The leading event in the Scottish tech calendar will be bigger than ever this year as it returns with a ramped up strand for developers. ScotSoft 2016 is coming to the EICC in Edinburgh on Thursday 6 October. Hosted by digital technologies trade body ScotIandIS, Scotsoft will bring together more than 1,000 CEOs, decision makers and developers from the private and public sectors in Edinburgh . This year, its Developers Conference will run for a full day thanks to its 2015 popularity
IBM has launched its first cloud-based development environment for near real-time, high performance analytics. Giving data scientists the ability to access and ingest data in order to deliver insight-driven models to developers, it is available on IBM Cloud Bluemix platform, where this 'Data Science Experience' provides 250 curated data sets, open source tools and a collaborative workspace helping data scientists uncover and share insights with developers, making it easier and quicker to develop intelligent applications.
Once upon a time it was Personnel. Then it became Human Resources. Later it emerged as Human Capital Management. Well, now the new Bob on the resources block is Hibob (er Hi, Bob!) that has raised $7.5m and covers everything, from gender, kids, leaders, kindness, male, female, hobbies and sports. It's the ubiquitous everything and more, advanced worker+ management software.
An interactive infographic on the top cities for startup success in the UK in 2016 has emerged from Kaizen Search. The infographic is based on data of growth in the start-up industries over the last 2 years. The map presents a heat map of the areas seeing the most growth. And as if to complement this comes Artegic's identification of the five elementary trends in the marketing field which companies will have to face in the coming years.
Anagram Systems has launched Encore Connect, a software application that enables field-based sales staff to access and update customer, prospect and product information via internet enabled smartphones and tablets. Connect has been designed to shorten the sales-cycle by reducing manual administration, freeing up users to focus on generating business.
Ubiquiti Networks has warned its customers about a worm targeting the company’s products by exploiting a critical vulnerability that was believed patched nearly a year ago. According to the wireless networking product manufacturer, the malware is designed to target routers, access points and other devices, running outdated versions of the airOS firmware, including airMAX M (airRouter), AirMAX AC, airOS 802.11G, ToughSwitch, airGateway and airFiber.
A group of researchers has released a data set on nearly 70,000 users of online dating site, OkCupid. The information was collected by Danish researchers who never contacted OkCupid, or its clientele, about using it. But in 2014 OkCupid admitted to manipulating what it shows users,
a month after Facebook faced a storm of protest by revealing that it had conducted psychological experiments.
After months of enquiry as to what provisions were being made with cognitive computing and cyber security, Big Blue has has announced a multi-year, cognitive computing collaboration with the University of Maryland in Baltimore on an Accelerated Cognitive Cybersecurity Laboratory (ACCL). The UK with several Universities and big corporates already on the cognitive route should be going the same path.
Edinburgh software house Ecometrica, based in London, Boston and Montreal, that allows businesses to analyse environmental data from space, is now targeting substantial growth in the UK and North America, having become the first Scottish company to receive funding from Clydesdale Bank’s new Emerging Technology Unit.
Twitter's first quarter results suggest that Sotirios Paroutis, Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Warwick Business School, who studies Twitter, is set to become the services Guru. "While competitors are moving faster in acquiring new users, it now seems marketers can utilise Twitter more effectively to run their campaigns,” he says.
Five of the eight largest healthcare security breaches that occurred since the beginning of 2010 – those with more than 1 million records reportedly compromised – took place during the first six months of 2015, according to IBM X-Force's "2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index." And in 2015 overall, more than 100 million healthcare records reportedly were compromised, the report said.
The European Parliament has passed the final vote for the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). These approved new data protection rules will strengthen online privacy, streamline legislation between the 28 member states and boost police and security cooperation.
Answers to technology problems are often reached by changing the accepted view of the issue to another slant or angle. Accordingly organised crime, it is urged, should be viewed as a business across Europe, in order to help crack down on activities such as drug-trafficking.
A painting, "The Next Rembrandt" was unveiled recently at an Amsterdam museum. It is not a newly discovered piece by the renowned Dutch painter, but a 3D print of an idealised version of a Rembrandt — as construed by software from angles and details contained in existing paintings and exemplifying the skills of DLAs (Deep Learning Algorithms) and 3D printers.
Australian computer programmer Julian Assange instigator of Wikileaks, has been put in the shade by what’s said to be the biggest data leak in history, aka the Panama Papers. An estimated 11.5M files from Mossack Fonseca, one of the world’s largest offshore law firms, was leaked, exposing off shore tax havens from many rich and powerful individuals around the world, including 12 national leaders – two being Russian President Vladimir Putin and Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugson. The documents show how Mossack Fonseca helped its clients to launder money, dodge sanctions, and evade tax for 40 years.
Computer scientists and software engineers know benchmarking (evaluating the running time of a piece of software, or the performance of a piece of hardware) is a common method for evaluating new techniques. However, there is little agreement on how benchmarking should be carried out, how to control for confounding variables, how to analyse latency data, or even how to aid the repeatability of experiments. There is an impressive role call of confirmed speakers.
In mid march, NRS (National Records of Scotland) recorded that Jack and Emily are Scotland’s top baby names and Smith the most common surname (taking Births, Marriages and Deaths together) But as March gives way to April, it’s no Huntie Gowk that has a computer virus shut down the genealogy records service.
The first scientific Roadmap for European Astrobiology published 21 March 2016. This strategic landmark for European astrobiology was produced through the European Commission-funded AstRoMap project (2013-2015). In putting this research roadmap document together, the 19 authors relied on the outcome and findings of the AstRoMap project as well as on wide community consultation and four disciplinary workshops organised between 2013 and 2014.
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