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'Perfect storm' hitting Scots firms

Glasgow-based AutoRek is helping financial services firms tackle a ‘perfect storm’ of regulatory and technical change.
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Forget Cape Canaveral, Scotland’s first spaceport proves small is beautiful

Excited talk of space tourism does not reflect what the proposed Sutherland launch site or the wider sector in Scotland is about, writes Chris McCall

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Managing data is crucial for performance, but also to comply with strict new rules

Scots firms at risk because of old software, warns data expert

Scottish fintech firms need to ensure confidential data is securely managed; but the increasing challenges also offer opportunities, writes David Lee
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Robots will take the place of factory staff, transport employees and construction  workers. Picture: Getty

Half a million new Scots jobs expected from automation

More than half a million jobs will be created in Scotland over the next two decades with the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) driving greater automation and robotics, new research indicates.

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A police officer holding a new mobile fingerprint scanning system which allows police to identify a potential suspect in under a minute. Picture: PA

Consultation on police handling of biometric data launched

A consultation has been launched today on plans to improve the management of biometric data collected by the police in Scotland.

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It's time to let go, says McHarg

The end of spreadsheets - build a better future

Once a vital tool, technology and fresh demands for fast responses have dealt a fatal blow to the humble spreadsheet.

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Portal will transform a Clyde Tunnel walkway into a 'sensory subterranean spectacle'

Robots ready to take over Clyde Tunnel

Real-life robots are to be deployed to turn part of Glasgow’s famous Clyde Tunnel into a huge science fiction-inspired work of art.

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The proposed Red John scheme in Loch Ness would be a pumped-storage hydroelectric system, similar to this example at Turlough Hill in the Republic of Ireland

Meet Red John - the Highland hydro scheme that could be a gamechanger for renewables

One of Scotland’s best known landscapes could become home to a transformational development to provide energy storage capable of meeting the country’s renewable ambitions.

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Currency traders at Worldwide Currencies Ltd in London's Canary Wharf stand at their desks to cold call during 'power hour'. So-called 'robo-trading' is reducing demand for such practices. Picture: PA

How machine learning is transforming the stock exchange

The public perception of stock exchanges remains little changed since the Big Bang deregulated the financial markets. Anytime a trading floor is depicted in a film or TV series, you can expect to see a group of men frantically waving their arms and shouting at a bank of screens showing the ups and downs of share prices.

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A customer uses a 'modest comission' Bitcoin vending machine in a CeX store in Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin

Should I invest in bitcoin or has the bubble burst?

The value of cryptocurrencies can fluctuate wildly but the blockchain technology they utilise is here to stay, writes Chris McCall

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More than 130,000 plastic bottles and drinks cans are binned every day in Scotland, with many ending up as litter. Picture: PA

How would a bottle deposit system work in Scotland?

Scotland could learn from the example of other countries as it prepares to launch a bottle return system to encourage more people to recycle plastic packaging.

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Experts say we are on the cusp of an AI and blockchain revolution. Picture: Contributed

Hundreds of jobs in pipeline as button pressed on capital AI hub

Scotland’s first artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain accelerator is to be launched in Edinburgh in a move expected to create almost 400 jobs.

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Aberdeen is bidding to become a testing ground for 5G technology. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Aberdeen bids to become UK testing ground for 5G technology

Aberdeen has emerged as the second Scottish city hoping to become the UK’s test bed for the next generation of mobile technology.

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What does the future hold for broadcasting in Scotland?

It has been a busy few weeks for observers of the broadcasting industry in Scotland. STV announced a restructure of its news operation, with more than 50 jobs at risk, while BBC Scotland revealed that its new channel will not launch until February next year.

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Stirling University buildings and campus in the shadow of the Wallace Monument. Picture: Donald MacLeod

Stirling City Deal cash will fund university expansion

Two international research centres will be developed at a leading Scottish university as part of the latest City Deal to be signed off by UK and Holyrood ministers.

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Firm was founded by Rachel Jones, second from the right. Picture: Chris Watt

SnapDragon looks to sink teeth into counterfeiters

SnapDragon, the Edinburgh-based legal tech company, has pushed the button on an automated brand monitoring platform that it hopes will help fight online criminal gangs of counterfeiters and copycats.

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The Whim app enables passengers to plan and book trips using different modes of transport. Picture: MaaS Global

Spotify-style transport app could be coming to Scotland

A “Spotify of transport” which provides all the travel you need for a single monthly fee is being planned for Scotland.

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A satellite image of Scotland. The space sector in the country now supports some 7,000 jobs

Rocket will launch Glasgow-built satellite in Scottish space first

Scotland’s expanding space industry will receive a lift when the countdown begins to the first rocket launch dedicated to a satellite built in the country.

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In pictures: First look at Social Bite homeless village in Granton

One man’s vision has become a reality, but Josh Littlejohn has said Edinburgh’s first homeless village would not have been possible without “phenomenal” public support.

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The capital was singled out as a key digital hotspot. Picture: Contributed

UK tech booming with Edinburgh scene racing ahead

Edinburgh saw the number of jobs in digital tech grow at more than triple the UK average in the three years to 2017, as the sector proved to be one of the best-performing in the UK, according to a report published today.

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