Lucky for some: a calendar marks the date as Friday the 13th in  Madrid’s Stock Exchange. Photograph: EPA

Tentative optimism on Brexit also evident in markets

Irish exporters are increasingly looking towards the euro zone for potential customers as the Brexit deadline approaches.

Enterprise Ireland support programmes aim to help companies eyeing expansion in EU

Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon at the launch of International Markets Week 2019. ‘When we talked to companies last year they said the number one constraint to developing new export markets was the cost.’ Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Enterprise Ireland is encouraging Irish firms to do more business in the euro zone

The Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay: Sound isn’t something that you typically associate with still images. However,  Fujifilm is betting that you’ll like it enough to shell out on the new camera

The whole audio clip process is too complex for the payoff

Using Wagestream, workers access their own money, restricted to 50 per cent of wages already earned at the time of the transaction.

App works with employers to give workers access to their own wages before payday

IVCA director-general Sarah-Jane Larkin said seed funding to early-stage companies more than doubled to €38 million in the first six months of the year.

Survey notes signs of recovery in second quarter

Apple chief executive Tim Cook on stage at the launch of iPhone 11 models at the tech giant’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Lack of 5G futureproofing a potential a stumbling block for Apple

Avoid losing things with the Chipolo Go in 2020.

Tech Tools: Stay poised for the six-month battery, water-resistant Chipolo Go

Garmin Venu: the  Body Battery function monitors your energy levels.

Tech Tools: Garmin’s AMOLED screen smartwatch helps with health and fitness

The iPhone 11 Pro.

Apple’s latest phones come with a new camera and a new Pro label

Phil Schiller, senior vice-president of worldwide marketing at Apple, speaks about iPhone Pro during an event at the Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino, California on Tuesday. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Phones will cost from €829 to €1,279 and will ship later this month

Stripe co-founders Patrick   and John Collison, whose company has announced that it is expanding into eight new European markets. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Collison brothers’ payments business now employs more than 2,000 people

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Android 10 brings new features and better privacy, but not every device is eligible for the update

Apple’s campus in Cork. The tech giant says rehiring those previously involved in the grading programme was its ‘first priority’. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Tech giant likely to hire over 400 at Cork facility for ‘opt-in’ grading programme

There is speculation that there will be three Apple phones announced on Tuesday - the 5.8 inch and 6.5 inch OLED screen replacements for the Xs and Xs Max, and the 6.1 inch LCD phone that will replace the XR.

As Apple prepares for its event next week, we round up the rumours

Workhuman chief technology officer and Chair of Technology Ireland Jonathan;  Una Fitzpatrick, director of Technology Ireland; Carol Gibbins, head of ICT and international services, Enterprise Ireland; and Paul Swift, head of technology sector, Bank of Ireland at the launch of the   Technology Ireland Industry Awards. Photograph: Ibec

Awards seek to highlight entrepreneurship and innovation in digital technologies

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 smartphone: The S Pen is once again the star of the show. Photograph: EPA

Tech review: Big screen, great camera, and the S-Pen is worth writing home about

The high-profile head coach of the American football’s most dominant team, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, chucked Microsoft’s new Surface tablet computer into the stands in full view of the crowd and thousands of TV viewers.

Microsoft is among the tech firms targeting high engagement levels of sports fans - but managing the deals has not always been eas(...)

Among the reasons driving consumers to fintech services are better rates and fees, which 37 per cent of people cited as the reason for adopting the services. Photograph: Getty Images

Research shows 71% of Irish adults using fintech services compared with 64% globally

The Versa 2 comes with a bigger and better always-on screen and improved battery life

Tech Tools: It’s a cheaper version of the Ionic, but all the extras make Versa 2 good value

You can create different filters for different family members

Tech Tools: This app allows Sky Broadband customers to know who’s watching what

Minister for Business  Heather Humphreys  with Niall Campion and Pat O’Connor, VRAI founders, Enterprise Ireland’s Niall McEvoy and Chris McHugh, VRAI’s senior VR developer, at VRAI’s  new Temple Bar offices. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Firm raises €575,000 to develop VR training platform for hazardous environments

