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UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

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Rail ticket machines across the UK fell out of service this morning preventing commuters from using them to pay fares.On-screen messages said they had "no online connectivity", making them unable to send payment card details. The issue began at about 06:00 BST. A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) told the BBC the issue had been resolved shortly before 09:00 BST.He added that the fault appeared to have been with the software and systems provided by Scheidt & Bachmann.A spokeswoman for the German firm was unable to provide additional information.RDG later issued a statement saying: "We're sorry that some customers were inconvenienced by a technical fault which affected one supplier's system, which meant that some train companies' ticket machines, not all, couldn't authorise car...
WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

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WhatsApp is becoming one of the prevailing ways people discover and discuss news, according to a study.But use of the messaging app appears to vary widely between countries.In Malaysia, more than 50% of those surveyed said they used WhatsApp for news at least once a week. But in the US, the figure was only 3%, and in the UK it was 5%.The Digital News Report also indicates the Brexit debate has led to growing mistrust of the UK's media.It said only 43% of respondents declared that the news could be trusted - down from 50% last year - with the BBC in particular criticised for having both a pro-EU bias and failing to expose the "distortions" of the leave campaign.Private is popularThe research was carried out by the Reuters Institute For The Study of Journalism and covered 34 countries in Eur...
Queen's Speech: Petrol stations must 'go electric'

Queen's Speech: Petrol stations must 'go electric'

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Petrol stations and motorway services will be required to install electric charge points, under plans outlined in the Queen's Speech.The measure forms part of a government push to increase the number of electric vehicles on UK roads.The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill also contains plans to push driverless car technology.It includes an extension of car insurance to cover the use of automated vehicles.There are several trials of driverless cars ongoing in the UK.Car insurance will be extended to automated vehicles "to ensure that compensation claims continue to be paid quickly, fairly and easily", the bill says.Lawyers have long argued that getting the legal framework right is essential if automated cars are to become popular.Peter Allchorne, a partner at law firm DAC Beachcroft, said ...
Uber boss Travis Kalanick quits after revolt

Uber boss Travis Kalanick quits after revolt

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Uber's troubled chief executive, Travis Kalanick, has quit following a revolt by major shareholders.He agreed to leave his post at the taxi app firm after receiving a letter demanding his resignation from some of its top investors.The shareholders joined forces just a week after Mr Kalanick announced he was taking time out to battle personal problems.He confirmed he had quit in a statement to the New York Times which said Uber's mission - currently beset by accusations of a toxic culture - must come first.Video:Uber boss sorry for taxi driver rantMr Kalanick said: "I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors' request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight....
Trump: Govt must catch up with tech revolution

Trump: Govt must catch up with tech revolution

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Donald Trump has gathered the most prominent American technology executives to the White House and asked them to reform IT across the federal government.At the first meeting of the American Technology Council - which the president established by executive order in May - Mr Trump stressed the need to "transform and modernise" the US public sector's use of technology."Government needs to catch up with the technology revolution," he said."America should be the global leader in government technology just as we are in every other aspect, and we are going to start our big edge again in technology - such an important industry."We're embracing big change, bold thinking, and outsider perspectives to transform government and make it the way it should be, and at far less cost."Representatives from th...