Although overall sales are still declining year on year, and talk of “peak Apple” still persists, the company has recorded a 13 per cent rise in sales to 45.5 million,

As sales of other products drop the ability to supply enough iPhones is critical

The company sold 45.51 million iPhones in the three-month period ended September 24th, compared with 40.4 million in the previous quarter. Photograph: Don Emmertdon/AFP/Getty Images

Bounce in sales from new devices and further benefit may come from Samsung problems

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Wifi black spots? Poor signal? These tips may help

You might as well post “blah blah blah” over and over again

Think before you copy and paste unless you want to be unfriended

Redfaire is adding to staff to grow its software business and meet demand for Oracle’s cloud products. Photograph: iStock Photos

Limerick-based firm to create roles in software development, cloud IT and sales

The Fuze case: there’s a built in battery that will extend the power on your phone

Tech Tools: Miss your old headphones? New case will restore them to their rightful place

Philip McMichael, managing director of AMI: “We’re always looking to grow and innovate, and the expansion in the technology sector in Ireland presents a huge opportunity for us.” Photograph: AMI

Company says it plans to triple business in Ireland to €3m over next three years

The Apple Watch 2: A faster chip, faster graphics processing, added GPS and a waterproof rating make the Series 2 the obvious choice if you’re a newcomer to Apple’s wearable.

The second generation of Apple’s Watch is a bit faster, has GPS and is waterproof

  Lero researcher  Dr Markus Helfert; director of the business informatics group at Dublin City University Beatrice Heneghan; and Limerick City and county council  head of digital strategy   Dr Mihai Bilauca: the joint Limerick Enterprise Architecture project will provide insights on the environment and local services by capturing data from thousands of sensors. Photograph: Denis Tierney

Goal of €500,000 project is to boost local engagement and improve quality of life

Innovation Zed  said the pen  accessory would enable new therapies to improve diabetes management, ultimately generating better health outcomes for patients

Innovation Zed’s product will make insulin management more flexible for people with diabetes

Digiweb, which was founded by entrepreneur Colm Piercy, underwent a major reorganisation in 2014, with some intra-group sales. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Accounts show revenue almost €4m lower compared with a year earlier

The company, which was founded by Mark Little in 2010, uses social media feeds, user-generated content and proprietary technology to frame news reporting.

Profit and loss account showed a deficit of almost €10.4m, compared with €5.9m a year earlier

Once operational, the Co Antrim wind farm will generate enough electricity to power about 15,000 homes. Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Latest finance brings to £90m total raised in six months

Patrick Lynch   and Tony Ennis  of First Circle: “We were surprised by the lack of support offered to local businesses, particularly when it comes to access to capital”

First Circle aims to revolutionise SME sector with fast, easy loans via new online platform

Flairline employs 231, down from 267 a year earlier, with the bulk of the cuts in its sales staff

Flairline Fashions’ directors say business expects to grow its operations in current year

 Just over a quarter of Irish households said they were saving to fund their old age, compared with the euro area average of 40%

Central Bank report says 46% of households are balancing their books, with a third spending less than they earn

Tech giant offers exchange for Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge or full refund

TomTom released preliminary earnings for the third quarter which showed a 6 per cent decline in sales to €239 million. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Personal navigation device market sees faster rate of decline

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg demonstrates an Oculus Rift virtual reality  headset. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Tech Tools: Rift headset maker drops minimum spec, meaning it is now possible to use a laptop

Code First: Girls’s first  event in Dublin is taking place on Thursday, as part of the “Hack Your Career” series of talks.  Photograph: Sally Anscombe/Getty Images

UK-based organisation aims to encourage more young women to join tech industry

Xbox One S: from €299.99

Updated console is 40 per cent smaller than its sibling and the power supply is built in

Saorview requires only a compatible TV or set-top box and  an aerial. Saorview channels are free to air, so you get all the RTÉ digital channels, TV3 and TG4.

Things have moved on since television was limited to just a handful of channels

Mixed reality uses elements of the real world and the digital world, making the HoloLens  perfect for technical projects and interactive learning.

