Microsoft has joined the Open Innovation Network (OIN), an open source patent consortium. In joining the group, Microsoft has agreed to grant royalty free and unrestricted licence to its patents portfolio to other OIN members.
Google failed to disclose a potential Google+ data breach of users and have decided to close down consumer facing Google+. A bug in how third party developers use an API to access Google+ data was discovered which would have allowed private data to be accessed. There is no proof that any data breach occured because access logs for the API are only stored for two weeks.
The Londis on the DCU Glasnevin campus is to launch a state of the art AI powered inventory management and pricing system. The system will use a Panasonic vision system to monitor shelf activity as well as a dynamic pricing system using digital tags on the shelves of the newly refurbished store at the new DCU Student Centre.
Inventor of the world wide web Tim Berners Lee has announced the launch of a new open source project called Solid. The project aims to provide a new paradigm for access and sharing personal data online. Users control their own data in a POD and explicitly grant read and write permissions on their data.
A new app called Find It in the Play Store allows you to search for text while point your phone at a body of text. The app uses Google's OCR library to read text from the camera and search it in real time.
A company called Global Energy Transmission (GET) have developed and indictive charging solution to allow drones to charge wirelessly, while in flight. The system can transmit up to 12kW of power at approx. 80% efficiency.