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Photonic computers promise energy-efficient supercomputers

15 December 2014

Computers that process light instead of electrons could provide the boost supercomputers need to get to the exascale generation.

Interview: Scott Fletcher, ANS and cloud computing

15 December 2014

With his bluff Mancunian approach to the world of work, cloud-computing entrepreneur, self-made multi-millionaire and chairman of ANS Scott Fletcher is proud to have made it to the civic honours list.

Falcon aims for greener, smarter grid

15 December 2014

While contributions to the grid from renewable resources prepare us for a greener future, they create unpredictable variations in supply and demand. Western Power Distribution's Project Falcon is aiming to address flexibility in energy management.

Law: the last analogue profession moves towards digital

15 December 2014

The legal system is undergoing a revolution, adopting digital systems to keep up with other professions. But could the law ever leave paper on the shelf?

Analysis: Why we need to revamp the credit card system

28 November 2014

The recent revelation that a website was openly selling credit card records to all comers is hardly surprising. 'Carders', as they're known in security circles, have been selling stolen records online for years, but normally via less popular channels, like IRC.

Analysis: finding symbiosis for human-computer collaboration

28 November 2014

Have we become sufficiently accustomed to the notion of 'having a relationship' with our computers to the point where we are now prepared to treat them as bona fide co-workers?

Software-defined networking: data centres' soft option

10 November 2014

Software-defined networking promises cheaper, more flexible communications but is that winning over converts in the data centre?

Enterprises embrace the world of mobility

10 November 2014

Businesses need to stay ahead of the game and go further than staff if they wish to keep their finger on the pulse and remain secure when it comes to IT on the move.

Classic Projects: the Enigma machine

10 November 2014

DATE: First patent application Feb 1918; Wehrmacht Enigma introduced early 1930s

DESIGNER: Arthur Scherbius

The Imitation Game: the author of the book of the film

10 November 2014

The Turing biopic, The Imitation Game, is based on the classic biography 'Alan Turing: the Enigma'. We talk to its author Andrew Hodges, fellow and tutor in mathematics at Wadham College, University of Oxford. 

The Turing Test: brain-inspired computing's multiple-path approach

10 November 2014

How closely do we need electronics to impersonate the brain before they can pass the Turing Test?

Medical robotics: the end of the lab technician?

10 November 2014

In biology labs around the world, the graduate student or 'lab rat' has long been a synonym for drudge. But the machines have started taking over. Biologists are now using technology for its mechanical doggedness.

Analysis: Public Posturing on Cyber-security Fools No One

31 October 2014

Just what kind of political game was China playing in October? On 30 October, senior Chinese officials said that talks with the US were "unhindered" even though they had their differences. The statement was made less than two weeks after others in the Chinese government said that it had stopped talking to the US about cyber-security, following what it called "mistaken US practices".

Digital visual effects: shaping the next cinematic experience

13 October 2014

As the high-end computing resources needed to generate eye-popping on-screen effects become more available the VFX industry is playing an ever bigger part in shaping the cinematic experience.

Software reviews

13 October 2014

Life's too short to drink bad beer so, with Oktoberfest in mind, let your smartphone take the strain of finding – or brewing – something better.

Baroness Greenfield - is the digital world damaging our brains?

15 September 2014

Neuroscientist Baroness Greenfield thinks that search engines, social media and video games are having a negative effect on how we think and behave. "Am I just being old fashioned?" she says. "I don't think so."

Raspberry Pi education kits: how they can help develop IT skills

15 September 2014

Educational and learning kits based around Raspberry Pi computers could help schools ensure that England's new computing curriculum captures the imaginations of young technologists.

Photo Essay: Interactive Classroom Aids

15 September 2014

Classrooms are becoming smarter – creating advanced, creative, digitally-supported learning environments.

In-premises Wi-Fi: will it be wireless all the way?

15 September 2014

The provisioning of enterprise workplace networked communications is changing: forward-looking organisations are starting to remove all the plug-in cable connections for desktop PCs and telephones, and migrating their enterprise users onto mobile computing devices that rely entirely on wireless connectivity.

Understanding the implications of Tor’s latest hack

13 August 2014

Researchers believe that they have cracked the anonymous Tor network. So why aren’t they allowed to talk about it?

RFID tags along with the Internet of Things

11 August 2014

RFID was the prototype for the entity-connected domains now being brought into the Internet of Things – but are the two technologies necessarily destined to contend with each other? Renewed interest in RFID suggests that it still has an important part to play.

Industrial control systems and SCADA cyber-security

11 August 2014

Hackers are now directing their activities toward the technology commonly found in power stations, factories and other infrastructural facilities. Engineers tasked with managing these systems must understand the rising risk, and ensure that safeguards are implemented.

Photonic switching: data at the speed of light

11 August 2014

The next big revolution in networking is to move data in the form of light from start to finish: but photonic switching means a major step-change for the vendors who build the devices that route data packets around the world's data centres.

Scientists use computer modelling for drug discovery

11 August 2014

AstraZeneca caused a storm last year when Pfizer attempted a takeover – the pharma-giant's motivation? Computer-aided modelling of drugs.

Interview: Tech Mahindra head engineer discusses future of India's tech sector

01 August 2014

With nearly a hundred thousand employees, Tech Mahindra is at the heart of India’s burgeoning technology sector. E&T Magazine caught up with global head of engineering Karthikeyan Natarajan to find out what the future holds for the industry.

Modelling & Simulation lifts aerospace control systems

15 July 2014

Modelling and simulation software plays a critical role in supporting blue sky thinking at the early stages of  aircraft flight control systems design and validation.

Chief data officers: the new ‘Big Data czars’?

