Friday Tech Round Up – Episode 72

Louise Fenn 18th June 2021

For anyone unfamiliar with the Friday Tech Round Up, each week we say lights, camera action and give you the inside scoop on five standout pieces of tech news from the past week. Each piece has a focus on the technology space, covering stories about end of software support to new feature releases, global digital initiatives all the way to the biggest hacks of the century.

You can watch the most recent episode on YouTube, by clicking the image below.

Friday Tech Round Up - Episode 72

So, what news pieces did we want to shout about this week? Take a look below…

 

World Wide Web code being sold as a non-fungible token 

Seems the world got a taste for the NFT and is working its way through some of the most notable. Two weeks ago, it was the incredibly endearing ‘Charlie bit my finger’ video and now, the creator of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, is selling off the original code used to create the modern internet.

The NFT will be made up of four different items and in all, the files represent nearly 10,000 lines of written code. It’s likely that this auction will raise a hefty sum, which will then be donated to charities chosen charity by the creator and his wife.

The question is… what will actually be done with this original www code? I’m sure we’re all eager to see what comes from this auction.

 

Apple and Google’s dominance sparks investigation 

An investigation has been launched into Apple and Google’s dominance of the mobile ecosystem, on the belief that they could be stifling competition across a range of digital markets.

The CMA will examine the tech giant’s smartphone platforms, app stores and web browsers. Specifically, the watchdog will look at whether they reduce innovation across the sector, and lead to consumers paying higher prices for goods and services due to higher advertising prices.

It wouldn’t be the first-time consumers have been tricked into paying for style over substance!

 

Microsoft ends support for Windows 10

 Microsoft has announced that support for Windows 10 will end in October 2025.

This means the company won’t provide Windows 10 technical support for any issues, software updates or fixes after that date.

Some suggest that announcing the end of this support is another hint from Microsoft that it is ready to launch a new version of Windows. There have also been several reports that Microsoft is looking at a major Windows shake-up this year – so we’re all excited to see what they come up with.

 

Digital identity service for Scottish citizens

The Scottish government has granted a two-year contract to Scott Logic to develop a digital identity service.

The benefits being, it should make it easier for users to prove their identity and securely store their information, as well as choosing which services to share their data with. They also hope the service will provide a safe and easy way for people to prove that they are eligible for a public service or benefit online.

 

‘World largest data breach’

And finally, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties is suing a branch of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and others over what it describes as the world’s largest data breach.

There is a debate about the volume of data gathered about people in order to target digital ads. Most people using online services are reportedly not aware of the amount of data that is shared about them, and with whom.

It does make you think…are you aware how many of your details are being shared right now?!

 

ECS shoutouts

Our 10th episode of the Tech3 Podcast is now live! We invited special guest Zaheer Gilani to talk about the changing face of the customer – exploring the fine line of personalisation vs being creepy, the grace period for bad CX due to COVID and how businesses should be preparing themselves for an increase in machine to machine interactions within the CX journey.

Make sure to check it out!

Also, don’t miss the next DevOps Playground session on Thursday 24th June, focussed on Compliance as Code. The Playground team will be using AWS infrastructure – which has been implemented using the Terraform Infrastructure as Code tool – to showcase how you can implement compliance rules using the OpenPolicyAgent language, and analyse the plans generated by Terraform using a tool called Regula.

Oh, and as always, the session is free! 🐼

That’s all the news we have this week, make sure to come back next Friday for even more tech news!

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