How Apple uses Ireland to avoid tax – And doesn’t care.

Within hours a terse reply had been dispatched across Ireland’s second city. In the memo, dated September 15, 2004, an E&Y partner explained that the company was not trading and, in any event, was not technically resident in Ireland for tax purposes. “In the circumstances, there is nothing to return from the corporation tax standpoint,” the bean-counter wrote.

The company in question was not some doomed venture established by a foreign investor on Ireland’s wild southern coast. Rather, it is one of the most profitable companies the world has known.

Continue reading “How Apple uses Ireland to avoid tax – And doesn’t care.” »

How hard is learning to code?

In this article I look at whether or not it is really required to have excellent Maths and or Science skills to be able to work in the software development field.

Fidelity, for example, employs designers from training grounds such as NCAD, the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. She says they think purely visually and have not written a single line of code. As the company assesses the skills required by a changing industry, it has identified a trend toward analytics and data visualisation.

Continue reading “How hard is learning to code?” »

How can Technology help personalise learning in the classroom?

CCM Software services, which is a little known Irish Tech company was sold and the owner, Davd Collery could have had the life of riley with his £20m windfall.
Instead, the former Maths teacher re-entered the world of business to launch CCKF – a unique attempt at the delivery of responsive, adaptive learning.

The company has been working since 2007 on using complex algorithms [problem-solving procedures] to create personalised learning for students. “Internet algorithms have been used in finance, medicine and aviation, but not in learning,” said Collery, a Sligo native who started teaching in Dublin in the 1960s.

Continue reading “How can Technology help personalise learning in the classroom?” »

Tablets are dead… Long live the Phablet?

A lack of new product releases in the first half of the year from market leaders such as Apple had forced IDC to trim its expectations, while the growing popularity of large-screen smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note, had also hindered growth of the larger format.

The rise of the “phablet”, as smartphones with bigger screens are colloquially called, has been one of the trends of the consumer electronics sector this year.

Continue reading “Tablets are dead… Long live the Phablet?” »

Crunch time for Microsoft – time to choose a successor

Some believe, however, that it may be too late to make that transition. According to Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist: “Microsoft missed the boat, big time, on major shifts in the technological landscape. And now the very network externalities that solidified its former dominance probably stand in the way of any attempt to return to past glories.”

A number of obvious candidates for the chief executive role have departed in recent years, including Ray Ozzie, who was chief technical officer before leaving in 2010. However, Stephen Elop, who ran the enterprise division, also leaving in 2010 to run Nokia, has been tipped as a potential “prodigal son” candidate, despite the Finnish handset maker’s travails. Also in this category is Steven Sinofsky, the former head of the Windows division.

Continue reading “Crunch time for Microsoft – time to choose a successor” »