p The NHS has a rotten reputation when it comes to technology.At Davos in January last year, NHS England CEO Simon Stevens announced seven innovation testbeds that will take a different approach to tackling the impending health crisis.Two of the testbeds focused on Internet of Thingstechnology, with Surrey and Borders partnership NHS Foundation Trust using smart devices to help people with dementia stay at home longer and West of England's Academic Health Science Network developing a diabetes digital coach.The other five testbeds weren't as prescriptive: in North East London and in Lancashire and Cumbria, testbeds were looking to support older people with dementia; Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale NHS was working with Google's Verily on prediction and prevention techniques; Sheffield was looking to help people with diabetes, hypertension and other long-term condition treat themselves at home; and the Birmingham and Solihull project was developing tools for managing mental health.That's only expected to increase as demographics skew older, with the number of people 75 or older up by 89 per cent since the mid 1970s.As long term illnesses affect more people – as of 2013, there were 3.2 million people with diabetes – that's expected to increase to four million within the decade.
LONDON— ARM Holdings ARMH 3.16 % PLC, the England-based tech firm that designs most of the world s smartphone chips, said Wednesday that it completed a $350 million acquisition of a computer-vision company, in a bet that it can further ARM s goal of getting its technology into new markets such as automobiles, robots and everyday household items.For example, its technology can help a security camera distinguish between a human and cat.Founded in 2002, Apical employs 100 people.As the growth in global smartphone shipments slows—ARM expects an annual increase of 6% to 7% for the next five years—the company has diversified.It can automatically transmit live video to the homeowner whenever it detects motion, but that would take up a lot of power and bandwidth.Based in Cambridge, England, ARM is regarded as one of the U.K. s top tech firms.
The Clacton Spear is the tip of a 450,000-year-old fire-hardened spear discovered in England.It has long been believed that the practice of heating a pointed spear tip in the fire was a way of making it sharper and harder.So they harvested 20 rods from local hazel trees and spent weeks abusing them inside machines of very precise, codified destruction.First, each rod was divided in half.Then they tested each rod for hardness, as well as how each responded to bending and sharp impacts.What they discovered was that the fired wood was indeed slightly harder, but it was also significantly weaker.
Portsmouthwebcam.comIn the early morning of Tuesday 17 May the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire was treated to a particularly impressive light show courtesy of an absolutely enormous fireball.The meteor, which appears to have burnt up in the atmosphere, briefly turned night into day as it streaked over the city.Spotted at around one in the morning, the blinding flash was spotted all around the Northwest by witnesses in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York and even Quebec.While many were simply woken by the light, others claim they heard and felt a sonic boom suggesting that a meteorite may have broken through the atmosphere.Normally meteors simply burn up on entry, however particularly large objects can break through and crash down to the surface.The American Meteor Society claims to have had over 690 reports about the incident suggesting that this wasn t your average fireball.
Meteors become bright 'fireballs' when debris is either larger than normal, or moving incredibly fast.Photo: Wally Pacholka / AstroPics.com / TWANPolice Sergeant Tim Farris was patrolling the streets of Portland, Maine early Tuesday morning when he caught a very different kind of speeder on his dashboard camera — a meteor.Meteors are small grains of interplanetary debris that smack into our atmosphere at breakneck speeds and burn up, streaking through the night sky like shooting stars.As Earth orbits through the tail of Halley's Comet, it produces a meteor shower called the Eta Aquarids, which we are currently in the midst of.When a meteor is so bright that it outshines the rest of the sky, it's called a fireball.Fireballs are created when the debris is either larger than normal, or moving at incredibly fast speeds.
View photosMoreMembers of the public walk past the Bank of England in central London June 3, 2008.REUTERS/Alessia PierdomenicoLONDON Reuters - The Bank of England ordered UK banks to detail steps taken to secure computers connected to the SWIFT bank messaging network about two months after a still-unidentified group used the system to steal $81 million from Bank Bangladesh, according to three people familiar with the effort.The previously unreported action marks the earliest known case of a central bank in a major economy to order its member banks to conduct a formal security review in response to the Bangladesh theft, which has shaken the global system for transferring money among both commercial and central banks.The Bank of England, one of the G10 central banks that oversee Brussels-based SWIFT, said it had no immediate comment.The communication from the Bank of England asked banks to respond by early May and provide details about plans for installing a security update to SWIFT Alliance Access software, according to the person.In the Philippines, a senior central bank official said on Tuesday that regulators were crafting regulations to help banks and other financial institutions fend off cyber heists and minimize damage after any systems breach.
