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Netflix has raised its prices for US subscribers for the first time since 2017, sending the shares higher as investors anticipate more revenue for the streaming giant.
Finance professionals who embrace new industry-changing technologies are commanding higher salaries as the demand for new skills grows.
New Irish research claims that giving a mobile phone to a child aged 9 can lead to worse academic performance over time.
One of my favourite characters in literature is Rip Van Winkle, the man who fell asleep and didn't wake up for 20 years.
Irish global phone credit company Ding is eyeing up 70,000 French retailers as part of the next phase of a new European partnership agreement.
Michael Dell's return to the public markets after a protracted absence has helped make him $12bn (€10.45bn) wealthier. The man who became famous selling computers more cheaply over a newish thing called the internet retreated from Wall Street's glare in 2013, delisting a company in which he held a stake of just $3.8bn as sales of personal computers sagged.
When your phone buzzes with a push notification from a news app, what do you do? Read and instantly forget? Open the report and read with interest? Or pass it off as more noise from a constantly-buzzing device?
Oh dear. What was the standout product from the biggest tech conference in the world last week? A dud. Plain and simple. The industry is trying to sell us magic beans. So do yourself and your wallet a favour: don't fall for the '8K' telly spin.
Question: My mother lives alone in the countryside. For quite some time, she has been experiencing issues with someone interfering with items outside. My family and I have tried various security cameras but they are not user-friendly and by the time we attempt to look back at footage from the previous week, it's an onerous task. Can you recommend a system that is not overly expensive and is very user-friendly? Perhaps myself and my siblings could connect it to our phones? There are lots of entry points into the yard so it's also challenging to have enough cameras to catch all angles.
In the wake of a Huawei executive arrested for spying in the EU, do western countries face a threat to their national security from Chinese telecom and tech companies?
Bose wants to use the noise-cancelling technology found in its headphones to block out sounds from outside cars.
MORE than two-thirds of adults in Ireland are concerned their personal data is being sold to third parties without their knowledge or consent.
Apple has told suppliers to cut production of its latest iPhones by about 10pc over the coming quarter, again trimming its own projections for output of its flagship device.
A year ago, Bitcoin was trading at €16,000. Today, it's €3,600. So was it all just a bubble? Yes, say some. No, say others. "Demand has fallen, no question," says Peter Nagle, the co-founder of the Cork-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitcove.ie.
A home-grown communications software company that employs 163 people in Cork has announced a €30m funding round from a US-based investment firm.
Many Xiaomi investors, who could only watch as the stock shed $14bn in market value, are now able to join in on the selling after a lockup period expired yesterday.
Ireland's modest €100m Exchequer surplus for last year could be a drop in the ocean to a 2019 surplus if Apple decided to drop its European Court appeal on a €13bn European Commission illegal state aid ruling.
BlackRock is still bullish on tech stocks. While many investors have identified challenges in the sector after a lacklustre 2018 that saw the Nasdaq Composite Index's first annual decline in seven years, the world's largest money manager is staying the course on the long-term trend, according to its chief equity strategist Kate Moore.
Our big goal for 2019 as a startup is to achieve a product-market fit. You'll be able to follow this diary each week to see how we're doing on that big goal, and in particular, how our product development decisions work out.
THE Cork-based communications software company Poppulo has announced a €30 million funding round from a US-based investment firm.
Over two thirds of adults in Ireland are concerned their personal data is being sold to third parties without their knowledge or consent, according to a study.
Samsung's quarterly profit and revenue missed estimates on sputtering demand for memory chips during the last three months of 2018, the same period when Apple saw anaemic sales in China.
Tech company Cubic Telecom has entered a partnership with Panasonic Automotive.
US stocks rose yesterday as gains in the technology and consumer discretionary sectors helped extend Friday's rally, with investors focused on the ongoing US-China trade talks.
Apple is doomed. Again. Or so one might think reading headlines and hot takes in the past 72 hours. "Apple shares plunge after downgrade shock," screamed the Guardian. "Apple's reign may be over," predicted the Telegraph. "The beginning of the end?" asked ZDNet.
Global markets shuddered last week as Apple's revised revenue warning forced a closer look at the health of the world's second-largest economy.
Question: My son surprised me this Christmas and got me a new smartphone and laptop to help me get online. The phone is a Huawei and the laptop is a HP. While I'm delighted, I'm a bit intimidated as I'm still at a beginner's level when it comes to computers. My son has gone back to Dubai and I'm not sure where to turn. Any advice would really help.
