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  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    3D Printing for work and home

    An introduction to home 3D printing options, the Velleman 3D Priner and the makersCAFE 3D printing was a big mover at International CES in Las Vegas this year. Not only were smaller firms all completely owning the space, but Intel announced during its keynote it would be using its Intel RealSense 3D techno...

  • WITsend

    Technology - an industry of rapid change?

    At an O2 event this week, I was looking forward to learning about how the telecoms company aimed to help its public sector partners enter a brave new digital world. The chair had already spoken about how one of O2's biggest challenges was how to provide the technology its partners needed whilst still stayi...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Do the UK government's SME spending figures make sense?

    The government this week touted its success at delivering on a policy objective to put 25% of all purchased spend through SMEs - in 2013/14, that amounted to £11.4bn, slightly ahead of target at 26.1% of all spending. But, at the same time, many SMEs are up in arms about the way they are being treated by W...

  • Open Source Insider

    Mirantis & Google on Kubernetes & OpenStack

    Mirantis is a firm that calls itself a "pure-play" OpenStack company. It has a new initiative that integrates Kubernetes with OpenStack. As reported on Computer Weekly at the above link -- Kubernetes works in conjunction with Docker. While Docker provides the lifecycle management of containers, Kubernetes ...

  • Downtime

    The end isn't nigh, it's already here

    The BBC has recently launched a show on its maybe-soon-to-be digital channel BBC Three. The premise of the show, titled 'I survived a Zombie apocalypse', is that the launch of the superfast 5G network has caused a human mutation, effectively rendering everyone with a smartphone a useless, yet violent, zomb...

  • ITWorks

    How Maker Faires are boosting STEM skills

    This is a guest blog by Phil Dunmore, ‎head of consulting UK at Cognizant. Over the last few years there has been a lot of interest in Maker Faires in the US and the Maker Movement. Many have heralded the Maker Movement as bringing about the third industrial revolution by creating a community of entreprene...

  • CW Developer Network

    Intel XDK HTML5 cross-platform development tool

    Memory maker turned chip maker turned chip maker who also makes a lot of software company Intel has released an updated Intel XDK -- an all-in-one HTML5 development environment. Not an SDK, an XDK Intel uses the X to denote cross platform -- the DK still means Development Kit. The latest XDK is aimed at ac...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    No End of Jobs - how do we break out of Ground Hog Day

    A couple of days ago I was very sharp about forecasts of gloom, doom and mass unemployment from new technology in recent reports.  I had forgotten quite how sharp Sir Michael Marshall, Charles Christian and myself were thirty years ago when similar arguments were in vogue. Amazon has now delivered a r...

  • Downtime

    Will astrology solve the NHS crisis?

    Well, will it? In an interview with the Astrological Journal, Conservative MP David Tredinnick has made the bizarre claim that astrology could solve the NHS crisis. "I do believe that astrology and complementary medicine would help take the huge pressure off doctors," said Tredinnick. "I do foresee that o...

  • Open Source Insider

    Chef: a recipe for cloud data automation & migration with Microsoft

    Chef and Microsoft's Azure team have joined partnered to provide automation platform technology and DevOps expertise. The firms are combining a software application developer proposition that they hope will help automate workloads across on premises datacentres and on Microsoft Azure. Both Windows and Linu...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    If you want better security - employ women. If you want to win the cyberwar - employ women. The "evidence" indicates that they are better at both

    Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 "One of the messages from President Obama's recent cybersecurity summit was summarised by an American Banker as "We have to protect the trust of the consumer or its game over". The latest PWC Global Economic Crime survey indicates t...

  • Open Source Insider

    Google Perfkit: a 'living benchmark' for evaluating cloud

    Google has launched PerfKit (perfect software development kit - geddit?) an open-source cloud-benchmarking tool that. What is it? The company says that it turns out that it's surprisingly difficult to evaluate cloud offerings beyond just looking at price or feature charts. So, as a result, Google calls thi...

  • Public Sector IT

    Tax system edit fagged the Universal Credit

    HM Revenue & Customs' Real Time Information, its radical reform of the tax system, was always going to be difficult.It was like an audacious expedition into wild territory: very unlikely to go to plan. This wouldn't have mattered if the coalition government hadn't given it an improbable deadline of Oct...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    How do we break out of Groundhog Day and provide Broadband and Digital Skills that are fit for purpose to ALL?

