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The Rise and Rise of the E-Parent: Have you Opened the Digital Window to your Child's Education?

Julie Booth | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Julie Booth

Schools can no longer ignore the fact that parents are expecting better communication and want more information about their child, whenever and wherever they need it.

Why 2015 Is Not the Year of the Driverless Car

Roger McKinlay | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Tech
Roger McKinlay

Currently, the open road is a world too complicated for driverless cars. As such, autonomy is likely to appear first in more controlled situations such as driverless convoys for goods traffic in segregated lanes... The novelty value of an autonomous private car is unlikely to unlock the investment needed to create a transport system of driverless vehicles.

Do You Want to Convert Your Blog Into a Book?

Mark Hillary | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hillary

You may have a hundred thousand words of great content, but you may end up stripping away half of that content to preserve your best posts. It is worth thinking about whether you want a literal version of your blogs in book format or whether you can do more with the text when planning how it might be read on the page.

Things to Know Before Updating Your Printer Firmware

Barry Foster | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Tech
Barry Foster

By being a firmware update 'early adopter', I'm accepting that I'm going to be used as a guinea pig by the manufacturer in question. I may get great new features, speed improvements and other such benefits eventually, but really I'm just an unofficial beta tester.

1.3m UK Homes will Never get Fibre Broadband

Dan Howdle | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Tech
Dan Howdle

There are 1.3m homes and businesses right here in the UK, right now, that will never get fit-for-purpose broadband by traditional means.

Connections that will Transform the Future of Healthcare

Jeroen Tas | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Tech
Jeroen Tas

Crossing fingers in the hope that budgets and system efficacy will improve is not an option. The system as it stands offers patients' limited opportunities for self-management and resources are stretched evermore thinly.

Why the iPhone Results are Good News for the Apple Watch

Jason Mander | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Tech
Jason Mander

Not only are its current users the most brand-loyal, the iPhone is the handset that people are most likely to recommend even if they don't own one. Samsung might have a clear lead over Apple when it comes to ownership, but it's level pegging when it comes to recommendations.

Is Scotland Really Creating a National Identity Scheme?

Jim Killock | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Tech
Jim Killock

Your criminal record, educational attainment and health data could be used to decide when the state should intervene in your life, and equally, when to withdraw benefits from people who are deemed less needy.

Which comes First: the Heating or the Internet?

Stuart Rock | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Stuart Rock

Fast broadband means that the location of a business can now be more of a lifestyle choice. Geography simply no longer is a constraint. Today, according to the FSB, half of all Scottish businesses are home-based, for example, sustaining nearly one in five private sector jobs in Scotland.

Should We Be Seeing Fewer Disturbing Images of Conflict?

Ben Greenhalgh | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Ben Greenhalgh

Over the past few weeks I've been trying to untangle the motivation behind the broadcasting and sharing of such extreme violence. Is it to shake us free from western complacency? Or, is it simply to be the first to have something to say at the local bar among the Facebook-ers and Tweeters championing fashionable global concerns?

Why the Next UK Big Digital Startup will Probably not Come from London

Damian Kimmelman | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Damian Kimmelman

The explosive growth of this sector is not confined to giants such as Google and Facebook. It is happening everywhere in companies big and small.

Time to Put your Foot on the Break

Gary Newe | Posted 11.02.2015 | 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!

Which Music App is King of Dark Social?

Will Bancroft | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

Outside of Instagram, I probably have the most love for music streaming apps. I'm a self-certified Spotify superfan. So how are mega-apps, like Spotify and its competitors doing when it comes to enabling users to share music and content via dark social?

So Mr Miliband, Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg and the rest - come and join me in the week long digital switch-off

Dave Wallace | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Dave Wallace

Why don't we have a period of total switch off? A week of total digital detox. There I've said it. This Damascus-like conversion follows my digital detox over the New Year with my family. It was awful at times but there's no denying it helped our mental wellbeing.

Samsung TV Listens to Users. We Have Lost the War

Pat Higgins | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Pat Higgins

Your telly does not care whether you are happy. Nor the people or programs who will listen to the words spoken in front of your telly. They do not care whether you're happy either.

Why is Facebook Such a Strong Platform for Online Scams?

Catalin Cosoi | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Catalin Cosoi

These types of scams often prey on users' curiosity by deceiving them into clicking on posts that either promise alluring prizes or exclusive content that can only be accessed if interacted with socially.

The Pebble Smartwatch reviewed: One month in

Marco Bertozzi | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Marco Bertozzi

I only bought the watch to fill in the tech gap until the Apple watch which I am certain is going to be a game changer, I believe it will create a market like the ipod did, and the reason I think that is because the Pebble gives you a glimpse of how a wearable device like this could improve day to day without actually delivering entirely.

Want Real Pay Equality? Then it's Time We Stopped Over-tipping Women

Sean O'Meara | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Sean O'Meara

Do you double the tax? Split the tip between server and the captain? How much do you deduct if the server is female? All legitimate concerns for the considerate diner.

Time to Think Big About Big Data

Oliver Daniels | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Tech
Oliver Daniels

The Magna Carta would spell out how we are going to put the user back in control and hold industry, researchers and governments responsible for realising that goal. But the Magna Carta is not just a document designed to protect individuals. Big Data has a lot to offer society.

Government Chief Data Officer? We Need an Army of Data Analysts

Simon Dennis | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Tech
Simon Dennis

By 2020 there will be 56.000 jobs across the UK for big data specialists, yet over three-quarters of big data positions are currently described as difficult to fill. Crucially, using data in public services is about achieving efficiencies, and that is key for any future government.

Is the Bulk Interception of Data Worse than Mass Surveillance?

Richard Stacy | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Tech
Richard Stacy

It is highly unlikely that the people charged with supervising our security services have any idea how algorithmic surveillance works. It is also highly unlikely that the people at GCHQ are going to enlighten them.

Online bullying: We Must also Consider Children who Bully Others

Deanna Neilson | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Tech
Deanna Neilson

The best source of help for children in these situations is usually their parents. Whether your child is being bullied or bullying others, it's important to know what's going on in their lives you so can help address the issue and any potentially larger problems behind it.

Leading Brands Set Their Sights on Older Adults, So Should You

Ian Spero | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK
Ian Spero

Employing more mature celebrities to endorse products in a world saturated with pouting teens and seductive twenty-somethings, is evidence of a growing trend of brands readdressing an affluent market which is feeling misunderstood.

Rights for the Digital Teenager

Dr Richard Graham | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Richard Graham

Yet managing risks for adolescents is hardly a new state of affairs. Anna Freud noted that it was very difficult for us to help teenagers, partly because of our wish to forget our own painful embarrassments that are an inevitable part of those years.

So Mr Zuckerberg, Just What Isn't Appropriate on Facebook

Kirsty Lemare | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Lemare

I get that it's 'Zuck's house and what Daddy says under his roof goes. Don't like it, go rent a room at Twitter. But since then it seems rules on belfies, topless blokes and creepy graphic posts of wounds have all been given the green light and my feed is fecking full of them. And it's bloody grim.