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DIGIT Tech News Roundup – 17th of May 2019

Duncan MacRae


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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 13th of May.

DIGIT’s Top Trending Stories

DIGIT Launches Scotland’s Financial Technology Awards

ScotlandIS Digital Technology AwardsDIGIT is welcoming entries for the inaugural Scottish Financial Technology Awards, which will celebrate the development of the national Fintech ecosystem.

The Scottish Financial Technology Awards has been launched to recognise effort, innovation, customer outcomes and socio-economic impact.

Stephen Ingledew, FinTech Scotland‘s Chief Executive, said he was “delighted to see the launch of the Fintech Awards, which will recognise the growing number of innovative enterprises in Scotland focused on reinventing Financial Services with new technology and data”.

The Awards will be held on the 25th of September at Edinburgh’s Grand Sheraton Hotel.

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

Vodafone to Launch 5G Network in Glasgow This July

Vodafone’s 5G service will be turned on in the UK on the 3rd of July, the company has revealed – marking the first confirmed 5G launch date.

Upon its launch, businesses and customers in a host of cities across the UK will be able to sign up and reap the benefits of faster, more reliable data speeds.

Seven cities will be included in the initial 5G rollout, the telecoms firm said, with Glasgow, London, Liverpool and Manchester among the first. Services will also be extended to a number of towns and cities across England by the end of the year, Vodafone confirmed.

In a world first, the company said it will also offer 5G roaming in four countries over the summer, with customers benefiting in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain.

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

Tech Nation Report Highlights Scotland’s Booming Tech Sector

Scotland technologyThe annual Tech Nation Report has highlighted the increasing strength of Scotland’s digital technology sector, with the number of businesses and employees in the sector growing.

The report, which provides a comprehensive overview of the UK’s technology ecosystem, shows that the UK tech sector performed well in regards to investment last year.

While London continues to remain the UK’s leader in attracting high-growth investment, with £9 billion invested between 2015 and 2018, regions and individual cities across the country continue to attract global attention.

The growing strength of Scotland’s technology ecosystem was previously highlighted in CBRE’s ‘Tech Cities’ report, published in April this year. The report, which ranks the top UK locations for tech businesses, pinpointed both Glasgow and Edinburgh as prime locations for companies to do business in – with Glasgow ranked second-best UK city outside of London.

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

In Case You Missed It…

Boeing Finalises 737 Max Software Upgrade

Boeing has updated the software for its 737 Max planes, which were grounded due to two fatal crashes.

The company has already flown the aircraft with updated software on 207 flights, and said it would provide the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with data regarding how pilots interact with controls and displays in various scenarios.

The FAA expects Boeing to submit the upgrade for certification next week.

A Lion Air flight crashed in Indonesia in October 2018, killing 189 people people.

This was followed by an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashing in March 2019, with all 157 people on board losing their lives.

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

Internet Sensation Grumpy Cat Dies

Grumpy CatGrumpy Cat, the famous fur ball renowned for her permanent scowl, has died aged seven.

In a statement, her owners in Arizona, USA, said that she died on Tuesday following complications from a urinary tract infection.

The Grumpy Cat – real name, Tardar Sauce – went viral in 2012 when photos of her unimpressed expression were posted online.

Her likeness quickly became one of the most popular memes of all time.

Owner Tabitha Bundesen explained that her facial expression was due to feline dwarfism.

Her Instagram account has more than two million followers, and San Francisco’s Madame Tussauds is home to a waxwork of her.

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

Sony and Microsoft Partner in Games Streaming Deal

Microsoft and Sony have teamed up in a games streaming deal.

The partnership will see Sony use Microsoft’s Azure cloud service to host its upcoming PlayStation streaming service.

The companies will also work together on semiconductors and artificial intelligence applications.

Kenichio Yoshida, Sony’s chief executive, said: “For many years, Microsoft has been a key business partner for us, though of course the two companies have also been competing in some areas.

“I believe that our joint development of future cloud solutions will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content.”

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

Duncan MacRae


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