Mark Hurd, co-chief executive officer of Oracle Corp, speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 conference in San Francisco, California Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

With typical bombast, technology behemoth Oracle has announced a plethora of product and strategy announcements at the start of its annual user event,(...)

Visitors try out a virtual reality suit at the event and entertainment area at the 2014 Gamescom gaming trade fair in Cologne, Germany. Virtual reality looks set to be the next big-concept leap in computing. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)

You might not have heard of Perlin Noise, but you’ve certainly seen it. The technique for adding textures to computer images to make them appea(...)

Botlr, a robotic bellhop that can deliver small items from the front desk to a clients room autonomously, waits for guests to exit an elevator at an Aloft hotel in Cupertino, California. Photo: Peter DaSilva/The New York Times

Think of it as the Terminator’s human-friendly sibling.In a hotel lobby across the street from Apple’s corporate campus in Cupertino California, a des(...)

Warren Buffett (right) with Bill and Melinda Gates. Gates declared that Business Adventures was his favourite business book, and that he has read it repeatedly since 1991, when his friend Warren Buffett gave him a copy. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Summertime reading lists are typically heavy on page-turning novels – not a collection of business articles, published as a book in 1969, and long out(...)

Shane Ross: he’s quite good at getting back to people when he wants to. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shane Ross says he doesn’t own a mobile phone. Nobody believes him. But the Independent deputy for Dublin South swears it’s true. So it mus(...)

Lucca Marchesotti, whose company sources information from pictures on social media
New innovators: Beautifeye

“The web is becoming more and more visual. For example, billions of images have been uploaded and shared to Instagram since it started in 2010 and its(...)

Keyrings, printed in 3D. HP chief executive Meg Whitman told shareholders the company will make a “big technology announcement” in June on how it will approach the market.

Hewlett-Packard will outline plans to enter the commercial 3D-printing market in June, saying it has solved a number of technical problems that(...)

Apple’s CFO Peter Oppenheimer appearing before a Senate subcommittee last year. Photograph: Jason Reid/Reuters

Apple’s senior vice president and chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer is to step down at the end of September, retiring after 18 years wi(...)

A 1984 photograph of then Apple chief executive Steve Jobs (left) and president John Sculley presenting the new Macintosh desktop computer. photograph: ap

“Still standing at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts. Happy Birthday Mac!” With that tweet, sent out by Tim Cook last weekend at a 3(...)

It was the great science fiction writer William Gibson who famously said, “The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.” The li(...)