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 …

Proxima b – has a new Earth been discovered?

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent Scientists have announced that they have discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting the closest star to our own solar system. It is big news, opening up the prospect that another world, which could potentially harbour life, is right on our doorstep (well in space terms anyway). What exactly has been found? For a number of years, astronomers have been busily engaged in a search for extrasolar planets or exoplanets. These are planets that orbit …

Pokémon Go – what’s all the fuss?

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent If you haven’t already, you should expect to hear a good deal about Pokémon Go over the coming days and weeks. It hasn’t even officially arrived here in Ireland yet, but already it’s getting a phenomenal reaction in the places where it has been launched. That will undoubtedly lead to it also becoming a huge hit when it arrives on Irish shores too. So what is Pokémon Go? Made by the Japanese company …

Juno’s mission to Jupiter explained

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent Over the next few days, indeed months, you are likely to hear quite a bit about a spacecraft called Juno and its mission around Jupiter. It’s an exciting project, which could yield many answers to questions about the origin of the planet, and of the solar system as a whole. After a five year journey, NASA's spacecraft Juno will arrive at Jupiter early tomorrow morning.https://t.co/mtp1f1Tie3 — RTÉ News (@rtenews) July 4, 2016 Why …

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 …

Delegates, superdelegates and selection conventions

The process to select the individuals who will contest the US Presidential Election for the Democratic and Republican party is well under way. It’s been exciting, controversial and dramatic. But it also can be confusing, as the system is so different to our own. RTÉ Washington Correspondent Caitríona Perry explains the maths behind the politics. Q: There was so much fuss at the start of the year about Iowa and New Hampshire and what the voters there were doing and …

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 …

Gravitational waves discovery vindicates investment in big science

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent Something remarkable happened yesterday. Something scientists will talk about for centuries to come. Something our children’s children will likely read about in science text books as a defining moment in our understanding of physics, astronomy and the very origins of the universe. The first ever discovery of gravitational waves by scientists at the Advanced LIGO collaboration is a momentous achievement, and among the biggest scientific developments in recent decades. Up there with the …

The EU-US Privacy Shield – what is it?

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent The EU and US have announced a new deal which they hope will allow the lawful mass transfer of European citizens data from the EU to the US to resume. The agreement will have EU and US authorities as well as US tech multinationals heaving a sigh of relief. But it’s not that simple. Why was a new deal needed? US technology companies with operations in Europe like Facebook, Google and Amazon for …

Obama’s last stand – final State of the Union address

President Barack Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address to the Joint Houses of Congress on Tuesday night – actually he will start talking at 2am Irish time Wednesday morning. Fresh from his announcement of executive actions in the area of gun control, the President will use the speech to shape his legacy and to outline some major foreign policy strategies for his last year in office. The Obama’s have two dogs – Bo and Sunny – …

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