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UK teams in Intel wearables design challenge

Intel has named the finalists for its global wearable electronics design challenge. Three UK-based projects make the list. These are: the vumbl sports necklace that monitors information from the body through vibrations, Open Bionics’ low-cost robotic prosthetic hand and the Blocks hardware and software platform for wearable technology…

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Samsung moves IoT into the home with big buy

Samsung has agreed to acquire SmartThings, a firm developing software-based platforms which bring the internet of things into the home. Samsung could pay a reported $200m for California-based SmartThings which develops software to monitor, control, and automate their homes from wherever they are through a single mobile app…

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Driverless cars to be tested on UK roads next year

Driverless cars could be seen on UK roads as early as next year. UK cities can now bid for a share of a £10m government-funded competition to host a driverless cars trial. The government is calling on cities to join together with businesses and research organisations to put forward…

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Wearable electronics: let's get it right

Wearable electronic device technology is potentially more than just another smartphone accessory, according to a report by Beecham Research. Saverio Romeo, principal analyst at Beecham Research says mistakes are being made by many companies trying to grab a share of the much hyped wearable technology opportunity. Romeo says it is…

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Look for positives in the end of XP, says Avnet

There are commercial opportunities to be had for embedded computing firms following the withdrawal of Windows XP support, says Nick Donaldson, EMEA director software at Avnet Embedded. While the demise of XP (including its XP Professional variant) has led to security issues, as well as disruption to the business model…

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IT sector growth creates demand for skills

There has been a growth of demand for IT and computing staff during June. Both permanent and temporary workers saw marked rates of expansion in available job vacancies, according to latest Report on Jobs, published by KPMG and the REC. Although down from May, the latest reading was still indicative…

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Wireless industry has sustainable agenda

Dr Sally Uren, chief executive at Forum for the Future, will be calling on the wireless industry to play its part in creating a sustainable world, when she delivers her keynote address at the ‘Changing the World with Wireless Technology’ Conference in Cambridge. Dr Uren will speak of “closing the…

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