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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

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

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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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 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