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  • Ryanair unveils its mobile app

    September 5, 2012 @ 9:35 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Rushing headlong into the brave new (!) world of mobile apps is Ryanair, the budget airline that gets everyone talking. And it’s managed to do it again. The airline has unveiled its new app for iPhone and iPad that will allow customers to buy flights, check out fares, check in online and manage bookings by adding priority boarding or bags.

    All for the princely sum of €2.99. Yes, €2.99.

    Have  a quick look at the competition. Aer Lingus app: fare check, flight purchase, mobile check in and even mobile boarding passes. Cost? Free. British Airways: flight booking, check in boarding passes, travel news. Also free. CityJet: the same. In fact, American Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Delta, Southwest, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM and rival EasyJet all offer free apps with similar or better functionality.

    Still, it’s currently number three on the paid apps list on the App Store. I think I’ll pass though.

  • And the verdict is in…

    August 25, 2012 @ 12:49 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Apple has scored a victory against Samsung in a US court case over patent infringements. If you’ve been following this, you’ll know that Samsung and Apple have been suing and counter-suing each other in a whole heap of lawsuits in recent times. To be exact, more than 30 legal suits have been filed since 2010 across four continents.

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  • Startup Grind comes to Dublin

    August 23, 2012 @ 10:17 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Ever heard of Startup Grind? It’s an event that started in Silicon Valley in 2010, but it has now spread to 20 cities around the world, and Dublin just happens to be one of them.

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  • Last night in a London Apple Store

    August 22, 2012 @ 3:36 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Any ideas as to why they’re removing the iPhone 4S posters?

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  • Digital challenge: week 2

    August 8, 2012 @ 3:22 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you’ve been following our digital challenge start-ups and their progress, here’s the second instalment:

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    http://www.irishtimesidealab.com/2012/08/06/video-diary-week-two/

  • Google’s Olympic doodles

    August 7, 2012 @ 11:07 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    We all know that Google is a dab hand at producing some timely – and interesting – doodles for its home page. But this Olympics themed one is probably one of its best in the recent run.

    It’s a fully functioning hurdling game. You can even share your scores at the end.

    UPDATE: Today’s is almost as good (but not quite). Test out your basketball skills. Apparently my computer basketball skills are as good as my real-world ones – not very.

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  • The digital challenge begins!

    August 2, 2012 @ 3:37 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    In today’s media industry, you can’t stand still for too long, or you risk getting left behind. We could all benefit from a bit of innovation, and who better to bring that to the Irish Times than entrepreneurs?

    In recent months, the Irish Times put out a call for start-ups that could work with us in new ways. Five were shortlisted and have already begun their eight-week “getting to know you” period, where everyone figures out if we can all work together in mutually beneficial ways. The companies that made it to this stage: Knockon.ie, GetBulb, Picturk, MyiFli and Storyflow.

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  • Amazing: Rovio branches out

    July 16, 2012 @ 3:30 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    There’s not an angry bird in sight, nor an egg-thieving pig, but Amazing Alex is worth a look if you’re a fan of Rovio’s games.

    A few things to note:

    1. It’s not like Casey’s Contraptions; it is Casey’s Contraptions. Rovio bought the IP and has reworked it.

    2. It’s still physics based, but it doesn’t have quite the same appeal as Angry Birds.

    3. On the other hand, how many times can you fire birds at pigs before you start to question your sanity?

    4. Rovio: please update Angry Birds Space pleasethankyou.

  • The moment I realised I was getting old…

    @ 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.

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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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