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  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Expo Milano 2015 - Coop supermarket of the future

    At this year's Expo Milano, a six month universal exhibition of world-changing concepts, Accenture and Coop partnered to show exhibit-goers the future of supermarket technology. Every few years a country is chosen to host the Universal Exhibition where more than 140 participating countries showcase their t...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Responding to the revolt of target audiences against on-line advertising linked to data mining

    Recent surveys indicate that the "Millennial" generation is losing faith in the security of on-line players in the face of the growing flood of data breach stories. Those who stick their heads in the cloud of collective wisdom lack credibility compared to those who respond positively to the concerns of the...

  • Downtime

    Authorities restrict innovation in captive market

    They say whatever happens in the US in technology terms hits the UK soon after. Delivery companies in the UK should therefore take note of what is happening in the US.The business opportunities related to the use of drones to make deliveries are becoming clearer.Two innovators in the US have created a busi...

  • CW Developer Network

    An Internet of Health developer platform in iHealth

    We talk a lot about the so-called Internet of Things and now the Internet of Everything even... but the next wave of development will depend on actual devices and tangible platforms that software application developers can physically target. If there is indeed an Internet of Health (really, it's just anoth...

  • Open Source Insider

    NodeConf EU all set for blarney in 'Nodeland'

    It's NodeConf EU time again -- the third annual gathering of what is hoped to be 400 of the top influencers in Node.js at Waterford Castle from September 6th to 9th. NOTE:Node.js is a platform built on Chrome's JavaScript runtime for building network applications and is very popular in the areas of robotic...

  • Open Source Insider

    Hortonworks: how to pin down data inside the 'Internet of Anything'

    News this week sees Hortonworks finalise an agreement to acquire Onyara, Inc. The rationale here is: Hortonworks as an open enterprise Hadoop company scooping up the creator of and key contributor to Apache NiFi. NOTE: Apache NiFi supports scalable directed graphs of data routing, transformation and system...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    The politics of access and wayleave charges or "Why it costs BT so much more to build a better network"

    The difference between the costs quoted by BT for upgrading its legacy network and those quoted by its competitors for building new fibre networks puzzles those in Devon and Somerset who compare the compare the deal their council was being pressured to accept with those made by Gloucestershire and Berkshir...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Its not rocket science, just a WAN in a hostile environment

    It was delighted to see the reference to Gigaplus Argyll in the article on Nicola Sturgeon's launch of a new funding programme for rural broadband, funded from the state aid clawback mandated by the EU. As previous readers of this blog will know, our family croft is in the area to be served and I registere...

  • Quocirca Insights

    IT service continuity costs - not for the faint hearted?

    IT service continuity - an overly ambitious quest that is pretty laughable for any but those with pockets deeper than those in the high-rolling financial industries?  Is it possible for an organisation to aim for an IT system that is always available, without it costing more than the organisation's re...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Transforming broadband across the UK - not just Bristol

    The transformation of the UK broadband market over the past year is illustrated by presence of BT, CISCO, Microsoft, Virgin and Vodafone as well as City Fibre, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic ITS, Metronet, Callflow and Satellite Internet at an event that was originally intended to help use enhanced take-up of the b...

  • CW Developer Network

    Lytro light-field Power Tools (LPT) go beta for programmers

    Lytro, Inc. is giving users new access to its products with news of Lytro Power Tools (LPT) now going to be beta. Lytro Power Tools are a set of Python camera, image control and web tools and support for Android Debug Bridge (ADB) command line interface. The new tools are developed for programmers, develop...

  • Open Source Insider

    Apache Twill: real abstraction is a decoupled algorithm

    Cloud computing is a 'decoupled' thing. To be clearer, this term decoupling arises time & time again in relation to the cloud computing model of service-based processing and storage power. Two senses of mobile Decoupling is a good emotive term that transcends previous pre-cloud notions of mere networking t...

  • CW Developer Network

    Lenovo: a Legend New(ovo) in hyperconverged infrastructure?

    The dot com boom is over, so we no longer need to start spelling company names starting with lower case letters. If anything, firms in this decade seem to think they can capitalise their entire moniker for extra (virtual) print points -- and yes Nvidia, we do mean you. SimpliVity is aiming to establish a n...

  • Public Sector IT

    UK companies data leaves public in dark

    "What century is that from?," is the natural reaction upon getting a set of accounts from Companies House, the UK's public register of company records.If you get a chance to put this question to Companies House, you might be surprised to find the explanation as unsatisfying as the experience.Computer Weekl...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    The Ashley Maddison hack illustrates why third party cyber- liability is now as uninsurable as IPR theft

    A couple of weeks ago I blogged on why insurers regard Big Data as the new asbestos: the source of massive claims triggered by the leakage and legacy of a useful but widely misunderstood and mishandled technology. I referred to the importance of the Long Finance study on cyber reinsurance that was about to...

