Guests use Gear VR virtual reality headsets during a preview session. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Oculus Rift, HTC Vive among headsets set to launch early next year

Fiona White, Mark Senn and Róisin Scott at one of the first events of Startup Gathering, which ends on Saturday. Photograph:  Iain White/Fennell Photography

Programme of events aims to promote entrepreneurship and develop hubs in the major Irish cities

Twitter president of global revenue and partnership Adam Bain: “One of the most amazing things about the Twitter user is that . . . they often show us the way and lead us through product development.” Photograph: Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images

Jack Dorsey looks set for hot seat, but firm’s future will be built on head of revenue’s work

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson  at the RDS for the rebranding of UPC Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Founder of Virgin Media in Dublin to relaunch UPC as Virgin Media

PowerUp 3.0: $50

A step too far for smart devices?

The budget-friendly tablet is robust, but very slow to get started and has poor sound quality.

Pocket-friendly or too cheap? Alba’s budget Android tablet is put to the test

Head of Virgin Media in Ireland Magnus Tsernsjo said the change would not be a simple rebrand, promising a “transformation” of the Irish company

Richard Branson on hand in Dublin to launch new brand

People sample the Oculus-made Samsung Gear VR virtually reality headset. Photograph: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Oculus Rift, Vive, Samsung’s Gear and Microsoft’s HoloLens – here come the headsets

Logitech K380: €45

New Bluetooth keyboard is a multitasker at heart

Google vice president of engineering Dave Burke: he said Android Marshmallow had brought Google back to basics to  improve the operating system. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Nexus 5X and 6P join handset lineup with new Android software called Marshmallow

Google VP of engineering Dave Burke announces a new Nexus 6P phone. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Two new smartphones, updated Chromecast and a tablet part of its newly launched range

Server cabinets on the data centre floor at the Telecity Data Storage Centre in  Ballycoolin, Dublin, where critical internet services are run.(Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES)

Survey shows country’s climate is a key decision factor in setting up data hosting hub

 Security First app, Umbrella,  is aimed at journalists and humanitarians and provides practical advice on everything from making a secure phone call to how to spot signs of surveillance and what to do if you’re arrested.

Security First app is available free and is aimed at journalists and humanitarians and provides practical advice

An Apple employee taking a ‘selfie’ photograph of some people with the new iPhone 6s phone, as they stand in a queue inside the Apple store in Sydney, Australia, the first day of its sale worldwide. On Monday Apple said it had sold 13 million iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus mobile phones worldwide, a new record for the company. (Photograph: DAVID MOIR/EPA_

Latest phone will go on sale in Ireland next week as tech firm sells 13m during debut weekend

Tearaway Unfolded

Big screen debut for Atoi & Co

The Government has come under fire since it was announced on Wednesday the Web Summit would be held in Lisbon from 2016.

Event was seen as a showcase and a boost to Dublin’s reputation as a tech hub

Apple iPad Pro: costs from $799.  Photograph: Martyn Landi/PA Wire

iPad Pro may be taking aim at Microsoft’s Surface

SteadXP: from €170
Tech Tools: SteadXP

SteadXP uses software and hardware to take the tremor out of your video

Sphero voice-activated robot will be a huge seller as Christmas approaches

CurrencyFair founder Brett Myers

New app will allow customers to swap currency more easily

The silhouettes of attendees are seen during an event at the IBM Watson headquarters in New York. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Elite sports firm will develop ‘Coach Watson’ app to help teams and players avoid injury

The OpenTable Inc. logo: as yet the company  are no plans to expand to other Irish cities. Photograph: Bloomberg

If things go to plan, OpenTable will be taking orders from Dublin restaurant goers in the first quarter of next year

Making a Web Summit pitch. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dismay and resignation at departure of annual event that will host 30,000 in final year

Barry Maloney of  Balderton Capital, who has joined the board of Jobbio.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/THE IRISH TIMES

Balderton chief Barry Maloney joins board as company gears up for international expansion

Billionaire Denis O’Brien will still retain control of Digicel  following the IPO. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

As the telecoms firm is set to float on the stock market, here are some of the key facts and figures

Deezer is set to step up its rivalry with Spotify after it filed for an initial public offering. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

French music-streaming service to list on Euronext in a move to challenge Spotify and Apple

Plantronics BackBeat Sense: €180

Comfortable, lightweight headphones with a few smart surprises

Apple iPhone 6s Plus: follows Apple’s trend of a major upgrade followed by a smaller one for its smartphones. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

New handset adds 4K video, 3D Touch and a better still camera

‘Star Wars’ BB-8: €185

Sphero unveils its ‘Star Wars’-inspired robot

While drive to build sector has lost momentum, it hasn’t been all bad news

The technology behind 3D4Medical’s iPad Pro presentation was two years in the making Photograph: Reuters

