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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

BBC loses the rights to the Olympics — Think of the Olympics and you'll likely remember catching some action on the BBC. The Beeb has helped televise the Games since 1948 and delivered more coverage than ever before in 2012, but from 2020, it may no longer be involved.

Sky's making a kids app that will rival Netflix and YouTube — When Sky announced the launch of a new Kids section on its set-top boxes, it immediately put Google and Netflix in its crosshairs. On-demand TV shows and movies were suddenly front and centre on the homepage, allowing children to select up to 4,000 episodes from cartoons like SpongeBob Squarepants, Ben 10, Adventure Time and Dora The Explorer when the company is done adding them all.

Barclaycard steps up its contactless game with three new NFC devices — If you didn't know, Britain now prefers cashless payments to notes and coins. Contactless cards play a big part in the shift away from cash, but as technology evolves, smartphones and wearables are beginning to influence matters too.

'Game of Thrones' piracy is rampant, but UK TV smashes records too — Whether they're tuning in as it airs or grabbing a copy via their favourite file-sharing site, people just can't get enough of Game of Thrones . The fifth season has only just drawn to a close, but during its run, the HBO fantasy series managed to smash its own piracy records and break ;a few broadcast milestones too.

Twitter's Wimbledon emoji will let you ace your tweets — Twitter knows it plays a big role in delivering sports news, but it also hosts millions of conversations around the biggest events. To help get users in the spirit, the company has launched emoji for World Cup 2014 and the NBA in the past, but with Wimbledon just around the corner, it's now turned its attention to tennis.

Netflix Card is your pay-as-you-go gateway to binge watching — In the UK, Netflix offers a couple of ways to pay for subscriptions, but your options are basically PayPal or your bank card. With the Netflix Card, however, the company has introduced a new pay-as-you-go option, allowing you to continue sampling the service beyond the free trial or enjoy your favourite films and TV shows without the added hassle.

Pharrell, Drake and Elton John will DJ on Apple's Beats 1 — With Apple Music launching in less than a week, much of the focus has been on its relationship with artists and the royalties it pays. Thanks to Taylor Swift, it appears to have weathered its minor storm, allowing it to focus on other parts of its upcoming launch.

UK plans world's first artificial blood transfusions by 2017 — To better treat specialist patients, scientists have experimented with lab-grown organs and cells for some time. For the NHS, maintaining UK blood supplies is also high on the agenda, so it's been working to offset the fall in donations by growing its own.

Red Bullshit: How 'Destiny' lost support of its biggest fans — Last week, Destiny developer Bungie was riding high following the reveal of the game's biggest expansion to date, The Taken King. Gamers were excited to learn about the new subclasses, missions, weapons, armor and, most importantly, a new raid focused on Crota's vengeful dad, Oryx.

UK Apple Pay transactions won't be limited forever — When Apple finally confirmed it was launching Apple Pay in the UK, questions over how it would operate immediately surfaced. Between supporting banks and retailers, it became clear that transactions will be capped at £20, the same limit that contactless bank cards enjoy, putting a downer on people's plans to use Apple's NFC payment service for a weekly shop.
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Jun 29, 2015

@tapbot_paul I have the privilege of barely ever setting foot in an AOL office.

Jun 29, 2015

In this trailer, Tom Hardy reminds me of Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast. Same mannerisms, similar delivery.…

Jun 29, 2015

We've burned through all the Netflix Originals (except Hemlock Grove) and now starting on Amazon's. Transparent is up first.

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