“Something about typing leads to mindless processing. And something about ink and paper prompts students to go beyond recording new information, to process and reframe it.”

Laptop-use in classrooms should be viewed with a healthy dose of caution, and they may be doing more harm than good

Terse: Taylor Swift criticised the Princeton Review, a firm that helps US students prepare for exams, for misquoting one of her lyrics in a test paper. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/Wireimage/Getty

Celebrities Taylor Swift and Kelsey Grammer have become champions of good English. But even being a ‘cool grammarian’ has its ru(...)

Connected: ‘I’ve been living in Moscow most of my adult life. I work in the shopping centre retail business and co-own the Nobu restaurant here. When I’m not in a suit I’m performing live or recording’
Not Eminem. Just Emin

Billionaire Azerbaijani pop star Emin, already big in Russia, has set his sights on Ireland

‘Dramatically taut and Pinteresque in intent, Hostages has no Scandi-grey skies, no crumpled men staring into lakes and no beautiful lamps. But it is in Hebrew so has subtitles. Triple Chardonnays all round. L’Chaim!Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer stars in the TV show Hostages.’  Photograph:  VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

'Hostages' occupies the BBC4 Saturday 9pm slot and is dramatically taut and Pinteresque in intent

Presenter Laura Whitmore at the IFTA Awards in 2014. Whitmore had to contend with a number of technical glitches during the ceremony, including viewers being unable to hear her. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

National Lottery not the only organisation to be let down by technology

 ‘Kim Kardashian, who once took 1,200 selfies in the space of a two-week holiday, is now the subject of academic research into the meaning and evolution of the selfie shot.’ Photograph:  Cindy Ord/Getty Images

‘Kim Kardashian, who once took 1,200 selfies in the space of a two week holiday, is now the subject of academic research into the (...)

At 21, this Irish comedian already has a triple lock on old-school triple entendres

‘That “Serial” has spilled all over social media is at one and at the same time a testament to the show’s journalistic brilliance and a salutary reminder of the bizarre nature of fandom.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘Such has been the cultural ubiquity of the weekly murder mystery podcast that the show has crossed over into the weird world of (...)

Actor/director Steven Berkoff: ‘If there’s anything that the establishment can’t bear, it’s someone who stands out. You could say the same thing about any radical person, starting from Jesus Christ.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A selection of the best, oddest and most memorable musings by some of the world’s artistic greats, as told to Irish Times writers (...)

Convicted: Adnan Syed. Photograph: serialpodcast.org

Listeners have been gripped by Sarah Koenig’s investigation of the conviction of Adnan Syed for the killing of his ex-girlfriend H(...)

One more time: Midge Ure and Bob Geldof. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ will probably top the charts next month, with proceeds going to help fight Ebola. But what are the (...)

Photograph: Danny E Martindale/Getty

The controversial website is moving to Dublin. Asking it to go elsewhere wouldn’t stop online abuse

The Spotted Pig in New York’s West Village. The restaurant  has a strict no-bookings policy and has many celebrity fans such as Sarah Jessica Parker, U2 and Matt Damon

This starry joint may be a celeb favourite but they’ll find no special favour...

Editor: Soila Sindiyo

There are specialist magazines for just about everything. This online one helps couples in crisis

Which would you prefer: Russell Brand banging on about drugs or Roy Keane banging on about headbutting his former team-mate Peter Schmeichel? Photograph: John Giles/PA WIre

We love the gossipy delights of a well-written autobiography, as Roy Keane’s new one, ‘The Second Half’, has shown this week

He’s mad and bad and it’s dangerous at his shows. Eric Davis tells Brian Boyd the secrets of Red Bastard’s success

Walter O’Brien, the son of a Wexford farmer, says he has an IQ of 196. The Irishman’s life is now the subject of Scorpion, a prime-time TV drama in the US.  Photograph:  Lisette M. Azar/CBS via Getty Images

The high-tech escapades in the TV version of his life can sound run of the mill when you hear Walter O’Brien talk about his work, (...)

U2’s lead singer Bono U2 gestures to the audience after performing at an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, last week. Photograph: Reuters

Band exploring a new digital musical format to help musicians get paid for their work

(left to right) The Edge, Bono, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr of U2.  Fifteen back catalogue U2 albums have re-entered the Irish iTunes albums download charts.  File Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

The band was paid €100 million by Apple to allow their new much to go out for free

Beach sequence: U2 on Sandymount Strand in 1978. Photograph: Sheila Rock/Rex

When U2 struggled with their new album they sought inspiration in 1970s Dublin, a place of hidden violence, home to a new-wave mus(...)

