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Drone

A type of aircraft that does not have a pilot but is controlled by someone on theground. A male bee. A low continuous noise that does not change its note. Drones – or unmanned aerial vehicles -are playing an increasingly important role in air … Continue reading

07/10/2013 · Leave a comment

Crowdsource

 To give tasks to a large group of people or to the general public, for example, by asking for help on the Internet, rather than having tasks done within a … Continue reading

22/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Bitcoin

Bitcoin , described by some  as digital gold, is being presented as a new kind of currency. Launched in 2009 by a mysterious figure going under the name of Satoshi Nakamoto, the … Continue reading

06/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Gridlock

A situation where roads in a town become so blocked by cars that it is impossible for any traffic to move. There are more than a billion cars in the … Continue reading

15/04/2013 · Leave a comment

3D printers

3D printing: In  a process known as “additive manufacturing”, 3D objects are created by sending a digital file or scan to a printer which then builds the item layer by layer. A new … Continue reading

20/02/2013 · 1 Comment

Gizmo

Any small device. A gadget, especially one whose name the speaker does not know or cannot recall. This gizmo is one of the peculiar utensils that have come out of the … Continue reading

06/02/2013 · Leave a comment

Tech Savvy

Confident and knowledgeable in using technology. Last Monday, texting turned 20. It was that day when the engineer Neil Papworth sent the first text message from his computer to a  mobile … Continue reading

07/12/2012 · Leave a comment

Lifelogging

Making a systematic recording of events, observations, or measurements. ….of your life. Taking photos has become a widespread trend among young -and not so young- people who share all these images through … Continue reading

13/11/2012 · 2 Comments

Udacity

Udacity is a private educational organization founded by Sebastian Thrun, David Stavens, and Mike Sokolsky, with the stated goal of democratizing education. Udacity, which started offering free computer science classes … Continue reading

15/06/2012 · Leave a comment

Driverless

“Driverless cars will soon be a reality on the roads of US after the state of Nevada approved America’s first self-driven vehicle licence. The first  will be a Toyota Prius  … Continue reading

11/06/2012 · Leave a comment

Broadband

A system that makes it possible for many messages or large amounts of information to be sent at the same time and very quickly between computers or other electronic devices. … Continue reading

08/06/2012 · Leave a comment

Googol

“Google derives from Googol , the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros. The term was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, and was … Continue reading

09/04/2012 · Leave a comment

Anonymous

Anonymous is an Internet meme (product, campaign or event which has become popular through the web)  representing different users who, individually or in group, can participate in protests usually against anti-digital piracy, … Continue reading

16/03/2012 · Leave a comment

Virtual virtuosi

People who are extremely skilled at something , especially at playing an instrument or performing. And in this particular case, performing something that can be done or seen using a … Continue reading

05/02/2012 · Leave a comment
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