Summer Tech

It’s the August Bank Holiday and time to look at summer tech to take on the road, with everything from the practical to the utter ridiculous!


What Really Happened Minitel with John Sterne

In 1988 a little device appeared on the Late Late Show that we were all told was going to be the future of telecommunications in Ireland. That didn’t quite turn out to be the case and not long after the Minitel entered the Irish market, it was gone. What went wrong for this system that was a precursor to the internet we know today? Niall Kitson spoke to Tech Archives founder John Sterne to get the inside story.



Real Life VR

We talk a lot about Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality but today it’s time to share with you actual projects that are happening in AR and VR around Ireland.  Many of them are astounding and show that once again, the future is being created right here in Ireland. We check out five of the best!


Dept of Ultimology

Come with us to Trinity College to visit the Connect Centre’s Department of Ultimology. We chat with Fiona Hallinan and Kate Strain about Ultimology and why they want to take this worldwide.


Astronaut Dan Tani

If you are any way interested in space, you absolutely have to know more about this summers Space Studies Program at Cork Institute of Technology. This is where people with a serious career in space come to learn from the people who have actually done it … and thankfully for us, some of those lectures and events are open to the public.  You’ll get details at

One of the star attractions (pardon the pun) is astronaut Dan Tani who has spent a total of 132 days in space over two missions. One of those was a 4 month stay on the International Space Station. And of course, it’s impossible to stay in a small space like that for 4 months, so he went for a few space walks while he was at it!!


We chat to him and find out what it’s like to be strapped in to the Space Shuttle at T minus 10 seconds!


Ethical dilemmas in tech with Prof Shannon Vallor

This week; if a celebrity retweets you, would that have more emotional impact than a birthday card from your mother? Do you get upset when your close friends don’t like some of your Facebook updates? Do you constantly have to dodge people staring down at their smartphones?

One person who is looking at how technology changes our behaviour and values for better, or worse, is Prof Shannon Vallor. She was in town to deliver a lecture at Trinity College this week and Niall Kitson caught up with her, to find out her thoughts on how technology can help us live not just more productive lives, but more ethical ones, too.


The Future with Prof Valeria Nicolosi

A future with energy from pencils and screens made of batteries? Our chat with Professor Valeria Nicolosi will open your mind in ways you can’t imagine. Stunning.

We also chat about free roaming, XBox and why people are complaining about broadband.


Design Thinking with Lesley Tully

The annual Design Thinking Ireland conference is taking place at the Helix in Dublin from 22nd to 23rd June. This year brings together another slate of top class speakers from Ireland and around Europe looking at how to come up with creative solutions to problems in business.

One of this year’s speakers is Lesley Tully, Head of Design Thinking at Bank of Ireland, and Niall spoke to her about the links between art and business and why fresh thinking isn’t just for tech start-ups.


Apple WWDC 2017

An in-depth look at this years releases from Apple.  One of us is impressed … the other, no so much! Regardless, lots of big announcements from massive improvements to iMac’s to new OS upgrade and of course the headline grabbing iOS 11.


Pitfall Ads & How to Avoid – Jamie McCormick


If you use online advertising as part of your business, or are just curious how it all works, this is a rare insight into the real world expense, pitfalls and the success stories, from Jamie McCormick at Chrysalis, who has been doing this a long time and is now helping people avoid learning the hard way.