Science & Technology

By August 16, 2023 Read More →

What is Tachyum Prodigy?

What is Tachyum ProdigyTachyum Prodigy is a universal processor that is designed to be faster, more efficient, and more secure than existing processors. It is the first processor to be able to run all classes of workloads, including artificial intelligence (AI), high-performance computing (HPC), and cloud computing.

Prodigy is based on a new architecture that is called Prodigy ISA. This architecture is designed to be very efficient for both scalar and vector operations. It also has a number of features that make it well-suited for AI and HPC applications, such as:

By June 30, 2023 Read More →

Hiksemi Next Generation of Gaming SSDs

HiksemiHiksemi, a leading manufacturer of solid-state drives (SSDs), has launched its new FUTURE series PCIe 4.0 SSD. The new series is designed to offer gamers and other power users the ultimate in performance.

The FUTURE series features a maximum sequential read speed of 7,450MB/s and a maximum sequential write speed of 5,000MB/s. This makes it one of the fastest PCIe 4.0 SSDs on the market.

By June 23, 2023 Read More →

UGREEN’s 145W Power Bank

UGREEN’s 145W Power BankUGREEN, a leading manufacturer of electronic accessories and peripherals, keeps users charged and ready when on the move, with its latest addition to the range, its 145W power bank. Providing fast charging and a gigantic 25000mAh capacity, wide compatibility, and a smart digital display, it is ideal for use when travelling. The UGREEN 145W Power Bank is available for $149.99/£139.99 on Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Designed to give fast charging so users are always connected, the UGREEN 145W power bank is equipped with PD3.0, QC3.0 and capable of 145W of fast charging. Powerful and efficient, it can fully charge a 2022 13” MacBook Air in just 90 minutes, meaning users will never be disconnected for long. With a huge 25,000mAh battery, it can completely recharge some laptops up to 1.3 times and mobile devices 5.6 times before needing to be recharged itself.

By June 19, 2023 Read More →

NASA Selects Blue Origin to Build Second Lunar Lander

Blue Origin to Build Second Lunar LanderNASA has selected Blue Origin to build a second lunar lander for its Artemis program. The announcement was made on March 2, 2023, by NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.

Blue Origin, founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, will receive $2.9 billion to build the lander. The company will compete with SpaceX, which was awarded a $2.9 billion contract in 2021 to build the first lunar lander for Artemis.

The Artemis program is NASA’s plan to return humans to the moon by 2025. The first Artemis mission, Artemis I, is scheduled to launch in February 2024. The mission will send an un-crewed Orion spacecraft around the moon and back.

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By May 28, 2023 Read More →

SpaceX Starlink Satellites: What You Need to Know

Space XSpaceX is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company founded by Elon Musk. One of SpaceX’s most ambitious projects is Starlink, a constellation of thousands of satellites that will provide high-speed internet access to people all over the world.

The first Starlink satellites were launched in 2019, and the company has been steadily increasing the number of satellites in orbit. As of March 2023, there are over 2,000 Starlink satellites in orbit, and SpaceX plans to launch up to 12,000 satellites in total.

Starlink satellites are designed to operate in low Earth orbit (LEO), which is about 1,000 to 2,000 kilometers above the Earth’s surface. This is much lower than traditional geostationary satellites, which are about 36,000 kilometers above the Earth’s surface. Operating in LEO allows Starlink satellites to provide faster internet speeds and lower latency than geostationary satellites.

By May 21, 2023 Read More →

YAML: A Human-Friendly Data Serialisation Language

yamlIn the world of software development, the need to store and exchange data between different systems is paramount. YAML (YAML Ain’t Markup Language) has emerged as a popular choice for data serialization due to its simplicity, readability, and broad compatibility across various programming languages. In this blog post, we will explore YAML and understand why it has become a favorite among developers for configuring, storing, and sharing structured data.

By June 8, 2022 Read More →

Apple’s New M2 Processor: What It Means for The Future of Apple Devices

Apple M2 ChipIt’s no secret that Apple is a master of creating products that are simple to use and easy on the eyes. Only a handful of other companies have been able to replicate this kind of user experience (and most try to imitate it). However, when it comes to raw processing power and speed, Apple devices aren’t always leading the pack. In fact, many competitors like Samsung outpace Apple in terms of processor speed and efficiency. Even Google has managed to integrate a faster processor into its new Pixel smartphones. To compete with these other devices, Apple has introduced an advanced “M2” chip that promises fast data speeds and strong performance for future devices. What does this mean for the Apple ecosystem moving forward? Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about the company’s new M2 processor.


By May 11, 2017 Read More →

Foobot Launches its Leading Smart Indoor Air Quality Monitor

unfvdspecifiedLuxembourg based company, Airboxlab, today announces that its connected indoor air quality monitor, Foobot, is now available in the UK. Foobot is the brainchild of CEO, Jacques Touillon, who wanted to help his eldest child in his fight against asthma and after looking without success for a device to fight this invisible enemy was determined to improve his son’s health and to develop a solution himself. Foobot was born.