Reuters - The Senate Homeland Security Committee's top Democrat sought information Thursday from global financial network SWIFT and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on steps being taken to bolster cyber security in the wake of the theft of $81 million from the central bank of Bangladesh.Senator Tom Carper of Delaware requested that both answer questions and brief his staff by June 17 on how they were handling issues following the February heist, during which hackers wired money out of an account at the New York Fed held by Bank Bangladesh, as well as how they were safeguarding against other potential cyber threats."These cyber attacks raise important questions about the security of the SWIFT system and the ability of its members to prevent future attacks," Carper wrote in his letters.The inquiry comes as policymakers, regulators and financial institutions around the world increase scrutiny into the heist at Bank Bangladesh and a separate attempt to use fraudulent SWIFT messages to steal from a commercial bank in Vietnam.The Bank of England last month ordered British banks to provide documentation on SWIFT security measures.He requested similar information from the Federal Reserve, including steps it has taken to coordinate with SWIFT, Bangladesh Bank, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Treasury since the heist.
The BoE ordered them to detail steps taken to secure computers connected to the SWIFT bank messaging network, according to insiders who spoke to Reuters.The orders included conducting a 'compliance check' to check whether they are following security procedures issued by SWIFT after an attack in February saw $81m £56m stolen from Bangladesh's central bank.On 13 May, SWIFT issued a notice saying that another instance of a malware-led attack on an institution had emerged, directed at banks' secondary controls.In addition to the two fraud attempts on the SWIFT network, major financial institutions have been targeted recently as part of hacking group Anonymous's Operation Icarus, a hacktivist project protesting the role of banks in global corruption.In 2014, Andrew Gracie, Executive Director, Resolution at the BoE, formally launched a new framework to help identify areas where the financial sector could be vulnerable to sophisticated cyber-attack.This was part of the BoE's response to the Financial Policy Committee's recommendation to test and improve resilience to cyber-attack.
View photosMoreThe SWIFT logo is pictured in this photo illustration taken April 26, 2016.REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Illustration/File PhotoHONG KONG Reuters - Hong Kong's central bank has a launched a new program to strengthen lenders' ability to protect their critical technology systems after recent attacks by unidentified groups on a global messaging system used by the financial community.The Hong Kong Monetary Authority's latest measure, known as the "Cybersecurity Fortification Initiative CFI ," plans to raise the level of cybersecurity at banks in Hong Kong through a three-pronged approach and follows similar steps taken by its counterparts from London to Vietnam.They installed malware inside the bank's Dhaka headquarters that hid traces of their attack in a bid to delay discovery so they could access the funds, according to police and private security firms.The theft prompted fresh attacks on other central banks within the region, with Vietnam's Tien Phong Bank saying earlier this week it had interrupted an attempted cyber heist that involved the use of fraudulent SWIFT messages, the same technique at the heart of February's massive theft from the Bangladesh central bank.The Bank of England joined its counterparts in Singapore and the Philippines, asking banks to increase their checks on security systems in the wake of the attacks.
Microsoft is stepping up its commitment to reduce the impact its data centers have on the environment, with a goal to use 50 percent renewable energy by 2018.A wind farm in Norfolk, EnglandAs more services move to the cloud, online giants are building more data centers to keep up.On Thursday, Microsoft said it will step up its commitment to reduce the impact its data centers have on the environment.Across the tech sector, we need to recognize that data centers will rank by the middle of the next decade among the largest users of electrical power on the planet, Brad Smith, the company's president and chief legal officer, said in a blog post.Today, roughly 44 percent of the electricity used by Microsoft s data centers comes from renewable energy sources, he said.And it's experimenting with undersea data centers, which may be able to tap into offshore wind farms and require less energy for cooling.
