Microsoft to 'streamline' its smartphone business

Microsoft to trim smartphone business

25 May Microsoft has today announced more big cuts to its smartphone business, just two years after it bought handset maker Nokia in an ill-fated attempt to take on Apple and Samsung.

Facebook said it was unable to substantiate any allegations of politically motivated suppression of particular subjects

Facebook changes 'Trending Topics' procedures

24 May Facebook has changed some of the procedures for its 'Trending Topics' section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a US Congressional demand for more transparency.

Spotify now boasts of having close to 100 million users in about 60 markets

Spotify revenues grow 80% to €1.9 billion

24 May Spotify's revenues rose 80% in 2015 as it gained more subscribers for its music streaming service, but heavy spending on product development and international expansion meant a bigger operating loss.

Galileo orbiters 13 and 14 lifting off from Europe's spaceport in Kourou

Europe launches more sat-nav satellites

24 May Europe has taken another step closer to having its own global positioning system (GPS) after two more satellites in its Galileo sat-nav constellation were launched this morning.

Hailo carried 45,000 passengers a day last year

Hailo opposed to 'ride-sharing' services

24 May Taxi app Hailo has backed the Department of Transport's opposition to ride-sharing services using unlicensed drivers, like those offered by companies such as Uber in other countries.

Irish SMEs generate 19% of their turnover online compared to an EU average of 17%

Irish firms are EU's most internet-savvy

24 May The European Commission says Irish businesses rank as the most online-savvy in the EU but consumers here remain poorly provided for in terms of access to high-speed internet services.

The briefing document says significant challenges will be faced if funding for existing science, research and innovation programmes are to be maintained

Dept warns over funding for innovation programmes

23 May The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has warned that it faces a significant challenge in sustaining funding for programmes aimed at driving research and innovation within Irish-based firms, if the capital allocation for such programmes is not increased.