Weekend takeaway: 10 tech stories you need to read right now

15 Jan 2016

Netflix shock move to shut down VPN users; Dublin teen's cancer breakthrough; and Ireland is home of the cloud.

Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including: Netflix shock move to shut down VPN users; Dublin teen’s cancer breakthrough, and Ireland is home of the cloud.

1. Netflix to shut down VPN and proxy users who try to access content in other countries

Netflix, which recently went live in 190 countries worldwide, is to get tough on users of proxy services like VPNs that bypass country restrictions to access more film and TV content.

 2. 12 incredible Irish medical device makers you need to know about

Many Irish start-ups are now dealing in medtech, a growing industry in which innovation can have a profound impact.

 3. Dublin teen makes new findings in cancer biology

Renuka Chintapalli is making discoveries about the biology of cancer – and she’s still only 16.

 4. Home of the cloud: Oracle proves Ireland is reaping the whirlwind (video)

Ireland is now the first choice in Europe for many tech giants’ expansions based on a proven track record, especially in cloud.

 5. BT’s £12.5bn acquisition of EE cleared by UK Competition Authority

The acquisition of EE by BT, which brings together the UK’s largest fixed telecoms business and the UK’s largest mobile telecoms business, has been cleared by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

 6. White House wants Silicon Valley to help fight terrorism with ‘radicalism scores’

A delegation of anti-terrorism officials from the White House has called on tech companies in Silicon Valley to come up with tools to help defeat radicalisation.

7. Wikipedia reveals 15 most-edited articles ever on 15th birthday

It’s been 15 years since Wikipedia first graced our computer screens, and in that time there have been millions upon millions of edits to articles, with the site revealing its top 15 most-edited articles to mark its birthday.

 8. Tim Peake to boldly go where no Brit has gone before on spacewalk

British astronaut Time Peake will today (15 January) boldly go where no British person has gone before as he exits the International Space Station (ISS) on his first spacewalk.

 9. Brightest supernova ever seen shocks astronomers

The largest supernova ever witnessed by astronomers is underway, above your head, as you read this. The radiation spewing out equates to that of “hundreds of billions of suns”.

 10. 10 optical illusions to make your head hurt

An image surfaced online recently that caught us way off guard. What was merely a loving family photo looked incredibly odd and hard to decipher. Why? Well, perspective, of course. It seems optical illusions are everywhere, you just have to look.

Netflix cat image via Shutterstock


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