Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including: interview with Facebook’s CTO; seed funding harvest fails; and Toyota bets big on robots.
Hollywood’s portrayal of tech workers like coders and engineers is nothing like the real thing, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer told Siliconrepublic.com. He said the geeky portrayal of tech workers is potentially causing lots of young people from all walks of life to miss out on a rewarding career.
Venture capital funding in Ireland in the first nine months of 2015 reached €415m, up by a third on the same time last year. However, seed funding was only 6pc of this activity.
In an odd twist, a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens released in Japan shows a few scenes that western audiences have yet to see.
With just a few days left before the release of the much-anticipated Fallout 4, its publisher Bethesda Softworks has contributed to peak hype by revealing the launch trailer along with the Pip Boy app.
Microsoft Office is 25 years old, dropping onto our screens way back in 1990. What started out as a trio of fairly standard applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) soon came to include OneNote, Access, Outlook and Publisher.
Wexford start-up Scurri has won a multi-million euro deal with Fastway Couriers and Parcel Connect that will see its technology facilitate the delivery of more than €3bn worth of merchandise over the next five years.
Google marked what would have been the 201st birthday of Adolphe Sax, the creator of the saxophone, with a new doodle that celebrates the instrument that became the defining emblem and sound of the jazz age.
Japanese car maker Toyota is investing $1bn in a new R&D lab in Silicon Valley that will develop artificial intelligence and robots as part of its drive to create cars and consumer products of the future.
Blueacre Technology has just secured a role in a €4.5m EU research project developing next-generation surgical devices with eight other companies from Europe.
The shift from the days of ‘oh my, those drones seem awfully intrusive’ to ‘oh, so it’s just going to hang up there forever, watching?’ seems to have occured.
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