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Southend, UK
Associate Editor — Engadget
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Man behind @EngadgetUK. Dad. Husband. Let's put on our classics and we'll have a little dance shall we? matt.brian[at]engadget[dot]com. #coys

Spying case against UK government heads to Europe's highest court — While it's public knowledge that the UK government has secretly monitored the communications of the British public, questions over the legality of these practices still remain. After an independent UK court first ruled that security agencies, including GCHQ, had partly infringed on human rights laws, only to be overruled by a Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) report a month later, privacy groups campaigning for clarity are taking their fight to Europe.

Meerkat is silently fixing a flaw that lets anyone hijack livestreams — Livestreaming apps aren't new, but few have enjoyed as much notoriety in such a short time as Meerkat. Twitter users have adopted it in droves and the social network even went as far as limiting the app's access to its social graph last week for violating its policies.

Man arrested for filming Premier League matches with a drone — In times past, enterprising football fans who didn't have a ticket for the big match would scale walls or find an elevated vantage point to follow the action. Increased security and the sheer size of modern football stadiums has put an end to such tactics, but some are finding new, and illegal, methods to watch and film as their team play.

Virgin Media customers finally get access to Sky Sports' Android app — As part of its tie-up with Sky, Virgin Media has been letting subscribers use their logins to access Sky Sports and Sky Movies. Apple users gained access to both services in August last year, while Android device owners have had to make do with Sky's movie streaming app.

Google's now reviewing apps before they reach the Play Store

Spotify and gaming subscriptions now help the UK measure inflation — Every year, the UK's Office of National Statistics (ONS) names a list of products and services that enables it measure what consumers are spending their money on. Things like alcohol, clothing and furniture are typical items included in what's known as the "basket of goods," but the list has evolved over the years as Brits continue to embrace technology.

Exploring the ZX Spectrum's glorious rebirth as a gaming keyboard — I remember it like it was yesterday. I'm sitting there, in my parent's lounge, as my dad comes down the stairs with what looks like a black box. He peels back the paper sleeve to reveal a polystyrene insert that houses a small black keyboard with stubby rubberized keys, a huge power brick and a handful of cassette tapes.

Travelex's Supercard eliminates bank charges when spending abroad — Sure, it's easy to use your bank cards when buying things abroad, but it's not pleasant to come home to all the additional fees and charges bolted on by your bank. One solution is to take cash, which carries its own risks, or sign up for a third-party service that tries to limit the damage to your account.

Motorola's best budget smartphone just got even better — It's no surprise that the Moto G is the bestselling smartphone line in Motorola's history -- it's got solid specs and features a class-leading 5-inch display. Perhaps the only complaint that can be levelled at it is the fact that neither of the first or second generation handsets launched with 4G support.

Nokia's HERE Maps finally returns to iOS — Although Nokia is no longer in the smartphone game, it has remained committed to its other businesses. One of those is its mapping division, which almost six months ago debuted a new Android app capable of giving Google Maps a run for its money.
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Apr 18, 2015

Shower was lovely. Thank you for following my washing journey.

Apr 18, 2015

@geekachu Haha, I know. I was only playing. Just enjoyed a shower and my intestines didn't end up on the floor.

Apr 18, 2015

Instead of stitches, I got glued back together. Kinda worried that I'll rip apart as I clean myself up.

Apr 18, 2015

It's been five days since my operation. You know what this means? I can finally have a proper shower!

Apr 17, 2015

@bst3r Congrats, sir. Here's to a happy future together.

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