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X-rated affair Ten years after the iPhone launched, Apple is still dishing up the goods. New innovation­s on the iPhone X include Face

ID, which allows you to unlock the handset with your face. No, you don’t have to headbutt the phone to turn it on. Face ID maps and recognises your gurning visage, even in the dark. Virgin Mobile is offering the Apple iPhone X 64GB, for €50 per month for the first 6 months, and €60 thereafter on a 24-month contract. Existing Virgin customers can pick it up for €499. According to Apple, iPhone X has the most durable glass to ever appear in a smartphone – a relief for anyone who cracked their iPhone screen after dropping it two foot onto a soft couch. Apple iPhone X 64GB comes in two colours, silver and space grey. Discover more at virginmedi­a.ie/mobile.

Surface to air Microsoft has launched the latest in its multitaski­ng laptops. Surface Book 2 is a laptop, tablet and portable studio rolled into one, running pro-grade software with high-speed processors. Sporting 13.5” and 15” varieties, the device supposedly sports up to five times the graphics performanc­e of the original Surface Book. The laptop runs profession­al software – Adobe, Autodesk, Dessault, and so on – and plays PC games at 1080p and 60 frames per second. This premium laptop might be powerful, with a battery that ticks over for up to 17 hours, but it sure ain’t cheap. Surface Book 2 costs from €1,799 to €3,549.

9CPPC DG UVCTVKPo UQOGVJKPo| Ireland’s top tech boffins came together last month at the National Digital Research Centre (NDCR) in Dublin to compete for investment funding. Start-ups at the NDRC Investor Day, run in partnershi­p with Bank of Ireland, included Dwell Down (dwelldown.com), an online platform that lets users rate, review and compare rental properties. Melosity (melosity.com) is an online community for musicians to connect and share music. Sroomm (sroomm.com) helps people look for compatible roommates, while Stride (stride.careers) is a mobile app that helps students make the right college and career choices.

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