Smart TVs have just gotten dumber, according to WikiLeaks. Photograph: Getty

The CIA can spy on us through our phones, TVs and cars. The internet of things will only make us more vulnerable

Checking out the Nokia 3310 at the Mobile World Congress  in Barcelona, Spain. It has been launched by HMD Global, a Finnish company with a lot of former Nokia staffers,  which has licensed the Nokia brand.  Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The relaunch of the classic candy-bar design has overshadowed other fancy new gizmos

Fallen to Earth: Milo Yiannopoulos resigned from Breitbart after recordings emerged of him defending sexual relationships between young boys and older men. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/Getty

Breitbart’s former troll-at-large is no longer welcome at Cpac. That only shows the American Conservative Union’s double standards(...)

Protesters demonstrate outside Uber’s headquarters in New York after chief executive Travis Kalanick met US president Donald Trump – Kalanick was on Trump’s business advisory council. Photograph: Jake Naughton/The New York Times

Allegations of sexism and position on travel ban measure Silicon Valley’s ethical climate

Winner of the World Press Photo 2016  Burhan Ozbilici (right)  with Lars Boering, managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation. Behind them is the winning image. Photograph: Getty Images

An image of the killing of Russian diplomat Karlov is World Press Photo of the year

No Trump bump?: the US president’s Twitter accounts, @POTUS and @realDonaldTrump. Photograph: Bloomberg

Despite Donald Trump’s profuse tweeting the social network is struggling to grow – perhaps as it still has to solve a bullying pro(...)

Alexandre Bissonnette faces only murder and attempted murder charges. Photograph: Facebook/Reuters

Alexandre Bissonnette was a far-right extremist, but proving an ideological motive could be too difficult for Canadian prosecutors(...)

The Flex, an ‘electronic coach’, device by Fitbit

As Pebble sinks and Fitbit stumbles, the wearable tech market isn’t looking so fit

La La Land: the Oscar favourite’s nostalgia for a golden age of Hollywood is an act of brazen flattery

The deluge of Oscars bait each winter suggests that serious films exist only to appeal to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scien(...)

WikiLeaks: President Obama’s commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence has relieved her supporters. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

The imminent release of Chelsea Manning but lack of clemency for Edward Snowden have highlighted the high costs of whistleblowing (...)

Kompromat: Donald Trump at a Miss Universe party in Moscow in 2013. What he might have done in a hotel room there is nobody’s business except, perhaps, his wife’s. Photograph: Stoyan Vassev/Reuters

BuzzFeed’s Trump dossier, with its allegations of Moscow hotel antics, depends on the Russian tactic of gathering compromising mat(...)

Steve Jobs: The then chief executive of Apple  displays a  new iPhone in San Francisco on January 9th, 2007. Photograph: Reuters/Kimberly White

With an smartphone, you no longer had to be sitting down, ‘at your computer’, to be online

A CES attendee wears an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The event has lost status in recent years. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Without heavyweight keynote events, Las Vegas gizmo expo feels more like a toy show

“Fake news” was widely cited as a factor in the election of Donald Trump in the United States. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The Questions of the Year, including - was Leicester City's triumph a bad omen?

Rogue One is about  a band of rebels who were mentioned in passing in the original Star Wars film. Photograph:  Lucasfilm Ltd.

Underwhelming Star Wars film Rogue One exposes the limitations of the prequel

Actress Lynda Carter was at UN headquarters to add some corporeal heft to the occasion. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Nearly 45,000 people rejected the comic book character as a female role model

In 2015, some 540,000 students in 72 countries took the Pisa tests and Ireland did very well. Photograph: Getty

Results of OECD survey are testament to importance of education in Irish culture

“No lines. No checkout (No, seriously.)”: The newly opened Amazon Go, a brick-and-mortar grocery store without lines or checkout counters in Seattle, Washington. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Redmond

A whole range of jobs will be obsoleted by technology, with far-reaching risks

Water meter: the ill-fated installation programme  installed meters at 873,000 households. Photograph: Alan Betson

Historians will one day wonder why it was the provision of water services that spurred revolt

Irish independence tour: Éamon de Valera in San Francisco in 1920. Photograph: Bettmann/Getty

The California city’s Walking the Rebellion tour includes curiosities like the site of the Sinn Féin Shoe Store, which helped fund(...)

