UK Technology

Slipping Through The Net: Are Disadvantaged Young People Being Left Further Behind In The Digital Era?

Martina Milburn | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Martina Milburn

We know there is so much more to do. There needs to be a collaborative approach between government, businesses and organisations to train young people and provide them with an environment where they feel confident and comfortable online. We must work together to ensure every young person reaps the benefits of the digital age.

The Virtual Reality Film That Will Change How You See The Chicken Industry

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK

Article contains images and details which some readers may find distressing. Factory farming remains a relatively hidden industry with the sq...

Buying Light - The Support Services Sector Is About To Change Significantly

Guy Hewett | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Tech
Guy Hewett

Perhaps the key to securing investment for IoT lies in ensuring the Support Services sector knows how to sell it. The sector currently largely sells into operational management or procurement departments but an IoT sell needs to happen at a strategic level. The sector needs to build these relationships.

Funding For Urban Innovation: The Emerging UK Picture

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Politics
Peter Madden OBE

As the work begins and the dust starts to settle on this year's Autumn Statement, I think we can see it as a real shot in the arm for infrastructure, R&D and innovation. These measures should see a real return in terms of productivity and growth. They should, too, help the UK keep up in telecomms developments. And they present a great opportunity to push even harder on urban innovation, so our companies can continue to develop and sell world-beating products and services that help cities thrive.

Let's Get Physical

Britt Iversen | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Tech
Britt Iversen

What we're seeing increasingly is less about getting lost in the connected world, and more about counterbalancing our connectivity - that we actually need physical objects to touch more than we envisaged when we dreamt of our future digitised lives

Why Robots In The Office Underline The Need For Greater Workplace Trust

Tom McQueen | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Tech
Tom McQueen

Clearly the UK requires digital leadership at the highest level to address some of the issues around the introduction of AI. So, I was pleased to see the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee's recent report challenging the Government to put more effort into preparing the country for the impact of AI/robotics.

As Technology Shifts The Human Condition, What Are The Realities Of Lives Lived Behind Screens?

Baroness Joanna Shields | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Joanna Shields

Today the power of the individual is amplified like never before. Each one of us has more power to do good than anyone that ever came before. This world isn't happening to us, we are creating it and we have the power to shape its future. If we understand the profound and nuanced ways technology is impacting us, we can learn how to harness it to enhance our experience of being alive.

The Rise Of Technology: How Screen Time Can Affect Your Baby

Angela Spencer | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Spencer

In my book, Babyopathy - baby care the natural way, I demonstrate the difference between sensory stimulation which babies need to support brain development and sensory overstimulation which can have a negative impact on:

Wired 2016 Presents What's New In AI, VR And Tech Activism

Brooke Roberts-Islam | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Tech
Brooke Roberts-Islam

It's that time of the year pre-christmas when many a head is full of ideas, swarming with information from dozens of conferences, meet-ups, launches, talks and exhibitions when it's time to cut through the noise and find out what to focus on - some of which you may have heard of and some you definitely won't have. Welcome to Wired 2016.

It's Trump, But It's Not Trump

Conor McNicholas | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Politics
Conor McNicholas

It's not about Trump. I mean, it clearly is a bit about Trump because he's just been elected President of the United States of America, but actually there are far bigger forces at play here than even him. The mistake would be to allow ourselves to be distracted by the shouty orange thing rather than looking to what's created the shouty orange thing.

Empowering Schools To Protect The Tech-Savvy Generation

Claire Stead | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

It will come as no surprise that the amount of time 8-11s and 12-15s spend online has more than doubled since 2005. Similarly, a quarter of 8-11s and seven in ten 12-15s own a smartphone. These are startling figures, but are the reality of the increasingly digital world we are living in.

Why The Charity Sector Needs To Innovate - And Fast

Ollie Boesen | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK
Ollie Boesen

You'd have to have been hiding in a fairly deep hole to have missed everything that's gone on this year. 2016 has seen significant tension surface in a number of western countries, and the political drama that has unfolded has been of the sort usually reserved for history books and Hollywood.

