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  • Opinion: Don’t video call us, Steve, we’ll video call you | Teic.ie
    been a reality since the 1993 prototype Intellect phone with front facing cameras a standard feature on a majority of mid and high end phones today Of course not introducing a technology does not mean you won t revolutionise with it a hit with video calling would not be the first time Apple have come late to the market but led in it regardless The touchscreen phone concept itself is the perfect example of this with touch based devices being available commercially for years before Apple made it popular in 2007 The app store is another great example of Apple perfecting existing concepts Downloadable apps for phones had been knocking around in various forms from the mid 1990s onwards selling javascript games and tools to an array of devices All Apple did was create a centralised outlet that was designed for a specific platform and it created a billion dollar industry overnight as a result However there is little hope of Apple revolutionising video call technology for a number of reasons Firstly its own deployment is hopelessly limited to the point of pointlessness For example in order to place a video call a user will not only need an iPhone 4 but need to be sure the receiver has one too After that both users will need to be sitting in a reliable WiFi network for the duration of the call which is unlikely to happy purely by chance all that often In reality what iPhone 4 users will need to do is ring e mail or text ahead to ensure all the pieces are in place before they dial in hardly the simplicity Apple and its fans love so much Put on top of that the issues that surround video calls in general and you have a serious problem People traditionally dislike video calls because they are more work than voice only read this article courtesy of Eoin O Mahony at fiftythreedegrees net for examples of this very point Video calls are also decidedly awkward to make on a mobile phone as they require the user to hold their arm out in front of their face for the length of the call ensuring to point the lens at them at all times The only thing that might save Apple s Face Time from irrelevance is the allusion Jobs made during his keynote to potential growth for the software He specifically said that the company would ship millions of Face Time devices in 2010 not citing the iPhone 4 alone Now this may be reading too much into things and perhaps he meant the phone alone However knowing Apple s strategy in the past there is every chance that the company plans to merge its new Face Time platform with iChat or even release new products that allow for such functionality The iPod Touch and iPad are both obvious fits for example though the latter is unlikely to happen until 2011 at least Even then however it is hard to

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  • Are we facing a digital book revolution? | Teic.ie
    pay and on the other hand there are very recent books bestsellers at 9 99 which means that all the rest will have to be sold at between zero and 9 99 he said in recent weeks His argument is based on the fact that Amazon has imposed a sub 10 price tag on the digital books it sells online and did so without consultation with publishers or authors Amazon sells files for its Kindle e book range which as of yet has not launched in Europe His concern also stretches to Google and its Book Search plans which is putting thousands of out of copyright books online for free viewing and download The search giant recently struck a deal with the Association of American Publishers which will see copyright works also become available on the service although users will have to pay an as yet unspecified price and authors can opt out if they wish It is no wonder that some publishers and authors are getting concerned especially if they look to the power Apple now exerts over the music industry through its iTunes Store which was initially disregarded by record labels as a niche platform What is equally unsurprising is the fact that Google and Amazon are now squabbling amongst themselves as they seek to position themselves as the strongest digital library At the end of last month Amazon Microsoft and Yahoo joined forces under the Open Book Alliance to oppose the settlement reached by Google and the book companies Their argument is that Google is trying to monopolise the library system and they have a point As part of Google s deal they will share revenue from sales of e books and grant institutional licences to companies while also allowing free access to the content in US libraries Of course the three companies can hardly be called altruistic on the matter either either Yahoo and Microsoft are Google s biggest rivals and as reported here recently they are now working together to challenge its dominance Any information they can stop Google offering web surfers will help them in one way or the other As for Amazon the more books Google has to offer in its library the less attractive Amazon s becomes and the less revenue it can generate Perhaps more importantly the Google Books system publishes files in the epub format which is currently incompatible with Amazon s Kindle That point itself opens up a whole other element to the growing challenges of the digital book Just like with digital music early investors in the e book industry have been pushing their own propriety formats in an attempt to corner both sides of the market All it really means is there is no cross compatibility between one brand s online book shop and another s e book meaning the customer loses out in the long run Some may have learned lessons from previous format battles however Sony recently announced it would switch to the epub format

