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What you need to know about technology in 2019

What you need to know about technology in 2019
It’s a new year, and with it comes new opportunities. Accordingly, it’s important to recognise that what worked last year may not work this year. In today’s business world, changes happen at the speed of thought. Subsequently, you need to figure out where you can update and improve your operation regularly. You can get a jump on the competition by finding every possible opportunity for improvement for your enterprise.
17th January 2019

What is the most desired smart tech amongst Brits?

What is the most desired smart tech amongst Brits?
In a world where people are busier than ever before, convenience and speed have become very desirable commodities. Luckily, the emergence of various technology has enabled individuals to spend less time on mundane everyday tasks within the workplace as well as their own home. 
16th January 2019

Seven magnificent automotive announcements at CES

Seven magnificent automotive announcements at CES
A key area of this year’s CES show in Las Vegas was once again dedicated to the automotive sector, showcasing the latest in vehicle technology and autonomous driving, concept cars and connected vehicles. In fact, despite having many more strings to its bow, it has been named as one of the top ten automotive shows by newspaper USA Today.
14th January 2019


The weird and wonderful gadgetry of CES 2019

The weird and wonderful gadgetry of CES 2019
As it does every year, the innovation technology show, CES, has brought to the floor a spate of weird and wonderful gadgets, many aiming to improve and enhance our daily lives, and others just for the sheer enjoyment they have the potential to bring. Here we take a look at some of our favourite gadgets poking their heads up this year.
9th January 2019

Two winning innovation communities in manufacturing and urban mobility

Two winning innovation communities in manufacturing and urban mobility
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)has announced the winning teams that will set up Innovation Communities: EIT Manufacturingand EIT Urban Mobility. These two pan-European partnerships bring together leading organisations from business, education, research and the public sector to tackle challenges through innovation and contribute to sustainable growth and job creation across Europe.
8th January 2019

Transforming the future of transportation with Blockchain

Transforming the future of transportation with Blockchain
In recent years, cryptocurrencies have brought increasingly more interest in blockchain technology. This has allowed the application of this technology in a number of different industries, and the automotive sector is no exception.
21st December 2018

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

Engineering sector’s astonishing gender pay gap

Engineering sector’s astonishing gender pay gap
Research conducted by one of the UK’s largest accountants has revealed that men in engineering earn up to 30% more than women in the same roles. Hemel Hempstead-based SJD accountants has analysed salaries of both male and females in the sector revealing some astonishing figures. According to the analysis females with job titles such as mechanical engineer or maintenance engineer earn almost a third less than males with the same occupation.
19th December 2018

Celebrating National App Day

Celebrating National App Day
It’s difficult to imagine a world without apps, and the latest generation of smart device users won’t actually remember one! Before the App Store, some may remember the first ever smartphone (IBM’s Simon), launched in 1994, which had preloaded ‘features’ such as a calculator, calendar, note book and a sketch pad. Not what we would necessarily recognise as an app by today’s standards, but a seminal moment none the less.
11th December 2018

That's a wrap from electronica 2018

That's a wrap from electronica 2018
At this year’s electronica show there was a clear theme running throughout all the halls, artificial intelligence (AI). Speaking to a lot of companies at the show it was clear that people had moved on from the cyber-security buzz to the AI buzz. Peter Müller, Director Product Line Boards & Modules at Kontron said: “In the past AI was only possible in the cloud, but now it is possible in edge computing.”
10th December 2018

The human ear is still a lot more accurate than AI transcription

The human ear is still a lot more accurate than AI transcription
In more recent years, the quality in artificial intelligence-driven transcription services has improved considerably. For example, between 2016-2017, Microsoft reported it had reduced its error rate by 12%, which puts the accuracy of its automated transcriptions currently at 94.9%. Automated transcription is where the video or audio file is converted into text file by voice recognition software.
10th December 2018

Three-step process makes transcription easy with updated Android app

Three-step process makes transcription easy with updated Android app
Transcription service providers convert live or recorded audio speech into a written or electronic text document - a service that was predominantly used by journalists and medical professionals, until recently more and more industries started taking advantage of saving hours of manually transcribing audio to text. Education, business,TV/video, marketing, publishing and even social media industries began enlisting professional transcription tools and services as means of time saving and accuracy.
6th December 2018

Q3 2018 distribution round-up

Q3 2018 distribution round-up
In 2018 everything has been hunky dory for component distribution. “Phenomenal,” exclaimed Dave Doherty, President and COO of Digi-Key Electronics. “The best in 20 years on a broad-based demand.”
26th November 2018

Top 10 gadgets to add to your Christmas list

Top 10 gadgets to add to your Christmas list
You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. I’m telling you why. All the latest in electronic wizardry is coming to town.
22nd November 2018

Women reveal the 7 best things about working in tech

Women reveal the 7 best things about working in tech
Type ‘women in technology’ in the Google search bar and you’ll see phrases like ‘we have a long way to go’, ‘gender pay gap’ and ‘#MeToo’. This is perhaps unsurprising. Earlier this month 20,000 Google employees protested over how Google handles cases of sexual misconduct, gender inequality and systemic racism. Leaving many women to voice: “We’re done with not being taken seriously.”
20th November 2018

Smart home market to grow to 640 million devices in 2018

According to a new study, the global smart home market will grow by almost a third in 2018 compared to the previous year. This means that the various manufacturers in the sector will have sold over 640 million smart devices. In four years, annual sales will have reached as many as 1.3 billion devices. Voice control in particular is enjoying growing popularity among users.
14th November 2018

Google, Microsoft and Snips discuss machine learning and IoT

Google, Microsoft and Snips discuss machine learning and IoT
  On the 8th of November 2018, Hardware Pioneers hosted a networking event on 'The impact of AI and ML on IoT: Talks by Google, Microsoft and Snips'. The event was attended by more than 100 specialists, from software architects and designers to CEOs of developing companies.
9th November 2018

Come and visit Electronic Specifier at electronica 2018

Come and visit Electronic Specifier at electronica 2018
It’s that time again, as the gaze of the global electronics industry focusses on the biennial electronica exhibition. For four days next week the great and the good from the industry will descend upon Munich for what will be the biggest instalment of the exhibition to date, occupying 17 halls, hosting four conferences and 16 forums, and a new demo hall showcasing the industry’s latest products in their respective application.
6th November 2018

Women of STEM – Top 20

Women of STEM – Top 20
Over the last few years we have used up a lot of column inches in order to highlight the burgeoning skills gap within engineering and STEM-based careers, and in particular the discrepancy in the gender balance of individuals choosing that particular pathway.
5th November 2018

Drones grounded after falling out the sky

Drones grounded after falling out the sky
  Drones are being used more and more frequently every day, and soon it seems that seeing one flying overhead will not be such a novelty anymore. However, due to a fault which can cause drones in the DJI Matrice 200 series to drop out of the sky, UK police have grounded some of their drones. 
1st November 2018


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