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Submission + - Police waste 30 minutes each per day waiting for computers to boot up (

girlmad writes: The Met Police in London has revealed that officers have to wait 30 minutes every day for their machines to turn on and be ready to use. It's not surprising, considering that the Met assistant commissioner has admitted that the IT systems the police are using date as far back as the 1970s.

Submission + - Raspberry Pi-powered beer keg pours you a hands-free pint (

llebeel writes: The INQUIRER: A New York City start-up named Robokeg has showed off a Raspberry Pi and NFC-powered beer keg prototype.

Made up of "three lazy hackers", Robokeg demoed the gadget at the New York Tech Meetup (NYTM) event on Tuesday, offering up some hands-free beer service via a Raspberry Pi PC, which acts as the brain of the machine with 3D-printed parts covering the brawn.

Robokeg said it could one day act as a vending machine at festivals when you don't have your wallet, or in clubs to reduce queue times at the bar. Watch for it at your local pub.

Submission + - Samsung switches on Knox for the Galaxy S4 (

carlypage3 writes: Samsung has told The INQUIRER that Knox is now available on its Galaxy S4 smartphone following delays, and has said that the availability of the security feature now lies in the hands of mobile operators. Samsung said that commercial availability is now "dependent on B2B contracts," which are available via O2, EE and Vodafone in the UK.

Submission + - UK benefits claimants forced to use Microsoft Windows XP and IE6 (

carlypage3 writes: Benefits claimants in the UK are being forced to use Microsoft's now obsolete Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6 software. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) states that its online forms are not compatible with Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9 and 10, Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox. As if that wasn't unnerving enough, the Gov.UK website says that users cannot submit claims using Mac OS X or Linux operating systems, either.

Submission + - EE brings free 4G to the iconic black cab (

carlypage3 writes: EE on Tuesday announced plans to bring free 4G LTE connectivity to black cabs in London and Birmingham. The operator has equipped 50 cabs with a mobile router which acts as a 4G mobile hotspot, giving passengers in the taxi free access to its LTE connectivity. 40 of the cabs are driving around the streets of London, while 10 are in Birmingham. The trial will run for three months, EE says.

Submission + - Microsoft Windows 8 devices not exactly flying off the shelves ( 1

girlmad writes: Doesn't sound like Microsoft’s Windows 8 has got off to a great start in the UK, with computer retailer Currys and PC World struggling to shift devices running the new software. The store on Oxford Street in London was yet to sell one device running Windows 8 by midday today. It seems that the hype created in the build-up to Microsoft's launch has already blown over.

"Spock, did you see the looks on their faces?" "Yes, Captain, a sort of vacant contentment."