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

7 Aug 2015

10 tech stories you need to read this weekend

Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including: Tesla Model S hacked, Sligo firm to lay pitch for 2018 World Cup final and hackers steal fingerprint data from smartphones.

  1. Sligo company to lay the pitch for 2018 World Cup Final in Moscow

Irish company SIS Pitches has been selected to lay the pitch for the 2018 FIFA World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

  1. Internet of things will be a data privacy challenge, says Ireland’s DPC (video)

Data protection regulators across Europe are conscious of the challenge posed by the emerging internet of things, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has said.

  1. Stargazers rejoice as Perseid display to peak this weekend

Every August, the northern hemisphere is treated to one of the most spectacular sights in the night sky – the Perseid meteor shower.

  1. Hackers stealing fingerprint data a real danger, say researchers

Android devices are susceptible to attacks that enable hackers to extract fingerprints, according to research revealed by FireEye’s Tao Wei and Yulong Zhang at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.

  1. Major Pentagon hack has US officials pointing finger at Russia

The heart of the US military, the Pentagon in Washington DC, has once again found itself the victim of a major, sophisticated cyber attack and the finger of blame is being pointed at Russia.

  1. Tesla Model S is the latest vehicle that can be hijacked by hackers

Tesla’s Model S is the latest car that can be hijacked by hackers. Luckily, in this case, it was white hat hackers who showed they can manipulate controls and Tesla has provided a fix for motorists.

  1. Turn your smartphone into a 3D hologram projector — all you need is a CD case

Anyone with a CD jewel case, office supplies and about 10 minutes to spare can turn their smartphone into a 3D hologram projector thanks to an instructional video on YouTube.

  1. ISIS military strategies being decoded by AI

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) program to better predict the military strategies of Islamic State (ISIS).

  1. Who needs to go to Mars when there’s a new 3D Mars simulator?

As NASA celebrates the three-year anniversary of the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars, the space agency is now giving anyone online the chance to explore it with a Mars simulator.

  1. You can now play games on cinema screens with your smartphone

It’s now appropriate to use your smartphone while at the cinema as Cinime brings interactive games to the big screen.

Weekend tech takeaway image via Shutterstock

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