UK Technology

Cuddling a Stranger: An App Too Far?

Sarah Kwong | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Tech
Sarah Kwong

Ah, who doesn't love a social media trend? Especially when it gives some thought to linguistics. We've recently gone mad for apps designed to help you interact with strangers, incidentally all suffixed with an 'r'. Meet Tinder and Grindr's new, potentially more terrifying cousin, Cuddlr. DUN DUN DUHHH.

Why Is Data Security So Often Overlooked?

Roger Keenan | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Tech
Roger Keenan

Technology is everywhere. It forms the basis of our daily lives, from communicating with loved ones to documenting your work in the office. Many businesses that were once stalwarts of the British high street have closed down, simply trading online instead and this shows the power of technology in the modern world.

Halt the Rapid Decline in Part-Time Higher Education

Anka Mulder | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Anka Mulder

In recent years, provision by universities of lifelong learning and professional education has been in sharp decline. Earlier this year, for instance, the Rinnooy Kan Commission in the Netherlands found that part-time higher education is undergoing a dramatic decline.

Why We Need Less Gimmicks and More Ergonomics in Tech Gear

Collette Walsh | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Tech
Collette Walsh

With over 10 million of the new iPhone 6 phones sold already world wide, that's a lot of fingers and wrists in regular use - let's hope Apple and all the major tech companies heed the need for designs that support our joints.

Google Has a Responsibility to Boost Female Staff Numbers

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Tech
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

There is something to be said for the fact that women to date have had an even greater challenge than men to get their views heard and noticed, despite women's supposed excellent communication skills; So the race is now on as women take up the challenge, and men may have to fight harder to keep their positions.

Putting the Wellbeing Into Tech

Anna Chapman | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Tech
Anna Chapman

One observation that I found really valuable was the idea that you shouldn't blame tech for your own stress. Instead, we need to find ways to manage how we use it in an always-on culture.

The Dot Dot Dot Effect

Sarah Kwong | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Tech
Sarah Kwong

The three little words turned into three little dots. Ellipses, brought to us by iPhones. There was a time when we didn't feel like immediacy was required to live as normal human beings. That time has long gone. We have such a desire to be tuned in at every turn, that just seeing those dots, ergo knowing someone is replying, sends our brains into overdrive.

Embracing Technology at London Fashion Week

Richard Dodgson | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Tech
Richard Dodgson

Burberry provides yet another example of a designer label maximising the use of technology. The brand was one of the first to utilise Twitter's 'Buy Now' button for their SS15 show where online viewers could purchase nail varnish straight from the catwalk.

Learning Something New... Everyday!

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tarun Sakhrani

We rarely have time these days to stop, to pause, to think and more importantly to observe things around us. The smart (or dumb) phone, depending on your point of view, has drawn our attention and taken up even those few extra minutes of spare time that we have.

How Much Can We Do Before We Explode?

Ruby Wax | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Nothing is easy. We need to do our own banking. What happened to the bank teller who would help by handing me a piece of paper and telling me how to fill it in and then say, "Have a nice day." I used to want to choke those people for saying it, now I miss it with those little insincere smiles.

What's an API and Why It Matters to You

Alice Bonasio | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Tech
Alice Bonasio

"Researchers spend a lot of time looking through databases and organizing their citations and other materials. One of the things we did was use the APIs to develop features that would allow them to import articles directly from those databases to their Mendeley libraries, saving a lot of unnecessary clicking through, and extra hassle.

Neither Awake or Asleep; Is It Really a Sleep Problem?

Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan

My sleep clinic is constantly full of exhausted people wanting to know how to get more sleep, fall asleep more easily at night, stay asleep, feel asleep. This last one is interesting - many of my clients complain of feeling as if they've not slept at all even though they may have spent hours in bed and not really been awake.

There Are Mobile Phone Lanes In China And We're Not Sure How We Feel About It

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When you're engrossed in a good Twitter session, walking along the pavement without knocking over a small child can be challenging. But one city ma...

Adoption of Contactless Payment: It's Quicker by Tube

Steve Loynes | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Tech
Steve Loynes

Such is the power of Apple that, within 48 hours of not launching it, Google News already cited over 12 million returns for the term "iWatch." The product, of course, is simply Apple Watch (35 million returns on Google News).

Children, Computing and the Curriculum

David Emm | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

Online safety is a vital factor at every stage of our children's education. Children use the Internet differently at different ages. Just as the way maths is taught varies from key stage 1 to key stage 4, cyber-security must be approached in a way that will be most meaningful to the life of children at different ages.

Adding Girls Into the Tech Equation

Anne Marie Neatham | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Tech
Anne Marie Neatham

The technology industry constantly pushes boundaries. Unfortunately we have not succeeded in removing the perceived boundaries that stop women from opting to work in technical careers.

A 21st Century Tragedy

Fionn Shiner | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Fionn Shiner

A few days ago I was on my darling, using my time exceptionally well by reading the delightfully snidey and grammatically impressive Guardian comments and listening to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, when my laptop began to warm up. It was all hot and bothered and making a disconcerting screeching sound.

Why Scottish Independence May Fuel the Great British Buy Up

Nigel Cannings | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nigel Cannings

So, maybe it's not all doom and gloom. British companies can be ready to fight hard for new exports with a weaker pound. Overseas investors, particularly those holding dollars due to the tightening of US fiscal rules, may well be looking to invest in British companies, which is good for the tech sector in particular.

The Slippery Slope of Internet Censorship

Thomas Hughes | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Tech
Thomas Hughes

The council will examine the tension between the basic principles of privacy and the public's right to know - the main concern with this controversial ruling.

Shadow Play

Clare Reddington | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Tech
Clare Reddington

This week marks our first Playable City conference (Making the City Playable) and the unveiling of Shadowing, the winner of our second Playable City Award, which animates the lamp posts of Bristol to capture and play back the shadows of passers by.

There Is Simply No Reason for Anyone to Care About the iPhone 6

Mark Wilson | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Wilson

The iPhone used to be exciting and interesting. It used to be aspirational and high-end. Now the world and his dog has an Apple handset and it's turned from something special into a poor substitute for one of the countless alternatives... The iPhone is run of the mill. It is predictable. It's just plain boring.

Smartphone Kills the Radio Star

Juan Lobato | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Tech
Juan Lobato

Since the arrival of the smartphone, and in reality the arrival of the iPhone, technology has been slowly killing off a number of different connected devices as it consolidates them into one tool. From the humble alarm clock, through to the digital camera, landline, Walkman and satnav, the list goes on as smartphones have made more and more devices redundant.

Michael Rundle

11 Coolest Gadgets We've Seen So Far At IFA 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Tech

The IFA tech show at Berlin is usually full of two things: cool smartphones, and boring kitchen gadgets. This year it's also got smartwatches, ultr...

Innovation Comes From Trial and Error, Error, Error....

Brendan Flattery | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Tech
Brendan Flattery

"People are under enormous pressure, I think, to not fail," he says. "Parents don't want to see the pain of failure. The teachers punish you for failing. Your boss punishes you for failing. So people learn throughout their life gradually, to find all sorts of ways to not fail, which frankly is easy to do."

If the Brain Has Changed, Our Game Can't Remain the Same: Five Ways Brands Must Change

Dan Machen | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Tech
Dan Machen

Concern over technology affecting our brains persists - and is getting louder and more dystopian... we are connected more, but retaining less - how many phone numbers can you recall now?