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  • 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:


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Google Doodle celebrates Moog

    May 23, 2012 @ 3:57 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s Robert Moog’s 78th birthday. So with that in mind, the clever people in Google have come up with yet another brilliant doodle – a working synthesiser.

    If you don’t know who Robert Moog is, have a look here. Then come back and give it a try.

    It only just falls behind the playable Pacman doodle for me. And maybe the Muppets one.

  • Starting from scratch

    April 30, 2012 @ 12:29 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you’ve ever built something from spare parts siphoned from some home appliances, you’ll appreciate this: what happens when Dyson engineers are given some vacuum parts and challenged to build the fastest go-kart.

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  • Remember this?

    April 23, 2012 @ 4:48 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you’re, as they say, of a certain age, it’s likely that you remember this: the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.


  • Nintendo partners with the Louvre

    April 11, 2012 @ 11:19 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    If you visit the Louvre museum these days, you might be surprised to see a new addition – the Nintendo 3DS.


  • Don’t hate the Playa…oh go on then

    April 4, 2012 @ 9:13 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    If this had arrived in my inbox on Sunday, I might have dismissed it as an April Fool’s joke. But no, the “Playa” case is apparently a real product.


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