Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Company also creates ‘smarter’ cordless vacuum cleaner

Diaceutics co-founder Peter Keeling: “It has been hugely empowering for the company and sets us up for the next stage of growth.”

AIM listing sees company becoming fourth Northern Irish firm listed in London

The Xperia 1 has three 12 megapixel cameras – a 16mm, a 26mm and a 52mm equivalent lens – and some extra technology to make your life easier.

With the emphasis these days on cameras, Sony has the expertise to back up its devices

The Juke Lume Powerbank’s  power-saving sleep mode means it will keep 90 per cent of its charge even if you don’t use it for a month.

Tech tools: Powerbank not only looks good, but gives you a full charge when you need it

It certainly takes some getting used to, and BionicGym advises you to build up the intensity gradually. Take that advice.

BionicGym: Review: It won’t replace running, but it’s handy for when you can’t get to the real gym

BionicGym: if you take the videos at face value, it certainly has a physical impact on the user – muscle twitching, sweat, breathlessness

BionicGym uses neuromuscular pulses to stimulate a cardio workout. But does it work?

The new Apple AirPods. Photograph: Apple

Updated chip, optional wireless case for Bluetooth headphones

Google vice president and general manager Phil Harrison speaks during the GDC Game Developers Conference. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

New platform will give players access to games via the web instead of consoles or PCs

Photograph: iStock

Share issue was oversubscribed, company says

The European Union said Google abused its market dominance. Photograph: Getty

Tech giant ‘misused dominant position’ in market for brokering online search adverts

Facebook said fewer than 200 people viewed the livestream of the Christchurch terror attack, with a total of 4,000 users watching the video before the social network removed it.

But social network says it blocked 1.2m uploads of video in 24 hours after the attack

Mincon saw sales rise above €100 million in 2018.

Acquisitions pay off in 34% growth in products

Applegreen increased the number of sites it operates in 2018.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Strong growth at forecourt retailer despite tougher economic conditions

Diaceutics founder Peter Keeling. The company works with pharmaceutical firms on diagnostic testing and data analytics to bring more personalised medicine to patients

Belfast founded firm will list on AIM and expects to raise a net £15.2m

The new iPad Air. Photograph: Apple

Company is expected to unveil new video service next week

Kelvin Gillen, KBC’s Director of Transformation and Innovation.

New portal part of payment services directive to encourage innovation

US stocks joined a global advance in equities sparked by China’s renewed commitment to stimulus. Photograph: Bloomberg

Irish market up 1.2 per cent as banks climb

Month on month, consumer prices rose by 0.8 per cent in the month, compared with a 0.9 per cent rise in February of 2018.

Restaurants, alcohol and education also see price hikes

Tom Cregan of EML Payments and Mary Buckley of IDA Ireland

Expansion of Irish presence will add 20 jobs

Bang & Olufsen has released a new version of its E8 earphones

Tech Tools: Stylish ear buds look the part but only offer about four hours of play time

Ember comes a coaster that also serves as a charging station.

Ember Smart Mug will maintain its temperature for an hour without the coaster

Tractive is a GPS tracker that has options for cats and dogs.

For Irish pet owners, there are options and we’ve run the rule over them so you don’t have to

The Microsoft Surface headphones look and sound good, but are missing a trick

Noise cancelling, wireless, voice controlled, but Microsoft’s Surface headphones fall short

 Patricia Scanlon, founder of Soapbox Labs. Photograph: Arthur Carron

Irish tech company will bring its child focused speech recognition software to the Azure platform

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Pretax profits plunge 22% as international business suffers ‘growing pains’

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Irish-Swiss baking group’s cost-cutting plan begins to yield benefits despite Brexit factor

Social poker operator KamaGames said revenue was $76.4 million (€68 million) for 2018, up from $57.5 million in 2017.

Social poker operator says new games, tournaments and promotions boosted trade

Night mode might give your eyes a break. Photograph: iStock

Still using Facebook Messenger? Here’s how to enable dark mode

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PwC report shows greater female particiaption in labour force in 2017

Davy noted challenging conditions in Total Produce’s Netherlands market, although this was offset by a good performance in southern Europe. Photograph: Getty Images

Fruit and vegetable group acquired ‘transformational’ stake in Dole last year

Michael Stanley, Cairn’s chief executive, confirmed that the company was continuing to work on plans for the RTÉ site, where it could build more than 500 apartments.

Builder continuing to work on plans for RTÉ site, where it could build 500 apartments.

The Surface Laptop 2 is available in a range of colours, with burgundy, black, platinum and cobalt blue in the range but gold is no longer an option.

