ICYMI: 9 must-read stories from Monday’s science and tech news

12 Oct 2015

Scan through Monday’s tech news headlines, including Dell’s whopper acquisition of EMC and rumours of Twitter job cuts. Photo by William Perugini via Shutterstock

In case you missed it, the top news in science and technology today, ready to read on your commute home.

The day’s done, but are you all caught up on the latest tech news? Just in case, we’ve rounded up Monday’s headlines, which include a whopper acquisition, rumours of Twitter job cuts, ‘psychic’ driving robots and a newly patented wearable from Apple.

1. Dell confirms acquisition of EMC for US$67bn – largest tech acquisition ever

The biggest tech news today is Dell’s takeover of EMC in a deal worth US$67bn, making it the biggest acquisition in tech industry history.

The combined Dell and EMC will create a US$2trn enterprise tech giant with interest in servers, storage, virtualisation and PC, as well as software-defined networks, hybrid cloud, converged infrastructure, mobile and security.

2. Virgin Media CEO in Ireland Magnus Ternsjö to move to UPC Hungary

UPC in Ireland was recently rebranded Virgin Media, and it has emerged that current CEO Magnus Ternsjö is to step down to become CEO of UPC in Hungary. During his time in the role, Ternsjö helped grow the company’s broadband base in Ireland to more than 750,000 subscribers.

3. Twitter reportedly set for layoffs ‘across all departments’

Following Jack Dorsey’s recent rise to CEO, Twitter is rumoured to be planning layoffs all across its operations as early as this week. The social media giant has gone through significant changes in the past two years, with acquisitions and aggressive hiring bringing its total workforce to well over 4,000 people worldwide.

4. ‘Psychic robots’ in cars could predict where a driver is going

A team of bioengineers are currently working on developing what they are calling a ‘psychic robot’ that analyses the driver to determine where they are intending to go in the eventuality of an accident.

5. iRing, Apple’s latest superfluous wearable

Apple has patented its plans for a new wearable device called an Apple Ring, which could be gesture controlled with a camera, mic, a tiny touch screen and wireless charging when in an Apple car. Basically, an iRing.

6. Women Who Code Dublin to host first night 12 November

Women Who Code (WWC), an organisation that helps women develop their digital skills to pursue a career in technology, will be launching its first Irish branch in Dublin on 12 November. The plan to create a WWC Dublin branch was first announced back in June at Inspirefest 2015 where its founder, Sheree Atcheson, said it was only natural for Dublin to join it bases in 15 countries with over 25,000 members.

7. Trinity Library getting its technological groove on

With more than 6m printed volumes, 750,000 visitors a year and the Book of Kells in its armoury, Trinity Library’s new five-year strategic plan will see the development of “21st-century physical and virtual exhibitions”.

8. Mars lakes and streams once flowed billions of years ago

When it comes to water on Mars stories, it appears that when it rains it pours. New findings have shown that, billions of years ago, the Martian surface could sustain flowing lakes and rivers.

9. Coder Girl Hack Day attendees share ambitions ahead of Inspirefest 2016

Ahead of Inspirefest 2016, attendees of last weekend’s Coder Girl Hack Day shared their life’s ambitions by writing down what they want to be when they grow up. The campaign saw a huge response from girls, women and men alike, and the positive messages from the day have been well documented on Twitter.

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