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NHS 'wide open' to cyberattacks after budget cuts
Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth told Sky News Labour would spend £5bn improving the health service's IT systems - as part of a "new deal for the NHS".It comes as NHS organisations across the country...
What happened at Canonical
We ask the person sitting across the table from us what it’s like to work at Canonical and they stare at their drink for a while contemplating the question: “Most companies purely want to make money,”...
Sequoia Hospital fined for mistakenly removing woman’s ovaries
The fine against Sequoia, which is owned by the Northern California health system Dignity Health, is one of 17 civil penalties lodged against 14 California hospitals for incidents that caused serious...
Tanium executives exit amid allegations CEO mistreats staff
Uber Technologies Inc. and Zenefits, a maker of human resources software, are two companies whose public reputations have been partly undone by such conduct. At least nine senior executives have left...
Trustwave Report Examines Cyber-Security Resource Limitations
While security challenges often seem limitless, the resources that organizations have on hand to combat them are not. Security firm Trustwave issued a new report on Jan. 18 looking at the state of IT resources...
PG&E to lay off 390 employees as it tightens its belt
After years of adding staff to improve the safety of its sprawling operations, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Wednesday announced a series of belt-tightening measures that will trim its 23,000-member...
Is this Australia’s most awesome office?
Forget Facebook and Google - tech giant Dropbox might have the coolest office in Australia The Dropbox vision was to create a workplace that’s like a beautiful home. FORGET Facebook, Google and Apple,...
It's Time to Bridge the Gulf Between the IT and Security Teams
NEWS ANALYSIS: For years a major threat to enterprises large and small has been a gap between the IT department and the security team, which frequently competed for influence and funding. AUSTIN, Texas—The...
“Naked” penguin at SeaWorld Orlando gets special wetsuit
ORLANDO — As a result of feather loss, a penguin at SeaWorld Orlando has been outfitted with a special suit designed to keep her warm, CBS Miami reported. Guests visiting “Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin”...
Apple responds to pic-sharing claims
Four Queensland Apple store staff have been sacked after stealing explicit photos off customer's phones. Courtesy: 7 News The Apple Store at Carindale Shopping Centre in Brisbane. STAFF at a Brisbane Apple...
Apple busted in pic-sharing scandal
Four Queensland Apple store staff have been sacked after taking and stealing explicit photos of customers. Courtesy: 7 News The Apple Store at Carindale Shopping Centre in Brisbane. STAFF at a Brisbane...
Restaurateur’s revenge for bad review
The Buntingford Kitchen is a popular restaurant in the UK. Picture: Googlemaps A TOP British restaurant took revenge on a diner’s scathing TripAdvisor review by posting an equally cutting rebuttal warning...
FCC Republicans refused to give Congress net neutrality documents
Aurich Lawson / Thinkstock reader comments 11 Share this story The two Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission have refused to give Congress documents needed to complete an investigation...
Most businesses feel they're staring down the barrel of a data breach
A fresh piece of research has thrown some light on the security concerns of businesses, and the fact that the vast majority of firms are expecting to be hit by a data breach within the next year.The attendee...
Training your staff on Google Apps just became much easier
Google has introduced a new training scheme for its Apps for Work online productivity suite.Going by the commendably straightforward name of Training for Google Apps, it's an interactive tutorial experience...
Hospital robots, Zenefits layoffs, Riviera implosion
Fortune reported that when someone arrives, they can tell Pepper about their appointment, then the robot will direct them to the doctor’s rooms or “walk” them there. San Francisco startup Zenefits will...
Maryland Resort Cleans Up With Optii Mobile Housekeeping App
NEWS ANALYSIS: Using a mobile application to streamline hotel housekeeping tasks may not seem obvious, but it delivers big gains in efficiency and dramatically lowers operational costs. I was sitting...
Intel to cut 12,000 staff as PC sales collapse
Intel is cutting 12,000 jobs in the next year as the PC market flounders and it concentrates on the internet of things.The move, which the company is calling a "restructuring initiative", will see the...
