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

Skills 'deficit' forces Student Loans Company to spend heavily on temp staff
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Careers & training

Skills 'deficit' forces Student Loans Company to spend heavily on temp staff

The organisation has spent £2.6 million on agency staff as it struggles to retain technical employees
19 Jan 2022
Microsoft takes aim at Chrome OS with launch of Windows 11 SE
Windows 11 SE on a laptop
Microsoft Windows

Microsoft takes aim at Chrome OS with launch of Windows 11 SE

The education-focused OS will be available on a range of low-cost laptops including a new Surface SE laptop
19 Jan 2022
Samsung introduces 4nm Exynos 2200 chip with AMD RDNA 2 graphics
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Hardware

Samsung introduces 4nm Exynos 2200 chip with AMD RDNA 2 graphics

The new processor is the first to include an Xclipse GPU with AMD's hardware-accelerated ray tracing technology
18 Jan 2022
Ukraine government and embassies hit by "massive" cyber attacks
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cyber attacks

Ukraine government and embassies hit by "massive" cyber attacks

Russia is said to be most-likely behind the attacks as tensions between the two countries increases
14 Jan 2022
Yahoo Japan will pay for staff flights to the office under new remote working policy
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flexible working

Yahoo Japan will pay for staff flights to the office under new remote working policy

Yahoo's 8,000 employees are allowed to work remotely from anywhere in a bid to improve well-being across the company
14 Jan 2022
Google Drive accounted for the most malware downloads in 2021
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cloud security

Google Drive accounted for the most malware downloads in 2021

NetSkope research malware downloaded via cloud apps is now more prevalent than web-delivered malware
12 Jan 2022
Tech firms dominate best places to work list for 2022
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Careers & training

Tech firms dominate best places to work list for 2022

ServiceNow tops Glassdoor's UK rankings as staff applaud its positive culture, growth opportunities, and in-house training
12 Jan 2022
Meta employees will need a COVID-19 booster to return to the office
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flexible working

Meta employees will need a COVID-19 booster to return to the office

Facebook's parent company has also delayed its return date to March as the Omicron variant continues to spread
11 Jan 2022
The iPhone at 15: It’s still hard to see what comes next
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Mobile Phones

The iPhone at 15: It’s still hard to see what comes next

The smartphone is so central to modern life that it might very well be future-proof
10 Jan 2022
Financial regulators concerned about reliance on AWS, Azure and Google Cloud
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IT regulation

Financial regulators concerned about reliance on AWS, Azure and Google Cloud

The Prudential Regulation Authority is reportedly seeking ways to access more data from the big three cloud providers
10 Jan 2022
Researchers warn of spear-phishing exploit in Google Docs
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Google Docs

Researchers warn of spear-phishing exploit in Google Docs

Hackers have found a way to use Google's comment function to dupe victims into clicking on malicious links
7 Jan 2022
The most exciting features in Windows 11
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Microsoft Windows

The most exciting features in Windows 11

Microsoft's new OS features native Android apps, direct Teams integration, and more
5 Jan 2022
Google Cloud acquires Israeli security startup Siemplify
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cloud security

Google Cloud acquires Israeli security startup Siemplify

The SOAR specialist has been described as "the missing piece" for Google's Chronicle platform
5 Jan 2022
BlackBerry's classic QWERTY smartphones are no more
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Mobile Phones

BlackBerry's classic QWERTY smartphones are no more

The former smartphone giant announces the end of an era by discontinuing iconic brand
4 Jan 2022
Apple becomes world's first $3 trillion company
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business management

Apple becomes world's first $3 trillion company

The company's share price has risen by more than 5,000% since it first launched the iPhone in 2007
4 Jan 2022
The biggest tech stories of 2021
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Technology

The biggest tech stories of 2021

From the security disasters to Facebook’s timely rebrand, we look at the year’s biggest stories
24 Dec 2021
Oracle to acquire health records business Cerner in $30 billion deal
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mergers and acquisitions

Oracle to acquire health records business Cerner in $30 billion deal

The deal would become the company's largest acquisition to date
17 Dec 2021
Alphabet to fold smart city firm Sidewalk Labs into Google
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mergers and acquisitions

Alphabet to fold smart city firm Sidewalk Labs into Google

Smart city platform to be incorporated into Google's sustainability products
17 Dec 2021
UK joint committee calls for tougher rules for tech giants
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Policy & legislation

