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Rory Cellan-jones on the latest stories in the tech world.

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Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world


Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world


Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world


Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world


Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world


Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world


Rory Cellan-Jones on the latest stories in the tech world

Ireland - the technology island20141107

The Dublin Web Summit confirms Ireland's tech cluster status. But how much of that is down to favourable tax arrangements for technology companies?

Also, we take you inside the exclusive F.ounders conference in Midleton, County Cork, where we talk about the latest tech with John Sculley, former CEO of Apple and business author, Ankur Jain, creator of contact management app Humin, Jess Lee of, and Yoni Assia of financial tech company eToro.


02Tech Tent20140124

A new music streaming service arrives, but will people be willing to pay to listen to songs without actually owning their own copies? There's been a slew of financial results from technology companies this week, is the global tech sector in a boom, or a bubble? And as play and learning around the world become more electronic, we find out what that means for schools in Kenya. Eben Upton, the creator of the cheap educational computer, Raspberry Pi, joins Rory Cellan-Jones and members of the BBC Technology desk in the tent.













15Are Phones And Phablets Killing The Tablet?20140425

Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon released results this week, what do the numbers mean for the market?

Ed Catmull, president of animation studio Pixar, talks creativity and business and gives an insight on what it was like to work with Apple's Steve Jobs.

Could bubbles - on to which images are projected - be the future of display screens? Scientists at Bristol University are attempting to find out and are even imagining a time where bubbles could burst and leave behind a scent.

What more can be done to encourage girls to enter the world of technology? Are there enough role models to convince young women that it's a profession worth following? Rory Cellan-Jones and Carolyn Rice attended an event encouraging school pupils to try out tech.

BBC technology journalists Mark Ward and Jane Wakefield will be talking about the tech stories that have led the agenda this week.

Rory Cellan-Jones presents with studio guest Ben Wood from analysts CCS Insight.


17Alibaba Expansion20140509

Alibaba is China's largest online retailer and has taken a step closer to listing on the US stock market in what will be one of the largest share sales in history. What will this mean for its competitors?

Taxi drivers in cities around the world have been protesting about new apps that allow customers to book a driver and a car using a map on their smartphone. How is this technology disrupting the market and what will be the outcome?

Author and computer programmer Vikram Chandra gives his views on the "macho" nature of the tech world and describes the differences in culture that exist in tech communities around the world.

BBC technology journalists Dougal Shaw and Jane Wakefield will be talking about the tech stories that have led the agenda this week.

Rory Cellan-Jones presents with studio guest Stuart Miles from Pocket Lint.


19Hacking Attacks20140523

The US has charged five Chinese army officilals with cyber espionage after attacks on businesses in the country. Ebay also revealed it had been hacked, leading to millions of users' account details being compromised so can data stored online ever be safe from hackers? Can data security be improved?

The big chiefs of the tech world have been gathering in California to discuss the "Future in Review". What have they been talking about and where do they stand on the balance between freedom of speech and privacy on the internet? Internet pioneer Vint Cerf tells us his views.

How can software modelling help doctors prescribe treatment to patients? Researchers in the UK are using the technique to recreate parts of the human body and test out the effect of different treatments.

BBC technology journalists Dave Lee and Jane Wakefield will be talking about the tech stories that have led the agenda this week.

Rory Cellan-Jones presents with studio guest cyber crime expert Peter Sommer.







26Development Tech20140711

Technologies such as contactless card payments, allowing you save a few seconds when you buy a coffee, are sometimes seen as frivolous. But is the real value of these technologies more likely to be in helping developing countries to progress?

We hear how tablet computers are giving Nigerian farmers easier access to subsidised fertiliser and seeds, even in very remote areas. And we learn how smartphones could soon be saving eyesight in Africa and Asia.

Presented by Jane Wakefield, with special guest Ken Banks, the anthropologist and mobile technologist founder of, and Dave Lee and Mark Ward from the BBC online technology desk.


28Getting Schooled In Starting-up20140725

What does it take to start and grow a tech venture? We get educated by our special guest Kevin Hale, partner at the seed funding outfit Y-Combinator, who is in London for their event Startup School Europe.

Also, do Facebook's financial results this week tell us that the company has found a profitable way to present advertising without annoying users of its service? We hear from Facebook director of product management Will Cathcart.

Apple this week indicated a surge in the sale of desktop computers, and a slowing in tablet sales. So are predictions of the death of the desktop computer premature? We speak to Simon Segars, chief executive of the leading microprocessor designer ARM Holdings, whose creations power many mobile devices.

Also Adi Tatarko, co-founder of the interior design and architecture portal Houzz, talks about being a female tech entrepreneur and why she thinks juggling a family life with work makes for a better leader. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with Kim Gittleson and Leo Kelion from the BBC Online technology desk.

