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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

Northern Ireland is the future of British cyber security
Belfast Lagan Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge Northern Ireland at dusk
cyber security

Northern Ireland is the future of British cyber security

How a perfect marriage of government and academia backing has led to a hotbed of tech talent and surge in foreign investment
1 Jul 2022
Slack adds multi-person screen sharing features to Huddles
Video and screen sharing features in Slack Huddles
collaboration

Slack adds multi-person screen sharing features to Huddles

New co-working functions and live cursor features aim to boost virtual collaboration on the comms platform
22 Jun 2022
The 25 best companies to work for in the UK based on senior leadership
A large boss in the street, towering over a small employee
Careers & training

The 25 best companies to work for in the UK based on senior leadership

Quality of senior management the most important driver of employee satisfaction, Glassdoor report finds
20 Jun 2022
Telegram to roll out premium tier as it tops 700m daily users
Telegram logo appearing on a smartphone
instant messaging (IM)

Telegram to roll out premium tier as it tops 700m daily users

The company has remained tight-lipped about pricing but is launching a paid-for tier ahead of rivals
20 Jun 2022
Microsoft Defender for Individuals to offer protections on macOS, iOS, and Android
The Windows Defender for Individuals interface on laptop and phone
antivirus

Microsoft Defender for Individuals to offer protections on macOS, iOS, and Android

Family-friendly offering will come with a centralised dashboard to help manage security across different platforms
17 Jun 2022
Pension system faults resulted in millions receiving wrong amounts for decades
The sign of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as seen on its building
Software

Pension system faults resulted in millions receiving wrong amounts for decades

IT system deemed 'too complex' to fix by the DWP has been issuing wrong payments since the 90s
17 Jun 2022
Microsoft Viva Sales aims to take the busy work out of CRM
A sales person sat at a desk while using Microsoft's Viva Sales platform
customer relationship management (CRM)

Microsoft Viva Sales aims to take the busy work out of CRM

The AI-powered platform aims to give sellers easier access to customer information from across the business
16 Jun 2022
KPMG to add automation across its business with Alteryx partnership
A photo of a grey building with the KPMG logo displayed on the side
business plan

KPMG to add automation across its business with Alteryx partnership

Accountancy giant undergoing a "cultural shift" as it moves further into software-powered analytics
16 Jun 2022
Fujitsu to build £22m science and tech centre in the north west of England
The UK and Japanese flags merged
Careers & training

Fujitsu to build £22m science and tech centre in the north west of England

Japanese giant to create more high-tech jobs and foster international collaboration on emerging technologies
15 Jun 2022
Mozilla adds 'Total Cookie Protection' to its browser
A mouse cursor hovering over an 'Accept Cookies' button
privacy

Mozilla adds 'Total Cookie Protection' to its browser

The new function will separate cookies into a "cookie jar" and prevent user tracking
15 Jun 2022
Almost half of Windows 10 users urged to upgrade before Internet Explorer end of life
The Internet Explorer icon as seen on a smartphone in behind a screen with lines of code
Microsoft Windows

Almost half of Windows 10 users urged to upgrade before Internet Explorer end of life

Businesses have till 15 June to setup IE Mode in the newer Edge browser to avoid "disruption"
14 Jun 2022
Best Windows laptops 2022: Top Windows laptops to consider
A photograph of the Microsoft Surface Studio Laptop overlaid with the IT Pro Recommended award logo
Laptops

Best Windows laptops 2022: Top Windows laptops to consider

You need a quality Windows laptop for wherever you work - here are some of the best around
13 Jun 2022
UK gov to launch ten-year compute review
Chancellor Rishi Sunak walking in front of Number 10
high-performance computing (HPC)

UK gov to launch ten-year compute review

The review will aim to provide recommendations to form the basis of a long-term plan for the government's approach to computing
13 Jun 2022
UK tech sector beats China for VC investment with £12.4bn so far in 2022
A digital depiction of London's financial district
startups

UK tech sector beats China for VC investment with £12.4bn so far in 2022

The digital sector continues to thrive in the UK despite a global market slow down
13 Jun 2022
Pressure from investors behind Meta's pivot to business hardware
Meta Platforms signage outside the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California
Hardware

Pressure from investors behind Meta's pivot to business hardware

Analysts suggest the company will adopt a more 'sensible' approach for future technology investment
10 Jun 2022
IBM to wind down Russian operations completely
IBM CEO Arvind Krishna speaking in front of a blue background
business management

IBM to wind down Russian operations completely

Tech giant to begin terminating the employment of Russia-based employees immediately
8 Jun 2022
iPadOS 16 adds laptop-style multitasking
iPadOS 16
operating systems

iPadOS 16 adds laptop-style multitasking

The tech giant aims to align tablets with desktops with all-new collaboration features, Stage Manager, and whiteboard app
7 Jun 2022
Apple WWDC 2022
Apple's M2-powered MacBook Air
Hardware

