The dark theme in Windows will get rid of some of the glaring white and bright backgrounds for the operating system.

Want to turn down the lights on your laptop? Here’s how to do it

“It’s been a lot of work, but it’s been a fun journey”: Tom Sweet, Dell EMC chief financial officer. Photograph: Alan Betson

Versatile performer whose role changes were made with admirable ‘quiet confidence’

Tech Tools: Chipolo’s new product keeps track of even the smallest things

Review: You don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to enjoy speeds of up to 56km/h

 HTC’s  U Ultra.  Photograph: HTC/PA Wire

Tech Tools: HTC puts up S7 challenger

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Lock out inappropriate content - and, more importantly, your payment details

The Nintendo Switch.  Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Is another games revolution on the cards? Mario makers go head to head against mobile

Voxpro founders Linda and Dan Kiely in the company’s new offices in Dublin’s docklands.

Dan and Linda Kiely: Expansion to see firm become bigger employer in Ireland than Facebook

Julie Sinnamon of Enterprise Ireland: Overcast, which is backed by the agency, integrates the storing, sharing and distribution of video content. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Video collaboration start-up aims to expand into new markets with its product

Applications for the latest Competitive Start Fund can be submitted from January 25th, closing at 3pm on February 8th. Photograph: iStock

Early stage companies can apply for up to €50,000 in equity to grow their business

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Cpl survey reveals strong growth in finance and accounting jobs

Mainstay Medical chief executive Peter Crosby. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin-listed firm pushes ahead with plans to commercialise back pain treatment

Lenovo’s Harman Kardon model  is a smart assistant which also offers a more premium audio experience.

Tech Tools: Smart speakers for a smarter home

An athlete demonstrates the New Balance RunIQ fitness tracker watch at an exhibit of wearables by Intel during the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. Photograph: David McNew/AFP/Getty

The appetite for smartwatches seems to be waning, but the products keep on coming

Snap Inc’s Spectacles: none has made it outside the US, which means Snap has the “short supply” side of the hype machine ticking over nicely.

Can the Snapchat creator succeed where Google has (sort of) failed?

Biometrics will become increasingly important to office workers as a way to protect their information, replacing passwords

Passwords, business cards and boundaries between work and home life disappearing from office life

The European Commission has published proposed plans that will overhaul laws on the confidentiality and security of phone, email and messaging services. Photograph: iStock

Consumer body urges alternative for consumers to ‘24/7 consumer surveillance’

The Apple iPhone: “iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started.”

‘iPhone has become the most essential device in our lives and we love it’ says Apple VP

Underwater robot helps lure the perfect catch

Tim Baxter, senior vice president at Samsung Electronics. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Company promises to reveal ‘root cause’ of Note 7 problems ‘very soon’

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Upgraded your old laptop? Wondering if you’ll ever get used to Windows 10? Read on...

Attendees try out virtual reality at  CES. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

From virtual reality shoes to fart predictors, it’s all at the Consumer Electronics Show

Faraday Future’s FF 91 electric car is unveiled during a news conference at CES International in Las Vegas. Photograph: Jae C Hong/AP

Consumer electronics extravaganza in Las Vegas showcases most innovative products

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From cases to common sense - here’s a few ways to keep your tech in tiptop condition

Apps can help to  ease your workload by getting rid of some of the tedious tasks or helping you keep track of things. Photograph: iStock

It’s all about that work-life balance

The Investec Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index rose from 53.7 in November to 55.7 in December. Photograph: iStock

Sector continued to strengthen at tail end of 2016, Investec Manufacturing PMI shows

There are apps to cleanse your mind,   arrange  a cleaner for your home  or  to take away and return your laundry. Photograph: iStock

From decluttering your inbox to decluttering your life, there’s an app (or two) for that

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Wearable trackers to keep your new year, new you plans on track

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Shake off the turkey sweats and break the three-week streak with a bit of digital help

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PIN controls and new profiles: how to keep Peppa out of your Netflix recommendations

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Start compiling that post-Christmas shopping list . . .

Christmas is never stress-free, but luckily there’s an app for that

Companies in the construction sector are more upbeat about business activity in the short term than the retail sector. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Companies in the industry, services and construction sector upbeat about short term

Home improvements: according to the AA Home Insurance survey, just over 3 per cent of Dublin homeowners are planning to spend more than €50,000 on refurbishments, compared with a national average of 2.8 per cent. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

AA Home Insurance finds work intended for 50%-plus of homes at average cost of €5,000

Planning a post-Christmas clear-out?

