UK Technology

Critical Communications And IoT: Connecting The Dots In An Emergency

Nick Hawkins | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Tech
Nick Hawkins

Virtually any IoT device can be integrated with a critical communication platform to improve its self-regulation and ability to communicate. Imagine a world where your appliances and business applications could self-diagnose. For example, airports can identify when a new bulb is needed on a runway.

The Future Of Media Consumption: Connected And Driverless Cars

Gregor Pryor | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Tech
Gregor Pryor

As the distinction between the driver and the passenger becomes blurred, the demand for increasingly immersive in-car entertainment will rise. But before cars become our 'third living space', there is a plethora of commercial, legal and even ethical considerations to tackle.

Siri - Do My Tax Return

Ed Molyneux | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Tech
Ed Molyneux

These kinds of new user interfaces are revolutionising the way we interact with technologies and services. But it is not just entertainment or home tasks which can benefit. What if we could also make mundane business matters, like payroll and bookkeeping, more efficient, too?

The AI Intellectual Property Debate

Simon Webster | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Tech
Simon Webster

AI remains an area where there is frenetic IP activity. To date this has largely been based around protecting AI systems or applications. But, in a future where machines are deployed to create complex products, the question of IP ownership could become clouded. AI helps solve complex issues simply and elegantly; legal ownership on the other hand may not be quite so simple.

Tech Gets Back To Basics With The Return Of The Nokia 3310

Stephen Ebbett | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Tech
Stephen Ebbett

When the Nokia 3310 first launched in 2000, the mobile market was a remarkably different space. The phrase 'smartphone' meant nothing and touch screen handsets sounded like something from a sci-fi film. Let's take a look back at the winners and losers of mobile innovation.

The Promise - And Dawn - Of GovTech

Shantanu Bhagwat | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Tech
Shantanu Bhagwat

Why does it matter? It matters because GovTech has the potential to fundamentally transform government and public services and shake up the usually passive relationship between citizens and public authorities. GovTech can help public services become what they should be: agile, responsive and flexible.

Robocop Is Real And It's Patrolling The Streets Of Dubai

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Tech

While you might have heard about robots taking on law enforcement roles before it’s unlikely you’ve seen anything like this. Dubai Police have unv...

Facebook Files: Does Content Have A Right To Express Itself?

Matt Barnard | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Tech
Matt Barnard

The cause of Facebook is to capture content and distribute it, regardless of what that content is, because the mindset of technology says that we must make everything as available and usable as possible.

Homo Distractus. How The Modern Economy Thrives On Our Attention And How To Fight It Back

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Tech
Anastasia Dedyukhina

I often find that my clients underestimate, how much time they spend online, by approximately two hours per day. This is a lot of time. This is one extra month per year. Do you complain that you don't have time to do things that you'd like to? This is where your time goes.

These Emerging Technologies Will Completely Change The Criminal Justice System

Quora | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Tech

I think of the potential contributions of technology as falling into three broad categories: reducing crime, improving data quality, and reducing racial inequality. Here are a few innovations that I have my eye on, and why:

You Can Now Read These Magazines For Free With Amazon Prime

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Tech

Still holding out on Amazon Prime? Well if you’re a keen reader of magazines then this announcement might be the news that pushes you into the realm...

My Phone Isn't Smart Until It Can Read My Mind

Dr James 'Bo' Begole | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dr James 'Bo' Begole

This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) featured drones that follow their owners, lip-reading cars, robots that recognize your family members, and head-mounted VR games controlled with your gaze. By comparison, today's "smart" phones feel as quaint as a pocket calculator.

How Technology Has Made It Easier Than Ever To Live Abroad

Patrick Gilligan | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Tech
Patrick Gilligan

Whatever your views on the rise of tech; as digital communication continues to improve and remote working becomes easier and more common, so will living abroad.