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  • Apple launches the iPad | Teic.ie
    needing to be changed So far Apple has only given launch details for the US The iPad will cost between 500 and 830 depending on the model chosen Ireland will likely have to wait until June at the earliest for news of international versions iPad Spec 9 7in capacitive multi touch screen 0 5in thick Weighs 0 68 0 72kg 16 64GB flash storage 1GHz Apple A4 Chip Bluetooth 2 1 WiFi 802 11n Optional 3G connectivity Built in speaker microphone accelerometer compass 10 hours battery life not known under what conditions Related Posts Microsoft confirm 11th Oct launch of Windows Phone 7 No Comments Oct 4 2010 Can the music industry change its spots 2 Comments Oct 4 2009 Review Nokia Lumia 930 No Comments Oct 9 2014 Eircom launch new phone service eMobile 1 Comment Sep 29 2010 3 Comments Gerard O Neill 27 01 2010 It looks great but there s no built in camera a major oversight if it s really going to take on the netbook segment even my dirt cheap Acer has one But the pricing is clever and almost irresistible but I think might wait until version 2 which no doubt will have a camera Niall Murphy 28 01 2010 That Micro SIM is going to be a right pain Not every phone company is going to issue themt Considering that it is designed for use with small form factor devices it appears to be an odd choice for the iPad But then I suppose it s a way to tie the device in to certain preferred networks Adam Maguire 28 01 2010 Very true Niall it would make more sense for the iPhone to use micro sim than the iPad though even then I don t see there being that big a

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  • Opinion: Tablets won’t knock out netbooks | Teic.ie
    a proper home computer They are a work horse machine and not the media solution Apple wants the iPad to be The iPad is of no use to the people who tend to use netbooks It may be portable and relatively for an Apple product anyway cheap However it lacks a huge amount of the functionality necessary to make it a back up computer device and is probably more awkward to type on than even the fiddliest of keyboards People use netbooks for on the go work and web browsing and little else in fact many netbook users would only use them for off line work while travelling The iPad does not even have USB so people cannot transfer files they are working on from one machine to another which is likely the first thing a netbook user will do once they get near a proper PC The iPad will almost certainly to a good job of handling media even if it is locked in to specific formats but this is not what is needed to replace the netbook By targeting this market segment Jobs took a cheap and mis guided shot at a product that Apple won t even be competing with once it arrives But there is no reason why people don t use their netbooks as a video and games machine bar the 10 screens that are never going to be a first option for users that said Jobs will certainly hope otherwise Related Posts Apple cuts Mac Mini price No Comments Nov 2 2010 Opinion Microsoft need not fear Apple s market cap No Comments Jun 9 2010 Opinion The folly of tech haters No Comments Nov 4 2009 FX now available on Chorus NTL No Comments Feb 23 2010 One Comment Eoin O Mahony 19

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  • Google will increase staff in Dublin, says CEO | Teic.ie
    ve got the work force and they re well educated I ve got the management team and I ve got the infrastructure According to Schmidt the majority of its international revenue comes through its Dublin operations and this side of the company s business is growing faster than its US equivalent As our global revenue expands we will be expanding consistent with that he said We will be increasing staff that s a fact While Schmidt s comments do not signal any large scale job creation they are sure to be well received by Government and industry alike which will see it as a show of confidence in Ireland s ability to be a high tech player However not all of what Schmidt said will sit easy with the Government While not referring specifically to Ireland s situation the company head did say a quality broadband network will be vital to any economy in the coming years Leadership in broadband is key to economic quality for the next 10 20 years he said pointing to the success of some Asian countries in rolling out fibre optic networks which delivery massive speeds to users Related Posts Mobile version of Just Dance out next week No Comments Sep 18 2014 Teic ie is one year old today No Comments Oct 5 2010 Opinion Google TV How about Google Games 3 Comments May 21 2010 BBC programmes to be made into games No Comments Jan 22 2010 Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Address Website Comment Popular Posts Recent Posts Opinion Will Google s Chrome OS be dead on arrival 26 11 2009 6 Comments IRMA loses in bid to force three strikes on UPC 11 10 2010 2 Comments Smart