HoloLens blends the real and digital worlds, and is used by Audi and Nasa among others

Microsofft is currently targeting HoloLens at developers and commercial customers.

Ireland among four countries set to get tech giant’s holographic system this year

A Samsung store in  Indonesia: the decision to drop the Note 7 could cost the firm up to $17 billion (€15.3bn) in lost sales. Photograph: Beawiharta/Reuters

Mobile phone withdrawn two months after launch with replacement or refund offered

Sine O’Neill, Dylan Duffy, Conor Read and Emma Kavanagh from Blessington Community College, at the launch of the Futurewize project. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Up to 80 business volunteers work with students as part of Futurewize project

 Google’s new own-built smartphone, Pixel in “quite black” and “very silver”, which the tech giant says has been built with artificial intelligence at its centre. Photograph: Press Association

Tech Tools: Google could ignite high-end smartphone wars with promise to beat storage woes

 Netwatch chief executive David Walsh said the company plans to create 30 jobs before the end of the year. Photograph: John T Ohle

Tech company will hire 60 at its Carlow headquarters

UCD Smurfit School chairman Niall FitzGerald: proposed partnerships with UK universities to help stave off a “brain drain” to other countries in the EU. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

More than ‘fancy tax breaks’ required, warns UCD Smurfit School chairman

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Number of people signing on hit lowest since the end of 2008

An artist’s impression of the new Ballymore development.

Dublin Landings project on North Wall Quay to include office, retail and residential space

Annual increase of 37 per cent in Northern Ireland residents using hub

Irish firms StoryToys has specialised in producing apps and interactive storybooks aimed at a younger audience. Photograph: iStock

Dublin team will expand ‘significantly’ over the next 18 months, says chief executive

The NES Retro Bluetooth Speaker’s rechargeable battery lasts for about eight hours.

TechTools: Speaker inspired by the NES doubles as hands-free device for phone calls

Tech Tools: A toy for three-year-olds that sneakily educates them at the same time

It takes about 90 days for a deleted account to be removed from Yahoo’s user database.

After the hacking and surveillance scandals you might want to exit Yahoo’s services

Hundreds of millions of Yahoo accounts were allegedly scanned as part of the FBI/NSA surveillance operation.

Tech giant faces allegations of helping US authorities scan customers’ email accounts

MasterCard’s selfie-pay system, which authenticates online payments through a photograph of the user’s face, has come to Europe – but it’s not available in Ireland just yet. Photograph: iStock

No date set for introduction of Identity Check Mobile in Ireland

Media watch: Journalists run the rules over Google’s Pixel phone in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Getty Images

Devices to come in two sizes and take on market heavyweights Apple and Samsung

Microsoft chief executive  Satya Nadella speaks at a Microsoft tech gathering in Dublin October 3rd, 2016. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Head of tech giant in Dublin to announce key company developments on cloud computing

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft: said it has invested $3 billion in cloud computing in Europe, and said it would begin to offer cloud services from data centres based in France from 2017.

Tech giant’s CEO Satya Nadella tells Dublin event of firm’s $3bn investment in the cloud

Under Other Google Activity, you’ll see things like your location history, showing places you’ve visited while your device was with you and switched on. Photograph: Getty Images

Worried about your online privacy? Well, read the following to see what you can do about it

WhatsApp said last month that it would start sharing users’ data with Facebook. Photograph: Bloomberg

Deadline to reject sharing data with Facebook may have passed but help could be on horizon

Kelly Lane, Shane O’ Driscoll, Arran Coughlan, Gerard O’ Connell and Kacey Mealy are part of the  team of engineering students from Cork Institute of Technology who invented the HydroFLOcean.  Photograph: Gerard McCarthy

H-FLO will now vie for €35,000 prize, judged by renowned inventor James Dyson

OxyMem co-founders Prof Eoin Casey and Dr Eoin Syron. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

EuropaBio 2016 wins award for most innovative European biotech SME

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Irish ed tech firm employs 100 people in Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said 115 new investments had been secured in the first six months of this year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

IMI conference hears from speakers about opportunities in disruptive environments

The majority of Irish organisations are outsourcing some of their services, with 80% saying they outsourced back-up, storage, security or print services

Business continuity systems and technology infrastructure under increasing pressure

Snap’s new device Spectacles:  sunglasses  have a built-in camera, similar to Google Glass. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Can Snap succeed where Google failed in making it acceptable to record your life?

