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FRIDAYS AT UKFAST

Greetings earthlings – congratulations, you’ve survived another week, and hopefully it’s been a good one! There’s been a fair bit happening, from how you can get involved in spreading some love this Christmas, to the robocops IRL; plus how stepping up often results in stepping forward, and the lowdown on the most secure large scale […]

THE MOST SECURE MESSAGING SERVICE?

With all the privacy issues kicking about recently, we’ve started to realise that the cute dog pics/embarrassing selfies/awkward private messages we’ve been sending our nearest and dearest aren’t as private as we once thought (and/or desperately hoped); but those days may be over, as WhatsApp has just announced end-to-end encryption! This means that WhatsApp can’t […]

A BETA FUTURE FOR TECH

Exams. They suck. But luckily there are intrepid people out there who are willing to help improve the current methods, and ensure that exams are asking the right questions at the right level to ensure people are getting the skillset they need. Even if that means volunteering to sit an exam. For anyone who has […]

ROBOCOPS IN REAL LIFE

The K5 Autonomous Data Machine looks a bit like the lovechild of EVE from Wall-E and R2D2 – and has been built to take over security jobs. Californian start-up Knightscope has designed these upgraded bots to replace human guards everywhere from schools to offices; and while they may just seem like a tech-savvy nod to […]

MAKING THE MOST OF MOBILE

Our mobiles are pretty amazing tech. They keep us connected, play music, guide us around (I would literally never get anywhere I was meant to be without mine) and – increasingly – help us shop. And with Christmas already advancing toward us like a speeding freight train (not that I’m already stressed about it or […]

LEARN CODE BASICS IN AN HOUR

I’ve been trying to learn German for the past two years, mostly through the (foolproof) technique of downloading a week’s worth of podcasts and getting my German friend to teach me how to say the numbers 1-10. Whilst, impressively, I can still remember at least nine of those ten numbers, what I really should have […]