Internal upgrades are plentiful but leave something wanting compared to first Surface

Samsung’s new Galaxy Fold changes from a phone to a tablet in a matter of seconds. Photograph: Reuters

Tech Tools: Flexible screen wraps around front and back of device and points to future

Dr Kate Coleman, founder of iKey: the firm has teamed up with a Dublin school for a study that could lead to an age verification system that works by scanning a person’s eye. Photograph: Julien Behal

iKey teams up with Dublin school for age verification system based on optic nerves

If you have a Samsung phone, you can use Bixby with the Galaxy Buds through a few touch gestures. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Tech tools: Samsung’s new ear buds also come with a case that acts as the charger

Irish agri-tech start-up Cainthus has developed technology that can identify cows using facial recognition and monitor their health and wellbeing, tracking their food and water intake, behaviour patterns and heat detection.

Start-up on verge of commercialising its technology hires new chief operating officer

Facebook’s data centre in Clonee is set for a major expansion

Construction to begin this year after planning granted for two new halls at Clonee site

David Whelan and Sandra Whelan of VR Education. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Revenue at VR Education up 15% to €716,000 following success of virtual reality titles

Tom O’Mahony, Origin Enterprises chief executive. Photograph: Eric Luke

Agri-services business posts revenue increase of almost 20% for first half

Glenveagh Properties warned we may be ‘living in an era where housing will never outstrip demand’. Photograph: iStock

Glenveagh Properties says private market does not have resources to meet demand

Jayne Brady, Kernel Capital; Alan Foreman, chief executive of B-Secur; and Andrew Sloane, Accelerated Digital Ventures. B-Secur has secured €4.66m in funding and plans to expand

B-Secur has developed tech that can securely identify an individual from their heartbeat

Traders at  the New York Stock Exchange. US shares reversed early gains and headed lower as investors awaited details of a possible trade deal between the White House and China. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Irish index ends 70 points higher, lifted by gains in banks and some heavyweight stocks

The FT1000 list is compiled by Statista and includes companies with a revenue of at least €100,000 generated in 2014, and revenue of at least €1.5 million in 2017.

Fewer on roll as eight registered in 2018

Announcing the partnership between AMI and Camara Education to refurbish second-hand IT hardware for disadvantaged schoolchildren in Ireland and Africa are   Philip McMichael, AMI CEO and Jean Cox-Kearns, CEO of Camara Education

Deal will lead to increase in computers sent to Irish and African schools, says Camara

Tony Hanway, chief executive of Virgin Media Ireland. Virgin Media Television rebranded its channels in autumn 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Company increases subscribers as it expands network

Aer Lingus has been investing in new Airbus A321LR aircraft that would enable it to travel longer ranges. Photograph: Frank Grealish

Irish airline recorded record operating profit of €305m in 2018

A Tullow Oil drilling block in Kenya. Photograph: Tony Karumbatony/Getty Images

Agyare to step down from board after nine years as Khama and Sangudi join the firm

Surface Headphones  are priced €380

Tech Tools: Launch of Surface Headphones comes as a surprise

David Whelan, CEO and Sandra Whelan, COO, Immersive VR Education. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/SON Photographic

Engage platform pushes Irish firm to win at GESS Education Awards in Dubai

“Brexit could bring speed bumps but if you look at the size of the UK markets I’d see it only as a speed bump,” said Gavin Slark. Photograph: iStock

Builders’ merchant revenues grew 9% to €3.45bn in 2018, with pretax profit up 20%

Nokia’s 9 PureView is priced €599

Tech Tools: Phone features five lenses, wireless charging and uses Android Pie

Samsung is clearly trying to tempt a whole new set of customers with the S10+. Photograph: NYT

Samsung’s flagship phone is pricey but provides excellent photos and cutting-edge tech

The Hopper Local event was held at Microsoft’s offices in Dublin

Microsoft Ireland general manager says not enough women entering ICT workforce

The project is intended to provide new insights into underlying gender imbalances in the entrepreneurship sector

Funding part of EU initiative to improve gender equality through institutional change

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds on display at its launch event in San Francisco this week.  Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

A bright yellow set grabs attention, but is this new wireless product worth the money?

The new  Galaxy S10+. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The S10 phones will officially go on sale on March 8th, but preorders are already open

If you are more interested in photos rather than video, the EOS R is a good introduction into the world of mirrorless cameras

Device offers users a more compact – and more affordable – mirrorless camera option

Bose sleepbuds may look like tiny headphones, but they’re not for listening to music

Choose soothing sounds through the app to drown out disruption and set an in-ear alarm

People in a Huawei shop in Bangkok, Thailand: Some network operators in Europe are warning  a Huawei ban could push back deployment of 5G by as much as three years. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha

Security fears around spy technology hit Chinese network infrastructure maker

Welcome to the Fold: Samsung president DJ Koh holds up the new Galaxy Fold smartphone during a launch event in San Francisco. Photograph: AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Galaxy Fold, on sale April 26th, changes from a 4.6in display to a 7.3in tablet when opened

Photograph: iStock

Facility is PHP’s ninth in Ireland

Of those surveyed, 22% said they had written down their passwords.

