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  • Amazing: Rovio branches out

    July 16, 2012 @ 3:30 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    There’s not an angry bird in sight, nor an egg-thieving pig, but Amazing Alex is worth a look if you’re a fan of Rovio’s games.

    A few things to note:

    1. It’s not like Casey’s Contraptions; it is Casey’s Contraptions. Rovio bought the IP and has reworked it.

    2. It’s still physics based, but it doesn’t have quite the same appeal as Angry Birds.

    3. On the other hand, how many times can you fire birds at pigs before you start to question your sanity?

    4. Rovio: please update Angry Birds Space pleasethankyou.

  • The moment I realised I was getting old…

    @ 10:26 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    …or a review of a vacuum cleaner. Take your pick.

    If you had told me three years ago that my current favourite gadget would be a vacuum cleaner, I’d have laughed. Probably right in your face, and loudly. I wouldn’t have given a damn about suction and filters and how much hassle emptying the bag was. My first vacuum cleaner was picked for two reasons: the first, because it had some sort of HEPA filter that is supposed to be good for the allergy prone among us, and second because it wasn’t a boring colour.


  • How the browser landscape has changed

    July 9, 2012 @ 11:36 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Remember a few years ago when Internet Explorer was the most popular internet browser? How times have changed. Competition from Google and Firefox has eaten into market share, and although it’s still popular, the rather sizeable gap it used to enjoy has significantly decreased. According to StatCounter’s latest figures, it’s practically neck and neck with Chrome.

    This short video from StatCounter shows just how much things have changed.

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  • Today in tech: Monday

    July 2, 2012 @ 12:50 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    In case you missed it:

    MobileMe, your time is up. The service officially shut up shop on  Saturday, but if you have some files to grab from your iDisk, you can still download them. Move quickly.

    Sony Computer Entertainment is to buy Gaikai for $380 million. On the cards is a cloud streaming service for Sony, so watch this space.

    Ulster Bank problems continued to drag on. All because of a simple software glitch a couple of weeks ago.

    Apple settled its iPad trademark case in China for $60 million, putting an end to a dispute that had hampered sales of the tablet there.

    The leap second bug causes chaos for some.

    The fallout from the Facebook flotation continues.


  • ‘Wonder Clock’ not so wonderful

    @ 8:56 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    As if women didn’t have enough pressures, now your iPhone is getting in on the act. Specifically, it’s concentrating on your womb.

    Yes, you read correctly.