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

 Jamie Heaslip, right, Leinster Rugby, is interviewed by Ian Prior on the Centre Stage: “The France game with all that support was the most mental scene I’ve ever been involved in.”

Irish international talks of his World Cup disappointment

“Ireland has produced 2.5 billion one cent and two cent coins since the introduction of the euro, enough to go around the island of Ireland seven times, or stacked on top of each other 4,000km into space.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Central Bank hopes to reduce number of one and two cent coins in use by 85-90 per cent

Screengrab from Business Insider homepage

It’s all bad – advertisers get duped, publishers get their websites polluted and readers endure privacy-trammelling trackers

Dark streaks on the slopes of Hale Crater on Mars are believed to have been formed by seasonal flow of water. Photograph: EPA/Nasa/ JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

UN treaty forbids exploration that could contaminate environment on other planets

There is some concern  that   a dislike button would be a baton in the hand of the bullies, a tool of snide derision rather than an expression of empathy.   Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

What’s not to ‘dislike’ about Facebook’s proposed button?

Apple CEO Tim Cook  in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Getty Images

As the new Apple TV enters the market, are we ready to give up on channel-browsing?

Did Jeff Bezos have to endure a dreaded “performance improvement plan” after the Fire Phone fiasco?Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Jeff Bezos’s company sells its notorious corporate culture as beneficial to investors

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said the ‘New York Times’ article “doesn’t describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day”. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty

‘New York Times’ piece followed ‘Lancet’ findings on the harmful effects of long hours

From an Irish perspective, the primary interest will be in how the creation of Alphabet affects the company’s global tax operation(...)

TV is undergoing a profound change in viewing patterns. Photograph:  EPA/JOERG CARSTENSEN

Television has been remarkably resistant to disruption from the internet and only now are we beginning to clearly see what the dis(...)

Energy Elephant CEO Joe Borza (left) with co-founder Eoin Ó Fearghail

EnergyElephant aims to saves firms money by remembering the power data they ignore

An artist’s impression issued  of the New Horizons spacecraft. Image: Johns Hopkins University/Southwest Research Institute/PA

The Nasa voyage to the edges of the solar system is an expression of human curiosity

Every time you use the  automatic checkout machine at the supermarket, you are essentially getting a flavour of how the future is going to look in a whole variety of industries. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Perhaps more than any other technology, robotisation and automation threaten to reshape society, and we better have some ideas as (...)

An ‘internal technical issue’ knocked the New York Stock Exchange, the cathedral of US capitalism, out of action for hours on Wednesday. Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Catastrophic failure of complex systems is something we should be more worried about

Taylor Swift performs  in Cologne, Germany, earlier this month. Photograph Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images for TAS

In speaking out over artists’ rights, singer has opened herself to criticism

Tony Fadell, co-founder of Nest Labs. Photograph: EPA/PAUL MCERLANE

‘Our vision was to create a thoughtful home,’ says chief executive Tony Fadell

Apple chief Tim Cook delivers the keynote address during Apple WWDC last Monday. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Smartphones are reducing other businesses to icons on the homescreen

An illustration of proposed changes to Suffolk Street in Dublin. Cars would be banned from key streets in the city centre. Photograph: Dublin City Council/PA Wire.

A major redesign of city centre traffic aims to make it less hostile and more walkable

Facebook’s app is still, technically, a web browser

Wired’s warning about the state of the web is being debated all over again

Google’s new self-driving prototype car. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Like it or not, self-drive is the future of transport

Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive  of Tesla Motors, speaks during the unveiling of the company’s “Powerwall’ in Hawthorne, California. Photograph: Tim Rue/Bloomberg

Elon Musk’s battery power could be a game-changer in renewables market

Lead levels in water in some Dublin homes are up to 80 times more than the European safety limit

Question: Lead levels in our water pipes – should we be concerned?

A student volunteer in a Captain America costume sweeps the ground during a campaign to clean the streets to mark Earth Day 2015, in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Event highlights issues of global conservation and climate change around the world

EU commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager holds a press conference discussing the antitrust charges against Google. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

Why is the competition commissioner taking on the search engine giant?

Last year, Facebook launched a mobile ad network, the Facebook Audience Network, designed to target users across different mobile apps using information Facebook has gleaned from the users’ Facebook usage

Saying goodbye to ubiquitous social network can prompt delight and anguish

The image of the self-replenishing fridge has come a step closer courtesy of Amazon’s new “shopping solution”. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Future of computing looks like this when about consumption and little else

The Irish marriage rate last year of 4.8 per thousand is exactly the same as that of 1864, the first year the marriage rate was recorded

There is a hollow ring to claims about marriage patterns

Airbus aircraft: Germanwings parent company Lufthansa is taking relatives of the victims to the crash site in France. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Intentional crashing of passenger aircraft ‘goers beyond what we can imagine’

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