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    'I'm not out to make a quick profit' - head of consortium bidding to land National Broadband tender


    The head of the consortium bidding to land the National Broadband Tender says accusations that he is a recently-arrived financier seeking to make a quick profit from Ireland’s broadband crisis are...

    The head of the consortium bidding to land the National Broadband Tender says accusations that he is a recently-arrived financier seeking to make a quick profit from Ireland’s broadband crisis are wrong.
    4G network to patch gaps in broadband

    4G network to patch gaps in broadband


    Ireland is to get blanket 4G mobile broadband coverage in a new twist to the rural broadband...

    Ireland is to get blanket 4G mobile broadband coverage in a new twist to the rural broadband controversy.
    Adrian Weckler: 'Why cities bend over for tech'

    Adrian Weckler: 'Why cities bend over for tech'


    Imagine Google and Facebook employing 20,000 people in Dublin. What sort of power would that bring? What effect would it have on the city, its economy, its infrastructure, its...

    Imagine Google and Facebook employing 20,000 people in Dublin. What sort of power would that bring? What effect would it have on the city, its economy, its infrastructure, its culture?
    Cost of protecting government bodies from cyberattacks jumps to €2m

    Cost of protecting government bodies from cyberattacks jumps to €2m


    The cost of protecting government technology infrastructure from hackers has risen almost eightfold in just two years, it has been...

    The cost of protecting government technology infrastructure from hackers has risen almost eightfold in just two years, it has been revealed.

    Ask Adrian: Our technology editor tackles your trickiest tech problem


    Question: With Apple having gotten rid of the headphone jack on its phones, what is the best option in the form of wireless headphones to use with Apple products? I use the iPhone 7 so I want wireless headphones that are affordable and won't drain the...

    Question: With Apple having gotten rid of the headphone jack on its phones, what is the best option in the form of wireless headphones to use with Apple products? I use the iPhone 7 so I want wireless headphones that are affordable and won't drain the battery too quickly as it drains rapidly already. - Cormac
    Social media giant denies its Dublin expansion was influenced by Brexit

    Social media giant denies its Dublin expansion was influenced by Brexit


    Facebook has denied its decision to expand its Irish operations through the addition of 5,000 staff at a new European headquarters in Ballsbridge is in any way linked to the ongoing uncertainty being caused by...

    Facebook has denied its decision to expand its Irish operations through the addition of 5,000 staff at a new European headquarters in Ballsbridge is in any way linked to the ongoing uncertainty being caused by Brexit.

    Google revises its policies on sexual misconduct following staff protests


    Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated...

    Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture.

    EU considering probe into Facebook's European tax arrangements


    The EU is considering a probe into Facebook’s European tax arrangements, with Ireland’s tax treatment of multinationals again in the spotlight, Politico...

    The EU is considering a probe into Facebook’s European tax arrangements, with Ireland’s tax treatment of multinationals again in the spotlight, Politico reported.

    Tesla appoints new chairperson – effective immediately


    Tesla said board member Robyn Denholm will replace Elon Musk as its chair, more than a month after the billionaire had to step down as the electric-car maker's chairman as part of a settlement with US...

    Tesla said board member Robyn Denholm will replace Elon Musk as its chair, more than a month after the billionaire had to step down as the electric-car maker's chairman as part of a settlement with US regulators.

    Design for life: Pinterest chief out to inspire as it gets personal with users


    Planning a wedding, new outfit or a house redecoration? If you use social media, there's only one place you'll go to help you gather everything neatly in a single online...

    Planning a wedding, new outfit or a house redecoration? If you use social media, there's only one place you'll go to help you gather everything neatly in a single online scrapbook.

    Review: Apple's excellent new iPad is a real Pro and ever closer to a laptop replacement


    Apple has a new portable computer that it believes will strongly appeal to professionals and creative types. But do people yet see the iPad Pro as a replacement for a MacBook Pro or a Windows...

    Apple has a new portable computer that it believes will strongly appeal to professionals and creative types. But do people yet see the iPad Pro as a replacement for a MacBook Pro or a Windows equivalent?

    Tech hub's rocket man helps high-risk startups fly high


    "People come into incubators and very often it's just for space, they are thinking 'that's what I need, a nice space would be...

    "People come into incubators and very often it's just for space, they are thinking 'that's what I need, a nice space would be good'.

    Watch: Third day of Web Summit 2018 with talks on robots, gaming and 20 years of Google


    Independent.ie’s live coverage of the Web Summit from Lisbon continues and today you’ll hear from Microsoft’s President, Pinterest’s CEO, Minecraft’s Studio Head, and three of the world’s top unboxers amongst...

