Weekend takeaway: Oculus has a vision for Ireland – and so does Huawei

14 Oct 2016

Essential weekend reading including Oculus buying Cork company InfiniLED. Image: aslysun/Shutterstock

From Oculus buying Cork company InfiniLED to Huawei’s founder scouting Ireland for potential investment, we cover all the important areas in the sci-tech world this week.

1. Cork start-up InfiniLED acquired by Oculus to power the future of VR

Tyndall spin-out InfiniLED has been acquired by Facebook-owned Oculus, which plans to use the Irish company’s technology to enhance the performance of virtual reality devices.

2. Is Ireland about to land a major Huawei investment?

Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Chinese mobile comms giant Huawei, was in Dublin in August to scout potential locations for a major software research centre.

3. Nobel prize: 5 scientists leading the way in Ireland

The 2016 Nobel prizes have shone a light on niche areas of scientific discovery. But who in Ireland is working in these recently famous fields? Siliconrepublic.com found out.

4. 10 things you won’t want to miss at Career Zoo

Ahead of the second Career Zoo event of 2016, we look at the talks, workshops and opportunities you won’t want to miss.

5. What is the future of work? The technology we use at home

At Inspirefest 2016, Katherine von Jan of Salesforce discussed the future of work, with Dominos, Uber, Netflix and Google Maps showing us how it’s done.

6. Google desktop search results could be out of date very soon

In one of the biggest indications of its mobile-first intentions, Google is expected to split its desktop and mobile search indexes soon, with the former to play second fiddle to mobile.

7. 35 easy ways to follow more women on Twitter

How to follow more women on Twitter. Step one: Check out this list of recommendations. Step two: Follow more women on Twitter.

8. HP swings axe with up to 4,000 jobs on the outs globally

A major restructuring by HP will see between 3,000 and 4,000 people let go in the coming years. What that means for its Irish operation is as yet unclear.

9. White House $300m science plan includes vision for smart cities

As part of a $300m innovation package, the White House is to invest $65m in smart cities technologies, which will be coupled with $100m in private investment.

10. Bob Dylan becomes first musician to win Nobel Prize in Literature

Look out kid, it’s somethin’ you did – Bob Dylan has been named the first musician in history to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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