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Tech Update (April 2018)

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.   In April’s update, Andy looks at some literally lunatic ideas for 4G on the Moon no less, putting the brakes on Hyperloop, hotels in space and  robot bees. It almost feels like the 1960s again.  Read on…   Audi, Vodafone, and Nokia plan Lunar Mobile Phone Network While 5G is on the horizon, some companies have their heads set firmly beyond the clouds as Audi, Vodafone, and Nokia are partnering on a project to implement a 4G network on the Moon, one that may...

Tech Update (March 2018)

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.   In March’s update, Andy looks at  NASA funding for small research and development outfits, the resurrection of an unadulterated design classic, and another car company announces its intention to develop an autonomous vehicle.NASA Invests $96 Million Into Small Tech Research Companies A press release posted by NASA on their website on the 7th March details Phase 2 of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, having selected 128 proposals from small American tech companies to aid in the advancement of tech research. The idea...

Tech Update (February 2018)

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, Andy takes a look at possibly the biggest leap in terms of delivering technology on several platforms – the launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket.  Also, he takes a look at advances in facial recognition and how the Chinese are applying these to practical and in some instances, somewhat questionable applications. SpaceX Successfully Launch Falcon Heavy Rocket “The world’s most powerful rocket”, words that not so subtly adorn SpaceX’s web page – for the Falcon Heavy, though they certainly aren’t untrue. SpaceX has been...

Tech Update (December 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.  For the last Tech Update of 2017, Andy looks at the weird phenomenon of the Uncanny Valley when something designed to replicate a human being appears to totally resemble a human, yet creates disturbing feelings such as eeriness and revulsion in the observers and wonders if we will ever get around it. Also, bus maps on Google, and a new super high-end graphics card capable of machine learning.  Will The Uncanny Valley Ever Be Conquered? Neill Blomkamp, the director and visionary who created films such as District 9 and...

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...