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Want to be start­ing some­thing?

Fresh-faced Ir­ish busi­nesses won’t have to use a search en­gine to learn how to kick­start suc­cess. Google has launched its Autumn Adopt A Startup pro­gramme, which sees 26 Ir­ish star­tups un­dergo a 12-week men­tor­ing pro­gramme by in­dus­try ex­perts. Fol­low­ing the pro­gramme, eight start-ups will pitch their busi­ness to a panel of judges.

The win­ner will re­ceive €10,000 in Ad­Words credit and en­ter the Google Cloud pro­gramme. This year’s en­trants in­clude tech­nol­ogy, beauty, ed­u­ca­tional, en­ter­tain­ment and re­cruit­ment busi­nesses.

Hands up, you’re sur­rounded

Sur­round sound usu­ally means a few ran­dom speak­ers scat­tered around the room. A new au­dio re­search project, how­ever, could lead to voices from be­neath the sofa and the sound of car chases com­ing from the drinks cab­i­net. The sound de­sign, known as “ob­ject-based pro­duc­tion”, en­ables ev­ery­day de­vices (smart­phones, tablets, PCs etc) to in­cor­po­rate sounds, cre­at­ing an eerily im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence. The BBC is col­lab­o­rat­ing with uni­ver­si­ties in the UK to de­velop this tech. The Vos­tok-K In­ci­dent, a sci­ence-fic­tion story that tri­als this sound sys­tem, can be found at­lots/vos­tok

Go west, young man

Spurs and stet­son at the ready, as one of gam­ing’s great­est open world ad­ven­tures comes gal­lop­ing onto con­soles on Oc­to­ber 26. Red Dead Re­demp­tion II brings the wild west back to life. Set in 1899, the game tells the story of

Arthur Mor­gan and his Van der Linde gang who are on the run from fed­eral agents and bounty hunters af­ter a botched rob­bery. As Arthur, you prowl the prairies on your trusty steed, jug­gling your own pri­or­i­ties with the needs of your com­rades. From the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Re­demp­tion, this shoot-em-up prom­ises to open up a new fron­tier for open world ad­ven­tures.

The wild west wing: Red Dead Re­demp­tion II

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