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Big business struggling to innovate

Research carried out by Studio Graphene among 750 senior decision-makers within UK organisations has discovered that risk-averse cultures, excessive red tape and time constraints are helping to restrict innovation within larger businesses.

Explosions and broken noses as phone injuries surge

As someone who has to navigate London and hordes of people glued to their smartphones on a daily basis it comes as no surprise, and not without a certain degree of smugness, to report that the hazards of using a smartphone include broken noses, cuts and even brain injuries as a result of using a phone.

2020 electronics industry predictions

What can we expect from the electronics product design industry in terms of growth and trends during 2020? Dunstan Power, Director, ByteSnap Design and his team of engineers cast their predictions for next year.

UK businesses at risk

New research has found that a quarter of UK businesses do not have any form of disaster recovery plan in place to protect them.

IIoT fails hit 50 percent

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) business is expected to see annual IIoT node shipments top 224 million units in 2023, up over 100 million on 2018.

Challenges ahead

The embedded systems consultancy ByteSnap Design has conducted research into what electronic design businesses expect to happen in the future and what their biggest concerns were.

Labour’s broadband policy

Labour’s plan to offer free full fibre broadband to every home and business was certainly an eye-catching announcement in what has been a dull election campaign, but the costs associated with the scheme have been described as ‘fantasy economics’ by the plan’s critics

Are data fears misplaced?

The news that Google has acquired Fitbit in a deal that valued the wearables company at $2.1bn, while welcomed by some industry watchers, has raised a number of concerns when it comes to how users’ intimate health details – whether that is the number of steps they take each day to breathing patterns – might be exploited by the tech giant.

Whirlpool fails its customers

Last week, Whirlpool came under sharp criticism from MPs on the BEIS Select Committee for using ‘disgraceful’ tactics to, in effect, ‘silence’ customers who had been victims of fires caused by faulty tumble dryers produced by the company.

Could the days of Facebook’s digital currency be numbered?

Unveiled in June 2019, Libra was due to roll out as an international digital currency in 2020 and though it was being developed by Facebook, the currency was going to be controlled by the Libra Association, a non-profit organisation made up of a collective of international companies.

Has the commercial roll-out of VR stalled?

The news that the BBC has disbanded their team intended to create virtual reality content and that Google is halting sales of its Daydream View headsets, comes at a time when questions are being asked about the long term commercial appeal of VR.

Near universal support for WI-FI 6

According to a cross-industry survey, conducted by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), 90 per cent of respondents are planning to deploy Wi-Fi 6 with 66 per cent saying they plan to deploy the next iteration of Wi-Fi before the end of 2020.

China not leading in AI innovation

Despite Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) start-ups having received over $6billion in funding in the past 4 years, China is still failing to lead in cutting-edge AI innovation.

The future is here and now

The pace of change and the complexity that confronts today’s design engineer are also having a profound impact on customers, suppliers and colleagues and those pressures continue to evolve, throwing up fresh challenges.

Has the UK too few robots?

According to a report from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee, the UK is falling behind other advanced economies in using automation and robots in the workplace.

World’s first 6G White Paper

A 6G Flagship research program has published the world’s first 6G white paper, opening the door to defining what it means and how it will affect the wireless network post 2030.

A landmark ruling?

The news that the High Court has ruled in favour of the South Wales Police, in response to a judicial review brought about by an individual, Ed Bridges, means that the police service there will be allowed to continue to use Automated Facial Recognition (AWR) technology.

Things can only get better.....

Last week's PMI figures, both here in the UK and Europe, pointed to a sharp slowdown in factory output. New orders are falling and, in the case of the UK, activity is sliding at its fastest pace since 2012.

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