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UCD Conway Festival 2017

The 2017 UCD Conway Festival of Research & Innovation got under way last week with lectures and presentations by leading scientists from varied fields. The festival, now in its seventeenth year, serves to highlight the substantial scientific research and innovation…

Technology for the Taking in Berlin

The IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) just took place in Messe Berlin running through September 1 – 6. Europe’s biggest technology bazaar did not disappoint with everything from smartphones to Wi-Fi fridges on exhibition. All the major tech companies like Samsung and…

Breakthrough in Genetic Engineering

The field of genetic engineering passed a major milestone this August. According to an article published in Nature, scientists have successfully corrected a severe disease-causing gene mutation in healthy, viable human embryos for the first time. Our genetic code is…

Google and Uber Dispute Driverless Cars Secrets in Heated Legal Case

Two weeks ago it seemed as if Uber had hit rock bottom regarding public image and credibility, this week Uber are once again in the news but this time it doesn’t have anything to do with morals and ethics, and…

Controversies and Public Relations Fails Damage Uber’s Credibility with Users

  It has been a very interesting and destructive month for Uber. The transportation network company which was founded in 2009 had been experiencing a wave of criticism over the past couple of years regarding their treatment of drivers and…

Death of 3D TV and Google Glass Holds Lessons for Virtual Reality to Take Heed of

Cast your minds back to the year 2010, a time where the world looked a lot of different. Wikileaks, Spain winning the World Cup, Obama was still president, and 3D TVs were totted as the next wave in revolutionary technology….

Facebook Facing Pressure Over Fake News Policing and Oculus Rift Lawsuit

Facebook has been dealing with increasing criticism regarding the company’s ethics, most notably the claims that Facebook were spreading fake news on users news feeds. Now it’s two months into 2017 and Facebook are once again in the news for…

Launch of Nintendo Switch Raises More Questions and Concerns from Gamers Than Excitement

Last week the gaming community (pessimists and optimists alike) received a more in depth look into Nintendo’s new “games console” the Switch, during the annual Nintendo press conference. In recent years, Nintendo’s attempts to remain relevant in the gaming industry…

Innovate or Die: The Disappearance and Decline of Vine

Two weeks ago Twitter announced that it would be discontinuing its mobile app Vine, the six second looping video service that was founded in 2012 and was purchased by Twitter for a reported $30 million dollars that same year. Originally…

Facebook Looks Ahead to Wireless VR Headsets with Oculus Rift Plans

  Facebook’s third annual Oculus Rift event occurred last week, showing off what they have in store for the coming months. Mark Zuckerberg founder of Facebook and owner of Oculus stated earlier this year that he was excited to take…

More than a Phone: How Innovation has Redefined Communication

The word ‘innovation’ can be defined as the process or action of creating new things or coming up with new ways to improve the usual method of doing something. The recent wave of innovation in communications have seen our mobile…

UCD Start-up Smartvote.ie Nominated for Dot.ie Award for Best Use of Tech for Good

Smartvote.ie an app that started in UCD, developed to help young people engage with politics, has been nominated for a Dot.ie Net Visionary award. The founders of the app Keith Moore and Gordon Rose developed it in UCD’s Innovation Academy,…