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.
National Grid and Renewable Energy Systems are working on the first battery energy storage systems to provide a dynamic frequency response service in sub-second timescales in Great Britain. Both have signed a 4 year contract that will see RES provide 20MW of frequency response from battery storage. This new service is to aid National Grid in its system balancing role, increasingly requiring innovation and use of new technologies. The RES’ service delivery battery storage systems will provide cost effective frequency response to the grid, within one second of the detection of a frequency deviation. The battery storage systems to be fully operational in 18 months.
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networking product manufacturer, the malware is designed to target routers, access points and other devices, running outdated versions of the airOS firmware, including airMAX M (airRouter), AirMAX AC, airOS 802.11G, ToughSwitch, airGateway and airFiber.
German pharmaceutical & chemicals giant Bayer has made an all-cash offer to acquire Monsanto for $62 billion, valuing the US company at $122/share value, a substantial premium in a deal that would create the world’s largest agrochemicals company. Mega merger expert, John Colley, Professor of Practice at Warwick Business School notes "It is a classic transfer of value from bidders shareholders to those of the target. Few mega-bids go well. Research shows more than half destroy value. Only around a quarter deliver on their promises.
Last year, Oxford Dictionaries declared in favour of “hangry” as an acceptable word in its combination of hungry and angry. It may take until 2017 or longer, but the book “Servitor Gaiae” (aka Earth Servant) may promote another newbie word with the emergence of - “ecowatsit” aka an abbreviation for the Ecological Worldwide Threats Institute, but being far more easily spoken, it has the appearance of an enthusiastic contender for approval.
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.
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.
A new model makes landslides and slope failures easier to predict. One for the Rest & be Thankful perhaps? The threat of slope instability will be easier to predict in future. Scientists working on an Austrian Science Fund project have succeeded in developing a new numerical model for this purpose that enables the calculation of important physical factors relating to slope stability for the first time. Due to the complexity of the factors involved, this has not been possible until now.
"Snapshot, Backup or Replication – What, When, How!” explains the differences between basic data management techniques, such as snapshot, back-up and replication. It also gives practical advice to regular PC users and IT managers.
For the first time, scientists have shown that MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) and other antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ infections can be tracked across Europe, by combining whole-genome sequencing with a web-based system. In mBio today researchers at Imperial College, London, and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute worked with a European network representing doctors in 450 hospitals in 25 countries to successfully interpret and visualise the spread of drug-resistant MRSA.
In the light of the light spread of regions experiencing Zika outbreaks owing to climate change and globalisation, non-indigenous mosquito species established in Europe together with the pathogens they transmit are currently being investigated in a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF together their role in the transmission of pathogens.
Age cannot wither, nor custom stale “… an urgent need for a reliable method to determine the age of undocumented migrants and identification of terror victims in the Middle East… A world expert for age estimation forensics at the University of Huddersfield, in association with the AgEstimation Project headed by Professor Cameriere in a two-day workshop that runs on 13-14 May 2016.
It seems curiously timely, as the world recalls Chernobyl, the nuclear accident that occurred 30 years ago today, that the focus from the nuclear energy sector is on the next challenges for the technology with its decommissioning market in the next decade. "Nuclear Energy Insider" journal has organised its Decommissioning Conference to be held 31st May-1st June. And that other most intriguing development, the next generation of small modular reactors has a Handbook is in place as well!, The cost from $195 (Kindle) to $265 hard cover.
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.
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