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  • Digital challenge: week 2

    August 8, 2012 @ 3:22 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you’ve been following our digital challenge start-ups and their progress, here’s the second instalment:

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  • Tech Tools: H2O Audio Amphibx Fit Armband

    July 7, 2011 @ 8:56 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    There are probably few instances you can think of where you’d risk getting your music player, phone or other portable electronic device wet. But the H2O Audio Amphibx Fit Armband allows you to take your iPod or smartphone for a quick dip. It’s waterproof – naturally – with a headphone connector that will also keep out moisture.


  • Tech Tools: Star Wars USB sticks

    September 27, 2010 @ 5:23 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    I can’t tell you how excited these make me. Probably far more than they should considering I’m supposed to be 1) sensible and 2) a grown-up.

    But anyway. In the event that I was neither, I’d currently be coveting one of these USB sticks. Star Wars-themed Storm Trooper USB sticks. The lids are customised to look like helmets. The alternative is the character’s hair.


  • Tech Tools: Sony Xperia Mini Pro

    @ 5:10 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    The trend recently has been for large screens and touch capable phones. Sony Ericsson has bucked at least part of this trend with the diminutive Xperia mini handsets.


  • iPad hits Irish stores

    July 26, 2010 @ 2:07 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Friday’s iPad article:

    In the six months since it was first announced, the Apple iPad has certainly made an impact. Described as a “magical and revolutionary device” by chief executive Steve Jobs, the iPad has sold more than three million units since its April 3rd launch in the US, and its May 28th debut in Britain, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland.


  • Tech Tools: HTC Desire

    May 14, 2010 @ 2:37 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    HTC’s latest handset is yet another challenger to the iPhone. The Android phone has a 3.7in LED display, which is bright, responsive and perfect for web browsing, viewing images and watching video. It has pinch to zoom and also supports Flash content. A decent video and still camera have been included.


  • TECH TOOLS: ION Tape Express

    December 19, 2009 @ 3:26 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you’re over the age of 30, chances are you have a lot of old tapes sitting that rarely get played. Favourite albums from when you were a teenager, old chart shows nabbed from the radio… irreplaceable stuff. Now you can convert them to digital with the Ion Tape Express.


  • The iPhone and autism

    December 16, 2009 @ 9:42 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    There is more to the iPhone than simply another high-tech digital device or accessory. Last week in Business This Week, I wrote about an app that’s currently being developed for the iPhone that helps children with autism communicate. (more…)

  • Vodafone unveils 360 service

    September 25, 2009 @ 1:32 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Vodafone unveiled its new 360 service yesterday in Dublin, with the help of chief executive Charles Butterworth and Dita von Teese.

    Personally, I was disappointed that DvT didn’t explain the finer points of the service. But moving along.


  • The demise of the ‘dodgy box’?

    April 10, 2009 @ 7:38 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    The days of free digital TV may be over for some viewers as UPC steps up moves to boot the boxes off its network for good. Owners of the boxes, which decode UPC’s digital TV signal without users having to fork out for the privilege, have noticed some of the channels have been scrambled, and no amount of software updates will unscramble them, for the time being at least.


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