Tim Cook took over as the head of Apple in 2011 after the death of former CEO Steve Jobs

Apple CEO Tim Cook 'proud to be gay'

12.47 Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay today and said that fighting for equality is at the core of his personal and business ethos.

Four researchers or projects will receive up to €800,000 each over the five-year period

€13.5m funding for health research projects

29 Oct Over 30 health related research projects are to receive a total of €13.5m in funding over the next five years. The studies range from stem cell research to fight pneumonia to combating osteoporosis in older patients with HIV.

The 14-storey rocket exploded seconds after it was launched

Unmanned rocket explodes on launch

28 Oct An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after lift-off from a commercial launch pad in the US state of Virginia, marking the first accident since NASA turned to private operators to deliver cargo to the International Space Station.

40 years after captive-bred tortoises were reintroduced to the island their numbers have grown to around 1,000

Giant tortoise makes comeback on Galapagos Islands

28 Oct A giant tortoise subspecies that once teetered on the brink of extinction has made a big comeback on its Galapagos island home. In the 1960s only 15 of the tortoises, which can weigh over 226kg, remained on the island of Espanola.

An Apple-1 computer at the First Bytes: Iconic Technology From the Twentieth Century exhibition last year

Early Apple computer fetches €715k at auction

23 Oct One of the first Apple computers ever built sold in New York last night for $905,000 (€715,655), leading Bonhams auction house to declare it the world's most expensive computer relic.

A Liberator pistol next to the 3D printer on which its components were made in the US

Japanese man jailed for 3D printing guns

20 Oct A Japanese court this morning jailed a man for two years for making guns with a 3D printer in what is believed to be a first in a nation with strict gun controls.

Posting asked for donations in digital currency Bitcoin

Dropbox denies 7m accounts hacked

14 Oct Cloud storage site Dropbox has moved to deny claims it has been hacked after an anonymous account posted what it claims is the username and passwords of hundreds of the site's users.

The trio scooped the Google prize for their project on bacteria that deposits nitrogen from the atmosphere into soil

Cork students make Time's teen list

13 Oct Three Irish students from Cork have made it onto Time magazine's annual list of most influential teenagers, alongside Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and New Zealand singer Lorde.

Google's official "right to be forgotten" process was launched on 29 May 2014

Google receives 1,443 Irish removal requests

10 Oct Google has said it has received 1,443 requests from people in Ireland seeking the removal of certain search results relating to them since an EU court copper-fastened the legal "right to be forgotten" in May.