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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.

Fully digital radio transmitter could be turnkey solution for IoT

03 March 2015

Cambridge Consultants has successfully completed initial trials of the world’s first fully digital radio transmitter. This potentially represents a turning point in wireless design and could prove invaluable in realising the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G technology.

China switches from leading tech firms to domestic products

27 February 2015

China has dropped some of the world’s major technology brands from its state-approved purchase lists, while pushing forward locally made products, an analysis has shown.

‘GPS’ systems for indoors based on everyday tech

24 February 2015

Ubiquitous technology such as smartphones or Wi-Fi could be used to create a precise indoor navigation system, overcoming the limits of GPS but also offering a powerful marketing tool.

Tokenisation to allow Europe to join mobile payment revolution

24 February 2015

Visa Europe is to launch what it calls a tokenisation service providing better protection for mobile payment solutions.

US and UK blamed for hacking SIM card firm to access phones

20 February 2015

US and UK intelligence agencies have allegedly hacked into a major maker of SIM cards, allowing them to eavesdrop on billions of mobile users around the world, a US news website claims.

Plea for women to take up engineering backed by big businesses

18 February 2015

The UK Government’s plea for more women to reach top jobs in industries where they are underrepresented has sparked a flood of support from businesses, including engineering companies and organisations.

Virgin plans fibre network expansion

13 February 2015

British telecommunications provider Virgin Media said it will invest £3bn to expand its fibre network to reach more customers and provide higher Internet speed.

Digital data storage may leave future in dark about us, warns Cerf

13 February 2015

Archaeologists of the future may struggle to interpret the 21st century civilisation due to missing written records if our digital trace is erased, Internet godfather has warned.

Free train wi-fi for UK passengers

12 February 2015

Free wi-fi will be installed on all trains under government plans from 2017 to get the network rail out of the “analogue age”.

Google advised to limit ‘right to be forgotten’ to EU

06 February 2015

An advisory group appointed by Google has backed the company’s view that links be removed only from websites in Europe, going against EU’s request to do it globally.

Hospitals test Apple’s health tech to improve care

05 February 2015

Major US hospitals have launched trials of Apple’s healthcare technology designed to allow remote, low cost monitoring of patients.

Europe’s space data highway confirmed

30 January 2015

Europe will go ahead with the construction of a laser-based satellite data relay system following a successful test of the technology last year.

BT plans to launch six times faster broadband by 2020

30 January 2015

BT will launch trials of superfast broadband technology six times the speed of the fastest of today’s services, aiming for a 2016 nationwide rollout.

Security protocol for Internet-connected pacemakers

28 January 2015

Basque researchers have developed a security protocol that could allow pacemakers of the future to be connected to the Internet.

New search engine aims to beat Google in efficiency

27 January 2015

Finnish researchers have developed a new search engine which reportedly outperforms the existing ones, allowing people to find what they’re looking for more quickly.

Canary Wharf to get 'smarter' with tech competition

26 January 2015

Cognicity Challenge has selected 12 companies to take part in its smart city competition for the opportunity to implement innovative solutions in London’s Canary Wharf.

Twitter wants to curb link-posting from Instagram

23 January 2015

The social network sent some of its high-profile users a message, suggesting they should post photos directly to Twitter rather than sending links to Instagram photos.

Illegal fishing reeled in by new satellite tracking system

22 January 2015

A new satellite tracking and data analysis system has been unveiled to help combat illegal fishing in oceans around the world.

Baltic Data Highway provides fastest cross-European comms link

21 January 2015

The fastest data link connecting eastern and western Europe has been launched today covering 3,000km from Tallinn to Frankfurt with a single optic fibre.

Musk thinks there is room for another mega space network

20 January 2015

Elon Musk has confirmed he still plans to launch his own satellite constellation for direct Internet access despite a rival venture having been backed by Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson.

New biometric solution analyses touchscreen habits

20 January 2015

A start-up company has developed an innovative biometric approach for detecting identity theft, with specific application for mobile devices.

