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  • Live: Microsoft launches Windows 8

    October 25, 2012 @ 7:04 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    This morning in New York, Microsoft is unveiled Windows 8 and the products it hopes is going to tap into the trend for tablets that has hit the PC industry hard.

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  • 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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  • Apple’s WWDC: the announcements

    June 11, 2012 @ 10:59 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Apple has just kicked off its annual WorldWide Developer Conference in the US, with a closely watched keynote by chief executive Tim Cook. So what is coming up for Apple in the next few months?

    The short version: iOS 6, new MacBooks and Mountain Lion for Macs. That means Siri for the new iPad, Facebook integration and iMessage for the Mac.

    You want the longer version? Read on.

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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…)

  • Apple announces Mountain Lion

    February 17, 2012 @ 4:03 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Just as you’re getting used to Lion, Apple has decided that we need a new update for its Mac OS X system. It’s only been seven months, but Mountain Lion is bringing with it a lot of things that may look more than a little familiar to Apple’s mobile users.

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  • Microsoft shows off Windows 8

    September 13, 2011 @ 2:12 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    So 14 hours of travelling, one two-hour delay and a missing bag later, I’m in Anaheim for the Build conference.

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  • Lion tops 1 million downloads in a day

    July 21, 2011 @ 9:54 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you’re a Mac user, you undoubtedly know what Lion is. The latest operating system update from Apple adds more than 250 new features to the Mac – but lets face it, most of us will only use a fraction of that. The rest will be unused, but it will be nice to know we can access them at any time.

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  • What is Apple planning?

    May 31, 2011 @ 2:34 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    In a rare display of pre-conference openness, Apple has revealed that it will showcase Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and – most importantly – its upcoming cloud service iCloud.

    And yes, Steve Jobs will be there, and although his exact role hasn’t been defined, he usually gives the keynote.

    This sudden rush to tell us exactly what they’re doing makes a change from previous events, where we would have to make a calculated guess (via some major hints from Apple).

    Which, of course, leads me to wonder exactly what they’re not saying. Could it be possible that we’ll see the next generation of iPhone at the conference? Maybe a few new iPods? We’ll have to wait and see.

    Monday is D-Day.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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