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iGoogle launch fingered in user data loss furore

After thousands of Google users lost their calendar and digital sticky notes when personalised settings mysteriously disappeared last week, the explanation seems to be "iGoogle". According to the Google blog, staff at the search giant call their customised Google homepages iGoogle, and the functions of iGoogle were released to …
Maxim Kelly, 02 May 2007
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Iona misses forecast, expects better results in Q2

Software giant Iona said it missed its quarterly revenue expectations on Tuesday because of a "very complex transaction". The Dublin-headquartered company reported a $15.6m turnover for its first financial quarter - below its $17m expectation. However, Iona said it had deferred recognition of $1.6m in revenue "associated with …
Maxim Kelly, 25 Apr 2007
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Chocolate the key to uncovering PC passwords

Three years since the last time they pulled this stunt, cheeky researchers can still wangle IT passwords with free chocolate and flirting. A train station survey of 300 office workers carried out by Infosecurity Europe researchers in London revealed the disturbing statistic that 64 per cent would hand over their office computer …
Maxim Kelly, 17 Apr 2007
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Listen up banks: women are worth IT

Britain's banking sector has been told to jizz up its customer databases to more effectively target the female market. Based on their latest research, financial consultants at Accenture are urging British banks to reorganise their "archaic IT" as well as the information they keep on customers so as to improve the way they …
Maxim Kelly, 11 Apr 2007
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IBM donates Arabic translation devices and software to US gov

The experiences of IBM staff who served in the 2003 invasion of Iraq have prompted the tech giant to donate language translation technology to the US military. IBM said it is making a humanitarian donation to the United States government of 1,000 two-way translation devices and 10,000 copies of linguistic software. This system …
Maxim Kelly, 04 Apr 2007
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Govt launches voucher scheme for R&D

In another clue that the great pre-election giveaway is well underway, the government has launched a voucher scheme for firms to "become more innovative". Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheal Martin implemented a recommendation of the Small Business Forum in the guise of a €10m fund to assist smaller …
Maxim Kelly, 22 Mar 2007
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Tech industry outlines women's day initiatives

Cisco has jumped on Thursday's International Women's Day bandwagon with the launch of F_email - a project to improve women's technology skills. The network and communications giant believes women, particularly in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America "all have one thing in common: a desire to improve their …
Maxim Kelly, 09 Mar 2007
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Babelgum bursts into Ireland

Italian media magnate Silvio Scaglia is to set up the international headquarters of his new internet broadcasting service in Dublin. The Irish Times reported on Monday that Scaglia, who ranks 764th in the Forbes list of billionaires, plans to create 100 media jobs in Dublin to support the launch of internet protocol television …
Maxim Kelly, 06 Mar 2007
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From Gutenberg to Google

Google's mission is to organise the world's information, but what effect is this having on the oldest information technology - books? In the slow moving book industry there have been few seminal moments. In the third century BC, Ptolmy II of Egypt established his great library at Alexandria and commanded all visitors to the …
Maxim Kelly, 25 Feb 2007
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EC unveils strategy for spectrum liberalisation

Improved management of Europe's airwaves could boost electronic communications industry revenues by billions of euros per year, according to Brussels. European Commissioner for Information Society and Media Viviane Reding unveiled her strategy for radio spectrum use last week and called for the opening up of certain spectrum …
Maxim Kelly, 21 Feb 2007
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Camera phones to de-throne the digital camera?

Mobile phone manufacturers are increasingly looking to integrate established technology from the digital camera industry, and an Irish company is at the forefront. Digital imaging researchers at Galway-based Fotonation have not only developed a faster method for wirelessly sending image and audio files between mobile phones, …
Maxim Kelly, 14 Feb 2007
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Act of God hampers spam

Mother Nature may be hitting back at the scourge of spam-filled inboxes, according to IE Internet. The web hosting and monitoring firm believes the recent earthquake that hit Taiwan in late December may be responsible for a reduction in spam and virus rates for January, although a monstrous 53.12 per cent of emails were spam - …
Maxim Kelly, 05 Feb 2007
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EC foresees digital roadblocks

The European Commission has identified unequal broadband provision and piracy as major "roadblocks" to the development of Europe's online creative content industries. Despite the fact that broadband penetration is slowly increasing across the European Union, the commission is concerned that vast gulfs between adoption in …
Maxim Kelly, 29 Jan 2007
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Spam: now made in China

