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

26 Feb 2016

Five Irish Oscar glories; 9.7in iPad Pro makes sense; the funny side of GE16

Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including: five stories of Irish Oscar glory; Cork has the chemical connection; and 9.7in iPad Pro makes sense.

1. 5 stories of Oscar glory with Irish roots

While we’re all rooting for Saoirse Ronan and Lenny Abrahamson at this year’s Oscars, we look back at some of Ireland’s past offscreen Oscars glory, with honours for visual effects and animation.

2. Oscars 2016: A look at the evolution of cinema (infographic)

The Irish General Election may be taking place today, but we all know the most important event of the year is actually taking place in Los Angeles on Sunday.

3. Accenture’s Julie Spillane: ‘We want to speed up the innovation cycle’ (video)

Julie Spillane is heading up the new €25m Accenture Innovation Centre, which will employ more than 200 people in Silicon Docks in Dublin.

4. Tech giants to join forces to support Apple with amicus briefs

Tech giants Alphabet (parent of Google), Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft look set to join forces to file an unsolicited amicus brief on behalf of Apple, which is embroiled in a legal dispute with the FBI over a court order to break the encryption on the iPhone.

5. 10 laughs along the way in the General Election 2016

Polling stations are open and thousands are flocking to cast their vote in the Irish General Election 2016. This all sounds dull, so let’s remember the campaign’s funnier moments.

6. This is why a 9.7in iPad Pro makes perfect sense

The virtues of the iPad as a professional work tool were given a welcome boost last year when Apple revealed the 12.9in iPad Pro with a stylus and keyboard. Well, now, a 9.7in iPad Pro is on the way with a compatible stylus and keyboard, and it all makes perfect sense.

7. Cork start-up Market Hub powers big data revolution in UK retail

Big data is coming to the aisles and shelves of supermarkets across the UK thanks to the efforts of an enterprising young start-up in Cork called Market Hub.

8. Trinity researchers’ TB discoveries open new treatment possibilities

Two Trinity College Dublin researchers have discovered how immune cells respond to TB infection, and it could lead to better treatments.

9. GSK opens doors on €12m investment project in Cork

Pharma giant GSK has opened a €12m investment project that includes a new manufacturing facility and laboratory that will underpin future investment at its Currabinny site in Cork.

10. The highs and lows of running a synbio cannabis start-up

While various parts of the world debate whether or not cannabis should be legalised, one Canadian synthetic biology (synbio) start-up is looking to beat others to the competition by making highs a scientific pursuit.

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