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  • The Dyson Q&A

    February 14, 2013 @ 9:18 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Last week, I got to talk to James Dyson about his latest invention – the Airblade Tap – and what his company has been working on during the recession.The finished piece ran in Monday’s Innovation supplement, but here’s the full Q&A.


  • iTunes sets new record

    February 7, 2013 @ 4:08 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Apple has set a new record with its iTunes store, selling more than 25 billion songs since it began selling digital music.

    That works out at about 15,000 songs per minute over close to a decade.

    The 25 billionth song was Monkey Drums (Goksel Vancin Remix), and that has earned its purchaser, German Philip Lupke, a gift card for €10,000. Considering I manage to spend less than €20 every two months, that’s a whole lot of downloading to get through. Not bad for a few cent.

    Apple has built up an impressive library of songs in its online music store. There are more than 26 million songs available, and the store is now open in 119 countries.

  • Instagram launches web feed

    February 5, 2013 @ 6:43 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you are an Instagram user (and there are still quite a few around), you’re probably quite used to having to peer at your smartphone screen to see the filtered pictures of food, family pets and other random subjects that appear regularly in your feed from people you have chosen to follow.


  • Sky+ Android app gets remote update

    @ 3:18 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Sky customers with Android devices will now be able to control their Sky+ box using their phone or tablet, as the pay-TV broadcaster introduces a new remote control function.

    No longer lagging behind their iOS brethren, Android users can ditch their regular remote control and swap it for their smartphone, where they can change channels, pause live TV or rewind with a few swipes of their fingers.

    More importantly though is the ability to manage programme planners through the Android version of the app – you can delete recordings, or schedule new ones without ever having to use the TV menu. The only requirement is that you have your Android device connected to the same wifi network as your Sky+ box.

  • Shockproof, waterproof…. consumer-proof?

    February 4, 2013 @ 5:03 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Check out Panasonic’s latest round of goodies. These cameras are built to be used under less than perfect conditions, and still give you great footage.