Wallets increasingly lighter thanks to contactless payments

More and more people are using contactless instead of carrying change.

Nearly one in 10 Britons no longer carry any loose change in their wallet regularly as “tap and go” contactless payments technology has grown in popularity, a survey has found. Some 9% of people surveyed for Nationwide Current Accounts said they do not carry any coins in their wallet – with one in seven (14%)... Read Full Story

VIDEO: KT Tunstall wows crowds at Inverness gig

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KT Tunstall wowed the crowds at her gig at Ironworks in Inverness last night.   What a night! Thank you @KTTunstall and thank you all for coming. pic.twitter.com/PBGOqFwUsw — Ironworks (@IronworksVenue) 26 August 2016 @IronworksVenue tweeted the video and said: “What a night! Thank you @KTTunstall and thank you all for coming.” The Highland capital... Read Full Story

KT Tunstall is back doing what she loves best

Scot guitarist KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall is coming home and is touring across Scotland this month. She will be singing her way from Ullapool to Aberdeen as part of a Highlands and islands tour. Her fifth album, Kin, is out on September 9 and includes the track Two Way, which was co-written and performed with James Bay. After a... Read Full Story

Apple issues global iOS update after iPhone spyware alert

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Apple has issued a global update of its iOS mobile operating system after a botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using spyware. The software took advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in the iPhone to take complete control of the devices, according to reports by the San Francisco-based Lookout smartphone... Read Full Story

Firms could target WhatsApp users after privacy policy change

The firm insisted numbers will not be given out, and data will still be encrypted

Businesses could soon be able to target WhatsApp users following surprise changes to the messaging app’s privacy policy. The Facebook-owned message service, which is otherwise known for its end-to-end encryption and stringent privacy terms, assured users in a blog post Thursday that their phone numbers would not be made public and that messages would remain... Read Full Story

Vice founder warns of fast and frightening media revolution

Shane Smith said this is the smartest, most educated, most savvy generation in history

There is a fast and frightening revolution happening in media, that will get ugly, but is necessary to go forward, the founder and chief executive of Vice has claimed. An ethnically diverse and hard-to-reach Generation Y has broken the baby boomers’ grip on the industry, but media must now adapt to their needs, Shane Smith... Read Full Story

World’s first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

An autonomous vehicle is parked for a test drive in Singapore, where the world's first self-driving taxis, operated by nuTonomy, have been launched (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim)

The world’s first self-driving taxis have begun picking up passengers in Singapore. Select members of the public can hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software start-up. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, have been testing self-driving cars on public roads for several years, nuTonomy says... Read Full Story

Google, Facebook and Twitter ‘passing the buck’ over terror threat, say MPs

Labour MP Keith Vaz said forums, message boards and social media platforms are 'the lifeblood of Daesh' and other terrorist groups for recruitment and financing

Social media giants are “consciously failing” to tackle the use of their sites to promote terrorism, a Commons report claims. Companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter were accused of “passing the buck” and leaving parts of cyberspace “ungoverned and lawless” in a scathing critique. The internet has a huge impact in contributing to individuals... Read Full Story

Vice founder warns of fast and frightening media revolution

Shane Smith said this is the smartest, most educated, most savvy generation in history

There is a fast and frightening revolution happening in media, that will get ugly, but is necessary to go forward, the founder and chief executive of Vice has claimed. An ethnically diverse and hard-to-reach Generation Y has broken the baby boomers’ grip on the industry, but media must now adapt to their needs, Shane Smith... Read Full Story

The Chuckle Brothers set to appear at Aberdeen nightclub

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The Chuckle Brothers are set to appear at Aberdeen nightclub. The Underground Klub on Bridge Street will play host to Paul and Barry on Saturday, October 1. Head to the club and you can meet and greet the comedy duo as part of drive to welcome students to the city by the club.  

Take a look inside this £4.5million north-east castle

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A north-east castle has yet to find its new king – or queen – after being put up for sale a year ago with a £4.5million price tag. The A-listed Hatton keep went on the market after spending 300 years in private hands. The five-storey property, near Turriff, was owned by the 12th Laird of... Read Full Story

Inverness star Karen Gillan marks end of filming on latest movie

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Inverness star Karen Gillan has finished filming her latest movie. All Creatures Here Below, directed by Collin Schiffli, tells the story of a young couple who go on the run and seek refuge in Kansas City. This week she announced on social media that her time on set was done and delighted fans with an amusing... Read Full Story

Seven flats under £100K which give you the most for your money

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You are looking to buy a flat – be it for the first time or as a buy to let investment – and you have a budget of £100K. You might worry that amount won’t get you much – but you’d be wrong! I’ve found seven flats in Aberdeen that all offer something a little... Read Full Story

The most popular British sitcom of the 21st century is revealed

The top 20 favourite British sitcoms are revealed

Readers of The Radio Times have picked their favourite British sitcom of the 21st century. Loved by some and really not by others, Mrs Brown’s Boys has taken the top spot in the poll. The show has been on our TVs for five years and features Agnes Brown at the centre, surrounded by her friends... Read Full Story

Wondering what TechFest is?

Sarah Chew is a person who is very passionate about her job with TechFest. Fresh from a day’s skydiving, she tells Natasha Mckim about the amazing programme of events coming up Sarah Chew, 36, is the managing director for TechFest. TechFest started 40 years ago as a science and technology organisation and this is now... Read Full Story