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Government hopes church spires will boost rural 4G and Wi-Fi

We know how difficult it can be to obtain a signal if you live in a rural area.

The Government have come up with a plan to use church spires ‘to improve mobile, broadband and Wi-Fi connectivity across the UK following an agreement with the Church of England.’

‘A new plan released today by the National Church Institutions (NCIs) of the Church of England, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will offer support and guidance for rural parishes looking to help their communities.’

Learn to code with the littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit

Everybody knows Star Wars, but now there is a chance to learn to code with the littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit.

Learning to code seems to be the thing to learn from a younger age in today’s world and there may be a new toy that can help with this.

‘The littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit is adding a coding capability in just a few months. This will mark the first time a coding has come to a littleBits consumer product. ‘

‘Based on the Google and MIT-developed Scratch Books coding structure, the new coding canvas includes six new missions plus an open coding canvas, letting young coders flex their programming muscles. ‘

This kit lets you build your very own R2-D2 droid and can then be controlled via an app.

Is this a product that you will be purchasing?

Sources:

https://www.techradar.com/news/learn-to-code-with-the-littlebits-star-wars-droid-inventor-kit-this-april

 

HP just announced it will start reselling Apple products

We all know that Apple products are still in a very high demand.

However, it has been announced that HP will start reselling Apple products.

‘HP has expanded its Device as a Service (DaaS) program – whereby businesses can purchase hardware via a subscription rather than making all the outlay upfront – to offer Apple devices as well as its own.’

With the new DaaS, it will allow people to be able to purchase Apple products, such as Mac, iPhones, iPads and other Apple products from HP.

‘This is only available in the US at the moment, but HP says it has plans to expand to other countries over the coming year, which will likely include the UK sooner rather than later.’

Sources:

https://www.techradar.com/news/hp-just-announced-it-will-start-reselling-apple-products

Google Chrome launches default blocker

We are all familar with Google and probably uses the phrase ‘Google it’ a fair few times a day.

However, Google Chrome have launched a new default blocker. This works by ‘launching a filter in the Chrome browser to punish sites for excessive use of the most irritating ads.’

Now do not get too excited, you will still see ads, but Chrome will be removing ads from any websites that do not meet the standards which have been ‘laid out by the Coalition for Better Ads, of which Google is a founding member and has a seat on the board.’

Samsung may one day have a smartwatch with a built-in blood pressure monitor

Smartwatches seem to be the go to tech and have replaced standard watches.

Samsung may one day have a product that will top the rest.

‘Monitoring your blood pressure is usually a troublesome task involving a heavy cuff that squeezes your arm to check your levels, but it looks like a future smartwatch from Samsung may be able to measure it more easily.’

But do not worry, it will not be a similar experience to when  you have your blood pressure measured normally.

The Samsung Watch ‘will use a light source and light receiver to monitor your bloodstream in a similar way to a heart rate tracker.’

‘This has all been detailed in a patent filed by Samsung for an upcoming watch, but there’s currently no specific details on if it’ll feature in a watch, or if this is just tech the company is experimenting with.’

Now unfortunately, this is just a patent and therefore is currently not able to purchase.

But, is this a product that you would buy?

Do you think it would help people monitor their blood pressure?

Sources:

http://www.techradar.com/news/samsung-may-one-day-have-a-smartwatch-with-a-built-in-blood-pressure-monitor

 

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