  • Open Source Insider

    How software acceleration works inside DevOps

    Software application development can be accelerated. More specifically, software acceleration technologies exist to pump extra optimisation and performance out of existing tools -- although in this category we often primarily talk about GPU-based acceleration, it has to be said. The immodestly titled Incre...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Why GDS doesn't matter - the questions for UK digital government

    The summer parliamentary recess is meant to be a quiet time for anyone writing about government matters, but for those of us following all things technology it's been an unexpectedly busy period.Mike Bracken's surprise departure as digital government chief brought a burst of analysis, blogs, opinion, specu...

  • StorageBuzz

    StorPool's Linux-based software-defined storage dodges VMware and Hyper-V, for now

    Software-defined storage products seem to be coming thick and fast at the moment. This week I spoke with another, the Bulgaria-based StorPool, which offers storage software that can be deployed on commodity servers to provide SAN-like block storage from distributed disk but which can sit alongside app pro...

  • CW Developer Network

    Intel IDF: the human side of 'affective computing'

    The Computer Weekly Developer Network is fond of the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) show. Reporting from afar this year we see that CEO Brian Krzanich has highlighted new products, tools and programmes that support the growing personalisation of computing. The human side Krzanich said computing has become inc...

  • CW Developer Network

    CoreFit: a broadcast 4.0 application-inside-publishing model

    This is the age of the Internet of Things and the so-called 'wearable' technology device, this much we already know. This is also the age of online news, the Amazon Kindle (other e-readers are also available) and a digital publishing shakeup that sees the old school 'Broadcast 1.0' model of media consigned...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Polite but deadly: The nails are inserted into the coffin of the BT Openreach Monopoly on the Today programme.

    Joe Garner, the latest CEO of Openreach, put up a competent defence when interviewed on the Today programme this morning in a follow up to the listeners' complaints covered on Saturday. His answers, nonetheless, indicate that it is probably only a matter of time before alternative suppliers, from Gigaclear...

  • Open Source Insider

    Microsoft still gives an F#

    Microsoft Research was founded in 1991 and is the company's division dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. The 'group' has this month increased its development efforts directed towards F#. F# (the hashtag denoting sharp, obviously) is an open ...

  • Downtime

    Oracle licence spells four letter acronym

    Oracle has introduced a new perpetual user licence agreement - or Pula for short. How the It industry loves acronyms. It's also a four letter word in Romania...something that Wikipedia calls a derogatory term used to describe male genitalia. One wonders how the Oracle sales rep in Romania goes about sellin...

  • Open Source Insider

    IBM LinuxONE is a Linux-only mainframe

    IBM has introduced two Linux mainframe servers under the brand name LinuxONE. The machines can perform 30 billion RESTful web interactions/day with Dockerized Node.js and MongoDB, driving over 470K database read and writes per second. The company says it will now also enable open source and industry tools ...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    A-levels show progress in IT education, but IT leaders can do more

    At last. This year, computing was the fastest growing A-level subject - nearly 30% more students took the exam. At university level, applications for computer science degrees are up 3% - a small increase perhaps, but a big improvement compared to declines of 13% in 2011, 19% in 2012 and 11% in 2013. Have w...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    REVIEW: Ironkey Workspace 500 USB device

    This is a guest post by Sean McGrath senior reporter at Microscope. Striking a balance between mobility and security is something of a Holy Grail in the enterprise world. How do you enable employees to work from anywhere, while at the same time, ensuring that your mobile estate remains secure? Secure ...

  • Data Matters

    Obama supercharges data science

    This is a guest blogpost by Mike Weston, CEO of data science consultancy Profusion, in which he discusses supercomputing and its implications for data science. We are all creating data. A lot of data. The figures involved are mind-blowing. According to Information Service ACI, five exabytes of content were...

  • Quocirca Insights

    The growing role of cloud in unified communications

    As communications systems evolved from the analogue, 'plain old telephone system' (POTS) into the digital world we were promised 'pretty awesome new stuff' (PANS), and part of that was 'unified communications' (UC). The reality has been somewhat harder to deliver, so why have communications proved so diffi...

  • Downtime

    How clean is your smartphone?

    For reasons unknown, furniture retailer Bright House has commissioned some boffins to investigate the cleanliness of a range of living room items, including laptops, smartphones and tablets.Their highly-scientific "findings" suggest some smartphones house nearly 70 times more germs than your average toilet...

  • Downtime

    Ofcom learns secret of time travel, uses it for really boring consultation

    Ofcom CEO Sharon White has discovered the secret of time travel, or so it would appear from a consultation document released on 13 August by the telecoms regulator.The revelation that Ofcom has access to technology that baffles modern-day science was tucked away in a dense and lengthy preamble to new guida...