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China’s Jade Rabbit Moon rover on its last legs

28 May 2014

China says bitterly cold lunar nights have "weakened considerably" the Jade Rabbit Moon rover’s ability to operate.

Flight MH370: Satellite data released for verification

27 May 2014

Raw satellite data used by telecommunications firm Inmarsat to determine the likely location of Flight MH370 wreckage have been made publicly available for independent experts to reassess.

The Internet of Pigs

27 May 2014

Internet of Things technology is providing real-time information from sensors implanted in pigs to improve their welfare and predict disease.

First city-wide Internet of Things network announced

22 May 2014

The UK’s first city-wide open access demonstration Machine to Machine and Internet of Things network will be launched in Milton Keynes.

Standards, not technology, lags behind in aircraft tracking, says Inmarsat’s COO

21 May 2014

The technology for constant worldwide aircraft tracking has long been available, however, the standards and regulations enforcing its use have not kept pace with the development, Chief Operations Officer of Inmarsat said to the E&T in an interview.

EE introduces UK’s first 4G WiFi mobile hotspot for cars

21 May 2014

Mobile provider EE has introduced three devices providing 4G WiFi Internet connectivity to cars and a new tablet designed to compete with Apple's iPad mini.  

Effect of mobile phones on children's brains probed

20 May 2014

The Department of Health has launched the world's biggest investigation into the effects of mobile phones on the developing brains of children.

IET calls for more rigour in mobile phone health effects research

20 May 2014

The quality of mobile phone health effects research is decreasing, says the IET in its latest position statement.

Openreach given tough new targets on line repairs

20 May 2014

The vast majority of phone and broadband faults will have to be fixed within two working days under new rules expected to be introduced this summer.

Cobham to buy microelectronics expert Aeroflex

20 May 2014

Defence supplier Cobham will buy the US maker of wireless systems used in medical scanners and components for the robotic arm on Nasa's Curiosity mars rover.

Lockheed Martin under cyber-siege

15 May 2014

US defence giant Lockheed Martin said the number of attacks on its computer systems has quadrupled since 2007.

Aviation industry to join forces to improve aircraft tracking

14 May 2014

The international aviation industry has committed to finding solutions to improve aircraft tracking as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) focuses on developing new regulations

Samsung’s hacking-proof system safer than BlackBerry's

14 May 2014

Samsung’s KNOX system designed for public sector services dealing with sensitive data is secure enough to handle classified information, the UK government has said.

World’s first satellite-based railway management system

13 May 2014

The world’s first railway management system communicating with satellites has been tested in Italy.

Black-box streaming and free aircraft tracking offered by Inmarsat

12 May 2014

London-headquartered satellite operator Inmarsat will offer free aircraft tracking via its satellite network to all long-haul aircraft worldwide and propose a black-box data streaming service to prevent aircraft from going astray.

Berners-Lee calls for Internet ‘Magna Carta’

08 May 2014

Internet founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee has called for a global 'Magna Carta' to be created to make Internet safer and more democratic.

New ‘dark fibre’ network to test future Internet tech

07 May 2014

A new ‘dark fibre’ network will help researchers develop the technologies that will power the future of the Internet.

Facebook to allow users to limit private data sharing

01 May 2014

Facebook has introduced new privacy features allowing users to limit the amount of personal information shared with third party mobile apps.

Telemedicine to cut infant death in the Amazon

01 May 2014

Health professionals in South America can use satellite communication terminals to tackle high infant and maternal mortality rates.

Wildebeest migration mapped with HerdTracker app

25 April 2014

A new web app that follows the herds of Africa’s wildebeest, as they make their annual migration across the Serengeti and Masai Mara National Parks, allows anyone to track this natural spectacle in real-time, with instant updates of the migration's precise location.

Nokia ends phone production as sale to Microsoft complete

25 April 2014

Nokia, once the world’s number one mobile phone manufacturer, has completed the sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft, prompted by a continuous decline in sales the company has been struggling with since switching to Windows Phone in 2011. 

UK’s slowest broadband street named

24 April 2014

Two streets with 30 times slower download speeds than UK average have been named the slowest broadband locations in the country.

Power-saving breakthrough in mobile mast design

14 April 2014

A breakthrough in the design of mobile phone masts could cut their demand on the UK power network by 200MW.

Israel launches satellite to keep tabs on Iran

10 April 2014

Israel has launched a new military Earth-observation satellite to monitor Iran’s nuclear progress.

Earth observation challenge opens for submissions

10 April 2014

The European Space Agency has announced a new round of its Copernicus Masters, competition seeking innovative space application ideas, will open for submissions next week.

Sentinel to improve flood and earthquake monitoring

04 April 2014

The European Space Agency (Esa) has launched its new Earth-observation Sentinel-1A satellite marking the start of the Copernicus programme, which will provide Europe with unprecedented access to environmental data.

Holograms allow singers perform duets across continents

04 April 2014

Singers MIA and Janelle Monae have performed a duet being present at each other’s gigs as holograms enabled by advanced 3D projection and video mapping technology.

Virtual language teacher on your mobile

01 April 2014

A virtual language teacher on your mobile phone that can recommend real-world reading material tailored to your ability has launched today.

World must adapt to climate reality, says IPCC report

31 March 2014

A clean industrial revolution has been urged in the wake of the publication of a major report on the impacts of climate change.

Slideshow: EPSRC photography competition winners

31 March 2014

A picture of a joke-telling robot that can tailor its stand-up routine in real time has won the EPSRC photography competition.

Apps prevent undesired encounters

31 March 2014

A new app uses data from social networks to help people prevent from bumping into those they wish to avoid.

Governments want more personal data, says Google

28 March 2014

The number of government requests for personal information has gone up by 120 per cent since 2009 according to Google’s Transparency Report.

2014 Raspberry Pi Competition shortlist announced

27 March 2014

A system that helps reduce vehicle emissions by enabling drivers to locate empty car parking spaces, and a tool for making recycling easier, are among the finalists of the PA Consulting Group’s second Raspberry Pi programming competition.

Flight MH370: satellite images reveal field of debris

26 March 2014

More than 100 objects possibly related to the MH370 disappearance were spotted in the southern Indian Ocean on images acquired by Airbus-operated satellites.

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.

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