0 Comments Dangerous driving incidents cut by fifth thanks to smartphone app BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Young drivers in Northern Ireland reduced their number of dangerous driving incidents by a fifth using a new smartphone app. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/dangerous-driving-incidents-cut-by-fifth-thanks-to-smartphone-app-36224935.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article36224934.ece/b73f1/AUTOCROP/h342/PANews%20BT_P-790c8834-b244-4b20-a9d1-7a632564c8fc_I1.jpg Email Young drivers in Northern Ireland reduced their number of dangerous driving incidents by a fifth using a new smartphone app. ChilliDrive by Autoline Insurance measures speed, acceleration, braking and cornering during journeys to identify areas for improvement. After six months, users slashed the average value of claims made by 50%, research by the insurer said. Suzanne Curtis, from Autoline, said: "As a local insurance broker, we're passionate about working with … [Read more...] about Dangerous driving incidents cut by fifth thanks to smartphone app
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A “STEALTH tax” clobbering of drivers and homeowners by the Chancellor sparked uproar.Philip Hammond signalled another £4billion raid on the Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) — hiking it from 10 to 12 per cent next June.Experts said the increased levy on premiums — the third in under 18 months — could bump up families’ annual insurance bills by £90.The RAC also warned it may force some hard-pressed motorists to drive without cover — increasing premiums still further.The increases will raise a total of £13billion for the Government over five years in a move dubbed the “stealth tax of our time”.The “hammer blow” to motorists, homeowners and pet-lovers overshadowed the one-year freeze to fuel duty in the Autumn Statement.The AA said: “The Chancellor has created the illusion of being the motorists’ friend with a freeze on fuel duty whilst pickpocketing drivers on Insurance Premium Tax.“Over recent … [Read more...] about Chancellor Philip Hammond sparks fury with his ‘stealth tax’ clobbering of drivers and homeowners with a £4billion raid on Insurance Premium Tax – which could cost families’ £90 a year
MUSIC app SHAZAM paid no UK corporation tax last year despite making gross profits of £32.9million.The British-based firm avoided any payment by claiming it had suffered “recurring administrative expenses” of £47million.It gave the same excuse in 2014 when it made gross profits of £33.2million but claimed expenses of £43.5million.According to figures posted at Companies House this week, Shazam’s operating loss in 2015 was £16.7million.But the accounts are vague as to what the “expenses” are, although experts say the “sleight of hand” allows Shazam to legitimately avoid paying tax.Tax accountant Robert Leach said: “There is no explanation of what these expenses are. I would guess, and this is only a guess, that this is a payment overseas to avoid UK tax.”Shazam did pay £167,593 in “foreign tax” in 2015, the figures show. But that was down from £963,137 in 2014.It also had £33million … [Read more...] about British music app Shazam paid no UK corporation tax last year despite making gross profits of £32.9million
BRITAIN has become hooked on healthy apps and gadgets designed to tell us everything from how many calories we’ve just eaten to how “good” our sleep is.More than three million “fitness trackers” such as Fitbit and Jawbone are sold here each year, costing anything from £10 to in excess of £200.There are approximately 165,000 health apps available to download and millions of smartphoness already have them installed.Apple’s Health app monitors everything from walking and cycling to nutrition and sleep.Google Fit on android phones offers similar data.Meanwhile, our streets are packed with calorie-conscious folk determined to take the 10,000 steps each day our snazzy wrist gadgets tell us we simply must do to stay fit.But despite the good intentions, is our obsession with health “technology” actually damaging our health?The booming industry was thrust into the spotlight this week following claims from one leading expert that most … [Read more...] about As experts claim health gadgets do more harm than good we ask: Are fitness apps ruining your life?
