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The Internet Of Ransomware

Javvad Malik | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Tech
Javvad Malik

Whenever a new technology is adopted, there are teething problems. The user interfaces of smart devices are generally mobile apps that typically require users to go through painstaking processes of installation, account creation, pairing and configuration. Or worse still, the device might only communicate its status to users through a series of LEDs that make cracking the enigma code seem trivial by comparison.

Industry 4.0 Is Coming...

Simon Thomas | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Tech
Simon Thomas

The theory behind Industry 4.0 is that it will effectively create what has been called a 'smart factory', which utilises cutting edge technology, including cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing, in order to monitor the physical processes of a factory and make informed, decentralised decisions.

What's New In TV From CES 2017?

Guy North | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Tech
Guy North

It's a strange way to start the New Year, but in the first week of January the world's tech industry gathers together in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronic Show. Now in its 50th year (and my second), the show is a chance for the great and the good to demonstrate their latest innovations to a willing audience of over 175,000 visitors

Social Media - The Truth Behind The Pictures

Nicola Humber | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Tech
Nicola Humber

Have you noticed that more and more often we're inundated with a newsfeed of shiny, happy photos on social media? Even though we know they don't always tell the full story, it's all too easy to compare ourselves unfavourably with what we see online and feel dissatisfied with our lives.

Death In A Digital Age

Jeremy Field | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Tech
Jeremy Field

Social media now extends into every aspect of life, from parents posting 12 week scans on Facebook to friends setting up 'in memory of' pages to remember loved ones. Our digital footprint exists from cradle to grave and beyond, with digital communications changing the way we talk about death and even how we plan for it.

Where Do Humans Fit Into An Artificially Intelligent Future?

Philip Ellis | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

"There is no element of the work hierarchy where you shouldn't expect to see displacement," says Ming, citing recent McKinsey research which suggests that as much as 40 per cent of a CEO's job can be automated. "I don't think anyone currently owns that problem," she adds.

Data Has An Image Problem

Guy Marson | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Tech
Guy Marson

Data is supposed to be the new oil, powering all industries and underpinning major business decisions. That said, ask any Tom, Dick or Harry on the street what the word data means to them and they are likely to draw a blank.

What's Now And What's Next For Digital Skills

Ashok Vaswani | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Tech
Ashok Vaswani

The digital revolution is having a profound effect on our lives by dramatically changing the way we live, work and interact with one another. Today, inventions and innovations are happening at speeds which were previously unimaginable, providing new and exciting opportunities for us all.

Social Media Is A Highlight Reel - Not 'Real Life'

Sam Allcock | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Tech
Sam Allcock

I admit it, only the highlights of my day-to-day life have the privilege of gracing my Facebook page. With the constant fear of over-sharing my private life and boring my friends by vaguebooking plaguing my mind, I realised that I'm a culprit, too.

Move Over Meditation

Samantha Glass | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
 Samantha Glass

With a 32% increase in diagnosed mental health conditions in adults since 2007 and 92% of students feeling mentally distressed, it is of significant importance that we are constantly exploring different ways in which societies mental well-being can be improved as a whole.

Why I Gave Up My Debit Card And Haven't Looked Back

Oscar Williams | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Tech
Oscar Williams

I first came across the "challenger bank" through friends. At the end of a lunch out, my pal Muhsin got out a bright orange card to pay the bill. The waiter instantly recognised it - once you've seen it, you can't un-see it - and the pair started chatting about its merits.

Why I'm Campaigning Against Twitter Hate Speech

Linda Riley | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Tech
Linda Riley

Enough is enough. LGBT people deserve better, and need billion dollar corporations like Twitter to take responsibility for their users. It's worth noting that Facebook can remove a shot of a breastfeeding woman or a nude statue in seconds (neither especially offensive, let's face it) so we know that the technology to monitor even the fastest moving content exists.