A third of workers used own email for work, and 24% shared files with family and friends

Cantor Fitzgerald’s Alan McQuaid said the figures showed overall inflationary pressures in the economy remained fairly muted. Photograph: iStock

But monthly figures show a decline compared with December

Photograph: iStock

Long-term debts sale brings total of €5.25bn raised so far this year by the agency

“First-time buyers continue to be priced out of the market,” Cantor Fitzgerald’s Alan McQuaid says. Photograph: iStock

Home prices increase by 6.5% in December, down from 7.1% in November

The tracker uses Bluetooth 5, and is water- and dust-resistant

Tech Tools: The tracker uses Bluetooth 5 and is water- and dust-resistant

Teckro CEO Gary Hughes. Photograph: Sean Curtin/True Media

Clinical trials company says it plans to double its workforce in the next 12 to 18 months

‘Even in today’s challenging business climate, with Brexit looming, the appetite and enthusiasm amongst entrepreneurs is strong,’ said Joe Healy, manager of EI’s HPSU division. Photograph: iStock

More than 130 firms were backed by agency as number of start-up inquiries rose 30%

The pen itself is lightweight and portable – essential, given the nature of its use – and has a small guide on the “nib” so you know exactly where the text you’re scanning should sit

The premise is simple: scan a line of text and it will read it aloud for you – and store it

Chromecast

Despite some improvements, this is only a minor upgrade from the second generation

Had enough of Facebook? Photograph: Johannes Berg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Plus: get around geoblocking, stop sites tracking you and back up your phone

Brendan Mooney, chief executive of Kainos

Firm plans to move into Bankmore Square by spring 2021

AMI chairman Rob Clarke and chief executive Philip McMichael announcing the company’s investment and new jobs

AMI says demand for its services has increased, with revenues rising by over 50% to €8.1m

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Debt levels fell in third quarter of 2018 as rising house prices lift household wealth

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Kevin Stanley to leave homebuilder on March 1st

You can cut off mobile internet access  at meal times, or when they are supposed to be studying or asleep but iKydz tells you they are on YouTube

Review: With the Irish-made net safety app, you can control your child’s online activity

Irish Distillers chief executive Conor McQuaid: “As these results demonstrate, the great growth story continues across the portfolio.”

Pernod Ricard vows to improve profit margins as activist investor targets firm

Tech Tools: If you are over the age of 12, why would you want it?

Samsung Serif TV: an acquired taste

Tech tools: This can be used even when you aren’t interested in programmes

Cranes in  Dublin’s docklands area.  Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Net Results: It could be argued that tech firms have responsibility to take action on housing

At the announcement of Expleo Ireland’s expansion were  Minister of State for Trade Pat Breen, Expleo Ireland managing director Phil Codd and IDA Ireland Executive Director Mary Buckley.

Rebranded firm is seeking experts in robotics, project management and DevOps

Photograph: iStock

Move strengthens company’s footprint in Baja region

First Derivatives will use its new banking facilities to finance existing borrowings and support its growth plans.

Technology firm will use new facility for future growth

 Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Firm supplies FaceID sensors to Apple

Julie Ennis

Julie Ennis moves from Bank of Ireland to role at facilities management company

DCC chief executive Donal Murphy.

Interim statement reveals growth across businesses, with boost to LPG division

At least something in your house might listen to your instructions

Modius Headband

An hour a day wearing the Modius ‘killed off my sugar cravings within the first week’

Uses facial recognition to identify your pet

Dolfi: the device itself looks like a bar of soap, albeit a plastic one. A cable connects it to the power supply.

Idea of a device you place in the sink to clean your clothes is seductive. But it doesn’t work

LavvieBot

This nifty idea is not a real product yet, with crowdfunding to launch later in the year

The Welt: runs a tight ship

Tech Tools: This belt also tracks how active you are and observes your eating habits

Ava bracelets: the ovulation tracking bracelet created by Lea von Bidder

Femtech: it’s no longer about taking an existing product and making it ‘pinker’

Phototgraph: iStock

February 5th is the day free accounts will see their storage cut

Forget about controlling the cars – this game lets you control the road

Shares in Cairn rose 4.8 per cent on the trading update on Thursday. Photograph: iStock

Shares 21% ahead of December lows as firm almost doubles number of new homes sold

Foldimate, a laundry-folding robot: but no sheets, no sweatshirts, no socks or other underwear.

Tech Tools: Foldimate can help you – a little bit – in the laundry department

The new service will be available to one million PayPal users in Ireland free of charge

The new feature by PayPal helps people get paid back by friends for purchases by paying digitally

Juniper claims more than 100m mobile VR devices such as smartphone and standalone headsets will access games globally by 2023

Juniper predicts more than half of mobile VR games accessed in 2019 will not be monetised due to difficulty of implementing advert(...)

Star Trek Fleet Command: “We tried to stay very true to the brand, but we’ve given them a completely new view on the world fans are used to”

‘Star Trek Fleet Command’ is the first AAA game developed in Ireland. It won’t be the last

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