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UK Publishes 10-Year Plan To Become 'AI Superpower,' Seeking To Rival US and China

New submitter iarlakd writes: The U.K. government on Wednesday released its 10-year plan to make the country a global "artificial intelligence superpower," seeking to rival the likes of the U.S. and China. The so-called "National Artificial Intelligence Strategy" is designed to boost the use of AI among the nation's businesses, attract international investment into British AI companies and develop the next generation of homegrown tech talent. "Today we're laying the foundations for the next ten ...
Tags: UK, London, China, US, Tech, Southeast England, Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport, Chris Philp, National Artificial Intelligence Strategy, National AI Research and Innovation

Raspberry Pi gets $45M to meet demand for low-cost PCs and IoT

Turns out COVID-19 lockdowns have been good for the indoor hobby of hardware hacking: The U.K.-based foundation behind the low-price microprocessor Raspberry Pi announced close of a $45 million funding round yesterday. The cash injection into the trading arm of the (nonprofit) Raspberry Pi Foundation values it at $500 million (pre-money), founder Eben Upton confirmed. The funding round was led by London-based Lansdowne Partners and The Ezrah Charitable Trust, a private charitable foundation base...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Internet Of Things, Europe, London, Hardware, Raspberry Pi, US, Tech, United Kingdom, Iot, Raspberry Pi Foundation, Eben Upton, Peter Davies, Upton, Lansdowne Partners

Post-pandemic shifts means Patch will take co-working to UK small towns and suburbs

It would be fair to say the pandemic has had enormous effects on the world of work, but it has come at a time when other factors were already ongoing. The decline of main-street shopping due to e-commerce has only been hastened. The shift to remote working has sky-rocketed. And people no longer want to commute 8am-6pm anymore. But we’ve also found that working from home isn’t all its cracked up to be. Plus, they don’t see the point of commuting into a big city, only to have to co-work in someth...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, London, US, San Francisco, Entrepreneur, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, United States, United Kingdom, Commuting, WeWork, Kingston, Founder

Alternative financing startup Pipe snaps up Stripe and HubSpot execs, expands to UK

Pipe, a two-year-old startup that aims to be the “Nasdaq for revenue,” announced today it has snagged former Stripe EIC Sid Orlando and HubSpot’s ex-Chief Strategy Officer Brad Coffey to serve on its executive team. The Miami-based fintech also revealed today its first expansion outside of the United States with its entry into the U.K. market. It’s been a good year for Pipe. The buzzy startup has raised $300 million in equity financing this year from a slew of investors, such as Shopify, Sl...
Tags: Startups, TC, UK, London, Finance, Tech, United States, United Kingdom, SaaS, Miami, Alexis Ohanian, Pipe, Fintech, Orlando, Marc Benioff, U K

TrueLayer nabs $130M at a $1B+ valuation as open banking rises as a viable option to card networks

Open banking — a disruptive technology that seeks to bypass the dominance of card networks and other traditional financial rails by letting banks open their systems directly to developers (and new services) by way of APIs — continues to gain ground in the world of financial services. As a mark of that traction, a startup playing a central role in open banking applications is announcing a big round of funding with a milestone valuation. TrueLayer, which provides technology for developers to enabl...
Tags: Europe, UK, London, Tech, Services, Cto, Alex Cook, TrueLayer, Francesco Simoneschi, Luca Martinetti, Simoneschi, Cazoo, Francesco Luca

iOS 15 adds all the little features that were missing

The release of iOS 15 should be a major event for mobile operating systems. And yet, this year, there’s no breakthrough feature or overarching theme that makes this release stand out. Apple has focused on quality-of-life updates as well as new features for its own apps. The result is a solid update that is not going to be controversial. Some people are going to take advantage of the new Focus feature. They’ll spend a lot of time customizing their phone to make it as personal as possible. Other p...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, London, San Francisco, Siri, Tech, Safari, Focus, Facetime, Siri You, San Francisco Los Angeles New York

These iOS 15 Features Aren't Available on the iPhone X or Older

Apple released iOS 15 today following over three months of beta testing, but not all of the new features are available on older iPhones. According to the iOS 15 features page on Apple's website, the following features require an iPhone with an A12 Bionic chip or newer, which means the features listed below aren't available on the iPhone X or any older models. You'll need an iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, or newer for these iOS 15 features:Portrait mode in FaceTime, which blurs your bac...
Tags: Apple, London, Featured, Siri, Earth, Facetime, San Francisco Los Angeles New York, iOS 15

Apple Releases iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 With Safari Updates, Focus Mode, Live Text, iCloud+, System-Wide Translate, On-Device Siri and More