    Independent.ie’s live coverage of the Web Summit from Lisbon continues and today you’ll hear from Microsoft’s President, Pinterest’s CEO, Minecraft’s Studio Head, and three of the world’s top unboxers amongst others.

    AI can spot early signs of Alzheimer's years before patient diagnosis


    Artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to spot early signs of Alzheimer's disease years before a patient would normally be...

    Artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to spot early signs of Alzheimer's disease years before a patient would normally be diagnosed.
    Ireland handed boost in EU digital tax scheme battle

    Ireland handed boost in EU digital tax scheme battle


    FRENCH-LED plans to tax big internet firms like Google and Facebook on their turnover are on the verge of collapse after other member states rejected them and announced national initiatives...

    FRENCH-LED plans to tax big internet firms like Google and Facebook on their turnover are on the verge of collapse after other member states rejected them and announced national initiatives instead.
    Children are being used as 'guinea pigs' by app makers, charity warns

    Children are being used as 'guinea pigs' by app makers, charity warns


    Children are being used as guinea pigs by the developers of apps and digital products without regulation, a leading charity has...

    Children are being used as guinea pigs by the developers of apps and digital products without regulation, a leading charity has warned.

    Facebook in crackdown demand as web founder urges online revolution


    Facebook has endured another day of bashing on the international stage with the European Commissioner for Justice, Vera Jourova, telling the Web Summit that social networks need to be controlled more...

    Facebook has endured another day of bashing on the international stage with the European Commissioner for Justice, Vera Jourova, telling the Web Summit that social networks need to be controlled more tightly.

    Social networks need to be controlled more tightly - Web Summit told


    Facebook has endured another day of bashing on the international stage with the European Commissioner for Justice, Vera Jourova, telling the Web Summit that social networks need to be controlled more...

    Facebook has endured another day of bashing on the international stage with the European Commissioner for Justice, Vera Jourova, telling the Web Summit that social networks need to be controlled more tightly.

    Government considers expanding BAI remit to regulate internet bodies


    Expanding the remit of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to monitor and regulate online platforms such as Facebook and Google is being considered by Government, officials have told an Oireachtas committee...

    Expanding the remit of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to monitor and regulate online platforms such as Facebook and Google is being considered by Government, officials have told an Oireachtas committee today.
    Digital tax on verge of collapse

    Digital tax on verge of collapse


    A European Union plan to tax big internet firms like Google and Facebook on their turnover was on the verge of collapsing on Tuesday after several EU governments rejected it and announced national initiatives...

    A European Union plan to tax big internet firms like Google and Facebook on their turnover was on the verge of collapsing on Tuesday after several EU governments rejected it and announced national initiatives instead.
    Ireland backed by Sweden and Denmark on digital tax

    Ireland backed by Sweden and Denmark on digital tax


    Ireland’s opposition to the mooted tax on tech giants revenue was backed up by Denmark and Sweden at a meeting of EU finance ministers...

    Ireland’s opposition to the mooted tax on tech giants revenue was backed up by Denmark and Sweden at a meeting of EU finance ministers today.

    Watch: Highlights from Web Summit's opening day


    Join us on Independent.ie for highlights each day from the main speakers and talks of the 2018 Web...

    Join us on Independent.ie for highlights each day from the main speakers and talks of the 2018 Web Summit.

    Internet founder Tim Berners-Lee urges firms to ditch 'clickbait'


    THE inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, said that the internet needed to wean itself off "clickbait" and that another "revolution" was...

    THE inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, said that the internet needed to wean itself off "clickbait" and that another "revolution" was needed.
    We must do better on sex harassment, says Google Ireland chief

    We must do better on sex harassment, says Google Ireland chief


    Search engine giant Google needs to do better in dealing with issues of sexual harassment and discrimination, its head of Irish operations has...

    Search engine giant Google needs to do better in dealing with issues of sexual harassment and discrimination, its head of Irish operations has said.
    Facebook says move 'a threat to expression'

    Facebook says move 'a threat to expression'


    Facebook will argue that plans for a digital safety commissioner have the potential to interfere with freedom of...

    Facebook will argue that plans for a digital safety commissioner have the potential to interfere with freedom of expression.
    Watch: The first evening of talks as Web Summit 2018 gets underway in Lisbon

    Watch: The first evening of talks as Web Summit 2018 gets underway in Lisbon


    Web Summit 2018 kicks off for another four days of tech and business talks from Lisbon and Independent.ie will be bringing you all the biggest speakers from the Summit’s Centre Stage live and in full from Monday to...

