Timepiece can connect to wearables and smart home devices

Fitness tracker now waterproof and capable of delivering phone notifications

Fitbit chief executive James Park: sees a future where doctors will  actually “prescribe” a Fitbit to patients. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The data collected by consumer devices may be useful but will it be used safely?

Some 94 per cent of Irish internet users shop online, with growth in spend outpacing general trends in consumer spending.

SMEs still missing out on growth of online sector, says Virgin Media Digital report

KeyBuddy.ie is a key collection service that works with a network of restaurants and pubs around Dublin city.

KeyBuddy.ie founder also to launch website to connect local guides with tourists

A bus stop sign on Phibsborough road in Dublin notifies commuters of industrial action as they face another two days of disruption. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

DublinTown claims footfall is down up to 17% as a result of stoppages

Apple executive Jeff Williams at the San Francisco launch of new products, including the Apple Watch Series 2. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Getty Images

Apple’s new watch is waterproof, with built-in GPS, but may need to reach broader market

The European Commission said it added ‘fair-use policies’ to stop customers from  getting a sim card for a mobile phone network in one European country but living and working in another

The European Commission has flip-flopped on measures aimed at ending roaming fees

D4Medical’s  Complete Anatomy software  is being piloted in undergraduate and graduate courses in the US medical schools.

Irish firm launches Complete Anatomy software on Mac computers after iPad release

The new Apple iPhone 7: Physically very similar to its predecessor. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Tech Tools: Apple’s latest smartphones get the once-over

Five hour battery life is good, but with no passive option, it rules out a long haul journey.

Tech Tools: You will lose one of them and will have to scour eBay for a replacement

A close-up view of the dual cameras on the rear of the iPhone 7 Plus. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Tech Tools: Apple’s latest smartphones get the once-over

Minister for Jobs Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Biomaterial and polymer maker plans European headquarters in Newcastle West

The Apple iPhone7 and AirPods. Apple has done away with the headphone jack on its new phone.

Apple has decided to remove the audio jack from its new phone

Movidius founders Seán Mitchell and David Moloney and chief financial officer John Burke. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Acquisition of Irish chipmaker boosts tech giant’s ambitions in internet of things

Businesses can use Facebook’s new Lookalike Audiences tool to find new customers abroad. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images.

Lookalike Audiences helps firms find new clients abroad similar to their existing ones

The Apple Watch Series 2 comes with a second-generation S2 chip that has a dual-core processor and is up to 50 per cent faster than its predecessor.

Waterproof watch comes with built-in GPS, a dual-core chip and brighter display

The bands are swappable too, which means you will be able to accessorise according to the occasion.

Breathing exercise guide and cardio fitness assessment among new offerings

Dyson’s Pure Hot+Cool Link will set you back almost €600

Latest innovative product from Dyson is a heater, a fan and an air purifier in one

Some gadgets can make college life much easier. Photograph: Getty

The technology items that will give you more time to study – and how much they cost

Revell Control Nano Quadcopter: once you get over the frustrating battery life, it’s actually quite fun

Surprisingly sturdy with minuscule design that makes flying a challenging but fun task

Apple Senior vice-president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller on stage during the launch of the iPhone 7. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Getty Images

Lack of headphone jack and improved camera most significant of various updates

Brothers John and Stephen Quinn are seeing 100,000 jobseekers per month sign up to their recruitment firm Jobbio.

Recruitment company Jobbio raises €5m as it plans to grow in New York and Canada

James Dyson will pick the global winner of the awards. The winner will be revealed on October 27th.