The politics of unwanted email is changing with China set to overtake the US any day now as the originator of most Irish inbox clutter. Figures for November from Irish email monitoring firm IE Internet show that although the US is still the world leader with 27 per cent of dodgy emails originating there, this is a huge drop on …
Maxim Kelly, 04 Dec 2006
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Going, going, Goggin

Chairperson of the Commission for Communications Regulation Isolde Goggin in effect resigned her position on Wednesday. Goggin's four-year term as one of the three ComReg commissioners was due to end in December, and it is understood Goggin has written to Communications Minister Noel Dempsey to request that she is not …
Maxim Kelly, 30 Nov 2006
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Irish government waves in digital fingerprinting

Irish law enforcement agencies closed an €18m deal on Wednesday to procure digital fingerprinting technology from the private sector. The Director General of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) and the Commissioner of An Garda Siochana signed a contract with an international consortium to design and …
Maxim Kelly, 23 Nov 2006
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Dublin's Googleplex swells

Ireland's Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheal Martin is expected to announce 500 new jobs at Google's European headquarters in Dublin. It is understood the new positions will be concentrated in Google's increasingly successful Adwords programme, as well as at the internet giant's finance, engineering, and …
Maxim Kelly, 15 Nov 2006
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Pure predicts bright future

Pure Telecom is on the acquisition trail after announcing a healthy revenue forecast on Monday. The Irish firm, which specialises in providing broadband and voice services to small business customers, announced it expects to record revenues of €8m for 2006. Pure recorded revenues of €6.4m last year; the 2006 forecast is an …
Maxim Kelly, 24 Oct 2006
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Inquiry into EU roaming probe begins

The European Ombudsman has initiated an inquiry into complaints levied by mobile operator O2 against the European Commission. Ombusdman Nikiforos Diamandouros said the aim of the inquiry will be to ascertain whether there has been any maladministration by the commission when it handled an investigation into mobile phone roaming …
Maxim Kelly, 24 Oct 2006
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Irish chip firm secures $8.2m outlay

Microchip design company RedMere Technology has secured venture capital investment to fund research into chipsets for high definition TVs. The Drogheda-headquartered company has attracted $8.2m in first round funding led by Canadian investment vehicle Celtic House Venture Partners. Enterprise Ireland, 4th Level Ventures, …
Maxim Kelly, 17 Oct 2006
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Yahoo!'s pyramid scheme collapses

Mexican authorities have put the kibosh on Yahoo!'s plans to beam millions of text, video and picture messages into outer space. The main stumbling block for Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) was that internet giant Yahoo! wanted to set up its space-age digital laser apparatus on the ancient Pyramid …
Maxim Kelly, 13 Oct 2006
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Widespread growth likely in global ICT sector

Heady days of 20 and 30 per cent growth in the 1990s remains unlikely, but the worldwide ICT sector is expected to grow a vigorous six per cent in 2006, according to a new report. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's biennial Information Technology Outlook report predicts the highest growth areas will be …
Maxim Kelly, 05 Oct 2006
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EU.biz mired by complex security systems

European companies are becoming bogged down in their increasingly complicated IT security arrangements, according to new research. A study commissioned by security software company McAfee reveals a desire for easier management of IT security is being undermined by complex security system purchasing strategies. Despite IT …
Maxim Kelly, 02 Oct 2006
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Sun shines brightly for broadband

ComReg has released its quarterly report which shows strong broadband take-up over the summer months contributed to total telecoms revenues of €1.06bn for the period. The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) official figures show 372,200 Irish broadband subscribers by the end of June, and ComReg officials said the …
Maxim Kelly, 27 Sep 2006
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Revenue and profits jump at Calyx

Gaining a strong foothold in the British market has contributed to strong interim financial results for Irish IT services firm Calyx. For the six months ending in June, Calyx reported a 61 per cent increase in turnover to €29m compared to €18.2m for the same period last year. The company, which has offices in Dublin, Limerick, …
Maxim Kelly, 26 Sep 2006
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Smart axes 180 in strategic review

Troubled telecommunications company Smart Telecom on Friday laid off a further 180 people after completing a strategic review of its operation. The announcement was made to the London Stock Exchange and came as something of a surprise as the strategic review undertaken by NCB Stockbrokers was not expected for another fortnight …
Maxim Kelly, 25 Sep 2006
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European chip sales bounce back

European microchip sales recover slightly in July but still lag behind the global average, according to the latest figures. World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) data for July released by The European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESCIA) shows the value of European chip sales increased four per cent to $3.2bn …
Maxim Kelly, 06 Sep 2006

A draw in the next-generation DVD war?

