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Apps augmenting reality to drive retail sales

12 April 2013

Leading retailers are turning to augmented reality to drive sales, brand reinforcement, customer relationships, and to improve the shopping experience.

Point-of-sale cyber security: hacking the check-out

11 March 2013

As point-of-sale systems embrace mainstream software, they will have to deal with the security threats that come with it. After all, what cybercriminal wouldn't go after Windows-based devices handling credit and debit cards?

Raspberry Pi: hobbyist hardware 'grows-up' for mainstream applications

11 March 2013

As the Raspberry Pi celebrates its first birthday, designs intended for the hobbyist are getting mainstream attention from developers of 'grown up' applications.

Big data at large - you may not see it, but it will see you

11 March 2013

When an E&T writer set off to attend an industry event in Amsterdam he discovered that his trip was being helped along at all stages by an unseen force.

Analysis: safe-code revision grapples with automated checking

28 February 2013

The Motor Industry Software Reliability Association (MISRA), a group that developed one of the most widely-used coding standards for safe, reliable software, launched at Embedded World, Nuremberg this week, marking the first major update to the standard for almost a decade.

Engineering Grand Challenges

11 February 2013

On 12-13 March the IET hosts a major international summit in London organised by the national engineering academies of the UK, US and China to discuss progress on 14 'grand challenges' identified five years ago by America's National Academy of Engineering. We look at what they are and how close the world is to solving them.

Public sector cloud: casting shadow over traditional IT skills?

11 February 2013

Cloud computing models are changing the way governments procure – and at the same time look set to usher in a period of profound change for public-sector IT careers.

Hannover Messe 2013: industrial integration will prove key.

08 February 2013

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 2013 - and includes details of FREE ENTRY for IET members.

Broadcast - lessons from London 2012

21 January 2013

For the BBC the 2012 Olympics presented one of the biggest technological challenges in the corporation's history of sports coverage - so what were the key lessons the broadcaster learn from the experience?

Whatever happened to thin clients?

21 January 2013

It doesn't seem so long ago that analysts were predicting leaner, greener terminals that almost harked back to the original tenets of centralised computing... So where has the 'thin-client' concept ended up?

Building Information Modelling - DNA for buildings

21 January 2013

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the software-based method of mapping every aspect of a built structure's equivalent to DNA, from initial design and construction to refurbishments and eventual destruction.

Hannover Messe 2013 celebrates new age of industrial integration

21 January 2013

E&T magazine is once again a preferred media partner for this year’s Hannover Messe showcase of industrial and engineering technology innovation. This second of three previews introduces the 11 technology-specific trade shows that make-up Hannover Messe 2013 - including details of FREE ENTRY for IET members.

Professional development tools for the web generation

10 January 2013

What do engineering employers expect from universities in preparing students for the workplace? Firstly it is to turn out students who have a strong grounding in engineering; secondly to educate them in problem solving. The graduate engineer is a generalist and becomes a specialist later.

Ethical hacking: bad in a good way

17 December 2012

More and more organisations are being targeted in cyber-attacks, and they must get to know their enemy if they are to protect vital networks. Meet the professional, ethical hacker.

Looking forward - 2013 predictions

17 December 2012

E&T staff and contributors take a punt at predicting what's in and what's out across the seven engineering sectors in 2013.

Big Data analytics: putting the puzzle together

17 December 2012

If you want to keep your big-data jigsaw in order, the experts advise integrating your applications. But when it comes to seeing the big picture it's all about value-driven analytics.

Hannover Messe 2013 celebrates new age of industrial integration

16 December 2012

E&T magazine is once again a preferred media partner for this year's Hannover Messe showcase of industrial and engineering technology innovation. This first of three previews introduces the 11 technology-specific trade shows that make-up Hannover Messe 2013 - including details of FREE ENTRY for IET members.

PhotoEssay: inside Google’s secret data centres

13 December 2012

Google’s data-centres, the biggest in the world, could easily set the bar for an industry-wide standard, apart from the fact that it builds everything itself.

Mike Lynch and Autonomy: HP's hostage to fortune?

22 November 2012

Earlier this week Hewlett-Packard (HP) levelled an accusation of improper accounting at Autonomy, the UK software company it bought last year. HP has discovered “serious accounting improprieties” and “a wilful effort by Autonomy to mislead shareholders”, it says, after a whistle-blower came forward.

Unmanned aerial vehicles: ICT on the fly

20 November 2012

The use of UAVs in the military context is a great headline grabber, but a wealth of computer technology is really helping the sector take off in much more creative directions. How will we be employing drones in the upcoming decades?

Software-defined networking - taking the intelligence out of the network?

19 November 2012

Can the 'software-defined networking' concept deliver simple, cheap data-centre network and application management, or will market forces thwart its mainstream adoption?

E-health revisited

18 November 2012

Patients around the world are increasingly benefiting from emerging e-health technology, but can it offer similar benefits for medical professionals?

Photo Essay: classroom technology

17 November 2012

Technology in the classroom has come a long way. From the BBC Micro computer to interactive touchscreens, the education sector has embraced innovative and engaging learning methods.

