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Hidden games, screen pinning: 10 things you might not know your phone can do

 Donald Trump: Traders are taking a wary stance ahead of his  address to House and Senate lawmakers on Tuesday.  Photograph:  Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Irish index of shares ends the day 0.75 per cent lower and all major US indices fall

Intercom chief executive and co-founder Eoghan McCabe. Photograph: Martin Lacey

Technology start-up with 2016 revenue of €47 million passes 100,000 monthly users

Artist’s impression issued by Center Parcs of how the Village Centre at their Longford Forest resort will look. Photograph:  Center Parcs/PA Wire

Limerick-based Roadbridge gets infrastructure contract for €233m Irish holiday project

Tablet with an app controls several features in the home such as door lock, lights, washing machine, surveillance camera, music, water use and more. Woman press the tablet, that shows a icon of a house.

From heat and light to safety and security, you can now control everything remotely

The Canon EOS 800D is a little on the pricey side for anyone who doesn’t view photography as a serious hobby  but it offers some decent features for the money

Tech Tools: New EOS offers full HD video, 24MP sensor and 45 autofocus points

Sphero’s latest toy allows you control the mini-robot by gesture and tap into Jedi mindset

Sharing images from the M6 is simple, with wifi and NFC built in

Tech Tools: mirrorless camera packs punch but comes at a price

In Europe venture capital funds invested $1.4bn   in fintech firms last year, compared with $1.2bn  in 2015. Photograph: iStock

Overall funding for fintech sector falls as M&A activity declines during 2016

New Virgin Media survey finds increased confidence among firms

Pinterest’s Promoted Pins feature allows advertisers to promote their products on the main page used by users

Feature already available in US gives firms a direct line to consumers who use the site

 Uber sexual harassment: chief executive Travis Kalanick has promised action

The account of a former Uber engineer who says she was propositioned by her manager highlights problems in male-dominated tech ind(...)

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iOS 10 has some hidden tricks to help make life easier

Indeed president Chris Hyams: “What has drawn us to Dublin is the incredible diversity in the workforce.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Chris Hyams thinks there could be more opportunities for Ireland post-Brexit

Microsoft employs more than 1,200 staff and 400 contractors at its campus in Sandyford, Dublin.

Tech giant to hire 500 for new sales centre and further 100 across existing operations

Cindy Gallop said sex tech wouldn’t be taken seriously until it proved that it could make a lot of money.  Photograph: iStock

MakeLoveNotPorn founder Cindy Gallop says sector has ‘huge opportunity’ for jobs

Retroblox: modular console that will play everything from NES and gGenesis games to PSX and Sega CD

Tech Tools: The new device will play everything from NES to PSX

HTC Vive: a bit pricey

Tech Tools: Jumping into virtual worlds comes at a hefty price

Bow wow-factor: the Actijoy

Tech Tools: Actijoy acts as your pet’s personal trainer and health monitor

EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 winners Paul Quigley and Andrew Mullaney of NewsWhip at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Ireland awards. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin-based trend prediction company set to develop technologies and increase staff

Dawn Walsh of Kernel Capital; Des O’Leary, CEO of OncoMark; Prof William Gallagher, co-founder of OncoMark; Deirdre Glenn, manager of the life sciences sector at Enterprise Ireland; and Kevin Healy of corporate banking at Bank of Ireland

Company seeking to commercialise new test OncoMasTR for early-stage breast cancer

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge and the S7 will be the first phones to get Eir’s wifi calling at the end of the month

Feature allows customers to use wifi to make calls and send texts using mobile number

“Every year hundreds of start-ups seeking funding approach us. It is our job to assess them, and identify which ones are investment-ready before introducing them to potential investors”

Halo Business Angel Network currently on the hunt for fresh investment funds

If you are heavy data t here is little point in having a plan that has only 1GB or 2GB of data. Instead, opt for  an unlimited plan. Photograph: iStock

Get smarter with your smartphone by choosing a plan that matches your needs

Time to get rid of your car in favour of a flying vehicle?  Photograph: iStock

Uber is back in the news – but this time, it’s not for Trump-related reasons

Minister for Jobs Mary Mitchell O’Connor; ACT Venture Capital’s managing partner John Flynn; AIB’s Ray Fitzpatrick; and Enterprise Ireland’s Donnchadh Cullinan. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography.

ACT Venture Capital can invest up to €1m in 25 companies over next four years

Red Planet founder Karl Aherne and Brendan Jennings, managing partner with Deloitte Ireland.

Company carved out market niche by matching corporates with startups

Search and rescue is another area in which there is  a growing interest in drones

People of all ages use the airborne machines for everything from photography to toys

Tech Tools: Touch controls? High quality display? Apple is trying to hit all the marks

The cargo-carrying robot, Gita, can reach speeds of up to 35km/h, so it can keep up with your pace even if you are cycling

Tech Tools: New device can carry up to 18kg of gear and reach speeds of 35km/h

The Samsung Family Hub fridge is on sale in Ireland for  €4,199

Fridge lets you see what’s inside via your phone and monitors use-by dates on food

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor speaks after the announcement of job losses at HP Inc in Leixlip, which echo  Dell’s situation in Limerick in 2009.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

IDA says Ireland’s technology sector is strong, but we need to heed the warning signs

Although they are now separate companies, HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise are still located at the same site in Leixlip

Jobs will go over the next 12 months, company confirms

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Safer Internet Day kicks off around Europe

The Frontline Ventures team. The venture-capital firm aim to invest between €200,000 and €3 million in software companies at the pre-seed and seed stages over the next four years.

