Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has been deemed the world’s richest man by Forbes magazine, which said he had a net worth of $79.2 billion (€70.8 billion) in 2015. Photograph: Cole Burston/EPA.

Bill Gates’s net worth has increased by $3 billion over the last year to $79.2 billion (€70.8 billion), Forbes magazine said.That figure puts him at t(...)

The Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are brightly colored, can be upgraded to Windows 10 when that mobile operating system finally debuts, and although pricing may vary by carrier, they will start as low as €139 euros for a 3G version and €159 for a 4G LTE model.

Microsoft is setting itself up as the antiflagship phone maker at least until Windows 10 comes out. At the Mobile World Congress here on Monday, Micro(...)

Tom Kelley finds IDEO’s move to social innovation “so rewarding”. The firm has already built 23 schools based on design thinking as it changes education in Peru.

The past decade or so has seen the inexorable rise of design thinking as a guiding tenet in the business landscape, with the processes used by designe(...)

Grassroots protest: demonstrators outside Grove Hotel in Watford, during the annual Bilderberg conference in 2013. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The news on Friday that Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has been asked to join the storied Bilderberg conference prompts the obvious question:(...)

Mircosoft offices in Sandyford, Dublin: company is part of a “double Irish” structure involving Microsoft companies that are tax resident in Bermuda. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd, the Dublin-based hub of the global technology group, has warned that audits being conducted in Europe could have a m(...)

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 (...)

Technology stocks have motored higher in 2015, driving the Nasdaq close to 2000’s all-time high, which was at the very height of dotcom mania. Are thi(...)

Hailo, a British ride-booking service similar to Uber, based on a smartphone app, recently abandoned its United States ambitions and is trying to protect its strength in places like London, where the app has established itself with the city’s taxi drivers. (Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

When Arnaud Bertrand helped found HouseTrip, a vacation rental website, in 2009, his goal was to build a rival in Europe to Airbnb, which was then a y(...)

Some statistics can flatter to deceive. Ireland’s average broadband speed may be the seventh fastest in the world, but the great benefit of rapid inte(...)

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(...)