Google is challenging Facebook’s Oculus for an early lead in Silicon Valley’s latest platform war. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Google is developing a new virtual-reality headset for smartphones, and adding extra support for the technology to its Android operating system, as i(...)

The X-Files is out there but Netflix users in Ireland and the UK can’t avail of it. Photograph: Frank Ockenfels/Fox

With only a few days to go until The X-Files: Re-opened, Irish fans are probably binge-watching classic episodes on Netflix to get themselves in a Scu(...)

Spike Lee, in a post on Instagram, said he “cannot support” the “lily white” Academy Awards this year. Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards are growing over the Oscars’ second straight year of all-white acting nominees, as Spike Lee and Jada Pinke(...)

In the world of technology, there’s possibly never been such a rapid and concentrated proliferation of ideas, designs and iterations as with wearable(...)

Virtual reality headset

Making predictions about which aspects of technology will be big in the coming year involves some crystal ball-gazing and plenty of luck. Manufacture(...)

Kazuo Hirai, president and chief executive  of Sony, at the  Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

If you needed any further proof that vinyl was back, Sony’s CES press conference should have provided it. While much of the event concentrated on 4K (...)

Testing virtual reality headsets. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

According to research firm Juniper, about three million virtual reality headsets will be shipped next year. That’s not exactly record- breaking but it(...)

The lithium-ion polymer battery of a hybrid vehicle: demand for lithium’s use in electric vehicles could grow 11-fold by 2025, says Goldman Sachs. Photograph: Seongjoon Cho/Bloomberg

When Douglas Caster was 13 his father marched him to the Teeside steelworks in the north-east of England where he worked. It was meant as a warning. (...)

Niall McGarry, founder of Maximum Media, announced the new jobs last month

Maximum Media has been busy this week launching MADE, the “new branded content solutions department” that is fuelling the publisher’s expansion. The(...)

Microsoft is on the hunt for “great talent and innovation” this week in Northern Ireland as part of its Greenshoots programme

Grumbling parents complaining about the price of high-tech Christmas presents for their off-spring might like to re-think the cost of the outlay follo(...)