The Galaxy Book S.

Tech tools: The laptops will be on the Irish market next month

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London subsidiary Hvivo will carry out testing at its lab

The M1 from Kuma Bikes: the least obvious electric bike out there.

Tech tools: The M1 from Kuma Bikes is a long-range mid-drive electric bike

Duolingo offers language courses in an easy to learn way, with prompts to remind you to practice every day.

From video, audio and photography to leisure, we’ve found something for everyone

Vlog Camera ZV-1.

Tech Tools: The Vlog Camera ZV-1 has excellent imaging technology

Last month, Digicel abandoned plans to get holders of $925 million (€827 million) of bonds due for repayment in 2023 to take some pain.

Agreement will mean companies invest jointly in new network infrastructure

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CCPC issues guidelines for sale of barrier masks to consumers

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FDA approves Irish group’s test under emergency use authorisation

 The Irish Times had 24 journalists in the top 100 list. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP

Irish Times has largest number of journalists in top 100, with RTÉ second and INM third

Consumers will not be comfortable taking an international flight or staying in a hotel in the coming months, according to a new survey. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

International flights and hotel stays are low on list of priorities as consumer anxiety rises

Before the pandemic, Draper Espirit was on track to achieve 20 per cent growth in its portfolio. Photograph: iStock

Portfolio companies poised to take advantage of automation, cloud trends - investor

A Tullow Oil drilling site in Kenya. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Tullow has reached a deal with Total to sell its stake in joint onshore fields

Roadie 3

Tech Tools: Roadie’s latest version of its automatic tuner has improved accuracy

Multiplayer games have  proven a hit with players who want to connect with their friends

The key concern for the games industry is how to turn the current surge in interest into something more long-lasting

Review: It’s got all you need on a smartwatch – as long as you don’t need all that much

Huawei FreeBuds 3i

Tech Tools: The new earbuds solve a key problem with the previous version

Once a contract has been agreed and signed, interested organisations are matched with expert scientists who will complete a report within 10 days.

SFI research centre offering expertise on PPE, infection control and more

Entegro has been awarded the contract to survey and design the National Broadband Network. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Telecoms company will design fibre optic networks for National Broadband Plan

Tesco Ireland has launched a customer counter and queue management system nationwide.  Photograph: Naoise Culhane

But company will still use staff to monitor busier times, priority shopping hours

Paul Coulson, chairman of the Ardagh Group. Photograph: Alan Betson

Glass and metal container group originally sought to raise $600m

The Britvic Ireland plant in Ballyfermot. Britvic chef executive Simon Litherland says the world is now ‘a very different place’ from a few months ago.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Revenue declines as pandemic restrictions impacts on-the-go sales

The majority of industry leaders in the Irish food and drink sector believe diversity has an impact on growth prospects, with gender equality, diversity and inclusion a prority for four out of five chief executives, according to a new survey.

But some employees say it is a box-ticking exercise

Uniphar chairman Maurice Pratt: he said the company’s digital focus in recent years was proving a “core strength”, enabling its workforce to operate effectively despite the disruption. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Company is counting on gradual easing of restrictions from June

 FBD said its policies do not cover the current pandemic. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Insurer says pandemic losses not covered

Kainos chief executive Brendan Mooney.

‘Too early’ to predict impact of Covid-19 on business

Gary McGann, Chairman and Kevin Toland, CEO of Aryzta. Photograph: Alan Betson

Food group says there are signs of improvement in May as restrictions begin to lift

Customers can open a personalised pension fund through the KBC app.

New plan can be opened, modified and monitored via an app

Facebook’s European headquarters in Dublin: employees who are able to work remotely can do so until the end of 2020. Photograph: PA

Staff on site to be limited to about quarter with layout and work-practice changes

The group processed 459 million litres of milk last year. Photograph: iStock

Volatile year for dairy, but business remains strong for Connacht Gold owner

Consumer spending declined by  36 per cent  in April. Photograph: iStock

Disposable incomes fall 25% amid coronavirus pandemic shutdown

The webcam cover neatly masks the camera on your phone

Tech tools: Cover the phone camera you carry everywhere with you

Aryzta will consider a request from investors to hold an egm.

Shareholders set up potential showdown with board after proposing extraordinary meeting of shareholders

Some 22 countries and a number of US states have already requested access to the Google/Apple tool, with more expected in the coming weeks. Photograph: The New York Times

Technology likely to be used by app developed for HSE

The TCL 10 Pro is a mid-range phone

Tech tools: The company has made phones for other brands such as Blackberry

The Dell XPS 15

Tech tools: The 25-hour battery life means it can handle a day’s working and streaming

PayPal vice-president of global merchant services  Maeve Dorman:  ‘Covid-19 has changed the shopping experience in Ireland as we know it.’

Company using system with QR codes to allow people pay for goods and services

Significant year for First Derivatives ends in pandemic.

