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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 …
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 …

Irish jobs safe following HP plant closure

No jobs are expected to be lost as a result of Hewlett-Packard's decision to close its Clonskeagh facility in Ireland, the company said. Yesterday, HP announced plans to consolidate its Clonskeagh, Dublin 14 and Leixlip, Co Kildare facilities on a single site at Liffey Park Technology Campus in Leixlip, which will become the …
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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 …

Intel shares drop on price war warning

Shares in a number of leading chip makers have slumped after Morgan Stanley warned investors about a possible price war in the sector. Intel shares fell by $0.57 or 2.2 per cent to $25.81 in US trading on Wednesday following the publication of a Morgan Stanley report from analyst Mark Lipacis advised investors to sell stock in …
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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 …

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 …
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 …
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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 …

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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