The National Lottery said it is the first lottery company in the world to launch such an automated Twitter service for players

Initiative allows lotto players to receive draw results by tweeting @NationalLottery

The launch of an online database of 70,000 people buried in Mount Saint Lawrence Cemetery is the first in a series of cemetery projects aimed at establishing a social history of Limerick. Samm.ie is aimed at less tech-savvy SME owners and managers, allowing businesses to get online within minutes. Photograph: Adam Peck/PA Wire

Access to ecommerce trade is made easy and instant with smart new internet tool

Apple’s iPhone sales may have fallen for the second quarter in a row, but chief executive Tim Cook remained reasonably upbeat.

Apple’s iPhone sales are still falling but Tim Cook is taking an upbeat view

  Samsung  stand at the    Consumer Electronics Show  in Las Vegas: Rumour has it that Samsung’s   Note 7 – to be unveiled on August 2nd – will have the curved screen of the Edge range. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

Rumours of iris scanners and super-sized storage ahead of Galaxy Unpacked 2016

A verified Twitter account is that blue and white tick beside your name saying that Twitter believes you are who you claim to be

Securing that all-important blue tick on your Twitter account to verify who you are

The Tiny1 camera is designed for use in low-light situations

Camera allows long exposures to capture celestial bodies and provides star map

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney: “The Sandwich Factory will extend our reach into customer channels in which we are currently under-represented.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Deal with Cranswick makes ‘strategic sense’ for company, says chief executive Coveney

If you have a Windows 7 or 8 machine that you might want to upgrade in the future, you’ll have to do it before July 29th or face paying for it in the future.

The window for Microsoft’s free upgrade is drawing to a close – and fast

Yahoo was up nearly 1 per cent. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Dublin finishes slightly lower at 5,805.29, down 0.16 per cent, on a quieter day

iPhone 6: getting rid of apps, photos and old message can help – while deleting music is a last resort. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Got the dreaded ‘storage almost full’ warning? These tips will help clean up your iPhone

The incident in which a receptionist was sent home from her temp job at PwC in London because she wasn’t wearing heels reignited the debate about what constituted smart office wear

Salesforce vice-president Melissa Di Donato says confident women will overcome sexism and take their rightful places in the board(...)

Eoghan McCabe, CEO of Intercom: the firm has overhauled its messaging platform in a bid to rival some of the consumer messaging apps

New service, with GIF and emoji support, was developed by the firm’s R&D team in Dublin

ECB president Mario Draghi: he said the ECB’s accommodative monetary policy and central banks’ pledges to provide liquidity had helped “keep market stress contained”

‘Too early’ to assess impact of Brexit vote on euro zone recovery

Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/File Photo/Reuters

Bank reports profit of DKK9.4bn in first half of 2016

Blockchain was the subject of discussion at the recent Inspirefest event in Dublin

Unlike bitcoin, this technology can prosper , leading a revolution across the fintech sector

Crowdfunding provides small, capital-lite companies with an instant pool of funding to develop projects, leapfrogging banks and the more traditional route of seed funds and venture capital backers

Campaigns to rope in backers are becoming slicker as competition for funding gets ever fiercer

The Jabra Steel is designed to resist dust, water, grime and dirt

Product aimed at outdoor workers who need something durable, reliable and with good noise-cancelling technology

Photograph: iStock

But opponents say agreement will block biosimilar drugs from entering Irish market

New office is 34th location for fast-growing tech firm

Privacy campaigner Max Schrems. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Case was sparked by privacy campaigner Max Schrems’ complaint to data protection watchdog

IEDR chief executive David Curtin: “By creating a regulated secondary market, we are providing increased access to a respected and valued domain while protecting consumers from rogue traders”

Secondary market proposals a response to increased demand for dot.ie domains

The new face of emojiis: it’s World Emoji Day on Sunday. And things are about to change again.

