As incredible as it may seem today, three million UK households were still reliant on dial-up internet access as recently as ten years ago. Memories of patiently (or impatiently) waiting while data trundled down a phone line through a 56K modem remain fresh, even among consumers spoilt by 4G mobile connectivity and domestic download speeds measured in Mbps rather than Kbps.
Our children’s future industries are on the horizon
It’s estimated that 65% of the jobs today’s junior school pupils will perform when they enter the workforce haven’t been invented or devised yet. What we do know is that many of the new roles will be in the high-tech STEM industries (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Cloaking Devices: From Harry Potter to Klingon Bird of Prey
Since our early childhoods we have all been fascinated with the idea of becoming invisible. We fantasize about all of the naughty things we could have done as kids, the tricks we could have played on others. Then we grow up a little, and our fascination gears towards cloaking devices, such as the iconic Klingon Bird-of-Prey ship, which was eventually developed to fire weapons whilst being invisible. Such a device was described as an energy screen which made the hidden object undetectable to sensors.
Towards the end of February 2016, Team8 announced the closure of a $23 million strategic round of Series B investment. The new partnerships forged by the funding included AT&T, Accenture, Nokia, Mitsui and Temasek who will be joining other big names such as Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, Bessemer Venture Partners, Marker LLC and Innovation Endeavours in playing a role in this company’s rapid ascent to cyber-stardom.
Exponentially Growing Big Data
The Met Office is considered to be the most comprehensive weather and climate service in the world. It processes around a petabyte – that’s one million gigabytes – of data every day and has a data store that already stands at over 60 petabytes, and is growing exponentially. Data doesn’t get much bigger than this today – and CIO Charles Ewen wants even more of it to ensure the organization can meet its stated mission of working at the forefront of weather and climate science for the protection, prosperity and wellbeing of the environment, economy and citizens of the UK.
You may not have heard of Microsoft’s new Universal Windows Platform, but it has potentially huge implications for the global software and gaming industries. For the first time, Microsoft has incorporated a closed platform-within-a-platform into Windows 10, with one API set capable of running on all Windows 10-powered devices, from smartphones and tablets to PCs and laptops.