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.
As AI becomes available, KLM for one is turning to chat bots to try a form of interaction that is intuitive and more natural to customers. KLM is refocusing its attention (and budgets) prioritising chat apps such as Facebook’s messenger and WeChat instead. But empathy may yet save human workers!
NovaCast is a device that prevents infections, ulcers and even amputation of limbs, is ten times lighter than the traditional material and allows a good ventilation. The traditional use of plaster splints for the rehabilitation of bones can cause infections, ulcers and even amputations because the shape prevents proper medical inspection, sweat accumulates and generates little ventilation.
As the European Parliament passed the final vote for General Data Protection Regulation Forbes breaks the news that researchers at IBM have discovered a new piece of malware that has stolen some $4 million from more than 24 American and Canadian banks in just a few days. The hackers combined code from two malware types, known as Nymaim and Gozi, to create GozNym, a Trojan both persistent and powerful. Numerous credit unions and popular e-commerce platforms were also said to have been targeted.
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.
Physicist Professor Burkard Hillebrands from the University of Kaiserslautern receives an ERC Advanced Grant, one of the highest awards from the European Research Council. The Grant is endowed with an amount of more than €2.4 million euros. With this funding Hillebrands will open up a new field of research: supermagnonics. He and his team will investigate macroscopic magnonic quantum phenomena with the aim to make data processing significantly more efficient.
UK authorities regularly engage in emergency planning procedures, designed to test how the emergency services will respond to a major incident. The reaction is always practiced and professional, yet few realise there is no consistent central coordination for these efforts and that is a cause for real concern. Category 1 responders use different systems and this has led to criticism by Home Office ministers among others writes Intermedix UK Market Development director, Ian Carr
A software tool capable of both collecting and then cutting through millions of online messages to identify radicalising groups, trolls, and cyberbullies has been created by a UK trolling expert and her team at Lancaster University. The software, known as FireAnt (Filter, Identify, Report, and Export Analysis Tool), can speedily download, devour, and discard large collections of online data leaving relevant and important information for further investigation, at the touch of a button!
A painting, "The Next Rembrandt" was unveiled recently at an Amsterdam museum. It is not a newly discovered piece by the renowned Dutch painter, but a 3D print of an idealised version of a Rembrandt — as construed by software from angles and details contained in existing paintings and exemplifying the skills of DLAs (Deep Learning Algorithms) and 3D printers.
Computer scientist, inventor and author Ray Kurzweil (top left) working on “How to create a mind” wants to start a company to develop his ideas about how to build a “truly intelligent computer” defining that as a machine that could understand language, make inferences and create its own decisions.
Police, government, corporations, and countless individuals have been victims of malicious software aka ransomware that encrypts data then demands payment for its return. A spate of recent ransomware infections at hospitals now has experts worried over patient care suffering. When it comes to terrorists there are some who favour bulk data collection for security, rather then the use of encryption.
Computer scientists and software engineers know benchmarking (evaluating the running time of a piece of software, or the performance of a piece of hardware) is a common method for evaluating new techniques. However, there is little agreement on how benchmarking should be carried out, how to control for confounding variables, how to analyse latency data, or even how to aid the repeatability of experiments. There is an impressive role call of confirmed speakers.
In mid march, NRS (National Records of Scotland) recorded that Jack and Emily are Scotland’s top baby names and Smith the most common surname (taking Births, Marriages and Deaths together) But as March gives way to April, it’s no Huntie Gowk that has a computer virus shut down the genealogy records service.
Documents can be skimmed 60% faster than at present, with higher recall shows research from Aalto University. The amount of data we take in from screens each daily through documents, email chains, web pages and social media flows is enormous. But the continuous scrolling technique we typically use to browse this data is, however, far from perfect.
A new campaign aimed at attracting more teachers has been launched by the government, with a particular focus on STEM subjects. Among those backing the initiative is Chris van der Kuyl, the Dundee millionaire, who honours his teacher as helping him to reach his potential, when as a 14 year old with a broken mini computer his father obtained for him, he and his friends would patch it back into working order - thanks to his computer-science teacher, Jim Scott.
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.
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