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Almost 5% put the cost at more than €250,000 to date

A study by the Economic and Social Research Institute published earlier this year found those who owned a phone at nine years’ old performed worse on standardised maths and reading tests. Photograph: iStock

If you want to monitor your child’s online activity, there are apps out there for the task

HomeSecure’s new service eliminates the hardware costs of installing the system, providing everything for a €99 installation charge and a monthly subscription fee that can work out about €1.15 a day. Photograph: iStock

Wireless system can be installed easily in any home or apartment, and easily removed

Moment Air: five different filters

Moment Air offers anamorphic lenses, filters and a neat phone case

Analysts said CRH continued a good run, remaining above €30 to close the week 0.4 per cent higher at €30.28

Iseq ends day in positive territory, lifted by gains in building and airline stocks

Envisage Cloud is investing €300,000 as part of its UK growth, targetting 3,000 store locations, and expects to create five jobs in software development, product management and sales.

Company is targetting UK growth

Margot Slattery is to take up global role with Sodexo.

Irish-based clients of food and facilities services group include Bord Bia and Microsoft

Keywords Studio’s expansion is aimed at serving its European clients’ needs. Photograph: iStock

Irish-headquartered video gaming firm already has operations in Montreal and Manila

Jameson’s super premium Black Barrel whiskey brand saw sales increase 22 per cent in the US.

Emerging markets show signs of growth as sales rose by 141% in Nigeria and 55% in India

Total revenue for Total Produce was just over €3 billion. Photograph: iStock

Fruit and veg provider reports total revenues up 40% thanks largely to investment in Dole

The Irish Ferries vessel Ulysses leaves Dublin port .Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ferry group introduced its €155m WB Yeats cruise ferry on scheduled services in January

The Pocketalk translator has got dual microphones, built-in speakers and will connect to wifi or mobile data.

Pocketalk handles 74 languages in two-way conversations

The Tinder app made “swipe right” a part of popular culture. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Array of online dating tools includes one designed by an Irish software developer

 Dr Eimear Dolan: looking to the next stage of the research

Research paves the way for longer lasting pacemakers, biosensors and insulin delivery systems

Companies’ reputations and customer bases are being put at risk by the online activity of their employees

Irish workers spend more than an hour a day on personal matters, including social media

Pictured at the Lero Esports Science research lab are (from left) postgraduate researcher Jessica Mangione, research assistant Niall Ramsbottom, programme manager Dr Adam Toth, postgraduate researcher Yueying Gong and lab Director Dr Mark Campbell. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/True Media

Researchers aim to improve performance of Irish gamers

Human Headphones:   a set of ear cups that work over bluetooth, use touch controls and last for up to nine hours of listening

Over-ear style wireless earphones sound great

Fitbit began in the wearables industry by offering activity trackers, carving out a market for itself.

New Fitbit Premium facility offers personalised health insights

The Slendertone Abs8 has seven programmes you can use while going about your daily business, while the remaining three are used during exercise.

Rechargeable Slendertone Abs8 offers 10 performance programmes

The consumer movement against single use plastic was reflected in a increased loose fruit sales, which grew 6.4 per cent in the past 12 weeks while prepacked items fell by 2.3 per cent.

Consumer demand for sustainable packaging fuels changes in supermarket sector

Cairn Homes group finance director Tim Kenny, non-executive chairman John Reynolds and chief executive Michael Stanley. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Second deal for private rental sector for Cairn

PM Group’s Larry Westman, Dave Murphy and Dan Flinter.  The company is ‘very focused on the USA, we want to build up our scale there,’ said Mr Westman

Engineer is hiring 200 new staff, half of those in the Republic, plus 100 graduates

Providence is awaiting funds to cover the costs of work at  Barryroe off the coast of Cork. Photograph:  Finbarr O’Rourke

Dublin-listed explorer waiting for money to cover exploration costs at Barryroe project

IRES Reit CEO Margaret Sweeney. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Scheme approved under the Strategic Housing Development planning process

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold acknowledged that Brexit uncertainty had hit the Irish group’s UK business. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Group reports record earnings of €1.54bn for first half

The Tangram Factory Smart Rope

Tech Tools: The rope counts calories, sets goals and saves data to your phone, for €90

Review: Whether you use it as a tablet or regular PC, it will tackle most tasks with ease

Tech Tools: Mini-drone takes selfies with the greatest of ease – but it’ll cost a lot more

Allen Martin, Partner, Kernel Capital; Ken Flockhart, CEO, Silform; Mervyn McCall, Chairman, Silform; Paul McClurg, Head of Business Banking Belfast, Bank of Ireland UK.

