Ryanair chief executive  Michael O’Leary said the company regretted Hertz’s decision to end its car hire supply agreement with the airline. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Car hire firm terminates agreement from noon, claiming breach of contract

Resolution scheme has been extended several times. Photograph: Collins Dublin.

Scheme to allow orderly wind-up of credit unions was first introduced in December 2011

Photograph: Thinkstock

MVNO will begin operation later this summer as part of ‘significant investment’ for Ireland

Bulmers maker C&C said trading was mixed in the first quarter of the year.    Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Export markets, US shipments put in better performance over three months

Eye on you: 1990s European regulations on data protection predate much of the far more sophisticated technology in common use today.

Earlier run-ins on the issue have helped the company by serving as a warning against complacency, says its head of privacy in Eur(...)

Some 37 critical updates were released for Windows Server 2003 in 2013

July 15th last day of support for software, with no more critical updates; more than 20,000 Irish servers still using outdated pla(...)

John Phelan, national manager for HBan: “HBan is well-positioned to help business angels find the right type of early-stage company and maximise their chances of a successful investment.”

HBan supports the early-stage entrepreneurial community throughout Ireland

David Coallier:  “All over Ireland now we are producing great indigenous tech companies that are taking on world markets.”

Positions due to be filled by year’s end, bringing to 45 number employed at the Cork firm

Apple Music: Getting started seems easy but it can take a while to inform Apple exactly what music you like. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Apple Music matches rivals Spotify and Deezer when it comes to streaming music


Rocket Skates €1,400

Who needs more moisture in the air here? A lot of people actually


Nestcam €199

Digital downloads are becoming less popular as consumers turn to streaming services such as Spotify

Digital downloads are on the decline as consumers turn to music streaming services

Before it all started to go horribly wrong in Vault 774

Radroaches, raiders and fire are the least of your worries in this vault simulator

Petrel Resources chairman John Teeling. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘Lack of interest’ in junior explorers hits shares in company

Order 66 says its Batman 3D costume can be recreated, in about four weeks, with the correct proportions

Costume created to coincide with release of long-awaited ‘Arkham Knight’ video game

Ireland has been leading in elearning going back about 30 years

Lack of digital strategy for schools is opportunity for growth in sector that already employs 2,500

Eircom Wholesale’s fibre broadband, which offers speeds of up to 100Mb per second, currently extends to 1.2 million homes throughout the State, covering about half of the households and businesses in the country

Pure says it chose Eircom’s wholesale business based on national reach and future-proofing of network

Fun, engaging and sneakily educational games for iPad

Take your music on the go this summer with Sony’s small but powerful speaker

Myle Tap:  not only will it save your musings for later reference, it can also launch applications on your smartphone without you ever having to touch it

Touch-activated voice recorder compatible with Facebook and Twitter apps

Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Firm gets funding under Horizon 2020 programme

Machines ‘walk’ the earth in third-person RPG due for release next year on PlayStation 4

Adam Boyes, vice-president of publisher and developer relations at Sony Computer Entertainment America, speaks about “Destiny: The Taken King” video game during an event ahead of the E3  in Los Angeles. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

At E3 2015, it was all about gamers, with consoles and virtual reality top priorities

Guitar Hero, a game that puts you on stage with the band, in front of a real crowd,  close enough to see their reactions – and they aren’t shy about sharing it with you

Live action shoot of significant proportions with motion-controlled camera rig taking place of guitarist

Cyberith’s Virtualizer: the device can read sitting and crouching movements, as well as walking and running

Oculus, Samsung, Virtuix, Cyberith, Sony and Microsoft all want you moving in real time

Oculus Rift: The headset looks a bit cumbersome, but it’s light and relatively easy to put on
Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift probably isn’t something that will appeal to everyone

Run Phones

Run Phones are aimed at those who have an active lifestyle

Can a watch be both smart and subtle? We put the Nevo to the test

Long-awaited game set to make its debut on next-gen console

Dreams allows you to create your own world from scratch.