Work fatalities prompted team of eight engineering students to develop device

AirPods are displayed as Apple chief executive Tim Cook makes his closing remarks in San Francisco. Photograph: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters

Easy set-up and lots of interesting technology but comfort and charging may be issues

Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, speaks during the iPhone 7 launch.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Firm could meet some resistance in audio changes but dual camera will be welcomed

New “breakthrough” wireless earphones called AirPods were unveiled in San Francisco for those wanting to go wireless. The AirPods contain sensors that can tell when they are in a user’s ears, and can be connected to an iPhone or Apple Watch by opening the smart box they come in, that also charges them. Apple said they would have five hours of battery life. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Tim Cook launches new waterproof iPhone7 and wireless headphones called AirPods

Put it off at your own risk

Paul Polman, chief executive officer of Unilever NV: the company was up more than 4 per cent as consumer-related companies and utilities led the gains in Europe. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

European equities bounce towards highest levels since April, bringing Iseq with them

 A customer holds a Galaxy Note 7 at Samsung’s exhibition room at its main office in Seoul, South Korea. Samsung announced a global recall Friday of the phablet after several devices caught fire while being charged. Photograph:EPA/Yonhap

The new ‘phablet’ is getting attention again - but for all the wrong reasons

Applegreen said talks about building a motorway service area on the M3 in Hampshire were still at an early stage.

Service station chain in talks with local authorities in Hampshire

Fitbit co-founder and chief executive James Park: “I’m always kind of in survival mode, always being paranoid.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

James Park opens the wearable tech group’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin

Coca-Cola’s Ballina facility, Ballina Beverages, will make the Freestyle machines, which have more than 165 drinks options. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Investment in Ballina plant expected to create 25 jobs over three years

The Wolfe: from $449

Tech Tools: External graphics processing unit gives ‘desktop-level performance’ from your laptop

The €4,900 camera includes a 30.4 megapixel sensor and an ISO that ranges from 100 to 32,000

Tech Tools: Digital SLR camera has built-in wifi and shoots seven frames a second and 4K video

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: while you’ll probably still need to type an email using two hands, you can comfortably fit the phone in one hand

Tech Tools: From improved security to impressive camera, the latest Note offers consumers a lot

The DCU Business School report found that, since 2012, Irish venture-capital-backed companies had increased exports by almost 25 per cent. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Companies backed by venture funds grow more quickly, DCU study finds

An employee walks on a treadmill inside a giant replica Fitbit tracker. The new Dublin office in Baggot Street will serve Europe, Middle East and Africa, and aims to employ 50 people by the end of the year. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Fast-growing US health tech firm appoints Irish man Des Power as MD of new office

During the first six months of this year Datalex extended its relationship with the Lufthansa Group of airlines and began the deployment of its sixth customer in China. Photograph: iStock

Company saw its revenue rise 17% to $24.4m in first six months of this year

Apple iPhone: a new version of the Apple Watch and updated MacBook Pros may also feature at the product showcase. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Bloomberg

Company sent invitations out to event on September 7th in San Francisco

Say cheese: Pooch Selfie Smartphone Attachment clips as a squeaky ball to your smartphone

Capture your dog in a perfect pic using a squeaky ball attached to your phone

Logi Pop Home Switch: use it for smart home jobs such as triggering music playlists and putting on a light show.

A special ‘light switch’ allows you control your smart home devices

Slimline and light to wear but no heart rate monitor

Samsung Gear Fit 2: will go  on sale in the run-up to Christmas. Photograph: Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Samsung

Customer-centred redesign of exercise tracking device sees GPS integrated

 Android smartphone: adding a memory card and storing in the cloud are just some ways to increase capacity. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Photo

If your mobile isn’t able to store all your photos, video and music you can remedy that

London: more than 80 per cent said the city as a financial centre would suffer due to Brexit. Photograph: iStock

Survey of investment professionals reveals 62% believe Dublin will gain from EU loss

Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Organisation offers independent appeals process to those refused credit

The HP Spectre looks great and aims to rival MacBook Air

Tech tools: As the world’s thinnest laptop, new HP device is impressive but its battery could be better

Here One wireless earbuds: app allows access to Siri and Google Now.

Tech Tools: Smart earbuds connects to app that enables filtering of background noise

Laundrie is set to seek between €750,000 and €1 million in funding for its expansion into continental Europe.

