Google may have cornered the market with its Nest range of thermostats and smoke alarms, and Apple ignited the battle for the Internet of Things a few months ago with the announcement of its "Home" app... Here are some of the most exciting and accessible smart products that I've spotted recently.
The part-privatisation of the probation service of England and Wales represents one of the most radical policy reforms in crime and justice of the past 70 years. The changes are, not surprisingly, the cause of a great deal of upheaval, doubt and concern in the sector.
I'm actually not 100% sure that social media inherently is good. Yes, it's possible for people to post real-time news, yes it encourages every individual to voice their thoughts and be accessible but what happens when the social media news agenda gets hijacked?
For many the most stressful aspect of taking a proper vacation is the horror of returning to hundreds even thousands of unread emails... What are your options? ... declare email bankruptcy, delete the lot and wait for someone to re-contact you about anything either urgent or important.
This is a perfect storm scenario. Countries such as the UK, with a history of dominance and empire and educational excellence, need to look beyond the obvious. The world is going to be a very different place in just a couple of decades. Economic and cultural hegemony is not a birthright and can easily shift to the east throughout this century.
Arguably the fastest-growing technology the world has seen is mobile and it is also the biggest technological drive of social and economic change. The app economy has paved the way that enables for everything from games and entertainment, to education and healthcare, to retail and overall productivity; leaving an idelible mark on our daily lives.
Thousands of people are finding themselves locked into unsuitable contracts or hit by cancellation fees when they try to switch, mid-contract, in order to get a better service... Frankly, if you're not getting the service you signed up for, why on earth should you keep paying for it?
"Your entire life is online... and it might be used against you"... The UK has one of the worst records in Europe in terms of cases of identity fraud. In 2012, as many as 25 percent of British citizens claimed to have been a target of identity theft at least once in their lives.
We are faced with a double-edged sword as the more we develop, the more energy we need and the more pollution is produced... the IT industry has a role to play in maximising the efficiency of energy use and making sure we do everything we can to fight back against climate change.
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.
You can't force people to buy your book. And begging is just embarrassing. In the most basic terms, you have to get your book in front of people who might like it and persuade them that they need to buy it.