AIM Finally Bites The Dust

AIM Finally Bites The Dust

In March of 2012, AOL declared it was killing AIM and canning the 40 employees that worked on the project. So…it’s just been limping along with no updates for the last five years? Those 40 employees must be proud because no one really noticed about the zero updates. It is clear that Facebook Messenger completely killed off any real reason to keep using AIM. Will there be anything that will be missed? Maybe a few things… The “Away Message” was a thing of art back when modems were king of the connection. Once broadband came into play you were “always logged in” so an away message was a way to…

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Cyber Attack: Ransomware Could Ruin Your Business & Life

Ransomware is real and a threat.

At what first looked like a cyber attack on hospitals located in the UK, but it is now apparent that this malicious “ransomware software” has far spread all over the world. Even Russia and the United States have been hit hard. Experts are referring to this as cyber-crime, and some are going as far as cyber-terrorism. How ransomware works are rather simple. It will arrive in an email that seems harmless enough containing either a link or an attachment. If you click the link or open the attachment, the malicious software is downloaded onto your computer, locking all of your files and then it spreads to your network, locking other…

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Deloitte to acquire System Dynamics

Professional services firm Deloitte, which currently employs over 2,000 staff in Ireland, has announced the acquisition of IT consulting company System Dynamics. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Dublin-based System Dynamics has been providing IT consultancy services to a wide range of Irish and UK clients for over 40 years and the acquisition will significantly increase Deloitte’s presence in the sector. Under the deal, all 200 System Dynamics staff will transfer to Deloitte. Commenting on the acquisition, Deloitte managing partner Brendan Jennings described it as an extremely positive development for the firm in Ireland. “We have experienced huge growth in demand for our technology consulting services including…

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Realex Payments appoints Gary Conroy as managing director

Realex Payments, the company founded in Ireland in 2000 by Colm Lyon and sold to Global Payments recently for €115m, has appointed Gary Conroy as managing director. Conroy joined Realex Payments in 2005 and most recently served as chief operating officer and deputy CEO, where he managed all customer facing aspects of the business across sales, marketing, and operations. Lyon said: “Gary joined Realex Payments as employee number 14. Since then he has helped scale the company to 170 employees, growing the business from 500 to 12,500 customers during a period of 35pc transaction volume growth year-on-year. “Now, with the opportunities afforded by Global Payments, there couldn’t be a better…

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CarTrawler to acquire Finnish tech firm Cabforce

Dublin headquartered travel-technology platform CarTrawler is acquiring Finnish technology and services company Cabforce, which is a provider of taxi booking solutions, for an undisclosed amount. With a unified service at over 200 locations in 54 countries Cabforce is “the industry benchmark”, powering millions of business trips each year, according to CarTrawler. “CarTrawler already has the most comprehensive range of car rental available online,” said CarTrawler CEO Mike McGearty. “Now with the addition of Cabforce content and specialist expertise to our existing portfolio of ground transportation products, we will significantly enhance the level of service, product range and availability for customers.” “This acquisition will strengthen CarTrawler as a world leading ground…

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FD acquires Canadian software company Affinity Systems for up to £7.7m

Newry-based software company FD has bought Affinity Systems Ltd for a maximum total consideration of CAD$14.5m (£7.7m). FD acquires Canadian software company Affinity Systems for up to £7.7mPictured: Brian Conlon Affinity, which is based in Ontario, Canada and employs 45 people, provides software development and consultancy services and has recently released a software solution that addresses enterprise big data challenges. FD said the acquisition expands the company’s software and consulting services within the internet of things, particularly in industries such as utilities, healthcare and finance, and supports its strategy to penetrate additional vertical sectors using the capabilities of its Delta platform and kdb+ to capture and analyse large volumes of…

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Intel introduces new Irish-designed Galileo development board

Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich today announced a collaboration agreement with Arduino LLC, the leading open source hardware platform in the maker and education community. Intel introduces new Irish-designed Galileo development boardPictured: Edward Roache takes a closer look at the new Intel Galileo development board Krzanich also unveiled the Intel Galileo board, the first product in a new family of Arduino-compatible development boards featuring Intel architecture.Arduino development kits and software programming interface make it easier for artists, designers and other do-it-yourself enthusiasts – who often don’t have technical backgrounds – to create interactive objects or environments.The new Galileo board and the Intel Quark SoC X1000 by which it is powered…

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Irish agtech company Monford secures €1m investment to bring Grassometer to market

Wicklow and Mayo-based agricultural technology company Monford Ag Systems Ltd has secured a €1m investment to enable it to bring an innovative grass measurement device to market by the end of this year. Irish agtech company Monford secures €1m investment to bring Grassometer to marketPictured: Steven Lock, Monford; Dawn Guiney, Kernel Capital; and Jerry Manock, Monford The syndicated investment is made up of a €200,000 investment by Kernel Capital through the Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund, with the remainder of the funds provided by Glanbia, Enterprise Ireland and a syndicate of New Zealand-based investors.According to Kernel, Jerrold C Manock, designer of the original Apple Mac, is…

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Pinterest raises $100m in funding

Social network site Pinterest has received a US$100m investment in a round led by Japan’s biggest e-commerce site Rakuten. According to the Wall Street Journal, the funding values Pinterest at US$1.5bn. The round includes follow-on investment from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, and FirstMark Capital, as well as a number of angel investors. Now the 16th most visited site in the US, Pinterest functions like an online mood board, allowing users to ‘pin’ photos and images, and follow others’ collections. In a statement Rakuten said the funding will allow Pinterest to continue improving its service and expanding its community globally. “While some may see e-commerce as a straightforward vending…

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UK SMEs shifting to VoIP telephony to save money

Seven out of ten SMEs in the UK will be using VoIP (Voice over Internet protocol) telephony services by 2013, according to a new survey by Internet telephony provider Telappliant. VoIP is technology that allows telephone calls to be made over computer networks. The study, which questioned 100 UK businesses from a variety of industries, showed that 41pc of UK companies are already actively using VoIP telephony to improve efficiencies within their business, while a further 25pc have plans to review and implement VoIP within the next 12 months. The data also indicated that businesses with a head count of 100-500 people are embracing the technology faster than smaller businesses.…

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