A magazine featuring a cover story about US President-elect Donald Trump  at a news stand in Beijing this week. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a major boost for Beijing

Crowds look at the supermoon  in Fremantle, Australia.  The moon made its closest approach to Earth since 1948. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

In a time of turbulence, the collective admiration of the closest full moon of the century so far is heartening

Stephen Colbert  Photograph: Reuters/Jim Bourg

Impact of fake news must be acknowledged by Zuckerberg

A protestor holds a placard during in a demonstration on 5th Avenue across from Trump Tower. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Massive protest by shocked Clinton supporters stops traffic and brings NYPD out in force

Birgitta Jonsdottir of the Pirate party (Pirater) leaves the polling booth to cast her vote at a polling station in Reykjavik, Iceland, last Saturday. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The Icelandic Pirate Party didn't do quite as well as polls had predicted, a recurring issue for outsider activist parties

Theme park rides: considerably safer than driving. Photograph: Istock

Assessing safety levels requires comprehensive data, which are surprisingly hard to collate

Early investigations suggest the Mirai malware code primarily used CCTV cameras and digital video recorders made by a Chinese company, Xiongmai, which has flooded the market with cheap, easily hacked IoT devices. Photograph: iStockphoto

It may be anathema to Silicon Valley but government regulation is vital for safe innovation

A bridge too far?: The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, and the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, at the launch of an independent evaluation of JobBridge. Photograph: Eric Luke

Leo Varadkar has closed the national internship scheme, which generated significant controversy over its five years

Screen time: the presidential debates have exposed the limits of Trump’s reality-TV shtick. Photograph: Reuters

The world thinks it’s watching a conventional political race, but Donald Trump has been participating in a reality-television show(...)

 The Irish Beverage Council claimed there was international evidence of ‘a 100 per cent failure rate of sugar tax’. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Michael Noonan announced a tax on sugary drinks on the same day as the World Health Organisation made its case

English-language editions of Elena Ferante’s “Neapolitan Novels”. Photograph: Chris Warde-Jones/The New York Times

The unmasking of Elena Ferrante undermines the relationship of readers and writers

Overpriced?: Twitter doesn’t come close to being worth $18 billion. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The social network is in trouble. The House of Mouse could be interested in its streaming-TV potential. But buying Troll Towers wo(...)

Rumour  surfaced that Apple had investigated buying sports car maker McLaren, an odd-sounding acquisition that suggests Apple’s ambition to produce a car is not dead yet

Uber has in the past few weeks begun testing self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh

Angelina Jolie and  Brad Pitt: “a perfect blank canvas, the pleasingly beautiful couple on the red carpet”. Photograph: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

Pitt and Jolie were an avatar of true love, like the fairytale couples of our childhood

Grim reading: NUI Galway was the only Irish third-level institution not to fall in the QS World University Rankings 2016-17

International league tables may sound comprehensive, but it's unclear how they help students

“The fact Apple could pay an effective corporate tax rate of just 0.005 per cent in 2014 while staying within the law is exactly what’s so obscene about the state of global corporate taxation.” Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Tempering corporate self-interest so it does not damage democracy is a key challenge

Feyisa Lilesa:  the marathon runner’s gesture in Rio recalled the Black Power raised fists of Tommie Smith and John Carlos in Mexico in 1968. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty

Feyisa Lilesa’s solidarity sign to Ethopians is the latest political act at a games

 Apple  featured Castro as a “New App We Love” in  stores in 100 countries. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

‘Inbox triage system’ in Castro 2 enables users to manage volume of podcasts

Oxford City Council wants to drop titles that exclude transgender people

The late Anton Yelchin publicising his latest movie at the Venice Film Festival two years ago. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The parents of actor Anton Yelchin are blaming Fiat Chrysler for their son’s death

Real deal: Rio Olympics gymnastics tickets. Photograph: PA Wire

Kevin Mallon of THG Sports was arrested in Rio over an alleged illegal ticket-selling scheme. Fraud seems to have become a perenni(...)

