TECHNOLOGY

Sales of electric vehicles up 46%

It looks set to be a record year for the sale of electricity-powered vehicles with 1,756 new models registered in the first 11 months of 2014.

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Poor IT skills ‘slowing firms’

An unwillingness to adapt to new technologies or a general level of ignorance to them may be holding businesses back from their full potential.

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UPC acquires Bitbuzz for €6m

UPC has further strengthened its product offering with the acquisition of Ireland’s leading WiFi operator, Bitbuzz.

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Have we just met the future of the smartphone?

YotaPhone might not be a name you are familiar with, but then, neither was iPhone back in 2007. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Driverless cars one step closer to reality after British funding boost

Four British cities will run formal trials to see how driverless cars could be integrated into everyday life. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Professor Stephen Hawking is sharing his new communication system with the world

Professor Stephen Hawking has shown off a new system that will enable the famed scientist and author to communicate better than ever.

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Bing reveals what we've all been searching for in 2014

Users of search engine Bing have been most interested in the untimely death of celebrities in 2014.

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Finance Minister Michael Noonan, with Louis Roy, president of Optel Vision, at the official opening of the Optel Vision EMEA Office in Raheen Business Park, Limerick. Picture: Brian Gavin/Press 22

Up to 600 jobs created every week, says Noonan

Up to 600 jobs are being created in Ireland every week, the minister for finance has told a gathering of highly skilled software engineering employees.

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FeedHenry posts 2013 loss despite revenue increase

FeedHenry, the Waterford-based mobile software company that was recently acquired in a multi-million euro deal, made a loss of more than €1m last year.

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Microsoft case ruling ‘going to have a huge impact’

Large multinationals could move at least part of their operations out of Ireland as a result of the car crash-like fallout that could ensue should US authorities force Microsoft to hand over data stored in Irish data centres.

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EU Parliament ready to vote on Google break-up

EU lawmakers will likely vote on Thursday on a motion proposing the break-up of Google and other internet technology companies, increasing political pressure on the bloc’s anti-trust regulators to take a stronger line on the group.

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At the new €5m Financial Services Governance, Risk and Compliance Technology Centre in Cork were Peter Cowap, centre director, and Dr Tom Butler, centre principal investigator. Picture: Dan Linehan

Taoiseach to launch €5m technology research centre

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will today launch a new multi-million-euro technology centre aimed at helping small and medium enterprises create jobs through the commercialisation of the centre’s cutting-edge technology.

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App to keep an eye on the elderly

A wearable app that reports on its wearer’s position promises reliability in caring for the elderly, writes Trish Dromey

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Entertainment and media ‘at digital tipping point’

The Irish entertainment and media landscape is at a tipping point with advertising revenue outpacing consumer revenue as the migration to digital, continues according to a new report.

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RDS chief can’t guarantee Web Summit’s future here

The RDS is open to relinquishing control over the provision of wifi at next year’s Web Summit but cannot guarantee that the event will remain in Ireland, according to the venue’s chief executive, Michael Duffy.

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Apple blocks malicious software targeting China

Apple has begun blocking malicious software aimed at users of its products in China.

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George Boole: Cork to honour man who made reading this story possible   

The man whose maths powers every webpage, every smartphone and every music player is to be celebrated in Cork, the birthplace of Boolean algebra, two centuries after his own birth. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Limerick is critical for Dell, says manager

Technology titan Dell considers Limerick critical to its success, despite cutting almost 2,000 jobs there six years ago, according to the head of its Irish operations.

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AIB urges web summit visitors to ’be part of something bigger’

AIB has shown Web Summit attendees how one small action can impact the bigger picture.

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Dublin nanotechnology firm secures €750k funding

An early-stage Dublin-based nanotechnology firm has secured €750,000 in seed funding from a consortium including Enterprise Ireland.

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Apple chief: Being gay is one of God’s great gifts

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s proud to be gay.

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Software firm back in profit despite dip in revenue

Irish software firm Openet last year returned to operating profit in spite of a dip in revenues to €95.44m.

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Mobile records ‘could be better than census data’

Mobile phone records could provide more accurate and up-to-date information than traditional census methods for keeping track of populations around the world, according to new research.

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Facebook shares fall on spending plans

Facebook’s shares fell as much as 7.4% to $74.78 in early trading yesterday, a day after the company revealed aggressive spending plans for 2015.

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Pre-tax profits at the main Irish unit of online giant, eBay increased by 29% to €6.5m last year.

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EMC to buy most of Cisco share in joint venture VCE

EMC, the maker of storage computers facing pressure from an activist shareholder to break up, said it will acquire most of Cisco Systems’ stake in joint venture VCE, which sells high-end data center equipment.

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EU digital chief ridiculed as he boasts of ‘mastering’ the internet

Last month newspapers across the globe ridiculed incoming EU Digital Commissioner Guenther Oettinger when he blamed "stupid" celebrities for having private images hacked and put online.

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Twitter’s Irish arm records a loss

Twitter’s Irish-based operation recorded a loss last year, as its cost base increased sharply following moves to double its workforce in Dublin.

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Leaner, meaner iPad faces tough competition

Apple introduced a faster, slimmer iPad Air 2 last night, tacking on modest improvements such as a fingerprint sensor to its mainstay tablet in time for what is expected to be a hotly contested Christmas market for mobile devices.

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Snapchat users’ explicit images fall prey to hackers

A hack similar to last month’s celebrity photo scandal has seen more than 90,000 explicit photos sent using Snapchat posted online.

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