The ferry, which links Passage East in Co Waterford and Ballyhack, Co Wexford, has an annual turnover of €1.6 million. Carrying up to 28 vehicles and 130 passengers, it sails seven days a week, with an average of 106 sailings per day.

Ferry integral to local transport system, for commuters, cars... and Chinese takeaway

Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

New ship will have capacity for freight, 1,885 passengers and crew, and 300 cars

Among the positions currently being recruited for at the Dublin technical hub are software development engineers, network development engineers, data centre engineering, support engineers, systems engineers, optical deployment engineers, security specialists, big data specialists, devops engineers, and a range of technical management positions.

The company’s recruiters are also stressing that experience is necessary

Amazon warehouse: the company has offices in Cork and Dublin, with the one in the capital being its technical hub in Europe. Photograph: Seán Gallup/Getty Images

Company seeks data centre technicians, software engineers and customer support staff

Give Up Yer Aul Sins, made by animation studio Brown Bag Films, received an Oscar nomination in 2001.

Animation company opens new 30,000 sq ft flagship studio in Smithfield

Just how smart is Ulla, the smart hydration reminder? Not smart enough.

Mario Queiroz, vice-president of product management at Google, with the new  Google Home device. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Latest ‘home assistant’ effectively turns your home into one big voice-controlled entity

Public sector earnings fell, but this was largely due  to temporary census-related work. Image: iStock

Rise came as average weekly earnings across economy rose by 1% - CSO

Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Competitive start fund can award up to €50,000 to each successful applicant

Angel investors are private individuals who invest in start-ups

Startup Angels say it can suppress investors and crowd the field, acting as disincentive

Deputy chief executive of Dalata Dermot Crowley (left) and Pat McCann, chief executive. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

New hotel will employ 70 people once it is operational in 2018

Pilot universal translator: offers real-time translation of languages such as Italian and French through an earpiece and a smartphone app

It may sound like science fiction, but device aims to translate languages in real time

Paul Adams of Intercom: will take part in the Intercom discussion about products and design. Photograph: Marcus Cassidy

San Francisco-headquartered firm with an office in Dublin aims to stimulate debate

The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources confirmed in April that a new national broadband contract would not be signed until 2017. With the plan expected to take between three and five years, it now risks missing the 2020 target set to deliver broadband to all households.

One in four say they would have to move to a city if broadband was unavailable

Twitter said it would make new tweets beginning with an @name visible to all followers, and also allow users to quote their own tweets to add extra comentary if needed.

Tweak gives you 24 extra characters to play with

Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

You’re only as strong as your password - so make sure it’s a good one

Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Genuine accounts had profile photograph, bio and names changed to push adult sites

While we may be a few months off yet, the speculation is already increasing as claimed leaks point to possible features in the iPhone 7.

Here are the 5 things Apple are likely to do

Thousands of mobile users were left without access to their voicemail services after Three Ireland suffered a technical glitch.

Company says problem affected less than 10% of its customer base

Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

New data shows annual fall widened to 3.8% in the year to April

The first event took place at the Salesforce World Tour Event in London, with 24 young people working in teams mixing students with visual impairment and sighted children

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New features include an ultra-wide-angle lens, full HD movies, wifi and near field communications so you can easily share images, and on-camera editing with Creative Shots filters and effects.

Built-in features added in bid to convince consumers to buy standalone camera

The Ripcord  takes the 5V supplied by the USB port and turns it into 9V, so you can power mini amps, guitar pedals or similar devices with one small cable from your laptop

USB power cable powers mini amps and guitar pedals that need a 9V power source

MonBaby: €179

The MonBaby Smart Button fits to your child’s onesie like a large button

Salesforce currently employs around 700 people in Ireland where it has an office in Sandyford. Photograph: Reuters

Marketing and sales software firm will create 1,200 new European jobs in next year

The dust is settling on the keynote at Google’s I/O developer conference, and there is a lot to be excited about.

Google has been working on a voice activated helper for your home

Our challenge puts five leading phones to the test under various conditions

John Hurley: took over as Ryanair’s chief technology officer about 18 months ago

The airline known for its hard-selling website is changing its digital strategy

Autoaddress:  app can be used to help locate properties and store contact information for addresses. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Free Autoaddress product helps to find codes and share address locations

Web browsers for gamers, privacy fiends and creaking systems

Male Close-up electronic payment hand cell phone market

Raising of limit on transactions to €30

Irish users embrace Google’s browser on desktop and mobile

Is Twitter about to relax the 140-character limit? Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Reports claim company is planning to remove links, photos from character count

Company says there has been a strong start to the current financial year

Liam Casey, founder and chief executive, PCH: “We won’t engage unless there’s a big design aspect to it,” he says. “We’re not taking on the ego projects.”

