With Brexit looming, start-ups are busy working out how to respond to the challenge, and one in five say they are considering establishing EU outposts, while 17% say they may well move their headquarters out of the UK, according to the UK Startup Outlook Report from Silicon Valley Bank. And in the long wake of last year’s EU exit vote, one-third of British start-ups say their major concerns are the worries of non-UK employees regarding their long-term opportunities in the country.
UK software engineer salaries are among the lowest in the world – and even when factoring in cost of living, London tech workers make 25% less than their counterparts in San Francisco, and are down 30% than those toiling away in New York. In addition, over one-quarter of candidates receiving offers from UK companies come from outside that market, and the average relocation offer is 28% above than that of local British engineers, according to the 2017 State of Global Tech Salaries report from Hired.
Sportsnet is partnering with Canadian beer brand Molson to roll out a 360 virtual reality initiative to broadcast NHL hockey games in VR for the first time. Audiences can watch games live on Sportsnet.ca and via the Sportsnet app custom VR viewfinders, available in select cases of Molson Canadian product across Canada. The first game on the platform with the Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks is scheduled for February 18.
Amazon is putting the finishing touches to its new drive-up grocery store in the Ballard neighbourhood of Seattle – its home metro – with another under construction over in the city’s SoDo district. On completion, consumers will be able to purchase their items online in the usual manner before scooting off to the new stores at a scheduled timeslot to pick them up.
Business and technology booster outfit Berlin Partner has shifted it sights from attracting UK start-ups to the German capital post-Brexit to seducing US entrepreneurs post-Trump. The state-backed agency’s head Stefan Franzke told Wirtschaftswoche that it has stepped up its activities Stateside and is planning to put on extra promotional events in the market, with next month’s SXSW festival in Austin on the hitlist. “Germany has the chance to partially reverse the brain drain,” he said.
Technological innovations could help improve public-sector delivery, according to the Work in Progress: Towards a leaner, smarter public-sector workforce from UK-based thinktank Reform. For example, 20% of public-sector workers hold strategic, cognitive roles and they should be able to use data analytics to identify patterns – improving decision making and helping allocate workers efficiently. And it says the police and other emergency services are already using data to predict areas of greatest risk from burglary and fire.
China is now busy with around 3,000 virtual reality cafes as a raft of existing Internet joints switch to pure entertainment and VR to keep the clientele happy. These new establishments are charging visitors a fee for a headset and a timed VR experience, enabling consumers to get their eyes around virtual reality without having to stump up for the technology’s pretty expensive headsets.
In the run-up to the French presidential election in April and May, Facebook has joined forces with leading French news organisations – among them Agence France-Presse, BFM TV, Franceinfo, France Médias Monde, L’Express, Libération and Le Monde – and with Google in an effort keep fake news items from its social network. The CrossCheck project is a collaborative verification initiative from First Draft News which comprises a raft of news, social media partners and NGOs looking to provide guidance on verifying and publishing content sourced from the social web.