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Calling 911: Can Facebook reduce the Digital Divide in Developing Countries?

Posted by Dan Pope on 14/10/14 15:40

There is a group of four developing countries which are referred to as ‘BRIC’ that experts believe are starting to move from developing countries to countries which will have strong economies in the near future. These countries are Brazil, India, Russia and China, and each of these countries has been a high priority for technology companies over the past few years. Even though there have been some fluctuations in the above four’s economies, many are still confident that they are the ones to watch in the near future.


Topic Facebook India digital divide News Service Exchange Platform

Are you connected?

Posted by Dan Pope on 27/03/14 09:16

Technology and connectivity has rapidly become ingrained in our day-to-day lives. Looking around me on the crowded tube this morning, I would say 90% of my fellow commuters had headphones in listening to MP3s, or hunched over a smartphone flicking through Facebook or playing a game. Admittedly I did have to look up from my own smartphone to see them. There is a growing group that are taking the next step in integrating technology into everyday activities. Ideas previously bandied around in sci-fi films, novels and computer games of only a few years ago are now becoming reality.


Topic andriod Bioshock Deus Ex Facebook posthuman biohacker bodhisattva connected News Smart Phone tube Denver Technology Transhumanism

The Internet of Things

Posted by Dan Pope on 10/03/14 10:14

Since its creation back in the 1960’s, the Internet has always been about enabling rapid communication between people. Yes, it was technology that enabled that communication, but people were the driving force behind it.


Topic Facebook IOT McKinsey Cicso Google News The Internet of Things Titon Titon Aerospace internet Kevin Ashton Project Loon

Year in Review

Posted by Dan Pope on 31/12/13 17:23

Upon reflection, 2013, feels less of a momentous year than previous ones, both inside and outside of our industry. It wasn't sprinkled with the added piquancy a London Olympics brings, it wasn't a year of new products launches or technologies. The 'cloud' continued to gather pace, to a point where it has now entered the mainstream. 'Big Data' and the 'Internet of things' progressed from new fangled industry terms to something more tangible; where their impact can be observed and understood by everyday users. They could soon be developments that change everyday lives - with Allseen Alliance close to establishing an open source framework capable of connecting almost anything to the Internet. BYOD exploded; with 7/10 employees now using their own devices.


Topic BYOD Cloud Facebook Microsoft big data Google Internet of Things News NSA Service Exchange Platform

‘Twitter Crimes’ and freedom of speech on the internet

Posted by Dan Pope on 28/08/13 10:00

One of the many ways in which the internet has altered society is the platform it has provided us all upon which we can have ‘our say’. From consumers using twitter to complain about the poor customer service of their mobile phone provider, to the way in which citizens harnessed social media to topple repressive regimes during the Arab Spring, the internet has given ordinary people a voice they may not have had before. For democracy and the rights of citizens this is undoubtedly a positive, but there is of course another side to handing people the power to broadcast what they want, when they want to the world.


Topic Facebook freedom of speech post press blog crimes expression News social media troll internet journalists Twitter

What is Big Data and how can it help?

Posted by Dan Pope on 07/06/13 09:30

Big Data is the latest tech industry buzzword, but what is it and how does it affect us? Well in the simplest terms it denotes a large (very large in fact) amount of data. We’re talking about a classification which deems 30-50 terabytes a “minimum”. To place that into perspective, one terabyte of audio recorded at CD quality will contain around 2,000 hours of audio, while the first 20 years’ worth of observations by the Hubble Space Telescope has equated to more than 45 terabytes of data! This collection of information, which can take a multitude of forms; text, imagery, audio, or even statistics brought about by the number of clicks on one website page, can then be used by organisations to make informed decisions.


Topic bbc Facebook analytics big data data transfer Google News hubble space telescope

All brand cars to be connected to the web by 2014

Posted by Dan Pope on 15/02/13 11:14

A recent BBC report has unveiled car manufactures plans to have all new vehicles connected to the web within the next few years. In fact Intel, which will invest £64million over the next five years in the 'connected cars' claims that is already the third fastest growing technological device after phones and tablets.


Topic bbc bmw Facebook mclaren 4G News Twitter

2012 Year in Review

Posted by Dan Pope on 03/01/13 08:30

In many ways the late naughties and the early part of this decade (what are we calling this one by the way?) have been characterised by what’s wrong with this country: the recession, the riots, union strikes, press misdemeanours and expenses scandals. And while 2012 has not been bereft of such of problems, it has been punctuated by events – The Jubilee, The Olympics and the Paralympics - that to many people’s surprise and even more’s delight, cut a swathe through all the gloom and cynicism and for a few short, golden weeks made everyone feel… well a bit better; about life and about Britain - Great Britain.


Topic Cisco C&W Facebook fluidata great britain Jubilee 4G News WCIT 3G Olympics Paralympics Vodafone

Fluidata Golf Day

Posted by Dan Pope on 03/05/12 11:54

On the 18th of April hackers and professionals alike took up the inguinal Fluidata Golf Day challenge. A day full of hazards with the gentle breeze and light rain not deterring any of the welcome golfers/customers. It took place at The Gove Golf Club near Watford. The Grove has played host to the likes of Ian Poulter and Tiger Woods, it can now lay claim to hosting some of the finest golfers in the UK technical industry.


Topic Facebook Golf News The Grove

Web anonymity, scourge of the internet or godsend?

Posted by Dan Pope on 02/09/11 15:48

The case for anonymity on the world wide web has been brought to the fore again these past few weeks, following comments from Google’s head honcho Eric Schmidt at Edinburgh’s International Television Festival. “The internet would be better if we had an accurate notion that you were a real person as opposed to a dog, or a fake person, or a spammer.”


Topic Facebook Randi Google News Eric Schmidt Zuckerberg