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As UK launches semiconductor institute, EU chips get 2.5B boost

Amid a global race for semiconductor independence, the UK announced today a designated institute that will oversee its 1bn strategy on growing its chips sector. At the same time, Belgium-based research hub imec has landed 2.5bn in funding from the EU Chips Act. Dubbed the UK Semiconductor Institute, the independent body will bring together government, universities, and the private sector to support the key focus areas of the national strategy: compound chips, design, and research and development. Specifically, the institute has three main tasks. The first one is ensuring that chip researchers have the necessary tools and infrastructure to advance This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 21 May 2024 9:45 pm

Best LastPass alternatives for 2024

With the LastPass security issues over the past years, you might be in the market for a new password manager. We've got you covered with these alternatives.

Digital Trends 21 May 2024 8:55 pm

EUs AI Act set to enter force next month

The EUs AI Act is set to enter force next month after receiving a final rubber-stamp from the European Council. Ministers today endorsed a political deal on the landmark law, billed as the worlds first comprehensive rules on AI. The law applies a risk-based approach to regulation. The strictest restrictions only apply to high-risk systems, from cars to law enforcement tools. Deployments designated unacceptable such as social credit scoring will be banned altogether. Although the EU set these rules, they will apply to any company that provides services or products within the bloc. Thats caused alarm in Silicon This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 21 May 2024 8:52 pm

French startup Pasqal inks deal for Saudi Arabias first quantum computer

Over the past couple of years, the Gulf states have been putting their oil money to use buying up thousands of the latest AI chips. However, thus far they have been relatively quiet when it comes to investing in quantum technology. That is now starting to change. Yesterday, Massy-based startup Pasqal announced it had signed a deal with Saudi Arabian oil group Aramco for the installation of the first quantum computer in the country. According to the deal, Pasqal will deliver and install a 200-qubit system by the second half of 2025. Pasqal was founded in 2019 and currently commercialises This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 21 May 2024 7:19 pm

Swiss startup creates modular device for on-demand cell therapy manufacturing

Switzerland-based Limula today announced a raise of $6.8mn (6.2mn) to further develop its technology, which aims to automate cell therapy manufacturing. Gene and cell therapies have emerged as a promising treatment for life-threatening or difficult-to-manage diseases such as cancer, Parkinsons, and Alzheimers. Such therapies place healthy genes and cells into the body to repair or replace malfunctioning on damaged ones. But despite their potential benefits, the high cost (up to $4.25mn) of these treatments comes with major accessibility barriers. Founded in 2020 by Dr Yann Pierson, Dr Luc Henry, and Dr Thomas Eaton, the Swiss startup seeks to replace outdated This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 21 May 2024 6:49 pm

Scarlett Johansson Says OpenAI's ChatGPT Voice 'Eerily Similar' to Hers

Scarlett Johansson on Monday accused OpenAI of creating a voice for the ChatGPT system that sounded eerily similar to the actress after she declined to voice the chatbot herself. Johansson made the comments in a statement released hours after the artificial intelligence company said it was taking down the voice, called 'Sky.'

NDTV 21 May 2024 6:10 pm

UK Government report reveals AI systems' vulnerability

The UK government's newly established AI Safety Institute (AISI) has published a report highlighting significant vulnerabilities in large language models (LLMs).

Computing 21 May 2024 5:30 pm

GPT-4o drives unprecedented revenue surge for ChatGPT mobile app

ChatGPT has seen its biggest revenue spike yet since the launch of GPT-4o

Computing 21 May 2024 5:01 pm

Dell bets on AI PCs, new AI servers with NVIDIA

CEO Michael Dell also stated that AI PCs, which are essentially computers powered by AI chips and run AI models locally without using cloud compute, would be pretty standard by next year.

The Hindu 21 May 2024 3:07 pm

7 ways to supercharge your Google searches with AI

Google's standard search tool can now deliver AI-generated overviews, images, and more.

ZDNet 21 May 2024 2:22 pm

Microsoft's AI chatbot will 'recall' everything you do on a PC

Microsoft wants laptop users to get so comfortable with its AI chatbot that it will remember everything youre doing on your computer and help figure out what you want to do next

The Hindu 21 May 2024 7:51 am

Scarlett Johansson says a ChatGPT voice is 'eerily similar' to hers and OpenAI is halting its use

OpenAI says it plans to halt the use of one of its ChatGPT voices that Her actor Scarlett Johansson says sounds eerily similar to her own

The Hindu 21 May 2024 7:39 am

Apple Memorial Day sales: Save on Apple Watch, iPad, MacBook, and more

Apple Memorial Day sales are now live ahead of the holiday. Don't miss this chance to buy an iPad, iPhone, AirPods, MacBook, or Apple Watch with a discount.

