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Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn – an inspired play or big gamble?

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent As takeovers go, Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn is pretty massive. In fact, it is Microsoft’s largest ever acquisition – and over the years it has bought quite a few other companies. The deal will see the software firm pay $196 per share for the professional social network. That’s a tasty 49.5 per cent premium on LinkedIn’s closing share price last Friday. Its shareholders must be rubbing their hands in glee. Last year LinkedIn’s …

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% …

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. …

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 …

Searching questions for Google posed by the EU

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent So Google is back in the dock again in Europe. This time over competition concerns. The reality, however, is that it has never really been out of the dock on this one for the past five years. What is all the fuss about? Back in 2010, when Google was first hauled up by the EU on anti-trust issues, there were four topics of concern to the then Competition Commissioner, Joaquin Almunia. These were …

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

Mobile World Congress 2015 – what to expect

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent It’s the event that gets the hearts of mobile geeks racing (no seriously, it does). The world’s largest event for the mobile industry is about to kick off in Barcelona. Running from March 2-5, Mobile World Congress (MWC) is expected to attract around 90,000 visitors this year, who will come to see 2000 exhibitors across an exhausting 100,000 square metres of exhibition space. So what can we expect? Well as far as trends …

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 …

10 questions about the end of Microsoft XP support answered

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody WHAT IS ALL THIS FUSS ABOUT WINDOWS XP? Like most software developers, Microsoft sends out regular updates to its operating systems and other programs. These patch over any vulnerabilities that have emerged, which could allow hackers and viruses backdoor access to the software, and by extension the computer. On April 8th – that’s this day next week – the company will cease sending out updates and providing support services for Windows XP, …

Console Wars – Xbox One v PS4

Xbox One goes on sale here on November 22nd By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody Brace yourself. A battle is about to take place in the technology and gaming industry, the likes of which hasn’t been seen for almost a decade. Because, over the next fortnight, Microsoft and Sony are launching their new generation of gaming consoles. The launches of the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 will kick off a massive, multi-billion euro battle for market share, …