Informative Monday mornings with 100TB’s Technology News Roundup: EU Data Protection Densifies; Google’s TensorFlow Delegates Workload; IoT Gets Confidence Boost; Open-Source Blockchain Technology; Let’s Encrypt Launches.

Virtual reality (VR), that long-time staple of science fiction, is stepping off the page and out of the research labs. From the low-end Google Cardboard – a fold-it-yourself headset that turns an Android smartphone into a surprisingly competent VR viewer for just a few dollars – to last month’s launch of the long-awaited Oculus Rift VR gaming system, the technology has finally come of age.

This week 100TB brings you a breakthrough story from the world of science and technology: Stephen Hawking teams up with Yuri Milner to send nano spaceships to our nearest Star, Alpha Centauri, within a human lifetime.

 

Connectivity, internet access, technology and large measures of inventiveness and ingenious thinking have seen digital solutions designed to transform healthcare crop up all over the world. Many of these start-ups have focused on healthcare in rural communities, while others are disrupting the status quo, but all are forerunners in digital transformation and harnessing the capabilities of data.

Over-the-top (OTT) content is a tasty little term which is buzzing in all the big brand circles right now. It’s all about how video and film content is transmitted over the internet without the need for users to subscribe to traditional methods of watching them, such as cable, satellite or paid-for TV. It’s the sexy new stream of content which can reach far more viewers, live outside traditional ecosystems and brings some interesting new ideas to the digital mix.

In a recent article I looked at using screen and the advantages it provides with regards to running multiple applications simultaneously at the terminal as well as being able to run applications without having to remain connected to the system. While those features are very helpful on their own, screen offers even more benefits when working at the command line than just those we have mentioned previously. In this article we’ll look at some of the features that really make screen a killer tool.

Hardly a week passes by where the news isn’t inundated with stories about the threats posed by cyber threats. Hacks, leaks, DDOS attacks and vulnerabilities are on the front page of websites as well as in the forefront of our minds. The technology industry is constantly striving to keep one step ahead of those who threaten our personal and business information.

 

Last week was a momentous one in the slow evolution of virtual reality. The very first Oculus Rift headset was hand-delivered to a customer by the company’s founder, Palmer Luckey. The equally lucky recipient of this futuristic device will now be able to boldly go where no man has gone before – or at least outside the Oculus headquarters and CES shows, anyway.