29Healthy Business20140801

How the biggest players in tech are getting interested in our health. From gadgets that log our daily activity, and the use of big data analysis in medicine to digitally-assisted meditation, we look at what's becoming very healthy business.

Professor Amy Abernethy of Duke University, North Carolina, tells us about the potential usefulness to doctors and their patients of data logged by fitness bands and other wearable sensors. Nancy McKinstry, CEO of the Dutch medical publisher Wolters Kluwer talks to us about how data will be the driving force behind many new medical discoveries. And Los Angeles based buddhist monk turned startup co-founder Andy Puddicombe of talks about using tech to combat digital overload.

Plus. the week's main tech stories including news from Moscow of a clampdown on popular Russian bloggers, and security worries over the Tor anonymous internet browsing platform. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Dr Hilary Thomas, chief medical adviser to the consultancy firm KPMG. Also featuring Joe Miller and Mark Ward from the BBC Online technology desk.

30The World Of Wiki20140808

Have we seen the world's biggest hack attack? Over one billion usernames and passwords have reportedly been stolen by a Russian gang. But how serious is this attack? Security experts will be discussing the fallout with us.

Wikimania is the largest event of its type for those interested in wikis and open content. What actually goes on and what is being discussed this year? Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of the wiki world's most well known product Wikipedia, will be giving us his views on that and the organisation's new transparency policy. He'll also be telling us how Wikipedia deals with "right to be forgotten requests".

How has one man convinced 25,000 people to join him in a lawsuit against Facebook over privacy? And why does he feel so strongly about it? Max Schrems explains why he's ready for his day in court.

The great and the good of the hacking world have descended on Las Vegas for the biggest underground hacking conference of its kind. Defcon takes place in Las Vegas and BBC tech reporter Dave Lee is there. He tells us what are the big news items in the world of code cracking.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones and featuring Zoe Kleinman and Leo Kelion from the BBC's online technology desk.


32Cat And Mouse Games On The Dark Net20140822

In recent weeks it has emerged that the so-called 'Dark Net' might not be as anonymous as many people had assumed. We speak to the creator of the anonymous Tor browser, about claims that spies and hackers have laid bare the secrets the Dark Net supposedly protects.

In any business, successfully predicting the future is a lucrative skill to have. And they say that history repeats, so is it possible to crunch data about past news events to guess accurately how current situations will play out? We speak to one researcher who's trying to do just that.

And Nigeria's domestic film industry - dubbed "Nollywood" is estimated to be worth $5 billion and turns out up to 50 titles a week, most of which are released on DVD. But we find out how the film-makers are now turning to online platforms to show their creations, despite a persistent lack of internet bandwidth.

Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones, with special guest Ingrid Lunden from the TechCrunch website, and Leo Kelion and Joe Miller from the BBC Online technology desk.


33High-flying Tech20140829

First came driver-less cars. Now Google reveals it is working on planes without pilots. A key adviser to Facebook is urging the company to protect users from stumbling across gruesome videos by making them click their consent before they can view them. We speak to him and ask whether access to such content is justified in the public interest to reflect the state of the world around us. Why has retail giant Amazon stumped up nearly $1billion to buy a niche video-streaming service popular with gamers? We'll ask one of the stars of the site whether he's worried it will lose its character under Amazon's ownership. And as a video blogger who posted a film complaining about the misogynistic portayal of women in computer games herself becomes the target of hate messages and threats, we discuss whether her concerns are justified, and how to address them if they are.

Presented by Zoe Kleinman, with Leo Kelion and Dave Lee from the BBC Online Tech Desk and special guest Eileen Burbidge, venture capitalist from Passion Capital.

37Shellshock And Flaws20140926

A new security flaw called 'Shellshock' emerges, potentially leaving tens of millions of computers around the globe open to hackers. Apple faces a tide of complaints over the ease with which its new and much-hyped iPhone 6 can be bent while being carried in a pocket. That's in addition to a bungled software update to the device which the company was forced to withdraw after some users were no longer able to make phone calls.

FIFA15, the latest giant games franchise launches, but is the games industry failing many players by being slow to respond to changes in its customer base?

Peter Thiel is co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook and accommodation-sharing website Airbnb. What is the secret to successful startups, and what kinds of ventures does he think are worth backing now?

And apps and devices to track physical activity have been around for a while, but are your emotions about to become the next parameter to be logged as part of the 'quantified self'?

Also, we're at the UK's largest videogames show EGX London. Presented by Rory Cellan-Jones with special guest David Braben, creator of the influential '80s 3D game Elite, and Dave Lee and Jane Wakefield from the BBC Online Technology Desk.