Willy Kelly, managing director, Micromail; Aisling Curtis, small mid-market solutions & partner director for Microsoft Ireland; and John Purdy, chief executive, Ergo

Firm will continue operate independently

 Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

New funding will help firm build team, develop products

SL Controls managing director Keith Moran. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

Company already employs 51 people in Ireland and the UK

Microsoft’s staff work on innovative ideas at one of the 45 Garage chapters around the world.

The computer giant has slipped from the public imagination but the Garage aims to change that

Intel confirmed Ireland would be impacted by the company cuts and that employees would be notified “within 72 hours of May 4th” in relation to job losses.  Photograph: Reuters

Intel cutting 12,000 jobs globally as it struggles with falling demand for PCs

The deal with Fathom is just one signed by Movidius this year.

Irish company Movidius is driving technology that helps machines to teach themselves

Pavlok Shock Clock: $99

You will be a morning person, or suffer the consequences

GoPro Omni: $4,999

GoPro Omni Camera allows you to shoot360 degree action footage

HP Spectre X2: €1,299

HP Spectre X2 is a slim yet substantial hybrid device that you can use for work or entertainment

Facebook, which owns Whatsapp, plans to keep investing in its platform over the coming three years. Image: Reuters

Latest results show benefits of bold moves made by company

Lero’s Mike Hinchey with his mother

Lero director had worked with Nasa for 10 years before returning to Ireland in 2008

Brett Meyers: “Irish companies can take over the world. The banks can’t get rid of high rates but we can, so CurrencyFair wants to help startups and SMEs grow.”

Fintech firm will offer 500 Irish companies fee-free international money transfers

 Elva Carri, Pamela Newenham, and Aine Mulloy of GirlCrew. Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography

GirlCrew has recently been named as one of Google’s latest Adopt A Start-up participants

Getty says Google turning users into “accidental pirates”. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Search engine accused of scraping images from photography site into its own galleries

Photograph:  Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

Company reported rising services revenue, but it has a long way to go to replace iPhone

John O’Dwyer, chief executive of VHI. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Move comes following Central Bank authorisation last year

Vacuum cleaner innovator says its latest product will reduce heat damage to hair

Company says it will give more back to shareholders with 10% rise in dividend and $35bn added to ‘capital return programme’

Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Some customer details posted to website Pastebin in recent days

Nest is designed to learn as it goes, adapting to your lifestyle

DoBox: connects Apple devices to external devices

Kickstarter project in production the first portable wireless dock for Apple devices

HTC 10: has a 5.2 inch screen and improved camera. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

New flagship smartphone has 12 megapixel camera and able to record 4K videos

Apple Pay: can be used with the firm’s smartwatch

Contactless payment has taken on a whole new meaning with potential for a lot more than a swipe card

Emilia Douglas wearing a cloth nappy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Cloth nappies can be sold on. Try doing that with disposables; you won’t get too far

A woman touches a virtual reality 3D glasses as she and a man sit in a car before the shareholders’ meeting of the Daimler AG in Berlin, Germany: it fell 2.1 per cent. Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP Photo

Investors nervous as oil producers meet in Doha to discuss output freeze

Loyal followers: fans watch Loughmore-Castleiney play. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

We’re on the hunt for Ireland’s best sports club, and we want you to help by nominating yours. The winner of the competition – and(...)

The Ulla (€24) will remind you to  sip water regularly throughout the day

Smart sensor knows when you aren’t following optimal hydration schedule

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball

Dyson Cinetic Big Ball has a bin that is bigger and self-cleaning

The new P9 smartphone by Chinese tech company Huawei

Partnership with Leica helps give camera phone an edge in picture quality

VMware’s offices in Cork Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Company employs more than 800 people at Ballincollig campus

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Company has already donated more than €8m in the past 12 months

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., speaks during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco. Photograph: Michael Short/Bloomberg

Company hires Google’s Regina Dugan to head up hardware division

Apple: leading the way in developing mobile and wearable contactless payments sector.  Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Reasearch by Juniper says mobile and wearable payments could reach €95bn by 2018

Slack founder Stewart Butterfield. The company  currently has 30 people at its existing European base in the Digital Hub in Dublin and now plans to hire an additional 80 as it moves its European headquarters to the capital. Photograph: Jason Henry

Tech firm set to increase Irish workforce by 80 and plans to employ 180 by end of 2017

Photograph: Toby Melville/Files/Reuters

Deal marks further reduction of retailer’s presence in Asia following sale of Korean arm last year

The Huawei P9: Henry Cavill aka Superman not included.  Photograph: Getty Images

Huawei’s flagship phone hopes to dazzle with in-built Leica camera

But consultancy firm warns increased costs and lack of skilled resources are potential threats

Dyson Pure Cool Link: From £350

Fan cools down your room as its sensors measure the air quality

Clairy: it looks a bit industrial but it works out cheaper than buying a standalone air purifier with a connected app

Smart plant pot sucks in polluntants in your home and spews out clean, fresh air

Lumia 650 is a decent handset for the price. Just don’t expect too much of it

DAA is to push ahead with plans for a new runway at Dublin Airport, in a bid to ensure further growth at the airport.

