UK Technology

Smart Towns, Dumb Cities

David Akka | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Tech
David Akka

There's a revolution occurring in how our urban spaces are managed, but success is less likely to come from grandiose projects and more likely to derive from a series of small improvements... Smart cities are still attainable, but we're learning from experience that the big bang approach isn't always best.

To Many People, Entrepreneurship and Culture Seem Strange Bedfellows...

Caroline Meaby | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Caroline Meaby

We live in a hugely connected world but our points of reference can still be quite limited to the English-speaking world. Through programmes like YCE, the British Council can identify what's going on outside the confines of the usual places we look to. We connect our global entrepreneurs with the UK and with each other, and sow the seeds for international knowledge sharing and collaborations.

6 Amazing Places You'd Never Expect To Find Lego

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Tech

Lego has to be one of the most universally-loved toys on the planet, sparking invention and imagination in all of us. As such it has the rather unique...

The Always-On Generation Isn't So Bad

Lucy Cooper | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Tech
Lucy Cooper

Connectedness, as the merging and integration of technology, people, global communities, is 'the real world' today... what young generation hasn't had their own paradigm shift to content with over the years - the sexual revolution, post-war modernism, woman's rights, gay rights, the structure of the workplace, informality, the changing structure of the family unit...

Back to (Feeling Excited About) the Future

Duncan Higgins | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Tech
Duncan Higgins

So how can we, knowing the great leaps that technology has recently made, go back to feeling excited about the future? And is there a way to predict what will happen, without turning to the (probably) unrealisable dream of flying skateboards?

London Girl Geek Dinners Turns 9 - What Has Changed?

Judith Lewis | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Tech
Judith Lewis

As I sat next to my husband of 17 years moaning to me that David Cameron had only appointed the three women he had because they were women, not because they were competent, it made me want to thrust their CVs in his face and maybe down his throat.

Microsoft Axes 18,000 Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Tech

Microsoft has announced that it will axe 18,000 jobs over the next year marking the largest single set of redundancies at the company since it started...

What You Need to Know About the Next Generation of Women

Jenny Garrett | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

Contrary to the common portrayal of young women as selfie taking celebrity obsessives, wrestling with self-confidence and body issues, the findings offer an alternative perspective on a generation of girls comfortable in their own skin, driven by opportunity and liberated by technology.

Women Must Return to Work After Maternity Leave More Confident

Torie Chilcott | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Torie Chilcott

I have three pregnant women currently in my team and should they decide to return to work, I will make sure they have as much support as they need. But in return, I will ask of them for the same level of drive, ambition and hard work as they give me now. I won't label them as 'only' women and as a company, we'll set them targets to rebuild their confidence.

Time to Get More Women in Tech

Anne Marie Neatham | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Tech
Anne Marie Neatham

I can count on one hand the number of inspirational women in top technology positions. Google recently revealed that only 17% of tech roles were occupied by women, prompting the resurgence of the much needed "women in technology" discussion

How Can You Live Without Social Media?

Martyn Stewart | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Tech
Martyn Stewart

I wouldn't hide behind a tree or a parked car to follow my ex-girlfriends every move? Nor would I invite every person I meet in a nightclub, to view my daughter's baby pictures. I don't stroll casually down the street screaming at the top of my lungs 'Well done me!' in regards to my personal achievements as I have no desire to be considered conceited or narcissistic.

Europe Needs Smarter Investment in Education and Research Infrastructure

Anka Mulder | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Tech
Anka Mulder

The return on investment will be high for Europe if we get it right, including: a reinvigorated research and education infrastructure, attraction of the best students and faculty, a better skilled workforce, and enhanced competitive advantage vis a vis the rest of the world.

And the Player of the Tournament Is... Technology

Garry Veale | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Tech
Garry Veale

Nearly one billion viewers worldwide are predicted to watch Sunday's final with the social media sphere expected to see a massive spike during and immediately after the match. Technology, and our adoption of it, has certainly been a key player in making this tournament such a success.

With the UK Top for Science and Technology, it's Time to Close the Innovation Gap

Adam Afriyie | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

We must make sure that we take economic advantage of our discoveries, translating them into new businesses, jobs and economic growth... To keep Britain at the forefront of the international competitiveness league tables, science and technology must remain a backbone of British industry.

A New Era of Film Technology

Adam Hamdy | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Tech
Adam Hamdy

I have no doubt we'll soon see lightweight gimbals marketed at consumers who are tired of shaky footage of their holidays or the kids' sports day. When that day comes, people will be able to have high quality, smooth movement to go with their HD cameras.

How Technology Is Bringing Sports Fans Closer to All the Action

Sam Seddon | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Sport
Sam Seddon

Analytics can change the relationship between the individual and the fan. Knowing the subtleties, strategies and fine margins between winning and losing helps us appreciate the athletic skill even more and raise our enjoyment of the spectacle even further.

How Data Can Reduce Visits to A&E

Chris Spencer | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Chris Spencer

The concept is welcome, but it has its doubters. Can such patients really be identified? Won't identifying them and paying more attention to their care just highlight more reasons they need to go to A&E? Won't this simply shift pressure from A&E departments to GP practices?

Can the CMO and CIO Work Together in Harmony?

Chris Boorman | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Tech
Chris Boorman

It's time to debunk the myth. For too long now, many commentators believed that CMOs would soon be spending more on IT than the CIO... So what's the reality?

"Appy Shoppers": How a New Breed of Shopping Apps Could Save You Money

Hilary Wardle | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Tech
Hilary Wardle

Remember the bad old days when looking for an online bargain meant trawling through every site you could think of in an attempt to find the cheapest version of a product? ... thanks to some newfangled tools, that could soon be a thing of the past... Here are a few handy apps that may well help you save some serious money.

Keeping Mum: Why Young People Shouldn't Always Listen To Their Parents' Careers Advice

Dr Tessa Stone | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Tessa Stone

Parents are probably even less in tune with the vicissitudes of the current jobs market than they are with the dubstep scene... currently only 7,500 students take computer science degrees a year, meaning that many of the 20,000 graduate vacancies in the software industry alone remain unfilled each year.

Why Energy-Neutral Living is no Longer a Dream for Millions of Europeans

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Delft University of Technology has devised a 'game-changing' new method to convert what are often historic buildings into modern energy-efficient structures without major renovation... the possibility of energy-neutral, sustainable urban living is no longer a dream for millions of people right across the continent.

Why Robotics and 'Open Innovation' Go Hand in Hand

Huw Davies | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Tech
Huw Davies

To the roboticists of course, potential practical applications for such products are endless - including within business, education and security.

Unicorn Hunting

Paul Lees | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Lees

Why don't we have the big ideas that the U.S. seems to capitalise upon so instantly? ... Britain's hesitant risk-taking culture, lack of venture capitalist funding availability, and lack of established mentors in the high tech area are what put Britain at a distinct entrepreneurial tech disadvantage.

Facebook Mood Manipulation Is Bad for Us All

Matt Churchill | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech
Matt Churchill

What they did was not ethical. By testing out a theory on unsuspecting users, they were deliberately interfering with the choices they made, whether it is in terms of what status updates they published or what content they interacted with. That doesn't sit right with me.

Sunscreen, Passport, Swimwear... Tablet

Graham Welch | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

As we head into July and the holiday season gets into full swing, the thoughts of many of us will turn towards our summer holidays and what we will do to rest and relax for our well earned breaks.