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In London, Uber has won the battle but risks losing the war

Bradley Tusk Contributor More posts by this contributor Shockingly, Congress acted responsibly in regulating autonomous cars… So what’s next? When don’t f*** with people’s cars became don’t f*** with people’s phones The sighs of relief are palpable. Uber can keep operating in London. With 3.6 million customers, 45,000 drivers, and a slew of reforms, changes and concessions already made to Transport for London (TfL), most observers expected Uber to win a reprieve – and they did. Uber passed the first of two tests. The second test is a little less obvious – and a lot harder. Being able to navigate the political climate in Europe demands that Uber not only demonstrate contrition, but implement real change too. But if Uber loses sight of who the end user is, winning the battle in London doesn’...

Photos: 3 Young Nigerians Receive Queen Elizabeth Leadership Awards At Buckingham Palace London Last Night

     Tweet     Photos: 3 Young Nigerians Receive Queen Elizabeth Leadership Awards At Buckingham Palace London Last Night Three Nigerian citizens were last night honoured by British Queen Elizabeth. The event which held at Buckingham Palace in London putu Kenneth Joseph Ekezie, Ezirim Isaac and Ojeifo Hauwa on top of their career. The three hardworking Nigerians were honoured by the Queen for their contribution to the development of  their respective communities. One of the honorees, Ojeifo Hauwa is the founder of She Writes Woman, a women’s support group that focuses on health support for vulnerable women. Another winner, Ezirim Isaac is the founder of Teens Can Code, his initiative teaches teenage computer coding  and web application development. The youngest of the honourees, Kennedy Ek...

Are scooter startups really worth billions?

It’s been hard to miss the scooter startup wars opening fresh, techno-fueled rifts in Valley society in recent months. Another flavor of ride-sharing steed which sprouted seemingly overnight to clutter up sidewalks — drawing rapid-fire ire from city regulators apparently far more forgiving of traffic congestion if it’s delivered in the traditional, car-shaped capsule. Even in their best, most-groomed PR shots, the dockless carelessness of these slimline electrified scooters hums with an air of insouciance and privilege. As if to say: Why yes, we turned a kids’ toy into a battery-powered kidult transporter — what u gonna do about it? An earlier batch of electric scooter sharing startups — offering full-fat, on-road mopeds that most definitely do need a license to ride (and, unless you’re cr...

Google StreetView cars to help map pollution in London

From next month two Google StreetView cars will be driving around London’s streets fitted with sensors that take air quality readings every 30 meters to map and monitor air quality in the UK capital. There will also be 100 fixed sensors fitted to lampposts and buildings in pollution blackspots and sensitive locations in the city — creating a new air quality monitoring network that Sadiq Khan, London’s mayor, is billing as “the most sophisticated in the world”. The goal with the year-long project is to generate hyperlocal data to help feed policy responses. Khan has made tackling air pollution one of his priorities. It’s not the first time StreetView cars have been used as a vehicle for pollution monitoring. Three years ago sensors made by San Francisco startup Aclima were fitted to the car...

Photos on social media can predict the health of neighborhoods

The images that appear on social media – happy people eating, cultural happenings, and smiling dogs – can actually predict the likelihood that a neighborhood is “healthy” as well as its level of gentrification. From the report: So says a groundbreaking study published in Frontiers in Physics, in which researchers used social media images of cultural events in London and New York City to create a model that can predict neighborhoods where residents enjoy a high level of wellbeing — and even anticipate gentrification by 5 years. With more than half of the world’s population living in cities, the model could help policymakers ensure human wellbeing in dense urban settings. The idea is based on the concept of “cultural capital” – the more there is, the better the neighborhood becomes. For exam...

Nigerian Boxer Shot By Gang Members In Peckham London In Critical Condition

     Tweet   Nigerian Boxer Gunned Down In Gang Shooting In Peckham London Fights For Life A Nigerian shot in a gang related attack in South London over the weekend is still fighting for his life. The victim, Oluwafemi Omosuyi popularly called Femi who just returned from Dublin was gunned down outside a primary school in Peckham on Saturday. Although he survived the attack, the 25-year-old is still in a critical state at the hospital. His mother, 53-year-old Stella Aladetan said she saw her son on Saturday afternoon before he left home with two friends. She said her son was shot by the same set of gang members who stabbed him last year. According to her, Femi just returned from a month long training in Dublin when he was attacked. The promising boxer trained at the All Stars Boxing Gym in ...

