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Predictions are hard, especially of the future

Intel outlined 8 technologies that they believe are key ‘accelerants’ to other technology changes in 2018. AI and Crypto Currencies are in most analysts “big themes” especially after the explosion of Bitcoin (pointless fact here) and associated hacking at the end of 2017. Expect state regulation to follow. 2018 will see more Cat and Mouse between…

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A Fox, a Jedi and an Uber …

A mouse went for a walk in the deep dark wood, the mouse saw a Fox and the Fox looked good. As Disney make the biggest acquisition of 2017 giving them a wealth of content and  putting them in charge of one of the biggest rivals to NetFlix – HULU (expect a rebrand soon). Whether via…

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First “Major Pucker” Tesla in Space

Good news for those that feel the need to shop whilst driving. If you weren’t distracted by texting at the wheel then how could reserving a table at a restaurant present any issues? As Christmas looms the list of the top tech toys is released along with a reminder as to why connecting everything – including…

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53% of Under 4s are online

Despite the turbulence of 2017, it’s been a record year for tech investment, with seven more companies founded since 2003 joining the billion dollar club. Techspel has been to Berlin this week and met European start-ups and investors; the UK is still important and attracting more of the cash than any other European country. Amongst those receiving…

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100 cryptocurrencies described in four words or less

Struggling to keep up with digital currencies? Don’t know your Bitcoin from your Digibyte? Here’s a handy and concise guide, but which type is your browser mining? Ever growing suspicion of technology is inevitable as discoveries highlight weaknesses and deliberate mal-intent in our websites  It’s not limited to browsers of course with the potential for every…

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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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