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Isolated Scottish communities now enjoying fastest broadband speeds

Two remote communities now have among the fastest broadband speeds in Scotland through a unique partnership with digital network business Openreach.

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Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab, speaks at the 2017 festival. Picture: Contributed

Data Lab festival to return to Edinburgh in 2018

The power of data must be made accessible and available to all and not just specialists if it is truly transform society.

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Laura and Craig Davidson of Tag Digital. Picture: Martin Shields

Scots digital ad agency Tag eyes LA expansion

A digital advertising firm founded in Milngavie is eyeing up an expansion from one west coast to another - by opening an office in Los Angeles.

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The AI service will be open to Bank of Scotland customers with iPhones

Bank of Scotland launches pilot AI banking app for iPhone

Scotland’s oldest bank has launched a pilot artificial intelligence (AI) service that will allow customers to chat with a software robot via text-based messages.

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The new riverside campus of Glasgow City College will boost IoT coverage in the locality. Picture: Contributed

Glasgow’s Internet of Things network expands

Glasgow’s Internet of Things (IoT) network has enhanced the quality and range of its coverage with the addition of a ninth gateway at the City of Glasgow College’s new Riverside Campus on the south bank of the Clyde.

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Research found 37 per cent of people in Scotland with cancer looked up information about their diagnosis online

Cancer charity appoints digital nurse to combat fake news

A cancer charity has appointed its first digital nurse to combat online “fake news” about the disease.

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Scotland Women in Technology board members with science minister Shirley Anne Somerville and deputy first minister John Swinney at the awards

Winners revealed at first Scotland Women in Technology awards

Trailblazing women who have helped advance ­technology north of the border have been recognised for their efforts at an inaugural national awards event in Glasgow.

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Keith Brown

Bioclavis creates 43 jobs in Glasgow’s innovation zone

A spin-out from a succesful bio-science company will create 43 new jobs in Glasgow following a Scottish Enterprise-backed programme of investment.

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A state-of-the-art recycling centre opened in Aberdeen can process 20 tonnes in a single hour.

Scotland’s “most-advanced” recycling centre opens in Aberdeen

A £27 million recycling and resource facility in Aberdeen has been described as Scotland’s “most advanced” by council chiefs.

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Students at CodeClan's base in Edinburgh. Graduates of the training academy are increasingly finding work in fintech

CodeClan graduates embrace Scotland’s growing fintech sector

It’s the booming tech sector that’s creating jobs in both start-ups and traditional banks.

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A Class 385 train at Linlithgow station during early testing of the electrified Glasgow-Edinburgh mainline. Picture: ScotRail

Electric train runs on Edinburgh-Glasgow mainline for first time

The long-awaited redevelopment of Scotland’s busiest railway took a significant step towards completion this week as an electric train travelled along part of the route for the first time.

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A digital app developed in Scotland would offer immediate assistance to those who find themselves homeless. Picture: John Devlin

New app offers instant help to Scots facing homelessness

A digital app developed in Scotland aims to ­provide immediate help for ­people in crisis and facing homelessness.

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A digital app developed in Scotland aims to provide immediate help for people in crisis and facing homelessness. Picture: John Devlin

Mobile app offers instant help to Scots facing homelessness

A digital app developed in Scotland aims to ­provide immediate help for ­people in crisis and facing homelessness.

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A research project, which could help to save the cheetah and eventually other endangered species, will link the latest technological developments with the ancient tracking skills of Namibian hunter-gatherers

New digital tool from Scotland to help save endangered species

An innovative new digital tool being developed in Scotland could help save endangered species around the world.

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The winners of the 2017 Young Software Engineer of the Year awards. From left,  Orisa Ngampakdeepanich, Gala Malbasic, Irina Camilleri and Amy Parent

Women sweep the board at Scottish software engineering awards

Women have swept the board at the country’s most prestigious software engineering awards, which recognise outstanding technical talent among undergraduates studying in Scotland.

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Sarah Stenhouse will use the cash injection to add five new members of staff and introduce artificial intelligence technology to Pixey.io

Digital image rights firm Pixey.io snaps up £250,000 seed funding

An Edinburgh-based start-up which enables broadcasters and publishers to obtain digital rights to Instagram pictures has secured almost £250,000 in seed funding.

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Scotland generated approximately 24 per cent of total UK renewable electricity in 2016. Picture: John Devlin

Scotland set for record year of renewable electricity generation

Scotland is on track for a record year of renewable electricity generation, official figures from the UK Government suggest.

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Polly Purvis, CEO of ScotlandIS

Scotland’s Young Software Engineer of the Year shortlist announced

The best undergraduate computing talent will be recognised at an awards evening next week open to all students studying computer science and software engineering in Scotland.

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Of 34 breeds of North Atlantic seabirds investigated by researchers, 74 per cent were found to have ingested plastics. Picture: Bill Henry

Majority of seabirds are eating plastic, Scots scientists warn

The vast majority of ­seabirds in the north-east Atlantic are likely to have eaten plastic due to the growing problem of materials dumped at sea, a report by a team of Highlands-based researchers has warned.

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The global market for wearable fitness apps is booming

Wearable fitness apps ‘vulnerable to hackers’, Scots researchers warn

The security of wearable fitness trackers could be improved to better protect users’ personal data, a study by Scots academics has found.

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