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Calling 911: Can Facebook reduce the Digital Divide in Developing Countries?

There is a group of four developing countries which are referred to as ‘BRIC’ that experts believe are starting to move from developing countries to countries which will have strong economies in the near future. These countries are Brazil, India, Russia and China, and each of these countries has been a high priority for technology companies over the past...

14 · OCT ·20140

Are you connected?

Technology and connectivity has rapidly become ingrained in our day-to-day lives. Looking around me on the crowded tube this morning, I would say 90% of my fellow commuters had headphones in listening to MP3s, or hunched over a smartphone flicking through Facebook or playing a game. Admittedly I did have to look up from my own smartphone to see them....

27 · MAR ·20140

The Internet of Things is now a reality

Since its creation back in the 1960’s, the Internet has always been about enabling rapid communication between people. Yes, it was technology that enabled that communication, but people were the driving force behind it. Kevin Ashton, the first person to use the phrase ‘Internet of Things’ (back in 1999), coined the term to define the shift from human-dependent information, to information...

10 · MAR ·20140

Year in Review

Upon reflection, 2013, feels less of a momentous year than previous ones, both inside and outside of our industry. It wasn't sprinkled with the added piquancy a London Olympics brings, it wasn't a year of new products launches or technologies. The 'cloud' continued to gather pace, to a point where it has now entered the mainstream. 'Big Data' and the...

31 · DEC ·20131

‘Twitter Crimes’ and freedom of speech on the internet

One of the many ways in which the internet has altered society is the platform it has provided us all upon which we can have ‘our say’. From consumers using twitter to complain about the poor customer service of their mobile phone provider, to the way in which citizens harnessed social media to topple repressive regimes during the Arab Spring,...

28 · AUG ·20130

What is Big Data and how can it help?

Big Data is the latest tech industry buzzword, but what is it and how does it affect us? Well in the simplest terms it denotes a large (very large in fact) amount of data. We’re talking about a classification which deems 30-50 terabytes a “minimum”. To place that into perspective, one terabyte of audio recorded at CD quality will contain around 2,000...

7 · JUN ·20130

All brand cars to be connected to the web by 2014

A recent BBC report has unveiled car manufactures plans to have all new vehicles connected to the web within the next few years. In fact Intel, which will invest £64million over the next five years in the 'connected cars' claims that is already the third fastest growing technological device after phones and tablets.

The introduction of smart technologies into vehicles...

15 · FEB ·20130

2012 Year in Review

In many ways the late naughties and the early part of this decade (what are we calling this one by the way?) have been characterised by what’s wrong with this country: the recession, the riots, union strikes, press misdemeanours and expenses scandals. And while 2012 has not been bereft of such of problems, it has been punctuated by events –...

3 · JAN ·20130

Fluidata Golf Day

On the 18th of April hackers and professionals alike took up the inguinal Fluidata Golf Day challenge. A day full of hazards with the gentle breeze and light rain not deterring any of the welcome golfers/customers. It took place at The Gove Golf Club near Watford. The Grove has played host to the likes...

3 · MAY ·20120

Web anonymity, scourge of the internet or godsend?

The case for anonymity on the world wide web has been brought to the fore again these past few weeks, following comments from Google’s head honcho Eric Schmidt at Edinburgh’s International Television Festival. “The internet would be better if we had an accurate notion that you were a real person as opposed to a dog, or a fake person, or...

2 · SEP ·20111