The Pro 4 still has the kickstand so you can use it as a laptop, and it comes with the full size USB port, a mini Display adapter and micro SD card slot hidden away. Photograph: John Taggart/Bloomberg

Could Microsoft’s latest tablet/laptop hybrid be its best yet?

Blaze Laserlight: £125

New safety system projects image on the road ahead of cyclist

The Activite Steel is the latest version of the device, bringing premium stainless steel finish to the watch

Activity tracker bridges gap for wearables

Plantronics BackBeat Sense: €180

A mind-boggling variety of headphones is available for all budgets and uses from sport to high-end listening

 Law student Susana Eloisa Rizo Mender; Tim Hoefuagels and Dr Darius Whelan of the UCC School of Law. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/ProvisionTwelve

Tech firms can get advice on issues such as copyright and selling online

MyPlace Connect chief executive Peadar Gormley with the company’s 1 millionth user Annie Thompson. Photograph: Tony Kinlan/Kinlan Photography.

Free wifi becoming increasingly important to consumers, survey says

Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

San Francisco office will join New York and Silicon Valley on law firm’s list

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney. Mr Coveney said the Greencore’s strategy and momentum let it in a good position to deliver further progress in its next financial year. (Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times)

Chief executive says company is on the right side of obesity debate

Domino’s Limited Edition Easy Order button: pizza lovers can order their favourite pizza at the touch of a button.

Internet of Things set to get a little more practical for pizza lovers

Neonatal EEG device cuts time needed to fit sensors to a baby’s head from an hour to two minutes, and it can be done by any member of the nursing staff on the ward

Former lab technician Jim Roche is force behind new medical devices firm Incereb

The intelligence files released by Edward Snowden showed the NSA was looking in on “World of Warcraft” and other online games in an attempt to eavesdrop on potential terrorist groups

Despite the hype there does not seem to be any evidence jihadists use online games

Phishing attacks fool users into thinking they are using a genuine app or have received an authentic email, encouraging them to hand over passwords and other confidential information.

Hackers are using increasingly sophisticated methods to steal password

Skulpt Chisel: $149

The device will use body fat measurements and muscle quality to give you a more personalised programme

Tag Heuer Connected: €1,350

Tag Heuer Connected is more than just an Android Wear watch in Swiss clothing

Apple TV is no longer just about TV

Access to finance is still a problem for SMEs, a European Commission report has found.

But new report says access to finance is still a problem for small firms

Deal will also cover potential farm-out for Ruvuma production sharing agreement

David Lang, sales director, Phone Pulse (left); Michael Devitt, IT director, William Fry (centre); Barry Dillon, regional sales director, Ireland, Middle East and Nordic regions, ShoreTel (right).

Legal firm implements unified communications system

Subscribers will also be able to save recordings from their set-top box to their tablet and watch them on the go

SkyQ offers more entertainment options and ability to watch recordings away from home

The free app launched in the US earlier this year and has already been downloaded more than 10 million times

YouTube Kids has Irish content and the likes of Peppa the Pig and The Magic Roundabout

Huawei has been operating in the Irish market since May 2004

Announcement comes as company opens new R&D office in Dublin’s Docklands

Ireland’s budget is ‘broadly compliant’ with Europe’s stringent fiscal rules.  Photographer: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg

But Commission says ‘windfall gains’ should go towards reducing Ireland’s debt

Tullow Oil chief executive Aidan Heavey. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

But Emesek-1 exploration well provided ‘valuable data’, Tullow says

Nest’s new-look learning thermostat has a larger screen.

Special feature added by Nest after Irish customer feedback on need to control hot water

Uber: The pilot will allow the company to demonstrate the benefits of a ride-sharing service to transport in underserved areas of Ireland. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Pilot likely to run in ‘transport desert’ of the west and south of Ireland

Parrot Airborne drone: €129

Take your drones on night patrol with LEDs to light the way

DIY Gamer Kit: €98

Create your own console with a bit of effort, a soldering iron and this kit

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+: €199 with a contract

Follow up to best-selling S6 Edge adds extra battery life and a larger screen

My next iPhone will be this big. Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple , speaking at the Philosophical Society in Trinity College, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Apple CEO Tim Cook honoured by Trinity’s Philosophical Society

Photograph: Thinkstock

Company says software investment is paying off as revenues jump 44% for six-month period

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft, said the company will begin to offer cloud services from the UK from late 2016. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Company has invested significant sum in its Irish facilities

Vodafone says revenue rose in the first half of the year as the group’s investment in 4G paid off. Photograph: Shailesh Andrade/Reuters

Group says rollout of faster 4G in Europe helped boost earnings in first half of year

Cathal Redmond will get €7,000 to develop his lightweight underwater breathing system

UL graduate’s system allows users to breathe under water for up to two minutes

Stewart Buttefield of Slack speaking at the  Web Summit  in Dublin.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Stewart Butterfield’s messaging platform Slack is one of tech’s hottest properties

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson at the rlaunch of UPC Ireland as Virgin Media.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Company said it added phone, broadband customers during third quarter

 Author Dan Brown: Ireland would be a “fascinating place to set a book”

Author reckons tech could have as much impact on spirituality as religion

OnePlus X: from €290

OnePlus X comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a five-inch AMOLED screen

Moto 360: has got what you’ve come to expect from a smartwatch.