14 July 2014

The chief data officer is an emerging position tasked with overseeing projects that aim to derive value from enterprise data sets: some observers think that CDOs could assume a defining role in shaping corporate success for the next 10 years.

Comment: Avoiding the black hole of software development

14 July 2014

Sometimes the ‘cheap’ option in a software project can end up being a lot more expensive, says Tim Fellows.

Invasive species: how ICT helps tackle the aliens

14 July 2014

Not all of the many hundreds of species designated ‘invasive’ have detrimental impacts on their adopted environments, but a lot of them do. Now the unintended consequences of globalisation are exacerbating the problem. Can information and communications technology help track the challenges?

Legal and ethical aspects of cyber warfare

14 July 2014

Nato’s Cooperative Cyber Security Center of Excellence put cyber conflicts at the centre of its two recent international gatherings, CyCon in Tallinn, Estonia, and the Ethics of Cyber Conflict workshop in Rome, Italy. E&T went along to both.

Software Reviews: Password managers

14 July 2014

The recent eBay data breach highlighted the importance of using unique and secure passwords.

How many security researchers does it take to hack a light bulb?

04 July 2014

How many cyber-security researchers does it take to hack a light bulb? About six, according to one firm, which has demonstrated that the manufacturers of the growing number of connected devices in our homes appear to have a security blind spot.

Analysis: Why investors are paying top dollar for Uber

27 June 2014

More than 12,000 black-taxi drivers descended on London this month to protest the rise of taxi app Uber, with Mayor of London Boris Johnson expressing his sympathy for their cause. The company was recently valued at around $17bn in advance of its IPO, so why are investors willing to pay so much?

HyperCat: Interoperability on the Internet of Things

27 June 2014

The rise of The Internet of Things is gathering pace, but unlike the heady days of the early Web big corporations have got a head start and are building it around proprietary solutions that refuse to cooperate. Is there a way to break down the barriers?

WW1: First World War communications and the 'Tele-net of Things'

16 June 2014

The exigencies of the 1914-1918 conflict meant that electronic communications on the Allied side had to find new ways to interoperate both on the battlefield and on the Home Front: but can the beginnings of 2014's interconnected domains be found in innovations that came out of the necessities of that war?

WW1: First World War technology: Room 40 secret intelligence unit

16 June 2014

After hostilities commenced in August 1914 the Admiralty's secret intelligence unit, Room 40, stepped-up its monitoring and codebreaking operations against Germany, providing the British armed forces with tide-turning information about the enemy's plans. This second of a two-part series highlights Room 40's operations from the outbreak of hostilities to the war's end.

Analysis: do router security problems foreshadow IoT hacks?

02 June 2014

Nothing is safe on the Internet, including your home router. That may already have been hacked – but if the world becomes as connected as companies are hoping, that could be the least of your worries.

Router vendors responding to growing attacks

19 May 2014

Router vendors are rapidly responding to the fact that hackers are turning their dastardly attentions to the internetworking devices that manage the Internet's data traffic flow.

First World War technology: Room 40 secret intelligence unit

19 May 2014

In the lead-up to the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914, Britain recognised the role telegraphy and wireless would play in the conflict, and took steps to stay ahead in the communications war. In advance of next month's First World War centenary issue, we plot the birth of the secret intelligence unit, 'Room 40'.

Retail security: XP expires as new POS-centric malware steps-up

18 May 2014

For many shopkeepers Windows XP was a cheap and capable operating system on which to run their applications – but Microsoft has ended its support of XP as new retail-targeting malwares have appeared. And will new point-of-sale models prove any safer?

Enterprise mobile security: defending the wireless realm

14 April 2014

Corporate smartphones, which process tasks previously done on secured PCs, now require the same protection against snooping and malware – and security providers are lining up to provide intermediate safeguard systems.

Analysis: What lessons can be learned from the Heartbleed fiasco?

12 April 2014

The continuing furore over the Heartbleed bug holds important lessons for the IT industry, both about the way it responds to major incidents and also the way software is produced.

The rise of the thinking machines

31 March 2014

At the intersection of Big Data and artificial intelligence computers are quickly beginning to rival the decision making power of humans raising questions about how much responsibility should be ceded to machines.

Modelling and simulation innovation: just do the math

14 March 2014

Modelling and simulation tools are increasingly using powerful maths and physics computations to engineer a wider range of products faster and more accurately.

Analysis: When was the Web really invented?

12 March 2014

12 March 2014 marks 25 years since the birth of the protocol and mark-up language that has made the Internet familiar to anyone who has accessed a computer or smartphone. But is this really the anniversary of the World Wide Web?

The Web at 25 – is it showing its age?

12 March 2014

From humble beginnings the World Wide Web has become the backbone of modern civilisation, but the inability of its creators to foresee its meteoric rise has resulted in shaky foundations.

Technology brands top for value in 2014

10 March 2014

Apple's success in pioneering new types of product has helped it top a global league table that assesses the value of corporate brands.

Hannover Messe 2014: e-vehicle technology powers ahead

10 March 2014

E&T magazine is again a preferred media partner for this year's Hannover Messe showcase of industrial and engineering technology innovation. This last of three previews surveys in brief the technology-specific trade shows that make-up Hannover Messe 2014 - and includes details of FREE ENTRY for IET members.

Analysis: Why reports of bitcoin’s demise missed the point

07 March 2014

Mt. Gox's demise rocked the bitcoin community, but, like San Francisco's occasional earthquakes, it was not entirely unexpected.

Embedded technology powers cyber-physical systems

13 February 2014

The embedded computers used to control industrial machinery are starting to talk among themselves – and it's a process that could change the way we program managing systems.

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