    Web Summit 2018 kicks off for another four days of tech and business talks from Lisbon and Independent.ie will be bringing you all the biggest speakers from the Summit’s Centre Stage live and in full from Monday to Thursday.
    Richard Bruton admits 'no question of a Plan B' despite current process hanging by thread

    Richard Bruton admits 'no question of a Plan B' despite current process hanging by thread


    Broadband is fast becoming the key battleground for a general election after newly-appointed Communications Minister Richard Bruton admitted there was "no question of a Plan B" despite the current process hanging by a...

    Broadband is fast becoming the key battleground for a general election after newly-appointed Communications Minister Richard Bruton admitted there was "no question of a Plan B" despite the current process hanging by a thread.
    Adrian Weckler: 'Can the ESB replace the NBP?'

    Adrian Weckler: 'Can the ESB replace the NBP?'


    Can a semi-state body such as the ESB, Bord na Mona or Irish Water (Ervia) become a viable substitute for the current National Broadband...

    Can a semi-state body such as the ESB, Bord na Mona or Irish Water (Ervia) become a viable substitute for the current National Broadband Plan?

    Ask Adrian: Our technology editor tackles your trickiest tech problems


    Question: I'm looking to get a drone for my husband for Christmas. I don't have a massive budget. Could you recommend the best one to go...

    Question: I'm looking to get a drone for my husband for Christmas. I don't have a massive budget. Could you recommend the best one to go for?

    Twitter deletes more than 10,000 accounts posting messages that discouraged US voting


    Twitter deleted more than 10,000 automated accounts posting messages that discouraged people from voting in Tuesday's US election and wrongly appeared to be from Democrats, after the party flagged the misleading tweets to the social media...

    Twitter deleted more than 10,000 automated accounts posting messages that discouraged people from voting in Tuesday's US election and wrongly appeared to be from Democrats, after the party flagged the misleading tweets to the social media company.

    Adrian Weckler: 'Handing over high-speed internet roll-out to a semi-State would be difficult'


    Are we really about to change tack on rural broadband roll-out after six years? It's not impossible. A combination of factors, mostly political ones, have converged to put it on the...

    Are we really about to change tack on rural broadband roll-out after six years? It's not impossible. A combination of factors, mostly political ones, have converged to put it on the agenda.
    The Big Tech Show: Is the new iPad Pro a replacement for your laptop? Does the Web Summit matter?

    The Big Tech Show: Is the new iPad Pro a replacement for your laptop? Does the Web Summit matter?


    Adrian returns to Dublin following Apple’s MacBook Air and iPad Pro launch. Joined by Sunday Independent business correspondent Michael Cogley and INM head of product Steve Dempsey, he goes through the most important features of what was announced and...

    Adrian returns to Dublin following Apple’s MacBook Air and iPad Pro launch. Joined by Sunday Independent business correspondent Michael Cogley and INM head of product Steve Dempsey, he goes through the most important features of what was announced and asks whether pro tablets can be a long term replacement for current laptops.

    World Wide Web inventor warns: tech giants may have to be broken up


    The inventor of the World Wide Web has warned that technology giants like Facebook and Google have grown so dominant they may need to be broken up, unless challengers or changes in taste reduce their...

    The inventor of the World Wide Web has warned that technology giants like Facebook and Google have grown so dominant they may need to be broken up, unless challengers or changes in taste reduce their clout.

    About face: Fitbit stock jumps after it reports a surprise profit


    WEARABLE device maker Fitbit reported a surprise third-quarter adjusted profit on Wednesday, driven by its fast-growing smartwatch business that contributed to nearly half of its total...

    WEARABLE device maker Fitbit reported a surprise third-quarter adjusted profit on Wednesday, driven by its fast-growing smartwatch business that contributed to nearly half of its total revenue.
    Facebook court appeal to be heard in January

    Facebook court appeal to be heard in January


    Facebook's unprecedented Supreme Court appeal aimed at halting a referral to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) of a case concerning the validity of EU-US data transfer channels will be heard in...

    Facebook's unprecedented Supreme Court appeal aimed at halting a referral to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) of a case concerning the validity of EU-US data transfer channels will be heard in January.
    $40bn wiped off the value of Apple as it admits it may not hit targets

    $40bn wiped off the value of Apple as it admits it may not hit targets


    Apple Inc on Thursday warned that sales for the crucial holiday quarter would likely miss Wall Street expectations, which Chief Executive Tim Cook blamed on weakness in emerging markets, foreign exchange costs and uncertainty whether the iPhone maker can...