Digital Trends 20 May 2024 9:02 pm

Recruiting neurodiverse talent isn't as difficult as you think

Mayur Gondhea of Cubelynx and Dr. James Cusack of Autistica, explain why cultivating an understanding that everyone sees the world differently, benefits your entire workforce and the bottom line, and set out some ideas for action. Cubelynx provides independent, financial modelling services to clients across the public and private sector including investors, banks, developers, regulators and local authorities. The company strapline is we think differently. Mayur Gondhea, Founder of Cubelynx, explains why: My son was diagnosed with autism four years ago. He's hugely gifted, great with numbers and technology, and he's got a really creative mind. I felt that the financial analysis industry that I worked in, working with large datasets and analytics would probably be an industry that's got quite a lot of neurodiversity in - both diagnosed and undiagnosed. Mayur Gondhea with Jaimin The statistics on unemployment, underemployment and pay for neuodivergent (ND) individuals, particularly those with autism, are shocking. A recent government report (of which more later) into employment opportunities for those with autism found an unemployment rate of working age autistic people of 70%. Autistic people receive a third less pay than neurotypical (NT) people on average. Autistic graduates are twice as likely to be unemployed after 15 months as NT graduates and autistic graduates are most likely to be overqualified for the job they have and most likely to be on zero-hours contracts. Gondhea sensed opportunity both to tap into talent to build his business, and to provide great opportunities for ND people to develop their careers. I just felt that there was a massively underutilised talent out there with poor unemployment rates, he says. That's great ability that we wanted to tap into and utilise in our company. I'm really keen to advocate the benefits of neurodiversity in terms of showcasing the talent. We do a lot of awareness raising as well. Since I set up a company, the corporate world is in a different place and I think larger companies, our clients and partner organisations have to be seen to be doing a bit more in terms of their of social attitudes. I sit on different neurodiversity task forces and committees, do webinars and events and talk about the different aspects of neurodiversity, like recruitment and also the fantastic abilities that people who are a bit different have. Benefits for all employees One of the factors contributing to the under employment of ND people, is the perception that accommodating their needs can be disruptive to the workplace. According to Gondhea, not only is this untrue, accommodations made for the benefit of ND people usually work for the benefit of everyone in the business. Time management is a good example: We are careful to make sure that we're setting clear instructions about what's expected of colleagues with deadlines because ND people might struggle when there's an open-ended task. Of course everyone in a business benefits from clear communication of expectations. He continues: Other things that we do like promoting flexibility in working schedules benefits the wider workforce and creates a culture that's not only inclusive but allows all colleagues to thrive in their jobs and do well. Dr James Cusack is CEO of Autistica, an autism research and campaigning charity. Along with Gondhea he makes a strong case that embedding an understanding that everyone sees the world differently benefits all. Dr. James Cusack, Autistica Autistic people can be something of a canary in the coalmine, he says. They can flag issues which are relevant to all employees like a lack of flexibility and a lack of ability to realise that everyone sees and understands the world differently. It's easy to see that as an issue only for autistic people but it affects the whole workforce. Recruiting and retaining diverse talent Both Cusack and Gondhea think that traditional recruitment practices could with a refresh. Cusack provides the example of strong communications skills as a requirement that seems to be in every single job ad, but he questions whether it's always necessary. It's a relative term, he says, and only a small proportion of the population really has strong communication skills. Why is it on so many job descriptions if it's not an essential criteria? Gondhea develops the point. I think the traditional recruitment process is probably quite outdated. We have tried to make our recruitment process as accessible as possible. The job spec is jargon free, quite short and snappy. We've got a disability confident logo on our job spec. to encourage people from all sorts of different backgrounds to apply. We've tried to focus on competency and as part of that we ask candidates to do a case study test in advance of interview. Once we get the results back, we've got a good idea of whether they can do the job and so the next stage of an interview is more of a formality. We want people to be able to do well in the job that they're employed to do as opposed to knowing how good they are at the kind of interview small talk that can be a bit of an issue for some autistic people. Sending interview questions in advance is another way to help individuals prepare. Gondhea makes a strong case for ditching the traditional idea that you somehow get the best out of a candidate by putting them on the spot in an interview. When we're working on a project with a client, we're given time to think about it, scope it and deliver the product. We felt the same about the interview process. Why not give our candidates time to think and plan properly for their interview so they have every opportunity to give the best possible answer? Why not indeed? When you consider the purpose of a job interview it seems strange that we've done it the other way for so long. Gondhea also invites candidates to bring along anything that might help settle interview nerves. A couple of months ago, we got a response with someone who asked if they could do a Rubik's Cube puzzle during the interview. If someone can knock out a Rubik's Cube whilst doing an interview they sounded like a perfect candidate for us! Gondhea also thinks that his company policy helps with employee retention because the diversity of thought ultimately leads to great results for clients. We're able to come up with solutions from a different perspective. We've got brainpower in our team and great talent and if we're able to create a working environment that people feel comfortable in, they're more likely to stay with us and that gives us a slight edge. I remember when the first autistic person left my company. Initially I was disappointed, but they went on to work for an accountancy company, and so it's nice to be able to facilitate someone's career and develop them and see them carry on in their career. Removing barriers to opportunity James Cusack thinks that whilst interest in tapping ND talent has increased, that isn't always translating into action. I think a lot of companies see the opportunities but they're wondering what do to next, he says. We worked on the The Buckland Review of Autism Employment . As an outcome of that review and our own research programme, we've came up with the Neurodiversity Employers Index (NDEI). It's a framework which employers can use, which provides specific, evidence-based recommendations for employing ND talent. The opportunity for us is to double the rate of employment for neurodivergent people, says Cusack. The win for employers is a more neurodiverse, high performing workforce and a set of tools that will not only enable neurodivergent people but the whole team. Gondhea is also very enthusiastic about the potential for the NDEI to encourage other employers to follow where his company has led. He makes the point that it's probably a lot easier than they might think. For companies who are looking to recruit more neurodiverse staff, it's just not that difficult. There are a lot of myths and preconceptions, and some employers are scared about changing things. Adjustments and modifications don't need to be expensive or difficult. Sometimes companies just need a bit of support along the way. That's why the NDEI is fantastic because it will give companies a bit more confidence in what they're doing well and what they can work on and give them that support, Once they're on that journey they'll really embrace it and reap the rewards of going down that route. It's just getting started which is the main challenge.

Computing 20 May 2024 6:30 pm

Uber Shuttle gets permission to operate AC buses in Delhi

Each Uber Shuttle will be able to accommodate between 19 to 50 passengers

The Hindu 20 May 2024 4:30 pm

Microsoft plans to address Scope 3 emission surge

Microsoft has introduced a new initiative to tackle a spike in its greenhouse gas emissions since 2020, largely driven by the expansion of its datacentres.

Computing 20 May 2024 4:30 pm

20% Indian users fell victim to cyber threats in the first quarter of 2024, says study

20% of internet users in India fell victim to cyber threats in the first quarter of 2024 even as browsers and social media engineering remained the most prevalent forms of web threats

The Hindu 20 May 2024 4:10 pm

AI will spike data centre power demand 160% by 2030

Increased use of AI is set to drive a dramatic surge in data centre power demand, with a projected increase of 160% by 2030, according to new research.

