An Post ’s pretax profit in 2017 was €49.6 million, compared with a €15.7 million loss in 2016. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Profit on operating activity at €8.4 million as business turns around

Dermot  Murphy’s departure from Aryzta is the latest at the beleaguered owner of Cusine de France. Photograph: iStock

Gregory Sklikas, a chief operating officer at Friesland Campina, to take up Murphy’s role

You get about six hours of music and three days of keyboard use from a single charge.

The GoType device is lightweight, compact and durable

Ireland is set to be the first majority-enabled Visa Direct market in Europe, which means over 80%  of cards will be enabled for the service. Photographer:  Getty Images

Service allows businesses and consumers to send payments instantly over Visa’s infrastructure

The battery will last for an average of around 10 hours, depending on how loud you like to push things.

No bells or whistles, but the Minirig Mini punches above its weight as a speaker

View up the side of the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco: pitch applications are open to firms with less than £5 million in cash funding since formation, with more than £100,000 gross revenue on an annual run rate basis. Photograph: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty

Salesforce opens Dreampitch to start-ups in Ireland and UK

Elizabeth O’Reilly of WEEE Ireland and KMK Metals Recycling’s commercial manager, Kai Meyer, at the company’s plant in Tullamore.

Republic’s collection rate for e-waste makes it a success story, say recyclers

It’s essentially the same iPhone that was released last year, just with a new colour.

You get an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus but in distinctive new red branding

Around half the world’s cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Devices contain gold, silver, platinum and palladium – and much more

 Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Prospect is located 150km off coast of Ireland

 Betfair US CEO Kip Levin said the extension of the agreement was a reflection of GAN’s flexible technology system and commitment.  Photograph: Getty Images

Multiyear deal follows successful collaboration on New Jersey casino

The company said the composition of the group had shifted “significantly” following its exit from its non-UK operations.

Group also gets new interim chief financial officer

Q&A on Facebook’s latest tool intended to make advertising more transparent on the platform

New tool is intended to address concerns over the ability of pages and advertisers to micro-target users

Dorothy Thompson:  she is the former chief executive of energy group Drax

Linchpin Aidan Heavey the driving force behind Tullow for more than three decades

The acquisition of the Lagan Group, which includes the group’s cement business in Kinnegad, Co Westmeath, marks the first time Breedon has invested outside Britain, and is its first investment in the Republic.  Photograph: iStock

Deal will give Breedon footprint in Irish market

Microsoft: A key finding of the survey was a lot of companies weren’t focused on the cultural impact of technology.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Some 84% of employees in Ireland believe they work in a weak digital culture

Cloud data company Rubrik is to add 50 jobs at its Cork office as part of its European expansion.

Move by cloud data company is part of its European expansion

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Be sceptical, social media platform advises

Motiv’s fitness tracker ring comes in two colours, slate grey and rose gold

Motiv looks to revolutionise fitness tracker industry with the launch of new subtle device

Brand amplification: 3Arena chief executive Mike Adamson with Three Ireland chief executive Robert Finnegan and chief commercial officer Elaine Carey. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Telecoms group says it will turn Live Nation music venue ‘smart’ under new 10-year deal

VRAI director Alan Haverty positioning a 360° camera.

Content studio VRAI working with UN on project to help identify concealed bombs

It’s hard to beat this iPad on price. It’s actually cheaper than the iPad Mini, and with the extra power Apple has included as an upgrade, it is worth the money

Impressive sixth-generation device offers extra power and is compatible with Pencil

The suspected bots weren’t overtly biased, sharing about 41 per cent of links to political sites with a conservative audience, and 44 per cent to primarily liberal audiences. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Automated accounts now spread two-thirds of tweeted links, new research finds

Moment’s Anamorphic Lens is a Kickstarter project at the moment, which means you can pick it up for a little cheaper than its future retail price

Moment’s latest add-on gives your mobile creations a more authentic look

Wild Card: At the Edge takes place from April 16th to 20th across several venues in Galway city. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Funding of €4 million on the line as entrepreneurs take part in EIT Health Wild Card

Following the crash in the property market, employment in the industry fell to 83,400 in 2012, from a high of 236,800 recorded in 2007. That represented a 65 per cent drop.

New analysis finds demographic of industry has shifted over the decade

Report does not include the potential investment by Apple in Athenry, which was delayed by objections to the plan.  Photograph: iStock

But sustainability of industry growth will depend on energy resources

Former Hostelworld chairman  Richard Segal (right) and chief executive Feargal Mooney. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Mobile customers continue to rise, accounting for 54% of bookings last year

Company is hiring AI developers for innovation centre

 Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg: “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here”

Facebook placing link at top of users’ news feeds to tell them if information was shared with Cambridge Analytica

Facebook will begin tagging political advertising, letting viewers know who paid for the ad on both its Facebook and Instagram platforms. It will also create a searchable archive of all such ads.  Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Potential advertisers will have to seek authorisation and confirm identity and location

From food flavourings to water safety testing, small firms will explore business plans

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Customers will have a limited service, but face complete shut-down in near future

The ReActiv8 implant.

