Group birthday parties can cut down on presents and reduce the environmental impact of buying plastic toys that are discarded soon afterwards. Photograph: Thinkstock

How many birthday presents are you buying for your children’s friends? How much do you spend on parties where every last child in the class has to (...)

Model worker: Arckit helps you plan your construction

Fancy building your dream home? Well now you can for €59.99 – if you don’t mind your dream home being of miniscule proportions. Arckit is a mod(...)

The difficulty is that after you die nobody can get into your social media accounts unless they have your password. And if they do log in, for most of these, they’re actually in breach of the terms of service

In 2005, a motorcycle accident took the life of 22-year-old Nebraskan Loren Williams. In an effort to find out more about her son’s life, Karen Wil(...)

Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal:  is an investor in companies including Airbnb, the big-data company Palantir, the spaceflight provider SpaceX and payments company Stripe, four of the most valuable tech companies in Silicon Valley today. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA Wire

The ride-hailing app Uber, the Irish-founded payment start-up Stripe, the apartment rental site Airbnb, and other darlings of the next generation of S(...)

The big one: Snapchat  is now raising money that could value the company at as much as $19 billion. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

What a difference a year makes. Less than 12 months after investors valued Snapchat, the red-hot messaging app, at about $10 billion, the startup is a(...)

Pinterest has raised a total of $764 million so far from existing investors

Pinterest, a popular photo pin-up site, is in talks to raise $500 million in a round of funding that would more than double its valuation to $11 billi(...)

Danish designers Jonas Edvard  and Nikolaj Steenfatt  have used seaweed to create  a collection of beautiful items for the home, prototyping a dining chair and a series of lampshades made from it

1 A seating sea change  Seaweed, a resource in which Ireland is rich, has often been an underrated material. You can swaddle sushi in i(...)

Plot your escape from technology and feel an overall sense of smugness grow as anxiety diminishes. Photograph: Thinkstock

"Levi and Brooke are not Luddites,” reads a small disclaimer at the bottom of the Digital Detox website. “Just concerned and concerted humans who c(...)

It was 20 years ago last month when a team of designers, coders and magazine publishers inadvertently unleashed on an unsuspecting world one of the mo(...)

Founder and chief executve of Storyful Mark Little: “The concept of having a market for global ideas is enormous. I am backing the jockey as well as the horse here.” Photograph: Sam Boal /Photocall Ireland

Three high-profile investors, including Mark Little, the chief executive of Storyful, and two veteran Silicon Valley venture capitalists, have decide(...)