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Bobby Hellard

Bobby Hellard has been a staff writer for IT Pro, Cloud Pro and Channel Pro since 2018.

In his time at IT Pro, Bobby has covered stories for all the major technology companies, such as Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook, and regularly attends industry leading events such as AWS Re:Invent and Google Cloud Next.

Bobby mainly covers startups, IoT, edge, and business cloud services, but you will also recognise him as the face of many of our video reviews of laptops and smartphones.

He has been a journalist for ten years, originally covering sports, before moving into business technology with IT Pro. He has bylines in The Independent, Vice and The Business Briefing.

Contact him at bobby.hellard@futurenet.com or find him on Twitter: @bobbyhellard

Surging inflation is driving people to cryptocurrencies
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cryptocurrencies

Surging inflation is driving people to cryptocurrencies

Binance claims the future is bright for digital tokens as a UN trade body warns cryptocurrencies may enable tax evasion
11 Aug 2022
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 hands-on review: A productivity powerhouse
A photograph of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 partially unfolded on a table
Mobile Phones

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 hands-on review: A productivity powerhouse

Minor changes year-on-year but the Fold 4 is the closest a handset can get to PC-like performance
10 Aug 2022
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 4
Mobile Phones

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Photos of the Galaxy Fold 4
10 Aug 2022
Microsoft marks OneDrive's 15th anniversary with a design overhaul
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Microsoft Office

Microsoft marks OneDrive's 15th anniversary with a design overhaul

New UI and productivity features coming soon as Microsoft pivots OneDrive as a central hub for hybrid workers
10 Aug 2022
Intel launches Arc Pro GPUs for creative apps
Intel's Arc Pro GPU range the A50, A40 and A30
Hardware

Intel launches Arc Pro GPUs for creative apps

The Pro series includes two new GPUs intended for desktops, while the A30 is aimed at laptops
9 Aug 2022
Electrical explosion reported at Google's Iowa data centre
Google sign above a glass entrance to a building
data centres

Electrical explosion reported at Google's Iowa data centre

Three people working on a substation near the facility were critically injured, according to reports
9 Aug 2022
APAC region to lose 63 million jobs to automation by 2040
Interiors of a modern factory with orange robots
automation

APAC region to lose 63 million jobs to automation by 2040

Five largest countries in the area more at risk of robots replacing workers compared to Europe and US, according to Forrester
8 Aug 2022
Softbank's Vision Fund reports $22bn loss as economic crisis hits tech industry
Softbank sign
business management

Softbank's Vision Fund reports $22bn loss as economic crisis hits tech industry

Serial investor group contributes to Softbank's overall losses of 2.93 trillion Japanese yen
8 Aug 2022
Google’s Duo-Meet integration is a confusing way to ‘streamline’ a collaboration service
The Google Duo app on a computer and smartphone
video conferencing

Google’s Duo-Meet integration is a confusing way to ‘streamline’ a collaboration service

Business software providers are scrambling to outdo each other and offer everything to everyone, all at once
4 Aug 2022
Microsoft releases 5MB Outlook Lite app for Android
the user interface for Outlook Lite on Android
Microsoft Office

Microsoft releases 5MB Outlook Lite app for Android

The streamlined version of mobile Outlook also works well on both 2G and 3G networks
3 Aug 2022
Norton and Avast merger 'provisionally' approved by UK regulator
A magnified image showing the NortonLifeLock website url
mergers and acquisitions

Norton and Avast merger 'provisionally' approved by UK regulator

Competition and Markets Authority investigation suggests new software giant would still face "significant" competition
3 Aug 2022
Oracle looks to save $1bn with workforce cuts
Oracle logo on the side of a building
Careers & training

Oracle looks to save $1bn with workforce cuts

Sales and advertising division jobs already being eliminated, according to reports
2 Aug 2022
Google calls on staff to boost productivity with "simplicity sprints"
Sundar Pichai headshot
agile development

Google calls on staff to boost productivity with "simplicity sprints"

Tech giant to open the floor to employees for suggestions to improve product development
1 Aug 2022
Google shut down data centre due to multiple cooling failures
London skyline at sunset
data centres

Google shut down data centre due to multiple cooling failures

The facility that hosts Google Cloud in parts of Europe shut down due to record London temperatures
1 Aug 2022
Intel kills off Optane Memory business with $559m loss
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger delivering a presentation
solid state storage (SSD)

Intel kills off Optane Memory business with $559m loss

Optane is now one of six divisions the company has ended under Gelsinger's leadership
29 Jul 2022
Jack Ma cedes power of his company to avoid government pressure
Ant Group shareholder Jack Ma
business management

Jack Ma cedes power of his company to avoid government pressure

Chinese tech mogul could delay Ant Group's IPO even further if he sells controlling stake in firm
29 Jul 2022
NCSC launches startup incubator to protect against national cyber threats
Mockup of the the NCSC's official web page
National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

