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EU tunes in to DVB-H

Mobile TV has moved one step nearer to widespread roll-out as the European Commission officially selects DVB-H as the standard for Europe. Despite opposition from some countries, DVB-H is to be added to the official list of standards whose use all 27 EU Member States have to actively support and encourage. The move gives …
Charlie Taylor, 30 Nov 2007

Q3 revenues looking rosy at Salesforce

Online customer relationship management provider saw revenue rise by a whopping 48 per cent during its third fiscal quarter. The firm's chairman and chief executive Marc Benioff said on Friday that he expects to become the first ever on-demand company to exceed $1bn in annual revenue in fiscal 2009 …
Charlie Taylor, 19 Nov 2007
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Dublin designer branches out with 'tree' PC

An innovative tree-shaped PC that allows users to upgrade parts of the computer separately when required, has won a major design award. Laura Caulwell (22), a graduate of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) took home the Dyson Ireland Student Design Award on Wednesday for her invention entitled "Cultivate - the …
Charlie Taylor, 09 Nov 2007
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Global mobile penetration to reach 75% by 2011

Over half of the world's population will have a mobile phone by 2008, according to new research. A new report from Portio Research predicts that the global mobile penetration rate will surpass the 50 per cent mark next year. That's not all though, because a further 1.5 billion mobile phone users are expected over the next four …
Charlie Taylor, 26 Oct 2007

Wii propels Nintendo sales to record heights

The phenomenal success of Nintendo's Wii games console has helped the Japanese manufacturer to double its profits during the six months to the end of September. Nintendo said on Thursday that net profit reached 132.42bn yen ($1.2bn) for the first half of its latest fiscal year, up from 54.4bn yen for the same time last year. …
Charlie Taylor, 25 Oct 2007
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Tech deals boost M&A activity

Over €5bn was spent on mergers and acquisitions involving Irish firms in the third quarter, with tech-related M&As among the most valuable deals. Overall, the value of M&As carried out in the quarter was almost three times that for the same three-month period last year. The value of acquisitions in the first nine months of …
Charlie Taylor, 19 Oct 2007
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Mobile broadband to dominate in 2011

Mobile broadband is expected to become the dominant broadband platform worldwide in 2011, according to a new report. The research, which was carried out by Informa Telecoms & Media, indicates there will be more than one billion broadband subscribers worldwide in 2011, with the majority using mobile rather than fixed systems. …
Charlie Taylor, 12 Oct 2007
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Sony Ericsson profits fall on cheaper phones

Mobile manufacturer Sony Ericsson's third quarter profit fell by 10 per cent despite shipping more units over the past year. The firm said on Thursday that profit declined from the €298m it clocked up for the third quarter of 2006 to €267m this year. Pre-tax profit fell 11 per cent to €384m from €433m in the year-ago quarter, …
Charlie Taylor, 11 Oct 2007

Global Voice hits right note with €32m bond

Irish-owned data network firm Global Voice, which trades as euNetworks, has raised up to €32m in funding through the issuing of a convertible bond. Global Voice said it intends to use the proceeds of the bond to accelerate the roll-out of metro networks and associated services in London, Berlin, and Munich. The funds will also …
Charlie Taylor, 05 Oct 2007
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UK users spending more time online

Almost 90 per cent of home internet users in the UK now spend six hours or more online each week, according to new research. Analysis from Point Topic's most recent broadband consumer survey indicates that 86.6 per cent of residential internet users spend at least six hours online every week, up from 83 per cent at the end of …
Charlie Taylor, 28 Sep 2007

Sony delays launch of PS3 virtual community

Sony is to delay the launch of Home, its virtual community service for users of the PlayStation 3 console, until spring 2008. The service, which was originally scheduled for release this autumn, is a real-time interactive virtual world that serves as a meeting place for PlayStation 3 users. Much like Second Life it allows …
Charlie Taylor, 21 Sep 2007

Facebook to show profiles to search engines

Facebook users may no longer be able to hide after the website announced it is launching a service that enables anyone to view member profiles. In a major move, the social networking site said on Wednesday that it intends to make a limited public listing service available to people who are not logged in to Facebook, meaning …
Charlie Taylor, 05 Sep 2007

