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Ultra-fast power options open up for electric vehicles

Home charging of plug-in cars looks set to be displaced by charging stations in car parks and petrol stations, as investment in EV infrastructure soars, says Jessica Twentyman. For electric vehicle (EV) owners today, charging their car at home is a vital part of the daily routine. If they’re lucky and they plan their trips well, they can avoid the worst symptoms of ‘range anxiety’ – the fear that their vehicle’s...


IoT security: Shadow devices pose growing threat to networks

Unauthorised devices introduce “immense security risk”, according to report. IoT devices, as well as personal devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones, pose a grave threat to enterprise networks, according to a new report from automation and security company, Infoblox. The report titled, ‘What is lurking on your network: Exposing the threat of shadow devices’ reveals that over one-third of companies in the...


IBM, Veridium, Stellar launch blockchain for trading carbon credits

Environmental fintech company Veridium Labs is partnering with IBM to use blockchain to help companies offset their environmental footprints and reduce global warming. The idea is to help transform carbon credits into fungible (exchangeable or interchangeable) digital assets that can be redeemed or traded on Stellar, the decentralised financial network for digital banking tools. In this relationship, Stellar acts as the underlying ledger,...


$16 billion artificial intelligence fund

Tianjin, a major port city in northeastern China, has unveiled plans to launch a 100 billion yuan ($16 billion) fund to bolster the local artificial intelligence industry. The move is yet another step toward China’s goal of becoming the world leader in AI by 2025. US technology companies currently dominate the sector, a factor in political tensions between the two nations. However, China’s population of 1.4 billion people and...


3D printing: Five automakers motoring ahead

In recent months, major automotive companies have announced new moves in 3D printing as the technology gathers pace in their sector. Jessica Twentyman reports. The global automotive industry was one of the earliest sectors to see the potential of 3D printing. Today, it’s where some of the most mature applications of the technology can be found. Take, for example, General Motors, the maker of automobiles under the Buick, Cadillac,...


Ryanair: Away from Microsoft and into AWS cloud

Budget airline goes all-in with the cloud to speed up agility. Ryanair is to move almost all its infrastructure to AWS following a successful migration of some of its IT systems. The budget airline plans to close the vast majority of its data centres over the next three years. It already runs several core production workloads on AWS, such as Ryanair Rooms and Ryanair.com, and is building a company-wide data lake on Amazon S3, using Amazon...


Google to acquire Velostrata

Google plans to acquire Israeli enterprise cloud migration company Velostrata for an undisclosed sum, subject to closing conditions. The team will join Google at its Tel Aviv office, operating as part of Google Cloud. Velostrata, which previously only supported cloud migration to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, added Google Cloud Platform migration support just last month. “Velostrata’s patented solution allows...


Project Brainwave

Microsoft previews FPGA-based machine learning service for Azure Microsoft is set to capitalize on its work on integrating field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) into servers for machine learning workloads, by launching a specialized Azure cloud service. Project Brainwave will be offered in preview, with a limited set of capabilities and allocations, and will only be available in the East US 2 region to begin with. The company also plans...


Apple cancels $1bn Irish data center after planning delays

Apple has canceled its planned €850m (US$1bn) data center campus in Athenry, County Galway, Ireland, after years of delays. The project was announced in early 2015 alongside a planned Danish data center, but was beset by legal challenges that stymied development. The data center in Denmark, meanwhile, opened in 2017 and is set to be joined by another site in 2019. The timeline Galway County Council gave permission for the site to be...


100,000 users infected again

Criminals infected more than 100,000 computers with browser extensions that stole login credentials, surreptitiously mined cryptocurrencies, and engaged in click fraud. The malicious extensions were hosted in Google’s official Chrome Web Store. Over two months, seven extensions stole credentials and installed currency miners. Read more at CRYPTO WORLD NETWORK NEWS


Blockchain and web crawlers used to spot stolen images

KodakOne uses the idea of a blockchain — protecting data through a large network of computers — and applies the concept to managing photo rights. The company calls it an “encrypted digital ledger of rights ownership for photographers.” Photographers can add new images as well as archive images to the system. Because of the blockchain structure, the data is stored on a large network of computers that helps create a public...


BMW, Ford, Toyota, Jaguar partner on Future Mobility, blockchain, IOT

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd (SMMT) has launched a ‘Future Mobility Challenge’ to the technology and automotive sectors. Under the new scheme, BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Bosch, Ford, and Toyota are collaborating with the SMMT to encourage tech startups across a broad range of sectors – including finance, health, and even fashion – to pitch solutions to a range of challenges that are facing the...


NEXCOM offer IoT gateway solution

Litmus Automation, an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform provider, announced a partnership with Nex Computers, Inc., an Industry 4.0 Total Solution provider, to couple Litmus LoopEdge gateway software with the NEXCOM IoT Gateway Solution. With the partnership, customers can now purchase a NEXCOM IoT Gateway with LoopEdge out of the box for a cloud-ready IoT solution that integrates critical hardware and software components. More at...


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University of Cambrige

FUSION 2018

10.7.2018 - 13.7.2018
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