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  • Angry Birds to move to consoles

    November 25, 2010 @ 2:39 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s possibly one of the most addictive mobile games out there, and now the Angry Birds have their sights firmly set on consoles.

    Not content with dominating the iPhone, iPad, Android and Symbian phones, Rovio is planning to migrate the mobile game to your living room. It’s a path that games like Plants vs Zombies have also tried, and while they can’t compete with the likes of Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed in the graphics stakes, they certainly hook players in.

    I’m a long-time fan of the game, although I’ve not yet managed to get the full three stars throughout all the levels, despite playing for so long I’ve probably increased my chances of RSI in years to come. And since my iPhone decided to stage a silent protest earlier this week, it looks like I’m back to the beginning anyway.

    It’s not yet known when the birds will make it into console format – some time next year apparently – so in the meantime, have some (slightly sweary) Angry Birds peace talks.

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  • What is Apple planning for iTunes?

    November 16, 2010 @ 12:25 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you’ve visited Apple’s website today, you can’t have missed the massive tease that Apple is currently running on its homepage.

    The speculation is that there is some announcement due on streaming or cloud services for iTunes, although the smart money is on a Beatles related announcement tomorrow, a glaring omission from the iTunes catalogue at the moment.


  • Grace App wins new award

    November 15, 2010 @ 7:01 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    After a successful trip the Irish Web Awards this year, Grace App has now been recognised on the world stage. The app, which is designed to help children with autism communicate, has won the United Nations World Summit – Mobile Award for e-Learning and Education.


  • Tech tools: Kinect for Xbox

    November 12, 2010 @ 11:37 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Last night I found myself trying to teach a virtual pet how to sit, play dead and roll over. If you haven’t seen any of the ads for Kinect yet, this involves rolling on the floor in front of a camera that is the latest controller for the Xbox.

    Dignified it is not.


  • Tech Tools: GPS Goggles

    @ 11:25 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Traversing ski slopes can be tricky. However, Zeal’s latest set of ski goggles makes it easier to stay on the right track. They make look almost like an average pair of ski goggles, but Transcend GPS glasses have a built-in GPS which displays information on a mini LCD screen in the goggle.

    The major benefit of this is that you won’t have to mess about with handheld GPS systems. The information includes location, temperature, altitude and distance covered, along with a vertical odometer and stopwatch.

    If you want to keep track of your stats, a USB connection allows you to hook the device up to a PC or Mac and download the data to analyse it.

    The rechargeable battery will give you about seven hours of power – plenty of slope time. The goggles are also available with polarised lenses, and polarised and photochromatic/ transitioning lenses.