While Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and the like are locked in an arms race to help users send photos and videos with increasing speed (and discretion), one London based startup is looking to capture a more niche part of the chat market: sending money.
The ladies on the door of the lap dancing bar opposite my flat in Soho are all of a certain age. Their dress code is "smart casual" Top Shop, rather than the thigh-flashing micro skirts favoured by young East European girls in more up-market establishments, and they're all "real" women making a living, with a healthy sense of humour and cynicism.
"Hey, are you ok?" The sweat was pouring down my face and into my eyes. My oily summer visage had morphed into the face of a swamp creature. "Sure," I said, "I'm just really hot." Jenny furrowed her brow, so I added, "And I'm warm as well. Ha ha." But she did not laugh.
The government and police clamped down hard, sending out a strong message that looting and anarchy was unacceptable. The riots became just a bad memory. But in some ways London is still burning today.
More soulful than FKA Twigs' unsettling grace and with less sex than Kelela and BANKS, Laura Jae nevertheless fits into the new class of young female artists making pop interesting again. She counts Aaliyah, Bjork and James Blake as influences; The Weeknd with his 'weird mysterious aura' is her dream collaboration.
The Commonwealth Games being held in the city of Glasgow has not quite finished yet, but has been heralded as a "great success" due to the success of the organisation of the Games itself and the success of Scottish and other athletes.
Someone who has been sleeping rough for years might read a book that suddenly gives him or her an idea for a way out of the circumstances they're faced with. They might read about a situation somewhere in the world and find their new passion through it. Or they might even decide that the words they've read are so inspiring, they want to get back on their feet so they can inspire people in their own way.
Stormzy, the Thornton Heath residing emcee, is currently causing a deafening buzz amongst the grime music scene. The most talked about rapper in the streets finally released his official debut in the Dreamers Disease EP, which crept up and took the No.1 spot on the iTunes Hip Hop/Rap charts.
This is not a time for half-measures - which is all Boris has promised, and the entirety of what it seems he can do. The capital and its millions of residents and visitors deserve effective and long-term solutions, and an end to the needless deaths caused by inaction.
Born in 1987, I was definitely not alive for the original version of the quip in the title, "Never trust anyone over 30," which exhorted young people ...
The public's incredible reaction to the Tour de France which finished on Sunday may have surprised some, but its legacy through quality cycling provision in Britain must be a surprise to no-one.
These three collections take street influences, from classic 90's hip hop style, Kawaii and the gritty London realness that is the Tube, and turn them into super cool, easy to wear, edgy fashion for men and women, that references London, New York and Tokyo style.
TfL claims that moving to cashless buses will save it £24 million a year, highlighting the economic benefits of embracing contactless technologies... the focus should be on making the technology inclusive. After all, it should be about making the customer experience as easy and seamless as possible.
When people are packed together into blocks of flats, enduring a constant hubbub of noise and traffic, cities are notoriously unfriendly. So discovering that London's pensioners experience the greatest feeling of loneliness - at 75% of all we spoke to - is probably to be expected.
A few years ago a friend of Nolan, a guy he has known since he was 18, gave him the heads up concerning his burgeoning cult status in the UK: "He said 'Nolan, they're playing some of your tunes at these things called all-nighters. You've got to check this out.'"
It's not easy to find calm in London. The bustling, lively city can also be draining and stressful, often with no reprieve. I wanted to find myself a slice of countryside peace without stepping foot outside Zone 1. And, luckily, I found just the answer.