Technology

Bumpy start to bike share scheme

Just two weeks since the launch of Ofo bikes in Sheffield, the company says the cycle-sharing scheme is proving to be very popular across the city despite reports of some of the bikes being damaged and abandoned. Last week police in Sheffield said they will no longer collect the city’s new dockless hire cycles that have been dumped and vandalised. Manor and Arbourthorne Neighbourhood Police Team wrote on their Facebook page “Bike shepherding isn’t in our job description”. Adam Rose, operations manager for Ofo Sheffield, told Sheffield Live! it was an isolated incident and the company’s ground team are there to collect and repair any damaged bikes. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Google Garage online into 2018

The pioneering Google Garage training centre in Sheffield is to be extended for a further six months before moving on to other parts of the UK. The pop-up internet shop has being offering a programme of events together with advice and support for internet users. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to trainer May King and music artist Javan Wright.

Sheffield city centre to get free public Wi-Fi

A public Wi-Fi service is to be rolled out from next spring across Sheffield city centre providing free internet access for residents and visitors. The service is to be installed and operated by locally-based internet service provider Idaq Networks which will generate revenues from user data, advertising and corporate services. The announcement by Sheffield Council follows a tender process to select a suitable provider. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield firm launches pumpkin into space

Sheffield-based near space balloon specialists, Sent Into Space, marked halloween with a trick of their own, floating a pumpkin into the upper atmosphere. The team, known for sending weird and wonderful items into the sky told Sheffield Live! that the pumpkin reached a height of 49.9km, well into the mesosphere. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Hundreds in anti-fracking rally at Barkers Pool

Anti-fracking campaigners gathered in their hundreds for a rally at Barkers Pool to call for a ban on fracking and for fossil fuels to be kept in the ground. Organisers say fracking is incompatible with the government’s commitment to tackle climate change. Fracking involves injecting water, sand and chemicals into the ground at high pressure to create fissures that enable extraction of oil or gas. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Anti-fracking campaigners march in Eckington

Hundreds of campaigners and local residents joined a No Frack Day rally at the proposed INEOS fracking site near Eckington. The rally began at Coal Aston Village Hall with a march to the proposed site in Bramleymoor Lane, off Marsh Lane. Campaigners highlight the dangers of fracking and are urging the government to promote safer and sustainable energy sources. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!