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Demystifying Tech from BusinessCloud
24 minutes | Mar 6, 2020
How does Open Banking work?
In this week's show host Alistair Hardaker is joined by BusinessCloud editor Jonathan Symcox and executive editor Chris Maguire. We're talking about: The pros and cons of new HealthTech designed to free up hospital beds and stop the spread of Coronavirus Will Hurst of Monevo explains open banking, and what we can expect from FinTech in future – including the introduction of ‘open finance’. Finally, we demo some of the latest, lifelike AI speech synthesis from UK firm Sonatic, which plans to work with leading video game developers.
22 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
Is your sports team in breach of GDPR?
Could your local sports team in breach of GDPR? Volunteers, group leaders and coaches could be at risk of a fine when organising their sports teams via group messaging apps like WhatsApp and Messenger. In this week's show we're joined by Trine Falnes COO of the Spond app, which helps teams to stay compliant and share information in closed groups. We chat about about the risk to coaches, some of whom still don't know what GDPR is.
24 minutes | Feb 14, 2020
What exactly is a 'smart city'?
In this week's show, we're talking folding phones, smarter cities, and dating tech in honour of St. Valentine. Host Alistair Hardaker is joined by BusinessCloud editor Jonathan Symcox and Tech Manchester’s Patricia Keating. This year's Mobile World Conference has been cancelled, so we chat about what would have been this year's hot topic: folding phones. Dawn Embry from Mobica joins us after our SmartTech conference to talk Smart Cities. And as its Valentine's Day, we test our knowledge of dating tech. How many 'matches' has Tinder created since it began? Find out in the show. ____ Dr Fertility: Raising £1 million Seed Funding https://audioboom.com/posts/7422021-047-dr-fertility-raising-1-million-seed-funding The FastFoward podcast: https://audioboom.com/channels/5011031
24 minutes | Feb 7, 2020
The new tech at Abbey Road Studios
In this week's show host Alistair Hardaker is joined by BusinessCloud editor Jonathan Symcox and Tech Manchester’s Patricia Keating. We're talking about: We speak with Peak, one of the UK’s leading AI firms, about how their technology works to help clients dig into their existing data Jonathan returns from the tech incubator at Abbey Road Studios, which is investing in UK start-ups hoping to reinvent the music industry And with a new £20 note to be launched with added safety tech this month, we ask if it’s too little too late in a society going cashless _____ Find and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and SoundCloud Music Credit: Lee Rosevere - Making A Change
26 minutes | Jan 24, 2020
What is 'digital twinning'?
Host Alistair Hardaker is joined by BusinessCloud executive editor Chris Maguire and Tech Manchester’s Patricia Keating. In this week’s show: - Is ‘shower tech’ a solution in search of a problem, or the next big thing? - Alistair speaks to gaming industry veteran and AI entrepreneur Dr. Michael Capps about the concept of ‘digital twinning’ and his new firm Diveplane. - Finally, we discuss the ICO’s new 15 point ‘kids code’, to weigh up tighter internet regulation against smooth online experiences.
27 minutes | Jan 16, 2020
Can VR make analytics… fun?
Host Alistair Hardaker is joined by BusinessCloud editor Jonathan Symcox and Tech Manchester’s Patricia Keating. In this week’s show: - Quibi is a new app offering TV show and movies of no more than 10 minutes. With the likes of Steven Spielberg on board, could this new trend be a success? - Alistair visits Slanted Theory to try out a VR experience which turns complex data and bar charts into an immersive experience - Finally, we look back at UK tech in 2019 and the new unicorns created. How many we can name – with points deducted for incorrect answers? _______ If you enjoy the show, you can find us and subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and SoundCloud.
21 minutes | Jan 10, 2020
Is 2020 the year of AI?
In the first show of 2020, host Alistair Hardaker is joined by BusinessCloud editor Jonathan Symcox and Tech Manchester’s Trish Keating to talk all thing AI. We hear from author, Forbes contributor and chairman of IoT connectivity firm Pod Group Charles Towers-Clark. He explains his outlook for AI in the coming year. We also try our hand at a more creative use of the technology, by going on a fantasy adventure in a game powered by AI, AI Dungeon 2(https://www.aidungeon.io/)
29 minutes | Dec 6, 2019
Is a ‘dumbphone’ a smart choice?