Laundry and dry-cleaning company plans to open in Holland and Belgium

Ireland is being hamstrung by an inadequate high-speed broadband infrastructure, said IE Domain Registry chief executive David Curtin. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Internet infrastructure weakness has negative impact on growth potential, says registry

The Renegade 3D pen can use strips cut from plastic bottles.

3D pen uses uses plastic bottles as well and standard filaments

Most smartphones will run the basic games. Photograph: Istock

Should you finally give in and let your kid have their own device? And if so, what kind?

Amsterdam: the 115 serviced apartments will be in the Hourglass building in the city. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Group to open serviced apartments in Amsterdam as Premier Suites Plus in 2019

 Intel CEO Brian Krzanich (left) and technical marketing engineer Craig Raymond demonstrate its Project Alloy  virtual reality headset: the company is a major employer in Ireland so we have an interest in its success. Photograph: Intel Corporation/EPA

As the PC market declines in favour of tablets and smartphones, Intel needs help switching

Pokémon Go has been a surprise hit for developer Niantic since its launch on July 6th. Photograph: Sait Serkan Gurbuz/Reuters

Company moves to tap into Pokemon craze after one passenger racks up €200 bill

Instead of just popping the lid open and hoping for the best, the Dyson Big Ball Animal now has a piece inside that forces all the dust and fluff out of the bin

Dyson’s latest upright is a comprehensive upgrade on its predecessor in every respect

The 3.0 Hub: it may look like a run-of-the mill internet device, but it is rather impressive

Virgin claims its Hub will beat rival modems. It will certainly give you a better signal

Samsung has had its tough spells in recent years as some of its flagship handsets failed to hit the market with consumers, but the current Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is galvanising the company

The two companies have been battling to be top smartphone maker for several years

Mobile marketing software company Pulsate plans to create between 30 and 40 new jobs by January. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Mobile marketing software company expects to locate about half its new jobs in Dublin

The Samsung Gear VR headset is updated with enhancements. Photograph: AP Photo/Richard Drew

Samsung improves on the colour, controls and padding in an update for the same €100

 Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Data commissioner calls on consumers to be more aware of smartphone app terms

Hailo Ireland general manager Tim Arnold and the transport group’s chief executive, Andrew Pinnington. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Feature has been available to UK and Spanish customers since earlier this year

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

Irish Stock Exchange sees slight rise, up less than half a percentage point to finish at 5,884

Paddy Power Betfair chairman Gary McCann. Shares in the betting firm gained 3.3 per cent during Friday’s session to end at €107.75. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish shares index rises almost 2 per cent as US jobs data boosts markets

Yahoo Messenger: Yahoo warned a few months ago that it would  cease support for the desktop application on August 5th. Photograph: Reuters

Death of the service favoured by oil traders may have been somewhat exaggerated

Virgin Media had 323,300 television subscribers at the end of June, some 9,300 fewer than at the end of March. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Communications group formerly known as UPC loses broadband/television subscribers

- Tony Hanway, chief executive of Virgin Media Ireland, Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

TV company dropped sports channels from its platform after failing to agree terms

Irish Life chief executive David Harney: “Our main focus during the quarter was on progressing the transactions to acquire Aviva Health and assume control of GloHealth,” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Costs of €16m expected from integrating new health insurance entities

Zamano warned that  lower advertising spend in the first half of 2016 had had an impact on margins. Photograph: iStock

Interactive mobile services firm says sales grew strongly in first half of 2016

The Investec services purchasing managers’ index showed moderate growth during July at 59.5. Photograph: iStock

Brexit impact is muted as new business continues to rise

EvolutionWear’s RapidSol claims to be the fastest solar charger in the world

EvolutionWear’s RapidSol claims to be up to 90 per cent faster than rivals

Sony does budget with an OK phone that doesn’t fully utilise company technology

The BlackBerry DTEK50: the company says  it is the most secure Android phone in the world.

New super-secure phone speaks to consumers’ worries about privacy

Voxpro was set up by Dan Kiely and his wife Linda.

