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Charlotte Cabaton

Solar panels used for longer drone deliveries

10 Nov, 2016 09:00 am
Flexible solar panels allow drones to remain in use for longer periods of times compared to battery powered-devices, thanks to a Silicon Valley company...

Amazon uses youngsters' insight for next-gen drone design

19 Oct, 2016 09:00 am
Amazon is inviting schoolchildren to its top secret lab in Cambridge, UK to help design its next-generation drones.

Samsung buys AI company founded by Siri creators

11 Oct, 2016 09:00 am
Samsung has agreed to purchase Viv, an artificial intelligence (AI) assistance system, which was founded by the creators of Siri,...

Facebook unveils wireless Oculus Rift VR headset

10 Oct, 2016 10:39 am
Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently gave a live demonstration of the next generation Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

Transportation industry set to adopt 3D printing

7 Oct, 2016 10:09 am
3D printing was always expected to disrupt automotive and aerospace manufacturing, but the technology also looks likely to be used in the transportation...

How a small U.S. state became a tech powerhouse

6 Oct, 2016 10:07 am
Rhode Island's advanced industry sector soared by 285 percent between 2013 and 2015. Only New York, a traditional high-tech manufacturing hub,...

Shipping company transfers ledger to blockchain

5 Oct, 2016 09:52 am
U.K.-based Marine Transport International has begun to transfer its shipping information from its ledgers to the blockchain,...

'Cloud washing' accounts for surprising decrease in demand

4 Oct, 2016 10:22 am
A recent CompTIA survey revealed that despite the hype, business and IT executives are investing less in SaaS.

The Blackberry's rise and fall

3 Oct, 2016 09:55 am
RIM last week formally pulled the plug on its Blackberry handset, marking the end of an era for what was once the corporate smartphone of choice.

How to align security imperatives with business needs

30 Sep, 2016 09:00 am
Security departments are very good at outlining the best technology solutions for their companies but are less successful when it comes to aligning them...

Apple had a good reason to remove headphone jack from iPhone 7

29 Sep, 2016 11:48 am
Apple's new iPhone 7 will not have a headphone jack, forcing consumers to buy a connector from Apple-owned Lightning or wireless headphones,...

Harvard study links profits to digitization

28 Sep, 2016 10:02 am
Digitization is directly linked to higher returns for companies that embrace it, and lower profits for "digital laggards" who fail to invest in technology...

Scientists make a leap towards quantum communications

27 Sep, 2016 10:04 am
Scientists have successfully transported a quantum bit for 60 miles over fibre cable, shattering the previous record.

Yahoo hack likely the biggest attack in history

26 Sep, 2016 10:52 am
The vast scale of the 2014 Yahoo hack revealed last week will likely enter the record books once officially confirmed by Yahoo.

U.S. company sells 3D printer for less than $300

23 Sep, 2016 09:51 am
U.S.-based XYZprinting has launched what it claims is the most affordable 3D printer available in retail channels - for just $290.

Gartner study exposes cloud adoption challenges

22 Sep, 2016 08:41 am
Cloud service sales are expected to continue enjoying double-digit growth in the near and medium term, but many enterprises face challenges when trying...

Making the case for digitization

21 Sep, 2016 09:00 am
Some 87 percent of 600 business leaders surveyed in a CEB study say digitization is their top priority. Two-thirds of those surveyed said they feared that...

System scans inside of books with terahertz radiation

20 Sep, 2016 10:15 am
Researchers in the US have demonstrated a technology that scans the inside of books through their covers.

Staying ahead of data thieves is becoming increasingly expensive

19 Sep, 2016 09:55 am
Enterprise spending on security software has increased rapidly amid more sophisticated and widespread attacks. Even to maintain a minimum level of security...

5G's rollout will require millions more mobile towers

16 Sep, 2016 10:14 am
The new 5G mobile network standard could boost data speeds by up to 10 times compared to 4G LTE connections, but its rollout will require the construction...

Wearables set to make major inroads in businesses

15 Sep, 2016 10:57 am
The use of wearables for enterprise applications is set to see strong growth following their rapid adoption in the consumer sector.

Blockchain could be a boon for content creation

14 Sep, 2016 11:11 am
Blockchain, the technology that underpins virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, has the potential to solve digital rights issues associated with the sharing...

API management platforms emerge as essential IT tools

13 Sep, 2016 10:09 am
Google's plans to purchase Apigee underscore just how critical Application Programming Interface (API) management platforms have become to IT operations...

Data collectors expose extent of past data breaches

12 Sep, 2016 12:08 pm
Major data breaches often make headlines, but are often forgotten about when they become yesterday's news. As a way to allow security experts to analyse...

The cloud to handle most workloads within two years

9 Sep, 2016 10:15 am
Within two years a big majority of IT workloads will be handled in remote data centers as the cloud continues to gain credibility among IT professionals...

Bots get better at customer service

8 Sep, 2016 10:12 am
Improvements in language-processing algorithms, machine learning, cloud storage, and search engine technologies are making it possible for bots to successfully...

Three tips to beat 'ransomware'

7 Sep, 2016 10:14 am
Data thieves are increasingly holding information for ransom. According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), crooks were able to exhort $209...

Google's complicated relationship with Uber

6 Sep, 2016 10:04 am
Google's relationship with Uber is becoming more complicated as the two companies compete in the emerging autonomous driving sector...

Blockchain forces big banks to rethink their business models

5 Sep, 2016 10:01 am
The hype over blockchain - the technology that underpins virtual currencies such as Bitcoin - has forced large financial institutions to rethink service...

Linux is mostly for pros 25 years after the kernel was created

2 Sep, 2016 09:00 am
Linux has emerged as the software of choice underpinning everything outside of PC boxes from smartphones to financial transaction systems after Linus Torvalds...

France, Germany seek limits on encryption

1 Sep, 2016 09:00 am
France's and Germany's interior ministers have asked the European Commission to create a law obliging social media providers to decrypt accounts belonging...

Samsung admits mobile payment security flaw

31 Aug, 2016 09:00 am
Samsung denied the existence of a Samsung Pay security vulnerability revealed during the recently held Black Hat security conference,...

Machine learning: an inspiring Stanford study for any intrigued IT pro

30 Aug, 2016 09:00 am
Scientists at Stanford University have demonstrated how machine learning has enabled systems to screen lung cancer patients more efficiently than human...

Anatomy of a social media attack

29 Aug, 2016 11:46 am
Social media attacks involve some tactics that are different than traditional network intrusion attempts.

Smartphone batteries with twice the life may arrive in 2017

26 Aug, 2016 09:00 am
Batteries with lithium metal offer superior charging capacity compared to carbon anode batteries used in today's smartphones, but they must reach temperatures...

Digital business apps must reach edge of network to succeed

25 Aug, 2016 09:00 am
Enterprise IT operations will increasingly be required to extend their applications and data centres offsite to the edge of their networks in order to...