Critically ill patients disturbed every six minutes at night in noisy hospital wards
"Yet our research found that during the day, noise levels in an intensive care units are equivalent to those of a busy restaurant. "While things are quieter at night, we still found that sounds louder...
Troubled Twitter Gives Staff Stock Bonus To Stay
Troubled Twitter is trying to halt a talent brain drain by giving employees stock bonuses of up to $200,000 to each staff member. The social media company has been offering restricted stock packages to...
VW to pay staff bonuses for 2015 despite scandal
Osterloh said he and Chief Executive Matthias Mueller had agreed staff on in-house contracts, around 100,000 people, should be rewarded with a bonus, but the amount still needed to be determined. "Staff...
MasterCard using AI to turn staff into top sellers
MasterCard sales staff will begin using artificial intelligence (AI) systems to advise them on putting together and closing deals with potential clients, the company announced on Thursday. The U.S. credit...
Hey - where's my phone gone?
While visiting customers to discuss softphone deployment, I consistently observe how staff are highly attached to their desk-phones.Sometimes they are rarely even used, but when you replace people's phones...
Daily Briefing, Feb. 11
Fiorina Cheers Self Up by Firing Campaign Staff The headline for a New Yorker column by Andy Borowitz, poking a bit of fun at former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who is now also a former Republican...
Hey - where's my desk gone?
In my last blog we looked at the case for creating, a flexible work strategy for employees, and the fundamental business benefits - which includes an increase in employee engagement, loyalty, and diversity....
Upbeat tweets from staff fail to slow freefall of Twitter
Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey was digging deep at the company's San Francisco headquarters last week. At an emergency morale-boosting session, he urged staff to post messages on Twitter expressing...
GMB union gets good response from MPs over British Airways IT outsourcing concerns
The GMB union says it was “pleasantly surprised” by the number of MPs who turned up to a meeting to discuss its concerns over British Airways’ plan to outsource more IT work to India’s Tata Consultancy...
Dating App Zoosk Destroyed By Tinder, Drops 1/3 Of Staff
Despite $61 million in funding, Zoosk is getting swiped to death. A source told TechCrunch the dating startup is laying off a huge chunk of its staff, and now the company confirms over 40 people...
GMB takes concerns over British Airways IT outsourcing to MPs
The trade union representing workers at British Airways has met MPs to air concerns that an IT outsourcing deal between the airline and Indian firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will see UK jobs go and...
3D-Printed Insole Maker SOLS Lays Off 20 Percent Of Staff
SOLS, a company using 3D-printing technology to make custom shoe insoles, has laid off 20 percent of its workforce, or 14 employees in total across all teams, TechCrunch has confirmed. The staff...
Training essential for disaster response
Doctors were more likely to have completed formal disaster management courses, but nursers were more likely to have participated in mock disaster response exercises. Credit: ER24 EMS (Pty) Ltd As people...
CIO interview: Mikael Pommert, Modern Times Group
Getting staff buy-in takes a lot of effort But staff sometimes complain of cloud-based applications being less responsive, according to Pommert. “MTG’s employees are used to having the server as an on-premise...
‘They wiped away my life’
If you thought photos and contacts were priceless, you are wrong. They are worth over $10k apparently. A PENSIONER is suing Apple because he claims staff “wiped away his life” when they tried to repair...
How the CIO can get on message
Sampling the customer experience The IT industry is not alone in “eating its own dog food”, where employees are encouraged to use the organisation’s products in their personal lives. At the Forrester CXEurope...
Rise of the super-contractors as IT skills gap widens
The IT skills gap is not a new phenomenon. A lack of qualified staff and increased competition for talented developers have long been the scourge of the industry. However, as the dichotomy between skills...
Daily Briefing, Nov. 25
Take the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, which organizers say is the largest timed Turkey Trot in the world. According to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, the event has donated nearly $5.2...
Jawbone Lays Off 60, 15% Of Staff Globally, Closes NY Office
Some difficult news this week for Jawbone, maker of fitness trackers, speakers and Bluetooth headsets. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that the company yesterday laid off around 60 employees,...
