There are no technical or functional reasons for Amazon and Apple to fence off their e-book worlds using proprietary e-book formats. This is the result of a research study conducted by Professor Dr. Christoph Bläsi and Professor Dr. Franz Rothlauf of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and handed over today to Neelie Kroes, EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, in Brussels.
In the UK, the news is that you can get your hands on a real Enigma machine, thanks to the Bletchley Park Trust's Enigma Outreach programme. Education Officer Tom Briggs has swapped teaching maths for telling people about code-making and code-breaking. At another end of the spectrum, even Google, NASA and a Universities consortium will need codes to program the quantum D-Wave Two computer.
Organised by SDS, in partnership with SWiT (Scotland Women in Technology) a conference was held today to encourage women and young people to consider a Technology sector career and more than 80 career professionals heard from speakers including Rhona Hutchon, director of Harvey Nash Scotland, and creative technologist Don McIntyre joined by graduates and Modern Apprentices from Dell, IBM, HP, Cisco and Oracle, who heard about the growing opportunities in the sector.
As the NYT devotes its three lead technology stories to publicising Google, in the UK Reuters reports on MPs investigating its tax affairs. The Reuters link, usually impeccable is currently recording http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/05/16
Strathclyde University researchers with a team of 14 European organisations, appreciating that oceans and seas have the potential for chemicals and compounds and materials that could range from cancer cures to antibiotics are to work on the SeabioTech project. Led by Professor Brian McNeil, it is awarded £6.3m for sea sourced materials that can be used in pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food and industrial chemistry sectors.
Hitachi offers IGBT Module and gate drive subsystem with Amantys Power Insight performance monitoring. In data markets, Hitachi teams its NAS platform with Varonis to deliver data storage visibility and intelligence. Amantys and Fuji Electric also launch two new IGBT (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors0 Gate Drivers for High Power 2-pack modules, operating at 1200V and 1700V respectively, current ratings from 450A to 1400A.
The University of Strathclyde’s PNDC (Power Networks Demonstration Centre) first of its kind in Europe is officially opened, established in response to demand for secure, reliable and environmentally-friendly electricity across the globe.
In April, University of Surrey disclosed the architectural design of its new £35m centre for research into 5G mobile technology due to open in January 2015, housing 130 researchers from the University and its industrial partners, as well as providing a base for 90 PhD students. It is estimated that 5G mobile networks will be available to the public from around 2021. Now one of its key industrial players, Samsung Electronics has made a breakthrough in developing mobile technologies for 5G networks that would provide data transmission up to several hundred times faster than the current 4G technology.
Peratech, touch technology innovators develop an ultra-sensitive sensor using its award winning QTC (Quantum Tunnelling Composite) material that changes its resistance when pressure is applied, enabling it to be used to make pressure sensors respond to light touches, even through steel or glass.
Princess Anne, patron of the Northern Lighthouse Board has made clear her incredulity at the proposal to site hundreds of wind turbines in the close vicinity of the Grade A listed Skerryvore Lighthouse, south of the Isle of Tiree.
Gaberlunzie ponders on the current fashionable app Snapchat with the mobile and intensely interactive crowd as the slightly older fraternity grumble about not having sufficiently mobile fingers for fast operations!! (and the Snapchat logo for some reason reminds him of Caspar.)
Amor Group having won the Scottish Government ISIS now gains a place on the UK's G-Cloud Framework, a Government programme aimed at encouraging public sector a ofdoption cloud computing to access beneficial economics,sustainability of ICT IInformation and Communication Technology) and fundamentally changing the way the public sector procures and operates ICT.
SSE (Scottish & Southern Energy) is to proceed with construction of its 7.5MW Glasa hydro-electric scheme, near Ardross, Ross-shire. The £30m project, earlier named Kildermorie, will be the largest hydro-scheme built in the UK in over five years and the second largest conventional hydro-scheme built in over 50 years.
The e-shelter data centre, Frankfurt 1, is now connected to the expansive network of IX Reach, colocation and remote peering specialists, while a telecoms consultancy Wik Consult Gmbh findings for TalkTalk in the UK result in Ofcom investigating a complaint against BT.
A French management services company is creating 400 new jobs across Scotland's central belt. Webhelp TSC which acquire Falkirk customer manager business HEROtsc and now employs almost 3,000 people in Scotland – is setting up 294 new positions in its Glasgow base, 76 in Larbert and 30 in Kilmarnock.
Scotland, having offered Korea a tidal sweetener in its renewables partnerships, now approves the construction of a 7MW wind turbine by Samsung Heavy Industries Co, allowing the South Korean manufacturer to test different offshore models at a the Fife Energy Park in Methil, north of Edinburgh.
An international team, of which the University of Dundee is a leading member, has received a prestigious award from the ESA (European Space Agency) in recognition of its outstanding achievement in creating highly successful spacecraft technology.
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