Clear out your voice commands from Google and Amazon in a couple of clicks

 Coca-Cola strengthened on the back of tea, coffee and vitamin water sales. Photograph: Bloomberg

Iseq up nearly 1% as financial stocks strengthen

ReActiv8 is designed to treat chronic low back pain

Company says five centres in Germany and Ireland have implanted patients with ReActiv8

Trade continues to grow in December

Tech Tools: Credit card-sized phone keeps you connected but offers just the essentials

The Razer phone’s 5.7in display means it is big enough to play games, or binge-watch Netflix comfortably but makes it a little difficult to hold in one hand.

Device prides itself on being first with 120Hz refresh rate but its 5.7in size is a little unwieldy

 Muse taps into 30,000 Alexa skills on your dash

Tech Tools: Bluetooth device enables Amazon’s technology on your old banger

Dublin city manager Owen Keegan: highlighted opportunity to “trial innovative new solutions to challenges faced by our cities”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Meeting of international CTOs puts forward Dublin’s Docklands as model for innovation

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard in action with West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Pay TV firm gets more games for less at its pays £1.19bn per season

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Proceeds will fund ongoing diamond exploration in South Africa, Botswana

Origin has appointed Peter Dunne as group finance director, effective immediately. Photograph: iStock

Outgoing CFO will leave at the end of April, Origin appoints new group finance director

Under the Open labs programme, a team of DIT researchers will work to complete an R&D project in a mutually agreed time span. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Open Labs initiative allows access to college facilities and 600 researchers

Electric Ireland’s smarter home technology.

Control hot water, heating and applicances from your smartphone or tablet

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Conference hears of potential for tourism and business from flights directly to territory

New research shows users are more willing to hand over information for discounts

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Unwitting website visitors turned into slaves in a coin-mining chain-gang

Mining for digital currencies involves using computer hardware to solve a computationally difficult puzzle, which nets the user rewards in the form of units of that currency. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

HSE, Oireachtas and Safefood among thousands of websites affected internationally

Facebook’s chief product officer Chris Cox told the firm’s Communities Summit in London that Facebook was keen to answer criticism aimed at its impact on society. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

Social networking company will double the number of staff who work on safety

Facebook is also bringing in new tools for admins, such as a streamlined hub that will allow them to more easily manage their groups. Photograph: Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Grants of up to $1m to be offered as part of programme to develop communities

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Google’s Velasco building in Dublin on Thursday with Fionnuala Meehan, head of Google, and Gareth Morgan of Google cloud sales. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tech giant forced to defend its hiring practices in Dublin

Fionnuala Meehan at Google Docks, Barrow Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Interview: Fionnuala Meehan on moderating web content, micromanaging, and finding right work-life balance

Irish Distillers  said it had broken the four million case milestone for Jameson whiskey in the first half of 2017

Republic of Ireland spirits market remains challenging for drinks firm

The Gibson Hotel in Dublin. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh / The Irish Times

Three large hotel deals boost total investment turnover for the year

Aspiring film-makers with over €1,000 to spend should set their sights on this video camera

Tech Tools: Three different brightnesses and five colours mean your music will see the light

The cylindrical speaker is the biggest of the Echo family, with a speaker grille and a Smart home hub built in

Tech review: The Echo Plus gets you a tad closer to that dreamed-of automated life

The MyEye wearer points to whatever it is they want to “see” or read, and the  device takes a photograph. Sophisticated software processes what is in front of it and then, in the case of text, reads it back.

Vision device reads text, recognises people and machine learns via internal database

New Siren chief executive John Randles: “What Siren has done is build a data intelligence platform to really help people to understand data.”

New tech makes it easier to use data to answer questions and find patterns

Sponge offers workplace learning products for companies including Coca-Cola, Toyota, Adidas and Tesco, creating custom-built digital training programmes. Photograph: Getty

Company expects to employ up to 10 people in next 12 months in its first office outside UK

Lightful founders Carlos Miranda, left, Vinay Nair, and Johnny Murnane

New funding will help platform extend reach and fund research into new technology

CyberSafeIreland has called for a national information campaign on children’s use of the internet after its survey showed more than a third of eight to 13-year-olds rarely talk to their parents about their online activity.

