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  • CES: Protecting your phone

    January 9, 2013 @ 7:15 pm | by Ciara O'Brien


    Now this is something useful. You know when you try to put one of those plastic screen protectors on your iPhone, it immediately attracts fluff, develops one stubborn air bubble that wont go away and starts peeking three days later? Well this may be a solution.

    It’s a tempered glass screen protector made by Spigen. So not only does it go on easily – you line it up with the home button and ear piece cut outs and drop it on carefully – but it looks and feels similar to a regular iPhone screen. It’s oleophobic, just like the iPhone screen. And it comes in two varieties – one with a regular square edge and one with a rounded smooth edge.

    Both are a snap to put on. And not an air bubble in sight.

  • Google Maps returns to iOS

    December 13, 2012 @ 7:46 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Google’s iOS-compatible Maps app has finally hit the iTunes store. Beta navigation included.

    Download it. Download it now.

  • RTE content makes its way to Netflix

    September 13, 2012 @ 9:12 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Netflix is bringing more Irish content to its lineup, announcing today that it has done a deal with RTE Digital to bring a number of the broadcaster’s shows to the streaming service.


  • Today in tech: Monday

    July 2, 2012 @ 12:50 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    In case you missed it:

    MobileMe, your time is up. The service officially shut up shop on  Saturday, but if you have some files to grab from your iDisk, you can still download them. Move quickly.

    Sony Computer Entertainment is to buy Gaikai for $380 million. On the cards is a cloud streaming service for Sony, so watch this space.

    Ulster Bank problems continued to drag on. All because of a simple software glitch a couple of weeks ago.

    Apple settled its iPad trademark case in China for $60 million, putting an end to a dispute that had hampered sales of the tablet there.

    The leap second bug causes chaos for some.

    The fallout from the Facebook flotation continues.


  • This just arrived on my desk

    June 22, 2012 @ 2:07 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you’ve never come across this product before, hazard a guess as to what it might be.


    A few of the guesses in here:

    “A remote control.”

    “A thing you connect to your other thing.”

    “Mind control.”





    This is the Logitech Cube. It’s a mouse.

    The tiniest touch sensitive mouse I’ve ever used. And despite it’s size, it’s not a massive pain to get used to – it has left and right click buttons (positioned slightly differently to what you’re used to) and you can scroll pages with it too.


  • Introducing: Windows Phone 8

    June 21, 2012 @ 11:36 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s been a big week for Microsoft.

    On Monday, it announced it is planning on selling its very own Microsoft branded tablet, the Surface, when it launches Windows 8 later this year.


  • New tech: Sony Miro & Tipo

    June 20, 2012 @ 5:35 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Check out the latest additions to Sony’s mobile phone range, The Xperia Miro and Tipo, both running Ice Cream Sandwich, are fresh from the factory floor and will be available later in the year.

    In the meantime, some info:

    Xperia Miro

    The Android handset has all the good looks of the Xperia S and U, and manages to cram some entertainment in there too. The display weighs in at 3.5 inches, with a 5-megapixel camera that records at 50 frames per second. It’s going for deep Facebook integration throughout the contacts, gallery and the music player. Contactless DLNA connectivity allows you to view photos and videos on a TV, tablet and PC. You can also video chat.

    But never mind all that; the most impressive thing is the battery: according to the documentation, it’s got about 24 hours of usage.


    Xperia Tipo

    The Tipo isn’t aiming for quite the same audience. It still looks good, but it’s designed to be easy to use. It also comes in both single and dual sim format, so if you’re a frequent traveller, you don’t have to bother with changing over your sim card. The screen is slightly smaller, at 3.2 inches. The camera is also slightly lower in quality – 3.2 megapixels. There’s also a dedicated set-up guide on the phone to walk you through it.

  • E3: Ubisoft

    June 7, 2012 @ 8:30 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    So after a day or two of getting to grips with all the announcements from the press conferences at the start of the week, here’s some (not all) of what’s coming from Ubisoft.


  • E3: Day One, part one

    June 5, 2012 @ 6:07 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Day one of E3 is officially over, apart from the parties. Although the exhibition doesn’t open until tomorrow (no matter how hard a few enterprising individuals tried to get a sneak peek), the press conferences kicked off today, showing us what we can expect to see in the coming days.


  • UPC’s on-demand service goes live

    May 25, 2012 @ 12:55 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you are a UPC customer, you may have heard a bit about the on-demand service that the company is rolling out across the country.

    The new service kicks in from today for the company’s Dublin-based digital TV customers, with Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford following in July. By the end of the summer, 600,000 customers will have access to the new service.

    Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

    At the launch earlier this week, UPC roped in Simon Delaney, Michelle Keegan, Dave Fanning, Martin King and Ciara O’Callaghan to promote the new service.


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