Fund aimed at early-stage business-to-business firms to invest in up to 10 each year

When you click on the fake link, you are asked to re-login to Facebook. What actually happens is that scammers are collecting your email and password information, then taking over your account. Photograph: iStock

‘Is this you?’ asks a ‘friend’ on Messenger. Don’t reply – they’re phishing for passwords

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Roaming charges are on the way out but you still might need to keep an eye on your data use

If you delete your account, Uber may not wipe all your personal data away immediately. Photograph: iStock

Jumping on the #DeleteUber trend and making sure your account stays deleted

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Prof Tony Lewis, emeritus beaufort professor at University College Cork; Dr Jimmy Murphy, co-ordinator of Marinet2, and Katie Lynch, research engineer, MaREI. Photograph: Diane Cusack

Pan-European project designed to speed up development of off-shore renewable energy

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Parent company expects lower than forecast profits as competition heats up in India

Amarenco Infracapital Renewable Investments (AIRI) is a joint venture between infrastructure investment firm Infracapital and Irish renewable power company Amarenco. Photograph: Getty

Joint venture will target greenfield projects in Ireland, UK and France

Danske Bank: Net profit at the group for the year was 19.9 billion Danish krone (€2.67 billion), a rise of 12 per cent year on year. Photograph: Bloomberg

Strong performance from Irish corporate division also recorded for 2016

Ed Duffy, Founder and CEO of Nines PV, and James Wright, head of the Department of Electronic Engineering at IT Tallaght: The addressable market opportunity for  dry etching production  is estimated at more than $1 billion. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Nines PV’s new dry etching method could reduce cost of making solar cells by up to 25%

Campaign aims to improve our mental health and highlight risks from heavy social media engagement

Tech Tools: It’s got mechanical keys, but also wireless connection to three devices

The device links to your smartphone or tablet so you can always be alerted when someone is at your front door

Tech Tools: Ring makes it look like you are home, even from other side of world

Canon Eos 5D Mark IV

Tech Tools: If you’re serious about your photography, maybe you would

GirlCrew founders (L-R): Elva Carri, Pamela Newenham and Aine Mulloy

Dublin-based global women’s friendship network has more than 80,000 members

Slack offers a number of tools to users of its regular product offering – search, instant messaging, shared channels, voice and video calling – that can also be used in Enterprise Grid

Single-layer Enterprise Grid platform already rolled out by IBM, Paypal and Capital One

The company recorded new highs in sales of iPhones, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple Services during its all-important fiscal first quarter. Photograph: Reuters

Outlook clouded by strong dollar and challenges in China

Britvic recently expanded into the US, Brazil, Spain and India with its Fruit Shoot brand. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Overall revenue rises 4.3 per cent for Britvic Group as British sales remain strong

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And a few reasons why you might want to reconsider

Twitter  has been testing the Explore feature since last year. Photograph: Bloomberg

The social media company has launched a new ‘Explore’ option on the mobile app

A number of retailers, both international and national, are in talks to locate at Carlow Central shopping centre, which s set to open in 2018

When completed the Carlow Central scheme will include 200,000sq ft of retail space and 640 car spaces

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And there are plenty of them about, trying to sell you everything from phone competitions to weight loss pills

Employment levels continue to rise in the Dublin region, with the construction and industry sectors showing significant expansion. Photograph: iStock

Unemployment falls but property prices and rents continue to rise in the city

Richard Moat, chief executive of Eir: “Our vision for our customers is a converged future.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Telecommunications company says it will continue to concentrate on investment

The GoPro Hero5 is a little bulkier than its predecessor.

Tech Tools: Touchscreen, voice control and waterproof – the new Hero5 Black

Proof is wrist band that measures blood alcohol levels

Tech Tools: New wearable monitors your alcohol levels

Signature OLED TV W: the screen attaches directly to your wall. It’s got a great picture, using all the latest technology.

Tech Tools: LG’s new extra slim model the Signature OLED TV will set you back nealy €7,500

Founded by Rhona Togher (left) and Eimear O’Carroll, Restored Hearing developed Sound Bounce, an insert for a standard pair of earmuffs that can respond to an increase of decrease in noise levels, protecting the wearer’s hearing from sudden loud noises but also allowing them to hear conversation when the noise levels are lower

Restored Hearing’s Sound Bounce reached its €15,000 Kickstarter goal this week

Facebook seems to be going down the Snapchat and Instagram route. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Feature follows on success of Instagram Stories and is similar to Snapchat’s format

The Dublin City University  campus. Intel has teamed  with DCU to collaborate on research into connected health, water-quality management and Stem education innovation.

Research planned on health, water quality management and Stem education initiatives

US president Donald Trump: he   plans to impose a border tax of 35 per cent on vehicles imported to the US. Photograph: Shawn Thew/Pool via Bloomberg

Munich-based IFO says firms are cautious despite lack of action on protectionist threats

Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem on post-Brexit Britain: “We have heard threats of going rogue and creating an offshore tax haven. That would be a huge mistake.” Photograph:  Stephanie LeCocq/EPA

Eurogroup chairman says ‘hard truth’ would be difficult to accept in Britain

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Cheshire-based FJ Need will play key role in strengthening business post-Brexit

Landlords seeking to rent through traditional channels can expect to get around €2,000 per month for their property, compared with more than €7,000 through Airbnb, says Nested.

UK property company Nested says this could happen over seven years rather than typical 25

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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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

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