Billie Holliday singing Strange Fruit: There will never be a protest song as potent and affecting

Let’s take a quick look at the bleak future facing all forms of popular music

Marketa Iglova: Muna

Bookies have tipped Kate Tempest’s Everybody Down album to win this year’s Mercury Prize. Photograph: PA

Kate Tempest and FKA Twiggs favourites as award ceases flirtation with the mainstream

Apple chief executive Tim Cook with Bono during an Apple event in Cupertino, California. Photograph: Getty

‘A Dublin Album, all about teenagers on the Northside,’ says Bono at Apple launch

U2 will be appearing at the 10am (6pm Irish time) launch of Apple’s new iPhone 6 in Cupertino, California, with their new album being available for streaming exclusively on the phone. Photograph: Getty

Band’s new album expected to be streamed exclusively on phone

Thanks for nothing: hackers leaked a nude photograph of the Oscar-winning actor Jennifer Lawrence. Photograph: Kevin Winter/WireImage/Getty

It has been a bad week for Jennifer Lawrence and the other celebrities whose personal photographs were posted online. It’s time we(...)

Adele: will she show up at the iTunes festival?

The month-long iTunes music festival could be a game-changer

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki celebrates defeating Italy’s Sara Errani to earn a semi-final meeting with China’s Peng Shuai at the US Open in New York. Photograph:  Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Former world number one is regaining her form since the split from Rory McIlroy

Tom Hanks’s passion for typewriters has led him to create an iPad version of a vintage machine, an app called Hanx Writer, that’s (...)

Avicii: ‘massively worried’

There’s more to Wake Me Up than the sound of banjos and cash tills

Comedy genius: Robin Williams. Photograph: Jay Paul/New York Times
The sad clown cliche

People are often quick to see depression as a byproduct of good comedy, but a more throughtful, more helpful conversation has foll(...)

Will Kate Tempest and FKA twigs be slugging it out for the 2014 award?

Robin Williams: In the wake of his death statements such as: ‘If I keep them laughing, they can’t delve any deeper’ will be parsed for meaning and significance.   Photograph: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

He always said he was most liberated when doing stand-up – protected by the force field of genius the way he was not when he was ‘(...)

Coffee and energy drinks are widely available and so we are drinking much more caffeine

Screen time: Scorpion stars Elyes Gabel (seated) as Walter O’Brien

A drama due to air in the US next month, is based on the life of Walter O’Brien, a former hacker who helped catch the Boston bombe(...)

Last time round: U2 when ‘No Line on the Horizon’ was released, in 2009
U2: Stuck in a moment

It has been five years since U2’s last album, and their new one still isn’t quite ready. That hasn’t stopped Bono playing it to pa(...)

Word ’smith: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Steve Tyler have a mindblowing theory about the colour pink. Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP

A new poll of the weirdest song lyrics ever includes songs by The Killers, The Beatles and Black Eyed Peas, but read between the l(...)

Maybe O'Connor really has got what she wants

Eddie Vedder: letter man. (Photo: Getty Images)

Eddie Vedder, Rihanna and more enter the war zone

Bazinga: the trio of Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cucoco (centre) want $1 million each per show

The actors in the Big Bang Theory comedy show are about to become the highest paid in TV history, as shooting begins on an eighth (...)

Trevor Noah: a firm believer in the dictum that a comedian’s first and last purpose is to make people laugh and not be a hectoring, socially relevant buzz-kill

Having grown up in South Africa with a black mother and white father, comedian Trevor Noah has a wide perspective on life

US television presenter Adam Richman before and after his weight-loss dieting, which led to him losing more than 27kg before he posted a photo of himself online with the hashtag #thinspiration.

A US television host’s inadvertent use of the controversial hashtag has sparked a heated debate

Philosophers’ Mail: “Rupert Murdoch avoids therapy; world unhappy”. Photograph: AP/Julie Jacobson

The ‘Philosophers’ Mail’, edited by Alain de Botton, re-examines some lowest common denominators

How Thicke can you get? Reports that someone in Ireland bought a copy by mistake remain unconfirmed

After recent live Twitter Q&A, Blurred Lines singer's fall from commercial and critical grace looks complete

Live wire: Bob Marley onstage in London in 1980

Once a crucial part of an artist’s career, these days the live album is all but extinct

USA goalkeeper Tim Howard: The positive aspect of Tourette’s is that a lot of people with the condition have unusually swift reactions. Photograph: EPA/Guillaume Horcajuelo

He has made the most saves in a World Cup match. Having Tourette’s may have helped

Surely it can’t all be down to the fact that he’s nice, bright, white and middle-class . . .

Sound footage: Neymar in Beats’ star-studded The Game Before the Game promo video

Fifa and Sony score own goal in heavy-handed attempt to ban Dre's headphones

The Ramones: Gold standard

Three chords and the youth: Ramones’ simple punk formula changed rock

This big: James Hetfield

Purists hopping mad over Metallica should just grin and bear it

Lily Allen: these days it’s all about showing up at  product launches

As La Allen’s comeback shows, launching a new bottled water is more lucrative than having a hit song

Jack White: Lazaretto

The West/Kardashian road show has more than a wedding to celebrate

Born trippy: Brian Eno and Karl Hyde

Ambient music poineer, superstar-making producer – the godlike genius of Brian Eno is beyond question, but it’s heartening to kno(...)

