Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including: 10 ways technology changed the Olympics, how data is supporting the Irish Olympics team, and Wi-Fi wars.
With the summer’s sporting masterpiece now upon us, we look at 10 disciplines soon to come under the spotlight. How has technology changed the Games?
Following a summer of smart use of sports data analysis, Emma Quinn finds out how Team Ireland is making use of data-driven insights for Rio 2016.
“Shut your mouth and write the cheque,” said Sharon Vosmek, CEO of Astia, at the recent Inspirefest 2016, as she tackled the fact that just 7pc of venture capital investments went to women founders, and that a corresponding percentage of venture capital firms have women partners.
One of America’s most successful telecoms, media and technology pioneers, David C McCourt has skin in the game when it comes to Ireland’s National Broadband Plan. As owner of Enet, one of three firms shortlisted to take on the plan, McCourt wants to bring his wholesale partnership model to the table.
A bit like that Celtic Tiger ad “I don’t know what a tracker mortgage is” most people lucky enough to get broadband of any description in Ireland couldn’t tell the difference between 50Mbps and 1Gbps. But, according to Virgin Media, it will tell you pretty quickly if its Wi-Fi is rubbish.
The internet of things will take tech companies to places they’ve never been before and, in Vodafone’s case, it is smart beachwear that is designed to prevent sunburn, detect UV rays and keep luggage safe.
Facebook has opened the doors of its Area 404 hardware labs, with the entire facility photographed for our pleasure.
In the ongoing battle for ears and credit card numbers between upstart Apple Music and established streaming giant Spotify, a new front has opened – algorithmically-personalised playlists of new releases.
Laurie Winkless is lifting the lid on cities, exploring the science of how they work – and the results are fascinating. Claire O’Connell reports
Yep, we’ve all been there, the suggestive, alluring clickbait headline in News Feed that urges you to click to find out more or get an answer. Well, this stuff will be no more thanks to sweeping changes that Facebook is bringing to its News Feed algorithm.
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