    Apple Inc on Thursday warned that sales for the crucial holiday quarter would likely miss Wall Street expectations, which Chief Executive Tim Cook blamed on weakness in emerging markets, foreign exchange costs and uncertainty whether the iPhone maker can keep up with demand for new products.
    The iPad Pro versus the MacBook Air: which will win?

    The iPad Pro versus the MacBook Air: which will win?


    When he was interviewed by the Irish Independent three years ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked whether he could see the iPad and MacBook lines of computers ever...

    When he was interviewed by the Irish Independent three years ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked whether he could see the iPad and MacBook lines of computers ever merging.

    Startup diary: For every €1 you spend in marketing, make €2 in revenue


    Our podcast is now live. (A search for voxgig on iTunes will bring it up.) It is, as with most things we do, a soft launch. There's only one episode just yet. Our general strategy for getting things done is accept embarrassment with version 1, and then...

    Our podcast is now live. (A search for voxgig on iTunes will bring it up.) It is, as with most things we do, a soft launch. There's only one episode just yet. Our general strategy for getting things done is accept embarrassment with version 1, and then iterate our way out of mortification. It might be a little painful at the start, but it helps us avoid wasting resources - it's easy to be wrong about what you think people want.

    Richard Curran: 'Broadband plan is heading down yet another bog road dead end'


    On the first day that Jim Hacker became a government minister in the classic British TV comedy series 'Yes Minister', his private secretary Bernard Woolley showed him around his new office. Woolley explained: "It used to be said there were two kinds of...

    On the first day that Jim Hacker became a government minister in the classic British TV comedy series 'Yes Minister', his private secretary Bernard Woolley showed him around his new office. Woolley explained: "It used to be said there were two kinds of chairs to go with two kinds of ministers: one sort that folds up instantly and the other sort that goes round and round in circles."

    Tech review: Canon Eos R


    Canon has finally produced a full-frame mirrorless camera. But is it worth the attention of...

    Canon has finally produced a full-frame mirrorless camera. But is it worth the attention of professionals?
    'I had a child born with kidney challenges ... tech can help transform Ireland's healthcare system' - Aisling Keegan, Dell EMC

    'I had a child born with kidney challenges ... tech can help transform Ireland's healthcare system' - Aisling Keegan, Dell EMC


    Ireland needs to be more ambitious in terms of leveraging technology to transform its healthcare system, or the existing challenges facing the system - already at crisis point - will only...

    Ireland needs to be more ambitious in terms of leveraging technology to transform its healthcare system, or the existing challenges facing the system - already at crisis point - will only worsen.
    Watch: HP's new-and-improved Sprocket could beat off its PC peers in Christmas sales

    Watch: HP's new-and-improved Sprocket could beat off its PC peers in Christmas sales


    HP's Sprocket sought to reinvent the print category for the millennial community - and the tech group's latest iteration of the product seems to be keeping up with their constantly evolving...

    HP's Sprocket sought to reinvent the print category for the millennial community - and the tech group's latest iteration of the product seems to be keeping up with their constantly evolving demands.
    IBM shares and bonds hit on $33bn Red Hat buy

    IBM shares and bonds hit on $33bn Red Hat buy


    IBM's shares and bonds were hit yesterday after it confirmed its $33bn purchase of Red Hat - the world's second-largest technology deal...

    IBM's shares and bonds were hit yesterday after it confirmed its $33bn purchase of Red Hat - the world's second-largest technology deal ever.

    Apple set to launch new MacBooks and iPads this week


    Apple is set to launch a range of new MacBooks and iPads, as it switches its attention away from...

    Apple is set to launch a range of new MacBooks and iPads, as it switches its attention away from iPhones.
    Rural fury boils over as broadband pushed back

    Rural fury boils over as broadband pushed back


    Rural residents say they are being "abandoned again" as the Government prepares to announce a new delay to a broadband roll-out for a million people living outside our cities. The delay will mean broadband connections being pushed back until 2020 at the...

    Rural residents say they are being "abandoned again" as the Government prepares to announce a new delay to a broadband roll-out for a million people living outside our cities. The delay will mean broadband connections being pushed back until 2020 at the earliest.
    IBM buys software firm in a record $34bn deal

    IBM buys software firm in a record $34bn deal


    IBM said last night it had agreed to acquire US software company Red Hat Inc for $34bn (e29.8bn), including debt, as it seeks to diversify its tech hardware and consulting business into higher-margin products and...

