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Sunday 22 October 2017

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A SOCIAL media and employment report published by law firm William Fry claims employees are spending much less time on social media during the working day.

The report, based on a survey by iReach of 500 companies with more than 50 employees, claims employees now only spend 39 minutes per working day on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Whatsapp and other social networking services. This is a fall from 56 minutes in 2013.

The figures buck the trend of most other social networking reports, which show a rise in Irish engagement on social media services.

The report also says that only three in five employees now check social media on their phone or computer during working hours, down from four out of five in 2013.

'LINKING UP' ONLINE

A NEW dating service app based on LinkedIn profiles has been created. 'LinkedUp' is being dubbed as the professionals' version of Tinder, the online dating app that uses information from Facebook profiles.

LinkedUp allows potential matches to see your work and education status, as published on your LinkedIn profile.

ONEVIEW SENIOR POSTS

DUBLIN-based software company Oneview Healthcare has hired three new senior managers for its US operations.

The company has hired former Johnson & Johnson executive Jeff Fallon as president and Karen Hall as head of informatics, while Niall O'Neill has been hired as a 'solutions architect'.

APPLE SHARES HIT $600

APPLE'S share price climbed sharply this week, breaking through the $600 barrier for the first time in over a year.

The rise in share price came after the announcement of a stock split and news the company is hiring new staff ahead of the possible launch of an iWatch.

NEW FOCUS ON ANTI-VIRUS

SECURITY software firm Symantec says that anti-virus software is "dead" and that it will now switch its focus to intelligence briefings with large companies instead.

"We don't think of antivirus as a moneymaker in any way," said Brian Dye, Symantec's senior vice president for information security.

900-HOUR MATHS GRIND

NEW figures from Ireland's 'Mathletes Challenge' show that over the Easter holidays, pupils from participating primary and secondary schools spent over 900 hours studying maths on KhanAcademy.org, the free online education portal.

The Mathletes Challenge 2014 involves students competing for a part of a €20,000 prize pot.

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