Bitbuzz reports 25pc rise in users
WIFI operator Bitbuzz said it recorded a 25pc rise in the number of registered users during the first half of the year, with more than 271,000 people signed up to its services. A chunk of the extra subscribers are likely to have been generated from O2 customers who use iPhones, as they receive free access to the Bitbuzz network.
German grain harvest warning
GERMANY, Europe's second biggest grain producer after France, will see its harvest fall 12pc or more this year, an industry group warned yesterday, adding to pressure on prices after Russia banned exports due to drought. Total harvests of wheat, barley, rye and triticale -- a hybrid of wheat and rye -- are estimated at 43.7 million tonnes, six million tonnes less than in 2009, agricultural federation DRV said. But it warned that because of the July heatwave, a bigger decline was feared.
Security concerns over smartphones
CONCERNS surrounding the security of data sent over smartphones have emerged after a technology consultancy proved how easy it is to commandeer a mobile phone and use it to record conversations or steal passwords. MWR Labs took less than three days to crack the security of smartphones running the Palm and Android operating systems.
Seasons retains Guinness contract
SEASONS, the Irish hospitality division of US caterer Aramark, has retained a contract to provide services at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. The five-year contract is expected to be worth about €39m.
Thomas Cook feeling the pinch
ANXIOUS, stay-at-home Britons triggered a second profit warning from a major tour operator in as many days yesterday as Thomas Cook joined Thomson Holidays rival TUI Travel in the doldrums. Thomas Cook revealed a 2pc fall in bookings during the past four weeks.
Export award for top manufacturer
THE Irish Exporters Association has linked up with Enterprise Ireland in the search for the Manufacturing Exporter of the Year 2010, a key category in the National Export Industry Awards. The Exporter award scheme is for manufacturers who have successfully tackled export markets, introduced new products and processes, and expanded sales. A Gala Awards ceremony will take place on November 25.