Light brigade: the Christmas holdouts keeping their decorations up | UK news- Tempemail

In other years, the threat of bad luck if you fail to take your Christmas decorations down by Twelfth Night might have meant something. In 2021, the idea that things could get any worse seems blackly comic. And so it is that for some people, baubles, lights, and trees are Continue Reading

‘We see huge benefits’: firms adopt four-day week in Covid crisis | Business

When Target Publishing cut staff pay after the first coronavirus lockdown last year, the magazine group knew it had to make a positive gesture to its employees. So it introduced a four-day week. “I felt better in myself that I was able to give something back to match the sacrifice Continue Reading

‘Peak hype’: why the driverless car revolution has stalled | Technology

By 2021, according to various Silicon Valley luminaries, bandwagoning politicians and leading cab firms in recent years, self-driving cars would have long been crossing the US, started filing along Britain’s motorways and be all set to provide robotaxis in London. 1 January has not, however, brought a driverless revolution. Indeed Continue Reading

Obsolete software from 1990s features in Brexit deal text | Politics

The EU-UK Brexit deal refers to defunct decades-old computer software such as Netscape Communicator as “modern”, raising suspicions that some of the text may have been copied and pasted in. Online commenters gleefully shared the observation that page 921 of the painfully birthed trade agreement refers to Netscape Communicator – Continue Reading

UK chipmaker Graphcore valued at $2.8bn after it raises $222m | Business

Graphcore, the UK maker of chips designed for use in artificial intelligence, has raised $222m (£164m) from investors, valuing the company at $2.8bn. The Bristol-based company’s latest round of funding was led by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan as well as investors including Fidelity International and Schroders. Existing Graphcore investors, Continue Reading

UK video game industry thrives amid lockdowns and US bidding wars | Games

The lockdown boom in video games has put the spotlight on the global success of British game makers, attracting the attention of deep-pocketed US giants looking to snap up valuable pandemic-proof businesses. Electronic Arts, the California-based global gaming giant, announced a surprise £945m bid for Codemasters, the maker of Formula Continue Reading

Facebook will move UK users to US terms, avoiding EU privacy laws | Technology

Sign up for the Guardian Today US newsletter Facebook will shift all its users in the United Kingdom into user agreements with the corporate headquarters in California, moving them out of their current relationship with Facebook’s Irish unit and out of reach of Europe’s privacy laws. The change takes effect Continue Reading

Codemasters bidding war looms after £945m Electronic Arts bid | Games

British video games maker Codemasters has become the focus of a £1bn bidding war after accepting an offer from California-based Electronic Arts, scuppering a previously planned deal with US rival Take-Two Interactive, maker of franchises including Grand Theft Auto. EA, the maker of titles including Battlefield and The Sims, has Continue Reading

Sony insists there is ‘damage’ to my carefully used headphones | Money

I am three months and 16 emails into an exchange with Sony that is going round in circles. In December last year I purchased a pair of WH-1000XM3 headphones which began to show signs of unreasonable wear this August. The plastic casing on both arms popped out, leading to the Continue Reading

Tech gift guide: ideas for last-minute Christmas presents | Money

What to buy the tech enthusiast in your life? Here are some ideas – from smart speakers and games consoles to smartwatches and headphones. With Christmas rapidly approaching, time is running out to buy the big-ticket items, so we have also included some instant-delivery gifts for last-minute purchases. Smart speakers Continue Reading