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Cambridge wheels out latest smart city platform, ready for devs

Brainbox greenhouse Cambridge has rolled out the latest stage of its smart city network, the Intelligent City Platform, which talks to the city’s existing LoRaWAN Internet of Things network. The platform centralises data gathered from sensors already deployed around the English city, ready for later analysis. It is operated in …
Gareth Corfield, 23 Mar 2017
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Turing, Hauser, Sinclair – haunt computing's Cambridge A-team stamping ground

Geek's Guide to Britain King’s Parade in Cambridge looks like the last street on earth to have anything to do with computing. On one side is an absurdly ornate college gatehouse in yellow stone and King’s College Chapel, which combines the barn-like shape of a tiny chapel with the scale and detail of a cathedral. The other side is lined by tall …
SA Mathieson, 26 Sep 2016

Cambridge University controlled tech startup fund raises £75m

Cambridge Innovation Capital, an investment fund which commercialises science and technology advances made at Cambridge University, has raised £75m in a funding round. The Financial Times reports that CIC was formed by the university in 2013, with its initial £50m investment coming from processor bods ARM and investment firm …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Aug 2016
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Brexit? Cutting the old-school ties would do more for Brit tech world

Opinion In the early 2000s the United Kingdom was the powerhouse of European science and innovation. For many young, aspiring scientists from continental Europe, this meant coming here to world-leading institutes and universities to pursue research not possible in the constraints of their home countries. In comparison to, especially, …
Boris Adryan, 31 May 2016

This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

Pics A bloke in Cambridge, UK, is building a computer processor using 14,000 individual transistors and 3,500 LEDs – all by hand, piece by piece. James Newman said his Mega Processor relies almost entirely on the hand-soldered components, and will ultimately demonstrate how data travels through and is processed in a simple CPU core …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2015
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Computers know you better than your friends

Your Facebook Likes provide a signal to your personality so accurate, a computer can know you better than everyone but your very nearest and dearest, claim Cambridge boffins. In a study published at PNAS (abstract here, PDF here), the researchers used Facebook Likes as the signal to model a computer-based “personality …
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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

Anyone who has ever commuted on a train in the south east of England will have at some point considered ways to improve the service – such as, say, introducing actual cattle trucks onto the network for more luxurious travel. But tech enthusiasts from Cambridge have another idea entirely. What about a designated nerd carriage …
Kat Hall, 3 Dec 2014
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Boffins release 44-MEEELLION-star Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Anglo-Australian boffins have published a new survey of the northern sky that describes 44 million stellar objects and finds 250,000 have changed in the last 60 years. Dubbed “A Precision Multi-band Two-epoch Photometric Catalog of 44 Million Sources in the Northern Sky from a Combination of the USNO-B and Sloan Digital Sky …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2013

Raspberry Pi on a diet: New skimpier, cheaper model on sale

An even cheaper Raspberry Pi has gone on sale in Europe with less stuff on it so the tiny ARM-compatible Brit-puter can consume even less power. The Model A Pi was touted during the hype-gasm surrounding the Raspberry Pi's launch in February last year. But it was the Model B circuit board that went on sale first, and went on …
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Investors toss $5m to UK firm: Just keep making that White Space kit

Cambridge-based developer of White Space kit Neul has raised another $5m to keep it operational while hardware improves, and Ofcom gets round to making its devices legal. The money follows the $12.8m which Neul has been spending since June last year, and comes from various investors including Mistui & Co. The money should …
Bill Ray, 6 Sep 2012
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Cambridge Uni publishes free Pi-OS baking course

Cambridge University has joined the ranks of terribly prestigious universities giving computer science classes away online, releasing a 12-step course teaching how to create what it calls a "basic terminal Operating System" for the Raspberry Pi. To create the OS you’ll need YAGARTO Tools and YAGARTO GNU ARM, a Raspberry Pi ( …
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Councils wave £34m cheque for phones, broadband, IT stuff

The Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation has issued tenders worth a total of up to £34m on behalf of Warwickshire county and Cambridge city councils. A notice in the Official Journal of the European Union says that Warwickshire county council wants to set up a two-year framework for a "competitive telephone call charging …

Samsung swoops on Brit chip biz CSR, grabs talents'n'patents

A British chip-design company has sold its mobile and GPS location-finding tech wing to Samsung for $310 million (£198m). Cambridge-based biz CSR sealed the deal today, according to a regulatory notice from the London Stock Exchange. It will shift 310 employees, and an attractive sheaf of patents, over to the South Korean …
Anna Leach, 17 Jul 2012
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New smart meter tells Brits exactly what they already know

We're all going to be much richer thanks to British Gas, which will push kit from Cambridge startup AlertMe into 10,000 homes this summer. The rollout will reach the rest of the energy giant's ten million customers in the autumn. Not that AlertMe is guaranteed to be supplying all the kit, which will integrate with smart meters …
Bill Ray, 24 May 2012

Stephen Hawking seeks geek to maintain his unique wheelchair

Could you repair and tweak superstar physicist Stephen Hawking's robot voice box and gadget-laden wheelchair? If you reckon yes, then the celebrated author and cosmologist wants to hear from you. He has a technical assistant job going, with a modest graduate salary, and it involves maintaining the electronic systems that allow …
Chris Williams, 30 Dec 2011
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Dyson sinks £1.4m into Cambridge engineering chair

Vacuum-maker James Dyson has plunged over a million pounds into funding engineering research at Cambridge University. And he doesn't just want the funded boffins looking at vacuum cleaners. One of the billionaire's stipulations for the post is that it will encourage speculative research into areas that may not be commercially …
Anna Leach, 24 Nov 2011
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Buxom soul diva to show a real use for NFC at last!

Cynics who've been wondering what Near-Field Communications was for, wonder no longer - it's for switching on the Christmas lights in Cambridge. No other technology would do. Sheila Ferguson Sheila Ferguson For generations, C-list celebrities have had to make do with a big red button. Yet on Sunday - as if to hammer home …
Bill Ray, 20 Nov 2011
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Graphene photocells could mean hyper-speed internet

The latest study of miracle material graphene shows it could be used to provide a much higher speed internet. Yet another application for the boffin collective's research darling could be high-speed optical communications, which hadn't seemed like a practical application up to now because graphene absorbs so little light, just …

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