Because we can’t talk about Pokémon Go forever

It doesn’t look likely that Nintendo will add any more games for the system.

The updated version will hook up to your high-definition TV, good for classic games

The Nest Cam outdoor camera: Video streams live to your smartphone or tablet, and you can use the app to talk to your visitors, welcome or no.

The motion-sensitive always on camera can send alerts to your smart phone

SeeSense founders Philip and Irene McAleese: funding will be used develop new product, develop sales and marketing and carry out more city trials

Co Down firm that makes ‘intelligent’ bike lights is halfway to £500,000 target

Photograph: Victor  Blue/Bloomberg

Gotta catch ‘em all? Be prepared for the long haul

Ciara Clancy, Beats Medical.

Irish startup will present ideas to panel of healthcare leaders at Florida Hospital InnovationX

Vodafone Smart Platinum 7: €399

Great phone for the price, but the camera lets it down a little

Bagel: $69 (€62)

Bagel is a smart measuring tape that will adapt for what you need

Epson EH-TW9300W: projector will stream content from your smartphone and games console

Epson wireless projector offers 4K video in your living room

Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Higher insurance costs offset by lower prices for petrol, diesel

Bank Of Ireland, College Green, Dublin . Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Move may threaten plan to resume dividend payments according to analysts

Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo smiles while posing with the trophy after Portugal won the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on July 10th.  Photograph: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images

Portugal forward came out on top with 3.6m Facebook ‘likes’ by the end of Euro ’16

The Ada Lovelace Initiative began in Dublin, but has since signed up schools in Cavan, Louth, Kildare, Donegal and elsewhere

Ada Lovelace Initiative holds free tech talks aimed at transition year pupils

Move comes amid surge in number of companies seeking to start in Ireland

Photograph: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Fears over Google account access spark privacy debate over augmented reality game

First it was WhatsApp, now it seems Facebook Messenger is about to up its security levels.

Service will also have disappearing messages, Snapchat-style

Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game that send you out into the real world armed with nothing but your smartphone to capture Pokemon. It’s like a virtual treasure hunt. And it’s taken the world by storm.

Gotta catch ’em all? Prepare to become addicted.

Apple unveiled iOS 10 at its developer conference in San Francisco in June, and it’s expected to go out for general release this autumn. But if you can’t wait that long, you might want to look at the public beta programme. It’s your chance to get your hands on the new software for your iPhone and iPad before its general release later this year.

Want to try out the newest version of Apple’s software? Here’s how

Part of Snapchat’s  selling point has always been its spontaneity. Things are shared on Snapchat as they happen and then disappear either after a few seconds or, in the case of photos added to users’ shared galleries known as Stories, within 24 hours.

First Stories, now Memories...what’s going on with Snapchat?

If you can’t stand the heat...

David Nihill spent a year as comedian Irish Dave and founded the online platform FunnyBizz, which puts writers in touch with companies that need their help. Photograph: Loic Le Muer

David Nihill spent a year as a stand-up to try to master the art of public speaking

IE Domain Registry chief executive David Curtin said “E-commerce functionality is . . . just as important as any other aspect of running a business.”

Ireland’s domain registry says acquisition of new addresses is up nearly 50%

Beyond the script: Code Institute works with industry advisors to develop and keep up to date courses it says are addressing the skills gap that exists in the industry both in Ireland and overseas

Code Institute to use funds to roll out courses across Europe in data and analytics

Sony Xperia X:  good design and good  camera but why ditch the waterproof rating?

At €599, Sony’s flagship phone has a less powerful chip than some of the competition

The smart wallet connects to your Android or Apple phone via Bluetooth, and alerts you if you try to leave without it

Xbox One S: will be here before the end of the summer

Xbox One S has 4K streaming support, High Dynamic Range and 2TB hard drive

Photograph: iStock

Company is eyeing future growth in Internet of Things

Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Total register now stands at 305,600, with long term claimants showing a decline

Mary Carty: “We’ve been inundated with people calling us wanting to bring Outbox to their city.”   Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Programme provides seed funding, mentorship and support to girls under 22

John McCabe, Damovo Global Services and Ireland managing director: “Our strategic investments in technical and sales resources across the group are enabling us to build a high performance business here and this reinvigoration has delivered a marked turnaround in all aspects of our operations.”