Despite the culture of sexting, nude selfies and dating apps, millennials are having less sex, a new survey claims. Photograph: iStock

A major new US study finds that those born in the 1980s and 1990s are having less sex than their predecessors

Goodbye VCRs: They were a bit of a chore, really – the tape would wear out, or the VCRs would lose the tracking and they had to be rewound before returning to the store. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

Final firm still producing VCRs to cease production after selling mere 750,000 last year

Milo Yiannopoulos, who was banned from Twitter after stirring up racist and sexist abuse of actor Leslie Jones. Photograph: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times

Opinion: Offensive speech raises questions about social effects of disruptive technology

Gates and towers in the ramparts of Aigues-Mortes in France – the presence of stone ramparts reinforces a perpetual sense of threat. Photograph: DeAgostini/Getty Images

The flip side of the security offered by living inside walls is a lack of freedom

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: urged people to resist the coup via social media.   Photograph: Burak Kara/Getty Images

Erdogan has condemned social media yet he used it to address the Turkish people

The links to home are now sustained by software and silicon, lessening the need to substitute for them through tight-knit expat communities

The Irish emigrant experience in Silicon Valley has changed from one of survival to one of ambition, and from one of permanent dis(...)

Burgernomics: the Big Mac Index revealed a big gap between Argentina’s supposed and real rates of inflation. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

The Big Mac Index can spot when books are being cooked. What might it see in Ireland’s revised GDP figure?

The billboard truck drove around London and its message was simple: “Dear start-ups: Keep calm and move to Berlin.” Photograph: Free Democratic Party/PA Wire

It is important to appreciate what goes into making a technology start-up ecosystem

Partner in venture capital firm a16z says firm’s fresh approach is paying dividends

Helping hand: everybody in the family benefits when fathers are able to bond with their newborns and help their partners. Photograph: Nicole S Young/E+/Getty

Ireland’s new dual parental leave will benefit the whole economy, but we have a long way to go before we match Sweden

Apple’s head of software engineering, Craig Federighi, giving the keynote address at the Worldwide Developers’ Conference: “We believe you should have great features and great privacy,” Federighi said.  Photograph: Gabrielle Lurie/AFP/Getty Images

Company prepares to deploy ‘differential privacy’ as it develops user services

Danger here?: you can drink coffee with peace of mind – at least until new evidence suggests otherwise

The World Health Organsation has reversed its view that coffee may be carcinogenic. But as it’s a hot drink it could still be dang(...)

Two businessmen on bench looking after a woman.

A thought experiment for men who don't understand feminism and feminists

The  Santa Clara County Sheriff’s booking photograph of Brock Turner

Usually in the US, police departments release mugshots of their arrests. But in the case of Turner, they didn’t

Wilfully unpredictable: Neil Young. Photograph:   Ross Gilmore/Redferns

From the bucolic opening to the focused fury of a 15-minute guitar jam, Young is still one of music’s most astounding sights and s(...)

“Donald J Trump, Veteran Fundraiser”: the Republican presidential candidate tells a press conference that the media should be ashamed of themselves. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

The Republican presidential candidate says he raised $6m for US military veterans. Journalists at the Washington Post and Associat(...)

Windows 10 for smartphones: why did Microsoft’s mobile efforts flub so badly, and why did it take so long to correct course once the underlying currents of the smartphone era became evident? Photograph: EPA/PETER STEFFEN

Apple could be in a similar position to BlackBerry’s almost a decade ago

Marseille: Gérard Depardieu in Netflix’s first French-language series

The European Commission wants at least 20 per cent of streaming networks’ programming to be local. Anglophone countries tend to sc(...)

