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Week Ending: February 9th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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This week’s roundup in I.T. and tech news sees us shoot into space, discuss the potential hacking of the Winter Olympics and explore the IoT skills companies are looking for in employees.

Without further ado let’s see what this week has had to offer.

Elon’s busy week

It has been an eventful week for Elon Musk and his global companies. The SpaceX business sent ‘Falcon Heavy’ – the world’s most powerful rocket into space with the task of interplanetary exploration.

Along with this, SpaceX sent a cherry red Tesla sports car into orbit on Tuesday accompanied by an astronaut dummy and a camera of course to capture the action. ‘Starman’ as the dummy has been named is up there right now listening to David Bowie.

The SpaceX rocket was a huge success and the side-note of the red Tesla also made it. However, by Wednesday Elon confirmed that they had been too heavy on the launch of the car and that it trajectory would see it travel beyond its original intended location of Mars. Read about these stories here.

Aside from SpaceX, later in the week Tesla reported record quarterly losses in the electric car market saying it has "learned many lessons" from its Model 3 production plans which have been problematic.

The company however believes the outlook is positive and commented: "At some point in 2018, we expect to begin generating positive quarterly operating income on a sustained basis."

We wouldn’t bet against Elon at this current moment. After all, he’s one of our Techspirations.

Hacking and the Winter Olympics

Experts have said that the upcoming Winter Olympics have been the target of cyberattacks which they suspect are coming from North Korea.

I.T. company, McAfee, confirmed the attacks with the expectation of more on the way. The Winter Olympics is an understandable target for hackers as they have the opportunity to get at a considerable number of people with a common interest. This means things such as phishing scams are rife, as well as viruses and malware as thousands of smartphones and tablets all try to connect to a limited number of networks.

With the Winter Olympics beginning this week on the Korean peninsula we’ll be following closely for any news of significant breaches.

IoT skills on the rise

CIO this week explored the skills which are on the rise thanks to the growth of the Internet of Things. Job adverts are now seeing more IoT requirements included in their specifications. Growth in IoT is meaning companies are changing the way in which they spend money.

There is believed to be a skills shortage in the field which has seen organisations make efforts to train staff and hire the right people. With IDC estimating that over $1 trillion will be invested in the IoT market between 2015 and 2020 it’s clear that the field is a fruitful one for those who are well equipped to operate within it.

Read about the most in demand skills and what they entail on CIO here.


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