TECHNOLOGY

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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Profits at mobile technology company Zamano slump despite 80% sales surge

Pre-tax profits at Irish mobile technology company Zamano sunk by almost a third to €794,000 in the opening half of the year despite an 80% surge in sales during the period.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook receives $373m in shares in five years

Tim Cook, who marked his five-year anniversary as Apple’s chief executive on Wednesday, received shares valued at $373m (€330.6m) during that period as the iPhone maker’s stock doubled on his watch.

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Apple gets go-ahead for Cork expansion

Apple has received planning permission for an expansion at its European head office in Cork that is due to provide an additional 1,000 jobs.

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Galway data centre investment key to Ireland’s reboot

The decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant approval for Apple to proceed with a large data centre in Co Galway is an important stepping stone in Ireland’s industrial economic strategy.

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Samsung looks to sell used refurbished top-level phones

Samsung plans to launch a programme to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones by next year, a source has told Reuters.

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Rakuten banks on Belfast’s bitcoin expertise

One of Japan’s leading e-commerce companies is betting on Belfast to develop the blockchain technology that’s been touted as being on the cusp of revolutionising financial services.

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Cork tech firm Genesis Automation eyeing €140m revenues

Cork-based technology firm Genesis Automation is targeting revenues of up to €140m in the next four years on the back of becoming market leader in its niche area of expertise in the UK and US.

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Financial tech firm Rubicoin raises €1.2m

Dublin-based financial technology company Rubicoin plans to launch its suite of stock investment apps in five more countries in the next two years on the back of its latest funding round.

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Firms storing bitcoin ‘as insurance’ to pay hackers

Companies hoarding stockpiles of online currency to pay cybercriminals’ ransoms are doing so as a form of insurance policy, according to a leading expert.

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National Transport Authority sends Uber Ireland’s plans into reverse

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has put the brakes on Uber’s planned introduction of its ride-sharing service in Ireland despite the company expressing confidence over its future here last week.

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Google launches Duo to talk up video chat

Google officially launched Google Duo, pitting it directly against Apple’s FaceTime, which allows video calls only between Apple devices.

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Apple gets go-ahead for €850m Athenry data centre

Apple has been given the go-ahead to begin work on its planned €850m data centre in Athenry, Co Galway.

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Apple plans overhaul of MacBook Pro laptop

Apple is preparing the first significant overhaul of its MacBook Pro laptop line in over four years, according to sources, using one of its older products to help reverse two quarters of sliding sales.

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New iPhone launch to buoy Taiwan exports

A jump in orders for semiconductors ahead of the release of Apple’s newest iPhones helped Taiwan post the first gain in exports in a year and a half. The jump may boost growth in the trade-dependent economy.

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Sportlomo's software is putting sports on right track

Software developed by Mayo company Sportlomo tracks schedules, manages fixtures and collects results for amateur sports groups, writes Trish Dromey

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Apple ‘merits’ award payout

Apple deserved the hundreds of millions of dollars in damages Samsung Electronics paid for infringing patented designs of the iPhone because the product’s distinctive look drives people to purchase it, a group of design industry professionals has told the US Supreme Court.

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Mobile technology firm Zamano targeting higher-value acquisitions

Zamano — the Dublin-based mobile technology firm — is eyeing higher-end acquisitions as it seeks to reposition itself for future growth.

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Samsung eyeing deal for Fiat unit

Samsung Electronics is in advanced talks to buy some or all of the operations of auto-parts maker Magneti Marelli from Fiat Chrysler, according to sources.

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PayPal backs Irish startup Pulsate in funding round

Irish startup Pulsate has gained the backing of global payments company PayPal as well as government agencies and a leading investment fund as part of a $1.5m (€1.34m) funding round.

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Fleetmatics buyout shows shift in telecoms’ priorities

Verizon’s $2.4bn (€2.14bn) acquisition of Dublin-based Fleetmatics represents not only a major win for the Irish software sector but a continued shift by telecom companies feeling the pinch in traditional business sectors.

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Uber’s competitors look a much better bet than Uber itself

After Uber’s deal with China’s Didi Chuxing, investors in the world’s most highly valued private company are probably wondering if they should have put their money directly into Didi, the way Apple did earlier this year. They should be asking similar questions about Uber’s rivals in its other markets.

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