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Dublin: 14 °C Thursday 31 July, 2014

Yesterday’s News

You can now find a plug-in point for your electric car “every 60km”

What do you mean you don’t have an electric car? Get with the programme.

From The Daily Edge UPC is trialling changes to the Horizon Box. HALLELUJAH! Good Life

UPC is trialling changes to the Horizon Box. HALLELUJAH!

They include a ‘delete series’ option.

The EU has unveiled a new logo that shows which devices follow its privacy laws

The growing use of RFID chips in devices has caused the European Commission to put together regulations for them, ensuring no legal ‘grey zone’ emerges from their use.

From TheJournal.ie Non-EU citizens register much higher unemployment rate across the EU than locals Out Of Work

Non-EU citizens register much higher unemployment rate across the EU than locals

Eurostat figures also show that EU citizens living in other EU states had a higher employment level last year than people from that state.

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Your items and appliances may be getting smarter, but they’re far from safe

A report from HP found that the majority of smart items, or ‘Internet of Things’ enabled devices, have “an alarmingly high average number of vulnerabilities per device.”

Here’s one hard-hit Irish industry finally coming back from the recession – hardware

But growth in Dublin is outstripping growth in rural areas.

Mario Kart 8 wasn’t enough to save Nintendo from a €72 million loss

Despite the popularity of the latest instalment of Mario Kart, Nintendo suffered a net loss of €72.3 million in the latest quarter.

Here’s how Richard Bruton plans to create 7,000 jobs a year in multinational companies

We will be “competing to win”, the Minister said.

Mobile Monthly: The biggest developments that happened in July

Apple teams up with an old rival, Google’s smart contact lens gets a boost and Microsoft’s digital assistant reveals a talent for predicting football results.

Southwest region performing strongly as unemployment rate falls again

The unemployment rate now stands at 11.5%.

There were 32,154 new .ie websites last year – and most are business-related

And Irish SMEs might just be getting all innovative about their names.

From TheJournal.ie Timeline: What’s happened so far in the SIPTU vs Greyhound ‘lockout’ Dispute

Timeline: What’s happened so far in the SIPTU vs Greyhound ‘lockout’

The dispute has been ongoing for over a month.

New York Times reports 54% drop in net income

Print ads are down as the company develops its digital strategy.

Nama is selling its first ever retail park portfolio worth a total of €110m

The properties are spread across the country in Dublin, Louth, Westmeath, Carlow, and Tipperary.

Young people might have to delay flying the nest due to rising rents

New research suggests that young people were able to leave the family home sooner than ever before after the financial crash.

AIB made a pre-tax profit of €437 million in the first half of 2014

The bank says that it has cut mortgage arrears and impaired loans.

From TheJournal.ie There’s enough land zoned for housing to build 500,000 new homes Housing Crisis

There’s enough land zoned for housing to build 500,000 new homes

The Government says that “proper management of all State land is critical”.

Tuesday 29 July, 2014

Turns out investors are really happy about Twitter’s latest earnings call

The site saw its stock price rise by over 30% less than an hour after its second quarter earnings were announced.

NZ paper uses photo of Jackass star Ryan Dunn in place of dead Israeli soldier

The paper apologised after they took the wrong photo from the soldier’s Facebook.

Government deficit drops to 5.6% of GDP

That’s down from 7.9% this time last year.

The Sun criticised for ‘irresponsible’ front page of boy with ‘devil mark’

The newspaper, however, says it is conscious of the code and guidance around paying parents for stories.

Android Fake ID vulnerability could put millions of users at risk

A new vulnerability found in older versions of Android could allow malware to bypass security and take control of your phone and apps as well as access your data.

SMEs call for Budget 2015 to focus on competitiveness SME

SMEs call for Budget 2015 to focus on competitiveness

ISME also says keeping the 12.5% corporation tax is essential to the recovery.

Apple’s iPhone 6 faces a big pricing problem around the world

Relatively poorer customers can’t afford it – and they’re turning to Android.

NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity breaks off-world driving record

The ten-year old rover managed to travel 40.24km since it landed on Mars in 2004, beating the record originally set back in 1973.

From TheJournal.ie Celebration? – fear of ‘birthday marathon’ creates dread in parents Back To School

Celebration? – fear of ‘birthday marathon’ creates dread in parents

The cost of birthday presents can put a financial burden onto Irish parents.

Microsoft faces ‘monopoly’ investigation as Chinese officials begin probe

Officials of China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce visited four of Microsoft’s offices as part of enquiries into Windows’ dominant position in the country.

Record tourism season predicted after 10% boost in visits

We owe our cousins in the UK a big thank you…

From TheJournal.ie Customers in ‘a no-win situation’ with electricity levy PSO

Customers in ‘a no-win situation’ with electricity levy

The CER has announced an increase in the Public Service Obligation levy.

Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Greyhound among companies pursued by consumer agency

The National Consumer Agency received 56,000 contacts last year.

Monday 28 July, 2014

US aviation authority threatens Southwest Airlines with $12m fine over safety concerns

The FAA says the fine relates to repairs made to Boeing 737 planes in Southwest Airlines’ fleet.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Twinning with China – money maker or moral maze? Twins

Opinion: Twinning with China – money maker or moral maze?

Waterford and Haikou City are bonding over the racehorse industry… but should they make it official?

Someone’s come up with a fix for the ‘brown bin’ smell

Entrepreneurs will stock product in Dunnes Stores – but reckon it will be a hit export too.

From TheJournal.ie Revenue scam warning: Here’s what fraudulent tax websites can look like Scam

Revenue scam warning: Here’s what fraudulent tax websites can look like

Scam sites copy details from authentic websites in an attempt to con unsuspecting users out of important personal information.

Are you using Wordpress for your SME?

Survey shows that the blogging forum has become a useful choice as CMS for smaller companies.

Amazon opens up 3D printing store for creating personalised items

The store will feature more than 200 products at launch, which users can customise in a number of ways.

Top tips on winning public contracts if you are an SME

The public sector has huge opportunities for small or medium Irish businesses – if you’re ready for the challenge.

From TheJournal.ie NTMA meets Irish ‘debt repayment milestone’ NTMA

NTMA meets Irish ‘debt repayment milestone’

Agency’s latest figures show that it has repaid 43% of its senior debt liabilities ahead of schedule.

Apple’s solution to fixing podcasts? Buy a talk-radio app for $30 million

The personalised radio and podcast app allows you to listen to podcasts and audio news, but is expected to be shut down this week as part of the deal.

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