Since opening in San Francisco, PCH, the Cork incubation firm, has helped a range of products to market

Apple chief executive Tim Cook and Steve Jobs’s widow Laurene Powell. An Irish company  has received investment through a US-based firm linked to Ms Powell Jobs. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

StoryToys receives $1 million investment from Amplify Education Partners, accounts show

Catherine Duffy: fills  chairwoman position  on a three-year term.  Photograph: Keith Arkins

Head of firm’s aviation finance practice succeeds Paul White who will stay on as partner

UA Healthbox: €479

The package has an activity tracking wristband, heart rate monitor and wifi scales

Svet lightbulb: $100

Svet claims its bulbs will help to keep your biological clock in check

Flyboard Air in action: between charges it will only run for 10 minutes though, so you’d have to time your journeys carefully, or face a long walk home.

This prototype claims to go at speeds of up to 150km/h and reach heights of 10,000ft

Photograph: iStock

Company buys Altaveedan Wind Farm, its third wind investment in NI in 18 months

Data security design: the ultimate aim of the new regulations should be a more streamlined data protection system, with harmonised legislation throughout the EU

Companies will face stiffer penalties for data breaches under overdue new laws

Evan Gray of Laundrie: the laundry pick- up/drop off service launched last June

Dublin start-up is one of a new crop offering services enabled by technology

Ryanair chief technology officer John Hurley: “Think of how Amazon works: you store all your account details. MyRyanair is your account.”

Airline seeking to become Amazon for travel with MyRyanair service

Regina Breheny, director general of the Irish Venture Capital Association:  “Life sciences deals don’t happen every quarter.”

Total venture capital funding of €237m was raised by SME sector in first quarter

Increasingly sophisticated ad blocking software, in addition to moves by both Apple and mobile network Three to limit advertising on their platforms, will cause a further threat to revenue, with more mobile operators set to follow Three’s lead.

Increasingly sophisticated software will cause a further threat to revenue, says Juniper Research

Periscope is set to offer drone users the ability to live stream their aerial footage direct to its platform, supporting DJI’s drones initially.

SLive streaming company is also rolling out new search function for broadcast topics

Netflix says it wants to give customers more control and choice.

Service has introduced new controls aimed at avoiding nasty shocks in data bills

BoomStick: boosts the sound you get from your standard headphones, making it sound richer and more detailed

Simple device will enhance the sound quality of any earphones

A plant, a plug and a natural source of energy for your phone

But households remain cautious as international worries, Brexit fears weigh

Semiconductor visionaries: Seán Mitchell, David Moloney and John Bourke – co-founders of Movidius which develops vision-sensing technology. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Movidius reprocessed its 3D expertise to satisfy demand for ‘vision intelligence’

Can HTC recover lost ground with a new flagship phone?

Photograph: Thinkstock

A third would leave their provider if they didn’t offer up to date technology, survey finds

Intel has about 4,500 employees and about 700 long-term contract workers in Ireland, mainly in the chipmaker’s largest site in Europe, outside Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Leixlip-based company is not making any comment on lay-off numbers as it begins one-on-one meetings

 Willy Kelly, managing director, Micromail; Aisling Curtis, small mid-market solutions & partner director for Microsoft Ireland; and John Purdy, chief executive, Ergo

Firm will continue operate independently

 Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

New funding will help firm build team, develop products

SL Controls managing director Keith Moran. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

Company already employs 51 people in Ireland and the UK

Microsoft’s staff work on innovative ideas at one of the 45 Garage chapters around the world.

The computer giant has slipped from the public imagination but the Garage aims to change that

Intel confirmed Ireland would be impacted by the company cuts and that employees would be notified “within 72 hours of May 4th” in relation to job losses.  Photograph: Reuters

Intel cutting 12,000 jobs globally as it struggles with falling demand for PCs

The deal with Fathom is just one signed by Movidius this year.

