Microsoft has appointed  Anne Sheehan as general manager of Microsoft Ireland. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Sheehan is currently Vodafone UK’s enterprise director and will begin new role in October

On an annual basis clothing and footwear increased by 42.6 per cent. Photograph: iStock

CSO figures show June’s volume 3.3% up on May but comparison not on like-for-like basis

PHotograph: iStock

Move comes following strategic review of business

The majority of HBFI-funded properties are two- and three-bed homes aimed at first-time buyers. Photograph: iStock

Home Building Finance Ireland has committed 74% of its €730m capital

Hibernia Reit chief executive Kevin Nowlan. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Completion of Cumberland Place development pushes vacancy rate to 9% from 7%

TikTok’s global chief security officer, Roland Cloutier, said the initial 50 jobs was the starting point for the centre. Photograph: Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty

Irish centre will be social video platform’s first regional one outside US

From left: NoCo cofounders Frankie McSwiney and Brian Moran with Gary O’Meara, co-founder and chairman of NACEC.

Property company has teamed up with NACEC to offer access to EI-supported centres

From left: Peter Harte, FoodMarble’s chief technical officer; Aonghus Shortt, chief executive; and Lisa Ruttledge, chief operations officer. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Trial of remote-monitoring Aire device conducted at John Hopkins centre in United States

Twitter is experimenting with a number of options to give feedback on replies.

Social media giant using test in bid to gather feedback about what replies are relevant

Shoppers have a panoramic view based on the shop floor of Kilkenny Design’s flagship shop in Dublin’s Nassau Street.  They can move between different sections, with products displayed on virtual racks and shelves.

International visitors accounted for 30% of sales before pandemic struck

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

Peter Newman, Ann-Marie O’Sullivan to join board as it plans to progress Barryroe work programme

Beware, overreliance on technology could remove all personality and personal flair from your writing.

From Hemingway Editor to Cliche Finder: the best thing since . . . sliced bread?

Tech Tools: The app will scan your Lego bricks and come up with suggestions

Tech Tools: A smartphone can’t beat the satisfaction of building a 35mm camera

Review: The Luxe delivers what you’ve come to expect from Fitbit, and it looks good too

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Social athletic platform will increase staff to 20 in Ireland with recruitment under way

Aongus Hegarty of Dell: ‘I’m definitely not going to go back to the way I was. I see a fundamental change in how I’ll operate.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Tech giant ‘moved to 95% of our team members working remotely’ across the world

At the launch in DCU was Minister of State at the Department of Transport Hildegarde Naughton, right, DCU president Prof Daire Keogh and head of central public policy at Tier Jinél Fourie. Photograph: Julien Behal

AI to provide data on pedestrian avoidance, obstacle tracking and lane detection

Uniphar chief executive Ger Rabbette. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Deal gives Irish healthcare services group a foothold in Europe’s largest medtech market

Kairos co-founders Andrew Trimble and Gareth Quinn.

Initiative gives chance to work with almost 200 mentors within the sports industry

The Microsoft Alliance for Good brings together people with diverse experiences and skillsets from a range of organisations use technology to solve societal challenges.

Parkinson’s Association, My Waste see benefits of programme

Concerns about higher inflation and rising Covid-19 infections causing a slowdown have weighed on investors’ minds this week. File Photograph: Getty

Iseq slides 0.3% in line with European markets, pushed lower by weaker bank stocks

Outdoor dining in Dublin’s city center. Companies in Dublin increased employee numbers for the second quarter in a row, the latest PMI shows. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Manufacturing led the way in terms of growth, IHS Markit Dublin PMI finds

Goodbye, Fleets.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Twitter is shutting down its ‘disappearing tweets’ feature after less than 9 months

 Glanbia said the strong first-half performance positions the group well to navigate expected cost inflation headwinds in the second half

Company raises guidance for full-year adjusted earnings

Proscenic M7 Pro

This two-in-one device will keep your home in check but don’t expect mopping miracles

Nintendo Switch OLED

New Switch model has more storage and improved audio

Dublin Port Company is undertaking three major infrastructural projects, which will double the existing port’s capacity to 77 million tonnes a year.

Return to record levels of throughput by 2023 anticipated in wake of Brexit and Covid

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Exploration company expects to invest $250m in 2021

Company plans to begin vaccinating employees, contractors and local communities later in the month

The government-funded trial  involves deliberately infecting people with Covid-19  in a controlled setting.  Photograph: iStock

Challenge study is providing valuable insight into biology of the virus, firm says

 Dr Ross O’Neill, CEO of Irish medical device company Neuromod Devices and Brendan Conlon, chief medical officer

Medtech company to make treatment available in UK and Switzerland

Huawei Freebuds 4

If you value being able to hear what is going on around you, open fit is for you

There is already a pre-existing relationship between Irish Life and Ark Life. Photograph: iStock

Company will take over €2.1bn of assets as part of deal

Eighty-four per cent of business leaders believe supporting a hybrid workforce is a business challenge that technology can help address in the next three years. Photograph: iStock

Technology played key role in navigating pandemic, majority of Irish businesses say

US sales and marketing software company ActiveCampaign has created a new $2 million app development fund to encourage developers, startups, and agencies to create tools for its platform to help its customers grow their businesses.

