Tech Tools: Amazon’s new smart assistant controls all your home devices

Roadie 2: uses vibration sensor to tune the guitar, rather than a microphone, so it will work in noisy environments

Tech Tools: Roadie 2 ditches the app – unless you want it – and uses vibration sensor

Tech Tools: New compact camera offers point-and-shoot fans another option

Tony Ennis, Patrick Lynch and Tim Glynn of First Circle.

Accion Venture and Deep Blue invest in Philippines-based firm

Cyrille Vigneron, president and chief executive of Cartier; Ciara Donlon, chief executive of Theya Healthcare; and Ilian Mihov, dean of Insead.

Irish entrepreneur named among 2017 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards laureates

Tech Tools: Swedish interiors giant makes smart lighting affordable too

Hub Controller

Tech Tools: Smart homes don’t have to be complicated

Tech Tools: New smartphone with added features seeks to be a ‘one device fits all’

Diaceutics has helped put in place structures that gave 48,000 cancer patients in the EU and US access to biomarker testing. Above, a cancer cell

Chief executive of Dundalk-based company expects the market to triple by 2020

Figures  show that total traffic in Irish airports during the first two months of the year was 4.18 million. Photograph: John Cogill/Bloomberg

New DAA figures show record 2.2 million people used capital’s airport last month

Women who are mothers get paid about 3 per cent less per child than their female counterparts who are childfree. Photograph: iStock

‘Motherhood penalty’ adds up to 3% per hour per child - but men don’t suffer the same hit

Online spending was 18.1 per cent higher in March, the strongest reading in four months.

Visa data shows face-to-face expenditure falling for sixth consecutive month

Facebook is rolling out new tools to help its 5 million active advertisers manage their mobile advertising campaigns

Social media firm aims to help SMEs create ads for mobile devices in a matter of minutes

Figures from  Insurance Ireland claim fraud costs businesses in the Republic up to €200 million a year.  Photograph: iStock

NetReveal system uses data analytics to uncover hidden links and potential fraud

Turnover for the year  at’s Irish arm was €426.9 million, an 82 per cent rise year on year. Photograph: Michael Short/Bloomberg

Firm says increase in reseller fees in EMEA region prompted significant jump in 2016

The Samsung move follows the launch of Android Pay in December last year and Apple Pay in March. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Samsung Pay will allow users make secure payments with mobile phone or smartwatch

Trio named in list of Dublin branch’s 10 Outstanding Young People 2017

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New version brings key features of platform but uses less data

Run Angel  links with your smartphone to send out emergency alerts if you need help

Tech Tools: Wearable safety device offers instant alerts to ‘guardian network’

Chromecast Ultra is as easy to use as any of Google’s streaming devices that have gone before it

Tech Tools: Streaming device eyes growing ultra high-definition market

The Plasma Series is a simple case – pull on and pull off, which beats wrestling with multiple layers.

Tech Tools: Say goodbye to dull and chunky cases and embrace difference

The solar panels will cost almost €5,000 to fit, with an additional fee of just over €500 for a diverter if customers want to use  excess power to heat water. Photograph: iStock

Renewable energy could save customers an average €250 per year on electricity bills

The survey found 13 times as many companies were expecting to see growth in activity over the coming year compared with those  who anticipate a decrease. Photograph: iStock

New export business continues to climb, with UK a ‘particular source of strength’

Facebook is to use photo-matching technology to prevent the further sharing of reported images on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. Photograph: iStock

Social network brings in reporting tools for non-consensual sharing of intimate images

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Saverio Mayer to take up role as Roberto Villaquiran steps down

Acourt recently ruled Ireland’s internet service providers have to block three of the most popular sites from their services

Court rules Ireland’s internet service providers have to block three popular sites

New figures show that a total of 19,916 new cars were registered in March, compared with 21,529 a year earlier. Photograph: iStock

Number of cars imported from UK shows large jump amid post-Brexit sterling slide

Google Android: dominant in Asia. Photograph: iStock

Statistics show Google just edged out Microsoft according to global web usage

SL Controls co-founders Shane Loughlin and Keith Moran in the company’s Sligo office. Photograph: James Connolly

Clampdown on bogus drugs fuels expansion at Sligo-based software integration firm

Reusing the same password on multiple accounts is a big no-no when it comes to security. Photograph: iStock

Apple has rubbished claims that hackers can access your account, but it’s still good to tighten your security

The Microsoft premises: the software giant  announced earlier this month that it would add 600 jobs in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Turnover for 2016 fell 4.9% while subsidiary says effective tax rate for the year was 15%

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Twitter has been making changes to help make its platform a little more personal

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey having a selfie taken with Anna Geary while visiting the  Twitter EMEA HQ in Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal

Subscriptions for Twitter and an edit button – two ideas talked about on Dublin HQ visit

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey  in Twitter EMEA HQ in Dublin, listening to Harry Mc Cann (18), founder of the Digital Youth Council of Ireland. Photograph: Julian Behal

On Dublin visit, social network founder says revenue will follow when company does ‘the right things’

Chief executive of Arralis Barry Lunn:  “There is always money if you have the right product and the right market.”

