Airbus aircraft: Germanwings parent company Lufthansa is taking relatives of the victims to the crash site in France. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Intentional crashing of passenger aircraft ‘goers beyond what we can imagine’

Anil Dash: the renowned blogger and entrepreneur will be just one of the many speakers addressing the conference in Killarney

The boutique ‘festival’ event for Apple-centric designers is ready for its fourth year, this time in Killarney

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, speaks about the Apple Watch. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Smart wearable devices are becoming increasingly popular but has Apple’s watch missed the mark

 Apple: planning a giant €850 million data centre in Athenry, Co Galway.

Giant buildings that store the internet’s cloud are springing up all over the country

Tom Kelley finds IDEO’s move to social innovation “so rewarding”. The firm has already built 23 schools based on design thinking as it changes education in Peru.

Tom Kelley, of IDEO, is pleased to see design central to the creative process

Last month, however, Google announced it was effectively shuttering the Glass “open beta” project, and withdrawing Glass from sale

Tech firms pay a high reputational cost by overpromising on ambitious devices

Jason Mayden: “I was rejected by Nike three times, I wrote letters, I sent my portfolio, and on the next time, I figured instead of just sending queries through the mail, I would actually send a portion of who I am, and I just told my story rather than just show them my work”

Jason Mayden left Nike to look after his son’s dietary issues and it is now a professional passion

Annie West: to speak at Sligo Swell

Free event to cater for tech-minded creative communities in the northwest

Apple Watch:its success will stand or fall on the quality of its software

The arrival of the Apple Watch will be the acid test for the company’s developers

iTunes store: value proposition for consumers was actually the greater convenience of the iTunes/iPod ecosystem over illegal downloading sites rather than the music itself

Abundance of the web has shaken up traditional ways of selling

Serial host Sarah Koenig told the story of the  1999 murder in Baltimore of student Hae Min Lee and  conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed

Sarah Koenig and her team produced a feat of experimental journalism about a murder

The abuse of the hooded men of Northern Ireland ultimately led to the abuse of the hooded man of Abu Ghraib. Photograph: AP

US grotesquely compromised its stated values

Clayton Christensen came under scathing criticism over  his views on Apple and Samsung. Phoitograph: Sascha Schuermann/AP Photo

Clayton Christensen’s ideas, a cornerstone of business thinking, are under challenge

Anna Haynes, a homeless encampment occupant, collects her belongings as authorities break down a massive homeless encampment known as “The Jungle” in San Jose, California,  this week.  Photograph: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters

Question: How do other cities deal with homelessness?

Lee Rigby’s killers Michael Adebolajo  and Michael Adebowale. Five months before the murder, Adebowale discussed killing a soldier in a Facebook conversation with an Islamist militant. Photograph: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

British state conveniently lays blame at door of tech giant as such firms move to protect users’ privacy

Marc Andreessen: coined  phrase “software is eating the world”

Computers in our pockets have just started their revolutionary impact

Even the star-wattage of Bono on the final discussion panel was not quite enough to deliver an exciting climax to proceedings.  Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

For the tech crowd, Bono’s star doesn’t burn as brightly as Mark Zuckerberg’s

Paddy Cosgrave: “Most tech conferences can be a bit stale, but we try to inject a bit of fun into the technology conference.”

“I think it can become much bigger, and as it becomes bigger the network effects get better"

Footballer Rio Ferdinand: “People have a perception of who you are through the image that’s painted of you through the media . . . so Twitter allows me to present a real version of myself.” Photograph: Reuters

Web Summit reveals unexpected football visionary

Rio Ferdinand, QPR footballer on the sport stage of Web Summit. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Rio admits his online offence but tells Web Summit social media is the best way to present a real vision of himself

 Tony Fadell of Nest  on the centre stage at today’s Web Summit

Customers of Electric Ireland to get free thermostats from Google-owned connected-home device firm

