Can I Get Access to My Software Supplier's Source Code if They Go Bust?

Andrew Tibber | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Tibber

The common solution to this is to require your supplier to enter into a so-called "escrow agreement" and to deposit the source code with a third-party agent such as NCC or Iron Mountain, who will release it to you on the occurrence of certain specified trigger events.

Time to Put your Foot on the Break

Gary Newe | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Tech
Gary Newe

The main issue is that all these on-board computers are connected within the car. They all run software, which, even with the best will in the world, is vulnerable. Your car radio is not a transistor radio any more, it is a computer that uses a piece of code to decode the radio signal and play your music - this is vulnerable!

How Do You Tell a Dataviz Expert From an Amateur?

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

You need to make a chart for your bosses. It needs to be just right: it has to communicate the message correctly in order to get your bosses to make the correct decision. But - wait - you're a data visualization novice. Oh no! How do you know you're going to make the right chart for the job?

Innovation Comes From Trial and Error, Error, Error....

Brendan Flattery | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Tech
Brendan Flattery

"People are under enormous pressure, I think, to not fail," he says. "Parents don't want to see the pain of failure. The teachers punish you for failing. Your boss punishes you for failing. So people learn throughout their life gradually, to find all sorts of ways to not fail, which frankly is easy to do."

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.

Why Tech Skills Are So Valuable for Future Careers and Developing Home Grown Talent

Stephen Devlin | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Tech
Stephen Devlin

So we feel that providing a way of linking the talent around us within the local community with the experience and opportunities that both large and small companies can offer is extremely important. That's why we are supporting Connecting Tech City and why we think initiatives like these are vital if we are to nurture the skills base companies like ours will need to prosper and grow.

Big Data, Algorithms and Innovation - Oh My!

Brendan Flattery | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Tech
Brendan Flattery

These two technologies are quietly changing lives and providing incredible innovations that have affected everyone who has ever searched the web, bought something from an online store, or been tempted to click on a website offering something that 'other readers/buyers also enjoyed'...

How to Nail a Job in Technology

Stephen Devlin | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Devlin

When people think about publishing, they tend to think about content, and assume that the technology challenges in publishing are about transferring the printed page to screen. For many consumer publishing businesses such as newspapers, magazines and trade books this is mostly true, but in science and education publishing the challenges are much greater as we are increasingly in the software business.

Does Innovation Mean Complexity? True Genius Brings Simplicity

Brendan Flattery | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Tech
Brendan Flattery

We've all faced 'feature creep' - the often overwhelming new choices and functions of our shiny new technology that can baffle, confound and occasionally distress us. But not all technology or innovations needs to perplex us. Sometimes we smack our foreheads and say "wow, I never even knew I needed this, but it will change my life."

The Internet of Things - What's It All about?

Paul Lees | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Lees

Earlier this month the Prime Minister announced at CeBIT that the government will be supplying £45m to research funding and executing a review of how to make the most of the 'Internet of Things' technology.

Dell Is Charging £16 To Install Firefox

Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Tech

Dell has defended the decision to charge users to pre-install the free browser Firefox on new computers. Mozilla's Firefox is a free, open-source i...

Why's the Inspiration Switch Not Set 'On', Automatically?

Brendan Flattery | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Tech
Brendan Flattery

UK businesses have it in them to adapt and grow in the better economic climate that we're now in, and those leading firms that embed innovation deeply in their DNA will soon find themselves leading the pack.

Government's Year of Code Is Riddled With Bugs

Glynn Jones | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Tech
Glynn Jones

Many of us who are engineers, look to Germany and envy their engineering greatness. In Britain, we are quietly leading another type of engineering in Europe and after all, software engineering is the engineering of the future.

A World in Which Computers Can Write Music

Ed Rex | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Tech
Ed Rex

Why not use modern technology to get back some of the magic that comes from hearing something unique, something that you know is tailored to the specific situation you're in?

Encrypting Your Data Is a Good Thing... Unless Someone Else Has Done It

David Emm | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

'Ransomware' Trojans, as the name suggests, are designed to directly extort money from their victims. They may block access to a computer's file system, or encrypt data that's stored on it and then ask for a payment to release the data.

Best Alternative to Winamp: Spotify vs Freemake Music Box

Victoria Kushner | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Tech
Victoria Kushner

At the end of November AOL announced that Winamp - the most famous music player would be shut down on the 20th of December after more than 15 years and millions of users. The fans have time to download the latest version of the software by this date after which the official site will also go offline.

Why You Should Buy Internet Security and a Winter Coat

Lucy Karsten | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Tech
Lucy Karsten

'You've got a virus,' my little sister said finally, sneering at me in a way that made it perfectly clear that she considered the whole matter beneath her. 'What internet security provider are you using?' I laughed, because internet security software is like ironing, or packing the night before a flight- done only by the neurotic or the elderly.

Making Sense of Threats for SMBs

Allen Scott | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Allen Scott

The world of data security is complex and moving fast. Most companies have enough to do managing their core business than to spend time on IT, let alone maintain a specialist's knowledge of security...

Businesses in Danger of Huge Fines Over Pension Auto-Enrollment

Brian Penny | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Tech
Brian Penny

Rolling deadlines have made the massive overhaul easier for regulators to keep up. As a result, no company that misses the deadline is going to get a pass; every offending operation, big or small, will be required to pay the piper for noncompliance.

Increasing the Use of Legal Software Will Drive Economic Growth

Sarah Coombes | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Tech
Sarah Coombes

In the information age, software is an essential tool of production. It generates value for individual businesses and entire economies by boosting productivity and accelerating output. But does it make a difference whether the software is properly licensed or pirated?

Under the Radar: Voice Control and the Science of the Unobtrusive

John West | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Tech
John West

The holy grail of user-experience is to design something that is inherently unobtrusive, without needing a learning period, but very few new pieces of technology achieve that.

Enterprise App Stores: Give Employees the Bling Without the Sting

Vincent Smyth | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Tech
Vincent Smyth

Nowhere do the hopes and fears associated with consumerisation of IT come into clearer focus than in the app store. Apps make the world go 'round. "There's an app for that" has become the motto for every aspect of waking and sleeping life. And enterprise apps run our businesses.

Windows 8: Will You Benefit from the Upgrade?

Victoria Kushner | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Tech
Victoria Kushner

All Internet debates are focused on one thing: whether the eigth version is good for desktop computers and laptops or not.

US Developer Rumbled Outsourcing Job To China - So He Could Spend The Day Browsing Facebook, Reddit, Ebay & LinkedIn

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.01.2013 | UK Tech

A US-based software developer has been caught outsourcing his work to China for less than a fifth of his six figure salary - while he spent his day br...

Device Manufacturers: Adopt the Holy Trinity, Go Intelligent

Vincent Smyth | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Tech
Vincent Smyth

To be a device manufacturer in today's marketplace can be brutal. Increased competition from new players on the world stage have a commoditizing eff...