UK Technology

British Pupils are Leaving School (Tech) Illiterate

Mark Murphy | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Murphy

Teenagers really don't know it all. We think that because they spend all day on the computer that they understand tech, but many leave school with an insufficient understanding of basic security measures or what software or "code" even looks like - let alone how to write it

Top 5 things The Next Web Taught Me 60 days On

George Fisher-Wilson | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Tech
George Fisher-Wilson

So It's been 60 days since The Next Web, and initially I was going to write some basic piece my initial reactions but then I thought let's see the effects of the event. Now nearly 2 months later I thought about what had stuck with me since and below you'll find the five things that have kept me thinking.

Dollar Shave Club: the Power of Social Media and the Cloud

Mark Hawtin | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Hawtin

Today, a clever, well-shot marketing spot can be done for a few thousand dollars and undo years and millions of dollars of brand investment at a multinational. In the past, P&G would have used technology to get ahead and create barriers to entry.

Health Tech: a Trend That's Set to Stay

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

n forward thinking entrepreneurs that are willing to disrupt and change our current system. As each innovation wave generates more data, disruption-cycle times will shorten, thereby forcing all players in the health care ecosystem to address inefficiency as they compete on quality and value creation

Pokemon Go Away: Halt The Take-Over

Tobias Harris | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Tech
Tobias Harris

Pokémon Go shows the frightening ease for technology to hijack reality. The game eliminates the boundary between real and virtual, where people put themselves in harms way for the benefit of their online exploits. Smartphones have a monopoly over our time and this game sets a precedent

What does Digital R&D Mean in the Arts? What's The Value in the Arts Economy?

Leila Johnston | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Tech
Leila Johnston

But there's another economy which does reward work which is exploratory in and of itself. "R&D in the arts" seems to be quite a new thing, inspired by the digital model, but not motivated by financial revenue. I worry about the arts taking on the mantle, because R&D and innovation are terms with such an overwhelming direction built in to them

Health, Innovation and Taking Time to Admire 'the Norm'

Chris Spencer | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK
Chris Spencer

The most important innovations, the ones that change the way businesses, sectors and people operate, always share the same starting point: simplicity ...

Parents Admit They know nothing About Risky Sites Their Kids Visit

Maz Deo | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Parents
Maz Deo

Bullying: it's every parent's worst nightmare. It used to be the case that our children were safe once we got them within our own four walls. But not any more. Now bullying can take place right under your nose, with the sorts of digital apps and games that so many children use proving to be a funnel for harmful abuse.

Encouraging More Women to Get Into Tech by Crowdfunding for DatePlay

Vana C. Koutsomitis | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Tech
Vana C. Koutsomitis

There are so many women out there who have dreams of starting their own companies but do not have the confidence to follow through; I hope to change this. I have already had so many people contact me following The Apprentice to tell me that I've inspired them.

Snapchat May Be Getting Older, But Is It a Bad Thing?

Jason Mander | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Tech
Jason Mander

For a long time now, the name Snapchat has been synonymous with teens and young users. It's been the cool kid on the social networking block - the one that has been enjoying consistently strong growth among 16-24s and the one that, having rejected Facebook's bid some years ago, has remained the biggest thorn in Mark Zuckerberg's side.

Is This the Real World - Or Is It Just Fantasy?

Joe Irvin | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Tech
Joe Irvin

Pokémon Go has been capturing headlines across the globe. The smartphone game requires people to explore their local areas, searching for Pokémon via augmented reality (where the creatures are super-imposed onto the real world).

Let's Make the North of England Centre of an Innovation Revolution

Tom Follett | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Tom Follett

Innovation - or the invention of new products and ideas - is the most important factor in long-term prosperity. The North of England was once the country's innovation heartland, building and dispatching pioneering ships, trains, and machinery by the thousand to all corners of the world.