If you need something a bit more robust, you can encrypt your phone. Photograph: iStock

If you are giving old phone to family or friend, a simple factory reset will erase your data

Seeing the bigger picture: “smart” toys are sometimes at risk from hacking. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Forget about nanny cams – start looking a little more closely at your child’s ‘smart’ toys

Don’t panic, help is at hand. Photograph: iStock

Left your Christmas shopping a bit late this year? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Isme said 2017 presents a new opportunity for the Government, and urged it to do more to help reduce costs

Isme survey shows small and medium-sized firms still struggling with business costs

What no Wifiplugs? Not only will they play their part over the Christmas season, but beyond they’ll also be useful beyond it too

From noise-cancelling headphones to wifiplugs, here’s how to stay sane this Christmas

The Pro has been given a little more power under the hood which means any frame rate issues you experienced with the PS4 games may soon be about to be a thing of the past

If virtual reality is important to you and your gaming future, the Pro is an obvious choice

 Niall Kehoe:  an unsolicited email the programmer sent to Salesforce chief executive and founder Marc Benioff  had a positive result. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Coder is among growing number of young people involved in digital sector

GoPro Hero5: its best camera yet

Tech Tools: Cutting-edge device shoots in ultra-high quality 4k and features voice commands

“Data is an extremely under-leveraged asset within most organisations, and a company’s capability to access the right data at the right time can make or break the bottom line”

While companies can see the power of the technology, less than a third are using predictive analytics

Smartphone magnifier: we find ourselves strangely drawn to it

Tech Tools: We may have reached peak smartphone tat with this item, though it is oddly alluring

The City of London. The survey found 64%  believe Brexit poses a major danger to the Irish economy. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

New survey says Government is failing to do enough to address potential fallout of Brexit

 Some 67% of companies in Ireland use Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Photograph: iStock

More than a third of companies in Ireland paid for online advertising in past 12 months

Facebook bought  WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion.  Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Social network is facing antitrust complaint over $19bn takeover of messaging service

Hibernia Reit chief executive Kevin Nowlan (left) with chairman Daniel Kitchen and chief financial officer Tom Edwards Moss. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Non-renewable six-year lease raises rent for building to €6m per annum

Tech Tools: without a camera, these drones are designed for a love of flying and battling

Luke Byrne’s invention comprises  a silicone band that you wear around your neck, with two loops at either end that your earbuds fit through

Tech Tools: Wicklow teenager’s invention to stop wire mayhem is simple and effective

Cal Henderson, cofounder of Slack.  The messaging software company recently passed the 4 million daily active user mark, and has  more than 5.8 million weekly active users.

Messaging software company’s office set to be biggest outside of US headquarters

 Samsung  Gear VR. Photograph: Bloomberg

Cost: €350

Outgoing Dublin Commissioner for Startups Niamh Bushnell: office “enhanced the character and international reputation of Dublin as a tech and innovation city”. Photograph: Julien Behal/Maxwells

Dublin City Council to work on review and development for innovation office’s future

Apple’s new AirPods have  been released for sale almost two months after they were originally slated to be launched

Four-week delays reported in delivery of wireless headphones announced in September

The iOS 10.2 update has been made available to iPhone and iPad users, bringing with it 72 new emoji designs. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Selfies, clown faces, bacon and foxes all make the new line-up for Apple’s Messages app

Impatient for the new upgrade? Can’t wait for official notification? Here is what you do

StudyBundles founders Daniel Hinkley, John O’Hagan and Declan Sweeney: trio established the start-up last year

Sligo-based company will develop wellbeing mobile app for 50,000 students and staff

Purchase of Twin Rivers is 10th acquisition of onshore wind assets in  UK and Ireland by  NTR Wind 1 fund. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Project can power 20,500 homes and is due to be operational before end of year

Twitter Ireland’s new managing director Sinéad McSweeney. Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography/Twitter

Ex-VP of policy for Europe ‘exemplifies’ Twitter’s culture and leadership, says executive

A quick fix for a broadband emergency

Fitbit founder James Park: bought Pebble – or some of its key assets  – for $40m. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Despite selling two million watches, time has run out for the wearable tech firm

Among the biggest decreases in price were furnishings and household equipment, which fell 4.3%  over the year, and clothing and footwear, which saw a 2.8%  decline

Tobacco, hotels and car insurance still on the rise

ECB president Mario Draghi  denied the scaling-back of the asset-purchasing programme was tapering. “Tapering has not been discussed today,” he said. Photograph: Frank Rumpenhorst/EPA

Bond purchases to continue but reduced to €60bn per month from April

Android Pay: you can register your card with the service and then use it instead of your contactless card when you go to pay in a shop or restaurant. Photograph: Bloomberg

Spending money has never been so easy. Unfortunately.

The security camera can be used indoors or outdoors.

Tech tools: The new Flex camera is more flexible, weatherproof and built for outdoor use

Noisy and needy, kids will love it but it will drive parents to the verge of insanity

Tech Tools: Pricey, but is it the answer to your creative needs?

Pali Bhat  of Google: “Irish users are so willing to try new mobile tech and solutions to make their lives easier.”

