UK Tech 2014

Why Friends Don't Neknominate Friends

Sinead Moore | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Tech
Sinead Moore

It is not a game. It is a competition, and a very dangerous one at that. As the chain goes on, so too does the intensity of the videos. Those who back out or break the chain are ridiculed by their so-called friends. The cybershame of failing to live up to the nomination is putting increased peer pressure on youths to rise to this dangerous challenge.

Why Has Facebook Spent $19billion on WhatsApp?

Philip Letts | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Tech
Philip Letts

Despite concerns, Facebook has clearly recognized the need to branch out into other markets. As Facebook celebrates it's 10th birthday, it's time to give credit where credit is rightly due. Let's look at the brand as a matured tech company instead of reaching for the panic-button.

Computer Says No Thanks, You're Not My Type

Geoff Lloyd | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Geoff Lloyd

The main obstacle to forming a relationship with a voice-activated computer assistant is embarrassment... It's the awkwardness of the interaction: It's impossible to talk to an electronic device without feeling ridiculous. Try it in public, and worry that anyone in earshot assumes you've had a full-on breakdown.

What's In a Stone? Curling a Volcano Into the Winter Olympics

Professor Dougal Jerram | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Sport
Professor Dougal Jerram

The whole of curling worldwide shares one simple yet geologically significant secret. That secret is held in the smoothed blue/grey stones that are pushed down the ice, known as the 'curling stones'.

Revealed: How Genetically Modified Food Is Finding Its Way Onto Your Dinner Plate

Andrew Wasley | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK
Andrew Wasley

Unknown to many, about 30 million tonnes of GM animal feed is thought to be imported into Europe each year to feed pigs, poultry, dairy and beef cattle, as well as farmed fish. The UK imports an estimated 140,000 tonnes of GM soya and as much as 300,000 tonnes of GM maize annually for use as animal feed.

Paper: The Future of Facebook?

Matt Owen | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Tech
Matt Owen

Paper itself is a fairly straightforward news-curation/publishing app, but its launch and recent comments from Mark Zuckerberg about further releases in the near future paint a fascinating picture of Facebook's possible future, one which may be quite different from the ubiquitous social platform we're all so familiar with.

Netflix's Long Tail is Forcing the Entertainment Industry to Evolve

Christopher Goodfellow | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Christopher Goodfellow

Netflix is threatening the giants of the entertainment industry. The company started by targeting cable channels, leveraging a huge catalogue of content to build a subscriber base and challenge these businesses' distribution models. Now it's set its sights on cinemas.

A Good Deed in a World of Austerity

John Nickson | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Tech
John Nickson

Mark Zuckerberg , Facebook's founder, is a billionaire twenty times over and you might think he could spare the odd billion. He clearly agrees but what is significant about this donation is that it is the first time that a philanthropist under the age of 30 has made such an enormous gift...

Why I'm Giving Up Emoticons for New Year

Sal Thomas | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Sal Thomas

I think I hate net speak. Text emoticons. Reductionist acronyms. Lazy abbreviations. Smiley faces. I want to kill them all. Or should that be slash slash backslash them right up their colons?

Anatomy of a Twitterstorm

Dale Bilson | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Tech
Dale Bilson

A funny thing happened to me over Christmas. After over 16,000 attempts, suddenly I tweeted something that went viral. At the last count it had received 1,231 retweets, and at midnight on Christmas Eve, I was trending 11th in the United Kingdom.

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII Interview With Motomu Toriyama and Yuji Abe

Andrew Edney | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Edney

The world of Nova Chrysalia has only 13 days until total annihilation, with the citizens of four distinct regions each experiencing the end of the world in unique ways. In Yusnaan, the setting for this sequence, the inhabitants have a hedonistic frame of mind: if the world is going to be destroyed soon then why not go out in style?

Michael Rundle

9 Recklessly Optimistic Tech Predictions For 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

It seems a fairly safe conclusion to draw that 2014 will deliver technology news, in some form or other. Every year since the dawn of time has, pr...