Smarter’s iKettle

Smarter’s high-tech kettle offers remote boiling, but is it worth €115?

Sphero’s R2-D2 droid

Tech Tools: Chief function of new toy is probably racing it against BB-8

Fitbit Ionic: has built-in GPS, and is water-resistant up to 50m, which means you can take it swimming.

Tech review: Fitbit Ionic monitors your activity and comes with great battery life

Twitter users will see the new feature appearing in the coming weeks as the company rolls out the change to web, iOS and Android users.

Update to platform will see a ‘plus’ button added in response to trend for threading

The Sprocket uses Zink technology – zero ink, which is a process that uses heat applied to special paper to create images in a single pass

Fun-sized printer delivers mini-sized images on sticky photo paper to swap and share

The Sonic Soak  is a handy portable device will deep-clean everything from your clothes to fruits and vegetables

Tech Tools: The Sonic Soak claims to disintegrate dirt using ultrasonic technology

The clothing range has a printable heating technology called Flexwarm built in, which is a flexible heating element that can be layered directly on to fabric.

Tech tools: Heat zones can be controlled via link to smartphone

The Moon camera acts also works for conference and video calls, automatically turning towards the active speaker

Tech Tools: Moon’s ‘stabilised levitation’ function gives it full 360 degree vision

Apple Watch Series 3

Better fitness tracking too but still no watch plans from networks for Irish owners

The ‘smart’ Zee pillow that also promises to be comfortable

Tech Tools: €230 pillow also plays music and records your movements in your sleep

Quartz: get two months from a single charge

Simply press a button and UV light eliminates most harmful germs

“It was only when I hooked up the Sky Soundbox to my TV that I really noticed the difference a good speaker can make.”

The Soundbox is a great deal for Sky Q customers seeking a new speaker setup

OnePlus 5T: has a dual camera that may do well in low light thanks to a dedicated f1.7 lens.

5T has a six-inch display and a ceramic fingerprint sensor

Mophie’s wireless charging base:  take advantage of “drop and charge” technology.

Tech Tools: slick device to keep your phone topped up

Take Better Selfies: the handy kit includes a macro lens, a wide angle, a fish eye, telescopic and circular polarising lens. The lenses clip on and off.

Tech Tools: lens kit enhances the visual features of your phone

The iPhone X is the iPhone that should always have been. Photograph: Getty

Facial recognition, vivid screen and great camera make this the best iPhone so far

The One X is the Xbox for 4K fans, and those who want to get the best of the platform in the coming years

It’s designed to do battle with Sony’s Playstation, but it comes with a hefty price tag

Wyze Labs’ WyzeCam: “the $19.99 smart home camera for everyone”

Tech Tools: $20 WyzeCam offers cheap alternative to Nest but is only available in US

See.Sense Ace: Belfast based See.Sense claims the light can be seen up to a mile away

Tech Tools: See.Sense Ace ‘can be seen a mile away’ and is expected to retail for £25

Twitter has decided to make permanent a new 280-character limit on tweets. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Doubling of original character limit becomes a permanent feature after three-month trial

Sphero Mini comes with mini traffic cones and skittles so you can set up an obstacle course on your desk.

Sphero Mini is an app-controlled robot ball you control with facial expressions

Belt up, plug in and charge

This charging belt will get you out of the danger zone and keep you connected

The Dot Watch: has a braille keyboard.

The Dot Watch delivers notifications to your wrist, displaying information in braille

The Ultimate Ears Blast speaker is water proof and lasts up to 12 hours on single charge

Tech Tools: Smart portable speaker is waterproof and offers 360-degree sound

The iPhone 8 Plus retains its predecessor’s design for the most part, but it also keeps its dust- and water-resistance rating.

New chip delivers faster performance in context of modest aesthetic changes

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III has a 3x optical lens and Canon’s premium DIGIC 7 processor

Tech Tools: Weather-sealed design makes camera well suited for Ireland’s weather

Martial arts is about more than learning how to punch and throw fancy kicks; it’s about respect and discipline too

Chipolo enables you to find your belongings by sound, see them on a map or use community search to recover lost items.

If more of your life is spent on the road than in the office, then these are tools, from cloud storage to tablets and tracking dev(...)

Invizbox Go: a handy device for those unfamiliar with VPNs but care about their privacy when online

Device is a portable VPN service and Tor router but can also charge your smartphone

Is this the Bluetooth speaker you’re looking for?

Tech Tools: This Stormtrooper manages to hit its target with decent sound

Sony SRS XB2 speaker: Looks-wise, the XB2 isn’t bad

Tech Tools: The SRS XB2 speaker may be small in size, but it’s mighty on sound

Instagram recently made a change that opens up the photo-sharing site to mobile web users at least.

