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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Summit line-up

Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30

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The founders and chief executives of Evernote, Tinder, SurveyMonkey and Transferwise are among the speakers announced for this year's Summit conference, which will take place over three days between November 4 and 6.

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SWIFTKEY FOR FREE

Swiftkey, the personalisation keyboard for Android, is now free for all users. In exchange, there's now an in-app "store" for more themes and personalisation options.

LERO'S €400K BOOST

Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, which is supported by Science Foundation Ireland, has won industry commitments worth in excess of €400,000 for software modernisation programmes.

NEW JOBS AT DAYSHA

Irish IT project management company Daysha Consulting has announced 15 new jobs and investment of €1.5m in the company to support the expansion of its Project Management as a Service (PMaaS) service.

JUST THE TICKET

A conference on smart ticketing for public transportation systems will occur tomorrow at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. Over 100 delegates will attend "Smart ticketing for mobility in Europe – The contribution of the Atlantic Area Cities". The conference will focus on Dublin, Liverpool, Nantes, Saint Sebastien, Gijon and Aveiro.

INNOVATION GATHERING

MORE than 300 people are expected to attend today's Open Innovation 2.0 International Conference. The event, which is being held at Dublin's Convention Centre, includes Intel Labs Europe vice-president Martin Curley, Dublin City Council's director of economy and international relations at Dublin City Council, Peter Finnegan, and chief executive of Enterprise Ireland Julie Sinnamon, all pictured above.

TWITTER ON THE BALL

Twitter has introduced 'hashflags' for the World Cup. The small icons are meant to allow fans to tweet with reference to their favourite team.

CLEVERBUG VIDEO APP

Irish-based social gifting start-up Cleverbug announced that it is to add video and audio messaging to its iOS CleverCards app. The company announced that users will be able to send e-cards via Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

"Video has become a core element of social expression via services such as Instagram, Vine, Snapchat and WhatsApp, so it only made sense for Cleverbug to bring this new trend to online greeting cards," said Kealan Lennon, founder and CEO of Cleverbug.

"The ability to personalise greeting cards with photos has driven stellar growth in the online greeting card segment for the past decade. We expect personalised video messages to be the next big trend in the industry."

Users will be able to record 20-second video and audio greetings from within the CleverCards app, as well as upload video content from their camera roll.

The new features will be available via an in-app subscription purchase, with unlimited usage of both video and audio for 89c per month or €8.99 per year.

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