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The BBC’s Doctor Who coding game is launching for Android and iOS tablets today

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The BBC has updated its online game The Doctor and the Dalek with four new levels, and is launching free iPad and Android tablet versions of the Doctor Who-themed title. Developed as part of the BBC’s Make It Digital Initiative last October, the idea behind the game is to introduce players to the world of programming. The Doctor and the Dalek is based on a stand-alone story from franchise writer Phil Ford, and follows the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor in a dangerous new quest. The Doctor will need several new abilities to overcome his enemies in the new levels, which can…

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BT promises 500Mbps broadband across the UK but it could take a decade to arrive

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UK telecoms provider, BT has announced plans to deliver broadband speeds of up to 500Mbps to homes and small business across the UK. It says it’ll achieve that by using G.fast, a standard for local loops shorter than 250 meters which can offer speeds of up to 1Gbps. The company will begin testing G.fast in two pilot locations this summer with broader deployments expected to start in 2016/17 if the trials are successful. The bad news is that BT says the plan could take up to a decade to complete. The pilot schemes will take place in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire and Gosforth, Newcastle with…

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Sky plans to launch a mobile voice and data service in the UK through a partnership with Telefónica

Sky has today announced that it will begin offering mobile voice and data services to customers for the first time following an agreement with Telefónica UK. The partnership means that the service will run via wholesale access to Telefónica’s mobile infrastructure and services across the country. The first services aren’t due to be made available to customers until next year, though. The move itself makes a lot of sense; while Sky is primarily known for its TV services in the UK, it also offers broadband and landline telephone services, as well as a number of digital offerings available to its customers via…

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Sky to block online porn by default in the UK

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UK ISP Sky has announced in a blog post that it will block pornographic content on its broadband service by default, in an effort to protect children from visiting unsuitable sites. Going forward, Sky Broadband Shield, the company’s content permission tool, will be set to ‘on’ for all users, unless they opt out. Once the tool is activated, those who wish to view adult content will need to log in and adjust their Sky Broadband Shield protection settings or turn it off manually in order to view filtered sites. Users who don’t want to use Sky Broadband Shield can set…

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DigitalBridge visualizes your home after a makeover – with impressive results

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There’s no shortage of tech on hand to help you plan a home makeover, but UK startup Shortbite has come up with one of the best solutions that we’ve seen – DigitalBridge. The technology allows you to take a photo of a room and then work with that photo to change the wallpaper and flooring, hang pictures and even add new furniture. While this isn’t the first time this has been done, it’s usually achieved through real-time augmented reality –such as in the case of Cimagine. Here, it’s instead being done through deep analysis of still images, making the results more…

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Netflix finally arrives for UK’s TalkTalk YouView customers

‘Better late than never’ would be one expression that applies for TalkTalk customers today, as the company has announced that its YouView-based TalkTalk TV packages now include access to Netflix’s streaming services. Of course, you’ll still need to pay for a Netflix subscription separately, you can now just view the content straight on your TV without faffing around. BT and other YouView boxes have been able to access the service since the end of 2014. The company said the software update would roll out first to customers who had already registered their interest and will be on all its 1.2…

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Big Mac with Qis? Wireless charging comes to 50 McDonalds restaurants in the UK

Burger-chomping McDonalds customers in the UK will soon get the opportunity to wirelessly charge their Qi-compliant (pronounced ‘Chee’) smartphones while in the company’s restaurants, thanks to an extended deal with Air Charge. The good news: There will be more than 600 individual wireless chargers awaiting (completely free) use. The bad news: Those 600 charging spots will be spread across only 50 of the company’s restaurants in the UK, with many of them in London. In total, there are more than 1,200 McDonalds in the UK, so the chances of randomly walking into one with a Qi charger seems quite low.…

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Uber brings its Momentum driver rewards program to the UK

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After running its Momentum program successfully in the US since last November, Uber is bringing its driver rewards scheme to Europe, starting with the UK. Drivers need to have completed at least 250 trips and been driving actively for Uber in the past four weeks to be eligible for Momentum rewards. Deals on offer include discounts on vehicle servicing, car washes, coffee and online accounting software. The company says that it will add more benefits over time, adding up to over £900 ($1,300) in value per year. It’ll be interesting to see how Uber grows the program across Europe. Given that…

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TNW is looking for a Commissioning Editor and a London-based reporter – come join us!

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The new year brings new opportunities – could one of our current editorial vacancies be for you? Right now we have two spots available: one reporter role based in London and a Commissioning Editor spot. Reporter Location: London, UK You will have some experience under your belt and be able to report technology news to a professional standard while working remotely. Alongside a keen nose for a good news story, a healthy contact list and a general passion for tech, you will be happy working under pressure to break the biggest news from the biggest companies. You’ll also be required to attend launches and other…

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Seldon wants to make life easier for data scientists, with a new open-source platform

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It feels that these days we live our whole digital lives according mysterious algorithms that predict what we’ll want from apps and websites. A new open-source product could help those building the products we use worry less about writing those algorithms in the first place. As increasing numbers of companies hire in-house data science teams, there’s a growing need for tools they can work with so they don’t need to build new software from scratch. That’s the gambit behind the launch of Seldon, a new open-source predictions API launching early in the new year. Seldon is designed to make it easy to plug in…

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