Apple WWDC 2022

Screenshots from the event
6 Jun 2022
Apple launches M2-powered MacBook Air with 'Ventura' OS
Apple's next gen M2 processor announced at WWDC
Hardware

Apple launches M2-powered MacBook Air with 'Ventura' OS

The tech giant also unveiled an upgraded MacBook Pro, Continuity Camera, and iOS 16 at WWDC 22
6 Jun 2022
Microsoft launches Surface Laptop Go 2 with secured core PC protections
A man sat on a sofa next to plants with a Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2
Laptops

Microsoft launches Surface Laptop Go 2 with secured core PC protections

The "for business" version of the low-priced Surface clamshell comes with a range of pre-installed Microsoft 365 apps
1 Jun 2022
HDMI vs DVI: What’s the best AV input?
A graphic contrasting HDMI and DVI cables
Hardware

HDMI vs DVI: What’s the best AV input?

We put the biggest AV technologies against each other in our display cable comparison
30 May 2022
World's first exascale supercomputer revealed
The Frontier supercomputer
high-performance computing (HPC)

World's first exascale supercomputer revealed

Installation at the US Department of Energy is the first 'exascale' system to be officially recognised as the world's fastest
30 May 2022
Microsoft to slow hiring as market dip hits the wider tech industry
The entrance to one of Microsoft's offices
Careers & training

Microsoft to slow hiring as market dip hits the wider tech industry

Messages sent to staff call for 'caution' and executive approval over new job openings
27 May 2022
What is Microsoft Dev Box?
A screenshot of a user's workstation running Microsoft's Dev Box service, which is showing two shortcuts to existing projects
software development

What is Microsoft Dev Box?

A quick look at Microsoft's new cloud-based developer workstation
25 May 2022
Open University embarks on £10m scheme to offer more advanced technical courses across the UK
The logo for the Open University
Careers & training

Open University embarks on £10m scheme to offer more advanced technical courses across the UK

The new scheme aims to target higher education "cold spots" and plug gaps where courses are currently unavailable
25 May 2022
McAfee appoints Greg Johnson as new CEO
The McAfee company logo hung above the entrance to company offices
Careers & training

McAfee appoints Greg Johnson as new CEO

Peter Leav to step down in June as anti-virus giant continues to focus on its consumer business
25 May 2022
Nvidia turns to liquid cooling to curb data centre energy consumption
Nvidia's new liquid cooled A100 card
data centres

Nvidia turns to liquid cooling to curb data centre energy consumption

More use cases are on the way as chip giant goes all-in on liquid cooling tech
24 May 2022
Klarna to cut 10% of its workforce due to "market restraints"
Finger about to press the icon for Klarna's mobile app
business management

Klarna to cut 10% of its workforce due to "market restraints"

Potentially 700 jobs losses as the payment platform aims to refocus its core business with the "right team" in the "right places"
24 May 2022
Icelandic tech firms are reinventing Reykjavík
The Harpa concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavik
startups

Icelandic tech firms are reinventing Reykjavík

A country with a rich history of fishing and tourism has a innovative tech scene that’s rising to the surface
23 May 2022
Europe's first autonomous petrol station opens in Lisbon
Galp's autonomous petrol station in Lisbon
automation

Europe's first autonomous petrol station opens in Lisbon

A joint venture between Sensei and Galp offers a future of digital transformation for petrol stations
23 May 2022
Clearview AI fined £7.5m over improper use of UK data
A finger about to press the Clearview AI App on a device
Information Commissioner

Clearview AI fined £7.5m over improper use of UK data

Australian facial recognition firm collected 20 billion images from the internet without consent in order to build its database
23 May 2022
What is pseudocode?
Pseudocode spelt out in wooden blocks in front of code text
Software

What is pseudocode?

We take a closer look at the descriptive take on programming languages
20 May 2022
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review: A noteworthy flagship
A photograph of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra stood up on a table
Mobile Phones

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review: A noteworthy flagship

The latest Ultra version of the Galaxy S-series is heavily stocked but slightly dull
18 May 2022
What is Amazon S3?
A yellow and white AWS sign hanging in front of a building
Amazon S3

What is Amazon S3?

Everything you need to know about one of the world’s most popular cloud storage services
16 May 2022
Zuckerberg teases Meta's Project Cambria VR headset
Mark Zuckerberg wearing a blurred VR headset
augmented reality (AR)

Zuckerberg teases Meta's Project Cambria VR headset

The video features a pixelated hardware prototype and a brief insight into its mixed reality capabilities
13 May 2022
Tesco to pilot in-store flexible working spaces
A view of the front of a Tesco Extra store with cars parked in front
flexible working

Tesco to pilot in-store flexible working spaces

Areas formerly used for electrical goods could be used for meetings and co-working
12 May 2022