Despite the fact that Valentine’s Day is off the agenda for most small business owners and their partners and spouses, most were supportive, citing the happiness and freedom business ownership brings to their partner.

Working 65 hours a week seems to be the norm

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What’s all the fuss about?

Carrot food tracker app: yes, it will judge you on your bad food choices.

A pizza slice doesn’t taste as good when you know you have to run for 29 minutes to burn it off

Survey says State is ‘average’ for 4G speed but 64th of 68 on coverage

 Data Solutions managing director Michael O’Hara,    Nutanix channel manager Andrew Brewerton and Sean Fane, UK managing director of Data Solutions, at the announcement of Data Solutions’ expansion. Photograph: Colin Swain

Dublin-based firm seeks to triple its business over next three years as it expands into UK

Dublin 4 is the most expensive part of Dublin to rent in, according to a report compiled by First Citizen Asset Management

Monthly rents for properties in Dublin are now at an average of € 1,221,

Nikon KeyMission 360. Price: TBC

New rugged camera will shoot immersive footage

HP Pro Slate 8: From €432 (excl VAT)

The unique feature of this premium Android tablet is the Duet Pen for digitising notes

Service revenue at Vodafone rose in the third quarter.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Telecoms company beefs up offering with Vodafone TV, fibre broadband

Apple has been gaining ground in the race for paying customers and has overtaken Deezer, but is still significantly behind Spotify, which has close to 25 million paying users, according to unofficial estimates.

Apple is gaining ground but it is playing catch-up when it comes to paying customers

Ashley Madison has taken steps to protect those loyal users, who may not want their pictures out in public, available for anyone to see. The solution? Digital masks that can be added to your profile picture to obscure part of your face.

Users can chose a plain bar or a Zorro-style mask

the number of people classed as unemployed fell by 3,000 in January, new figures showed.

Figures show rate declined by 30,500 compared with January 2015

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Firm says 65% stake in business will broaden Total’s US operations

Pact page

These apps make getting fit and healthy easy. They do everything for you – except the exercise

Intel’s Ann-Marie Holmes has been appointed as vice president of the technology and manufacturing group at the firm.

Holmes becomes the eighth Irish vice president at chip maker

 Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton: “This is another great boost for the northside, coming hot on the heels of other recent announcements for this area.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Education technology company planning ‘dramatic’ expansion of its Irish workforce

Brett Meyers (centre) says getting the imprimatur of Which? was a boost for his company.

Dublin startup voted cheapest money transfer service by Which? magazine

Parkbytext service says a third of people parking cars are now using mobile payments

European commissioner for economic and financial affairs Pierre Moscovici hopes his tax avoidance package will be welcomed. Photograph: EPA

Proposals tackle practice of companies moving profits to lower-tax jurisdictions

Retail sales show monthly decline in December but annual figures rise 6.3%

The headset uses Oculus technology, but instead of a computer, it uses your smartphone

Csys: €600

LED light that’s pushing the boundaries

Lumia 950: comes with Windows 10 for phones

The device does a lot of things well including photographs and video

Gerard Boylan, group chief executive of Tedcastle Holdings.

Company has 10 fully managed service stations around Ireland

Niall McEntegart, Facebook’s head of data centre operations for the EMEA and APAC region, oversaw the construction of the data centre at Luleå

The village of Clonee is hoping the giant data centre will have huge local benefits

Des Moines-based GIA programme lasts for 100 days

Company’s online storage service also affected by outage

Irish Water is warning customers about a fake email claiming to be from the company.

Fake message claims to be seeking details for company's ‘account maintenance’

This will be the second data centre the company has built outside the US – the first was Lulea in Sweden, which opened in 2013

Work on €200m Co Meath facility due to get underway in next few months

Belkin WeMo Switch: you can set schedules for it, which is handy for timing lights or appliances

Users control plug through app, allowing them to switch appliances on and off on the go

Code-A-Pillar: Code-teaching toy due out in June

As children grow older, Fisher Price’s toy’s challenges become more difficult

The S2 doesn’t follow the standard smartwatch interface, poking away at a 1.2 inch touch screen on your wrist; instead, it uses a rotating bezel.

Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch is not only well-designed, it’s easy to use

Richard Watson, investment manager, Dublin BIC and Gavan Walsh, founder and chief executive of iCabbi.

