Stephen Jardine: Was social media goldrush for fools?

JD Wetherspoon’s decision to quit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will prompt other firms to think again, says Stephen Jardine.

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The device monitors in real time an individual's exposure to vibration when using power tools. Picture: Contributed

Finger vibration pioneer signs key deal Down Under

An Edinburgh firm whose monitoring systems can reduce the damaging effects of vibration white finger is looking to make a big noise Down Under after inking a new distribution deal.

The North Sea was built on innovation and enterprise, says Martin Ewan

Comment: North Sea troubles have been good for tech sector

The trials and tribulations of the North Sea oil and gas sector have been well documented in recent years, but there is growing evidence of an upturn and in recent weeks we have seen the price of Brent crude oil nudging over $70 per barrel.

Tech 3
RBS has faced criticism for closing scores of bank branches amid a migration to banking by smartphone. Picture: Stuart Cobley

RBS pushes button on chief digital officer role

In a sign of the changing times within banking, Royal Bank of Scotland had appointed a chief digital officer.

From left, Patrick Renner, Suzanne Mitskchke, and Rogelio Arellano of MindMate, one of the many start-ups to have come through the EIE programme. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Scottish start-up survey finds growing confidence in tech sector

Growing a customer base, attracting investment and hiring talent are the biggest challenges for Scotland’s fledgling tech businesses, an industry survey has found.

The company has won numerous awards for product design including a European Design Award last year for the development of a mobile phone ophthalmoscope. Picture: Contributed

Product designer goes global after sale to US company

One of the top product design and development businesses in Scotland has been bought by a US company in a move that will see the firm tap into new markets and grow its headcount.

Calum Forsyth and Robin Knox of Seed Haus. Picture: Chris Watt

PingGo secures five-figure investment from Seed Haus

A “media engagement platform” aimed at high growth companies has secured five-figure investment from Seed Haus, the Edinburgh-based pre-seed tech accelerator.

Dr Steve Ewing, director of operations, Informatics Ventures. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Comment: Celebrating ten years of Scotland’s top tech event

It’s now ten years and counting for Engage Invest Exploit, Scotland’s largest tech investor event, and the Informatics Ventures team and I are filled with enormous excitement (alongside a few of the usual nerves) ahead of EIE18 at the University of Edinburgh’s McEwan Hall this Thursday.

Westminster has promised to deliver 10Mbps broadband to 100 per cent of premises, but Scottish properties are deemed 'ineligible'. Picture: PA

Calls for ‘Scotland’s share’ of UK government’s broadband funding

A funding programme touted as delivering high-speed broadband to 100 per cent of UK properties has been labelled “grossly unfair” for potentially short changing Scotland.

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Football-playing robot who could teach the next generation some neat tricks

The robot teacher aimed at primary aged kids

Encouraging the next tech smart generation means starting interest early. Meet Marty, the little interactive robot who teaches kids to code.

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Enoch Powell speaking in 1974 at a rally in Birmingham for the anti-Common Market group Get Britain Out. Picture: Welsy/Keystone/Getty

Dani Garavelli: Powell speech renews lifeblood of racist UK

By all accounts, Archive On 4 – broadcast at the same time on a Saturday night as Britain’s Got Talent – is a classy programme which takes bits of old audio on a particular theme and builds an interesting and intelligent discussion around them.

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Renovation work on the Ross Fountain, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland 13/04/18

Restoration work going swimmingly at Edinburgh’s Ross Fountain

Progress on Edinburgh’s Ross Fountain restoration has seen the city’s resident mermaid population increase by eight.

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James Varga: excited to have been selected for trip. Picture: Chris Watt

Capital fintech firm to showcase wares in Big Apple

An Edinburgh-based open banking pioneer has been selected to join a fintech trade mission to New York next week.

Atlantis chief Tim Cornelius praised 'commitment and dedication'. Picture: Jon Savage

Ground-breaking Pentland Firth power scheme passes milestone

Tidal power specialist Atlantis Resources has hailed another milestone for its ground-breaking MeyGen scheme in the Pentland Firth.

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While making buildings more energy-efficient, industry is ignoring the environmental cost of putting them up in the first place, says  Dr Francesco Pomponi

Dr Francesco Pomponi: Building is not sustainable and must change

BUILDINGS are responsible for around half the world’s energy consumption, man-made greenhouse gas emissions, resource consumption and waste generation.

Alan Clement joined STV Productions in 2008. Picture: Robert Perry

Shake-up at STV continues with departure of Alan Clements

STV has announced the boss of its production division is to leave after 10 years in charge as the broadcaster carries out a strategic review of its business.

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Calum Forsyth (left) and Robin Knox of Seed Haus. Picture: Contributed

Seed Haus tech accelerator welcomes second cohort

Pre-seed tech accelerator Seed Haus has completed investments in three start-ups that will join the Edinburgh incubator as part of its second cohort.

"At the moment a lot of voice recognition is clunky, its slow, the voices are very neutral and dont give you that sense of presence."

Edinburgh ‘the best place’ for voice technology expansion

We’re learning to talk to our machines – and they’re speaking back, thanks to technology that is giving our gadgets the human touch.

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