Charity calls on parents to supervise their children’s internet usage

Some 340,000 students will be able to avail of free online GP services under a deal between Irish company VideoDoc and the Union of Students in Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Digital healthcare provider has signed deal with USI to run until end of academic year

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Restricting content, limiting time online - some tips for keeping your child safe

Those taking part in LinkedIn’s Returnin programme will also be offered additional training and ongoing mentoring to help the transition back to the workplace. Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Returnin aims to ease transition back to workplace for carers

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IWG to sign on as long-term tenant under 25 year lease

Tech Tools: One for the uber-rich, this bathroom staple has built-in footwarmers, heated seat and much more

Dole is one of the world’s leading producers, marketers and distributors of fresh fruit and vegetables. Photograph: iStock

Significant acquisition for Irish produce firm as it continues its aggressive expansion strategy

Foldimate: not worth its hefty price tag

Bulky machine, priced nearly $1,000, requires you to clip each item on to its racks

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Record growth last December predicted to be eclipsed this year

The Pixelbook takes the Chromebook spec and  crams a 128GB drive into the case with 8GB of RAM and a Core i5 or i7 chip.

High-end Chromebook is powerful and beautifully designed for demanding user

If Intel’s business is significantly hampered by the chip flaw debacle, there may be unease in Ireland, where it employs about 5,000 people at its sites in Leixlip and Shannon. Photograph: Thomas White/Reuters

Chipmaker bears brunt of reputational damage from hardware vulnerabilities

Headquartered in Galway, Yield Lab Europe invested in three start-ups in Ireland and one in the UK in 2017. Photograph: iStock

Early-stage companies will be awarded €100,000 each to develop ag-tech ideas

KonnectAgain co-founder Jayne Ronayne. The new jobs will be in New York and Dublin

Expansion comes after Irish-founded company raises €850,000 in funding

Headquartered in Galway, Yield Lab Europe invested in three start-ups in Ireland and one in the UK in 2017. Photograph: iStock

Early-stage companies will be awarded €100,000 each to develop ag-tech ideas

Britvic’s  revenue in its UK drinks market was 1%  higher, with carbonates revenue up 4.9% on the strength of  Pepsi Max

Plans for levy on soft drinks in Ireland and UK has brought uncertainty to market

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Dublin-based firm will double Irish workforce as it pushes to commercialise project

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Latest deal is fourth in three months for Ierish biopharmaceutical company

 Patrick Coveney, chief executive of Greencore:  admitted Greencore had 30 per cent overcapacity across its UK and US operations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chief executive makes frank admission at AGM while insisting core business is performing

UDG Healthcare chairman Peter Gray, chief executive Brendan McAtamney and chief financial officer Alan Ralph at the company’s agm at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brexit unlikely to pose significant risk to group, shareholders told at agm

Facebook is  asking people to take its privacy check-up. Photograph: AFP

As EU privacy rules tighten, social network announces move on Data Privacy Day

About 2.5 million bottles are being disposed of through landfill and incineration every day in Ireland alone.

Why not try to cut down? Try reusable cups, bottles, nappies, bags...

The UV Sense nail patch can last for several weeks, and you can reapply it with adhesives.

Ultraviolet-detecting patches give users real-time data on sun exposure

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Company says it is confident about outlook for the rest of the year

Razor’s Turbo Jetts  last for about 30 minutes’ use on a charge.

Amped-up ‘heel wheels’ allow users leave trails of sparks at speeds up to 10mph

The Linksys Velop system delivered an improved wifi signal and faster downloads.

Flexible domestic wifi system delivers performance boost at prices starting at €299.99

Tom O’Mahony, chief executive of Origin Enterprises. He said Pillaert-Mekoson  was an excellent strategic fit for  Origin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Deal will see Origin acquire business on debt-free basis for undisclosed sum

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Typical Irish host earns €3,500 from renting rooms and homes on platform

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Dodging those DMs? Heres how to avoid Instagram telling tales

Private health insurer VHI has announced further cuts to premiums for the majority of its plans from March. Photograph: Hugh Macknight / PA Wire

Company also plans to add benefits to some plans for those renewing from March 1st

Almac Group chief executive Alan Armstrong with DUP leader  Arlene Foster at a previous jobs announcement for the company.

Company plans to have new facility operational in January next year

Tech Tools: The domestic helper’s blank stare will chill your very soul

Gecko Governance’s Shane Brett and Damien Cahill with InterTradeIreland’s Laurence Lord.

Dundalk-based firm plans recruitment following Cosimo Ventures’ backing

Apparently the robot breathes too – it’s a way to help reduce stress

The screen quality is impressive. The colour reproduction is excellent, and on 4K native content, you’ll see a real difference.

