START ME UP
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 at bbc.co.uk/taster/pilots/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