3D4Medical makes software for the medical industry

3D Touch and higher-quality video are welcome additions

Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for Apple, speaks during the Apple event Photograph: Getty Images

Company presented new products galore, but had few surprises

The Backbeat Sense headphones not only look and sound great, they also have a few extra features that make them worth considering

Ultra-comfortable Bluetooth headphones at a reasonable price

The Perfect Drink: €80

Bar-tending gets the app touch

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: screen is not quite native 4K, but it will look better than high definition.   Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

New handset available from November has a 4K display and 23MP camera

 A consumer uses the new Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro after an Apple special event  in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Getty

It’s big, fast, pin sharp and has a $99 pencil attached - but it won’t be for everyone

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus during the Apple launch event  in San Francisco, California. Photograph: EPA

Few surprises at product launch in San Francisco, with Apple TV also given overhaul

Apple is expected to make games a primary selling point of its new Apple TV product, which is scheduled to be announced on Wednesday September 9th, 2015 in San Francisco, a big change from previous versions of Apple TV. (Photograph: Jason Raish/The New York Times)

Upgraded iPhone and a bigger screen iPad are expected to debut at Wednesday event

 Bloggers and journalists look at new Sony products at the company’s booth during the first press day for the International Consumer Electronics Fair (IFA) at the exhibition grounds in Berlin, Germany. Photograph:  EPA/RAINER JENSEN

Consumer electronics show saw startups and big firms jumping firmly on board the smart home band wagon

Philips ambient light flatscreens at the consumer electronics trade fair IFA in Berlin. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Berlin show sees larger screens for phones and TVs

Ion Duo Deck: €85

USB turntable and cassette player converts your music collection

Batteriser: From $20

A ‘sleeve’ that helps tap into your batteries’ unusued power

Minimalist accessory tilts scales in favour of starter baker and wannabe chef

The new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: You can pick it up relatively cheaply on contract but, sim free, it will set you back around €900 for the 64GB version.  Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

A range of devices can help ease the load of a busy college life

Kazuo Hirai, CEO of Sony shows off the company’s new mobile phone, the Z5.

Sony adds to its Xperia line with three new models

But company deposits show first increase since April, driven by overnight category

Doctors and other professionals could save on transport costs if they had flexible work arrangements. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Survey shows many professionals would be drawn back to work by such arrangements

Coillte is selling around 300 masts and equipment locations for an undisclosed sum.

Transaction includes around 300 masts and equipment locations around the country

Eoghan McCabe: he is already on his third company Intercom, having seen his second, Exceptional, sold for an undisclosed sum

Intercom’s Eoghan McCabe puts making internet personal at heart of business

Google’s tech hub network has come to Dublin with the announcement of a partnership with Dogpatch Labs. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Dogpatch Labs members will get access to mentor programmes and tech hub work space

Doro Liberto 820 Mini: a decent alternative Android device

At €199, budget-friendly smartphone will appeal to older users seeking a touchscreen system

The iBackPack: tempting

Bag starts at $99 and has built-in batteries, GPS and even Bluetooth speakers

The Tab S2  is available in two sizes: 8 inches and 9.7 inches

Starting at $399.99 and thinner, lighter and sleeker than before, the new Tab S2 means business

An employee select a bunch of Fyffes bananas at  a Fyffes ripening and fruit distribution plant. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Group says it is still on target to meet increased earnings predictions

David Marcus, vice president of messaging products at Facebook, speaks during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco, earlier this year. Photograpr: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

M is backed by team of Facebook employees, mixing technology with human expertise

Irish Ferries vessel the Isle of Inishmore arriving at Dublin Port. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Strong trends continue over peak summer period as freight, car volumes rise

Company’s Irish engineering operation will increase by 70 within 12 months

‘Bidding to host the ICIS conference is very competitive and Dublin won out against Munich, Vienna and Istanbul,’ said Prof Brian Fitzgerald of Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / The IrisH Times

Up to 1,500 will attend 37th conference on information systems at Convention Centre

Up to 100 voluntary redundancies possible as insurer seeks to trim costs by €7m a year

Tech giant is repairing a batch of iPhone 6 Plus phones with a faulty component

Peter Crosby, chief executive, Mainstay Medical. Picture: Nick Bradshaw

Company will use money to build momentum towards commercialisation of ReActiv8

Pat Kenny at the launch of UTV Ireland at the Marker Hotel in Dublin. The station has struggled to grow its audience.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Firm responds to speculation in recent days that it will sell TV assets to ITV

Vodafone’s new services will include co-location, managed hosting, private cloud and infrastructure as a service. Photograph: The Irish Times

Move is part of company plan to improve cloud computing and hosting business

Ronan Harris: “Part of being at Google is that we expect people to try things and to fail.”