Underestimating Older Shoppers' Desire For New Technology Would Be A Mistake For Retailers

David Levine | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Tech
David Levine

When considering potential consumers and the emerging market of retail technology, it is unlikely that baby boomers and older generations are the first groups that come to mind.

Could Tech Solve Youth Unemployment? We Will Only Know If We Give Young People A Chance

Chas Moloney | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Tech
Chas Moloney

Could tech be the key to this? The introduction of new and innovative technology in recent years has certainly made the workplace far more attractive to today's tech-savvy youth. This particular demographic, also known as "millennials" or "generation Y" are well accustomed to the use of technology in every aspect of their daily lives.

The Future Of Retail: The Technologies Turning The Tide For The UK's High Streets

Neil Gowing | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Tech
Neil Gowing

Given how quick consumers are to embrace technological advances, it is likely that Amazon Go stores will become an immediate player on the retail scene, whilst at the same time, the ease of use and accessibility that has coaxed thousands of British consumers into shopping online is unlikely to abate.

Buy Twitter

Ed Mayo | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Tech
Ed Mayo

How does Twitter bring in money in a way that doesn't push people out? This is the central question the social media platform faces when its shareholders meet next week. The answer could be that we buy Twitter as a co-op. Millions of us.

Predictive Intelligence - Delivering AI To Consumers, Today

Guillaume Roques | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Tech
Guillaume Roques

However, scientists are a long way from building machines that have human-like, multi-purpose intelligence, and instead, the most common form of AI that we encounter today is predictive intelligence.

Not Going Out - Unsocial Media

Daniel Lewis | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Lewis

And that is my gripe with social media. I secretly quite like the silly memes, jokes and animal videos. What really annoys me though, is the fact that social media seems to be replacing the social. The physical act of going out and spending time with people you like.

Why We Need To Start Minding Our Own Attention

Antony Mayfield | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Tech
Antony Mayfield

Now, look at your attention. Loose, flabby and spilling out all over the place. Yes it is. Pull yourself together! Get your attention straight and stop blaming your distracted state on all those apps, streaming services and smartphone alerts.

Faking It - Why Honest Reviews Are Essential In The 'Post-Truth' Age

Matt West | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Tech
Matt West

All businesses need to wake up to the fact that in the age of social media, going online to share an experience is second nature to a growing number of us. If we cannot leave reviews on the company's website nowadays, we will simply head straight for Facebook or Twitter where we can be heard.

How Can Cinemas Satisfy A Nation Of Binge-Watching Addicts?

Lucy Dougherty | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Tech
Lucy Dougherty

This need for 24/7 media consumption, and the rise of online streaming services, poses a very real threat to the cinema industry. There is a genuine risk that we will choose back-to-back series watching in the comfort of our own home over spending extra money and travel costs to view a single movie at the local cinema complex.

Will Virtual Headsets Become The New Reality For Eurovision?

Chris Lawrence | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Tech
Chris Lawrence

Despite a crisis which saw over 20 staff members quit a couple of months ago, Eurovision fans should breathe a sigh of relief: the show will go on. While die-hard fans will have spent a significant amount of money to travel to the Ukraine this year, most of Eurovision's 180 million viewers will be tuning in to watch it in their own homes.

Every Sound Tells A Story - Especially In The Smart Home

Chris Mitchell | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Tech
Chris Mitchell

A truly smart home would be able to recognise the sound of an alarm and alert the home owner via their mobile device if they happened to be out. A truly smart home should also be able to recognise the sound of a window breaking, and in addition to alerting the absent homeowner, play loud music and turn on the lights to scare off any intruders.

Healthy Living: Could It Be As Much Fun As Playing A Game?

Jeroen Tas | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Tech
Jeroen Tas

No matter where you live, they could not be missed last summer: Pokémon seekers. Bent over their phones while walking for miles to catch the little creatures. Using augmented reality, Pokémon Go took the world by storm and became an overnight sensation, appealing to millions of younger people and the young at heart