Microsoft’s purchase of  Activision Blizzard would be  the largest gaming industry deal ever. Photograph:  Mario Tama/Getty Images

If the path to the metaverse runs through today’s video games industry, then Microsoft’s agreed $75 billion (€65 billion) acquisition of Activision Bl(...)

ProjectMark founders: Anthony Lynch, Tom Deane and Noel Brady

ProjectMark, an Irish-founded tech start-up focused on the construction industry, has raised $2 million (€1.76 million) from backers that include form(...)

An explosive eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano, located in the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga. Photograph: Rammb/EPA

The tsunami threat around the Pacific from a huge undersea volcanic eruption receded on Sunday but a massive ash cloud covering the tiny island nation(...)

A Consumer Electronics Show (CES) attendee tries out Yukai Engineering’s Amagami Ham Ham, a cat robot that nibbles your  finger. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/AFP

Image of the week: What happens in Vegas Congratulations to Yukai Engineering for delivering the first great “but why?” of 2022. The Tokyo company ha(...)

Sidney Poitier: the groundbreaking actor has died aged 94. Photograph: Tommaso Boddi/Getty

In the late 1960s, when black actors still struggled for mainstream recognition, Sidney Poitier, who has died in the Bahamas at the age of 94, managed(...)

Elizabeth Holmes, centre, leaves federal court after her fraud verdict in San Jose, California earlier this week. Photograph: Nic Coury/AP Photo

In some respects, Elizabeth Holmes resembled a typical Silicon Valley entrepreneur: she hyped up a secretive product, gave Ted talks and adopted the s(...)

Tesla shares surged on Monday after the electric car-maker smashed its own production and delivery records in the final months of last year. Photograph: Alexandria Sage/Reuters

Tesla shares surged on Monday after the electric car maker smashed its own production and delivery records in the final months of last year. The comp(...)

The resolutions call for detailed reports regarding allegations of forced labour in Apple’s supply chain and explanations of why certain apps are deleted from the App Store in China. Photograph: iStock

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has rejected Apple’s petition to block three shareholder proposals from going to a vote at its next annua(...)

Proud grandfather Alan Bass from Dublin greets his daughter-in-law Caoimhe Duffy and her son Eanna (seven  months) just  in  from Philadelphia. Photograph: Tom Honan

The hugs for the bleary-eyed passengers off the planes which had crossed the Atlantic before dawn’s early light were so long it was as if time had sto(...)

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