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  • IBM returns to growth after four quarters of decline April 20, 2021
    IBM’s first-quarter earnings for 2021 beat analyst expectations with modest revenue growth of 0.9% ending four consecutive quarters of decline. The company’s revenue for the first three months of the year came in at $17.73 billion, still some way off the $21.8 billion it recorded in Q1 of 2020 just before the pandemic spread to […]
  • US banks are using AI to watch customers and employees April 20, 2021
    A number of US banks are starting to use cameras with AI software to analyze customer preferences, monitor their workers and watch for homeless people sleeping near their ATMs, according to Reuters. Still, many banking executives are treading cautiously, worried that heavier computer surveillance could spark public backlash. Previously unreported trials at JPMorgan Chase and […]
  • UK exploring plans to launch digital currency April 20, 2021
    The UK government is establishing a special taskforce that combines expertise from the Treasury and the Bank of England to explore the launch of a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The state-backed digital currency would operate alongside traditional currencies, and allow households and businesses to make payments using digital money issued by the Bank of […]
  • Ireland sixth most expensive in Europe for broadband April 19, 2021
    Irish people spend more of their income on broadband than those in the majority of European countries. According to a study of what Europeans pay for broadband relative to annual net income, Ireland ranked 18 out of 37 countries. used price data from and net yearly salary data from Numbeo to calculate the results. Irish people […]
  • Majority of remote workers happy with support from employers – survey April 19, 2021
    Six in 10 Irish employers are getting it right when it comes to supporting their remote workforce according to the latest Taxpayer Sentiment Survey Series 2021. The tax refund specialist asked over 3,200 members of its customer database nationwide how they are faring in the new mobile working environment, and of those who work from home, […]
  • Two die in Tesla ‘autopilot’ crash April 19, 2021
    Two men have died in a Tesla car that crashed in Texas on Saturday, with law enforcement believing the vehicle was in autopilot mode. The 2019 Tesla Model S was travelling at speed when it careered off the road and crashed into a tree before bursting into flames, local television station KHOU-TV reported. According to […]
  • Adobe co-founder Charles Geschke dies aged 81 April 19, 2021
    Charles “Chuck” Geschke, the co-founder of Adobe and the co-creator of the portable document format (PDF), has died at the age of 81. Together with John Warnock, Geschke set up Adobe in 1982 and helped to develop many software innovations that are still in use today, almost 40 years later. The current CEO of Adobe, […]
  • Siemens and Google Cloud join forces on factory automation April 19, 2021
    Google Cloud and Siemens have announced a new partnership that will see AI and machine learning brought to factory floors. Siemens is planning on integrating Google Cloud’s data cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) machine learning (ML) technologies with its factory automation tools. With this partnership, the companies hope manufacturers will be able to harmonise factory […]
  • US House committee paves way for clamp-down on Big Tech “monopoly” April 16, 2021
    The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has formally approved a report seeking to curb Big Tech market dominance. The report calls for regulatory changes that could lead to a shake-up of the technology industry, including imposing structural separations of vendor platforms and the requirement that all software and services are made compatible with competitors. […]
  • Typetec, Microsoft open national start-up competition April 16, 2021
    IT and cybersecurity solutions provider Typetec has launched a national competition to support the Irish start-up community. Launched in conjunction with Microsoft Ireland, the free-to-enter competition will award one business with a €25,000 technology fund to assist them on their journey from start-up to success. The fund will include the very latest hardware and cloud […]