Silform Technologies will use funding to build pilot factory for its unique process

The social network has added a new tool that will allow users to see what data is being shared by third party websites with Facebook

How to stop companies sharing information on your online activity with Facebook

‘Dublin’s talent and its tech ecosystem make it the perfect place for our first European office,’ said ActiveCampaign founder Jason VandeBoom

Company says initial hires will be in support, sales, customer service and marketing

Hostelworld said revenue was down but average booking value was up.

Accommodation booking platform says growth strategy is progressing well

Giving users the option to delete that information will mean fewer advertisements for products you have been browsing following you around the web. Photograph: PA

Users will be able to see activity linked to browsing on other websites

Michael Carvill, Kenmare Resources

Mining company declares maiden dividend

A well at Barryroe. Photograph:  Finbarr O’Rourke

Apec funding has yet to reach the exploration firm’s account

If you don’t mind sharing your opinion – and who doesn’t? – there are plenty of opportunities to do so and get paid for it into the bargain. The rate isn’t always great, and some surveys can take up to 15 minutes, but if you do a couple a week the money can build up. Photograph: Getty Images

You may not get rich, and it can be hard work, but there are opportunities online

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Heather Humphreys asks for review of market as cost of premiums spiral

Tech Tools: Smart locks don’t always live up to expectations, but Fido makes bold claims

The S Pen  that comes with Samsung’s updated Tab S6 has the air gestures that were also revealed for the Note 10.

Tech Tools: Range features 10.5-inch display and quad speakers

Results are out and you are all set for college life: but what tech should you stock up on?

Dell Technologies general manager for Ireland Mark Hopkins: ‘I think we sometimes we overplay the digital native card. It’s not just that generation, it’s all of us who are going to be continuing to work from 2030.’

Dell report predicts how technology will shape offices of the future

OnePlus has a lot of support from Android fans.

Tech review: OnePlus manages to hit the right notes with consumers

5G has arrived: the mobile technology promises faster speeds and more

5G promises faster speeds and a big jump in data generation – which raises privacy issues

The sale of financial services company IFG  values the group at £206 million. Photograph: iStock

Sale of financial services firm needs court approval, with date set for end of August

Deliveroo said it was a “unique opportunity” to modernise Ireland’s employment legislation. Photograph: Alan Betson

Delivery group proposes ‘charter for secure and flexible work’ for on-demand economy

Acquisition of Finovation and My Future Now by Legal & General Retail Retirement will support the UK firm’s retirement and defined-contribution pensions business.  Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico

Legal & General acquires Irish pension advisory company

Dublin Airport spatial data manager Morgan Crumlish receiving the award from Jack Dangermond, co-founder and president  of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

Workers can remotely report safety issues and collect detailed reports of incidents in the airport

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Had enough of Google Assistant? Sick of Siri? Here’s how to shut them down

Tony Hanway, chief executive of Virgin Media Ireland. ‘We’re seeing a massive growth in consumer and business activity across our network,’ he says. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Parent Liberty Global sees operating income drop 44 per cent in second quarter

Symfonisk speakers blend into livingrooms with ease

Tech Tools: New speakers for €99 also double as a lamp

Aviva’s life business was boosted by the 2018 takeover of Friends First. Photograph: Reuters

General insurance business profit falls in first half of year

Wicked Ball is smart enough to keep your pet entertained, even when you’re not there.

