vendredi 21 juillet 2017

Bank of England supports FinTech startups

The Bank of England has allowed access to settlement accounts in the real-time gross settlement system (RTGS), the media reported this week. Apparently, this move should blow some wind into the sails of innovative fintech companies, boosting competition. The bank has said that it is now offering access to non-bank payment service providers (PSP), meaning direct access to the UK’s sterling payment system is now possible. This move, however, is not Bank of England’s alone -- the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has been helping the bank develop this framework for non-bank PSPs to access RTGS, together with HM Revenue and Customs and HM Treasury.… [Continue Reading]

London Stock Exchange trials blockchain for shares in Italy

London's Stock Exchange is set to start using blockchain to improve transparency for shareholding information among unlisted businesses. According to a news report by CityAM, the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) will use Hyperledger Fabric, one of the open source blockchain frameworks hosted by The Linux Foundation to make info on private SMEs digital. The end goal is to draw more mature investors. Borsa Italiana, the Italian stock exchange, will kick off the trial by conducting a small test using blockchain to hold a shared registry of shareholder transactions and records. Only issuers, investors and regulators (authorized personnel) will have access to it.… [Continue Reading]

One in 10 UK businesses moved to the cloud

A tenth of all UK businesses have moved entirely to the cloud, according to a new Breaking Barriers 2020 report from Fuze. The report is based on a poll of more than 900 CIOs, and claims that the UK keeps lagging behind North America and the rest of Europe in terms of adopting cloud services. The report compares the UK with American firms, 45 percent of which have fully made the migration to cloud. What Fuze sees as a positive move is the fact that almost half (49 percent) adopted some form of formal cloud initiative, either partially or fully. A… [Continue Reading]

GLAS is Microsoft's gorgeous Cortana-powered smart thermostat

Microsoft has announced its entry into the smart office market with the launch of a new thermostat. GLAS, which was revealed in a YouTube video this week, targets businesses and stores looking to establish a smarter, more connected workplace. Developed in conjunction with Johnson Controls, the device aims to offer a more energy-efficient way to monitor temperature, as well as provide real-time information on energy usage and air quality, and even show off your upcoming calendar information -- such as who has a meeting room booked next. Similar to the likes of Google's Nest or Hive from British Gas, GLAS will be… [Continue Reading]

Nintendo, expectedly, trademarks Nintendo 64 Classic Edition

What do 1985 and 2016 have in common? The same video game system as one of the hot-ticket Christmas presents. Nintendo has masterfully fulfilled the need for nostalgia among millions of gamers, in addition to creating that need for countless others who, thanks to the hype of the NES Classic Edition, didn't even realize how cool it was to play games from their childhood days in the 2010s. It came as no surprise, then, when Nintendo announced the follow-up Super NES Classic Edition last month, which is due to be released in September. And eagle-eyed fans have discovered that there… [Continue Reading]

deepin 15.4.1 Debian-based Linux distribution now available for download

So many Linux distributions, so little time! Today, yet another operating system based on the kernel gets a new version. This particular distro, called "deepin" is a bit controversial, as it comes from China -- a country not known for human rights or user privacy. Since the OS is largely open source, I am not really worried, but I can respect people that are wary of spying, however. This new version of deepin is 15.4.1. I know what you are thinking -- this is just a point release, is it really interesting? Actually, yes! There are quite a lot of new features and fixes, making this… [Continue Reading]

The biggest challenge to adopting IoT? Identifying ROI

The biggest challenges companies have with implementing IoT technologies is not security but rather identifying ROI. This is according to a new report by Canonical, entitled Defining IoT Business Models, which polled 360 IoT professionals, including devs, vendors and enterprise users, more than half (53 percent) say "quantifying ROI and providing a clear use case" is currently their biggest challenge. So, it’s currently more important than the lack of available infrastructure (40 percent), or the need for improved device security (45 percent). The report also states that a third (34 percent) of IoT pros think "quantifying the business benefits" should be their… [Continue Reading]