Apple today released iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, the newest operating system updates designed for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. As with all of Apple's software updates, iOS and iPadOS 15 can be downloaded at no cost. iOS 15 is available on the ‌iPhone‌ 6s and later while ‌iPadOS 15‌ is available on the iPad Air 2 and later. The new software can be downloaded on eligible devices over-the-air by going to Settings > General > Software Update. It may take a few minutes for the updates to propagate ...
Tags: Apple, London, Featured, US, Siri, Ireland, Sony, Monterey, Focus, Facetime, Dolby Atmos, Focus Focus, iOS 15, Memoji Shared, Focus Home Screen, San Francisco Bay Area Los Angeles New York

Here Are The Top 5 Looks From The 2021 Emmys

The stars of the small screen were out in full force last night with the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS. As usual, the red carpet was filled with plenty of glitz and glamor as Hollywood put on their Sunday best, hoping to take home a sharp, shiny trophy. Though we don't usually focus on fashion at these big award shows, there were exactly five stunning looks that completely took our breath away, and we couldn't help but bring them to your attention. Trust us when we say you won't be disappoin...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, London, Television, Movies, News, Cbs, Hunt, Ted Lasso, Brendan Hunt, Ted Lasso Star Brendan Hunt, Ted Lasso Ted Lasso Star Brendan Hunt, Brendan Hunt Read

Facetune maker Lightricks raises $130 million ahead of M&A plans

Facetune developer Lightricks, which operates over a dozen subscription-based photo and video editing apps across iOS and Android, now has $130 million in new funding to further grow its business. The company’s newly announced Series D round includes $100 million in primary and $30 million in secondary funding, and now values the company at $1.8 billion. To date, Lightricks has raised $335 million. The new round was co-led by New York-based VC firm Insight Partners and Hanaco Venture Capital and...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, New York, London, Media, Funding, Israel, Jerusalem, Tech, Shenzhen, Greycroft, Lightricks, Facetune, Haifa

The Station: Gogoro scoots into a SPAC, a Rivian milestone and Tesla prepares to unleash FSD beta software

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello readers: Welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. The future of transportation beat was flooded with news this week as per ushe. There are two stories that I want to highlight here. First up, is that the first Rivian R1T electric pickup truck...
Tags: Transportation, Japan, Elon Musk, UK, New York, London, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, China, India, Tech, General Motors, Tesla

6 things you should never do at a high-end restaurant, from a Michelin-starred restaurant manager

neinchpunch/shutterstock Matthew Mawtus is the general manager of Hide, a Michelin-starred European restaurant in London. Even at as fancy a venue as Hide, Mawtus says he often sees diners making etiquette faux pas. Don't change tables without asking staff, be upfront about dietary restrictions, and please - don't fight over the bill. See more stories on Insider's business page. Michelin-star restaurants are a high-pressure environment. Staff work the craziest hours to bring y...
Tags: Apple, Food, New York, London, Life, Restaurants, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Retail, Michelin, Tripadvisor, Norfolk, Damascus, Nordic, Don

The Morning Watch: 2021 Emmys Highlights: Opening Number, Best Speeches & Memorable Moments

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fan-made productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)In this edition, let's take a look at some of the video highlights from the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Cedric the Entertainer kicked off the show with a rap number, featuring some familiar faces. Unfortunately, that was pr...
Tags: Apple, London, Television, Movies, News, Tom Hanks, Tim Cook, Smithsonian, Cbs, Seth Rogen, Jason Sudeikis, Lorne Michaels, Leon Bridges, Don, Jim, Allen

Pakistan edtech startup Maqsad gets $2.1M pre-seed to make education more accessible

Taha Ahmed and Rooshan Aziz left their jobs in strategy consulting and investment banking in London earlier this year in order to found a mobile-only education platform startup, Maqsad, in Pakistan, with a goal “to make education more accessible to 100 million Pakistani students.” Having grown up in Karachi, childhood friends Ahmed and Aziz are aware of the challenges about the Pakistani education system, which is notably worse for those not living in large urban areas (the nation’s student-teac...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mobile, Asia, London, Education, Indonesia, India, Funding, Tech, Pakistan, Middle East, Edtech, Ahmed, Lek, LAHORE

The Full List Of Winners Of The 2021 Emmy Awards

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Tags: Apple, Hbo, London, Nbc, John Oliver, Los Angeles, Netflix, Bravo, Gillian Anderson, Cbs, Ncaa, Kate Winslet, Las Vegas, Olivia Colman, Charles, Kennedy Center

Midsommar Ending Explained: Bad Breakups, Burning Buildings, And Bears, Oh My!

