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Keepod USB drive brings cheap computer access to billions

A new spin on the USB flash drive could prove to be the most transformative innovation for decades. Start-up firm Keepod, which is run by Franky Imbesi and Nissan Bahar, aim to provide personal computers to billions of people in the world's poorest countries. Using Indiegogo, the entrepreneurs managed to raise over $40,000 (£23,750) for

By | June 2nd, 2014|Categories: Gadget, Technology research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Keepod USB drive brings cheap computer access to billions

Court tells Samsung to pay Apple $119.6m in latest patent battle

Yet another blow has been struck in the never-ending patent war between Samsung and Apple, with a San Jose federal court ordering Samsung to pay Apple $119.6 million (£71 million) for patent infringement. While this might sound like a large sum of money, it's only around 6% of the £2 billion Apple had sought, and

By | May 23rd, 2014|Categories: Gadget, Mobile phone, Technology research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Court tells Samsung to pay Apple $119.6m in latest patent battle

Broadband speeds in Essex and Wales streets ’30 times below national average’

People in Essex's Wheatley Road and in Wales' Erw Fawr could be more likely to be shaking their computers with rage than anyone else in the UK, as uSwitch.com research has shown these streets have the lowest broadband speeds in the country. Residents of these two streets have to struggle with internet connections of just

By | May 21st, 2014|Categories: Technology research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Broadband speeds in Essex and Wales streets ’30 times below national average’

Apple patents driving ‘lock-out’ to reduce driver distraction

A new patent from Apple provides a novel solution to the problem of mobile phone use behind the wheel. Thousands of people text while driving - if you pay more attention during your morning commute than they do, you will likely see dozens of motorists glued to their smartphones as they weave in and out

By | May 19th, 2014|Categories: iPhone, Mobile phone, Technology research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Apple patents driving ‘lock-out’ to reduce driver distraction

Research shows tablets can improve reading skills of disadvantaged youngsters

Teachers may complain that smartphones and tablets distract children when they're supposed to be learning, and literary critics may argue that the burgeoning volume of online content could toll the death knell of classic literature, but new research has suggested these criticisms could be misplaced, with technology instead helping disadvantaged youngsters learn how to read.

By | April 2nd, 2014|Categories: Technology research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Research shows tablets can improve reading skills of disadvantaged youngsters

Intel Smart Earbuds match your music to your heart rate

Intel made quite a lot of waves at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The chipmaker, which struggled to capitalise on the growth in smartphones, received a lot of credit for its SD card-sized Intel Edison computer, which could be seen in a range of wearable tech in the future. The tech giant's interest in

By | February 12th, 2014|Categories: Technology research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Intel Smart Earbuds match your music to your heart rate

Smartphone photos of cheques to be legitimate payment method

Government proposals could see people paying cheques into their bank accounts using just their smartphones. By Christmas 2014, you may be able to take a photo of a cheque, send this picture to the bank, and have your cheque processed in just two days - far faster than the six days it currently takes to

By | January 13th, 2014|Categories: Technology research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Smartphone photos of cheques to be legitimate payment method

Improper laptop use ‘causing back pain in young adults’

While we might not usually associate back pain with young adults, a survey has indicated that use of laptops and iPads may be causing damage to these people's backs, with this demographic taking an average of 1.5 sick days from work due to back pain, more than even their parents. Simplyhealth, which conducted the study,

By | October 18th, 2013|Categories: iPad, Laptop, Technology research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Improper laptop use ‘causing back pain in young adults’

Ofcom announces ‘white spaces’ pilot to improve UK wireless spectrum

Smartphone users will soon enjoy even greater levels of connectivity on their handsets, as Ofcom has unveiled the details of a new wireless innovation trial that will help the UK meet the rising demands on its wireless infrastructure. This will utilise so-called 'white space' technology, which will examine the way that 'white spaces' - the

By | October 16th, 2013|Categories: Technology research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Ofcom announces ‘white spaces’ pilot to improve UK wireless spectrum

Researchers produce ‘revolutionary’ carbon nanotube headphones

The technology in headphones has come on by leaps and bounds over recent years, but the way that they produce sounds has remained relatively static since the days of the Sony Walkman. Whether you buy some cheap, tinny headphones from the supermarket or spend hundreds of pounds on a top-of-the-line pair, both sets will still

By | October 14th, 2013|Categories: MP3, Technology research|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Researchers produce ‘revolutionary’ carbon nanotube headphones