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Contactless payments are the future, says Qpal founder

Mobile payments will soon become the norm across the UK with chip and pin viewed as painfully slow in comparison.

Tech
Students must embrace new ways of learning, says Joshua Ryan-Saha. Picture: Jane Barlow

Joshua Ryan-Saha: Univeristies must reimagine learning for data age

In today’s digital world, we should look at our traditional institutions and ask whether they will meet the demands of the future, says Joshua Ryan-Saha

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The inside of FetLor youth club's new home in Edinburgh. The club first opened in 1924 and is the oldest in Scotland. Picture: Contributed

Scotland’s oldest youth club unveils its brand new home

It has provided a warm welcome to thousands of Edinburgh youngsters since opening in 1924.

Tech
An artist's impression of trams arriving at Glasgow Airport. Picture: Contributed

Plans for £144m direct rail link to Glasgow Airport unveiled

Travellers could soon be arriving at Glasgow Airport on trams, if a new £144 million rail link project is given the green light.

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Josh Littlejohn has announced a new project to build Scotlands first homeless village . Picture: Contributed

Social Bite unveils plans for Scotland’s first ‘homeless village’

HIS work with the Capital’s homeless has already won the backing of Hollywood stars George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Crofts, such as this one on the Isle of Lewis, ownly rarely become available for sale on the open market. Picture: Allan Milligan/TSPL

Young families wanted to become crofters on Skye

It is a labour-intensive job that is normally passed from one generation to the next.

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The Clyde Arc, known locally as the squinty bridge, links the Broomielaw with Tradeston. Picture: Robert Perry

Mapping a new vision for Glasgow’s famous Broomielaw

It was once synonymous with seafaring, a bustling quay lined with ships and warehouses.

Tech
Glendale, in the north of Skye, struggles with poor connectivity. Picture: Robert Perry/TSPL

Skye residents worry slow broadband will become the norm

Residents on Skye would have every reason to feel smug after the island was last week voted the most desirable place to live in Britain.

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Ben Nevis rises behind Loch Linnhe, with the town of Fort William on the shore. Picture: TSPL

Vision for Fort William wins Future Town design award

It may be known as the gateway to the UK’s tallest mountain, but Fort William has never scaled the heights of urban development.

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney, with student Iwona Sztorc, has spoken of the need for Scotland to improve its digital connectivity. Picture: Julie Bull/TSPL

Scots urged to have their say on the nation’s digital future

Scots are being asked to share their opinion on the country’s digital future, as the Scottish Government prepares to update its strategy on connecting the nation.

Tech
A high rise in Plean Street, Glasgow, is brought down in 2010. Photographer Chris Leslie documented many of the demolitions in the city for his book, Disappearing Glasgow

Tower blocks reborn as Scotland learns to accept high rises

Their status as symbols of post-war planning failure has become so entrenched that crowds gather to cheer when they are demolished.

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Gavin Neate of Neatebox. Picture: Greg Macvean/TSPL

Neatebox inventor wants to help make journeys easier

Crossing a road is the kind of everyday activity few people stop and think about. But to those with a disability, the need to navigate busy streets can often be a stressful and frustrating experience.

Tech
More work is required to encourage schoolgirls to follow careers in Scotland's growing tech industry, a major report has found. Picture: Contributed

Women make up just 18 per cent of Scottish tech workforce

Women make up just 18 per cent of the digital technology workforce in Scotland, and “significant work” is required to address the gender imbalance, a report has found.

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William Lippe Architects won the 2015 FutureTowns competition wih a proposal to re-create the historic town square in Inverurie. Picture: Contributed

Scotland’s Towns Week: FutureTown design shortlist unveiled

A shortlist of imaginative designs of how eight communities could be improved has been unveiled ahead of the second annual Scotland’s Towns Week.

Tech
A BT broadband engineer at work in North Tolsta, a remote community on the eastern coast of the Isle of Lewis. Picture: Iain MacDonald/PA Wire

Brexit vote a chance to ‘rebuild’ Scotland’s digital policy

The prospect of Brexit or Scottish independence represents an opportunity to build a new approach to the country’s digital future, industry experts have said.

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A store selling medical cannabis in Denver, Colorado. SNP delegates have backed a motion in support of the drug being used for medical conditions. Picture: Wikicommons

Home Office rules out SNP call for medicinal cannabis use

The legalisation of cannabis for medical use in Scotland remains unlikely, despite winning the backing of the SNP conference in Glasgow.

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Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, says the Holyrood should devolve more power to the city. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Glasgow leader calls for devolution of powers from Holyrood

More powers should be devolved to Glasgow from Holyrood in order to transform its economy, the leader of the city council has said.

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Jenny Constable won't let online trolls prevent her from joining in debates. Picture: Contributed

Jenny Constable: I received rape threats for commenting on Ched Evans case

More needs to be done to tackle online trolls who use social media platforms to post abusive messages to women, writes Jenny Constable

Tech 4
The level crossing on the railway at Millhall Road, Stirling, with the blue light in place that aims to deter people from attempting suicide. Picture: Andrew OBrien

‘Calming’ blue lights signal bid to prevent railway suicides

Calming blue lighting is being trialled in an effort to reduce the soaring number of suicides on Scotland’s rail network.

Transport 1
A view across Falkirk town centre. The competition is open to ideas on how to improve towns across Scotland. Picture: Michael Gillen/JP Resell

Scotland’s Towns Week: Could you help redesign your hometown?

A competition is inviting individuals and organisations to submit their vision for the future of their hometowns.

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