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Call for e-voting in the UK

26 March 2014

The UK needs to completely overhaul its voting system introducing new technologies including e-voting to help the public engage with politics, said Electoral Commission Chair Jenny Watson.

Cisco to invest $1bn in ‘world’s largest cloud network’

25 March 2014

Cisco will invest more than $1bn over the next two years to build the 'world’s largest' network of computing clouds.

EE service disruption resolved

20 March 2014

Mobile phone network EE said its services are back to normal after a signal problem affected some of its 27 million customers last night.

Near-miss solar superstorm could have cost $2.6tn

20 March 2014

Solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites in space narrowly missed Earth in 2012.

Vodafone to buy Spain's largest cable operator

17 March 2014

Vodafone has agreed a €7.2bn deal to buy Spain's largest cable operator Ono.

Challenges and opportunities as the Web turns 25

12 March 2014

The World Wide Web turns 25 today, but despite the celebrations the system faces both challenges and opportunities.

Europe to foster environment monitoring from space

12 March 2014

The European Parliament has approved the Copernicus satellite-based Earth observation programme aiming to advance understanding of the environment and climate change processes.

4G auction kept market competitive, says NAO

12 March 2014

An audit of Ofcom’s 4G spectrum auction found that it achieved its objective of keeping the UK market competitive.

Entangled photons to secure future digital transactions

12 March 2014

An international research team has demonstrated how to secure online financial transactions and ATM withdrawals using quantum cryptography.

Ukraine under cyber attack

10 March 2014

Ukraine’s telecommunications system had been subject to a string of cyber-attacks most likely from Russia, Ukraine’s security agency said.

Internet of Things research gets £45m boost

10 March 2014

Funding for research into the Internet of Things will be doubled in a drive to make the UK a world leader in digital technology, David Cameron has said.

Glass is Go at Heathrow

10 March 2014

Virgin Atlantic is running a pioneering trial of Google Glass technology at London Heathrow airport to investigate how wearable products can help deliver personalised customer service and improve efficiency.

Radar could be used to predict sinkholes

07 March 2014

Radar could be used to predict the appearance of sinkholes, according to new analyses of Nasa airborne radar data.

New engineering prize for African researchers

06 March 2014

A new engineering prize for universities and research institutions in sub-Saharan African countries has been launched by RAEng.

Facebook considers buying drone firm

05 March 2014

Facebook is considering buying an American company developing solar-powered drones that could be used to provide Internet access to people in remote areas in developing countries.

'Nobel Prize' for engineers opens for nominations

04 March 2014

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering has opened for nominations today while pledging to attract more girls and young women to technical disciplines.

Recruit geeks to boost cyber-defence, says MP

04 March 2014

IT geeks in army reserves could be the solution for the UK to defend the country against growing cyber-threats, a Conservative MP said today.

Study looks for concepts to test in space

28 February 2014

The Satellite Applications Catapult, a UK technology and innovation company, is looking for technology ideas to be demonstrated in space.

Boeing introduces self-destructible smartphone

27 February 2014

Defence giant Boeing has unveiled an encryption-enabled smartphone that can delete all data and make itself inoperable in less than thirty seconds.

BT creates 1,000 technology and engineering jobs

27 February 2014

BT is creating more than 1,000 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs in engineering, technology, research, IT and software design.

New radar technology to free-up radio spectrum

27 February 2014

New radar technology could help free up highly sought after radio spectrum currently used for air traffic surveillance.

Webcam spying ‘whole new level of violation’

27 February 2014

UK spy agency GCHQ has been accused of intercepting and storing webcam images of millions of Yahoo users.

Hackers threaten Brazilian World Cup

27 February 2014

Hackers have joined protests against the football World Cup to be held in Brazil by threatening to attack the event through jamming websites and data theft.

Smartphone monitoring fights chemo side-effects

26 February 2014

The University of Surrey researchers have launched a telemedicine project for remote monitoring of cancer-patients undergoing chemo to treat breast, bowel and blood cancers.

Colluding apps a growing smartphone threat

26 February 2014

Four UK universities will share £3m of funding to develop systems protecting smartphone users against malicious colluding apps.