Impressive new generation model ticks all the right boxes – but at a price

Margot Moore, a first-year student from Loreto College, Foxrock, in Dublin, has a hair-raising experience at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke

Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition entrants show Stem subjects thriving

Clothes hang on the rack at a Karen Millen clothing store.  Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News

Sales of clothing, accessories and footwear flat but firm turns to digital business for growth

First acquisition for firm since it was bought from DCC last year

Picketers outside Shelbourne Park dog track in April 2017 protesting at the closure of the Harold’s Cross stadium. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Dog track ran final race in February 2017, with Department of Education set to pay €23m for land

 Santander Bay in Spain. The ferry crossing from Cork to Santander will take 26 hours

Brittany Ferries will sail from Cork to Santander twice a week

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Company has appointed new chief commercial officer and head of planning

The number of ferry passengers using Dublin Port rose to 1.8 million last year.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Big year also for cruise ships as 127 liners bring 210,000 visitors to the city

Always look at the URL before clicking on links. Photograph: iStock

Scam uses fake Netflix branding to fool customers into giving payment details

Facebook is changing, and so will users’ and media companies’ relationship with the platform.

Tech giant wants to get all personal again. But why, and will it work?

A legal case involving a 14-year-old girl and a “shame” page on Facebook has potentially cast the social media giant in a leading role for future legal challenges. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Social media giant named in Belfast case involving 14-year-old girl

Device can be clipped to your clothing or worn as a watch

Camera (€199) slots into the smarthome system to put you at ease when you are away

IBM’s facility at Damastown, Co Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Among recent ideas include a smarter way for passengers to get picked up by taxis

DCC chief executive Donal Murphy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Group continues to expand LPG business with latest acquisition

Grafton Group chief executive Gavin Slark. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Ireland, Netherlands left total revenue at builders merchanting firm

Portable printer churns out retro-themed photographs

An attendee looks at book-reading robots called Luka at CES International. Other tech unveiled at the event included wifi-connected showers, skin-analysing smart mirrors and a clothes-folding robot. Photograph: Jae  Hong/AP

Trade show lacks real breakthroughs, settling instead for improved nice-to-haves

Handy.com founder Irish entrepreneur Oisin Hanrahan is concerned Brexit may affect the supply of  workers. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Tighter immigration controls could cut off supply of workers for services such as Handy

Aminex  said production at its Kiliwani North-1 well was 95m cubic feet of gas during the month of December, with the well producing 3.6bn   cubic feet of gas during the year in total. Photograph: iStock

Dublin-listed exploration firm issues update on activities in region

The Xperia L2.

The Xperia XA2 and L2 will be available in Ireland next month

Cubic Telecom chief executive Barry Napier

Dublin-based firm teams up with Qualcomm for new connectivity management system

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Lojuxta deal is ‘key step’ in growing company’s business for drug in EMEA region

Technicians in front of a Hey Google booth at the Las Vegas Convention Centre as they prepare for the 2018 CES. Photograph: Steve Marcus

Major tech firms gather to promote their latest products at vast CES industry fair

Apple said its iPads, iPhones and Macs were affected by Spectre and Meltdown, but it had taken steps to protect users of iOS 11, MacOS and its latest Apple TV software from the flaw. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Tech giants focus on software updates to prevent hackers accessing user data

Apple has admitted its iPhone and Mac products are affected by the Spectre and Meltdown flaws in the hardware chips. Photograph: EPA

Spectre and Meltdown potentially leave devices open to malicious hackers

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Security researchers find malware that uses ‘deep links’ to Uber app to fool users

Hackers could potentially read computer memory to access passwords and other information.

Security hole threatens to expose sensitive data of computer users to hackers

DCC chief executive Donal Murphy said the acquisition of TEGA would provide DCC LPG with a platform in the “large, relatively fragmented German LPG market”.

Company strengthens European business with purchase of TEGA

Businesses are  more optimistic, with the index measuring expected business activity levels in 12 months’ time at its highest since September.  Photograph: Mark Coote/Bloomberg News

Sector is driven by domestic economy as growth in new export orders moderates

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Deal worth €2.2bn was announced in August last year

Shell’s LPG business is a leading supplier in the market in Hong Kong. Photograph: iStock

Acquisition valued at £120m marks group’s first major move into the Asian market

A digger loads large rocks from the pit floor onto a truck at a CRH  quarry.  Photograph: John Cogill/Bloomberg News

Dalata, Kingspan return to stock picks list for 2018

ICG chief executive Eamonn Rothwell. Photograph:  Mac Innes Photography

Ship will carry 1,800 passengers and crew and 330 containers on Dublin-Holyhead route

The rate of growth in new orders in the manufacturing sector was the highest on record. Photograph: iStock

Investec Purchasing Managers’ Index shows record employment growth in sector

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