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

16 Oct 2015

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Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including: Silicon Republic is best tech site; new Intel wearables chip designed in Ireland; are you ready for Code Week?

1. Siliconrepublic.com wins Best Science and Tech Site at Web Awards 2015

It was another successful night for Siliconrepublic.com as we picked up the Best Science and Technology award at Web Awards 2015.

2. Designed in Ireland: Irish chip drives Intel’s wearables revolution

This morning at the Maker’s Faire in Rome a design team based at Intel in Ireland once again found themselves at the heart of Intel’s march into the future. The team designed the Intel Curie module that powers Intel’s new Genuino 101 dev board for wearable devices.

3. Virgin Media confirms Tony Hanway as CEO for Ireland

Former O2 Ireland CEO and consumer director Tony Hanway has been named as the successor to Magnus Ternsjö as CEO of cable TV, mobile and broadband player Virgin Media in Ireland.

4. Irishwoman Ciara Clancy named Cartier Awards Laureate for Europe 2015

Ireland’s Ciara Clancy from Beats Medical has been named Laureate for Europe at the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2015.

5. Code Week: Programming resources to get you started

The EU-led Code Week is well underway but, for those unaware of even the basics, where can you go to learn? This article details some of the resources that can help you out.

6. Trinity top entrepreneur producer in Europe, UCD fourth

Over the past five years, Trinity College has produced more entrepreneurs than any other university in Europe, with UCD also sitting pretty in fourth spot.

7. Cork lands 30 IoT jobs with Accuflow’s home heating push

Accuflow has announced a €1m project backed by investors that will see it hire 30 people to roll out its new smart home heating control system, Smartzone.

8. Data Protection Commission gets extra €1.2m in Budget 2016

Additional funding of €1.2m has been made available to the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) as part of the announcement of Budget 2016.

9. IAB admits ‘we messed up’ – begins fight back against ad blockers

The powerful Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), which represents the global online advertising industry, has admitted the industry lost sight of user needs and experience in its quest to fill its coffers. As a result, the industry stands to lose US$21.8bn as users flock to ad-blocking software.

10. Intel’s Martin Curley named European CTO of the year

Intel Labs Europe founder Prof Martin Curley has been recognised as one of three European CTOs of the Year 2015.


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