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Dublin: 14 °C Thursday 28 August, 2014

Yesterday’s News

13.4% jump in prices means we have a ‘frothy’ property market – but is it a bubble?

Latest data from the CSO shows that prices around the country are x% higher than last year.

From TheJournal.ie Feminist pop culture writer leaves home after Twitter threats Feminist Frequency

Feminist pop culture writer leaves home after Twitter threats

Anna Sarkeesian had critiqued the trope of violence against women in video games.

From TheJournal.ie SuperValu, Tesco, Spar and PC World branches all hit with notices by consumer agency The Price Is Wrong

SuperValu, Tesco, Spar and PC World branches all hit with notices by consumer agency

The Christmas Direct website was also hit with enforcement notices.

From TheJournal.ie The SFA is warning the new small business minister to steer clear of wage hikes Paid The Cost

The SFA is warning the new small business minister to steer clear of wage hikes

This afternoon Ged Nash said that businesses should try and award pay increases where possible.

Irish Independent editor Claire Grady steps down after one year in the job INM

Irish Independent editor Claire Grady steps down after one year in the job

The former editor of The Herald is leaving INM with immediate effect.

Apple’s iOS ads could become more annoying as fullscreen ads arrive

Two new ad formats for iPhone and iPad will allow fullscreen ads and pre-roll videos to be included in apps and games.

IMF chief Christine Lagarde charged in €400 million fraud case

Lagarde said that she will not resign her position and intends to return to work immediately.

If Facebook’s auto-play videos are bothering you, here’s how you can switch them off

If you’re worried about using up too much mobile data, this will come in handy.

From TheJournal.ie With 48 days to Budget 2015 Fine Gael and Labour are already drawing their battle lines Budget Battle

With 48 days to Budget 2015 Fine Gael and Labour are already drawing their battle lines

Fine Gael is talking tax cuts while Labour is all about wage increases.

An average Irish hotel room is used about 220 nights of the year

Many rural hotels are still treading water, while business perks up in Dublin

Mobile Monthly: The biggest developments that happened in August

Where everyone will be creating hyperlapse videos, Snapchat’s big plans are revealed and a different approach from Samsung.

Snapchat is on track to becoming a $10 billion company

Turning down Facebook’s offer of $3 billion doesn’t sound so crazy now, does it?

From TheJournal.ie Caught for the second home tax? This information could save you €3,000 Negotiate

Caught for the second home tax? This information could save you €3,000

Those in dire straits may be able to negotiate with local councils by Friday – but after that the penalties jump massively.

Show me the money: the reality of investment in Irish tech

Investment in indigenous tech companies has rallied during the recession – but what’s driving it?

Tuesday 26 August, 2014

A Limerick company could have found $10 billion worth of oil in Tunisia

Circle Oil’s share price jumped almost 25% on the news.

Instagram’s new app makes timelapses ridiculously easy

Hyperlapse is Instagram’s second standalone app.

UK sales are saving Kingspan’s profits with Irish revenues static

Overall, the building giant’s profits were up by 24% compared to 2013.

Google Image Search experienced a strange glitch earlier today… Bug

Google Image Search experienced a strange glitch earlier today…

A repeating image of a car crash began appearing on some Google Image Search earlier today.

Yanks and Canucks in a stir as Burger King buys Tim Hortons for €7.5bn

Tim Hortons is a Canadian institution but is being bought mainly for tax reasons.

From TheJournal.ie Only 16% of emigrants were unemployed before they left Ireland State Of The Nation

Only 16% of emigrants were unemployed before they left Ireland

Overall emigration by Irish citizens is down 20% from last year.

Want to brush up on your Irish? Duolingo (unofficially) launches its own course

The popular language learning app has seen more than 6,000 people sign up to its Irish course, which is currently in beta.

Is the economy all that great? Accountants say maybe not

Almost one in four now think that the economy is stagnating.

From TheJournal.ie Richard Bruton: Now is not the time for wage increases Not Now

Richard Bruton: Now is not the time for wage increases

The Jobs Minister’s position contrasts with those in Labour who want a Low Pay Commission.

Own an iPhone 5? Your battery may be defective and need to be replaced

Apple said that a “very small percentage” of iPhone 5 devices had battery problems and has launched a free replacement scheme for those affected.

The family car costs more than €10,000 a year to run

A new study by the AA finds that, despite a slight decrease, the cost of running a family car remains high.

Explainer: Why did Amazon spend $970 million on a site that livestreams videogames?

Turns out watching people play videogames is more lucrative than you think.

Delay in wage payments to Ulster Bank customers

A number of customers said they had not been paid this morning but the issue has now been resolved.

Rain cheque as storm payouts wipe almost €20 million off FBD’s profits

Analysts think that the insurer could hike car premiums to protect profits.

UTV boss expects to move into profit by end of 2015… (no pressure then, Pat)

UTV Ireland is due to go on air on 1 January. The group expects to move into profit in the second half of the year.

€17.75 million for Dublin docklands site adjoining old U2 studio

It’s the 11th high-profile purchase by property investors Hibernia REIT.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Why do so many businesses ignore the needs of disabled patrons? No Sense

Opinion: Why do so many businesses ignore the needs of disabled patrons?

If people with disabilities cannot park near your business or access your services, they and their friends won’t give you custom – it’s that simple.

The Big Idea: how can a cash register save money for a business?

Two Meath brothers think they’ve got the next generation of cash registers cracked.

Monday 25 August, 2014

Public sector average wages are €300 per week higher than private sector

The average public sector wage is just short of €920 per week – but experts say that could be skewed.

Amazon bets big that there’s a market for watching gamers play – buys Twitch for $970m

Google looked the favourites to land the deal but lost out.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Will the push to encourage more science and technology graduates be worth it? Graduates

Opinion: Will the push to encourage more science and technology graduates be worth it?

There has been a series of initiatives put in place to encourage interest in STEM subjects for school leavers; will the effort be rewarded with good jobs?

From TheJournal.ie Get caught by today’s rail strike? There’s two more planned (and unions won’t rule out even more) Travel Chaos

Get caught by today’s rail strike? There’s two more planned (and unions won’t rule out even more)

The next 48-hour stoppage starts on the day of the All-Ireland Hurling Final.

GoPro created a harness which lets you capture the world from a dog’s viewpoint

It’s only a matter of time before the cat version arrives.

From TheJournal.ie Taxi-drivers call for grants to ‘carjack-proof’ their vehicles Knifepoint

Taxi-drivers call for grants to ‘carjack-proof’ their vehicles

The National Private Hire and Taxi Association have spoken out after yesterday’s attack on a Dublin taxi driver.

Apps taking up too much space? Here’s how you can create a web shortcut instead

So long as there’s a browser equivalent of said app available, that is.

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