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‘Connected traveller’ prompts airports to prioritise IT investment

04 November 2014

Improving passenger processes at the airport through information technology investment is the number one technology priority for airports around the world, according to the 2014 SITA/ACI Airport IT Trends Survey, released today.

Remote communication between dogs and humans

31 October 2014

A suite of technologies for enhancing communication between dogs and humans could be used for everything from search and rescue to training pets.

Yamaha recreates voice of dead artist

29 October 2014

Yamaha has recreated the voice of a deceased Japanese musician and made a recording of his previously unrecorded song.

New optical fibre could solve Internet capacity crunch

28 October 2014

A new type of optical fibre has been used to transmit 255 Terabits of data per second, about 21 times more than what is currently available in commercial communication networks.

China's lunar return probe carries European radio experiment

24 October 2014

China has launched a spacecraft to fly around the Moon and back in preparation for a sample return mission planned for 2017 carrying a European radio experiment.

Queen opens Information Age exhibition at Science Museum

24 October 2014

The Queen has officially opened a new exhibition celebrating the history of information and communication technologies, where she also sent her first royal tweet.

No tariffs for Chinese telecoms companies, says EU

20 October 2014

The European Union has ended a long-running telecoms dispute with China, dropping a threat to levy punitive tariffs on Chinese telecoms exports.

TV white space trial to provide flood warning

14 October 2014

Wireless sensors will use gaps in the TV spectrum to connect to an early-warning system for flood-prone areas in Oxfordshire.

Mobile operators embrace embedded SIM specification

13 October 2014

A host of mobile operators will support the GSMA’s embedded SIM specification to help boost adoption of Internet of Things technology.

Update to Passpoint Wi-Fi roaming system aims for new users

09 October 2014

An update to the Wi-Fi Alliance’s Passpoint Wi-Fi roaming system aimed at boosting user numbers will ease the process of registering with hotspot providers.

Faulty Russian rocket behind Galileo launch fiasco

08 October 2014

Investigators believe a Russian production flaw was behind the botched August launch of two satellites central to the development of Europe's satellite navigation system Galileo.

Turing’s Codebreaking machine voted engineers’ favourite

06 October 2014

A codebreaking machine nicknamed The Bombe, developed by Alan Turing at Bletchley Park during World War Two, has been voted the engineers’ favourite artefact in a new survey to mark the 30th anniversary of the Engineering Heritage Awards.

Research to scrutinise cyber-risks to infrastructure

01 October 2014

A new £2.5m research project will assess the risk posed by hackers and various cyber criminals to the UK’s vital infrastructure.

BT hits 1 Gbit/s with combination of copper and fibre

26 September 2014

BT has reached 'ultrafast' broadband speeds of one Gigabit per second using a combination of fibre optic and copper cabling.

FTSE 100 social star Burberry trials Twitter’s Buy button

23 September 2014

British fashion and luxury goods brand Burberry has signed up as one of the first high-profile brands to trial Twitter’s new Buy button. This e-commerce functionality enables Twitter users to purchase goods directly from a brand’s Twitter timeline, without having to leave the social media platform.

EU-regulators define ‘right to be forgotten’ criteria

19 September 2014

EU regulators have agreed on criteria for assessing "right to be forgotten" requests rejected by search engines.

Smartphone Parkinson's detectors tested in the UK

08 September 2014

An experimental app claiming to be able to detect early signs of Parkinson's disease is being tested in the UK.

Hacking behind third of London’s car theft

04 September 2014

Car theft has entered the cyber age with more than one in three vehicles currently stolen in London being taken through sophisticated hacking methods, the Home Office has revealed.

M2M connections to increase by 21 per cent in 2014

18 August 2014

The number of mobile network connections for machine-to-machine communication will increase by 21 per cent in 2014.

Robots and drones to change office of the future

14 August 2014

European public sector workers are looking forward to have some boring tasks taken away from them by robots and drones, a survey revealed.

New Trans-Pacific subsea cable backed by Google

12 August 2014

A new subsea cable from Japan to the USA backed by Google will help address growing data traffic demands on the Trans-Pacific route.

Partial hack of Blackphone unveiled at Def Con

12 August 2014

The privacy-focused Blackphone has been cracked by a security researcher at the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, though the exploits require physical access.

Microsoft launches £15 phone with video and music player

11 August 2014

Microsoft has announced a £15 phone that comes with video and a music player, but no data connection.

Anti-spying app heralds end of antivirus era

08 August 2014

An Android app that actively scans other apps to determine how risky they are has been launched, promising a new level of user safety.

Hacking aircraft satellite systems possible, says researcher

04 August 2014

A Spanish cyber-security researcher said he had figured out how to hack satellite communications systems on commercial jets through their Wi-Fi and inflight entertainment systems.

BlackBerry to open BBM up to Windows phones

01 August 2014

BlackBerry’s popular messaging system BBM will now be open to those using the Windows phone platform.

Internet of Things network protocol debuts with Thread launch

16 July 2014

The Thread Group, an Internet of Things (IoT) alliance, has been announced by its founders, which include Google's Nest Labs, Samsung and ARM.

Faster WiFi for UK commuter trains

07 July 2014

Passengers on commuter trains in England and Wales could soon enjoy WiFi access ten times faster than what is currently available.

US companies warned against ‘Energetic Bear’ virus

03 July 2014

The US government has warned critical infrastructure operators to make sure their systems haven’t been infected with malicious software from a hacking group known as Energetic Bear.

Infrastructure commission to end ‘chronic short-termism’

03 July 2014

Labour wants to establish an independent National Infrastructure Commission to end a culture of "chronic short-termism".

Telefonica given green light for €8.6bn German takeover

02 July 2014

Telefonica has won EU antitrust clearance for its €8.6bn takeover of E-Plus, marking a milestone in telecoms consolidation.

IET Digital Library launches flexible access scheme

27 June 2014

The IET has launched a new flexible way to access over 190,000 technical documents in its Digital Library.

Intelligent copters capable of learning

26 June 2014

University of Sheffield researchers have developed software enabling UAV fleets to autonomously coordinate their actions and learn from the environment.

Milestone in LTE for mission-critical comms

18 June 2014

Qatar plans to introduce advanced wireless broadband services for its public safety services based on standard LTE communications technology.

F1 connectivity innovation prize announced

10 June 2014

Engineers are being challenged to come up with the next-generation of connectivity technologies for Formula 1 racing, in a new $50,000 competition.

Vodafone reveals security agencies’ direct link to network

06 June 2014

Vodafone has disclosed that government agencies in a small number of countries in which it operates have direct access to its network, enabling them to listen in to calls.

BBC to trial ultra-high definition TV at World Cup

05 June 2014

The BBC will use the World Cup to trial the delivery of ultra-high definition TV over both broadcast and broadband networks.

Email encryption becoming widespread, says Google

04 June 2014

The volume of encrypted email is rising rapidly, according to new data, as providers try to shield their users from government spies and other snoopers.

Engineering GCSE, AS and A level to be scrapped

04 June 2014

GCSE, AS and A level courses in engineering are set to be ditched in the latest stage of a major shake-up of exams.

Improved aircraft-tracking to be introduced by September

02 June 2014

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) will introduce concepts for improved aircraft tracking in September.

Real-time Skype call interpreter developed by Microsoft

28 May 2014

Microsoft has demonstrated a project that aims to enable speakers of all world's existing languages to chat seamlessly with each other using Skype’s new spoken word translator.

IET Innovation Awards open for entries

28 May 2014

A search for the world’s best innovations in science, engineering and technology has been launched today by the IET.

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.

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