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Technology - Today’s News

Researchers develop robot arm that can move like a snake

The soft robot arm is made out of rubber and is designed to move in confined spaces.

Cook: Apple has no interest in gathering user data

The Apple CEO said that Apple’s business is ‘not based on having information’ about its users and that government agencies don’t have back door access to its servers.

Google wants to test drones that could bring internet access to remote areas

The company is looking for permission to test out drones in New Mexico for 180 days as it tries to bring internet access to the world.

Do you know what apps have access to your Facebook info? You might want to check

The company has revamped its app settings page, allowing users to see what apps they’re signed in to with Facebook and what info they have access to.

Technology - Yesterday’s News

Turns out Irish adults are quite addicted to Snapchat

The app sees 63% of its users checking the app daily, a usage rate that’s only surpassed by Facebook.

It’s official! Microsoft confirms it will buy Minecraft makers for €1.9 billion

The company will join Microsoft studios while its three founders, Markus Persson, Carl Manneh and Jakob Porser, are now leaving.

The most popular crowdfunding site globally has launched in Ireland today

Kickstarter will now allow Irish creators to submit their project directly, which will go live for funding next month.

From The Daily Edge Samsung is throwing some excellent shade at Apple in their new TV ads Shade

Samsung is throwing some excellent shade at Apple in their new TV ads

New ad accuses Apple’s iPhone 6 of copying the Samsung Galaxy.


A fridge that monitors medicines takes top prize in Ireland’s first hardware hackathon

More than 120 people participated in the event, which saw groups invent and develop a project over the space of two days.

Technology - Sunday 14 September, 2014

From Here’s an idea, let’s stick a glass house on the side of a cliff Place Called Vertigo

Here’s an idea, let’s stick a glass house on the side of a cliff

That’s pretty much what an Australian design company has thought up.

How to get a refund for that app you bought

Because there are moments where you might want your money back.

Technology - Saturday 13 September, 2014

5 apps worth downloading this week

Featuring a proper way to view tweets by location, a nice travel journal app and a way to ensure your children can only see appropriate videos on YouTube.

From Here’s how to tell if you’re addicted to Facebook Switch Off

Here’s how to tell if you’re addicted to Facebook

It might be time for a ‘digital detox’.

Technology - Friday 12 September, 2014

This SD card (likely) offers more storage space than your laptop

The SD card, which was launched by SanDisk, offers 512GB of storage space, but it doesn’t come cheap.

The US threatened Yahoo with a $250,000-a-day fine for not giving data to PRISM

The company challenged the US government on constitutional grounds, but failed and was forced to hand over the US user data.

From Column: Four trends that will have a significant impact on every business in Ireland SMEs

Column: Four trends that will have a significant impact on every business in Ireland

Paying special attention to the shifting needs and attitudes of the new, experiential generation will pay off for all businesses, writes Renaud Visage co-founder of Eventbrite.

From Irish government should ‘catch up’ with business on energy: Dimplex boss Power Vacuum

Irish government should ‘catch up’ with business on energy: Dimplex boss

CEO Sean O’Driscoll says no other business could turn a buck if it ran like the power industry.

Technology - Thursday 11 September, 2014

Ireland ditches texting for web messaging as phones continue to outnumber people

The number of people in Ireland texting fell by 24.5% from this time last year according to new figures from ComReg.

Facebook is copying Snapchat again, but not in the way you would expect

The service is experimenting with a feature that will allow posts on the main site to delete themselves after a set period of time.

Don’t like that Android app you paid for? Google extends refund window to 2 hours

A fair jump considering the previous time period was 15 minutes.

From Forget bomb shelters, ‘tsunami survival capsules’ could be the new thing in Japan Brainwave

Forget bomb shelters, ‘tsunami survival capsules’ could be the new thing in Japan

The spherical capsules are designed to deflect debris strikes.

Technology - Wednesday 10 September, 2014

Here are the different lock screen security options at your disposal

Most of us settle for the tried and trusted PIN, but what else can you use to keep your phone safe?

So here’s everything we learned from Apple’s press event

It was a quick-fire event where numerous products and features were announced, but what were the main points to take way from it?

Microsoft said to be close to buying Minecraft makers for $2 billion

The company is said to be close to buying the makers of the open-world game in a deal that could be completed this week.

Technology - Tuesday 9 September, 2014

Has Apple created the smartwatch that people will want to buy?

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook described Apple Watch as “the most personal device we’ve ever created” with a particular focus on health and fitness.

Apple believes it has the answer for mobile payments, and it could just work

Apple Pay allows people to use their iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch as a wallet to pay for goods with a single tap.

From The Daily Edge Apple’s live stream had problems and people went absolutely bonkers Apple Live

Here’s what the new iPhones look like (and what they can do)

“The biggest advancement in the history of the iPhone.”

So what should we expect from Apple’s press event today?

With rumours surrounding Apple’s flagship event, here are the most notable ones surrounding the company and what it might have in store today.

EU tells Google to make more of an effort if it wants to settle search row

A deal between the company and the European Commission was agreed back in February, but new complaints will now need to be addressed.

Here’s how you can post Instagram photos directly onto Twitter

Because the photo itself is much nicer to look at than a URL link.

Now Google Glass can tell you just how stressed you are

A new app called BioGlass can tell how agitated you are just by detecting tiny movements picked up by the device’s accelerometer, gyroscope and front-facing camera.

From The Daily Edge This ‘Selfie Brush’ is the iPhone accessory you never knew you didn’t need All By My Selfie

How much? It costs €5.58 to call 11850 for just 1 second

The prices of directory enquiries were checked from Eircom lines.

Technology - Monday 8 September, 2014

Twitter uses Stripe partnership to help test out ‘Buy’ button

The online payments company founded by Limerick brothers John and Patrick Collison will help power Twitter’s new service.

Using Spotify for free? Expect video ads to make an appearance soon

The music streaming service will offer two video ad formats, one for desktop and one for mobile, as it capitalises upon the 30 million using it for free.

Anyone for a smart thermostat? Google’s Nest to arrive in Ireland later this month

The company’s smart thermostat and smoke alarm will be available to Irish customers at the end of the month, although it may face some stiff competition.

Do Facebook’s auto-play videos annoy you? Too bad as you’ll be seeing a lot more of them

Also, a views counter showing how many times a video has been viewed will begin appearing later this week.

Nude celebrity photos might not be to blame for New Zealand internet crash

The company involved now suspects a cyber attack may have taken place.

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