UK Technology

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

Can We Trust Our Cars To Drive Us?

Russell Haworth | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Tech
Russell Haworth

We have been gradually increasing vehicles' autonomy for many years, fuelled by progressing technology and the enthusiasm of customers. Considering the current status quo, the self-driving car is really just one more step down a path we have been journeying for many years.

Defending Yourself Against A Cyber-Attack - What You Need To Know

John Grimm | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Tech
John Grimm

These worrying statistics highlight just how vulnerable the business community remains to data breaches, even after an unprecedented period of public disclosures. Britain's businesses cannot continue to treat cyber security as a box-ticking exercise and risk falling foul of harmful attacks.

It's Time For STEM Women To Step Forward

Victoria Tomlinson | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Tech
Victoria Tomlinson

We're taught from a young age, especially if we're female, that modesty is a virtue. If someone compliments us, we should look embarrassed and deny all responsibility for it. If someone calls for volunteers we should look to the person next to us, even if we have the skills to do the task.

Should Tech Companies Police The Internet?

Ran Berger | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Tech
Ran Berger

The German government has gone as far as announcing that fines of up to €50m will be imposed on social networks that fail to delete hate speech or fake news, expressing concerns that illegal content was not being taken down quickly enough.

How Can We Encourage More Women To Pursue STEM Careers?

Quora | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Tech

I volunteered for five years in an inner urban school district. At first, the teachers told me their students had too troubled a home environment to be able to learn effectively. But it turned out that many of these kids had never even had any math problems corrected.

Is AR Vs VR A Betamax/VHS War Revisited?

Rebecca Hopkins | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Tech
Rebecca Hopkins

So why the VHS/Betamax reference? Brace yourself... Our decision to make AR our tech of choice had been made for well-considered reasons however, our guest assured us that we had been lucky enough to make them for a few reasons we hadn't considered, namely porn.

Delivering Sustainable Transport In Africa's Cities

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

Africa's Cities: Opening Doors to the World, a lack of quality and cost-efficient transportation is one of the main challenges facing the continent's urban centres. Many African cities' mass transit relies on informal minibus systems whose low passenger capacity prevents them from achieving economies of scale, and small taxis.

In A Digital World, Fandom Takes On A Whole New Meaning

Quora | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Tech

Hatsune Miku, the popular 16-year-old Japanese pop star with teal pigtails, is an entirely fan-created construct. Her high level of recognizability, not to mention commercial appeal, has allowed her to feature in commercials for Toyota and Google, tour with Lady Gaga, and appear on The Late Show with David Letterman.

VR48: Addressing VR's Identity Crisis

Dean Johnson | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dean Johnson

Don't get me wrong, I love Guinness World Records and I have a long and happy association with them. However, virtual reality is saddled with an image problem, one of nauseating game-play and fellas mostly wasting their time. Sadly, these types of endurance records reinforce it.

This 'Seeing' Prosthetic Hand Could Revolutionise Bionics

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Tech

Scientists have created a bionic hand that can spot and grab objects automatically. The revolutionary prosthetic uses computer vision to assess an obj...

Please Don't Read My Mind, Facebook - We're All Friends Here

Stephen Ebbett | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Tech
Stephen Ebbett

Amazon Echo has enjoyed a wealth of success since the product first launched back in 2014. There is now an undeniable appetite for digital assistants in the home, and competitors have rushed to launch their own equivalents of 'Alexa', including Google Home and Samsung's Bixby.

Autonomous Vehicles - The Last Lap To Reality Or A Sci-Fi Fantasy?

Colin Bull | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Tech
Colin Bull

I, Robot. Minority Report. Herbie. What do all these films have in common? Self-driving vehicles. Hollywood movies have often featured cars that are self-driving and, in some cases, conscious.

What Separates Humans From Robots?

Dr. Mike Lynch | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dr. Mike Lynch

AI has introduced some useful innovation to the creative industries by making personalised recommendations, based on your behaviour. Amazon will recommend books, Spotify will curate playlists and Netflix will suggest new weekend-stealing boxsets.

What Lengths Would You Go To Keep Your Kids Safe Online?

Barbara Brenninkmeijer | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Barbara Brenninkmeijer

Parents and carers instinctively protect children in the real world, and keeping kids safe online is just as important, and with a little preparation and the right solution for you as a family, can become second nature too.

Hello World! Why It's Good To Regularly Unplug

Dr Jessamy Hibberd | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Jessamy Hibberd

I love technology and social media. I love its ability to connect people and share information. To help me find my way (I have no sense of direction), to check a fact or find out where I've seen someone before, but I do sometimes have a yearning for the days when we weren't quite so in touch.

Light And Space

Araceli Camargo | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Tech
Araceli Camargo

Light has become a unique point of interest within the built environment on three fronts; sustainability, mental health, and cost. It is the element t...

Questions Are Obsolete - The Information Is Out There

Dmitry Bagrov | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dmitry Bagrov

While in the first round of the French Presidential election, opinion polls got the results to within 1% correct, the industry as a whole has taken qu...

Three Industries You Didn't Know Blockchain Is Disrupting

Keshav R. Murugesh | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Tech
Keshav R. Murugesh

Some have heralded it as the next iteration of a cashless society, a system with the potential to revolutionise archaic methods of transferring money,...

How Do You Build A Robot? One Human At A Time. What You Need To Know About The Race To A.I.

Shannon Edwards | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Tech
Shannon Edwards

You may have seen recent news that Amazon has launched a new and improved Echo device called the Echo Look. Thanks to its built-in camera, one of the ...

How Will Human Drivers And Autonomous Cars Share The Road?

Matthew Claxson | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK Tech
Matthew Claxson

As we stand on the verge of a new era of driverless cars, we need to consider the significant challenges this presents for lawmakers and the legal and insurance professions. Importantly, we need to consider the ethical and legal challenges for the decades of transition, when autonomous and human-driven cars will operate side-by-side on the roads.

Are We Safe In Our Connected Beds?

Jon Lucas | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Tech
Jon Lucas

Among today's tech trends, the Internet of Things - IoT - is right up there as a talking point and emerging market. While the general idea has been around for some time (it was 'named' in 1999), it's only in the last few years that investment, product development and revenue have really accelerated.

Mum's iPad Fail Will Make You Giggle (But It Kind Of Makes Sense)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A mum has left the internet chuckling with her rather unique use of technology, but we think she may just be onto something. The unnamed woman simply ...

The Rise Of The Silver Surfer: How Technology Is Enriching The Lives Of The Aging Population

Fran Whittaker-Wood | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Tech
Fran Whittaker-Wood

There is an assumption amongst younger generations that the senior members of our society have no interest in technology. Labelled rather patronizingly as a generation of 'digital dinosaurs', there are often exaggerated claims of an ever-increasing 'digital divide' between the old and young.