The UK is ill-prepared for the next industrial revolution, in which it is claimed robots and artificial intelligence will make millions of jobs obsolete, manufacturers have warned. Research conducted by the trade organisation EEF found that while 42pc of manufacturers believe they "have a good handle" on what the next industrial age will entail, only one in 10 thinks the country is ready.
Britain's smallest mobile network, Three, has gone to war with regulators, seeking its customers' help in a campaign over the upcoming auction of mobile airwaves. The operator, owned by the GBP37bn Hong Kong conglomerate CK Hutchison, is to ask customers to deluge Ofcom's chief , Sharon White, with letters urging her to impose tighter restrictions on BT and Vodafone.
The historic building, where Alan Turing and his team of computer scientists and codebreakers unravelled the Enigma coding system used by the Nazis during WWII, will soon become the site of the UK's first National College of Cyber Security. The free boarding school will teach cyber skills to gifted 16- to-19-year-olds, with the aim of plugging the critical skills gap in the cybersecurity industry.
This Black Friday is expected to be the biggest yet, with British shoppers predicted to spend GBP2.31m a minute, according to online discounts firm Retail Me Not. It predicts sales will rise 19% year-on-year to GBP1.96bn. According to the Post Office Money, British consumers will look to spend an average of GBP152 across Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
MEC has landed BMW's estimated GBP20m media account in the UK after a hard-fought and protracted pitch. Starcom, which handles BMW in a number of international markets including China, lost to MEC in the final showdown. Vizeum had previously held the account for 16 years and was eliminated earlier in the review process.
A rise in the national living wage and an increase of the income tax threshold are clearly designed to put money in the pockets of working families. However, many businesses will wonder if it is enough when they are stacked against the cut in various benefit mechanisms. Welfare spending previously "spiralled out of control," according to chancellor Phillip Hammond, but has now stabilised.
The BBC has unveiled its Christmas TV highlights, with seasonal specials and the return of popular series. The return of Sherlock, Call the Midwife and Still Open All Hours, will all but guarantee big audiences, as will stand-alone specials for The Great British Bake Off, Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who, Citizen Khan, Last Tango in Halifax and Mrs Brown's Boys.
Millions of Brits have no idea what their home telephone number is, according to new research. Sixty percent of the nation only have a landline because they need it for their broadband connection. And if the phone does ring, a third of people assume it's an automated or sales call, and 22% never answer it. Six in 10 admit they only pay for a landline just to access the Internet.
The ad, created by Bartle Bogle Hegarty London, included several scenes that featured children, teenagers and adults using empty or full tins of Baked Beans to drum out the rhythm of the Can Song. It prompted nine complaints to the ASA -- three of which said it encouraged unsafe practice and six that said it featured behaviour that could be dangerous for children.
The social network refused to confirm or deny the software's existence, but said in a statement that it was "spending time understanding and learning more" about China. No decisions about the company's approach in the country had yet been made, a spokeswoman said. The Electronic Frontier Foundation told the BBC the project sounded "extremely disturbing."