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  • Tech tools: Ingenuitea

    March 24, 2011 @ 9:00 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Tea connoisseurs take note. Adagio’s IngenuiTea portable teapot allows you to make loose leaf tea without having to mess about with strainers and stray loose leaves.

    Perfect for the office, the device will make you the perfect cup of tea without the mess or fuss. Simply fill it with your choice of tea and boiling water and, when you place it over your mug, a spring-loaded valve will drain the brewed tea into your cup.

    The leaves – the really messy part – remain caught in the replaceable filter. It’s made of food-grade polycarbonate and holds about 473ml of liquid – enough for two cups of tea or a decent sized mug.

  • Tech tools: Nokia C7

    March 22, 2011 @ 9:00 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Nokia may have decided to adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone system, but it’s still putting out the Symbian-powered phones too. The C7 is the latest handset to hit the market.

    The slim, stainless steel and glass casing houses a 3.5-inch high definition display, an 8 megapixel camera and high definition video recording.

    The touch-screen is vivid and responsive and there are three home screens that can be customised with apps and contacts.

    The internal memory of 8GB can be expanded with a micro SD card of up to 32GB in size. It also includes the latest Bluetooth 3.0 technology and wifi, allowing you to ditch the wires where possible.

  • Tech Tools: Nintendo 3DS

    March 18, 2011 @ 5:39 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s been promised for months, but finally the 3DS is (almost) here. Due for launch on March 25th, the console is the games company’s first proper foray into the 3D arena.

    The portable console has been spruced up and now includes the ability to take your own 3D images as well as play specially created games.

    There is built-in software that allows you to play augmented reality games out of the box, using some cards and the 3D camera – and you can still use it with your older DS and DSi games.

    The 3D can be switched on and off with a slider control that also sets the intensity of the effect.

    The 3D effects aren’t recommended for those under six years of age: handily, parental controls on the console mean you can lock down some of those functions, locking out 3D, internet browsing, shopping services and image-sharing, among other functions.

  • Today’s Google Doodle…

    March 9, 2011 @ 2:43 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Brought to you by a 6-year -old Dublin girl, the winner of Google’s third Irish Doodle 4 Google competition.

    Read more about Layla Karpuz from Mary Mother of Hope Junior National School, Dublin 15 here.

  • Tech Tools: Parrot Minikit Smart

    March 8, 2011 @ 9:16 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    As handsfree kits go, the Parrot Minikit Smart is an all-rounder. Not only does it give you handsfree capabilities in your car, it will also charge your device.


  • iPad 2 unveiled

    March 2, 2011 @ 8:46 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    So there you have it. A thinner, lighter, more powerful iPad is on the way. And not months into the future – March 11th in the US, March 25th for 26 other countries (Ireland presumably included). And not only that but an updated iOS and iPad apps for iMovie and Garage Band are also on the way.

    Apple really knows how to put on a show. The appearance of Steve Jobs on stage kicked off the event, and as usual, there was little modesty to be found.

    But why should there be? The iPad has sold 15 million units in nine months. It’s generated $9.5 billion for the company in revenue. And it’s prettying wiped the memory of the previous generation of tablets out.

    So what does the iPad 2 give us? Dual core processor for a start – faster operation, but the battery life remains the same. Graphics power has also been improved.

    There are also two cameras – front and rear facing – for video conferencing, FaceTime calls, etc.

    The iPhone 4′s gyroscope is also in there too.

    It’s a third thinner – making it thinner than the iPhone 4 – and will be available in black and white from launch.

    New accessories include the HDMI output and the smart case (magnets, fits itself to the iPad etc).

    When iOS 4.3 comes, you’ll be able to share tour iPhone’s mobile Internet connection wirelessly with other devices.

    What didn’t we get? The rumours that didn’t materialise:

    A micro USB port.
    Expandable storage through an SD card slot.
    The Retina display.
    Any larger capacities.

    The prices, however, will also stay the same.