A user scans for an available vehicle using the Uber  app. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Consumers are benefiting from more options, more convenience and better service in brave new world

 CoderDojo Coolest Projects: Openet Pitching Stage will give the children taking part in Coolest Projects the chance to sell their idea to the crowd. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Each pitch will be five minutes long, and will be handled through an interview with RTÉ DJ and presenter Stephen Byrne

PhoneWatch: set up in 1991

Move comes as research shows small amount of homeowners have installed alarms

Device allows users to access the super-fast broadband speeds they’ve paid for

TT’s cutting-edge cockpit has no physical dials or gauges

The Samsung Gear VR, priced $199, uses your Note 4 or Galaxy S6 to bring virtual reality right to you

A budget virtual reality device currently in development that looks promising

Providence Resources chief executive Tony O’Reilly said it was a year of “significant progress” despite a challenging backdrop for the industry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

But pretax losses increase to more than €11 million in 2014

Agri-services group maintains guidance for full year

eSentire’s security operations centre uses analysts to continuously identify threats around the clock. Photograph: Thinkstock

Security company will base its European headquarters and security operations centre in Ireland

Aer Lingus Regional showed a strong start to 2015, the company said.

More than 338,000 passengers have flown with the airline in the first four months of the year

Company remains on the acquisition trail as it talks to potential targets

Qualtrics chief executive Ryan Smith with Taoiseach Enda Kenny: the tech firm has leased a building close to St Stephen’s Green and it has more space than it needs to accommodate the planned 250-strong workforce. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Irish office to play integral part in development of US-based tech firm

 Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the opening of the company’s first Dublin office in 2013.  Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Company on track to exceed original target of 150 employees within three years

Musgrave said it was planning to develop a strategic partnership with Booker to collaborate on store formats, digital innovation, buying opportunities, sharing of best practice and to achieve cost savings and efficiencies for the business.

Company had been working on turnaround of business and had reduced losses

Kingspan chairman Eugene Murtagh and chief executive Gene Murtagh. The plan to buy Vicwest’s building products division was originally announced in November. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Regulators recently approved sale of firm’s building products division to insulation manufacturer

Ryan Smith: founder of Qualtrics

Utah-based start-up has its European headquarters in Dublin

Updated model lighter, smaller, quieter and easier to handle

It can heat a room up or cool it down – and it looks very, very stylish

Meditation meets technology in mindfulness device

Vodafone has also partnered with ESB for a €450 million fibre to the home joint venture that will roll out high speed broadband to 50 towns across Ireland.. Photograph: Toby Melville/Files/Reuters

But contract subscriptions show growth and enterprise revenues rise over year

A rise in digital ad revenue helped offset a declin in published ads in the weeks to May 1st 2015, Independent News & Media said. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Market conditions showing some improvement, media group says

Greencore chief executive  Patrick Coveney said the group delivered good financial and strategic progress in the first half of the year. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Growth driven by stronger ‘food to go’ market

Scatterpillar Designs, run by Dublin designer Jacinta Leigh, turns your child’s art creations into toys made from their old clothes and canvasses for your wall

A number of women set up their own firms when they see gaps in the market

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella at the Build conference in San Francisco: ‘Microsoft has bold ambitions for platforms that empower developers across Windows, Azure and Office.’ Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

At its Build conference, the software giant made clear developers were central to its plans

Kevin Abosch: ‘Imagine empowering your devices with intelligence that prioritises your best interests.’

Irish tech firm is to open a deep-learning lab in Massachusetts

Huawei Talkband B2 €170. If you have a burning need for a Bluetooth headset that’s always handy, the B2 is for you.

Hybrid tracker attempts to make the Bluetooth headset a wearable accessory

The tiny quadcopter is perfect for wowing your friends with flips and tricks

Poppy

Want to have your photos and videos in 3D? This simple device will let you do just that

ChannelSight chief executive John Beckett: ‘What’s cutting edge is what we’ve developed for after the customer clicks the buy-it-now button.’

Multinational plans to add buy-it-now buttons to media platforms across 25 markets

 Ebay chief executive John Donahoe: “We’ve gone from 26 employees in Ireland in 2003 to over 3,000 today.” Photograph: Philip Leonard

Ireland to remain a key territory for the company, insists Ebay chief executive

President and CEO of eBay John Donahoe  at PayPal’s Dublin office today.

