Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including Irishman aborts himself from Mars One mission, Google’s globetrotting balloons and ‘chocolate bar of IoT sensors.’
Dr Joseph Roche is no longer in the running for the Mars One mission after the mission’s organisers confirmed he had been dropped from the shortlist for breaching confidentiality.
Roche had made the final shortlist of 100 after battling more than 200,000 other applicants who dreamed of going on a one-way trip to the red planet. The mission plans to establish a human colony on Mars with new humans arriving there every two years.
In recent days, the Irishman caused an online storm when he spoke out about his doubts about the viability of the project in an article on Medium.
Following open criticism from Dr Joseph Roche about the Mars One mission, the project’s CEO Bas Lansdorp has come out in a stark defence of his team’s procedures.
Rather than being hampered by the weather Google’s broadband balloons actually work in collaboration with the wind and a single balloon can serve broadband to locations at opposite ends of the world within days.
After much anticipation, Europe stood still at 9.29am UTC to watch as the moon crossed in front of the path of the sun, but sadly most of those in Ireland would have just seen clouds.
HTC chair and co-founder Cher Wang has been appointed by the board of directors to take over Peter Chou’s role as CEO effective immediately.
A spokesperson for US President Barrack Obama has announced the hiring of one of Facebook’s engineering directors, David Recordon, to the newly-created role of director of White House information technology.
Berlin start-up Relayr built a WunderBar of sensor technology to provide developers with easy access to internet of things (IoT) data, earning the company top honours among over 400 international competitors.
E-hailing app Uber has exerted such a grip on New York that the number of its cars on the road now outnumber the city’s iconic yellow cabs.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US has granted Amazon permission to start R&D on delivery drones that could potentially carry goods bought online to the doorstep of shoppers within an hour.
Cable TV and broadband player UPC today in Dublin unveiled its new My Prime entertainment on-demand service that will allow users to watch content on any device.
Mars bar image via Shutterstock