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The Big Repair Project

The Big Repair Project is a new citizen science project that will look to explore attitudes to repair and whether the mending mindset is thriving here in the UK.

Brexit and red tape impacting firms

Make UK, the industry body that represents 20,000 manufacturers in the UK, has warned that a combination of Brexit custom delays and red tape is adding to business costs and creating a more challenging business environment for firms

UK car sales tumble n 2021

The UK’s car industry has reported its second worse year for sales since 1992, as the pandemic and chip shortages hit the automotive sector.

Apple valuation tops $3trn

With the news that Apple has become the first company to hit a market capitalisation of $3trn, that’s more than the value of the entire UK stock exchange, it appears that Tim Cook’s leadership has defied the many critics that questioned his appointment.

Growing need for device security in 2022

With significant growth projected in the global IoT market over the next 6 years, the need to secure devices at the edge, through the manufacturing process, and throughout the life of the product are all expected to follow a similar trajectory.

Is recovery at risk?

In just a matter of weeks economic forecasters have slashed their expectations for Britain’s economic recovery and have started warning of further pain as we enter 2022.

Intel looks beyond 2025

At the weekend research teams at Intel unveiled work that the company says will help it to speed up and shrink computing chips over the next ten years.

Is Nvidia’s bid for Arm at risk?

Last week's news that the US Federal Trade Commission has challenged the proposed takeover of chip designer Arm by Nvidia is certainly a blow and follows on from regulator action both in Europe and the UK.

Residential charging points

The UK government has announced that all new buildings in England will be required to install electric vehicle charge points from 2022 as the government looks to ‘toughen up’ regulations for both new homes and buildings.

Apple's self-service repair

The news that Apple has announced a ‘self-service repair’ programme so that customers will be able to repair their own devices and has been welcomed. But why did it take so long?

Full blown investigation

The news that the UK Government has launched a full-blown investigation into Nvidia’s takeover of Arm, the Cambridge chip designer, on national security and competition grounds has raised the stakes regarding this multi-billion deal.

Service robot demand surges

The market for service robots has jumped by 12 per cent over the past year and is now worth around $6.7bn, according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

Budget boost to science spending disappoints

While the Budget saw an increase in science R&D spending to £20bn a year by 2024, that was £2bn less than Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, had promised last year. The £22bn target set out in 2020 will now be reached two years later in 2026-27.

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