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Three events in one place - it's time to get out and about

Three events in one place - it's time to get out and about
Quite a few exhibitions that we’ve been to lately have failed to live up to expectations – for the visitor, the lack of 'worth seeing' exhibitors and for the exhibitors a poor footfall on the day. Many theories are put forward for the gradual demise of business to business exhibitions and most include the rise of the internet and our mobile electronic 'leashes'. With these, we no longer need to leave our office to get the information we need, or get prices or order goods. There are, of course, many things that can’t be achieved without a voice call or a face to face meeting.
16th October 2017

A tech health check could revive high street sales

A tech health check could revive high street sales
A fresh sales slump has descended on UK high streets with figures from Barclaycard and the British Retail Consortium suggesting that the sales spike retailers experienced in April was merely down to Easter falling later than previous years. If high street retailers are to survive the slump it could be time to perform a customer-tech health check. As technological innovation increases rapidly the innovations that shape the customer experience could be crucial to maintaining healthy revenues.
13th October 2017

Everything you need to know about flying a drone - Part 2

Everything you need to know about flying a drone - Part 2
In part 1 of this article, we discussed everything you need to know about flying a drone. From what exactly is a drone and key terminology, to what is a drone made of and getting ready for your flight. Part 3 of this article will be posted soon.
12th October 2017


Pace of technology has created an emerging anti-drone market

Pace of technology has created an emerging anti-drone market
As unmanned technologies continue to develop at a rapid rate, both nefarious actors and governments have become aware of the possibilities presented by these technological developments and the need to mitigate them. As a result the counter-drone industry is now firmly emerging as its own standalone security industry. 
12th October 2017

Introducing a new class of VOC sensors

Introducing a new class of VOC sensors
  A new sensor to measure VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) has been launched by Alphasense. The new p-type Metal Oxide sensor is a broadband total VOC detector with a range of 0-100ppm (isobutylene) and 10-50ppb detection limit, depending on the VOC. 
11th October 2017

Everything you need to know about flying a drone - Part 1

Everything you need to know about flying a drone - Part 1
Whether it’s amateur racing or professional photography, drones can now do plenty of stuff. They can even move things from place to place. If you’ve got one and you don’t know how to fly it yet, don’t despair - flying a drone isn’t rocket science. However, it’s not exactly a walk in the park, either. The thing is, with a little bit of determination and practice, you’ll soon get the hang of flying your drone. You can find part 2 of this article here.
10th October 2017

Saving lives in natural disasters

Saving lives in natural disasters
The full force of Mother Nature has recently been felt in the Caribbean and in Texas as hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria decimated large parts of central America. However, technology has stepped in to lend a hand to those caught up in the chaos. A floating survival shelter that, in the event of a disaster, can house between two and ten people for up to five days has been invented by two aerospace engineers based in Seattle.
3rd October 2017

Who ordered these sausages?

Who ordered these sausages?
Steve Rogerson looks at some of the news that may have missed the front page. I can’t wait for Halloween to watch all the trick-or-treaters wondering why the new facial security feature on their iPhones has stopped working.
3rd October 2017

Electronic Specifier becomes stakeholder in Hardware Pioneers

Electronic Specifier becomes stakeholder in Hardware Pioneers
Electronic Specifier, Europe’s premier publisher of information resources to the global electronics industry, announced last week, that it has acquired a 50% stake-holding in Hardware Pioneers, a growing community of thousands of startup founders, executives, engineers and developers operating in the IoT sector.
28th September 2017

AR drone technology used to help after Hurricane Harvey Disaster

AR drone technology used to help after Hurricane Harvey Disaster
An augmented reality technology company, Edgybees has been providing augmented reality (AR) software for the drones being used by first responders in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Drones are already providing a valuable asset for first responders in speeding up the search for survivors. However, the emergency relief efforts are hindered by poor visibility and mapping technology.
15th September 2017

