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Techworld 2014 round-up: The year the UK took a step closer to Silicon Valley

As investment pours into UK tech startups, an increasing number of them are scaling to IPO-size

Government initiatives, venture capital money and business accelerators have all helped to fuel the UK's tech startup sector in 2014. Here we've rounded up some of the biggest developments and analysed their impact.

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MOBILE

8 ways Lollipop 5.0 reinvents Android

Enhanced security, improved architecture, extensive APIs -- bold changes make Android 5.0 better for business

How Apple's new patent could keep your phone's screen from shattering

Gorilla Glass 4 is designed to prevent smartphone screens from shattering on impact

New IBM service shines a light on mobile device and app performance

The company is also unveiling cloud-based virtual desktops for mobile devices

Eight ways Lollipop 5.0 reinvents Android

Enhanced security, improved architecture, extensive APIs -- bold changes make Android 5.0 better for business


E-COMMERCE

A guide to the top mobile payments options

Apple Pay, Google Wallet or something else? Spending your money just got a whole lot easier.

Ocado - a disruptive company to rival Google?

Online groceries retailer Ocado wants it to be known that it is a tech, not a retail, company at heart.


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Techworld 2014 round-up: The year the UK took a step closer to Silicon Valley

As investment pours into UK tech startups, an increasing number of them are scaling to IPO-size

Edinburgh scale-up FanDuel rejected by 80+ investors on way to becoming $1bn firm

FanDuel is headquartered in NYC but does the majority of its development in Edinburgh

Here East: The UK's largest tech centre being quietly developed in London's Olympic Park

As Shoreditch rents increase, a new tech playground is spawning

Darktrace, Network Rail and Cisco rewarded for innovation at Techworld Awards

Awards recognise leading innovations across all parts of IT industry.


BIG DATA

NoSQL takes the database market by storm

The NoSQL database market is a small but increasingly important segment of the database market, and it's giving SQL database vendors a scare

Hadoop successor sparks a data analysis evolution

2015 could be the year for Apache Spark

Microsoft pitches Windows for Internet of Things to maker community

Microsoft has started shipping a Galileo board with custom Windows firmware

Unplugging the data centre

How AMAG Pharmaceuticals rebuilt IT using as little internal infrastructure


NETWORKING

How Microsoft sees the connected car

Gesture control and gamification aren't the only things we can expect from Microsoft's in-car ideas

Hull Trains WiFi project recognised at Techworld Awards

First Group hopes Techword Awards-winning free WiFi project can be rolled out across other rail networks

Cisco exec: Turnover in engineering no problem

Engineering reorganisation aims to streamline product development and delivery to customers, says EVP Pankaj Patel.

Startup proposes fiber-based Glass Core as a bold rethink of data centre networking

Fiber Mountain says it can deliver up to twice the capacity for half the price, in a compelling new software defined network approach.


CLOUD

Cloud giants do battle backed by distinctly different partner networks

Which of the big three public IaaS cloud providers - Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft leads teh way?

What giant companies WON'T put in the cloud

Legacy investments and a reluctance to expose certain assets keep some enterprises from moving more to the public cloud.

Container party: VMware, Microsoft, Cisco and Red Hat get on app hoopla

Containers: Buzzword du jour, or game-changing technology?

VMWorld 2014: Winners and Losers

Mobile computing, OpenStack and containers win, NSX, vCloud Air details too thin at VMware show.


PERSONAL TECH

Drones, sensors and goals: How technology is changing the ‘beautiful game’

Goal-line technology has finally arrived - as well as drones - but what other innovations will the future hold?

HP turns to 3D printing to revive flagging fortunes

Printer runs at least 10 times faster and costs half as much as existing machines, company claims

Dell's PC, tablet innovations draw attention

Dell's 6-millimeter Venue 8 7000 tablet is highlighting the company's progress in design

Boston's Bolt launches hardware companies

With more than a million dollars in prototyping equipment and a wide range of expertise, Bolt helps launch hardware startups


WEARABLES

Could data from wearable devices land you in jail?

