IT professionals more positive going into 2011
A survey of senior level HR managers hiring technical, office support and IT functions in Irish businesses has revealed that, compared to 2010, 46pc of managers feel more positive about the economic outlook for 2011.
Half of those surveyed by Morgan McKinley expect their organisations to pay year-end bonuses for 2010. The majority (83pc) believe these bonuses will be between 1–10pc of base salaries.
“This may come as a surprise considering there is currently caution in the Irish marketplace on the back of serious economic uncertainty,” says Karen O'Flaherty, operations director, Premier Group Ireland. “The data does show however that the majority of managers anticipating bonus pay outs believe they will be modest in size, that is between 1 and 10pc of basic salaries.
“This reflects increased business performance in some areas of the market compared to last year, however business activity remains relatively muted,” she adds.
Start-up shows how to give back with gadgets
Recession-friendly Irish start-up Greenyourgoods.ie is paying people for their old mobile phones or gadgets, while also giving them the option of donating such items to a cause of their choice.
The website has a price-comparison tool, allowing people to compare prices for their items with other mobile phone recyclers in the UK such as Envirofone or Money4UrMobile, which have established trading platforms over here, thus guaranteeing people get the best price for their items.
Founder Barry Walsh says it was while carrying out research for the renewable energy investment management firm Temporis Capital in 2009 that he identified the need for an incentivised online platform for selling and fundraising using old electronics.
With up to 1.5 million mobile phones upgraded in Ireland every year, and 1.5 million consoles, digital cameras and laptops left forgotten, Walsh says people can start make money from these items.
Eircom plans mobile apps for new MusicHub
Eircom says that it is planning to produce iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 app versions of its new MusicHub in a move that will see it battle players like Spotify and Last.fm in the market.
Eircom built MusicHub in collaboration with major music labels Warner, EMI, Sony and Universal after an out-of-court settlement last year with IRMA to clamp down on illegal file sharing.
The new Eircom MusicHub provides streaming and downloading of over 4.5 million tracks and at 32 cents per download, Eircom says it is 75pc cheaper than iTunes.
Stephen Beynon, Eircom’s group managing director of consumer and small business, says the plan is to deliver mobile versions of the
Cyber criminals targeting smartphone users up 33pc
The Dublin-headquartered mobile security expert AdaptiveMobile says 2010 has seen the highest ever number of mobile malware infections aimed at Smartphone users, with the number of reports up 33pc on 2009 figures.
Taking a year-on-year view, malware engineered for the Google Android mobile platform rose most significantly, with a four-fold increase in the number of exploits identified throughout 2010, although the total number of Android exploits is still at a low level relative to older platforms.
AdaptiveMobile’s chief technology officer Cathal McDaid said smartphones running Java-based applications saw the second highest increase in malware reports, up 45pc on 2009. Reported exploits aimed at the iPhone declined, whilst new Symbian malware also fell by 11pc. WinCE-based viruses rose by 7pc.
Ireland nears European broadband average – Eurostat
Ireland has succeeded in moving from a disastrous situation where it was just under half the European average in 2006 to being just three points below the 2010 EU average for broadband connections.
The latest figures from Eurostat show that Ireland falls broadly into line with the EU average for 2010.
In 2006, just 13pc of homes in Ireland had a broadband connection, well below the EU average of 30pc at the time. This has risen to 58pc in 2010, close to this year's EU average of 61pc.
Across the EU, 70pc of households had access to the internet in the first quarter of 2010, compared with 49pc in the first quarter of 2006. The share of households with broadband internet connections doubled, to reach 61pc in 2010 compared with 30pc in 2006.
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