There was good news for Galway tech jobseekers today (9 July) as Aró Digital Strategy promised to create 42 new jobs by 2026. The company is looking for software developers, data analysts, web developers, user experience experts and digital marketing specialists.
Meanwhile, James Milligan from Hays looked at whether tech employees will ever need to return to offices after the pandemic.
With so many tech workers finding they can work at home, who knows what the future will hold.
Irish software company Ardanis Technologies will create 30 new jobs with no fixed location as of yet over the next year.
The company will provide opportunities for experienced software engineers, scrum masters and software architects as part of its plan to grow its workforce to 42 people by 2022.
Canadian IT provider, N’Ware Technologies is advertising 25 roles, which will involve a mixture of remote and on-site working at its EMEA headquarters in Laois.
It’s not the only one supporting hybrid working though. We got an exclusive first look at the plans for Dropbox’s Dublin headquarters, which the company will redesign to facilitate a virtual-first model of working.
Dropbox Dublin Studio, a new collaborative space for employees to work safely together will open in 2022.
Further afield, an Icelandic four-day work week trial showed increased respect for workers.
Finally, Gen-Z jobseekers can rejoice as TikTok has launched a new pilot programme that allows users to apply for jobs using videos containing the #TikTokResumes hashtag.
While the feature is only available in the US for now, major US employers such as Target, Chipotle, and wrestling entertainment firm WWE have already teamed up with the social media platform to recruit suitable candidates. The app already has a huge careers subculture called #CareerTok.
The project adds to the 74 people already employed at the Artesyn Biosolutions facility acquired by Repligen in 2020.
Repligen Corporation is undertaking an expansion of its Waterford site which will see 130 new jobs created, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar, TD, has announced.
The life sciences company is building a new 3,000 sq m facility which will be a centre of excellence for single-use consumable products used in bioprocessing applications. The site currently hosts a 1,000 sq m facility employing 74 people, which was established by Ireland’s Artesyn Biosolutions before that company was acquired by Repligen last November.
Repligen Corporation is a multinational that produces bioprocessing products for use in the pharmaceutical manufacturing process. Headquartered in Massachusetts, the company has sites across the United States and in Estonia, France, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands, as well as here in Ireland.
According to the company, the new building will be certified silver on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system from the US Green Building Council. The consumable products manufactured there will be used in filtration and chromatography systems during the production of vaccines and other biopharmaceutical products.
Commenting on the announcement, Varadkar said: “This is excellent news from Repligen with the creation of 130 new jobs in Waterford. It comes on foot of a major jobs announcement by Bausch and Lomb. Waterford is on the move as a centre for jobs and investment.
“I wish the team the very best with their expansion plans.”
James Bylund, senior vice-president at Repligen, added: “We are thrilled to continue the collaboration with the Irish Government and the IDA that was initiated by the Artesyn team. This build-out is an important step in expanding our capacity and establishing dual manufacturing sites for key single-use consumable products used in manufacture of biological drugs.
“With its LEED Silver designation, the facility is closely aligned with our commitment to responsible growth and sustainability.”
Dr Jonathan Downey, managing director at the Waterford facility, said: “Having delivered beyond our commitment in 2019 to bring new jobs to the region through our development of high-end manufacturing capabilities, we are energised and excited about our integration with Repligen and this next phase of growth.
“In addition to our expansion of Artesyn products, and the transfer of manufacturing of certain of Repligen’s current products to our Irish operations, we expect to be utilising the Irish sites to advance additional research, development and innovation programs.”
Emmanuel Macron has reportedly spoken to the Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennett, to ensure that the Israeli government is “properly investigating” allegations that the French president could have been targeted with Israeli-made spyware by Morocco’s security services.
In a phone call, Macron expressed concern that his phone and those of most of his cabinet could have been infected with Pegasus, hacking software developed by the Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group, which enables operators of the tool to extract messages, photos and emails, record calls and secretly activate microphones from infected devices.
