A scene from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”: Williams has worked with JJ Abrams’ film company Bad Robot, on unconscious gender bias in film. This one has been praised for its diversity in the lead characters

Judith Williams built a career helping the tech industry to tackle their lack of diversity

Dyson Supersonic: €399

Drying your hair causes damage, but Dyson reckons its device will minimise it

Panasonic’s latest addition has 1,700 watts of power and Bluetooth technology

Broadcast T-shirt has tiny LEDs woven into it that you can programme into whatever slogan you want

 NiamhTownsend at Dell, Cherrywood Science and Technology Park. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Getting her hands dirty at Enterprise and Donnelly helped her into the driving seat

A gamer uses an Oculus Rift headset in the Oculus booth during the annual E3 2016 gaming conference in Los Angeles this week. Photograph: Getty Images

Hands on with the latest in virtual reality

Even if the extra bass isn’t an essential for you, the sound quality off these headphones is great

About 2,000 people have paid a fee for the privilege of buying one when it goes on sale in 2018

 Former Storyful chief executive Mark Little is to take over as head of Twitter’s Irish subsidiary on July 1st. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Twitter Ireland boss Stephen McIntyre is stepping down to join Frontline Ventures

Known in Ireland as Sports Manager, the company’s software is used by 52 sports organisations to manage player data and league competitions, with almost one million people covered by it

The sports technology firm is expanding after getting €270,000 from West by Northwest

Lenovo Moto Z: made from aluminium and stainless steel with a quad HD Amoled display that measures 5.5 inches

Phone uses snap-on extras to boost sound, battery and comes with 13MP camera

Apple chief executive Tim Cook delivers the keynote address at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Photograph: Gabrielle Lurie/AFP/Getty Images

Worldwide Developer Conference hears Siri to be available to other applications

A fan experiences PlayStation VR at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Rich Polk/Getty Images

Microsoft shows off new hardware as Sony keeps its focus on new games

 Microsoft’s  Xbox’s Forza Horizon 3 at E3.

Microsoft and Sony plan new products

The Apple watch with fitness tracker

It’s speedy and has refined its fitness elements

Apple’s vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi speaks at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, onJune 13th, 2016. (Photograph: GABRIELLE LURIE/AFP/Getty Images)

Face recognition in photos, voicemail transcription and Safari split-view for the iPad are just some of the new features for iOS (...)

Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, introducing software kit  that lets programmers integrate Siri into their apps. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

MacOS Sierra will allow people to copy things on iPhone and access them on Mac

Dublin Castle: location for   next year’s Digital Global Summit to be held in May. Photograph: Frank Miller

Retail, capital, manufacturing, services and health targeted for business strategy event

Ryanair said it grew its Irish traffic by 70% last year. Photograph: PA Wire

Growth comes as airline vies to become ‘Amazon of air travel’

Pictured at the launch of Ibec’s poster campaign were Kevin Toland, chief executive, DAA  and Danny McCoy, chief executive of Ibec.  Photograph: Gary O’Neill

Business group highlighting political, cultural and commercial ties with UK

Ryanair is expanding its hotel-booking option to include other types of accommodation.  Photograph: PA Wire

Service will allow customers to book hotels, hotels, villas and B&Bs

LumaFit: €139.90

LumaFit is intended to be more accurate than your average monitor

EyeForcer: will promote “proper use” of electronics

New device claims to help correct the smartphone slouch

The Smart Prime 7 offers decent specs

Pay-as-you-go phone bridges gap between budget and bling

Up to 180 translator positions expected to be available by 2021

Testing Samsung VR gear: this year at E3 is expected to be one where virtual reality really gets going. Photograph: EPA/Ritchie B Tongo

The rivalry between Microsoft and Sony most likely means some new hardware next week

ProACT will support home-based integrated care, linking in with care support networks and facilitating lifestyle changes

Lero director Prof Mike Hinchey: technology will also create new job opportunities

Lero director Prof Mike Hinchey says tech will offer new job opportunities

Fleetmatics went public in 2012

Software company expanding its research and development team to support growth

Getting ready: the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) plays host to developers from all over the world who want to learn about the next thing for Apple’s software platforms. photograph: bobby yip/reuters

What is almost certain to be unveiled are the new versions of Apple’s desktop and mobile software

Hiri is using the money to help its expansion, following the opening of its first international office. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg News

Delta Partners, ACT Venture Capital and Enterprise Ireland back email enterprise firm

Edinburgh, Scotland. Photograph: iStock

Not-for-profit organisation will link business communities in Scotland and Ireland

 Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Company said it paid €53m in income protection claims in 2015

Sustainable Nation Ireland. Photograph:  Shane O’Neill Photography.