Computing 20 May 2024 4:00 pm

Over 90% female influencers on Instagram fall victim to deepfake pornography, finds study

An alarming 94% of female influencers on Instagram fall victim to deepfake pornography with the risk increasing 15.7% for every 10,000 followers

The Hindu 20 May 2024 3:52 pm

IT leaders: Computing research 'informs buying decisions'

IT leaders say Computings latest research into cloud providers ESG efforts shines a light on this complex area of procurement.

Computing 20 May 2024 3:33 pm

IT Essentials: Sun, stress and security

With burnout rife among the UK's overworked security professionals, is a simple summer holiday enough to get them back on track?

Computing 20 May 2024 3:30 pm

What is Gemini? Everything you should know about Google's new AI model

Google recently released its most powerful AI model yet, but what can it do?

ZDNet 20 May 2024 3:03 pm

Ebikes are more popular than ever, but were nowhere near a car-less world

Moving to Amsterdam was eye-opening. Having grown up in the car-centric UK and struggled to cycle in London, it felt as though the Dutch embrace of bikes was innate, something that simply happened due to a quirk of national character. This, of course, proved incorrect. The Netherlands cycle culture didnt spring from nowhere. Instead, its centrality in day-to-day life was created and planned, rather than miraculously appearing from the heavens. The postcards and videos also hide the fact that while the Dutch might be leaders in urban cycling, it doesnt mean theyve abandoned cars. Far from it. In fact, there This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 20 May 2024 2:32 pm

Deepfake fraud costs engineering giant Arup 20m

British engineering firm Arup, the company behind architectural marvels like the Sydney Opera House, has fallen victim to a sophisticated deepfake scam, losing a HK$200 million (20 million) to fraudulent financial transfers.

Computing 20 May 2024 1:27 pm

Elon Musk launches Starlink satellite internet service in Indonesia, world's largest archipelago

Launching the service at a health clinic aligns with Starlinks broader mission of providing affordable access to high-speed internet services.

The Hindu 20 May 2024 3:57 am

What is Veo? Meet Google's next-gen AI video creator, powered by Imagen 3

OpenAI's Sora just got some serious competition. While Veo is still in preview, here's how to try the model for yourself.

ZDNet 19 May 2024 5:00 pm

Google's brief smart glasses teaser flew under the radar, but it could mean something big

During its Project Astra demo video, Google snuck in a scene at the end teasing some new AR smart glasses, indicating it might be next to join in the smart glasses game.

ZDNet 19 May 2024 4:30 pm

I've used Google's $499 Pixel 8a for a week. Here's my buying advice for 2024

The latest Pixel has proven to be just as good of an investment as any other Google phone. But buying it at the right time is the most important thing.

ZDNet 18 May 2024 4:30 pm

Google's just demoed its multimodal Gemini Live feature, and I'm worried for Rabbit and Humane

With its snappy, conversational AI, Google's latest Gemini tool brings AI camera tech squarely back to the smartphone.

ZDNet 18 May 2024 4:30 pm

Is OpenAI sweating? 9 Google features announced for Gemini, Search, Android, and more

With 120 mentions of the phrase 'AI,' how could Google I/O 2024 not be jam-packed with news? We've rounded up the most pressing ones.

ZDNet 18 May 2024 4:30 pm

Asian Tech Roundup: Pressure grows in US-China trade war

Welcome to Computing's fortnightly roundup of tech news in Asia. This time we look at trade restrictions between the US and China; potential collaboration between the countries on AI; and Japan bolstering its chip industry.

Computing 17 May 2024 4:13 pm

Construction's pollution problem: Nemetschek CEO on how tech can help

By many measures, the construction industry is the least digitised in the world. Given the nature of the business, this is unsurprising, but its not sustainable by any definition of that word, according to Yves Padrines, CEO of German software company Nemetschek Group.

Computing 17 May 2024 3:35 pm

Russian criminals use Lunar malware to breach European government agency

The Turla hacking group has used newly discovered malware to compromise a European ministry of foreign affairs and its diplomatic missions abroad, says ESET.

Computing 17 May 2024 3:33 pm

Bridging computing's diversity gap

Despite the plethora of job opportunities, the UK tech sector still struggles with diversity, and theres a long way to go to catch up with the pace of technological progress.

Computing 17 May 2024 2:30 pm

NCSC CTO: UK tech sector not incentivising companies to build secure software

The National Cyber Security Centre's (NCSC) CTO, Ollie Whitehouse, has told delegates at CyberUK 2024 that the current market fails to incentivise the development of truly secure technology.

Computing 17 May 2024 2:13 pm

Underwater datacentres vulnerable to sonic attacks

Underwater datacentres (UDCs) could face serious threats from acoustic attacks as simple as a high musical note broadcast beneath the waves, according to new research.

Computing 17 May 2024 11:51 am

54% of Indian CXOs says organization lacks in AI Implementation - Microsoft Survey

Additionally, 91 per cent of Indian CEOs recognisze AIs importance for competitiveness

The Hindu Businessline 17 May 2024 10:12 am

Airbus new Racer is half-plane, half-copter and its lightning-fast

Business execs and politicians gathered at a helicopter base in France yesterday for the first public unveiling of Airbus new Racer aircraft. At first glance, Racer looks like a regular helicopter. Look closer, however, and youll notice it has both wings and two forward-facing rotors. This means it can take-off vertically like a helicopter, and fly fast like a plane real fast. Racer can reach speeds in excess of 400 km/h. That eclipses civilian helicopters, which cruise at around 200 km/h. Its even faster than military choppers like the Black Hawk (295 km/h) or Chinook (302 km/h). Racers so-called This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 16 May 2024 8:25 pm

Rollercoaster for UK AI scene as PolyAI bags $50M while Stability AI mulls sale

The artificial intelligence scene in Great Britain feels a little bit like your weekly tv drama at the moment. Major funding rounds compete for attention with controversial CEO departures and outlandish government campaigns (Unicorn Kingdom and 3D statue holograms, anyone?). London-based PolyAI today announced it had secured a valuation of $500mn following a successful fund raise for its call centre voice assistant tech. It might not be the sexiest of AI applications, but then again not all business bets need to be. While PolyAI is still only halfway towards that coveted unicorn mark of a $1bn valuation, the $50mnraise from This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 16 May 2024 6:30 pm

EU investigating Meta over failure to protect children from 'addictive' algorithms

The European Union has launched an investigation into Meta over suspicions that its social media platforms Facebook and Instagram cause behavioural addiction in children and fail to protect them from inappropriate content.