Microsoft launches PC-rebuilding scheme

Microsoft Ireland has launched a scheme aimed at keeping PCs out of landfills and re-building them for use by schools and charities. The Microsoft Authorised Refurbisher (MAR) programme, which was officially launched at the Rehab Recycle facility in Tallaght on Thursday, provides companies with a means of disposing of unused or …
Charlie Taylor, 17 Aug 2007

Nokia revises chipset strategy

Nokia is to outsource most of its chip development to other manufacturers in order to reduce its R&D spend and concentrate on developing core chipset technologies. The Finnish firm, which is the world's largest mobile maker, said the new licensing and multi-sourcing model would allow it to broaden its pool of chip suppliers, …
Charlie Taylor, 10 Aug 2007

Emerging markets drive mobile shipments

A total of 258 million mobile phones were shipped worldwide in the second quarter, up 11 per cent on the same period in 2006. That's according to a Strategy Analytics, which reveals that the number of handsets shipped globally rose by four per cent from 247 million units in the first quarter of 2007. Overall, global shipments …
Charlie Taylor, 03 Aug 2007
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Mobile content market opening up: Valista

Valista has said that while mobile operators are continuing to hamper the growth of digital commerce through overcharging, the situation is changing. Speaking on the day that the e-payments provider announced the appointment of John Lowry as its new chief executive, former CEO and founder Raomal Perera told ENN that the firm is …
Charlie Taylor, 29 Jun 2007

Manhunt 2 shut out by Sony and Nintendo

Both Sony and Nintendo have confirmed that they will not authorise the release of controversial video game Manhunt 2 on their games consoles - the PS2, PSP and the Wii - in the US. The news comes in the same week that the game was refused certification in both Britain, the Republic of Ireland and Italy. Manhunt 2 is the first …
Charlie Taylor, 22 Jun 2007
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Internet users living secret lives online

As many as 17 per cent of Irish males and 13 per cent of females claim to be secretly ashamed of things they have done online, a new study indicates. According to research carried out by BT Ireland, 56 per cent of Irish adults now use the internet each day, with a further 30 per cent of males and 26 per cent of females going …
Charlie Taylor, 22 Jun 2007
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EC to help older people 'age well'

The European Commission has announced that it is to invest more than €1bn on research into new technologies that can improve the lives of older people. The commission said on Thursday that it had adopted a new action plan as part of its "Ageing Well in the Information Society" initiative. The main goals of the plan are to …
Charlie Taylor, 15 Jun 2007

Sony turns job axe on the US

Sony has confirmed it intends to cut jobs at its Computer Entertainment Unit in the US, just two months after it announced plans to slash eight per cent of its European workforce. The troubled firm's game division reported an operating loss of $1.91bn for the year ended 31 March due to the high-costs associated with its …
Charlie Taylor, 08 Jun 2007

Internet users unfazed by spam: study

The volume of spam arriving in Americans' personal and workplace inboxes is rising, but email users are less bothered by it than they once were. That's according to a new study from the Pew Internet Project, which reveals that American internet users have become more sophisticated at dealing with unsolicited emails. Asked if …
Charlie Taylor, 25 May 2007
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ITU to focus on ICT opportunities for young people

This year's World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, which takes place on 17 May, is focused on the opportunities that ICT can give to young people. The event, which marks the anniversary of the signature of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union ( …
Charlie Taylor, 18 May 2007
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Deutsche Telekom profits plunge 58%

Europe's biggest telecommunications firm, Deutsche Telekom, lost over half a million customers during the first quarter of 2007 as fixed-line subscribers fled to cheaper rivals. The Bonn-based company, which is the continent's largest telco in terms of sales, said on Thursday that first quarter profit declined by a staggering …
Charlie Taylor, 11 May 2007
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Memory sticks top security concern for firms

Removable media devices are now seen as the biggest security threat to corporate security, and yet 80 per cent of firms don't have safeguards in place. That's according to a new study from Centennial Software which claims that four out of five firms have failed to implement effective measures to protect against the threat that …
Charlie Taylor, 11 May 2007
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Hot or not? Nimble vs Bebo

A new social networking website - originally begun as a graduate project by a DIT student - is primed to go head-to-head with Bebo in a bid to attract users. is an online community which, like MySpace, enables web users to get - and stay - in contact with friends and family. The online community provides an easy way …
Charlie Taylor, 13 Apr 2007
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Visa takes a punt on m-payments

