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7 Clever Smart Home Inventions on My Radar

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Tech
Shivvy Jervis

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.

Green IT - Time to Turn Over a New Leaf

Roger Keenan | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Tech
Roger Keenan

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.

'Sorry Your Broadband Doesn't Work, That'll Be £190 Please'

Marie-Louise Abretti | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Tech
Marie-Louise Abretti

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?

Cloud and Data Analytics in Sport is the Difference Between Winning and Losing

Sam Seddon | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Sport
Sam Seddon

Fans want to get as close as they can to the sports they enjoy and innovation in cloud and analytics technology is helping create a better fan experience than ever before. Today, sports fans can access real-time information on the sport of their choice on their smartphones, tablets and other devices.

Chat: A Serious Business

Matthew Hussey | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Tech
Matthew Hussey

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.

Introducing The Customer-Centric Engineer

Gavin Russell | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Tech
Gavin Russell

Technology is no longer used to perform a specific job - it underpins every part of our lives - in work and play... This is a world that software engineers had a pivotal role in creating. And their part in shaping its future is vital. As such, the engineer of today has a much bigger job to do and an increasing set of pressures.

Delighting the Customers of the 21st Century Business

Miguel Milano | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Tech
Miguel Milano

Subscription models are fast becoming the norm in our increasingly digital society, but the upshot is a much greater need for businesses to understand and create active two-way conversations with their customers.

Industry 4.0: A Driver of Innovation for Europe

Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Tech
Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger

If Europe wants to get a good start in this future market, it has to lay the foundations now, and become active first and foremost on three fronts: in infrastructure, in education, research and development, and in the support and financing of startups.

Heads in the Sand When It Comes to Small Business Security

David Emm | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

It may be surprising to many people to learn just how at risk from cybercriminal activity even the smallest of businesses can be - fraud, banking Trojans, ransomware and phishing attacks all target small as well as large businesses.

Online Review Sites Need to Be Brought Under Control

Charlie Mullins | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Tech
Charlie Mullins

Owners of customer review sites don't think it's their responsibility to police the content that people post... people can get away with doing pretty much what they please, regardless of who gets hurt and whose property is damaged or destroyed.

From Drones to Building Anderson Shelters in Minecraft

Dave Wallace | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Tech
Dave Wallace

This is a family picture of us, but not on the beach in Cornwall or picnicking in the park. No, this is our first 'Dronie' - a pic taken by a drone. A robot-powered zoom out selfie - what's not to love?

Back With Nintendo

Matthew Highton | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Tech
Matthew Highton

The first console I ever owned was the original NES. At eight years old I'd never really gamed before but one very short lived go on Super Mario Bros. (ploughing into that fist Goomba) at my friends and I was hooked.

The Data Balancing Act

Christian Toon | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Toon

Our ability to create and innovate at work often depends on having access to the right information, to ensure ideas are informed and not a repetition of previous work completed... If information is such an asset, why are so many companies failing to make use of it?

Spices and SMS: How Mobile Phones Transform the Lives of Women

Sevi Simavi | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Tech
Sevi Simavi

When done right, mobile technology truly transforms lives, particularly those of women... women's economic empowerment is so much more than just increased incomes. It's more meals being cooked, healthcare being paid for, pensions saved and children being sent to school.

Will A Mobile Commerce Company Be The Tech World's Next 'Super Unicorn'?

Hilary Wardle | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Tech
Hilary Wardle

What is the fundamental technology change of the next decade? Most people would agree that we're in the process of a mobile revolution... it's reasonable to assume that smartphones will be the technology that unlocks the next $100 billion super unicorn outcome.

HD Personality Is the Future of Brand Leadership

Ehsan Khodarahmi | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Tech
Ehsan Khodarahmi

HD Personality is built to help businesses and organisations deliver customer expectations; what should lead to customer experience and ultimately customer retention... almost all the resources allocated to re-branding exercises, crisis management and PR can be saved; if brands practiced honesty and directness in their communications.

Cashless Buses Are a Lesson for Banks

Tony Virdi | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Tech
Tony Virdi

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 Selfies and Draw Something Meet, It Can Get UGLY

Sean Craddock | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Tech
Sean Craddock

I'm an addict, and I'm addicted to French Girls. Before you come to your own debauched conclusions about that statement, let me clarify: French Girls is an iPhone app... The premise is simple. You take a selfie, it gets uploaded to the app, then other users paint you.

Understanding the Yin and Yang of Our Technology-Driven Society

Hamid Habib | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Tech
Hamid Habib

It's not inaccurate to say that while British consumers have fallen head-over-heels in love with technology, they also fear what it is doing to them... consumer technologies often create contrary forces between positive and negative; a sort of Yin-Yang in our relationship with them.

Coders Taking Over the World

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

London alone is anticipated to be 300,000 digital workers short by 2020, with an additional one million vacancies across Europe... Programming is infiltrating all industries, not just tech... we are beginning to break down these barriers to help people realise that anyone can learn how to code.

The Migration Conundrum

Dan Russon | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Tech
Dan Russon

As a company, Facebook has realised that the gap between "IT" and "the business" has all but disappeared, and that the ethos driving its developer ecosystem must work hand in hand with the business to grow profitability and market share. This represents a major transformation journey encompassing multiple migration initiatives.

Life-Long Learning Key to Digital Growth in Europe

Danny Bartlett | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Tech
Danny Bartlett

Ever since the British government announced the introduction of computer programming into the school curriculum a year ago, a flurry of organisations have established related initiatives to improve the digital literacy of young people across the country.

Future-Proofing Your URL

Juan Lobato | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Tech
Juan Lobato

The Internet is always changing, and for the most part we've grown accustomed to keeping up. With new website platforms and software updates occurring seemingly each day, adapting to the fast-paced Internet scene has become second nature. The latest change, however, is set to disrupt the very nature of the web.

Demystifying the Shylock Trojan

David Emm | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

Shylock is designed to steal online banking credentials from the PCs of its victims... Shylock first appeared in 2011, aimed mainly at victims in the UK, but subsequently spread to other countries within Europe and to the United States.

What the WiFi - Keeping Connected on Public Transport

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

We are living in an age where we do almost everything online, from work, communicating with friends (or strangers) and finding love to watching our favourite TV programmes. As such, internet access is available in more public locations than ever before.