Computing 16 May 2024 4:38 pm

AI to hit jobs market like a 'tsunami'

International Monetary Fund managing director Dr Kristalina Georgieva has warned of that AI is hitting the global labour market like a tsunami.

Computing 16 May 2024 4:03 pm

Maritime security: 'Hacking a ship is just like hacking a Tesla but bigger'

The destruction of Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore by Singapore-flagged container ship, the Dali recently drew immediate speculation that it may have been hacked. This was almost certainly not the case, said Mantas Marcinkevicuis, CISO at maritime information provider Lloyds List Intelligence.

Computing 16 May 2024 3:30 pm

A new browser war is brewing in Europe

Have you ever been trapped in a bad relationship? Im stuck in one right now with Google Chrome. The browsers good looks can no longer hide the ugliness that lurks inside. Chrome devours my laptops memory, sucks away its battery, and harvests my data. All the while, the software expands Googles almighty empire. Chrome, you treat me terribly. Why cant I quit you? One reason for my undeserved loyalty is that rival browsers have rarely caught my eye. But thats started to change. A raft of pro-competition rules are pushing alternatives towards the mainstream. Leading the charge is the EUs This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 16 May 2024 2:55 pm

Raspberry Pi announces plans to go public on London Stock Exchange

British tech firm Raspberry Pi is aiming to end London's IPO dry spell with a potential listing this year.

Computing 16 May 2024 2:19 pm

Brexit Border IT outage sparks fresh food delays

The UK's post-Brexit border regime has come under fresh fire after IT outages crippled the crucial Automatic Licence Verification System (ALVS) over the weekend.

Computing 16 May 2024 12:09 pm

AWS to launch European sovereign cloud in Germany by 2025, earmarks 7.8B

Amazon Web Services (AWS) today confirmed plans to launch its European sovereign cloud, aiming to enhance data residency and security across the EU. The city of Bradenburg in Germany will be the first region to host the cloud servers, which are set to power upby the end of 2025. AWS will invest 7.8bn through 2040. According to the tech giant, the European sovereign cloud will have its entire infrastructure within the EU and will operate independently from existing cloud regions. Only EU-resident and bloc-based AWS employees will have access to the system. The service is especially designed for public sector This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 15 May 2024 8:49 pm

Chief scientist and superalignment lead Ilya Sutskever parts ways with OpenAI

Superalignment will be dealt a serious blow by the loss of its leaders, and the lack of transparency is raising concerns and fueling speculattion of an exodus from OpenAI

Computing 15 May 2024 4:02 pm

LLMs for all official EU languages on horizon for Finnish startup

A Finnish startup today launched a multilingual AI model thats a significant milestone on the path to LLMs for every EU language, the company says. Helsinki-based Silo AI calls the new large language model Viking 7B. It covers Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish, as well as English and programming languages. Evaluations indicate best-in-class performance in all the Nordic languages without compromising the English outputs. Peter Sarlin, Silo AIs CEO, told TNW that his company is now on the right track towards its ultimate goal. This release marks an important step in our ongoing efforts to develop performant language This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 15 May 2024 3:41 pm

Microsoft May Patch Tuesday fixes two actively exploited zero days

Microsoft has fixed 60 Windows CVEs in its May Patch Tuesday update, two of which are actively exploited zero days. One is a critical vulnerability, earning an 8.8 CVSS rating.

Computing 15 May 2024 3:27 pm

CIOs can't afford to wait for AI transformation

The AI wave isnt on the horizon. Its already here and most CIOs are not well prepared.

Computing 15 May 2024 2:30 pm

7 certifications software developers should consider to grow their career

The necessity of professional certifications is debated, with many software developers pooh-poohing their relevance when it comes to securing a job. But in a competitive job market, anything that can give you an edge or help you stand out as a candidate is worth considering. If youre at the early stage of your career, or looking to pivot, securing certification can offer assurances of your skills when youve not yet built up the experience. Professional certification will also demonstrate your commitment to continuous learning and keeping up with the latest technologies and best practices an essential skill for any This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 15 May 2024 1:10 pm

NCSC and insurers unite to fight ransomware threat

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has joined forces with three prominent insurance associations to combat the growing threat of ransomware payments in the UK.

