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Healy vacates top slot at Calyx

Maurice Healy has resigned as CEO of Calyx, the Anglo-Irish reseller group he navigated through a €104m MBO last year, ENN.ie reports. His replacement is Tara Brady, who joined the company from Getronics in June as chief operating officer. Healy remains a shareholder. Flag Ireland
Team Register, 15 Aug 2008
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Adwalker awarded US patent

Dublin-based firm Adwalker has been granted a US patent for its wearable interactive digital media platform. "We have always been aggressive on the IP (Intellectual Property) front," Adwalker spokesman Simon Crisp told ENN. "The wearable media market in the US is growing all the time, so there's real value in securing the IP, …
Stephen Errity, 26 Sep 2007
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Fujitsu Services seals £500m Reuters outsourcing gig

Fujitsu Services has won a major contract with Reuters worldwide. Under the 10-year deal, which is valued at around £500m, Fujitsu will provide IT services, such as desktop PC maintenance and email services, for 17,500 Reuters employees in more than 100 countries. In addition, more than 300 Reuters staff will transfer to Fujitsu …
ENN, 17 Aug 2007
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Eircom moves closer to split

The Irish Department of Communications has confirmed reports that Eircom has made a submission regarding splitting the company. A spokeswoman for the Department told ENN that Eircom made the submission recently and that the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan, is currently studying it. "It's a …
Emmet Ryan, 08 Oct 2007
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LG dials up YouTube-enabled handsets

Electronics giant LG and search giant Google have announced a deal that will see "YouTube-enabled" LG mobile handsets hit the markets by the end of the year. "This new service will connect people like never before," said Dr Skott Ahn, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company in a statement. "For the …
Stephen Errity, 04 Jul 2007
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Eircom wireless security flaw revealed

A serious security flaw has been uncovered in certain models of wireless broadband routers supplied to up to 250,000 of Eircom's residential and business customers. The flaw allows the security encryption of an Eircom wireless network to be bypassed by outsiders, who can then "piggyback" on a customer's internet connection. In …
Stephen Errity, 02 Oct 2007
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Northgate swallows another payroll firm

Payroll software giant Northgate HR has continued its acquisition strategy with the purchase of Confidential Payroll. In a deal understood to be worth more than €1.5m, the acquisition follows the recent buy-outs of Irish time and attendance (T&A) software firm Engage Technology, and Link HR Systems. Speaking with ENN, …
Maxim Kelly, 25 Apr 2007
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Oracle buys Netsure Telecom

Business software provider Oracle has acquired Dublin-based Netsure Telecom. Netsure provides network intelligence and analytics software to communications service providers. The firm's clients include Vodafone, Cable & Wireless and Eircom. The deal is expected to be completed later this month, but financial details of the …
Emmet Ryan, 04 Sep 2007
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Vislink acquires WTS for $5.5m

Dublin-listed satellite TV and communications equipment firm Vislink has confirmed the acquisition of the US company Focus Communications for $5.5m. Focus trades as WTS (Western Technical Services) and is based in Orange County, California. The firm specialises in the design and installation of video and data microwave …
Stephen Errity, 01 Aug 2007
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Computershare acquires Datacare

Australian firm Computershare has purchased Monaghan-based software business Datacare for €12m. The deal was announced on Thursday. Datacare was set up in Ireland in 1983 and currently has 63 employees in five countries. The firm provides entity management software to over 500 clients worldwide. Last year Datacare came in at …
Emmet Ryan, 09 Jul 2007
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Telecoms regulation encourages investment

The presence of strong regulators in the telecoms market encourages investment, according to a report by the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA). The study found that annual investment in the Irish telecoms sector rose from $639m to $684m between 2003 and 2005, which the Association of Licenced Telecom …
Emmet Ryan, 07 Nov 2007
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Eircom to slash up to 400 jobs

Telecoms operator Eircom has confirmed it is to seek job cuts before the end of the year. Reports on Wednesday claimed that up to 400 jobs could go at Eircom in the cost-cutting exercise after chief executive Rex Comb told the Irish Times the board was mulling over the prospect. A spokesperson for the company said the board …
Ciara O'Brien, 31 May 2007
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Non-SMS revenues top £10bn

