UK Technology

Social Media And Mobile Tech: It Gets In Your Head

Dr Aaron Balick | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Aaron Balick

Answer me this. Can you get through this entire article without checking your phone? Try it and see how far you get. At average reading speed it will take about five minutes. Can you go five minutes without checking your email, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. If not, you need to seriously ask yourself if your attachment to your social media is messing with your head and your relationships.

Battle Of The Social Media Platforms - Instagram V Snapchat

Mike Bandar | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Tech
Mike Bandar

In the summer of 2016, you likely opened Instagram to quite a surprise: colourful bubbles, full-screen videos, stickers galore...all of it vanishing a...

Can Wikitribune Solve The 'Fake News' Epidemic? Helping Media Organisations Regain Audience Trust

Chris Lawrence | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Chris Lawrence

Was Napoleon short? Did a World War Two bomber land on the moon? Whether deliberate propaganda or innocent fun, 'fake news' has been around for some t...

Automation, Artificial Intelligence And The Human

John Purrier | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Tech
John Purrier

Automation has already far exceeded the physical capabilities of humans and now artificial intelligence is on the brink of surpassing our mental capacity. Combining the two may be playing with fire, but could the correct application lead to untold benefits?

Without Fibre, Innovation Will Come To A Grinding Halt

Conal Henry | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Tech
Conal Henry

Technology certainly drives the imagination. A friend of mine has been talking about buying up rural pubs, in Ireland, convinced that driverless cars will lead a major change in drinking habits as people socialise out-of-town again. It may happen, but then again this is a revolution that could veer off in an entirely different direction.

Theresa May's New Advisor Gavin Barwell Failed To Review Tower Block Fire Regulations - Despite Four Years Of Warnings

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Politics

Theresa May’s new chief of staff failed to carry out a review of fire regulations in tower blocks – despite being warned of the potential for a de...

Do You Know What Happens To Your Personal Data Online?

Derek Miller | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Tech
Derek Miller

The good news is, there are laws that govern what can be done to your data when it's received. The bad news is, you might not know about this because of the vague laws that govern compliance. Following are some of the things that happen to your data and what you can do about it.

Mira Duma's Fashion Tech Lab Puts Innovation And Sustainability Front And Centre

Brooke Roberts-Islam | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Style
Brooke Roberts-Islam

While interviewing Mira I asked what inspired her new venture, which seeks to innovate in the fashion tech space (including wearables) and harness new and existing technologies to help make fashion more sustainable.

China Has Just Finished The World's Largest Floating Solar Project

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Tech

China has recently finished work on something pretty extraordinary: A huge solar array that floats on the surface of a lake. It is the largest floatin...

This Vintage Pair Of Apple Trainers Are Expected To Sell For A Staggering $30,000

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Tech

You might think that the prospect of Apple asking you to spend £1,000 on an iPhone 8 sounds outrageous, but wait till you see the latest price tag on...

Apple's ARKit Could Make Augmented A Reality

Ernest Doku | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Tech
Ernest Doku

The short-lived super-popularity of the game does tell us a lot about the technology that powered it - Augmented Reality (or AR). While the content of Pokemon Go appealed to swathes of nostalgia-hungry Millennials, the engine behind it, which superimposed computer-generated Pokemon into the real world, was the real flourish.

Technology And Football - The Perfect Match?

Ben Dudley | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Sport
Ben Dudley

What will the next big innovation be? It's hard to say. But if you're not seeing it in person, you'll almost certainly be tuning in online.

Anyone Can Be Whatever They Want... That's A Bad Thing

Dmitry Bagrov | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Tech
Dmitry Bagrov

As in so many other areas, technology is a tool. One that can solve problems, but employed incorrectly can equally make them worse. The real problem is that there is no clear-cut solution. In a world where anyone can be an expert, no one is.

Will Artificial Intelligence Squash Democracy Or Make Elections Fairer?

