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  • The digital challenge begins!

    August 2, 2012 @ 3:37 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    In today’s media industry, you can’t stand still for too long, or you risk getting left behind. We could all benefit from a bit of innovation, and who better to bring that to the Irish Times than entrepreneurs?

    In recent months, the Irish Times put out a call for start-ups that could work with us in new ways. Five were shortlisted and have already begun their eight-week “getting to know you” period, where everyone figures out if we can all work together in mutually beneficial ways. The companies that made it to this stage:, GetBulb, Picturk, MyiFli and Storyflow.


  • Flying? BYO

    September 16, 2011 @ 4:01 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    We’ve all been there. That moment when someone else has the remote control, forcing you to watch something you’d really rather not. You have a choice: stay put and be bored, or leave the room and find something more interesting to do.


  • News Corp to charge for content

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

    Has anyone else got a sense of deja vu?

    A few years ago, it was all about free content online. The idea of paying for any content online was laughable.  It would never work, we sniggered.

    Then things changed. Companies realised that the dot-com bubble had burst and investing thousands and thousands in websites with little or no return was no longer sustainable. Something had to be done.


  • UPC launches HDTV

    August 6, 2009 @ 8:50 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    UPC has launched its own high definition TV service, unveiling it yesterday to customers.

    Could it be a way to regain some of the TV subscribers it has lost in recent months?

  • Easter egg hunting the non-traditional way

    April 10, 2009 @ 9:00 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Sick of sugar laden chocolate treats? I know. As IF. But if you fancy a breather, Xtravision has brought out a list of alternative Easter eggs – the ones found hiding in games and DVD movies.

    Personally, I don’t have the patience to root out the extra content in either – short attention span, you see. But if someone hands me a list (and a handy step by step guide on how to actually get to them) I won’t say no. It might take me several weeks to work my way around to it though. I’m lazy like that.