From K6 to Wi-Fi: BT unveils the “phonebox of the future”

10 April 2017

Left: the familiar K6 telephone box or ‘Jubilee Kiosk’ was designed by English architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and first introduced in 1936 to commemorate King George V’s Silver Jubilee. There are still around 8,000 of these traditional red phone boxes in the UK of which 2,400 are designated as grade II listed buildings. Right: at least 750 Links kiosks will be installed across central London and in major cities across the UK over the next few years.

Left: the familiar K6 telephone box or ‘Jubilee Kiosk’ was designed by English architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and first introduced in 1936 to commemorate King George V’s Silver Jubilee. There are still around 8,000 of these traditional red phone boxes in the UK of which 2,400 are designated as grade II listed buildings. Right: at least 750 Links kiosks will be installed across central London and in major cities across the UK over the next few years.

Residents, visitors and businesses in the London borough of Southwark are set to benefit from the fastest free public Wi-Fi available, free calls, and a range of other free digital services on the street, following a partnership between BT, Intersection, and outdoor advertising company Primesight.

Southwark is home to a number of London’s most iconic tourist attractions, such as Tower Bridge, the Shard skyscraper, the Tate Modern art gallery, amongst many others.

It will join Camden as one of the first areas where BT’s new LinkUK service will be rolled out in the capital.

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IBM to build world’s first universal quantum computing systems

10 April 2017

The Q Lab where IBM is building commercially available universal quantum computing systems.

The Q Lab where IBM is building commercially available universal quantum computing systems. PHOTO: Connie Zhou for IBM

IBM is claiming an industry-first initiative to build commercially available universal quantum computing systems.

Technologies that currently run on classical computers can help find patterns and insights buried in vast amounts of existing data.

But according to IBM, quantum computers will deliver solutions to problems where patterns cannot be seen because the data doesn’t exist, and the possibilities that need to be explored in order to get to the answer are too big for classical computers to process.

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Data from beyond the cloud shared via Interoute

10 April 2017

Spacemetric will use Interoute’s cloud to support its data storage and distribution needs.

The secure solution will be integrated with the web-based Swedish Earth data Access (SWEA) platform developed by Spacemetric on behalf of the Swedish National Space Board.

The ESA’s Copernicus mission is based on two identical satellites – Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-2B i – which cover all land surfaces, large islands, inland and coastal waters every five days. Working in unison, the two satellites optimise global coverage and data delivery for numerous applications.

The ESA’s Copernicus mission is based on two identical satellites – Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-2B – which cover all land surfaces, large islands, inland and coastal waters every five days. Working in unison, the two satellites optimise global coverage and data delivery for numerous applications.

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Battery could power PCs for over seven years

10 April 2017

A north west technology firm has produced a new battery system which it claims can power a suite of computers for almost eight years.

Tests conducted over a five-month period by engineers at the University of Manchester showed that the POD developed by Formby-based Extreme Low Energy (ELe) could power 30 computers for seven hours a day over 2,830 consecutive days (i.e. 7.75 years) before the battery capacity dropped.

Dr. Rebecca Todd from the university’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering says: “We applied our findings specifically to consider the use of the POD in educational establishments, and concluded that an average school should be able to use the system for over 14 years before the battery reaches 80 per cent capacity.”

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From K6 to Wi-Fi

BT unveils the "phonebox of the future".

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