Cork company will open music-themed office in Athens, Georgia, home of REM and B-52s

The Anniversary Update of Windows 10 brings new features to the operating system, including a more expanded role for Cortana, the roll out of Windows Hello to sign in to apps and websites, and some strengthened security features

‘Windows as a service’ model will see regular updates rather than major product launches

The latest version of Windows is out now, but how do you – and should you – get it?

The latest version of Windows is out now, but how do you – and should you – get it?

Teva said it expected to integrate the generics business quickly, and is planning to launch 1,500 generics globally next year. Photograph: iStock

Pharmaceutical acquisition was announced a year ago with $40.5bn price tag

A series of handout screen grabs show Instagram’s new Stories feature, a close copy of Snapchat’s.

New feature allows users to share all photos during their day

The Samsung Note S7 bears more than a little resemblance to the S7 Edge

Updated version of the large-screen phablet features updated camera and iris scanner

Unlike its plastic predecessors, the Note 7 is metal and glass, and despite its 5.7 inch screen, fits more comfortably in the palm of your hand

Samsung’s latest handset is big but sleek, and takes a step forward with security features

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan said SiteMinder would add to the growing number of technology companies that have located in Galway. Photograph: iStock

Company offers cloud platform to the hotel industry

Central Bank Governor Philip Lane: noted the European Banking Authority’s adverse scenario credit losses were calculated based on past experience Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Philip Lane said Ireland was still on track for a broad based recovery

CRH saw its share price rise 1.75 per cent to €27.475

European shares extend their biggest monthly gain since October, with banks leading gains

Hopes of a revival of the VCR are set to be dashed as the last manufacturer plans to throw in the towel as of the end of this month.

Videocassette recorders recedes into history as last machines roll off factory line

The old view of robot servants is being challenged by software-based processes which carry out boring and repetitive tasks within a company’s IT system. Photograph: Getty Images

Development will mean moving people on to more advanced jobs and developing skills

Irish band The Strypes,with Just Eat Ireland’s managing director Amanda Roche Kelly and Fr Peter McVerry. The company is sponsoring the Electric Picnic music festival  and partnering with the Peter McVerry Trust to raise awareness of homelessness. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Mobile trade accounts for 70% of orders placed with online takeaway service

TabPro S, a hybrid device that runs Windows 10 and  links with your Samsung Android phone

A sleek Windows machine that has nearly everything you need in one box

Sony XD75 will set you back €2,250

New 4K resolution, 65-inch television to offer better catch-up services and streaming video

The National Lottery said it is the first lottery company in the world to launch such an automated Twitter service for players

Initiative allows lotto players to receive draw results by tweeting @NationalLottery

Apple’s iPhone sales may have fallen for the second quarter in a row, but chief executive Tim Cook remained reasonably upbeat.

Apple’s iPhone sales are still falling but Tim Cook is taking an upbeat view

  Samsung  stand at the    Consumer Electronics Show  in Las Vegas: Rumour has it that Samsung’s   Note 7 – to be unveiled on August 2nd – will have the curved screen of the Edge range. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

Rumours of iris scanners and super-sized storage ahead of Galaxy Unpacked 2016

A verified Twitter account is that blue and white tick beside your name saying that Twitter believes you are who you claim to be

Securing that all-important blue tick on your Twitter account to verify who you are

The Tiny1 camera is designed for use in low-light situations

Camera allows long exposures to capture celestial bodies and provides star map

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney: “The Sandwich Factory will extend our reach into customer channels in which we are currently under-represented.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Deal with Cranswick makes ‘strategic sense’ for company, says chief executive Coveney

If you have a Windows 7 or 8 machine that you might want to upgrade in the future, you’ll have to do it before July 29th or face paying for it in the future.

The window for Microsoft’s free upgrade is drawing to a close – and fast

Yahoo was up nearly 1 per cent. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Dublin finishes slightly lower at 5,805.29, down 0.16 per cent, on a quieter day

iPhone 6: getting rid of apps, photos and old message can help – while deleting music is a last resort. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Got the dreaded ‘storage almost full’ warning? These tips will help clean up your iPhone

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