DIGIT Tech News Roundup – 14th of December 2018

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In this edition of the DIGIT Weekly Roundup, we highlight some of the top-trending tech and business news stories permeating the airwaves in the week beginning 10th of December.

DIGIT’s Top Trending Stories

Whisky-Fuelled Cars to Help Tackle Pollution in India

heavy traffic in Mumbai, IndiaEdinburgh-based biofuel company Celtic Renewables has signed a deal with Indian company Dross Energy to develop an alternative form of fuel for cars in a bid to tackle India’s severe pollution problem.

Celtic Renewables, a Edinburgh Napier University spin-off, has developed technology that converts residues from whisky production into a new green fuel, biobutanol, that can power vehicles.

Biobutanol is designed as a direct replacement for petrol and diesel, which means the car does not need to have its engine modified.

The new form of sustainable fuel has the potential to significantly cut oil consumption and dependency. Not only could it provide future fuel security, it could also cut carbon emissions.

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Vodafone to Install 4G-Enabled Tech in Edinburgh’s Street Fixtures

UK 5G TrialsVodafone plans to use manhole covers to improve 4G mobile coverage in urban areas. The company says it will fit the roof of traditional phone boxes with small 4G antennae on Princes Street in time for Hogmanay, one the city’s largest celebrations.

Vodafone UK’s chief executive, Nick Jeffery, said using older infrastructure can help benefit consumers in a modern, digital era. “It is great to be able to use yesterday’s infrastructure – from phone boxes to manhole covers – to deliver the services of tomorrow,” he said. “This is one of the ways we are extending our 4G services to areas other networks cannot reach, and getting ready for 5G.”

Jeffery added: “We are committed to providing customers with the best network possible by drawing on our strengths in innovation and strong UK heritage.”

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Oil Firm Saipem’s Aberdeen IT Infrastructure Suffers Cyber Attack

SaipemItalian oil services company, Saipem, has revealed it suffered a cyber attack on Monday, which affected its servers in the Middle East and its infrastructure in Aberdeen. Saipem’s head of digital and innovation, Mauro Piasere, said that the source of the attack had been pinpointed to India.

Servers in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were targeted, along with the firm’s IT infrastructure in Aberdeen where the company employs less than 30 people, he said.

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Russia’s Most Modern Robot Unmasked as Just a Bloke in a Suit

A fake bot was paraded on stage at a Russian technology conference to demonstrate its lifelike movement and dancing. It was was so impressive that it was featured on Russian state television and lauded as the world’s most modern robot.

However, the sham was uncovered when images of the robot from different angles revealed a human neck inside the suit.

This was not the only tell-tale sign. It appears the android had no visible camera or sensors. Its design was unlike other robots, which often have slender limbs – the fake was chunky and large enough to fit a human inside.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.



Microsoft and Adobe Patch 100-plus Bugs in December

Microsoft GDPRMicrosoft’s latest patch update round featured fixes for nine critical vulnerabilities including one zero-day bug.

According to Microsoft, the vulnerability (CVE-2018-8611) is an elevation-of-privilege (EoP) bug that affects Windows 7 through Server 2019. It has a CVSS rating of seven, classifying it as a high-severity flaw. The EoP is triggered when the Windows kernel fails to properly handle objects in memory, according to Microsoft.

In addition to the zero-day bug and the nine vulnerabilities, Microsoft patched 30 flaws rated important, impacting a range of Microsoft products from Internet Explorer, Edge, ChackraCore, Microsoft Windows, Office and Microsoft Office Services and Web Apps, and the .NET Framework.

The 39 flaws reported by the computing giant on Tuesday paled in comparison to the 87 posted by Adobe and represent a relatively light load.

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NHS Told to Ditch ‘Absurd’ Fax Machines

fax machineAs of next month, the NHS will be banned from buying fax machines and has been told by the government to phase out the machines entirely by March 31st 2020. The Department of Health said a change to more modern communication methods was needed to improve patient safety and cyber security.

A spokesman for the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) said they supported the Government’s decision.

In place of fax machines, the Department of Health said secure email should be used. Richard Kerr, who is the chair of the RCS’s commission on the future of surgery, said the continued use of the outdated technology by the NHS was “absurd”.

The fax machine was invented by Scotsman Alexander Bain. He obtained a patent for his ‘Electric Printing Telegraph’ on 27th May, 1843.

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