    IBM said last night it had agreed to acquire US software company Red Hat Inc for $34bn (e29.8bn), including debt, as it seeks to diversify its tech hardware and consulting business into higher-margin products and services.
    Why eCars are still non-starters

    Why eCars are still non-starters


    I'm writing this as I sit in Abrakebabra with a weak tea. It's 8.15pm on a dark, cold northside Dublin night. I'm waiting for my electric car, Volkswagen's latest eGolf, to charge. It is doing so very, very...

    I'm writing this as I sit in Abrakebabra with a weak tea. It's 8.15pm on a dark, cold northside Dublin night. I'm waiting for my electric car, Volkswagen's latest eGolf, to charge. It is doing so very, very slowly.
    Markets rocked as shares slump knocks $125bn off Amazon and Google value

    Markets rocked as shares slump knocks $125bn off Amazon and Google value


    Amazon shares dropped by the most in four years after its outlook for sales missed targets, fanning concerns that Wall Street's tech darlings are finally starting to face stronger...

    Amazon shares dropped by the most in four years after its outlook for sales missed targets, fanning concerns that Wall Street's tech darlings are finally starting to face stronger competition.

    Ask Adrian: Our technology editor tackles your trickiest tech problem


    Question The mobile reception in my house is awful. I live in a recently-built terraced house that's over three stories. The signal is okay upstairs but terrible downstairs. I hate having to walk up two flights of stairs to make or take a call. Is there...

    Question The mobile reception in my house is awful. I live in a recently-built terraced house that's over three stories. The signal is okay upstairs but terrible downstairs. I hate having to walk up two flights of stairs to make or take a call. Is there something I can do to improve it myself?

    The Big Tech Show: Mark Little's plan to reinvent app-based news with 'Kinzen'


    Mark Little is one of Ireland’s most recognisable media technology figures. From being an anchorman on RTE television to founding Storyful to becoming boss of Twitter in Ireland, he has seen the business from all...

    Mark Little is one of Ireland’s most recognisable media technology figures. From being an anchorman on RTE television to founding Storyful to becoming boss of Twitter in Ireland, he has seen the business from all angles.
    National Broadband Plan faces fresh doubt over bid

    National Broadband Plan faces fresh doubt over bid


    The National Broadband Plan faces a new challenge as doubts begin to surface over the commitment of the sole remaining bidder to the rural...

    The National Broadband Plan faces a new challenge as doubts begin to surface over the commitment of the sole remaining bidder to the rural rollout.
    What Kinzen is and how it works

    What Kinzen is and how it works


    Formerly known as Neva Labs, Dublin-based Kinzen is a news app that aims to sift out junk and promote expert-led news and information from around the...

    Formerly known as Neva Labs, Dublin-based Kinzen is a news app that aims to sift out junk and promote expert-led news and information from around the web.

    The rise of Jordan Peterson and the intellectual dark web


    I come to you from San Francisco this month. As per usual, engineers are building new apps we don't know we need yet, paying $5 for coffee, and getting ready for consequential midterm elections next...

    I come to you from San Francisco this month. As per usual, engineers are building new apps we don't know we need yet, paying $5 for coffee, and getting ready for consequential midterm elections next month.

    'Microsoft's new product is validation for Slack - and we have a few advantages over the tech behemoth'


    Slack's founders brought the same attitude to their communication tool as they applied to their now defunct online game: "an irrational belief that whatever you're doing is definitely going to work, your idea is sound and everybody should be using your...

    Slack's founders brought the same attitude to their communication tool as they applied to their now defunct online game: "an irrational belief that whatever you're doing is definitely going to work, your idea is sound and everybody should be using your product".

    Build it and they will share: what Mark Little did next


    Does the world need another news app? What if there was one that could mix in the best of what one looks for in Twitter without the...

    Does the world need another news app? What if there was one that could mix in the best of what one looks for in Twitter without the dross?
    Skilled workforce sucks Dyson to Singapore rather than Britain to build electric car

    Skilled workforce sucks Dyson to Singapore rather than Britain to build electric car


    James Dyson, the billionaire British inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, has chosen to build his electric car in Singapore to be close to Asian customers, supply chains and a highly skilled...