    The stick of dynamite is labelled "Publicity Japanese Style". The tube of sweets is labelled "First Rate Teachers". I had no say in the cartoon and did not see it till afterwards. The House of Lords Report on Digital skills gave me a curious feeling of "deja view" (see the date at the foot of the cartoon a...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Stepping up to the cloud

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  • CW Developer Network

    What to expect from QCon 2015

    QCon is coming to London again on March 4 2015 -- this is a software development conference with guts not glitz. The event is described as a "practitioner-driven conference" designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors and project managers who influence innovation in their teams. "T...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    "If it looks too good to be true assume it is a scam". So how do I tell if this incredible offer from HMRC to get government to pay for my business broadband connection is genuine?

    I recently signed up to the HMRC advisory service and this morning received the e-mail below. Being a trusting individual I did NOT click on anything. Instead I visited the HMRC site on how to check whether a communication from them is genuine. I was none the wiser. However, being both paranoid and interes...

  • WITsend

    How will women feature in the UK's digital future?

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  • CW Developer Network

    Ericsson: The (optimised) network is the (app experience) computer

    The jury is out on application experience optimisation, or AEO if you prefer. As web pages now automatically deliver content to mobile devices in what they think is a 'mobile optimised' format, not all sites offer the option to revert to 'Desktop Version' as Wikipedia does. Given the size of an iPad or Bla...

  • Downtime

    No printers, exploding sockets, and a missing ' ' key

    A recent office move has left the Computer Weekly team's lack of practical technical knowledge tragically exposed.Not only are we apparently incapa le of networking a printer properly, we have also overloaded the production team's sockets and  lown several fuses in the process.To cap it all, the ' ' k...

  • Downtime

    Colossus gets the ultimate accolade - its face (sort of) on a stamp

    Britain's contribution to computer history has received its ultimate accolade - Colossus, the world's first electronic computer, designed at Bletchley Park to help break secret German codes in World War 2, is to be featured in the latest set of Royal Mail stamps. Royal Mail has, presumably, chosen to ignor...

  • Downtime

    Self destruction service

    If there is anything worse than waiting in the queue at the Post Office, it is using its new self service machine. First there are three staff - who would normally be behind the counter - keying in PIN numbers, because the Post Office doesn't trust you to buy a stamp on self service. Then there is the ques...

  • CW Developer Network

    Mendix CTO: If developers want RAD, get aPaaS

    Mendix is a company that offers what we call an aPaaS -- an Application Platform As A Service (aPaaS). That doesn't tell us much. So what is an aPaaS? An aPaaS is meant for software application development pros to build business applications faster than by traditional methods. Why and how? Because an aPaaS...

  • Open Source Insider

    Microsoft: big data analytics for everyone

    Microsoft has its Build 2015 software application development conference almost within its sights now -- as such, its programmer portals are currently gleaming like a new START button. In related data centric news, the firm is this week announcing enhanced Microsoft data services for Hadoop alongside some ...

  • Public Sector IT

    Universal Credit farce hid tax system bodge

    The Department of Work and Pensions had enough trouble building the coalition government's flagship Universal Credit system without other government departments adding to its woes.But it depended on data from another improbably ambitious computer system being developed by HM Revenue & Customs, called R...

  • CW Developer Network

    Clocked creates socially-holistic profile matchmaking app

    A London-based software application development shop has produced a new app designed to tackle online matchmaking with an altogether more integrated and socially-holistic approach. Clocked connects a user's various online profiles to form a 'compatibility score' for potential matches. Each day users are ma...

  • WITsend

    Day 6 of Townley Grammar's California girls: Trip to Silicon Valley

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  • CW Developer Network

    HP Haven Predictive Analytics: operationalising large-scale machine learning

    HP wants its new Haven Predictive Analytics product to be viewed as a route to operationalising large-scale machine learning and statistical analysis for today's big data volumes -- the technology is powered by HP's Distributed R programming language offering. But isn't that all a bit of a mouthful? Let's ...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Will Government Verify survive the impending cybersecurity skills crisis?

    Few outside the community of those obsessed with digital identity will keep up to date with postings and comments on  the Gov.UK Identity Assurance Blog  but a regular reader recently drew my attention to a recent posting, on "User research - asking better questions"   .  He asked ...

  • CW Developer Network

    Microsoft not cloudy on ISO cloud privacy

    Microsoft this week claims to be the first company to adopt the world's first international standard for cloud privacy. The standard (known to its friends as ISO/IEC 27018) was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The standard exists with the intention of establishing a un...