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Bringing the moon landing to life

This week the NHS turned to tech in a bid to reduce the £8.8Bn per year it spends tackling Diabetes. But do multiple devices just prevent multiple attack vectors for hackers? A Government advisor has suggested that a registration scheme for all IoT devices may be the best way to combat this threat. In the…

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The economics of getting heard

It appears that, just like a teenager, Alexa has hosted her first house party, without the owner’s consent. Whether by accident, exploit or design, with more ‘smart’ devices being connected to the internet, events like this will become a more common occurrence going forwards, and as consumers we are faced with serious questions about support…

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7 hours of password entry a year

Cyber Security has become a critical competency for most businesses and despite increases in spend, an increase in complexity and a shortage of talent means the threats are bigger than ever. Wired tell us that in 2017 we have seen an inordinate number of cybersecurity meltdowns, Cisco tell us 44% of security alerts are never investigated and…

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Roaming charges on the Moon

As Global acquires Audio HQ to create the largest programmatic audio platform, Google is looking to get programmatic insertion into our TV streams. After revealing this week that Alexa has had over 250,000 marriage proposals, Amazon’s next big bet is letting you communicate without a smartphone. This week, the world of Science Fiction got a…

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When 64k was all you ever needed

As witnessed in the Caribbean and in Mexico recently, technology has a significant part to play in the aftermath of a disaster. At the forefront is the seemingly ubiquitous drone;  not always a a smooth flight but has allowed us to see things from a different (and previously impossible) angle. Talking of a different angle, the National…

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Ig Nobels 2017 are as quirky as ever

Last week we started by mentioning the arrival of Alexa into high end speakers. Well this week, it’s Google’s assistant making it into high end headphones. Google also get a mention this week for this experiment, which will definitely require headphones. We also talked about failing fast, but failed to mention the most public fail…

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How not to land a rocket

Alexa and Ok Google technology has made their way into new speakers from Harman and JBL. As research shows that the number one use of these digital assistants is music streaming there will be some quarters rejoicing at the proliferation of devices. However there are certainly some elements of this blog that I can understand.…

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Airborne taxis ready for take-off

As Vladimir Putin publicly stated that ‘Whoever leads the world in AI, will rule the world’, there was a call from over 100 leaders in the field for a UN resolution on AI based weapons. Amongst them Elon Musk – who’s well known for his views on the subject. Before the apocalypse there is a growing…

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Instahack

There’s an abundance of Virtual, Mixed and Augmented Reality news at the moment. Apple plans to bring AR to both iPhone & iPad with the upcoming release of IOS 11 whilst Google has announced its plans for AR on Android. The future of Microsoft in this space is less clear as components of Hololens went out of production. A…

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Why Whisky tastes better with a splash of water

Spotify has surpassed 60mn paying subscribers, outgrowing Apple, and strong numbers in family subscriptions. Spotify decided to remove white supremacy music after events in Charlottesville. Sky are launching a new VIP TV channel that will air HBO, Showtime and Sky Original Productions 24 hrs before their regular broadcast on Sky Atlantic for subscribers who have…

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Paint survives brush with death, Flash doesn’t

This week we’ve got big numbers to report as WhatsApp hits 1 Billion daily users, sending over 55 billion messages a day. There’s no doubt that messaging is big business, as in a recent round of funding Slack were valued at circa $9Bn. A smaller, but nonetheless respectable, figure of $10.8 million was raised this…

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