Enterprise communications company targeting growth for global services division

Four airlines operating out of both terminals at the airport have signed up to use the new check-in kiosks – Aer Lingus, Ryanair, CityJet and Flybe – but it is expected that others will follow.

New self-service kiosks aim to cut the queues

The entrance to Dublin Port. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Almost 51m tonnes of goods were handled in 2015, new data shows

IDA Ireland chief executive  Martin Shanahan. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

IDA-backed investments in first half of 2016 to create more than 9,000 jobs

David Walsh, chief executive  of  Netwatch, and Andrew Bourg, investment director with Development Capital. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Carlow-based firm plans to focus on international growth

“This exceptional technology will help us to economically and efficiently develop the significant reserve base and exploration potential of Licence 61,” said Dennis Francis, chief executive of PetroNeft Resources.

Exploration firm to add a fourth well at Arbuzovskoye

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Company launched mobile phone network in October last year with sim-only plans

The country needs to embrace digitisation to maintain global competitiveness, particularly in light of the UK’s decision to exit the European Union, BCG said. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

BCG says leading role could yield up 190,000 jobs in next four years

John Collison, co-founder and president of Stripe: it now supports credit card payments in 139 different currencies. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Product will allow firms to link with over a billion potential buyers and sellers

Evros managing director Brian Larkin:  We were looking to bolt on Microsoft Azure and public cloud on to that solution and also the Sharepoint consultancy wing. That’s really what drove the acquisition.”

Dublin-based IT managed services firm financed cash deal from reserves

“We don’t get inspired by surrounding ourselves with people who are the same as us,” said Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Diversity celebrated at conference in Dublin on Thursday

Women make up a sizeable proportion of the gaming audience

Developer Brenda Romero addresses some of myths

Silent Partner: $99

Device creates small noise-cancelling field around the offending noisy sleeper

Sony MDR-100 ABN: €289

These noise-cancelling headphones are garish and expensive, but worth the money

OnePlus 3: €399

The new mobile phone has fast charging, a 16 megapixel camera and 6GB of RAM

Pictured are Elva Carri, Pamela Newenham, Aine Mulloy all from GirlCrew. Picture by Shane O’Neill Photography.

Winners will attend Israel’s leading tech conference DLD Tel Aviv

If someone can get into your phone, they essentially have your entire life at their fingertips – and access to all your accounts. Bank of Ireland’s advice is to use a second email address for social media, not the one that is attached to your online banking details, to add an extra layer of security. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

Reliance on mobile phones for online payments could leave us vulnerable

One of the major pillars of traffic-easing measures is the establishment of viable public transport networks in a bid to move private cars off the roads. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Two million smart parking spaces will be in global use within five years, improving both commercial and private traffic flow

A 2014 report on the future of Ireland’s digital shopping by UPC estimated that consumers would spend close to €6 billion online that year. It was predicted that this figure would rise to €12.7 billion by 2020 A 2014 report on the future of Ireland’s digital shopping by UPC estimated that consumers would spend close to €6 billion online that year. It was predicted that this figure would rise to €12.7 billion by 2020

Most retailers benefit from a presence online but it also puts them in competition with sellers the world over

Microsoft has announced it is planning to shut down the Xbox Fitness service over the next year, finally pulling the plug on June 30th 2017.

