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

28 Aug 2015

10 tech stories you need to read before the weekend

Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including: Dublin as Europe’s start-up go-to location; Siri’s sassy remarks; and UPC renames as Virgin.

1. Ambition to make Ireland the ‘go-to place’ for start-ups in Europe (video)

Ireland’s Government harbours ambitions to make Ireland the go-to place in Europe for start-ups.

2. UPC to be renamed Virgin Media in Ireland

Cable TV and broadband player UPC is to be renamed Virgin Media in Ireland, the company confirmed today (28 August).

3. 5 security tips for parents sending kids back to school

As kids all across Ireland return to their schools – or start in new ones – there may be some trepidation amongst anxious parents. Here are five tips to help keep youngsters safe in an increasingly online world.

4. PCH and Johnson & Johnson to accelerate consumer health hardware start-ups

Liam Casey’s PCH has joined forces with pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to jointly develop and accelerate the next wave of consumer health hardware start-ups.

5. Facebook achieves milestone of 1bn users in a single day — 1 in 7 people on Earth

For the first time ever more than 1bn people used Facebook in a single day — that’s one in seven people on Earth, according to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

6. Fears of AI run amok just like fears of first human flight — Dr Ken Ford

Ahead of this weekend’s George Boole Bicentenary Celebration at University College CorK (UCC), director for the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), Dr Ken Ford, said he believes that artificial intelligence (AI) shouldn’t imitate humans, but aid them.

7. Intel offering 10 scholarships for female STEM students

The Intel Women in Technology scholarship programme this week opened to applications from female students across a range of science, engineering and technology courses.

8. Sassy Siri not playing ball with iPhone 6s details

Apple’s big event on 9 September is expected to include the launch of the iPhone 6s, the follow up to the immensely successful iPhone 6. But if you want early information, Siri’s not willing to play ball.

9. 3D printing bionic arms for displaced Syrian kids

One of the growing number of 3D-printing organisations aimed at aiding people missing limbs, Limbitless, has launched a crowdfunding project to help send its devices to Syria.

10. iPhone 6s rumours suggest 12Mp, 4K camera and selfie flash

The countdown is on for Apple fanatics to finally see what the company’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will bring, but current rumours suggest that the company is bumping up its camera hardware.

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