Collaborate, explore and create in Media Molecule’s latest project

Attendees react to  announcements during a Sony event ahead of  E3 in Los Angeles. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

Firm hits back at rival Microsoft as it reveals The Last Guardian, Shenmue III plans

David Rutter, vice president and general manager of Electronic Arts, speaks with retired professional soccer player Pele. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg

Fifa 16, Need for Speed and Mirror’s Edge 2 vie for space with Star Wars, Unravel

Yu Suzuki (left), creator of Shenmue with  Sony Computer Entertainment America’s Adam Boyes at the Playstation press conference ahead of E3 in Los Angeles. Photograph: Michael Nelson/EPA

Game almost reaches $2m goal less than 12 hours after it kicks off

Dice senior producer Sigurlína Ingvarsdottir introduces ‘Star Wars Battlefront’. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

EA unveils new gameplay footage at E3 press conference

Pete Hines, vice president of marketing and public relations of Bethesda Softworks, speaks at Bethesda’s press conference ahead of E3. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

Trailer shows the blood-soaked demon hoardes are back in all their glory

Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, announcing that  Xbox One owners will be able to play their old Xbox 360 games on the new console.

Up to 100 Xbox 360 titles will be available to play on Xbox One later this year, with both digital and disc-based games included i(...)

Todd Howard, game director and executive producer at Bethesda Game Studios, introducesFallout 4. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

Doom gets its debut at company’s first E3 press conference

The Los Angeles Convention Centre, home of the annual E3 games exhibition. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Virtual reality expected to play increasing role at annual event

The Oculus Rift headset. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Company also links up with Microsoft to integrate Oculus with Windows

A still from Star Wars: Battlefront

You can battle hordes in a 40-person competitive multiplayer or take solo missions

European regulators have opened a formal antitrust investigation into clauses included in Amazon’s contracts with publishers. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Regulators ‘concerned’ that contracts may limit competition and choice for consumers

Developer teams up with experts to ensure subject is ‘sensitively and accurately’ handled

Ryanair is still required to reduce its stake in Aer Lingus to no more than 5 per cent, British competition authorities said. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ryanair says it will appeal ‘ridiculous’ decision following IAG offer for airline

NearForm: the company recently announced it would add 100 jobs to its operation, and is targeting a total headcount of 150 by the end of the year

Silicon Valley engineer joins software firm to help build on its continued growth

Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple, at the  Apple World Wide Developers Conference  in San Francisco. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Apple Music, announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference, was expected

 Havok’s managing director David Coghlan: “It’s opening up something different that hasn’t been seen before. A lot of our customers are striving for Hollywood-style experience on consumer grade hardware.”

With new software, designers hope to be able to bring new dimensions to games

The overall messaging market will fall in value by $600 million, from $113.5 billion last year to $112.9 billion by 2019, according to new data from Juniper Research.

Instant chat apps will double in volume over the same period, according to data

SoftCo co-founder Susan Spence:  firm said it had done deals worth €1 million for its SoftCo eClaims 2.0 software, which is concentrating on delivering cost savings to hospitals. Photograph: Maxwells

Providence Hospital and UPMC CancerCenter network sign up for SoftCo’s products

Innovative keyboard  connects to your device using Bluetooth low energy and even supports multitouch

Two-in-one device aims to save you space

New Immerse headset uses your smartphone to create VR world for 3D games or films

The Canon EOS M3 offers the benefits of the compact camera with the power and flexibility that interchangeable lenses can bring

The redesigned Xbox One controller includes a headset jack.

New console also comes with redesigned controller

MicksGarage.com cofounder Michael Crean in Barcelona.

Company takes gold in entrepreneurial category of European Ecommerce Awards.

Purchase is part of a joint venture with Clarendon Properties

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue onstage at the company’s development conference in California.  Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Tech firm also unveils iOS9, OS X El Capitan at developer event

Nintendo gives shooters a family-friendly makeover with this colourful paintballing romp

The RetroTek Mobile Retroreflectometer measures the visibility and retro reflectivity of the road markings taking into account real driving conditions.

Company plans to use Horizon 2020 funding to accelerate product plans

More than 300 areas currently without access to high-speed broadband will get service

New orders helped by a fall in the euro against the dollar and sterling

Google Glass

Oculus Rift will bring VR into your living room next year – thanks to Kickstarter

PennyOwl aims to teach children about money management

Company to add 30 jobs as it extends international reach

Apps: many are constantly checking for updates

Apps are operating away in the background, draining your phone’s power

Chief executive Tim Cook of Apple: tech giant’s Worldwide Developer Conference on June 8th in San Francisco will likely be used to unveil an updated version of iOS9. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Tech giant expected to announce new mobile software at developers’ conference

Sony’s virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus: UCD students are using virtual reality technology to  remote control drones and create a virtual campus for students. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/ Reuters

University has set up its ‘own virtual learning environment’ for students

Eric Schmidt of Google: internet firm is among the companies that has acquired start-ups via the Demo Traction conference. Photograph: Victor J Blue/Bloomberg

Up to 30 Irish, UK and US high-growth start-ups to give pitches at Boston event

Battery indicator that caused me much anxiety in other ecars is just a fuel gauge

Sony is taking its Z3 line of Xperia phones even more premium

Can Dyson’s latest cordless cleaner eclipse the traditional vacuum?