Organisation aims to grow investment in green technologies

Glow, a fertility tracker app, can be useful if you are recording symptoms and later need details during medical exams.

Mobile devices can now offer real insight into how, and why, your body is working the way it is

Some 60 per cent of Irish-based businesses claim they do not have a clear understanding of the rules.

‘People are confused’ as negotiations surrounding Privacy Shield agreement continue

Irish Airbnb user Tanya O’Halloran, pictured in her Dublin apartment.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Ireland, France top poll for use of collaborative economy

Good specs make the Mate S a great bet but it may be a little expensive for some

Tracy tracker: keeps your pet on the radar

Runaway poodle? Terrier gone awol? Tracy tracker keeps tabs on your family pet

EnergySquare: a thin, wireless charging mat compatible with smartphones or tablets that use micro USB, lightning and USB C connectors

Wireless charger uses conductive stickers to charge any smartphone or tablet

Irish Ferries owner says it took delivery of craft on June 1st

Photograph: iStock Photos

Fund will support grain, milk suppliers when prices fall below certain level

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. Photograph: Bloomberg

Trafic figures show 12% rise year on year for airline as it cuts fees

About 20km of cable went into the stadium, along with 259 antennae as part of a multimillion euro investment. Photograph: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Customers will be able to make calls, tweet and share Facebook photos even on busy on match days

  Chief executive of the Irish Stock Exchange Deirdre Somers:  “Datalex’s achievements and ambitious plans for growth reinforce the considerable strides that Irish companies are making in the digital commerce sector.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Digital commerce travel software firm also expanding in Beijing, Atlanta and Manchester

GAAGO will join more than 3,000 channels on the Roku platform

GAAGO paid-for service makes games to millions in US on streaming platform

The ferry, which links Passage East in Co Waterford and Ballyhack, Co Wexford, has an annual turnover of €1.6 million. Carrying up to 28 vehicles and 130 passengers, it sails seven days a week, with an average of 106 sailings per day.

Ferry integral to local transport system, for commuters, cars... and Chinese takeaway

Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

New ship will have capacity for freight, 1,885 passengers and crew, and 300 cars

Among the positions currently being recruited for at the Dublin technical hub are software development engineers, network development engineers, data centre engineering, support engineers, systems engineers, optical deployment engineers, security specialists, big data specialists, devops engineers, and a range of technical management positions.

The company’s recruiters are also stressing that experience is necessary

Amazon warehouse: the company has offices in Cork and Dublin, with the one in the capital being its technical hub in Europe. Photograph: Seán Gallup/Getty Images

Company seeks data centre technicians, software engineers and customer support staff

Give Up Yer Aul Sins, made by animation studio Brown Bag Films, received an Oscar nomination in 2001.

Animation company opens new 30,000 sq ft flagship studio in Smithfield

Just how smart is Ulla, the smart hydration reminder? Not smart enough.

Mario Queiroz, vice-president of product management at Google, with the new  Google Home device. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Latest ‘home assistant’ effectively turns your home into one big voice-controlled entity

Public sector earnings fell, but this was largely due  to temporary census-related work. Image: iStock

Rise came as average weekly earnings across economy rose by 1% - CSO

Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Competitive start fund can award up to €50,000 to each successful applicant

Angel investors are private individuals who invest in start-ups

Startup Angels say it can suppress investors and crowd the field, acting as disincentive

Deputy chief executive of Dalata Dermot Crowley (left) and Pat McCann, chief executive. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

New hotel will employ 70 people once it is operational in 2018

Pilot universal translator: offers real-time translation of languages such as Italian and French through an earpiece and a smartphone app

It may sound like science fiction, but device aims to translate languages in real time

Paul Adams of Intercom: will take part in the Intercom discussion about products and design. Photograph: Marcus Cassidy

San Francisco-headquartered firm with an office in Dublin aims to stimulate debate

The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources confirmed in April that a new national broadband contract would not be signed until 2017. With the plan expected to take between three and five years, it now risks missing the 2020 target set to deliver broadband to all households.

One in four say they would have to move to a city if broadband was unavailable

Twitter said it would make new tweets beginning with an @name visible to all followers, and also allow users to quote their own tweets to add extra comentary if needed.

Tweak gives you 24 extra characters to play with

Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

You’re only as strong as your password - so make sure it’s a good one

Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Genuine accounts had profile photograph, bio and names changed to push adult sites

While we may be a few months off yet, the speculation is already increasing as claimed leaks point to possible features in the iPhone 7.

Here are the 5 things Apple are likely to do

Thousands of mobile users were left without access to their voicemail services after Three Ireland suffered a technical glitch.