Mobile operators have reported increased revenue from services other than SMS in the first quarter of 2007 when compared with the same period last year. Global mobile data revenues from services other than SMS (short message services, or text messaging) exceeded $10bn in the first three months of the year, according to Informa' …
Stephen Errity, 18 Jul 2007
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Families bond over video games: report

Once thought of as an alienating and isolating influence, computer games are now becoming a favoured means of bonding among families. This is the finding of a new survey of 'casual gamers' by PopCap Games, the results of which were released on Tuesday. The survey found that 92 percent of casual gaming parents and grandparents …
Stephen Errity, 29 Aug 2007
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Eircom to invest €60m upgrading network

Eircom has confirmed it is to invest €60m over the next three years on upgrading its central telecommunications network. A spokesman for the former incumbent confirmed to ENN on Monday that reports on the investment in last weekend's Sunday Business Post were accurate. The spokesman said the upgrade will see 1GB of bandwidth …
Emmet Ryan, 26 Feb 2007
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Microsoft comes top of the tech pack

Microsoft is the most valuable technology brand in the world, according to Business Week magazine's latest ranking of global brands released Tuesday. Microsoft came second to soft drinks giant Coca-Cola in the overall rankings. Third place went to another big Irish technology employer, IBM. Both Microsoft and IBM maintained the …
Stephen Errity, 31 Jul 2007
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Consumers not confident about web security

The risk of identity theft is a serious concern for users of internet services, with 70 per cent of adults saying it has changed their online behaviour. This is one of the findings of a new survey which interviewed 2,000 people across the UK about online security. Almost two thirds of those spoken to said they believed …
Stephen Errity, 21 Nov 2007
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EU fines videotape manufacturers for alleged cartel

The European Commission has fined videotape manufacturers Sony, Fuji and Maxell a total of €74.8m for alleged cartel activity in the videotape market. In a statement, the commission said the three companies, which have a combined share of 85 per cent of the professional videotape market, managed to "raise or otherwise control …
Stephen Errity, 21 Nov 2007
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StumbleUpon brings human touch to search

eBay-owned website rating service StumbleUpon has announced the launch of a new feature that will display users' opinions of a website or web page. The new "SearchReviews" service will be available to StumbleUpon users who have downloaded and installed the company's toolbar. Once this is installed, users will start seeing tiny …
Stephen Errity, 24 Oct 2007

Google's 'Gphone' said to be mobile OS

New reports suggest search giant Google is believed to be working on a mobile operating system and not a handset device as previously speculated. Engineers at the company have been working on a secret mobile project for two years and observers had until now believed the project involved a mobile handset, which some had dubbed …
Stephen Errity, 10 Oct 2007
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IT spending to top $3 trillion in 2007

Global spending on IT is set to reach $3.1 trillion this year, according to the latest research from analysts at Gartner. The figure represents an eight per cent increase from the previous year, while spending for 2008 is forecast to grow 5.5 per cent, reaching a total of $3.3 trillion. The figures were revealed at the opening …
Stephen Errity, 10 Oct 2007
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NI firms waste £11m on IT finance

Businesses in Northern Ireland are wasting up to a quarter of a million pounds a week on poor IT financing deals, according to research released on Tuesday. The unnecessary costs work out at approximately £0.12 in every pound borrowed to purchase or lease IT products and services, or £11.3m (around €16.8m) per year in total. …
Stephen Errity, 27 Jun 2007

Citrix unveils branding program

Citrix has launched a new branding program to help customers identify products by partners of the access infrastructure provider. Citrix Ready is designed to help the firm's customers understand the impact products from its partners have on their IT systems. The new branding was announced at the Citrix iforum in Edinburgh on …
Emmet Ryan, 06 Jun 2007
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UK companies floundering with no IT strategy

Nearly a third of medium-sized companies in the UK have no IT strategy and a further third work to an "informal loose plan". That's according to a survey released Tuesday by market research firm Dynamic Markets, which was commissioned by IT service management firm Partners in IT. The survey, entitled IT Service Management - Is …
Stephen Errity, 07 Jun 2007
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Consumers happy to pay 'green premium'

