Weekend takeaway: Celebrating the pluck of the Irish

16 Mar 2017

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From the scientists to the start-ups, we cover all the scéal in the sci-tech world this week.

1. 25 easy ‘teic’ terms you can try for Seachtain na Gaeilge

‘Teicneolaíocht’ (technology) is fun in any language and Seachtain na Gaeilge is the perfect excuse to try a ‘teic’ term or two.

2. Pearse Lyons and Adrian Raftery awarded St Patrick’s Day Science Medal

This year’s St Patrick’s Day Science Medal has gone to Dr Pearse Lyons and Prof Adrian E Raftery.

3. MongoDB to double staff in Dublin, says CEO

Database software leader MongoDB is to double its staff from 75 people to more than 150 in the next year, CEO Dev Ittycheria told Siliconrepublic.com.

4. Equals campaign seeks to address the gender digital divide

The Equals programme wants to empower girls and women through technology.

5. Netflix to tailor future original series to suit smartphones

Streaming giant Netflix is planning to grow its audience of mobile streamers by making smartphone-friendly versions of original series.

6. Could The Matrix be making a comeback to our screens?

Reports of a remake, or reboot, of The Matrix have grown, with Warner Bros apparently in discussions to deliver an update – two decades after the original airing.

7. The Great Barrier Reef is dying in front of our very eyes

And so, one of the most delicate ecosystems on the planet begins to give up the ghost, as the Great Barrier Reef falls into decline.

8. Russian spies and criminal hackers indicted by US over Yahoo breach

The latest twist in the Yahoo data breach saga is beginning to resemble the plot of an elaborate spy novel.

9. WhatsApp bows to angry users with promise to return popular feature

The recent introduction of the WhatsApp Status feature has not gone down well with users, and the Facebook-owned messaging service has promised to return a fan favourite.

10. Irish medtech start-up HealthBeacon to establish a Boston beachhead

Dublin tech company HealthBeacon is to open a new office in Boston today (16 March 2017) to accelerate its plans to revolutionise how people take medication in a safe way.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years