The new Samsung Galaxy Watch. Photograph: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

TechTools: New Samsung Galaxy has full smartwatch features

The new Samsung Galaxy Home speaker. Photograph:  Drew Angerer/Getty

TechTools: First look but no launch date for Galaxy Home smartspeaker

Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Photograph: EPA/Samsung

Tech review: Smart tweaks include better battery and expandable storage

Galaxy Note 9: The screen is slightly bigger at 6.4 inches, and the handset is a fraction shorter.  Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How do the battery, camera, design and functionality of the Samsung perform?

Smartphone pics of the latest Samsung  Galaxy Note 9 smartphone during an Unpacked event in  New York

Updated model has bigger battery and larger display

Lumen: it’s like having a mini personal nutritionist.

Lumen analyses nutritional needs from a single breath and sends you daily meal plans


Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit

The Motorola G6 strikes a good balance between keeping costs down and decent specs.

Moto G a good choice for those unwilling to spend the guts of a mortgage payment on one

The idea that schoolbooks would be a thing of the past  hasn’t  been realised just yet. But a growing number of teachers  are bringing in new technology to help out in the classroom

The budget, the mid-range and the premium in laptops, smartphones and tablets

Make free calls with the Amazon Echo

Got an Amazon Echo? Then you could get free calls

Seasonally-adjusted figures showed a decrease of 2,200 in the number of people signing on in July, bringing the total to 217,700.

Number of people signing on falls 1 per cent to lowest level since June 2008

Staff on strike outside Ryanair’s headquarters  in Swords, Co Dublin.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Strikes, air traffic control staff shortages and bad weather led to 1,000 flight cancellations

Applegreen chief executive Bob Etchingham. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Company will buy 55% of UK’s Welcome Break service area operator

Staff enter the Aviva Offices on Hatch Street in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

General insurance business sees profit fall slightly

A Tommy Hilfiger range lets you pair your garb with an Xplore app to avail of rewards as you walk around.

Tech Tools: Tommy Jeans Xplore reward you for wearing them as metered by your phone

Technolearning: Marbotic Smart Letters help your child learn by speaking with your iPad.

Tech Tools: Marbotic Smart Letters are wooden cutouts that interact with your iPad

Review: this mirrorless camera offers an easy way to capture high-quality stills and video

Cignal has invested more than €15m in the past 18 months in expanding its tower infrastructure

Irish company spends €15m in site acquisitions as its sees potential in signal blackspots

Facebook is seconding its own content experts for six months to Dublin-based CPL, which is responsible for recruiting and training outsourced content reviewers for the company. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Social network will discuss failure to police content highlighted in Channel 4 investigation

Facebook has called on the Government to clarify what constitutes ‘harmful communication’ as included in proposed legislation. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Social media giant claims proposed law could threaten freedom of expression

Greencore Group chief excutive Patrick Coveney. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Convenience sector in UK and Ireland driven by ‘food to go’ products

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Land has the potential to accommodate up to 1,250 residential units

Planning a staycation? There's an app for that. Photograph: iStock Photo

Technology can help you to plan the perfect Irish holiday

Employees of SoftBank Corp work outside its branch in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters/File Photo

Japanese firm is investing in the Internet of Things, pegging it as a future valuable market

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You signed up for a two-week free trial. Six months later, you’re still being charged.

Ryanair gained almost 2 per cent to close at €14.41 by the end of the session, despite facing further industrial action from its staff.

Markets: Iseq closes down almost half a per cent

SoftBank’s vice president of global business strategy Hidebumi Kitahara and Owen Keegan, chief executive, Dublin City Council. “SoftBank has a great vision for the city of the future,” said Mr Keegan

Partnership with Japanese firm Softbank will form blueprint for smart cities in Europe

An estimated dividend of €130m, or 4.8 cent per share, could be payable to shareholders, with the State set to scoop more than 70%  of it

Analysts at Investec expect dividend of up to €130m for shareholders of the bank

In Europe, Guinness sales rose 6 per cent for the year ended June 30th. Photograph: iStock

Organic growth overcomes currency headwinds

The Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 features a soft, stretchable silicon band and a battery that lasts more than a year.

Tech Review: Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 can be controlled from parent’s smartphone

Once you have the app set up and the tracker paired, all you have to do is tap a button on the app and the Trackr Pixel  springs to life

Tech Tools: Trackr Pixel features loud ring, bright lights and replaceable battery – €28

Square Off is a traditional wooden chess board with a twist: you can play against up to 20 AI opponents or with real-life players through its app.

Tech Tools: Square Off board allows AI and remote human opponents – $375

Watching a news feed on a tablet device. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

From free to air, streaming services and contract free – we run the rule over television

The Irish Airline Pilots’ Association said members at Ryanair would hold a fourth strike on Friday, August 3rd.

