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Ericsson has soared on signs that CEO Borje Ekholm's turnaround of the Swedish maker of wireless networks is taking hold.
DNA testing at home in Japan is starting to gain traction as more people age and seek answers about their risks for diseases.
Giving up a solid position at a billion-dollar tech company to embark on an online clothing startup isn't everyone's idea of the best career choice - but it just might prove to be a successful trajectory.
Like many businesses Transferwise originated out of a problem that needed solving.
San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to levy an additional tax on large businesses to fund homeless services, as part of an expanding effort among West Coast cities to tap cash-flush companies to offset growing income inequality.
Colin Huang's decision to quit Silicon Valley and return to China is proving one of the more ludicrously lucrative career moves in recent years, even in this era of extreme wealth creation.
Our little startup is nearly a year old. I started development and planning in August 2017, formed the company that September, and hired staff in October. Enough time has now passed to start really examining our decisions with the benefit of distance in time. The whole point of this startup diary is to provide a tool for making better decisions, and we do that by hold a retrospective mirror up to the past.
EU antitrust regulators levied a record €4.34bn fine against Google for illegal restrictions on Android smartphone makers and mobile network operators.
Retail Excellence has suspended its partnership with Facebook following revelations made in Channel 4's 'Dispatches' programme, 'Inside Facebook: Secrets Of The Social Network'.
Tesla Inc founder Elon Musk apologised to British caver Vern Unsworth for insulting comments he made about him following the rescue of a dozen Thai schoolboys and their football coach from a cave in northern Thailand.
Facebook will be called before an Oireachtas committee after it emerged that moderators in Dublin were instructed not to remove extreme, abusive or graphic content from the platform even when it violated the company's guidelines.
Facebook moderators were instructed not to remove extreme, abusive or graphic content from the platform even when it violated the company's guidelines, an undercover investigation has found.
Facebook may be subject to an investigation by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) after it was advised to explore how the social network targets its two billion-plus users.
Irish fintech Chasing Returns closed a €600,000 funding round last week, attracting investors from Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan as well as a number of Irish tech entrepreneurs.
Thought GoogleTown was the summit of Dublin's tech takeover? Nope. Last week saw a 'big bang' in tech expansion planning that could make the Grand Canal Docks look like an early settlement.
I lost 120 Twitter followers overnight last week. US President Donald Trump lost 340,000, the New York Times 732,000, former US President Barack Obama three million or so. Even Twitter's CEO, Jack Dorsey, lost 200,000 in his company's much-hyped crackdown on dubious accounts.
When Skout Secure Intelligence, an international cyber-security firm, chose Portlaoise as its European headquarters last week it highlighted an existing pool of talent as one of the reasons for picking Ireland as a base.
Q: I'm going on holidays and was thinking of buying a digital camera, but I only want it for casual use and everyone says that the latest phones are just as good for photos as a 'point and shoot' camera that I'd be looking for. Is this true? I was going to upgrade my phone anyway, so is it worth spending a few extra quid to get the best camera option on a new phone? If so, should I go for the best iPhone or is there another model that's better?
Having tested dozens of handsets this year, Adrian Weckler gives his verdict on what the best cameraphone on the market is at present.
A Twitter policy change on Thursday to increase the service's credibility cost its 100 most popular users about 2pc of their followers, on average, according to social media data firm Keyhole.
High-tech pensioners using iPads to control their home heating system, ovens and windows have discovered a new lease of life.
You generally get what you pay for with a laptop. If you can afford it, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga really is top-of-the-line stuff. It has a best-in-class keyboard, effortless power and an amazing (touch) display. The only thing that's less than superb on it is its battery life, which is only average (at around five or six hours per charge).
Uber Technologies' head of human resources has resigned, becoming the latest high-profile executive to depart the ride-hailing giant only just emerging from a year of internal upheaval.
When you found a startup there is one fundamental truth that you cannot avoid: you will make mistakes. The trick is to avoid making fatal mistakes.
Ireland's media landscape is changing quickly. But what are the breakout companies and services? How are they getting on? What is it that they do that is making them successful?
Over one quarter of Irish adults have deactivated at least one of their social media accounts as the protection of personal data becomes increasingly important.
Britain's information regulator said on Wednesday she intends to fine Facebook for breaches of data protection law as her office investigates how millions of users' data was improperly accessed by consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
Apple iPhones struggle compared to most other smartphones when it comes to making phone calls, a report from the telecoms regulator claims.
Data protection rather than aviation regulations now offer Irish householders a route for tackling suspected invasions of privacy from unwanted drone operations.
Is it time for big tech companies in Ireland to start giving a bit more back to communities? Right now, it seems that some chuck a few quid at local charities with others donating staff hours. But it feels de minimus.
