When you buy a mobile phone as part of your contract with your mobile operator, it will typically be locked to that network until your contract is up.

We’ve all been seduced by the promise of a ‘free’ or discounted mobile

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted Britvic’s out-of-home sector

Group revenue declines 8.6% over year as restrictions continue

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Share issuance is part of programme launched last year

The Withings BPM Core is a three-in-one device.

Clinically validated, the compact cuff can perform an ECG

Decorate your tree with gaming-themed baubles this year.

Decoration wars as PlayStation takes on Xbox in the bauble games

‘If you have smaller than average hands, the 12 Pro Max will be a stretch, in every sense of the word.’

One of four new iPhone models has a bigger screen, better camera and longer battery life

Honeywell Evohome

Great features include learning thermostats, geofencing and water heating capabilities

Gnet Studios has worked on major games, including Call of Duty and Cyberpunk 2077.

US company provides marketing services to video games, entertainment services

Gas demand was 6 per cent lower compared to October 2019. Photograph: iStock

Restrictions on travel and leisure industry hit demand

Clanwilliam has been on an acquisition spree in recent years, buying more than 15 businesses across Ireland, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.  Photograph: iStock

Healthcare software provider employs 1,200 staff worldwide, with 200 in Ireland

Managing director of Microsoft Ireland Cathriona Hallahan at the company’s new engineering hub   in Leopardstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

New roles bring total number employed at Leopardstown campus to 2,700

The Bolands Mills development. Photograph: Paul Tierney

Tech giant will rent out properties through not-for-profit housing body

Open Orphan’s Cathal Friel.

Guidelines will cover manufacture of agents for use in controlled infection studies

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Do you need 5G? A triple rear camera? There’s an option in every price range

Garmin has given the always-on 1.3-inch display an aluminium frame that gives the Venu SQ more of a premium look.

Lightweight smartwatch monitors stress levels, plays music offline and includes GPS

MacBook Air: the thinnest, lightest notebook Apple has produced.

Apple’s thinnest and lightest notebook yet with no more noisy cooling systems

The Withings device is easy to use

On top of a host of health indicators, it can even give you a local weather report

The Cork manufacturing operation opened in 1980, employing 60 people. That has grown to more than 6,000.

First facility opened in Cork and employed 60 people, marking expansion outside US

Garrett Bridgeman, managing director of An Post Mails and Parcels with the new Beumer’ Packet Processor, which will handle 100,000 items a day at the Dublin mail centre. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Second Dublin ecommerce centre enables service to process 2.5m parcels per week

Woodie’s has enjoyed a sharp upturn in trade as the pandemic fuels demand home improvement products. File photograph: The Irish Times

Pent-up consumer lockdown demand lifts revenue and profits for Grafton Group

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Company says investment will create hundreds of highly skilled roles over four years

LetsGetChecked founder and CEO Peter Foley

Test is the ‘gold standard’ PCR test, using a lower nasal swab

iPhone 12 Pro Max

Add to that 5G capability and you have a smartphone that’s worth showing off

Airthings Wave Mini: €79

Air quality monitor can detect potential mould growing in your rooms

Apple’s new iPad Air has an eye-catching design.

Apple’s lighter, cheaper tablet doesn’t skimp on the power and has Pencil compatibility

PlayStation 5. Photograph: Sony Interactive Entertainment I/AFP via Getty Images

The next-gen consoles don’t disappoint but there some notable differences to be aware of

Comedian Sarah Cooper’s page  on  TikTok. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Expansion will bring TikTok’s headcount in Ireland to more than 1,100

Apple’s new M1-powered Macs.

Move will also link the company’s mobile devices more closely with its Macs

The Xbox Series X and Series S officially went on sale in shops today

Sony will launch Playstation 5 in the coming days

DCC chief executive Donal Murphy

Six months to end of September saw drop in demand for some sectors due to restrictions

The company said the new roles would be in software development, data science and data ethics as well as administrative support. Photograph: iStock

Tánaiste says UK tech consultancy’s announcement is ‘welcome boost for the southeast’

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Board set for further shake-up as shareholders target four directors

Intel is taking its Mini Scientist programme online for 2020. Photograph: Intel

Programme aims to promote science through fun activities

An estimated 5,500 housing units were completed in the third quarter, a 3%  annual decline but a sharp increase on the 3,290 completed in the second quarter. Photograph: Alan Betson

House prices and rents are expected to decline

CSC’s proposed expansion in Co Wexford is being supported by IDA Ireland. File photograph: Getty

Gorey chosen as site by company that provides corporate support to asset managers

Xbox Series S

Tech tools: Console plays same games as more expensive Xbox Series S

Google  Pixel 5 is a solid mid-range phone

Google is going for value over cramming in as many features as possible

MagSafe

Tech tools: Handy gizmo snaps wireless charger to iPhone 12 with ring of magnets

Kerry chief executive Edmond Scanlon. “This year has seen unprecedented variability and complexity across our industry.”

Relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions boosts group’s food service business

Almost a third of employees say they like being able to work with their pets close by. Photograph: iStock

Microsoft report shows firms expect 45% of their staff to continue working from home

Shoppers on Henry Street in Dublin in early October, before Level-5 restrictions were introduced and non-essential retail outlets closed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

AIB’s Services Purchasing Managers’ Index shows decline in activity

The four directors being targeted by Cobas and Lodbrok were part of a board that entered into talks in  September aimed at selling the business to US hedge fund Elliott Management.

Cobas, Lodbrook propose not to re-elect four members to board of Swiss-Irish food group

The new Apple iPhone 12

Apple’s best smartphone yet has serious camera innovations, great looks and specs

Google Pixel 4a 5G: has a larger screen of 6.1 inches.

Larger screen and superior camera makes Google phone well worth higher price

It’s time to let technology do the home work. Photograph: iStock

Sit back and relax by letting technology work its magic in your home

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1

Hold a print in your hand within seconds rather than abandoning them in the cloud

Manna drone on a test delivery flight in Oranmore, Co Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

Shoppers in Oranmore, Co Galway, will be able to avail of service from today

Karen Peacock, chief executive of Intercom: ‘Our new-customer acquisitions have accelerated since the pandemic started. We’re beating all of our sales goals’

Interview: Covid has boosted demand for the company’s communications platform

Aerogen chief executive, John Power

Company’s aerosol drug delivery technology being used to deliver inhaled treatment

The Barryroe field. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Interest in Barryroe licence reverts to Providence subsidiary

Flights have been hit by ongoing travel restrictions. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Coronavirus pandemic hits flight capacity

The Indoor Cam (€59) is a simple plug-in installation and can be up and running in minutes.

From video doorbells to smart door locks and sensors, there are plenty of options on the market

Apple iPhone 12

The first of Apple’s 5G handsets to hit market it also includes an upgraded dual camera

Smartwatches are like buses: you wait for good one for Android, and then three come along at once

There are 96 different activities and you have the option of your own private trainer

Google has tie-ins with a host of smart home devices

Google has bumped up the speaker side of things and retained the smart elements

The Generation Google scholarship for 2021 will award successful applicants €5,000 annually for the duration of their studies.

Generation Google scholarship is aimed at undergraduates

Retail groups had warned the closure of “non-essential” shops for the next six weeks would create pent-up demand and result in a “frenzied” shopping experience in December.

But 59% of people are shopping with retailers overseas, survey shows

John O’Dwyer, chief executive of VHI, is to step down.

O’Dwyer has spent eight years at the helm

 Bulmers maker C&C said it had returned to profit generation in July. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Company returned to profit as restrictions lifted but fears new restrictions

Aryzta owns the Cuisine de France brand in Ireland and supplies internationally to the likes of McDonal’s, Subway and Lidl.

Baking company has been approached by almost 20 parties interested in business

Camera improvements and a powerful new chip make Apple’s new iPhone its best yet

Aldi is to limit the purchase of Christmas toys.

Company will bring in store marshals and ticketing system for ‘special buy’ event

Chamber leaders around the country have called on the Government to introduce supports for  businesses by Covid-19 restrictions quickly. Photograph: iStock

Groups call for Government to use time ‘wisely’ as retailers warn of job losses

Open Orphan executive chairman Cathal Friel

Contract with UK government could be worth up to £10m

Swiss-Irish baking group has postponed its  AGM to consider its options. Photograph: iStock

Rebel investor group seeks ‘swift conclusion’ to Elliott bid

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Resurgence in Covid-19 cases has quashed hopes of an improvement in travel environment

Ryanair is cutting its winter schedule further as the pandemic continues to hit bookings. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Airports and unions ‘devastated’ and ‘disappointed’ by news

The movement of Wet Concentrator Plant B. Production at the new ore body is set to begin ahead of schedule. Photograph: Kenmare Resources

Production volumes lower in third quarter

AirPods Pro

Long battery life, noise cancelling, audiophile sound – the choices are out there

iPad (8th generation) works with the first-generation Apple Pencil and can act as a digital notebook.

