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How are hackers controlling the world?

How are hackers controlling the world?
While almost everyone uses the internet and believes they know what it is, few are actually well-versed not only with what the internet was supposed to be, but how it has transformed into a tool that is equally useful and dangerous. It’s a topic cyber security expert Keith Sutherland has worked at the heart of for four decades.
14th May 2019

IoT to place automotive HMI systems on a high growth course

IoT to place automotive HMI systems on a high growth course
Growing of IoT coupled with significant demand for vehicle automation will remain instrumental in driving the growth of automotive HMI systems market. Sales of automotive HMI systems is also impacted by a number of macroeconomic and industry-specific factors including growing technological advancements with a refocus on sustainability and the ‘green movement’ albeit various regulatory directives for manufacturers of automotive human machine interface systems market.
26th April 2019

The roadmap for creating ‘smart cities’

The roadmap for creating ‘smart cities’
Last summer, Sadiq Khan published his ‘smart city roadmap’ for London. With its overarching goal of creating a fairer, more prosperous and more equal place for all Londoners, the Major of London’s plan is just one example of how major global cities are leveraging technology and data to improve the lives of citizens and visitors alike. By Oliver Gassmann, Jonas Bohm and Maximilian Palmie
25th April 2019


UK university defences easily defeated by hackers

UK university defences easily defeated by hackers
Ethical hackers from Jisc were tasked with testing the cyber defences of UK universities, to see how long it would take them to access high value data. Recently, UK university research projects have more frequently become the target of hacking and data breeches, with reportedly more than 1,000 attacks in 2018.
4th April 2019

How smart homes will take over the world

How smart homes will take over the world
You hear a lot about home automation these days and it continues to be a hot topic. It includes all sorts of ingenious inventions that will save you time and money. However, is it possible to automate your backyard as well?  
24th January 2019

New periodic table factors in impact of smartphone disposal

New periodic table factors in impact of smartphone disposal
We are living in a very disposable age and there is no better illustration of this than the smartphone industry. When the humble mobile phone first started to become ubiquitous back in the late 1990s, it was unthinkable that it would be a device that we would simply toss away after 12 to 18 months. However, as the number of devices has increased, they have become a far more disposable commodity.  
22nd January 2019

The worst data breaches of 2018

The worst data breaches of 2018
In 2018 the world has experienced the worst data breaches in major businesses. This unplanned or unintended discharge of confidential information to unauthorised parties has left the global business community in shock and loss.
21st December 2018

From bots to breaches: what's next for connected tech in 2019?

From bots to breaches: what's next for connected tech in 2019?
This year, we have witnessed yet another surge in technological developments. From giant leaps in robotics as showcased by the rise in automated warehouses, to further business applications of machine learning and IoT – such as Microsoft Azure’s enhanced capabilities to run industrial IoT workloads and training machine learning models – 2018 has been a year of great technological advances. So, with the New Year fast upon us, is 2019 set to be just as bright?
10th December 2018

The decision maker’s handbook to data science

The decision maker’s handbook to data science
The terms ‘big data’ and ‘machine learning’ twist most non-technical decision makers into a frenzy of fear and confusion. But while they’re the buzzwords of the moment, the trend toward data-driven business decisions is actually the way of the future, and now it’s a competitive edge anyone can deploy with ease. It’s all down to a new guide by Dr. Stylianos Kampakis, ‘The Decision Maker’s Handbook to Data Science: A guide for non-technical executives, managers and founders’, which gives laypeople everything they need to incorporate data science into their day-to-day business activities.
7th December 2018

electronica 2018 Cyber Security Forum

electronica 2018 Cyber Security Forum
Security is the key feature in any electronics system or product, whether it is embedded in the hardware or implemented using software. Hosted by Electronic Specifier, the Cyber Security Forum at electronica will offer a range of solutions from four key industry sectors. The forum will take place on 14th-15th November, hall C3, stand 534.
30th October 2018

How a VPN Can Keep You Safe

Last week, seven Russian hackers working for the GRU Russian military intelligence agency were indicted by the US Department of Justice for a vast hacking campaign against various international organizations. The Russian agents were caught parking vehicles outside of target international institutions or hotels and hacking into WiFi networks.
23rd October 2018

Keeping up with the changing face of security

We have been lucky in 2018 after the terror that tore across Europe and the UK in 2016 - 2017 with vehicle, knife and bomb attacks happening in Nice, London Bridge, Westminster, Manchester and Barcelona. These are just a few of the places left reeling from a wave of extremism targeting people going about their normal lives and enjoying themselves. The often crudeness of the weaponry used belies the sophistication of many of the attacks. By Philip Ingram MBE
13th September 2018

Living in a hyper-connected world

Living in a hyper-connected world
Connectivity is now part of everyday life. From the moment we wake up, to the minute we go to sleep (and now even during our sleep), we’re continually connected. Whether it be via a smartwatch, smartphone or smart car, people are increasingly becoming ‘switched on’. The reason for this is that we are constantly aiming to better our lives. But, with so much connectivity afoot, what happens if the network fails and what can we do to avoid potential down-time?
10th August 2018

Hacking tools for the cost of a cappuccino!

Hacking tools for the cost of a cappuccino!
Wannabe hackers looking to dip their toes into online fraud can get their hands on tools to start hacking for around the price of a cup of takeaway coffee, according to the latest Dark Web Market Price Index by Virtual Private Network (VPN) comparison service Top10VPN.com.
26th July 2018

Bluetooth mesh adoption surpasses expectations

Bluetooth mesh adoption surpasses expectations
Over the past two decades, Bluetooth technology has revolutionised the IoT, adding new capabilities that have enabled innovation and established new markets, from wireless audio to connected devices. And now Bluetooth mesh continues that trend by playing a pivotal role in the development of emerging markets such as smart buildings, smart industry, smart cities and smart homes.
25th July 2018

What price do you put on your smartphone?

What price do you put on your smartphone?
A new survey by mobile app developers Tappable has revealed one in ten millennials would rather lose one of their fingers than give up their phones indefinitely. And a further 23% would even sacrifice one of their five senses.
25th July 2018

UK slips down the broadband league table

UK slips down the broadband league table
Here in the UK we may think that we are at the cutting edge of technology. However, recent figures published this week from M-Lab (a partnership between Google Open Source Research and Princeton University's PlantLab), has shown that the UK has slipped down to 35th place in the global broadband speed league table.
11th July 2018

Well-known flight tracker suffers data breach

Well-known flight tracker suffers data breach
One of the world's most popular flight tracking services Flightradar24, which shows real-time aircraft flight information on a map, has suffered a massive data breach that may have compromised email addresses and hashed passwords for more than 230,000 customers.
21st June 2018

Five technologies that are improving the healthcare system

Five technologies that are improving the healthcare system
  Healthcare has so many applications for the latest technology. Now that Electronic Health Records (EHR) have been implemented in over 95% of hospitals in the incentive programme, it’s easier for hospitals to leverage patient data, implement new technology, and improve patient outcomes. 
19th June 2018

Smartwatches given out at Lords

Smartwatches given out at Lords
When we talk about wearable technology being used in elite sport, it’s almost always in a positive light. Advancements in that sphere have proved an invaluable modern tool for coaches and athletes alike, from feedback on performance, to monitoring of physiological parameters in order to keep a check on an athlete’s physical condition. A startup has even come up with a head-up display (HUD), to go inside a swimmers goggles.
25th May 2018


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