Virtual house hunting gets a pandemic boost

Image copyright Matterport Image caption Some systems can work out exact dimensions It’s Saturday evening in London, and I’m house shopping in Dublin, thanks to a virtual-reality headset. Temporarily forgetting she is sitting beside me, I shout to my wife: “I’m in the children’s bedroom.” We can’t go to the Republic of Ireland ourselves to do this. Travellers from Great… Read more →

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Government urges post-Brexit drug stockpiles

Image copyright Getty Images The government has urged pharmaceutical firms to have six weeks’ worth of drugs stockpiled, in readiness for the end of the Brexit transition period. In a letter to medical suppliers, the Department of Health and Social Care said there would be no extension to the transition period after 31 December. The DHSC acknowledged that global supply… Read more →

Aviation industry buckles up for turbulent times

Image copyright PA Media Image caption The disruption to air travel is being felt throughout the supply chain Quarantine, recession and caution about infection are causing colossal damage to every aspect of aviation. The industry forecasts that last year’s passenger levels won’t return until 2024, and long-haul international markets will take longest to come back. The disruption is being felt… Read more →

TikTok: Microsoft pauses talks on buying US arm – reports

A possible sale of Chinese-owned TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft is reportedly on hold after Donald Trump vowed to ban the video-sharing app. A sale was thought close to agreement, but was put in doubt after the US president’s warning on Friday. The Wall Street Journal said Microsoft had now paused talks despite TikTok owner ByteDance making last ditch efforts… Read more →