Tech tools: Wicked Ball will react to your cat and dog to keep it entertained

  &Open cofounder Jonathan Legge:  ‘I would like to think more we’re trying to fix something, I know, disruption is about fixing stuff as well. But our starting point is, let’s fix this.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin firm &Open combines old school values with tech to help clients retain customers

The Samsung Note 10+ (left) and Note 10 smartphone. Photograph: Martyn Landi/PA Wire

Can Samsung win people over with not one but two new Notes?

The new Samsung Note 10+ comes with a 6.8-inch screen, while the Note 10 has a 6.3-inch screen. Photograph: Ciara O’Brien

Phone maker offers Note devices in two sizes for first time

Huawei Watch GT: Don’t expect the features you get with an Apple Watch or the Samsung Galaxy Watch

Tech review: Huawei has sacrificed the bells and whistles in pursuit of longer battery life

Brendan McAtamney, chief executive of UDG Healthcare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Underlying growth and acquisitions behind rise, healthcare services company says

Applegreen CEO Bob Etchingham: ‘The deal moves us up the food chain.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Forecourt retailer is entering into consortium to buy Connecticut business

The company last week warned that it could have to cut up to 900 pilot and cabin crew jobs in the face of delayed aircraft deliveries, which are hitting growth plans, falling fares and rising costs. Photograph: Reuters/Hannah McKay/File

Two unions submitted separate play claims at different times to the airline

Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

But growth threatened by Boeing delays, fare cuts and Brexit effect

US stocks tumbled to a one-month low on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Iseq down 1.6% but other European markets much harder hit

Apple said: “As the largest taxpayer in the world, we know the important role tax payments play in society.” Photograph: Getty Images

International business paid $6.66 billion in tax across several countries

KBC is is also offering additional incentives such as money off home insurance for new residential mortgage customers. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Cuts of up to 0.55 percentage points on 2- and 10-year loans

Uniphar chief executive Ger Rabbette said the  acquisition will help Uniphar expand its global footprint

Healthcare services company says Durbin will grow its product access division

Kernel Capital partner Allen Martin; Automated Intelligence’s CEO Simon Cole and CFO Fergus McIlduff; Invest NI director of corporate finance William McCulla; and Bank of Ireland’s head of regional business banking NI Niall Devlin

Company will use funding to focus on growing business in new markets in Europe

White Noise Sound Pebble: A recipe for a stress-free sleep?

White Noise Sound Pebble offers six different sounds for peace and quiet

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro allows you to be ‘at home’ even when you’re not

Review: Every time you open the door, anyone with access to app for your doorbell can see – and hear – what’s going on

The avatar of Bugha of the US is seen on the top during the final of the Solo competition at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup. Photograph:  Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

The online game's world cup had a prize fund of $30 million

An appraisal well at Barryroe, off the coast of Cork. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Irish exploration company sets August 2nd deadline for receipt of funding

Ryanair said profit after tax was €243m for the three months to June 30th. That was down 21%  from €309m  a year earlier, but ahead of analysts’ predictions which had forecast a profit of €232m.  Photograph: Regis Duvignau/File Photo/Reuters

Irish airline says revenue rose 11% to €2.3bn, aided by it cutting average fares 6% to €36 over the first quarter of its financial(...)

The Panasonic Lumix S1.

Tech tools: The camera aimed at professionals and serious amateurs

‘Children with unlimited, unsupervised access are in a vulnerable place.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Worried about what your kids might see on the internet? Don’t shut down – take control

Nintendo Switch Lite: a sacrifice worth making?

Tech Tools: Play games with a slightly smaller screen but for €80 cheaper

Tixserve has signed a deal with the Rugby Football Union in the UK to provide a secure digital ticket delivery system for Twickenham stadium.

RFU is aiming to improve customer service

Photograph: iStock

Company reports loss of 130,000 subscribers in the US and misses international targets

Orreco has already signed a deal with the Atlanta Hawks.

Deal with NBPA will see company provide player bio analytics

The Show 5 is perfect for checking up on the feed from your baby monitor, or checking out who is at the door if you have a Ring doorbell

The miniature Echo device makes a handy bedside alarm clock – just ignore the camera

The Canon Powershot G7 Mark III has a fold-out viewfinder

Tech tools: A compact camera for content creators, with microphone input included

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