next month, from April 1. He also pledged £600 million ($880 million) to improving broadband in the country. The 25% Google tax is part of a wider aim of raising some £3.1 billion… Read More

  • Passion Capital Backs Ravelin’s Hybrid Approach To Tackling Online Fraud

    Passion Capital Backs Ravelin’s Hybrid Approach To Tackling Online Fraud

    Another fintech investment to chalk up in London: Passion Capital has invested an undisclosed level of seed funding in Ravelin, an early stage online fraud prevention startup formed by a team of ex-Hailo employees in January this year. The startup is currently working out of Passion’s co-working space, White Bear Yard. Read More

  • TC Droidcast Episode 41: Our USB-C Fantasy Future

    TC Droidcast Episode 41: Our USB-C Fantasy Future

    Google has updated its ambitious Chromebook Pixel, with longer all-day battery life and a lower price tag, but the USB-C ports for charging and I/O are what have us most excited on this week’s Droidcast. They lead us into a fantasist discussion of what might come via future use of the tech across smartphones, smartwatches and other devices, and you can join us on this wild ride. The… Read More