THAT'S SAMANTHA on the cover of my Qik take on the Sunday news from Ireland [6:14 MP3]. Samantha is a love doll built around an articulated framework. The third version of this 21st century companion has artificial speech and vibration technology. You get more about this personal companion in today's Qik look a three Irish Sunday broadsheets.
In an editorial, The Sunday Observer asks, "Is the web affecting the way our brains work?" The answer is in Nicholas Carr's new book, The Shallows, ISBN 978-0393072228.
Nine energetic second level students attended a computing adventure camp in Clonmel this past week. Their focus would have interested Alex Meehan. He wrote an item in the Sunday Business Post (SBP) to assert that Ireland's education system does not reward creativity or enterprise.
In the Sunday Times, John Burke says a key "witness (is) to give evidence in Bailey's extradition hearing. A good CSI would be trying to discover the identity of the outsider on the bridge.
Jennifer O'Connell joins the chorus of commentators who show that the Irish government has committed EUR 80bn into failed banks, with nothing left for job creation.
Dick O'Brien profiles Muzu.tv. Pat O'Mahony finds inspiration in places like Twitter. Mark Paul profiles Weedle.com, the clever Irish start-up that earned a EUR 250,000 investment from Enterprise Ireland. On the SBP's front page, Gavin Daly reports that the boss of HP Ireland thinks virtual education should be used to teach languages like Chinese to Irish school students. Deeper inside the paper, Dick O'Brien has no trouble finding managers who know strength in mathematics is what Ireland will need to assert strength in the smart economy. In part of a feature section, Emma Kennedy lists all the third level campus incubators.
When the history of the Irish meltdown is written, authors will answer Ian Kehoe's question, "Who regulated the (financial) regulator?"
Justine McCarthy fills an entire page in the Sunday Times about the Ultrasound scandal. Paul Harris' report about "Parents of rescued sailor girl (are) accused of risking her life" in the Observer would make excellent primetime coverage.
#RESOURCESAdrian Weckler's "Reach for the Cloud" summary of essential online resources for start-ups deserves to be essential reading for everyone thinking about starting a business.
In the Observer, Stephen Armstrong reports on how "Apple turns sour on free speech." The censorship by Apple of content on the iPad is like news kiosks telling publishers what to print.
The Philips HDT8520/05 is the only Freeview HD receiver with built-in recording. It earns a five star Editor's Pick in the Sunday Times. Adrian Weckler lists a range of netbooks, including the Sony Vaio W.
One Year Ago: "Picking up the car", May 13, 2009. It's a story that traces back to 1975.
Five Years Ago: "Live from NAU", May 13, 2005. Sent from the campus of Northern Arizona University.
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