New runway to be built 1.6km north of the current main runway

Darragh Curran: “Growing means a strong R&D team.”

Silicon Valley company with office in Dublin has 10,000 customers worldwide

 Apple  iPad Pro 9.7 inch. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

The iPhone SE draws on the iPhone 5 and 5s and the iPad Pro 9.7 inch mixes older iPad size with newer Pro design

The new P9 smartphone from Chinese company Huawei during the phone’s launch at Battersea Evolution in London on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Manufacturer highlights camera prowess, created in partnership with Leica Camera

Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

New facility will support continued growth at airport

A passenger aircraft operated by KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France-KLM Group. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Flights will run over five to six weeks and use 200 tonnes of blended biofuel

Internet gaming software firm GameAccount Network has launched a virtual reality casino for Oculus Rift.

New York’s Empire City casino will make its debut on Oculus Rift - but the money is real

SOI handbag light, €25.49

Device automatically kicks in when you open your cavernous handbag

The Smartfrog app can be set to generate alerts when the camera detects movement or noise, so even the smallest movement will start recording

The perfect compact camera for those who need a high-quality eye on their home

UA Healthbox, €400

UA band, heart-rate monitor and wifi-enabled scales included in package

Ongoing security threats have prompted companies to invest more in their  IT defences

Survey finds 93 per cent of Irish businesses would not pay ransom to retrieve their data

 Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

BMS Finance Fund is backed by the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

It now takes SMEs an average of 59 days to get paid, according to an Isme survey

Retail sales picked up in the year to February, rising 11 per cent as the motor trade and fuel, food businesses, and books and newspapers all showed increased volume.

Sales volume picks up the pace as motor trade and food businesses grow

Pat McCann, chief executive of the Dalata Hotel Group: Total compensation came to €840,000 before shares were included.

Chief executive Pat McCann paid bonus of €420,000 on top of his €420,000 salary

An iPhone is held up at a rally in February in front of an Apple store in New York  in support of the company’s privacy policy. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA.

Later versions of the iPhone use different security features from gunman’s 5c model

Pictured at the launch of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Aspire Scholarship Programme 2016 are Mark Byrne, David Hartigan, Lisa O’Brien,  dean of UCD Business Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Kerry McLaverty, Clyde Gjini and Benjamin Cottrell. 

Aspire scheme offers €100,000 fund for MBA, MSc applicants

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been at the helm of Yahoo for almost four years.  Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Files/Reuters

Internet firm’s leadership is under pressure from activist investor

 Sony  PlayStation’s virtual reality headset. Photograph:  Sony/PA Wire

PlayStation VR can be used for virtual reality games and as a second screen for regular games

The improvements that Samsung has made to the phone are subtle, but welcome

The value of the Irish Strategic Investment Fund rose almost 11% in 2015.

Total value of Irish Strategic Investment Fund rose almost 11% over first year

Vincent O’Brien, European operations manager and sales and development manager for Minelab

Maker of metal-sensing technology will use office to support European network of service centres

Smurfit Kappa Group chief executive Tony Smurfit  . Smurfit Kappa is moving its Irish exchange listing to a secondary one as it upgrades its UK listing to a premium one,

Packaging group will move share listing on Irish Stock Exchange to a secondary listing

Data: more than 75 per cent of consumers want companies held responsible for the security of their data

Most consumers trust home network security more than public wifi

MasterCard’s Qkr app: one of the payment tools MasterCard has developed to make digital payments easier

App, already in use in US and UK, allows orders and payments through MasterCard’s digital MasterPass Wallet

Apple’s new iPhone SE was launched in California on Monday. Photograph:  David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

More attention is needed on the new products the firm is bringing to market

Dave Burke announcing a new Nexus 6P phone during a Google media event in San Francisco last year. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The vice-president of engineering for Android has still a hint of a Dublin accent in his Silicon Valley twang

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Wholesale price index declines 0.8% over the month

Richard Branson will be part of a judging panel for the Voom16 pitch competition. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Virgin founder will judge Voom business competition

