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  • 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.

  • Ryanair unveils its mobile app

    September 5, 2012 @ 9:35 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Rushing headlong into the brave new (!) world of mobile apps is Ryanair, the budget airline that gets everyone talking. And it’s managed to do it again. The airline has unveiled its new app for iPhone and iPad that will allow customers to buy flights, check out fares, check in online and manage bookings by adding priority boarding or bags.

    All for the princely sum of €2.99. Yes, €2.99.

    Have  a quick look at the competition. Aer Lingus app: fare check, flight purchase, mobile check in and even mobile boarding passes. Cost? Free. British Airways: flight booking, check in boarding passes, travel news. Also free. CityJet: the same. In fact, American Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Delta, Southwest, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM and rival EasyJet all offer free apps with similar or better functionality.

    Still, it’s currently number three on the paid apps list on the App Store. I think I’ll pass though.

  • 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.

  • ‘Wonder Clock’ not so wonderful

    July 2, 2012 @ 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.


  • My new favourite app!

    June 20, 2012 @ 8:43 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    There’s a holiday looming, whcih means only one thing: my usual last minute, half hearted effort to get fit, brought on by panic at the thought of having to wear shorts for a week.

    So with that in mind, I’ve been checking out some new apps. My new favourite: Zombies, Run!


  • Something for the weekend: improve your language skills

    June 15, 2012 @ 7:03 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    We may have no chance of making it to the next round of the Euros, but if you’re hanging around for the Italy match, this app might come in handy.


  • Apple’s WWDC: the announcements

    June 11, 2012 @ 10:59 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Apple has just kicked off its annual WorldWide Developer Conference in the US, with a closely watched keynote by chief executive Tim Cook. So what is coming up for Apple in the next few months?

    The short version: iOS 6, new MacBooks and Mountain Lion for Macs. That means Siri for the new iPad, Facebook integration and iMessage for the Mac.

    You want the longer version? Read on.


  • What’s the meaning of life?

    October 28, 2011 @ 3:08 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you’re to believe Siri, it’s something to do with chocolate.

    Yes, the iPhone 4S has gone on sale, and contrary to popular belief, it does come with smart-mouth digital assistant Siri included.

    Yes, the app is in beta, so there is no support for Irish customisation as yet. And there are some functions that won’t work here just yet, or so Siri tells me occasionally – usually when you’re trying to search for a business.

    But so far today I’ve been told what the weather is like, dectated an email, asked Siri some stupid questions and been told off for my language. So it’s safe to say it recognises exactly what I’m saying.

    I think I love this a little.

  • Review: BBC’s Global iPlayer

    August 7, 2011 @ 2:29 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Irish viewers have been excluded from BBC’s iPlayer since the service lunched a few years ago. It’s not something we can really complain about – UK viewers pay TV licence fees to the Beeb, something we, unfortunately or fortunately depending on your perspective, do not. Therefore, they get the free catchup service and we have to make do with Sky Plus and UPC’s digital TV service to ensure we don’t miss out on programmes.


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