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  • The Beatles come to iTunes | Teic.ie
    the Apple brand The band s record label was of course Apple Records and this led to plenty of skirmishes over the years see this Wiki page for details However in more recent times there seemed to be a thaw in relations and when Apple yesterday promised a day that you ll never forget the likes of the Wall Street Journal concluded The Beatles were finally going digital As we now know and much to the disappointment of some who expected something more significant this has proven to be spot on Related Posts Irish Apple Store offering sim free iPhone No Comments Jun 15 2010 250k iPhones in Ireland according to ad group No Comments Mar 24 2010 Competition Assassin s Creed 2 winner announced No Comments Mar 2 2010 E3 2010 New Xbox 360 revealed No Comments Jun 14 2010 Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Address Website Comment Popular Posts Recent Posts Opinion Will Google s Chrome OS be dead on arrival 26 11 2009 6 Comments IRMA loses in bid to force three strikes on UPC 11 10 2010 2 Comments Smart barcodes coming to

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  • Jason Walsh | Teic.ie
    and slower time Jason Walsh 06 04 2010 The Commodore 64 has been relaunched as a modern Windows PC Jason Walsh asks if we are getting a bit too nostalgic for times gone by You just Read More Latest Opinion Aesthetics matter especially in computing Jason Walsh 27 02 2010 Aesthetic experience matters in all other aspects of life so why asks Jason Walsh do software developers treat it like a frivolous luxury Steve Jobs is a pompous Read More Latest Opinion Tech journalism where standards go to die Jason Walsh 01 02 2010 IT journalism is crap says Jason Walsh There is a plague upon the land the plague of appallingly low standards in journalism about technology How can I say Read More Latest Opinion iPad critics are as dull as its fanatics Jason Walsh 29 01 2010 The anti iPad backlash is as tedious as Apple worship says Jason Walsh The internet has spoken Apple s new product the iPad is lame It doesn t have this or Read More Latest Opinion Windows 7 doesn t exist and neither does Snow Leopard Jason Walsh 21 01 2010 Since when were software upgrades worth partying about asks Jason Walsh So we hold parties for operating system releases now The first time I heard about Windows 7 Read More Latest Opinion It came from the grave Jason Walsh 07 01 2010 Fourteen years after the last model appeared the Amiga is back reports Jason Walsh Old computers never die they just become objects of fascination for small groups of Read More Latest Opinion Free isn t the future Jason Walsh 23 11 2009 Jason Walsh is in favour of free software so why does he have a problem with the worlds of open source and free content Here s a

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  • Competition: Win a Samsung Wave from Three | Teic.ie
    and slick design and interface This competition is now closed a winner will be announced shortly The competition is only open to Irish residents and is not open to employees of Samsung Three or Teic ie Best of luck and stay tuned to the site the twitter account and Facebook for more give aways in the days and weeks ahead Related Posts Irish company Jivo make biodegradable iPhone case No Comments Feb 15 2010 E3 2010 New Xbox 360 revealed No Comments Jun 14 2010 Review HTC HD2 No Comments Apr 27 2010 Google preparing for Android Froyo launch No Comments May 14 2010 Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Address Website Comment Popular Posts Recent Posts Opinion Will Google s Chrome OS be dead on arrival 26 11 2009 6 Comments IRMA loses in bid to force three strikes on UPC 11 10 2010 2 Comments Smart barcodes coming to Ireland from next week 09 04 2010 4 Comments Palm Pre review 30 10 2009 3 Comments Opinion Aesthetics matter especially in computing 27 02 2010 4 Comments Apple Watch coming to 7 more countries but Ireland

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