Innovation Headlines in the Spotlight

Google looking for more than coders

Some people looking to secure a career in the technology sector might fear they are at a disadvantage if they lack technical skills like programming, but that might not be the case anymore.

Google’s houses several start-ups, giving them a space to work in and develop their business. These are start-ups that have nothing to do with Google; instead, the project is aimed at helping early-stage tech firms grow and reach the maximum potential.  

These start ups need more than just programmers to help them grow and market themselves to industry and these firms are increasingly looking for talent from creative industries, engineering sector and sales and marketing fields to make this happen.

So, if you think that the technology sector was not for you then think again as more people than you think are looking for successful people like yourself that offer a versatile set of skills for their company.

Microsoft goes under to up internet speeds

Microsoft has deployed a massive 40-foot-long submarine-like data center, built by Microsoft’s Natick, which is a project dedicated to making such environmentally-friendly facilities, into the waters off the coast of Orkney, a group of islands located off Scotland from the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC), a research base focused on wave and tidal power.

The tech giant aim is to improve internet speeds in areas that are close to the water, where infrastructure is often lacking. 

“Almost half of the world’s population lives near large bodies of water,” Cindy Rose, Microsoft’s U.K. chief executive, said in a blog post. “Having data centers closer to billions of people using the internet will ensure faster and smoother web browsing, video streaming and gaming, while businesses can enjoy AI (artificial intelligence)-driven technologies.”

Microsoft has been working on underwater data centers for a number of years launching its first prototype 2015.  The company’s latest unit contains 12 racks of computers with a total of 864 servers. 

The unit will be powered by an underwater cable linked back to the EMEC in Orkney and is said to use under a quarter of a megawatt when operating at full capacity and that it can hold data and process information for up to five years without maintenance.

Apple has key to more environmentally friendly devices

Apple in a bid to make more environmentally friendly devices has teamed up with aluminum producers Alcoa and Rio Tinto on a joint venture aimed at smelting aluminum without emitting greenhouse gases.

The tech company has said that this new revolutionary technology created by the project replaces the use of carbon, normally used in the smelting process, with an advanced conductive material.  The new method has oxygen released as a result of the process rather than carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, meaning the metal can be produced in an environmentally clean way.

“Apple is committed to advancing technologies that are good for the planet and help protect it for generations to come,” said Apple’s Chief Executive, Tim Cook in a recent statement.

“We are proud to be part of this ambitious new project and look forward to one day being able to use aluminum produced without direct greenhouse gas emissions in the manufacturing of our products.”

Apple has been ramping up its efforts towards sustainability and announced recently that its global facilities were now powered entirely by renewable energy showing the companies sustainability focus for the present and future.