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Fridays at UKFast – 25th March 2016

25 March 2016 by Jenn Granger

Fridays are always good, but this one especially so! Before you wrap yourself in a cocoon of chocolate, food and family, here’s a quick whip-round of the week to set you up for awesomeness! This week we’ve been talking about making the most of customer service metrics, and why eCloud Flex is a great learning platform. We’ve also been asking whether security concerns are clouding your judgement, and demystifying cloud-hosted desktops! Now kick back with the rest of the week’s news and have a great long weekend!

Fridays at UKFast

Biting down on terrorism

In the next chapter of the FBI’s quest for access to the iPhone of the San Bernadino shooter, the government now says it’s found a way to get in, and because it’s looking so promising they aren’t releasing details of the method to the public.

It’s in testing at the moment to make sure the attempts wouldn’t end up damaging any of the data on the phone, which would be somewhat counterproductive to the government’s aims, but sources are beginning to confirm that the technique does work.

The pickle now is that if the government uses the method to gain access to data for trial, it could become leaked when it’s questioned closely as part of the evidence – the more people who know the more likely it is to get leaked, potentially giving access to anyone, including criminals or even Apple (who would likely try and fix the flaw, rendering it useless for future government hacks).

A Bit of good news for students

After a few delays, the BBC’s microcomputer, Micro:Bit, has been given out to year 7 schoolchildren around the country to help them with all of the learnin’. There’s been loads of excitement around the tech, but now it’s down to the teachers to help them get the most out of it.

There are challenges though, like the fact that the Bit’s bits are so small they were worried they could be a choking hazard for younger brothers and sisters, or the fact that it’s too late for some lessons to incorporate the Bit so they’ll end up being used in lunchtime sessions instead. The other well-known microcomputer, the Raspberry Pi, is also a big hit in classrooms around the country, but the Bit is designed to appeal to “students who enjoy a more hands-on, tactile learning style and who would otherwise find coding less appealing”. Oh and of course – added bonus – the Mirror is going mad for the new ‘generation of hackers’ that the Bit is going to create.

Android Pay’s on its way!

Hold onto your hats guys, Google’s Android Pay is “likely” to be coming to the UK in the next few months. It’s been running in the US since last September and a spokesperson says that the UK will probably be the next market within the next few months.

Any device running Android 4.4 or higher will be able to use Android Pay and just like Apple Pay, users can swipe their phone on compatible store terminals or for quick in-app purchases. Users need to hook the phone up with card info and a password or fingerprint authorisation before they can use it, and it’s meant to be safer than using a card because you don’t have to waggle your account number about.

This is music to our ears…