Week Ending: September 7th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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This week’s roundup has a few different topics – a costly issue with some payment machines, new information about the next iPhone and some fresh fears about Brexit. So, let’s see what’s been going on in the world of I.T. and tech.

Thousands of people in the UK were charged twice for debit card payments

Many people in the UK discovered they had been charged twice after a recent issue with Cardnet card terminals. The problem arose when thousands of people checked their statements only to realise their burger and chips were significantly more expensive than they should have been.

Unfortunately, the problem wasn’t picked up by staff in restaurants and cafés and the affected individuals only realised later because the transactions showed up on their account.

Everyone affected has now been refunded, and the Lloyds Banking Group released a statement claiming that just under 5% of all Cardnet machine transactions were affected. A significant amount when you tally them up!

Read more about the story and reactions from those affected here.

Apple’s new iPhone coming soon…

The new iPhone model will be launched at an upcoming iPhone event on September 12th, however there’s been a major leak this week which outlines what we can expect from the latest handset.

The new model is rumoured to be called iPhone XS and will be available in two different sizes. A new 5.8-inch iPhone XS and a 6.5-inch iPhone XS (previously referred to as iPhone X Plus) will be available in a new gold colour.

These new models are said to take everything that consumers love about the iPhone X and make them even better. The handset gets a faster and more efficient processor, better battery life, and an even bigger OLED display on the 6.5-inch iPhone XS model. But the price will be as expensive as the iPhone X it’s rumoured, starting at $899 (£695) and going up to $1,149 (£890).

There will be a cheaper alternative instead of the iPhone XS – the iPhone 9 starting at $699 (£540). It will feature a 6.1-inch OLED display with a similar “all-screen” design and Face ID. However, it will have less RAM and lack the 3D Touch support, with the rest of the key specifications being the same as the iPhone XS.

If reports are to be believed, there will also be another big redesign with Apple watches. Read the latest news about it here.

Companies fear Brexit may drive software development talent overseas

A survey by software and services company revealed that a number of CIOs are planning to move their software development out of the UK to the EU because of uncertainties about Brexit. Their plan is to take work away from experienced specialists and give it to tech hubs overseas.

The study reveals 66 percent of I.T. decision-makers believe the UK is in danger of losing vital software developer talent following the EU departure, with 59 percent of CIOs predicting a lack of access to talent will hinder their organisations’ success.

With software innovation considered such a key ingredient to prosperity post-Brexit, the notion that operations will be moved overseas is concerning. Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, companies can choose to either shape themselves or be shaped by the circumstances. Organisations can pick the route of innovation over submitting to the status quo, but it requires technology, culture and the right people working together in ways that foster agility and create business value.

Robbie Clutton, Senior Director at Pivotal Labs

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