London’s street performers are embracing cashless payments

The drive to digitize payments in the UK is modernizing income for London’s famous street performers. Thanks to a new development backed by London mayor Sadiq Khan, buskers — aka street performers and musicians — in the British capital will be able to solicit tips from credit cards as well as the traditional cash and coins method. The initiative uses Swedish payment firm iZettle — which U.S. giant PayPal recently agreed to buy for $2.2 billion — to provide buskers with card readers that passers-by and commuters can use to make donations. A recent trial will be expanded to cover all of London’s registered buskers over the coming months, according to a report from the BBC. One busker, Charlotte Campbell, who took part in the test phase said the addition of contactless payments “had a signifi...

Photos: Zack Orji, Desmond Elliot, Teco Benson In London For Just One Blood Nollywood Movie Premiere

     Tweet   Just One Blood movie premiere took place last week Friday, the 18th of May 2018 at Odeon Cinema Greenwich. The premiere was star-studded with veterans Nollywood actor Zack Orji, Desmond Elliot, Teco Benson amongst other prominent faces. The movie was produced by Timmy K MacNicol a Nollywood actress, producer and chief executive of Fantasy Communications. The movie, directed by Teco Benson is the first Nollywood movie shot in Suffolk with a mixture of both Nollywood and British actors. The casts of the movie include; Zack Amah Orji, Mofe Duncan, Angeline Hunt, Chioma Toplist, Timmy k MacNicol, Anita Chinyere Hogan, Shirley day, Tee Nzekwe, Paul Andrew Goldsmith, Morgan Angus MacNicol, Kande Fatoumato, Abie Fatty, Judy Akuta, Leo Wherrett, Kerry Abley, Niel Pearce, Agnes Lillis,...

For Apple, this year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day is all about education

Steven Aquino Contributor Steven Aquino is a freelance tech writer and iOS accessibility expert. More posts by this contributor What Apple’s education announcements mean for accessibility At this month’s WWDC, Apple unveiled refined accessibility tools Following Apple’s education event in Chicago in March, I wrote about what the company’s announcements might mean for accessibility. After sitting in the audience covering the event, the big takeaway I had was Apple could “make serious inroads in furthering special education as well.” As I wrote, despite how well-designed the Classroom and Schoolwork apps seemingly are, Apple should do more to tailor their new tools to better serve students and educators in special education settings. After all, accessibility and special education are inextri...

The UK and USA need to extend their “special relationship” to technology development

Matt Hancock Contributor The UK and the USA have always had an enduring bond, with diplomatic, cultural and economic ties that have remained firm for centuries. We live in an era of profound change, and are living with technologies set to change things ever faster. If Britain and America work together to develop these technologies for the good of mankind, in a way that is open and free, yet also safe and good for our citizens, we can maintain the global lead our nations have enjoyed in the fields of innovation. Over past months we have seen some very significant strides forward in this business relationship. All of the biggest US companies have made decisions to invest in the UK. Apple is developing a new HQ in the iconic Battersea Power Station, close to the new US embassy, while Google i...

UK report urges action to combat AI bias

The need for diverse development teams and truly representational data-sets to avoid biases being baked into AI algorithms is one of the core recommendations in a lengthy Lords committee report looking into the economic, ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence, and published today by the upper House of the UK parliament. “The main ways to address these kinds of biases are to ensure that developers are drawn from diverse gender, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, and are aware of, and adhere to, ethical codes of conduct,” the committee writes, chiming with plenty of extant commentary around algorithmic accountability. “It is essential that ethics take centre stage in AI’s development and use,” adds committee chairman, Lord Clement-Jones, in a statement. “The UK has a ...

Ad king Sir Martin Sorrell steps down from WPP following misconduct investigation

There’s big news in the world of advertising. Sir Martin Sorrell has stepped down from WPP, the world’s largest ad business. Sorrell had been in the midst of an unspecified investigation about “personal misconduct and misuse of company assets.” He has denied the allegations. WPP provided us with the following statement. “Sir Martin Sorrell has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of WPP with immediate effect. Robert Quarta, Chairman of WPP, becomes Executive Chairman until the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer…Sir Martin will be available to assist with the transition. The previously announced investigation into an allegation of misconduct against Sir Martin Sorrell has concluded. The allegation did not involve amounts that are material…Sir Martin will be treated as having re...

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