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Tesco teams up with MyThings to 'trace' your valuables

Tesco has teamed up with global item registry MyThings to allow customers of its online Tesco Direct shop to keep track of their valuables online. The Tesco Direct store sells everything from electronic goods to home furnishings, while MyThings helps users protect their valuables. Under the deal, shoppers who buy through the …
Ciara O'Brien, 03 May 2007

Northgate continues shopping spree

Payroll software giant Northgate has bought yet another firm, acquiring management consultancy Kendric Ash in a deal that could be worth up to £14.2m. Under the deal, Northgate will initially pay £9.2m for the firm, with a deferred payment of £500,000 to come later on, and a further payment of up to £4.5m once certain …
Ciara O'Brien, 03 May 2007
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Amazon flows into digital music sales

Online retailer Amazon looks set to take on Apple in the downloadable music market, with plans to launch its own iTunes rival. Reports claim Amazon is being tempted into the digital music market by EMI's agreement to sell tracks free from digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. The retailer is believed to be interested in …
Ciara O'Brien, 26 Apr 2007
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Experts dampen mobile mast health fears

Electromagnetic fields generated by mobile phones and base stations don't cause cancer or have adverse effects on health - yet. That's the finding of a government-appointed expert group which examined the issue in detail, taking into account the fields generated by electricity lines as well as those emitted by mobiles and phone …
Ciara O'Brien, 26 Mar 2007
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Regulator gives 'home-zone' services the go-ahead

Mobile customers could soon be able to take and make cheaper calls with ComReg giving the green light to operators to offer "home-zone" services. As part of the new services, callers will be able to use their mobile phone handsets to make and receive calls in or near their homes at cheaper fixed-line rates. Standard mobile call …
Ciara O'Brien, 15 Mar 2007
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IT outsourcing not catching on with

Small firms are falling behind in outsourcing IT functions, a new survey has revealed. According to research by the Irish Computer Society (ICS), IT outsourcing has become common practice in Irish organisations, with some 72 per cent taking advantage of the services. Smaller IT departments, however, appear to be holding on to …
Ciara O'Brien, 09 Mar 2007

Dell to offer Linux with desktops, laptops

Dell users may soon have the choice of having Linux pre-installed on their machines, according to a statement on the technology company's website. The PC maker launched its feedback website, Dell Idea Storm, in mid-February, and was inundated with requests for the Linux operating system and productivity software suite …
Ciara O'Brien, 28 Feb 2007

Dell to offer Linux with its desktops and laptops

Dell users may soon have the choice of having Linux pre-installed on their machines, according to a statement on the technology company's website. The PC maker launched its feedback website, Dell Idea Storm, in mid-February, and was inundated with requests for the Linux operating system and productivity software suite …
Ciara O'Brien, 28 Feb 2007
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Mobile operators taken to task on roaming

Mobile operators have been accused of "twisting the truth" by a major European consumer lobby group investigating roaming charges. According to BEUC, mobile customers shouldn't pay more than €0.33 per minute on roaming charges. The figure was calculated by doubling the mobile termination rate of the larger networks, and adding …
Ciara O'Brien, 22 Feb 2007
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Intel injects life into digital health

Intel is partnering with Irish universities to set up a digital health research centre that will investigate the challenges of independent living for the elderly. The Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) Centre is supported by IDA Ireland, and will involve collaboration with University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity …
Ciara O'Brien, 31 Jan 2007
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ICANN looking at porn again

It may have been abandoned last year, but plans for the adult-only dot-xxx domain could be staging a comeback in 2007. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is considering revised proposals for the new top level domain (TLD) from ICM Registry, who will administer the domain, after the body promised …
Ciara O'Brien, 09 Jan 2007

HP leads laptop league

HP is leading the way in the laptops league, with 17.7 per cent of the world notebook market, new figures have revealed. According to market research firm DisplaySearch, HP exceeded its nearest rival Dell's shipments by 50,000 units in Q3 2006, reclaiming the top title. This is the first time the company has been at the top of …
Ciara O'Brien, 03 Jan 2007

Spamty Claus is coming to town

Spammers are set for a Christmas bonanza this year as they take advantage of the holiday season to send out more nuisance email. Although statistics for spam email landing in Irish inboxes won't be released until January, experts are predicting we could see a surge in the proportion of junk email that businesses need to filter …
Ciara O'Brien, 21 Dec 2006
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Irish company aims to free eBay's flow

