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Goodbye midnight texts, hello intercontinental kissing: The future of long-distance relationships
Sarah Harford on the technological innovations that are bringing long-distance loved ones closer together.
Bye-bye guide books, hello virtual tours: The future of going on your holliers
Sarah Harford on the technological shifts that are changing our experience of going away.
Hello brain implants, goodbye forgetting people's names: The future of your memories
Sarah Harford on the technologies that could change the way we remember things (and mean we’ll never embarrass ourselves at parties again).
A matter of character
Create your own Audi Q8 e-tron today.
Lock the door and activate the drone guard: The future of keeping your home safe
Sarah Harford looks at how technology could be set to upend our idea of a secure home.
Goodbye sweat patches, no more 'what to wear' worries: The future of putting on clothes
What does wearable technology mean for the way we get dressed?
# like a pro
How to drive the Ring of Kerry like a pro: Dodge the tour buses, find a great pint and escape to Valentia Island
Plus the best little car park in Killarney.
# like a pro
How to do Clifden like a pro: Free parking, glass-bottomed boats and the locals' favourite pub
Plus a hidden gem of a bog walk.
# like a pro
How to see the best Game Of Thrones locations like a pro: Beat the crowds and find the secret sights
Plus where to get great coffee along the way.
# daft ftb advice
Here's what happens after you go 'sale agreed' (and the things you need to know in advance)
It’s easy to focus on getting a bid across the line. But it’s worth being aware of what happens next too.
# Future Focus
Never struggle for directions to 'la playa' again: The future of speaking other languages
From multilingual earbuds to neural machine learning, barriers between languages are being eroded, writes Sarah Harford.
# Future Focus
Goodbye sweat patches, no more 'what to wear' worries: The future of putting on clothes
What does wearable technology mean for the way we get dressed?
# Future Focus
Bye bye large Americano, hello alertness algorithms: The future of your morning coffee
Technology has the potential to replace your caffeine fix, writes Sarah Harford.
# Future Focus
‘I'll have the DNA-optimised salad please': What's the future of clean eating?
From genetic scans to personalised nutrition.
# Future Focus
Bye-bye bifocals, hello bionic eyes: the future of seeing and hearing
Plus how Amazon’s Alexa could be literally inside your ear.
# resource and energy
'When you start your own business it's not always 9 to 5, sometimes it's more like 24/7'
Pinergy’s Enda Gunnell talks about the challenges of starting a business and doing stock takes on a farm.
# food and drink
'It's all about the customer experience - the day you take that for granted, you're dead'
Freshii’s Dave O’Donoghue talks about getting into the food industry and the tough task of letting staff go.
# media and marketing
An Post made not one but three Christmas ads this year. Here's how - and why
The postal service looked around the globe to try find ‘authentic’ Irish festive stories.
# policy and economy
Major concert promoters will hike ticket prices under incoming tax changes
Restaurants and hotels have lost their special 9% VAT rate – but so have some event organisers.
# retail and services
'I’d love to lie and say I’ve got great work-life balance, but the truth is I don’t at all'
Jenny Huston talks about giving up a career in radio to start her jewellery business, Edge Only.
# retail and services
Retailers blame ‘alarmist’ weather warnings for a decline in December shoppers
But Retail Excellence says 2018 Christmas sales in Ireland will still be in line with last year.
# building and property
After a bumper year for co-working spaces, demand is expected to slow in 2019
Savills predicts there will be ‘winners and losers’ as competition continues to rise in Dublin.
# retail and services
'One day I had all the perks of a tech company and the next I was doing flyering on the street'
Gym + Coffee’s Niall Horgan talks about giving up his job to start his athletic clothing business.
# food and drink
After five years and more than €6m, Nephin Whiskey will finally start production
The Mayo distillery will be operational next year – but it’ll be a while until the Irish product hits shelves.
# Work
Digitalisation could lead to nearly 50,000 job ‘losses’. Here’s why the government isn't worried
The adoption of new technology is expected to slow employment growth but will also create opportunities.
# Startups and tech
Dublin has been named one of the top cities in the world for foreign investment
The capital came in third overall in a ‘global cities of the future’ report on the best locations for FDI.
# food and drink
'I think my blind optimism papered over the blatant risk. Now I think, that was ballsy'
Metalman’s Grainne Walsh talks about why not to open a brewery if you just want to make beer.
# building and property
Tech behemoths are turning Dublin into one of Europe’s hottest property markets
A PwC report has ranked the capital as a top city for real estate investment and development.
# Work
‘It’s part of the digital age’: How companies are dealing with online employee reviews
Glassdoor has attracted reviews from more than 20,000 employees in Ireland.
# tourism and transport
Tayto Park is planning a second roller coaster 'that will make people stop and stare'
General manager Charles Coyle says several new attractions are in the pipeline.
# Startups and tech
'I wish I spoke more languages - I often feel stupid at meetings where everyone is multilingual'
Diaceutics’ Peter Keeling talks healthcare challenges and how he recovered after his first business failed.
# policy and economy
Ireland's financial watchdog says an economic slowdown is ‘inevitable’
An Irish Fiscal Advisory Council report notes the short-term outlook is strong – but there are risks ahead.
# food and drink
Cans were once considered 'cheap'. Now craft beer makers are mad for them
The number of Irish microbreweries opting for cans has nearly doubled in the last two years.
# tourism and transport
'A lot of sectors are in the doldrums': Why farms are being told to chase the tourist dollar
Teagasc says agri-tourism innovation – from tours to quad bikes – could ‘breathe new life’ into rural areas.
# retail and services
'My father gave the best advice - be comfortable with failure, otherwise you'll never take risks'
Golden Discs’ Stephen Fitzgerald talks about the ups and downs of music retail and the ‘tragic’ rental crisis.
# Work
Irish chefs will be asked to be more 'positive' with staff to dispel the Gordon Ramsay image
Chef Network is launching a ‘kitchen charter’ as worker shortages continue to rise in the industry.
# Work
Hold-ups at Ireland's workplace watchdog are causing business headaches
Postponements, absent parties and late submissions are creating logjams.
# food and drink
Baristas and burritos: How Circle K is prepping for fuel's decline
The forecourt retailer says more than 50% of transactions are now non-fuel purchases.
# Startups and tech
'I'm more interested in starting up companies than shutting them down'
AccountsIQ’s Tony Connolly talks late-night emails, recruitment challenges and Richard Branson.
# building and property
As Dublin firms struggle to recruit, the rental crisis shows no sign of letting up
Goodbody analysts have issued a stark warning on the country’s low level of housing stock.
# food and drink
Even though it won't bring 'big profits', the Shed Distillery is cracking on with a visitor centre
Pat Rigney says the attraction will be up and running in early 2020 – at nearly double the cost.