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Parents will 'go without' so kids get latest tech gadgets, study claims

The Independent - Tech

More than half of parents struggle to keep up with the costs of the latest technology for their kids, it has emerged. Of 2,000 parents polled, one third admitted "going without" themselves in order to buy the latest products for their children. The study also found 37 per cent save all year to ensure their little ones have the same high-tech gadgets as their mates. How technology brought the #MeToo movement to India Over 75% of grandparents'learn about technology from grandchildren' Technology transforms how dogs sniff out poached African ivory But while eight in 10 parents feel'under pressure' to make sure their kid has the latest technology, seven in 10 have refused to buy brand new due to the sky-high price tags. And 38 per cent have opted for refurbished kit instead.


How the 'smart home' could allow your house to spy on you and be manipulated by hackers

The Independent - Tech

It's the stuff of horror films: an intruder in your house, impossible to find but undeniably somewhere, watching you at your most private moments. Or perhaps it's the plot of a thriller, where you are recruited into international crime without even knowing it, at the behest of smart criminals. If the worst fears about the prevalence of weakly secured smart home gadgets materialise, those terrifying situations could become all too real. As we fill our homes with internet-enabled and smart devices, we are opening ourselves up to attacks that exploit houses themselves – and we might not even realise they are happening. Everything from washing machines to baby monitors is being hooked up to the internet by companies convinced that features such as remote control and artificial intelligence will make our lives easier and safer.


Budget 2017: Philip Hammond to spend hundreds of millions to make cars drive themselves

The Independent - Tech

The Government is to spend hundreds of millions of pounds encouraging people to make electric cars that drive themselves.



Prince Harry warns young people against excessive phone use in speech about mental health

The Independent - Tech

Prince Harry has urged young people to take a break from their phones from time to time. Speaking at an event in Leeds this week, he said youngsters can be overly reliant on technology. He believes that taking a break from our devices can help us become "more effective and efficient", and help us cope with the pace of modern life. Harry also took the opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.


Dyson shrugs off Brexit fears with massive UK expansion plan

The Guardian

Dyson, the technology company, is to undergo a dramatic expansion in the UK by opening a new 210 hectare (517 acre) campus as part of a £2.5bn investment that will support its development of new battery technologies and robotics. The company, led by the billionaire inventor Sir James Dyson, will increase its UK geographical footprint tenfold by developing the campus on a former Ministry of Defence airfield and intends to at least double its workforce of 3,500 over the next few years. The new facility in Hullavington, Wiltshire is part of a £2.5bn investment by Dyson in new technologies and will focus on research and development. The size of the campus and the company's work on batteries, robotics and artificial intelligence will increase speculation that Dyson is developing a driverless electric car. Theresa May said said: "This investment is a vote of confidence in our modern industrial strategy and our determination to cement the UK's position as a world leader in high-tech engineering.