Thomas Tamblyn
Thomas is the Technology Editor for the Huffington Post UK

Entries by Thomas Tamblyn

How To Stop Cold Callers On Mobile With Ofcom's Single 'Unsubscribe Service'

(0) Comments | Posted 27 May 2016 | (14:57)

Unsolicited nuisance calls are just about the most hateful thing on the planet.

No, we haven't been in a car accident and if we hear the word PPI once more there's a strong chance we'll just revert to exclusively using messenger pigeons.

Well fear...

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Facebook Now Tracks Everyone, Even If You're Not Signed Up

(0) Comments | Posted 27 May 2016 | (12:50)

Facebook is moving into new territory.

The social network has decided it wants to compete with Google in the world of advertising, and to do that it's going to start changing the way it tracks people.

Initially, Facebook simply tracked...

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Microsoft Will Now Ban You From Using A Password If It Thinks It's Too Easy

(0) Comments | Posted 27 May 2016 | (11:47)

Remembering all the passwords in your life might seem like a lot of effort but they exist for a reason.

To help encourage better password etiquette

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Three Is Trialling A Whole Weekend Of Ad-Blocking On Its Network

(0) Comments | Posted 27 May 2016 | (08:21)

The war continues.

Three has announced that for 24 hours next month it will be blocking adverts at the network level.

The experiment will be...

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So The U.S. Nuclear Computers Still Need Floppy Disks...

(0) Comments | Posted 26 May 2016 | (12:23)

A recent audit has found that a rather crucial part of the U.S. Defense Department's computer infrastructure still runs off floppy disks.

That's right, floppy disks, those enormous plastic things that can hold 1.2MB which, by the way, isn't even enough space to hold a...

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Is Ageing Inevitable? Sea Urchins Could Hold The Key To Living Forever

(0) Comments | Posted 26 May 2016 | (11:34)

Getting older isn't fun, lots of things stop working while the rest of you just gets really slow.

It's all thanks to our body's ability to regenerate new cells, or rather lack there of as we get older.

Sea urchins don't have this problem....

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Scientists May Have Been Fighting Alzheimer's Wrong For The Last 30 Years Suggests Study

(0) Comments | Posted 26 May 2016 | (09:00)

A controversial study has suggested that the sticky plaques in the brain which are believed to be causing Alzheimer's disease could in fact be a natural part of our immune system.

People who have dementia all suffer from a buildup of beta-amyloid protein in the brain....

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WhatsApp Gold Isn't Real, It's A Scam That'll Fill Your Phone With Malware

(0) Comments | Posted 25 May 2016 | (16:26)

WhatsApp Gold or WhatsApp Plus are not real.

Unfortunately a team of scammers have done their utmost to make them seem real and in turn convince users to click on a link that would allow them to download it.

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Airbus Unveils 'Hypercopter' Patent For The World's Fastest Helicopter

(0) Comments | Posted 25 May 2016 | (15:23)

Airbus have secured a patent for a 'hypercopter' that, if it entered service, would become the fastest helicopter in the world.

The revolutionary concept design shows a helicopter that at high speeds would utilise two extra rear-facing propellers.

Described by Airbus as a 'Compound Helicopter', the alien design would allow the vehicle to travel at speeds of up to around 300 mph.

To put that into perspective the fastest commercially available helicopter is the massive CH-47 Chinook which has a top speed of just under 200 mph.

There are in fact helicopters which already utilising the concept of having side-mounted propellers such as Eurocopter's experimental X3.

What makes the Compound Helicopter different from the X3 is that the X3's propellers are forward facing, while the Compound design has them mounted at the rear.

The Compound also has a more complete wing structure which would allow for better lift and smoother aerodynamic flight.

Another thing you'll notice about the Compound Helicopter is that it doesn't have a tail rotor.

Normally tail rotors are used to provide anti-torque balance for the main rotors. With Airbus' unique design though the two rear-facing propellers provide that stabilisation all on their own.

When the helicopter wants to take off it does so normally and then once at altitude the pilot can engage the higher-speed mode.

The main rotor is wound down to a lower speed and the twin propellers on the side drastically increase their thrust...

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Hyperloop Video Explains What It'll Be Like To Travel At 760mph

(0) Comments | Posted 25 May 2016 | (11:31)

It seems like only yesterday that Hyperloop felt like nothing more than a few concept drawings and a grin on Elon Musk's face.

Well the tube-based transportation system has come a long way and to prove just how far here's a sneak peak at what travelling in one of the trains will be like.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (one of the companies that has taken on Musk's concept) released a short video during a conference call that showed how they would make travelling in a tiny capsule not only bearable, but actually pleasant.

The company has partnered with Re'Flekt, a firm in Germany, who will be creating the next-generation of screens for the Hyperloop's windows.

You see because Hyperloop works by sending a capsule down a frictionless vacuum tube there's no chance of getting a nice view.

