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Faulty fuse boxes cause 5 house fires a week

Faulty fuse boxes are causing five house fires a week in the capital, according to new figures by the London Fire Brigade.

London Fire Brigade say faulty fuse boxes are to blame for 5 house fires a week Credit: ITN

They say defective wiring and components are behind the problem. New regulations are being announced which will require them to be flame proof from 2015.

There's been a five fold increase in fires started by fuse boards over five years.

It's believed the increase is because many homes have installations subject to product recall.

Also, sometimes the wiring is not fitted properly at the time the unit is installed.

Find out here if your fuse box unit is on the London Fire Brigade recall list.

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Six more Tube stations get WiFi access

Passengers will gain access to WiFi at six more London Underground stations, Transport for London has revealed.

A partnership between Transport for London and Virgin Media has led to the installation of WiFi at more than 100 stations already in the capital.

Six more stations will have WiFi technology installed. Credit: PA Wire

Commuters at Golders Green, Southgate, West Kensington, Parsons Green, Kilburn and East Putney will be able to access their emails and social media even when on platforms and in the absence of mobile phone coverage.

Virgin Media said more than 800,000 devices have connected to the networks so far as customers take advantage of a deal between the major UK mobile networks, including EE, O2 and Vodafone, meaning that users of those services can connect to the WiFi at no extra cost.

TfL announced earlier this week that commuters will be able to use smartphones to pay for Tube travel by the end of the year in the latest technological development in the capital.

Talent shortage threat to London as global tech hub

A shortage of skills, including a lack of students with good maths and science, is threatening the capital's position as the global hub for technology, say business experts.

Growth of London's technology industry under threat Credit: ITN

The Tech London Advocates add that immigration controls are also stopping talent from outside the UK coming in. 172 of their members said they had difficulty finding employees that meet their requirements which, they say, is having a serious impact on the growth of London's technology industry.

Maker Faire comes to Queen Elizabeth Park

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford in 2012 Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Tech enthusiasts, engineers and enthusiasts will gather in Stratford next summer when Marker Faire arrives in the UK.

The original Maker Faire event was held in California in 2012 and it has seen crowds grow to hundreds of thousands.

It's the first time the annual flagship fair has been held outside the US

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