Planet business

Image of the week: Clipper crazy “Where do you want to go today?” Two decades ago, Microsoft used to ask Windows users this question all the ti(...)

Is ephemeral social networking the future? Will the option of self-destructing personal data become the norm? Microsoft Research usually spends its(...)

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company’s board of directors to focus on his new ownership of the LA Clippers of the NBA. (Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Steve Ballmer has resigned from Microsoft’s board, eight months after his departure as chief executive officer, ending more than three decades of dire(...)

A new Mercedes-Benz car is seen at a parking lot outside a dealership in Beijing. German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has been found guilty of manipulating prices for after-sales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing regulators. Photograph:  Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has been found guilty of manipulating prices for after-sales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency r(...)

Lots of tech companies have forced us to realise the truth of the maxim that “if you’re not paying for a product, you’re not the customer, you are the product”

Last week, like millions of others, I had to install a smartphone app I really didn’t want to download. A friend had sent me a message about meeting f(...)

Manufacturers are rolling out internet-connected burglar alarms, televisions and light switches. Google’s Nest (pictured) has also partnered with companies including Whirlpool Corp and light bulb maker LIFX to integrate their products with its thermostats and smoke detectors. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Samsung Electronics is to buy SmartThings, a startup backed by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin that helps connect household devices, one of its largest (...)

The team from NUI Maynooth, who secured third place in the world citizenship cetegory at the world finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup in Seatle for their AccessEarth app, which provides up-to-date, reliable data on the accessibility of buildings all over the world for those with impaired mobility: (from left): team mentor Donal McClean, Jack Gallagher, KC Grant and Matthew Mc Cann. Photograph: Jordan Stead

A team of students from NUI Maynooth have been recognised at the global finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup in Seattle for the accessibility app they (...)

‘Raindrop’ by Alistair McClymont, part of the ‘Strange Weather’ exhibition at the Science Gallery

This summer has had us swapping between wellies and sunscreen, but tomorrow evening at Dublin’s Science Gallery, the wellies will surely win. Dark &am(...)

A visitor plays the ‘Nosgoth’ video game at the Gamescom 2014 fair in Cologne yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Ina Fassbender

The world’s largest video game fair is set to draw a record attendance this week as visitors seek out titles for new consoles from Microsoft and So(...)

Mind what you say near bags of crisps

You should always mind what you say close to a microphone. Just ask any politician whose undiplomatic utterances have been captured for all to hear. B(...)