The ongoing battle for next-generation DVD supremacy could ultimately result in an uneasy stalemate, according to a new report from media analysts. A report from Screen Digest predicts that the struggle between the latest generation of rival and mutually incompatible DVD formats - Blu-ray and HD DVD - will not mirror the legacy …
Maxim Kelly, 15 Aug 2006
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Social sites a breeding ground for malware: report

Social networking sites are behind a surge in viruses, spyware and other "nasty stuff", according to web security firm ScanSafe's monthly report. According to an analysis of more than 5bn web requests in July, ScanSafe found that, on average, up to one in 600 profile pages on social networking sites hosted some form of malware …
Maxim Kelly, 10 Aug 2006
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Social enterprise deal for HP and Curam

Curam Software and HP announced a global agreement on Tuesday to provide Social Enterprise Management (SEM) packages for public sector agencies worldwide. These SEM solutions will comprise of hardware, software, and web services designed to assist social enterprises - such as non-profit organisations, civil society groups, and …
Maxim Kelly, 09 Aug 2006
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Imagine and Nortel team up in telecoms deal

Telecoms equipment firm Nortel and telecommunications provider Imagine have teamed up to provide an all-Ireland communications package for small businesses. The two firms said they will begin immediate recruitment for 40 resellers to market the combined product. This comprises Nortel's Business Communications Manager (BCM) …
Maxim Kelly, 08 Aug 2006
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IT is a cost not a money-spinner, biz says

Most large Irish companies consider IT as a business cost rather than a possible revenue generator, according to a new survey. The Coleman Parkes study revealed that only one in 10 major companies in Ireland spends more of their IT budget on potentially money-making ideas than on non-revenue generating activities. The report …
Maxim Kelly, 03 Aug 2006
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Citizens to get superhero powers?

While we most likely won't be commuting to work in flying cars in the near future, we could soon be climbing the walls and wearing invisibility cloaks. Tom Cassin, head of the technology, media and telecommunications practice at Deloitte, predicts that although we won't be watching holographic TV or travelling to work in flying …
Maxim Kelly, 02 Aug 2006
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Shareholders approve Eircom sale

Eircom's shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favour of a takeover by Australian investment house Babcock & Brown at a meeting in Dublin today. The deal values Eircom at almost €2.4bn and formalises the fourth change of ownership of Eircom in six years. The institutional shareholders who have approved B&B's bid for the company …
Maxim Kelly, 26 Jul 2006
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Mobile phone shipments soar

On average, more than 2.5 million mobile phones were shipped every day during the second quarter of 2006. Figures from researchers at Strategy Analytics show an annual industry growth rate of 26 per cent based on 235 million handsets shipped during the three-month period. Market leaders Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson all …
Maxim Kelly, 21 Jul 2006
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Bogus clicks undermine online advertising

More than one in ten clicks on internet ads are fraudulent, according to new data released on Monday. The health of internet search engines' lucrative ad-based business models has been questioned with the release of a survey by Click Forensics. Based on responses from 1,300 online marketing experts, 14.1 per cent of recorded …
Maxim Kelly, 17 Jul 2006
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High-tech chicanery worries Irish punters

Consumer fear of online identity theft could be costing Irish businesses up to €250m a year, according to a survey released on Friday. Research group Behaviour and Attitudes also reported that more than 15,000 Irish internet users may have had their identities stolen through sophisticated phishing scams, which entice surfers to …
Maxim Kelly, 17 Jul 2006
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Microsoft ends support for Windows 98

Microsoft is to end customer support for its Windows 98 and Millennium Edition operating systems from Tuesday as part of its product lifecycle policy. IDC analysts estimate 70m users of Windows 98 alone will no longer be able to avail of telephone customer or technical support from Microsoft, and the firm will also cease …
Maxim Kelly, 11 Jul 2006
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EU opens public consultation on RFID

