Monday 20 November 2017

In brief: Fada comes to .ie domains

A DJI Phantom 1 Quadcopter
A DJI Phantom 1 Quadcopter
Cathy Kearney of Apple

Irish businesses will be able to register 'dot ie' domain names that include fadas later this year, says the IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the company that manages Ireland's .ie domain.

The policy change will allow companies for the first time to register a .ie domain name that includes á, é, í, ó and ú. The IEDR is currently conducting a public consultation process and is asking interested parties to have their say before the 30-day process ends on 21 March. Details of when 'fada .ie domains' will be available and how businesses can register their domains will be confirmed on completion of the public consultation.

Apple 'pays fair share'

Apple told a panel of EU lawmakers that it pays all taxes due here and doesn't get an unfair advantage compared with other companies. Cathy Kearney (pictured), a vice-president of the iPhone maker's European operations in Cork, Ireland, said the company isn't getting unfair state aid but will remain "committed to Ireland" whatever the outcome of the EU case. "We feel that we've paid every cent of tax that is due in Ireland," Kearney said at the European Parliament in Brussels. "We don't feel that there has been state aid involved and I suppose we look forward to that outcome happening at the end of the day and being vindicated in that way. I would say that the Irish government also agrees with that view."

Movidius drone deal

Movidius, the Irish chip design company, has revealed that its processor is behind the latest DJI drone, the Phantom 4. The new drone has a sophisticated vision-aided flight system that allows it to sense and avoid obstacles in real time and hover in a fixed position without the need for a GPS signal. The agreement between Movidius and DJI marks an industry first in making advanced visual guidance systems a standard feature for consumer drones. Such systems are expected to enable a broad range of new industrial and recreational applications that were not possible before.

News from Cupertino

Apple will make its mobile news app available to publishers of all sizes starting this week, increasing the pool of content as the tech giant competes with rivals Facebook and Google for the attention of smartphone readers. Smaller media companies, even independent bloggers, can obtain editing tools to publish on Apple News, which provides a clean, consistent look and feel for articles, the Cupertino, California-based company said Tuesday. The move gives Apple more content, while providing the media outlets with exposure on millions of iPhones.

Instagram feed

Facebook picture-sharing app Instagram said it is reshuffling feeds to display curated content that users would 'care' about first. The sequence of posts would be based on the likelihood of interest in the content, the user's relationship with the person or timeliness of the post, Instagram said in a blog post. On an average, users miss 70pc of their feeds, Instagram added. Instagram is the latest addition to the growing list of social media platforms reorganising user feed to draw better attention from users, following Twitter and Facebook.

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