Network diversity limits what EE can learn from the 4G story so far

02 November 2012

As the first operator to put a 4G mobile network based on the Long Term Evolution (LTE) protocol into action in the UK, EE will have to look abroad to take lessons from other deployments.

The real ICT of James Bond

23 October 2012

The showy computer wizardry depicted in recent Bond movies is closer than ever to real-life technology; it even reflects changes in how actual enterprises are deploying their ICT resources.

Cyberspies eye boom in opportunities

22 October 2012

The risk of attack by cyberspies is increasing and thanks to emerging technologies it’s harder than ever to keep passwords away from prying eyes.

The Cuban missile crisis and the superpower tech race

22 October 2012

Fifty years ago the US and USSR averted a nuclear clash during the Cuban missile crisis; but the emergency had profound repercussions for each nation's computing and communications industries.

Solid state drive innovation - data's new home?

17 September 2012

Solid state drives now offer an attractive storage alternative for enterprise users - but is the range of options and pace of innovation proving more of a headache than a help to IT specifiers?

Safety and security convergence - a new era?

16 September 2012

We are moving toward a world where every connected system is becoming safety critical - so ICT professionals should step up to the principles of ultra-rigorous system design and build.

BYOD - beyond the device divide

16 September 2012

The 'bring your own device' proposition is about more than just who owns the computing tool you do your work on: followed through to its fullest extent, BYOD could cause changes to enterprise communications provisioning models that have been around for decades.

One2ten: supercomputers

21 August 2012

Every six months researchers compile a list of the 500 fastest computers on the planet. Here we sum up the latest top 10 ranked according to their LINPACK benchmark performance score, which ranks each system according to both maximum and theoretical peak performance.

POS systems switch to self-service

21 August 2012

POS systems are evolving into a much more sophisticated role in providing customer satisfaction and retail revenue generation.

Big data: larging it up

21 August 2012

'Big data' is a buzz-term that is resonating big-time with IT solutions providers and end-user organisations. But are 'big data' applications really so different from the business intelligence and analytics tools that have been around for decades?

Cookie law - will it rumble or crumble?

21 August 2012

The latest bit of EU legislation aims to protect the privacy of anyone visiting UK-owned websites by notifying them of cookie usage – but it is also impairing the website experience and jeopardising revenue opportunities, its critics are claiming.

Software reviews: online file hosting

20 August 2012

Fancy a business upgrade to your file hosting package? We look at some of the cloud storage options out there.

Efficiency drive forces change in computing power buses

24 July 2012

The drive for energy efficiency in servers is leading to an overhaul in the way that electrical power is distributed through them. The new power-delivery architecture is conceptually simpler, but relies on not just incorporating more complex voltage converters but integrating them into microprocessors and other high-power logic chips.

Turing Test 2012: friend or faux

17 July 2012

What relevance does Alan Turing's controversial proposed method for testing a computer system's ability to behave 'intelligently' have in a world of ever-smarter interactive applications, robotic companions and artificial intelligence?

IPv6: a hero to save the Internet?

17 July 2012

No one likes change, but there are compelling reasons why Internet market leaders are leading the migration to the latest iteration of the 'great enabler'Internet Protocol.

CCTV at the 2012 Olympics: the great zoom boom

17 July 2012

The London Olympics authorities have rerouted existing CCTV services in a bid to boost security at the Games, but not everyone is happy about it.

In search of the internet: Travelling on the tubes

16 July 2012

During the Olympics we'll be relying on the Internet more than ever. But most of us don't really understand its physical reality.

Software reviews

16 July 2012

Graphical web design tools make website design as easy as word processing.

London 2012 Games will be 'first social Olympics'

16 July 2012

Social media has introduced a whole new dimension of engagement between all parties involved in the Games, from spectators and sponsors to athletes and their supporters.

Smart Special - Smart Transport

19 June 2012

Smarter transport systems are encouraging cities to enhance mobility, reduce emissions and personalise the user experience.

London data centres will feel the effects of the 2012 Games

19 June 2012

How significant will the impact of the London 2012 Games be on the capital's data-centre operators?

Smart Special - Smart Buildings

18 June 2012

If smart buildings are to deliver the energy savings that are hoped for they will need to evolve from their present reactive state and become truly predictive.

Teardown - Buffalo Cloudstor

18 June 2012

Networked Attached Storage devices are becoming key to making smart homes work like clockwork, but what makes them tick?

Interview - Guy Clapperton

17 June 2012

Switching onto social media as a commercial tool is critical to your marketing strategy. Nick Smith talks to author Guy Clapperton, whose new book tells you how to turn social media into business.

Fashion on the digital rise

21 May 2012

The high street is facing a slump in sales, but can digital technologies reinvent the retail shopping experience?

Computing in Queen Elizabeth's ascendancy year

20 May 2012

1952 was the year that Princess Elizabeth inherited the throne - and when several innovations fuelled technological leaps for the UK's nascent computer industry.

M2M in healthcare: wellness connected

24 April 2012

Linking patients and treatment systems over the Internet can save time, resources, and lives: how the Internet of Things is underpinning the Internet of Healthcare.

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