Week Ending: November 10th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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Over a week into November and our televisions are already filled with those highly anticipated Christmas adverts. If you’re not ready to think about Christmas yet, we’ve got some of the week’s most interesting tech stories that may interest you more.

For instance, did you know you might be flying home in an Uber air taxi in the not so distant future?

I.T. spend to smash $1 trillion barrier

2018 seems set to be the year that I.T. spending smashes through the $1 trillion barrier for the first time - a 4.9% increase on 2017 according to research conducted by Gartner.

Increases are expected in I.T. services (6.9%), Data Centre Systems (3.1%) and Hardware as money spent on devices is forecast to increase by 4% in 2018.

John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner, commented on the statistics: “The forecast highlights that businesses are broadly reducing spending on owning IT hardware, and increasing spending on consuming IT as-a-service… In the total IT forecast the business trends are masked somewhat by consumer spending, but when we look at enterprise-only spending the new dynamics between the categories are much clearer.”

Employees left out of pocket

A recent study found that Ransomware is not only costing businesses but their employees as well.

Whilst the findings by Intermedia had some positives, mainly that 70% of those surveyed were trained on how to deal with a cyberattack, it revealed that many wallets were left lighter as a result of falling victim to such an attack.

Some 59% of employees paid the ransom demands out of their own pocket, mainly to spare their own blushes. According to a leading expert “Most hoped to pay the ransom and decrypt company data before everyone else discovered the incident.”

If you’re reading this and worried you might fall victim to a cyberattack, the most common advice is to never pay the ransom. If you want more advice on Ransomware have a read of our blog here.

Are flying cars about to become a thing of reality and not just science-fiction?

A great story has emerged this week for those of you who love sci-fi and might just consider yourself a bit of a tech geek.

Uber is teaming up with Nasa as part of its plans to launch flying taxis in multiple cities across the world.

Uber’s vision of the future is to see the widespread use of electric, on-demand air taxis - which could be ordered via a smartphone app in the same way as we currently order taxis that are firmly on the ground. Can you see this one happening and would you willingly hop in the first flying taxi?

Those were some of this week’s biggest stories in I.T. and tech but if you want more content, follow us across our four social media channels.