Actor and businesswoman Eva Longoria in conversation with Jemima Khan of Vanity Fair at the Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Naoise Culhane/Sportsfilet

The message from successful entrepreneurs: dream big, fail fast, sell your vision

Eva Longoria at the Web Summit, where she was interviewed by Jemima Khan. Photograph: Eric Luke

Notorious Wifi issues are yet again a problem but event is more polished than before

Stripe’s John Collison predicts momentum for spending is moving online

Paperback review

Multinational folk act Mutefish busking on Grafton Street. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Making a song and dance about vibrant street life

The  unmanned  Antares rocket lifts off towards the International Space Station shortly before exploding on Tuesday evening. Photograph: AP

From fireworks to Hollywood, our fascination with big bangs appears innate

Kevin Vickers, sergeant at arms for the House of Commons  in Ottawa,  reacts to a long-standing ovation  on Thursday Photograph:  Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld/AP

Keeping cool heads as parliament stormed by gunman

Crisis: an International Medical Corps clinic in Liberia. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/New York Times

A litany of dangers pose much greater long-term risks than the virus, from road deaths to antibiotic-resistant bugs, from air poll(...)

Jean Tirole:  won the 2014 Nobel prize in economic science. Photograph: Toulouse School of Economics via The New York Times

Nobel prize announcement prompts flurry of discussion on topic of regulation

News broke this week that David Lynch’s cult TV show will return in 2016 after 25 years

BlackBerry chief executive John Chen introduces the Passport smartphone. Photograph: Aaron Harris/Reuters

Company’s fate after arrival of iPhone a cautionary tale

A protester  raises his umbrellas in front of tear gas which was fired by riot police to disperse protesters  in Hong Kong, September 28th, 2014.  Photograph: Reuters/Tyrone Siu

Why are the Hong Kong protests called the Umbrella Revolution?

Customers line up in front of an Apple Store to purchase the new iPhone 6 in San Francisco. photograph: justin sullivan/getty images

The 6 plus sees company make its debut in the ‘phablet’ space

Apple has developed a one-handed operation mode called “Reachability”:   It’s definitely clever, but at the same time feels like an elegant hack rather than an obvious improvement in usability.

“They definitely feel different in the hand than previous iPhones” - Davin O’Dwyer gets his hands on the the new iPhone 6 and iPho(...)

Oisín Prendiville and Pádraig Ó Cinnéide will add app to Castro and Tokens

With last week’s announcement of the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple was obviously playing catch-up in the screen size race, against Samsung in particular.

OS comes with host of new features with emphasis on health and fitness

CEO: Tim Cook launches the Apple Watch. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

When it comes to choreographing a spectacle around the ‘big reveal’, the inventor of the iPod, iPhone, iPad and, now, Apple Watch (...)

 Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new Apple Watch. Photograph: EPA/Monica Davey

The Apple Watch has the potential to become a veritable remote control for our gadgets

The new Apple Watch is displayed at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts  in Cupertino, California. Photograph: Getty

Wearable device and two iPhones debuted as Irish band releases 13th album

Apple CEO Tim Cook (left) with U2’s Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr during the Apple product launch at the Flint Center in California. Photograph: Getty

First album in five years is given away free on iTunes after appearance at product launch

Apple is uniquely positioned to deal with all those incumbents who previously stymied the widespread adoption of mobile payments. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

Apple is poised to solve a riddle that has confounded everybody else who tried to tackle it

Jennifer Lawrence, one of the most  high-profile female celebrites  whose  private images were  hacked and leaked online last week. Photograph: Monica Almeida/ The New York Times

Celebrity image leak highlights the degree to which privacy is at risk

Jeff Bezos, chief executive  of Amazon: “Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon, and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people.” Photographer: Mike Kane/Bloomberg

What does Amazon buying Twitch have to do with the future of television?

