8 Mar 2014 by Pelle Neroth
Forty percent of the gas used in Germany comes from Russia. That figure rises much higher for some east European countries, whose dependence on Russian gas is almost total. So what would be the consequences if Russian president Vladimir Putin, in response to the Ukraine crisis, were to turn off the taps?
3 Mar 2014 by Kris Sangani
I was up very late last night tuning into the radio to find out if the team behind "Gravity" would win the Oscar for sound mixing. Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Glen Freemantle won their first Oscar.
28 Feb 2014 by Chris Edwards
Can you hear that chunka-chunka-chunka noise? That's the internet of things (IoT) rollercoaster grinding its way to the top of the arch before gravity pulls it over the other side into the depths of obscurity.
27 Feb 2014 by James Hayes
How could Facebook's $19bn acquisition of WhatsApp have an adverse effect on your future pension plan? Well, let's start by understanding the long-term implications of reports that Facebook's new acquisition will offer free voice calls to its 450m+ users: this represents a yet another new threat to incumbent telecoms sector offering both fixed and mobile tariffed voice services.
24 Feb 2014 by Paul Dempsey
The news that video streaming giant Netflix is to essentially pay US cable giant Comcast to maintain the quality of its signal will have implications far beyond the American telecoms market. In the simplest terms, it's a body blow to hopes of maintaining any semblance of 'net neutrality'.
22 Feb 2014 by Francis Goode
A long time ago in a faraway place, you would have found your humble blogger slaving away in a basement lab, working on projects based on UARTs - universal asynchronous receiver transmitters. Back then these state of the art chips were pushing at the boundaries of data communications, squirting out computer data into streams for transmission over phone lines at the dizzying speed of 1,200 bits per second. The chief function of the UART is to perform a parallel to serial conversion, receiving data in words of eight, 16 or more bits to send them out one at a time. Or looked at another way, transforming data between space and time domains.
21 Feb 2014 by Dickon Ross
On the day this issue went to press the Winter Olympics opened in Sochi, Russia. Most people last went sledging in the park as children and their experience of winter sports since has been limited to a leisurely meander around the temporary ice rink with the family each Christmas. But at this time every four years, they become fascinated with the finer points of curling, the aerodynamics of the ski jumpers or the suicidal speeds of sliding sports like luge or skeleton. I don't care what the statistics say, lying on a brakeless sled and hurtling down an ice run at 100mph will always feel dangerous to me.
11 Feb 2014 by Vitali Vitaliev
Well, to be absolutely honest, I am not much of a beer drinker. Probably because it was one of the rarest commodities in the Soviet Union, the country where I had a misfortune to be born and to grow up. Millions of thirsty (or rather hung-over) Soviet males used to start their mornings by scouring their neighbourhood shops and posing that sacramental - and largely rhetorical - question: "Pivo yest?" ("Do you have beer?")
6 Mar 2014
Proof positive that petrolheads of all persuasions are finally accepting responsibility for the environmental side-effects of their particular peccadillo. Having previously looked at the futuristic Volkswagen XL1 concept car, today we peer under the virtual hood of the new Porsche 918 plug-in hybrid supercar. Looking every inch the sporty supercar one would expect from Porsche, […]
"There has been a lot of talk about the reported £30bn cost of the Sochi Games, so we go behind the scenes to find out where all that money has been spent"
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