TECHNOLOGY

Time to wake up to the rise of the robots and its implications

A ‘fourth industrial revolution’ is on the way that could lead to millions of job losses in Europe and the developing world, writes Kyran Fitzgerald

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Free online resource Taste of Science to inspire new food entrepreneurs

Tralee Institute of Technology in Co Kerry has introduced a free online resource, Taste of Science, to give small and medium-sized food producers a competitive edge by keeping them posted on new trends, scientific knowledge and technological developments.

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Google defeats $9bn claim over use of Java software for Android

Google’s Android software has just dodged a $9bn bullet.

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Why Netflix isn’t a Euro giant

Perhaps the biggest reason Europe hasn’t produced digital economy giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook, or Netflix is that there’s no such thing as “Europe”.

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Challenging the structures used to produce and sell food

Fintech is a buzzword that has developed in financial markets. It refers to companies that combine technology with financial services to introduce new competition in the vast banking and insurance markets.

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Facebook changes ‘trending’ criteria

Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a “trending topic” on the giant social network, a move adopted after a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views.

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Google’s Paris offices raided

French police have raided Google’s Paris offices as part of an investigation into “aggravated tax fraud” and money laundering.

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Ireland lags behind in world rankings for women in top IT jobs

Ireland ranks just above Vietnam in world rankings with the fewest women working in senior jobs in IT, a survey of 82 countries for recruiter Harvey Nash and consultancy KPMG reveals.

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Apple talks on possible India facility

Apple’s Tim Cook outlined his vision for his company in India in a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday where they also discussed cyber security and data encryption.

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Michael Dell flies into Cork to consult with staff on EMC merger

Staff at Dell and EMC’s Cork offices were yesterday brought up to speed with the ongoing merger of their two businesses, as Michael Dell flew in to address them.

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Apple, not China, is Taiwan’s biggest risk

For investors in Taiwan’s $841bn (€745.5bn) stock market, Tim Cook matters more than president Tsai Ing-wen.

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Google fights French ruling over 'right-to-be-forgotten' requests

Google has taken a fight against France’s privacy watchdog to the country’s highest administrative court, challenging a March decision to fine it €100,000 for failing to remove “right-to-be-forgotten” requests from global search results.

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Dell increases bond target to $20bn in EMC purchase

Dell increased the amount of debt it will raise in the investment-grade bond market after the computer maker received over $80bn (€70.7bn) of orders from investors.

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Twitter tweaks its limit of 140 characters

Twitter is making a major shift in how it counts characters in Tweets, giving users more freedom to compose longer messages.

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How Apple’s Tim Cook struck $1bn Didi app deal in 22 days

The tie-up between Apple and Chinese car-hailing app Didi started off with a joke.

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Facebook rejects political bias claims on 'Trending Topics' list

Facebook has emphasised that it does not permit employees to block news stories from its ‘Trending Topics’ list based on political bias, amid controversy over how the social media site selects what news it displays.

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Online opinion polls 'may be overestimating support for Brexit'

Online opinion polls in the run-up to May 5 elections across Britain overstated support for the UK Independence Party, suggesting they may also be overestimating backing for leaving the EU, according to a leading polling analyst.

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No room for Luddites - we need Ludgate-type platforms for rural Ireland

Luddites were 19th century English textile workers who feared technology would end their trade. The term is used to describe people who resist change.

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Central Bank ‘struggles’ to keep up with technological developments

The Central Bank is “struggling to keep pace” with technological developments in the financial services sector, according to its head of consumer protection.

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Technological skills shortages must be addressed

As Ireland steadily rebuilds itself in a new post-recession era, recruitment is firmly back on the agenda for Irish employers.

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Ground breaking technology may lower risk of falls in elderly

Trish Dromey talks to Barry Greene whose startup company has pioneered technology that can predict fall risks accurately.

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Tim Cook heading to Beijing to tackle Apple’s China woes

Apple chief executive Tim Cook plans to visit Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials, at a time when it is facing some setbacks in its most important overseas market.

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Ireland ‘losing out’ on FinTech investment

Ireland is losing out to major European tech hubs that are attracting a far greater share of FinTech investment.

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Technology giants take on banks

Banks struggling to keep pace with rapid technological change are now facing competition for banking and insurance services from tech giants such as Amazon and Google.

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Apple loses China iPhone brand row

Apple has lost a legal battle with a Chinese company over the use of the iPhone name on wallets and handbags.

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Firms ‘lack cyber security plan’

Four in 10 companies have no formal cyber security strategy despite the overwhelming majority of directors identifying it as an important issue for their business.

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