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Don’t Expect Urban Drone Delivery Soon — Amazon and Google might be chest-thumping about their respective drone delivery programs but the technology is still years out from being feasible in dense urban environments. Dr Mirko Kovac, director of Imperial College London 's current aerial robotics lab, suggests it could be as far out as a decade.

Amnesty, EFF, Privacy International Put Out Free Anti-Surveillance Tool — Resistance is digital. Human rights charity Amnesty International is one of several organizations behind the release of a free, open source anti-surveillance tool called Detekt. Other partners include Privacy International and digital privacy rights organizations the EFF and Germany's Digitale Gesellschaft. The tool itself was developed by Berlin-based security researcher Claudio Guarnieri.

Uber Shows The Privacy Wars Are Revving Up — On-demand car hailing service Uber's latest PR disaster doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know about the company. It is, after all, unabashedly named Uber. Translation: above. Aka: superior. Its brand is absolutely intended to embody and convey all the dastardliness required to get to that lofty perch uber alles.

Cue Draws In $7.5M For Its Health Tracking Lab-In-A-Box — San Diego-based startup Cue believes the future of personal health fits in a small plastic box that - linked up to a smartphone or tablet - will let people monitor and quantify their personal health at a molecular level, right from the comfort of their own home.

Jolla Is Crowdfunding An iPad Alternative Focused On Multitasking — You wait ages for some novelty in the tablet space and then two iPad alternatives poke their head above the parapet at once... Yesterday former mobile heavyweight Nokia announced it was getting back into the consumer electronics space with a $249 Android-based tablet - called the N1 - running its Z Launcher.

U.K. Government Funds Free Online Courses Teaching Startup Skills — A tech industry-backed, U.K. government-funded initiative offering free online courses to those wanting to learn commercial digital business skills goes live today, aiming to upskill Brits to work for tech companies or even start their own startup.

AllUnite Pulls In $3.7M For Its iBeacon Alternative For In-Store Mobile Ads — Danish startup AllUnite, which uses the lure of free Wi-Fi to drive local adverts to people logging on within retail locations such as shopping centers, has closed a €3 million ($3.7 million) Series A funding round. The round was led by European VC firm Northzone, along with Denmark's largest grocery chain retailer, Coop.

Fitness Wearables Will Bounce Back From Smartwatch Threat, Says Gartner — What's the short term trajectory for fitness wearables? Down. Analyst Gartner is projecting a dip in overall shipments next year, owing to overlapping functionality between different types of fitness wearables and because smartwatches are eating into their functionality (while also offering more in the way of communications features).

Nokia Has Just Epically Trolled Microsoft By Making An Android Launcher — Nokia completed the multi-billion-dollar sale of its phone-making business to Microsoft back in April. But that doesn't mean it's done with phones entirely. Oh no. The company that transferred some 32,000 of its staff to Redmond in exchange for more than $7.2 billion has just released a launcher (aka an alternative homescreen) - for Android smartphones.

Self-Tracking Suitcase Passes $1M On Indiegogo — From wearables to moveables, the rise of the sensornet rolls on: a Bluetooth-connected suitcase which keeps tabs on where in the world you've traveled and tracks its own location using GPS so you'll never have to leave the lost luggage department with a crestfallen face has passed $1 million raised on the Indiegogo crowdfunding website.
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Nov 21, 2014

RT @andylim: Looking for an app that specifically curates email newsletters and displays them in a magazine style format.

Nov 21, 2014

RT @jules_birch: No of affordable homes out of total of 2,420 at Battersea Power station? 103 of which only 3 more than two-bed (BBC)…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @HarlanCoben: My very favorite Amazon one-star review of all time. There is brilliance in the brevity.

Nov 20, 2014

RT @LabourEoin: Boom! Tories put £1,000,000,000 chunk of our NHS up for Private Profit on eve of Labour's Bill to halt Privatisation…

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