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

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

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

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

USB power hidden in your make up bag

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

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

The home of the future will be full of connected appliances, allowing for increasing automation of everything from heating to entertainment

Panasonic is taking a patient approach to the internet of things, rather than simply connecting all their devices

The Beam projector is controlled by an app on your Android or Apple phone or tablet and  lets you take advantage of the apps for the system

A projector that turns any flat surface into a screen

The Bebop has a 14 megapixel camera built in, allowing it to capture images and record video in high definition

A handy microconsole device that will end rows over who gets to use the main TV

Fire, cover, reload, repeat : this mobile shooter from Craneballs doesn’t fix what ain’t broke – and it moves the action to thi(...)

Firm wins BolognaRagazzi Digital Award for My Very Hungry Caterpillar

Digital music: mainstream for some time

A new standard will give more detail and depth to your music, but it will cost you

 Enterprise Ireland named Jobbio as one of their high-potential start-ups and provided part of the €1m funding. Photograph: Frank Miller

Quinn brothers aim to grow the online jobs marketplace outside Ireland

An intelligent electric blanket that can give you a gentle wake-up call

You can tell Smarter Coffee what to do from the comfort of your bed

The Toshiba Chromebook 2 keeps everything you like about the original Chromebook

Breathtaking visuals elevate this endess runner

Nintendo’s fluffy hero returns for a 12th instalment of the side-scrolling Wii platformer

Mircosoft’s offices in Sandyford, Dublin. The Irish subsidiary employed 735 people at the end of the financial year. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Turnover at Irish subsidiary up by 15 per cent to $22.2bn, driven by cloud and device units

If the supporters of the bitcoin are right, the online currency could be the next revolution on the money market. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Despite some bad press, the currency might now be about to prove its worth

Play Music’s new feature Concierge helps pick the perfect music for every moment

Retro-style gadget offers both FM and digital radio, along with iPod dock

No more fiddling with buttons, this Bluetooth gadget includes gesture control

Keep sensitive files under lock and key, even on portable storage

Clever gameplay hides behind the cute graphics in this platform puzzler

The biggest change with Windows 10 is that the Start menu is back

Microsoft’s modified vision of the future is getting closer for users

fast reliable wifi could be one device away

get your connected home started

One charge – via micro USB, conveniently – and the keyboard will last about three months, according to Logitech

Slim, stylish and practical keyboard built for iOS devices but also Android compatible

Bad guys are disassembled limb by blocky limb as the Masters of Spinjitzu enter battle on the iPad and iPhone

Prepare for more fluffy battles to the death as Nintendo’s classic 2D fighting game gets an update

VPNs afford you greater levels of secure connection. Set one up or get one online

The Food Sniffer feeds the data about the meat back to an app on your smartphone

The electronic ‘nose’ which will sniff out potential danger lurking in your fridge

Microsoft’s Hololens can create a game environment around you or be used with Skype. Photograph: Microsoft/EPA

Forthcoming personal holographic display is controlled by voice and gestures

iRobot Create 2: for $200, you’ll get a kit that you can programme to do almost anything your imagination can produce

New robotics kit allows you to construct and programme your own robots

Ahead of its March release, we get a spin on EA’s Battlefield cops and robbers spin-off

A Google employee demonstrates playing a video on a phone and transferring it to a television using Google Chromecast: the device offers a cheap way to get internet on to your HDTV, bringing online video and music to the living room at about a third of the price of Apple TV. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Google’s app-operated device allows you to display content from your phone or laptop on your TV

Swedish firm Coloud offers new earphones aimed at ‘urban adventurer’

Expert guitar help in the palm of your hand

Four-in-one lens system offers fisheye, macro and wide-angle lens options

The Little Big Planet star brings a modicum of cuteness to the the ranks of runners

Flying through space while jumping to the beat of dubstep can be a hypnotic experience – or it can drive you to distraction

Ohm  teams a Bluetooth speaker and a wireless inductive charging mat to make one handy unit for your bedside table

Ohm powers Qi-enabled devices – Samsung, HTC, Sony smartphones

GoXtreme Wifi View camera is waterproof up to 45 metres, so you can take it swimming, surfing or even just for a rain-soaked run.

Action camera’s 5mp sensor takes decent photographs and video footage

 For $99, beginners or experienced guitarists can take the pain out of tuning guitars with the Roadie Tuner

Device teams up with app to give you perfect tuning every time

An endless runner with a retro twist

LucasArts’ classic 1998 PC release gets a bump into the 21st century

Children can battle tooth monsters or take care of a virtual pet

High-powered camera squares up to DSLRs

The Withings Activite Pop smart watch: looks just like a regular watch, so you won’t be embarrassed to be seen wearing it . Photograph: John Locher/AP.

It tracks activity and sleep, is water resistant and has an eight-month battery life

A compelling and utterly creepy text-based game that plays out entirely on Twitter

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