Four ways contactless tech will change our lives over the next decade

Contactless technology is one of the most exciting innovations out there. Already, we’re making regular payments on our phones, enjoying seamless and convenient transactions. NFC tech has also revolutionized the way we travel, with most modern transport systems now offering payment via contactless cards and mobile phones. Lengthy queues, and conductors checking hundreds of tickets, … Continued

What are Instagram Stories and Zoom?

Instagram is a popular mobile photo-sharing service owned by Facebook. It allows you to share photos with followers and has been at the center of the ‘InstaCeleb’ and ‘selfie’ cultural phenomena. However, in recent years it’s been challenged by the rise of Snapchat, an ephemeral video messaging service. Recently Instagram has introduced two new features, … Continued

What is the dark web?

If you’ve been reading the news lately, you may have heard of the dark web (sometimes known as the darknet, or ‘onionland’ due to the domain suffix “.onion”). If you’re wondering what it is, then we’re here to tell you. Do note, however, that if you’re looking to discover more about the dark web, or … Continued

What is a smart fridge?

Ever since the dawn of the Internet of Things, industry commentators have envisaged the smart fridge and talked about its potential to make life much, much easier. Finally, they are here – as an example a Samsung model was recently showcased at the annual CES show. So, what exactly is a smart fridge? A smart … Continued

How do smart thermostats work?

Smart thermostats are one of the most popular devices you can buy if you’re building a connected home. They let you remotely control your home’s temperature via a tablet, smartphone or desktop for greater control over your central heating. In a traditional non-digital thermostat, you set the temperature on a dial. A thermometer inside the … Continued

What is a Connected Home?

The Internet of Things has enabled all sorts of products and devices in the home to be connected to the internet. These connected devices can communicate with each other, and be controlled remotely via the internet or smartphone app. Connected Homes offer consumers a whole new approach to everything from security and lighting to entertainment … Continued

What are Google Assistant and Google Home?

Google Assistant is set to be the company’s successor to Google Now, which we discussed in another post. It was announced at Google’s I/O developer event in May 2016. It’s intended to be an intelligent personal assistant, capable of helping you organize your daily life and making tasks easier. Microsoft and Apple have similar software; … Continued

What is an embedded SIM?

We’ve been using SIM cards for decades, and they’ve been getting smaller and smaller as technology has advanced. Now, they’re about to go through another radical change. The embedded SIM, also called eSIM is a reprogrammable chip that comes in different shapes and sizes. It can even be removable and soldered into the device. It … Continued

How is tech being used in sport?

There’s an emerging new superstar in sport, and its name is Technology. Thanks to forward-thinking policy-making, we’re seeing more and more sports turn to tech to enhance matches, protect players and eliminate refereeing errors. If you’re wondering which innovations are proving the most popular, read on for a handy guide. Hawk-Eye Cricket, tennis and football … Continued

What is an IP address?

If you’re a regular Internet user, you’ve probably heard of an IP address. So, what does it mean? What actually is it? An IP address is essentially a way of identifying a device participating in a computer network. Just as a home address would be used to send mail, the IP address allows data to … Continued