Sleek Android watch won’t break the bank

Blocks smartwatch: from $275

Blocks claims to be the world’s first modular smartwatch

Matthew Ogle, senior product developer at Spotify:  streaming firm’s Discover Weekly feature, which provides a personalised “mix tape” in playlist form for each of the company’s 75 million users, generated more than one billion streams in 10 weeks

Spotify developer tells Web Summit its Discover Weekly feature generated more than one billion streams in 10 weeks

Stewart Buttefield of Slack: we had hoped to grow it more quickly but we’ve been constrained by real estate

Tech firm says plans to expand its European headquarters held back by lack of suitable space in Dublin

The free OneDrive offering was 15GB and will now drop to 5GB

Real change via insights delivered in real time will change face of medtech industry

Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer previewed a much smarter social media offering

CTO Mike Schroepfer showcases an ever-smarter streamlined network

Model Natalia Vodianova speaking on ‘challenging misconceptions’ at the Web Summit. Photograph: Eric Luke

Wifi connections and cost of food and accommodation issues for attendees

Actor Liam Cunningham: “What needs to change ìs the entire Government to get down on its knees to Paddy [Cosgrave] and beg him to bring it back.”

Liam Cunningham says event is ‘beautiful diamond’ and those responsible for losing it were naive

Motorola Moto X Play: battery life and 21MP camera are among its good points.

Motorola aims for the high end of mid-range smartphone market

Eora 3D scanner, from $229 (€208)

New device uses free app to create your very own replicator

Parrot Hydrofoil Drone: €185

New drone multitasks for both sea and sky

Foreign exchange group targets US expansion following planned large fundraising round

Icon empoys around 1,000 people in Ireland.

Firm spent $230m on share buyback programme by end of September

John O’Sullivan, technical director; Dr Brian Hillery , chairman; and Tony O’Reilly, chief executive at the Providence Resources AGM in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Exploration firm to begin farm out process to divest some of its interest in area

Michael Dell addresses the Dell World Conference in Austin, Texas last week. Photograph: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg.

Man behind ‘world’s biggest start-up’ is candid about why he wants firm to grow again

Ben Hurley: “It [a seed fund] brings the possibility of momentum and seamless continuity  . . . a runway to seed investment”

The former research centre is in the right place to discover potential successes

Dell employs about 2,500 people in Ireland, with EMC employing a similar amount

Dell and EMC’s Irish workforces set to continue to play significant roles in both companies

Attachment for iPhone 6 picks out tiniest of details

Smartrax S5 Airboard: €809

Cooler than a Segway it will take you places at a top speed of about eight miles per hour

Apple TV works quite well as part of an iOS/Apple setup

Michael Dell, founder and chief executive of Dell, outlines his ‘go big or go home’ strategy at Dell World. Photograph: Bloomberg

Dell founder tells annual conference he is ‘completely committed’ to group’s success

Michael Dell, chairman and chief executive officer of Dell. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Firm says it remains committed to hardware market

Microsoft Surface Book: from $1,499. Photograph: EPA/MICROSOFT

Can Microsoft’s multitasker depose Apple?

Everyone needs a Stormtrooper speaker, don’t they?

The  Chromecast audio device was set up within a couple of minutes, and comes with a 3.5mm cable. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Drag your old speakers into the music streaming era

Online privacy has been a hot topic since the Snowden revelations on global surveillance programmes.

InvizBox developing device which works on laptops, mobiles and outside the home

InvizBox Go: from €79

Portable device keeps your internet browsing private, no matter where you are

New Chromecast: built-in HDMI cable allows you to easily plug it into the back of your  TV without using an extension. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Google’s revamped device has built-in HDMI cable and improved streaming performance

Apple Watch: from €429

The Apple Watch is finally availale in Ireland. Was it worth the wait?