It’s arguably the most talked-about tech question of our time – is Facebook listening to your physical conversations to serve you ads? An increasing number of people are convinced that this is the case.
US chipmaker Qualcomm took steps to enforce a court order banning the sale of some iPhone models in Germany, a move that will likely see Apple pull those models from its German stores.
REEBOK founder Paul Fireman and US tech entrepreneur Michael Walrath are among the investors in an Irish golf app, the Irish Independent has learned.
Apple's first sales warning in nearly 12 years sent European shares sliding yesterday, with the tech sector particularly badly bruised as chipmakers that supply the iPhone maker fell sharply.
Google may soon replace your phone screen with gesture controls you use in mid-air, like a scene from the film 'Minority Report'.
Some popular smartphone apps are sending users' data to Facebook, even when app users don't have a Facebook account.
Some popular smartphone apps are sending users’ data to Facebook, even when app users don’t have a Facebook account.
Twitter accounts belonging to celebrities including Louis Theroux and Eamonn Holmes were hacked to expose a security flaw on the social network.
Question: Help! I still haven't gotten my son anything for his New Year's Day birthday. He's coming home for a week from Australia to spend time with us and I'd love to get him something nice. I was thinking of something techie but haven't the faintest idea about what is a good 'general' present in the tech space. I know it's last minute, but any idea? I'm not loaded!
From Facebook's ageing profile to the rise of electric scooters, technology editor Adrian Weckler predicts the tech trends to watch out for in 2019.
From the demise of Facebook among younger people to the death of DSLR cameras and Amazon’s destruction of high street retail, Adrian looks at what to expect in the year ahead.
Private sector workers in Ireland are unhappy compared to their public sector counterparts, new research claims.
Instagram has pulled a new way for users to scroll through their feed horizontally after it accidentally rolled out the test to a wider number of people than it had intended.
So you got a shiny new gadget for Christmas, but you're no tech expert and your savvy niece who knows how to set these things up has gone home. What do you do now? From switching contacts on your old phone to setting up a new smart speaker or wireless headphones, here are some tips on your first steps with five common Christmas tech gifts.
Google has claimed it will be forced to slash the range of news thrown up by its search engine if European rules to protect copyright owners come into force.
Drug maker Perrigo's Irish tax bill helped push Israel's main stock index to its biggest decrease in more than seven years yesterday.
Dublin retail technology startup Pointy plans to hire more staff and expand further after it reached a milestone of being adopted by 1pc of all retailers in the US.
Tech investor Brendan Morrissey has gone live with a new social media network for children with dyslexia and ADHD and is planning a crowdfunding round for the app early in the New Year.
Digicel has won overwhelming bondholder acceptance for the second element of its offer to swap debt falling due in 2020 and 2022 for longer dated facilities.
Is audio a missed opportunity for newspapers? A bold young Irish startup, NOA, has struck deals with publishers such as Bloomberg, the New York Times and the FT to create a new audio news service from those publications’ daily news stories.
Birds colliding with aircraft have long been a known threat but rogue drones are increasingly becoming a bigger cause of concern in aviation.
Asana is more than just a case of 'what Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz did next'.
The office of the Irish data protection commissioner (DPC) is "assessing" whether to take action on the latest Facebook data privacy controversy, where other apps were allowed to get access to users' personal messages.
Among all of the controversies and technological advances that occurred in 2018, an interesting thing happened: Microsoft overtook Apple as the world's most valuable company.
Those looking for a last-minute Christmas gift might consider a smartwatch. But which one? Apple? Samsung? Or a health device such as a Garmin or a Fitbit? Adrian Weckler has tested four of the best on the market.
The purpose of this diary is to document our decisions as a startup. There's not much point doing that if we don't review them afterwards. So how did we do in 2018? Did voxgig make good decisions? Let's break things down by functional area to see how we did.
Irish businesses have been warned their mobile websites are too slow, potentially costing them smartphone shoppers' money.
Amazon, Google and other Big Tech companies could compete with banks in basic products and undermine their ability to offer free accounts, according to Britain's financial watchdog.
Draper Esprit has invested a further $12m (€10.5m) in Graphcore as part of a $200m (€176m) series D funding round.
David McCourt, the businessman whose dinners with former Communications Minister Denis Naughten caused controversy over the National Broadband Plan, has sold his stake in broadband firm Enet to a State-backed investor.
The co-founder of popular apps Vine and HQ Trivia, Colin Kroll, has died aged 35, police confirmed to US media.
