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With tablet sales continuing to rise, househunters checking out broadband speeds before moving in to a property and new apps being created left, right and centre, the internet's pace of expansion is far from dwindling. Yet there is still one everyday device for the web to breach: the car.   Indeed, motor vehicles across the world are no strangers to advances in technology, including improved safety features, radio control and parking sensors, while the potential for driverless cars is quic ...
  The UK is continuing to look at how it can rearrange its use of spectrum to ensure it can maximize return from it in the future. But experts are not stopping at switching all television signals to digital and have now turned their attentions to air traffic control systems in a bid to free up spectrum space.   Indeed, researchers at radar provider Thales have been looking into a new system that would see television signals used to locate where aircraft are in the sky, replacing the ...
When you try to imagine a typical hacker, it is more than likely that children do not spring to mind. Teenagers, perhaps. Somebody in their 20s or 30s almost certainly. Yet new alarming research has shown that children as young as 11-years-old are already capable of writing code to hack online accounts.   While the coding was not always of the highest standard, AVG - the anti-virus firm - found that it was enough to breach the accounts of gaming sites and social networks, putting users' da ...
Engineers are to be called in by the government over the next few weeks in an attempt to stop a television blackout from occurring when 4G is introduced in the UK fully later this year. Fears were raised by the industry's telecommunications watchdog Ofcom recently said that a small minority of homes will be affected; and with only a few months to go before its launch, ministers are acting now to get it fixed.   Indeed, it believes as many as two million homes could find their television is ...
  The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is to use its iPlayer catch-up television platform to see how many viewers' watching habits are based on schedules.   For a 12-month period, the BBC Trust has approved plans that will see the Corporation make 40 hours' worth of programing available for viewing on iPlayer every week ahead of its television transmission slot time. This is likely to show how many people watch programs because of habit or because they have remained on the chan ...
Britain's beleaguered engineering industry has received a much-needed shot in the arm with the launch of a new private sector initiative. The scheme, which was announced at the BETT education and technology fair in London, is designed to combat the declining popularity of engineering among the younger generation.   Organisers of the programme explained that it spawned from research published last year by the Royal Academy of Engineering RAEng, which confirmed that the UK needs to increase ...
  A study focusing on the result of Google searches has revealed "significant discrimination" in results that relate to the perceived race of names searched for. The research was conducted by Harvard University Professor Latanya Sweeney, who observed that names typically associated with black people were more likely to produce ads relating to criminal activity.   Details of this alleged discrimination are outlined in Professor Sweeney's contentious paper, which claims to have exposed ...
  If the international community is to develop an effective action plan to tackle global warming, the engineering sector will have to be central to it. That is the suggestion of academics at Cambridge and Utrecht universities and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who have called on the industry to develop ways of ensuring that less material is used when designing buildings and products.   The study, which has been published by the Royal Society, observes that ambitious clima ...
  The Co-Founder of Google, Sergey Brin, has been seen out and about wearing the much-vaunted joshuaGoogle Glass augmented reality spectacles. Brin, who is of course the man responsible for a number of the firm's most innovative creations, was pictured on the New York subway wearing the glasses, which are expected to be the 'next big thing' in the technology market.   The photograph was taken by Noah Zerkin, a Brooklyn-based augmented reality enthusiastic who said he was riding the s ...
Google's historical grip on the lucrative search market appears to be loosening, if new data is to be believed. Figures from two sources have indicated that Google has lost some ground to its Microsoft-branded alternative, Bing. Indeed, the historic powerhouse of the search industry found that its market share dropped three percent year-on-year, while its Android mobile operating system also appears to be slowing.   Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel Com ...
  It may have only been on the consumer market for a relatively short period of time, but the innovative Raspberry Pi device has already made an impressive splash. The machine, which is designed to encourage young people to develop basic computer skills, has become a common sight in schools in the UK and elsewhere since it was launched in 2012. And the success of the credit card-sized device has been underlined by the suggestion that a millionth copy has just been sold.   Although th ...
  Toyota has become the latest car manufacturer to break into the exciting self-drive market, having offered a glimpse of the future ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The firm has posted a video clip of a Lexus fitted with safety features that are designed to reduce the likelihood of car crashes.     A spokesperson from Toyota explained that the innovative prototype features on-board radar and video cameras to monitor the road, as well as equipment t ...
  A Doctor Who fan based in the US has successfully built a model of the iconic Tardis machine which actually looks bigger on its inside than its outside. To achieve this improbable scenario, Greg Kumparak turned to augmented reality. The interior of his customized Tardis features a zebra-striped fabric, which displays a spacious interior when a smartphone is held in front of it running an AR app. The innovative idea was hatched during the Thanksgiving break, according to Mr Kumparak, ...
  It may not have received as much publicity as the new iPad or the Amazon Kindle Fire, but the Raspberry Pi device has made a bigger splash in 2012 than most other innovations. And in light of enthusiasm among consumers, the firm behind the impressive product has announced plans to open a one-stop shop for the consumer market. The new shop will also allow tech enthusiasts to share games and applications, as well as tools for the computer.   Details of the new store appear in a blog ...
  London may well be home to one of the world's oldest and largest public transport networks, but that doesn't mean that the city isn't open to new, innovative ideas. And this point has just been underlined by the announcement that London's world famous red buses wills start accepting contactless payment from today (December 13th) onwards.   The streets of the city are patrolled by as many as 8,500 vehicles and, under a new plan being rolled out by Transport for London, passengers wi ...

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