Gary Barlow:  makes One Direction look like Maoist revolutionaries

‘Pop stars have about as much respect for tax laws as they have for their fans’

Review: 'Tears on the tracks, and a broken heart on its sleeve'

Spit on me, Bob: ‘No other performer f---s with his fans like Dylan’

Devoted Dylanologists enflame the fan in fanatic

Peaches Geldof. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

The image of the addict may be of a ravaged, destitute person on a street corner, but film stars, musicians and supermodels are no(...)

Why, Gwyneth, why? Chris Martin’s next Coldplay album may not be the break-up screed we’re hoping for
Hurts so good

Divorce and break-ups are just the tickets for a hit album

By the letter: Neil Young’s covers album is only available on vinyl, and it’s  a stunner. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Neil Young’s surprise covers album of 1960s standards, ‘A Letter Home’, is a reminder that there’s an art to interpreting other p(...)

Record Store Day has taken a kicking, but there’s hope yet

With his new ‘supergroup’, Snow Patrol’s Nathan Connolly has returned to his rock roots to deal with his personal trauma

Seven Irish HMVs have re-opened across the country since Candian firm Hilco took over the company. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

HMV to reopen flagship Grafton Street store with deals and DJs

Where this southern California music festival leads, other may follow. A cautionary tale

Caleb Followill: the Kings of Leon frontman would do press-ups until he collapsed and put on a heavy tracksuit in hot weather to run until he fainted. Photograph: Getty Images

Male eating disorders are on the rise and ignorance about them only exacerbates the issues

Teen spirit: Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, performing in 1993. Photograph: Robert Sorbo/AP

Kurt Cobain, the reluctant ‘king of grunge’, died 20 years ago today

Adele: Pre-performance nerves.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Adele has it bad. So does Barbra Streisand. And Kate Bush got help with hers to enable her to get back on stage after 35 years (...)

The Human League: Don’t you want them? Yes, actually, you do (photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times)

A terrace chant is heard at the top of iTunes

A cutting-edge music festival where the sun does shine . . . and shine

U2’s Larry Mullen Jr, The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton  attend the Oscars earlier in the month

Band’s delayed record has led to speculationn they’re unhappy with the material

This Is Spinal Tap: the US Library of Congress has finally smelled the glove

The Spinal Tap app is mandatory viewing for all serious rock’n’rollers

Maybe definitely not: Oasis in 1994

Liam Gallagher has urged fans to boycott the expensive new Oasis remasters. Brian Boyd is in agreement

John Grant: he combines the “emotional turbulence of a 14-year-old’s diary entries with the gnarled wisdom of a Nick Cave or a Leonard Cohen”
Review: John Grant

A stellar show with guest appearances from Sinéad O’Connor and Conor O’Brien is pure, poignant pleasure

Irish audiences have embraced John Grant’s brave and beautiful anti-love songs. Call it collective atonement for Garth Brooks

You’ve got mail: Facebook now owns four of the world’s most desirable smartphone apps. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Mark Zuckerberg’s new app is quick, easy and ad-free. It’s also more popular with some users than Facebook

Jay-Z and 99 Problems – who’d have come up with that one?

A discerning and addictive new music site goes for quality over popularity

St Vincent

From Russia with bile: Masha and Nadya are reportedly in the doghouse back home

Agit-prop collective broken on the wheel of fawning Western media

On bail: Justin Bieber waves to fans as he leaves jail in Miami after being released on bail. Photograph: Andrew Innerarity/Reuters

At what point does youthful mischief turn to dangerous behaviour, and has Justin Bieber crossed that line?

Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte and rapper Pitbull: another balls-up for FIFA.   Photograph:  Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

‘We are one’? Count me out of this MOR horror show

Give it up, Thicke: the Blurred Lines battle has put Marvin Gaye deservedly back in the spotlight. Photograph: Gems/Redferns

Bet Robin wishes he’d never mentioned Marvin in his GQ interview

Rita Ora on Top of the Pops Christmas show in 2012

The BBC is ignoring its iconic music programme’s 50th anniversary. Is there any future for TOTP?

 Working for The Boss: Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife

It’s all change as The Boss promos new abum on a TV show

Solo artists and producers are all set to dominate this year’s music world – with not a four-piece in sight

Brendan O’Carroll as Agnes Brown. The most watched show on Christmas Day in the UK.

Show beats Doctor Who and Downton Abbey

Hozier: Spotify predicts big things for the Wicklow musician in 2014

Music identifying services are replacing the crystal ball

Lily Allen may hit a metal wall on her way to the top spot

The Blades onstage in the Baggot Inn, Dublin, August 1979

Nearly 30 years after they exited the stage, the Dublin band led by Paul Cleary are still bringing out the faithful

The Special AKA released single Free Nelson Mandela in 1984 - which climbed to the top of the charts in countries around the world.

Nelson Mandela wrote that many young people thought his Christian name was ‘Free’

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