Forum is seeing unhappy customers venting over having their purchases rendered useless

Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

European markets see some gains but market analysts unsure of outlook

A scene from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”: Williams has worked with JJ Abrams’ film company Bad Robot, on unconscious gender bias in film. This one has been praised for its diversity in the lead characters

Judith Williams built a career helping the tech industry to tackle their lack of diversity

Dyson Supersonic: €399

Drying your hair causes damage, but Dyson reckons its device will minimise it

Panasonic’s latest addition has 1,700 watts of power and Bluetooth technology

Broadcast T-shirt has tiny LEDs woven into it that you can programme into whatever slogan you want

 NiamhTownsend at Dell, Cherrywood Science and Technology Park. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Getting her hands dirty at Enterprise and Donnelly helped her into the driving seat

A gamer uses an Oculus Rift headset in the Oculus booth during the annual E3 2016 gaming conference in Los Angeles this week. Photograph: Getty Images

Hands on with the latest in virtual reality

Even if the extra bass isn’t an essential for you, the sound quality off these headphones is great

About 2,000 people have paid a fee for the privilege of buying one when it goes on sale in 2018

 Former Storyful chief executive Mark Little is to take over as head of Twitter’s Irish subsidiary on July 1st. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Twitter Ireland boss Stephen McIntyre is stepping down to join Frontline Ventures

Known in Ireland as Sports Manager, the company’s software is used by 52 sports organisations to manage player data and league competitions, with almost one million people covered by it

The sports technology firm is expanding after getting €270,000 from West by Northwest

Lenovo Moto Z: made from aluminium and stainless steel with a quad HD Amoled display that measures 5.5 inches

Phone uses snap-on extras to boost sound, battery and comes with 13MP camera

Apple chief executive Tim Cook delivers the keynote address at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Photograph: Gabrielle Lurie/AFP/Getty Images

Worldwide Developer Conference hears Siri to be available to other applications

A fan experiences PlayStation VR at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Rich Polk/Getty Images

Microsoft shows off new hardware as Sony keeps its focus on new games

 Microsoft’s  Xbox’s Forza Horizon 3 at E3.

Microsoft and Sony plan new products

The Apple watch with fitness tracker

It’s speedy and has refined its fitness elements

Apple’s vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi speaks at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, onJune 13th, 2016. (Photograph: GABRIELLE LURIE/AFP/Getty Images)

Face recognition in photos, voicemail transcription and Safari split-view for the iPad are just some of the new features for iOS (...)

Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, introducing software kit  that lets programmers integrate Siri into their apps. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

MacOS Sierra will allow people to copy things on iPhone and access them on Mac

Dublin Castle: location for   next year’s Digital Global Summit to be held in May. Photograph: Frank Miller

Retail, capital, manufacturing, services and health targeted for business strategy event

Ryanair said it grew its Irish traffic by 70% last year. Photograph: PA Wire

Growth comes as airline vies to become ‘Amazon of air travel’

Pictured at the launch of Ibec’s poster campaign were Kevin Toland, chief executive, DAA  and Danny McCoy, chief executive of Ibec.  Photograph: Gary O’Neill

Business group highlighting political, cultural and commercial ties with UK

Ryanair is expanding its hotel-booking option to include other types of accommodation.  Photograph: PA Wire

Service will allow customers to book hotels, hotels, villas and B&Bs

LumaFit: €139.90

LumaFit is intended to be more accurate than your average monitor

EyeForcer: will promote “proper use” of electronics

New device claims to help correct the smartphone slouch

The Smart Prime 7 offers decent specs

Pay-as-you-go phone bridges gap between budget and bling

Up to 180 translator positions expected to be available by 2021

Testing Samsung VR gear: this year at E3 is expected to be one where virtual reality really gets going. Photograph: EPA/Ritchie B Tongo

The rivalry between Microsoft and Sony most likely means some new hardware next week

ProACT will support home-based integrated care, linking in with care support networks and facilitating lifestyle changes

Lero director Prof Mike Hinchey: technology will also create new job opportunities

Lero director Prof Mike Hinchey says tech will offer new job opportunities

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