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

The Withings Activité fitness tracker

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

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

 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

The impressive mid-range smartphone that’s making a mark after its ‘invite-only’ launch

EA mixes up the formula a little, this time taking the warfare to the streets

The flappiest app on the planet gets a new instalment, and this time the Birds take aim with bubbles

DocuSign founder and chief strategy officerTom Gonser. The electronic-signature software company DocuSign is to expand its presence in Europe with the opening of a Dublin office.

Identity theft and data risk management company IDT911 announces 60 jobs in Galway

The former Smithwick’s brewery in Kilkenny. The proposed phased redevelopment includes the creation of a dedicated business, enterprise and third-level research facility as part of the first phase.

Redevelopment of the former Smithwick’s Brewery site on ISIF radar

Brian Matthay, director of Strategic Initiatives, Imagine H2O; Wayne Byrne, managing director, OxyMem; Tamin Pechet, chairman, Imagine H2O and Scott Bryan, COO, Imagine H2O at the presentation of the Infrastrcure Challenge award in San Francisco.

Athlone-based firm beats competition from more than 100 companies

IDT911 specialises in helping businesses and customers defend against data breaches and identity theft.

Identity theft and data risk management company to set up European headquarters here

UPC has unveiled its new My Prime on demand TV service.

New My Prime service replaces existing on-demand offering, adding movies to TV boxsets

Peter Crosby, CEO of  Mainstay Medical: “2014 has been a significant year for Mainstay.”  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Irish medical devices company pushes ahead with clinical trials for ReActiv8

Revenue and profit at Irish mobile content provider Zamano rose last year, accounts for the company showed. Photo:  Reuters

Irish mobile content provider says it is looking for acquisition opportunities

 Datalex has signed a deal with China airline West Air, a low cost carrier operating from Chongqing. Photo: Bloomberg

Travel software firm recently opened office in Beijing to support customers in region

Independent House, on Dublin’s Talbot Street, home to Independent News & Media. INM is selling its 18 per cent stake in APN for around €115 million. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Media group hails future ‘free of debt’, while Denis O’Brien also sells 12% APN interest

Paul McNulty: founder of Donegal-based 3D Issue

Hubs allows publishers to extract content from online and package it in a mobile app

Revamp of old favourite brings higher resolution and new trackpad technology

New flagship Galaxy smartphone goes for sleeker look

Not quite the next generation of universal remotes

Internet Explorer has seen its usage numbers fall as consumers turn to rival browsers such as Firefox and Chrome. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Microsoft plans new flagship browser for Windows 10, but IE set to persevere

Nicola Mitchell, founder and CEO of Life Scientific with Laurent Martel, director of InVivo Agriculture Division and chairman of Life Scientific. Photograph:  Des Harris/The Picture Desk.

Announcement comes after Invivo signs agreement to take 50 per cent stake in firm

Facebook is adding payments to its Messenger service, but only for US users.

Social network will roll out new feature for iOS, Android and desktop users

Atmospheric, incredibly detailed and breathtaking to look at, Ori is a captivating platformer

Huawei Watch: connects to your phone to give you notifications.

Simplicity and aesthetics key in the popularity stakes

At €649, the Nikon Coolpix P900 is not exactly budget, but it punches far above its weight

Get up close with 83x optical zoom

A budget-friendly smartphone that looks more premium than its price tag

USB power hidden in your make up bag

Real world meets digitala in this new toy/game hybrid from Spin Master

Mama returns to her roots as the long-running franchise moves back into the kitchen

An Apple Watch is shown off at  Apple’s  Spring Forward event in San Francisco, California,  on Monday, March 9th, 2015.  Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Is Apple the company to convince consumers to invest in the smartwatch en masse?

 Apple CEO Tim Cook with the Apple Watch that is operated by a digital crown at an Apple event in San Francisco. Photograph:  Stephen Lam/Getty Images

Digital crown guides you through screens smoothly once you curb touchscreen instinct

 Apple chief executive Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch during an Apple special event in San Francisco. Photograph:  Stephen Lam/Getty Images

New smartwatch going on sale in April is Apple’s first move into wearables market

Sony’s latest shooter has fantastic graphics, but we could have done with a little less spectacle, and a little more action

“If I didn’t get up every day and love what I did, I’m in the wrong place,” says Cathriona Hallahan, managing director of Microsoft Ireland.

Managing director Cathriona Hallahan has seen the Irish subsidiary’s workforce grow from 24 workers to 1,200

Microsoft is celebrating 30 years in Ireland. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Company plans to move 1,200 staff members to new location by the end of 2017

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