John Donahoe: we’re encouraging our employees to vote - they can choose how they vote

Passenger numbers at Aer Lingus fell 4.5 per cent in April as the airline’s short haul routes carried fewer travellers.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Long haul shows rise in year to date as airline implements ‘demand led’ strategies

Microsoft’s Surface 3 and Apple’s iPad Air 2 are tested to see which comes out on top

Microsoft has shown off Hololens in public and demonstrated its capabilities

Microsoft’s new holographic system isn’t market-ready but it’s one to watch

Smartphone gaming: low-cost apps and convenience feeds consumer demand for 24/7 play

Survey reports increasing move to mobile and online platforms for games

Event includes four-week mentoring programme to work on start-up ideas

Ozobot follows pathways you hand draw, or map out on a tablet.

Mini robots bring fun to coding, programming and robotics

Mini lighting set up aimed at macro photography and videography

It doesn’t help that they’re billed as ‘pyjamas for your ears’

Sound women: Rhona Togher and Eimear O’Carroll preparing to launch a set of headphones with the relief therapy built in.

New tinnitus treatment can be used daily, through stimulation of the inner ear and by also providing a soothing sound

Can a computer accurately guess your age based on a single photograph?

Tech giant launches new website that claims to be able to tell age of people

Microsoft is to introduce new tools for Windows 10 making it easier for developers to reuse code for software. Picture: Bloomberg.

Company announces plans at its ongoing Build conference in San Francisco

Paul Walsh (left), Dell’s chief information officer, with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and president of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Dell Aongus Hegarty at the announcement of Dell’s decision to create 100 innovation technology R&D roles at its Limerick Campus. Photograph: Don Moloney / Press 22

Irishman brings background experience in customer support to senior executive role at Dell

A Cirquit.tv touchscreen installed in HMV

Platform to promote concerts and films rolled out in HMV stores in Dublin

Kernel Capital has six funds, with about 80 portfolio companies

Kernel has six funds with about 80 portfolio companies

Chinese phone-maker hits new heights with flagship smartphone

Mini Emu offers console emulators in one box. From €169

Touchscreen, internet-connected photo frame for real-time updates

Dell is to create 100 research and development jobs at its Limerick campus. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Recruitment to begin straight away for highly skilled roles

Dave Keating: “The security team feels there’s a lack of understanding or appreciation of the responsibilities of regular users of IT systems within organisations to be on the lookout for security incidents, what they look like, and what they should do when they see them.”

Lack of information and education on security and use of social media pose biggest risks

Track your activity, sleep and food with Jawbone’s latest device

New heater/cooler inspired by the Coanda effect to revamp devices

Kickstarter projects turns toys into an open source robot project

After a five-year hiatus, the air guitar favourite is back following a major overhaul, with a new real-world environment and new o(...)

From left-right, David Schneider, Robert Gentz and Rubin Ritter of Zalando,   ring the bell during the initial public offering of the company, at the Frankfurt stock exchange last year.  The online fashion platform is to crete 200 jobs in Dublin over the next three years.

Company recruiting data scientists, software engineers for new fashion insights centre

Dragon Oil said it had seen average gross production in the Cheleken Contract Area rise about 23 per cent to 88,700 barrels of oil per day in the first quarter of the year. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Exploration firm is targeting 100,000 barrels of oil per day

Carluccio’s, one of the restaurants that has signed up with Deliveroo, which will  bring food from more than 40 Dublin restaurants direct to customers.

New service brings food from some of Dublin’s top restaurants direct to the doorstep

Brett Meyers: expected to add 50 jobs here by the end of 2015.

Venture capital firm Octopus joins in round for the Dublin-based money exchange platform, which pitches itself as the cheapest way(...)

HP ZBook 15U G2: €2,367

This new notebook is a good workhorse machine as long as you don’t expect too much

Selfie Snapper: €21

Come in, selfie stick, your time is up

Lumo projector: $499

Device turns your child’s room into a stimulating play space

Sean Mitchell, David Moloney and John Bourke of Movidius. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Movidius’s new chip Myriad 2 is about 20 times more powerful than its predecessor

Boxever chief executive Dave O’Flanagan: “Laura brings vast financial, strategic, and business leadership experience to our team, and a long, successful history of building world-class organisations through smart and transformational financial management.”

Former Skype executive taking up reins has 20 years experience in technology companies

Movidius currently has its headquarters in Silicon Valley, and a design centre in Romania, and is expected to announce further job increases at its international offices in the coming months.

Irish tech firm to push innovation as internet of things drives demand for visual sensing products

Connemara Mining is  starting an initial prospecting programme in the coming days. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Initial prospecting programme to start in coming days with first results expected in July

Aminex said it expects to reap the rewards of a decade of exploration in Tanzania. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Company says it expects to ‘reap rewards’of a decade of exploration in Tanzania

A line of the new Apple Watch is seen displayed at an Apple Store in New York

Mixed reception no dampener on enthusiasm for Apple Watch

A European Union (EU) flag, left, flies alongside a Greek national flag beneath the Parthenon temple on Acropolis Hill in Athens. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

Lack of institutional coherence has damaged the euro area, French economist says

ClevaMama was set up by two Dublin mothers.

