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VANRATH Tech Round Up - 13th August 2021

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First motion picture of universe to be brought to public by Queen's University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) is playing a key role in ensuring that people across the world can view the first inventory of the Universe recorded by the world’s largest digital camera. Partnering with the University of Edinburgh through the Lasair project, Queen’s will build a platform to help process the massive data stream from the Vera C Rubin Observatory in Chile.


Activision Blizzard: Diablo 4 director and two others leave company

Three more high-profile leaders have left gaming giant Activision Blizzard, including some from new game Diablo 4. Diablo director Luis Barriga and designer Jesse McCree have both departed, as has Jonathan LeCraft, a designer on World of Warcraft. It follows the resignation of president J Allen Brack and other executives in the wake of allegations of widespread sexual harassment at the company.

New Zoom Focus Mode wants to cut out home learning distractions for good

Using Zoom for online learning should be about to get a lot more productive thanks to a new feature that should help students concentrate. The video conferencing platform has launched a new "focus mode" in time for the new school year that it says will help children and students of all ages focus better in online classes carried out over Zoom.

Cryptocurrency heist hacker returns $260m in funds

The hacker behind one of the largest cryptocurrency heists to date has returned almost half of the $600m (£433m) stolen assets. On Tuesday, the firm affected, Poly Network wrote a letter on Twitter, asking the individual to get in touch "to work out a solution". The hacker then posted messages pledging to return funds, claiming to be "not very interested in money".

STEM subjects account for 42% of all NI's GCSE entries

Over 30,000 pupils in Northern Ireland will receive their GCSE results today (Thursday 12 August), with STEM subjects now accounting for 42% of all GCSE entries in the region.  This is an increase of 3.9% on the previous year. STEM subjects are any that relate to science, technology, engineering and maths. 2021 is the second year in a row that grades issued in Northern Ireland have been based on teacher assessments, due to the cancellation of formal examinations again due to the Covid-19 pandemic.