Aidan Brogan chief executive of Datalex Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Platform revenue rises 17% as company signs up new customers

Greg Joswiak of Apple introduces the iPhone SE at the company’s campus in Cupertino, California. Photograph: Andrew Burton/The New York Times

Company unveils iPhone SE and smaller iPad Pro aimed at emerging markets and China

Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Hashtags, retweets and Kanye’s innermost thoughts

Niall Horan of One Direction is the most-followed Irish person on Twitter, with 24.7 million followers. Twitter users send out 500 million tweets a day. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP

Niall Horan of One Direction, Rory McIlroy and Dara Ó Briain are top Irish users

3Doodler Start: €64

The plastics used are BPA-free and biodegradable

The new  Samsung  Galaxy S7 edge with 3D thermo forming in four finishes. Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Bigger screen, an updated chip and a better camera among other things

3DR Solo smart drone: you will need to add a Go Pro and the optional gimbal to hold it if you want to use the drone to capture steady footage

Great drone built for photography but not cheap and you will need extras

DJI drone: Movidius processor facilitates a number of new features

Movidius unveiled as provider behind the Phantom 4’s vision-aided flight system

Microsoft, which has been in Ireland for more than 30 years, is building a new campus to host its Irish workforce on one site. Photograph: PA Wire

Company paid corporation tax at an effective 12.5% rate with a revenue bill of $128.3m

The Sony PlayStation VR. Photograph: Sony/PA Wire

Virtual reality war heats up as headset makers prepare for launch

IEDR to tap into sense of national pride with Irish domain names

The entrance to the Whitewater Shopping Centre Newbridge. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Profitable Kildare shopping centre joins Cork’s Mahon Point in Deka portfolio

 Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

New algorithm will give priority to most important photos

The   trading floor of Bats Chi-X Europe,  in London: The FTSE 100 Index lifted 34.8 points to 6174.6 following a solid performance from mining stocks and a 1 per cent overnight rise in Hong Kong’s Hang Seng stock market.  Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Aryzta drops 10% after prediction of erratic growth leaves investors unimpressed

As many as 83 per cent of Facebook’s users are serviced and managed out of the social network’s international headquarters in Dublin

Social network started in Ireland with 30 people in October 2008, will soon employ 1,500

A delegate tries a set of LG 360 VR goggles, manufactured by LG Electronics Inc. at a news conference ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, recently. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The LG 360 VR headset is part Samsung Gear VR, part HTC Vive inspired

ShoulderPod R1 Pro: €90

Ties equipment together without being bulky

Toothbrush will make your child want to brush their teeth and rat them out when they skip it for a night or two

“This is about people. Every single second, 12 people are victims of cyber crime online,” says Microsoft’s Patti Chrzan.

Set up in 2013, its Digital Crimes Unit is staffed by a 100-strong team of specialists

Aylien chief executive and founder Parsa Ghaffari: “We will use these newly raised funds to expand our reach in the market, and to accelerate our growth.”

New financing to be used to add new products and increase jobs in Dublin

Eva Belle Bradshaw shows the Mamaroo in action. It is probably one of the most advanced baby chairs on the market.

From rubber ducks to vests with sensors, is technology feeding parental insecurities or providing real benefits?

The Fitbit Blaze smartwatch tracks your fitness. Photograph:  Reuters/Steve Marcus

Will new technology make getting and keeping fit easier or more complicated?

 Matt Mullenweg:  founder and chief executive of Automattic, which owns WordPress

The founder of Automattic has added WooCommerce and Jetpack to its line-up

Xperia Ear wireless earpieces, manufactured by Sony Corp. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Xperia Ear allows users to get notifications and messages without touching their phone

Ivy Health Wireless wrist blood pressure monitor: €80

No need to deal with doctors - you can check your blood pressure at home with this gizmo

The LG Rolling Bot, manufactured by LG Electronics Inc. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

An 8mp camera and the ability to entertain your pets with a laser pointer - what more do you need?

Liam Casey founder and chief executive of PCH. Mr Casey said he expected the redundancy process to be completed within six weeks, noting there was a buoyant jobs market in Shenzhen where PCH has its China operations.

Reduction due to less reliance on factory level engineering services

Despite coming under pressure this week, Bank of Ireland ended up by the end of the session, trading at 26 cent or 4 per cent higher. Photograph: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg.

European bourses recover on encouraging company updates and commodities

Latest camera will appeal to the advanced amateur

It’s unlikely that Irish networks will be rushing to be among the first to adopt 5G. Photograph: Getty Images

Next generation expected to start rolling out by 2020 or sooner, if Nokia predictions right

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