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  • The end of an era

    August 25, 2011 @ 9:50 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s the end of an era. Last night Steve Jobs announced he was standing down from his role as chief executive of Apple, and said he would become chairman instead.


  • Tech tools: HTC Desire S

    May 30, 2011 @ 9:00 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    As Android phones go, HTC has really thrown itself into adopting Google’s operating system. The Desire S is one of the newer generation of Android handsets.


  • White iPhone 4: no longer a myth

    April 27, 2011 @ 1:57 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    The news that the elusive white iPhone 4 will finally be available from tomorrow should cause a bit of excitement – if you’re not already looking forward to the iPhone 5, that is.

    It was promised as long ago as July last year, but apparently making it proved more challenging than Apple thought.

    But after many false starts, the device will finally hit stores in Ireland, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macau, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and the US tomorrow.

    It’s pretty much the same as the regular iPhone 4, only in white. Er, that’s about it really.

  • 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.

  • Tech tools: Nokia C7

    March 22, 2011 @ 9:00 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Nokia may have decided to adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone system, but it’s still putting out the Symbian-powered phones too. The C7 is the latest handset to hit the market.

    The slim, stainless steel and glass casing houses a 3.5-inch high definition display, an 8 megapixel camera and high definition video recording.

    The touch-screen is vivid and responsive and there are three home screens that can be customised with apps and contacts.

    The internal memory of 8GB can be expanded with a micro SD card of up to 32GB in size. It also includes the latest Bluetooth 3.0 technology and wifi, allowing you to ditch the wires where possible.

  • 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.


  • Playstation comes to Android

    January 27, 2011 @ 12:58 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Although we’ve all been waiting for the official announcement on a Playstation phone, Sony made an interesting announcement today. The games firm is to make its Playstation content available on mobile phones through the Playstation Suite.

    The catch? It’s only for Android phones. Bad luck for iPhone users.


  • iPhone users beware!

    January 1, 2011 @ 1:21 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Just a quick post to flag this. If you rely on your iPhone as an alarm clock, you might have noticed it’s not working as it should.

    A bug appears to have knocked out one-off alarms. Of course, most people weren’t aware of the issue until it was too late. Angry users are complaining on Apple’s discussion boards about the flaw, which even affects devices running the latest software.

    The way around it at the moment is to set recurring alarms. Apparently setting the date forward to January 3rd also kills the bug. Not much good to those who were running late this morning, but should keep you on time until Apple fixes the bug, or we actually get to January 3rd – more likely the latter.

  • Angry Birds to move to consoles

    November 25, 2010 @ 2:39 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s possibly one of the most addictive mobile games out there, and now the Angry Birds have their sights firmly set on consoles.

    Not content with dominating the iPhone, iPad, Android and Symbian phones, Rovio is planning to migrate the mobile game to your living room. It’s a path that games like Plants vs Zombies have also tried, and while they can’t compete with the likes of Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed in the graphics stakes, they certainly hook players in.

    I’m a long-time fan of the game, although I’ve not yet managed to get the full three stars throughout all the levels, despite playing for so long I’ve probably increased my chances of RSI in years to come. And since my iPhone decided to stage a silent protest earlier this week, it looks like I’m back to the beginning anyway.

    It’s not yet known when the birds will make it into console format – some time next year apparently – so in the meantime, have some (slightly sweary) Angry Birds peace talks.

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  • 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.


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