Airline makes threat as it issues protective notice to pilots and cabin crew

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Companies anticipate growth in business with France after Britain leaves EU

Smartzone chief executive Justin McInerney and chief product officer Ken O’Shea. The Cork-based company is expanding its workforce from 20 people to 110 over the next 12 months.

Growth in popularity of smart-home products behind expansion, Cork-based firm says

Tullow expects full-year production from working oil and gas wells in West Africa and the North Sea to be 89,000 to 95,000 barrels a day. File photograph: Getty Images

Irish-based group to drill in Guyana, near where Exxon Mobil found 4bn barrels of crude

The net proceeds will be used to refinance the firm’s revolving credit facility. Photograph: iStock

New share issue is first follow-on fundraising for renewables firm since IPO in July 2017

When the soft drinks industry levy was excluded, revenue fell by 0.6 per cent over the third quarter. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

Soft drinks levy and shortage of key component carbon dioxide strike in third quarter

Soda founder Grace Gould at Brown Thomas on Grafton Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Among the products on offer are an indoor smart herb garden and a levitating planter

Regina Moran, of Vodafone Ireland (centre), with Vanessa Tierney and Ben Wainwright, co-founders of Abodoo.

Companies will seek to educate employers on benefits of smart working to promote diversity and healthy work-life balance

Chris Lehane: “Ultimately a basic question is begin called about do we want to live in an open world or a closed world.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish American Chris Lehane navigating tightrope between tech and politics

The post appeared on Facebook after a  wave of vandalism hit people’s vehicles and property in the city of Flin Flon. Photograph: Getty

The social network is back in the public spotlight after a Channel 4 investigation

Android- powered-Movi:  has a 720p laser projector

Tech Tools: Android powered-Movi has a laser projector to show videos on a flat surface

Microsoft is pitching the Surface Go at workers, education and those who need something for on the go

Tech Tools: Smallest and lightest Surface device yet is well priced at €460

TechIreland founder Niamh Bushnell: “Female founders feel imposter syndrome much more keenly and it makes them less confident about putting numbers together to tell a bigger story.”

TechIreland aims to sharply increase number of well-funded female founders

 Silicon Valley Bank CEO Greg Becker with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan in 2012. Photograph:  Peter Houlihan/Fennells

Bank has committed $200m to Republic’s innovation sector since 2012

Ken Cahill: “We know that technology can play a vital role in extending and scaling care”

‘Space from Money Worries’ programme aimed at those caught up in financial difficulties and mental health challenges

DJI Osmo Mobile 2: Battery life is about 15 hours from a full charge, and it uses micro USB rather than USB C.

Tech Review: Lightweight, balanced gimbal helps professionalise your mobile filming

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July 17th is the unofficial celebration of the smartphone smiley faces and tears of joy

Dublin’s ranking puts it behind London, in third place, and Paris in 12th place. Berlin and Barcelona also rank higher than the Irish capital. New York topped the list, with the US’s Bay Area in second.

City ranks behind London, Paris and Berlin

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Scammers seek payment in bitcoin to keep ‘videos’ under wraps

Airbnb visitors to Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Short-let firm says new rules needed to deal with impact of technology on the market

Sales helped offset some price rises last month. Photograph: iStock

Price rises for restaurants, hotels and transport behind monthly increase of 0.1%

Twitter has starting deleting locked accounts.

Twitter has begun deleting locked accounts from its system

Dublin’s docklands area has become a hub for business and innovation.

Trinity College-backed project would create city quarter for start-ups and global businesses

Primary Health Properties will provide over €22 million in development funding for a new primary care centre in Bray. Photograph: iStock

New 52,000sq ft primary care centre will be firm’s fifth acquisition in Ireland

Founders Charles Bibby and Mark Cummins:  the Pointy app directs shoppers to where particular items are available locally, rather than pushing them towards ecommerce giants such as Amazon. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Irish retail tech firm gives small retailers a new way to make their stock visible online

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Recruitment group appoints CFO Lorna Conn to board

Dodow Sleep Light’s programmes last either eight minutes or 20 minutes, depending on your own needs

Tech Tools: Device for €51 consists of soothing LEDs and a metronome

The Huawei P20 features fast charging and a 5.8-inch screen

Camera is less impressive than Pro’s but at €200 cheaper, the P20 will appeal to many

Seefarer glasses  have a lifetime guarantee

Tech tools: Glasses filter out the light from screens leaving your eyes unbothered by strain

If you are planning on doing a lot of reading on holiday, you might want to consider a Kindle. Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images

A guide to festival phones, Kindles, portable speakers and tech to entertain the children

Abbey chairman Charles Gallagher.

Company on course for ‘satisfactory’ year

New Century House in the IFSC.

