Gaberlunzie had a sneaky suspicion that your May Day Holiday actually might not be the hottest in Scotland. You might even, like Gaberlunzie be stuck working. Ah, but he has found a web-site that will allow your imagination to stroll in the sun, and see how deliciously lovely are 10 of these beaches of Scotland.
An highly auspicious election has Professor Vicki Hanson, selected as President of ACM (Association for Computer Machinery) the world’s largest computing society, which now also now sets a precedent with its all female Executive Committee! Not only does Professor Hanson provide an outstanding role model for girls to adopt STEM subjects and technology, among many roles, she is also Chair of Inclusive Technologies at the University of Dundee
The UK Government plans to move the majority of job applications and benefit claims online by 2017. Fly in the ointment is CAS (Citizens Advice Scotland) discovering that difficulties using computers or the internet is already hampering people’s application attempts and leading to financial sanctions.
Eight Scottish councils (Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh Inverclyde, Moray, Orkney, Perth & Kinross, Scottish Borders and Shetland Islands) have still to sign up to a collaborative strategy that brings together Scotland's government digital services and other key stakeholders to reform IT services. Some 26 out of Scotland's 32 elected local councils have signed the joint strategy for supporting digital service transformation led by a single CDO (chief digital officer) currently being recruited.
The UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK released a case study document, "Innovation with Impact", highlighting commercial success stories of 60 of the now rapidly growing companies that the agency has supported over the past nine years. Since 2007, more than 7,600 companies received the agency's assistance in projects estimated to have added between £11.5bn and £13.1bn to the economy, creating 55,000 new jobs.
New environmental, economic, social and political developments have challenged Europe to rethink its strategies for the future. With the latest growth strategy 'Europe 2020' the European Union is re-enforcing its commitment to becoming a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy within the next five years. In "The Future of Europe" Frost & Sullivan reveals growth opportunities that will transform Europe and its economy and also covers the Brexit scenario and Euro future
The topic of passwords, the continual need to change them, the impossibility of remembering the 100 or so that are vital for work and life, is one that raises nightmare memories and an absolute dread of the next ‘new password’ demand! So the news that Universities and Google are separately and hopefully obliterating the password, in favour of the Doodle or biomarkers.
SWAN announces that North Lanarkshire Council has joined the Scottish Wide Area Network, a single public services network for the use of all public service organisations within Scotland. SWAN is being delivered through a framework contract with Capita IT Enterprise Services.
Men with blood cells that do not carry the Y chromosome are at greater risk of being diagnosed with AD (Alzheimer’s Disease) in addition to an increased risk of death from other causes, including many cancers according to a paper published in the American "Journal of Human Genetics" he annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics will hear today. LOY or (Loss of Y chromosome), is known to affect up to 20% of men who are aged over 80, and the most common genetic mutation acquired during a man’s lifetime
The world’s oldest golf club will not be hosting the Open championship, after retaining its ban on women members, sparking claims that £100 million could be denied the Scottish economy. It’s not that the game lags in technology. Only in Scotland will you find this ingrained anti-women attitude, where the defensive comments are laughable!!
People use laptops and smartphones to save and organise life – protected only by a password or a PIN. These are often not secure, and can be forgotten as so many are required and users do not choose or store them well. But biometric identifiers, fingerprints, voice or iris scans, allow users to be easily and securely identified. Going one better, computer scientists from University of Saarland and University of Stuttgart introduce a new “SkullConduct” biometric identifier for users of the eyewear computer Google Glass. Their system uses the skull to provide a digital access code and this method could also secure smartphones.
Facebook will have its nose out of joint as GCHQ's first Tweet: "Hello, world" is one of the first programs you learn to write in coding languages such as C, Python, Java, PHP, and Ruby. For those just starting to program, getting "Hello, world" to appear on a screen is a gentle introduction to coding, and as a technical organisation with computing at its core, it resonated with many of our staff who have learnt to program during their careers.
How far do you think most SMB businesses will go to beat their competition online asks Shai Aharony founder of Reboot Online. He finds the answer disturbing. When asked if they would like to hire a service that would sabotage a competitor’s website and guarantee its removal from Google search results (ie) Negative SEO 47% accepted the offer and asked for payment details. Some 31% accepted, pending more information. That’s 78% of businesses interested or outright accept the offer of dishing negative SEO on a competitor in a practice
both Illegal and underhand.
Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland, which represents anglers and fishery owners, has lodged a formal complaint at the Scottish Government's failure to protect wild salmon and sea trout, arguing that this constitutes a breach of European environmental legislation.
Scientists from the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have proved a model of the human gut they have developed and patented – HuMiX – is representative of the actual conditions and processes that occur within our intestines. With HuMiX, researchers can analyse the complex interactions between human cells and bacteria, predict their effects on health or disease onset, and study the action of probiotics and drugs.
Italtel was among the lead telecommunications companies in NFV ( Network Functions Virtualisation), managed services and All-IP communication, with its “Full MVNO in a Box” approach that was recognised at the MVNO World Congress 2016, collecting second place in the prestigious “Best MVNO Vendor Solution” category at the show’s awards.
Atlantis Resources completes the acquisition of Scottish tidal project assets from SPR (ScottishPower Renewables) in exchange for a 6% stake in its wider development portfolio. Atlantis subsidiary, Tidal Power Scotland also gains development rights for an additional 110MW of projects in Scotland. This includes the seabed rights, grid access and consents for the 10MW Sound of Islay project.
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