Former Apple chief executive Steve Jobs (left)  and Microsoft’s former head Bill Gates. Photograph: AFP

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates had a prickly relationship. On the one hand, their two companies did significant business with each other. But the two men (...)

Apple, Microsoft, Google and five other tech firms now account for more than a fifth of the $2.1 trillion in profits that US companies are holding overseas

Eight of the biggest US technology companies added a combined $69 billion to their stockpiled offshore profits over the past year, even as some corpo(...)

“If we want people in the future to be able to recreate what we are doing now, we are going to have to build the concept of preservation into the internet,” said Vin Cerf

Future historians will see the early 21st century as “an information black hole” unless “digital vellum” is introduced to preserve the content of the (...)

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(...)