The A24 daylight horror "Midsommar" isn't your typical slasher or haunted house flick. Writer and director Ari Aster balances running meta-commentaries on trauma, gender, relationships, race, cults, and personal identity all while providing plenty of scares and a surprising number of laughs. "Midsommar" follows Dani (Florence Pugh) after she loses her entire family in an unspeakable tragedy. Her relationship with her boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor) isn't great, but he invites her along on a tr...
Tags: Apple, London, Movies, Sweden, Christian, Simon, Josh, Maja, Dani, Pelle, Connie, ULF, Aster, Florence Pugh, Midsommar, Halsingland Sweden

Apple, Google remove opposition app as Russian voting begins

By DARIA LITVINOVA and KELVIN CHAN MOSCOW (AP) — Facing Kremlin pressure, Apple and Google on Friday removed an opposition-created smartphone app that tells voters which candidates are likely to defeat those backed by Russian authorities, as polls opened for three days of balloting in Russia’s parliamentary election. Russian authorities are seeking to suppress the use of Smart Voting, a strategy designed by imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The election is widely seen as an important ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, London, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, India, Nigeria, Uncategorized, Sport, Turkey, Ap, Soccer, Moscow

Weekend reading: DIY disaster capitalists

What caught my eye this week. W hen I began investing in the early 2000s, the September 11th attacks still loomed large in investors’ minds. Of course, that shadow extended everywhere then. The West was at war in Afghanistan and soon Iraq. Terrorist plots exploded or were foiled with numbing regularity. It all hogged the news like Covid or Brexit. In investing circles there was seemingly an extra moral question, too. Was it right to try to profit from the share price moves that resulted from t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, UK, England, New York, Hollywood, London, Microsoft, California, China, Iraq, Marketing, US, Bbc, Afghanistan, West

Home computing pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair dies aged 81

Creator of the landmark ZX Spectrum and the less commercially successful C5 died after a long illnessSir Clive Sinclair, the inventor and entrepreneur who was instrumental in bringing home computers to the masses, has died at the age of 81.His daughter, Belinda, said he died at home in London on Thursday morning after a long illness. Sinclair invented the pocket calculator but was best known for popularising the home computer, bringing it to British high-street stores at relatively affordable pr...
Tags: Technology, London, UK News, Computing, Clive Sinclair, Sinclair, Belinda

Tyk raises $35M for its open-source, open-ended approach to enterprise API management

APIs are the grease turning the gears and wheels for many organizations’ IT systems today, but as APIs grow in number and use, tracking how they work (or don’t work) together can become complex and potentially critical if something goes awry. Now, a startup that has built an innovative way to help with this is announcing some funding after getting traction with big enterprises adopting its approach. Tyk, which has built a way for users to access and manage multiple internal enterprise APIs throu...
Tags: Google, Europe, Technology, London, Enterprise, Developer, Cloud Computing, Funding, Tech, Ceo, Computing, New Zealand, Ibm, Starbucks, Api, Salesforce

Volta Trucks raises €37 million to bring electric delivery trucks to the streets of London and Paris

Trucking tends to be associated with highways, but it’s not uncommon to find large delivery vehicles trundling down the tightly packed streets of the world’s most populated cities. According to EV startup Volta Trucks, that’s far from ideal: in London, large commercial vehicles cause around 26% of pedestrian fatalities and around 80% of cyclist fatalities, and account for an outsized portion of carbon emissions. Volta’s solution is to electrify and redesign the large cargo vehicle — called Heavy...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Europe, Elon Musk, New York, London, Tech, Austria, Automotive, Paris, Norden, VOLTA, Meritor, Proterra, Electric trucks, Recent Funding

US stocks rise on investor confidence in economic outlook, while Chinese property stocks dent Asian equities

Spencer Platt/Getty Images US stocks looked set to open higher after the S&P 500 rose by the most in nearly 3 weeks. The Evergrande debt saga is still weighing on sentiment in Asian markets. "China markets don't have a lot to cheer about today," an analyst said. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. US stocks rose on Thursday as investors concentrated on strong regional manufacturing activity that underpinned confidence in the broader economic out...
Tags: Apple, Hong Kong, New York, London, China, US, Trends, Reddit, Deutsche Bank, Tokyo, West Texas Intermediate, Nasdaq, Macau, Gamestop, Vivendi, Shanghai Composite

20 people to know leading Google's most promising health bets

Hello,Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I'm Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and today in healthcare news:We found the 20 people you need to know working on healthcare at Google after it dismantled Google Health;A biotech presses FDA to approves its ALS drug;What real-world data tells us about your chances of dying from COVID-19 after vaccination.If you're new to this newsletter, sign up here. Comments, tips? Email me at [email protected] or tweet @lydiaramsey125. Let's get to it... From le...
Tags: Google, England, London, US, Trends, NHS, Healthcare, Philadelphia, Fda, Npr, Vaccines, Elizabeth Holmes, Newsletters, Google health, Josh Cohen, Dinendra Haria SOPA Images LightRocket

