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

5 Jun 2015

Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including Intel’s new internet of things lab for Dublin, Digital Hub expansion and US data heist.

1. Intel locates its latest internet of things Ignition Lab in Ireland

Ireland has been selected as the latest location for an Intel internet of things (IoT) Innovation & Development Ignition Lab, where Intel will collaborate with local companies to develop technologies for the IoT marketplace.

The Ignition Lab will focus specifically on key areas like smart homes and buildings, smart cities, smart cars, energy and utilities and smart agriculture.

Intel’s vice president of the internet of things (IoT) group and general manager of the operations and group marketing division at Intel, Frank Jones, said the new lab intends to be able to tap into the hundreds of tech companies based in Ireland, which he described as one of the most vibrant tech landscapes in the world.

2. Digital Hub CEO: ‘We have the answer to Dublin’s start-up space problem’ (video)

“The core vision of the Digital Hub is quite simple,” explained CEO Gerry Macken. “We want to grow and develop a world-class cluster of digital enterprises here in the historic Liberties quarter of Dublin city.”

3. Chrome update means Flash Player won’t drain your battery

Google’s latest Chrome update will help users who are tired of their battery dying – or computer slowing – when numerous Flash Player videos carry on in the background of websites.

4. Felix Capital to invest US$120m in Europe’s digital lifestyle start-up scene

London-based entrepreneur Frederic Court has established a new US$120m venture capital fund called Felix Capital aimed at start-ups in the digital lifestyle realm.

5. 10 ways to help the planet on World Environment Day

5 June marks World Environment Day (WED) when the United Nations (UN) calls on the public to do something positive for the environment and have charted 10 small things we can all do to help make a difference.

6. Hackers steal millions of US govt workers’ data in mass attack

Chinese hackers have been accused of stealing data relating to more than 4m existing and former US government workers in a massive breach that could potentially affect every federal agency.

7. New US$25 blood test discovers every virus you’ve ever had

A group of Harvard scientists claim to have developed a cheap, easy blood test that can trace every virus you have ever had.

8. FDA approves ‘female Viagra’ drug, with safety precautions

After years of campaigning from pharmaceutical companies and women’s rights groups, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given approval for one company to develop a drug that would increase sex drive in women, similar to Viagra for men.

9. Disney removes gender from branding thanks to eight-year-old girl

In what has to be the feel-good story of the day an eight-year-old girl has challenged the gender marketing of multimedia behemoth Disney… and won!

10. Facebook Lite Android app will work on slower networks 

Facebook has begun rolling out a new Facebook Lite Android app that consumes less data and works well even on slow networks.

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