Last month, I signed up to Amazon Prime. For those unaware of what this is, it gives you two things: access to films and television shows (in a similar way to Netflix) and free, faster delivery for things you buy from the giant online retailer.
Question: I read your review of headphones last month. I thought about getting a pair for my daughter as a present. I was leaning towards Sennheiser's HDR 450, but it appears that this isn't ideal for Apple products - other reviews say that because it doesn't support Apple's AAC codec, it will always fall back to the SBC codec, said to be lower quality. What else would you recommend? - Margaret Connell
Facebook is potentially facing huge fines as Ireland's data protection commissioner announced a fresh investigation into the social media giant.
The majority of eight and nine year olds now own at least one smart electronic device, giving them access to the online world and potential contact with strangers.
Facebook is potentially facing huge fines from Ireland’s data protection commissioner, who has announced a fresh investigation into the social media giant.
Phones, smartwatches, hifi, tablets, laptops – Adrian goes through some of the best tech to get over Christmas and recaps on what has impressed during the year.
The discount telecoms firm Yourtel is again in trouble with the Irish regulator.
Waterford-based VR Education has launched its online virtual training platform Engage.
Draper Esprit is leading a $40m (€35m) investment in Finalcad, a building, infrastructure and construction mobile software platform.
As you work through a funding process, you'll eventually hear the words 'due diligence'.
The cement industry is one of the world's biggest emitters of carbon dioxide.
Looking for a decent smartwatch? Heading into 2019, technology editor Adrian Weckler picks four of the best you can buy, from do-all devices to fitness-specific models.
Vodafone Ireland is dipping a toe into rural 5G mobile broadband with trials in Roscommon, Wexford, Tipperary and Waterford.
Dell has won a shareholder vote to return to public markets, putting founder Michael Dell on the winning side of a transformative transaction that polarised investors for the second time in five years.
Eir will pay €3m to settle a High Court case brought by Ireland’s telecoms regulator, Comreg, about a lack of proper controls between the company’s various divisions.
A quarter of Irish businesses will struggle in terms of digital transformation in meeting evolving customer demands within five years, a newly launched index has shown.
EU regulators looked into Apple's mobile payment service and found it was not market dominant but they could review it again if they receive formal complaints, Europe's antitrust chief said on Monday.
Ireland’s telecoms regulator has published a new list of what it claims are the best and worst performing smartphones for voice reception.
Some 27 projects in high tech, health and food will be told that they are sharing €75m in direct Government funding today in what is being described as a State bet on 'disruptive' technologies.
Does the arrest of senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou mean we should start worrying about using that company's networks? This is what the US wants us to believe. But we might be cautious about following its guidance.
Question: I want to get a speaker for the house, but I'm baffled by the choice. Do I need to get a wireless one? It needs to work with my phone because that's where I now play music from.
You've heard of Murphy's Law - what can go wrong, will go wrong. But perhaps you haven't heard of O'Toole's Law - Murphy was an optimist. The National Broadband Plan (NBP) has operated under O'Toole's Law. Since 2012, every setback that could scupper provision of nationwide rural broadband has contrived to bedevil successive governments' false dawns.
Q. What is the National Broadband Plan (NBP)? A. It's a Government scheme to invest over €1bn in laying new fibre broadband lines to large chunks of the country that ordinary broadband operators won't serve.
Broadband is our version of Brexit. It's a major mess and will cost billions to fix - but we have to accept the deal on the table or live with the 'dark-age' consequences of no deal.
While pundits, politicians and rival telecoms firms lobby for their preferred outcome, a million people in Ireland's broadband dead zones are asking one thing - when will we get clarity on an outcome, one way or the other?
All the statistics show that when it comes to VC cash, men get almost all of it. In fact, they snag way more than the percentage of startups they solely found.
Mobile network O2 has said it plans to "make up" for a service outage that left millions of users unable to get online.
An Irish startup that aims to take on food-ordering giants such as JustEat has raised almost €5m in funding.
Ericsson said it was aware some of its mobile operator customers were suffering outages and it was working with them to solve the problem.
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg questioned the business case for giving millions of outside software developers wide access to customer data before endorsing the practice in 2012, according to internal emails published on Wednesday.
The majority of Irish firms expect to move more towards the cloud as data volumes surge - but they still trail behind their European counterparts.
US computer-chip maker Analog Devices, a major employer across Limerick and Cork, is fighting Revenue over a €43m tax bill.