As UK Gov reaches out to tech, investors threaten to ‘pull capital’ over M&A regulator over-reach

UK competition regulators are spooking tech investors in the country with an implied threat to clamp down on startup M&A, according to a new survey of the industry. As the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer engaged with the tech industry at a ‘Chatham House’ style event today, the Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec) think-tank released a survey of over 50 key investors which found startup investors are prepared to pull capital over the prospect of the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA)...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, London, Money, California, Entrepreneurship, Finance, US, Tech, Economy, Artificial Intelligence, United States, United Kingdom, Venture Capital, Treasury

Fintech startup SellersFunding raises $166.5M in equity, credit round to support e-commerce sellers

SellersFunding secured $166.5 million in a combination of Series A equity funding and a credit facility to continue developing its technology and payments platforms for e-commerce businesses. Northzone led the round and was joined by Endeavor Catalyst and Fasanara. SellersFunding CEO Ricardo Pero did not disclose the funding breakdown, but did say the company previously raised two seed rounds for a total of $40 million in equity and more than $100 million in credit facilities, including one that...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Europe, London, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Banking, SaaS, Jp Morgan, Payments, Retailers, Fintech, Northzone

Skype alumni head to court in a battle over Starship Technologies and Wire

A new lawsuit threatens a decades-long collaboration that brought Skype, robot delivery startup Starship Technologies and encrypted enterprise messaging service Wire into the world. TechCrunch has learned that Mark Dyne, one of Skype’s founding investors, is suing billionaire Skype co-founder Janus Friis in California’s Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles for unlawful conspiracy in his business dealings. The lawsuit is complex, with plenty of twists, turns and allegations. The heart of ...
Tags: London, Microsoft, California, Ebay, Wikipedia, Germany, Los Angeles, Tech, Jimmy Wales, Skype, Cto, Wire, Starship Technologies, Janus Friis, Superior Court, Ahti Heinla

PassFort, a RegTech SaaS for KYC and AML, nets $16.2M

London-based PassFort, a SaaS provider that helps business meet compliance requirements such as KYC (Know Your Customer) and AML (Anti-Money Laundering) reporting, has closed a $16.2 million Series A led by US growth equity fund, Level Equity. The 2015-founded startup‘s existing investors OpenOcean, Episode 1 and Entrepreneur First also participated in the round. The Series A is a mix of equity and debt, with $4.89M worth of venture debt being provided by Shard Credit Partners. PassFort tells Te...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, London, US, Tech, SaaS, Dublin, Financial Services, CRM, Software As A Service, Regulatory Compliance, Money Laundering, Worldremit, AML

Watch Apple unveil the new iPhone live right here

Apple is set to announce new iPhone models today. The company is holding a (virtual) keynote at 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 6 PM in London, 7 PM in Paris). And you’ll be able to watch the event right here as the company is streaming it live. Rumor has it that there will be a new generation of iPhone models. Reports suggest that the company is going to call it the iPhone 13 and that there will be four different models just like last year. Today, you can expect to learn more about the iPhone 13...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, New York, London, Tech, Paris, Apple Events, iPhone 13, Apple Fall Event 2021, Safari Mozilla Firefox Microsoft

5 Things To Love About Last Night In Soho [TIFF 2021]

Edgar Wright makes the full-blown leap into horror with "Last Night in Soho," his time-hopping movie starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy. We already have a review of the film right here, but I was lucky enough to also catch a screening at TIFF, and came away inspired enough to share some thoughts. In the grand spectrum of Wright's work, this falls somewhere in the middle. It's slick as hell, full of genuinely unnerving moments, and has plenty to enjoy. But there are also more than a f...
Tags: Google, London, Movies, Edgar Wright, Soho, Wright, Sandy, McKenzie, Petula Clark, Eloise, Anya Taylor Joy, Taylor Joy, SlashFilm, Anya Taylor, Thomasin McKenzie, Jojo Rabbit

How to save money on travel

This piece on how to save money on travel is by The Treasurer from Team Monevator. Check back every Monday for more fresh perspectives on personal finance and investing from the Team. S ince joining the corporate world, I’ve spent less than I’ve earned. It comes naturally to me, as does a desire to save 30-50% of my net income each month. Even when I do spend money, I aim to get as much value as I can. I avoid impulse spending. I don’t buy the latest gadgets or the most expensive phone....
Tags: Travel, Google, Usa, UK, London, Marketing, Eu, NHS, Spending, Tripadvisor, Iceland, Halifax, Gatwick Airport, Luton, Reykjavik, Barclaycard

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