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

2 Oct 2015

Meeting Richard Branson, Volkswagen recalls 80,000 cars and Apple lands its second spaceship.

Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including: meeting Richard Branson, Volkswagen recalls 80,000 cars and Apple lands its second spaceship.

1. Richard Branson: Still value in investing in internet-based enterprises (video)

Siliconrepublic.com caught up with Virgin Group founder Richard Branson today and asked for his thoughts on entrepreneurship and the current valuations of so-called unicorns.

2. Volkswagen to recall 80,000 cars in Ireland as emission scandal rolls on

Some 79,348 cars on Irish roads — including Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat vehicles — are to be recalled for testing by Volkswagen following the revelation that the cars’ computers contain software designed to help them cheat emissions tests.

3. 20,000 jobs created by venture capital-backed firms over past 10 years

Some 20,000 high-quality jobs have been created by Irish venture capital-backed companies over the past 10 years, which in turn supported another 50,000 indirectly, according to the Irish Venture Capital Association.

4. Apple to land its second spaceship in Sunnyvale, California (images)

As well as its giant spaceship HQ that is being built in Cupertino, Apple has sealed a deal to build a second round-shaped building in nearby Sunnyvale.

5. Rugby World Cup 2015 in numbers – a clever visualisation

Tableau is gradually releasing huge amounts of data into the wild, with its latest project a timely and detailed visualisation of the Rugby World Cup.

6. New ‘smart glove’ translates sign language into words and sound

A really clever project by a London student has resulted in a ‘smart glove’ that can read your sign language, translating it into text and audio.

7. Lessons from data: 7 insights from experts in analytics (videos)

The inaugural Predict 2015 conference brought key players in business, government and research to Dublin to share learnings and insights on data modelling and predictive analytics. Here’s what we learned from them.

8. Advertising trends for 2016 show no digital slowdown (infographic)

The question of what will be your advertising budget in 2016 is beginning to creep upon many companies, and, based on new findings, there appears to be no slowdown in online rewards.

9. You can watch the wildebeest migration live on Periscope

One of wildlife’s biggest events, the migration of the wildebeest in Africa, can now be viewed online, in real-time, on Periscope.

10. IBM breakthrough heralds a post-silicon future for IoT

A major engineering breakthrough by IBM that uses carbon nanotubes instead of silicon transistors could accelerate the future of computing, particularly areas such as the internet of things, big data and mobile battery life.

Takeout image via Shutter stock

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