Fears about new Radio Frequency Identification technology (RFID), have prompted the EU to open a public consultation process. The commission has been holding discussions with government agencies and the private sector since March based on general themes of standardising RFID frequencies and formats across Europe, but now the …
Maxim Kelly, 04 Jul 2006
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eBay.ie introduces 'Skype Me' function

Buyers and sellers cruising the dedicated Irish eBay site can now haggle using Skype free internet voice calls and instant messaging service. Sellers will be able to include a "Skype Me" button on the eBay.ie listings page accessible to buyers. By clicking the button, buyers can talk to sellers or use Skype instant messenger at …
Maxim Kelly, 28 Jun 2006
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eBay unveils keyword ad system

Online auction giant eBay is to launch a keyword advertising system directing web surfers to product auctions related to the website they are visiting. The new system, called adContext, is similar to Google's AdSense platform. It allows websites to display ads for relevant eBay inventories, and site owners hosting these auction …
Maxim Kelly, 13 Jun 2006
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Dell hooks up with Skype

Computer giant Dell has announced that it has paired off with global internet communications company Skype in the latest tech sector marriage. News of the happy union comes hot on the heels of Dell's recent infatuation with Google, and search engine Yahoo's hook-up with Skype's parent company, eBay. The Skype nuptials mean Dell …
Maxim Kelly, 02 Jun 2006
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Irish SMEs bamboozled by technology

Irish mobile operator O2 released results of its survey which it claims shows that "complexity turns business users off technology" and that many companies surveyed found technology "too confusing". The third annual TNS MRBI poll of small and medium-sized businesses for O2 reveals that 21 per cent of SMEs found technology too …
Maxim Kelly, 30 May 2006
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Amnesty takes a strike against web censorship

The worldwide movement of activists who campaign for internationally recognised human rights launched a campaign on Sunday to challenge what it calls the increasing governmental censorship of the internet. In conjunction with The Observer newspaper and multimedia art company Soda Creative, Amnesty set up the Irrepressible …
Maxim Kelly, 30 May 2006
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Web 2.0 opens can of worms for Cork

American technical publishers O'Reilly Media has formally requested Irish non-profit group IT@Cork not to call an upcoming discussion "Web 2.0". A letter dated 24 May from a lawyer acting for the O'Reilly partner company CMP, claims to have a pending application for the term "Web 2.0" as a service mark for arranging IT …
Maxim Kelly, 26 May 2006
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Digital fever sweeps UK as World Cup looms

Britain bounced into number one spot as Europe's most digital market on Tuesday, largely due to digital TV spending ahead of the World Cup. The latest research from Informa Telecoms and Media ranks the UK as the most digital state in western Europe based on the research firm's quarterly Converging Media (CM) index. The final …
Maxim Kelly, 24 May 2006
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TGT targets Eircom with hybrid phone

Cork-based Trans Global Technologies is launching an assault on the telecoms market with a combined landline, broadband, and mobile phone package. The company revealed its Phoenix M1 unit on Monday, comprising a wireless base unit/recharger and mobile camera phone with MP3, FM radio, and internet capabilities. The final model …
Maxim Kelly, 25 Apr 2006
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Intel pins hopes on new business product

Only a week after reporting a drop in quarterly earnings, Intel is today expected to launch a fresh bid to capture market share in the business computing segment. Based on reports in the New York Times, the microchip manufacturer's newly branded line of processors is designed for companies which manage and maintain a large …
Maxim Kelly, 24 Apr 2006
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PC market continues solid growth

Quarterly figures show global shipments of PCs rose nearly 13 per cent with Dell still leading the way among PC vendors. IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker survey, released on Thursday, illustrates solid growth for the personal computer market, although the figures are slightly down on the headline growth of 15.9 per cent in …
Maxim Kelly, 21 Apr 2006
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Bling bling: Nokia models L'Amour collection

Nokia went bling on Tuesday night with a catwalk display of new Irish fashion talent to complement the phone company's latest product line launch in Ireland. Inspired by contemporary vintage glamour, the Finnish mobile manufacturer is attempting to reach a niche market interested in phones as accessories with its new L'Amour …
Maxim Kelly, 07 Apr 2006