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  • The moment I realised I was getting old…

    July 16, 2012 @ 10:26 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    …or a review of a vacuum cleaner. Take your pick.

    If you had told me three years ago that my current favourite gadget would be a vacuum cleaner, I’d have laughed. Probably right in your face, and loudly. I wouldn’t have given a damn about suction and filters and how much hassle emptying the bag was. My first vacuum cleaner was picked for two reasons: the first, because it had some sort of HEPA filter that is supposed to be good for the allergy prone among us, and second because it wasn’t a boring colour.


  • Last minute shopping panic

    June 15, 2012 @ 11:53 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Father’s Day is this Sunday. And whether you dismiss it as a Hallmark holiday or not, chances are you’ll probably end up dragging yourself down to your local newsagent to buy a card at the very least. If you’re planning on splashing out on a gift but haven’t quite got around to it yet, here’s some last minute ideas:


  • 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: Metal Inkless Micropen

    June 1, 2011 @ 9:00 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Ever had the need to write upside down? How about under water? You never know when the mood will strike.So just in case, you really need this pen.

    And even if you’ll never need a pen that works in space or sub-zero temperatures, the Metal Inkless Micropen  is impressive.

    It’s inkless, because it writes in metal. It’s almost smudge-free, for pretty much the same reason.

    Best of all, you’ll never need to refill the ink or sharpen it, giving it a major advantage over regular writing implements.

    The lead-based tip will leave a permanent mark – so it’s probably best to keep it out of your mouth – and it comes with a keychain, so you can keep it close by. Get over to to get one.


  • 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.


  • Tech tools: Contigo Autoseal Kangaroo Bottle

    May 27, 2011 @ 1:44 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    As one of life’s… let’s just say less coordinated people, the Contigo Autoseal Kangaroo Bottle is, for two reasons, possibly the best invention. Ever.


  • Tech tools: Pentax Optio WG1GPS

    April 1, 2011 @ 12:00 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Most people, at some stage, have managed to drop, scratch, bump or splash a piece of electronics equipment. Some of us are clumsier than others; some of us simply have more active hobbies.

    Suitable for either category is the Pentax Optio WG1GPS. A potential companion for treks in the wild (or even just the local park), the Pentax Optio WG1GPS can take most of the abuse you are likely to throw at it.

    The camera is waterproof up to 10m, drop-proof from 1.5m and can withstand up to 100kg of weight on it.

    It will even keep out dirt, dust and mud, thanks to airtight seals, and can take temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees. So given recent Irish winters, it’ll just about survive the cold days.

    The 14 megapixel camera has all the essentials, including a Pentax 5x zoom lens that starts at a wide angle 28mm.

    Extreme close-ups are possible with its macro function that allows you to focus from 1cm away; a stand to eliminate the risk of camera shake and five LED macrolights.

    And if that isn’t enough, you can also shoot full HD movies.

  • Tech tools: Ingenuitea

    March 24, 2011 @ 9:00 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Tea connoisseurs take note. Adagio’s IngenuiTea portable teapot allows you to make loose leaf tea without having to mess about with strainers and stray loose leaves.

    Perfect for the office, the device will make you the perfect cup of tea without the mess or fuss. Simply fill it with your choice of tea and boiling water and, when you place it over your mug, a spring-loaded valve will drain the brewed tea into your cup.

    The leaves – the really messy part – remain caught in the replaceable filter. It’s made of food-grade polycarbonate and holds about 473ml of liquid – enough for two cups of tea or a decent sized mug.

  • Tech Tools: GPS Goggles

    November 12, 2010 @ 11:25 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Traversing ski slopes can be tricky. However, Zeal’s latest set of ski goggles makes it easier to stay on the right track. They make look almost like an average pair of ski goggles, but Transcend GPS glasses have a built-in GPS which displays information on a mini LCD screen in the goggle.

    The major benefit of this is that you won’t have to mess about with handheld GPS systems. The information includes location, temperature, altitude and distance covered, along with a vertical odometer and stopwatch.

    If you want to keep track of your stats, a USB connection allows you to hook the device up to a PC or Mac and download the data to analyse it.

    The rechargeable battery will give you about seven hours of power – plenty of slope time. The goggles are also available with polarised lenses, and polarised and photochromatic/ transitioning lenses.

  • 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.


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