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Mobile phone usage shows when people are unemployed

15 June 2015

Mobile phone data can provide insights in to employment levels, as people’s communication patterns change when they are not working, an MIT study has revealed.

Anywhere Sim card aims to kill off signal dead zones

12 June 2015

A mobile phone sim card is set to go on sale which automatically switches between UK mobile networks offering the best signal at any given moment.

Ofcom to make it easier to quit slow broadband providers

11 June 2015

The broadband industry’s watchdog has announced it will make it easier for customers to leave broadband contracts if their speeds are too slow.

Landmark length photonic fibre created in Southampton

10 June 2015

Southampton University researchers have created an 11km-long hollow-core photonic bandgap fibre, a significant increase on what was previously possible.

'Brainprint' signals proposed as unique human ID

03 June 2015

The unique way the brain of every person responds to certain words could be used for identification purposes instead of passwords, researchers have proposed.

UK intelligence officers ‘don’t abuse their powers’

02 June 2015

British spies do not carry out “random mass intrusion” into lawful citizens’ lives, a senior intelligence official said on Tuesday.

Facebook opens AI lab in Paris

02 June 2015

Facebook is opening a new artificial intelligence (AI) lab in Paris to expand its research outside the US, it was announced on Tuesday.

End to US data collection powers as Senate deal falls

01 June 2015

The legal authority for US intelligence agencies’ to bulk collect Americans’ phone records has expired, after the Senate failed to pass legislation to extend the deal.

Tweeting seals help gather polar data

01 June 2015

Seals equipped with satellite tags have helped researchers to create a huge database of information about environmental conditions in the world’s most inaccessible regions.

Encryption mobile app ‘can’t be broken by the NSA’

01 June 2015

A smartphone app going live this month claims to be the 'dark Internet tunnel' that thwarts snooping on calls and texts.

Twitter and mobile phone data to gauge how big crowds are

28 May 2015

Geographical data from Twitter and mobile phones could be used to estimate the size of a large crowd, a new study has shown.

Snoopers’ charter is here to stay after Queen’s Speech

27 May 2015

The snoopers’ charter returns after it was included in the Queen’s speech today, giving the police and intelligence agencies greater powers to monitor internet and phone use.

Communication system to improve cerebral palsy in children

26 May 2015

A brain-computer interface system could enhance communication skills of people with cerebral palsy from childhood, new research has found.

Robo-journalist and human reporter at loggerheads

21 May 2015

A program called WordSmith that writes simple stories beat a human reporter at writing an article by five minutes, but the human version read better.  

Ship management firm trials GPS back-up system

21 May 2015

A ship management firm has launched a trial of a GPS back-up system designed to provide positioning data to ships on the sea in case of disruption of satellite navigation services.

Lights beam ads to phones in supermarkets

21 May 2015

Smart and connected lights pioneer Philips has launched a trial of a new system that uses supermarket lighting to beam ads to shoppers’ phones as they move through a shopping centre.

Chinese academics charged with theft of code from US tech firms

20 May 2015

Six Chinese nationals have been accused of stealing wireless technology from two American companies on behalf of the Chinese government, the US Department of Justice says.

New technology paves way for global roaming on 4G

20 May 2015

A new technique that requires only one channel for two-way communication and could enable global roaming on 4G has been devised by UK researchers.   

Data usage set to double over the next four years

19 May 2015

Data traffic generated by smartphones will approach the equivalent to over 10 billion Blu-ray movies, new research has revealed.

Smallest beamsplitter paves way for superfast computing

18 May 2015

A miniature beamsplitter created by American researchers could be the first step towards silicon photonic chips needed for next generation super-fast computers using light instead of electrons.

BT and Ofcom clash over 'dark fibre'

15 May 2015

Ofcom plans to force BT to open up its high-speed ‘dark fibre’ network to direct access by rivals, although BT is expected to resist the communication watchdog’s pressures.

'Right to be forgotten' online ruling reaches anniverary milestone

13 May 2015

One year after the European Union’s top court ruled that people had the “right to be forgotten” online, officials and search engines such as Google are still in dispute over action to be taken.

NSA ‘asked’ Germany’s BND to snoop on Siemens

11 May 2015

The US National Security Agency (NSA) wanted to spy on Siemens with the help of German intelligence, a German newspaper reported, in what could be a shaming episode for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Siemens to cut 4,500 jobs as part of reorganisation

07 May 2015

German engineering giant Siemens will shed 4,500 jobs across its global workforce as part of a major reorganisation.

Facebook opens up after protests

05 May 2015

New websites and applications can be developed on, a move Facebook said would boost efforts to get people online in low-income and rural areas in emerging markets.

