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  • Dead Island trailer makes a splash

    February 24, 2011 @ 11:43 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    There’s an awful lot of effort going into games trailers these days. Take the preview for Dead Island. The game hasn’t even got a definite release date – there are rumours of August – but already Deep Silver has put out what could be the most disturbing trailer I’ve ever seen. It’s been stuck in my head since last week when I watched it.


  • iPad 2?

    February 23, 2011 @ 4:55 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s the worst-kept secret in the world, but this invite from Apple that just landed in my inbox  drops some heavy (anvil sized) hints about an iPad 2 announcement next week.

    So what do you want to see in the new iPad?

  • What would real-life Mario Kart look like?

    February 21, 2011 @ 2:34 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Sort of like this. Watch, learn, but probably best not to try it at home.

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  • 3 Ireland and the Cydia block

    February 14, 2011 @ 8:10 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Yesterday, it emerged through Twitter (via @stroughtonsmith on my own feed, and others) that Cydia was being blocked from being accessed on 3 Ireland and 3 UK’s network.

    Why? Well, I asked. And given that you can only fit 140 characters on Twitter, here’s the full response from 3 Ireland.

    “3 was not aware that Cydia was being blocked and the fact that it is being blocked is an error. It is due to the 3rd party internet filtering system we use called Bluecoat. Bluecoat is used to block sites of an adult nature.

    “We are now working on getting the Cydia servers unblocked and this should be done as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our customers.”

    Anything else while we’re at it?

    UPDATE: Cydia should be unblocked now, Redsn0w has also been flagged.

  • MWC: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II

    @ 6:57 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    For a long time, critics of the Tab have said the device is too small, especially compared with the iPhones screen real estate. Last night in Barcelona, Samsung took that argument away, unveiling their new 10.1-inch device.


  • Mobile World Congress

    February 13, 2011 @ 11:06 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s that time of year again – Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. For the next few days, I’ll be here, playing with mobile phones, tablets and seeing what new gadgets and accessories are around.

    As it is every year, there should be a mix of useful gadgets, interesting announcements and downright weird things.

    Aside from writing about it here (and in the paper) I’ll also be updating and putting photos up on Twitter (@ciaraobrien).

  • Nokia announces smartphone deal with Microsoft

    February 11, 2011 @ 12:37 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It was inevitable that Nokia would have to take drastic steps in a bid to keep its sales up. Where it was once the king of the smartphones, Nokia has struggled in the face of competition from Apple and Google in recent years.

    Android and the iPhone have made significant inroads into its market share, and according to figures from Gartner, Nokia saw its share slump from 50.8 per cent in 2007 to 27.1 per cent in the last quarter.

    It’s grim reading for the company. Even the launch of the N8 and the announcement of the E7 failed to have as big an impact as the company no doubt hoped.

    And so it came to this. There’s been rumours in recent days that Nokia was preparing to announce a partnership with Microsoft. Today, it did.


  • Guitar Hero RIP

    February 10, 2011 @ 5:13 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    For many, Guitar Hero was the only chance of picking up something that vaguely looked like a guitar and actually making proper use of it. But Activision has decided to pull the plug on a games franchise that was once hailed as a “cultural phenomenon”.

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  • Introducing: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

    February 7, 2011 @ 2:46 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you’ve been waiting for a PlayStation phone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play could very well be it. It’s the first Sony PlayStation certified smartphone, based on Android.

    More detail is being promised in a few days, with an announcement due to coincide with Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 13th.

    Here’s a slightly creepy video introduction in the meantime.

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  • The week that…

    February 4, 2011 @ 11:48 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    …Facebook Places became active for Irish users. Another way to stalk and be stalked by your nearest and dearest (3,000+) social network ‘friends’. As if there weren’t enough.

    …Google opened a web store for its Android market. It’s still not quite there yet though, is it?

    …a row broke out between Google and Microsoft over search results on Bing. If you can’t play nicely, kids, don’t play at all.

    …Intel found a flaw in its new chips that could cost it up to $1 billion in missed sales and costs to put it right.

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