UK Technology

To Infinity And Beyond? Why BT Broadband Isn't Always on Call in Rural Areas - so I set up a Rival Service

Steve Howard | Posted 08.11.2011 | UK Tech
Steve Howard

We found ourselves with no broadband when we moved home a couple of years back. The house is part of an old farm, on the edge of reasonable sized village, but at the end of a fairly desolate track. BT's fibre plans were in the offing for the wider area, but there was no real detail.

Why Skype Sucks

Amy Lamé | Posted 08.11.2011 | UK Tech
Amy Lamé

I really want to like Skype. So why don't I? Basically, for all the inverse reasons I love my i-gear. It doesn't look good, it isn't easy to use, and it never works. OK, not never, but it tends to work best when you're just a few hundred metres away from the person you want to communicate with.

How Technology is Flip-Reversing Fashion Week

Georgina Langford | Posted 07.11.2011 | UK Tech
Georgina Langford

10 years ago to the week, the international fashion industry was gearing up for another round of catwalk shows in New York, London, Paris and Milan. Pencils would have been sharpened as editors took out their sketchbooks during presentations to draw and write about fashions that would hit stores in six months time.

Video Games: An Introduction

Miles Jacobson | Posted 07.11.2011 | UK Tech
Miles Jacobson

For today's blog, as this is a new section and some of you might not be gamers, or understand the terminology used by tech and games journalists when they're talking about games, I thought I'd write an irreverent guide to some of the words and phrases you're likely to see to describe certain genres of games.

The Sheepdogs, With Help From Rolling Stone, Prove That Facebook is an Unpersuasive Filter System for new Music

Alex Thomson | Posted 07.11.2011 | UK Tech
Alex Thomson

One month ago, Rolling Stone magazine put, for the first time, an unsigned band on their front cover. Saskatchewan, Canada's The Sheepdogs won a competition that included appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, mentoring from Kid Rock, and a tour with Kings of Leon.

What is Smart TV, and why Does it Matter?

Jonny Evans | Posted 07.11.2011 | UK Tech
Jonny Evans

These televisions are televisions with Internet access, which enables you to use the TV as a portal for all manner of online services. Surf the Web, share email or access any supported video-on-demand service, including YouTube. And much more...

Five Things I Think of When I Think of UK Technology

Harry McCracken | Posted 07.11.2011 | UK Tech
Harry McCracken

We Americans, as you may have noticed, sometimes have trouble looking past our own borders and seeing all the interesting stuff going on everywhere else in the world. That's as true for technology as it is for politics, culture, sport, and other important subjects.

Introducing HuffPost Tech UK

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.11.2011 | UK Tech
Arianna Huffington

The US and the UK may be, as George Bernard Shaw once said, two nations "separated by a common language," but they're definitely joined by a set of common problems: economic crises that have left millions unemployed or underemployed, an economic debate that has been hijacked by deficit and austerity hawks, and politicians with a remarkable ability to propose solutions that are actually making the problems worse. Yet in both countries, there is a movement fueled by social media, community engagement, and the growing understanding that real solutions aren't going to be coming from our politicians any time soon. So, in the meantime, millions of people in thousands of communities are taking the initiative to connect, engage and solve problems themselves.

Michael Rundle

The UK's Private Space Race - And Why No One Knows We're Winning It | Michael Rundle | Posted 06.11.2011 | UK Tech

On the western outskirts of the quaint Surrey town of Guildford, bordered by fields, lies a green pond marking the entrance to a narrow side road and ...

The TRON Legacy: Developing Technology in Film

Kat Middleton | Posted 06.11.2011 | UK Entertainment
Kat Middleton

Regardless of what today's teenage audiences make of TRON, I appreciate its contribution to computer generated imagery, which has made and will continue to make many other brilliant movies possible. I forgive it for Jar Jar Binks. But only just.

Two Portions of Valves & Chips Please

John Giacobbi | Posted 03.11.2011 | UK
John Giacobbi

For a nation that 'invented' the Internet - and the Computer and the Television and the Telephone and, while we're at it, the Jet Engine - to read this week that Britain ranks somewhere close to Borat's beloved Kazakhstan at the bottom of the league-table for Broadband speed.

Hubble Telescope: Latest Images

Hubble | Melanie Hick | Posted 30.10.2011 | UK Tech

NASA's Hubble telescope has been sending us detailed images from space for 21 years. Here are the latest images. It's not exactly a point and shoot ca...

Apple's Competitive Advantage

Andrea Ragnetti | Posted 25.10.2011 | UK
Andrea Ragnetti

Apple recently reported record third quarter results with revenue up 82 percent and profits up 125 percent. By the end of this fiscal year, Apple will likely pass the $100 billion mark in sales, and will become larger than IBM.

UK Tech News Blast: UK mobile coverage map, Russian space ship lost, Hubble's replacement revealed, A3 tablet

Posted 25.10.2011 | UK

Welcome to your daily blast of tech news from around the web. This is where the tech conversation starts. Today, we're talking the first ever mappi...

Apple Wins: Court Bans Samsung Galaxy Phone In 32 European countries

Melanie Hick | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK

Apple has won a preliminary injunction in a Dutch court preventing Samsung from selling its Galaxy smart phones across Europe, including the UK. T...

Twitter founders launch new app start-up: Lift

Techcrunch | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK

Twitter co-founders Biz Stone, Evan Williams, and longtime sidekick Jason Goldman, recently shifted their focus away from the micro-sharing service pr...

Facebook Unveils Major Changes To Privacy Settings

PA | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Facebook has unveiled major changes to its privacy settings so users can determine what is shown on their profile pages more easi...

The Wired World of Our Kids

Mags Allmark | Posted 22.10.2011 | UK
Mags Allmark

I love technology and it amazes me how many advances have been made over the past fifteen years in mobile phones, computers, televisions and Internet ...

Michael Rundle

1,000 Crimes In Your Pocket: Surrey Police Launch 'Police Beat' App | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK

Apple's iPhone has always allowed you to carry around thousands of songs, TV shows and emails in your pocket. Now, thanks to Surrey Police, you ca...

Cheap iPhone 4 'Coming Within Weeks'

Posted 24.10.2011 | UK

Suppliers to Apple Inc have reportedly begun production of the lower-priced iPhone 4. The Reuters news agency cited two sources working with the s...

Nanobots Versus The Ancient Greeks

Andrew Telling | Posted 18.10.2011 | UK
Andrew Telling

After casually perusing a magazine, I learned about a piece of technology so mechanically advanced that its discovery revolutionised both science and astronomy in a profound way. It's called the Antikythera Mechanism.

Discarding Paper for Pixels: Why University and Digital Media Go Hand in Hand

Albert Weatherill | Posted 18.10.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Albert Weatherill

All in all, it is clear that digital media is the present and it is also undoubted that it is the future. When you pack your bags for university this September, do yourself a favour and create some space by ditching paper for pixels.

The Six Degrees of Separation: The Shrinking World

Katie Cornish | Posted 16.10.2011 | UK Entertainment
Katie Cornish

We have all used the cliché phrase "What a small world!" when you've just realised that the man you work with is in fact the uncle to your friend you used to know from school, or something along those lines.

Google Makes Bold Bid For Motorola Mobility

Reuters | Posted 15.10.2011 | UK

Google Inc's biggest deal ever, acquiring Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc for $12.5 billion (7.6 billion pounds), is an attempt to buy insurance agains...

I Hate Housework More with Each Passing day

Ellen Arnison | Posted 15.10.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Ellen Arnison

I hate housework more than I love communications technology. Please can those clever, creative people turn their brilliant minds to solving the housework problem forever.