Company says problem affected less than 10% of its customer base

Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

New data shows annual fall widened to 3.8% in the year to April

The first event took place at the Salesforce World Tour Event in London, with 24 young people working in teams mixing students with visual impairment and sighted children

The first event took place at the Salesforce World Tour Event, with teams mixing students with visual impairment and sighted chil(...)

MonBaby: €179

The MonBaby Smart Button fits to your child’s onesie like a large button

New features include an ultra-wide-angle lens, full HD movies, wifi and near field communications so you can easily share images, and on-camera editing with Creative Shots filters and effects.

Built-in features added in bid to convince consumers to buy standalone camera

The Ripcord  takes the 5V supplied by the USB port and turns it into 9V, so you can power mini amps, guitar pedals or similar devices with one small cable from your laptop

USB power cable powers mini amps and guitar pedals that need a 9V power source

Salesforce currently employs around 700 people in Ireland where it has an office in Sandyford. Photograph: Reuters

Marketing and sales software firm will create 1,200 new European jobs in next year

The dust is settling on the keynote at Google’s I/O developer conference, and there is a lot to be excited about.

Google has been working on a voice activated helper for your home

Our challenge puts five leading phones to the test under various conditions

John Hurley: took over as Ryanair’s chief technology officer about 18 months ago

The airline known for its hard-selling website is changing its digital strategy

Autoaddress:  app can be used to help locate properties and store contact information for addresses. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Free Autoaddress product helps to find codes and share address locations

Web browsers for gamers, privacy fiends and creaking systems

Male Close-up electronic payment hand cell phone market

Raising of limit on transactions to €30

Irish users embrace Google’s browser on desktop and mobile

Is Twitter about to relax the 140-character limit? Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Reports claim company is planning to remove links, photos from character count

Company says there has been a strong start to the current financial year

Liam Casey, founder and chief executive, PCH: “We won’t engage unless there’s a big design aspect to it,” he says. “We’re not taking on the ego projects.”

Since opening in San Francisco, PCH, the Cork incubation firm, has helped a range of products to market

Apple chief executive Tim Cook and Steve Jobs’s widow Laurene Powell. An Irish company  has received investment through a US-based firm linked to Ms Powell Jobs. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

StoryToys receives $1 million investment from Amplify Education Partners, accounts show

Catherine Duffy: fills  chairwoman position  on a three-year term.  Photograph: Keith Arkins

Head of firm’s aviation finance practice succeeds Paul White who will stay on as partner

UA Healthbox: €479

The package has an activity tracking wristband, heart rate monitor and wifi scales

Svet lightbulb: $100

Svet claims its bulbs will help to keep your biological clock in check

Flyboard Air in action: between charges it will only run for 10 minutes though, so you’d have to time your journeys carefully, or face a long walk home.

This prototype claims to go at speeds of up to 150km/h and reach heights of 10,000ft

Photograph: iStock

Company buys Altaveedan Wind Farm, its third wind investment in NI in 18 months

Data security design: the ultimate aim of the new regulations should be a more streamlined data protection system, with harmonised legislation throughout the EU

Companies will face stiffer penalties for data breaches under overdue new laws

Evan Gray of Laundrie: the laundry pick- up/drop off service launched last June

Dublin start-up is one of a new crop offering services enabled by technology

Ryanair chief technology officer John Hurley: “Think of how Amazon works: you store all your account details. MyRyanair is your account.”

Airline seeking to become Amazon for travel with MyRyanair service

Regina Breheny, director general of the Irish Venture Capital Association:  “Life sciences deals don’t happen every quarter.”

Total venture capital funding of €237m was raised by SME sector in first quarter

Increasingly sophisticated ad blocking software, in addition to moves by both Apple and mobile network Three to limit advertising on their platforms, will cause a further threat to revenue, with more mobile operators set to follow Three’s lead.

Increasingly sophisticated software will cause a further threat to revenue, says Juniper Research

Periscope is set to offer drone users the ability to live stream their aerial footage direct to its platform, supporting DJI’s drones initially.

SLive streaming company is also rolling out new search function for broadcast topics

Netflix says it wants to give customers more control and choice.

Service has introduced new controls aimed at avoiding nasty shocks in data bills

BoomStick: boosts the sound you get from your standard headphones, making it sound richer and more detailed

Simple device will enhance the sound quality of any earphones

A plant, a plug and a natural source of energy for your phone

But households remain cautious as international worries, Brexit fears weigh

Semiconductor visionaries: Seán Mitchell, David Moloney and John Bourke – co-founders of Movidius which develops vision-sensing technology. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Movidius reprocessed its 3D expertise to satisfy demand for ‘vision intelligence’

Can HTC recover lost ground with a new flagship phone?

Photograph: Thinkstock

A third would leave their provider if they didn’t offer up to date technology, survey finds

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