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Is Facebook a better spy than James Bond?

Is Facebook a better spy than James Bond?

Written by on November 23, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

It’s really hard to be James Bond these days. Apart from health & safety restrictions on the use of poisoned umbrellas and the legal restrictions on the murder of henchmen (even foreign ones), and all the paperwork around the expenses and what is VATable and what isn’t, you’ll be rumbled in an instant by your […]

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Can we trust software (let alone humans) to manage fake news?

Can we trust software (let alone humans) to manage fake news?

Written by on November 22, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Fake news is big news at the moment. Presumably if D. Trump esq had lost the US election, he would have made it bigger. Whether or not Facebook’s fake news issue swung or influenced the result, the whole fake news fiasco brings a dose of real life to another very current issue. Artificial intelligence. Machine learning. The […]

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Who’s going to pay for bank branches?

Who’s going to pay for bank branches?

Written by on November 22, 2016 in Billing & Payments, Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The relentless decline in the number of bank branches in the UK and elsewhere features regularly in the press. In May 2016 BBC News stated that 600 branches had closed in the previous year. It’s no surprise that customers are using apps and online for managing their banking and using branches less and less; it’s […]

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Wheeler, the future of net neutrality – and his job

Wheeler, the future of net neutrality – and his job

Written by on November 21, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Tom Wheeler said he has made no decision regarding stepping down as FCC Chairman. “I think it’s an important thing to remember that taking a fast, fair, and open Internet away from the public and away from those who use it to offer innovative new services to the public, would be a real mistake,” Wheeler […]

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Is there any way to win the fraud wars? Hint: yes

Is there any way to win the fraud wars? Hint: yes

Written by on November 21, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

When it comes to fraud, three things are undeniable. First, fraud is now more sophisticated than ever before. Fraudsters provide 24/7 customer service support to stay competitive and to differentiate themselves. The value of a stolen credit card is less than a pound/dollar/euro. Yet 20 years ago, it was worth flying boxes of them out […]

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We have to ignore technology to get value out of the IoT (and, um, technology)

We have to ignore technology to get value out of the IoT (and, um, technology)

Written by on November 18, 2016 in Opinion with 0 Comments

“Calling something the IoT, the ‘Internet of Things,’ simply means you haven’t found the value in it”. So said Mark Gregory, senior economist with EY, at the recent Great Telco Debate. Others, including Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs, echoed the sentiment. Indeed, as Weldon says of the state of the telecoms industry, “we are […]

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Why is Samsung buying auto components supplier Harman?

Why is Samsung buying auto components supplier Harman?

Written by on November 18, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

There are no Greeks hiding in the wooden horse of Harman. Samsung’s acquisition of Harman is about increasing its penetration of the automobile rather than offering a sneaky challenge to the car industry. Samsung has announced that it will acquire 100% of Harman International Industries for KRW9.3bn / US$8.02bn in cash with the deal expected to […]

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To 5G or not to 5G – that is the question.

To 5G or not to 5G – that is the question.

Written by on November 17, 2016 in Opinion with 3 Comments

Amongst the many interesting and informative discussions at the Great Telco Debate in London this week was one about 5G. It touched not only on the benefits it would bring but also questioned if it was even needed at all. Rahim Tafazolli, founder and director of the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey […]

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How free should free speech be (on social media)?

How free should free speech be (on social media)?

Written by on November 17, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

As America and the world generally freaks out over Donald Trump’s surprise election victory, inevitably experts and pundits are dithering over the role of social media in this election – particularly in regards to the possible role of fake news in influencing the outcome. Facebook in particular has come under fire for this, and Mark Zuckerberg’s […]

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Is it too dramatic to talk about Armageddon in DDoS attacks?

Is it too dramatic to talk about Armageddon in DDoS attacks?

Written by on November 16, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Five Russian banks have been battered by DDoS attacks, with a Mirai botnet being blamed for the incident. The state of IoT security (or collective lack thereof) seems on track to provoke national responses to the sorry state of affairs, but how will an emerging industry avoid having the margins legislated out of it by […]

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