Firm is also targetting further growth in the UK

Demonstrating  iFit’s Coach App at CES: it gathers information from iFit’s many wearables, furniture and exercises equipment to monitor exercise, activity, nutrition and sleep to give personalised recommendations. Photograph:  Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Smart clothing that does everything from track your vitals to protect your skin is one step closer to your local retailer

 Soundwave founders Brendan O’Driscoll, Craig Watson and Aidan Sliney.

Acquisition will see the music analytics firm integrated into the Swedish firm’s service

Discov3ry allows you to take your regular filament 3D printer and start printing in different materials with its paste extruder (...)

Edwin stars in a range of interactive stories and games on your tablet

Canon EOS M10 is an entry-level mirrorless system and not intimidating to beginners

The Jyro electric scooter

Lightweight electric scooter launches preorders at CES

Edwin the Duck: smarter than your average rubber duck.

Smart rubber ducks and ‘gaming’ toothbrushes aim at family tech fans

Owlet baby monitor.

Gadgets range from practical to the weird and wonderful

Soon you may be able to instruct your car to pick you up at the front door as you get ready for work, with your house shutting dow(...)

Girl Crew now has more than 20,000 members in 43 cities across the world, including Dublin, London, Melbourne and San Francisco. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Developing apps, online communities or gaming graphics earned five groups a spot on Ciara O'Brien's pick of tech entrepreneurs - i(...)

Attendees at the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vegas. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

A personal soundtrack for your workout; make your smartwatch smarter and never get locked out again

Slendertone’s Connect Abs product was unveiled at consumer technology show CES in Las Vegas.

Electric muscle stimulant belt is made by Galway-based Bio-Medical Research

The EHang 184: designed for one person, the drone will allow you to set your destination through a smartphone app. Photograph: John Locher/AP Photo

A people-carrying drone and a steering wheel cover that stops you texting while driving

The EHang 184 autonomous aerial vehicle is unveiled at the EHang booth at CES International in Las Vegas, Nevada. The drone is large enough to fit a passenger. Photograph: John Locher/AP

‘Connecting everything is the new standard, based on relevance and customer benefits,’ Consumer Electronics Show is told

Exhibitors ride Razor Hovertrax hover boards during ShowStoppers at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Its big, really big; our robot overlords are coming and hovering is in

Yining Hou uses the Oculus Rift VR headset at CES in Las Vegas.  Photograph: AP

Wearables and virtual reality among areas where products have evolved

An exhibitor demonstrates a 3D drawing pen during ShowStoppers at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Photograph: Bloomberg

A games console for that pet pooch or a Bluetooth pregnancy test . . . and much more

Attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Photograph: Gregory Bull/AP

Company brought in Irish app firm Tapadoo as development partner for the iOS software.

Virtual reality headset

Health apps, smart homes and smarter phones will also be on trend this year

Speaker is dust and waterproof, and also saltwater resistant

Band translates your gestures into movement instructions for BB-8

Motorola X Style: camera performs well even in low light.

Android handset has bright and crisp 5.7-inch display but is relatively bulky

 Professional free runner Jason Paul performs a twisting jump off an obstacle while Intel technology records data in real time. The low-cost, low-energy Curie module is at the heart of Intel’s wearable strategy.

Button-sized Curie module designed in Ireland shines alongside Lady Gaga at CES presentation

My UV Patch contains photosensitive dyes that  change colour when exposed to UV rays to indicate varying levels of sun exposure.

Irish design engineering firm develops wearable UV skin sensor with beauty giant

Kazuo Hirai, president and chief executive  of Sony, at the  Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

High-res audio, 4K TVs feature heavily for technology firm

James Park, chief executive  of Fitbit: Wall Street reacted badly to Fitbit’s first product launch since last year’s initial public offering, sending its shares down by as much as 13 per cent by early afternoon after the Blaze was unveiled. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Launches from Fitbit, Ford and LG among 3,600 stands at Consumer Electronics Show

President of Samsung Electronics America Tim Baxter with the Samsung SmartThings Extend. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Company unveils plans to make TV the controller of the connected home

Ford CEO Mark Fields at CES 2016 Consumer Electronics Show:  Ford unveiled an alliance with US online giant Amazon aimed at allowing people to connect their cars into “smart home” networks.

