IBM throws its hat in the blockchain ring of supporters and announced a partnership with Tokyo-based SBI Securities . And as skeptics question how long it will take for emerging blockchain technology to make a dent in the financial technology market, several high-profile backers of the decentralised secure transaction platform claim it is poised to "rewire" financial markets.
Mountains of opportunity await any child that learns technology skills early in life. But to a kid, entering the world of solder and silicon isn’t all that easy or fun. That's why Microduino made Itty Bitty City, an eight- in -one kit that makes DIY electronics into child’s play as any kid that can build a LEGO set can build the projects, and any kid that can that can install Minecraft, can then program them. Perhaps next step is to widen the net to include girl things!
Finland HQ Tieto, with more than 13 000 experts in close to 20 countries, a turnover of approximately €1.5 billion with shares listed on NASDAQ in Helsinki and Stockholm appoints an Artificial Intelligence as a member of the leadership team of its new data-driven businesses unit. Called Alicia T the AI is the first to be nominated to a leadership team in an OMX-listed company. AI will help the management team to become truly data-driven and will assist the team in seeking innovative ways to pursue the significant opportunities of the data-driven world.
Given that the Qatar National Cyber Security Strategy stressed the importance of developing local cyber security talent, multinational business facilitator Naseba hosted a fun and engaging youth empowerment program named CyQ during the 2nd day of the 9th Cyber Defence Summit that concluded yesterday in Doha.
An exceptional student from Robert Gordon’s University has been named Young Software Engineer of the Year 2016. Stuart Whitehead won first prize for an innovative project developing a software platform for internet of things (IoT) applications. The judge considered the project to be outstanding. Andreea Lutec from the University of Glasgow took second place for her project developing real time robot camera controls. Third place went to Ana Ciocarlan Aberdeen University for an innovative e-health project to monitor colorectal cancer. The Leidos Software Engineering Project Award went to Graeme Sutters from the University of Strathclyde who developed a seriously smart travel app.
A Glasgow tech start-up Swipii, that created a digital platform to help small firms attract repeat business, has raised £2m from new investors as its automated marketing suite allows businesses from beauty salons to coffee shops to collect customer details in order to offer them rewards and remain in contact.
Scotland’s Digital Xtra Fund launched in May 2016 and awarded £250,000 to 12 projects, expected to reach a total of 10,500 young people across the country by March 2017. Now an additional £150,000 has now been made available in response to the high number of applications received for first round funding. Applications open 3 October via Public Contracts Scotland. Eligible organisations can bid for grants from £1,500 to a maximum £25,000 per project to support computing science and digital skills focused extracurricular activities for 2016/17.
CGI launched a lab dedicated to help its trade finance and supply chain clients harness the efficiencies of blockchain for new and existing products. The formal launch at the Sibos finance conference, in Geneva, is part of the company's rapidly increasing use of Ripple's distributed ledger solutions. But, the lab itself will soon explore benefits to trade finance more broadly, as the blockchain becomes strategy technology.
Poor regulation of research can cause direct harm to patients, suggests a new international research study led by Dr. Jonathan Mendel from the University of Dundee. That calls for greater transparency in ethics committee processes.
Internationally renowned cyber-security expert, Troy Hunt, has been announced by ScotlandIS as a keynote speaker at this year’s ScotSoft developers conference. In his speech the Australian based web security expert, Microsoft regional director and MVP will draw on his years of experience running the ethical data breach service ‘have I been pwned’
Scotland’s ability to combat cybercrime could be massively boosted thanks to a unique partnership between Abertay University, Police Scotland and private company Droman Crime Solutions. The partnership has developed a ‘serious game’ that can train very large numbers of criminal justice staff in basic techniques to deal efficiently with cybercrime.
Data analytics company Aquila Insight has demonstrated its growth by moving into the former offices of FanDuel at Edinburgh’s CodeBase incubator to supports its rapid expansion. With an Edinburgh HQ and offices in London and Derby, it is rebranding to mark a new chapter as it approaches its fourth birthday.
HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise plans for a spin-off and merger of its non-core software assets with Micro Focus in a transaction of approximately $8.8 billion. This includes 50.1% ownership of the new combined company by HPE shareholders and a $2.5 billion cash payment to HPE a combination that creates one of the world's largest pure-play enterprise software companies. Another new IT behemoth emerges as Dell Technologies Inc combines the holdings of Dell with storage leader EMC Corp and in completion gets a $60 billion merger of cloud, storage, virtualisation and hardware components that will target being all things to enterprise IT customers.
Intelligent Point of Sale, developer of a tablet-based till system for the retail and hospitality sector, quadrupled turnover last year to over £1m. The Edinburgh-based start-up claims to have more than doubled clients, to over 1000 in the past 10 months. From 14 staff at the start of 2015, IPOS now employs 25, another five to be recruited by the end of next month.
"We believe that our recognition as a Visionary in the UTM Magic Quadrant aligns well with our mission to deliver enterprise grade security that is easily deployed and managed for SMBs and distributed enterprises," said Prakash Panjwani (right) CEO of WatchGuard Technologies.
IBM has revealed more information about Power9, its nextgen CPU, the hero that will regain market share ceded to Intel. Currently being built on GlobalFoundries 14nm finFET process, Power9 will be the heart of power servers by the second half of 2017. Both a brand new core as well as new chip architecture, IBM has optimised it for for HPC workloads, hyperscale, analytics and machine learning applications.
The river where Scotland's very first hydro-electric scheme was thought to have been sited in the late 1890s by Sir John Fowler, a civil engineer famous for his work both on the London Underground and the Forth Bridge, now makes headlines yet again for as community water powered renewable energy system that is starting to pay money back to its original investors.
Intel Custom Foundry has made a statement of intent that it is serious about competing with the companies TSMC, Samsung and GlobalFoundries and is agreeing a full support package for ARM intellectual property, on its upcoming 10nm FinFET manufacturing process.
Scottish cloud and data centre, brightsolid, has received Preferred Partner certification in Dell’s PartnerDirect program, meeting the necessary technical and sales training requirements. As a Dell Preferred Partner with certifications in Cloud Services & Solutions, brightsolid has always maintained a close working relationship with Dell and excels in hardware, software and services knowledge that help eliminate IT complexity for customers and help create greater efficiencies.
Global asset management firm, Baillie Gifford, has appointed Scotland-based Assure APM to gain greater forensic insight and control of its IT
systems, as part of an ongoing strategy to provide the highest levels of service to its clients. Baillie Gifford’s assets under management are
unostentatiously valued at around £130 billion. Assure was appointed following its pilot of ‘Advanced Performance Management’ technology across
Baillie Gifford’s IT environment to monitor and manage their network, server, and virtual infrastructure.
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