18 November

Jobless rate predicted to fall below 7% by end of 2017

The forecast is one of the main themes in the latest economic outlook bulletin from financial think-tank the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), which was published this morning. The positive outlook on the jobs front — the ESRI predicts just over two million of the adult population will be in work by the end of this year — comes despite the think-tank marginally decreasing its…

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24 October

Interested in Event Management? You must see these stats

The events industry remains a huge business. A recent research shows that: More than 1.3 million events took place in Ireland and the UK in 2015 …attended by 116.1 million people …at more than 10,000 venues across Ireland and the UK. These events accounted for a spend of just under £40 billion …and occupied the equivalent of more than 6,000 football pitches. With conferences, meetings, trade…

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7 October

This Robot May Be Perfect for Lazy People Who Hate Cooking

I feel like an anomaly among my fellow New York millennials in that I actually enjoy cooking my own meals. For many people, it's always, "I never have time," which usually means a leftover salad that's now wilted, lunch from the place downstairs or a Seamless delivery. I take pride in the fact that I can feed myself healthy meals, and it's actually helped in my…

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7 October

Can Google's Pixel give the iPhone a run for its money?

Google officially became a hardware company on Tuesday. Not only did the company announce new Pixel phones (RIP Nexus), but the company also provided pricing and release dates for Google Home, its Amazon Echo killer, unveiled its mobile VR headset called Daydream View, Google Wi-Fi network extenders and Chromecast Ultra. See? A lot of hardware.   Joining me this week's MashTalk is Deputy Tech Editor Damon…

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9 September

What is the future of journalism? Back the smart people

From phoning in your copy in the 1990s, to Facebook Instant Articles today, the media landscape is shifting. Where it goes is hard to pin down, but the general theme is a need for constant re-evaluation. Who could have predicted 20 years ago that tiny blocks of lights, sound and Gorilla Glass, in the pocket of almost everybody on your street, would be distributing news in…

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9 September

Hundreds of jobs announced in bumper week of activity

Over 400 jobs were announced this week, with Leitrim the main beneficiary after VistaMed’s creation of a 163-strong facility at Carrick-on-Shannon. Leitrim, Limerick, Lisburn, Galway, Mayo and Dublin all benefitted from a raft of new jobs announcements this week, with Fitbit and VistaMed delivering the more eye-catching developments. A €10m investment in a new 45,000sq ft state-of-the-art R&D facility in Leitrim will see VistaMed, already the largest employer in…

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2 September

Wearable tech giant Fitbit plans to create up to 100 new jobs in Dublin

Health and fitness band maker Fitbit is to establish its EMEA headquarters in Dublin, with plans to employ 50 people this year and up to 100 employees by the end of 2017. Fitbit’s new Dublin office will be headed by managing director Des Power, a seasoned tech executive, and will provide targeted support to the millions of Fitbit users across the EMEA region. The office will…

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2 September

5 Content Strategies That Will Always Work

According to a recent survey by Demand Gen Report, 47 percent of B2B buyers consume three to five content pieces before engaging with a salesperson. Yet, more than 70 percent of marketers lack a consistent or integrated content strategy. What about you? Are you part of that statistic? If so, you’re not just leaving money on the table - you’re practically handing it to your competitors. The…

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26 August

WhatsApp to Share User Info With Facebook

WhatsApp will soon be sharing user data with its parent company, Facebook. The change comes as the social network revamps its privacy policy to enable businesses to communicate directly with users of the platform. “People use our app every day to keep in touch with the friends and loved ones who matter to them, and this isn’t changing. But as we announced earlier this year, we want…

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26 August

Apple given go-ahead for Cork expansion, 1,000 jobs on way

Apple’s 5,000-strong Cork workforce is set to increase, with the Hollyhill expansion finally given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála. With 1,000 jobs coming on stream at the new four-storey office block, complemented by 752 new car spaces, Apple’s expansion should start next year, taking five months to complete. The original plan was to get building over the summer, completing the job by Christmas, however, a…

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