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The Apple tax ruling and the implications for its Irish operations

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent The Apple tax ruling is an extraordinary multi-faceted and many layered story, with implications regionally, nationally, internationally. The announcement that the amount of unpaid taxes owed by the Cupertino based company was of the order of €13bn, likely induced sharp intakes of breath among foreign multinational executives here. But regardless of the rights and wrongs of the situation, what does it all mean for Apple’s operations in Ireland, for the tech industry here, and the …

Is the EU’s stance on Google Android really best for consumers?

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent Listening to the press conference of the EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, you would think Google hadn’t a leg to stand on. The EU has formally served the internet giant with a Statement of Objections over alleged anti-competitive practices around its Android operating system. And the case it has laid out, on the face of it, seems pretty compelling. Anti-trust regulators claim the dominance of the software in the smartphone market – 80% …

A pyrrhic victory for Apple in FBI encryption battle

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent The announcement late last night that the FBI is dropping its court case against Apple, aimed at forcing the computer giant to program a back door into a terrorists iPhone, is a victory of sorts. But the genie is out of the bottle on this issue, and won’t be going back in. It all began with the shooting dead in San Bernadino in the US last year of 14 people by terrorist Rizwan …

The era of VR is virtually a reality

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent When technology historians look back at 2016 in fifty years time, it will very likely be seen as the year that virtual reality finally became, well,  a reality. After decades of false dawns, we now have the hardware and software to make it happen. The three most promising hardware manufacturers in the space – Sony, HTC and Oculus – are all lining up to launch their first proper consumer products onto the market. …

Google’s tax arrangements here only part of the story

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent Google Ireland’s 2014 financial results are interesting on a whole range of levels. The headline grabbing revelation is of course that the company paid a mere €28.6 million in corporation tax here last year on an eye popping turnover of €18.3 billion. All perfectly legal of course, because Google Ireland uses a sophisticated system which involves paying its sister companies elsewhere in the world for services booked here, in order to reduce its …

‘Safe Harbour’ case – what is it and why should we care?

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent This week’s announcement by the Web Summit that it was moving to Lisbon from next year has consumed countless hours of airtime and plenty of column inches.  But significant as that decision is, it somewhat overshadowed another technology related story that broke at almost precisely the same time and which will arguably have much longer and more profound consequences. The European Court of Justice’s Advocate General issued his opinion that the “Safe Harbour” …

Will Apple Music become the core music streaming product?

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent It’s said that good things come to those who wait. At Tim Cook’s keynote during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference this week it took almost two hours of other announcements before the company finally unveiled its new music streaming product Apple Music. By rights therefore it should have been good, really good in fact. So why has the response from many quarters been uncharacteristically underwhelming in the days since the latest big Apple launch? …

Digital Single Market opportunity for EU to lose technophobe label

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent With a market of 500 million people, Europe should be an internet powerhouse. And yet the facts show the reality if far from that. None of the biggest tech companies operating in Europe, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon etc, hail from Europe. And as recent European moves against some of these mostly US based companies show, Europe remains highly suspicious of them. Half the EU population shopped online last year. But just …

10 takeaways from Mobile World Congress 2015

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent Over the past four days, we’ve walked dozens of kilometres, recorded hours of audio and video and consumed many gigabytes of data to bring to you the best bits from the world’s largest mobile technology gathering, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As we prepare to say ‘adios’, here are a few things we’ll remember about the 2015 show. For extended interviews and other video content from MWC click here

2014’s highs and lows in Science & Tech

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent It’s awards season. That time of the year, when organisations everywhere reflect on the 12 months past, and acknowledge the achievements of their members and others. So not to be out done, the RTÉ News Science & Tech department (numbering one) has decided to hold an awards ceremony all of its own. We think it is only fitting to recognise the contributions, the highs and the lows of the tech and scientific community …