Ronan Harris brings a vision for change to his new role after 10 years with the tech giant

Google’s new data centre will employ people in a variety of roles.  Photograph:  Reuters/Dado Ruvic/Files

Tech giant will invest €150 million in project and employ 400 people during construction

Hackers who stole customer information from the cheating site dumped 9.7GB of data to the dark web on Tuesday fulfilling a threat to release sensitive information. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

But out of date and ‘harvested’ email addresses may have been used to sign up to site

Digital business company to use Ireland as a base as it targets European market

Perfect Bake promises to help you get to grips with cakes, cookies and other treats simply by hooking up your phone or tablet to the scale and following the instructions

Can a smart scale help you improve your baking skills?

Andrew Day, chief executive of Keywords. Keywords has acquired video game art service company Liquid Development for $9 million.

Dublin-based firm says addition of Liquid will beef up its game development services

The Edge+ comes with a 5.7inch screen, a quad HD AMOLED display with more than 500 pixels per inch

Company launches bigger version of the S6 Edge unveiled only a few months ago

According to the company  you’ll get a nine to 12-mile range from a one-hour charge

Make like a Premiership footballer with the latest mode of transport

Carphone Warehouse outlet in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

iD claims it will save consumers €166 per year and allow personalised phone plans

Company to double sales and customer care teams as it plans international expansion

Petroceltic’s chief executive Brian O’Cathain. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Contract will cover a central processing facility, an industrial base and product export system

NTR is planning to split its European wind business from the rest of the company, in a move that will see the remaining business take on a new name. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Wind assets to be separated from toll road, waste water and energy storage units

When you are having your first child, it’s tempting – almost natural – to look at the most expensive options for everything. Photograph: Thinkstock

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The new Galaxy S6 edge + is expected to launch in Ireland next month Photograph: Getty Images

Latest phone has 5.7-inch, dual-edge screen

Nest Protect: costs €119

A smoke and carbon monoxide alarm that earns its smart stripes

It’s not quite Marty McFly territory, but it’s getting closer

Revolights: From $199

New system claims to be the safest in the world for cyclists

Firm’s €2m expansion aimed at growing customer numbers

According to the Ireland’s Digital Future report by UPC, the average Irish household now has 4.7 internet-connected devices, ranging from smartphones and tablets to smart TVs.

With children now using mobile devices at much younger ages, parents need to get savvy to monitor their child’s online activities (...)

Baskin-Robbins returning to Ireland with plans to open a number of shops across the island as it seeks to grow its market in Europe.

Speciality ice-cream chain, owned by Dunkin’ brands, aims to open stores in Republic and North

New system will link Nova Scotia, Slough and Cork with 100Gbps transmission speeds

 Frankie Kiely and Mark Thuroe of GoCambio’s IT team in the Philippines riding a pedicab

Bartering language lessons for food and accommodation can bring you to some special places

Effective Software raised funding from AIB’s Start Up Accelerator Fund through ACT Venture Capital, with some participation from the Boole and Bloom investment syndicates and existing investors.

Technology company planning to increase staff from 16 to 35 in next two years

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has taken action against Vodafone Ireland

Online customers need to be informed of their rights to cancel contracts

Freaks3D: costs $299

Lightweight printer is about size of a laptop and compatible with power banks

Canon ME20F-SH: cost $30,000

Camera comes with ISO of 4m which means it will shoot footage in very low light

The Moto G can be submerged in up to a metre of water for 30 minutes with no ill effects

Budget smartphones get tougher to beat with bigger screens and better cameras

UDG said it had a strong third quarter. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Group reiterates full-year guidance as nine-month figures show ‘significant’ growth

Bill Kyle, chief executive of Irish Life. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Company contributes €45m to parent company Great-West Lifeco’s profits

Ireland’s services sector continued to grow in July. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Euro weakness helps firms win new business in UK, but also hits profitability

iOS 9 marks the first time Apple has invited the public to test a full release ahead of its general launch

For the first time Apple has invited public to test full release ahead of general launch

Apple Macs are vulnerable to Thunderstrike 2, a bug that spreads through infected hardware. Photograph: Paul Miller/EPA

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 Stockflare aims to deliver key metrics and information on any stock in the world quickly and will launch in the US market first. Photographer: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg

London fintech firm co-founded by Irishman aims to make investing in shares simpler

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Angry Birds 2: Bigger, badder, birdier? Not quite.

Sequel may be fun, but in-app purchases means it falls short of the mark

Increase in seat capacity, new routes pushes Dublin growth ahead of European average

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