Company said it would add 200 jobs to Irish operation over next two years

Gemma Purcell, New Frontiers programme manager at Institute of Technology Carlow

Participants in joint programme will gain skills and support to help grow their business

Prices for restaurants and hotels were 1.7 per cent higher year on year.

Housing and utilities a significant factor

A rising number of car owners are opting for electric or plug in hybrid vehicles, accounting for 14 per cent of new cars licensed for the first time last month. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Rising number of drivers opting for electric or hybrid vehicles

In a trading update for the six months ended June 30th, Diaceutics  said it expects to report revenue growth of around 13%  to £6m, up from £5.3m in the first half of 2020.   Photograph: iStock

Company meets targets for platform revenue

Grafton chief exective Gavin Slark

Revenue for Woodie’s owner up 46.5% on first half of 2020 as DIY drives growth

Phones and features vary wildly, as does the price tag attached. Photograph: iStock

From operating system to camera quality to battery life, the main aspects to consider

Mark Cockerill of ServiceNow, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Martin Shanahan of IDA Ireland:  More than 80 new jobs will be created in a multimillion-euro investment. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Digital workflow firm’s service offering follows implications of Schrems II judgment

The Watch 3  look more like a traditional watch than a smartwatch

Harmony OS is still a little rough around the edges at times, and there are not a huge amount of apps at present for it

Smart Coffee machine integrates with voice assistants so you can ask Alexa to turn it on and off.

Smarter Coffee is a second-generation wifi-linked machine that can filter and grind

At 2.2 million payments per day this is the highest daily level recorded since BPFI began gathering this data in 2016,” said Brian Hayes, chief executive of Banking & Payments Federation Ireland.

Over €1bn worth of such payments recorded during the month

Dermot Crowley, new chief executive of Dalata Hotels. Photograph: Damien Eagers

But city hotels await return of international travel to fuel demand

The Lenovo Smart Clock 2

The clock links in with Google Assistant to control your smart devices, update your reminders and deliver information

SL Controls’ shareholders are pictured following the announcment of its sale to NNIT group. Mick McHale (left), Darragh McMorrow, Dermot McMorrow, chief executive Keith Moran, Paul Clarke and its largest shareholder Shane Loughlin

Deal includes an upfront payment of €12.7m, with a €4.2m earn-out element

The European Commission consumer credit proposals will need to be thrashed out with EU countries and the European Parliament before they can come into force.

Commission wants information related to credits to be presented in a clear way

Zeus offers three-wheeled scooters instead of the usual two-wheeled vehicles

Company will create 30 jobs as it eyes further expansions

Lifetime loan provider Spry Finance has cut its fixed interest rate, extending the reduction to existing customers amid better than expected loan volumes. Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

Reduction also applies to existing customers who have taken out loans since January

Last month the NTMA raised €1.25bn  through the sale of government bonds maturing in 2029, 2037 and 2045, followed by  €750m of treasury bills

Agency expects to accrue up to €20bn this year

According to StoryToys, its apps are available in up to 28 different languages and have been downloaded more than 100 million times across 120 countries

StoryToys chief says Team17 is the ‘perfect home’ for the app developer firm

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Deficit continues as liabilities reach €136.1bn

Ross O’Dwyer, chief executive  and co-founder of Locker: “We centralise publishing from various publishers, teams and creators.”

Mobile platform brings sports content to fans

The green mortgage rate could save the average 25-year mortgage customer more than €1,800 per year compared with variable rates over a similar term. Photograph: iStock

Better energy ratings will entitle owners to lower fixed mortgage rates

Cairn Homes said revenue for the first half of the year was €131 million, with 403 closed new home sales. Photograph: iStock

Homebuilder almost doubles number of new home sales

C&C manufactures and distributes branded beer, cider, wine, spirits and soft drinks across the UK and Ireland.

Delay in full reopening of hospitality sector leads to ‘cautious optimism’

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Company said it plans to focus on markets with more potential for growth

Gavin Slark, chief executive of Grafton Group

The deal, which is expected to close early in 2022, comes following strategic review

Review: This vivid 65-inch monster uses Neo QLED technology to bring fine detail

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Redesigned operating system to have cleaner Start menu and enable use of Android apps

Dott is preparing to make its rental service available to Irish users once legislation covering the use of escooters has been put in place.

