Dublin Tech News: 3D4 Rule, Broadsheet Reigns & It’s Raining Cash (Apparently)

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The week’s choice reads, in one secure location:

Meet the Dublin company that helped Apple to launch the iPad Pro:
Via The Irish Times:
When Apple was demonstrating its latest iPad, the iPad Pro, it called in some help from developers to show exactly what the tablet could do. One firm to take the stage was 3D4Medical, a Dublin-based company that makes software aimed at the medical industry. On stage, Irene Walsh was showcasing the firm’s new Complete Anatomy Series, which is a suite of products aimed at medical students, specialists and a clinical solution or healthcare providers. It already has a number of successful products, with 9 million downloads from the App Store. READ MORE

It’s raining cash for tech start-ups:
Via Independent.ie:
Ronan Percival is neither manicured nor coiffed. The low-key 30-something computer engineer doesn’t look like a person who is revolutionising the beauty salon industry. But his company Phorest, based beside achingly-hip cafe Brother Hubbard on Dublin’s trendy Capel Street, is the biggest provider of salon software in Ireland and the UK. His moment of inspiration came via a friend who owned a beauty salon, who was having trouble managing appointments and marketing. After spending a couple of months front-of-house in the salon to identify its needs, Percival built a software solution. READ MORE

Sophisticated but will not pay:
Via The Village:
The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2015 for Ireland gives an effective overview of who learns what where, here. The report describes Ireland as “a broadly engaged audience who are digitally immersed but with a substantial allegiance to traditional sources.” Perhaps the most intriguing detail on Irish media consumption comes with a pair of graphs showing the audience shares of all the main brands. One striking item is that the graph of digital brands is dominated by traditional names, led by RTÉ, the Independent and the Times. TheJournal.ie is the only truly new Irish name in the top ten, although BreakingNews.ie, an offshoot of the Irish Examiner, also features. The only other digitally-native Irish title in the comprehensive list is Broadsheet.ie, which is used by 4% of those surveyed. To put that in perspective, it equals the share of Newstalk and the New York Times online, and beats UTV, the Sunday Times and Sunday Business Post websites. READ MORE

Paddy Power and Betfair agree merger terms — betting giant to HQ in Dublin
Via Silicon Republic:
The boards of Paddy Power and Betfair have agreed terms of the all-share merger of the two companies. The new entity will be known as Paddy Power Betfair Plc and will be headquartered in Dublin. In recent weeks, betting and gaming rivals Paddy Power and Betfair agreed to a potential merger, which will create one of the world’s largest betting and gaming platforms. The merger will result in Paddy Power shareholders owning 52pc of the company and Betfair shareholders will own 48pc of the company. The merger will result in an €80m windfall for Paddy Power shareholders. READ MORE

This week’s must-watch: Alan Coleman (Brite: Bill) @ Start Up Grind Dublin:

And our Tweet Of The Week: You’re nobody in this town until you’ve got your own bus:

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