NSO has said Macron was not a “target” of any of its customers, meaning the company denies he was selected for surveillance using Pegasus. The company says that the fact that a number appeared on the list was in no way indicative of whether that number was selected for surveillance using Pegasus.
The Pegasus project could not examine the mobile phones of the leaders and diplomats, and could therefore not confirm whether there had been any attempt to install malware on their phones.
The Macron-Bennett phone call reportedly took place on Thursday, but was first reported by Israel’s Channel 12 News on Saturday evening after the end of Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest.
The prime minister’s office has declined to comment on the phone call or the two leaders’ conversation. According to Channel 12, an unnamed source said Bennett had stressed that the alleged events occurred before he took office in May, and that a commission was examining whether rules on Israel’s export of cyberweapons such as Pegasus should be tightened.
The investigation has been based on forensic analysis of phones and analysis of a leaked database of 50,000 numbers, including that of Macron and those of heads of state and senior government, diplomatic and military officials, in 34 countries.
In multiple statements, NSO said the fact a number appeared on the leaked list was in no way indicative of whether it was selected for surveillance using Pegasus. “The list is not a list of Pegasus targets or potential targets,” the company said. “The numbers in the list are not related to NSO Group in any way.”
But the list is believed to provide insights into those identified as persons of interest by NSO’s clients. It includes people whose phones showed traces of NSO’s signature phone-hacking spyware, Pegasus, according to forensic analysis of their devices. The analysis was conducted by Amnesty International’s security lab, which discovered traces of Pegasus-related activity on 37 out of 67 phones that it analysed.
While the rest of the world grapples with the seismic consequences of the revelations, in Israel reaction has been muted. Meretz, a leftwing party long in opposition but now part of the new government coalition, has asked the defence ministry for “clarification” on the issue, but no party is seeking a freeze of export licences or an inquiry into NSO’s close links to the Israeli state under the tenure of the former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
But as the mammoth impact of the disclosures has become clearer, the diplomatic pressure on Israel is mounting. On Thursday, the senior Israeli MP Ram Ben-Barak – a former deputy head of the Mossad spy agency – confirmed that the Israeli defence establishment had “appointed a review commission made up of a number of groups” to examine whether policy changes were needed regarding sensitive cyber exports.
US defence officials have also asked their Israeli counterparts for more details on the “disturbing” disclosures stemming from the Pegasus project, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Saturday.
Bug of the week Google has fixed a bug in Chrome OS version 91.0.4472.165 that surfaced on Monday and prevented some users from being able to login to their systems.
Chrome OS downloads updates automatically but doesn’t apply them until reboot, so only those who restarted their Chromebooks to ingest the force-fed broken update were affected.
Earlier this week, the internet titan on its Google Workplace status page said, “Our engineering team has identified an issue on Chrome OS 91.0.4472.165. The rollout of this version was halted.”
As a workaround for those bitten by the bug, Google advised users: to “powerwash” their Chrome OS devices back to factory settings; to rollback the Chrome OS device to a previous version via USB; or to remove the affected account and add the account back to the device. All three mitigations, however, clear local data on the device.
The programming blunder consists of a single missing character, an ampersand (&), that was inadvertently omitted from the Chrome OS C++ code. That oversight changed the logical AND operator (&&) in this conditional statement to a bitwise AND (&):
if (key_data_.has_value() && !key_data_->label().empty())
That means, for one thing, both sides of the conditional statement would be evaluated every time, rather than the right-hand-side call to empty() only being made if the left-hand-side has_value() returned true. In any case, omitting the ampersand changed the behavior of Chrome OS’s code.
The typo was committed to the Chrome OS source on July 2, 2021, and didn’t affect anyone until this week. The typo was discussed on Reddit earlier this week.
Google’s patch, Chrome OS 91.0.4472.167, was issued on Wednesday and has been rolling out gradually per Google’s release pattern.
“Affected devices can login via guest mode or an account that hasn’t signed into the device and follow the steps in this [Help Center] article to download the update,” said Google.