Company will wait until end of US trial on back pain therapy for new clinical data requested by authorities

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Photograph: Stephen Lam/File Photo/Reuters

Only 15 people installed ‘test’ app in Cambridge Analytica scandal, but thousands were put at risk by US-based friends

The ‘Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma caused some disruption to the services sector in March. Photograph: Alan Betson

Storm Emma causes some disruption to businesses

Apple’s new iPad offers Pencil compatibility and better performance thanks to the chip upgrade

Tech Tools: Tablet gets upgraded chip and is compatible with Apple Pencil

Huawei P20 Pro is equipped with a 4000mAh battery and a 6.1-inch screen. Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

Firm known for impressive affordable devices shifts upmarket for new flagship phone

The Cyclone V10 is Dyson’s best cordless vacuum cleaner yet; be prepared for your old vacuum cleaner to gather dust.

Dyson’s most powerful handheld device makes the traditional vacuum obsolete

Facebook has made a number of changes since news broke of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, including simplified privacy tools. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Documents will explain how data from Facebook, Messenger and Instagram is used

The company has increased staff numbers from about 30 people following its deal for Arconics, whose customers included Cathay Pacific and Ryanair

Company intending to create 100 jobs over the next few years as part of expansion

Matthew Clark and Bibendum are both owned by Conviviality, which announced plans to call in administrators last month

Irish drinks group will provide working capital to troubled independent UK distributor

Password managers and two-factor authentication should both be high on your list of options for protecting your data.

Keep prying eyes out - or at least make it more difficult for them to get in

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The app was hacked last month putting 150 million accounts at risk

 Microsoft’s new campus in Leopardstown, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Stronger revenue driven by hosting as company shifts focus to cloud

BCWM admitted to breaching the Client Asset Requirements 2007 and two breaches of European MiFID regulations. Photograph: iStock

Company admits breaching regulations governing how it oversees assets

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Revenue rises as GAN signs up new casino clients

Hibernia Reit’s chief executive  Kevin Nowlan pictured at 1 Windmill Lane, Dublin 2. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Autodesk understood to be taking two floors in building for initial rent of €2.8m a year

Plynk  co-founders Clive Foley and Charles Dowd who said the company had stopped taking on new customers and acknowledged there were financial difficulties

Staff went unpaid at payments app maker after company failed to reach metric

Trying out wearable technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: nearly 350 million wearable devices will be shipped by 2020, technology sector consultancy Juniper Research estimates. Photograph: Bilgin S Sasmaz/Anadolu/Getty

Research indicates wearable use may decline as firms grapple with scale of data

One of Smurfit Kappa’s water initiatives transforms water pollutants into biogas that can be used as fuel in the company’s combined heat and power plants. Photograph: iStock

Firm has invested more than €60 million in sustainable water treatment technology

The Galaxy S9+ smartphone sports new features like augmented reality-based emojis, camera upgrades and stereo speakers. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

South Korean company knocking it out of the park on screen and camera quality

A pollution spike on the LCD screen turns from red to green as the air is cleaned

The Nokia 8110 4G smartphone, manufactured by HMD. Photograph: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

Snake is back and on a 2.4 inch screen

Skout Secure Intelligence has  been acquired by the owner of the Miami Dolphins, Steve Ross, for a reported $30 million.

Aidan Kehoe talks about Skout Secure Intelligence, scary figures and his plans

Facebook will allow individuals to explore their data  by category rather than via a data dump. Photograph: Reuters

Settings previously scattered around 20 different pages on platform

Intercom’s chief operating officer Karen Peacock with chief executive Eoghan McCabe.

Intercom’s valuation exceeds €1.2 billion as it plans to invest in product development

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‘Price rises are inevitable’, warns Goodbody report

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First-time buyers make up half of loans agreed but switchers lift figures

Stéphane Boujnah, Euronext chief executive, and Deirdre Somers, chief executive of Euronext Dublin. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography

ISE to operate under Euronext Dublin brand and act as global hub for debt and fund listings

Euro banknotes. Photograph: iStock

Decision is ‘strategically flawed’, union says

Digiweb founder Colm Piercy (left) will become chairman of the company, while former Microsoft Ireland managing director Paul Rellis (right) will become chief executive.

Founder Colm Piercy to become chairman

Fergal Leamy, chief  exeutive of Coillte. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Semi-state body says it may realise more than €125m in current market

Queen’s University Belfast. Photograph: iStock

ISPASS focuses on performance analysis of computer systems and software

Dennis Francis, chief executive of Petroneft Resources. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Company plans delineation well at Cheremshanskoye oil field

Tech Review: Scriba is light and easy to use but is only iOS compatible

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Google director of information security engineering Michal Zalewski set to join Snap

Tech Tools: Smartwatch applications aimed at parents and women’s health

Tech Tools: Screen-protector-style film obscures display from an angle

The networks will not only be free for users but, under the rules of the scheme, must also be free of advertising and free of personal data harvesting. Photograph: iStock

WiFi4EU vouchers will give municipalities €15,000 to install wifi equipment in public places

Caroline Geoghegan, managing director of CG Business Consulting; Paul Tuite,  PwC’s chief operating officer; and Michael Brophy, CEO, Certification Europe.

