Cyber is a hot issue at the moment, regardless of weather, and the Chancellor has recently set aside £1.9 billion for his new national cyber security strategy for UK's first National College of Cyber Security. This fittingly is set to open at historic Bletchley Park, integral in cracking the Nazi Enigma code thanks to the creative brilliance of Alan Turing. The current development follows a range of recent hacks from San Francisco’s light rail system, throughTesco Bank and to the hacking of recruitment passwords at Michael Page, (below right). He levels the finger of blame at CapGemini's insecurity, with a development server being left online!
Ocado is revealing more details about the 4G-based wireless protocol used to control the robots powering its new warehouses. Highly automated these will be offered as part of a managed service entitled "Ocado Smart Platform" which enables international partners to build scalable, sustainable and profitable online retail businesses. The protocol marks the first deployment worldwide to use the unlicensed 4G spectrum for warehouse automation. It guarantees a connection ten times per second to each of the 1,000+ robots roaming around the warehouse - and all working within a 150 meter radius.
Brexit (and Trump's election) have started a new era in UK and Europe, marked by new laws and regulations. One particular piece of legislation just enacted is the Investigatory Powers Bill - Prime Minister Theresa May's brain child - that establishes the most intrusive online surveillance anywhere in the West.
While IBM opens its prize competitions for AI development, Intel launches its Artificial Intelligence, debuting a DLIA (Deep Learning Inference Accelerator) card that is an FPGA (field-programmable gate array)-based hardware and software solution for neural network acceleration. It now has an Arria 10 FPGA optimised for targeted topologies of convolutional neural networks and it claims will become available by 2017.
Ivalua, claiming global leadership in cloud spend management solutions, now offers Ivalua Update 152 (IU 152). Its third major cloud platform update of the year. IU 152 delivers enhanced out-of-the-box deployment, enriched user experience, improved compliance and supplier risk management as well as simpler management of complexity in large organisations.
AI (Artificial Intelligence) software that can learn, adapt and rebuild itself in real-time could help combat climate change. Lancaster University researchers at the Data Science Institute have developed a software system that, for the first time can rapidly self-assemble into the most efficient form, without needing humans intervention. The system – REx – is being developed to work with with vast energy-hungry data centres in mind. Able to rapidly adjust to optimally deal with a huge multitude of tasks, servers controlled by REx would do less processing, consuming less energy.
Gaberlunzie was a tad amazed that Government departments have recorded nearly 9,000 personal data breaches in a year - or over 24 a day - according to the NAO (National Audit Office ) which is bemoaning Whitehall's "chaotic" mechanisms for reporting incidents.
IoT emerges in Glasgow with STREAM Technologies which has developed software focused on the fast-growing Internet of Things, is to create 20 jobs in Glasgow, as it aims for an annual turnover increase from £5.5m to £20 million by 2018. The mobile network services specialist is being supported by a £200,000 Regional Selective Assistance grant from Scottish Enterprise job creation coincides with a move to bigger premises, at Skypark in Glasgow.
Gaberlunzie is horrified that the money scamming game actually follows in the footsteps of genuine BT Openreach activities. There have been a lot of cobbles up, and lines laid down in Edinburgh for one location! He would council readers to read For Argyll's ‘BT Broadband Security’ scam
One of Gaberlunzie's happiest recalls was being allowed to sit and look through his grandmother's very fat tome of countless postcards postcards. He wasn't too interested in reading the spider ink or broad pen nib writing, but the pictures were an endless delight. Now he sees that a new public searchable database provides access to the unique and inspirational treasure trove of amazing stories and pictures through the ‘social media’ of the Edwardian era.”
Erik Bakke is an MIT graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science and has been the driver behind a new software tool, which he has developed with the help of his thesis advisor, MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering David Karge
China keeps its No. 1 ranking on the 47th edition of the TOP500 list of the world’s top supercomputers, but this time with a new system built entirely using China designed and made processors. Sunway TaihuLight is the new No. 1 system with 93 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the LINPACK benchmark.
NuData Security and Varonis make some powerful pitches to rub up on user names and passwords with NuData Security director Lisa Baergen admitting ruefully to sounding “like a broken record; but here we are again, news of yet another hack attack hits the wire. It’s only been a couple of weeks since TeamViewer user accounts were hijacked, and now GoToMYPC hit by a very sophisticated password attack. No matter how long it takes to come out, the bottom line is that organisations have to stop thinking “what IF” and accepting it should be seen as “ WHEN” we get hit…
With Australian created silicon qubits performing operations with one-sixth of the errors of superconducting circuits, a team in California and Spain have made an experimental prototype of a quantum computer device that can solve a wide range of problems in such fields as chemistry and physics. It also has the potential to be scaled up to larger systems.
The leading event in the Scottish tech calendar will be bigger than ever this year as it returns with a ramped up strand for developers. ScotSoft 2016 is coming to the EICC in Edinburgh on Thursday 6 October. Hosted by digital technologies trade body ScotIandIS, Scotsoft will bring together more than 1,000 CEOs, decision makers and developers from the private and public sectors in Edinburgh . This year, its Developers Conference will run for a full day thanks to its 2015 popularity
IBM has launched its first cloud-based development environment for near real-time, high performance analytics. Giving data scientists the ability to access and ingest data in order to deliver insight-driven models to developers, it is available on IBM Cloud Bluemix platform, where this 'Data Science Experience' provides 250 curated data sets, open source tools and a collaborative workspace helping data scientists uncover and share insights with developers, making it easier and quicker to develop intelligent applications.
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.
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