Computing 15 May 2024 12:42 pm

Announcing the shortlist for the Digital Technology Leaders Awards 2024

These are the entries the judges deemed worthy of being finalists for the Digital Technology Leaders Awards 2024. We are pleased to reveal the shortlist for this year's Digital Technology Leaders Awards . Unlike some events, the Digital Technology Leaders Awards do not honour products. Instead, these awards recognise the outstanding achievements of people, projects and companies in the digital field. Each of the shortlisted candidates have shown exceptional commitment to excellence, and have emerged as leaders in their fields. We will be honouring the finalists' success at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 3rd July, at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square. Attendees will enjoy an evening of celebration and networking, with a drinks reception, live entertainment and of course the awards ceremony itself. Click here to book your place at the ceremony After careful consideration and rigorous evaluation, our panel of judges has selected the following companies and individuals for their exemplary contributions: Project Excellence Best Automation Project Destin Solutions Virgin Media O2 - Virgin Media O2 builds UK plc Arcus Global - Automation of a Complex Business Process Rocketmakers - Autonews Openreach Technology & TCS - ORION Best Not-for-Profit Project SWGfL - StopNCII.org Esynergy - Marie Curie & esynergy, Single Customer View Platform ImmuniWeb - ImmuniWeb Community Edition Best Public Sector Digital Project North Sea Transition Authority - Digital Energy Platform DWP Digital - Modernising attendance allowance Norfolk County Council - Tech Skills for Life Department for Work and Pensions - Get your State Pension Department for Work and Pensions - Child Maintenance Digital Respond Service Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency - Theory Test Service Best Public Sector Partner Project Content Guru - Content Guru and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) Zivver - Improving email security and reducing human error at Calderdale Council Arcus Global - Integrated Digital Planning System (IDPS) The Crown Prosecution Service & esynergy Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency - DVLA Telephony and Communications Technology Project Godel Technologies Europe - Ticketer & Godel Technologies: Franchising Innovation for TfGM DWP Digital and MongoDB Digital Project of the Year Radically Digital Sainsburys - Pay Now Collect Later Due Diligence Checking - Digital right to work service QA - QA & Capgemini Mphasis - Synth Studio Mitie - Digital Supplier Platform Cognizant & Network Rail StrEAMS Cognizant & Network Rail - Citadel Purechannels - Purechannels & AWS Persistent Systems Ltd Machine Learning / AI Project of the Year Content Guru Sentiance - Saving Lives With AI-powered On-Device Technology XDesign - AI for Good: The ChatBot helping the UK public take control of their finances Mastercard - Consumer Fraud Risk Kraft Heinz - ML for Transportation cost optimisation Persistent Systems Ltd. Secondmind - Secondmind for Calibration for electrified powertrain Leonardo UK - AI for Manufacturing Defect Detection Vodafone UK & Accenture - VOXI Chatbot Rocketmakers - YourRoom Machine Learning / AI Public Sector Project of the Year Transport for London - Smart Station Willesden Green North Yorkshire Council - Reimagining Case Management in Children's Social Care Pilot DWP Digital - White mail vulnerability solution C2-Ai - Transforming how the NHS tackles the biggest healthcare challenge in generations LNER - Using Machine Learning to detect fraud Mobile Project of the Year Sentiance - Enhanced Mobile User Experience With In-App Engagement Sainsburys - ChopChop moving into the Sainsburys' Groceries Mobile App Government Digital Service Department for Work and Pensions - Mobile Devices Team - DWP Mobile AA Corporation - AA Driving Theory App Arcus Global - Arcus Mobile Building Control Solution Openreach Technology & TCS - ORION Lloyds Banking Group - Devices and Digital Experience Lab Direct Line Group - A story of an Underdog Most Successful Environmental Project Earth Minutes - Digital Ocean School AtNorth - Sustainable Colocation Reduces CO2 by 92% Openreach Technology & TCS - ORION Google Cloud - Go Green Software Organisational Excellence Best Place to Work in Digital North Sea Transition Authority Snap Finger Click Shared Services Connected Ltd (SSCL) Arcus Global LTD DWP Digital Imperial War Museums DoiT International Police Digital Service Digital Transformation of the Year Triad Group Ad-MOTO - Ad Moto x Exe-Squared Shared Services Connected - APEX Digital Transformation Programme BreezeMove Publicis Sapient - Lloyds Banking Group & Publicis Sapient Team Teach - Digital Business Transformation QA (Capgemini project) - QA x Capgemini NatWest - NatWest eBanking Replatforming Programme Lebara - Digital Transformation Programme HSBC - Digital Infrastructure Global Services Digital Service Company of the Year Radically Digital Altera Digital Health UK Daisy Corporate Services Exe Squared Ltd Databricks CloudSource Audacia Rocketmakers Digital Diversity Initiative of the Year Zero Gravity - Zero Gravity & HSBC MotherBoard HSBC Bank - NOVA Innovation Acceleration Programme Personal Excellence Development Team of the Year Radically Digital Development team Digital Samba - Development team Government Digital Service IPV Core team Rocketmakers DWP Digital - DWP Digital Innovation Lab The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency - MHRA Engineering team Digital Ambassador of the Year Sarah Tulip - Cognizant Sat Gainda - Version 1 Ruchir Sanghavi - Cognizant Solutions Yemi Oluseun - The Change Hive Karen Pitt - Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency Kulamani Panigrahi - Openreach Technology In partnership with TCS Digital Hero of the Year Harshitha Shivakumar - IBM Orber Soares Bom Jesus - Radically Digital Paul Martin - Daisy Corporate Services Dr Asra Aslam - University of Leeds and YourAlly Jodi Foulger - Cloud Gateway Shobitha Shivakumar - IBM Chris Price - Ryder Sumitra Varma- The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency Tarnveer Singh - The Exeter Digital Team of the Year Radically Digital - Delivery Consultants Luminance - Research & Development Team Government Digital Service - GOV.UK Strategy for Growth MHRA - MHRA Engineering Team Openreach Technology & TCS - ORION Direct Line Group - Digital leap of a Dog, Red Telephone and Direct Line Group! Engineer of the Year Olasupo Okunaiya David St Clair - Radically Digital Elizabeth Excell- Lloyds Banking Group Alex Seaton - Man Group Luke Von Sicard - Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency Alex O Mahoney - Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency Wayne Young - Nationwide Karen Medhat - IBM Young Digital Professional of the Year Star Kashman - C.A. Goldberg PLLC Liam Balasuriyar - Radically Digital Ruth Carnegie - Snap Finger Click Emma O'Reilly - Snap Finger Click Tom Bowman - BT Group Gabriela Piatek - Hyperexponential Kacper Kiermasz - MHRA CTO of the Year Nicholas Williams - Lloyds Banking Group Deepak Dhayatker - Rapid Addition Simon Rodgers - Luminance Lizz Poltawski - Daisy Corporate Services Barny Ritchley - CV-Library David Ivell - Team Teach Ltd Brian Sullivan - Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency Tom Clark - The Ardonagh Group Claire Harrison - The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency Simon Speck - Direct Line Group CDO of the Year Richard Corbridge - Department for Work and Pensions David Devany - Iceland Foods John Seabourn - North Sea Transition Authority Jessica Shepherd - Vodafone UK Claire Harrison - The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency Join us as we honour these remarkable individuals and their contributions to the IT landscape by reserving your place at the event now.