Foobot is the most advanced data processing smart monitor in the market, helping you take control of your indoor air quality, either by working with other home automation devices or simply by giving you detailed knowledge of something which is effectively invisible. By scanning your environment day and night and learning from your habits, Foobot will provide you warnings and actionable advice to keep your air in the home fresh and pollution free. It constantly measures VOCs, PM2.5s, CO2, temperature and humidity, and logs them in five minute intervals to find the best solution for air quality needs.

Poor air quality can impair our health, leading to symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, eye, nose and throat infections and can aggravate allergies and asthma. To protect our health and preserve our quality of life, indoor air quality is fundamental. Improving air quality in an office setting by using a Commercial Air Purifier is also important for countless reasons. In addition to keeping employees healthy, safe air quality improves productivity and performance. Foobot turns invisible indoor pollution into a tangible, visible thing thanks to its soft coloured LED light, meaning air quality can be easily viewed and assessed and appropriate action can be taken if required to improve it.

Most consumers who purchase Foobot use it as a source of knowledge, empowering them to make better choices and decisions. Foobot provides the right information at the right time to take care of existing problems and prevent the creation of new ones. This could be as simple as opening a window but with Foobot you’ll know exactly when it’s required and for how long – very useful if it’s freezing cold outside or you live on a main road! The Foobot app gives you access to real time information, so over a longer period of time, helps you understand which household products, carpets or even furniture are releasing a frequent dose of pollutant. With this knowledge, you can amend your behaviour and habits to avoid pollution production. It also creates a more comfortable living space for the whole family by ensuring it is at the right temperature and humidity. Temperature can also affect the release of pollutants in your house, such as when temperatures rise, the glue present in everyday furniture emits more formaldehyde, a well-known carcinogenic VOC.

Foobot can also work closely with other smart home devices with a connected thermostat such as Google Nest to control your home’s temperature or can communicate directly with Amazon Echo. When any pollutants exceed healthy levels, Foobot will relay this information allowing Alexa to talk about the problem to you via voice and suggest possible solutions. Foobot can essentially be an active part of the smart home ecosystem helping trigger the ventilation, filtration, purification system or appliances. With the help of IFTTT, Foobot can also connect to 120+ home appliances, including HIVE, the connected thermostat from British Gas.

Foobot uses internal sensors to check for pollution in the form of chemicals and particulate matter, which are up to five times more common indoors as a result of confinement and alerts you via its companion app and the LEDs on the device itself. The device is sensitive to:

•            PM2.5s – Particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometres, like dust, pollen and pet dander

•             VOCs – Volatile organic compounds, toxic gases like formaldehyde and ammonia. This sensor is also sensitive to carbon monoxide, a potentially dangerous gas.

•             Carbon dioxide – Exhaled naturally from humans. Not itself harmful, but indicative of poor circulation. This is measured via data from other sensors.

•             Humidity – Low humidity can cause irritation. Excessive humidity let mould and dust mites grow.

•             Temperature – Mostly for comfort, but still important to optimise

Indoor air pollution isn’t just a threat at home. We spend an average of 90% of our lives indoors, whether in a school, office, hotel, hospital or at the shopping centre. Aside from long-term health benefits, breathing clean air keeps people awake and productive, so they can work, study and play.

Clean air is even more critical for people suffering or recovering from health issues. At hospitals, well-circulated air can minimise the spread of airborne diseases. Since children are particularly susceptible to asthma, clean air at schools is perhaps more important than at home given their high occupancies. In the UK, around 5.4 million people suffer from asthma that pollution can exacerbate. For those affected, air pollution reduces life expectancy by an average of over eleven years. This is nearly 5% of all annual UK deaths but amazingly, there is very little awareness of the problem, making air pollution an invisible public health crisis that affects much of the UK.

For more information on the subject in the form of a white paper on the growing need for data in managing indoor air quality, click here

By April 21, 2017 Read More →

Google Home Unboxing

Image28It might have been released stateside 6 months ago, Google Home has now been released in the UK with some optimisation for the UK consumer. This is a hands-free smart speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your assistant, triggered by saying, “Ok Google”.

Here we take a look at the basic setup and first operation before a full review.

Thanks to Maplin for sending over a review sample. You can pick one up from here.

By April 17, 2017 Read More →

A Look At Google Home in the UK

Image28It might have been released stateside 6 months ago, Google Home has now bee released in the UK with some optimisation for the UK consumer. This is a hands-free smart speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your assistant, triggered by saying, “Ok Google”.

Here we take a look at the basic setup and first operation before a full review.

Thanks to Maplin for sending over a review sample. You can pick one up from here.