Research archive

  • Dyson makes £5m investment into research lab for robotics, bring on the personal butler robots
    Gadgets

    Dyson makes £5m investment into research lab for robotics, bring on the personal butler robots

    By 9 February 2014

    Bagless vacuum company Dyson has invested £5 million into a robotics lab at Imperial College in London. The research will be used to help robots understand the world around them, through better vision systems, the company told the BBC. It will cover...

  • What is So.cl?
    Online

    What is So.cl?

    By 21 May 2012

    Microsoft has broadened its palate of services with another foray into the social scene with the appropriately named web application So.cl. While this is neither the first time that the Ballmer gang has taken some steps down this avenue nor a big shock...

  • Is Google making us stupid?
    Online

    Is Google making us stupid?

    By 18 July 2011

    The way that humans' memories work is being altered as a result of computers and the Internet. That's the verdict of a science journal published by psychologists from Columbia and Harvard universities. The report suggests that we now use the web as "transactive...

  • Fujitsu to demonstrate improved e-paper
    Gadgets

    Fujitsu to demonstrate improved e-paper

    By 10 May 2010

    The scientists in Fujitsu's research department have managed to come up with a new version of the company's colour e-paper that offers a significant upgrade on the previous generation. It'll be shown off at the company's Fujitsu Forum exhibition in Tokyo,...

  • Quantum computer tested, delivers impressive results
    Online

    Quantum computer tested, delivers impressive results

    By 10 May 2010

    Researchers in Japan have managed to get a quantum computer working, and have shown that it delivers results thousands of times faster than a traditional transistor-based machine. The computer, which has been built from a single Iodine molecule, was given...

  • Samsung tinkers with phase-change memory
    Phones

    Samsung tinkers with phase-change memory

    By 30 April 2010

    Not content with battery life on current phones available in the market, Samsung is experimenting with a new type of memory that it claims could boost the time between charges by as much as 20%. It's called phase-change memory, and the most common implementation...

  • Phones getting Natal-style interface
    Phones

    Phones getting Natal-style interface

    By 26 April 2010

    The University of Tokyo has developed a concept controller that allows you to control a pointer on a phone screen without having to touch the screen. You can see the concept in the video above, which demonstrates moving a pointer around, using a virtual...

  • 24% of tablets in 2010 will be based on Android
    Tablets

    24% of tablets in 2010 will be based on Android

    By 5 April 2010

    Despite the enormous success of the Apple iPad, judging by the opening weekend figures, research is showing that 24% of all tablets sold this year will be based on Android. The study comes from US market research company IMS which goes on to suggest that...

  • Japanese team shrinks SSDs by 90%
    Online

    Japanese team shrinks SSDs by 90%

    By 11 February 2010

    A group of Japanese researchers has managed to achieve a remarkable reduction in the physical size of solid state drives, while retaining their data storage size. They've shrunk them by 90%. The team, led by Tadahiro Kuroda, also boosted the energy efficiency...

  • Human brains "can't handle" Facebook
    Online

    Human brains "can't handle" Facebook

    By 25 January 2010

    Research at Oxford University has revealed that the human brain can't cope with a full-on Facebook addiction - it can only sustain a maximum of 150 friendships at a time. That's thanks to the size of our neocortex - the bit of the brain used for conscious...

  • New recording method could fit 1.6TB on a DVD
    Online

    New recording method could fit 1.6TB on a DVD

    By 21 May 2009

    Golden "nano-rods" could be the answer to extending the lifespan of the DVD format, if researchers from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia are to be believed. They claim that they could fit 1.6 terabytes of data onto a disk - the equivalent...

  • One in three customer emails ignored
    Online

    One in three customer emails ignored

    By 4 May 2007

    It has been found that telcos are the worst offenders when it comes to ignoring customer emails, totalling a 42 percent response rate. eGain tested 125 major UK companies on response times as well as quality of information through email. Staff actively...

  • Fear wastes £1.25bn on gadgets
    Gadgets

    Fear wastes £1.25bn on gadgets

    By 2 May 2007

    Every year we collectively waste £1.25bn on technology gadgets due to fear and ignorance according to Scooter Computer. The company that commissioned the survey found that 22% of people had been given a gadget gift in the last year that they had not...

  • Online bankers seek easier set-up options
    Online

    Online bankers seek easier set-up options

    By 1 May 2007

    Research released by Global Reviews has found that many major banks are failing to offer easy management for online savings accounts. The survey has found that major banks are still getting below 70% ratings for customer service experience. The key problem...

  • UK shoppers to spend £12 billion more online
    Online

    UK shoppers to spend £12 billion more online

    By 1 May 2007

    When new numbers come out detailing how much we in the UK spend each year, our wallets start to ache - and even more so with new online spending predictions. The IMRG reckon that we will spend nearly £12 billion more online this year than last, taking...

  • Digital TV set to kill video
    Home Cinema

    Digital TV set to kill video

    By 26 April 2007

    2012 is a popular date here in the UK with everything set to change from sport right through to TV as the digital switch over happens. When digital TV becomes the way to watch television then VCRs and DVDs will apparently become redundant, creating a...

  • Third of Americans use Wikipedia
    Online

    Third of Americans use Wikipedia

    By 25 April 2007

    Wikipedia has exploded over the last few years and research found that 36% of Americans online use the service. A study from the Pew Centre for the American Life Project has revealed that, despite questions over the accuracy of some of its entries, the...

  • PS3 users helping medical research
    Gaming

    PS3 users helping medical research

    By 25 April 2007

    PlayStation 3 became part of the Folding@home research project led by Stanford University only a month ago and since had 250,000 people sign up. In a very confusing understanding of this medical research, Folding@home is hoping to achieve a greater understanding...

  • 21% of managers consider home working slacking off
    Online

    21% of managers consider home working slacking off

    By 25 April 2007

    There is a bit of discrepancy between how employers and employees view home working. New research has found that just over one-fifth (21%) of managers associate working from home with slacking off. The survey conducted by Continental Research and YouGov...