Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Angry Birds on a plane!

Many of us are irrationally afraid of flying (over the fifteen years between 1975 and 1994, the death risk per flight was one in seven million) yet we just can’t help it – especially during takeoff and landing.

Unfortunately, these are the two times where electronic devices are banned in the US since 1998; where a near-crash of a Qantas jumbo jet Heathrow airport was said to have been caused by someone on the plane using a mobile phone.

Due to this, we can’t distract ourselves with a game of...

By Ryan Daws, 14 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America, Research.

Latest revelations helped NSA store 200 million communications

Just when you think there cannot possibly be any more NSA revelations surrounding their controversial PRISM programme – we’re proven wrong. Whilst everyone remains fixated on the bigger picture, many of the smaller initiatives under the NSA’s umbrella remained unnoticed.

Meet Blarney, Fairview, Oakstar, Lithium and Stormbrew. Whilst sounding like the names of local cider manufacturers; they were in fact partnerships allowing the NSA to scan 75 percent of...

By Ryan Daws, 22 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

Huawei to be reviewed in cybersecurity of critical UK infrastructure

The UK government will be looking into Huawei’s involvement in national infrastructure over the same cybersecurity fears which resulted in a ban of the manufacturer’s equipment in the United States after failing to prove the company has no association with the Chinese government.

TelecomsTech first reported on the US situation where – along with rival firm ZTE – “the two firms had failed to demonstrate the absence of Chinese...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, N America, Networks, Security, Telematics.

It’s time we spoke about the good side of the Internet

Whenever you look in the news recently; all you read and hear about is the latest cyber threats, bullying, indecent images, fraud, and the whole host of other negative issues which surround the web. I think it’s time we took a step back and looked at the positives.

Lauren Hammersley has a 2-year-old daughter Hazel, who was sadly diagnosed in April with Stage 3 neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer.

The brave young girl wanted pizza, to which her mother taped "SEND PIZZA RM 4112" on the hospital...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

US likeliest for next disruptive tech; UK not an ‘innovation hotspot’

The UK’s “Tech City” cannot compete against the might of Silicon Valley and the rest of the US in terms of technology innovation, according to a recent survey.

Whilst this may not be greatly surprising considering the sheer scale of the States; being placed ahead of China by technology executives may be of interest.

The survey has been conducted by advisory firm KPMG, using a pool of 811 top technology business leaders worldwide from startups, mid-sized to large enterprises, venture capital...

By Ryan Daws, 12 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Marketing, N America, Research.

Looking to hide online? PRISM-break shows you how

First off – if you’ve done anything illegal, go to the authorities now.

For the rest of us, read onwards if you’re simply looking to stay safe online away from prying eyes; whether from hackers, crackers, or invasive privacy measures such as that pyramid-like named legislation you may have heard about.

It’s from these latest concerns which website PRISM-break.org is born, showing the best – generally open source – alternatives to all the most popular...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Mobile, N America, Security, Smartphones.

“Provide clarification on PRISM”, says EU commissioner

The past week I’ve written two articles regarding the US Government; allegations of spying using PRISM, and calls by involved companies for more transparency as a result.

The Director of National Intelligence claims PRISM is solely for data-collection of non-US citizens; naturally, the EU’s commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, Viviane Reding, wants some clarification.

In a...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

PRISM: The dark side of the US government?

The internet is in uproar over the US government monitoring citizens and international users through a “direct access” backdoor to the biggest companies, using a program codenamed PRISM.

Born out of the “Protect America Act” approved by Congress in 2007, the legislation allows warrantless interception of foreign-to-foreign communications. Created with the aim to protect from foreign threats; not monitor citizens.

Supposedly the system has instantaneous access to companies including...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

US allows exporting computer equipment to Iran (again)

The US has lifted the ban on exporting computer equipment to Iran - so long as the technology in question is heading to individuals, and not the Iranian government.

The ban has been in place for over a decade and lifted after a statement from the Treasury Department accusing Iran of trying to “silence its people by cutting off their communication with each other and the rest of the world."

A list known as the SDN or “Specially...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America.