Irish company Movidius is driving technology that helps machines to teach themselves

Pavlok Shock Clock: $99

You will be a morning person, or suffer the consequences

GoPro Omni: $4,999

GoPro Omni Camera allows you to shoot360 degree action footage

HP Spectre X2: €1,299

HP Spectre X2 is a slim yet substantial hybrid device that you can use for work or entertainment

Facebook, which owns Whatsapp, plans to keep investing in its platform over the coming three years. Image: Reuters

Latest results show benefits of bold moves made by company

Lero’s Mike Hinchey with his mother

Lero director had worked with Nasa for 10 years before returning to Ireland in 2008

Brett Meyers: “Irish companies can take over the world. The banks can’t get rid of high rates but we can, so CurrencyFair wants to help startups and SMEs grow.”

Fintech firm will offer 500 Irish companies fee-free international money transfers

 Elva Carri, Pamela Newenham, and Aine Mulloy of GirlCrew. Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography

GirlCrew has recently been named as one of Google’s latest Adopt A Start-up participants

Getty says Google turning users into “accidental pirates”. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Search engine accused of scraping images from photography site into its own galleries

Photograph:  Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

Company reported rising services revenue, but it has a long way to go to replace iPhone

John O’Dwyer, chief executive of VHI. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Move comes following Central Bank authorisation last year

Vacuum cleaner innovator says its latest product will reduce heat damage to hair

Company says it will give more back to shareholders with 10% rise in dividend and $35bn added to ‘capital return programme’

Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Some customer details posted to website Pastebin in recent days

Nest is designed to learn as it goes, adapting to your lifestyle

DoBox: connects Apple devices to external devices

Kickstarter project in production the first portable wireless dock for Apple devices

HTC 10: has a 5.2 inch screen and improved camera. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

New flagship smartphone has 12 megapixel camera and able to record 4K videos

Apple Pay: can be used with the firm’s smartwatch

Contactless payment has taken on a whole new meaning with potential for a lot more than a swipe card

Emilia Douglas wearing a cloth nappy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Cloth nappies can be sold on. Try doing that with disposables; you won’t get too far

A woman touches a virtual reality 3D glasses as she and a man sit in a car before the shareholders’ meeting of the Daimler AG in Berlin, Germany: it fell 2.1 per cent. Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP Photo

Investors nervous as oil producers meet in Doha to discuss output freeze

Loyal followers: fans watch Loughmore-Castleiney play. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

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The Ulla (€24) will remind you to  sip water regularly throughout the day

Smart sensor knows when you aren’t following optimal hydration schedule

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball has a bin that is bigger and self-cleaning

The new P9 smartphone by Chinese tech company Huawei

Partnership with Leica helps give camera phone an edge in picture quality

VMware’s offices in Cork Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Company employs more than 800 people at Ballincollig campus

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Company has already donated more than €8m in the past 12 months

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., speaks during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco. Photograph: Michael Short/Bloomberg

Company hires Google’s Regina Dugan to head up hardware division

Apple: leading the way in developing mobile and wearable contactless payments sector.  Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Reasearch by Juniper says mobile and wearable payments could reach €95bn by 2018

Slack founder Stewart Butterfield. The company  currently has 30 people at its existing European base in the Digital Hub in Dublin and now plans to hire an additional 80 as it moves its European headquarters to the capital. Photograph: Jason Henry

Tech firm set to increase Irish workforce by 80 and plans to employ 180 by end of 2017

Photograph: Toby Melville/Files/Reuters

Deal marks further reduction of retailer’s presence in Asia following sale of Korean arm last year

The Huawei P9: Henry Cavill aka Superman not included.  Photograph: Getty Images

Huawei’s flagship phone hopes to dazzle with in-built Leica camera

But consultancy firm warns increased costs and lack of skilled resources are potential threats

Dyson Pure Cool Link: From £350

Fan cools down your room as its sensors measure the air quality

Clairy: it looks a bit industrial but it works out cheaper than buying a standalone air purifier with a connected app

Smart plant pot sucks in polluntants in your home and spews out clean, fresh air

Lumia 650 is a decent handset for the price. Just don’t expect too much of it

DAA is to push ahead with plans for a new runway at Dublin Airport, in a bid to ensure further growth at the airport.

New runway to be built 1.6km north of the current main runway

Darragh Curran: “Growing means a strong R&D team.”

Silicon Valley company with office in Dublin has 10,000 customers worldwide

 Apple  iPad Pro 9.7 inch. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

The iPhone SE draws on the iPhone 5 and 5s and the iPad Pro 9.7 inch mixes older iPad size with newer Pro design

The new P9 smartphone from Chinese company Huawei during the phone’s launch at Battersea Evolution in London on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Manufacturer highlights camera prowess, created in partnership with Leica Camera

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