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  • Lion tops 1 million downloads in a day

    July 21, 2011 @ 9:54 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you’re a Mac user, you undoubtedly know what Lion is. The latest operating system update from Apple adds more than 250 new features to the Mac – but lets face it, most of us will only use a fraction of that. The rest will be unused, but it will be nice to know we can access them at any time.


  • The Angry Birds come to Chrome

    May 12, 2011 @ 5:19 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Yes, you read correctly. Not content with taking over iPhones, Android phones and even your console, Rovio has just given you Angry Birds on your computer. More specifically, on Chrome.

    If you use Google’s browser, you can get the game at Chrome’s web store, and commence destruction of the pigs’ hideouts.

    Expect productivity to dip drastically at offices everywhere.

  • I’ll be watching you…

    April 21, 2011 @ 9:03 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    In case you missed it, the iPhone (and iPad) apparently tracks its location and saves it to the phone, complete with handy little time stamps. So everywhere you go, it takes a record of it. A stalker’s dream, wouldn’t you say?

    I don’t think anyone is too surprised that they can be tracked by a phone that contains location services. And if you have anything like Find My iPhone on your handset, you can pinpoint your phone’s location in real time.

    But it’s the level of data retention that has raised some eyebrows, plus the danger posed by potential access to the file. And even if you switch off your location services, the phone will still keep track of you, because it uses data triangulated from mobile towers rather than the built-in GPS.

    Apparently no other smartphone keeps the same creepy log of all your movements, so congratulations, Apple, you’ve scored another first. Though I doubt it’s one that will be making it into STeve’s next keynote, somehow.

    If you’re interested to find out just what’s stored on your iPhone, have a look at the application here.

    UPDATE: Android tracks location too, but in a slightly different way. As someone who has set up several Android phones, I’ve seen that check box. However, the important difference to me is that the Apple warning about this is in the EULA agreement – and how many people bother to read that, despite knowing we should?

    It’s not stopped me from using my iPhone, however. And I doubt very many others will be ditching the phones either.

  • iPad 2?

    February 23, 2011 @ 4:55 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s the worst-kept secret in the world, but this invite from Apple that just landed in my inbox  drops some heavy (anvil sized) hints about an iPad 2 announcement next week.

    So what do you want to see in the new iPad?

  • 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.


  • The week that…

    February 4, 2011 @ 11:48 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    …Facebook Places became active for Irish users. Another way to stalk and be stalked by your nearest and dearest (3,000+) social network ‘friends’. As if there weren’t enough.

    …Google opened a web store for its Android market. It’s still not quite there yet though, is it?

    …a row broke out between Google and Microsoft over search results on Bing. If you can’t play nicely, kids, don’t play at all.

    …Intel found a flaw in its new chips that could cost it up to $1 billion in missed sales and costs to put it right.

  • Grace App wins new award

    November 15, 2010 @ 7:01 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    After a successful trip the Irish Web Awards this year, Grace App has now been recognised on the world stage. The app, which is designed to help children with autism communicate, has won the United Nations World Summit – Mobile Award for e-Learning and Education.


  • Say Hullo

    October 21, 2010 @ 2:47 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Possibly one of the most useful apps I’ve come across this month for the iPhone is HulloMail. It’s voicemail, but with a difference. Replacing your network operator’s voicemail service, it’s similar to the visual voicemail that was a much talked about feature of the original iPhone.


  • App of the week: Micoach goes mobile

    August 11, 2010 @ 4:15 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Another fitness application has launched for mobiles, but it’s not just limited to iPhones. The Adidas Micoach app is available for the iPhone, but can also be downloaded to Blackberry devices.


  • App of the Week: Oxegen 2010

    July 8, 2010 @ 8:24 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you’re heading down to Oxegen, you need this app.

    The official Oxegen app includes an interactive schedule so you don’t miss your favourite acts, a check list of what you’ll need and a map that links in with Facebook so you can share your location with your friends and track them down.

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