Results of a survey released Tuesday show that a majority of European consumers are willing to pay that little bit extra for environmentally friendly technology. The survey was conducted by UK research firm Canalys and interviewed 2,000 employed adult mobile phone and PC users in France, Germany, Italy Spain, and the UK. …
Stephen Errity, 20 Jun 2007

Apple's Leopard leaps into action

Apple has sold two million copies of Leopard, the latest version of its Mac OS X operating system, since its release on Friday. The company said the Leopard sales rush outpaced that of its predecessor Tiger, until now the most successful Apple operating system. The two million sales figure includes copies of Leopard sold at …
Stephen Errity, 30 Oct 2007
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New mobile app to track carbon footprints

Irish mobile operators have welcomed the introduction of a new application to allow mobile users to track their own carbon footprint. The new application, called mobGAS, has been developed by scientists working for the European Commission. The application is available in 21 European languages and allows users to see how their …
Emmet Ryan, 03 Dec 2007
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Clarion trumpets UK acquisition

Irish firm Clarion Consulting has acquired a majority stake in UK consulting firm The Planning Loft, in a deal that will increase its turnover to €7m. "The move represents a good strategic fit across both organisations in terms of complementary skillsets and service portfolio and also gives us access to a market which is …
Stephen Errity, 26 Jun 2007
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SME sector to 'explode with blades': IBM

The blade server market will be worth $11bn worldwide by 2010, according to IBM, with SMEs being a particularly fruitful market. Big Blue expects the market will grow significantly from its current standing of $4bn over the next three years. The IT giant said the mood among customers towards blades has improved in recent years …
Emmet Ryan, 24 May 2007
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Carphone Warehouse to pitch Irish broadband

Carphone Warehouse is set to step into the Irish broadband market with the launch of three packages under its TalkTalk service. The mobile phone retailer expects to unveil its TalkTalk Broadband products before Christmas. "The plan is to have TalkTalk Broadband available by the end of the year and it will be available to both …
Emmet Ryan, 07 Nov 2007
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Global chip sales on the up

Worldwide sales of semiconductors totalled $20.6bn for the month of July, a jump of 2.2 per cent on the previous year, according to new figures. The numbers were released by the Semiconductor Industry Association, which said the sector was on track to achieve its target of 1.8 per cent annual growth in 2007, despite severe …
Stephen Errity, 04 Sep 2007
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US claims top spam spot

The US was top of the spam charts for the month of June, according to new e-mail security statistics from IE Internet. The US generated 37.4 per cent of all spam filtered by Irish security and e-mail monitoring firm IE Internet during the month of June, well clear of the chasing pack. China came in second with responsibility …
Emmet Ryan, 09 Jul 2007
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Super-fast RDF search engine developed

The next generation of the internet is a step closer thanks to a major breakthrough in "semantic web" research in Ireland. The semantic web, or data web, is a machine readable version of the internet that makes it more efficient to conduct searches, using RDF (Resource Description Framework) statements, which are used to …
Ciara O'Brien, 04 May 2007
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Eircom warned over 'discriminatory' conduct

Eircom has got a slap on the wrists from ComReg after the regulator found that the operator was favouring its own retail business over other operators. The warning came after a ComReg investigation found that the incumbent operator was favouring its retail division when it came to customers moving premises but retaining their …
Ciara O'Brien, 26 Jul 2007
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Renting IT more cost effective, bank says

AIB's IT financing wing has said companies are choosing leasing over buying computer equipment in order to rein in their budgets. "It makes sense to pay for technology as you use it," said Cathal O'Connor, senior product manager with AIB Corporate Banking Ireland. "Businesses are starting to treat IT as a utility bill." The …
Emmet Ryan, 21 Nov 2006
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Line rental cost a barrier to broadband

Over three-quarters of respondents to an online survey have said an increase in line rental charges would discourage them from getting DSL broadband. In addition, nearly all of the respondents (96 per cent) said they would be unwilling to pay for any future increases in the cost of line rental, while 25 per cent said they were …
Stephen Errity, 08 Aug 2007
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Google acquires Panoramio

