TECHNOLOGY

Tuesday lunchtime: News in Tweets

The first funerals for the victims of the Berkeley tragedy take place today, 30 years on the Ahakista memorial stands in tribute to those lost in the Air India tragedy, a Sinn Féin councillor has been expelled amid a row involving claims of bullying, and how skinny jeans left a woman unable to walk.  Here’s this morning’s irishexaminer.com catch-up using twitter.

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Google Photos unveiled alongside a host of updates

Google has given more details about its new photo-sharing service Google Photos.

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Casual is the order of the day as #Sockies15 promises a social media sugar rush

It’s that time of year again when the who’s who of social media air out their most casual attire for the 2015 Maximum Media Social Media Awards, aka ’The Sockies’.

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80 jobs in Global Shares expansion

Cork software company Global Shares yesterday announced a three-year expansion plan that will create up to 80 additional roles at its headquarters in Clonakilty, West Cork.

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Digitalis – a day for digital ’natives’ and ’immigrants’

Next Tuesday (April 21) will be known as Digitalis Day in UCC as the Masters Students of Digital Arts and Humanities hold a series of talks relating to the use of digital tools and methodologies.

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Regulator moves against .sucks domain name

The body that regulates internet addresses is investigating if it can crack down on a Canadian company accused of using the new .sucks domain name to extract exorbitant sums from celebrities and firms seeking to protect their public brands.

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Google loses challenge to German regulator on privacy

Google has lost most of a challenge to a German regulator’s order that limits how it can combine user data that would allow the company to divine customers’ personal preferences, marital status and sexual orientation.

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Experimental battery ‘can charge phone in a minute’

Scientists believe they have invented a battery that could fully charge a smartphone in just one minute.

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On the Surface of it, Microsoft’s latest offering is designed to take on the iPad

Microsoft has quietly announced a new Surface 3 tablet that runs full Windows, and is designed to take on Apple’s iPad.

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3 hours of gaming damages children’s school behaviour

Children who play video games for more than three hours a day are more likely to be hyperactive and unruly at school, a study has shown.

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Spotify gets in tune with Playstation

Spotify and Sony’s new partnership has officially launched the new Playstation Music app that will enable users to stream songs through their consoles while playing video games.

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Dublin and Galway to get 160 tech jobs boost

Two technology companies are to create 160 jobs over the coming years as they set up their first Irish bases.

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Cork tech cluster in landmark deal

Cork’s leading tech cluster has struck a deal for local businesses that quite literally opens the door to thousands of potential partner firms across Europe.

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16 year old Roisin Sherwood, from Blackrock, Dublin, who felt socially isolated after a week without using a smartphone, laptop ot tablet. Picture: Paul Sherwood

A week without technology: a teenager's digital detox

Trying to separate a teenager from their phone or tablet is near impossible. We asked four teenagers to try a week without the internet. Only Roisin Sherwood would consider it

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Apple chief executive Tim Cook talks about the new Apple Watch during an Apple event yesterday in San Francisco. Picture: AP

Cook calls timepiece ‘most personal device’

Apple will begin selling its new watch from April, with the high-end model starting at $10,000 (€9,215), the company said, rolling out its first new product in five years in a bid to extend its pre-eminence in mobile devices.

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Third of phone time spent on games

Mobile gaming has become a multibillion-euro industry, with over 33% of time on phone spent playing games.

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LogMeIn brings 90 jobs to Dublin

Dublin’s Silicon Docks is to welcome another tranche of workers after a US cloud software company said it is to triple its workforce.

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Moocalls the shots over birthing cows

Dublin start-up Moocall is exploring the export potential of an innovative new calving alert device which can let a farmer know by text message when a cow is about to give birth.

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HTC calls first shots for phone launches

Smartphone giant HTC has fired the starting pistol on smartphone launches in 2015 with the announcement of its new flagship phone, the much-rumoured One M9.

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Dublin remains Google HQ after restructuring

Google has combined its two European regional divisions as it seeks to meet the challenges of tougher regulation across the continent, a source close to the company said yesterday.

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Ireland faces challenges from privacy ruling

Ireland will not retain sole control over privacy disputes involving companies such as Facebook and Apple under new rules agreed yesterday allowing any of its European peers to challenge Irish rulings.

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Apple move great news for rural Ireland

Today, we have to congratulate IDA Ireland and the people of Athenry for their joint success in attracting a major investment from one of the biggest technology companies in the world. 

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Apple plans €850m centre in west of Ireland

Apple is building an €850m data centre in the west of Ireland to power its online services including the iTunes Store, Maps, and Siri.

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AOL shares tumble over plans to reinvest in websites

AOL has tumbled the most in nine months after CEO Tim Armstrong outlined plans to reinvest in websites, such as The Huffington Post, in a bid to reach a more global audience and be more competitive.

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Online hub aims to make internet a safer realm

Ireland’s youth information website has partnered with social network Twitter to launch an online safety hub to make it easier for young people to deal with internet abuse.

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Cheaper and faster robots on the march in workplace

Cheaper and better robots will replace humans in the world’s factories at a faster pace over the next decade, driving down labour costs by 16%, a report has said.

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Event organiser Tara Horgan, Bank of Ireland's Michael Shanahan, and guest speaker Eamonn Moore, E-MIT Solutions, at the UCC BIS technology conference at the Kingsley Hotel, Cork. Picture: Des Barry

Cyber crime poses greater risk to SMEs, warns Ernst & Young expert

Small and medium-sized businesses run the risk of incurring greater damage and being worse affected than larger firms in the event of cyber crime, a leading expert has warned.

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Eircom recruitment programme to add nearly 400 jobs

Eircom is set to invest €18m in creating nearly 400 jobs over the coming five years in what will be the communications firm’s most significant recruitment programme for almost 30 years.

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