Modern, highly automated factories are already saturated with things that could be networked – sensors, controllers, switches, machines – but which, for the most part, aren’t. Photograph: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

The much-hyped and fast-developing “Internet of Things” (IoT), in which billions of devices and objects share data across the net, is already transfor(...)

PayPal and eBay flags fly in front of the company’s headquarters in San Jose, California. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

So, eBay will spin off PayPal, the precocious child it acquired in 2002 for $1.5 billion and which has since eclipsed its parent in profitability a(...)

Mark Hurd, co-chief executive officer of Oracle Corp, speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 conference in San Francisco, California Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

With typical bombast, technology behemoth Oracle has announced a plethora of product and strategy announcements at the start of its annual user event,(...)

Billionaire Larry Ellison, chairman of Oracle, gestures as he speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 conference in San Francisco, California yesterday. Oracle said its cloud service will match rival Amazon.com’s pricing as it competes to help companies operate databases and software over the internet rather than at their own data centres. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

In San FranciscoOracle is to open two major new cloud data centres in Germany, in a move clearly designed to address German concerns about potential s(...)

“The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we’ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do”

As news percolated across the internet last week that Oracle founder Larry Ellison was to step down as chief executive, to be replaced by dual chief e(...)

Bruce Schneier: “So much surveillance is piggy-backed on corporate servers. I think it’s funny when someone like [Google chairman] Eric Schmidt is complaining about government surveillance.”

Renowned security expert Bruce Schneier is on the phone from a US airport, and there’s an awful lot of commotion going on in the background.A bleeping(...)

Never have the issues of data protection and personal privacy had such high profile

What does Ireland need from its new Data Protection Commissioner?We now know who has replaced former Commissioner Billy Hawkes, who retired from the r(...)

Samsung’s  Galaxy Note Edge smartphone. Photograph: EPA/Joerg Carstensen

A curse upon ye, phablets. The firmly established trend towards the phone-tablet hybrid – larger screen smartphones, as popularised by Samsung and (...)

Visitors try out a virtual reality suit at the event and entertainment area at the 2014 Gamescom gaming trade fair in Cologne, Germany. Virtual reality looks set to be the next big-concept leap in computing. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)

You might not have heard of Perlin Noise, but you’ve certainly seen it. The technique for adding textures to computer images to make them appea(...)

 Apple CEO Tim Cook  talks with  Bono  and members  of U2 during Apple’s launch event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California. Photograph: Monica Davey/EPA

Back in the 1990s, when the late Apple chief executive Steve Jobs returned to the company he co-founded and once again was making its product keyno(...)