Enterprise Ireland has just closed a new fund targeting fintech and deep tech entrepreneurs and startups giving them access to up to €50,000 in equity funding. The successful firms went through a Dragons' Den type assessment in the past month, according to Enda McDonnell, head of fintech at Enterprise, Ireland - the State agency that has become the second-most active financial technology investor in the world by deal count.
Q: My son is using the Discord app to chat with mates on his iPhone. He has a €30 monthly bill pay plan with the Three network. He's mostly talking and texting using it. Can I assume it's like WhatsApp and won't eat into his flexi units?
The thoughts of having an actual sunny summer filled me more with dread than excitement as the battle to get rid of the Christmas bulge was still ongoing five months later.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk has stepped in to help the young footballers trapped in a cave in Thailand.
This week, Adrian gets a behind-the-scenes tour of Microsoft’s campus headquarters in Redmond, Seattle.
A software company doubling its workforce to 500 people in Dublin hopes that its new "mothers' room" will help attract workers from rivals Google and Facebook.
Customer service support software firm Zendesk first established a presence in Dublin six years ago with just two employees supporting the firm's global expansion of its engineering team.
Keywords Studios has revealed that it has created its own venture capital fund to help accelerate growth of early-stage start-ups.
The telecoms watchdog has said Irish mobile bills have risen because of the recent takeover of O2 Ireland by Three Ireland.
Here's a thought: why can't the EU just leave alone the one thing - the internet - that's working well?
I started this company, Voxgig, as a single founder. That's a pretty big no-no in the world of startups.
Ireland’s telecoms watchdog says the recent takeover of O2 Ireland by Three Ireland has resulted in higher mobile prices here.
Google allows employees at software companies to read millions of Gmail users' private messages, it has emerged.
Samsung has said it is investigating after some users claimed their phones started sending photos to contacts without their permission.
Novi has invested €160,000 in the development of a new cloud-based service that can detect strains of malware that traditional solutions fail to find.
Digital bank Monzo, who has the financial backing of the Collison brothers, could hit 1 million users within months.
Maybe it's time to look again at an Uber-style taxi system.
Bitcoin's meteoric rise last year had many observers calling it one of the biggest speculative manias in history. The cryptocurrency's 2018 crash may help cement its place in the bubble record books.
Just 10 weeks after the teachers and parents at a Co Kerry school came together to take smartphones out of the hands of sixth-class pupils, they realised the kids were acting strangely.
Q: I need some advice as to the purchasing of a laptop. I've got a desktop PC but it's very old. I need something for everyday use, such as banking, downloading, shopping and printing documents - the usual everyday stuff. I would like a 13 or 14 inch machine, nothing too big or bulky. I will be using it for air travel. I would need it to have good storage and battery life. My budget would be around €500. Is it worth me looking at a Chromebook?
It's becoming standard practice for US tech giants to follow the letter of European rulings and regulations without really changing their behaviour.
The head of the National Broadband Plan consortium has distanced himself from claims the scheme will cost €1.1bn to build.
This week, Adrian Weckler talks to two women directing crucial operations in two of the world’s biggest tech companies.
Rural mobile coverage is set to receive a boost with ‘mobile repeaters’ set to be legalised in the country.
It was the study of Old Norse and Anglo Saxon English that gave Emma Williams a propensity for learning open source code. Twenty years on, Williams is directing some of Microsoft's most important products, having left her mark on Bing, artificial intelligence and one of its newest initiatives, Microsoft Teams.
Smart speakers are probably the fastest-growing new gadget in our homes. While Google recently launched its Home speaker, Amazon has had an early lead with its range of Echo devices (see our previous reviews of the Echo Plus and Echo Dot on Independent.ie).
In many ways, laptops are now like cars: they vary a lot less than they used to. That said, there are still some differences worth paying attention to. Apple, for example, has been plagued with customer complaints over the keyboards on its most recent MacBook and MacBook Pro machines. (The company has instituted an official repairs programme for customers whose keyboards are displaying faulty behaviour.)
I recently wrote about the importance of selling and about using your network to branch out and meet new prospects. Let's talk about what you do with those prospects when you find them.
Tuesday's London ruling, which granted Uber a 15-month probationary licence to keep operating in the city, was a legal and public-relations victory for Dara Khosrowshahi, the newish CEO who took charge of the company last year.
Parents and online gamers are being warned about the risk of fraudsters preying on people who play Fortnite.
Uber has admitted the decision not to renew its licence in London over safety concerns was correct, as the taxi-hailing app appealed to get it restored.
