Image copyright Getty Images Pupils should be taught in school how to avoid being sucked into gangs or exploited by older criminals, the children’s commissioner has said. Anne Longfield said personal, social, health and economics education (PSHE) lessons should help children spot when they are being targeted by gangs. It…

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American luxury home builder Toll Brothers has launched a virtual reality app that lets home buyers view all 360 degrees of their kitchen in high-definition and choose from thousands of configurations. The app, called Kitchen 360, provides buyers with a tour of the kitchen through a connected tablet or HTC Vive…

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Image copyright SWA The Scottish government has called for Scotch to be defined in UK law in order to protect whisky exports after Brexit. Scotland’s Economy Secretary Keith Brown has written to UK ministers calling for protection of the Scotch whisky industry. The industry is worth about £4bn to Scotland…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some remote homes have struggled to get decent broadband connections BT has offered to provide the infrastructure for 99% of premises in the UK to get broadband speeds of at least 10 megabits per second by 2020. It means government-imposed rules to allow those…

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Universities face a new blow to their finances after the main pension fund deficit soared to £17.5bn. The Universities Superannuation Scheme now has the largest pensions deficit of any UK pension fund after it increased by £9bn last year. One expert said student fees may have to rise or be…

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Amazon may use its drone delivery service to analyze customer’s homes, offering ‘recommendations’ from its store or third-party services like gardening or roof repairs. The patent, granted on Wednesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), shows how the drones would use cameras to take photos during its descent….

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Image copyright PA Tax breaks for UK farmers should be reviewed, the head of a group advising the environment secretary has said. Economist Dieter Helm said the current system of taxpayer-funded support was extremely wasteful and the industry suffered from “subsidy addiction”. Prof Helm said the exemption of farmland and…

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Image copyright Getty Images The government has stepped in to try to speed up business rate relief to thousands of small firms. Businesses in England, hit by huge hikes in their rates bills, were promised millions of pounds in support by the chancellor in March. But months on from the…

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There’s no shortage of corporate drama. Our news feeds have been clogged with an endless parade of companies unraveling before our eyes. Just a few examples: Uber, Tesla, that notorious Pepsi ad, United Airlines, and a string of corporate security breaches. Karen Wickre is Backchannel’s advice columnist, as well as…

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