The GoPro Karma: foldable drone can fly up to 56km/h. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Compact drone allows adventurers to capture themselves in action from new angles

Dyson Pure Cool Link combines a fan with an air purifier. Illustration: Dyson

Dyson Pure Cool Link is a pricey but handy device which may suit hayfever sufferers

The survey also found that businesses that used online tools were were more likely to be positive about their outlook

Survey respondents using online tools ‘more optimistic’ on future prospects

Timepiece can connect to wearables and smart home devices

Fitness tracker now waterproof and capable of delivering phone notifications

Fitbit chief executive James Park: sees a future where doctors will  actually “prescribe” a Fitbit to patients. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The data collected by consumer devices may be useful but will it be used safely?

Some 94 per cent of Irish internet users shop online, with growth in spend outpacing general trends in consumer spending.

SMEs still missing out on growth of online sector, says Virgin Media Digital report is a key collection service that works with a network of restaurants and pubs around Dublin city. founder also to launch website to connect local guides with tourists

A bus stop sign on Phibsborough road in Dublin notifies commuters of industrial action as they face another two days of disruption. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

DublinTown claims footfall is down up to 17% as a result of stoppages

Apple executive Jeff Williams at the San Francisco launch of new products, including the Apple Watch Series 2. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Getty Images

Apple’s new watch is waterproof, with built-in GPS, but may need to reach broader market

The European Commission said it added ‘fair-use policies’ to stop customers from  getting a sim card for a mobile phone network in one European country but living and working in another

The European Commission has flip-flopped on measures aimed at ending roaming fees

D4Medical’s  Complete Anatomy software  is being piloted in undergraduate and graduate courses in the US medical schools.

Irish firm launches Complete Anatomy software on Mac computers after iPad release

The new Apple iPhone 7: Physically very similar to its predecessor. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Tech Tools: Apple’s latest smartphones get the once-over

Five hour battery life is good, but with no passive option, it rules out a long haul journey.

Tech Tools: You will lose one of them and will have to scour eBay for a replacement

A close-up view of the dual cameras on the rear of the iPhone 7 Plus. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Tech Tools: Apple’s latest smartphones get the once-over

Minister for Jobs Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Biomaterial and polymer maker plans European headquarters in Newcastle West

The Apple iPhone7 and AirPods. Apple has done away with the headphone jack on its new phone.

Apple has decided to remove the audio jack from its new phone

Movidius founders Seán Mitchell and David Moloney and chief financial officer John Burke. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Acquisition of Irish chipmaker boosts tech giant’s ambitions in internet of things

Businesses can use Facebook’s new Lookalike Audiences tool to find new customers abroad. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images.

Lookalike Audiences helps firms find new clients abroad similar to their existing ones

The Apple Watch Series 2 comes with a second-generation S2 chip that has a dual-core processor and is up to 50 per cent faster than its predecessor.

Waterproof watch comes with built-in GPS, a dual-core chip and brighter display

The bands are swappable too, which means you will be able to accessorise according to the occasion.

Breathing exercise guide and cardio fitness assessment among new offerings

Dyson’s Pure Hot+Cool Link will set you back almost €600

Latest innovative product from Dyson is a heater, a fan and an air purifier in one

Some gadgets can make college life much easier. Photograph: Getty

The technology items that will give you more time to study – and how much they cost

Revell Control Nano Quadcopter: once you get over the frustrating battery life, it’s actually quite fun

Surprisingly sturdy with minuscule design that makes flying a challenging but fun task

Apple Senior vice-president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller on stage during the launch of the iPhone 7. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Getty Images

Lack of headphone jack and improved camera most significant of various updates

Brothers John and Stephen Quinn are seeing 100,000 jobseekers per month sign up to their recruitment firm Jobbio.