New open standard Weightless-N for IoT connectivity goes live

05 May 2015

An open standard that allows developers to use different network providers based on low-power wide-area star network architecture was announced today.

Parents confused by children’s use of internet slang

01 May 2015

Most parents are baffled by the language used by their children, a new study has revealed, mostly because of social media and instant messaging.

Google’s rise in profits bolstered by ads

24 April 2015

Google has reported an increase in revenue to $3.59bn on the same period last year, with money from advertising continuing to grow.

Project Fi smart mobile network launched by Google

23 April 2015

Internet giant Google has launched its experimental Project Fi mobile network that automatically connects users to the fastest available service.

WikiLeaks republishes hacked Sony Pictures documents

17 April 2015

Whistleblower site WikiLeaks has released a searchable database online of tens of thousands of emails and documents stolen by hackers in a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment last year.

Quantum cryptography to tighten secure information

15 April 2015

New protocols using quantum cryptography that ensure data can be carried reliably and securely across longer distances have been designed. 

Ultrafast graphene photodetector unveiled

15 April 2015

A new ultrafast graphene-based photodetector could drastically boost operation speeds in optical technologies.

Alan Turing manuscript sells for $1m in New York auction

14 April 2015

A 56-page handwritten scientific notebook that belonged to World War Two code breaker and father of modern computer Alan Turing has been sold for $1m in New York City.

GPS sensors in smartphones could help predict earthquakes

13 April 2015

Smartphones could be used to alert people to imminent earthquake activity before it occurs, a new study has shown.

Electromagnetic theory breakthrough leads to ‘antennas on a chip’

09 April 2015

The unravelling of one of the mysteries of electromagnetism could enable the design of antennas small enough to be integrated into an electronic chip, say researchers.

Destructive hacking more common than previously thought

07 April 2015

Hacking attacks aimed at destroying data or manipulating industrial equipment are far more common than previously thought, according to a new survey.

4G ‘significantly outperforms' 3G networks

02 April 2015

The UK’s 4G networks perform much better than 3G, a study by the communications regulator has shown, but with considerable variations between operators.

Alan Blumlein, pioneer of stereo sound, honoured at Abbey Road

01 April 2015

Alan Blumlein, the engineer credited with inventing the recording and playback of stereo sound, was honoured today for his pioneering work at a special ceremony held at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London.

Intelligence agencies at loggerheads with cyber criminals

31 March 2015

UK intelligence agencies are engaged in a “technology arms race” with cyber criminals and other “malicious actors”, according to MI6 chief Alex Younger.

Hybrid connected system a step forward for quantum computing

30 March 2015

Researchers have connected two different quantum systems, making them cooperate in order to make up for each other’s flaws.

Facebook’s secret drone test flight in the UK

27 March 2015

Facebook has completed the first test flight of its unmanned aircraft designed to deliver Internet to remote areas, the social network’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has revealed.

Yahoo could put more emotion into emails with personal sensors

24 March 2015

One of the world’s most popular email services could use the sensors in smartphones to convey the feelings of the sender and specific details about the world around them.

Quantum to grow into £1bn business, strategy predicts

23 March 2015

A strategy launched today will help the UK harness the potential of quantum technology and grow an entirely new industry worth £1bn, enabling ultra-fast, hack-resistant communications and underground sensing devices.

GPs should be consulting via Skype, says leading doctor

19 March 2015

A prominent GP has called for an iPad for every doctor and a nurse to allow them to conduct consultations via Skype, thus taking NHS ‘into the modern world’.

Budget 2015: key industry points

18 March 2015

George Osborne today delivered his sixth Budget as Chancellor and the last of the current parliament, with key announcements across sectors in the UK.

Bluetooth wristband to alert disabled bus travellers when to get off

17 March 2015

A Bluetooth-enabled wristband that can improve bus journeys for people without sight or hearing will become a working prototype after a 17-year-old came up with the idea.

CIA’s decade-long quest to break iPhone security

11 March 2015

CIA was developing software to spy on iPhone and iPad users through apps distributed by Apple’s App store.

‘Digital election’ results split according to social media platform

10 March 2015

The relative performance of UK political parties on social media varies across specific platforms, with right-leaning parties currently enjoying the largest followings, according to cross-party and cross-platform analysis by marketing recruitment company EMR.

Hackers can spy on Londoners as public WiFi poorly protected

05 March 2015

Millions of users connecting every day to public WiFi networks in the UK’s capital are putting their sensitive data at risks as more than a half of those wireless hotspots use weak protection hackable by ‘every IT college student,’ world’s leading cyber security firm said.

5G takes centre stage at Mobile World Congress

03 March 2015

The fifth generation of mobile networks, expected to fully unlock the potential of the Internet of Everything, is moving from concept stage to soon to be reality as demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress.