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DIGIT Tech News Roundup – 23rd of August 2019

Duncan MacRae


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 19th of August.

DIGIT’s Top Trending Stories

Coding Initiative Benefits Aberdeen Women & School Children

codingAn initiative that aims to improve access to important skills in coding and data science has been unveiled by Kate Forbes MSP, minister for public finance and digital economy.

During a speech at the official launch event of Data Lab’s Aberdeen office, Forbes announced a range of new programmes that will see people of all ages given the opportunity to learn vital digital skills.

Women and schoolchildren, in particular, are expected to benefit from the new initiative, which is led by Code the City, a charity established in 2017 to promote the use of technology to solve civic problems.

Speaking at The Data Lab office launch, Forbes said: “I am thrilled to officially launch Code the City’s latest collaborative initiative, another fantastic example of some of the ground-breaking work underway in the city to encourage more people to get involved in technology and data science and support inclusive growth.”

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

RGU Partners with Silicon Valley Tech Firm to Boost Wind Farm Efficiency

Robert Gordon University (RGU) has partnered with a Silicon Valley technology company, Flicq, to improve windfarm output as part of a new project.

Long-term, the project could help to reduce the downtime of wind turbines and greatly improve the efficiency of farms throughout the UK.

Flicq provides “innovative edge computing solutions” for the IIoT market (Industrial Internet of Things). The company’s smart sensors and software help organisations to monitor assets, reduce operating expenses and improve efficiency.

RGU and Flicq will collaborate to better predict failures at windfarms through the analysis of sensor data and ensure that onshore and offshore sites generate the maximum possible capacity.

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

Hackers Can Steal Your Password By Hearing You Type

Hackers Steal PasswordsA study found that crafty cybercriminals can discern someone’s password from the sound of them typing on the keyboard.

After picking up the sound waves produced by a user typing on the keyboard via a smartphone, researchers found that hackers can analyse the sound to figure out which keys have been used and in what order they were struck with a high degree of accuracy.

Dr Eric C Larson, an author of the study conducted by Southern Methodist University, said: “We were able to pick up what people are typing at a 41 per cent word accuracy rate. And we can extend that out – above 41% – if we look at, say, the top 10 words of what we think it might be.”

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

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Google DeepMind Co-founder Steps Down

Mustafa Suleyman, a co-founder of DeepMind, the British artificial intelligence company owned by Google’s parent Alphabet, has gone on leave.

IT is unclear why Suleyman is taking time off for the financially flagging firm, but the move has been described as a “mutual decision”.

A spokesperson for the company said he is expected to return to work as head of applied AI later in 2019, adding: “Mustafa’s taking some time out right now after 10 hectic years.”

Bloomberg, which broke the story, has suggested the decision could have something to do with recent controversies surrounding some of DeepMind’s work in healthcare.

Deepmind’s ‘applied’ unit, which seeks to find and implement practical applications of the firm’s research, was heavily criticised in July 2017 over its mobile app Streams.

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

Android Skips Dessert and Unveils Latest OS

AndroidThe next version of the Android operating system (OS) will not be named after a dessert or any form of food for that matter, as has been the case since its creation in 2009.

Breaking with tradition, Google has named simply the latest OS Android 10. It said it has abandoned the naming scheme because it was difficult for consumers to know which version of the OS was the most up-to-date.

A Google spokesperson said: “This naming tradition has become a fun part of the release each year. But we’ve heard feedback over the years that the names weren’t always understood by everyone in the global community.

“As a global operating system, it’s important that these names are clear and relatable for everyone in the world.”

Previous versions of the mobile operating system were:

1. Cupcake
2. Donut
3. Eclair
4. Froyo
5. Gingerbread
6. Honeycomb
7. Ice Cream Sandwich
8. Jelly Bean
9. KitKat
10. Lollipop
11. Marshmallow
12. Nougat
13. Oreo

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

Duncan MacRae


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