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Tech Update (November 2017)

Andy Cormack gives us the heads up on what’s on the horizon in hardware and technology, giving you the lowdown on the next big thing.   This month, he looks at Razer’s new smartphone, yet another hyped up hypercar project which seems to show a lot of promise, and the latest incarnation of Microsoft’s X-Box, the One X. Razer Dips Its Toes In The Smartphone Waters Razer, a company predominantly focused on gaming peripherals, more specifically typically PC gaming peripherals, have been branching out as of late, with the Razer Blade gaming laptop released earlier this year, and they’re now taking a trip over to smartphone territory. This new smartphone...

The Top Ten Programming Languages Of All Time

Andy Cormack takes a good look at computer programming languages. Some are designed for their ease of use, while others have different applications, such as processing mathematical equations or crunching data.  Then there are those that are closer to the actual language of the computer, namely assembly languages and finally machine code, the ultimate building blocks of any operating system. Here then, are Andy’s top ten programming languages of all time, and why they should be in the top ten. Introduction With so many programming languages in the world today, it’s a pretty impossible task to narrow this list down to just ten. Do I include the most perceivedly “instrumental”, which in...

Tech Update (October 2017)

Andy Cormack gives us the heads up on what’s on the horizon in hardware and technology, giving you the lowdown on the next big thing.   This month, he looks at Facebook’s new VR platform, Facebook Spaces, Oculus’ new VR headset, a glance at Microsoft’s efforts to add a bit more polish to Windows 10, and looks at a vunerability in the WPA2 Wi-Fi security protocol. Facebook Spaces Both Mark Zuckerberg and social VR chief Rachel Franklin put on some Oculus Rift headsets and dived into Facebook Spaces, Facebook’s VR social platform that was officially announced last year at Oculus Connect 3, to make a short live broadcast talking about their relief...

Tech Update (September 2017)

Andy Cormack gives us the heads up on what’s on the horizon in hardware and technology, giving you the lowdown on the next big thing.   This month, he takes a forensic look at Apple’s annual keynote speech, where they announce their up and coming product releases. As inevitable as the sun rising every day, there’s this year’s Apple keynote speech, and with it more new iterations of devices from the company. You can check out the full keynote event in video form on Apple’s site. iPhone X The iPhone X (Pronounced ‘Ten’, Apple’s new flagship smartphone or ‘Phablet’, was the biggest news out of this keynote speech, though some small...

Tech Update (August 2017)

Andy Cormack gives us the heads up on what’s on the horizon in hardware and technology, giving you the lowdown on the next big thing.   This month, in his occasional sojourn into things which could be the next big things, he looks at what Facebook has been up to, game playing and changing AIs, and the ongoing battle for Net Neutrality. Facebook Video Facebook has announced in a blog post on the 9th of August that they will soon be rolling out a new way to watch videos on their social network, titled Watch. Upping their game from the video posts you can already make on the platform, they’re...

Engineering News (July 2017)

Rolls Royce on the up More than 7000 jobs in the East Midlands have been created following an announcement by Rolls Royce following the largest single investment in the United Kingdom for over 10 years. Rolls Royce have confirmed that they will be investing £150 million in a new testing area in Derby. The site will be used primarily to test large civil aero-engines, creating 200 jobs at the new plant. The investments in Derby, Hucknall and Annesley in Nottinghamshire have ensured that 7,000 employees will remain in their jobs for at least the next five years. Speaking for Rolls Royce, Eric Schulz explained that the “unprecedented growth” in the...

Fake News – The Facts

Andy Cormack this week looks at another internet hot potato – the rise and rise of the phenomenon known as Fake News.   Andy looks at how this state of affairs has arisen in recent times, why it is so prominent, and what is being done across the globe to combat it. Introduction “Fake news”, is a term that has risen greatly in popularity since Donald Trump used it in January of this year, when he declared loudly “You are fake news!”, whilst pointing at Jim Acosta from CNN instead of answering his question.  The catchall phrase has now permeated just about every facet of the media. Trump has since used the term so much,...

Ransomware: what you need to know

Andy Cormack this week looks at a topical threat – Ransomware.   The world recently witnessed its biggest reported cyberattack, with a mammoth number of machines, systems and organisations affected across the globe. Andy takes a look at what it is, how it works, and how you can thwart this particularly insidious form of blackmail. Introduction After the events that have transpired recently, it seems like there’s no better time to talk about ransomware. If you’ve kept up with the news you’ve probably heard the term, along with the name WannaCry; If you haven’t, then here’s a quick primer on both. Ransomware is basically defined as malicious software that prevents access to...

Tech Update (May 2017)

Andy Cormack gives us the heads up on what’s on the horizon in hardware and technology, giving you the lowdown on the next big thing.   This month,  flying suits, issues with Windows 10 and fonts that may take your fancy. Inventor creates flying suit Richard Browning, a Royal Marine Reserve, has created a device to enable humans to fly, not dissimilar to that of Iron Man from the popular Marvel franchise. The technology behind it, at its core is simple enough; attaching kerosene micro gas turbines to both his arms and, initially both legs, but then switching from legs to two turbines on his back with angled positioning to...

Tech Update – The Amazon Echo

Andy Cormack gives us the heads up on what’s on the horizon in hardware and technology, giving you the lowdown on the next big thing.   This month,  he looks at Amazon’s smart speaker system, Echo.  Here, Andy looks at how you can use it, and the fun that you can have with this increasingly adaptable system as a personal organiser and useful everyday tool. Over the last few years there has been a new kind of race in the tech industry – that race is for the most comprehensive and effective digital personal assistant. Considered by some to be the holy grail of natural human interaction with computers, there has been...