Review: Latest iPad is perfect for tablet newcomers.

Nokia 8.3 5G Polar Night

Looks good but mid-range price achieved by sacrificing some high-end features

Review: The Sense gives new insights into your health, with blood oxygen sensor added

Jersey joins the North, Scotland and Gibraltar in using Nearform’s code for its contact tracing app. Photograph: iStock

Waterford company’s code already used in several US states

 Apple chief executive Tim Cook showcasing the  iPhone 12 Pro. Photograph: Brooks Kraft/Apple/EPA

Company’s CEO Tim Cook describes launch as ‘the beginning of a new era for iPhone’

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High-speed, new sizes and advanced 3D tech - the rumours around tonight’s event

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High level of trust in local shopkeepers and recommendations

Lenovio Legion Phone Duel

Tech Tools: Lenovo’s latest phone has been designed with gaming in mind

The Nest Audio adapts to its location, adjusting to the background noise in your home and raising the volume so you can hear Google Assistant

Louder, smarter replacement for Google Home adapts to beat the background noise

Almost 40 per cent said they will be expected to return to the office full-time, with 37 per cent of workers given the option of splitting their week between the office and home in the long term. Photograph: iStock

Survey finds almost 40% of employers have yet to communicate an office return plan

Web Summit chief executive Paddy Cosgrave. Photograph: EPA

Organisers say decision to go online was taken in the interests of public health

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Large-scale trial shows improvement after 12 weeks, sustained results after 12 months

Munich Re Automation Solutions will invest €16m in research and development.

Highly skilled jobs will accelerate the development of new cloud products and services

The device is very simple – there are no complex controls or filters to worry about

The device claims to kill harmful bacteria and pathogens in the air

Tech Tools: This high-definition webcam will get you on Zoom, Skype and Teams in minutes

Aldi’s on-demand grocery service was launched in June with two stores taking part. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Supermarket chain offering more than 330 products via partnership with Deliveroo

Hometree co-founder Simon Phelan.

Covid-19 lockdown fuels demand for services of London-based company

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New survey reveals two-thirds of Irish employees think business continuity will be put ahead of safety

Pictured (L-R) are Kevin Holland, CEO, Invest NI with Joanna Calixto, managing director, MSO Cleland.

Company will create 35 jobs as part of strategic move

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Sector claims 1m beds wil be lost over three weeks

Donard Gaynor: former senior vice president of strategy and corporate development of spirits company Beam

Donard Gaynor will serve as chairman of board until the 2022 agm

David Whelan, chief executive, and Sandra Whelan, chief operating officer of VR Education. Photograph: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

Irish company’s virtual reality platform will be used to deliver the UN’s annual Global Youth Takeover event on October 24th

The Pixel 5 smartphone. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Tech giant also added a 5G update for the Pixel 4

The 4K-ready TV 360 set-top box replaces the company’s previous Horizon service, which was launched in Ireland in 2013

TV 360 replaces Horizon service with voice control, streaming apps and catch-up service

On-demand entertainment: Traditional TV providers have increasingly embraced streaming services

Television platforms have had to develop flexible packages amid stiff competition

The Series 6 keeps the Series 5’s always-on display, but it makes it brighter for use in strong sunlight

Apple’s latest wearable ups the ante with blood oxygen monitoring and faster charging

Google has updated Chromecast with a new interface it is calling Google TV

Chromecast has a new design, some new software, and a remote control

Fourfit Mini 2

Activity tracker looks similar to a Fitbit, with a small display in a silicon band

From left: John Griffin, head of Ericsson Ireland; and David Hennessy, chief technology officer, Three Ireland.

315 sites go live to give network 5G coverage at sites in every county

Solar panels being installed at Kinsale Community School, one of the first schools involved in the Microsoft/SSE Airtricity project.

Primary and secondary schools to reducing carbon footprint and costs under initiative

Jim Doyle, managing director of Entegro. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan

Telecommunications firm will also create 20 jobs at planned Poland hub

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