Blueness Isn't Just For Monday, It's For Life

Bruce Daisley | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Tech
Bruce Daisley

There's a physiological reason for this stress. There's a pleasure/pain war going on, partly exacerbated by modern technology. When we get messages and responses to our interactions, our brains reward us with lots of boosts of the pleasure hormone dopamine. Seeking these out often feels more rewarding than concentrating on a superficially dull task.

SpaceX Celebrates First Successful Rocket Launch After Explosion

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK Tech

SpaceX has launched its first rocket into space since an explosion rocked its operations last year. The Elon Musk-backed firm’s Falcon 9 rocket asce...

Dear Donald Trump, Delete Your Account. Sincerely, America

Philip Ellis | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

His many public spats aside, it is impossible to deny that Trump has leveraged social media, and Twitter specifically, in a way that no other politician has previously achieved -- and he has already indicated his intention to tweet major policy announcements rather than going through traditional communications channels.

This Tech Is Giving Control Back To People With Locked In Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Tech

“It’s hard to describe the feeling I get when I see the impact it has on patients,” explains Or Retzkin, co-founder of EyeControl - a wearable t...

Happy New Year! The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is The Lack Of Fear Itself

Dmitry Bagrov | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Tech
Dmitry Bagrov

Every post you make, every breath you take, every search you make, they'll be watching you. Every bit of information you have ever entered anywhere online is stored, collated and held. For the most part, we give this data over without even thinking about the consequences, assuming it is safe.

The Moment I Knew I Needed To Cut Down On Social Media In 2017

Rachel Moss | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

I've always been my own worst critic and for too long, social media has enabled a personality trait that I've tried so hard to overcome. Having instant access to other people's carefully crafted lives is a sure-fire way to make you doubt your own progress, even when deep down, you know 80% of social posting is one big facade.

2017 - The Year We All Need To Become Cyber Smart

Vince Warrington | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Tech
Vince Warrington

Businesses - as well as the general public - will consequently have to get smarter and more agile if they don't want to fall victim to an increasingly sophisticated and well-coordinated network of cyber gangs.

Tech Startups Are Spearheading A New Era Of Giving Back In The UK

Chris Ciauri | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Tech
Chris Ciauri

The UK's tech sector has seen remarkable growth in recent years - in fact according to Tech Nation 2016, the industry now accounts for 1.56 million jobs nationwide. And the startup sector is particularly strong, with a 92% increase in tech companies incorporated in London alone over the past three years.

A Global Health Epidemic Is A Ticking Time Bomb - But Virus Databases Can And Are Helping To Save Lives

Professor Stefan Elbe | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Tech
Professor Stefan Elbe

If we have learnt anything from the deaths of millions of people from diseases like AIDS, SARS, pandemic flu, Ebola, and Zika it is the need for scientists to share data quickly so that researchers can assess the dangers and develop new medicines and vaccines.

Childhood And Adolescent Anxiety And Social Media

Dr Collette Isabel Stadler | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Collette Isabel Stadler

Today those same bedrooms are filled with technology connected to the world wide web, and chances are that one's moment of quiet catharsis is interrupted by a notification alerting you to the latest "selfie from paradise" posted by a classmate or colleague and adorned with requisite amount of hashtags.

Social Media Terms And Conditions Are Failing Our Children

Jenny Afia | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jenny Afia

Although social media sites claim that they have always prioritised giving people easy to understand, clear information about their safety and privacy policies, both the Children's Commissioner and I, along with a whole host of others believe that the odds are stacked against children online

Four Technologies To Transform The Retail Experience In 2017

Theo Theodorou | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Tech
Theo Theodorou

As consumers, we're often guilty of holding retailers to ransom. We expect the same brand experience across every real world and digital touchpoint. We want information immediately, great experiences and the best possible service in the fastest, simplest and most convenient way for what we're doing at that time.

Unpacking Facebook Vs YouTube Battle For Consumer Eyeballs

Sean Everett | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Tech
Sean Everett

This week Facebook announced that it would be including mid-roll ads in the videos that show up in its highest value real estate - the news feed. It's a shot across the bow of YouTube to get more of the content creators, both new and existing, to switch from YouTube's walled garden to Facebook's.