Pinnacle CDT a data, telecoms and IT support services provider to nearly 1,000 customers from Glasgow and Stockton-on-Tees offices, last year posted a net loss on sales of £6.7m, before tax and head office costs of £0.2m. In a recent giddy rush of activity the company has now executed five acquisitions and three disposals in some four months.
In a thoughtful examination of Google as top target for European regulators and privacy watchdogs, who openly fear and distrust its dominance since the American tech giant’s search engine alone sweeps up roughly 90 percent of the European market, the "New York Times" observes that the landmark court ruling to rein in Google has ironically put it as head of Europe's enforcement of Internet privacy.
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.
Varonis Systems Inc has revealed results of a year of anonymous data collected during risk assessments, conducted for potential customers on a limited subset of their file systems. The 2015 results show a staggering level of exposure in corporate file systems, including an average of 9.9 million files per assessment accessible by every company employee.
UK government is to set out a strategy by 2017 that aims at the UK becoming one of the "world leaders” in '5G' mobile wireless communications. The strategy is to be informed by recommendations made by the National Infrastructure Commission before the end of 2016 so that the Commission delivers in 2017 the 5G strategy recommendations according to chancellor George Osborne's Budget statement.
One of techs hottest trends is the IoT (Internet of Things). Morgan Stanley projects that within the next five years, as many as 75 billion smart connected devices will be communicating with each other via IoT. Gartner Research in December predicted that IoT will generate nearly $2 trillion in global economic value by 2020.
As Bitcoin hits a capacity limit that could hamper dreams of it becoming widely used but Ethereum emerges "price of Ether shot past benchmark levels..and Ethereum's market cap is now well above 10% of Bitcoin's" the banking industry has many analysts watching how major institutions plan to adapt to consumers anytime demand for access to services. Banks’ future successes will hinge on how well they can integrate digital technology to handle volume and compete against innovative new startups.
Microsoft tests a prototype underwater, self-contained data center that can operate hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean, for more efficient cooling and tested the prototype in efforts to reducing the need for expensive air-conditioning. Could be if wave energy pans out, that the necessary power is also less expensive.
Could it be that Accenture, which lauds itself as one of the world’ most admired companies against its web background of racing balloons, is not up to the cyber risk challenge after all? It's not the first or last time that large IT systems crash before takeoff.
IT network infrastructures are coming under ever-increasing strain due to a myriad of technologically-bound desires such as mobile working, bigger capacity and cloud adoption, and it begs the question…what happens when a cloud is fit to bust?
The market for such traditional industrial robots is now worth around $11bn and continues to grow slowly reports Dr John Harrop IDTechEx director. Technology is largely unchanged with modern industrial robot arms generally employing minimal sensors and no real intelligence.
From Prestwick airport expansion, the space port decision year, improved batteries, industrial biotechnology and the Merika marine energy research hub there’s plenty of 2016 forecast predictions available. Few however are as concise as the Top 3 Big Data Trends!
Gaberlunzie has had an absolutely hair-raising three hours..started at 10am and finished at 13.32 trying to pay Edinburgh Council for his parking permit. He variously equipped himself slowly with his expiring permit council tax number, his car registration number and it’s various pollution emissions and engine sizes numbers only to find that his whole block was missing in the pull-down!
The massive IT meltdown that has brought parts of Scotland's Glasgow City Council to standstill and expected to spark a legal battle over who is responsible is on the heels of a similar tale at Lincolnshire County Council with the organisation SERCO Citizen Services UK has just which issued a formal apology after a catalogue of errors in paying teachers and other public sector workers in Lincoln, with Glasgow to follow presumably.
New mathematical models can give us better and cheaper robotic systems. That is the conclusion of the thesis of Industrial PhD student Morten Mossige from ABB. Mossige defended his PhD thesis at the University of Stavanger on 26 August. The thesis focuses on the testing of robotic systems.
IBM in collaboration with NVIDIA, Mellanox (ethernet meets the unbelievable!) and the STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) Hartree Centre announce plans for the UK's first PADC (POWER Acceleration and Design Centre) designed to help UK businesses exploit high performance computing on OpenPOWER systems for MSBD (Modelling & Simulation and Big Data Analytics).
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