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BBC goes to BT for its web-based broadcast network

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The BBC has chosen BT to provide its broadcast network from April 2017 in a seven-year deal worth over £100m. The move is interesting because it will use an internet-based network which is claimed to provide greater flexibility for the broadcaster. It will allow the BBC to introduce data-hungry formats – like Ultra HD (4K), 360-degree content. The new network will allow the BBC to ...

Cisco invests in IoT-in-the-cloud firm

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Cisco’s corporate venture capital arm is making an investment in Kii, the Japanese cloud services provider used by internet of things (IoT) device developers. Cisco sees potential in Kii’s cloud software approach to facilitating the development of both business/industrial and consumer-focused IoT applications. A new Kii cloud software, dubbed the Thing Interaction Framework, focuses on common IoT use cases around sensor-cloud-app interactions (like ...

IT spending to top $3.5 trillion in 2016

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Worldwide IT spending is forecast to total $3.54 trillion in 2016, just a 0.6% increase over 2015 spending of  $3.52 trillion, according to Gartner. 2015 saw the largest US dollar drop in IT spending since Gartner began tracking IT spending. $216 billion less was spent on IT in 2015 than in 2014 and 2014 spending levels will not be surpassed ...

22,000 USB sticks go to the dry cleaners

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Every year, 22,266 USB sticks and 973 mobiles phones go to the dry cleaners in pockets. Only 53% of memory sticks get returned to their owners. The figures come from a survey by security software firm ESET. “People need to pay closer attention to protecting their data,” said ESET security specialist Mark James. “Data is of high value on the ...

Tech workers plan to retire early

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Technical people feel more pressure to retire earlier than workers in other industries, says technical recruiter Randstad Techologies. Nearly half (49%) of all tech workers plan to retire early, which is set to cause disruption as senior talent could leave the workforce en masse. This is far more than the average across the UK (35%), with more tech workers planning ...

IoT at “the tipping point” in 2016, says government body

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The Digital Catapult has revealed its predictions for the UK’s data industry in 2016. The Digital Catapult is the UK government’s main technology business initiative for IoT applications. It believes 2016 will be a critical year of partnerships as more companies realise that IoT business opportunities require an increasing ecosystem play. Alex Gluhak, lead technologist – Internet of Things, Digital Catapult, ...

Analogix enables streaming mobile video

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In Q2, Analogix Semiconductor will ship its SlimPort NANO∙CONSOLE USB-C, a mobile-enabled dock with remote for both Android and Windows-powered mobile devices supporting DisplayPort over USB-C. A simple, plug-and-play solution for streaming digital media, performing home office computing tasks, and playing mobile games, all from a smartphone or tablet, the SlimPort NANO∙CONSOLE allows users to: Connect their mobile devices with ...

Government seeks advice on UK’s digital strategy

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Government is looking for advice on the UK’s digital strategy and it has called on public and industry to share their ideas on how the UK’s digital revolution can take shape. The government claims the Tech City UK initiative, launched five years ago, has has changed thde digital economy “beyond recognition”. This has proliferated with more than 70 per cent ...

Huawei addresses ICT skills shortage in UK

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Huawei has teamed up with Henley Business School and the University of Reading to create a IT and communications technology academy in the UK. The China-based telecommunications technology company will certify courses for UK students work in IT and communications subjects. These will include big data, cloud computing technologies, IT storage systems, data centre management, computer networks, Huawei technologies, and access to Huawei’s ...

Qualcomm reveals 24 core 64bit ARMv8-A server, and a deal with Xilinx

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Qualcomm has demonstrated pre-production versions of its finfet 24 core 64bit ARMv8-A processor chip, inside what it calls the ‘Server Development Platform’ (SDP), which it has begun shipping for evaluation. “Customers are eager to evaluate our Server Development Platform and begin porting their software,” said Qualcomm v-p Anand Chandrasekher. “We are incorporating their feedback into our product offering with the ...