As the EU prepares its new regulations, indications are that data protection challenges will be handled by the data protection commissioner in the country in which a multinational has its EU headquarters. For many  big  tech companies, that country is already Ireland. Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty

Apple’s decision to place a major new data European centre in Athenry, announced Monday, further cements Ireland’s international reputation as a data (...)

A computer programme that learns from its mistakes can teach itself how to play classic computer games such as Space Invaders, performing better than skilled human competitors at many of them.

A computer programme that learns from its mistakes can teach itself how to play classic computer games, performing better than skilled human competito(...)

Outside Google’s offices on Barrow Street in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

On a grey misty morning in December 2010, I landed at Dublin Airport after a long flight from San Francisco via Heathrow. I was feeling great – the(...)

“If we want people in the future to be able to recreate what we are doing now, we are going to have to build the concept of preservation into the internet,” said Vin Cerf

Future historians will see the early 21st century as “an information black hole” unless “digital vellum” is introduced to preserve the content of the (...)

There was  good news for Toyota when the top 10 best-selling cars of 2009 underwent the NCT in 2013 - this being the first required test for cars, at four years old. The compact Yaris came out on top (87 per cent pass rate). File photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Toyota, the car brand of choice for taxi drivers, sales reps and nuclear families, might just be the most reliable car on the road. That’s if the resu(...)

IBM  denies the number of layoffs will be anywhere near those suggested in the “Forbes” report. Photograph: Tim Boyle/Getty Images

IBM to axe over 100,000 employees? The company hastened this week to counter claims in a story by Robert X Cringely in Forbes that it intends to make (...)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook said that the company’s new mobile payment service, Apple Pay, which lets customer buy products from select merchants with their phones, was in its “first inning” and the company would consider adding new features.

Apple quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones in the holiday shopping season and a 70 per cent rise(...)

IBM said last week that the company was taking restructuring charges of around $580 million, but he did not specify the number of jobs affected.  (Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

IBM has dismissed a Forbes magazine report claiming the technology firm is preparing to cut about 26 per cent of its workforce, which would represent (...)

The over-arching theme at Davos this year is ‘The new global context’. Photograph: EPA

Attending the World Economic Forum at Davos is tough if you’re not a one-percenter. Companies pay about 600,000 francs (€607,560) for a pass th(...)

IBM posted a new 2015 profit target and quarterly revenue that both missed analysts’ estimates. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

IBM posted a new 2015 profit target and quarterly revenue that both missed analysts’ estimates, as the one-time world technology leader continues to (...)