Visa is pushing for closer collaboration between the wireless and credit card industries and has invested in the Dublin-based dotMobi domain registry. The world's leading payment card company is taking active steps to ensure that it remains at the forefront of cashless payments solutions by launching a mobile phone platform and …
Charlie Taylor, 30 Mar 2007
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EC earmarks €50m for online scientific data storage

The European Commission has set aside €50m this year to support the establishment of digital repositories for storing scientific data. The announcement was made at the beginning of a two-day conference in Brussels which focuses on scientific publishing in Europe. In addition to the funding set aside for establishing …
Charlie Taylor, 16 Feb 2007

Siemens' profits dented by fine

Siemens has posted revenues of €19.1bn for its first quarter of 2007, a rise of six per cent on the same three-month period last year. The European technology and utility giant also announced that new orders rose four per cent to €24.5bn. Siemens said on Thursday that operating profits rose by a whopping 51 per cent to €1.63bn …
Charlie Taylor, 26 Jan 2007

Don't rush into Vista, schools told

A leading government advisory body has advised schools in Britain not to deploy Microsoft's latest operating system, Vista, for at least 12 months. The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta), which is the British government's key partner in the strategic development and delivery of information …
Charlie Taylor, 12 Jan 2007
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Northgate wins lucrative public sector contract

Northgate Information Solutions has won a £4m contract with the London Borough of Hillingdon to provide hosting arrangements for its financial systems. The company, which supplies software and outsourcing services to the public sector, human resources and corporate markets, has an Irish subsidiary, Northgate HR, which was …
Charlie Taylor, 05 Jan 2007
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Revenues up for loss-making 3Com

3Com has reported a second-quarter net loss of $4m for its second fiscal quarter. This equates to $00.1 per share during the quarter, down from $11m or $0.03 per share a year ago. The network equipment manufacturer said on Wednesday that revenue for the three-month period ended 1 December was $333m, an 81 per cent increase …
Charlie Taylor, 22 Dec 2006
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Blogging to slide - PC TCOs too?

Blogging is set to peak next year according to a new forecast which also predicts two-thirds of firms are likely to be infected by financially motivated malware. According to Gartner, blogging is set to reach its zenith during the first half of next year when the number of active blogs will level out at around 100m. In …
Charlie Taylor, 15 Dec 2006

Irish consumers wising up to phishing scams

New research indicates that online banking users are getting more savvy when it comes to responding to e-mails purporting to come from banks and building societies. According to the study, which was conducted by TNS mrbi on behalf of the Financial Regulator, just 4 per cent of online banking users in Ireland said they would …
Charlie Taylor, 15 Dec 2006
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Microsoft opens digital library

Microsoft is gearing up to launch a new online book search service enabling internet users to find content from books, periodicals and other print resources. The digital archive, which is due to go live on Thursday, will include books from the British Library, the University of California and the University of Toronto. Other …
Charlie Taylor, 08 Dec 2006
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Irish industry groups react to Budget 2007

Reaction to the Budget from technology and business organisations has been largely positive although inadequate funding for IT in schools is a concern. Among the key measures introduced in Budget 2007 was an extension and enhancement of the Business Expansion and Seed Capital Schemes, a €200m increase in government spending on …
Charlie Taylor, 08 Dec 2006
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PC World gets down to business

PC World is looking to change the way Irish SMEs buy technology with the launch of a new "one-stop" website offering over 50,000 IT products and solutions. Aimed solely at businesses, the site allows users to set up an online account, order products and receive online billing, with payment due within 30 days. The new PC World …
Charlie Taylor, 17 Nov 2006
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BT flirts with Eircom SMEs

BT Ireland is looking to woo SME customers away from Eircom with the launch of new all-in-one telecoms packages. The firm said on Thursday it was aiming to "shake up" the indigenous telecoms market by re-launching its Business Enterprise division in a bid to win further market share in the increasingly important SME sector. …
Charlie Taylor, 03 Nov 2006
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Nokia maintains spot as mobile top dog

Nokia has consolidated its position as the world's leading mobile phone maker and announced a 20 per cent rise in net sales during its fiscal third quarter. The Finnish giant said on Thursday that sales rose to €10.1bn from €8.4bn in the same three month period a year ago. However, the company reported a four per cent fall in …
Charlie Taylor, 19 Oct 2006
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Europe's IT sector outpacing telecoms

