UK green energy supplier Ecotricity’s application for an up to seven-turbine wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway was turned down by a Scottish government reporter as the benefits from the project cannot compensate for its impact on the landscape and cultural heritage. The seven turbine project on Stroans Hill, close to the village of Carsluith would have produce as much power as 10,600 UK homes consume it was claimed. Ecotricity appealed against non-determination to Scottish Government's DPEA (Department for Planning and Environmental Appeals) and It has now been refused planning permission.
A selection of leading UK research, post-graduate and undergraduate universities Cranfield, Central Lancashire and Leeds are partnering with Tableau Software to pilot a hands-on training course in data analytics for their students and professors. The one day course aims to raise awareness about the use of data analytics, helping staff and students close the gap in data skills amongst UK graduates and iin today's increasingly competitive workplace.
Staying safe online is becoming an increasingly relevant issue when some 30,000 websites are hacked per day, according to Sophos Labs, with millions of hacking attacks every day around the world. Even large and secure companies, such as Verizon, experience data breaches, so the everyday user without any cyber protection as VPN (Virtual Private Network) is daily open to data theft.
UK's railway network was the victim of at least four major cyber attacks in the last 12 months, according to a private security company that works with the network. The attacks were discovered by ex-GCHQ Darktrace, a British cybersecurity startup that is responsible for defending most of the UK's railway network and nearly parallels with US researchers finding a hacking tool that targets energy grids on the dark web.
Ransomware – what hackers use to encrypt your computer files and demand money in exchange for freeing those contents – is an exploding global problem with few solutions, but a team of University of Florida researchers says it has developed a way to stop it dead in its tracks. The answer, they say, lies not in keeping it out of a computer but rather in confronting it once it’s there and, counterintuitively, actually letting it lock up a few files before clamping down on it. However the security experts have some acute comments to make and are worth pondering on!
The prpl Foundation today announced the upcoming debut of the prpl Hypervisor at the IoT Evolution Expo in Las Vegas. The prplHypervisor is an industry-first light-weight open source hypervisor specifically designed to provide security through separation for the billions of embedded connected devices that power the Internet of Things.
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
Siemens founded in 1847 starts up its Next47 initiative to foster disruptive ideas and accelerate new technologies development more vigorously, The new unit will have funding of €1 billion for the first five years and the unit will be headed by CTO Siegfried Russwurm on an acting basis.
Team Bielefeld at Bielefeld University was victorious in the RoboCup finale for CITEC (Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology) and has won RoboCup, the robotics world championship. The Team of Bielefeld secured victory in the household service league RoboCup@Home on Sunday, 3 July.
University of Glasgow spin-out firm Gold Standard Simulations Ltd, created by Professor Asen Asenov, is bought by Synopsys, the US chip design software company specialising in EDA (electronic design automation) and semiconductor IP, as well as ranking 15th among the world's largest software companies.
LondonMetric Property Plc, the London-based real estate investor in retailer-led distribution, out of town and convenience retail, is installing LandMark 4, the latest property management solution from Hexagon Software. With 12.1 million sq ft of assets under management and a total portfolio value exceeding £1.5 billion, this software will assist LondonMetric Property’s portfolio management and its strategy of increasing income and improving capital values.
In February this year, Accenture, and the Scottish Police Authority agreed to rescope the i6 project aimed to replace more than 120 IT-and paper-based systems for Police Scotland. Four months later mutual agreement is reached between the stakeholders, including Accenture, to end the operational system agreement and reconsider the IT options.
Working to put hardware into schools and education has always found Apple, Google and Microsoft as prime candidates on the basis of “convince ‘em young and secure your ageing market.” They are still workiing hard to get their equipment into the education market and unlikely to slow up on this, since USA schools bought $10.8 million of Apple, Google and Microsoft devices in 2015 alone. Small wonder that Amazon has determined to join that booming market.
YEAY, is claimed to be a new easy to use E-commerce app, that uses video as opposed to traditional selling formats. It has successfully closed a seed funding round with an investment of single-digit millions in euros from Grazia Equity. YEAY also welcomed Elio Leoni-Sceti (chairman of LSG Holdings) and Erhard Schoewel (eon executive board member of COTY) among other notable investors. The funding will be used to support YEAY’s product development and recruitment as it releases into open beta.
Gaberlunzie is deriving some laughter as he watches the Gaelic signpost stushie! He also notes that "For Argyll" has not covered the subject for seven years. He waits breathlessly, having fallen around at the old "Scotman" story where Bute was renamed ‘Penis Island” in a Gaelic sign error and he is pleased that ComputeScotland has got Save Gaelic on his front page left-hand column. Hot off "The Herald" is that scientists have created an App that teaches computers to understand Gaelic! But how good are they at speaking it?
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 the EU referendum on the brink, many things apart from engineering and scientific research are overlooked. innovation within the UK cyber security industry also now hangs somewhat in the balance. Regardless of whether you are in or out, the cyber security skills gap is real. And the UK with London in particular - is at a great advantage by being able to attract talent from all over the world.
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