Investment will allow UL-based tech firm to create 25 new jobs in expanded operation

It has a built-in rechargeable battery and enough pockets and compartments to carry everything from your clothes and shoes to your laptop and tablet

Tech Tools: High-tech bag uses UV technology to zap bacteria at the touch of a button

Samsung’s QLED TVs   use the new quantum dot technology –  which allows for better brightness, colour reproduction and saturation – to give you a better picture overall, including improved contrast

Tech Tools: Be prepared to dig deep for Korean company’s latest 4K technology

Tech Tools: Can your smartphone – plus add-on – really hear your baby?

 Isme has warned that its  survey may not reflect the impact of Brexit on the broader business sectors as its membership has a large number of services businesses. Photograph: iStock

About half of businesses surveyed by Isme say none of their exports or sales are to UK

“2016 was another year of strong performance and growth”: Aidan Brogan, chief executive of Datalex. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Travel software firm points to deals with Lufthansa and IBM, among others

The planned development for City Quay

Dublin Docklands building due for completion next year already let to Grant Thornton

Damovo managing director John McCabe: “This country has a talent pool of highly skilled people with the right attitude, commitment and service ethos required to support both our national and international customers”

Enterprise communications firm is adding roles to the existing 26 as it grows rapidly

If you received a security alert from Instagram, it’s time to bolster up your security. Photograph: iStock

Keep control of your account – and keep the hackers out – with a few easy steps

Curation tools developed by Vidiro Analytics scan YouTube to find suitable videos for clients to target, avoiding inappropriate videos available to the same audience. Photograph: AP Photo/Richard Vogel

Vidiro Analytics claims YouTube campaign curation tools can avoid extremist content

Bank of Ireland  chief executive Richie Boucher is to  leave the role he has held for eight years. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Bank of Ireland shares steady despite surprise over news of Richie Boucher departure

Screen grab: anything bigger than a smartphone will be banned from the cabin of many flights. Photograph: iStock

Without laptops or iPads, prepare to return to the boring, bad old days of air travel

Metal-organic framework  (MOF) material: Uses  include gas storage, gas purification, gas separation, or as catalysts.

Belfast-based firm said it would develop nanomaterials as part of EU initiative

Energia’s windfarm at Long Mountain, Co Antrim is one of a series of investments by the company.

The €145m windfarm can provide enough energy to power 50,000 homes

The ReActiv-8 device has begun a new trial aimed at securing a premarket approval for the US.

Company has already begun commercialising back pain device in Europe

David Whelan,  of Immersive VR Education, speaking last year. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Waterford-based tech company to expand educational virtual-reality platform

Tech Tools: Never come home to a cold house again thanks to new smart controller

The Tinitell watch, which has built-in GPS,  works as a phone and a way to locate your child.

Tech Tools:: Device allows parents to keep track of their children thanks to its built-in GPS

Eir is rolling out its wifi calling service according to the most popular phones on its network.

Tech Tools: Making calls over wifi could save you frustration and lighten your bill

Bill Blake, left Virgin Media, head of strategy, Jessica McCabe, regional director Ookla and Paul Farrell Virgin Media vice president of commercial. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Red House’ service offers extra in-home help and more support from Limerick help centre

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But startups should look at moving to Berlin or Warsaw, study claims

Once operational, the solar plants combined will provide enough energy to power 9,000 three-bedroom homes

Firm granted planning permission for new solar farm in Cork

Visitors at GamerCon at Dublin’s Convention Centre: gamers who managed to attend the event faced lengthy queues. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ticketholders spent hours queuing in rain on Saturday after being told venue was full

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton with eShopWorld CEO Tommy Kelly and team members at the firm’s new global HQ in Swords. Photograph:  Jason Clarke

Company unveils plan to invest €25m in development of its ecommerce platform

 Young gamers at GamerCon, in the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Organisers blame health and safety restrictions for lengthy wait to get into venue

Reading online can lead to endless distractions.Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Discover apps and services to help you make the most of your reading time online

The event,  promised access to YouTube stars, sneak previews of games and several eSports tournaments. Photograph: Getty Images

Organiser apologises for delay saying it underestimated traffic flow

 Bolands Mills roof restoration in progress and the overall site of Bolands Quay. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

BAM Ireland wins contract for major development in Dublin’s south docklands

Tech Tools: Mid-range phone offers some of Samsung’s higher-end features

YouTube star Clare Siobhán is one of the guests at GamerCon, at the Convention Centre in Dublin this weekend

Two-day event sponsored by GameStop will include eSports, cosplay and YouTube stars

Senstone, which bills itself as the intelligent wearable voice recorder

Tech Tools: Wearable voice recorder is always at the ready

Tech Tools: Inspired by Nintendo’s Game Boy and the cult of Mario’s Mike Hanrahan (left) at the launch of Career Zoo with Jackie Slattery and David Ryan: “One of the big assets for Jet was the culture, the technology, the people.” Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Irish man’s US ecommerce operation plans to double its technology team

