Just three big developers are being paid tens of millions of pounds to supply the majority of these UK systems.
The most effective solution is also the most radical.
A simple two-dimensional grid can convey a lot of information – whether making pictures with Lite-Brite or storing data in DNA.
DNA has been storing vast amounts of biological information for billions of years. Researchers are working to harness DNA for archiving data. A new method uses light to simplify the process.
The growth in information production appears unstoppable.
Storing information using polymers could be more efficient than DNA data storage.
One bespoke contact tracing device is a bluetooth ‘pen’ device, which can be handed in if diagnosed without relying on smartphones.
Even though passcode options include swipe patterns and long passwords, many users still use easy 4-digit PINs. This is because people are often lulled into a false sense of security when they use fingerprint login.
While the data from a fingerprint is very hard to retrieve, cybercriminals can get around biometric technology in various ways. And having a weak passcode is like giving them a hall pass.
Unlike purpose-built data storage systems, a data lake can be used to dump data in its original form. This data usually remains unsupervised.
A major cyber attack on a data lake could have immense consequences for any of us. And the damage could be felt anywhere from banking to the healthcare sector.
As billions more devices connect to the cloud, congestion will cause communication to become slower and less responsive.
Iris scanning technology in use in Jordan.
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From eye-scanners to 3D printers, technology in humanitarian crises can be a positive force for disenfranchised people.
Technologies for accessing information need to be somehow future-proofed.
Magnetism is useful in many ways, and the magnetic memory effect appears even at the atomic level.
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Work to develop a single-atom magnet that works at room temperature has just taken a big leap forward.
The next frontier of data storage: DNA.
Researchers who hold the world record for storing and retrieving data in DNA explain how the building blocks of life can be used to hold digital information as well.
Holograms could be used to create complex 3D brain models.
From military mapping to brain imaging, holograms are no longer relegated to your bank card.
How much data do you still store only on your mobile, tablet or laptop?
We have never been so connected and we are producing more data than ever before. But how can we manage our data effectively while making sure it remains safe?
The ATO crash didn’t involve a fire, but it almost looked that bad for a while.
The ATO system crash was unusual, but it was handled as well as could be expected.
Diamonds are a data storers’ best friend?
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With current modes up against their limits, we need new data storage solutions. Tiny defects in diamonds’ atomic structure might turn them into a new medium for memory.
Optical elements of the experimental setup allowing to obtain visible-spectrum laser pulses as short as 10 femtoseconds.
Courtesy of Dr. R. Borrego-Varillas and Prof. G. Cerullo, University Politecnico Milan (Italy)
The speed comparison between today’s technology and femtosecond spintronics is like comparing the fastest bullet train on Earth to the speed of light.
Tiny surface acoustic waves are enough to carry data quickly.
After electric and magnetic fields, nanoscale sound waves are a new idea for data storage.
We’ve all met the angry driver – but how should a driver-less car react to such behaviour?
Driverless cars could soon be cruising Australian roads if South Australia gives the go-ahead to reforms to its road legislation. The technology promises to increase safety on our roads, but what happens…