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Matt Brian

Southend, Essex
Associate Editor, Engadget UK — Engadget

Man behind @EngadgetUK. Dad. Husband. Let's put on our classics and we'll have a little dance shall we? Instagram: mattbrian #coys

EE follows rivals by bundling broadband line rental prices — As ISP Review points out, EE's simplified strategy does come at a (slight) cost. Before, customers signing up to the company's 17Mbps broadband package would pay £18.50 per month -- £1 for the first 18 months of service (rising to £10 per month afterwards) on top of the £17.50 monthly line rental.

Uber's self-driving truck company completes a 120-mile beer run — Although impressive, this "world first" is mostly promotional. The Verge reports that a human driver first navigated the truck from a Anheuser-Busch depot to a weigh station in Fort Collins. From there, Otto's self-driving technology was deployed and the Volvo big rig drove the remaining 100 miles to Colorado Springs without any outside assistance.

Google buys eye-tracking startup to boost its VR hardware — We previously met Eyefluence CEO and founder Jim Marggraff when he showed off his company's developments in virtual reality storytelling. Marggraff -- the man behind the LeadPad kids tablet -- and his team have already developed software to see what you're looking at and tell whether you're interested or just plain bored by it.

Microsoft to raise some UK prices by up to 22 percent over Brexit — Microsoft's changes come as part of a periodic assessment of its local pricing "to ensure there is reasonable alignment across the region." The fall in the value of the pound resulted in Apple hiking hardware prices in September, although the Redmond company says that consumer software like Office 365 and cloud services will not be impacted.

Sky Mobile will open signups on October 31st — Sky has yet to confirm pricing or an official launch date for Sky Mobile but did say that existing customers will be invited to sign up first ahead of a wider expansion in 2017.

Brits can now shop by talking to their Amazon Echo — With Alexa voice shopping, Prime subscribers can talk to their Echo to order products and check the status of their delivery. Amazon says "order paper towels," "order dog food" and "buy some LEGO" are some good examples of what you can ask Alexa to find.

The BBC Micro:bit is going global — Sinead Rocks, Head of BBC Learning, explains that the Micro:bit was never meant to be a "flash in the pan." The Micro:bit Educational Foundation, much like the Raspberry Pi Foundation, exists to foster the development of maker culture, offering low-cost computing to people who would not normally engage in such projects.

Sky Q smartphone app lets you take your recordings with you — As you'd expect, the Sky Q app will only let you access channels and programming available under your existing subscription. Recordings won't be available if you're outside of your home network, which means you'll need to download content to your device over WiFi before you leave the house.

London's Uber drivers must now pass an English exam — While the changes affect all of London's private hire firms, Uber has been very vocal in its opposition. TfL originally mooted the idea of capping the number of private hire vehicles and enforcing a Knowledge-like test (like drivers of London's iconic black cabs must pass) to improve driver understanding of the city, but those plans were scrapped in favour of an English language test and a push for better customer support and vehicle insurance.

Amazon Prime now includes a 'Family Vault' for sharing photos — Amazon's Family Vault focuses on collecting and organizing images taken on multiple devices and accounts. While videos and other files can be stored too, storage is capped at 5GB across those five additional users. Once uploaded, the company says its new smart search capability can find matches based on "people, places or things."
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Oct 26, 2016

@XenaceLtd We have about four. She didn’t think she’d need it.

Oct 26, 2016

@SeekTom Yeah, but I think the only USB socket is so low-powered it would sap battery faster than it charged.

Oct 26, 2016

Yes, she used to go out with a guy who made £££ selling diet pills and online medicines etc. He drove a Lambo. I’m a hairy tech geek.

Oct 26, 2016

She couldn’t use Google Maps, so I’m doing annotated Maps screenshots while she hangs on using low-power mode. Working out pretty well!

Oct 26, 2016

My wife’s iPhone 6+ went from 92% to 7% in an hour, just as she needed to do 4/5 drop-offs around the local area. (1/2)

Oct 26, 2016

I play a lot of football and am more than capable in the air. Bloody hope I’m not killing brain cells as a result. 

Oct 26, 2016

@Dan_Gray That’s no way to leave your old office. Must smell terrible.

Oct 26, 2016

UGH. Britons are happy to sacrifice trade for fewer foreigners, poll finds. 

Oct 26, 2016

RT @alexhern: TIL: the etymology for “curry favour” a) has nothing to do with curry and b) is INSANE

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