A CONTROVERSIAL GP service that lets patients jump NHS queues for cash is to go national.The Uber-style scheme guarantees patients same day appointments with an NHS GP in their area who is free.Doctaly charges up to £50 for a daytime appointment - or almost £70 for evenings or weekends. It means sick people who can afford it can get an earlier appointment with an NHS GP.Critics last night slammed the service. Leading medics warned it would destabilise the NHS and was the “slippery slope” towards privatisation.Dr Jackie Applebee from Tower Hamlets local medical committee said: “This is not the answer to the crisis in general practice.“This sort of service introduces the principle of topping up NHS services with purchased services - if you have the disposable income.“If the more affluent begin to do this in significant numbers it is only a small step to an insurance-based health service.”And BMA GP deputy leader Dr Richard Vautrey … [Read more...] about New app allows patients to pay £50 to queue-jump to see NHS GP
THIS time they made no mistake.Lucas Leiva, captain for the night, made damn sure of that.Five games into 2017 and Liverpool have finally remembered what it takes to win.They are up and running again, coughing and spluttering their way into the New Year.They missed a penalty late on but it does not matter now.Lucas, linked with moves back to Brazil and Italy with Inter Milan on loan, got the winner after 18 minutes.If it turns out to be a leaving gift, it was a collector’s item.This was his first goal since September 16, 2010, with historians rifling through the record books when he latched on to Philippe Coutinho’s corner.Lucas arrived unmarked at the near post to send a powerful, well-directed header beyond Luke McCormick.Just over six years since his last goal, the Brazilian has not forgotten how to celebrate.He pumped his fists in front of Plymouth’s fans, screaming out after hitting the target for the first time since a Champions League clash against Steaua … [Read more...] about APP: Plymouth 0 Liverpool 1: Lucas Leiva breaks six-year goal drought as Reds hang on to book FA Cup fourth-round tie
AN APP for parents dubbed the "Uber of babysitting" is getting mixed reviews from parents.The Hello Sitter app allows disorganised or desperate parents to swipe their way through a choice of available sitters and have someone at their door within an hour.Parents then pay the carer between £14 an hour for one child and £17.50 an hour for four, plus a cab fare of up to £13.The service – which is being trialled in New York - provides vetting and online videos, to help parents choose.But some are still a bit freaked out at the thought of leaving their little ones with a complete stranger.Mum-of-four Emily Kaplan asked: “How do you vet them? When I get a babysitter I want to know who their parents are, who they’ve babysat for and who they know. “But mum Sai De Silva, who has a four-year-old called London Scout, was a fan.She told the New York Post: “I love it. One of the sitters was an opera singer!”Of the three other Hello … [Read more...] about Would you leave your kids with a complete stranger? New app dubbed the ‘Uber of babysitting’ promises childcare at the touch of a button
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THERE'S one very important fact about iPads which means they're great for consumers - but not so good for Apple's accountants.The gadgets are built to last, meaning owners can go for several years without needing to replace them.The devices are known for their bombproof build quality and are constantly updated by Apple, who offer users a brand new operating system every year along with all sorts of cool new features.I can't help but feel this longevity is one of the motivations behind the launch of a new cheaper tablet that's been given the simple name 'iPad'.Has Apple given its gadget a tempting price to lure people into upgrading their old iPads, particularly those which look set to become obsolete? The gizmo starts at the competitive price of just £339, which is about £210 cheaper than the flasher "Pro" model and about £40 cheaper than the equivalent previous model, the iPad Air 2.However, there's one question every potential customer needs to ask … [Read more...] about We review the new budget £339 iPad – but is it a bargain win or a cut price fail?
This morning, amid generalised protests by public sector workers, taxi drivers were also staging a strike to protest against ride-sharing app Uber, which allows users to seek out private drivers, bypassing traditional services. French taxis consider it unfair competition and so in Paris, drivers are restricting access to both of the city’s airports, Orly and Charles de Gaulle, while also blocking a major intersection in the west of the French capital, the Maillot gate. French taxis have a reputation for rudeness and are generally considered to be both expensive and frequently unavailable, earning them little sympathy from the French public. On social media, users are openly mocking them and generally sympathising with Uber. "No one has ever seen a baker give people the finger through their window. For taxi drivers, this is a normal gesture," joked Antoine Adam. Christian Bdj from Paris imagined what a brainstorming session by taxi drivers would look like: "What should we do to … [Read more...] about French taxi drivers mocked online for new Uber strike