DIGIT Tech News Roundup – 30th of November 2018

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 18th of November.

DIGIT’s Top Trending Stories

Scottish Cyber Awards 2018Cyber Christmas Lectures Named Scotland’s Cyber Security Champion of Champions

The Cyber Christmas Lectures, headed up by Martin Beaton, cyber security cluster coordinator for ScotlandIS, has been named Scotland’s cyber security Champion of Champions at this year’s Scottish Cyber Awards.

The ceremony, hosted by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, recognises cyber security innovators, pioneers and leaders, and brings the Scottish cyber community together to celebrate its achievements.

The Champion of Champions award is said to represent the very best of those nominees. To be eligible to scoop this top prize, candidates need to have won at least one other award on the night. Beaton was also named winner of Best Cyber Education Programme for his work in the Christmas Lectures.

Beaton and his team toured Scotland last December and trained about 2,800 Scottish children in cyber security in just one week.

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

Robot With Scottish AI Tech Performs Duet With Jimmy Fallon

Sophia the Robot, built by Hong Kong’s Hanson Robotics, has performed a duet with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show using speech technology developed by Edinburgh-based CereProc.

The text-to-speech (TTS) specialist is the only firm of its kind in the UK and has collaborated with Hanson Robotics to help Sophia showcase its TTS synthesiser.

CereProc trained a Deep Neural Network system and built a database designed for singing synthesis in order to recreate the timbre, expression and other human characteristics associated with singing.

Last week, Jimmy Fallon and Sophia sang Say Something by A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera – thought to be the first robot/human duet ever performed live on television.

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

First Ever Global Drone Standards Unveiled

Drone quadcopterA new set of global drone standards designed to keep aircraft safe has been launched for public consultation.

Hobbyist drone operators are largely unregulated, although the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has released a drone code to make flight rules clearer. As of 30th July 2018, it has been illegal in the UK to fly a drone over 400ft or within one kilometre of an airport or airfield boundary.

The new International Organisation for Standardisation (IOS) will be open for public consultation until 21st January. It is expected that the new rules will be adopted worldwide later in 2019.

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

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Famous Paintings Could be 3D Printed and Displayed Around the Globe

A new 3D printing technique means that priceless works of art could be replaced in art galleries by almost identical replicas.

The technique, developed by MIT researchers, combines 3D printing with artificial intelligence to recreate artwork with high accuracy – said to be four times more accurate than current techniques.

With the use of 3D printing, ten different transparent inks in wafer-thin thin layers are stacked on a canvas.

The method, known as RePaint, is used in conjunction with a technique called half-toning, where an image is created by tiny coloured dots rather than in continuous tones.

It is hoped the technique could lead to galleries being more open to art exchanges.

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

Dunkin’ Donuts App Hacked

Dunkin’ Donuts suffered a security breach on 31st October, with hackers attempting to log into its DD Perks accounts.

The information hackers were able to access depends on what information customers had stored in their DD Perks accounts, the company said. This will generally have included first and last names, email addresses, 16-digit DD Perks account numbers and DD Perks QR codes.

A company statement read: “We believe that these third-parties obtained usernames and passwords from security breaches of other companies. These individuals then used the usernames and passwords to try to break in to various online accounts across the Internet.”

Dunkin’ Donuts said its security vendor was successful in stopping most of the fraudulent log in attempts but noted that, if customers use their username or password for accounts other than their DD Perks account, hackers might have succeeded in logging in.

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

Celebrities Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled Fined Over Cryptocurrency Violations

Financial regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has ordered music producer DJ Khaled and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr to pay thousands of dollars in fines after they violated US financial laws.

The SEC said the pair had failed to disclose payments they received to promote certain cryptocurrency investments.

The men made no plea against the accusation, but agreed to pay combined penalties of more than $750,000.

This is the first time the SEC has charged anyone for touting violations involving initial coin offerings or ICOs, a relatively new investment vehicle associated with crypto-currencies.

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


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