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  • Sky+ Android app gets remote update

    February 5, 2013 @ 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.

  • And the verdict is in…

    August 25, 2012 @ 12:49 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Apple has scored a victory against Samsung in a US court case over patent infringements. If you’ve been following this, you’ll know that Samsung and Apple have been suing and counter-suing each other in a whole heap of lawsuits in recent times. To be exact, more than 30 legal suits have been filed since 2010 across four continents.


  • When they said it was the ‘hottest handset’…

    June 22, 2012 @ 11:21 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    …I don’t think this was quite what they had in mind.

    Samsung is currently investigating an incident in which one of its new S3 handsets burned up while in a car dash mount. The Irish customer in question took his story to (see photos and the full thread here).

    If you’re eyeing your S3 nervously, I wouldn’t panic just yet. The poster came back to add an update:

    “There is no confirmation that it was a fault with the phone. It may actually have been caused by a combination of my car mount and my cars heating system. ”

    In the interests of disclosure, I’m currently using one of these phones.

  • The phones of MWC: HTC

    March 1, 2012 @ 9:48 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    HTC’s big announcement at Mobile World Congress was the HTC One family. The new range of phones come with Android’s latest version, Ice Cream Sandwich, and the new version of HTC’s  Sense interface.


  • MWC: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II

    February 14, 2011 @ 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.


  • 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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  • Playstation comes to Android

    January 27, 2011 @ 12:58 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Although we’ve all been waiting for the official announcement on a Playstation phone, Sony made an interesting announcement today. The games firm is to make its Playstation content available on mobile phones through the Playstation Suite.

    The catch? It’s only for Android phones. Bad luck for iPhone users.


  • The week that….

    January 21, 2011 @ 11:22 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Google announced it was replacing existing chief executive Eric Schmidt with its co-founder Larry Page. Schmidt will become executive chairman of the firm. A form of executive musical chairs.

    Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said he was taking some time off . Tim Cook will take over the day to day running of the tech company while Jobs is on medical leave. Investors worry what will happen without him. The rest of us just wait for Macworld and listen to the increasingly noisy iPad 2 rumour mill.

    Nintendo finally revealed the launch date for its 3DS, plus a line-up of games. March 25th for Europe, the 27th for the US.  Trying to work up enthusiasm for this. At €270, it’s a bit of a struggle.

    Facebook unveiled a new mobile version of its site that can be used on regular phones. Now you have no excuse for ignoring your aunt’s friend’s daughter’s best friend when she sends you a friend request.

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