Week Ending: January 26th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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Good news… January is almost over. We’ve made it through traditionally the toughest month of the working calendar. With February being a shorter month, we can almost taste spring!

Let’s celebrate with some of the biggest stories in I.T. and technology from the past week.

Facebook invents ‘flick’ - a new unit of time

Designed for developers, Facebook’s ‘flick’ is a newly invented unit of time which is 1/705,600,000 of a second and considered the next unit of time after a nanosecond.

Flick is a play on the term “frame-tick” and will give programmers a method to quantify the time between media frames without using fractions. It is designed primarily for developers to keep video effects in sync and was created by Christopher Horvath when shared his idea on Facebook in early 2017. Since, modifications have been made and the new unit has been welcomed by many in the industry.

Lead research engineer at BBC Research and Development, Matt Hammond, explained how Flicks can reduce errors in graphics.

"When the numbers used are not integers, errors can gradually creep into computer calculations. These errors can build up over time, eventually causing inaccuracies that become noticeable," he said.

Do you think Flicks will be a game changer for developers?

UK organisations are still unaware of GDPR

A government-sponsored survey has found that less than half of UK businesses are aware of new data laws coming into force in May.

With awareness particularly low in construction and manufacturing, non-compliance to the new data protection laws will result in penalties for businesses. Yet many are not prepared, with the survey finding that a little over a quarter of businesses who had heard of the regulation have made changes to ensure they’re compliant.

The government stressed that there is still time to prepare and that there is a wealth of information out there to help businesses of differing sizes. The report explains that awareness is higher for those businesses in which senior managers consider cyber security a fairly high or very high priority.

With GDPR coming in in May, it’s going to be crucial for businesses to act now.

New technology could soon help prevent the progress of cancer

Speaking at a panel at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Nokia’s chief executive Rajeev Suri explained that he believes technology will be able to spot cancer ‘several months’ in advance.

Outlining his vision of remote surgeries, 5G ambulances, and miniaturized wearable scanners, Suri commented: "With these sort of products, you can start to prevent stuff before it occurs, and we think through biomarkers you can even figure out cancer several months before it occurs.”

Nokia has devoted a new research team to healthcare and hopes to shape the future of the industry.

5G internet connectivity was spoken about at the forum with Nokia explaining how remote surgery could be made possible as there would be next to no delay in the data travelling from one location to another. Essentially, this means a surgeon could operate via a robot connected to 5G on a patient across the other side of the world.

If Suri’s vision comes to fruition we could be looking at a very different landscape in the healthcare industry.

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.