Entrepreneur-led technology incubator TechCube formally launches in Edinburgh, bringing high-quality, affordable office space, a new community hub and significant new investment capital to Scotland’s tech startups, though the buildings almost at full capacity before doors are opened.
In the USA, General Motors board choses Ms Mary T Barra as its next CEO, the first women to attain the top job at a major auto company, taking over from Daniel F Akerson who assumed G.M. leadership in 2010. In the UK, the 30% Club research finds that a man starting his career with a FTSE 100 UK company is 4.5 times more likely to make the Executive Committee than his female counterpart.
An international collaboration agreement has been signed between the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N), Singapore, to support development of the marine renewable energy industry in Southeast Asia.
Just what every small island would hope to get for Christmas - a Dark Skies status award. Now Hebridean Coll can play among the world of dark sky islands, as it joins Sark, smallest of the four Channel Islands, which won its status in January 2011. Neat strategy would organise a trip that encompassed both with a stop off for Northumberland and Galloway Forest.
IDA (International Dark Sky Association) has granted the Isle of Coll Dark Sky status (which may even protect it from wind farms!) Located in the Atlantic with the Isle of Tiree, Coll is the second only area after Galloway Forest Park in Scotland to be given this status. IDA also awarded Northumberland International Dark Sky Park.
'Thermal issues are the biggest challenge facing the trend to smaller and more powerful devices, and new techniques to increase power density, such as embedded chips and 3D chip packaging, will only produce more heat,' explains Afshin Ziaei, a manager of research at Thales Research & Technology in France.
The Guardian, The Independent and The Mirror were the three respective top ranking media in Google search for Google's Doodle on Commander Grace Hooper. It celebrated the life of one of the great computer age pioneers, a great STEM example and who is widely credited as being the "mother" of the Cobol computer language.
The topic of identity is one that is always emerging in the digital arena. Three recent examples indicate some of the facets that need to be considered. In Dundee Arts Cafe, Dr Sandra Wilson talked on "Proving your identity: passports of the future. Steve Watts of Securenvoy argues passwords are insufficient to secure ID and two-factor authentication is essential. On the issue of Europe's ID, "Identity Processes and Dynamics in multi-ethnica Europe," examines individual and collective identities in an increasingly multi-ethnic Europe.
SBC (Scottish Borders Council) is to fund a £143,000 staff laptop computer upgrade from next year’s budget in order to comply with Scottish Government requirements for compliance with the new PSN (Public Service Network.
As the BBC catches the quiet exercise of an actual Edinburgh tram on the city's streets at dead of night and with not much in the way of an audience, Gaberlunzie wonders where the word came from and how it has evolved.
In an intriguing team-up, worth watching, SIMTech (Singapore's Institute of Manufacturing Technology), a research institute of A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology & Research), and VTT (Technical Research Centre) Finland ink a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to promote technology innovation R&D and new capability development for FoF (Factories of the Future).
The chart from Statista, based on data from Net Applications, shows that Windows 8 was used by just 9.3% of the computing population. At this point in Windows 7's life, it is twice as high in terms of computing share. But with its deadline for Windows support looming for 2014, perhaps someone ought to recognise a traditional Sunset Industry. Buy Windows 7 out from Microsoft, leaving it to concentrate on Windows 8 etc. in a move could turn out to be a win: win proposition, both for the software, the users and the Sunset Industry player.
In its interim report on Digital Scotland, the Royal Society of Edinburgh has collected the evidence of exclusion. "Over a million Scots, and most of our small businesses, do not have the access and skills they need to share in the benefits of a Digital Scotland and this digital exclusion exacerbates existing divides," it finds.
As Google doodles to celebrate the birthday of Carlos Finlay, the Cuban physician and scientist whose studies concluded that yellow fever was spread by mosquitoes, Sanger Institute researchers discover why the parasite that causes malaria, also carried by mosquitoes, only infects humans.
Google did indeed indulge in two doodles recently. But Gaberlunzie had such a busy St Andrews Day, that trying to find the Doodle retrospectively made him notice that Google via Chrome does not welcome you into its archive collection of Doodles and prefers to hurl you at whatever is the favoured media! And being Gaberlunzie, he's lost the that serendipitous link to the archive collection!
German airfy GmbH - a Munich start-up - is offering free WiFi access anywhere and whenever you want. Everyone can use it - whether private individuals, hotel owners, shops and even public administration offices can make it available to their clients and visitors. The price for one hour's surfing is a short commercial lasting a mere ten seconds that is played first.
Definitely for the clutteratti and chatteratti Aghhh! a brand new surf engine is home page of choice for Britain’s internet users following its launch this autumn. Gaberlunzie took one look at it and has fled back to processing press releases even if they are work.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Glasgow are invisible to potential customers because they are not keeping pace with consumers’ preference for using the web and social media to find local businesses
Calnex, Linlithgow-based mobile network testing specialist, is targeting accelerated growth having secured a £2 million Scottish Loan Fund to embark on a “significant period of growth” that will provide the support to enable the company to implement its next generation product development plans.
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