Computing 15 May 2024 12:30 pm

TNW Podcast: Janis Putrams on robotic wind turbine care; a massive raise for self-driving AI tech and more supercomputers

Welcome to the new episode of the TNW Podcast the show where we discuss the latest developments in the European technology ecosystem and feature interviews with some of the most interesting people in the industry. In todays episode, Linnea and Sin talk about a massive investor vote of confidence for self-driving AI tech, the UK joining the EU-led supercomputer project, the first ever CGI in cinema, and the suns cycles, prompted by the incredible display or aurora the past week. The guest of the show is Jnis Ptrams, CTOand co-founder at Aerones, a robotic wind turbine care systems startup This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 15 May 2024 12:00 pm

Disney Star expects upcoming T20 World Cup to be of bigger scale

Together with TV and Digital, the T20 World Cup will be available to almost 750 million plus screens, says Disney Stars Ajit Varghese

The Hindu Businessline 15 May 2024 6:00 am

How to clear cookies

Have you noticed your computer is running slower than normal? It might be time to clear the cookies from your browsing history. Heres how.

Digital Trends 15 May 2024 12:55 am

Europe, meet Claude: Anthropics ChatGPT rival finally available in the EU

Starting today, users in Europe can access Claude, Amazon-backed AI startup Anthropics proper ChatGPT contender. There are a few company names that have become synonymous with the advent of generative AI. OpenAI may have had the early-mover advantage, with ChatGPT becoming close to a household name. However, others have also been busy honing their craft and algorithms. When Anthropic first released its latest large language model (LLM) family Claude 3 to the public in March 2024, we at the TNW editorial team were naturally very excited to try it. Alas, we were thwarted in our attempts as we were faced This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 14 May 2024 9:14 pm

Tornado Cash dev Alexey Pertsev gets 5 years prison-time for money laundering

Alexey Pertsev, the developer behind crypto mixer Tornado Cash, has been found guilty of money laundering by a Dutch court in s-Hertogenbosch. Pertsev, was first imprisoned in the Netherlands, where he had been residing, in August 2022 on charges of money laundering worth of $1.2bn in cryptocurrency. He was released in April 2023 and remained under house arrest pending his trial in March this year the verdict of which was announced today. Pertsevs arrest in the Netherlands came shortly after the US Treasury sanctioned Tornado Cash, alleging that the platforms technology helped North Koreas notorious Lazarus Group launder money This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 14 May 2024 7:58 pm

You have to tell a story that people want to listen to, says Davies CISO

Samantha Hart, Group CISO at Davies talks about how the role of CISO is evolving, why reporting lines matter and why CISOs have to be storytellers. Davies is a specialist professional services firm specialising in insurance, financial services and highly regulated businesses. The company employs approximately 8000 people across 40 countries. Recent reports and events suggest that across swathes of the public and private sector, most recently the MoD , complacency prevails about the extent of risk facing the UKs commercial and critical infrastructure. The causes of this complacency are varied and complex, and fixing it is going to involve a shift in everyone's mindset. According to Samantha Hart, part of the problem is the reporting lines of CISOs and the perceptions they can create. If a CISO reports into a CIO or a more general technology function, then the perception arises that security is a technology problem, and that technology people alone are responsible for maintaining it. Recent research from Computing suggests that these types of reporting lines are contributing to stress and burnout in cybersecurity professionals. I report to the Chief Risk Officer, says Hart. I think a reporting line straight into the board is really important. My line isn't seen as part of tech infrastructure but you have to cultivate that view. It doesn't just happen. This is where Hart thinks CISOs and perhaps those in roles requiring less experience like Information Security Manager, need to be careful in how they interact with those in executive roles. My background is technical and I don't do the things I used to do, and I'm sad about that sometimes, but I still apparently talk in acronyms which I am trying very hard not to do! Scare tactics don't work Like CIOs and CTOs, CISOs need to be storytellers. Those stories need to be relatable for for every level of employee. CISOs must persuade people to moderate their behaviour without being perceived as the security police. They also need to avoid the trap of being seen to overstate risks therefore encouraging people to ignore warnings in the future. It's a difficult line to walk. We use real life smishing and WhatsApp messages, whatever's purporting to be from the CEO today that's come in, we show it in training, says Hart. I get two pages in the monthly magazine. I don't use acronyms, I show people what's coming in and I try to link it back to real life. If people maintain security in their personal life, they'll bring it to work. People listen if you make it personal but you have to tell a story that they want to listen to. The same logic applies when communicating up the business. CISOs have to think hard about what they really need. Scaring people will only go so far and there's only so many times I can go to the board, she says. I like cyber risk quantification. If I can take it all back to number that helps because I'm talking to businesspeople. What I would say to any CISO, if you can, is to ask your insurer for some cyber risk quantification. Ask for time with them. Ask them where the claims are coming from in the cyber insurance market because it gives you another view of the threat landscape. You can find out how breaches are getting in and find out what's making the most impact. What's causing businesses to go bankrupt? What are the financial losses that are unrecoverable? That translates a lot better than talking about zero trust or network micro segmentation. Plan for the worst, try to screen out the noise Hart is bracingly realistic about the scale of the threats to Davies assets. I work on the premise that it will happen and it will keep on happening because the threat actors have resources I don't have. I can't keep going to the board and asking for more. You've got to assume that you will have an incident and work to minimise the blast radius by blocking lateral movement and controlling data access. Containing the blast radius will help you with any regulatory and client matters but the other side is working with IT on the operational availability aspect. I look after the confidentiality and integrity and then work with IT colleagues on getting us back up. Day to day, Hart's biggest headache is data volumes, and the impact of the enormous quantity of regulation she also has to stay on top of. To protect data I have to govern it and governing data is very difficult. Every person is a data creator and we hold a lot of client data. We also have elongated retention periods and all manner of reasons that we can't delete data. To reduce the blast radius of a potential attack I need to know where it all is and what we do to control it all. We've got global privacy regulations like NIST , DORA and New York Cyber . There are loads of other insurance cyber regulations. Keeping on top of that regulatory landscape is challenging, and we have to file, register and prove we're compliant. Like everyone else working in cybersecurity, Hart is concerned about what AI will being, not just in terms of threats but in volumes. There will be more threats and better threats, and then there will be more AI and automation because human eyes just can't cope with it anymore. There'll be more data growth, the volume of tasks will grow. The challenge will be cancelling the noise and focusing. You'll need noise cancelling headphones for life!

