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Big tech set to face greater scrutiny?

Over the past six years Apple has acquired around 100 companies. At a time when the company is generating a mountain of cash – almost £80bn alone in its first-quarter of 2021 – the signs are that this rate of acquisition is likely to continue.

Green and pleasant land

A team of engineers have developed a hydropower system that uses gentle slopes rather than steep dams or mountains to store electricity.

More companies turn to AI

New research, conducted by Fountech Solutions, has shown that a growing number of UK businesses are turning to AI to build back from Covid-19.

Electronic industry trends for 2021

The world has never experienced such a year. With the global pandemic have come new norms for how we live such as a proliferation of remote working and our changed interaction with technology.

Digital transformation

With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic reaching into almost every aspect of our lives, it’s not surprising that recent figures show that investment in robotics has surged over the past twelve months.

Data Loss Prevention: AI vs Human Insight

Oliver Paterson, Product Expert VIPRE Security Awareness Training and SafeSend, explains where Artificial Intelligence can play an effective part in a cyber defence strategy and where it can present challenges to the user.

Digitalisation set to accelerate in 2021

Hannes Niederhauser, CEO of S&T, has identified five defining trends in the industry for the coming year: Predictive Maintenance, High Performance Computing/AI, 5G and 10G-PON, Functional Safety and the SDC standard in the medical sector.

Record year for chip M&As

A new report from IC Insights shows that 2020 was a record year for M&A among chip companies, with total deals valued at $118bn breaking the previous record set back in 2015 when total deals were valued at $108bn.

AI trends for 2021 and beyond

Johanna Pingel and David Willingham, deep learning product managers, MathWorks take a look at some of the AI and electronic engineering trends for 2021, and beyond.

Proper hard!

From the hype of a few years ago we are now seeing a growing realisation that when it comes to rolling out self-driving vehicles, it's going to be a lot more complex and challenging than previously thought.

A return to growth in 2021

After the turmoil of 2020 it’s certainly difficult to predict with any certainty how the UK economy is likely to perform as we enter 2021. After the record contraction of the spring months and the bounce back in the summer, most forecasters have had to re-write the forecasting book.

Europe’s biggest defence spender

Last week saw the Government announce the biggest programme of investment in British defence since the end of the Cold War with a £16.5 billion increase above existing commitments, spread over four years, and the promise of thousands of new jobs.

A green revolution

On the face of it the government’s green industrial revolution looks like a positive step in decarbonising the UK economy, but as always the devil is in the detail.

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