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DIGIT Tech News Roundup – 15th of February 2019

Duncan MacRae


DIGIT Tech News Roundup

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 11th of February.

DIGIT’s Top Trending Stories

Scottish Firm Unveils Virtual Reality Team Building Product

Virtual reality (VR) technology created exclusively for team building is to be introduced to the UK market by a Dunfermline-based events firm, Team Challenge Company.

The company has grown to become one of the UK’s largest team development businesses since its launch in 2001, delivering corporate events across the country for clients including Aldi, Heineken and AG Barr.

Unveiled in late 2018 by Catalyst Global, the world’s largest network of team building providers, the product is the first of its kind to be designed primarily for team development purposes and uses advanced gaming software.

The product, known as The Infinite Loop, could help to transform the way team building exercises are delivered, the firm said.

The Infinite Loop uses virtual reality headsets to enhance learning outcomes and “create a more contemporary” experience for delegates at team building events. The product aims to encourage out-of-the-box thinking as well as increased communications between employees.

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

Edinburgh Councillor Calls For Tech to be Used More Effectively in Social Care

Healthcare Company Care Sourcer Looking HealthyEdinburgh’s Health and Social Care Partnership programme will ‘set-aside’ £2 million to help push forward its transformational plan that will include community-based crisis management.

The partnership’s transformational programme will focus on three strands; well-being and prevention, community and hospital based crisis management, and supporting people to live at home and in bed-based care.

The purpose of the transformation strategy is to “reduce dependency on the health and care institutions and focus the resources with the system to those who most need them” and “working with people at the earliest possible point”.

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

TSB Incurs £100 Million Loss Following IT Migration Disaster

A hacker claims to have stolen 617 million online accounts, which they are selling on the dark web.

The cyber thief claims to be hawking the stolen account databases on the Dream Market, located in the Tor network. According to the hacker, for less than $20,000 (£15,500) Bitcoin, account details can be bought from the following websites:

Dubsmash (162 million), MyFitnessPal (151 million), MyHeritage (92 million), ShareThis (41 million), HauteLook (28 million), Animoto (25 million), EyeEm (22 million), 8fit (20 million), Whitepages (18 million), Fotolog (16 million), 500px (15 million), Armor Games (11 million), BookMate (8 million), CoffeeMeetsBagel (6 million), Artsy (1 million), and DataCamp (700,000).

Sample account records from the multi-gigabyte databases appear to be genuine according to the Register, which stated it has seen the data. Compromised data includes account holder names, email addresses, and passwords that are hashed or one-way encrypted and must, therefore, be cracked before they can be used.

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

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JP Morgan Creates Crypto-currency

Coinhive BrowseAloud CyberattackAmerican bank JP Morgan has developed its own crypto-currency, JPM Coin, to help settle payments between clients in its wholesale payments business.

The crypto-currency, which runs on blockchain technology, is the first digital currency to be backed by a major US bank.

JP Morgan believes the cryptocurrency has potential when it comes to using digital coins to reduce risk and enable instant transfers.

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

Mars Rover Ends Mission: “My Battery is Low and it’s Getting Dark”

NASA’s Opportunity Mars has officially been declared dead and its heartbreaking last message sent to scientists has been revealed.

The solar-powered robot had outlasted its 90 day mission, spending 15 years exploring Mars and sending vital data back to Earth.

NASA declared the robot dead on Wednesday, victim to an extreme dust storm, although it sent its last message to scientists eight months ago.

Scientists have revealed that just before it powered down it sent the message: “My battery is low and it’s getting dark”.

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

Code in Website Adverts Slows Browsing

online advertising Website adverts are slowing down internet browsing, analysis of the most popular one million websites has found.

The research by developer Patrick Hulce discovered that 60% of the total loading time of a page was caused by scripts that place ads or analyse what users do.

Hulce collected data from mobile and desktop versions of popular websites, sampling programs written in Javascript.

He discovered that the Javascript code that helps Google place adverts on web pages and analyse user activity bestowed the longest delays on visitors. The Javascript behind Google ads and its analytics were found on the largest number of sites in the million sampled.

If used together on a site, Hulce said, these can add in excess of two-thirds of a second to loading times.

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

Duncan MacRae


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