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Chip suppliers focus on high resolution audio

High resolution audio is the music industry’s next focus, according to a new industry report, which also said that ‘lossless’ streaming subscriptions are expected to account for almost 25% of all music subscriptions by 2020. But this does not mean the lower quality MP3 music file format is going to be replaced anytime soon. “Amazingly, the MP3 music format is ...

Perovskite solar: Good, with a dark side

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Perovoskite photovoltaics promise >20% efficiency, low cost materials and flexible, stretchable, transparent variants, but are destroyed by damp and emits poison as they die. So says a report by Cambridge market research firm IDTechEx. Organolead halide perovskites are the promising technology because they absorb light efficiently. “Flexible stretchable versions have been produced by Johannes Kepler University in Austria. With 100% ...

Raspberry Pi programming language more popular than French

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The Raspberry Pi programming language, called Python, has overtaken French as the most popular language taught in primary schools, according to a survey of school pupils and parents. Most significant was the importance even parents of the very young school  children placed on learning programming. Six out of 10 parents want their primary school age children to learn the coding language ...

Survey highlights serious cuts in government-funded science R&D

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Civil service employees in science research say decline in government-funded science affects whole economy, according to a survey by the Prospect union. The survey found that 81% of civil servants, three-quarters of those in other public bodies, and 45% of those in the private sector stated that “cuts in public funding have affected R&D across the economy over the last ...

Technology job prospects were never better, says KPMG

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Technology job prospects have never been better, according to the latest survey by KPMG/Markit. The latest tech sector business monitor found that company recruitment plans  “jumped to a survey-record high and tech companies signaled greater confidence about future workloads”. The survey found that growth in the second quarter of the year marked three years of sustained business activity growth across the UK ...

Display makers see shakeout in ITO replacement market

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The market transparent conductive film which is used in the production of displays, solar cells and touch screens, will reach $1.2bn in 2025 at the film level (ITO-on-glass, LCD and OLED displays are excluded), writes Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, head of consulting, IDTechEx. Displays and solar cells need light to enter at least one side of the device. At the same ...

Manufacturing jobs climb – Recruitive

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July saw a significant increase in the number job vacancies advertised within the manufacturing industry, according to recruitment software provider Recruitive. The number of manufacturing jobs advertised via Recruitive’s multi-posting software increased by a 23% in July compared to June, which follows a steady month on month increase for over 2 years. The average number of candidate’s applying for each ...

Mobile data surge dominates IT market, says Gartner

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The global market for IT products and services in dollar terms is  predicted to shrink by 5.5% this year, according to the latest forecast on IT spending by Gartner. Prospects for the global IT market have worsened in the last three months, but this is largely due to strengthening value of the dollar, says Gartner. In constant-currency terms, the IT ...

New tech jobs are all about the money

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Technology job-seekers are recognising their value and placing more importance on salary than ever before, according to research from recruiter Randstad Technologies. A market survey found that the proportion of technology workers saying that pay is the biggest factor in choosing a job has risen in the last three years to 22%. The survey of 10,728 UK-based workers found that ...