UK joint committee calls for tougher rules for tech giants

However, IT industry experts suggest Online Safety Bill proposals aren't clear enough for everyday users
14 Dec 2021
UK antitrust regulator to probe Microsoft's Nuance takeover
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mergers and acquisitions

UK antitrust regulator to probe Microsoft's Nuance takeover

The CMA says it will assess whether the merger is worthy of a full investigation
14 Dec 2021
UK set to follow Scotland with work from home order
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flexible working

UK set to follow Scotland with work from home order

The UK government plots 'imminent announcement' as the Omicron variant continues to spread
8 Dec 2021
Microsoft to overhaul hiring practises following DoJ settlement
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Careers & training

Microsoft to overhaul hiring practises following DoJ settlement

An investigation found that the tech giant asked lawful residents for more information than was legally necessary
8 Dec 2021
Modern technology might seem heartless, but convenience and cruelty shouldn’t be confused
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Technology

Modern technology might seem heartless, but convenience and cruelty shouldn’t be confused

Sacking 900 people over Zoom – just before Christmas – is brutal, but not necessarily cruel
8 Dec 2021
Samsung to merge mobile and electronics businesses in major refshuffle
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mergers and acquisitions

Samsung to merge mobile and electronics businesses in major refshuffle

The reorganisation also includes two new CEO appointments as Samsung looks to strengthen its business competitiveness
7 Dec 2021
FTC sues to block Nvidia's Arm acquisition
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mergers and acquisitions

FTC sues to block Nvidia's Arm acquisition

Deal for the UK-based chipmaker is now subject to an administrative trial in August 2022
3 Dec 2021
Meta picks AWS to help expand its AI services
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cloud computing

Meta picks AWS to help expand its AI services

Two firms will work to improve the open source PyTorch machine learning library
2 Dec 2021
Microsoft Teams introduces 'Essentials' tier for small businesses
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business communications

Microsoft Teams introduces 'Essentials' tier for small businesses

The tech giant appears to identify a gap in the collaboration software market with SMB-focused Teams tier
2 Dec 2021
Salesforce makes Bret Taylor co-CEO alongside Benioff
Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff
Careers & training

Salesforce makes Bret Taylor co-CEO alongside Benioff

Former Facebook and Google exec has quickly risen through the ranks since joining in 2016
1 Dec 2021
Re:Invent 2021: New AWS CEO unloads compute, data and 5G services during first keynote
Adam Selipskey takes the stage for his AWS Re:Invest keynote
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Re:Invent 2021: New AWS CEO unloads compute, data and 5G services during first keynote

Selipsky delivers new EC2 instances, mainframe migration and automated 5G services at Re:Invent debut
1 Dec 2021
What are the pros and cons of AI?
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machine learning

What are the pros and cons of AI?

We weigh up the benefits and the negatives of the technology that's changing business
30 Nov 2021
Clearview AI faces £17 million fine for violating UK data protection laws
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Information Commissioner

Clearview AI faces £17 million fine for violating UK data protection laws

The ICO has voiced "significant concerns" that the company has processed UK personal data without people's knowledge
30 Nov 2021
AWS kickstarts Re:Invent 2021 with launch of RoboRunner IoT platform
Automated delivery vehicles, AWS Re:Invent
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS kickstarts Re:Invent 2021 with launch of RoboRunner IoT platform

The cloud giant expands its robotic fleet management capabilities with holistic IoT platform
30 Nov 2021
UK 'impact' startups raised £2 billion in 2021
Digital London
startups

UK 'impact' startups raised £2 billion in 2021

Businesses created to tackle sustainable development goals see a 127% investment increase since 2018
29 Nov 2021
Google offers new cookie commitments to CMA
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web browser

Google offers new cookie commitments to CMA

Tech giant proposes a privacy sandbox to replace third-party tracking on Chrome
26 Nov 2021
The best antivirus deals for Black Friday
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Security

The best antivirus deals for Black Friday

From McAfee to Kaspersky, we've rounded up the best software security bargains for all your devices
26 Nov 2021
Google faces mandatory vaccination resistance ahead of office return
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business management

Google faces mandatory vaccination resistance ahead of office return

Internal manifesto spread by employees urges them to "oppose mandate as matter of principle"
24 Nov 2021