Dott says features will enhance safety and avoid trip hazards

Irish households saw their deposits rise by €587 million to €131.5 billion during May, compared with an increase of €1.5 billion in the same month in 2020. Photograph: iStock

Household deposits climb by €587m to €131.5bn

Retailers awarded funding under the Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme administered by Enterprise Ireland span a range of sectors including jewellery, fashion, sports, homeware and furniture, healthcare, electrical goods and equipment. Photograph: iStock

Average grant given is €37,500, with more than 130 retailers approved

Ballytherm, which employs 55 people in Cavan and Herefordshire, has manufactured PIR insulation products from its Ballyconnell operations for almost 20 years. Photograph: iStock

Ballytherm had revenue of €25m last year

The group, which trades as Currys PC World in Ireland, said electricals like-for-like growth was 39 per cent for the year to May 1st. Photograph: iStock

Strong growth in Irish stores as customers shift to online shopping

CRH has already returned $2.3bn to shareholders since the buyback scheme began in 2018

Move is part of wider scheme to reduce share capital and return money to shareholders

Aideen Leacy and  Patrick Walsh of Dogpatch Labs with Minister for Communications Eamon Ryan. File photograph

Cohort of 11 start-ups chosen from 500 applicants for six-month-long programme

Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda

Tech Tools: Three classic games in a retro package with a few extras thrown in

Cosmic red Dual Sense controller

They don’t do anything very different to the original black and white controllers

Smurfit Kappa’s  experts work with customers to develop  packaging solutions to minimise and prevent product damage during distribution

New lab will help customers develop innovative packaging solutions

Triathlete Carolyn Hayes with the LetsGetChecked pack. The company is partnering with Team Ireland to test athletes and staff for Covid-19 before and after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  Photograph: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Healthcare company hits $1bn valuation, making it Ireland’s latest unicorn tech firm

Loganair commercial director Kay Ryan said he expected “strong interest” from passengers in Aberdeen “who are eager to spend time in Ireland”.

Service will operate four times a week from September before increasing to daily service

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Recruitment for 3M Digital Science Community is already underway

 Neueda chief executive Paddy O’Hagan and Version 1 chief executive Tom O’Connor: Following the acquisition, the Neueda executive management team will join the Version 1 team.

Latest acquisition brings capital market expertise to Version 1

DeepVerge’s water contamination system, Microtox PD, successfully detected in real time Covid-19 in wastewater treatment plants at multiple sites, according to the group.

Irish-founded company’s system could help provide early warning of clusters

A password manager such as NordPass, LastPass or DashLane will help you create strong unique passwords for each account you have, and store them for you.

A factory reset will be needed, which means lost data unless a back-up schedule is in place

The survey, conducted by N26 digital bank, found a growing awareness among consumers of the importance of shopping locally. Photograph: iStock

New clothes and staycations are top of the list for consumers eager to spend

The new  Snap Spectacles are designed for augmented reality creators.

Tech tools: New version includes two RGB cameras, four built-in microphones, two stereo speakers, a touchpad and more

The Symfonisk Picture Frame is priced €179

Tech Tools: Product will be released on July 15th at Ikea

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: “We need to work hard to come up with a relationship with the UK, EU and Ireland that recognises that we still have so much in common.”

Minister says national recovery plan will be implemented after summer

The new Bird Bike

Micro mobility group sees State as priority market

The Nenagh Technology Centre opened in 2017 and has since been developing new services that facilitate the movement of money and information. Image: iStock

Company plans to expand research and development in Nenagh

Medb Corcoran, managing director at Accenture Labs, and Alastair Blair, managing director of Accenture in Ireland. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

New roles will be mainly based in Munster, with some expansion in Dublin

The Saylists, which include tracks by Lizzo, are designed to augment speech therapy for children.

Firm wins award for second time for playlist aimed at helping children with speech therapy

Taoiseach Micheál Martin at SimoTech’s Carrigaline HQ with (from left) Martin Corkery, regional director at Enterprise Ireland; Aishlyn Kerr, talent acquisition lead at SimoTech; Pat Desmond, SimoTech chief executive and Brian Clune, also of SimoTech.

New roles will be created over two years and will support company’s growth plans

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh

Building materials group says backlog of work has grown further

The investment will modernise and expand the corrugated paper plant in Rethel, northeast France. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Investment will reduce carbon footprint, expand plant

Gavin Slark, chief executive of Grafton Group. “The acquisition of IKH is an exciting development that gives Grafton a presence in Finland for the first time and broadens its market position”

Move will give building materials group a presence in Finland for first time

Workers at Rent the Runway’s warehouse in New Jersey. The company  offers a subscription-based model, providing  an alternative to buying expensive garments. Photograph: George Etheredge/The New York Times

Move is part of the company’s gender neutral family leave policy

Eoin Goulding, founder of Integrity360 with Ian Brown, executive chairman.

Move follows investment in company by August Equity

Kastus’s photocatalytic technology has 44 global patents, and has been at the forefront of anti-microbial and anti-viral surface protection since 2014.

Firm plans to expand commercial team and invest in online presence

New A Series buds have some smart features stripped out but overall perform well

The competition attracted more than 180 applications  from HSE staff. Photograph: iStock

Winning project developed by Cork physiotherapist Aoife Collins

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