Go Your Own Way: Commuting Alternatives & the Personal Transport Revolution

According to Census 2016, nearly 2m people across the Republic commute into cities dotted along the coast of our little island on a daily basis, with the average journey taking 28.2 minutes. Those of us who commute to Dublin city centre may find this figure somewhat incredulous at times, with my own journey from the… [Read More]

We Are All Connected: IoT And The Rise Of The Smart Home

The proliferation of smart home devices, spearheaded by products from heavy-hitters such as Amazon and Google and backed up by a number of quirky start-ups, is well and truly at the forefront of home-based technology as we kick off a new year. A world in which everything in our lives, from our phones, tablets and… [Read More]

Pixel Buds, Live Translation And The Babelfish

"The Babel fish is small, yellow, leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the universe. It feeds on brain wave energy, absorbing all unconscious frequencies and then excreting telepathically a matrix formed from the conscious frequencies and nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain, the practical upshot of which is that… [Read More]

The Battle For Augmented Reality – ARcore and ARkit

It is one of the great battles of our generation. Google vs Apple, Android vs. iOS and now ARcore versus ARkit. With the recent announcement by Google of their ARcore as a competitor to the ARkit of Apple we have landed upon another area, the race for control of Augmented Reality,  in which these two… [Read More]

How Asavie Uses Ansible to Manage Configuration of its Global IoT Connectivity Platform

Earlier this year on the Verify blog, we discussed two market leading Configuration Management tools; Puppet & Chef. While both Puppet & Chef perform similar tasks, debates persisted in the tech press regarding which tool was superior. Following on from our discussion of Puppet Vs Chef, we recently interviewed John McBride, Cloud Architect at Asavie… [Read More]

IIOT: The Republic of Machines

The back story of the Terminator movies – an 80s film franchise that’s still going strong – is that a military cloud platform, called Skynet, with advanced Artificial Intelligence achieves consciousness and decides to wipe out most of humanity. It hunts the survivors down using machines with lower AI who do Skynet’s bidding. This is a… [Read More]

Asavie; Rise of The Machine Chatter

Last month Asavie won the Irish Software Association’s Outstanding International Growth Award for 2015. It's given to companies that have demonstrated exceptional technological innovation and/or outstanding commercial performance. The company also won the Deloitte 2015 Innovative New Technology award (in association with Google). Both awards boost Asavie's status as one of the most innovative indigenous… [Read More]

Quirky: Invent Differently

Many talented inventors live, invent and die without realizing that they’re talented inventors. The point of US internet company, Quirky, is to change that. The USP that the company's marketing is that Quirky makes invention accessible. Quirky was itself founded by Ben Kaufman in 2009. Their model works like this: people with a new invention or innovative… [Read More]

FoundationDB: The Breakthrough Version

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to turn the current boom in business data into a supernova explosion. According to IBM, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every single day! But what do we do with it? It's all going to have to be stored somewhere, be retrieved somehow and then mined for market information. Just… [Read More]

From 2014 To 2015: The Tech Year in Review

For every story about a hubristic downfall there'll be one about a chastened comeback.  And this latter seems to be the narrative emerging with the Celtic Phoenix. That's the sobriquet given to an Irish economy that looked as if it was lifting off in 2014. Soberingly however, the latest results for GDP growth from the CSO… [Read More]