Bitcoin dropped to the lowest level this year as pressure mounts on the embryonic digital-currency sector, with global central bankers raising questions of viability and government regulators increasing scrutiny.
El Camino Hospital, in the heart of Silicon Valley, has a problem. Its nurses - tending to patients amid a chorus of machines, monitors and devices - are only human. One missed signal from, say, a call light - the bedside button that patients press when they need help - could set in motion a chain of actions that end in a fall.
DataEgg, a Kilkenny-based company specialising in the delivery of industrial augmented reality (AR) applications, has signed an agreement with Huawei Technologies that could see the company expand rapidly.
It took just minutes for the complaints to start. Because Amazon announcing 1,000 new Dublin jobs really hit us in the gut. Radio, social media and online news comment sections filled up with resentment and insecurity.
Residents in a rural part of south west Dublin have vowed to fight a major US data centre provider all the way to the High Court after it did deals with other residents to allow it build a much bigger larger technology facility than previously proposed.
Q: I am getting married soon and - as well as official photographs - we'd like to have my brother take pictures of us and our guests with an instant camera on the day.
Financial concerns should not hinder Ireland's ability to stay forefront of the tech revolution across Europe, according to a leading futurist.
How has it come to a situation where a big tech company announcing 1,000 new jobs is freaking people out?
The figure of one billion resonates with Jon Oringer. That's the number of stock images his company, Shutterstock, has sold commercially to people looking to populate their websites or brochures.
DJI now dominates drone sales because their models are generally the best around. I’m a fairly avid user, having purchased two myself over the last two years – the miniature Spark last year and the larger Phantom 4 two years ago.
As an entrepreneur I have a short list of favourite "business" films. One that you absolutely must see is 'Glengarry Glen Ross'. The film covers two days in the life of a bunch of "loser" real-estate salesmen. The cast is impressive for such an unpromising subject: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, and more. The salesmen are deplorable characters one and all, and yet it gets under your skin, and helps you get into "sales" mode.
Tech heavyweights from Apple CEO Tim Cook to Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg joined a chorus of Americans denouncing the Trump administration's policy of separating undocumented children from their families at the US border.
A woman in Copenhagen hears a loud crash in the next room and rushes in to discover her father sprawled on the floor, unresponsive.
Google is to challenge Amazon in the Irish market with the launch of its Google Home smart speakers.
Tinder has become one of the most divisive - yet pervasive - online services of our era. It is used in equal measure as a dating and a 'hook-up' app; a quick way to find someone who may be willing to sleep with you.
Intel Corp topped a list issued on Monday ranking how well technology companies combat the risk of forced labour in their supply chains, overtaking HP Inc and Apple Inc.
Irish travel software firm Datalex has said that it expects to deliver double digit growth in its adjusted earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) for financial year 2018.
Last week, Reuters laid out what is working in media and what isn't. It's a great, free report, running to 144 pages. Anyone who's interested in what people really think of the media should read as much of it as they can.
At least €1bn is pumped into the Irish economy every year by the development and operation of data centres by some of the world's biggest tech giants, a new study prepared for the IDA has found.
Susquehanna Growth Equity (SGE), a large US investment firm which has just invested €20m for a minority stake in Irish salon booking business Phorest, is seeking up to five more investments in Ireland over the next two to three years.
Q: I'm retiring soon and was thinking of treating myself to something I can take up as a hobby. I've always wondered about getting a model kit plane but never quite had the time or money. Now I think I'd like to give something like that a go and am wondering about getting a drone. What's a good one to get and do I need a licence?
This week, Adrian Weckler sits down with Stripe’s all-action chief operating officer, Claire Hughes-Johnson, one of the star speakers at this year’s Moneyconf conference.
Apple has decided on its next Hollywood act - making feature films - and the tech giant is teaming up with an Irish company to make it happen.
Landline calls have plummeted in Ireland in the last year, new figures from the telecoms regulator show.
Landline calls have plummeted in Ireland in the last year, new figures from the telecoms regulator, Comreg, show.
Apple says that there are now 17,000 jobs directly related to the creation of iPhone and iPad apps in Ireland.
Microsoft is working on technology that would eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from stores, in a nascent challenge to Amazon.com Inc's automated grocery shop, six people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
ZTE unveiled a settlement with the US government to rescue the Chinese telecom-equipment maker, but investors put a steep initial estimate on the cost of the deal: at least $2.7bn (€2.3bn).
German mobile banking startup N26 is opening an office in Barcelona as it seeks to hire more than 100 experts in technology and product design in the Spanish city popular with technology companies.
Shares in Adyen, which handles the payments backend for Netflix, Facebook and eBay, doubled yesterday in a market debut reminiscent of the 1999 tech bubble.