The European ICT market is expected to grow by 3.1 per cent to €644bn this year, according to new research. The forecast was made by the European Information Technology Observatory (EITO), which previously reported that the EU ICT market reached growth of four per cent in 2005. "An overall positive business climate and …
Charlie Taylor, 13 Oct 2006
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UK and Ireland welcome roaming cuts

Minister for Communications Noel Dempsey has praised Irish mobile operators for introducing new tariffs designed at reducing roaming costs in Ireland and the UK. Following a meeting held on Thursday between the minister and his Northern Ireland counterpart, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Marie Eagle, MP, it was …
Charlie Taylor, 06 Oct 2006
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'Casual games' to fuel mobile gaming market

Mobile games revenues are expected to grow from $3bn in 2006 to $10bn by 2009, according to new research. The forecast comes in Juniper Research's latest study of the global mobile games market. Analysts from the firm claim that the rise in mobile gaming will be driven by continued growth in subscriber numbers, an increase in …
Charlie Taylor, 06 Oct 2006
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Northbrook to create 400 jobs

Software development and business process outsourcing (BPO) firm Northbrook Technology is to create 400 new jobs in the north as part of a £23.5m expansion. The investment is being supported by £5.6m of assistance from Invest Northern Ireland and will enable the company to significantly expand its software development function …
Charlie Taylor, 22 Sep 2006
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Global mobile phone connections hit 2.5bn

The total number of mobile connections in the world reached 2.5bn on Thursday, having passed the two billion mark just 12 months ago. That's according to estimates from Wireless Intelligence, a body set up by research firm Ovum and the GSM Association. "The cellular industry took 20 years to reach one billion connections, …
Charlie Taylor, 08 Sep 2006
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Chinese giant to buy Irish Upstart

Irish mobile games developer Upstart Games is to be acquired by Sun TV Shop (STVS), the online and mobile arm of China's second largest privately held media firm. Upstart, headed by former Rondomondo chief executive Barry O'Neill, was founded in 2002. The company currently employs 30 people in its offices in Dublin, Cork, New …
Charlie Taylor, 01 Sep 2006
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Three UK & Ireland enjoy healthy results

Three UK and Ireland has announced revenue of just over £700m for the six-month period ended 30 June 2006, up 16 per cent on the preceding half year. The mobile operator also said it had a total of 3,750,000 customers as of 23 August 2006, a rise of four per cent compared to the prior six month period. Three reported that the …
Charlie Taylor, 25 Aug 2006
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US kids subjected to more online porn

While US children are less likely to encounter sexual predators online than in 2000, they are increasingly being exposed to sexual material while surfing the net According to a survey conducted by University of New Hampshire researchers for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), the number of kids exposed …
Charlie Taylor, 11 Aug 2006

IBM to create 300 new Dublin jobs

IBM has announced it is to create 300 new jobs in Dublin within the next three years, bringing the number of staff it employs in Ireland to around 3,500. The US computer giant, which is this year celebrating 50 years in Ireland, is to invest €46 million in expanding its software development operations. It will also be using the …
Charlie Taylor, 07 Jul 2006
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Oracle axes jobs in Dublin and Galway

Software giant Oracle has announced that it is to reduce the headcount at its operations in Ireland over the next six months. A statement from the company on Thursday said it was to cut a number of jobs within the finance area of its operations in Dublin and Galway. While Oracle did not give full details on how many positions …
Charlie Taylor, 08 Jun 2006
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O2 and Telefonica cut roaming charges

O2 and Telefonica Moviles are following in the footsteps of other mobile operators by slashing the cost of making and receiving calls when travelling abroad. Spanish firm Telefonica's two mobile subsidiaries - O2 and Telefonica Moviles - announced new roaming packages known as "My Europe" on Thursday. The move follows similar …
Charlie Taylor, 12 May 2006
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Smart mobile device market up 55%

Over 16.7m 'smart mobile devices' were shipped worldwide in the first quarter of 2006, up 55 per cent on the same period a year ago. According to research from Canalys, the Asia-Pacific region has now overtaken Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in sales of smart mobile devices. Asia-Pacific represented 46 per cent of all …
Charlie Taylor, 28 Apr 2006