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

31 Jul 2015

10 nuggets of knowledge for the weekend

Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including: 2,200 tech jobs created in Ireland in July, Windows 10 arrives and three super Earths discovered.

1. More than 2,200 tech jobs announced in Ireland during July

There were 2,271 jobs announced in the technology sector during July, almost double that of the previous month, as major plans across the country came to fruition.

2. IoT could be the right medicine, says Accenture’s health chief (video)

Medical device manufacturers and giant consumer brands like Apple are on a collision course thanks to the internet of things (IoT) revolution, the global head of Accenture’s healthcare business Dr Kaveh Safavi.

3. Windows 10 review: a true return to form for Microsoft

So the wait is over and a new dawn for Microsoft has arrived, or has it? Windows 10 is yet another attempt by Microsoft to win back loyalty and define computing in an age of tablets, PCs and smartphones. It’s a pretty good effort, says John Kennedy.

4. Remember when Windows launches went like this?

There was a time, many moons ago, when major tech companies were not as sleek, cool and hip as they are today. That time was 2009.

5. Never mind the desktops, Microsoft wants to dominate the internet of things

Microsoft has begun its big push into the internet of things (IoT) by forging an alliance with Jasper Partners that will see the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite potentially embraced by thousands of businesses in dozens of industries.

6. 7 maps show the dramatic effects of rising sea levels

With the news that Washington DC appears doomed to be submerged in the years to come with the onset of rising sea levels, here are 7 maps showing how even a small rise will see cities being submerged.

7. New Apple TV tipped for September — let the streaming wars begin

Apple is tipped to be debuting a new generation Apple TV set-top box in September, along with its own App Store and Siri support. Yes, soon you will be talking with your Apple TV.

8. Meet Aquila, Facebook’s first completed internet drone

It’s been some time in the making, but Facebook has finally been able to show us Aquila, its first internet drone that promises to beam speeds of 10Gbps to the surface below.

9. 3 super-Earths discovered around distant star: Earth 3, 4 and 5?

Just over a week after the discovery of an Earth-like planet dubbed ‘Earth 2.0’, astronomers have now discovered what appear to be three super-Earths surrounding a distant dwarf star.

10. 50/50 Pledge aims to bring equality to tech conferences

Sandi MacPherson, Quibb founder and California-based entrepreneur, has started a new venture with a laudable aim — with 50/50 Pledge, she aims to bring equality to the stage of tech conferences and events.



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