FS Fives: Tuesday, September 6

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A national programme to help Scottish primary school teachers bring computer science to life has been launched by John Swinney, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. The Barefoot Computing Programme was developed by BT and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, working with Education Scotland. It aims to help teachers inspire and excite pupils aged from five about the world of computing.

The Malt Whisky Trail has unveiled a digital strategy aimed at attracting an additional 70,000 visitors to Speyside over the next five years. Designed to “awaken the sleeping giant of the whisky and tourism industry”, the trail has created an interactive website showcasing the variety of activities available in the region. As well as finding details about the eight whisky sites that form the trail, users can discover a selection of activities to create a bespoke experience.

An Edinburgh firm specialising in software for American hospitals has reported growth in revenue and profits. Craneware, which is one of Scotland’s leading technology prospects, raised revenue in the year to June by 11% to £37m. The company faced tough trading conditions as US healthcare clients went through significant changes and uncertainty, but it has returned to growth in the past three years. It has expanded its range of software products beyond revenue management. Its “value cycle” software links invoicing and payments to data on health outcomes and subsequent costs and later this year, it will launch software product to help hospitals engage with patients.

A Scottish hospital will use facial recognition technology to detect patients in need of emergency care. Victoria Hospital in Fife will trial the system developed by scientists at the University of St Andrews. Currently clinicians use a finger clip device to measure vital signs in patients such as pulse rate and blood oxygen levels. But the new method – which will be tested at the hospital’s respiratory ward – can detect blood oxygen levels and heart rate in up to six people simultaneously using an apparoach based on Microsoft’s Kinect motion controller for games consoles.

And finally…”Just avoid holding it in that way,” Steve Jobs memorably explained during 2010’s ‘Antennagate’ issue with the iPhone 4. Now, a survey says the iPhone 6 is the worst mobile for call quality and range, especially if you hold it in your left hand.