NCSC launches startup incubator to protect against national cyber threats

The program is focused on the protection of highly available operational technology where there is a high risk of digital sabotage
28 Jul 2022
Google rolls out minor UI and search refresh for major productivity boost
New look Gmail UI with new Chat, Spaces and Meet icons
collaboration

Google rolls out minor UI and search refresh for major productivity boost

New look Gmail tidies up Chat, Spaces and Meet apps as pop-out sidebar icons
28 Jul 2022
Kaseya to build R&D centre in Dundalk and create 250 jobs over next three years
Kaseya logo
Careers & training

Kaseya to build R&D centre in Dundalk and create 250 jobs over next three years

Software provider aims to further invest in Ireland and capitalise on the university talent within the region
26 Jul 2022
Android adds drag and drop features to tablet OS
Drag and drop functions in the tablet version of Android
Google Android

Android adds drag and drop features to tablet OS

Share text, images and links across Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and more in split screen mode
26 Jul 2022
1.2m businesses now eligible for UK gov's software discounts
Startup thinking of ideas
SMB

1.2m businesses now eligible for UK gov's software discounts

Help to Grow: Digital scheme offers up to £5,000 off selected CRM and e-commerce software
25 Jul 2022
How to add a printer to macOS
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operating systems

How to add a printer to macOS

Everything you need to know about connecting a printer to an Apple computer via cable, Wi-Fi or IP address
22 Jul 2022
Printer ink vs toner: What's the difference?
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Hardware

Printer ink vs toner: What's the difference?

From price per page to the finish, we weigh up the pros and cons when it comes to printer ink vs toner
22 Jul 2022
Zoom adds end-to-end encryption to Zoom Phone and Breakout Rooms
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encryption

Zoom adds end-to-end encryption to Zoom Phone and Breakout Rooms

Users will need to be on the same Zoom account for E2EE for Zoom Calls to work
22 Jul 2022
UK gov opens £12m innovation fund to tackle cost of living crisis, regional inequality
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Policy & legislation

UK gov opens £12m innovation fund to tackle cost of living crisis, regional inequality

Funding will enable regulators and local authorities to test and experiment with "bold and ambitious" approaches to the pressing issues of the day
21 Jul 2022
Slack Connect vs Microsoft Teams Connect: Better than email?
A person holding a smartphone with a Slack logo against a larger Microsoft logo
collaboration

Slack Connect vs Microsoft Teams Connect: Better than email?

Slack Connect and its rival Microsoft Teams Connect both want to take internal business communications beyond the office
20 Jul 2022
Microsoft launches Digital Contact Center Platform
Microsoft's Digital Contact Center on mobile
customer relationship management (CRM)

Microsoft launches Digital Contact Center Platform

The tech giant's new service will pull together features from Dynamics, Teams and Nuance AI for customer service automation
20 Jul 2022
What is machine learning?
A digital brain made up of numbers
Business strategy

What is machine learning?

No longer confined to the world of science fiction, machine learning represents a new frontier in technology
19 Jul 2022
Slack to increase subscription prices for the first time
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software as a service (SaaS)

Slack to increase subscription prices for the first time

Users of Slack Pro can keep their current subscription for an additional year if they renew before 1 September 2022
19 Jul 2022
Botched IT upgrade inadvertently cuts pay for Next employees
A Next logo on the wall of one of its stores
outsourcing

Botched IT upgrade inadvertently cuts pay for Next employees

Salary issues have dogged the retailer since February after it outsourced payroll to Oracle
18 Jul 2022
Morgan Stanley fined $200m for "unapproved" WhatsApp use
A building showing the logo for Morgan Stanley investment bank
business communications

Morgan Stanley fined $200m for "unapproved" WhatsApp use

US gov report criticises bank for conducting business via personal channels of communications
15 Jul 2022
Chrome OS Flex turns old PCs and Macs into Chromebooks
The Chrome logo on a laptop
operating systems

Chrome OS Flex turns old PCs and Macs into Chromebooks

The OS is aimed at businesses that want a universal operating system without having to splash out on new hardware
15 Jul 2022
Google Cloud launches first Arm-based virtual machines
The Google Cloud company logo fixed onto an office building
virtual machines

Google Cloud launches first Arm-based virtual machines

The new addition to the cloud giant's Tau portfolio will offer greater price-to-performance than previous processor options
14 Jul 2022
Microsoft testing fresh UI for the Windows 11 taskbar
The Windows 11 Desktop in dark mode
Microsoft Windows

Microsoft testing fresh UI for the Windows 11 taskbar

A minor U-turn sees the developer experimenting with new search icons on the taskbar, alongside widget notification badges, and a Camera app
14 Jul 2022
Emojis in the workplace can bring colleagues together
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collaboration

Emojis in the workplace can bring colleagues together

Two-thirds of hybrid workers use emojis to feel closer to their colleagues, and this can even lead to a unique workplace language evolving over time
13 Jul 2022
Red Hat appoints Matt Hicks as CEO
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business management

Red Hat appoints Matt Hicks as CEO

Paul Cormier will move to chairman as the open-source giant continues its hybrid cloud push
13 Jul 2022