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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.

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. 

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