To compensate the company has designed a concept which creates a fake window which would show what the passenger would see if they did actually have a window.

In addition the windows would act as information centres, providing up-to-date info on the weather as well as upcoming events at their destination.

HTT has got a partnership in place with the Slovakian government and the hope is that they can create the first looped system between Bratislava and...

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Microsoft Windows 10 Upgrade Popup Labelled 'Nasty Trick' As It Forces Users To Update

(0) Comments | Posted 25 May 2016 | (10:34)

Microsoft has got itself in a spot of bother.

The company has been accused of playing a 'nasty trick' on those people who haven't yet upgraded their PCs to Windows 10.

Anyone who hasn't upgraded yet has been receiving fairly...

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Twitter Changes: Here's What You Need To Know

(0) Comments | Posted 25 May 2016 | (08:37)

Twitter is changing, again.

The 140-character limit has always been Twitter's precious crown, it is the defining feature which keeps its content so interesting.


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Firing Giant Lasers Into The Atmosphere Could Actually Help Slow Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted 24 May 2016 | (12:06)

Scientists have put forward an ambitious theory which suggests that by firing giant lasers at clouds, humanity can slow the effects of climate change.

Now this might sound like something out of a Bond film but actually it's a legitimate theory that has been put...

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A Simple Blood Test Could Finally See Men Living As Long As Women

(0) Comments | Posted 24 May 2016 | (09:44)

Men who lack the Y chromosome in their blood cells are at greater risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, cancer and more.

Scientists at Uppsala University found that when men lose their Y chromosome later in life they become hundreds of times...

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'Low Battery Anxiety' Affects 9 Out Of 10 Of Us Says Survey

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2016 | (14:55)

Your phone is running out of battery and it's already midday.

Or maybe you're out and about and you look down to see that you've only got 12 per...

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Motorola's Iconic RAZR Flip Phone Could Be Making A Comeback As An Android Phone

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2016 | (13:39)

Remember the Motorola RAZR?

Of course you do, it was the flip phone that everyone wanted during the early 00s, and for good reason.

Motorola's V3 RAZR was a design masterpiece, it was thin, extremely well-built and featured that glorious laser-etched metal keyboard that made using a T9 keyboard an absolute dream.

That phone will always have a place in our heart but sadly as technology advanced design elements were dropped and the flip phone was ditched.

Well it looks like Motorola has a surprise up its sleeve, because if this teaser is anything to go by then the company is looking to bring back one of the most iconic smartphone designs.

The RAZR name did indeed continue past the flip phone design, and even led to some very good Android smartphones but since then it has all been very quiet.

Flip phones have had something of a resurgence of late, particularly in countries like South Korea and Japan so if Motorola is looking to make a modern Android version of the RAZR flip phone then that wouldn't actually be too far-fetched.

Indeed you only have to read the company's accompanying teaser line: "Flip back to the Razr days of yesteryear and get ready for the future."

Thankfully we won't have long to wait before we find out. The Lenovo-owned company will reveal all on 9th...

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Dad Uses Tesla's 'Summon' Feature To Play The Perfect Prank On His Young Son

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2016 | (11:46)

Tesla's Model S and Model X are fun cars.

We knew this already, but one father has found a way of turning his Model S into the perfect prank machine against his son.

Both the Tesla Model S and Model X have a self-driving feature called 'Summon'. It allows the driver to remotely summon the car from a garage or parking space simply by tapping a button on the smartphone app.

Well this father neglected to tell his son that his Model S had this feature, and so decided to have a little fun.

Leaving his son in the car, he booted up the Tesla app on his smartphone and commanded his car to pull out of the garage by itself.

Unsurprisingly his son was somewhat alarmed, probably thinking that he had in someway instigated this.

Ending with the famous last words 'My dad's going to kill me', the boy was finally put out of his misery and realised he'd been pranked.

Both of Tesla's cars definitely have a sense of humour built in, for starters there are a whole library of little easter eggs hidden in the software from Bond references to the simple fact that the cars' sport mode is called 'Ludicrous...

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Hiding From Hostile Aliens Is Pointless, They Already Know We're Here Warns Expert

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2016 | (08:55)

Making first contact with intelligent alien life is probably on the top of any astronomer's wish list.

In fact meeting extra terrestrials for the first time is...

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Introducing Tech For Good

(1) Comments | Posted 23 May 2016 | (00:00)

tech for good

The drone.

Is there a gadget in the last five years that has grown in popularity as much as the humble drone?

It has gone from a hobbyist's extravagance to the answer (and cause) of all our problems. Indeed, look in the news today...

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Ransomware Criminals Hand Over Master Key After Turning A New Leaf

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2016 | (13:06)

The hackers responsible for one of the most dangerous pieces of ransomware have seemingly had a change of heart after handing control of the virus to security...

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