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UK tech sector being held back by slow economy, says KPMG

The UK tech sector marked seven years of continuous business activity expansion in Q2 2019, but, according to KPMG’s latest UK Tech Monitor Index, there are now signs that “subdued domestic economic conditions” have started to hold back growth. The Index, which measures the strength of business activity across the …

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Tackling violence on the high street

Every day, 115 employees within the UK retail sector are attacked in their place of work. I personally found this statistic from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) to be shockingly high. As someone who has never got into a situation that has led me to harass or attack someone working …

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Huawei’s 10 ‘megatrends’ for 2025: Living with bots, cloud AI and super sight

Huawei has unveiled its latest Global Industry Vision (GIV) report, revealing its predictions for technology and industry development up to 2025. Drawing from Huawei’s own quantitative data and real-world use cases of how intelligent technology is permeating every industry, this year’s report identifies 10 ‘megatrends’ currently shaping how we live …

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Is the password dead?

Fernando Corbato was the first person to use passwords to protect user accounts. He joined MIT in 1950 to study for a doctorate in physics, but realised during those years his passion for the machines that physicists used to do their calculations. Computers during the 50s could only handle one …

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UK school kids more likely to look something up online than ask parents for help

New research from Lenovo has revealed how education around the world has been positively transformed thanks to smarter technology. The research, which surveyed over 15,000 individuals globally – including the US, Mexico, Brazil, China, India, Japan, UK, Germany, France, and Italy – reveals that over two-thirds of UK parents (69 per …

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Sextortion and bomb threat email scams on the rise, finds Symantec

New research by Symantec has found that email extortion scams are on the rise, led by an increase in “sextortion” and bomb-related threats. From the start of 2019 to the end of May, Symantec blocked almost 300 million of these scams and found that 30% of these emails occurred during …

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BullGuard advises on Wi-Fi safety as research finds Brits take risks when connecting to hotspots

79% of public Wi-Fi users take significant risks when choosing hotspots, according to new research from BullGuard. Instead of taking the time to check that a hotspot is legitimate, users are selecting hotspots based on Wi-fi- strength, a name that seems appropriate, or just picking any free option, revealed the …

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How retailers are using mobile technology to become more competitive

A new global survey of 700 retail IT decision makers has revealed that nearly all of them (99%) are implementing mobile technology in store. Conducted by Vanson Bourne and commissioned by Jamf, the survey found that respondents believe that mobile technology enables them to optimise inventory planning and management (96%) …

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Conquering customer feedback: How to impress shoppers and diffuse negative comments

We’re all familiar with the saying “there’s no such thing as bad publicity”. While the idea that, whether positive or negative, no publicity can do harm might ring true in certain industries or with certain brands, when it comes to the retail channel, having consumers on-side is essential. However, in …

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How vendors are helping to build the classroom of the future

If there is one area of society that’s best suited to embracing new technology it’s the younger generation. Aside from the fact that it’s been proven that young people are better at picking up new things like learning new languages or musical instruments than adults, unlike most of you reading …

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