With a start up kitty of $96.7m mobile payment Powa Technologies is proving the potential of its new PowaTag technology and ensuring its status as among the select few UK's 'internet sensations.' It already has about 15 companies signed on to use the platform for their products including Harper Collins, Electrolux, Hoover and Lavazza.
AdaCore has released its latest Ada cross-development environment, GNAT Pro 7.2, for ARM processors running Linux. This provides a complete Ada development environment oriented towards embedded systems that require the flexibility and extensive services provided by Linux.
As Nokia announced its adoption of Windows with a mix of Droid apps aka Windroid X, X+ and XL, Ford opts to drop Microsoft and pick up QNX from BlackBerry as its new software partner to power its in-car entertainment and communications systems.
Europe’s largest teaching laboratory of Sony PlayStation consoles has been opened at Abertay University in Dundee with permanently installed 30 new PlayStation Vita development kits, that games students have open access to beside existing PlayStation 3 and 4 development kits.
The world’s first exchange platform BinaryFund taking card payments for digital (aka crypto or cyber) currencies including Bitcoin launches in the UK today. It comes on the heels of DoS attacks on Bitcoin and some value dips after the currency launch to hype and hysteria but also acceptance by Silicon Valley and Wall Street for a currency that has even created specialist fat processors for algorithmic work.
Started in 2011, Innorobo has become Europe’s international meeting for the robotics community and for the innovation departments of other industries. In 3 years, this Lyon based show in France has built a solid international reputation with a 50% rise in attendance in 2013 when the event hosted more than 130 exhibitors from 14 countries and attracted 15,000 professional visitors.
As industrialisation struggles to reach Industry 4.0 or the Intelligent 4th generation of industrialisation, after mechanisation, electrification and digitisation, using VPN software secure networks, IMDEA Networks Institute becomes a member of the 5G-PPP (Public-Private-Partnership Association) legal entity created by the European Commission and aimed at accelerating work on 5th generation (5G) cellular networks for 2020 and beyond.
Edinburgh-based Wolfson Microelectronics has entered into a partner agreement with Hyderabad-located systems design Incube Solutions. Incube will provide turnkey services to Wolfson’s customers and partners including porting, optimisation and integration of software audio technologies for consumer electronics and mobile device markets.
With some 30 new gTLDs going on sale through registrars, NetNames predicts that there will be a spike in the volume of online threats facing brands, as cyber-criminals take advantage of a trademark sunrise period coming to an end.
Gaberlunzie searches first out of the gate at gTLD, seed that Facebook is offering a Paper.app and loves the ingenuity of Roberts radio, but wonders how any retrofit for future iMAC interfaces will be achieved.
A £155 million fund for a national network of Quantum Technology Hubs that exploit quantum physics properties to develop quantum technologies - with the view to eventual application - has been opened for bids by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council). Between £10-20 million a Hub will be available, complemented by a £75 million fund for capital investment across the network.
Gaberlunzie was amused by the ruckus caused by the two 18-year-olds who have launched an iPhone app Verdict, as the initial PR mailing showed chunky shoes to approve or otherwise, and reminded him a wedding he went to and photographed (below) from the waist down for fun. One of his best was abovethe " three kilts, two kilt pins and lots of feet!"
Samsung Electronics (which has agreed a multi-year IP licence and component supply partnership with UK Wolfson Microelectronics for its Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets, including the S4) has also now recently entered a couple of big patent-licensing agreements with Ericsson and Google.
Graphene sheets are immensely strong, lightweight and excellent at conducting electricity. Theoretically, macroscopical 3D grapheme assemblies should retain the properties of nanoscale graphene flakes. But recent attempts to make 3D graphene resulted in poor conductivity due to bad contact between graphene sheets. Loss of strength is also a problem, and self-supporting 3D graphene not yet been produced.
In line with government’s Community Energy Strategy to promote local approaches to combat rising energy bills, Scottish and Southern Energy Power distribution has been awarded £8.3 million by OFGEM to trial a local energy efficiency initiative in the Solent.
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