News filter? The latest scandal about bias reveals a gnawing fear of the unprecedented power Facebook wields as it becomes the world’s pre-eminent publisher. photograph: stuart goldenberg/the new york times

Innovation Talk: latest furore reveals fear of the company’s unprecedented power

Overhead: Cmdr Lucy D’Orsi with Queen Elizabeth. Photograph: UK TV pool/PA

Queen Elizabeth was overheard saying Chinese officials were hard to deal with when President Xi Jinping visited the UK. It seems (...)

The exceptional sales in the year-ago quarter was because of pent-up demand for large-screen iPhones. Photograph:  Vincent Jannink/EPA

Apple’s quarterly results show profits and revenue down for the first time in 13 years

Master Xianfan looks at robot monk Xian’er as he demonstrates the robot’s conversation function during a photo opportunity in Longquan Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Beijing recently. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

‘Mark Zuckerberg, for one, has promised/threatened a new generation of chatbots operating inside the Facebook Messenger app’

Antitrust?: the Android home screen gives too much advantage to Google apps, according to the European Union

Google’s free smartphone software ‘restricts competition’ – ironically for an operating system designed as a defence against Micro(...)

System creators developed an algorithm to randomly allocate three-word combinations for every 3m square piece of the planet, down to a very high resolution

Start-up aims to eliminate problems across globe caused by poor addressing

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: slow-motion punches, crunching headbutts and bone-snapping kicks

Mixed martial artist Joao Carvalho died after fighting Charlie Ward. Watch the likes of ‘Batman v Superman’ and you see that rele(...)

 Dungannon woman Michaella McCollum in Prison in Peru: Michaella’s First Interview

RTÉ’s soft Michaella McCollum interview has raised more than a few ethical issues

The story of Apple and Steve Jobs functions as a convenient narrative shorthand for the wider understanding of the history of modern technology. That narrative is an important one, of course, but it is misleading in many crucial ways.

History of the IT giant often affords too much significance to Jobs - and plays down the multiple missteps along the way

Novak Djokovic: talked himself into a world of pain.  Photograph: Daniel Murphy/EPA

As Indian Wells tournament boss Raymond Moore resigns, what of his comments?

Shellshocked: Lee Sedol reviews the match after losing the Google DeepMind Challenge series 4-1

AlphaGo’s board-game victory should serve as a warning about artificial intelligence

Concerns over concentrated media ownership will be nothing compared to the anxiety over the power wielded by Zuckerberg and Facebook. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

With traditional media disrupted, Facebook is setting the agenda for political discourse

The first recorded use of the exclamation mark was in 14th-century Florentine leader Coluccio Salutati’s 1399 manuscript “De nobilitate legum et medicine”. Photograph: Evgeny Sergeev/Getty

UK department of education move curbs use of exclamation marks by students

Lofty perch: Vienna, with its Riesenrad Ferris wheel, was followed by clean, efficient and user-friendly Zurich, Munich, Dusseldorf and Copenhagen. Photograph: Getty

The Austrian capital has the best quality of life of any city, according to Mercer’s annual survey. But you can’t help loving our (...)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook: says the FBI, by asking Apple for help to unlock Syed Rizwan Farook’s phone, is trying to ‘build a back door to the iPhone’. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

Chief executive Tim Cook says US government is seeking ‘a back door to the iPhone’

Convenient for criminals? €500 notes, aka ‘Bin Ladens’

Large-denomination notes may help criminals but a war on cash raises other issues too

Repellant: Roosh V’s views reflect real attitudes

Daryush Valizadeh, aka Roosh V, could be called a professional online misogynist. Most of us wish we had never heard of him

Terry Wogan during his final breakfast show on BBC Radio 2. Photograph: BBC

The media landscape means it will be impossible for anybody to follow in his footsteps

A police officer stands in front of French taxis blockading a Parisian street during a protest against Uber this week. Photograph: EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

Ride-hailing service has sparked global opposition to its on-demand business model

 Lavoy Finicum who was one of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon: he was shot dead. Photograph: by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

What has the Oregon stand-off got to do with previous armed sieges?

