The issue of outages and internet break-in are the bread and butter of the security industry and the occasion of sometime great furies from the public plagued by issues they are quite incapable of sorting or fixing.
NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another “Earth.”
Australia with one of the highest rates of animal species that face extinction, decline or negative impacts from human behaviour in the world, has over the last decade had rare occurrences of animals, rebounding and thriving. An example the conservation success story in recovery of humpback whales that breed in both East and West Australian waters.
On the heels of the proposition that an eight international currency will be chosen by the IMF in October, Scotland is to conduct The Global Ethical Finance Forum set to connect Scotland with ethical finance players from Europe as with Triodes Bank, and those from the Middle East, Africa, East Asia gathering on 1-2 September at the Balmoral Hotel.
“Data breach reports are interesting, but everyone wants to know what this means for their company and how their company compares,” says Christian A. Christiansen, program vice president of security products, IDC.
The final phase of a competition to develop AAOSN (adaptive autonomous ocean sampling network) management systems for the NOC (National Oceanography Centre) is underway. Two UK consortia will develop systems capable of coordinating a suite of marine autonomous vehicles gathering data from the ocean over periods of months, tracking and sampling dynamic features.
As part of Government’s Summer Budget, Chancellor George Osborne, confirms funding for six new multidisciplinary research centres - worth a total of £45 million with partner contributions - to drive forward UK’s Digital Economy research, skills and knowledge .
Cloud accountants FreeAgent note that an astonishing 95% of all businesses in the UK have fewer than 10 employees. These 5 million freelancers and micro-businesses all have one thing in common: the need to stay on top of their business finances.But this isn’t as easy as it sounds; chasing down paperwork, wrestling with spreadsheets and grappling with tax returns is time-consuming and stressful. It's why they founded FreeAgent in sunny Scotland.
Can computers be creative? EU-funded WHIM project not only generates fictional storylines but also judges their potential usefulness and appeal representing a major advance in computational creativity and Universities of Europe Universities are occupied with the challenge!
As the computing and semiconductor worlds digest IBM’s departure from the fab, Big Blue is going all out in Data Analytics projects, announcing two successful UK projects. In one, Clear Returns helps retailers understand how and why product returns happen, and how to predict them. Camden Borough uses the analytical approach process to reduce fraud, save time and money over a range of services, so reducing budget cut impacts.
ScotlandIS has just launched its new re-branded website, including a new interactive area, which provides companies and members with a platform to raise questions, follow discussions and participate in thought provoking debate. This is where the latest IT news will be found and ScotlandIS events can be booked online in the interactive area.
IBM is donating its advanced machine learning technology - IBM System ML - to the Apache Spark open source software project. Begun at UC Berkeley in 2009, Spark has been the fastest growing open source project in history. Spark platform offers several major advantages - open, precise, fast, and supports agile data science and development. IBM System ML is claimed to make expressing machine learning algorithms – that can learn from and make predictions on data – much faster and easier.
Already a focus of irate attention for bundling Ask Toolbar with the Java Installer, asking the Oracle seems to be in decline for though existing updates and maintenance do rise, new licences have flatlined to dropping, Stepping into this convenient breach are the Open Source contenders.
Cloud security company OpenDNS finds consumer IoT devices widely used in highly regulated industries highlight unforeseen security risks, and updates assessment tool to help security professionals discover IoT devices on their networks
Science Europe congratulates the ERAC (European Research and Innovation Area Committee) for its endorsement of the ‘European Research Area Roadmap 2015-2020’ by the Competitiveness Council. “We at Science Europe know that forging a common vision across very diverse countries can be a challenge”, said Amanda Crowfoot, (below left) director of Science Europe, “but, like ERAC, we also believe in the power of collaboration.”
The new EU funded ODInE (Open Data Incubator for Europe) which involves the University of Southampton, is calling for startups across the UK and Europe to apply for a place on its new programme, with the chance to secure up to €100k of grant funding.
Based on fruit fly analysis, University of Leicester scientists discover nearly 80 genes associated with ‘morningness’ and ‘eveningness’ in a study could pave the way to better diagnostics, and ultimately personal medicine, where larks and owls can receive their tailored therapies
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