Over the last decade the profusion of digital entertainment technologies with widespread ubiquity of Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G wireless services has driven consumer demand from ever more powerful laptops to highly complex and application rich smart phones and tablets. The impact on the semiconductor industry has drawn an intriguingly good response from the still low profile SureCore.
Since the start of this year, it has felt like Armageddon within the cyber-security arena. Attacks are coming thick and fast, with resultant breaches hitting the headlines. Many experts believe we’ve seen just a glimpse of the potential threat landscape devastation. So, what’s behind the headlines?
Bluesky, creator of the first ever National Tree Map, is working with researchers at the University of Leicester to investigate airborne mapping systems used to identify diseases in trees. UK tree health has been increasingly in the news over recent years, Phytophthora ramorum affecting larch trees, Chalara dieback of ash and the Dothistroma needle blight on pine trees being just some examples.
Linked-in has Anastasia Emmanuel titled as marketing & community manager. It’s a conventional tag that does not do justice to the self-dubbed “wordy” young live-wire who undertakes the task of being UK's face for the San Francisco original crowd funding platform, Indiegogo. Originated in 2008 it is currently the largest platform among some 200 global fundraiser sites
As six freeze dried smallpox virus vials (among history's most deadly diseases declared eradicated in the 1980's) are discovered at National Institutes of Health in Maryland stored there since the '50s might catch the imagination, far more worrying is a Korean medical team discovery of a new strain of drug resistant S. pneumonia bacteria (Streptococcus Pneumoniae) while WHO (World Health Organisation) reports drug resistant tuberculosis on the rise with 500,000 new drug-resistant cases each year.
As an International Energy Agency reports $8billion being wasted in online standby device power usage in 2013 and urges reform; VTT in Finland launches into a Neo-carbon Energy storage project, and an IHS report notes detail progress with a variety of MEMS energy sensor hubs with different routes to power conservation making huge market gains.
Polly Purvis, executive director of ScotlandIS said: “The technology sector, worth £4bn to the Scottish economy, is a key driver for growth and a jewel in Scotland’s economic crown. It’s an exciting and vibrant industry employing a very wide range of talented people and we are delighted to recognise the achievements of the industry’s leading lights.”
The Directa Plus graphene factory opening event in Como, revealed the first products powered by G+ material with the example of a CF bike wheel, the tyre containing pristine GNPs which industrial partner Vittoria Group, the largest manufacturer of bicycle tyres presented. On the heels of this European opening comes news that Graphene Nanochem, Malaysia, currently focused on fuel additives, smart fluids and household care materials, is in a hydro-processing licence agreement with US Cetane Energy for integration of its hydro processing at ithe Lahad Datu facility.
A developing research field merging astronomical techniques with the study of ancient man-made features and surrounding landscapes is highlighted at NAM (National Astronomy Meeting) 2014 in Portsmouth. From the ‘Crystal Pathway’ that links stone circles on Cornwall’s Bodmin Moor to star-aligned megaliths in central Portugal, archaeo-astronomers find evidence that Neolithic and Bronze Age people were acute observers of Sun, Moon and stars, and they embedded astronomical references into their local landscapes.
A high-tech easel is shedding new light on the ingenious variety of materials that have been used over the centuries to create artists’ paint pigments. The micro-positioning easel is giving scientists at London's National Gallery an ability to examine works of art in unprecedented detail and is being used to analyse paintings in a major new exhibition, "Making Colour."
Is MaidSafe the Bitcoin for developers and farmers, securing them against HeartBleed and other heists? An Ayrshire-based Troon company with over 8 years of development emerges with SAFE (Secure Access For Everyone) network that hopes to be the un-censorable, secure, and resilient successor to the essential, but cracking under cyber-crime-load internet. It comes with a built-in SAFEcoin (aka Bitcoin) mining economy and foundations for distributed, autonomous intelligence.
This month the FRC (Financial Reporting Council) l urges firms to review their approach to the audit of IT controls and the training and guidance provided to audit team about how to undertake testing effectively and when to call upon IT specialists to carry out relevant work. The FRC also this month has aunched an investigation under the Accountancy Scheme, into the preparation and approval of the financial information of C2000 (Computer 2000 Distribution Ltd) related to years ended 31 January 2009-2013 inclusive.
An oil painting on display at Merthyr Tydfil’s Cyfarthfa Museum had always captured the imagination of games designer Gareth Cavanagh and is the inspiration for the look and feel of a new, Iron App launched today, at Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil. The event opened by the Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil with Dowlais Male Voice Choir performing as part of the celebrations.
A debut book, "Pardon the Disruption: The Future You Never Saw Coming" has three futurists (Texas lawyer, Clayton R. Rawlings, Municipal Court judge, James Randall Smith and North Carolina economic analyst Rob Bencini) explore the disruptive impact technology is having on legal systems, economies, privacy and many areas of our lives that are often overlooked.
Restrictions in finance and delays to both planning and grid connections are preventing Scotland’s rural communities from achieving the full benefits of renewable energy, claims Nick Green, head of energy for Savills estates and properties. He was addressing this week’s AECC (All-Energy Conference) in Aberdeen
Two students Ellen Brown and Katie Watt who entered RSPB Scotland competitions to mark the reintroduction of the birds and won with giant feather sculptures and etchingsthey designed to celebrate the history and return of sea eagles to East Scotland was unveiled at Broughty Ferry, in a month when the Beinn Eighe NNR (National Nature Reserve) visitor centre in Wester Ross has fantastic close up views of sea eagle chicks, as local staff announce the successful hatching of a chick at a nest on Loch Maree Islands.
As Germany's SAP AG teams up with virtualisation software house VMWare to offer both SAP software and its fast data analysis tool Hana as a cloud based service, clouds and business software generally see the value to combining and growing their markets. Watch out for more Integration.
In a thorough and workmanlike fashion Yole Developpement reviews how Apple saved the sapphire industry in 2013 and sees opportunities of alternative LED substrates GaN and Si in the longer term, but predicts sapphire to retain 90% of the market through 2020, as Plessey features as one of a very select few selling GaN-on-Silicon LEDs in global solid state lighting markets.
It's not for nothing that this year EPSRC (Engineering & Physical Research Councils) opted to buy Archer, its new supercomputer from Cray, in contrast to its rental approach to older Hector. "This was a competitive tender," said an observer. "Rental is always more expensive than outright purchase." But this EPSRC acumen does not seem to have reached into too many local authorities or government organisations as yet (with a few shining exceptions) and as considerable sums of money are often at stake, there is of course an additional stimulus to potential big bullying where litigation can be used punishingly by those with deep pockets.
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