Your status updates can finally get the reactions they deserve

Company to tap tourist market with routes to Nantes and La Rochelle

The first Rocket’s outlet to open on a Topaz forecourt is in Douglas, Co Cork Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

New Rocket’s by Eddie Rocket’s brand will open in 40 forecourts

Guests use Gear VR virtual reality headsets during a preview session. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Oculus Rift, HTC Vive among headsets set to launch early next year

Fiona White, Mark Senn and Róisin Scott at one of the first events of Startup Gathering, which ends on Saturday. Photograph:  Iain White/Fennell Photography

Programme of events aims to promote entrepreneurship and develop hubs in the major Irish cities

Twitter president of global revenue and partnership Adam Bain: “One of the most amazing things about the Twitter user is that . . . they often show us the way and lead us through product development.” Photograph: Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images

Jack Dorsey looks set for hot seat, but firm’s future will be built on head of revenue’s work

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson  at the RDS for the rebranding of UPC Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Founder of Virgin Media in Dublin to relaunch UPC as Virgin Media

PowerUp 3.0: $50

A step too far for smart devices?

The budget-friendly tablet is robust, but very slow to get started and has poor sound quality.

Pocket-friendly or too cheap? Alba’s budget Android tablet is put to the test

Head of Virgin Media in Ireland Magnus Tsernsjo said the change would not be a simple rebrand, promising a “transformation” of the Irish company

Richard Branson on hand in Dublin to launch new brand

People sample the Oculus-made Samsung Gear VR virtually reality headset. Photograph: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Oculus Rift, Vive, Samsung’s Gear and Microsoft’s HoloLens – here come the headsets

Logitech K380: €45

New Bluetooth keyboard is a multitasker at heart

Google vice president of engineering Dave Burke: he said Android Marshmallow had brought Google back to basics to  improve the operating system. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Nexus 5X and 6P join handset lineup with new Android software called Marshmallow

Google VP of engineering Dave Burke announces a new Nexus 6P phone. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Two new smartphones, updated Chromecast and a tablet part of its newly launched range

Server cabinets on the data centre floor at the Telecity Data Storage Centre in  Ballycoolin, Dublin, where critical internet services are run.(Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES)

Survey shows country’s climate is a key decision factor in setting up data hosting hub

 Security First app, Umbrella,  is aimed at journalists and humanitarians and provides practical advice on everything from making a secure phone call to how to spot signs of surveillance and what to do if you’re arrested.

Security First app is available free and is aimed at journalists and humanitarians and provides practical advice

An Apple employee taking a ‘selfie’ photograph of some people with the new iPhone 6s phone, as they stand in a queue inside the Apple store in Sydney, Australia, the first day of its sale worldwide. On Monday Apple said it had sold 13 million iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus mobile phones worldwide, a new record for the company. (Photograph: DAVID MOIR/EPA_

Latest phone will go on sale in Ireland next week as tech firm sells 13m during debut weekend

Tearaway Unfolded

Big screen debut for Atoi & Co

The Government has come under fire since it was announced on Wednesday the Web Summit would be held in Lisbon from 2016.

Event was seen as a showcase and a boost to Dublin’s reputation as a tech hub

Sphero voice-activated robot will be a huge seller as Christmas approaches

Apple iPad Pro: costs from $799.  Photograph: Martyn Landi/PA Wire

iPad Pro may be taking aim at Microsoft’s Surface

SteadXP: from €170
Tech Tools: SteadXP

SteadXP uses software and hardware to take the tremor out of your video

CurrencyFair founder Brett Myers

New app will allow customers to swap currency more easily

The silhouettes of attendees are seen during an event at the IBM Watson headquarters in New York. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Elite sports firm will develop ‘Coach Watson’ app to help teams and players avoid injury

The OpenTable Inc. logo: as yet the company  are no plans to expand to other Irish cities. Photograph: Bloomberg

If things go to plan, OpenTable will be taking orders from Dublin restaurant goers in the first quarter of next year

Making a Web Summit pitch. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dismay and resignation at departure of annual event that will host 30,000 in final year

Barry Maloney of  Balderton Capital, who has joined the board of Jobbio.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/THE IRISH TIMES

Balderton chief Barry Maloney joins board as company gears up for international expansion

Billionaire Denis O’Brien will still retain control of Digicel  following the IPO. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

As the telecoms firm is set to float on the stock market, here are some of the key facts and figures

Deezer is set to step up its rivalry with Spotify after it filed for an initial public offering. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

French music-streaming service to list on Euronext in a move to challenge Spotify and Apple

Plantronics BackBeat Sense: €180

Comfortable, lightweight headphones with a few smart surprises

Apple iPhone 6s Plus: follows Apple’s trend of a major upgrade followed by a smaller one for its smartphones. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

New handset adds 4K video, 3D Touch and a better still camera

‘Star Wars’ BB-8: €185

Sphero unveils its ‘Star Wars’-inspired robot

While drive to build sector has lost momentum, it hasn’t been all bad news

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