Computing 14 May 2024 4:23 pm

Why cybersecurity staff burn out, and what to do about it

Based on Computing's research and interviews with two experts in the field, we look at the causes of burnout among cybersecurity professionals and how more attention paid to this issue at board level could help shore up defences.

Computing 14 May 2024 4:02 pm

OpenAI showcases the real time 'magic' of GPT-4o

OpenAI debuted GPT-4o yesterday which the company hopes will offer users a more human like interaction in real time via live voice conversation, video streams and text.

Computing 14 May 2024 3:43 pm

Booking.com joins tech giants as gatekeeper under EU competition rules

Booking.com has joined the ranks of tech giants, such as Google and Meta, that fall under the EUs sweeping online competition rules. Dubbed the Digital Markets Act (DMA), the law aims to establish a level digital playing field by setting clear rights and obligations for large online platforms, referred to as gatekeepers. The goal is to tackle monopolising practices. Booking is an important player in the European tourism ecosystem and is now also a designated gatekeeper, said Thierry Bretton, EU Commissioner for Internal Market. The European Commission designates as gatekeepers companies with over 45 million monthly end users within the This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 14 May 2024 3:25 pm

How to deactivate your Instagram account (or delete it)

Need to shut down your Instagram account for a spell? Well teach you how to complete your accounts deactivation.

Digital Trends 14 May 2024 3:05 pm

Microsoft faces renewed antitrust charges in EU over Teams dominance

Microsoft is bracing for a fresh round of antitrust charges in Europe, as the EU Commission prepares to take aim at the tech giant's dominance in the video conferencing market with its Teams software.

Computing 14 May 2024 12:04 pm

Einride starts building worlds largest autonomous trucking network in Dubai

Einride has partnered with Jebel Ali Port in Dubai as part of its ambitious plan to build the worlds largest autonomous trucking network. The Swedish freight mobility startup has signed a deal with DP World, which handles logistics at the port the worlds 10th busiest. The firm will use hundreds of Einrides electric trucks to haul containers around the shipyard. Starting next year, DP World will start using autonomous trucks alongside those piloted by humans. This is part of the Falcon Rise project, a planned autonomous trucking network that will spread 550 kilometres across the UAE. The world will This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 14 May 2024 11:30 am

Semiconductor giant Arm to launch AI chips next year, report says

UK-based Arm, one of the worlds key players in the chip market, is reportedly planning to expand into the development of AI chips. Arm designs the building architecture for chips (mainly) in consumer electronics, which it licenses to semiconductor giants such as Qualcomm and Nvidia. The company claims that its technology is powering 99% of premium smartphones on the market. Japanese SoftBank Group holds a 90% stake in the chip designer.The move towards AI chips is part of SoftBanksambition to become a force in artificial intelligence, Nikkei Asia reports. According to the paper, Arm will set up a dedicated AI This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 13 May 2024 9:08 pm

UK completes worlds first flights for quantum navigation that could replace GPS

A British consortium with funding from the UK government has successfully tested what it calls un-jammable quantum navigation tech in flight. Geopolitical tensions and warfare have introduced GPS jamming as a means of messing with enemy communication and navigation. This can cause disturbances for both military and civilian transportation and location services. The quantum-based navigation system is called Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT). Its developers arequantum technology firm Infleqtions UK subsidiary in collaboration with aerospace company BAE Systems and defence tech contractor QinetiQ, among others. The tech in question consists of Infleqtions Tiqker optical atomic clock, as well as a This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 13 May 2024 6:51 pm

IT Essentials: Curtain call for irresponsible cyber

Amateur dramatics gets right what companies have failed at for years.

Computing 13 May 2024 3:30 pm

MoD hack: IT contractor concealed major hack for months

Shared Services Connected Ltd (SSCL), a key IT contractor for the UK government, concealed for months the cybersecurity breach that compromised the data of hundreds of thousands of current and former military personnel.

Computing 13 May 2024 12:53 pm

CISOs call to ditch the 'stigma of blame' in cybersecurity

We have to protect our people as much as our networks, and that means looking after their mental health as well as their security education.

Computing 13 May 2024 12:30 pm

AI-powered lung cancer screening tools soon across district hospitals, PHCs in Goa: Minister

The State has two district hospitals one each at Mapusa in North Goa and Margao in South Goa

The Hindu Businessline 12 May 2024 10:01 am

How to block a website

Need to learn how to block a particular website from your kids? Here are multiple ways to do so, using both first- and third-party software on Windows and Macs.

Digital Trends 11 May 2024 5:15 am

British Navy taps VR to train sailors in warship navigation

The Royal Navy has installed VR simulators at three military training sites in the UK. The simulators, built by Portsmouth-based Metaverse VR, recreate the bridge of a warship. A bridge, or wheelhouse, is like an aeroplane cockpit for ships. The Navy hopes that the new simulators will make training sailors faster and more lifelike. You feel like you are stepping onto the bridge of a warship, said Stephen Smallman, 28, a trainee warfare officer. It is very easy to become immersed in the situation it makes everything feel much more real. The Royal Navy hopes the new simulators will This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 10 May 2024 8:00 pm

Pussy Riot lawyer launches blockchain-based poll to challenge legitimacy of Russian elections

Russian voters who do not believe the 2024 presidential election was a just affair can now raise their voices via a blockchain-secured and encrypted referendum through the app Russia2024. This years presidential elections in March saw tens of thousands of Russian nationals queue up to cast their ballot at embassies around the world. Outside of the embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, voters many of whom carried protest banners waited for hours in order to make their voices heard. In theory. No one was surprised when Vladimir Putin again was announced the winner with 88% of the votes. Not This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 10 May 2024 6:36 pm

Russian network found using genAI to spread disinformation

Security analysts at Recorded Future's Insikt Group have unearthed a Russian influence network named CopyCop, which employs generative AI to distort and repurpose authentic news for its own aims.

