TECHNOLOGY

Is EU digital copyright reform a Google news tax?

Many of us have changed our reading habits from hardcopy newspapers and magazines to digital and online services from social media and news aggregators. In the process the original writer, journalist or newspaper owner who developed the content has been lost, ignored and deprived of income due.

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Code Institute: Showing the world how to code

Just a year after launching a coding bootcamp, Code Institute has raised €500k in funding, writes Trish Dromey.

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Irish mobile firm uncovers Apple iCloud attack

An Apple hack that affected “several thousand people” worldwide and racked up huge bills for unsuspecting customers has been uncovered by Irish mobile security company AdaptiveMobile.

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SIRO to invest €40m in high-speed broadband

Broadband provider SIRO is to invest €40m in the rollout of high-speed broadband to six more towns in the coming months.

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Microsoft in $40bn share buyback

Microsoft’s board has authorised the buyback of an additional $40bn (€36bn) of stock on top of an existing $40bn repurchase initiative it will finish by year’s end, keeping up a strategy of returning money to shareholders as its cash pile grows.

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Ludgate Hub: Wake up and smell the digital coffee

Last week, my wife and I were tootling around West Cork for a few days. We do it on a regular basis to remind ourselves how lucky we are to live in a country festooned with natural beauty.

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Edgescan: On the hunt for cyber crooks 24/7

With its novel approach to cyber crime, start-up edgescan is going from strength to strength, writes Trish Dromey.

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Safety recall of Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note 7 phones in US

US safety regulators started an official recall of Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, about two weeks after the company halted sales following reports of dozens of devices catching fire or exploding.

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Brian O’Driscoll’s rugby app scores first profits of €63k

Former Irish rugby captain Brian O’Driscoll’s rugby app firm recorded its first profits last year after years of loss-making.

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EU competition chief: Facebook probe a ‘grey area’

A German antitrust probe into Facebook’s user terms falls into a “grey zone between competition and privacy”, the EU’s competition chief said yesterday, describing the social network as having “a very dominant position”.

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Google attacks EU copyright owner plan

Google has attacked an EU plan designed to ensure copyright owners get a fairer share of income, saying the measures would force it to vet text, video, and images before they can be shared on its YouTube service.

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Battery blamed for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall

Samsung Electronics has blamed a minor battery manufacturing flaw for prompting a global recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and is seeking more time to investigate the cause behind its deepest crisis in years.

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Dublin company Hub Controls made a gadget that regulates the temperature in the home

Hub Controls has a smart new gadget that regulates temperature in the home, as well as tracking energy usage, says Trish Dromey.

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Dublin-based energy firm UrbanVolt eyes overseas expansion

Dublin-based energy solutions provider UrbanVolt is planning to expand its services into the UK by the end of this year and into the US and mainland Europe markets next year.

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Apple’s new phone unlikely to capture China

Apple badly needs another smash hit in China.

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Dell eyes up further buys after EMC takeover

Computer giant Dell has formally completed its multi-billion dollar takeover of cloud computing and IT security group EMC, positioning the company to use its size to invest in new areas and fend off competition from the cloud and other rivals.

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Phone launch rush costing Samsung

In its rush to beat rival products to market, notably Apple’s new iPhone, Samsung Electronics has accelerated new phone launch cycles, but its haste is raising concerns that it is falling short on quality testing.

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Intel set to buy chip maker Movidius

Intel plans to buy Movidius, a Dublin-based maker of computer chips used in vision applications, to expand its operations in computer-driven sensing and mapping, at a reported price of €322m.

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Tech spend the last thing needed in school reform

The mass return to school is under way across Ireland and, once again, the question is posed by many with dogs in the great educational fight: Are the country’s schools equipping their pupils for life in the digital age?

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