Acting against the analogue cable operators

Acting against the analogue cable operators
The government is trying to tackle the issue of cable operator transmitting analogue signals. Ensuring that the country has full digitalisation of the cable TV network, the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry is urging state governments to take some action against cable operators transmitting analogue signals.
11th September 2017

Let's double date with the Moleskine Smart Planner

Let's double date with the Moleskine Smart Planner
I don’t know about you, but when I make plans and arrangements I write them down into my paper diary, however that diary is not always to hand. Now Moleskine has released The Smart Planner which can instantly digitise your paper written appointments and sync them to your Google or Apple calendar.
8th September 2017

Feeling peckish? Try a tortilla drone

Feeling peckish? Try a tortilla drone
  Ah, the humble tortilla. Great with guacamole, salsa or… a drone? Tired of resigning crashed drones to the recycle bin, Peter Sripol, a maker in Ohio, has used tortillas as a structural element for an RC glider. 
7th September 2017

Cable receiver adopted for next-gen set-top box

Cable receiver adopted for next-gen set-top box
MaxLinear, a provider of radio frequency (RF), analogue and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multimarket applications, has announced that Shenzhen Skyworth Digital Technology (Skyworth) is shipping a new smart cable gateway set-top box (STB) based on the MaxLinear MxL214C Full-Spectrum Capture cable front-end receiver.
6th September 2017

The bumblebee backpacks that weigh less than a raindrop

The bumblebee backpacks that weigh less than a raindrop
  An ecologist and a micro-systems engineer from Bangor University, are working together to create micro-backpacks for bees which are powered by their own electric energy. As they fly from plant to plant collecting nectar, the insects will be followed by small drones so that the scientists can track and study them.
31st August 2017

There is a growing need for more USB charging outlets

There is a growing need for more USB charging outlets
We’ve all been in a situation where our phones are going to die, and we really need a plug socket to hand in that café, waiting room and train station, and do you what would be even handier, a special USB smartphone charging outlet. In fact more than half (58%) of 2,000 UK adults would like to see more public buildings feature special USB smartphone charging outlets, a survey has revealed.
15th August 2017

Cable theft is leading to severe delays on UK railways

Cable theft is leading to severe delays on UK railways
Despite a drop in reported incidents, cable theft is still causing major delays to the rail network according to British Transport Police’s crime stats for 2016/17 (published this month). A study of the data by VPS Site Security shows that cable theft is still occurring five times a week. The BTP Authority, who oversee the transport police force, also records the subsequent delays and disruptions to passengers was 23,670 minutes. This is half the previous year, but still equivalent of cable theft causing network delays of over an hour a day.
15th August 2017

Recycled TV signals power the British countryside

Recycled TV signals power the British countryside
We have heard a lot about the digital switchover recently, but now it turns out it has come in use in more ways than one. The TV broadcast frequencies that were leftover from the switchover are going to plug the broadband gap in a part of rural Monmouthshire. This pilot scheme will see TV white space used to send a high-speed broadband signal from a standard mast.
9th August 2017

Make sure you read the small print

Make sure you read the small print
Steve Rogerson looks at some of the news that may have missed the front page. How often do you read term and conditions? Most people, including me, just tick the box without a second thought. Maybe you should think again after an experiment by WiFi company Purple. It stuck an extra clause into its WiFi agreement saying users may have to do 1,000 hours community service as part of their contract, including stuff such as cleaning loos and sewers and hugging stray dogs. More than 20,000 people unknowingly signed up, but so far Purple has not enforced the clause.
9th August 2017

The untruths being told about domestic battery storage systems

The untruths being told about domestic battery storage systems
It was announced last week by Business Secretary Greg Clark that the first phase of the Government’s plan to kick start the UK’s nascent battery revolution is a £246m boost to develop expertise in battery technology. If the UK is to take centre stage and become a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of electric batteries then a new generation of energy storage products will be required.
3rd August 2017


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