Interview: James Blake of Hello Soda and Online Them

James Blake is the founder of data analysis firm Hello Soda and anti-cyberbullying website OnlineThem. We talk to him about what he does, what he’s been working on and ask him about the future. TD: Can you tell us more about yourself and what you do, please? JB: I’m originally from Newport, Wales and studied...

Cardiff Uni 3D-printed material backed by NFL to protect against brain injuries

Innovative 3D-printed material developed at Cardiff University to protect athletes, military personnel and the general public against brain injury has won funding in an NFL-backed competition. World-leading, US-based helmet designer and manufacturer Roy Burek of Charles Owen Inc has secured $250,000 (£165,000) in the Head Health Challenge III, an innovation competition to advance work in...

Cardiff-based interactive studio unveils new children’s TV show apps

Thud Media, an interactive design and development studio based in Cardiff, has unveiled two new children’s TV show apps. The first is Toot’s Race, a race-themed boat game based on pre-school animated series Toot the Tiny Tugboat. The show airs on Channel 5’s Milkshake, Cartoonito, Netflix and in Welsh on S4C. Thud’s second app is...

Households and businesses in Swansea experience ultrafast broadband

100 households and businesses in Swansea are among the first in the UK to be experiencing ultrafast broadband. They’re trialling G.Fast technology, which is capable of delivering download speeds of up to 330 megabits per second. That’s more than ten times the current UK average. The premises based in the Swansea SA1 Waterfront and Maritime...

Newport-based edtech start-up partners with tech giant Microsoft

Newport-based edtech start-up Learnium, an online platform for learning, has partnered with tech giant Microsoft to change the way students learn and collaborate. The start-up was formed in 2012 out of the Alacrity Foundation, a mentorship scheme set up by Welsh business tycoon Sir Terry Matthews to provide graduates with business training and support to...

Managing absence during the festive season

In Wales, Black Friday is NOT the last shopping Friday in November with big discounts – it is the last Friday before Christmas, and the most popular night for office parties. The day is called ‘Black Friday’ for two reasons, firstly because it is one of the busiest nights in the year for emergency services,...

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