Google continued its attempts to offer every service imaginable online by purchasing a Spanish photo-sharing website. Panoramio's technology allows user to pin pictures to Google's online maps to show where they were taken. The site boasts more than one million photos and more than 300,000 registered users. The two firms have …
Emmet Ryan, 04 Jun 2007
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MySpace launches free mobile service

MySpace has fired another salvo in the battle for social network supremacy with a free mobile version of its website. MySpace will provide free access to the service to US-based users with advertising being used to cover the costs. The new site will load one banner ad and one text based ad for each visitor. The move is part of …
Emmet Ryan, 25 Sep 2007
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Fujitsu Services to create 400 NI jobs

There was good news on the jobs front this week for Northern Ireland, with the announcement that Fujitsu Services is to create 400 new jobs in Derry and Belfast. The positions are the result of a planned £18m investment in the region by the company and Invest Northern Ireland. The IT services company is establishing a managed …
ENN, 07 Jun 2007
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Biggest barrier to green IT is cost

Cost is the single biggest factor hampering companies that want to adopt a 'green' IT structure, according to new research. The study reveals that 82 per cent of the IT managers surveyed considered the environmental impact of their IT infrastructure and hardware as either "extremely" or "very" important.The survey of 100 IT …
Stephen Errity, 26 Jun 2007
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Calyx shareholders approve MBO

Shareholders in the IT services firm Calyx have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a management buyout by chief executive Maurice Healy and his management team. The buyout is worth €103.8m. Healy currently owns 19.3 million shares in Calyx, representing almost 28 per cent of the company. Under the terms of the buyout, he will …
Stephen Errity, 04 Jul 2007
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Google's search dominance continues to grow

Google accounted for 55 per cent of all search queries carried out in the US in the month of April, according to Nielsen/NetRatings data released Tuesday. Nearly 3.8 billion Google searches were carried out in the period, a 42 per cent increase on last year's results. Main rival Yahoo! Search came in a distant second with just …
Stephen Errity, 23 May 2007
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Google buys voicemail firm for $50m

Google has acquired GrandCentral Communications, a California-based provider of web-based communications solutions. GrandCentral's service allows people to use a single phone number and voice mailbox for all of their phones. Google's product manager Wesley Chan made the announcement Tuesday on the company's official blog. Terms …
ENN, 03 Jul 2007
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Irish firm launches 'global' mobile phone

Irish start-up firm Cubic Telecom has launched what it claims is the first "truly global" mobile phone at a major industry exhibition in California. The Cubic Mobile phone was launched Monday at the prestigious TechCrunch 40 trade show in San Francisco, where Cubic was the only Irish exhibitor of the 40 companies in attendance …
Stephen Errity, 19 Sep 2007
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Survey lays bare people's phone habits

The use of smartphones and other communications technology by senior managers and CEOs is driving a more flexible approach to working, a new survey has revealed. Survey respondents reported that they often participated in conference calls from home, sent or received emails while attending meetings, or used their smartphone to …
Stephen Errity, 18 Jul 2007
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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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Toshiba raises forecast as profits surge

Chip maker Toshiba raised its forecasts for the first half of the fiscal year after the firm enjoyed strong sales in the quarter ending 30 June. The Japanese firm's net profits surged to ¥20.6bn (€126.8m) for the first quarter from ¥4bn (€24.9m) for the same period last year. This represent earnings per share of ¥5.92 (€0.04) …
Emmet Ryan, 30 Jul 2007
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Plaxo looks to social networking market

Online address book provider Plaxo has introduced a major overhaul in an effort to catch up with networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Plaxo has released Plaxo 3.0, an online address book and calendar that synchronises services from Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, AOL, Mac OSX, and Thunderbird. "This is much more than just …
Emmet Ryan, 25 Jun 2007
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Alcatel-Lucent results impress investors

The market has reacted positively to Alcatel-Lucent's first quarter results despite the telecoms equipment maker's results being down across the board. Shares in the French-American firm reached a six-month high on Friday morning, jumping 4.4 percent to €10.15 in Paris before settling down to €9.97. Alcatel-Lucent recorded …
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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