I decided to take a gap year, and it was honestly one of the better decisions i've made... Take a gap year to experience life that little bit more, because once you head back into education, you're not going to have much time to experience the things you could do within a whole year.
Last time we discussed how and where thunderstorms form, this week it's all about lightning strikes, thunder claps and how to work out how far away a storm is.
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.
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.
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?
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.
We may dream about hot and sunny summer weather in the UK, but the truth is after a few days of heatwave conditions we can't wait for a good storm or two to clear the air... But how much do you really know about thunderstorms? How does that cute little fluffy cumulus cloud turn into a big threatening thunderhead?
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.
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.
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.
Mobile is the answer... it's how 87%+ of people even in the UK connect with their world, and therefore, brands. Messaging Apps are not some kind of magic hippo chow that lets marketers get up in people's grilles again in the same way in a new place... Messaging and mobile are a filter for fail.
People tend to ignore marketers' messages on social media, mainly due to frustration over quantity and sometimes irrelevancy of adverts... The best quality content is not necessarily expensive to create; but definitely appealing to people. In different words, brands need to act more like human.
Being at university was very different from being at home changing nappies and reading stories to my three babies... Investing in young mums (and dads too) by giving support, encouragement and free or affordable full-time childcare is vital, as is removing barriers to education. Who knows what those other young women - insultingly known as "pramfaces" - could turn out to be if they were helped and supported as I was.
Was the study really as sinister as many are making out? I think not... Facebook and other big sites conduct experiments on their users every day, using data to improve their product as well as the user experience... In reality, the #FacebookExperiment is little more than website optimisation.
So how can we, knowing the great leaps that technology has recently made, go back to feeling excited about the future? And is there a way to predict what will happen, without turning to the (probably) unrealisable dream of flying skateboards?
Thunderstorms are notoriously difficult to forecast with any precision. It is perhaps a little surprising that prediction of the timing and location of one of Nature's most dramatic events, poses an enduring problem for weather forecasters.