A refugee camp at Calais in France: there has been a shift in European policy in the wake of the recent Islamic State attacks in Paris: Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Which politician said this during the week: “We cannot receive more refugees in Europe.” Marine Le Pen? Nigel Farage? Actually, it was French p(...)

Charlie Sheen waits on the set of the Today Show before formally announcing that he is HIV positive in an interview.  Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Much has changed since the terrifying rise of HIV and Aids in the 1980s – most obviously, sophisticated treatments for the virus means it is a chronic(...)

Mobile phones will come to dominate and overwhelm other industries and precipitate a lot of very visible disruptions in how the world operates on the way. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

It need hardly be said that mobile computing has been the biggest advance in technology since the appearance of the personal computer in the 1980s, bu(...)

Within weeks of our buying a Sony, VHS-only video libraries sprouted up around the country offering all those Schwarzenegger and Stallone films.

The announcement this week that Sony was finally going to cease production of Betamax video cassettes was a bit like hearing some dimly remembered sta(...)

Eric Migicovsky at  the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph:  Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE / Web Summit

“There’s 14 billion wrists in the world,” says Eric Migicovsky with a smile. There is a very good reason he has an interest in wrists and what can go (...)

Blendle has been  described as an “iTunes for the press” and a “radical experiment in micropayments for journalism”

It is a question that is almost as old as the web itself – how do you get people to pay for content, and specifically journalism, online? As a news di(...)

Paddy Cosgrave said he hoped the Summit would return to Dublin Photograph: Sportsfile

In his closing remarks at the Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave attempted to repair some of the damage done in recent weeks and keep alive the possibi(...)

The Marketing Stage during Day 3 of the Web Summit Photograph: Sportsfile

The impact of technology on the media has been a staple part of the Web Summit conversation for years now, and this year the rise of adblocking has ad(...)

New BFFs Paddy Cosgrave, left, chief executive of the  Web Summit, with deputy Prime Minister of Portugal Paulo Portas

The final day of Web Summit 2015 began with founder Paddy Cosgrave inviting an assortment of entrepreneurs, dignitaries and politicians on stage, but(...)

David Schneider, co-founder of That Lot, speaks during Day 3 of the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS. Photograph: Sportsfile

How have digital platforms, from the web to Twitter, changed satire? In a wide-ranging talk on the subject on the Centre Stage of the Web Summit, the (...)