Weekly Tech Round-Up | #3

Our first tech update for 2021 has kicked off with lots of exciting tech news, and innovations. We also do a fortnightly South West tech update which you can find here.

How ‘big tech’ is taking Trumpism offline

Amazon gave the controversial app ‘Parler’ a deadline to find a new website hosting service, before booting the platform offline for allegedly containing violent content. This was an effort by US Tech Giants, to ‘deplatform’ Donald Trump, and some of his extreme supporters, after the Capitol Hill riot. Since the attack, Donald Trump has been banned from some of the biggest social media platforms. Including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube and Twitch.

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UK supports South African female GreenTech entrepreneurs

The UK, powered by the UK-South Africa Tech Hub and in partnership with the Future Females Business School, will support 30 female entrepreneurs to grow their GreenTech businesses. ‘Seeing the positive Impact that the Future Females Business School, together with the UK-South Africa Tech Hub, has had on the 5 cohorts they have graduated to date, it is important to build on this and increase the scope and support female entrepreneurs who are working to care of and protect our planet’.

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Tech firm Kromek gets Government backing to develop Covid detection equipment

Sedgefield’s Kromek is developing a new system that can detect Covid-19 in the air, after receiving Government funding. The business is adapting its current technology so that it can automatically detect all airborne viruses, which could improve the Government’s track and trace system. The project has received £1.25m backing from Innovate UK. Once developed, Kromek plans to deploy the technology in busy areas.

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How will cybersecurity evolve during the course of 2021

Digital Journal looks at how sophisticated cyberattacks might become and what companies can do to minimize the growing number of attacks and the developing sophistication of the attacks. Digital Journal caught up with Richard Walters, CTO, Censornet, on what he expects from the year ahead in the cybersecurity industry. According to Walters: “Cyber criminals will try and take advantage of the isolated remote worker. This is important as the world gets used to ‘not another day at the office’.

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Technology companies dominate list of best places to work in the UK

The latest list of the best places to work in the UK by Glassdoor is ranked by employee reviews. Salesforce took out the number one spot, with other well-known tech giants like Google, Apple and Facebook named as among the best places to work too. The list shows that technology companies dominate the best places to work in the UK

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