Newry-headquartered company shows solid growth but Covid-19 casts shadow

UDG Healthcare chief executive Brendan McAtamney. Said it was too early to tell what the true cost of the pandemic on the business might be. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Field work in group’s largest division is ‘at a standstill’ while acquisitions have ‘slowed’

DCC chief executive Donal Murphy said the company remains active on the mergers and acquisitions front.

Energy and services firm says revenue fell marginally for financial year to end of March

Working from home can present new security challenges for both companies and individual users, especially if they aren’t used to doing so. Photograph: iStock

Experts concerned spreading workers across more locations may be potential security risk

Collaboration problems up to now have led to a situation where, in oncology for example, only 50% of eligible patients have access to precision medicines, according to figures cited by Diaceutics. File photograph: Getty

Data analytics firm reveals back-up system initiative aimed at getting drugs to patients

The NTMA has already issued more than €11 billion of bonds this year, with €6 billion raised last month. Photograph: iStock

Agency is raising more than previously planned to cover pandemic costs

Alan Walsh, chief executive of IPL Plastics: ‘We have had to adapt’

Prospects for business positive despite Covid-19 impact on product revenues in March

Overall, 21 per cent of all respondents said they feel lonely and isolated.  Photograph: iStock

Remote working causing stress levels to rise among Irish employees, study finds

The Microsoft Surface Book

The crossover between tablet and desktop has a convenient, detachable screen

Cairn Homes said its current gross cash position was €156 million, after subcontractor and supplier payments of €23 million were processed in April 2020. Photograph: iStock

Sites will reopen on Monday but showhomes will remain closed in the short-term

Review: A good all-rounder, though the screen is just so-so, and the S Pen might fall off

The findings were part of a survey of more than 10,000 customers in 13 countries, including more than 1,000 Irish consumers.

Survey by digital bank N26 shows 73 per cent feeling overwhelmed by financial matters

The research found consumers currently shopping online for goods such as clothes, electronic goods and books, are more likely to continue to do so. Photograph: iStockphoto

Trend will continue once restrictions are lifted, but only for some goods

Irish company LetsGetChecked is developing its own coronavirus test that is designed to be carried out at home. Photograph: iStock

Issues with everything from drug trials to tech solutions, patient care are being tackled

Sony’s WF-XB700 wireless earbuds

Tech Tools: The WF-XB700s come with Extra Bass technology and an IPX4 rating

Applegreen said it would cut executive director pay by 20 per cent for three months as it sought to reduce costs in the current Covid-19 crisis. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

But group the facility may not be called on, as it has sufficient cash

London-based Revolut offers a range of banking options, including a current account and an easy-access savings account

Launch of junior app is its latest attempt to win over customers from traditional banks

Priority Software’s managing director for the UK and Ireland David Greenlees said the partnership was an integral part of the company’s strategic expansion in the region

Up to 75 more posts could be in the pipeline as the Limerick tech company becomes Irish reseller for Priority Software

Prepaid Financial Services founders Valerie and Noel Moran. Photograph: Alan Betson

Companies seek new ways to control spending

“It was a strong year of solid, stable growth for Vodafone Ireland, which saw us increase our customer-base across mobile and fixed broadband,” said Anne O’Leary, chief executive of Vodafone Ireland. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Company reports increase in broadband, mobile customers

Primarily aimed at children between the age of 10 and 12, the educational videos are also suitable for younger children. Illustration: iStock

Irish researchers behind videos explaining science of brains, mirrors and more

Glenveagh Properties says continued growth in reservations and a robust balance sheet has put it in a good position for recovery as the company prepares for a return to construction activity.  Photograph: iStock

Homebuilder says revenue and profit will be weighted towards second half of year

What is the best tech for homeschooling? Photograph: iStock

Devices to meet all budgets, from tablets under €100 to top of the line laptops

Rockubot will sterilise surfaces while playing a jaunty tune

Robot can sterilise surfaces and use ultrasonic wave technology to kill off mites

Review: Nest Wifi twin pack can improve connection to reach all around your house

Cardboard Karaoke requires only a couple of batteries plus your smartphone for backing tracks

Coronavirus blood sample: LetsGetChecked hopes to play a significant role in the fight against coronavirus.

LetsGetChecked has blood and lab test for coronavirus with instant and 24-hour results

Teckro chief executive Gary Hughes: “We’re really the conduit that enables the communications information flow to happen.”

Life-sciences firm Teckro’s machine-learning makes clinical trials simpler and faster

Patrick Garry of LoyLap said the partnership with Facebook would “play an important role in providing SMEs with more exposure to potential customers”.

