Information can WikiLeaks out

Tuesday, 07 December 2010 by

Advances in technology have made it easier to collect and organise information than ever before. Companies like Google and Facebook store billions of details from websites and online accounts, and make good money from the services they provide to people. Governments have also been developing information-centric systems, from the laudable initiatives both in the

The need for better broadband

Thursday, 04 November 2010 by

A new report shows just how important the internet now is to the UK economy. The report from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) estimates that web services contribute £100 billion to the economy – that’s 7.2% of the nation’s GDP. This is forecast to rise even further, to 10% of GDP by 2010, assuming that

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Too much of a good thing?

Thursday, 21 October 2010 by

For many of us, technology has changed our lives considerably over the last few years, most noticeably through the use of the internet. But has technology also changed our minds? There is a growing belief that our dependence on the Internet is affecting the way we think and even the fabric of our brains. Nicholas

Blang Records website launched

Friday, 01 October 2010 by

We’ve finished developing the Blang Records website, and it’s now launched and open for business. It’s got a full content management systems (CMS) and eCommerce engine, so that the website can be managed internally by the label without technical support. Joomla! was the selected CMS, as it’s very flexible, powerful and free as it’s open

Social networking has been a major part of the rise of ‘Web 2.0’, a phrase coined to represent the move towards greater information sharing and collaboration on the internet. While MySpace, Twitter, Linkedin and others have played their part, Facebook dominates social networking. As of July, 500 million people around the world use Facebook actively.As

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Climbing frame website launched

Thursday, 19 August 2010 by

Union Learning Reps (ULR) play an increasingly important role in the workplace, and a new tool has been launched to help them – the web based Climbing Frame. This website combines learning content with a mechanism to manage the progress of learners. The system replaces a previous version that had to be installed on individual

Gathering around the ‘Hearth’

Wednesday, 07 July 2010 by

The NUT used to communicate with lay officers across England and Wales via post and phone. The Union saw how this could be improved by utilising technology to do things more quickly, cheaply and effectively. The result is ‘Hearth’, an online community and resource centre that has transformed communication between the union, its officers, staff

Increasingly, people are spending more time on their phone checking email than they do making calls. Mobile devices are one of the fastest moving areas of technology, and there is a bewildering choice of handsets now available. The Blackberry has been dominant amongst business users for years, with the iPhone the established choice for the

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The web is huge, and it’s growing all the time. There’s a lot of useful information out there, as well as a lot of junk. But how can you find what you want? That’s where search engines come in. Internet search engines have been around since 1990, when ‘Archie’ was first created by Alan Emtage.

The increasing importance of the media has been a feature of recent general elections. This next election is no exception, but one thing that has changed is the emphasis on online campaigning. The Obama campaign was much heralded for clever use of online strategy. Some of this was hype though – the failed Democrat nominee

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