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Week Ending: August 3rd - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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This week’s roundup is the first of August and with it comes stories on the Dixons Carphone data breach, new cooling regulations which will impact data centres and a recent study in to the learning potential of teens and how Google may be a negative thing for them.

Dixons Carphone data breach worse than first feared

The Dixons Carphone data breach which took place last year involved 10 million of its customers it was revealed this week. After investigating the June 2017 hack which included a breach of names, addresses and personal information of customers, researchers have admitted that the number was significantly higher than the 1.2 million originally projected.

The positive news has been that no bank details were taken and there has been no evidence of fraud found from the illegal activity either. The hack has undoubtedly been a concern for Dixons Carphone’s customer base and has left a negative mark on the brand. It’s crucial now that the company responds in a positive manner and ensures that measures are in place so that this does not happen again.

Cooling regulations for data centres

Rarely a day goes by without global warming receiving coverage in the mainstream media. Be it news reports or opinion pieces, slowly but surely businesses are having to adapt for the future and this week Data Centre News shared a piece on the cooling practices of data centres which will now come under scrutiny.

New regulations this year will mean that many older cooling technologies, based on the use of refrigerants, will have to comply with updated global warming potential laws.

Controls are being introduced around the world to reduce the use of some refrigerants due to their global warming potential (GWP). There is the prospect of bans on some new equipment in North America and Asia-Pacific in the next five to ten years, but Europe is probably ahead of the curve in terms of enforcing specific regulation.

Roberto Felisi, Vertiv Product Marketing Director

Read the full story here.

“Google-it” mentality is negative for teens

A recent survey has found that the ‘google-it’ mentality of teenagers is harming their potential to learn when it comes to higher education. The study, which was conducted by ACS International Schools, interviewed university admissions officers to get their views on whether youngsters were adequately prepared for the jump to university.

Perhaps the most startling finding was that almost 90 per cent said students “struggled to remember facts” and instead relied too heavily on the instant answers of Google. This harmed their ability to think and learn independently. Other problems included students being unable to manage time or workloads according to those interviewed.

What do you think? Is Google a negative thing for certain age groups who are required to retain information or is this survey a case of: “HEY, university admissions officers, leave them kids alone!?”

Either way, it’s a fairly new phenomenon and one that we expect researchers to delve into deeper over the coming years. Read in-depth via The Telegraph.


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