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USA soccer player Carli Lloyd (centre) is seen in foosball figurine form, surrounded by representations of her teammates ahead of the Fifa Women’s World Cup. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP

Image of the week: Women’s foosball Women’s soccer is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world and with the Fifa Women’s World Cup kicking of(...)

The Step card is linked to the Step mobile app which enables users to send and receive money instantly, shop online or in-store and use digital wallet platforms.

Online payments company Stripe has led a $22.5 million (€20 million) funding round for Step, a mobile banking start-up aimed at teenagers. Step, whic(...)

“Consumers will become reusers, and so consumables will have to become recyclables. Remanufacturing, refurbishment and repurposing may well become the only acceptable basis for retail.”

Growth is the investment thesis of the worldwide technology industry. Steady, predictable growth of both top-line revenues and bottom-line profits kee(...)

Rory Sutherland believes  today’s consumer capitalism is like ‘the Galapagos Islands for understanding human motivation’

It would be a mistake to take Rory Sutherland at face value. Walking through the lobby of a self-consciously posh London hotel, the British advertisin(...)

Many who grew up in close-knit communities found it quite a relief to escape to the anonymity of a city bedsit

A recent Irishman’s diary by Derek Scally about a novel called The Valley Of the Squinting Windows reminded me that living in a surveillance culture i(...)

Nest users on Twitter  revealed homeowners couldn’t unlock a property for guests, or turn on air conditioning. Also down were G Suite services, such as Google calendars, docs, and Gmail. YouTube, Instagram and other services were also cut. Photograph: Getty Images (

What a wacky week it has been in the wonderful world of the internet of things. On Sunday, people all over the United States, as well as parts of Euro(...)

Skillnet network manager Annette Coburn, and RebelCon  co-founder Damien Daly. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Cork is to play host to a two-day tech event that will see speakers from the tech industry address topics from software engineering and big data to cu(...)

Laura Deming: ‘The idea was to starve a worm, mutate it, and then laser its gonads off, which increases the worm lifespan by 60 per cent’

Laura Deming is early for the interview in the restaurant in San Francisco’s hip Mission district, bent over a book. Bathed in the light streaming thr(...)

Check  roaming fees if you are travelling outside  the EU. Photograph: iStock

Planning a trip this summer? There’s an app – and some tech – to help you tackle most of your travel problems, from keeping in touch to tracking down (...)

Liam Cunningham in Game of Thrones which is filmed in the North. ‘For Northern Ireland, where same-sex marriage remains unlawful, a rather obvious disaster is now waiting to happen.’ Photograph: HBO

In 2016, a threatened Hollywood boycott stopped the US state of Georgia enacting a “religious freedom” Bill that would have exempted public employees (...)

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