‘Revenge Porn’ Made Illegal in England and Wales

Sharing ‘revenge porn’ is now a criminal offence in England and Wales, thanks to a recent amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. The amendment was passed by the House of Lords last year and is set to receive Royal Assent – formal approval by the Queen – on Thursday.

Someone found guilty of distributing explicit images without permission from the subject, in order to harass, blackmail, or humiliate the subject could face up to two years in prison. As defined by the bill, ‘revenge porn’ is classed as “photographs or films which show people engaged in sexual activity or depicted in a sexual way or with their genitals exposed, where what is shown would not usually be seen in public.” The law covers both photos and videos, shared online or offline.

The law also makes it easier for victims of ‘revenge porn’ to get the offending photos or videos taken down from websites, bypassing the previous method of complex copyright appeals.

Source: Engadget

Apple Plans New R&D Facility in Cambridge, UK

A new report suggests that Apple is planning to join the likes of Microsoft and Sony in opening a specialist Research and Development facility in Cambridge, UK.

The building is said to be located at 90 Hills Road in an area of highly sought after corporate office space. The report notes that Apple plans to start with 20 employees at the facility, growing to 40 in the next year.

It’s said that over 1000 technology companies have taken up offices in Cambridge, earning the city the nickname of “Silicon Fen”.

The UK government has apparently been working on getting Apple to establish a more significant presence in country for 25 years, with Apple currently only holding a small office on Regent Street in London and a medium size facility in Uxbridge, Middlesex. Most of Apple’s European operations are based in Cork, Ireland, a facility they’ve operated since the early 1980s.

Source: MacRumors

Ebay Has Been down for 5 Hours!

The auction giant and marketplace Ebay has been down since around noon, with the first reports starting around 11:25 GMT. This is a really long outtake for a site like this and so far there hasn’t been much official wording. The problems seems to be centralized around the UK and German Ebay sites, but a few reports from the US as well.

Users are taking their anger out on the social media sites, and with good right. A lot of auctions are timed to end Sunday afternoon, and no one can bid on them with the site down.

I haven’t been able to login myself since the outtake started around noon and have been following it since. At times you get a slow redirect to the login screen, even though you just tried to load the main page. Otherwise the site is dead and unresponsive.

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London Underground to Accept Contactless Payments

If you live in London, chances are you own an Oyster card. Oyster cards have been around for a while now but contactless card technology is going be coming along side it in the London Underground. People can choose whether they use Oyster or their own contactless enabled bank card for an easy, quick and hassle free way to board the tube.

A benefit of using your own bank card is that it never requires topping up, something im sure Oyster card holders are more than familiar with. There will also be weekly cap limits so you can only spend a certain amount each week. TfL (Transport for London) will also be making sure you’re paying the cheapest fare possible that period by doing price comparisons plus you’ll be able to track your journey and payment history via an online account.

The implementation of a contactless system throughout the underground comes after a pilot that has been running since April this year. TfL are looking for new testers before the full system is distributed, think it as an Alpha moving into Beta stage. The Full release is expected to be September 16th this year.

Thanks to Engadget for supplying us with this information.

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Turns out Brits Aren’t Signing up to ISP Filters

ISP filters, you either love them or you hate them, I personally have no use for them but families with small children do. The numbers are on the decline with less and less people wanting this additional protection their ISP has to offer. It really depends on the buyer and what situation they may be in, like I said previously, some may have families with small children who use the internet for school and the parents don’t exactly want their small child watching pornography now do they. On the other hand there’s people like myself, old enough to know what’s good and bad on the internet and will automatically detect a scam or phishing website.

The stats are interesting to read through, only 5 percent of new customers accepted the filter at BT, while 8 percent did so at Sky. About 36 percent of customers signed up for the TalkTalk filter, and 4 percent bought into Virgin Media’s offer. To me this shows that TalkTalk has a lot of customers that live in family households as they have the highest sign up rate for their filter.

The Office of Communications determined that 100 percent of BT, Sky, and TalkTalk customers were immediately informed about the option to add a filter upon activation of their service. Only 35% of customers from Virgin Media were informed about their options regarding a filter.

In the end it all comes down to personal preference and whether or not you trust your kids, if you have any, when they are online but by looking at those results, it seems that British folk just don’t want to know or don’t care much for ISP filters. Can’t blame them really.

Thanks to Venturebeat for supplying us with this information.

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London Is Now Viewable in 3D on Google Maps

The city of London is amazing, enormous and has lots of history, now it seems Google have taken all the pictures they need to accurately make a 3D map of it for Google Maps and Google Earth. People now using Maps or Earth can literally fly over the city skyline and see what it would be like to view to city from above, of course not everything is perfect, there are a few blurry rooftops here and there but give Google some credit, trying to seamlessly connect all the pictures together would take an age, so they have done a very good job with London.

Using the 3D feature is a piece of cake. Open up Google Earth, type London into the search bar. At this point, you can use the Rotate and Tilt buttons at your right to change your perspective and from that point it’s just a matter of zooming in. 

This isn’t the only city Google has made 3D, Chicago and Los Angeles have also been done, feel free to check them out!

Thanks to HotHardware for providing us with this information.

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UK Tech Sector is Booming. Reported to be Growing Faster than Silicon Valley

Said to contribute £12bn to the English economy over the next decade, London alone is becoming a massive player in the worldwide technology industry at a massive growth rate of 5.1 percent per annum as quoted by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

This information was let loose at London Tech Week – showing that there are more contenders than just the famous Silicon Valley and the UK tech industry is booming.

As according to Bloomberg Philantropies, London also employs a greater number of workers in financial technology than any other major city on earth.

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