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

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In a world of non-stop COVID-19 news, we’re relying on the world of Tech and I.T. to bring us some new and exciting developments. Never failing to deliver, in this week’s blog we touch on the NHS COVID-19 app issues but also delve in to why London’s financial services companies are changing process to get employees back in the office, and the exciting discovery of 24 ‘superhabitable’ exoplanets that can support complex life.

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City powerhouses will need to adjust to the "new normal"

Trying to adapt to the “new normal” has been a struggle for many companies. With so many employees working remotely, bringing them back to the office safely needs a strong plan. According to an article published by City A/M this week, in the past week, London’s leading financial services companies have needed to reassess their plans to get employees back to the office.

Bringing people back safely is only the beginning, some of the world’s largest banks have now signed deals with tech companies to integrate cloud computing solutions so that they can handle the remote situations many employees and companies are having to face.

Cloud-based communication tools such as Zoom, Slack and Microsoft Teams ensure that employees can remain agile during the current pandemic. By making the company more digital, it allows them to flourish in the current climate, whether that’s being able to have meetings with clients or just keeping everyone safe with social distancing, this type of technology will help companies adjust to the “new normal” workplace.

According to City A.M, a recent survey revealed that 82% of I.T. leaders around the world said they’d increase their use of cloud in direct response to the pandemic and shift to remote working. In the same survey, 76% of the I.T. leaders said that the coronavirus pandemic had led to an increase in spending on private and public cloud infrastructure services.

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Why some firms and schools are encouraging their employees not to use the COVID-19 app

It’s had 16million downloads so far, but it’s emerged this week that some companies are urging their employees not to download the NHS COVID-19 app.

Firms including GlaxoSmithKline and a Hull-based fuel supplier told staff the app should be switched off at work - both said it was unnecessary in their "Covid-secure" workplaces.

It’s also been reported this week that a number of teachers have been told that they shouldn’t be using the app in school.

According to a report by the BBC, some teachers were being told to ignore the alerts. A quote from a teacher in the Midland said

“It had been suggested he and his colleagues delete the app and ignore messages so [as] not to interfere [or] risk A-level resits".

Read the full BBC report here.

Astroboffins spot 24 "superhabitable" exoplanets better than Earth at supporting complex life

It’s been reported this week that astrobiologists have recently discovered 24 exoplanets that may have environments better suited to complex life, similar to Earth. Unfortunately, all of them are at least 100 light years away. The team had 4,000 exoplanets to go through, only 24 of them ticked the right boxes.

Dirk Schulze-Makuch, a professor at the planetary habitability and astrobiology at the Technical University Berlin, led the team. He said:

“It’s sometimes difficult to convey this principle of superhabitable planets because we think we have the best planet. We have a great number of complex and diverse lifeforms, and many that can survive in extreme environments. It is good to have adaptable life, but that doesn’t mean that we have the best of everything.”

As tempting as it would be to leave Earth behind and start a new life on a different planet, technology hasn’t quite developed enough for that to happen, maybe in a century or two!

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