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

Cube mobile projector comes with tripod

Tech Tools: projector for use with smartphones

Under the hammer: Allsop’s next auction will open on November 24th  and includes houses, apartments, commercial buildings and parcels of land. Photograph: iStock

Latest Allsop auction will begin on November 24th

The Central Bank say Lawson Management Group is not authorised to provide investment services in Ireland. Photograph: David Sleator

Lawson Management Group is not authorised to provide investment services in Ireland

Using the new equipment, doctors can monitor a patient’s ECG from remote locations. Photograph: iStock

Deal for remote ‘Heartwear’ is expected to create 15 jobs and will form new joint venture

A recent report from consumer group Which? found that updates for your smartphone’s operating system could be responsible for not only killing some of your battery life but also reducing your phone’s storage too. (Photograph: iStock)

How to make sure your battery stays in tip top condition - and what you can do if it’s not

Three men have been arrested after the data breach at the Three mobile network. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

UK network looking into how many of its nine million customers have been affected

‘Post-truth’ came to the fore during this year’s US presidential campaign. Photograph: Reuters

Phoney news spreading across social media is a lot more dangerous than you might think

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are back on screens from midnight tonight with their new show The Grand Tour

But Irish viewers will have to wait a few more weeks for Amazon series

 Michael Stanley:  “Cairn occupies a strong position in a rapidly improving Irish housing market.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Builder on track to deliver on year’s targets as it brings forward sales of Rathgar scheme

Get going: the point of the Vivofit Jr is to encourage children to get an hour of activity a day

Fool your children into activity by turning it into a game

We’ll need 10 years or so to find out whether the promise of longer-lasting prints holds true

Tech Tools: It’s augmented reality meets actual reality with the help of Zink technology

Tech Tools: TP Link device means you can use home appliances from your smartphone

Ray Nolan, founder of Xsellco. The company handled more than €250 million in sales for customers including, Littlewoods, Suzuki, Superdry and Lloyds Pharmacy last month. Photograph: Eric Luke

Company to add 40 new jobs by end of 2017 following recent high-profile appointments

Ryan Smith, CEO of Qualtrics, at last year’s Web Summit in Dublin. “I remember every interview I did, they would ask, ‘why are you here – is it because of taxes?’ There’s this undercurrent that’s really not right.” Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images

Expansion on the cards for Utah software company run by brothers with Irish roots

Mitigating threats: DocuSign’s centre of excellence will focus on research into cyber attacks and online security trends. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Investment supported by IDA described as ‘valued addition’ to IT landscape by Minister

Irish Continental Group: The container and terminal division recorded revenues of €105 million for the year, up 5.7 per cent year on year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Number of cars carried reached 372,500 as ferries division brought in €181.8m

DCC chief execuitve Tommy Breen. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Company also announces deal to buyFrench natural gas retail firm Gaz Européen

  Apple’s latest mobile operating system isn’t perfect. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Don’t want to handwrite messages? Or have your screen wake by accident? No problem

Canary security cameras keep an eye on your home, office,  or  pets while you’re away

Canary’s design, simplicity and security is proving a hit with customers

US actor and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt at  the Web Summit in LisbonPatricia Photograph: De Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

Fledgling Irish firms use trip to Portugal to meet potential investors and customers

Paddy Cosgrave, chief executive officer of Web Summit. The Lisbon venues hold up to 80,000 people so it didn’t feel half as cramped as  the RDS. Photograph: Paulo Duarte/Bloomberg

Gone, but not forgotten, the event suits Lisbon more that it suited Dublin

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Photograph: John Stillwell/Reuters

Juan Branco tells Web Summit it would have been ethically impossible to delay release

Paddy Cosgrove (centre, right), founder and CEO of Web Summit, and other participants during the   Nasdaq bell opening ceremony on the second day of the summit in Lisbon, Portugal. Photograph: Andre Kosters

Portugal may not be Silicon Valley, but it’s in full-on wooing mode for tech startups

Twitter chief operating officer Adam Bain speaks at a press conference in Jakarta

Anthony Noto takes over as chief operating officer as Bain plots new course

The founder and chief executive of Web Summit Paddy Cosgrave (centre, right) waves accompanied by other participants during the Nasdaq Bell opening ceremony at the third day of the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, on Wednesday. Photograph: Andre Kosters/EPA

Irish-based fintech firm had previously raised €18 million in two funding rounds

 Visitors trying new virtual reality goggles during the second day of the Web Summit in Lisbon. Photograph: EPA/Adre Kosters

Start-ups report good contact with investors and hope to repeat Uber’s funding success

Dream Football founder and former soccer player Luis Figo (right) together with his Brazilian team colleague Ronaldinho at the Web Summit in Lisbon. Photograph: EPA

Attendees react positively to tech conference’s move from Dublin to Lisbon

Web Summit: Lisbon’s MEO FIL Arena is a purpose-built facility that is designed to cater for up to 80,000 people. Photograph: Paulo Duarte/Bloomberg

Venue and transport comparisons are already going in Lisbon’s favour

Datahug co-founders Connor Murphy and Ray Smith: their software helps  firms drive sales   by allowing  businesses to identify  previously unknown relationships

Datahug co-founder Connor Murphy describes sale as ‘a bittersweet day’

Web Summit co-founder Paddy Cosgrave  with Portugal’s prime minister Antonio Costa at the event’s start. Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Relocated Web Summit kicks off in Portugal with attendance by PM Antonio Costa

A sign for Europe’s biggest tech conference, the Web Summit, at Comercio Square in Lisbon, Portugal. Will the chosen location prove better than Dublin? Photograph: Rafael Marchante

Lisbon offers the Web Summit a new venue and supposedly better infrastructure

Workers mount a board announcing Europe’s biggest tech conference, Web Summit, in Lisbon, Portugal, Photograph: REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Paddy Cosgrave’s summit opens on Monday, with 50,000 attendees expected

Blockchain technology is becoming a core component in the digital bitcoin, where it serves as a kind of public ledger for transactions. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Urquhart

Conference hears how start-ups are needed to get fledgling ‘hot topic’ industry rolling

The new jobs in Dublin and Waterford  will  be in  software engineering, finance, sales, technology, customer support, operations and marketing

IDA Ireland-supported roles are across a wide range of sectors and activities

Weaker sterling is being held responsible for a fall in employment in the travel, transport, tourism and leisure sector.

