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  • Six degrees of Kevin Bacon, Google style

    September 14, 2012 @ 11:19 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    You have to admire Google. It makes the boring business of search just a little more interesting at time, with interactive Google Doodles and screens that have snowed, barrel rolled and tilted on certain search commands in the past.


  • How the browser landscape has changed

    July 9, 2012 @ 11:36 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Remember a few years ago when Internet Explorer was the most popular internet browser? How times have changed. Competition from Google and Firefox has eaten into market share, and although it’s still popular, the rather sizeable gap it used to enjoy has significantly decreased. According to StatCounter’s latest figures, it’s practically neck and neck with Chrome.

    This short video from StatCounter shows just how much things have changed.

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  • Chrome edges closer to rivals

    March 22, 2012 @ 8:55 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    What’s your personal choice of internet browser? The latest statistics show that Google’s Chrome browser is getting a big bump in usage at the weekends, which implies that while many companies may be forcing their employees to use more traditional browsers during work hours, Google is the top choice when they are free to choose their own software. (more…)

  • 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.

  • Today’s Google Doodle…

    March 9, 2011 @ 2:43 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Brought to you by a 6-year -old Dublin girl, the winner of Google’s third Irish Doodle 4 Google competition.

    Read more about Layla Karpuz from Mary Mother of Hope Junior National School, Dublin 15 here.

  • Tis the season

    December 15, 2010 @ 10:52 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    The nativity story, if they’d had Facebook, Twitter and mobile phones back then.

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  • So… about that spyware…

    August 18, 2010 @ 9:20 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    So today was not a great day. It wasn’t the early start that did it. it wasn’t even the mysteriously crashing word processor that took a good 40 minutes’ work with it. No. Today was the day I inadvertently installed malware on my PC.


  • Google doodles for Pacman

    May 21, 2010 @ 10:09 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s Pacman’s 30th birthday – not a bad age, if I do say so myself.

    But check out how Google has chosen to mark the occasion: a Pacman doodle. And not only a Pacman doodle, but a playable one too. Catch it before it’s gone.

  • App of the week: Bump

    May 12, 2010 @ 6:39 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Bump has been knocking about for a bit on the iPhone, but it was only recently I discovered you could use it to send contacts and photos between an iPhone and an Android handset.

    I don’t pretend to know how it works, and I’m sure a detailed explanation is available somewhere, but it’s the handiest app on my mobile. No more faffing about with Bluetooth; simply activate Bump on both phones, ‘bump’ them together and it will transfer the files for you.

  • Goodbye Safari, hello Opera Mini

    April 13, 2010 @ 9:22 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s been good. No, really, it has. But it’s time to move on. It’s not you, it’s me. I need something more.

    As of today, I’m (mostly) dumping Safari for Opera Mini on the iPhone.


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