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  • Downtime

    Blackpool donkeys saddle up for contactless payments

    A few years back, donkeys in Israel were made to don Wi-Fi enabled collars to allow riders to check emails while enjoying the views. Well now the famous donkey rides of Blackpool are accepting contactless payments from tech-savvy tourists. Mark Ineson, owner of Real Donkeys, claimed that a lot of beach-goe...

  • Downtime

    Free childcare with programming lessons thrown in

    Tired parents, who spend their lives obeying the orders of small people, are being lambasted by researchers for not realising that kids at school will now learn to code.In fact research of 1,000 five to 11-year-olds and their parents, carried out by Ocado Technology has revealed that 65% of parents are una...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    How consultation overload has led to communications policy paralysis

    In view of the many hidden agendas behind UK communications policy, I had expected Jim Prideaux  to comment (from a security and surveillance perspective) in reply to my recent post  speculating why the current DCMS/Treasury consultation is as it is - with an imploding list of those to whom...

  • ITWorks

    Why the government needs to address its fragmented approach to cyber skills

    This is a guest blog by Graeme Stewart, director of public sector strategy and relations, at McAfee Earlier this year, the Department for Business and Innovation (BIS) launched Cyber Essentials, to accredit businesses which meet certain minimum cyber security requirements. The programme makes good sense, ...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    What's all the worry about? The cloud is more secure

    In the on-premise versus in the cloud debate it is always the subject of security that swings people in favour of on-premise.People feel safer if their software is on their own premises, but does that mean it is safer. Everybody is connected to the internet so bricks and mortar is no protection. You could ...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Five questions you must ask your cloud provider

    One of the main barriers to cloud adoption is data privacy. This is an issue because, for the majority of cloud providers, EU/EEA and US data privacy and Information Security standards are minefields which are very difficult to cross. And that is because their focus has been on the ease of use and function...

  • ITWorks

    The IT skills imperative

    This is a guest blog by Jane Richardson, Director of the Oracle Academy in EMEA The UK job market, and in fact the job market across all of EMEA, is in trouble. Despite a growing need by businesses across virtually all industries for IT-savvy employees, the skills young people are learning in school simply...

  • Networks Generation

    Shopping In A WiFi Cloud...

    "Cloud" and "WLAN" or "WiFi" are not, to date, IT terms that are typically seen in tandem, but Tallac Systems, a new venture for a number of ex HP er, yes - let's say it - veterans (I reckon I can out-run you guys if necessary) are looking to create one from t'other.Some of the basic target scenarios here ...

  • Open Source Insider

    Microwavable instant 'convenient' cloud analytics, just add data

    RapidMiner has produced what it calls an 'introductory release' of its eponymously named RapidMiner Cloud product that seeks to "make analytics more convenient" -- which means what exactly? The open source software allows users to store, manage and deploy data analytics on a cloud-based service. The idea i...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Is Digititis still a greater threat to the on-line world than cyberattack?

    For all the spend on cybersecurity, it appears that cockup (as with the recent Time Warner down time) still causes more chaos over the Internet that does criminal conspiracy (as with the recent attacks on JP Morgan and others). Meanwhile advertising (and tracking) bloatware can negate the benefits of movin...

  • WITsend

    Closing the gender gap

    This is a guest blog from Matthew Bell, global strategic partnerships manager at Autodesk   The gender gap within the engineering, design and IT industries has been highlighted once again. Recently, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) released its annual Skills & Demand in Industry...

  • CWDN

    HP 'reimagines compute' with new server haul

    According to Merriam-Webster, COMPUTE is a transitive verb meaning: to determine especially by mathematical means; also : to determine or calculate by means of a computer. 1: to make calculation : reckon 2: to use a computer According to HP, it is the term we will now use to describe the ethos behind its n...

  • CWDN

    Is Salesforce1 Community Cloud more friendly?

    As we know, companies like HP and IBM now talk about "vertical servers" these days. These are big old boxes of compute power that have been pre-engineered with the right mix of Input/Output (I/O) technologies, or memory-specific components, or processing power, or other. They're not exactly vertical as suc...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    Are banks building an IT services community to support their digital drive?

    The big banks are throwing money and advice at small IT firms in the digital financial services start-up sector.While there is a strong argument that investing in start-ups in the digital sector is savvy investment, with just one Facebook enough to pay huge dividends, the benefit for banks in driving the s...

  • WITsend

    A journey where IT chose me

    This is a guest blog from Nabila Aydin, vice president of global marketing operations at FDM Group. I never really considered working in the IT industry growing up. I suppose that's because I'm not technical. I've always been the creative type who likes to work with people, which is why I consciously chose...

