Technology News roundup 18/08/2017


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Stay tech savvy with the Eligo Technology news roundup, this week ending 18/08/2017 London jobs boom keeps on going with further unemployment falls in sight, Puppet releases Puppet Development Kit, stats show very few girls took computing A-Level and there’s a new robot that won’t necessarily steal your job. 




London jobs boom just keeps on going with further unemployment falls in sight

London is creating jobs at the fastest rate in over a year, with the UK’s employment boom showing no sign of slowing down. An index tracking employment levels in the capital rose to 53.1 last month, up from 52.8 in June, according to regional figures from the closely followed purchasing managers’ index (PMI) compiled by data giant HIS Markit. The numbers published on Monday morning, represent the fastest increase in London job creation since April 2016.

Click here to read more  (City A.M) 14/08/2017



Puppet releases Puppet Development Kit

Puppet, an Infrastructure as Code company, has released the Puppet Development Kit on GitHub to streamline the process of writing, testing and implementing Puppet modules. Senior project manager with Puppet states “Tools like puppet-lint and rspec-puppet have been around for a long time to help you catch issues in your code,” She goes on to say that you had to discover these tools however, and install them to figure out how to use them effectively on your own. “With the the Puppet Development Kit, we now take care of all that, so you don’t have to.”

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(SD Times) 15/08/2017



New stats show very few girls took computing A-Level

A worrying statistic for the tech industry was revealed recently that showed only 9.8% of those completing a computing A-Level course were girls. These stats come amid a storm in Silicon Valley over the number of women employed in the tech industry. Experts have agreed that the world faces a digital skills shortage and that an even gender balance is crucial to this. The figures from the Joint Council for Qualifications show less than 10% of girls are taking computing A-level, however, the results also reveal that there has been a 34% rise in the number of female students sitting the computer science exam – 816 up from 609 in 2016.

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Meet Eva, the workplace robot that won’t necessarily steal your job. 

London startup Automata Technologies is hoping to reverse the trend of automation AI and futurism by getting back to basics with: Robots. The company makes a tabletop robotic arm, which it hopes will democratise access to automation for every industry by costing a fraction of the tens of thousands of dollars a typical industrial robot costs today – under £5,000 up front, or under £500 a month for a “robotics as service” package.

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(The Gaurdian) 15/08/2017


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