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Special Report: The General Data Protection Regulations

Cheryl Dyer Ballard examines the The General Data Protection Regulations, which will come into force on Friday, 25th May 2018. Here, Cheryl examines the implications, what exactly is involved, the whys, ways and means of this landmark EU legislation, why you need to act in accordance with it by the deadline, and what it means for you as an individual.   Introduction You may have noticed in your inboxes the large amount of emails that you are receiving from companies that you have registered your details with at some time or the other. Personally, I’m ignoring quite a few of them as they’re from companies that I don’t even recognise –...

Business News (May 2018)

Club 18-30 to disappear? Travel giant Thomas Cook are said to be considering the future of the Club 18-30 holidays brand that they took over in 1998. The Club 18-30s holiday was first introduced during the 1960s, a brand which became notorious with its somewhat cheeky marketing and risqué advertisements. The package holidays targeted younger singles and couples that wanted to travel without their families. Although originally marketed at the 18-30 age group, the actual ages that are targeted range from 17 up to 35. Thomas Cook believe that the Club 18-30 holidays are no longer appealing to millennials, and are looking to concentrate on their new Cook’s Club brand...

Our compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations

We’ve now updated our General Data Protection Regulations policy (GDPR for short).  This is to meet our obligations under the new European Union regulations which come into force on Friday, 25th May 2018.  You may have had a whole plethora of emails and communications from all manner of online companies and websites recently, saying things like “Updates to our privacy policy”, “Data changes to EU law: please read”…and so on.  It’s because of the massive change to data protection regulations in order to strengthen EU laws, which also means that any company that isn’t compliant by the due date has the potential to receive a rather large penalty for not doing so. According...

Engineering News (May 2018)

UK researchers literally squeeze more power from solar cells Researchers led by Professor Marin Alexe at Warwick University, have demonstrated a way to produce more energy using Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels. The short explanation is that by deforming the crystals in the semiconductor materials by pressing on them – a process that utilises the PV’s anisotrophic properties –  the efficiency of the PV panel can be increased. In traditional solar cells, that use the p and n  junction system, light is absorbed by the cell and the charge carriers are sent off in different directions along the semiconductors producing a current and a voltage. The new solar cells, using something...

Science News (May 2018)

Hawking’s Final Research Prof Stephen Hawking is still making waves amongst scientists with the release of his final research paper that suggests that the universe that we know may be one of many mirroring our own. This comes from Hawking’s own Cosmic Paradox Theory, paving a way forward for future researchers and scientists to explore and find their own evidence of parallel universes. Hawking’s, theories were released and submitted to the Journal of High-Energy Physics just 10 days prior to his death in March this year. Hawking’s proposed his new theories in a paper jointly written with fellow Professor Thomas Hertog from KU Leuven based in Belgium, and funded by...

Internet News (May 2018)

The Mozilla Foundation conducts Internet Health Report With the rather tumultuous recent climate surrounding big data and social media companies, such as the painfully recent issues Facebook has been undergoing regarding security and privacy surrounding people’s data and its mishandling of, in relation to the 87 million plus people that data firm Cambridge Analytica was able to obtain meaningful and private information on, it’s no wonder than many other companies are taking notice, not least of which is the Mozilla Foundation. Mozilla have released a report, with presumably more articles and analysis being added in time, titled the “Internet Health” report. Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, describes...

Business News (April 2018)

Weatherspoons calls time on social media Pub chain J D Wetherspoon have taken the decision to drop their social media presence following an announcement on their Twitter page, effectively leaving an audience of over 44,000 followers.  Their decision follows a time of bad publicity around the use of social media that also includes “trolling” incidents involving MPs, the misuse of personal data as well as influences surrounding the “addictive nature of social media”. It is believed that 900 public houses across the UK will leave Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with ‘immediate effect’. Wetherspoons Chairman, Tim Martin, believes that their move to remove themselves from social media sites will not affect...

Tech Update (April 2018)

Andy Cormack gives us the heads up on what’s on the horizon in hardware and technology, giving you the lowdown on the next big thing.   In April’s update, Andy looks at some literally lunatic ideas for 4G on the Moon no less, putting the brakes on Hyperloop, hotels in space and  robot bees. It almost feels like the 1960s again.  Read on…   Audi, Vodafone, and Nokia plan Lunar Mobile Phone Network While 5G is on the horizon, some companies have their heads set firmly beyond the clouds as Audi, Vodafone, and Nokia are partnering on a project to implement a 4G network on the Moon, one that may...

Engineering News (April 2018)

Propping up the wind turbine industry 17th March, 2018 was an important day for renewable energy resources in the UK. It was on this day that the National Grid reported that more than a third of the energy generation for domestic use in the UK was generated by wind power, a record amount to date. As the UK seeks to lower pollution and raise the use of renewable resources this is very positive news. How can the amount of wind power generated be increased further? The use of inshore and offshore wind farms is difficult when land fit for this particular purpose in the UK is sparse and large areas...

Science News (April 2018)

Droning on about landslides A group of campaigners have urged the Environmental Agency to use a fleet of drones to uncover bad farming practices across the UK with a view of penalising farmers who allow soil to run off their fields. It is believed that only 0.5% of farms are checked each year, yet coalition campaigners feel that not enough is being done to protect rivers or rising flood numbers. The groups feel that poor and careless farming is the cause of the decline of the United Kingdoms rivers, with much of the farmers waste off their fields causing our riverbeds to fill with sludge and become a potential cause...