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  • 5 levels of ethical programming that determine how well smart machines will behave

    People are going to have to get used to living and working alongside smart machines. With Gartner estimating that 1.1-billion connected things will be used by smart cities in 2015, there's no escaping the fact that pretty much every object we interact with is getting smarter. There's a lot of hope about the future those smart objects could allow but also plenty of fear. Both Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have, for instance, warned of the dangers of artificial intelligence. But to a large degree making sure we don't end up bowing down to our robot overlords could come...

  • 10 technologies that will have a huge impact on education in 2015 and beyond

    Technology has the capacity to fundamentally change every aspect of our lives. There are few sectors where this is more visible and obvious than education. According to technology research house Gartner, worldwide education sector spending is forecast to grow 2.3% to reach US$67.8-billion in 2015. This forecast includes higher education as well as primary and secondary schools. In Western Europe alone, education institutions will spend US$16.3-billion on technology products and services in 2015. Of course the situation isn't the same across the globe, but even initiatives such as Google's Connected Classrooms and Free access to Wikipedia are changing the way...

  • The machines are coming: Top 10 tech predictions for 2015 and beyond

    In a few years time life expectancy will increase thanks to health monitoring technologies. Refrigerators will deliver groceries and drones our clean laundry. These are just some of the predictions Gartner has revealed at the annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo that could take shape in the very near future. "For some time now, there has been an ongoing shift in the roles machines play in our everyday lives," said Daryl Plummer, vice president and Gartner Fellow. "Computer-based machines are now being used to create an ever expanding variety of experiences that extend human endeavours. Machines are taking on more human characteristics in order...

  • 5 significant innovations our smart homes will create by 2022

    From entertainment systems and washing machines in our homes to transport technologies and environmental control outside of them, connected devices open up a world of new possibilities. Gartner not only predicts the average affluent family home to carry over 500 hundred connected devices by 2022, it also highlights a couple of areas where opportunities for innovation might arise for business. Nick Jones, vice president and analyst at Gartner, refers to smart devices as those which have gained some level of sensing and intelligence combined with the ability to communicate. Gartner suggests that although a mature smart home won't exist until the...

  • Facebook sucks at innovation and its products fail a lot

    In a few short weeks millions, okay thousands, of Facebook developers will descend on San Francisco to attend the social network's famed developer conference -- F8. The event has been on a three-year hiatus since Facebook went public, but it seems to have come back in full force with a jam-packed event for developers. This year's event is specifically geared at developers and Facebook says that it won't have major user announcements at the event. The company wants to focus the event on four core areas for the developers: building cross-platform apps, growing the number of people...

  • 10 tech trends every smart government should know about

    If you're in government, ignoring or cracking down on tech can come at a massive cost. While some have questioned the idea that social media was vital to the success of the Arab Spring, there can be no doubt that it was an important organising tool. In the Ukraine meanwhile, the one of the first things the protesters who recently overthrew the government did was set up Wi-Fi so that they could continue communicating with the outside world. Used properly though, social media can help those in government communicate effectively with the people they serve and even be used...

  • Microsoft still king of enterprise software, go figure

    When it comes to the software business Microsoft is pretty much untouchable, this according to the latest Gartner report on worldwide software revenue in 2013 According to the tech research and advisory company, the worldwide software revenue totaled just over US$407-billion in 2013, a 4.8 per cent increase from 2012 revenue of US$388.5 billion. Developed markets saw significant growth in the past year offsetting the relative sluggishness in emerging markets. According to the report, the software industry is in the middle of a "multiyear cyclical transition" as organisations are focusing investment on technologies to support existing system structure. The...

  • No end in sight for gadget lust: PC, tablet, mobile sales still growing

    Things might not be great if you're a traditional PC maker. Headline after headline has been proclaiming your downfall for a good couple of years now. If you were clever though and diversified your business a little, then things suddenly don't look so bad. We might not be buying the same gadgets we were a few years ago, but that doesn't mean we're any less hungry for them. In fact, our appetite only appears to be growing. According to tech research company Gartner, combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.5-billion units...

  • Your work place: Augmented Reality’s next big frontier

    Far from the sci-fi visions of drastic most of us imagined when augmented reality (AR) first came onto the scene, its various technologies have kind of slipped, barely noticed, into our lives. We use AR for reporting and cool social media campaigns but we're also aware of its potential pitfalls. It seems reasonable therefore that we should temper any excitement at Gartner's prediction that AR will play a pivotal role in the workplace over the next few years. According to the research house, AR technology has matured to a point where organisations can use it as an internal tool to...

  • Computer makers (and Microsoft) are in much bigger trouble than they (and we) realise

    Having had the (mis)fortune of helping someone shop for a new laptop this holiday, I’m not surprised that worldwide sales have cratered. Laptops (and desktops) are still sold by their “specs”. You’ll find yourself in a ridiculously poorly stocked store staffed by salespeople who can rattle off Ghz numbers and hard drive sizes like they’re reciting the alphabet. And the average consumer is petrified by this experience. Give them the choice, and they’ll keep an ancient PC running Windows XP because they don’t want to learn something new. Or endure the experience of actually buying a new PC. They’ll end...

  • Building an app? Relax, there’s only a 99.9% chance it won’t make a profit

    We'd like you think about something for a moment. When was the last time you picked up your phone and scrolled through the app store in search of a hidden gem? Chances are, you haven't done it in quite a while. And why would you? Both Apple's Appstore and the Google Play Store have over a million apps (even Windows Phone has over 200 000 apps), so discovering great apps the old-fashioned way would mean suffering through a whole load of duds. It's obviously a lot easier to let your social connections, recommendation engines and the tech press...

  • Lenovo, Dell only winners as PC market continues serious decline

    Dell may have had a turbulent 2013, with Forbes describing its move to go private as "the nastiest tech buyout ever", but it's one of only two companies bucking the continuing decline in the PC market. It may not be hitting the same numbers as Lenovo, the company currently at the top of the PC market and the only other major manufacturer currently showing growth, but for the Texas-based company it'll be a welcome piece of news. According to technology research company Gartner, Dell sales grew 6.2% between the fourth quarter of 2012 and the final quarter of 2013....

  • 4 massive trends and events that completely changed the face of tech in 2013

    In 2013, big companies in the cloud space faced downtime challenges, companies in the social media space were valued at costs seemingly much higher than they’re worth, and a superpower’s secrets were revealed to the world. Four big events or trends in the IT space this year have had great significance for the industry. In each case, the trends bear thinking about, because how we respond to them now will shape the future of the way we interact, work and play online and in the cloud. 1. The year of cloud failures At the end of 2012, I predicted that 2013 would...

  • Smartwatches set to lose out to tablets, fitness bands this festive season [Gartner]

    If you're the kind of person who regularly gets gadgets come Christmas time, then you might be expecting Santa to drop a smartwatch in your stocking. After all, there's a ton of them out there and even the mainstream players are getting involved, with Samsung claiming to have sold over 800 000 of its Galaxy Gear devices. If technology research company Gartner is to be believed however, then you're still more likely to get a tablet or fitness tracking band than a smartwatch. The reason? Smartwatches just aren't cool enough yet. "Samsung and other well-known vendors have recently entered...

  • Smart machines are totally disrupting the way business works: here’s how

    When you think about the future as promised by the sci-fi movies and cartoons of your youth, it's easy to get complacent (we were, after all, promised hoverboards). When you take a step back though and look at what technology has done both to and for business over the past few years though, it's possible to get a sense of how disruptive and, at times, destructive a force it has been. While the technology life cycle of every company has progressively been getting shorter as time wears on, they're about to get a lot shorter. The main culprit? Smart...