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  • Monday, Monday…

    June 29, 2009 @ 9:35 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s Monday. Traditionally a day of great depression. I’m still reocvering from the weekend, including the damage inflicted on my right foot from standing too long in stupidly high shoes at a wedding on Friday. However I am in a good mood for several reasons:

    1. It’s not raining.

    2. It’s not cold.

    3. I got an iPhone 3G S to test this morning.

    First impressions later.

  • Two words. Universal charger.

    @ 3:43 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Thank god someone has finally got a bit of sense. Universal chargers for mobile phones have to be the most obvious and best idea I’ve heard to date.

    It’s something you’ll hear at least once a day around the office – “Has anyone got a Nokia/Samsung/SonyEricsson/Motorola charger?” And because phone companies change the chargers every so often, you have to make sure it’s the correct one. Or put up with a bleeping phone, dying battery and the risk that it will cut off mid-call.

    But no more.  Now you can hang on to your old charger.

    Of course, if this prompts the phone companies make the chargers optional extras, I can forsee a few problems. I have at least two dead Nokia chargers lurking in my wardrobe.  Wires can be surprisingly delicate. And not to mention the money you would have to pay out for an extra charger should your existing one – which could be a few years old – go kaput.

    But for the moment, let’s enjoy the fact that we will no longer have to send office-wide emails begging for chargers. And there will be significantly less electronic waste generated by people buying new mobile phones.

  • Websites crash under Jacko strain

    June 26, 2009 @ 12:20 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    So there you have it. Michael Jackson is dead. By all accounts it was a heart attack – a pretty ordinary end to a very strange life.

    And it was a website that broke the story first – TMZ.com. Not broadcast media or print. Within minutes, the topic was all over Twitter. Each update was tweeted as it happened. Looking at Twitter as I’m writing this, I have an entire page of Jacko-related tweets.

    It wasn’t all good for new media though. Websites creaked under the strain of the number of people logging on to get the latest updates. Michael Jackson managed to crash Twitter. TechCrunch has the screenshots here detailing the major meltdowns but I experienced the Twitter fail for myself. Frustrating, but common enough when a major story breaks.  

    Anyway. The end of an era, and the death of an icon, whatever you thought of him.  

  • This is getting ridiculous.

    June 19, 2009 @ 7:42 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Seriously. A $1.9 million fine for sharing 24 songs? Are these people for real?

    Jammie Thomas-Rasset had her fine increased from $222,000 on a retrial, after the judge in the original case said he had erred in instructing the jury. And now the second trial has awarded this staggeringly ridiculous sum to the RIAA.

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  • iPhone pricing announced

    June 17, 2009 @ 11:43 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Good news: the iPhone 3G price cut is being passed on to Irish customers. The 8GB version will cost anything up to 99 euro, depending on your price plan (free with the most expensive monthly contract).  The price cut kicks in tomorrow (June 18th)The 3G S, meanwhile, will cost between 79 euro and 199 euro for the 16GB version,  and from 169 euro to 299 euro for the 32GB phone. You’ll have to wait til June 26th for that.  

  • Facebook doles out the vanity URLs

    June 10, 2009 @ 1:15 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Ever wanted to be aname instead of a number on Facebook? Well from Saturday, you’ll be able to sign up for your very own personalised address.

    The bad news is it’s a first come, first served deal, which means you’ll have to be up pretty early in the morning (5am, to be precise) if you want to guarantee that no one else nabs your URL.

    Also, once you shoose that’s it. You’re stuck with it. So while that comedy URL may seem funny now, bear in mind that two years from now (if you’re still Facebook-active) you’ll still be saddled with that name.

  • Apple unveils new iPhone

    June 9, 2009 @ 6:01 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    So there it is. The new iPhone. So what’s different?

    If you were expecting anything earth shattering, you’ll probably be disappointed. The new iPhone 3GS is more of a tweak of the iPhone 3G than a completely new device.

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  • Waiting….

    June 8, 2009 @ 6:30 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    …for Apple’s iPhone announcement. In the meantime, crack out the candles and cake for Tetris, which turns 25 this month.

  • Twitter crackdown

    @ 3:16 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Celebrity impersonators on Twitter – your days are numbered. The site’s bosses have decided enough is enough and are clamping down with a new Verified Accounts scheme.

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  • ‘Bing’ it

    June 7, 2009 @ 9:45 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Of all the names it could have come up with, Microsoft has decided to name its search engine Bing. Yes, you read it correctly. As in Chandler, from Friends.

    I can’t say it without echoing myself. Microsoft Bing *BING*.

    But what’s in a name? I can’t remember back that far, but I’m sure “Google” probably caused a few strange looks. And now it’s part of general speech. We don’t search online, we google it. (more…)