Law enforcement agencies routinely trawl social network data. Will information from wearable technology be next?


CAREER

Innovation meets fashion: Getting to know the developers at Net-a-Porter

The online luxury fashion retailer is looking for talented developers to join its team in West London

Father of Video Games Ralph Baer dead at 92

Long before the Xbox came the Brown Box, a creation that defense contractor engineer

What these 6 CEOs learned from working at Salesforce

Learning from the SaaS pioneer


SECURITY

Mike Lynch-backed Darktrace takes new approach to security

Monitors behaviour of people inside the network instead of trying to keep them out

Google’s 2-Step Verification – why everybody should turn this on now

Google has announced 2-Step Verification using a USB Security Key. But what is 2-Step verification and should more people use it?

Apple Pay probably secure from known NFC spoofing techniques

Apple's use of one-time-use tokens is the key

Android 5.0 Lollipop – top enterprise security features

Android 5.0 is Google's sweetest security update so far


OPERATING SYSTEMS

Google's expansion to cars and TVs will be powered by Android Studio apps

The company is hoping to convince developers to create multiscreen apps with new development environment

Facebook gives its server racks a Tesla touch

It's using lithium-ion batteries, like those in electric cars, to replace lead-acid batteries for backup power

Microsoft endorses workaround for botched Windows patch KB 3000061

Two weeks after users offered a fix for the MS 14-058/KB 3000061 kernel mode driver installation problem, Microsoft confirms it works

Surprise patch KB 3005628 bodes ill for Microsoft's patching strategy

Out-of-band patch, which fixes errors 0x800F0906 and 0x800F081F in .Net Framework 3.5, is a troubling disruption in Microsoft's patching strategy


APPS

12 most eye-popping VC tech deals of 2014

The three largest VC deals of 2014 went to consumer-focused startups, other top investments went to enterpise focussed companies

Virtual reality gains a small foothold in the enterprise

Prototypes and simulations based on virtual reality can save companies millions.

How the Internet of Things is transforming law enforcement

From connected guns to wearables for canine units, the IoT is spurring change in the law enforcement field.

Why Uber's long PR nightmare will end in a user privacy win

Uber's attempts to prove it cares about users' privacy will be good news for the industry


USER EXPERIENCE

DVLA online driver records digital service bags Techworld Awards prize

Techworld Editor-in-Chief and awards judge Mike Simons praises public sector digital project


STORAGE

Developers push rival to OpenStack cloud management platform

The Apache Cloudstack's marketing 'stinks' and needs to decide where it's heading

New molecules could bring super-dense, solid-state hard disk alternatives

Researchers have discovered a better way to store data in individual molecules

Tape storage finding new life in the enterprise and beyond

Tape is not dead - far from it. Many enterprises depend on it for cost-effective long-term storage

Securing the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is happening fast, and that means IT professionals and IT security experts need to be proactive



    


How-tos

How to pick a CPU when buying servers

As your IT team looks to upgrade your computational and storage systems, be sure you understand the choices and tradeoffs you face regarding your server CPU options. Some of our recommendations may seem, well, counterintuitive


How to make your Surface RT touchscreen respond faster

Bet you didn't know you could tweak a Surface's Registry. You can, and this hack helps reduce touchscreen lag time


How to uninstall Windows 8

Don't like Windows 8? Here's how you can downgrade back to Windows 7


How to buy the best portable hard drive

We describe the portable hard drive specs and features that matter most, and name five of our favourite models


3 Ways to Use Social Media to Recruit Better Tech Talent

Is your company using social media to its full potential when it comes to finding new employees? Your competition probably is.


How to find the best password managers for PCs, Macs, and mobile devices

Government hacking or Heartbleed won't be held up by deploying a password manager but your life will be improved




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