The looming referendum on whether to stay in or leave the European Union is the dominant subject in UK politics right now. With the date of the poll set for June 23, much of the debate is headed up by politicians, with Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne campaigning to stay in -- along with the majority of the Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party, and Greens.Meanwhile, the 'leave' campaign has found a tousle-haired figurehead in London mayor Boris Johnson, plus Conservatives Michael Gove and Iain Duncan Smith (along with many of the party's rank and file members). Unsurprisingly, UKIP leader Nigel Farage is also campaigning for an EU exit.Along with political issues, the outcome of the poll will substantially impact the technology industry. And a recent survey by technology industry trade body techUK suggested that the vast majority of UK tech firms wish for the country to stay part of the EU. According to those who wish to … [Read more...] about In or out? Do UK tech companies really want to leave or stay in the EU?
The majority of British technology firms support the UK remaining within the European Union, because they see it as the best option for their business prospects.That's according to a survey by technology industry trade body techUK, which surveyed members on the June 23rd European Union referendum for a 'Brexit'.The poll of business leaders in the British technology sector found that 70 percent support remaining in the EU, while just 15 percent believe leaving the EU is the best course of action. A further 15 percent of respondents didn't know if remaining or leaving is currently their preferred option.Of those who want the UK to remain part of the European Union, three quarters believe that EU membership makes the UK more attractive to international investment, while the same percentage said that membership gives company a better deal on trading relationships. So how do Europe's tech startups rate? This tool aims to show you By unveiling a new way to track startup … [Read more...] about EU Referendum: Tech firms believe Brexit would be bad for business
Microsoft is surveying select customers and partners about what it should name its new catch-all conference that is replacing TechEd and a number of other product-specific shows. Microsoft officials announced in July that the company is consolidating its TechEd, Microsoft Management Summit, SharePoint, Lync and Exchange conferences into a single, new unified tech conference that will be held in Chicago. The new IT-Pro-focused event is slated for the week of May 4, 2015. According to some of those surveyed, Microsoft's short list of names under consideration for the new show include: Microsoft Current Microsoft Co: Microsoft Forsee (not sure if that's a typo) Microsoft 4C Microsoft GO Microsoft Tomorrow Microsoft Spark Microsoft Unity Microsoft's Build and Worldwide Partner Conferences will remain separate events. As to what happens to TechEd Europe in 2015, "we have nothing more to share at this time," a Microsoft spokesperson said earlier this year. Any of these sound like a … [Read more...] about Microsoft weighs new names for its TechEd conference successor
When I walked into an Arlington, VA coffee shop to meet Candice Jordan, I felt the usual anxious vigilance I get when I'm looking for a person I've never met. People are usually great at producing obvious body-language signals that indicate they're also waiting for a stranger, but Candice wouldn't be looking for me: She'd be listening. She did display a few great cues, thankfully. A patient, doe-eyed Labrador retriever named Austria rested by her side, and a clutch of electronic gadgets were spread before her on the table. Candice also had a Google Glass headset perched on the bridge her nose. It was this that I'd really come to talk to her about. After we exchanged pleasantries, she gave me a quick rundown on her recent life—one in which smart assistive technology is playing an increasingly important role. AI-enabled eyesight services, smart hearing aids, and other intuitive, connected technology is changing the game for people with disabilities. Vision Quest Candice lost her … [Read more...] about Augmented Ability: Assistive Tech Gets Smart
Power, wireless standards, and the sheer availability of technology varies from country to country, and if you carry around any sort of electronics abroad you should know what to expect before you get on the plane. Every countryy has certain rules, limitations, and helpful tips to be aware of if you don't want to be caught with your phone disconnected and your tablet battery drained. Japan is a fantastic destination for tourists and business travelers. It's the home of several major multinational corporations, the birthplace of anime, the origin of two out of the three major video game consoles, and full of gorgeous scenery and interesting culture and history to explore in a relatively small space. If you're planning to travel to Japan, here are some useful tips on how to stay connected and charged, and how to get the most out of your vacation or business trip. Don't Worry About Power Outlets The good news is that you probably don't have to worry about any issues with keeping your … [Read more...] about Top Tech Tips for Traveling to Japan