Not since the day of the rotten/pocket boroughs, have voters been acknowledged as 'paid' for voting. Dundee University is to put a new slant on all that by offering £40 for participants from the surrounding area eligible to vote in the UK 2015 General Election to take part in a `snapshot’ of people’s election campaign views, and be paid for their thoughts if they are selected to take part on Thursday 2nd April.
Intel is in talks to buy Altera and it comes on the heels of a series of semiconductor mergers and acquisitions – including NXP and Freescale, Cypress and Spansion, Lattice and Silicon Image, Qualcomm and CSR, Infineon and International Rectifier, and several more. Each of these has had an influence on various markets writes Tom Hackenberg (below), principal analyst, embedded processing, for IHS Currently the jury is still out on Samsung acquiring AMD.
French-based Sigfox with some $115 million from investors that include three cellular carriers, is bidding to build wide-area networks for IoT (Internet of Things). Founded in 2009, it is a candidate aiming for less expensive and less power-hungry alternatives to cellular networks. Sigfox closed a $93 million round and $22 million extension, and declares it will build out networks especially in USA and Asia. Its 900MHz narrowband network is already widely used in France and Spain with some coverage in both Netherlands and UK.
About 100 young people from across the Glasgow took part in a digital master class. Glasgow City of Science’s Digital Making Project, the first of its kind in Scotland, saw the 14-17 year olds learn the skills necessary to create their own websites, apps and games and use Raspberry Pi computers to code.
French luxury group LVMH's biggest watch maker Tag Heuer says it will launch a smartwatch later this year using Google Inc's Android operating system in a venture with Intel Corp to compete head-on with the Apple Watch reports Reuters.
More than £70 million is being injected into science research projects to tackle challenges including airport capacity and our ability to search vast volumes of visual data. The funding has been provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for equipment and projects at 18 universities across the UK. Stirling has the distinction to be the only University in Scotland to qualify for funding.
IBM and Twitter have announced the availability of industry-first cloud data services that allow business professionals and developers to extract actionable business insights from Twitter data. With more than 100 early client engagements underway, the IBM and Twitter partnership is already helping enterprise clients apply social data to business decisions.
Systems-on-a-chip for extremely critical applications would use 28 percent less energy and 48 percent less chip area while offering nine times lower hardware failure rate, if designed with the completely new Desyre architecture. That would drastically reduce hospital costs and replacement rate of medical devices.
A new UK partnership Adwen (slightly hi-jacked from Adidas), will be responsible for the design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and services of offshore wind turbines which will be manufactured in Germany, Bremerhaven and Stade. Gamesa and AREVA announce they have signed the definitive agreements and closed the transaction for the creation of Adwen, a JV dedicated to offshore wind and responsible for design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and services of offshore wind turbines.
UK could be on the brink of a technological revolution, with 80 per cent of manufacturers predicting radical change by 2025 and currently Innovise IES, creator of smart autonomous operations using Cortex Intelligent Automation, has announcde first year apprentice, James Briers, has been received the Apprentice of the Year award.
Napier University Edinburgh is launching a new Masters course in Game Technologies. The one year full-time MSc, which starts in September, will give students with a background in maths, computing, engineering or physics the chance to expand their knowledge of game engineering.
Seems that the Pelamis and Aquamarine withdrawals from the wave energy scene has revitalised Scotland’s first wave energy technology development body, Wave Energy Scotland will receive a total of £14.3 million over the next thirteen months declares Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.
Gaberlunzie says have your pick of two items involved with TV for Mother's day. For some fated reason (Ides style) Kannuu is partnering with UK and European multiple systems operators to make online TV searching increasingly intuitive.
As Superstem sees single atoms, computer research simulating corannulene (a uniquely shaped carbon molecule) finds its properties might help overcome the difficulty experienced to date in building molecular sized circuits.
A new super powerful STEM (Scanning Transition Electron) Microscope that can pinpoint the position of single atoms, helping scientists push field boundaries of advanced materials, healthcare and power generation, has been unveiled by EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council).
As the £60m boost for community scale renewable energy project is in Loch Lomond National Park, Crianlarich’s powerful start to renewable energy scheme could also be echoed by parallel complimentary networking for broadband to local communities, so that the energy funding could more efficiently afford better links for remote Scottish rural communities than to date BT has to date been able to supply although it is recorded as trialling white space.
VTT Technical Centre of Finland has developed and used a mass production method based on printing technologies that allows manufacturing of decorative, organic solar panels. Design freedom improves the panels range of applications on the surfaces of interior and exterior building spaces. VTT is also studying the feasibility of mass production printing technology of solar panels made from inorganic perovskite materials.
Superfast broadband boost for the Scottish countryside with an extra £20.9m has been announced by Government, to help business start-up and job creation in hard-to-reach areas of Scotland - a very welcome boost to rural communities.
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