UK Technology

Death of the Postcard?

Katy Gough | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Gough

In this modern age we expect and want everything right now. Not after your suntan has faded, slightly gnarled through the postbox, from a trip that you took over two months ago. The rising cost of stamps, too slow snail mail and instant digital information are all affecting these little cards lives.

Election Response - What's Next for Digital Democracy?

Matt Chocqueel-Mangan | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Chocqueel-Mangan

After an election there is often a period of reflection. I hope our politicians will see this as an opportunity to learn the lessons of the past 5 years, and the last 5 weeks, to build a better future for us all. As someone committed to improving our democracy, so will I.

Sex Toy Of The Future Takes On Any Shape And Is Controlled By Phone

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Another day, another new (and somewhat technologically advanced) sex toy. Heralded by its makers as the "world's first truly personal sex toy", Cr...

Why I Hate Wifi on Planes

Cathy Winston | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Tech
Cathy Winston

Is too much to want somewhere where I can sit back guilt-free without the thought I should be checking my inbox, updating Instagram with photos of clouds and generally carrying on with life?

Why Your Teenager Is Making Shopping Better for Everyone

Claude Nahon | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Tech
Claude Nahon

If you want to catch a glimpse of how tech will revolutionise shopping - and so many aspects of our lives - it's worth keeping an eye on the changing habits of our mobile-obsessed teens. Done well, brands can personalise our shopping like never before and create a really enjoyable experience.

What is The Internet of Things?

Mark Hillary | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

I am not a network specialist involved in building the IoT, but I know enough about technology to be able to imagine some of the implications of the IoT as it grows. However, I keep on hearing "experts" on radio and TV using the fridge example to describe the IoT.

Why It's Time to Stop Sharing Everything All the Time

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

I'm not saying you have to engage with your kid all the time. That would be exhausting and bit mad. But what else could you think about if you weren't uploading another photo of them getting on the slide? Or telling your friend via text how much sand you've got in your shoes right now?

14 Technology Wishes for My Independence

Martyn Sibley | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Tech
Martyn Sibley

In the true spirit and trend of list articles, here's my top 14 technology wishes. I'm sure some solutions already exist, in which case please share any links on the comments section for everyone to see.

Technology and the UK Elections

Adam Fisch | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Tech
Adam Fisch

Each party has to a greater or lesser degree included some mention of technology in their manifestos, but not enough focus has been applied and there are and will be issues the next government will have to address.

Millennial Movers: Meet the Dynamo Behind the World's Largest Offline Search Engine

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Tech
Shivvy Jervis

Selfie sticks obsessions aside (not a fan, sorry), I see the moral fibre and generosity of Gen Y first-hand. We refuse to work for brands that aren't ethical or inspiring (we won't buy from them either), rally support for community causes and have a decidedly 'global-local' mindset.

The Politics of a Trusted Internet

Russell Haworth | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Tech
Russell Haworth

Across the political spectrum, there is common ground on the benefits of the internet. The digital economy is growing at a rate of 10% year, compared to 2.6% for the economy as a whole in 2014. But with growing importance, there is growing concern - and this is where the manifestos get interesting.

How to Plant One Billion Trees a Year (Drones and Seed Bombs)

Thomas Church | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Tech
Thomas Church

26 billion trees are cut down every year and only 15 billion are replanted. Just like our economy, we're in a tree deficit. If we want to make a difference we're going to have to plant faster. Together, Robert and I managed 20 trees in the day (large saplings) - one street in East London.

Immigration: Good or Bad for the UK Tech Industry?

Anthony Sherick | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Tech
Anthony Sherick

Longer term we need to build the skills starting from school and encouraging more women into the sector. However short term a one size fits all immigration policy could be detrimental to the tech sector innovation and growth.

Why a Conservative Majority Could Be a Disaster for the UK's Tech Industry

Mike Weston | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Tech
Mike Weston

A Conservative majority would put EU membership back on the agenda and, even if David Cameron did not intend for the referendum to actually take place, it will undoubtedly negatively affect the UK's tech industry. It is worth remembering that, if managed properly, the UK's tech industry could easily surpass financial services as the nation's main driver of economic growth.

Candy Crush Is Wrecking Your Brain

Xavier Toby | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

Despite what the game developers might claim, Candy Crush etc are basically games of luck where it's impossible to predict when you're going to win, and you're permitted to win just often enough to keep you coming back. The exact same theory applies to the matches provided by dating websites, pies at the football and late night kebabs.

This Is Exactly Why There's Still a Way to Go When It Comes to Women and the Tech Industry

Georgie Barrat | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Tech
Georgie Barrat

Digital job growth is forecasted to outperform all other occupations within the next five years. If we don't address the challenge of how to attract and retain female talent within technology, we simply won't be able to close the job gap.

Burst Working

Jonas Altman | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Jonas Altman

It's a very interesting time. But isn't it always? Like every other generation before us, we believe that we are living in the most rapidly changing time in the history of mankind.

What is Periscope and How is It a Game-Changer?

Thomas Church | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Tech
Thomas Church

Periscope is not a new idea but the infrastructure exists now to enable it. 4G. Free WiFi. Fast phones. The world and our lives are Periscopable and I give it a month or so, maybe less, before someone vows to be a Life Periscoper, broadcasting every moment.

Audio Changes Face...Again!

Antony Michaelson | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Tech
Antony Michaelson

For an industry that many suggested was a relic of the past, it would seem that the interest in listening to music has never been higher, and that far from being moribund, the world of recorded music is currently changing very quickly and for the first time in forty years audio quality is on the agenda once again.

When Innovation Breeds Inequality

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

Somehow, there seems to be something utopian about the ideologies we have believed. Did we all not grow up assuming or just believing a 'just' society is a 'fair' society and vice versa? In the following years, did we not learn to separate 'justice' from 'fairness' because what is just cannot and need not be fair all the time?

Too Narrow a Focus on Finance, Not Enough on People

Philip Goodwin | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

I'm in New York this week to engage in the Post 2015 development process first hand. I know I'm not alone when I say that the process to agree a new agenda for the fight on global poverty is confusing and impenetrable. This week's focus is on financing and implementation. It's the "who's-going-to-pay?" and "how's-it-going-to-happen?" parts of the puzzle.

When People Go to War... Over a Latte

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK
Vivi Friedgut

It is always interesting to take a step back from the world you live in and view it through someone else's eyes. Earlier today I had a presentation,...

The Web Is Bringing People Into Politics - But Are Politicians Keeping Up?

Brie Rogers Lowery | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Tech
Brie Rogers Lowery

A revolution in technology over the past decade has shaken up business models underpinning everything from how we share and consume news and ideas, to how we shop or find a date. We live in an on-demand world, and as we enter the final weeks of the 2015 election, we're seeing how democracy is also being reshaped by the web.

Manifesto Watch - What's in It for the UK IT Industry?

Anthony Sherick | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Tech
Anthony Sherick

Each party has this week outlined some key policies in the interest of the UK digital economy and IT professionals across the country. Each has their individual strengths and flaws, but overall it is pleasing to see the issue being addressed and not completely ignored.

What Will the World Look Like in 2045?

David Emm | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Tech
David Emm

Robots already exist; indeed, they are playing an increasing role in society. It's likely that in 30 years there will be billions upon billions of robots, particularly for manual labour, but also for use in environments in which it would be dangerous for humans to operate safely.