‘Ireland plays an important role in the provisioning of cloud services through the various multinationals that host in or base their data centres in Ireland.’ Photograph: iStock

Recap will help develop next generation of flexible computing system

WhatsApp: it’s end-to-end encrypted, so no one can gain access to your messages unless they are the intended recipient. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Keep the CIA – and other snoopers – from hacking into your messages

Vault 7 is expected to deliver more leaks in the future. Photograph: iStock

Wikileaks is grabbing headlines amid new spying fears

Julie Sinnamon of Enterprise Ireland: “A key element of 2017-2020 strategy is to help Irish exporters build scale.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Programme for 2017 will focus on industries such as life sciences, fintech and construction

The new Sony Xperia XZ smartphone is displayed at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Tech Tools: New flagship Android phone packs in features

A survey has revealed  that up to 64 per cent of consumers view businesses who use free email addresses as less trustworthy. Photograph: Sylvain Sonnet/Getty Images

Research finds 77% trust companies that use a website and professional email address

Creative Outlier Sports: sweatproof and lightweight, with a decent battery life.

Tech Tools: Lightweight Bluetooth headphones deliver good battery life

Dublin-based NewsWhip has teamed up with First Draft News to support publishers in France to help debunk hoaxes and dispel rumours.

Newswhip’s Spike tool rolled out in verifying coverage of French presidential election

Thousands of Vodafone customers experienced disruption with their service for a brief time earlier today after a power cut in Dublin city centre hit the company’s network.

Interruption due to power cut in Dublin city centre

The Apple Pay service is protected with your device’s pass code or Touch ID fingerprint reader. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tech giant deploys multiple layers of security for system pitched as protected and private

Team aims to cut cost and environmental impact of carbon fibre materials’ production

 Irish Ferries brand owner Irish Continental Group said earnings  rose 10.6 per cent to €83.5 million last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Stronger Irish economy buoys ferry firm as sterling weakness impacts figures

Most online services will force you to have a password that is a mix of numbers and letters.

Any password that can easily be guessed should be dismissed immediately

 Twitter has rolled out measures designed to stop abuse. Photograph: iStock

Twitter has new measures to deal with abusive users: what are they and do they work?

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Users can now receive emails up to 50MB in size

The Data Proection Commission is not generally keen on cameras in cabs, saying, “The continuous recording of passengers in taxis is not compliant with the data protection legislation.” Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Net Results: We all live our lives on camera now but some spaces should still be private

Chunky smartwatch with exercise tracking is aimed at more demanding users

iPhone users can now customise their AirPods with ColorWare

Tech Tools: ColorWare’s custom paint jobs make AirPods stand out

The Nokia 3310 with some polished looks and a €59 price tag. Photograph:  Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Tech Tools: The iconic phone makes a comeback in slightly different form but still has Snake

The Leaving Cert: A new Irish website aims to make the State exams less stressful. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

ExamLearn, devised by three students, has both paid and free study options

Twitter: The company’s “troll problem” has been cited as a possible reason it has not yet found a buyer.

Measures designed to identify accounts that break rules, then impose a ‘Twitter time out’

The Central Bank found some motor insurance policy holders were not told of settlements paid to claimants that could affect future policies

Almost three-quarters of consumers surveyed felt their claims process was fair

CarTrawler’s chief commercial officer Aileen O’Mahony: “Like CarTrawler, operates at the forefront of online retailing innovation by constantly investing in technology.”

Irish online travel agent targets growth with new deal with North American travel firm

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Hidden games, screen pinning: 10 things you might not know your phone can do

 Donald Trump: Traders are taking a wary stance ahead of his  address to House and Senate lawmakers on Tuesday.  Photograph:  Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Irish index of shares ends the day 0.75 per cent lower and all major US indices fall

Intercom chief executive and co-founder Eoghan McCabe. Photograph: Martin Lacey

Technology start-up with 2016 revenue of €47 million passes 100,000 monthly users

Artist’s impression issued by Center Parcs of how the Village Centre at their Longford Forest resort will look. Photograph:  Center Parcs/PA Wire

Limerick-based Roadbridge gets infrastructure contract for €233m Irish holiday project

Tablet with an app controls several features in the home such as door lock, lights, washing machine, surveillance camera, music, water use and more. Woman press the tablet, that shows a icon of a house.

From heat and light to safety and security, you can now control everything remotely

The Canon EOS 800D is a little on the pricey side for anyone who doesn’t view photography as a serious hobby  but it offers some decent features for the money

Tech Tools: New EOS offers full HD video, 24MP sensor and 45 autofocus points

Sphero’s latest toy allows you control the mini-robot by gesture and tap into Jedi mindset

Sharing images from the M6 is simple, with wifi and NFC built in

Tech Tools: mirrorless camera packs punch but comes at a price

In Europe venture capital funds invested $1.4bn   in fintech firms last year, compared with $1.2bn  in 2015. Photograph: iStock

Overall funding for fintech sector falls as M&A activity declines during 2016

New Virgin Media survey finds increased confidence among firms

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