People take a selfie by floral tributes in front of James Cochran’s mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London,  two days after the announcement of Bowie’s death. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

The outpouring of grief on Twitter and Facebook generates a good deal of cynicism

It is clearly not just the likes of Donald Trump (above) and Paul Graham who are never told they are completely wrong; the same could also be said of entire industries, from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

‘Paul Graham’s essay stands exposed as a rather flimsy defence of the sort of money-obsessed start-up culture that he represents’ (...)

Twitter 140-character constraint. Photograph: Getty Images

As a publicly traded company, the social media needs growth to bolster share value

A so-called ‘hoverboard’ - or self-balancing electric scooter - the must-have gadget this Christmas. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

The scooter’s mysterious origins have led to concerns over safety and standards

The Oculus Rift:  Oculus founder Palmer Luckey says virtual reality will “change the way that we look at what’s real and what isn’t”. Photograph: Daniel Naupold/EPA

Until you try it, it is hard to imagine just how much it can alter your perception

A refugee camp at Calais in France: there has been a shift in European policy in the wake of the recent Islamic State attacks in Paris: Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

The country is resisting more refugees, so was the terrorist attack a success for Isis?

Charlie Sheen waits on the set of the Today Show before formally announcing that he is HIV positive in an interview.  Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Actor’s reluctant chat show revelation shows that Aids still carries disturbing social stigma

Mobile phones will come to dominate and overwhelm other industries and precipitate a lot of very visible disruptions in how the world operates on the way. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Web Summit talk by Benedict Evans showed just how revolutionary the smartphone is

Within weeks of our buying a Sony, VHS-only video libraries sprouted up around the country offering all those Schwarzenegger and Stallone films.

VHS won the video format war, but its less favoured cousin is a trove of 1980s nostalgia

Eric Migicovsky at  the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph:  Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE / Web Summit

Smartwatch company made shrewd use of crowdfunding to raise finance

Blendle has been  described as an “iTunes for the press” and a “radical experiment in micropayments for journalism”

Blendle’s model of micropayments for articles makes it “iTunes for the press”

Paddy Cosgrave said he hoped the Summit would return to Dublin Photograph: Sportsfile

Web Summit founder invites Portuguese dignitaries into spotlight as event quits Dublin

The Marketing Stage during Day 3 of the Web Summit Photograph: Sportsfile

The opportunity lies in ‘finding new ways of finding new audiences’

New BFFs Paddy Cosgrave, left, chief executive of the  Web Summit, with deputy Prime Minister of Portugal Paulo Portas

Lunchtime wrap: Final morning brings fashion, music and health tech into the spotlight

David Schneider, co-founder of That Lot, speaks during Day 3 of the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS. Photograph: Sportsfile

Digital platforms have transformed delivery of satire, opening it to all

Paddy Cosgrave, chief executive, Web Summit, in the company of Miguel Frasquilho, left, Chairman & CEO of AICEP Portugal, and members of the WebSummit 2016 delegation on the Centre Stage during Day 3 of the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin, Ireland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE / Web Summit

Portuguese deputy prime minister says move ‘will help the Web Summit grow more internationally’

 Former Apple chief executive   John Sculley at the  Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Co-founder of Obi Worldphone not offended by ‘creative liberties’ taken in new film

John Collison, co-founder and president of Strip: “Do not be afraid to start a business that feels like it has no precedent.”

John Collison one of the highlights of the second day sessions

 Michael Dell: ‘My little start-up has had revenues of more than $900 billion’.  Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Michael Dell on growing the PC maker from college dorm room to billion dollar company

Kickstarter cofounder Yancey Strickler at the  2015 Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Crowdfunding platform has forgone potential fortune from going public or selling

Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR, a virtual reality company acquired by Facebook for $2 billion in 2014, speaking at the Web Summit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Oculus VR founder sees ‘perfect virtual reality’ in his lifetime

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