Month: April 2019

Viridian’s Catherine Gardiner: ‘Smart meters will be introduced in Ireland next year’

Catherine Gardiner is CIO of Viridian Group where she leads various ongoing organisation-wide business transformation projects across the group, specialising in solving complex business, technology and people issues. With a background in information management and business administration, Gardiner has worked in the energy and technology sector for almost 20 years. ‘We expect to receive 6bn…
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Weekend Takeaway: Have a cracking Easter

Facebook reveals millions of Instagram passwords were stored in plain text Image: © annette shaff/Stock.adobe.com Another horrible picture of a Facebook security blunder develops, and no hip filter can make this one look pretty. Intel shock decision raises doubts about whether 5G can revive smartphones Bob Swan, Intel’s chief executive officer, at Mobile World Congress…
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New ultrathin display could soon beam 3D holograms from phones

Imagine being able to project a 3D hologram of a friend from your smartphone right in front of you, just like you’re having a face-to-face conversation? That’s a real possibility in the years ahead following a breakthrough achieved by a team of researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. In a paper…
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All the sci-tech jobs news and careers advice you need this week

Software engineering is one of the most lucrative pockets of the tech industry and, as such, the role of the software engineer is a coveted one. These professionals are highly in-demand and rewarded handsomely for their work and can often find opportunities in some of the most well-respected tech firms in the world. Yet that…
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Why Attenborough and the BBC must share climate change facts and hard solutions

A version of this article was originally published prior to the broadcast of ‘Climate Change: The Facts’ on The Conversation (CC BY-ND 4.0) Guardian journalist George Monbiot wrote a damning critique of the BBC and David Attenborough’s wildlife documentaries in late 2018, arguing that they do little to illustrate the huge environmental issues faced by the…
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Trumpian storm clouds over Tripoli

By Jeffrey Feltman In a late-night statement on April 7, Secretary of State Pompeo, discussing the escalation of fighting around Tripoli, said: “We have made clear we oppose the military offensive by Khalifa Haftar’s forces and urge the immediate halt to these military operations against the Libyan capital.” Pompeo noted that there was no military…
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Figure of the week: Press freedom in Africa

By Nirav Patel On Tuesday, April 16, Reporters Without Borders released its 2019 World Press Freedom Index, which ranks 180 countries and regions according to the level of freedom available to journalists. Press freedom has historically been a contentious issue in many African countries. Since the inception of this index in 2013, many African countries…
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Outsized focus on cash transfers is missing the point

By Stuti Khemani A recent blog with my colleagues James Habyarimana and Irfan Nooruddin generated much interest (see here and here, and the Twittering here). Most of the comments missed the point. The question we raised is not whether policymakers should or should not pursue direct cash transfers. Rather, we were asking if the policy…
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Charts of the week: Taxes

By Fred Dews In this week’s Charts of the week we are recognizing the week of tax day in the U.S. by looking at tax proposals to increase female workforce participation, views on the wealth tax, and the problem of tax evasion. A secondary-earner tax credit increases female workforce participation Discussing the earning gap between…
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Huobi US Announces New XRP Trading Pairs As BTC, ETH, EOS, BCH, XRP Derivatives Market Breaks $100 Billion in Trading Volume

The San Francisco-based arm of leading cryptocurrency exchange Huobi Global has added three XRP trading pairs to its platform, allowing US users to trade XRP against the US dollar, Tether and Bitcoin. The event coincides with its XRP giveaway as it celebrates $100 billion in trading volume. According to Huobi’s announcement on Wednesday, “Starting now,…
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