Irish firm Freeflow has teamed up with eBay in a deal that will see it offer pre and post-auction business services to the e-commerce site. Under the agreement, Freeflow will provide sales and administrative services to eBay, while gaining the advantage of the company's private marketplace. Freeflow helps clients liquidate …
Ciara O'Brien, 20 Dec 2006
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Eircom kick starts network upgrade

Eircom has secured a deal with Siemens and ADVA Optical Networks that will see the telecoms firm begin upgrading its network. As part of a three-year, €10m contract, the incumbent plans to increase its core telecoms network capacity to help support business and broadband growth in Ireland. According to Eircom, the investment …
Ciara O'Brien, 30 Nov 2006
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Is new technology worth the risk?

Irish businesses are holding back from taking advantage of modern technologies because they are concerned about potential risks. According to new research from CA, 100 per cent of Irish IT managers surveyed said risk-related concerns were enough to stop them implementing new technologies. This figure fell to 80 per cent among …
Ciara O'Brien, 29 Nov 2006
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Fitfone wins innovation award

A new mobile-based health and fitness assessment aid has scooped the top prize at the NovaUCD Campus Company Development Programme. The FitFone Exercise Physiology System is embedded into a mobile phone and facilitates remote health and fitness assessment. It measures an individual's fitness level using personal statistics such …
Ciara O'Brien, 24 Nov 2006
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Companies getting clued up about info security

Firms are more aware of how information security can affect business, with a rising number integrating information security with their risk management processes, according to an Ernst & Young survey. The survey, which spoke to 1,200 information security professionals from 350 organisations in 48 countries, found some 43 per …
Ciara O'Brien, 15 Nov 2006
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SMEs fall foul of cold-calling firm

Be on your guard for rogue internet firms - that's the warning from Northern Ireland's Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment's Trading Standards Service. A number of local businesses in Northern Ireland have fallen foul of a cold-calling internet firm which promises internet directory services and website services and …
Ciara O'Brien, 08 Nov 2006
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European expansion on the cards for 3V

Pay-as-you-go Visa voucher firm 3V is preparing to launch its product in the UK and Europe, raising €20m to fund the expansion and creating new jobs. The vouchers were launched in the UK on Tuesday, backed by a £2m marketing campaign. Other European markets will be added in 2007. "Following the successful pilot of 3V Voucher …
Ciara O'Brien, 01 Nov 2006
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E-passport launched in Ireland

Ireland has launched its e-passport, just days ahead of a US deadline to bring in biometric passports or risk being booted from the visa waiver scheme. The new, high-tech document includes a secure, contactless electronic chip to store encrypted digital information on the holder's identity, biographical information, and a …
Ciara O'Brien, 17 Oct 2006
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Chip sales enjoy record growth in August

Global chip sales soared to $20.5bn in August, a new monthly record, according to data from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). This represents an increase of 10.5 per cent from the $18.6bn recorded in the same period a year earlier, and beats the previous record of $20.4bn set in November 2005. "Once again we saw …
Ciara O'Brien, 04 Oct 2006
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Virus infections drop, spam on the up

The number of viruses hitting Irish inboxes has fallen but spam continues to rise, according to figures from IE Internet. The Irish email monitoring firm found that the rate of virus infection in the mails that it filtered for its customers fell to 11.65 per cent in September. This reverses the brief rise seen in August 2006, …
Ciara O'Brien, 04 Oct 2006

Irish software to detect airline threats

A new intelligent software program developed by NUI Galway could give the airline industry a leg up in the security stakes. The new application, Hazard IQ, has the ability to quickly and accurately detect substances such as explosives, medicines and illegal drugs. Developed at the university by Dr Michael Madden, Department of …
Ciara O'Brien, 29 Sep 2006

Right set-up vital for virtual teams

Virtual teams need to choose their communications tools carefully if they want to be effective, new research has revealed. According to a new study commissioned by Cisco Systems, virtual teams - i.e. project teams that are working in multiple locations and communicate electronically - can work as well as, if not better than, co …
Ciara O'Brien, 20 Sep 2006