Technology Industry News Update - #issue15


Industry News, Technology


This month has been a turbulent one for many businesses and people, across the country and the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We're continuing to bring you the latest news across the technology industry. This month Tech companies are still hiring despite mass lay-offs elsewhere, Mercedes F1 create breathing aid for coronavirus patients, the UK government has ordered 10,000 ventilators from Dyson and much more. 



Tech companies still hiring despite mass layoffs elsewhere 

Tech companies are still hiring feverishly as they move to take advantage of a world that is shifting to a digital landscape as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Despite mass layoffs elsewhere, and growing concerns over plummeting global markets. In California alone, tech companies were looking to fill 15,852 jobs in the second week of March, nearly three times the level of roles from a year ago.

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(Financial Times) 19/03/2020


Investment and employment boom for the UK Tech Sector 

Tech Nation's released their annual report this month, which explores the current state of the UK tech sector. It reveals that 2019 was the year for investment and employment boom in the UK, from the UK digital sector growing 6 times faster than any other industry to UK companies securing a third of £30.4bn of investment raised by tech companies in Europe. 

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(UKTN) 19/03/2020


Mercedes F1 to make breathing aid for coronavirus patients

UCL engineers have worked with clinicians at UCLH and Mercedes Formula One to build a breathing aid that can help keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care. The team have created the device, that delivers oxygen to the lungs without needing a ventilator, in under a week. Forty new devices have been delivered to ULCH and three other London hospitals and if trials go well, up to 1,000 of the CPAP machines can be produced per day. 

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(BBC) 30/03/2020


Barclaycard enables new £45 contactless limit 

Barclaycard will be rolling out the deployment of the new £45 contactless limit across UK retailers from 1 April 1 2020. The payments provider, which provides the technology to power over 150,000 terminals across the UK retail sector, is supporting the increased threshold to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Adjusting the contactless limit from £30 - £45 will allow more customers to make payments without touching terminals or handling cash.

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(UKTN) 24/03/2020


UK Gov Covid-19 WhatsApp bot working after a false start 

A Covid-19 WhatsApp bot set up by the UK government is finally working after problems during launch on Wednesday. Members of the public who message the bot can access pre-determined chunks of advice on symptoms or how to avoid spreading the disease. It failed to work for some users after it's launch, providing just an error message, but the BBC has not verified that the bot is working as intended. 

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(BBC) 26/03/2020

Government orders 10,000 ventilators from Dyson 

The government has ordered 10,000 ventilators from Dyson to help deal with the coronavirus crisis. The firm headed by British inventor Sir James Dyson said it had designed a new type of ventilator in response to a call on behalf of the NHS and has hundreds of engineers working around the clock to design the ventilators from scratch. 

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(BBC) 26/03/2020


NHS uses tech giants to plan crisis response 

Data collected via the NHS's 111 telephone service is to be mixed with other sources to help predict where ventilators, hospital beds, and medical staff will be most in need. The goal is to help health chiefs model the consequences of moving resources to best tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The plan is expected to be signed off by health secretary Matt Hancock and three US tech firms Amazon, Microsoft and Planatir are aiding in the effort. 

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(BBC) 26/03/2020


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