Company’s platform will allow small businesses to sell vouchers to local followers

Ryanair said it operated 600 scheduled flights last month, including a number of rescue and medical flights on behalf of European Union governments. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Airline predicts minimal traffic for May and June as restrictions continue

Brendan Farley, managing director of  Xilinx in EMEA. Photograph: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography

Brendan Farley takes up new role in Ireland

Swiss army soldiers wearing protective face mask examine Android and iOS smartphone during a test of a Covid-19 contact-tracing app in Lausanne. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Tech giants set out policies to govern use of their technology in contact-tracing apps

Companies are being forced to accelerate their digital transformation due to the pressures of competition and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic restrcitions

Data centre company moves to help companies working remote during Covid-19

New Lenovo laptops: the first to feature the Nvidia Advanced Optimus technology.

Tech Tools: Get set for high-powered hardware like Legion 5i Y550 and Legion 7i Y750

Flutter Entertainment group chief executive Peter Jackson. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Merger given shareholder and regulatory approval

C&C said it would cut costs for the year as the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions hit business.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Company cuts costs as pandemic continues to hit business

Review: On the face of it, the newest model hasn’t changed much, but look closer

Apple’s Magic Keyboard: makes it easier to balance your  iPad and tilt the screen to the perfect angle.

Tech Tools: Sturdy, reliable typing device works well with iPad Pro

Grafton Group chief executive Gavin Slark. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

AGM goes ahead after company sees off legal challenge by former chairman Michael Chadwick

A person shows off  the Australian government’s new voluntary coronavirus tracing app ‘COVIDSafe’. Photograph: Scott Barbour/EPA

Service will differ from UK, French versions by not sending data to centralised server

Virgin Media had a major outage last night that hit broadband users throughout the UK and Ireland.

Lingering issues can be resolved by rebooting modem

Glofox chief executive Conor O’Loughlin.

Undisclosed investor backs Irish-founded gym management firm

The Boston-headquartered financial services company, which currently has 1,100 employees in Ireland, said the 100 jobs were in addition to its regular hiring schedule for the Irish arm of the business. Photograph: iStock

Company is expanding its software engineering team through virtual process

Fusion Antibodies will use the funds to expand  its antibody library.

Company will also use funds for existing oncology work and general working capital

Funded under the Erasmus+ programme, EuroMath aims to provide enhanced support to teachers and students with visual impairments.

EuroMath aims to give enhanced support to teachers and pupils with visual impairments

Facebook said it would begin rolling out joinable group video calls on Messenger, dubbed Messenger Rooms, that can add up to 50 people, and double the size of its group calls in WhatsApp to eight. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Covid-19 lockdown measures have delivered massive popularity for multi-person chat platforms

The system will periodically download a list of beacons that have been identified as belonging to Covid-19 patients. Photograph: iStock

More details revealed on how new technology will work

Increased data usage would normally lead to caps being breached

The Wellcam assists independent living, with a camera, a two-way speaker and activity sensors.

Tech Tools: Smartzone home security has audio and video to link you with loved ones

A Tullow Oil drilling site in Kenya. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Company is aiming to raise $1bn to tackle $2.8bn debt pile

A team at  Oxford University in Britain has dosed the first volunteers in a trial of its Covid-19 vaccine “ChAdOx1 nCoV-19” .  Photograph: iStock

As many as 100 potential Covid-19 candidate vaccines are now under development by biotech and research teams around the world

A missed tax deadline could see some businesses shut out of the Government’s Covid-19 crisis wage subsidy scheme. Photograph: iStock

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There are more than 200 scientists and technologists collaborating on PEPP-PT. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

HSE tasks Nearform with building contact tracing app as the world turns to technology

iPhone SE offers you Smart HDR, with video coming with stereo audio recording and cinematic video stabilisation.

Tech Tools: Powerful range of features runs latest Apple on A13 Bionic chip

The Huawei P40 Pro

Tech Review: A great camera and superb performance are undercut by one major issue

Growth in home-building activity slowed in the first quarter of the year to the lowest rate since 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Constructions sites shut down towards the end of the first quarter

Dalata chief executive Pat McCann. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography.

Hotel group plans major ‘staycation’ advertising campaign once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted

The survey questions people on potential Covid-19 symptoms they may be experiencing, such as fevers, coughing, shortness of breath or loss of smell. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Social network rolling out survey globally in partnership with University of Maryland

‘Stopping the spread of misinformation and harmful content about Covid-19 on our apps is also critically important.’ Photograph: iStock

Social network tags 40m posts with warning label and sets up Covid-19 information hub

 Brendan Mooney:  he will not take a salary for six months, along with other senior executives. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Belfast-based software company furloughs staff and defers office investment

Andrew Day, chief executive of Keywords Studios: ‘There will be some further challenges ahead, but we are well financed.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Company says it would be inappropriate to issue 2020 guidance or recommend dividend

There isn’t a huge difference between the new MacBook Air and its predecessors when it comes to looks

Review: New version is a good all-rounder, but falls down when it comes to Zoom calls

While some healthcare providers had previously embraced telemedicine, the outbreak of Covid-19 has prompted others to make it part of their services.

Online consultations and video conferencing among tools used by healthcare providers

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