Computing 10 May 2024 12:08 pm

Deadbots and the digital afterlife industry risk haunting the living, researchers warn

AI ethicists have called for urgent safeguards against an emerging digital afterlife industry. The concerns centre on chatbotsthat mimic the appearances, speech, and personalities of dead people. Known as deadbots or griefbots, these AI clones are trained on data about the deceased. They then provide simulated interactions with virtual recreations of the departed. This postmortem presence can social and psychological harm, according to researchers from Cambridge University. Their new study highlights several risks. One involves the use of deadbots for advertising. By mimickinglost loved ones, deadbots could manipulate their vulnerable survivorsinto buying products. Another concern addresses therapeutic applications. The researchers This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 9 May 2024 11:02 pm

The best laptop deals of May 2024

You can save hundreds of dollars on laptops suitable for study, entertainment, work, and travel from brands like Apple, Lenovo, HP, and more.

ZDNet 9 May 2024 9:25 pm

LLMs have become a weapon of information warfare

A propaganda network linked to Russia has sparked alarm about a new weapon of information warfare: large language models (LLMs). The operation was unearthed by Recorded Future, a threat intelligence firm founded by two Swedish computer scientists. In early March, the company spotted a network known as CopyCop using LLMs to manipulate news from mainstream media outlets. Using prompt engineering, CopyCop tailored the content to specific audiences and political biases. Delivered via inauthentic US, UK, and French news sites, the articles covered divisive domestic and international issues. Topics ranged from tensions among British Muslimsto Russias war against Ukraine. The articles This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 9 May 2024 8:55 pm

Arm shares drop on lower-than-expected forecast

Shares in UK chip designer Arm fell by 7% yesterday after the company revealed a lower than expected revenue forecast.

Computing 9 May 2024 3:36 pm

Stack Overflow subscribers rebel over OpenAI deal

The recently announced partnership between Stack Overflow and OpenAI is going down badly with users of the public facing part of the platform.

Computing 9 May 2024 3:34 pm

Google urges UK tribunal to dismiss mass lawsuit over alleged online ad dominance

Google parent Alphabet has urged the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) in London to dismiss a mass lawsuit that accuses the company of abusing its dominance in the online advertising market.

Computing 9 May 2024 2:24 pm

TCS CEO K Krithivasan took home 25.4 crore in FY24

Krithivasan took charge of the company on June 1, 2023

The Hindu Businessline 9 May 2024 1:57 pm

The key technologies fuelling chatbot evolution

Most of us are familiar with chatbots on customer service portals, government departments, and through services like Google Bard and OpenAIs ChatGPT. They are convenient, easy to use, and always available, leading to their growing use for a diverse range of applications across the web. Unfortunately, most current chatbots are limited due to their reliance on static training data. Data outputted by these systems can be obsolete, limiting our ability to gain real-time information for our queries. They also struggle with contextual understanding, inaccuracies, handling complex queries, and limited adaptability to our evolving needs. To overcome these issues, advanced techniques This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 9 May 2024 12:30 pm

SoftBank looking to buy UK AI chip designer Graphcore, report

Japanese investment giant SoftBank Group is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire Graphcore, a British AI chip designer that has struggled to gain traction in recent years.

Computing 8 May 2024 9:30 pm

This $350 Android smartwatch changed the way I work out with a brilliant feature

Most smartwatches last a day or two between charging, but Mobvoi's TicWatch Pro 5 Enduro doubles that, and for a reasonable price.

ZDNet 8 May 2024 9:30 pm

Dutch VC Capital Mills invests in German no-code startup Innoloft

No-code startup Innoloft has raised 2mn in a new funding round led by Dutch VC firm Capital Mills. This marks the firms first investment into a German company. Innolofts no-code platform enables businesses to build web applications without any programming knowledge. Founded in 2019, the startup now counts over 70,000 end-users and includes customers such as Deutsche Telekom, Aachen University, and German state governments. With the new funding, Innoloft plans to accelerate product development and expand its user base. Being a B2B software company, the startup falls well under Capital Mills investment focus. The VC firm offers two types of This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 8 May 2024 9:11 pm

Meet the leader of LockBit, the most active ransomware gang ever

Cybercrime hunters have unmasked the alleged leader of LockBit, a hacker network dubbed the most active ransomware group ever. LockBit gained global notoriety for holding victims datato ransom and ransomware-as-a-service, whereby it licenses malware to otherhackers. According to Europol, the gang was behind the worlds most deployed ransomware in 2022 causing billions of euros worth of damage. Among the high-profile victims are US aerospace giant Boeing, Britains Royal Mailand German automotive titan Continental. Russian entities, however, are notably absent from the list of targets. It will therefore come as little surprise that the gangs reputed mastermind is a Russian This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 8 May 2024 7:56 pm

Cybersecurity Festival 2024: Four ways to cut your cyber insurance premiums

Jason Ozin, CISO at PIB Insurance, told the Cybersecurity Festival to get a broker, get certified and get hacked.

Computing 8 May 2024 7:30 pm

Neuron-sized brain implant could help blind people see again

A team of researchers have built a vision implant with tiny electrodes the size of a neuron, seeking to help blind people see again. The development of vision implants first emerged in the 1990s.The technology targets patients suffering from damage to the eye, but whose visual cortex the brains visual centre is active and able to receive signals. But despite the solutions potential, existing methods are limited by the large size of electrodes and metal corrosion. The research team claims to have addressed both challenges. A new, nano-sized implant Vision implants contain electrodes that send signals to the brain This story continues at The Next Web

TNW 8 May 2024 6:34 pm

OpenAI Unveils New Tool to Identify AI-Generated Images, Highlights the Need for AI Content Authentication

OpenAI unveiled its new artificial intelligence (AI) image identification and detection tool on Tuesday. The AI firm announced the new tool highlighting the need to authenticate AI-generated content and to create awareness about it. The company has also formally joined the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) committee, which has created an open st...

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