Lots of tech companies have forced us to realise the truth of the maxim that “if you’re not paying for a product, you’re not the customer, you are the product”

Facebook is the most ruthless of all at turning us into the product

CEO and president of Samsung JK Shin presenting the Samsung Galaxy S5. The company’s last quarterly results showed an alarming slump. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Relying on Google means Samsung is incapable of differentiating its offerings

Dr Sheik Umar Khan told a BBC reporter: “Even with the full kit we put on we’re at risk. I’m afraid for my life, because I cherish my life.” Photograph: Reuters/Umaru Fofana

Disease claims life of Dr Sheik Umar Khan, who was treating more than 100 patients

 Clayton Christensen: Harvard professor was on the receiving end of a scathing attack

A heated debate about disruption doesn’t change the underlying dynamics of business failure

Since Facebook’s mealy-mouthed apology, the Wall Street Journal has reported that the study was just one of hundreds of tests run by a highly active group of data scientists at the company.  Photography: Dado Ruvic/Reuters.

Issue: The social network is again guilty of a serious ethical lapse

Adrian Culliney: “Instead of developing software for content creation, there was an opportunity to help them reuse content.”

Adrian Culliney hopes helping engineers to reuse designs from previous projects will pay off

Ireland was declared top of the newly created “Good Country Index”, a measure of  how countries help others

Is Ireland really the goodest country in the world?

Elon Musk: really captures the imagination.  Photograph: AP Photo/Jae C Hong

Charismatic billionaire entrepreneur gambles on beefing up fledgling industry by opening access to patents on Tesla inventions

US whistleblower Edward Snowden chose three people he trusted with the evidence he had obtained: Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Barton Gellman. Of those, only Gellman comfortably fits the traditional definition of “journalist”. Photograph: Reuters

Opinion: the work of high-profile individual journalists such as Glenn Greenwald mirrors a change in readers’ expectations of qual(...)

Google’s new autonomous vehicle neither has a steering wheel nor pedals. Photograph: EPA/Google

Will the self-drive car have an impact?

Apple is moving to reposition itself at the intersection of desirable technology and aspirational fashion, anticipating a future d(...)

Question of the week: Do we have the right to be forgotten, as the European Court of Justice has just ruled?

Developer Guy English and MacWorld editor Jason Snell, talking to Úll founders Paul Campbell and Dermot Daly. Photograph: Ben Rice McCarthy/

Apple-focused tech conference takes a fresh approach in its third year

Thomas Piketty’s  “Capital in the 21st Century” has fuelled fierce debates about inequality. Photograph: Ed Alcock/New York Times service

The French economist’s ‘Capital in the 21st Century’ is being acclaimed as the most important book published so far this century (...)

The gross deficiencies in the modern patent system are becoming ever more apparent, as highlighted by the interminable Apple-Samsung legal spat grinds on and on. Photograph:  Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters

It protects ideas, as if they are the rarest, most valuable part of the process of innovation, and that’s a very questionable assu(...)

Less Coca-Cola was sold this quarter than a year earlier, the first such decline since 1999 – and that trend appears inexorable. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Q: Is Coca-Cola losing its fizz?

Our workload expands to fill the time allocated to it

IQ: Can we effectively regulate for a work-life balance?

It pays to be aware of your rights to ensure you’re not the unfortunate lottery loser at the departure gate. Photograph: Getty Images

After we were denied boarding on a flight to Mumbai, we quickly realised the extent to which our rights as passengers were being t(...)

Dave Wiskus, the designer behind Vesper, will be one of the speakers at the Úll conference next month. Photograph: Dave Wiskus

Úll conference to take place at Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny

A Boeing 777 Malaysian Airlines, similar to the aircraft that went missing on March 8th. Photograph: Reuters

Unsolved mysteries have an ability to fascinate us on a deep, visceral level

The NeXT cube, the original machine on which Tim Berners-Lee designed the World Wide Web, is displayed during an event at the Science Museum in London to mark 25 years since Berners-Lee submitted the first proposal for the web. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Society, commerce and individuals have all been transformed by this infrastructure

The man believed to be Bitcoin currency founder Satoshi Nakamoto talks to reporters as he arrives at his home in Temple City, California, this week. Photograph: David McNew/Reuters

The alleged revelation about the real Satoshi Nakamoto is a sideshow

Opinion: With 450 million active users, it has become the biggest messaging service in the world

Language barrier: from the Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad

Coca-Cola’s ‘America Is Beautiful’ has been called anti-American. Is this Super Bowl madness?

