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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 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 expanding from...

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...

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...

Tech Update (October 2016)

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,  interesting new (or is it old) drone technology, and the newly awaited Nintendo Switch. An article posted by Imperial College London this month has taken inspiration from an old concept designed by Nikola Tesla more than 100 years ago. According to the article “The breakthrough could in theory allow flying drones to stay airborne indefinitely — simply hovering over a ground support vehicle to recharge”. This could be a significant evolution of the technology, allowing for incredibly long flights for all kinds of...

Technical revolution is child’s play thanks to the Micro:bit

Alison Jackson looks at the modern day BBC B…the Micro:Bit. I am proud to say my love for everything computing started aged 14 when our computer studies class was given free BBC Micro computers. Large desktop based keyboards and simple, four colour text screens combined with an education plan and willing minds set the first generation of technical pioneers on their journeys. Fast forward thirty years and the next revolutionary chapter in this story has just begun. Only this time the computer the BBC, along with their 29 partners are introducing to classrooms, fits into the palm of your hand and can already do things we could barely imagine would...