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Researchers have found that many women are their own worst enemies when it comes to beating gender bias in technology careers.

Photograph by Southbank Centre.

Credit: Southbank Centre.

The so-called ‘imposter phenomenon’, ‘queen bee syndrome’ and a condition known as ‘leaky pipeline’ create a vicious circle in which girls and women damage their own chances of success in this prestigious and highly paid industry. Interviewed on the PassW0rd:Woman radio show on Resonance FM, Dr Teresa (Terri) Simpkin explained:”These women find it hard to internalise their own success in the technology industry…they think someone’s going to tap them on the shoulder and say that they should not have got the job, it was all a mistake.

Girly girls

Based on more than five hundred interviews with women in technology industries in the UK, Australia and Canada, Simpkin’s research at the Anglia Ruskin University includes an interview with a Canadian sound engineer who believes she never got promoted because she wears brightly coloured skirts and bows in her hair. “I’m too much of a girly girl” she fears.

Statistical research by the Women’s Engineering Society finds nearly 100,000 female graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are unemployed or economically inactive.

One by one women are working together to change this narrative. To provide some insight, Helen Baker British QA Director sat down to talk with a PassWord reporter  about her experience working in the technology industry. Being a woman is one of many strengths which has seen her surpass entry levels to be placed in a senior position in a career with an all-male peer group.

W.O.W Festival

Women have long found sanctuary from misogynistic workplace ideologies at the Southbank Centre which has been home to the Women of the World Festival for the past seven years founded by Artistic Director Jude Kelly.

The week-long festival sees women from all different ages, race and backgrounds, from the ‘girly girls” to the ‘butch’ gather to discuss and share their experiences as women in society. Living in a hyper-connected culture it is no surprise that women and technology is a focal point of conversation in March 2017.

The ‘Violet Nights: Miss Representation’ segment discusses how women are no longer relying on traditional media for an accurate portrayal of their experiences. Films, TV and music videos often depict women as less dominant or powerless. It seems we are in a new age ‘tech bubble’ where instead of consuming media women now use social media to ‘prosume’ – a term coined by Alvin Toffler, the American futurist and technology writer.

Photograph by Southbank Centre.

Credit: Southbank Centre.

It’s an environment where women produce their own representation of themselves therefore shifting the power balance. Wikipedia is popularly being used as a platform for women-led research teams to share historical female accomplishments thus starting a new rhetoric of empowerment.

Dr. Sue Black OBE, UK government advisor and digital skills expert is a living testament to how technology will make you powerful. Sharing her knowledge to help a demographic close to her heart she founded #Techmums in 2012. Her workshops are designed to empower women using technology, helping women regain confidence by teaching new practical skills and knowledge.

The #Techmum team at WOW festival were made up of volunteers, all successful in their careers ranging from healthcare to the public sector willing to assist Dr.Black for the day where she taught about python coding and mobile app development. After a successful session Dr. Sue Black sat down for a one-to-one interview which you can listen to in the following podcast:

#Techmums

 

By Tom James

The HTC One X is a touchscreen-based, slate-sized smartphone with a quad-core processor.

This is what the blurb will tell you what it doesn’t tell you is that point for point this phone matches up with its the Iphone, it’s more expensive rival.

Screen-wise, the display is outstanding. It boasts a 4.7 inch screen with 720p HD display (the Iphone’s screen is a paltry 3.5 inches), making it perfect for watching films on when you are on the tube or travelling. This is because of it IPS panel LCD display with a pixel density of 317ppi (pixels per inch). Whatever the reason, this is simply the best display out there at the moment. And the best part about the screen/display package? The HTC is widescreen so the formatting is properly done when you do want to watch those movies.

But a phone isn’t just about watching films – a smartphone’s beauty lies in the fact that, when you have One, you have a thousand tools in your pockets. Apps – everything from spirit level apps to train updates to news updates to pretty much anything and whilst both phones have their fair share of great apps, the HTC One’s USP is the homescreen widget. With it’s fluid userface you can easily flick through the 7 homescreens and get a quick overview of what is happening, in the world and with your friends. I have a page dedicated to news widgets, a page dedicated to Facebook and Twitter, a page for my different music widgets, a travel updates page, a calendar widget page and email widget page and then on my home homescreen smaller widgets for things to do today, time and weather and meeting notifications. And why does the widget beat the app? well simply because as I am flicking through these screens I get a summary of everything. The only way I could be more connected is if I was psychic.

In other aspects, the difference between these two products is negligible – the Iphone’s general processing is slightly worse than the HTC but then it’s graphical processing is slightly better. Camera-wise, they are both outstanding but without a microscope you’ll be hard pressed to tell the difference between the two. Both phone sport noise-canceling software making the calling quality above average with a slightly sharper sound coming from the HTC’s earpiece but again no real difference.

Where the One loses to the other is in battery life and storage, the Iphone has consistently outperformed the HTC One by 5-10% on battery life (probably because of One’s Quad-core processor) and whilst the Iphone comes with 3 different memory options (16GB, 32GB and 64GB) the HTC One has only 16 GB).

That said, for me the HTC still comes out on top, so break away from the branding and go out and see for yourself. Be aware, the updated version the HTC One X+ comes to the UK stores on the 22nd October and is promising to be even better!

To contact Tom James email thomas@futureintelligence.co.uk

 

The system, which uses autostereoscopic display technology, will be the first time that 3D technology has made it to a mobile for commercial use, and is capable of full resolution, according to Bill Bryan, technical manager of 3M’s St Paul, Minnesota-based Display and Graphics lab.

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Itemised bills for fixed lines and big mobile phone charges could soon be consigned to history, but our future communications will still come at a price, reports Peter Warren.

In days gone by, the telephone was a thing of awe: an object admired for its usefulness but feared for its apparently limitless ability to cost money.

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A consortium of technology companies is about to turn mobile phones into high-tech wallets. The technology will let people make cash payments from their phones simply by pointing them at the object they want to buy.

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