Eligo Technology news round up, featuring the latest news and updates from the Tech industry – week ending 14/10/2016
The falling price of sterling and its impact on UK tech
Last Friday the price of sterling dropped 6% against the US dollar in less than 2 minutes, this is the lowest point it has dropped to since May 1985 at $1.1841. Roger Planes of Silicon Rhino, a technology firm that helps companies fulfil their software development need states “the price drop is hitting homegrown startups in the pocket” and “the UK may lose its crown as the number-one tech hub in Europe.
(Tech City UK) 11/10/2016
Samsung puts a stop to Galaxy Note 7 production
The South Korean tech giant Samsung has announced that they have permanently ceased production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. This comes after reports that devices it deemed safe caught fire. Owners will be able to return their phones for a refund or in exchange for another Samsung model.
(BBC Tech) 11/10/2016
Fujitsu to axe 1,800 UK jobs
The Japanese tech giant Fujitsu have announced that they will axe nearly 2,000 jobs as part of a “strategic transformation”. It will affect workers at major sites in Belfast, Bracknell, Crewe, Londonderry/Derry, Manchester, Stevenage, Wakefield and Warrington. Fujitsu deny that it is it linked to the recent Brexit vote on June 23rd.
(City A.M) 11/10/2016
Fedora 25 beta released: Community Linux for containers arrives
The new Fedora Linux has been released and has something for desktop users, server sysadmins and cloud DevOps. Fedora 25’s new features include an official debut of the Wayland display server, improved flatpak support and a SELinux Troubleshooter module.
(ZD net) 12/10/2016
Facebook announces ‘Workplace’ available for all
Workplace (formerly known as Facebook at Work) is a network specifically aimed at organisations for co-workers to communicate internally. With more than 1,000 organisations around the world using Workplace, close to 100,000 groups have been created . Due to its progress Facebook has announced that Workplace is available to everyone around the world and have introduced their ‘Workplace Partner Programme’.
(Facebook Newsroom) 10/10/2016