Host Alistair Hardaker is joined by BusinessCloud editor Jonathan Symcox and guest Ross Menghini, co-founder of podcast firm Hear and Tell. In this week’s show: We demystifying the ‘digital nomad’ lifestyle with Ross, who spent a year travelling the world while working from a laptop. Amazon has unveiled a new AI which can write backing tracks for people’s music, but is any good? Finally, we discuss the value of the ‘dumbphone’ trend in getting us away from our devices this Christmas holiday. Links: Hear and Tell https://www.hearandtell.co.uk/ How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation (Buzzfeed) https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/annehelenpetersen/millennials-burnout-generation-debt-work
25 minutes | Nov 15, 2019
The future of eCommerce tech, with Wowcher
Host Alistair Hardaker is joined by BusinessCloud’s editor Jonathan Symcox and special guest, Roland Bryan CEO of Britain’s second-largest eCommerce platform, Wowcher. In this week's show we talk all things eCommerce tech: - The preparations needed to run a smooth peak season across Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Singles Day, Christmas shopping, January sales - How Wowcher’s platform inverts the typical shopper journey by serving those who don’t know what they want to buy - The decisions that the firm made which have kept it afloat where others have failed - Bryan’s predictions for the biggest eCommerce tech in 2020
20 minutes | Oct 18, 2019
How does it feel to get hacked?
In this week's show host Alistair Hardaker sits down to chat with Bernadette Kelly, director of digital agency ActiveWin. In this honest conversation, Kelly discusses her experience as the victim of a cyberattack which cost thousands of dollars. The pair talk about it happened, how it felt to be a victim of an early phishing attack, and how the experience has shaped her approach to cybersecurity in the workplace.
16 minutes | Sep 27, 2019
Should every business launch a tech accelerator?
Demystifying Tech: Should every business create a tech accelerator? Host Alistair Hardaker is joined by BusinessCloud editor Jonthan Symcox and Tech Manchester's Patricia Keating In this week's show: - Following the release of BusinessCloud's Midlands Tech 50, we talk about the area's often under-served tech scene - Now that tech incubators are popping up inside beauty brands and recording studios, we ask if every company could benefit from starting their own - A new study says the average person uses over 40 emojis a day, but should any of those be used during work hours?
29 minutes | Sep 6, 2019
The future of payment tech with Adyen
Demystifying tech host Alistair Hardaker is joined by Tech Manchester’s Patricia Keating and special guest Colin Neil, the Senior Vice President of Business Development at FinTech firm Adyen. In this week's show we talk payment tech: Adyen is working with Uber, Microsoft, Spotify and Booking.com, so why has the average consumer never heard of the firm? What is ‘friction’ and how is technology making it easier to hand over cash? What does 'unified commerce' mean, and what are the benefits? Could ‘smile-to-pay’ technology be on its way to the UK? _______ If you enjoy the show, you can find us and subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and SoundCloud.
27 minutes | Aug 30, 2019
Recruitment special: Can tech hire your next employee?
Demystifying tech host Alistair Hardaker is joined by BusinessCloud executive editor Chris Maguire and special guest Lorna Davidson, CEO of temporary recruitment platform RedWigWam. In this week's show it’s a tech recruitment special: With half of workers predicted to spend some of their hours remotely by 2020, we ask is the future of work remote? We discover the way Red Wigwam uses AI and big data to find and sort its database of workers We ask if new innovations like AI recruiter HireVue, which analyses video interviews, is powerful enough to make the right hires without human intervention. _______ Daily tech news: https://www.businesscloud.co.uk Subscribe to our newsletter: bhttps://www.businesscloud.co.uk/newsletter
24 minutes | Aug 23, 2019
How can you protect your next great tech idea?
Demystifying tech host Alistair Hardaker is joined by Tech Manchester’s Trish Keating and commercial, intellectual property and technology lawyer Ryan Gracey from law firm Gordons. In this week's show: Apple Music, Pandora, and Google have all been hit with patent infringement lawsuits in the same week - but what are the 'patent wars'? When is a good time to protect a tech idea and what can be protected legally? Do patents encourage innovation or stifle innovation? _______ If you enjoy the show, you can find us and subscribe via your favourite podcast player - search for 'demystifying tech'.
22 minutes | Aug 16, 2019
Has facial recognition gone too far?
Demystifying tech host Alistair Hardaker is joined by BusinessCloud editor Jonathan Symcox and Tech Manchester's Trish Keating. In this week’s show: As private, facial recognition CCTV in King’s Cross causes outcry, we discuss the implications and responsibility of installing the new tech. We chat with Simon Swan, co-founder and CEO of recruitment agency marketplace Hiring Hub when is the right time to find a CTO and bring all that skill in the house? And finally, we play food critics as we try the world’s first pie created with artificial intelligence.
26 minutes | Aug 9, 2019
Will the UK ever get to vote electronically?
In this week's show host Alistair Hardaker is joined by BusinessCloud's Jonathan Symcox with guest Holly Williams, technical director at cybersecurity firm Secarma and host of the Hacked Off podcast. In this week’s show we discuss: After Apple's admission that it sometimes listens to Siri voice commands, what's the danger of voice assistant eavesdropping? Holly explains the four parts of a Cybersecurity Maturity Assessment, and why every - regardless of size - probably needs one. And finally, as the US pours billions into digital voting tech, will online political voting ever be a reality in the UK? If you enjoy the show, you can find us and subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and SoundCloud. ______ http://businesscloud.co.uk Secarma's Blog: https://blog.secarma.co.uk/ Secarma's Hacked Off podcast: https://soundcloud.com/hackedoff
19 minutes | Aug 2, 2019
Is mind-reading the next frontier for big tech?
Demystifying Tech host Alistair Hardaker is joined by BusinessCloud executive editor Chris Maguire and Tech Manchester's Trish Keating. In this week’s show: As Facebook and Elon Musk reveal their research into mind-based computer interfaces, we ask if this new technology is something to start worrying about today. We talk about what it takes to be a tech entrepreneur, and if anything connects the most successful in their field. And finally, as tech businesses continue to describe themselves 'the Uber of...', we see just how effective those descriptions are with a new quiz. ____________ Tech Manchester's FastForward podcast: @fastfwdtm Latest tech news: www.businesscloud.co.uk
20 minutes | Jul 26, 2019
Is AI vision better than the human eye?
Demystifying tech host Alistair Hardaker is joined by BusinessCloud editor Jonathan Symcox and Tech Manchester's Trish Keating. In this week’s show: As Instagram trials a social network without 'likes' we ask if the move will benefit its young user base. Uber has announced an 'all-in-one' membership for its services, but does market domination by a tech giant really make our lives better? And finally, are we smarter than the world's best computer vision AI? We put it to the test with images that have so far baffled the world's best tech. ________ Tech Manchester's FastForward podcast: https://soundcloud.com/fastfwdtm Latest tech news: www.businesscloud.co.uk
26 minutes | Jul 22, 2019
Can AI stop online bullying?
In this week's show host Alistair Hardaker is joined by BusinessCloud's Jonathan Symcox with guest Holly Williams, technical director at cybersecurity firm Secarma and host of the Hacked Off podcast.. In this week’s show we discuss: The founder of MoneySavingExpert, Martin Lewis, has dropped a lawsuit against Facebook in exchange for a new UK scam helpline. Whose responsibility is it to protect people from nefarious online ads? Holly explains pen-testing, and the many ways the professionals of Secarma can test a business' security. Finally, with AI-powered anti-bullying measures being introduced to Instagram, we consider tech as a solution to the very human problem of abuse. _______ Hacked Off: https://soundcloud.com/hackedoff Latest tech news: https://www.businesscloud.co.uk
22 minutes | Jul 12, 2019
Can Alexa really diagnose your health problems?
In this week's show host Alistair Hardaker is joined by BusinessCloud's Jonathan Symcox and Tech Manchester's Trish Keating. Also in this week’s show: The NHS has teamed up with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant to provide speech-based health advice, but is it a feature you’d use? The UK has missed out on an electric scooter craze which is sweeping the US and Europe, but that could all change. Are we ready for an influx of scooters on our streets? Finally, in our latest quiz we’ll try to get a grasp on the £99m GDPR fine which is currently hanging over Marriott hotels for its 2014 breach. If you enjoy the show, you can find us and subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and SoundCloud.
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