Photograph by Elliott Brown via FlickrThe only court where you may appeal our spies' illegal activities in the UK has finally published a report covering its activities from 2011-2015, defending itself against accusations that it is a star chamber which always meets in secret and never rules in favour of complainants .Obliged to hear two particular complaints against the intelligence agents, the IPT receives applications from those who believe they have been the victim of unlawful interference by public authorities using covert techniques regulated under RIPA, and those who believe they have been the victim of a Human Rights violation conducted by the spooks.Its creation followed the passing of the Human Rights Act 1998, after which it became necessary to ensure that the UK met Article 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights ECHR which states:Everyone whose rights and freedoms as set forth in this Convention are violated shall have an effective remedy before a national authority notwithstanding that the violation has been committed by persons acting in an official capacity.While holding hearings in camera is not unheard of in English courts — especially for the purposes of protecting children — the practice of protecting the intelligence agencies from the attention which attends public trials has some under criticism following the disclosures made by rogue NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden, which revealed illegal activities had taken place under the existing regime.Not a single complaint brought to the tribunal regarding the security and intelligence agencies' surveillance activities had been upheld until supported by the documents leaked by Edward Snowden in 2013.This means that without making any decision in the first instance as to whether the facts alleged by complainants are true, where appropriate the Tribunal invites the parties to formulate and agree issues of law for the Tribunal to decide upon the assumption that they are true This has enabled hearings to take place in public with full adversarial argument as to whether, assuming the facts, any such conduct as a claimant alleged to have occurred, by, for example, the SIAs, would have been lawful.
At the time, it was reported that the attackers had managed to gain access to the Bangladesh network via cheap and unpatched routers.Ongoing Falloutbreaching bank securityBrussels-based SWIFT said it was aware of malware targeting its client software and had released a patch.Compliance CheckThe BoE apparently ordered UK banks in mid April to detail the steps taken to secure their computers connected to SWIFT, said Reuters, which quoted three people familiar with the matter as its source.The Bangladesh Bank attackers were said to have installed malware inside the bank s Dhaka headquarters that hid traces of their attack in a bid to delay discovery of their attack, so they could access the funds held in New York over a weekend period.Bank WorriesThe BoE intervention come amid growing concern of the threats banks face in the increasingly online world.It said that more than two dozen large Russian banks were targeted by hacking gangs last year, with the loss of millions of pounds.
Colourbox Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane admitted - 9 000 word speech - that the Bank of England are too complex and incomprehensible to ordinary people, news agency Bloomberg says. Only about a quarter of the audience says the central bank to explain its decisions and actions in a way that they can understand. "Estimated my own speech, also said they would be likely to be incomprehensible to most people," says Haldane. Haldane "output" is a part of the image of the Central Bank kiillotuskampanjaa, which it is trying to restore public confidence in the wake of the financial crisis. For example, Haldane visit frequently in schools and universities around the country and meet a number of groups and charitable organizations.
Tom Scott, a web video and television producer, joked the Queen might want to have a word with the search engine giant after spotting this unusual search result.Twitter certainly saw the funny side of the mistakeIt s unclear who created the design, but it may have been a flag suggested in the event of Scottish independence.The MP said that the existing flag only represented three nations within the United Kingdom.Wrong flag Credit: GoogleIn a Commons debate he said: I believe that the Union flag should change now to reflect the four nations of the United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales."He added: Let the debate begin, let the rest of the world know that the iconic symbol of the United Kingdom may change and that the reason that it will change is that we have a new constitutional settlement that affords Wales its true place in the Union.Its normal logo was replaced with a spoof image pulled in from uncyclopedia.wikia.com, featuring the offensive slogan providing s*** to scum for over 70 years".
Last year Public Health England backed the availability of e-cigarettes on the NHS, yet millions have given up tobacco already via an unregulated consumer product.Every part of the e-cig supply chain is affected in some way.New liquids and hardware now require a six-month approval period, and approval costs.The maximum nicotine concentration in a liquid is 20mg/ml – short of the 24mg/ml smokers look for when they start to vape.But compared to the USA, where the Federal Drug Administration s busybodies have set out to destroy large sections of the market overnight via their proposed regulations or even parts of the EU, the UK may see comparatively much less disruption.Because of the huge uptake of e-cigarettes in the UK, a pioneering market for the tech, and an effective and articulate grassroots effort, e-cigarette campaigners have been assured by the Department of Health and the designated approval agency the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency MHRA that implantation of the rules will be as light as possible.
