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< The beta blog | 15 Apr 2015

Car trouble? Don’t bother popping the bonnet, simply reboot

Today’s car is a more than just a means of getting from A to B, it’s a tech-savvy, rolling communications centre that’s always on. No longer an aspirational concept for the future, the connected car is an imminent reality. Indeed, some connected-car functions are

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< The beta blog | 10 Apr 2015

Ready for when your systems are breached? Because they will be

Stories of data breaches, information system hacks and infiltrated cyber security architecture are legion. These days, it’s less about if an organisation’s systems will be breached, and more about when. And more importantly, about whether you have measures in place

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< The beta blog | 08 Apr 2015

Learning from the lessons of the past – Security, Privacy and the IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is no longer the future, it’s the here and now. Already, people and objects in the physical and virtual worlds are able to interact with one another, exchanging data and automating tasks. And it’s all pervasive from the factory floor to

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< The beta blog | 02 Apr 2015

Wearables, data and the power of ‘We’

Recently, our PwC Digital Consulting team participated in SXSW Interactive, one of the largest international conferences on Digital with over 33,000 attendees this year. Wearables took centre stage at this year’s event with everything from 3D printed clothing wit

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< The beta blog | 01 Apr 2015

Private equity and cyber security: Defence measures

Private equity firms face cyber security threats across their entire organisation as explained in our latest 'Guide to Cyber Security'. At fund manager level, financial data held on investors and portfolio companies is a high value target for hackers, as is intelligence o

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< The beta blog | 25 Mar 2015

Video games developers are taking steps to secure a new tax relief

The BFI recently confirmed that video games developers have applied for “culturally British” certificates for 23 new video games in 2014. This status allows games to qualify for a generous 20% cash credit on the development activities for that game. The new relief w

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< The beta blog | 23 Mar 2015

Teaching elephants to salsa

During the past few years we have seen a number of examples of extreme company growth from start-ups. Uber, Airbnb, Facebook and Spotify are examples who have gone from nothing to billion-pound valuations in 3-5 years. These companies are fast moving and agile, unlike a

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< The beta blog | 19 Mar 2015

The digital transformation of the UK economy

One in ten workers in central London are doing jobs that did not exist in 1990, mostly linked to new digital technologies. And this number is set to rise further according to recent research we’ve done in association with Dr Carl Benedikt Frey of the Oxford Martin Sch

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< The beta blog | 16 Mar 2015

Cash credits for television production are boosting the UK’s thriving creative industries

Recently published statistics have shown that the UK’s creative industries are now worth £76.9bn per year to the UK economy, or a staggering £8.8m per hour! Investment in the UK’s creative industries has been boosted by a number of very valuable tax reliefs,

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< The beta blog | 13 Mar 2015

Private equity and Cyber Security Part 2: Identifying risk in the portfolio

Identifying cyber security threats to a private equity portfolio is a wide-ranging and challenging task. However, with losses to corporates in the UK running to £27 billion annually according to the Cabinet Office, it is a task worth undertaking for private equity firm

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