    James Dyson, the billionaire British inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, has chosen to build his electric car in Singapore to be close to Asian customers, supply chains and a highly skilled workforce.
    Junior minister under pressure to explain meetings with businessman

    Junior minister under pressure to explain meetings with businessman


    Junior Business Minister Pat Breen is under growing pressure to provide more details of his meetings with businessman David McCourt to the...

    Junior Business Minister Pat Breen is under growing pressure to provide more details of his meetings with businessman David McCourt to the Dáil.
    Head of last broadband bid 'lobbied' eight times

    Head of last broadband bid 'lobbied' eight times


    Contacts involving David McCourt, whose company is leading the last remaining National Broadband Plan (NBP) bid, and politicians and officials have been recorded on the lobbying register eight...

    Contacts involving David McCourt, whose company is leading the last remaining National Broadband Plan (NBP) bid, and politicians and officials have been recorded on the lobbying register eight times.
    Netflix set to issue $2bn of junk bonds to fund new programmes

    Netflix set to issue $2bn of junk bonds to fund new programmes


    NETFLIX is once again turning to the junk-bond market to fund new programming as the streaming-video giant seeks to maintain its subscriber...

    NETFLIX is once again turning to the junk-bond market to fund new programming as the streaming-video giant seeks to maintain its subscriber growth.

    Citrix to take on 30 after HQ upgrade


    US software firm Citrix has announced 30 new roles as it officially opened its Dublin centre after a €6.7m...

    US software firm Citrix has announced 30 new roles as it officially opened its Dublin centre after a €6.7m revamp.

    'Relationship is strong with Facebook' - CPL


    CPL hasn't seen any negative financial impact from a documentary highlighting issues relating to content moderation for Facebook by CPL staff, according to chief executive Anne...

    CPL hasn't seen any negative financial impact from a documentary highlighting issues relating to content moderation for Facebook by CPL staff, according to chief executive Anne Heraty.
    Intimacy faces crisis in the age of digital connectivity

    Intimacy faces crisis in the age of digital connectivity


    The term connection has a wide variety of meanings. It can refer to a physical or logical path between two entities, it can refer to the flow over the path, it can inferentially refer to an action associated with the setting up of a path, or it can refer...

    The term connection has a wide variety of meanings. It can refer to a physical or logical path between two entities, it can refer to the flow over the path, it can inferentially refer to an action associated with the setting up of a path, or it can refer to an association between two or more entities, with or without regard to any path between them. In this paper, we do not explicitly reject the term connection, since it is in such widespread use, and does connote a meaningful relation, but consider it exclusively in the sense of an association between two or more entities without regard to a path.
    Oldtown proves superfast path to rural broadband is possible

    Oldtown proves superfast path to rural broadband is possible


    Oldtown is a small village nestled into the fields beyond Swords where the horizon is dotted by the rhythm of planes floating in and out of Dublin Airport. A few weeks before the Great Blizzard of 1947, which held the country in the grips of an ice-bound...

    Oldtown is a small village nestled into the fields beyond Swords where the horizon is dotted by the rhythm of planes floating in and out of Dublin Airport. A few weeks before the Great Blizzard of 1947, which held the country in the grips of an ice-bound siege for months on end, something truly remarkable happened there.
    Online lad-mags to consolidate

    Online lad-mags to consolidate


    Unilad was the fourth-largest publisher on Facebook, with 39 million likes on the social media platform. It had more than 150 employees. Last year its two co-founders were nominated in Forbes' 30 Under 30. It was a big deal. And then suddenly it...

    Unilad was the fourth-largest publisher on Facebook, with 39 million likes on the social media platform. It had more than 150 employees. Last year its two co-founders were nominated in Forbes' 30 Under 30. It was a big deal. And then suddenly it wasn't.
    Adrian Weckler: The shame of San Francisco

    Adrian Weckler: The shame of San Francisco


    Tent cities. Long lines for food. People in rags. The mentally ill cast adrift on...

    Tent cities. Long lines for food. People in rags. The mentally ill cast adrift on streets.

    Ask Adrian: Our technology editor tackles your trickiest tech problem


    Question: I am currently thinking about buying my first smartphone. Some friends have suggested that Samsung's J5 or the J3 are worth considering. At the moment I am using a very basic Nokia phone. I want to change to a smartphone, but I have no idea...

    Question: I am currently thinking about buying my first smartphone. Some friends have suggested that Samsung's J5 or the J3 are worth considering. At the moment I am using a very basic Nokia phone. I want to change to a smartphone, but I have no idea what to buy. I don't want anything too sophisticated or too expensive, just something suitable for my age group of 60.