Obama proposes enhanced cyber-security laws to fight hackers

14 January 2015

US President Barack Obama sent a bill to Congress on Tuesday aimed at strengthening cyber-security laws after the recent hacking attacks against Sony Pictures, Home Depot, Target and the federal government.

Engineering and technology top news in 2014

24 December 2014

What a tumultuous year 2014 has been. E&T News has put together a timeline with this year’s most memorable events in engineering and technology, good and bad.

2014 engineering and technology highlights and what about 2015?

23 December 2014

Smartphones becoming 'remote controls' of our lives, the dawn of driverless cars, the Heartbleed software vulnerability and smart thermostats pave the way for engaged consumers – we asked IET experts what were the most significant engineering and technology trends of 2014 and what to expect from the upcoming year.

North Korea behind Sony hack-attack, FBI announced

19 December 2014

UPDATE – The US has officially blamed the North Korean government for the massive cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Car-connected helmets to save cyclists’ lives

19 December 2014

Volvo is testing a new technology that enables cars to communicate directly with helmets of cyclists in their vicinity to help prevent dangerous collisions.

Google risks $18m fine for web privacy violation, Dutch watchdog says

16 December 2014

Google could be $18.6m poorer in fines if web privacy violations of Dutch users won’t come to a halt, the country’s data protection agency announced.   

Alleged GCHQ hacking of Belgian telecoms firm was widespread, reports reveal

15 December 2014

Extracting data from Belgian telecoms firm, alleged to have been performed by British intelligence service GCHQ, was more widespread than initially thought without being detected for more than two years, according to reports.   

EU to impose aircraft tracking as aviation community takes too long

10 December 2014

The European Union wants to make flight tracking mandatory as the aviation community moves too slowly to decide on the technology widely discussed since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Nokia opens security centre in Berlin

10 December 2014

Nokia has opened a new mobile security complex in Berlin aimed at creating robust telecommunications security for operators of mobile networks.

Internet of Things network launched nationwide

10 December 2014

The first sites of an Internet of Things (IoT) network have gone live in ten of the UK’s largest cities in a bid to improve services, reduce costs and protect people.

Intel to help turn Canary Wharf into London's smartest district

05 December 2014

London’s pioneering smart city project has teamed up with tech giant Intel to help start-ups turn Canary Wharf into the UK capital’s smartest neighbourhood.

Thousands of Sony passwords saved in ‘Password’ folder

05 December 2014

Sony Pictures Entertainment saved thousands of company passwords in a file directory labelled ‘Password’, it has emerged, after hackers leaked another chunk of data following the attack.

Bluetooth Smart even smarter with 4.2 update

04 December 2014

The new Bluetooth adopted specification is set to improve privacy and increase speed, further establishing the technology as the wireless standard for the Internet of Things.

Sony still struggling to recover after GOP cyber-attack

03 December 2014

Sony Pictures Entertainment is still struggling to recover from an extensive cyber-attack with security experts dismissing the theory that North Korea is the culprit.

Cyber-attacks on airlines, energy and defence by Iranian hackers, says report

02 December 2014

Coordinated attacks by Iran-based hackers have been directed at major airlines, energy firms and defence companies worldwide according to a report released by a US cyber-security firm.

Future highways to use self-healing concrete

02 December 2014

Roads populated with autonomous cars, highway surfaces made of solar panels and concrete that automatically repairs damage – that’s a vision of highways of the future presented by engineering consultancy Arup.

Space data highway experiment delivers first images

01 December 2014

Two European satellites have exchanged data across a 45,000km distance using a laser communications terminal designed to form the basis of a future space data highway.

EE confirms takeover talks with BT

26 November 2014

EE’s owners have confirmed they have entered talks to sell the mobile network to BT as part of a wider review of its options.

Quantum tech commercialisation network launched

26 November 2014

Atomic clock and quantum cryptography research will receive a boost with the launch of a new research network aiming to get the technology from lab to market.