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'Alexa, What Are The Four Biggest Challenges To Voice Control Technology Hitting The Mainstream?'

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The rise of ‘voice-first’ interfaces featured prominently in Gartner’s list of 10 predictions about the strategic use of technology in 2017 — the analysis firm anticipates that 10 million households will be using room-based screenless devices by the end of the year. It’s not hard to understand why when you… Read more »

Malicious Android Virus Has Been Caught Making Record Ransom Demands

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It’s a weekday evening. You’re on the bus home, catching up on WhatsApps and texts from friends as the dreaded “low battery” warning pops up on screen – yet again. You remember the app your colleague mentioned – he said it boosts phones’ battery lives – so you download it.  It… Read more »

Technology Is Creating Jobs, Not Just Stealing Them…

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Technology has been “stealing our jobs” since at least the Bronze Age, so it’s surprising after all these years that any of us have a job to go to in the mornings. The tired old trope of machines stealing the bread from our children’s mouths has been trotted out at… Read more »

If You Think Your Pupils Are Googling Their Way To Success, Think Again

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One of the more tiresome aspects of classroom teaching over the past decade has been the mandatory insertion of ICT (Information Communications Technology) into every lesson, regardless of any educational rationale. For the gradually disempowered teacher the option of saying: ‘I’m not’, to the question: ‘How are you incorporating ICT… Read more »

Engineering Skills Are The Key To Achieving Sustainable Development And Reducing Foreign Aid Dependency

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Craster International, the largest foundry and machine shop in Zimbabwe. Copyright; Dr Wilson Nyemba Nearly half of the world’s population, or more than 3 billion people, live on less than $2.50 a day and more than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day. This problem… Read more »

Why I Gave Up My Debit Card And Haven’t Looked Back

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Nearly a year ago, the FT ran a feature about the financial woes of the millennial generation. It was pushed out to Twitter in a now infamous tweet: “OMG! 25-year-olds should be saving £800 a month into their pension. CBA with that.” The tweet went viral, drawing the ire of… Read more »

Fake News Probe Could See Facebook, Twitter And Google Chiefs Face Questions From Government

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Social media bosses could be questioned over whether they are doing enough to stop fake news. The Commons Culture Committee is said to be on the verge of summoning the chiefs of Facebook, Twitter and Google to Parliament for an inquiry into the phenomenon, the Sunday Telegraph said. It is… Read more »

SpaceX Launch Video Shows Falcon 9 Rocket Ascend Into Space

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function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){‘undefined’!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if(‘object’==typeof commercial_video){var a=”,o=’m.fwsitesection=’+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video[‘package’]){var c=’&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D’+commercial_video[‘package’];a+=c}e.setAttribute(‘vdb_params’,a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById(‘vidible_1’),onPlayerReadyVidible); SpaceX has launched its first rocket into space since an explosion rocked its operations last year. The Elon Musk-backed firm’s Falcon 9 rocket ascended into the sky from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast. In September, a mishap saw the firm’s… Read more »

Wind Power Overtakes Coal For The First Time Ever In The UK

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It is not often we hear good news about the environment, but 2017 is starting on a high as renewable energy has already had its first win of the year. For the first time ever, wind farms in the UK are now providing more energy than burning coal, and not… Read more »

People Who’ve Deleted Facebook Reveal What Finally Made Them Do It

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Christmas is usually the time that tips most Facebook users over the edge, whether it’s pictures of your mates’ babies dressed as puddings, Christmas tree one-upmanship or the smug bastard that went to Barbados for the holidays. Either way, if you’re contemplating deleting the social media platform (for the umpteenth… Read more »

Autism: Scientists May Be Able To Explain A Third Of All Cases

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The scarcity of a single protein in the brain could explain as many as a third of all cases of autism, according to a new study. Researchers in Canada are hopeful that the discovery could help them develop a treatment for the disorder, which affects more than one in 100… Read more »

Can Social Media Data Save The Polls?

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The first known example of an opinion poll was in 1824, which was a local straw poll in Pennsylvania on the US presidential election. In 1916, The Literary Digest embarked on a national survey (partly as a circulation-raising exercise) and correctly predicted Woodrow Wilson’s election as president. Mailing out millions… Read more »

I’m Dreaming Of A Wifi Free Christmas

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During the Christmas and New Year period, many people choose to take regular breaks from the indulgences of food and drink popular at this time of year. Similarly, I’m hoping to cut back on another great addiction of our time: technology and the internet. Like much of the UK, I… Read more »

The Five Key Steps To Take After A Security Breach

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There’s much advice given about how to reduce the risk of an attack and the different preventative measures that organisations can put in place. However, with new technologies and routes of entry for attackers, preventive measures alone are not enough. In order to ensure all bases are covered, organisations need… Read more »

Google Will Be Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy From 2017

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function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){‘undefined’!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if(‘object’==typeof commercial_video){var a=”,o=’m.fwsitesection=’+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video[‘package’]){var c=’&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D’+commercial_video[‘package’];a+=c}e.setAttribute(‘vdb_params’,a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById(‘vidible_1’),onPlayerReadyVidible); Google has announced its data centres and offices will be powered entirely by renewable energy from 2017, setting the pace for the tech industry. The search giant is now the biggest corporate buyer of renewable energy globally, according to a company blog. Urs Holzle,… Read more »