Car giant is working on drone links to cars and with Amazon on home-car links

The Faraday Future FFZERO1 electric concept car is shown after an unveiling at a news conference in Las Vegas

Concept vehicle that can drive itself debuts ahead of Consumer Electronics Show

Gary Shapiro of the Consumer Electronics Association: “We’re seeing cutting-edge technology which helps mankind and betters our world.” Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Focus this year will be on the difference technology has made to the world

Niamh Scanlon: one of her apps won her a CoderDojo Coolest Projects award in 2014 and recognition at the 2015 Eir Junior Spider awards. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Niamh Scanlon (13) started writing code through CoderDojo and hasn’t looked back

Ryanair fell 2 per cent but the stock has gained 53 per cent over the year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Volumes thin on ground as investors and traders wind down on last day of trading

Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Lower lending for home purchases drives decline

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Company expands policy saying attacks were likely to be more sophisticated

BB-8 Sphero: app-controlled robot resembling Star Wars BB-8 minus head and suit

A year of technological developments included Apple’s smart watch and a robot app

Chopped cofounder Brian Lee.

‘Phenomenal’ growth leads to six new franchise outlet for founders

Fastcom is to add 25 new jobs in its Sligo centre  over the next three years.

Expansion backed by €1.2 million funding from private and director investment

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Radio Control Flying Drone, €145

This may be the drone you’ve been searching for

Samsung Gear S2: €350 Samsung Gear S2: its impressive battery life of about two days means you are not stuck having to charge it every night

Samsung’s latest smartwatch learns lessons from the past

iKydz: allows you to restrict access to certain sites or limit specific devices from accessing your router
Tech Tools: iKydz

Take control of your family internet connection with this easy-to-use device

Testing virtual reality headsets. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

From DIY to high-tech, VR headsets are becoming more sophisticated

Atlantic Light: the Maharees with Brandon Mountain behind, which Peter Cox photographed with a drone

Unmanned aircraft are the must-have gift this season. Which should you buy, and what do you need to remember?

All three major US indexes sank over 1 per cent as crude prices plunged on continued oversupply concerns

C&C the main driver in Dublin as it announces it has signed distribution deal

Mopet Robot Mop is not only a dab hand at dust disposal but it’s friendly looking

HTC’s latest offering fits in with most of the current crop of smartphones

Tech Tools: HTC Vive

The device includes a headset, two controllers and cameras

Photograph: Thinkstock

Major medtech conference held in Dublin dealing with connected health

Carphone Warehouse’s mobile network also brings in

But low interest rates weigh on sentiment as consumers feel it’s not a good time to save

Both Apple and Google have revamped their TV streaming products

Lots to appreciate in revamped Apple and Google streaming TV products

There is no dialogue, no flashy set pieces, no gimmicks or special effects in  Lagavulin’s new advertisement video

Fans of actor will love YouTube video of him sipping whiskey by fire for 45 minutes

Turnover at JTI Ireland fell to just over €652 million last year, compared with almost €659 million in 2013. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Firm reports operating profits of €21 million, up from €17 million the previous year

Photograph: Kim White/Bloomberg

Fund aims to pay for Irish firms to attend major developer conference next year

 Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Company says expenses increased by €1.8bn in 2014

As smartphones become increasingly important, Swrve is helping to push the idea of a “mobile first” world. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

The Irish firm provides data that gives insight into what works for customers

Andrew Pinnington, CEO, Hailo, and Tim Arnold , general manager, Ireland, at their Dublin office. The company is to expand operations nationwide. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Move comes following transport firm’s expansion from Dublin to Ireland’s big towns

When it came to TV talk, #vinb was the most-used hashtag, with the Eurovision song contest at third and the Rose of Tralee in fifth place. Photograph: Bethany Clarke/Getty Images

More than 400,000 tweets contained the MarRef hashtag as people took to the polls

FixMeStick: it uses antivirus scanning engines from Kaspersky, Sophos and Vipre and claims to remove everything from simple viruses to the more difficult to tackle trojans and rootkits

Simply plug the USB key into your PC and the device will scan for viruses hidden away

Domino's launches The Limited Edition Easy Order button allowing pizza lovers to order their favourite pizza straight to their door at the touch of a button.

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

iPad Pro may not have every laptop in its sights right now, but as more app developers jump on board, it may slowly erode that gap(...)

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New survey reveals 96% of small and medium firms will expand in the coming year

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. Photograph: Bloomberg

Airline carries 99.9 million passengers in year as it forges ahead with customer charter

 Karl Aherne (far right) of Red Planet with Liam Casey, chief executive of PCH, and Richard Whelan, chief executive of Popdeem. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Red Planet helps corporates to find young companies providing the services they need

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

Activity tracker bridges gap for wearables

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

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