Does Cambridge University Hospital’s Epic project indicate NHS lacks capacity?
eHospital “unrealistic” A former employee who worked in IT, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that before the eHospital project the state of the trust’s IT “was bad – it had been neglected for many...
Apple apologises to Melbourne teens
Group of African teens told to leave an Apple store because staff were worried they 'might steal something'. APPLE has apologised to the group of African teens who were filmed being ejected from a Melbourne...
Apple secures victory in employee bag search lawsuit
Roy Zipstein | Apple A class action lawsuit levied against Apple over searching staff bags and the loss of pay this practice allegedly resulted in has been thrown out by a federal judge.The case against...
RBS to Make Facebook at Work Available to All 100,000 Employees
Facebook at Work hopes to take market share away from Yammer and LinkedIn. By Steve McCaskill RBS will make Facebook At Work available to all of its 100,000 staff so they can work together on projects...
Daily Briefing, Oct. 28
The company’s new internal initiative, 2G Tuesdays, lets employees see what it’s like to use Facebook with an incredibly slow Internet connection, like users might in India, Asia and Africa. The program,...
‘This wouldn’t have happened on Steve’s watch’
The late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin with wife Terri and children Robert and Bindi. WALKING through the gate at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, dressed in crisp new khaki, Jane (not her real name) thought...
Dealmaster: Get one year of PlayStation Plus for only $39.99
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, we have a special gaming deal for you today. Now you can get a one-year subscription of Sony's PlayStation Plus for just $39.99. It's an incredible...
Welcome Ars’ new science writers
While Ars is a technology-focused site, we have always recognized that science helps lay the foundations for technological advances. Organized coverage of science news here dates back well over a decade,...
Ars UK is hiring a Technology Editor
Hayes Davidson / Sebastian AnthonyArs Technica is looking for a Technology Editor to join its London-based editorial team. Ars Technica UK has had a very successful launch period, climbing to 1.5 million...
Facebook Defends Paying Just £4,327 In Tax
Facebook has insisted it is complying with the law despite paying just £4,327 in corporation tax for the whole of last year. The amount is less than the average UK worker, who with an annual salary of...
Tragedy at South Australian zoo
Staff at South Australian zoo have been saddened by the surprise death of expectant mother Soona. A MOTHER chimpanzee has died while giving birth at a South Australian zoo, sparking an outpouring of well...
Dealmaster: Get a 4K LG smart TV for only $549!
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, we have some new deals for you. The highlights are two LG smart TVs running webOS 2.0—both have gotten a steep price cut, and on top of that,...
In which an ex-car-fanatic takes a Lamborghini Huracán for a spin
How many editors can you fit in the trunk of a Lamborghini? Watch this short clip to find out. Video shot/edited by Jennifer Hahn. When I was in high school, I was much more interested in cars than I...
CIA pulls staff from China after hack
The CIA has withdrawn staff from the US embassy in Beijing, fearing data stolen from government computers could expose its agents. In April, data about 21 million federal employees was stolen in a massive...
Google’s AlphaGo is playing the world Go champ in China, but nobody can watch it there
WUZHEN, China -- China is hosting a hotly anticipated tournament of Go – a complex, ancient Chinese board game – against a powerful Google computer program, but nobody inside the country can watch. Ke...
Google makes it easier to share photos, notes and more with family members
Because constantly swapping passwords and usernames can be a pain, (if not also a security risk) Google is adding new ways for families to share with each other while still staying logged-on to their...
DeepMind’s AI beats world’s best Go player in latest face-off
Ke Jie deep in concentration during the first matchWU HONG/EPA/REX/ShutterstockBy Matt ReynoldsAlphaGo is at it again. Google DeepMind’s Go-playing AI has defeated Ke Jie, the world’s number one player,...
Google's AlphaGo A.I. beats world's number one in ancient game of Go
This week's games between AlphaGo and Ke are being live streamed by Google online, but Chinese censors already block access to Google and its services, such as Gmail and YouTube, in the country. Chinese...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark