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Alexa: the software is striving to know more and more and always have the answer you’re looking for.

With an estimated 100 million Alexa devices sold to date, you can be sure Amazon’s digital voice assistant answers a lot of questions on a daily basis(...)

Patrick Joseph Fahy leaving the Four Courts after he was awarded damages following a Circuit Civil Court action. Photograph: Collins Court

A Tyrone GAA fan who was robbed as he slept in a Dublin hotel has been awarded €10,000 damages in the Circuit Civil court for personal injuries arisin(...)

M Night Shyamalan. “I am very sentimental and when I make family movies I get sentimental.” Photograph: Jessica Kourkounis/The New York Times

Dear God, M Night Shyamalan can talk. Few directors have so many opinions on the ups and downs of their own careers. If he ever fancies a change in di(...)

Everything turns the most comforting colour of all: brown with brown hints of brown. Photograph: Eric Luke

There are good reasons to prefer one colour over another. Who looks good in magenta? One can justify favouring hard, waxy cheese to the damp, rancid s(...)

The Address at Dublin 1 is a much-needed boutique experience on the city’s north side

A New North Star The North Star Hotel, opposite Connolly Station on Amiens Street, has had quite the makeover. Launched by Brian and Ciara McGettigan,(...)

A photograph from the exhibition The Light Gleams an Instant

Lightly built, with a relaxed manner and a watchful, gentle demeanour, Danish photographer Krass Clement was in Ireland recently for the opening of an(...)

Guinness archivist Eibhlin Roche with a model  of the ‘WM Barkley’

It’s a popular Dublin prejudice that Guinness doesn’t travel well out of the city, especially overseas. But however true this is in peacetime, it was (...)

Regency Hotel: crime-scene tape at the hotel in 2016; it is now the Bonnington. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

On February 5th, 2016, at least four gunmen burst into the Regency Hotel in Drumcondra in Dublin, where a weigh-in for a WBO lightweight boxing match (...)

“In recent years, self-help has altered its guise. We are no longer dieting, we are clean eating, and we aren’t sweating like pigs at aerobics, we are a pilates-performing fitfam.”

Chicken Soup for the Soul was my gateway drug. It was the early 1990s, the United States was in the buoyancy of its early Clinton years, and my mother(...)

‘It was the best of times and the worst of times,’ says Robbie Williams of his bad-boy days. Photograph: Columbia Records/Sony Music

It’s that boyish grin. It’s broken a million hearts, forgiven him his Adidas years, and kept him the UK’s leading male solo star 20 years after his f(...)

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