EE floatation could be resurrected in the future

26 February 2014

Plans to float Britain’s largest mobile operator EE put on hold last month may be revived in the future.

Electronic communication overtaking oral

25 February 2014

Oral communication is being overtaken by electronic methods in the UK, according to a YouGov survey published today.

WhatsApp to introduce free voice-calls

25 February 2014

WhatsApp will offer free voice-call services to its customers by the end of this year. 

Inmarsat appoints former Yellow Pages CFO

24 February 2014

Inmarsat has appointed Tony Bates as its new finance chief. Bates was previously CFO of Hibu (formerly Yell), the company that produced Yellow Pages, before that company went into liquidation in November 2013.

Ono dismisses Vodafone overtures

12 February 2014

Vodafone may have to raise its takeover bid for Ono after the cable operator said it will press ahead with a stock market sale.

Vodafone moves for Spain’s largest cable operator

11 February 2014

Spain's largest cable operator must decide whether to accept a takeover offer from Vodafone or list the company on the stock market.

M2M market to reach $20bn globally in 2015

05 February 2014

Machine to machine service revenues will reach $20bn globally in 2015, according to new research.

Quantum technology research fund launched

04 February 2014

A £155m fund for a national network of quantum technology hubs has been announced by the EPSRC.

NPL named birthplace of atomic time

03 February 2014

The National Physical Laboratory has been officially declared the birthplace of atomic timekeeping.

Smartphones converted into avalanche tranceivers

03 February 2014

Smartphones could soon be used to help locate those buried by avalanches thanks to a system that turns them into a transceiver.

Critical infrastructure hack data found in public domain

28 January 2014

Data available from mainstream online media – such as blogs, social networking websites, and specialist online publications – could be used by malevolent agents to mount a cyber-attack on UK critical national infrastructure (CNI), the findings of an investigative assessment to be presented next week will warn.

BBC slammed for failed digital system project

28 January 2014

The National Audit Office (NAO) has criticised the BBC for wasting £100m of licence fee money on the Digital Media Initiative project that was eventually scrapped due to technical shortcomings. 

Broadband on planes, trains and automobiles

22 January 2014

Beaming superfast broadband to boats, planes and other vehicles via satellite has been given the go-ahead by Ofcom.

Great Firewall glitch redirects users to forbidden site

22 January 2014

A temporary glitch in China’s Great Firewall has redirected millions of Chinese Internet users to an anti-censorship website meant to be blocked by the system. 

'Chinese YouTube’ requires real-name registration

21 January 2014

China’s Communist Party is strengthening Internet control by ordering users of local online video websites to register under their real names to be able to upload content.

NSA reform inadequate says human rights group

21 January 2014

Reforms of the US National Security Agency announced by President Barack Obama have not gone far enough, says Human Rights Watch.

EE floatation put on hold by owners

17 January 2014

Plans to float EE, Britain’s largest mobile operator, have been put on hold by its owners.

Broadband voted greatest invention of 21st century

17 January 2014

Broadband has been voted the greatest engineering innovation of the first decade of the third millennium, receiving about 53 per cent of votes in the latest public survey by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

NSA implants secret technology in spyproof computers

15 January 2014

The US National Security Agency has implanted secret surveillance software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world to gain access to spy-proof machines.

Fund for broadband delivery pilots in remote areas

15 January 2014

A £10m fund will help technology firms come up with ways of delivering superfast broadband to the most remote parts of Britain.

Real-time data for payday lenders

15 January 2014

A new real-time information sharing system about consumer’s borrowing habits will be made available to payday lenders to support their lending decisions.

Utilities customers keen on smart services

15 January 2014

The advent of smart metering and multichannel customer services could revolutionise utilities’ strained relationships with consumers.

Hydrogen fuel cells for India’s mobile phone masts

14 January 2014

Mobile phone masts in India will be equipped with hydrogen fuel cells to serve as a backup for India’s failure prone power grid.

Future of EU’s broadcast spectrum to be probed

14 January 2014

An investigation into the future use of TV broadcast spectrum across the EU will be headed by former head of the WTO Pascal Lamy.

Instant messaging surges ahead of text in 2014

13 January 2014

Mobile instant messaging services will carry more than twice the number of messages sent by text in 2014, predictions show.

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