Microsoft’s revenue from Azure jumped 93 per cent in the quarter. Photograph:  Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Microsoft Corp reported a 3.6 per cent rise in quarterly profit on Thursday, powered by a surge in demand for the company’s flagship cloud platform Az(...)

A display on the NYSE trading floor shows the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the 20,000 mark shortly after the opening of the trading session on Wednesday. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index breached 20,000 points on Wall Street for the first time on Wednesday, prompting US president Don(...)

Traders celebrate on the main trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange as the Dow Jones Industrial Average passes the 20,000 mark shortly after the opening of the trading session. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Corporate earnings are offering relief after traders began to unwind a rally in the dollar and equities amid concern that post-US election gains had (...)

A native of Los Angeles, Scott Dewees first came to Northern Ireland 30 years ago. He now lives in a  penthouse apartment overlooking the Titanic Quarter.

Scott Dewees, a retired film location scout and a native of Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles first came to Belfast in 1987. He was 33. It was wet. Th(...)

IBM’s Watson Explorer is a cognitive search and content analysis platform aimed at enabling the analysis of structured and unstructured data. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

A future in which human workers are replaced by machines is about to become a reality at an insurance firm in Japan, where more than 30 employees are(...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar and Rowena Gillen from Rosie’s Trust and with  Holly at the launch of the new Eir fund. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said that not enough Irish companies are involved in corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative(...)

Tokyo at night. According to a 2015 report by the Nomura Research Institute, nearly half of all jobs in Japan could be performed by robots by 2035. Photograph: Zhang Xun/Getty Images

Another step towards a future in which workers are replaced by machines has been taken at an insurance firm in Japan, where more than 30 employees are(...)

Martin Shanahan chats to Watson, an  IBM  robot, at the announcement of the IDA’s 2016 results. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There was a touch of the Late Late Toy Show about IDA Ireland’s 2016 results briefing in Dublin on Tuesday morning. An awkward touch, unfortunately. (...)

Drivers at a rest area between Zhengzhou and Shanghai in China. Unmarked trucks carry loads of iPhones destined for New York, London and other places around the world.  Photograph: The New York Times

A vast, boxy customs centre acts as a busy island of commerce deep in central China. Government officers, in sharply pressed uniforms, race around a m(...)

“As multibillion dollar companies took hold in our world, many people naively assumed – for no real reason – that tech companies would always do with “right” thing.” From left are, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Alphabet chief executive Larry Page, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, US vice president-elect Mike Pence, and president-elect Donald Trump. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

The ongoing farce that is Donald Trump’s series of “transition” meetings at his penthouse palace in Manhattan featured a meeting on Wednesday made up (...)