Financial terms of deal not disclosed but acquisition expected to close later this year

Irish Times technology journalist  Ciara O’Brien (right) and her sister Sorca  celebrate upon  finishing the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin on June 1st, 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sense of camaraderie among 37,000 participants that bad weather couldn’t dampen

New resources will allow users to control what data is shared within Goggle’s services

Back pain: Reactiv8 helps restore control to the muscles that stabilise the lumbar spine.

Mainstay Medical’s neurostimulation system is aimed at treating chronic low back pain

Golden Discs opened on Dublin’s Grafton Street for the Christmas period last year Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Home entertainment retailer posted profit of €30,885 for 12 months to end of June 2014

EA Sports has announced it is introducing female players for the first time in its upcoming release ‘FIFA 16’

Shopify is recruiting customer support agents in Galway. Photograph: Kevin Van Paassen/Bloomberg

Firm is recruiting customer support agents to support international merchants

A user scans for an available vehicle using the Uber  app. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Consumers are benefiting from more options, more convenience and better service in brave new world

 CoderDojo Coolest Projects: Openet Pitching Stage will give the children taking part in Coolest Projects the chance to sell their idea to the crowd. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Each pitch will be five minutes long, and will be handled through an interview with RTÉ DJ and presenter Stephen Byrne

PhoneWatch: set up in 1991

Move comes as research shows small amount of homeowners have installed alarms

Device allows users to access the super-fast broadband speeds they’ve paid for

TT’s cutting-edge cockpit has no physical dials or gauges

The Samsung Gear VR, priced $199, uses your Note 4 or Galaxy S6 to bring virtual reality right to you

A budget virtual reality device currently in development that looks promising

Providence Resources chief executive Tony O’Reilly said it was a year of “significant progress” despite a challenging backdrop for the industry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

But pretax losses increase to more than €11 million in 2014

Agri-services group maintains guidance for full year

eSentire’s security operations centre uses analysts to continuously identify threats around the clock. Photograph: Thinkstock

Security company will base its European headquarters and security operations centre in Ireland

A clever arcade-puzzler that is all about stealth

Aer Lingus Regional showed a strong start to 2015, the company said.

More than 338,000 passengers have flown with the airline in the first four months of the year

Company remains on the acquisition trail as it talks to potential targets

Qualtrics chief executive Ryan Smith with Taoiseach Enda Kenny: the tech firm has leased a building close to St Stephen’s Green and it has more space than it needs to accommodate the planned 250-strong workforce. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Irish office to play integral part in development of US-based tech firm

 Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the opening of the company’s first Dublin office in 2013.  Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Company on track to exceed original target of 150 employees within three years

Musgrave said it was planning to develop a strategic partnership with Booker to collaborate on store formats, digital innovation, buying opportunities, sharing of best practice and to achieve cost savings and efficiencies for the business.

Company had been working on turnaround of business and had reduced losses

Kingspan chairman Eugene Murtagh and chief executive Gene Murtagh. The plan to buy Vicwest’s building products division was originally announced in November. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Regulators recently approved sale of firm’s building products division to insulation manufacturer

Ryan Smith: founder of Qualtrics

Utah-based start-up has its European headquarters in Dublin

Updated model lighter, smaller, quieter and easier to handle

Meditation meets technology in mindfulness device

It can heat a room up or cool it down – and it looks very, very stylish

Vodafone has also partnered with ESB for a €450 million fibre to the home joint venture that will roll out high speed broadband to 50 towns across Ireland.. Photograph: Toby Melville/Files/Reuters

But contract subscriptions show growth and enterprise revenues rise over year

A rise in digital ad revenue helped offset a declin in published ads in the weeks to May 1st 2015, Independent News & Media said. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Market conditions showing some improvement, media group says

Greencore chief executive  Patrick Coveney said the group delivered good financial and strategic progress in the first half of the year. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Growth driven by stronger ‘food to go’ market

Scatterpillar Designs, run by Dublin designer Jacinta Leigh, turns your child’s art creations into toys made from their old clothes and canvasses for your wall

A number of women set up their own firms when they see gaps in the market

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