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Advancements in imaging technology can now show how tumours form

New imaging technology has been developed to help picture how tumours form. Early diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer could be helped by the tool which researchers at the University of Edinburgh use to detect the key cells involved. The new type of chemical probe can also help scientists track the progress of a tumour and how immune cells can have a positive or negative influence.


Microsoft tells UK businesses to get serious about AI

Businesses in the UK need to move beyond tinkering with AI and get on with seriously harnessing the technology at scale to compete on the global stage, a report by Microsoft has said.

The tech giant has found that organisations already using AI at scale are performing better than those which are not, by making them more productive, showing higher profitability and producing better business outcomes.


Holograms to replace written notes, Barnardo’s says

Holograms and body implants will replace handwritten notes and letters as ways people will communicate in the future, a new survey into digital habits has suggested.

A poll of more than 3,000 children and adults in Britain by children’s charity Barnardo’s found that just 13 percent of young people and 8 percent of adults believe people will still write messages to each other in 30 years’ time.


Brad Smith says age of self-regulation in tech is over

The president of Microsoft has said the age of self-regulation is over for the technology industry, but new rules imposed on the sector must be not introduced for the sake of restricting big companies.

Brad Smith told the PA news agency there must be “thought and balance” to how any new rules are implemented in order to fix specific problems in the sector.


MPs urge Chancellor to push forward robotics tax breaks

The Chancellor should bring forward proposals for new tax incentives to encourage investment in robotics to boost productivity, a group of MPs has urged.

In a new report, the Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee warns that if the transition to a more automated workplace is managed badly, entire groups and regions could be left behind and British businesses could find themselves uncompetitive.


Salesforce targets consumer goods and manufacturing verticals with two new cloud platforms

Salesforce has added to its extensive portfolio of cloud products with two new cloud platforms for the consumer goods and manufacturing industries.

The CRM giant said the two platforms will help companies in both industries adapt to transformational trends brought about by AI, blockchain, IoT and 3D printing that are forcing them to become more customer-centric.


108,000 retail jobs lost to automation and e-commerce since 2011

More than 100,000 high street retail jobs have been lost to automation and e-commerce since 2011, according to a report.

Women and regional workers were most affected as retailers cut traditionally female customer service positions in favour of extra warehouse roles which had mostly gone to men, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) said.


Cyber-spooked UK business leaders are hesitant to adopt new tech

67 percent of UK business leaders say cyber security concerns are preventing them from adopting new technology and blocking their digital transformation strategies, according to a new cyber security report. 

The report, conducted by EY, surveyed 175 C-suite executives at UK-based businesses to assess the state of the British cyber security landscape at the board level.


UK CIOs bottom of global workflow digitisation rankings

UK CIOs are failing to recognise the importance of workflow digitisation A CIO survey conducted by Oxford Economics for ServiceNow has found that UK CIOs are putting the least amount of budget aside for workflow digitisation compared to other countries. The global survey, that interviewed 516 CIOs, also revealed that nearly two-thirds of CIOs consider… Read More


UK autonomous vehicle industry standards to be agreed in new scheme

The Department of Transport and industry bodies will work together to create safety and technology standards for driverless cars A programme to help create industry standards for autonomous vehicles has been unveiled in the hope of accelerating the successful rollout of self-driving cars in the UK. The scheme has been launched by the Department for… Read More


NTT combines Dimension Data, NTT Communications, and NTT Security into $11 billion entity

New $11bn IT services entity to be headquartered in London Japanese telecommunications company NTT Corp has consolidated three of its key IT businesses into a single $11bn (£8.7bn) business. The new technology services arm is called NTT Ltd and is made up of Dimension Data, NTT Communications and NTT Security. In total 28 brands have… Read More


Mobile banking ‘to be more popular than high street branches by 2021’

The tipping point at which mobile banking is expected to overtake branches is predicted to happen in 2021, data experts Caci said Mobile banking is set to overtake high street bank branches by 2021 in terms of popularity, according to projections. Data experts Caci said growing numbers of people owning a smartphone is partly behind… Read More



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