Technology predictions for 2021 and beyond

Together with ABI Research, we highlight the main technology predictions and stats for 2021 and beyond...  The world is faced with major instability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the US presidential election, Brexit, global trade wars, and many other societal currents. These headwinds are forcing companies and industry sectors to accelerate their digital transformations in…

COVID-19: 9 key trends shaping industry response

Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, The Reshaping of Industries Caused by COVID-19, encompasses nine key trends that will emerge from industries reshaping as a response to COVID-19. Chris Price reports... With the pandemic’s negative impact on the global economy, immediate action is critical. Technology leaders must assess the emerging opportunities resulting from COVID-19 and provide technological…

Over half of users have problems with mobile network, says GWS

Mobile network tester Global Wireless Solutions has released the results of its most extensive nationwide customer experience test of mobile network performance to date. The detailed assessment involved GWS’ engineers collecting close to one million data and voice task tests on iOS and Android devices, alongside nationwide focus groups conducted in partnership with Jigsaw Research,…

Worst password offenders 2019: Google and Facebook top list

Password management company Dashlane has announced its fourth annual list of the "Worst Password Offenders." The list highlights the high-profile individuals and organizations that had the most significant password-related blunders in 2019. Big Tech and regulation have been at the forefront of political and societal conversations, with GDPR and the general election dominating the media.…

Hotels of the Future: 6 key features

Glass TVs that know your favourite films, showers that adapt to your body temperature and glass privacy walls which change from transparent to opaque. These are all predicted to be key features of hotel rooms by 2034 according to new research... Hospitality technology experts Guestline has partnered with six technology, AI and hotel experts to…

What is 5G and how fast is it?

The Government has announced plans to speed up the roll-out of 5G technology and improve mobile phone signals in rural areas as part of efforts to increase innovation across the UK. 5G networks have already begun to launch across parts of the country, with several mobile operators switching on their networks in a number of…

What if Apollo 11 had ended in disaster?

Apollo 11 was an unprecedented mission, meaning there was always the possibility that astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would not make it back from the moon’s surface. A speech was prepared for then-US president Richard Nixon, penned by White House speechwriter Bill Safire on July 18 1969. Fortunately, the mission was a success, meaning…

Review: Nissan LEAF e+ from £35,000

Chris Price travels down to Southampton on Clean Air Day to check out Nissan's latest electric vehicle, the £35,000 LEAF e+ It's perhaps a sign of the growing maturity of the electric vehicle (EV) market that at first glance there's little to distinguish between the latest Nissan LEAF e+, pictured above, and a conventional fuel…

Huawei blames ‘jealousy’ for cybersecurity criticism

Jealousy could be behind some of the criticism of Huawei in the West, the Chinese technology giant has suggested. The firm said it had a “sound record” of cybersecurity and warned continuing “groundless suspicion” would damage the whole technology industry as it begins to roll out 5G, the next generation communication technology. Several countries –…

Wingate and Finchley’s FC Artificial Intelligence coach earns draw in landmark game

Wingate and Finchley FC have seen the first results of their move to incorporate artificial intelligence into the coaching set-up with a 1-1 draw in the Isthmian League Premier Division. Earlier in the year, the north London side announced their decision to use the Amazon Echo system, and it debuted in the relegation clash against…

5 things to see at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed – including Tesla Model 3, Ford Mustang GT

Staged every summer since 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the world’s largest automotive garden party, set against the spectacular backdrop of Goodwood House in West Sussex, UK. Over 600 cars and motorcycles spanning the phenomenal history of motoring and motor sport take part with some of the most legendary figures from the sport (and…

Vox Pop: the voice search revolution and how to make your business stand out

Tim Butler, founder of Innovation Visual, talks about how improved accuracy and convenience are ensuring massive growth for voice search and how businesses need to adapt to compete Voice Search is beginning to revolutionise search marketing. Google recently announced that 20% of searches on its mobile app and Android services are now carried out by…

WIN! WIN! WIN! THREE COPIES OF HUMANS VS COMPUTERS TO GIVE AWAY

Our lives are increasingly tracked and monitored by software. In this brave new world, humans can’t cope with information overload. Instead, governments and companies rely on computers to automatically detect fraud, predict behaviour and enforce laws. Clever marketing tricks us into believing that phones, TV sets and even cars are somehow smart. Yet all those…

Is this the sexiest electric car so far? Jaguar Land Rover unveils E-type Zero and pledges to go all electric by 2020

Forget the Nissan Leaf or even the Tesla Model 3. Jaguar Land Rover is launching an electric version of its classic 1960s E-type and we want one. Now. The electric Jaguar E-type called the E-type Zero Roadster is based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Roadster and features a cutting-edge electric powertrain for 0-60mph in just…

