Small firms stuck in 20th century payments land

Two in five small businesses in Scotland have never reviewed how they take payment from their customers and remain stuck in the 20th century, a new survey suggests.

ShareIn boss Jude Cook will take part in a crowdfunding summit in China. Picture: Chris Watt

ShareIn aims to build crowdfunding bridges with China

The chief executive of an Edinburgh-based crowdfunding platform is heading to China as part of an effort to stronger links with the world’s second-largest economy.

Tennis ace Andy Murray has embarked on a number of investments. Picture: John Devlin

Andy Murray looks to make a mint from tech investments

Andy Murray is continuing to back early-stage businesses as part of a strategic relationship with crowdfunding platform Seedrs, identifying two UK tech companies in which he has invested undisclosed amounts.

Edinburgh's Safenano centre has been researching the risks of nanotechnology for a decade. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh scientists mark decade of nanotech research

It was once described as a “grey goo” threat by the Duke of Rothesay, who raised fears over tiny self-replicating robots covering the planet, but an Edinburgh-based facility is celebrating ten years of research into the safe use of nanotechnology.

Twitter is aiming to achieve a profit next year. Picture: John Devlin

Twitter to axe 9% of workforce in drive for profit

Social network Twitter is to slash 9 per cent of its global workforce as it embarks on a major shake-up of the business.

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Alex Papanikolaou named as disabled entrepreneural award finalist. Picture: Contributed

Glasgow wheelchair pioneer in entrepreneur finals

DIASBLED businessman Alex Papanikolaou has won £10,000 and a place as a finalist in the Stelios Award for disabled entrepreneurs.

David Sole co-founded the School for CEOs in 2011. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Future chiefs face digital test, argues David Sole

Technology and the digital revolution are driving an increasing pace of change that future chief executives must master to succeed, a new report argues.

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National Museums Scotland director Dr Gordon Rintoul and Scottish culture secretary Fiona Hyslop examine an early medieval silver chain from Torvean, near Inverness.

National treasures set to leave Edinburgh and go on tour around the country

A host of Scotland’s most important historic artefacts and precious treasures are to be sent around the country as part of a new drive to ensure they are seen by far more people in future.
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Tim Cornelius, chief executive of Atlantis Resources. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Pentland tidal scheme powers ahead

Atlantis Resources, the tidal energy company behind the MeyGen project being constructed in the Pentland Firth, is confident the ambitious scheme will be generating power by the end of the year.

RBS's Gogarburn headquarters will host the ScotChain16 conference. Picture: Cate Gillon

Edinburgh to host global blockchain tech conference

More than 200 attendees from around the world have already signed up to take part in a conference being held in Edinburgh next month to discuss the development of blockchain technology.

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Intelligentpos was acquired by Sweden's iZettle last month. Picture: Contributed

Payment tech firm Intelligentpos expands in Europe

Intelligentpos has embarked on its European expansion with the launch this week of its electronic point-of-sale software in Germany as it looks to double its workforce.

Dundee-based DSA is gearing up to launch its football management game. Picture: Contributed

Dundee sports games firm targets £1.5m funding goal

A Dundee-based maker of sports simulation games is seeking to raise £1.5 million as it prepares for the launch of its debut title.

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Ecometrica chief executive Gary Davis. Picture: Greg Macvean

Space data outfit boosts environmental monitoring

A Scottish software business is aiming to take the guesswork out of environmental monitoring after tapping into satellite data technology developed at the University of Edinburgh.

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Septoria can reduce wheat yields by up to 50%. Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Breakthrough in battle against worst wheat disease

Scientists have taken a major step towards helping plant breeders devise new strategies to improve plant resistance to septoria, the most destructive disease affecting wheat in the UK, it has been claimed.

Edinburgh Research & Innovation hailed the 'exciting breakthrough' with Merck. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Licensing deal to give Merck access to Scots innovation

German healthcare giant Merck has signed a licensing deal with Edinburgh University’s commercialisation arm for a pioneering technology developed by academics.

Harald Haas is inspired by Alexander Graham Bell, who investigated the possibility of building a photophone using sunlight

Interview: Father of LiFi brings web out of the dark ages

Harald Haas has been christened the “father” of LiFi, a term he coined and a technology he has introduced using the visible light spectrum to enable high-speed wireless data communication and internet access.

Nintendo's Switch console will be released in March. Picture: Contributed

Nintendo takes on Sony and Microsoft with new console

Nintendo has revealed its next video games platform, the Switch, which combines both a console and a handheld system for the first time.

Pulsant's cloud offering is based at its South Gyle data centre in Edinburgh. Picture: Contributed

Aberlour charity turns to Pulsant for data hosting

Aberlour Child Care Trust is a Stirling-based charity that focuses on supporting children, young people and families across the country, transforming their lives and helping them overcome challenges.

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Glasgow residents ‘least friendly’ on Facebook

It’s known as the friendly city, but those living in Glasgow are least likely to share stories or ‘like’ comments on Facebook, according to research on the habits of Scottish social media users.

From left: Cathcart co-founders Sam Wason and Gordon Kaye with Nick Macdougall, who heads the firm's Bangkok office. Picture: Contributed

IT recruiter Cathcart aiming to double Thailand team

Cathcart Associates, the Edinburgh-based IT recruitment specialist, is seeking to double the size of its team in Thailand, a year after opening its first overseas office in Bangkok.

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