  • Data Matters

    Start small with big data

    This is a guest blog by Allen Bonde, VP of product marketing and innovation, Actuate. In it he explains his view that we need to think 'small' when it comes to 'Big' Data.   Big Data is big business. But it may also be heading for a stumble, even with all its hype. That should alert us to the reality ...

  • Downtime

    Fancy a car-crash picture for all your image queries on Google?

    Another day, another internet cock-up. On Tuesday, users searching for any pictures on Google Images - kittens, puppies, flowers, food or even Google's own logo - were flooded with the same picture of a Russian car accident in the results page. The worrying image was not an isolated incident, with users fr...

  • The Full Spectrum

    NoC distributed computing to support IoT

    Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 A guest blog post from Lee Myall, general manager for cloud computing at Interoute The Internet of Things (IoT) is closing in fast, it has been predicted there will be 26 billion units installed by 2020, generating $300bn in revenue...

  • CWDN

    Internet of Things apocalypse, Now

    This is a guest post by Trevor Pott, professor emeritus of full-time nerdyness, systems administration, technology writing and consulting. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada these days, Pott helps Silicon Valley start-ups better understand systems administrators and how to sell to them. Safe definitions Fi...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    VMworld 2014: What happened on Day 1

    On Day 1 of its annual conference VMworld 2014 themed "No Limits", VMware unveiled its strategies around open cloud platform OpenStack and around container technology Kubernetes. It also launched new tools to extend its software-defined datacentre and hybrid cloud offerings. Open software-defined datacentr...

  • Open Source Insider

    Intel unifies with Unity to extend Android support

    Intel has announced a strategic collaboration (Ed - is there any other kind?) with Unity Technologies. INDUSTRY NOTE: Unity is a high-performance end-to-end development platform for creating interactive 3D and 2D experiences. The firms will come together now with the aim of advancing the development of An...

  • CWDN

    Allons-y Kontinentaleuropa technologia!

    Should the modern Europhile not be building in conferences, exhibitions and symposia all around the continent this coming autumn (that's fall to our American cousins - Ed) to gain a complete Euro-wide impression of technology? One would certainly hope so. The reality is that many conferences seem to put up...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    REVIEW: Raspberry Pi B+

    This is a guest post by Fiona O'CleirighThe Raspberry Pi is small - 'a credit-card sized computer' says its blurb - and flexible, good for both general desktop use and electronics projects.  And there's a new version out. If the Raspberry Pi were a car, what would it be?  Not a Bugatti, appe...

  • WITsend

    A call for culture change in tech

    Nora Zeidan, senior software engineer and young mother, works at Thomsons Online Benefits and discusses how a concerted effort needs to be made by educational institutions and industry leading organisations to bridge the talent gap in the tech sector.  There seems to be little dispute that employers a...

  • CWDN

    SAP extreme sailing: big data analysis twice as fast as the wind

    Your average technical writer generally needs a really good reason before agreeing to get up at 5 am and take the early train to Cardiff central... ... but it turns out that SAP Extreme Sailing is indeed reason enough. What is Extreme Sailing? Let's just be clear, the Extreme Sailing brand (and the reason ...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Technology on trial - justice system could do better at finding digital fingerprints

    I've just completed jury duty - my first real-life experience of the English judicial process. It's a fascinating thing to do - I would recommend it to anyone. But it was also an eye opener for the role of technology as evidence in a case.This is based on just one trial in which I was involved - albeit a c...

  • Open Source Insider

    In-the-field debugger, when offsite is a bugger

    Undo Software has released UndoDB Out-and-About. Described as a "new way of licensing" its reversible debugging software, this product is aimed at vendors whose software is deployed on: • customer sites, • in the field, • on a customer machine, • in real life (OK, we get it -- Ed) The software is used by e...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Standing up for government IT - despite the e-Borders fiasco

    It may be an unfashionable thing to do this week, but I'd like to stand up for government IT.Whitehall IT has been under particular scrutiny lately, eliciting a Financial Times editorial piece, and a lengthy analysis in The Guardian, among widespread national newspaper coverage.The catalyst for this was un...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Microsoft Azure goes down for users around multiple regions including Europe and Asia

    Just when I thought to myself: Cloud services must be improving as there are fewer outages reported this year than there were last year, Microsoft Azure cloud service went down for many users, including European ones, earlier this week. Microsoft's Azure status page currently displays a chirpy:  All g...

  • Data Matters

    Andy Jennings, chief analytics officer, FICO on mainstreaming of big data

     2014 has seen a steady move to the mainstream of the characteristic themes of the big data movement: ways and means of dealing with unstructured data; how to operationalize big data analytics; how to build up a data science capability. One of the stimulating conversations I've had about the big data ...