Catherine Elliston | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Tech
Catherine Elliston

As the UK prepares for an election on Thursday, we should be alert to the hidden tactics that could influence the result. But it's also damaging to be dystopian. As with many aspects of our rapidly changing world, AI could fundamentally disrupt democracy or bolster it, and the outcome will depend on our actions. It's our responsibility to ensure that the opportunities are maximised just as the risks are minimised.

How Tech Will Transform Our Public Transport System: Are Uber Buses Driving Our Way?

Johan Herrlin | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Tech
Johan Herrlin

We are expecting to see more experimentation with demand responsive services with data at the heart of delivering these types of services successfully. The introduction of shared economy models with bus operators supporting local communities to run services in partnership, will ultimately reduce costs and make services more viable.

B&Queue

Tash Walker | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Comedy
Tash Walker

In my life, I have not once shouted at a complete stranger in public. If someone was shouting in a shop or restaurant I would usually judge them as...

What Will The Election Mean For The UK Tech World?

Nick Braund | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Tech
Nick Braund

With the election only a few days away and the polls suggesting a much closer race than anyone initially expected, more and more questions are being raised as to what these manifestos and promises actually mean for the technology industry.

Why Getting Girls To Code Starts At Home

Pip Wilson | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Tech
Pip Wilson

As this fantastic overview of the issue points out, gendered advertising developed in a fully-fledged narrative in which computing was the reserve of boys. Tech-focused films in the 1980s regularly featured a gifted, male, techy protagonist who would use his abilities to win the affections of a girl.

Time For A Digital Overhaul Of The Planning System?

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Tech
Peter Madden OBE

In many ways the planning system has done a good job: trying to balance competing demands for scarce resources and mediating between economic forces and the views of local communities. And, over the years, it has proved remarkably resilient.

Why We Should Let The Robots Win

Siavash Mahdavi | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Tech
Siavash Mahdavi

Historically we've had humans as patrons of this planet and we've seen the impact that this has had on the environment, other species, rivers, urbanisation, war and religion - I think it's fair to say we haven't done a great job. Perhaps now IS the time to let the machines take over

Using Our Bodies As ID: Should We Be Worried?

David Emm | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Tech
David Emm

Biometric markers are ideal for use as identifiers because they are unique and unchanging over time. But that also makes them very vulnerable. If these identifiers are compromised, the potential consequences for victims in terms of loss of privacy and security are severe. If my password is compromised I can change it, but I'm stuck with my fingerprints, eyes and other physical characteristics.

Rise Of The Robots: Technology Is Moving On But Are Humans Being Left Behind?

Sarah Weir OBE | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Tech
Sarah Weir OBE

As the election looms, the familiar education, education, education mantra is loud and proud - promises of more funding for primary schools, grammar schools and the abolition of tuition fees. But as intelligent machines silently march on and integrate discreetly into the fabric of our workplaces, where is the investment for education and skills for our adult workforce?

It's Time To Speak Up For Gender Equality In The Tech Sector

Chris Ciauri | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Tech
Chris Ciauri

I believe it's imperative to stand up for what you believe is right; for me on of these things is gender equality. While it's always been important to me, the birth of my two daughters has made it more personal as I want to set an example for them and show them that I believe they can achieve anything they want.

Are You Letting Your Kid Take The Lead On Tech?

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Parents
Nicholas Shaw

Lock the doors! Don't speak to strangers! We all remember the rules our parents set when we were young to help keep us safe. But which rules should we set when our children go online? Even though we've been practicing the art of parenting for thousands of years, when it comes to digital, we often feel clueless about how to protect our children.

The World Humanitarian Summit One Year Later: Participation Revolution? People Need Agency And Information

Aimee Ansari | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Tech
Aimee Ansari

Picture this: People are on the move; they haven't eaten for days, and some are dying. They need burial cloths. Burial cloths are more important to them than food, as it helps ensure a peaceful afterlife. In a poor village, the next life means hope if the dead are prepared. Hope is all they have.