App turns smartphone into contactless ‘digital wallet’ for use in shops

Tom Sanders, Devinder Singh Sapra, Ajay Bhatia and Sumit Kumra of Unifi-Ix. The company’s new international exchange makes Dublin the fourth city to be connected to its network.

Unifi-Ix targeting global internet, cloud and content companies with 100-gigabit network

Dublin generated €4 billion in property activity in the 12 months to the end of September. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

City slips one place in rankings but poised to benefit from effects of Brexit

Google has launched its contactless payments system

Google launches mobile wallet Android Pay

At the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, 10th Annual Business Journalist Awards, in association with Open Eir are Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, dean, UCD College of Business; Emer Gilvarry, chairwoman, Business Journalist Awards judging panel and chairwoman, Mason Hayes & Curran, Barry O’Halloran of The Irish Times, winner, Business News Story of the Year, and  Carolan Lennon, managing director, Open Eir. Photograph:  Shane O’Neill

Barry O’Halloran and Marie Boran win UCD Smurfit Business School Journalist Awards

Temple Bar in Dublin. Export growth in travel and leisure was one of the hardest hit in November, as sterling’s weakness affected competitiveness. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Investec Services Purchasing Managers Index rises despite fall in new export business

We tend to get lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to our devices and security.

Two-factor security: what is it, why might you need it and how do you set it up?

Netflix: the company is enabling downloads for offline viewing. Photograph: Bloomberg

Ever wished you could watch ‘Stranger Things’ on a plane? Now you can

Mark Little: The social network is  shedding hundreds of jobs as part of a restructuring process that will see some of its main roles move out of Europe.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former RTÉ journalist offered number of options including US move

MRSA and E.coli could kill 10 million people worldwide by 2050.

Research by DIT scientists developed nanotechnology to kill superbugs

The Irish ICT sector was the area most likely to seek visas for foreign staff. Photograph: iStock

Visa firm cites India as largest source of foreign workers, followed by Pakistan and US

Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Bloomberg

Euro depreciation against dollar leads to higher input costs for firms, says Investec

Furby Connect, €99

Drones are so last year – these gadgets and gizmos make great gifts

Tile Slim Bluetooth tracker

Tech tools: Sleek Bluetooth tracker helps find lost stuff

Ecomo bottle: determines whether water is suitable to drink

Tech Tools: Filter removes most contaminants such as bacteria, heavy metals and pesticides

Eir Spider “Internet Hero” award winner Jules Coleman, founder of Photograph:

Online service that helps SME win tenders now targeting raising €35m within five years

Peter Coppinger, Teamwork founder

Cork tech firm to offer free mentorship, free internet ‘but most importantly, free coffee’

Samsung, which has been hit with a number of product problems in recent months, fell outside the top 10, dropping to 11th place from seventh in 2015. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Oracle and Cisco stay at top, but Apple, Google and Samsung slip

Ireland ranked behind Germany, which finished 11th but beat the UK, which was ranked 20th. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

But we still rank 18th out of 61 countries, according to World Talent Ranking report

Linda and Dan Kiely of Voxpro: the couple founded the company in Cork more than two decades ago. Photograph: Miki Barlok

Outsourcing services firm says it has plans to grow further in Europe, US and Asia in 2017

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner at the announcement of 200 new jobs at the business network’s Dublin headquarters.  Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Business social network bought by Microsoft in $26.2bn deal will employ 1,200 in Ireland

Swipe away spam: Black Friday sales, knock-off designer goods and offers for “value brand” sunglasses  can  ruin your iCloud calendar app experience. Photograph: iStock

Inundated with dodgy offers? Here’s how to banish them from your calendar

There’s no guarantee that an office email system is any more secure than Google’s webmail, but there’s a few things that should be considered.

Free email accounts sound like a no-brainer, but should everyone be using them?

Stripe cofounders John and Patrick Collison: They set up the company with the goal of making it easier for websites to accept payments.

Payments company founded by Limerick brothers plans faster international growth

Beijing International Airport: China’s largest online travel agency Ctrip is buying British flight search app Skyscanner. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

Travel site says deal with Chinese company will help its global development

On your marks, get set . . . lie down: The device, crowdfunded through Indiegogo, has already been through several clinical trials, supported by Enterprise Ireland, Bio-Medical Research Ltd, Hull University and UCD.

Irish tech company uses the science of shivering to deliver workouts without moving

At €430, these Sony headphones certainly aren’t the budget option

Benjamin Treynor Sloss: “We’ve had engineering teams in Ireland for longer than we’ve had data centres here”

Dublin teams play crucial role in Google projects, says company vice-president

Equinox’s managing director for Ireland   Maurice Mortell: “While there’s an appetite for what IOT is, businesses and enterprises are unsure how it ties into their own business”.

Retail sector adapting early but 50% of businesses lack strategy for emerging tech

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