Want to ditch the Instagram app? Now there’s an option

Tech Tools: This wifi-connected system has a camera that can talk to your toddler

Tech Tools: This battery pack for portable electronics inspired by digital pet

Google and Apple both have handy ways to track down your vehicle via your smartphone

Battery life is about five hours, but the case for the ear buds recharges them several times

Tech Tools: Dash Pro adds translation for 40 languages to the mix

The whole device is shock resistant and waterproof

Tech Tools: Aimed at bike riders, the Beeline keeps things simple

New Tinitell smartwatch - with GPS

Tech Tools: Tinitell smartwatch with GPS and call capability

There’s an adjustable stand built into the case too, so you can use it when watching movies and TV shows

Tech Tools: Firm’s Metropolis case series claim to have military standard protection

Samsung SmartThings hub (€130): you can make it the heart of your smart home for the future.

Easy to set up, Samsung SmartThings hub permits automation of your home devices

Tech Tools: Tradfri kits embrace the Internet of Things, but where’s the remote access?

Tech Tools: Swiss designer Yves Behar has turned the telly into a work of art

Tech Tools: It’s still at prototype stage, but a cassette revival is worth waiting for

Storkbox founders  Sophie Cafolla and Dr Vicki O’Dwyer

New company has range of prepacked maternity bags and boxes covering essentials

Panasonic TZ90:  camera has great features but will its price tag entice photographers?

Tech Tools: Camera has 4K photo mode and powerful zoom but costs nearly €500

Knops claims to be an “adjustable hearing solution” that reduces noise.

Tech Tools: Kickstarter product has four steps that filter out different levels of noise

Visually appealing: The HTC U Play’s shiny design makes it stand out from the big manufacturers like Samsung and Apple

Tech Tools review: HTC tries to make its mark on the crowded mid-range battleground

Tech Tools: Are you really so time-poor you need to save two minutes of boiling?

Wheels go around: UrbanX allows you to convert your bike to an electric one with a 30-mile range and a top speed of 20 miles per hour.

Tech Tools: One wheel swap and you’re ready to go electric

Sony A9: the full-frame stacked C-MOS sensor processes data 20 times faster than previous full frame mirrorless cameras in Sony’s stable.

Tech Tools: 20 frames a second, dual SD card slots and ethernet port makes for fine shots

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From VPNs to OpenDNS, here are a few tips to keep your internet habits a little more private

Tech Tools: Amazon’s new smart assistant controls all your home devices

Roadie 2: uses vibration sensor to tune the guitar, rather than a microphone, so it will work in noisy environments

Tech Tools: Roadie 2 ditches the app – unless you want it – and uses vibration sensor

Tech Tools: New compact camera offers point-and-shoot fans another option

Tony Ennis, Patrick Lynch and Tim Glynn of First Circle.

Accion Venture and Deep Blue invest in Philippines-based firm

Cyrille Vigneron, president and chief executive of Cartier; Ciara Donlon, chief executive of Theya Healthcare; and Ilian Mihov, dean of Insead.

Irish entrepreneur named among 2017 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards laureates

Tech Tools: Swedish interiors giant makes smart lighting affordable too

Hub Controller

Tech Tools: Smart homes don’t have to be complicated

Tech Tools: New smartphone with added features seeks to be a ‘one device fits all’

Diaceutics has helped put in place structures that gave 48,000 cancer patients in the EU and US access to biomarker testing. Above, a cancer cell

Chief executive of Dundalk-based company expects the market to triple by 2020

Figures  show that total traffic in Irish airports during the first two months of the year was 4.18 million. Photograph: John Cogill/Bloomberg

New DAA figures show record 2.2 million people used capital’s airport last month

Women who are mothers get paid about 3 per cent less per child than their female counterparts who are childfree. Photograph: iStock

‘Motherhood penalty’ adds up to 3% per hour per child - but men don’t suffer the same hit

Online spending was 18.1 per cent higher in March, the strongest reading in four months.

Visa data shows face-to-face expenditure falling for sixth consecutive month

Facebook is rolling out new tools to help its 5 million active advertisers manage their mobile advertising campaigns

Social media firm aims to help SMEs create ads for mobile devices in a matter of minutes

Figures from  Insurance Ireland claim fraud costs businesses in the Republic up to €200 million a year.  Photograph: iStock

NetReveal system uses data analytics to uncover hidden links and potential fraud

Turnover for the year  at Salesforce.com’s Irish arm was €426.9 million, an 82 per cent rise year on year. Photograph: Michael Short/Bloomberg

Firm says increase in reseller fees in EMEA region prompted significant jump in 2016

The Samsung move follows the launch of Android Pay in December last year and Apple Pay in March. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Samsung Pay will allow users make secure payments with mobile phone or smartwatch

Trio named in list of Dublin branch’s 10 Outstanding Young People 2017

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New version brings key features of platform but uses less data

Run Angel  links with your smartphone to send out emergency alerts if you need help

Tech Tools: Wearable safety device offers instant alerts to ‘guardian network’

Chromecast Ultra is as easy to use as any of Google’s streaming devices that have gone before it

Tech Tools: Streaming device eyes growing ultra high-definition market

The Plasma Series is a simple case – pull on and pull off, which beats wrestling with multiple layers.