MacBook Pro Review

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The MacBook Pro has become a symbol of productivity. With its deceptively simple OS the Pro was the silent performer. It never shouted about what it was capable of doing but quietly, efficiently just got the job done. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a newsroom, media studio or architect’s office… Read more »

Major Cyberattack Hits Post Office And TalkTalk Routers

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Post Office and TalkTalk broadband customers have had their internet access cut after the companies were hit by the same cyber attack. The two ISPs are the latest victims of a particular type of malware targeting equipment powered by Linux. It uses a modified form of the Mirai worm, which… Read more »

Physical Anti-Tech Products on the Rise!

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Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality are on the rise, we can turn on the heating, lights and household appliances with our phones and pay for everything without any cash. The ‘internet of everything’ is showing us the real power of digital – and not just because there’s now the potential… Read more »

Northern Ireland Book Publisher Launches Book for Canadian Client

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Northern Ireland Book Publisher Launches Book for Canadian Client BELFAST, N IRELAND – Northern Ireland book publisher Perissos Group recently launched a new book for Jeffery Keill and Associates, a Canadian-based financial planning firm. The book, “Focused Wealth”, details the full spectrum of investing philosophies and financial solutions that Keill… Read more »

“Diamond Batteries” Could Harness Energy From The UK’s Nuclear Waste, Scientists Find

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A revolutionary “diamond battery” could transform thousands of tonnes of nuclear waste in the UK into a source of clean power, according to scientists. Researchers at Bristol University are developing the battery from radioactive carbon which can help generate energy for more than 5,000 years. In the UK, waste graphite… Read more »

Facebook And Google Will Restrict Ads On Fake News Sites

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function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){‘undefined’!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if(‘object’==typeof commercial_video){var a=”,o=’m.fwsitesection=’+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video[‘package’]){var c=’&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D’+commercial_video[‘package’];a+=c}e.setAttribute(‘vdb_params’,a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById(‘vidible_1’),onPlayerReadyVidible); Facebook and Google are seeking to discourage the publication of fake news by banning rogue publishers from using their ad networks to generate revenue. The move come as the two services face mounting criticism for allowing the spread of misinformation during the US… Read more »

The Future Of Employment: The Automator And Automated

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Image via Shutterstock It’s 2030; Internet technology has become ubiquitous in its place in our society reaching a point where human and machine intelligence is indistinguishable. All but the most important jobs are taken over by artificial intelligence. The world is dominated by two categories of worker, those who automate… Read more »

Twitter Tackles Online Abuse With New Expanded Mute Feature And Improved Reporting

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function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){‘undefined’!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if(‘object’==typeof commercial_video){var a=”,o=’m.fwsitesection=’+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video[‘package’]){var c=’&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D’+commercial_video[‘package’];a+=c}e.setAttribute(‘vdb_params’,a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById(‘vidible_1’),onPlayerReadyVidible); Twitter has unveiled a range of new tools which it hopes will help give users more control in fighting abuse on its platform. In a blog post, the social media site unveiled a new version of the ‘mute’ button which had originally allowed… Read more »

Hive Active Heating 2 Review

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The smart home, it’s a phrase that almost all of us will have heard and while it’s proving quite hard to define there’s one gadget that’s at the centre of it all: The smart thermostat. The Hive smart thermostat is just one string in what is an increasingly large bow… Read more »

Are UK Universities Scuppering Our Chances Of Creating The Next Zuckerberg?

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Starting a tech company, for young people today, is the new rock n’ roll. Many would rather be the next Mark Zuckerberg than Led Zep. After all, launch a Facebook, Instagram or Uber and mega wealth and stardom are all but guaranteed. Now in the US, everything is geared up… Read more »

How Diversity Leads To Innovation; A Cognitive Perspective

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We are living in the human era, where we are witnessing incredible technological advancements as well as expanding ourselves cognitively. This mental and technological advancements will allow us to start solving highly sophisticated problems like complex diseases, overpopulation, climate change, racism, and social inequality. Most companies have realised that in… Read more »

The Future Of The Brexit Digital Market

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In a welcome twist of events, the May government adopted Labour Party policy this week. Described as more “Balls than Osborne”, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that Conservative economic policy = fiscal discipline + investment for growth. Whilst this positively Keynesian economic approach is welcome, two things need to happen. Firstly,… Read more »

Apple Could Be About To Buy McLaren

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Apple is exploring the possibility of buying the supercar manufacturer and Formula One team owner McLaren, the Financial Times reported.  Three people briefed on the negotiations claim a full takeover is being considered, as well as the option of a strategic investment, the report says.  The discussions mark what the… Read more »

Info321.com Business News Site Launches Today!

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BELFAST – A new business news website has launched in order to bridge the gap between local and global audiences. Perissos Group, a Northern Ireland based publishing and marketing firm, announced the launch of Info321.com, a business news site to cover commerce and topical news for both local and global… Read more »