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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
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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
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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
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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
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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