The report  details how the NSA and its British equivalent, GCHQ, have been “developing capabilities to take advantage of ‘leaky’ smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds

Issue: The latest Snowden revelations are clear evidence of surveillance overreach

Nest’s products include a self-learning, smartphone-controlled thermostat that learns your movements and adjusts temperature accordingly. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The purchase of Nest is a hint at the future of smart devices in the home

Helen McEntee. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES
New faces of 2013

What a difference a year makes: the new faces of 2013

Tight integration of hardware and software has become the norm following Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia.

The Snowden revelations shook the tech giants, but they had plenty of their own problems to deal with

The internet went into meltdown after Amazon’s chief executive Jeff Bezos announced his “octocopter” delivery plan. Photograph: AP

‘Personal injury lawyers are going to have a field day if one of these drones so much as scratches a pet, never mind maims an adul(...)

Davin’s Law: “Technological old age is the point at which you have more social apps on your smartphone than you have friends whom (...)

Michael DeCesare, president, McAfee. photographs: eric luke

McAfee’s president Michael DeCesare deals with the fast-changing landscape of cyber security threats on a daily basis

Leonard Kleinrock: “The culture behind the early funding is what produced the golden era of Arpa, which produced not only the internet, but timesharing, graphics, high-performance computing, artificial intelligence.” photograph: dara mac dónaill

Leonard Kleinrock gravely concerned that funding for innovation may be drying up

Spooked: Gary Oldman as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

If the secret services are a measure of the state of a nation’s political health, what do the Snowden leaks reveal?

Patrick Collison, co-founder of Stripe, at the Dublin Web Summit. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Last-minute connections were made as Elon Musk met Enda Kenny on stage

Shahzad Ahmed, at the opening day of the Web Summit.

Striving to improve the situation for human rights

David Carr: “We’re in this long dark tunnel, a pretty uncomfortable place, but I think people are holding hands more.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘New York Times’ media correspondent notes ‘smart money’ investments in media

The Irish Times stand where start-ups are pitching their ideas to us at the Web Summit. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/THE IRISH TIMES

Start-ups explain their plans for the top

Fever pitch

The Irish Times invited firms to pitch their story. Here’s a flavour of the firms we met

Tony Fadell: “A day doesn’t go past that we don’t think about our time at Apple.” photograph: dara mac dónaill

The man behind the iPod is now reinventing domestic appliances

Building a smart society is an internal process, but it is subject to the vagaries of events worldwide. Photograph: Getty Images

Reinventing Irish social models is a tricky task for a small country that is heavily influenced by external factors

In Berlin: an Ampelmann

The different ways the Irish and the Germans behave are insights into our values

Online thread: the Silk Road darknet site was closed on Wednesday

This week the FBI arrested Ross William Ulbricht, whom it claims is notorious online as the Dread Pirate Roberts, and shut a hub o(...)

Writer/producer Vince Gilligan (left) and the cast and crew of Breaking Bad appear onstage during the 65th  Emmy Awards last Sunday  in Los Angeles. Photograph:  Kevin Winter/Getty Images

What will happen to Walter White after ‘Breaking Bad ’concludes tomorrow night?

The Strypes (Evan Walsh, Josh McClorey, Ross Farrelly and Pete O’Hanlon) at Electric Picnic, where they left the crowd in a daze. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A frantic year for the teenage quartet culminates in the release of their amped-up, proudly retro first record

The iPhone 5c is basically last year’s model in a colourful skin. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Apple’s huge product launches are now iconic events in their own right, but have become conflated with innovation itself

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