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  • CES: Olloclip

    January 10, 2013 @ 1:56 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Most people at this point have a phone with a camera in it. And you probably find yourself using it a lot more than your regular point and shoot camera, because they’re just so much more convenient.

    But if you could make it better, you would, right?

    The Olloclip is a clip-on lens designed for the iPhone that combines three lenses into one: fisheye, wide angle and macro. It flips around, pieces screw together…it’s all a bit clever.

    One drawback is that it’s made to fit specific models, so you can’t swap one between an iPhone 4 and a 5, nor can you use with a case on it.

    That last but is something the company is already looking at; on the way is a case that has a flip out piece so you can attach the camera lens and acts as a shutter button for you.

  • CES: day two

    January 9, 2013 @ 7:18 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    One of the things about conferences like this is that with so many people in one place, all trying to get online, wireless Internet access eventually gives up the ghost. Whether it’s in the CES press room or even just the mobile data networks, thinks get slow or non existent.

    So from yesterday’s trip around the show, here’s a few pictures.

    Table PCs are apparently a thing this year. A few companies were showing them off – 3M, Lenovo – and this one by Moneual allowed you to order a drink through your table. They even won a “best of ” innovation award for it.


    At CES and Mobile World Congress last year there were plenty of companies pushing their method for waterproofing phones and other electronics. This year, they were back again, and with more of them. So apart from the “ew” factor, this will never be a problem again.


    Sony, meanwhile, announced its flagship Xperia Z phone, which is already water resistant. High fives all round.

    Remember the company last year that brought in Justin Bieber and made a robot dance? Well Tosy is back again with a new look.


    And a far bigger stand.



    There were more than a few products that made you think “what?” Like these. Headphones for while you’re sleeping. I can see where they’re going with it, but it’s not for me.


  • CES: Kube

    @ 2:47 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Meet the New Kube, a tiny MP3 player. It’s just big enough to take a micro SD card and plug your headphones into. Plus some mini buttons for controls. I stopped because it looked like mini building blocks and I was curious.

    More here

  • And so, to the show

    January 8, 2013 @ 8:28 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    The press conferences are done and now we can get down to the business we came here for: getting some hands – and eyes – on with the newest products.

    First up: the new I’m Watch. The smart watch that apparently beats all others.


    It links to your smartphone via bluetooth and allows you to check emails, text messages and other notifications directly from your watch.

    It’s available in a few different varieties, including a titanium special edition as part of its tech collection, the high end jewel collection (pricey but shiny) that’s available in six colours and some gold varieties. This particular one is the colour edition.

    The company has also unveiled a new GPS tracker that you can use almost anywhere. Think of it as the equivalents of electronically tagging your bag or laptop. Or even your child. It’s called I’m Here. Its small enough that you could slip it into a bag or pocket.

  • CES!

    January 6, 2013 @ 9:20 pm | by Ciara O'Brien


    Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, the home of gambling, giant frozen cocktails, and for this week at least, a good chunk of the tech industry.

    Stay tuned for CES stuff.

  • This just arrived on my desk

    June 22, 2012 @ 2:07 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you’ve never come across this product before, hazard a guess as to what it might be.


    A few of the guesses in here:

    “A remote control.”

    “A thing you connect to your other thing.”

    “Mind control.”





    This is the Logitech Cube. It’s a mouse.

    The tiniest touch sensitive mouse I’ve ever used. And despite it’s size, it’s not a massive pain to get used to – it has left and right click buttons (positioned slightly differently to what you’re used to) and you can scroll pages with it too.


  • Last minute shopping panic

    June 15, 2012 @ 11:53 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Father’s Day is this Sunday. And whether you dismiss it as a Hallmark holiday or not, chances are you’ll probably end up dragging yourself down to your local newsagent to buy a card at the very least. If you’re planning on splashing out on a gift but haven’t quite got around to it yet, here’s some last minute ideas:


  • Starting from scratch

    April 30, 2012 @ 12:29 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you’ve ever built something from spare parts siphoned from some home appliances, you’ll appreciate this: what happens when Dyson engineers are given some vacuum parts and challenged to build the fastest go-kart.

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  • The PlayStation Vita: tempted?

    February 22, 2012 @ 10:41 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Sony’s latest handheld games device, the PlayStation Vita, went on sale today in Ireland, just over two months after it debuted in Japan.


  • Excellent….

    February 1, 2012 @ 10:21 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Feel like being ordered around by Mr Burns? Or how about Marge Simpson? TomTom has released new character voices for its GPS systems that allow you to be bossed about by one of Springfield’s finest.


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