Recruitment company Jobbio raises €5m as it plans to grow in New York and Canada

James Dyson will pick the global winner of the awards. The winner will be revealed on October 27th.

Work fatalities prompted team of eight engineering students to develop device

AirPods are displayed as Apple chief executive Tim Cook makes his closing remarks in San Francisco. Photograph: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters

Easy set-up and lots of interesting technology but comfort and charging may be issues

Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, speaks during the iPhone 7 launch.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Firm could meet some resistance in audio changes but dual camera will be welcomed

New “breakthrough” wireless earphones called AirPods were unveiled in San Francisco for those wanting to go wireless. The AirPods contain sensors that can tell when they are in a user’s ears, and can be connected to an iPhone or Apple Watch by opening the smart box they come in, that also charges them. Apple said they would have five hours of battery life. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Tim Cook launches new waterproof iPhone7 and wireless headphones called AirPods

Put it off at your own risk

Paul Polman, chief executive officer of Unilever NV: the company was up more than 4 per cent as consumer-related companies and utilities led the gains in Europe. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

European equities bounce towards highest levels since April, bringing Iseq with them

 A customer holds a Galaxy Note 7 at Samsung’s exhibition room at its main office in Seoul, South Korea. Samsung announced a global recall Friday of the phablet after several devices caught fire while being charged. Photograph:EPA/Yonhap

The new ‘phablet’ is getting attention again - but for all the wrong reasons

Applegreen said talks about building a motorway service area on the M3 in Hampshire were still at an early stage.

Service station chain in talks with local authorities in Hampshire

Fitbit co-founder and chief executive James Park: “I’m always kind of in survival mode, always being paranoid.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

James Park opens the wearable tech group’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin

Coca-Cola’s Ballina facility, Ballina Beverages, will make the Freestyle machines, which have more than 165 drinks options. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Investment in Ballina plant expected to create 25 jobs over three years

The Wolfe: from $449

Tech Tools: External graphics processing unit gives ‘desktop-level performance’ from your laptop

The €4,900 camera includes a 30.4 megapixel sensor and an ISO that ranges from 100 to 32,000

Tech Tools: Digital SLR camera has built-in wifi and shoots seven frames a second and 4K video

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: while you’ll probably still need to type an email using two hands, you can comfortably fit the phone in one hand

Tech Tools: From improved security to impressive camera, the latest Note offers consumers a lot

The DCU Business School report found that, since 2012, Irish venture-capital-backed companies had increased exports by almost 25 per cent. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Companies backed by venture funds grow more quickly, DCU study finds

An employee walks on a treadmill inside a giant replica Fitbit tracker. The new Dublin office in Baggot Street will serve Europe, Middle East and Africa, and aims to employ 50 people by the end of the year. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Fast-growing US health tech firm appoints Irish man Des Power as MD of new office

During the first six months of this year Datalex extended its relationship with the Lufthansa Group of airlines and began the deployment of its sixth customer in China. Photograph: iStock

Company saw its revenue rise 17% to $24.4m in first six months of this year

Apple iPhone: a new version of the Apple Watch and updated MacBook Pros may also feature at the product showcase. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Bloomberg

Company sent invitations out to event on September 7th in San Francisco

Say cheese: Pooch Selfie Smartphone Attachment clips as a squeaky ball to your smartphone

Capture your dog in a perfect pic using a squeaky ball attached to your phone

Logi Pop Home Switch: use it for smart home jobs such as triggering music playlists and putting on a light show.

A special ‘light switch’ allows you control your smart home devices

Slimline and light to wear but no heart rate monitor

Samsung Gear Fit 2: will go  on sale in the run-up to Christmas. Photograph: Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Samsung

Customer-centred redesign of exercise tracking device sees GPS integrated

 Android smartphone: adding a memory card and storing in the cloud are just some ways to increase capacity. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Photo

If your mobile isn’t able to store all your photos, video and music you can remedy that

London: more than 80 per cent said the city as a financial centre would suffer due to Brexit. Photograph: iStock

Survey of investment professionals reveals 62% believe Dublin will gain from EU loss

Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Organisation offers independent appeals process to those refused credit

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