Company paid €47m for building in 2014

Gavin Slark chief executive of GraftonGroup. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Revenue rises 8 per cent in first six months of 2018

Company appoints new chief commercial officer and marketing officer

Skout provides cyber-security technology and solutions to businesses, organisations and SMEs. Photograph: iStock

US-based company founded by Irish entrepreneur plans to expand EMEA client base

Google said it would start to showcase local news more within its search results. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Grants for training in video and improvement of production facilities in news groups

Andrew Day, chief executive of Keywords Studios: “We are excited by the establishment of KWV.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Keywords Ventures will target and support companies that benefit its clients

“We’re quite happy with the way Bulmers is performing right now.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Bulmers returns to growth as World Cup and heatwave drive increased sales

Tully Rinckey is to create 38 jobs in its Irish operations. Photograph: iStock

Firm to open offices in Galway, Limerick and Cork, with Dublin as base European base

Go Extreme’s Barracuda 4K is waterproof up to 10m without a housing.

Review: Go Extreme Barracuda 4K’s 170° lens delivers footage with fish-eye appearance

The Geizeer: made by an Italian firm, it is an eco-friendly way to cool your room.

Tech tools: Geizeer air conditioning unit lets you stay extra cool with a reusable ice pack

Dublin’s IFSC. The TechTrailblazers 2018 event will take place in October and is open to everything from biotech and fintech to media technology. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Moore Stephens establishing TechTrailblazers event to help firms secure growth capital

Google HQ in Dublin. The SRE team in Dublin has quite literally writes the book on site-reliability engineering.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dublin-based site reliability team has become central to Google’s infrastructure

Adonit Ink Pro is a stylus with some smart features that’s aimed at Windows users

Tech Tools: Device responds to voice commands and has a laser pointer

The Dublin Games Summit   will have 35 speakers taking part in 21 talks

Facebook among firms to sponsor event taking place in Alex Hotel on July 19th

In 2017, IDA Ireland had 764 client companies of US origin, supporting more than 152,000 employees. Photograph: iStock

Despite both global and domestic challenges, industry leaders remain upbeat about Ireland’s future prosperity

The Ivy Dawson Street will open on July 24th.

New restaurant is located in landmark building One Molesworth

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ISIF, KKR have committed additional €270m to property lender

UDG Healthcare said it had agreed to buy Create NYC for up to $58.4 million, and SmartAnalyst for up to $24 million.

Acquisitions fit UDG strategy to grow presence in communications and advisory spaces

The new facility will add 405,000 tonnes of recycled containerboard capacity to Smurfit Kappa Group’s system.

Deal is part of strategy to increase capacity in Europe

Kainos chief executive Brendan Mooney, who won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2016. Photograph: Alan Betson

Belfast-based company has secured backing from Invest NI for new project

The full extent of the breach involving Ticketmaster user data is as yet unclear, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t act. Photograph: iStock

Ticket firm’s website breached by malware on a third-party service

Sherry FitzGerald said the figures illustrated the positive impact of greater delivery of starter homes. Photograph: iStock

Figures from Sherry FitzGerald indicate moderation in Dublin house prices

A total of 4,473 mortgages were approved in May 2018, with almost half granted to first-time buyers in terms of volume and value. Photograph: iStock

Remortgaging activity drives growth in market

Cairn chief Michael Stanley  at Six Hanover Quay. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Development comprising 120 apartments and restaurant due for completion in early 2019

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

Daryl Byrne replaces Somers who was head of Irish Stock Exchange for 10 years

ChargeWrite+ pen: write, charge and carry  your data with you.

Tech Tools: power bank with flash memory drive plugs into micro USB adapter

Tech Tools: Pixl-latr will turn that box of memories into more usable digital files

Tixserve says it sees a particular opportunity in ticketing for GAA matches. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Irish start-up’s digital ticket delivery system works through smartphone app

Google Home: It looks nice as a full-size speaker and doesn’t do too badly in the sound stakes.

Tech review: Google Home looks and sounds well – and has good voice recognition

A lack of involvement from all team members in project decisions and poor resource planning were among the most costly reasons. Photograph: iStock

Scope changes, communication and organisational problems the most common causes of failure

Apple Pay is the leading digital wallet. Photograph:   Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images

Apple Pay set to almost double its number of users to 227 million, research finds

From left: Trezeo’s Alysia Wanczyk, marketing; chief technology officer Flavien Charlon; chief executive Garrett Cassidy; and Sabya Mukherjee, Risk.

Company will focus on UK market initially

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Production falls but remains ahead of targets

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Firm will work with industry, academia and entrepreneurs to solve challenges facing cities

Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Regulators approved sale on condition that some assets were sold to address competition concerns

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Firm will concentrate on product development in cloud and endpoint cybersecurity

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