UK Families Still at Risk From Baby Monitor Hacking-Style Attacks

Dr Simon Rice | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Simon Rice

Using two-step or two-factor authentication means that if your username and password are compromised, a criminal cannot gain access to your account data without also compromising your mobile phone or code generator. Therefore if you have this option turned on, your information has a much greater chance of remaining secure.

I Tried to Find a New BFF Using an App - And Found Something Amazing

Tristen Lee | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Tech
Tristen Lee

We're neck deep in the digital age, print media is slowly becoming a thing of the past, and the way we communicate with one another, meet new people, ...

Globalisation Has Supersized Inequality -- Backlash Politics Was Bound To Follow

Ali Reza Naraghi | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ali Reza Naraghi

To add to the full-blown working class revolt against global capitalism -- already stoked by the rapid rise of inequality, free trade deals, stagnant wages, trickle-down economics, and tax regulations skewed for giant corporations and the elites -- we now have Britain's rejection of the EU's single market, an institution that has been in place for decades.

Six Tech Savvy Ways to Improve Your Workout

Jenna Downes | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Tech
Jenna Downes

More of us are trying to get fit than ever before. We've all heard about how we can use technology to track things like our heartbeat and number of steps. But what about beyond that? Now technology gives us more fitness opportunities from ever before. Helping us do everything from workout in our pyjamas to join in with a zumba class in the back garden. Forget workout DVD, these tech hacks take fitness to the next level...

The Data Game

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Sport
Nicholas Shaw

Like most kids, I spent many a day dream winning trophies and representing my country on various sporting battlefields. Like most adults, I spend many an hour shouting at or cheering on the men and women who actually made those dreams a reality.

When to Balance Your Child's Access to Technology

Natasha Batsford | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Natasha Batsford

Over the last week, they have come back to their pre-incarceration levels of healthy disrespect for authority. As my son becomes more mobile, and the balance of life is resumed, I'm thinking the time has come to hand the children back control of their tech, along with a new found perspective on what constitutes "too much" and a working knowledge of the term "intervention".

The Data Game

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Tech
Nicholas Shaw

Like most kids, I spent many a day dream winning trophies and representing my country on various sporting battlefields. Like most adults, I spend many an hour shouting at or cheering on the men and women who actually made those dreams a reality.

Be a Good Sport This Summer...

Tim Stone | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK
Tim Stone

With a great line-up of sporting events planned for this summer, businesses need to wise up as some of the staff will be wanting to tune in to these d...

The Changing Face of Childhood as We Know It

Ran Berger | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Parents
Ran Berger

Summer holidays. Two words which can evoke a variety of emotions. For teachers, a giddy sense of relief. For parents, the all too common clutch of dread mixed with guilt. For kids, pure thrill - hazy days stretch out before them, 6 weeks feeling like an eternity.

How Digital Technologies Are Affecting Attention Systems

Araceli Camargo | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Tech
Araceli Camargo

American anthropologist, John Tooby, says attention would have been one of the earliest adaptations in the evolution of the human mind. As learning wh...

Would Online Therapy Help Us Cope With the Current Mental Health Crisis

Keavy Lynch | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Keavy Lynch

Bravery comes in many forms. We need to be brave enough to admit that some battle wounds are the invisible ones we carry every day, brave enough to seek help and no longer suffer in silence, brave enough to admit that more needs to be done in terms of NHS mental health funding, or brave enough to lead the way in research and technology for future therapies.

Can Technology Cure the Care Sector?

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

Often, at times of crisis, a decision is made to put an old person into a care home. But at a time when the NHS faces mismatch between resources and demand, we must look further afield for a solution to cure Britain's current care crisis - perhaps technology is what will allow us to do more with less.

Tech's Healthy Disregard for the Arcane Machines

Steve Loynes | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Tech
Steve Loynes

From a technologist's perspective, the notion of countries separating is mind-bogglingly antiquated. Technology is a unifier. Technology helps people communicate wherever they are in the world. It has brought about the 'death of distance' and spawned our era's most significant philanthropists.