Top 5 Star Wars: The Last Jedi tech toys unveiled as Force Friday II kicks off with BB-9E launch

As the global Force Friday II celebration kicks off around the world, fans in Australia were the first to officially unveil BB-9E, a new dark side character from the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi film. Stores across Australia opened their doors at midnight to welcome fans seeking new Star Wars: The Last Jedi products, and attendees got to…

Nest adds intelligent indoor security cam, Nest Cam IQ

Best known for its intelligent heating devices, Google-owned Nest Labs, Inc. (www.nest.com) has branched out with this nicely designed Nest Cam IQ indoor security camera (see above). Claiming best-in-class imaging and intelligent features, the Nest Cam IQ is smart enough to differentiate between a person and a pet and can alert you accordingly without having…

Adventurer Chris Ramsey to undertake 10,000 mile Mongol Rally in Nissan LEAF electric car

As if driving the 10,000 mile Mongol Rally in a regular petrol/diesel car isn't difficult enough, one bright spark is set to undertake the adventure in Nissan's top selling electric vehicle this Summer. Scotsman Chris Ramsey of Electric Vehicle (EV) company, Plug In Adventures, will make the gruelling journey from Goodwood in the UK through…

Top 7 accessories for your iPad/tablet – including iBeani, Omoton Bluetooth keyboard, Zilong tablet stand

So you've got an iPad or an Android tablet but want to do more with it? Chris Price looks at some products which will make your tablet even more useful around the house and outside including several stands, a wireless keyboard, glass screen protector, and even a sturdy car mount.  iBeani From £24.99 While other…

YouGov site reveals how people rate each of Trump’s tweets

Heaven help us. As if the guy doesn't get enough publicity for his frankly insane social media activity, YouGov has unveiled a new website – TweetIndex.YouGov.com – showing how people rate each of Donald Trump’s tweets. YouGov TweetIndex is a new site that shows how the public reacts to a tweet’s content. To showcase the service, YouGov…

5 of the top Social Media Marketing trends to watch closely

According to InternetWorldStats.com, by the end of 2016 there were 7.3 billion people on the planet and an Internet penetration rate of 50.1 percent. One third of the people on the Internet are active social media users. Social media continues to be more important than ever for businesses. The following are five trends that will…

Huawei announces high-end £550 camera phone, the P10, at Barcelona Metronom gallery

Last night at Barcelona's Metronom gallery Huawei  unveiled its latest high-end smartphone, the P10. Billed as the smartphone of choice for digital photography, the P10 - like its predecessor, the P9 - boasts two rear cameras as well as a front facing camera, all with Leica optics. Whereas the P9 had two 12MP lenses, this…

Samsung report warns businesses to ‘wake up’ to digital technology

A new report commissioned by Samsung which examines the impact that changes in society and technology will have upon the future of the workplace, warns that businesses have three years to embrace digital technologies or risk getting left behind. The report claims that businesses must adjust to the fast changing digital landscape in which a…

SpotCam announces home security and monitoring solution for £159

Cloud-based video solutions startup SpotCam announces the SpotCam Sense, an all-in-one home monitoring and security solution. Like the Blink security system reviewed here, the SpotCam Sense will record video footage if it senses movement, say from an intruder. However, unlike Blink which records in 720p, the Spotcam offers full HD 1080p, covering an entire room…

B&W to introduce new P7 Wireless headphones in September

British loudspeaker company Bowers & Wilkins has announced the P7 Wireless headphones. Available from this September for £319.99, the P7 Wireless builds on the dual success of the original P7 and the award-winning P5 Wireless.  Thanks to the acoustic advances made with the original P7 drive units, sound performance is, claims the manufacturer, even better than…

Nissan to bring real-world autonomous driving tests to British streets

It's not just Volvo which is planning real-world demonstrations of autonomous driving cars - see here. Nissan is also planning to test self-driving cars out on our streets next month. Showcasing next-generation technology using the Nissan Leaf, the on-road demonstrations will take place in London, enabling the vehicles and their passengers to cover a diverse city…

New Jaguar F-Type offers raft of in-car tech including GoPro video app for sharing drives

Announced today (10/1/17), the new Jaguar F-TYPE sports car promises a state-of-the-art infotainment system complete with ReRun app that combines vehicle data with GoPro video. Every F-TYPE now features the Touch Pro infotainment system. This include  intelligent navigation functions such as Share ETA and online services such as real-time traffic and live weather reports .…

5 interesting things to experience at CES 2017, including smart smells, robots and fertility trackers!

  CES kicks off this week in Las Vegas. The world's largest technology expo, it promises thousands of new and exciting products from manufacturers right across the globe. And while the show has already caused some controversy this year with the organiser Gary Shapiro claiming the UK government is not doing enough to help its…