DVLA aims to slash IT costs by moving to public cloud and open standards

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is planning to slash its IT costs by 40% by 2019/20 compared to 2017/18 spending. The agency’s new IT strategy aims to meet its Comprehensive Spending Review commitments and wider efficiency targets by deprecating legacy systems and moving to interoperable, open standards. Download this free guide Infographic: Future-proofing […]

Cisco Live 2017: A tale of shifting skills and increased security

As the number of connected devices increases, so does the demand on those responsible for ensuring these devices work, causing a shift in required skills. Download this free guide Men for women in tech This guide showcases some of the men who are helping women to progress in the technology industry and the methods they […]

Salesforce introduces several Einstein AI tools for third-party developers

Salesforce launched three AI tools for developers today at the TrailheaDX developer conference. These algorithms, which fall under the new Einstein Platform Services, enable third-party developers to add Einstein intelligence to applications built on top of the Salesforce platform. The new services include sentiment and intent analysis and some pretty sophisticated image recognition analysis tools, […]

As Egnyte turns 10, it moves into data protection

Egnyte had a big milestone last week. It turned 10 years old, which is a pretty big deal for a startup. The company has survived and even thrived, but as it moves into its second decade, it recognizes that it can’t live on file sync and share alone, and today it announced the general availability […]

Snapchat now lets you create custom geofilters right in the app

Snapchat introduced a way to create custom geofilters back in February of last year, and now it’s making the feature easier to use. U.S. Snapchat users can now create and submit custom filters directly in the app, rather than having to go to the studio website to make their custom filter. The mobile creative studio […]

Tackling iron, zinc deficiencies with ‘better’ bread

Anemia affects more than 30 percent of the world’s population, and many cases are due to iron deficiency, according to the World Health Organization. Many of the same people are also affected by zinc deficiencies. These conditions can lead to impaired growth, neurological problems and even early death. To combat deficiencies in iron and zinc, […]

Ruthenium rules for new fuel cells

Catalysts that drive the oxygen reduction reaction that lets fuel cells turn chemical energy into electricity are usually made of platinum, which stands up to the acidic nature of the cell’s charge-carrying electrolyte. But platinum is expensive, and scientists have searched for decades for a suitable replacement. The ruthenium-graphene combination may fit the bill, said […]

Socioeconomic status in childhood linked with cardiac structure and function in adulthood

Socioeconomic differences in cardiovascular diseases are a health risk that has not been prevented to this day. Previous studies have shown that lower socioeconomic status increases the risk of sudden cardiac events. However, the mechanisms explaining this are still unclear. “The increased left ventricular mass of the heart and poorer diastolic function increase the risk […]

Image analysis and artificial intelligence will change dairy farming

Hoof health is an important aspect of proper dairy cattle care. Injuries and illnesses of hooves, called ‘lameness’, if left untreated, will lead not only to declining quantity and quality of dairy products, but also to life-threatening disease. Thus, its early detection is very important. Indicators for lameness are manifested in back arch and gait […]

Microneedle patch developed for flu vaccination

“This bandage-strip sized patch of painless and dissolvable needles can transform how we get vaccinated,” said Roderic I. Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), which funded the study. “A particularly attractive feature is that this vaccination patch could be delivered in the mail and self-administered. In addition, […]

Oracle 2016-17 results: cloud revenue up 60%, overall growth 2%

Oracle has declared full year 2016-17 revenue of $37.7bn, up 2% on the previous year. Cloud revenue was $4.6bn, up 60% on the year before and representing 12% of the total. Download this free guide Are you keeping up with the ERP evolution? Read about the new best practices for the ERP systems and how […]

New photoacoustic technique detects gases at parts-per-quadrillion level

“In many ways, the photoacoustic effect is already the most practical method available for detecting pollutants in the atmosphere,” said Gerald Diebold, a professor of chemistry at Brown University and coauthor of a new paper describing his lab’s research. “But when the concentration of the molecules you’re trying to detect gets down to the parts-per-trillion […]

Bioplastic derived from soya protein which can absorb up to forty times its own weight

This new product, which is organic and biodegradable, is environmentally friendly. For that reason, the experts are exploring its use in the area of horticulture, specifically as a raw material from which to make agricultural nutrient dispensers. Another of the objectives that the researchers set themselves when they started the project was to find a […]

The dust storm microbiome

Some of these bacteria might be pathogenic — harmful to us or the environment — and a few of them also carry genes for antibiotic resistance. Others may induce ecosystem functions such as nitrogen fixation. Prof. Yinon Rudich and his research group, including postdoctoral fellow Dr. Daniela Gat and former research student Yinon Mazar, in […]

Safeguarding sustainability through forest certification mapping

To address the lack of openly accessible data on forest certification on a sub-national level, the global map shows certified forest areas at 1 kilometer resolution — far more detailed than currently available maps. The map, which is available freely online and described in an article in the journal Forest Policy and Economics, was developed […]