The Bank of England issued an urgent warning to UK financial institutions after Bangladesh hackIn the wake of an orchestrated cyberattack found to be targeting numerous banks across the globe, the Bank of England issued an urgent call of all UK institutions to check for "indicators of compromise" on any computer connected to the Swift messaging service, it has emerged.Officials close to the UK central bank, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the warning was issued in mid-to-late April – however is only now being made public.In this case, which is still being investigated, hackers were able to compromise $81 £56m in a complex scheme.It also demanded a "compliance check" to ensure that security policies put forward by Swift are being followed, alongside a check of who exactly has access to its sensitive applications and web portals.Now, security firms – including FireEye – are in the process of investigating the landmark attack.Echoing calls from the Bank of England, other central banks around the world have been instructed to bulk up security measures and IT systems.
Sports and music fans have been warned by Trading Standards teams to beware of fake tickets for sale this summer.Major events, including Euro 2016 and music festivals, are expected to be targeted by fraudsters.He said trading standards teams in England and Wales were cracking down on online ticket fraud, and called on social media sites to "do more to help prevent people being conned paying for tickets on their sites".Without these details there is no way to determine if the tickets exist or notAlways check with the event organiser for official ticket distribution lists and avoid buying from unauthorised sources, particularly social networksIf you are engaging with unofficial sellers, research them thoroughly.Check the seller or company online for unfavourable reviews and beware of false positive reviewsAlways pay for tickets by credit card and never pay by direct transfer - the card issuer is jointly liable for a failure for goods or services to be provided as long as the price of a single ticket is over £100Only make purchases from sites encrypted for payment - look for the padlock in the address barSource: Local Government AssociationIn a sample of 3,000 reported ticket scams between May and October 2015, victims lost on average £444 per transaction, police found.Facebook has been contacted for comment.
GIFIt may not be even remotely close to what The Doctor uses on Doctor Who, but a team at the University of Bristol in England has created a sonic screwdriver that utilizes the powers of acoustic levitation to move objects.The screwdriver, along with what they re calling a Gauntlet of Levitation, were created as a way to help humans control acoustic levitation in order to interact with dangerous materials.The presented prototypes still have limited forces but symbolize a milestone in our expectations of future technology, the researchers stated in an abstract posted on the Bristol Interaction Group s website.As shown in the video, smaller pieces can be rotated, which can be helpful in medical procedures or experiments involving dangerous materials.Single-beam levitation could manipulate particles inside our body for applications in targeted drug delivery or acoustically controlled micro-machines that do not interfere with magnetic resonance imaging, the study stated.So we re not exactly close yet, but maybe we will be in a few thousand years.
Let s not forget: Season 2 began with Claire back in the 20th century, trying to find out if Jamie was dead or alive.Claire learns Jamie is imprisoned in the Bastille and that Randall has been sent back to England to recuperate from his groin stab.Instead, at the palace, the king leads Claire into another chamber, where she finds Master Raymond and Comte St. Germain.After some back-and-forth that just makes you wish they d get a room and have some hate sex already, Claire devises a test, creating a poison for both men to drink; whoever survives can go free.Click to Open Overlay GalleryStarzThe king, as promised, frees Master Raymond, but isn t quite ready to pardon Jamie.She takes the blame for what happened, for putting Frank before their family, for following Jamie to the woods.
When traveling to an area you re unfamiliar with, you should be especially aware of your surroundings and potential risks: pickpocketing, for example.Citybase Apartments put together the data based on their own research you can head to their post to see their full list of sources .Some of these are fairly straightforward.Barcelona, SpainLas RamblasPlaza CatalunyaRome, ItalyTerminiThe Via dei Fori ImperialiPrague, Czech RepublicThe Old Town SquareThe Charles BridgeMadrid, SpainEl RastroThe MetroParis, FranceEiffel TowerNotre-Dame CathedralFlorence, ItalyThe Ponte VecchioThe San Lorenzo MarketAmsterdam, HollandRed Light DistrictDam SquareAthens, GreeceOmonia SquareMetaxourgioLondon EnglandOxford StreetCamdenYou always want to pay attention to your surroundings, but it helps to know the areas where pickpockets strike most so you can be prepared.For more spots, head to their infographic at the link below.WHERE IN EUROPE ARE YOU MOST LIKELY TO BE A VICTIM OF PICKPOCKETING?
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