Tech Tools: Say goodbye to dull and chunky cases and embrace difference

The solar panels will cost almost €5,000 to fit, with an additional fee of just over €500 for a diverter if customers want to use  excess power to heat water. Photograph: iStock

Renewable energy could save customers an average €250 per year on electricity bills

The survey found 13 times as many companies were expecting to see growth in activity over the coming year compared with those  who anticipate a decrease. Photograph: iStock

New export business continues to climb, with UK a ‘particular source of strength’

Facebook is to use photo-matching technology to prevent the further sharing of reported images on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. Photograph: iStock

Social network brings in reporting tools for non-consensual sharing of intimate images

Photograph: iStock

Saverio Mayer to take up role as Roberto Villaquiran steps down

Acourt recently ruled Ireland’s internet service providers have to block three of the most popular sites from their services

Court rules Ireland’s internet service providers have to block three popular sites

New figures show that a total of 19,916 new cars were registered in March, compared with 21,529 a year earlier. Photograph: iStock

Number of cars imported from UK shows large jump amid post-Brexit sterling slide

Google Android: dominant in Asia. Photograph: iStock

Statistics show Google just edged out Microsoft according to global web usage

SL Controls co-founders Shane Loughlin and Keith Moran in the company’s Sligo office. Photograph: James Connolly

Clampdown on bogus drugs fuels expansion at Sligo-based software integration firm

Reusing the same password on multiple accounts is a big no-no when it comes to security. Photograph: iStock

Apple has rubbished claims that hackers can access your account, but it’s still good to tighten your security

The Microsoft premises: the software giant  announced earlier this month that it would add 600 jobs in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Turnover for 2016 fell 4.9% while subsidiary says effective tax rate for the year was 15%

Photograph: iStock

Twitter has been making changes to help make its platform a little more personal

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey having a selfie taken with Anna Geary while visiting the  Twitter EMEA HQ in Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal

Subscriptions for Twitter and an edit button – two ideas talked about on Dublin HQ visit

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey  in Twitter EMEA HQ in Dublin, listening to Harry Mc Cann (18), founder of the Digital Youth Council of Ireland. Photograph: Julian Behal

On Dublin visit, social network founder says revenue will follow when company does ‘the right things’

Chief executive of Arralis Barry Lunn:  “There is always money if you have the right product and the right market.”

Investment will allow UL-based tech firm to create 25 new jobs in expanded operation

It has a built-in rechargeable battery and enough pockets and compartments to carry everything from your clothes and shoes to your laptop and tablet

Tech Tools: High-tech bag uses UV technology to zap bacteria at the touch of a button

Samsung’s QLED TVs   use the new quantum dot technology –  which allows for better brightness, colour reproduction and saturation – to give you a better picture overall, including improved contrast

Tech Tools: Be prepared to dig deep for Korean company’s latest 4K technology

Tech Tools: Can your smartphone – plus add-on – really hear your baby?

 Isme has warned that its  survey may not reflect the impact of Brexit on the broader business sectors as its membership has a large number of services businesses. Photograph: iStock

About half of businesses surveyed by Isme say none of their exports or sales are to UK

“2016 was another year of strong performance and growth”: Aidan Brogan, chief executive of Datalex. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Travel software firm points to deals with Lufthansa and IBM, among others

The planned development for City Quay

Dublin Docklands building due for completion next year already let to Grant Thornton

Damovo managing director John McCabe: “This country has a talent pool of highly skilled people with the right attitude, commitment and service ethos required to support both our national and international customers”

Enterprise communications firm is adding roles to the existing 26 as it grows rapidly

If you received a security alert from Instagram, it’s time to bolster up your security. Photograph: iStock

Keep control of your account – and keep the hackers out – with a few easy steps

Curation tools developed by Vidiro Analytics scan YouTube to find suitable videos for clients to target, avoiding inappropriate videos available to the same audience. Photograph: AP Photo/Richard Vogel

Vidiro Analytics claims YouTube campaign curation tools can avoid extremist content

Bank of Ireland  chief executive Richie Boucher is to  leave the role he has held for eight years. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Bank of Ireland shares steady despite surprise over news of Richie Boucher departure

Screen grab: anything bigger than a smartphone will be banned from the cabin of many flights. Photograph: iStock

Without laptops or iPads, prepare to return to the boring, bad old days of air travel

Metal-organic framework  (MOF) material: Uses  include gas storage, gas purification, gas separation, or as catalysts.

Belfast-based firm said it would develop nanomaterials as part of EU initiative

Energia’s windfarm at Long Mountain, Co Antrim is one of a series of investments by the company.

The €145m windfarm can provide enough energy to power 50,000 homes

The ReActiv-8 device has begun a new trial aimed at securing a premarket approval for the US.

Company has already begun commercialising back pain device in Europe

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