An highly auspicious election has Professor Vicki Hanson, selected as President of ACM (Association for Computer Machinery) the world’s largest computing society, which now also now sets a precedent with its all female Executive Committee! Not only does Professor Hanson provide an outstanding role model for girls to adopt STEM subjects and technology, among many roles, she is also Chair of Inclusive Technologies at the University of Dundee
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networking product manufacturer, the malware is designed to target routers, access points and other devices, running outdated versions of the airOS firmware, including airMAX M (airRouter), AirMAX AC, airOS 802.11G, ToughSwitch, airGateway and airFiber.
SoftBank Robotics Corp and SoftBank Corp announce its humanoid robot ‘Pepper' will support Google's Android, and the pre-sales of models for developers will begin from July 2016. Ahead of the pre-sales launch, starting today, SoftBank Robotics offer a beta version of “Pepper SDK for Android Studio,” a software development kit enabling the development of RoboApps on the Android platform.
People use laptops and smartphones to save and organise life – protected only by a password or a PIN. These are often not secure, and can be forgotten as so many are required and users do not choose or store them well. But biometric identifiers, fingerprints, voice or iris scans, allow users to be easily and securely identified. Going one better, computer scientists from University of Saarland and University of Stuttgart introduce a new “SkullConduct” biometric identifier for users of the eyewear computer Google Glass. Their system uses the skull to provide a digital access code and this method could also secure smartphones.
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.
Tony Martin, Professor of Animal Conservation at Dundee University is named "Conservationist of the Year" in recognition of exceptional leadership with the world’s largest rodent eradication operation. Co-author of a new study, Professor Tim Guilford Department of Zoology at Oxford explains, “If fishing lines are set at night, Europe's most endangered seabird, the Balearic shearwater, (fewer than 3,200 breeding pairs, decline roughly 14% a year) doesn't run the risk of being entangled by nets - that have the seabird "on the road to extinction." Now animal and bird data can be successfully assessed using a newly developed Google "Images App Morphic" to describe geographical variation in visible traits of organisms.
A student team of some 10 girls and boys from West Linton Primary School in the Scottish Borders has won the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology’s) FLL (FIRST LEGO League) UK and Ireland final and gone on to win an Innovation Award for their project at the FLL World Festival in St. Louis, USA.
Edinburgh University is offering £31,656 - £37,768 a year for a Research Associate in Programming Languages on the project “Skye: A programming language bridging theory and practice for scientific data curation”. The successful candidate will have expertise in foundations and functional programming.
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.
Like invisible scaffolding, millions of lines of computer code underpin the software used daily, from the simplest smartphone apps to complex behemoths as Google’s Internet services. As software becomes more sophisticated, developers and programmers must still be able to produce high quality, error-free code — the world’s dependence on software means inefficiencies and mistakes can cost businesses billions of dollars every year. To improve the coding process Assistant Professor Jiang Lingxiao at SMU (Singapore Management University) School of Information Systems works on tools that help developers navigate the sea of existing code, as well as take full advantage of this vast repository of valuable information.
IBM Research announced today that for the first time ever it is making quantum computing available to members of the public, who can access and run experiments on IBM’s quantum processor. IBM scientists have built a quantum processor that users can access through a first-of-a-kind quantum computing platform delivered via the IBM Cloud onto any desktop or mobile device. IBM believes quantum computing is the future of computing and has the potential to solve certain problems that are impossible to solve on today’s supercomputers.
"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.
Patented technology allows users to work with a state of the art ceramic printing system with stable and easy-to-clean materials. Both materials and machine designs are tested for more then 5.000 production hours in the job-shop that Admatec has run since 2013, probably the longest ceramic printing experience in the world and one that continuously result in innovations. Currently the novelty is with the material reconditioning system that allows the customer to re-use all the material guaranteeing 100% effective use of material.
Australian computer scientist Craig Wright has come forward as the founder of the online currency, doing so to the BBC, the Economist and GQ early on May 2nd. He authenticated, or should that be verified, to each publication early Bitcoin crypto graphical keys and claimed to be the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto who credited with founding the technology in 2008.
The launch of the new IT system at NHS 24 - already three years late and £50 million over budget, again runs into disorganised systems, adding technical difficulties. Don't hold your breath for the launch date yet!
Four years ago in October Sophant Technologies launched its software muscled antenna. Now the pioneering Sofant Technologies Ltd has secured €1.97 million (£1.54 million) of European funding. The investment, part of the €3 billion Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme will be used to take Sofant’s patented technology to market, potentially doubling battery life for mobile devices and greatly reducing antenna energy usage.
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.
In February the UK's HFEA ( Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority) approved the first studies of New Gene Editing Technique CRISPR on human embryos. The technique offers hope for victims of genetic conditions and infertility, but it also raises some misgivings over ethical issues.
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