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Google expansion plans helping to turn NYC into tech hub

Google expansion plans helping to turn NYC into tech hub

Technology
As New York City waits to hear whether it's been chosen as the site for Amazon's second headquarters, recent moves by another tech giant, Google, to expand its footprint in the city are helping to legitimize New York's claim to be Silicon Valley East. Google is reportedly close to a reaching a $ 2.4 billion deal to add a landmark Meatpacking District building to its already substantial New York campus. The building, a block-long former Nabisco factory named after its ground-floor upscale food mall, Chelsea Market, sits across the street from Google's current New York City headquarters, a massive, art deco, former shipping terminal that also occupies an entire city block. Google already leases space in Chelsea Market, which also contains offices for Major League Baseball and the local cabl...
UK plans 200-mile 'country roads' driverless trial

UK plans 200-mile 'country roads' driverless trial

Technology
An autonomous car project will attempt a complex journey across the UK, taking in country roads and high-speed roundabouts.The HumanDrive initiative will first simulate a range of conditions, before the car starts its 200-mile (320km) journey in December 2019.The UK wants to get driverless cars on the road by 2021.But it is facing stiff competition from the US and other countries around the world.Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark welcomed the project: "Low-carbon and self-driving vehicles are the future and they are going to drive forward a global revolution in mobility."Trailblazing projects like the HumanDrive project will play a vital role helping us deliver on that ambition."The project is a collaboration between Groupe Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi, Cranfield University and Hi...
BT's Openreach plans faster broadband push

BT's Openreach plans faster broadband push

Business
Openreach, the BT-owned firm that manages the UK's broadband infrastructure, has vowed to introduce "ultrafast" internet connections to three million premises by 2020.The company said it was accelerating its plan to run fibre connections directly to homes and businesses.It will increase internet speeds from 24 megabits a second under superfast broadband to 100 megabits.The first phase will begin this year, targeting eight cities across the UK.Openreach, which operates independently from BT, said Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester would form the first phase of the programme that will connect "up to 40 UK towns, cities and boroughs". Analysis: by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC technology correspondentToo little, too late. That is how BT's many critics wi...
Welsh Assembly announces e-voting plans

Welsh Assembly announces e-voting plans

Technology
The Welsh Government has proposed pilots exploring the use of electronic voting in local elections and by-elections.Alongside providing 16 and 17-year-olds with the ability to vote on devolved matters for the first time in the UK, e-voting is aimed at boosting participation in the political process.Alun Davies AM, the Welsh Government's cabinet secretary for local government and public services, said that while "many people like" paper ballots, that method of voting was "increasingly at odds with people's everyday lives, especially young people".The chief executive of youth-led think-tank WebRoots Democracy, Areeq Chowdhury, told Sky News he was "delighted" at the announcement.He added: "Online voting has huge potential to engage a new generation of young voters in Wales, as well as enable...
Israel reveals plans for 40-mile underground wall around Gaza

Israel reveals plans for 40-mile underground wall around Gaza

World
Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Officials in Israel on Thursday gave journalists a tour of a destroyed militant Islamist tunnel and a peek at construction of an underground wall they hope will thwart terrorist groups from digging their way into Israeli territory.The massive underground barrier is the first of its kind in the world. The project, scheduled to be finished by the end of next year, is made of reinforced concrete walls that will run for 40 miles along the entire Israeli-Gaza border.The wall will have underground sensors to help to detect any future tunnels and a fence almost 30 feet tall will help prevent crossings over ground.As construction progresses, Israeli military expects to find and destroy several more attack tunnels that enter Israel from Gaza. During the last three months, Israeli f...