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  • MWC: Opera unveiled for iPhone

    February 14, 2010 @ 11:29 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    There might be a bit of competition for Safari on the iPhone. Today, Opera demonstrated its iPhone browser at Mobile World Congress’ Showstoppers event.


  • Newsbytes 25/09/09

    September 25, 2009 @ 1:23 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    The Google Book hearing has been delayed.

    O2 will launch the Palm Pre on October 16th.

    Twitter is raising €67.7 million in funding.

    Microsoft has opened a €341 million data centre in Dublin.

    The Wii becomes the latest console to drop prices.

  • Twitter taken out

    August 7, 2009 @ 5:15 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Seems like yesterday’s Twitter outage was down to Russia. Or so says a pro-Georgian blogger, Cyxymu, who is thought to have been the target of the denial of service attack that took down Twitter and Facebook.

    Facebook’s chief security officer confirmed the attack was aimed at Cyxymu. It’s not the first time either, with the blogger being targetted last year in a similar incident.

    Meanwhile, productivity across the globe probably increased during the downtime for both Twitter and Facebook. But what did you do when Twitter was down?

  • Things the internet has taught me this week

    August 6, 2009 @ 7:28 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    I’ve been peeling bananas wrong my whole life.

    Who would win if Miss Universe and a crocodile faced off.

    The five-second rule may not work.

    What a Twitter purge is.

  • Should Ebay clamp down on the ticket touts?

    July 22, 2009 @ 2:32 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    I used to have an advantage when it came to getting tickets for gigs. Having broadband at home when very few people would – or could – make the leap to higher speed lines meant that queuing outside HMV for tickets at 6am in the freezing cold was a thing of the past. Log on, get the tickets, go back to bed.

    These days, everyone has it. It’s hit and miss as to whether you manage to beat the crowds to snatch the last two tickets to the gig of your choice, but at least you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

    However, although it may be easier for music fans, broadband has also made it easier for touts to make a quick profit.

  • Microsoft, Google competition steps up a gear

    July 14, 2009 @ 8:07 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Google and Microsoft are trampling all over each other’s territory lately. If it’s not Microsoft trying to creep up on Google with its search engine Bing, it’s Google offering word processing and other productivity software.

    This week, it seems the line between the two has got a whole lot fuzzier. Google is talking about operating systems, and Chrome netbooks. Microsoft is now talking about a web-based version of Office.

    Good thing? Bad thing? Competition is usually a good thing but we’ll have to wait and see how these new ventures pan out.

  • Technology can be a dangerous thing

    July 13, 2009 @ 4:21 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Technology is hazardous to your health, especially when you forget to watch where you’re going. This will be me some day. Except without the threatened legal action.


  • Facebook doles out the vanity URLs

    June 10, 2009 @ 1:15 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Ever wanted to be aname instead of a number on Facebook? Well from Saturday, you’ll be able to sign up for your very own personalised address.

    The bad news is it’s a first come, first served deal, which means you’ll have to be up pretty early in the morning (5am, to be precise) if you want to guarantee that no one else nabs your URL.

    Also, once you shoose that’s it. You’re stuck with it. So while that comedy URL may seem funny now, bear in mind that two years from now (if you’re still Facebook-active) you’ll still be saddled with that name.

  • Twitter crackdown

    June 8, 2009 @ 3:16 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Celebrity impersonators on Twitter – your days are numbered. The site’s bosses have decided enough is enough and are clamping down with a new Verified Accounts scheme.


  • ‘Bing’ it

    June 7, 2009 @ 9:45 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Of all the names it could have come up with, Microsoft has decided to name its search engine Bing. Yes, you read it correctly. As in Chandler, from Friends.

    I can’t say it without echoing myself. Microsoft Bing *BING*.

    But what’s in a name? I can’t remember back that far, but I’m sure “Google” probably caused a few strange looks. And now it’s part of general speech. We don’t search online, we google it. (more…)

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