5-For-Friday – News Roundup – 08/06/18

Welcome one, welcome all, to Credas’ new series – 5-For-Friday – your unofficial weekly news roundup.

The industry has had a very, very busy week. But you’re short on time. We’re short on time. Everyone is short on time. And that’s why we’re bringing you 5-For-Friday.

This week, we’re going to provide a very short rundown of each news item that grabbed our attention over the past few days. Whether you scan it or read more, we can all but guarantee that you’ll sound very informed come happy hour.

Let’s break it all down. Here’s Friday’s news roundup.


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1. A legal challenge to Right to Rent due in High Court this week

Earlier this week, Property Industry Eye report that The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants is seeking a judicial review to challenge the Right to Rent scheme, stating it could encourage discrimination against people of ethnic minority groups or those that do not hold British passports.

Breaches of Right to Rent can result in both civil and criminal penalties for landlords and agents. However, many argue that the policy breaches discrimination laws.

Yesterday, a follow-up report by the Eye detailed that the High Court has ruled that a judicial review on Right to Rent can go ahead.

This is a welcome decision by landlords, and an essential step towards overturning a policy, with which the Government has yet to demonstrate its worth.

2. Apple’s WWDC 2018 pass pairs NFC with Face ID & Touch ID for access

The launch of iOS 11 brought Core NFC, a framework that lets developers tap into iPhone’s onboard NFC chip to scan NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF) data tags.

Past attendees to Apple’s WWDC would get a physical pass with a barcode. These physical badges relied on NFC for entry, but this year is the first time that the Apple Wallet pass has used the NFC technology for access control – using NFC with Face ID or Touch ID.

When an attendee goes to redeem their wallet pass for their badge, the pass appears on the lock screen. Following the pop-up, it will then have the user authenticate the pass with Face ID or Touch ID, in the same fashion as an Apple Pay transaction.

Apple has been slow to evolve its NFC policies since adopting the technology nearly four years ago, but the company has made moves to expand its limited feature set over the past year.

3. Google ban use of its artificial intelligence tech in weapons

Google has confirmed that they will not allow its artificial intelligence software to be used in weapons or unreasonable surveillance equipment.

The move comes after months of employee protests, and even some resignations against the company’s work with the U.S. military.

4. UK technology sector worth over £180 billion

Consultancy.uk have reported that the booming UK technology sector is now valued to be worth more than £180 billion.

They confirmed that continued growth has outpaced the sluggish UK economy when viewed as a whole, and will add to the emphasis placed on the tech sector to achieve a successful Brexit.

5. Microsoft has sinks data centre in the sea off Orkney to investigate whether it can boost energy efficiency.

Microsoft has sunk data cylinder containing that could be on the seabed for up to five years.

The data is transferred from the sea floor to the shore by an undersea cable and then connected to the internet and the cloud.

Orkney has been chosen because it is a major centre for renewable energy research.

One issue raised regarding the project is what the risk and cost implications are if the computers onboard the break.

The data centre is minute in comparison to the large data farms, but the 12 racks of servers can store up to five million movies.

That’s all for today. Until next week.


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