Company will begin sales from next month

The turnover index for manufacturing industries was 1.4 per cent higher than in January, and 24.3 per cent up on February 2014.

Traditional sector shows 2.2 per cent growth in February

Consumer prices continued to fall on an anual basis  in March, new figures showed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

But impact of water charges begins to show as housing costs rise compared with 2014

Sony Xperia Z3: Best for photographs with decent manual controls

Before you trade up to a new smartphone – and the choice is huge – think what features matter most to you

Watch out: app developers have had to do a lot of re-imagining to cope with the Apple Watch’s small screen size. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Irish app developers are using simulators ahead of official release in two weeks’ time

PennyOwl’s app will launch on Android and iOS in the US.

Company aims to teach children about money management through money app

Money, money: Operators stand to generate up to $14 billion in revenue over the next five years from content paid for through carrier billing

Consumers seeking easier way to pay for content

The Withings Activité fitness tracker

A (pricey) wearable that might actually count as wearable – who knew?

 Shannen Doran, Catholic Guides, of Ireland(CGI), Emma Ormonde (CGI), Aaron O’Callaghan, Scouting Ireland, Sarah Kennedy, CGI and Kayleigh Gallagher, Scouting Ireland at the launch of Tech Week. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Students from around the country are being encouraged to engage with technology

New Absolute cordless cleaner makes its debut too

Head of Samsung mobile in the UK and Ireland, Conor Pierce: “The S6 has really been crafted around the feedback we’ve got from consumers. We have to learn from our success and learn from some of the lessons from the past.” Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images.

The world’s top Android smartphone maker will be introducing its pay technology to see off competition

Google is expected by eMarketer to account for about 55 per cent of the search ad market, despite a ban in China.  Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Spend on digital adverts forecast to hit $171bn, with search ads earning $81bn

David Walsh: “This fund is a key pillar of our overall strategy to support the growth of Irish SMEs and to help build digital expertise within those organisations.”

Digital Boost initiative designed to help SMEs build a presence online

Arcade favourite joins Tetris, Rubix cube and Minecraft inspired lamps

Portable battery will charge up your smartwatch and electronics

The  Galaxy S6: wireless charging is built in, although you’ll have to shell out extra for the charging pad. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Galaxy smartphones go high-end with greatly improved displays and casing

Signal has raised $1.8 million in funding as it seeks to expand its business. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Firm is backed by Dublin’s Frontline Ventures as it takes on media monitoring market

The Live Register, which also includes part-time and casual workers, fell by 1.3 per cent month on month. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Number of long-term claimants signing on falls 10.6 per cent in year to March

The deal to buy Ontario-based Affinity will help FD expand its software and consulting services within the Internet of Things.

Latest deal continues FD’s string of acquisitions

The Surface 3 has full Windows software and runs on an Intel Atom x7 chip.

Tablet ditches Windows RT as it goes for mid-range market

NearForm counts publishing giant Condé Nast and Universal among its customers, along with Intel, Qualcomm and DPD

Waterford-based company specialises in bringing cloud computing to large enterprises

Overall, Irish hourly labour costs showed a decline of 0.2 per cent compared with 2013,

But costs still among the top 10 in the EU, new survey from Eurostat shows

Interactive learning resource covers new Companies Act in first offering

Moody’s changed in the review status on Permanent TSB following  the European Commission’s approval in principle of the bank’s restructuring plan. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

But the bank’s deposit ratings and senior debt ratings still on review for downgrade

Twitter has launched Periscope, a live streaming app. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Company takes on Meerkat with ability to replay videos on new app

Profit from continuing operations at IFG fell to £4.6 million from £5 million a year earlier Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Company has sold off five businesses including its Irish pension and advisory division

Fastnet has been awarded the Ventry Licensing Option in the North Celtic Sea Basin.

Firm also extends options in East Mizzen, Shanagarry and Block 49/13 for 18 months

Windows 10 for phones ties in with the desktop version of the software; in fact, it’s all the same

Microsoft has a lot of ground to make up, but its new operating system might lure users to its smartphones

 Last year’s Cool Projects event at DCU which included 250 projects from children aged seven to 17. Photograph: Conor McCabe

The exhibition for young coders expects to see about 500 projects at the RDS

Former Samsung executive Dale Sohn

Chief executive Catriona Barry said Dale Sohn brings valuable experience to the firm

Mocoro Robot Cleaning Ball: changes direction when it hits an obstacle.

Mocoro Robot Cleaning Ball roams floors on battery power

Lightors is hoping to change the fate of the humble battery by making it more convenient than your average rechargeable

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