Tuesday 24 April 2018

Summit's Cosgrave joins Twitter CEO

Two senior Irish technology industry executives have joined the ranks of advisors to About.me, the personal web hosting service that links to other personal online and social media services. The Summit's Pady Cosgrave, below, and PCH International's Liam Casey join Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo and Google venture capitalist Kevin Rose as advisors to the company sold to AOL for $100m in 2010 and later bought back by founder Tony Conrad for an undisclosed sum.

New Digi Hub boss

Gerry Macken has become the new interim chief executive of The Digital Hub Development Agency. Macken replaces Edel Flynn, who served as interim chief executive of The Digital Hub since April 2013. Macken was previously head of internal auditing at Dublin City Council and chief executive of Dublin City Enterprise Board.

Irish VOD use up

Irish usage of video-on-demand services such as Netflix and the RTE Player rose 13pc in the first three months of the year, according to new research from Behaviour and Attitudes and RTE. The survey, taken in April, also shows that use of the RTE Player rose 18pc over the same period.

Apple, IBM ink deal

Apple and IBM have agreed to collaborate on new apps for the iPhone and iPad. The new apps will focus on industry-specific enterprise solutions, according to the two companies. This will include device management, security, analytics and mobile integration. Apple is anxious to find new routes of business for its iPad division after seeing a fall in iPad sales in the last 12 months. New industry figures also show tablet sales stagnating, with larger smartphones replacing tablets.

Chromecast is here

Google has launched its video-streaming device, Chromecast, into the Irish market. The USB-sized device works on televisions with HDMI connections and can be controlled from a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The device, which costs €35, is used to access services such as Netflix, YouTube and other video-on-demand services.

NDRC claims jobs

The Dublin-based National Digital Research Centre (NDRC), one of the country's largest technology 'accelerator' organisations, has released its annual report. The organisation says that "follow-on" investment in companies that spent time in the NDRC increasing by 150pc in the last 12 months to €40m. It also claims that the market capital of the same companues has risen by 200pc to €120m. The report also claims that companies in the NDRC's portfolio have created 311 full time jobs and 121 part time jobs over the last five years. The organisation, which is operated by Irish universities, runs investment programmes through its 'LaunchPad' and 'VentureLab' schemes. The body, ranked in the top 2.5pc of university business incubators worldwide by the UBI Index's Global Benchmark Report 2014, says that it has achieved a financial return of €180,000 on its investments, the first time it has done so.

Statcounter update

Dublin-based Statcounter has launched a new feature to help website owners and internet marketers struggling with Google's removal of keyword data. The company, founded by Aodhan Cullen, has integrated Google Webmaster Tools keyword data into its reporting, freeing webmasters from having to separately access Google Webmaster Tools and attempting to analyse combined information. Since 2011 Google has been steadily expanding its policy of withholding keyword data for organic search which means that website owners and professionals have limited access to the keywords used to find their sites.

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