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Vertiv is bringing its CIBSE-approved continuing professional development (CPD) seminars online for contractors, building service and consulting engineers.

The free seminars will focus on popular critical power and thermal management topics. Online or on-demand attendance contributes to CIBSE CPD requirements and attendees will receive a CIBSE-qualified CPD certificate.


WEBINAR: Improve data flow for your digital business

Vertiv is bringing its CIBSE-approved continuing professional development (CPD) seminars online for contractors, building service and consulting engineers.

The free seminars will focus on popular critical power and thermal management topics. Online or on-demand attendance contributes to CIBSE CPD requirements and attendees will receive a CIBSE-qualified CPD certificate.


IBM first quarter results buoyed by Red Hat wave

IBM has become one of the first technology giants to release its quarterly financials as the world prepares to gauge how Covid-19 has impacted the bottom lines of the major technology players.

Despite much of the economy being in apparent free-fall right now, IBM appears largely resilient to the global economic shock induced by the pandemic, posting growth in cloud, hardware and Red Hat related earnings.


One fifth of UK organisations yet to adopt data or analytics tools

Almost a fifth of organisations in the UK are not using any data analytics tools across their business, new research has revealed.

Data analytics company TrueCue, launched by global technology firm Concentra this year, interviewed 100 data and IT professionals at London’s Big Data & AI World last March, to understand how they were currently analysing data within their organisation.

They discovered a large number of the nation’s organisations are still reliant on skilled workers to perform manual processes that would take computers seconds to complete.


Magnetic circuits could radically reduce AI energy consumption

The combination of AI and large data sets has profoundly improved our ability to model the world around us, predict its next move and recognize its images and patterns.

Underpinning all of this data-driven innovation, though, are servers and accelerators that can devour astronomical amounts of energy, depending on the task.

Last year, research indicated that training a single AI algorithm can require up to 284 tonnes of carbon dioxide – five times the lifetime emissions of an average car.


UCL team designs Covid-19 tracking system that stores data away from the cloud

Scientists say they have developed a Bluetooth tracing system which is ready to be deployed into an app in the fight against coronavirus.

A team at UCL (University College London) have been working on the technology with data privacy experts to ease concerns of misuse.

Contact tracing has been widely discussed as a potential solution to help end the Covid-19 lockdown, following in the footsteps of Singapore, where a similar offering has been adopted.

The idea is to use Bluetooth technology to keep a log of those who have been in close proximity to you, and send out an alert if any anonymously declare themselves as tested positive, with advice on further steps to take.


App that taps into collective power of world’s smartphones directed to Covid-19 research

Scientists looking into treatments for coronavirus are hoping to use the collective power of a network of smartphones to help boost research.

The DreamLab app, developed by the Vodafone Foundation, uses the collective power of a network of phones to analyse huge amounts of information in a much shorter space of time.

The technology will be used by researchers from Imperial College London hoping to identify how existing drugs and food-based molecules could help patients with or recovering from Covid-19.


EU calls for pan-European Covid-19 tracking app

A pan-EU coronavirus health tracking app is needed to protect the privacy of the region’s citizens, Europe’s data protection tsar has said. 

Several European governments have launched Covid-19 tracking applications to help inform social distancing policies and the eventual lifting of lockdown measures.


Key Covid-19 stats so far: Cloud, data centre, cyber security, AI & big data

Look outside and the world has stopped turning. But if you look online, everything appears to be spinning faster than ever. Every day that passes brings with it a selection of remarkable tech-related stats and figures. Phishing attacks skyrocketing, Zoom meetings spiralling and record-breaking bandwidth. If you’re struggling to keep up, here are some of the most interesting and dramatic stats we’ve seen so far. 


British Airways and Marriott GDPR fines delayed again

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office responsible for enforcing compliance with data regulations has deferred £280 million in fines handed out to British Airways and Marriott Hotels for data breaches.

British Airways was landed with a record £183 million in July 2019 over a 2018 data breach that saw 380,000 customer payment cards compromised. While Marriott is facing £99 million fine, also issued in July 2019, over a data leak caused by Chinese hackers that affected around 339 million customers.


Half of UK tech firms fear missing out on Covid-19 state support

UK tech trade body techUK has released a second Covid-19 survey investigating the effects of the pandemic on the nation’s technology sector, building on an initial survey published last month that indicated the sector might be insulated from much of the impact.

Over 100 technology organisations responded to the updated urvey – half of them small businesses with less than 50 employees. techUK counts 850 companies as members that collectively employ almost half of UK tech sector employees.

Overall, the sector still seems cautiously optimistic that the most extreme economic effects of the outbreak can be avoided, with only 6 percent fearing a halt to trading in the short-term. Longer term, businesses are more uncertain, with 30 percent concerned about their ability to trade if restrictions are extended.


Zoom halts development to plug security holes

Zoom has apologised to users over security and privacy issues which have plagued the platform, pledging to make changes in the coming weeks.

The video calling platform said its usage has “ballooned” since the start of the coronavirus pandemic as millions of people were forced to work and study from home.