Company has cut its carbon footprint in half since 2011

Shares in Dalata, which owns the Clayton and Maldron hotel chains, currently trade at around €6.40 on the Irish Stock Exchange

Report raises price target as earnings expectations rise

Mincon chief executive Joe Purcell, centre, with former Chilean ambassador to Ireland Leonel Searle (left) and John Power, director general of Engineers Ireland. Photograph: Maxwells

Chief executive of rock-drilling tools firm says year was stronger than results suggest

 Samsung has turned to augmented reality to help hook users in to the Galaxy S9. Photograph: Luong Thai Linh/EPA

Smartphone looks similar to predecessor but has better camera and personalised emojis

James Whelton, James Cox and Paul Kenny of high-tech mattress startup Simba

Ecommerce technology firm plans to have Simba product ready to launch by end of June

'Alexa literally listens to everything you say, waiting to hear the magic wake word.' Photograph: Getty Images

Alexa is a great babysitter and home help but sometimes I think she knows too much about us

BoI chief Francesca McDonagh: “Having a professional, and highly sought after location to work from, in a city of real growth potential, is an invaluable support for Irish entrepreneurs.” Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Seven companies will be offered space in Manhattan office and get expert mentoring

From now on, if a firm has problems filling a job with a candidate from Ireland or the wider European Economic Area, they can look further afield for a suitable qualified person. Photograph: iStock

Hospitality industry welcomes changes announced by minister as it faces chef shortage

MyTaxi  carried 3.8 million passengers in Ireland in the fourth quarter of 2017. Photograph: Bloomerberg

Company rebranded from Hailo in 2017 following merger with Daimler-owned firm

Lewis Silkin chief executive Ian Jeffery said the opening of the office was “a significant step” in the firm’s evolution.   Photograph: iStock

Company plans to provide GDPR compliance for clients in Ireland and other EU states

Contactless payments – both via debit cards and in mobile wallets such as Apple Pay and Google Pay – now account for one in four payments by card. Photograph: iStock

Payments by debit card, mobile wallet continue to grow

Minister for Business  Heather Humphreys at the opening of Wisetek’s facility in Texas.

IT asset disposal firm says it is actively looking for other acquisitions

Tech Review: if you want a smartphone that offers something extra, this is a good bet

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Biopharma firm signs new deal for gene therapy that could treat genetic condition EB

British inventor James Dyson: the company  may be taking a further risk in the next couple of years with the development of an electric car

The company made a name for itself by making a bagless vacuum cleaner – now it’s taking another risk with its cordless model

Hitachi Vantara’s Gerry Murray: “Our remit is about societal change and impact, looking at the environmental challenges we have. We’re looking at a bigger picture.” Photograph: Professional Images

Hitachi Vantara’s initial focus will be on financial services and tech-centric sectors

The H2OPal is not designed for use while biking or even in the car, because the vibrations will throw out the activity tracker.

Tech Tools: Reusable water bottle contains hydration tracker linked to app

The Dyson Cyclone V10 has about 60 minutes of cleaning time.

Cyclone V10 launch marks end of Dyson’s manufacturing of wired vacuum cleaners

Capitalflow claims Irish firms are still too reliant on traditional banking institutions, and says the banks are not flexible enough. Photograph: Getty Images

Lender says it could provide a further €150m in finance to Irish businesses this year

Pace of growth slows compared with previous year despite new record total of €994m

Paradyn’s Paul Casey, Cillian McCarthy,  and Rob Norton at the launch of the new company which unites Exigent Networks, Irish Telecom and Netforce. Photograph: Steve Langan

Company plans to double revenues to €16m in next three years as it eyes UK expansion

Google removed more than 3.2 billion ads last year, an average rate of 100 per second. Photograph: iStock

More than 300,000 publishers removed from network last year, 90,000 sites blocked

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Prices for ilmenite, zircon rise throughout 2017

Urbeo Residential is a new mixed-tenure Irish housing fund, and will principally focus on Dublin, although it will also look at other Irish cities

Fund will seek to provide housing for low and middle income households

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New solution is cloud-based and alows employees to work securely

Twitter goes green

Emoji says Top O’The Mornin’ in nine languages with nary a St Patty in sight

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Commercial terminal traffic is up for Dublin and Cork, but Shannon shows a decline

‘Mesh’ network uses a number of overlapping nodes to create a strong, consistent wifi network in the home

New mesh network is designed to eliminate dead zones at home

Seventy-seven new Applegree food outlets opened during 2017.

Firm puts in strong year as it expands number of sites by 99 in 2017

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