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Tech Tent: Has crypto-currency peaked?

If you believe crypto-currencies are the future this has not been a good week. The value of Ethereum, Bitcoin’s main rival and “the future of crypto” not so long ago, has lurched ever lower and is now 80% below its peak. Meanwhile, US regulators have acted against companies involved in crypto-currencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs)...

2 more refurbished Dell optiplex desktops for a client

Refurbished Dell Optiplex 7010 and 7020 journey from ex cooperate reclaimed pc chassis to built windows 10 pro pc ready for more years of service and a 12 month return to base warranty. All our refurbished pc come with brand new hard drives or are upgraded to solid state drives (SSD). which is the...

An Increase in Office 365 Migrations

Over the last couple of months we have seen an increase of companies wanting to move away from pop3 / imap email setups to an Office 365 Environment. Not only do they get a large mailbox, it also comes with the added features including meeting requests, Out of Office, Shared Contacts etc. Companies are...

Google loses ‘right to be forgotten’ case

A businessman fighting for the “right to be forgotten” has won a UK High Court action against Google. The man, who has not been named due to reporting restrictions surrounding the case, wanted search results about a past crime he had committed removed from the search engine. The judge, Mr Justice Mark Warby, ruled...

Blackberry modified to ‘help drug cartels’

The chief executive of a company that created highly-secure smartphones allegedly used by some of the world’s most notorious criminals has been indicted. Canadian-based Phantom Secure made “tens of millions of dollars” selling the modified Blackberry devices for use by the likes of the Sinaloa Cartel, investigators said. The charges marked the first time...

3D printing homes turn sludge into shelter

In Texas, tucked behind a house for the wealthy, perhaps lies some hope for the significantly less so. More than a billion people in the world go to sleep each night without reliable shelter. But a pair of companies working on solving that believes their model of quickly 3D printing a one-story house could...

Is your vendor being honest about AI?

Some vendors who claim their products use artificial intelligence or machine learning technology are really using rules-based engines. Here’s how to spot the lie. New technologies generate new buzzwords. Cloud, fabric, bitcoin, blockchain, containers, microservices, and so on. Artificial intelligence (AI) as a technology and term has been around for decades, but only recently...

Snow Day or not a Snow Day

So the other day we had a little snow and could have been classed as a Snow Day, luckily it was at the time of year when a lot of people are off for Xmas, but what if was in say February? If you can’t get to your office can your business still run...

Xage emerges from stealth with a blockchain-based IoT security solution

Getting the myriad of devices involved in the industrial internet of things provisioned and communicating with one another in a secure way will be one of the great technological challenges facing companies in the coming years. Xage (prounounced Zage) emerged from stealth today with a blockchain-based security solution that could help simplify this. The company also...

Broadband over ‘wet string’ tested for fun

Engineers at a small British internet service provider have successfully made a broadband connection work over 2m (6ft 7in) of wet string. The connection reached speeds of 3.5Mbps (megabits per second), according to the Andrews and Arnold engineer who conducted the experiment. The point of the experiment appears to have been purely to see...