Stay tech savvy with the Eligo Technology news roundup, featuring the latest news and updates from the Tech industry each week. This week ending 27/01/2017 Microsoft pledges to train the UK in digital skills, a new study shows developers choose Swift over Objective-C, UK tech community responds to the PM’s proposals and Google brings AI to the Raspberry Pi.
Microsoft pledges to train the UK in digital skills
Following in the steps of Google and Amazon, Microsoft is the latest tech giant to pledge to train the UK in digital skills. The tech company will offer free digital literacy training online for everyone in the UK, specifically targeting 30,000 UK public servants to improve their digital knowledge. Other plans for the scheme include training 500,000 people in the UK with advanced training in cloud technology by 2020 and create 30,000 new digital apprenticeships. Microsoft’s plan demonstrates a commitment to the UK following the Brexit result with the UK chief executive stating “in the wake of the EU referendum vote, the UK is looking at charting a new and different path to its future and Microsoft is committed, as it has been for more than 30 years, to helping the UK realise its full potential.”
Read more here (City AM) 26/01/2017
iOS developers are switching to Swift
According to a study by Upwork, (the biggest freelancer marketplace in the U.S.) tech companies are increasingly looking for developers who know how to develop in Swift. Swift was introduced in 2014 as a modern programming language that planned to replace Objective-C. However, programmers are still able to use Apple’s Objective-C and both languages can live side-by-side in the same application. Since Swift was open sourced back in 2015, the programming language has evolved in becoming more mature and versatile, with some developers choosing it for server-side development too.
Read more here
(Tech Crunch) 26/01/2017
The UK Tech community reacts to the PM’s proposals
Members of the UK tech community have reacted to proposals made by Theresa May outlining how the government will be supporting the country’s technology sector. The ‘Modern Industrial Strategy’ was published on Monday and is broken down into 10 strategic pillars that include investment in science, research and innovation. In her proposal, May also outlined the ‘Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’ part of the £4.7bn initiative announced back in November, which will seek to support innovative technologies including AI, robotics, clean energy tech and 5G wireless internet. Members of UK tech have commented on how it will effect investing in people, boosting business and make the UK an attractive place for investment.
Read more here (Tech City News) 23/01/2017
Google brings AI to the Raspberry Pi
Google has plans in the works to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to the Raspberry Pi, a low-cost, credit-card-sized computer that is widely used in schools and the maker community for programming devices. Google asked makers to complete a survey about what smart tools would be most helpful to them, suggesting tools to aid face and emotion recognition, speech-to-text translation, natural language processing and sentiment analysis. The Raspberry Pi foundation said that the new tools could enable makers “to build even more powerful projects” and that it is “fantastic to see Google getting closer to the maker community.” Google has previously developed a range of tools for machine learning, internet of things, wearables, robotics and home automation.
Read more here (BBC technology) 25/01/2017
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