New export business is dampened by weaker sterling in wake of EU membership vote

GamerCon comes to the Convention Centre in Dublin next March

Games conference organiser which has a Dublin date next March plans a Europe-wide series

The all-powerful orb can be instructed to play soothing noises  as you drift off to sleep ... or not

Tech Tools: ‘Sleep pills’ that aren’t, and a glowing orb that controls everything. Welcome to the future

Web Summit co-founder Paddy Cosgrave opening the event  at the RDS in 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke

Founders hope to leave wifi issues behind but bring Dublin event’s Pub Crawl with them

The new 13in MacBook Pro with Touch Bar costs €2,099

Tech Tools: Touch Bar replaces function key in new model

Tech Tools: Dyson’s device can be controlled remotely via app and has 360-degree camera

Integrity360 said it would fill 50 jobs in Dublin by the end of the year, with a further 100 to be created by the end of 2018.

Irish security firm will add jobs over next two years as it plans its US and UK expansion

Among Ulster Bank’s breaches was a failure to do money-laundering and terrorist-financing risk assessments for more than two years, says the Central bank. Photograph: iStock

Ulster Bank had ‘unacceptable weaknesses’ in its anti-money-laundering framework

What’s not to like? On Facebook, every milestone is recorded, every family event is shared; even the places we go are tagged and tracked. Photograph: Getty Images

From personal data to web browsing habits, we reveal far more than we think online

New feature is social media giant’s latest move to respond to competition from Snapchat and other rivals

Vine, the six-second video app owned by Twitter, on a smartphone: Twitter has announced that the service will be discontinued. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

You picked a Vine time to leave: Twitter is ending its popular video looping mobile app

For 3D4Medical founder and chief executive John Moore, who set up his business in an attic room in Donnybrook in Dublin 4, it hasn’t been an easy road.

Working with Apple thrusts John Moore’s Irish company into the spotlight

Apple senior vice-president of worldwide marketing Philip Schiller at the unveiling of the new  MacBook Pro laptop at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Laptop upgrade includes fingerprint reader, Touch Bar and more powerful processors

Higher court awards and legal costs willl drag on insurance profitability, S&P said. Photograph: iStock

Brexit may not benefit Ireland’s insurance market in the long term, says S&P report

Twitter slowed its losses in the three-month period, recording a net loss of $102 million compared with $132 million a year earlier. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Company to shed 9 per cent of global workforce as it embarks on cost-cutting plan

  Sony   PlayStation VR headset:  If you have already bought a PS4, plus the Move controllers and Camera, you just have to buy the headset. At €400, it’s not cheap, but it’s considerably less expensive than its rivals

Sony’s virtual reality system requires add ons but offers ease, comfort and interaction

Barry Napier, chief executive of Cubic Telecom: “Our expanding company will help us innovate further in the Internet of Things space.”

Tech firm developing in-car connectivity to bring internet services to dashboard

The Kodak Ektra Photography Smartphone:  it comes with an f/2.0 lens, a 21 megapixel sensor and the ability to capture 4K

Fake leather back and protruding lens mean it probably won’t win any style awards

Teamwork timeline:  The recruitment drive at the business management applications developer will bring the total number of employees at the firm to 120, up from 20 in 2014. Photograph:

Business management applications maker will have roles in development and sales

Collectable amusement: Depending on their rarity, vintage video games can  command serious cash thanks to a resurgence in interest – ‘Snatcher’ (above) by ‘Metal Solid Gear’ creator Kojima can fetch €300

Retro classics from renowned consoles are sought after by collectors and young gamers

Apple’s Watch Series 2: is waterproof and has built-in GPS

Tech Tools: Can Apple’s Nike tie-in motivate you to run?

Microsoft chief executive Satya Narayana Nadella  at the launch of the Surface Studio. Photograph: Reuters

Free ‘Creators Update’ for Windows 10 will bring new 3D capabilities to the desktop

Niall O’Callaghan, IDA regional manager for the midwest: “We are developing a tech ecosystem in the west and the midwest and are eager to demonstrate to people that the Western Corridor is an ideal place to live and work.”

Tech companies in region are ‘in recruitment mode’ with 1,000 jobs announced last month

Although overall sales are still declining year on year, and talk of “peak Apple” still persists, the company has recorded a 13 per cent rise in sales to 45.5 million,

As sales of other products drop the ability to supply enough iPhones is critical

The company sold 45.51 million iPhones in the three-month period ended September 24th, compared with 40.4 million in the previous quarter. Photograph: Don Emmertdon/AFP/Getty Images

Bounce in sales from new devices and further benefit may come from Samsung problems

Photograph: iStock

Wifi black spots? Poor signal? These tips may help

You might as well post “blah blah blah” over and over again

Think before you copy and paste unless you want to be unfriended

Redfaire is adding to staff to grow its software business and meet demand for Oracle’s cloud products. Photograph: iStock Photos

Limerick-based firm to create roles in software development, cloud IT and sales

The Fuze case: there’s a built in battery that will extend the power on your phone

Tech Tools: Miss your old headphones? New case will restore them to their rightful place

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