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Britain’s biggest consumer tech show – Gadget Show Live – announced the results of a poll, held in conjunction with Visit Birmingham, to find the region’s most important inventions from times gone by.  The winners include the pacemaker, the pen and the kettle. To mark the event, a commemorative plaque has been unveiled by Jon Bentley at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, home of the Lucas Abrams Pacemaker.

The cathedral city of St Albans will be taken over by Creepers, Endermans and Mobs during a free family street festival in June, which will see the city transformed into a world on Minecraft. The Alban Street Festival on 19 June will be hosting what is thought to be the UK's first street Minecraft Hackathon, which will see the cathedral city – originally the Roman town of Verulamium – and some of its historic buildings that date back over 2,000 years brought together in a Minecraft World by new digital network Silicon Abbey.

Millions of Brits are leaving their personal data exposed to cyber-criminals — because they don’t know their own passwords. Nearly two thirds of UK adults rely on ‘auto-fill’ to complete the login process for some or all websites. And a third of people login automatically AND store their bank card details to shopping sites like eBay and Amazon — making them vulnerable to attack.

InnoGames held its second charity fund raising event this past weekend dedicated to the often overlooked art behind games. The art exhibition, which took place on April 16th in the company’s Hamburg headquarters, included a silent auction, where the public could bid on private art collections, as well as concepts from InnoGames’ own studios, and attend workshops lead by InnoGames artists. All proceeds from the event will go to Gaming Aid Initiative.

Tomorrow’s technology stars need more support to fulfil their talent.  According to new research by Gadget Show Live, the UK’s largest technology exhibition, held at the NEC Birmingham, more than nine in ten parents  in the West Midlands have a child showing interest in pursuing a career in technology,  but over a third aren’t confident giving advice to support those aspirations.