The Future Of Room Service Is Robots

Malminder Gill | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Malminder Gill

Following the trademarks of other delivery robots (AKA: drones), delivery innovations like Relay come equipped with mood lighting, touch screens, and even the ability to operate lifts on their own

Stopping The Customer From 'Checking Out', While Building Long-Term Customer Engagement

Trish Young | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Trish Young

The omni-channel and seamless shopping experience is the Holy Grail many retailers continue to seek to achieve. Companies are told that the customer expects the same level of brand engagement whether in-store, on a phone, a computer, tablet or mobile and by delivering this, the customer will remain a loyal shopper, spend more, returning again and again.

From Abacuses To Micro:Bits, How Is The Landscape Of Technology In Education Changing?

Carolyn Savage | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Carolyn Savage

Schools in the UK will also have the opportunity to put forward their case for scholarships to get free micro:bits, which means the pocket-sized codable computers will be more accessible to a new generation of technology pioneers regardless of their backgrounds.

What Does Your Photo Gallery Say About You?

Nadav Israel | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Nadav Israel

Brands will look for certain personas. The demographic for a cool new fashion line is unlikely to be those aged 60 plus, so the profiles of elderly users won't be of use. However, a recently-launched dentures brand would be interested in targeting this audience.

Tech-Savvy Young People Needed To Plug Widening Skills Gap

David Emm | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
David Emm

Whether as masterminds of these attacks or foot soldiers in the pay of criminal gangs, teenager hackers have been linked with many high profile cybercrimes in recent years. In fact, the frequency of teenage cyber-attacks is growing as each generation's competency grows

Is Technology The New Performance Enhancing Drugs?

Sam Lewis-Hargreave | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Sam Lewis-Hargreave

But there is another thing that could be just as unfair and just as advantageous, and it's being used in sports everywhere: technology. So should the public aim some of their outrage at technology like a donor of toxin-free urine aiming into a bottle? Let's see how tech is used in sports to find out.

Creating An Effective Cyber Security Response Plan

John Worrall | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
John Worrall

Organisations plan for success. They should also plan for worst case scenarios - especially in the case of a cyber attack or breach. For many organisations, preparedness means developing plans for disaster recovery and continuity of operations.

In Tech, The Answer To Life, The Universe And Everything Is Not 42 - It's Integration

Dmitry Bagrov | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Dmitry Bagrov

The simple truth is that the days when someone could create a new piece of technology and set the world alight overnight are over. As technology worms its way ever deeper into the inner workings of devices and systems, any innovation has to be able to seamlessly become part of this. Failure to do so means failure as a useful tool for business.

The Evolution Of The Revolution: How Mobile Is Changing Consumer Habits

Marta Krupinska | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Tech
Marta Krupinska

Have a think about the last time you looked at your phone? How many times have you used it in the last hour, or day? Nottingham Trent University found we look at our phones about 85 times a day. What did you last use your phone for? To make a call? Probably not.

Trumpets, Not Trombones, Offer A New Way To Bring About Social Value

Dan Sutch | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Tech
Dan Sutch

How do we re-view the sorts of challenges we're looking to address through a digital lens? My favourite way of describing of the difference between digital and analogue is the difference between a trombone and a trumpet.

Holy Engineering Batman! One Day Soon We Could All Have Super-Powers

Will Stewart | Posted 20.11.2016 | UK Tech
Will Stewart

Last week was Tomorrow's Engineers Week - an opportunity to highlight to young people across the UK some of the exciting careers in modern engineering. Working with the IET and Mumsnet we answered questions put to us by parents and kids about superheroes and which powers could one day be a reality thanks to advances in engineering.

Facebook Bans Fake News Sites After Election Controversy - Is It Too Little Too Late?

Philip Ellis | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

Facebook has followed the lead of Google and banned fake news sites from using its advertising network. This comes hot on the trail of public scrutiny surrounding the social network's unwitting proliferation of articles containing false information.

My Ever Changing Moods: The Shifting State Of The Digital Self

James Deeley | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Tech
James Deeley

We face a world of ever expanding interfaces, channels and services, one where curating and choice will be increasingly informed by digital 'friends' and guides, Artificial intelligence or virtual assistants. We'll need these to navigate the vastness of choice, keep us safe, and, in time, extend and grow our Digital Self.