Technology

AIM Finally Bites The Dust

In March of 2012, AOL declared it was killing AIM and canning the 40 employees that worked on the project. So…it’s just been limping along with no updates for the last five years? Those 40 employees must be proud because no one really noticed about the zero updates. It is clear that Facebook Messenger completely killed off any real reason to keep using AIM. Will there be anything that will be missed? Maybe a few things… The “Away Message” was a thing of art back when modems were king of the connection. Once broadband came into play you were “always logged in” so an away message was a way to…

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Cyber Attack: Ransomware Could Ruin Your Business & Life

Ransomware is real and a threat.

At what first looked like a cyber attack on hospitals located in the UK, but it is now apparent that this malicious “ransomware software” has far spread all over the world. Even Russia and the United States have been hit hard. Experts are referring to this as cyber-crime, and some are going as far as cyber-terrorism. How ransomware works are rather simple. It will arrive in an email that seems harmless enough containing either a link or an attachment. If you click the link or open the attachment, the malicious software is downloaded onto your computer, locking all of your files and then it spreads to your network, locking other…

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Irish researchers win ESA contracts related to accelerated ageing and exercising in space

Two European Space Agency (ESA) research contracts worth €135,000 have been awarded to Irish researchers Dr Dónal O’Gorman at DCU and Dr Brian Caulfield at UCD. Announced today by Minister for Research & Innovation Seán Sherlock, the projects are focused on helping astronauts deal with ‘accelerated ageing’ and a lack of exercise in space. “Astronauts can be in space for up to 18 months on missions to Mars and on board the International Space Station and so they have to adapt to the specific challenges of life in space such as the absence of gravity, high levels of radiation, and cramped living conditions, which often result in deterioration of the…

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New Biotrin R&D; centre to create 40 high-value jobs in next few years

Biotrin Group, owned by Italian diagnostics company DiaSorin, has officially opened a new research, development and manufacturing facility in Dublin which will create up to 40 high-value positions over the next few years. A developer and manufacturer of diagnostic platform technology, the Biotrin Group announced a new R&D project in June 2010 to develop a molecular diagnostic platform technology and assay reagents for the detection of DNA in infectious disease and oncology. The new facility will allow the continuation of the R&D activity and the expansion of the manufacturing capability.  The total number employed at the facility is expected to reach over 100. “The investment is highly significant for the Biotrin…

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MuteButton to increase staff to 20 following 200k investment

Spin-out company MuteButton has secured €200k in funding from Enterprise Ireland, which will enable it to accelerate large-scale trials of its tinnitus treatment device and increase its workforce from four to 20 by 2013. MuteButton was established in 2010 by Dr Ross O’Neill as a spin-out company from the Hamilton Institute, NUI Maynooth, where the technology was originally developed by him with Dr Paul O’Grady and Prof Barak Pearlmutter. Currently employing four people, MuteButton recently located to NovaUCD to develop collaborative partnerships with University College Dublin researchers in the treatment of neurological conditions. It plans to increase staff numbers to 20 over the next two years as its device nears…

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London beats Dublin in battle for Twitter

Reports today suggest that Dublin has lost out to London in the battle to secure the new European headquarters of social networking site Twitter. Ireland had been touted as a possible location for the messaging firm’s European base but, seemingly, the company has already started recruiting in London. According to reports today, the company has met with property agents in London and has visited locations in the west end. Vacancies for a sales account manager, sales executive, business development mobile/electronics and communications manager, all based in London have been posted on the Twitter recruitment feed. The European office – wherever it is – is due to open in 2012 and…

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Limerick brothers get US$2m from Silicon Valley investors

Limerick brothers, Patrick and John Collison, have received a US$2m investment from Silicon Valley, according to a report by TechCrunch. The brothers began working on the idea for their latest venture, Stripe, while they were studying at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University in the US. The company makes it simple for website operators to accept payments online. The brothers relocated to California to find funding for Stripe, which is now thought to be valued at about US$20m. The TechCrunch report states the company has already taken in a venture round of US$2m from Peter Thiel and Elon Musk, as well as Sequoia Capital, Andreesen Horowitz and SV Angel.…

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Turning off internet to cost Egypt US$90m

The Egyptian government blocked internet services for five days, and it is likely to cost the county up to US$90bn, according to the OECD. In an attempt to curb communication between anti-government activists in Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak turned off internet connections and limited mobile telephone communications. The OECD said today that the blocked services (telecommunication and internet) account for about 3pc to 4pc of GDP or a loss of US$18m per day. The organization warned the long-term impact could be even greater as the country cut off domestic and international high-tech firms who provide services globally. The move will make it much harder to attract foreign companies and assure…

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WIT centre wins life sciences award

Waterford Institute of Technology-based science outreach centre Calmast is part of a team that has won the Grand Jury Award at 2Ways, a major European life sciences festival in Brussels, organised by European Science Events Association. The prize was awarded to Calmast and its UK partners for a board game developed to explain gene mutation to second-level students. The partnership involved in developing the Evolution Game included Dr Sheila Donegan and Eoin Gill, Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology; Dr Cas Kramer, GENIE, Genetics Outreach Centre, University of Leicester; Dr Ruth Barber, Department of Genetics, University of Leicester; and Dr Karen Moss, CELS, Centre for Effective Learning in Science, Nottingham Trent…

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Facebook sues teacher site for trademark infringement

Facebook is throwing the ‘book’ literally at a new community website for teachers for its use of the word ‘book’ in its title. It is claiming that the use of the word by Teachbook is riding on the success of Facebook. In other words, Facebook says Teachbook shouldn’t be using the ‘book’ suffix in its name. Teachbook is a professional community for teachers headquartered in Chicago. It appears that Facebook’s beef centres around the implication that anyone can attach the suffix ‘book’ to an online product and instantly claim it has relevance as a social networking site. In its complaint, the social network giant warns that this would dilute the…

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