Women in computing – there is good news and bad

Durham University has made a determined effort to recruit more female computer science students
Durham University has made a determined effort to recruit more female computer science students

I’ve been told two stories in recent days about the gender gap in computing education.

The good news: a major university has doubled the number of women arriving to study computer science in the space of a year.

The bad: the latest GCSE figures show the number of girls getting any kind of computing qualification at school continues to decline.

Doubling up

The optimism comes from Durham University, where 45 women are starting a computer science degree this year, up from 22 last year. They make

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NVIDIA Strikes an ARMs Deal to Take All the Chips

If NVIDIA NVDA gets regulatory approval to buy privately-held Arm Holdings from Softbank Group, it will not only be the biggest semiconductor deal ever at $40 billion, it could be the most controversial and powerful.

In the video that accompanies this article, I go over as many of the details and nuances of that controversy as I can in 15 minutes. Which is not any easy feat since Arm has customers across dozens of technology industries and countries, and there are regulators on at least 3 continents who might have a say about the potential conflicts.

And therein lies the

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Nuvei’s Red-Hot IPO Marks Canada’s Largest Tech Offering

(Bloomberg) — Payments company Nuvei Corp. jumped 31% in its trading debut on Thursday, riding the wave of demand for technology shares that has swept the globe in recent months.

Montreal-based Nuvei, which supplies payment technology to the retail, travel, gaming and other sectors, is among a cluster of firms benefiting from the shift to e-commerce during pandemic lockdowns. The deal raised $700 million, making it the biggest tech offering in the history of the Toronto Stock Exchange, the exchange said in a statement.

“The rebound in technology names is a good sign for the private tech companies with plans

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As schools spend big on temperature check tech, experts warn: They won’t work

The back-to-school preparations at the Sharyland Independent School District in southern Texas this year include a variety of supplies now common in daily life amid the pandemic: plastic dividers, masks and hand sanitizer.

They also include something not as common: body temperature screening terminals.

The district, which serves about 10,200 students across 13 campuses, spent more than $178,000 on 52 walk-through infrared temperature scanners from SafeCheck USA, a Miami-based company that launched about six months ago. The school district made the purchase without testing the technology after watching a demonstration over Zoom, Assistant Superintendent Ismael Gonzalez said.

“We are looking

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Facebook Announces Luxottica Deal, Unveils Plans for AR Glasses

At the virtual Facebook Connect conference, chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the company’s work with EssilorLuxottica is bearing fruit, with a highly wearable — and stylish — set of smart glasses planned next year.

The technology company revealed a multiyear partnership with Luxottica, with which it will build and release the first pair of Facebook smart glasses in 2021. Zuckerberg didn’t go into full product details, but described the effort as “the next step on the road to augmented-reality glasses,” an initiative dubbed “Project Aria.”

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