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  • Smart barcodes coming to Ireland from next week | Teic.ie
    steps a person has to take to actually get access to information the more likely they are to do that Grealy says We think this technology bridges a very important gap between the offline world and the online world particularly where people are out and about The number of users can also be tracked making it easier for companies to measure the effectiveness of specific print and outdoor adverts QR codes can for example add contact details to a person s phone book send them to a relevant website or download a multimedia file such as a movie trailer However the codes are not just for advertisers in some countries they have also been used by local authorities to give people location based information such as bus arrival times or guides to the area Google s failed attempt to sell print adverts in US newspapers also included QR codes however Grealy feels Ireland is reaching a tipping point that will make them successful here One third of the population change their phone every year and these people are upgrading to smartphones says Mr Grealy With the number of these devices and mobile internet use increasing integrating traditional media with on demand online information will become very important This article originally appeared in The Irish Times on 9th April 2010 Related Posts Review Blackberry Bold 9700 No Comments Oct 8 2010 Samsung s ultra thin 3D LED due in June No Comments May 25 2010 Opinion Tablets won t knock out netbooks 1 Comment Feb 18 2010 Can the music industry change its spots 2 Comments Oct 4 2009 4 Comments Don Speekingleesh 09 04 2010 Doesn t work with the standard barcode app on Android Not very good so Adam Maguire 09 04 2010 What doesn t work As far

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  • Palm Pre review | Teic.ie
    the phone s main problem Apple has yet to allow multi tasking on the iPhone and going by the Pre s often slow performance you can see why When attempting to open even a basic application like the phone s clock there is a noticeable lag between selecting the icon and it opening fully even when there is nothing else running in the background Not only does this happen when opening programmes but also when running them for example switching between days in the calendar often takes longer than it really should It can only be assumed that the operating system itself is sucking a lot of the phone s power away to other tasks but regardless of the reason it is disappointing The simple fact that the phone seems to struggle with basic application processes takes away significantly from the whole experience and leaves you feeling very underwhelmed Once you start including applications and power hungry processes like games this kind of problem can only get worse and it is hard to see how it would be fixed by anything other than a total hardware revision Overall the Pre is a nice phone with a few eccentricities the speed issue is critical however The company has shown it can do something different and make a good job of it unfortunately in this case it just does not feel like it is good enough Buy the Palm Pre from O2 ie Related Posts Google will increase staff in Dublin says CEO No Comments Oct 20 2009 E3 2010 Need for Speed goes back to its Hot Pursuit roots 1 Comment Jun 15 2010 The Beatles come to iTunes No Comments Nov 16 2010 Where to bag an iPhone 6 bargain No Comments Sep 11 2014 3 Comments Ann Donnelly 04

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  • Opinion: Aesthetics matter – especially in computing | Teic.ie
    productive computing public is the desktop Flash application thanks Adobe That s exactly what we needed a thousand and one non standard interfaces Of course Apple doesn t always get it right far from it but at least the company s developers realise that there is more to the user experience than the technical underpinnings of an application One important issue is that we are not talking about art NeXT and Apple since Jobs s return has a tendency to produce arty interfaces This is not a good thing There is a strong argument for form following function but this does not mean dispensing with aesthetics In fact anyone who knows about the history of design will immediately associate the phrase form follows function with modernism and the Bauhaus in particular The perfect human computer interface should be small to the point of near invisibility Where we do see it it should be simple clean and formal It should never confuse and it should have a beauty in its simplicity For the past month or more I have been searching for the perfect word processor It sounds ridiculous but I write tens of thousands of words every week and so inevitably I spend a lot of time staring at a screen I want this time to be spent in an environment that is conducive to writing Microsoft Word the word processor used by most of my colleagues is hellish It s busy cluttered over powered and just plain annoying Apple s Pages is a much more pleasant experience but it is let down by insisting on using its own quixotic file format This results in me having two copies of every saved file something that quickly becomes a real headache and is in its own way an aesthetic problem I will continue to search for the blank page that allows beautiful typography and includes no features other than a word count and a spell checker I doubt I will ever find it though Jason Walsh is a journalist and the editor of forth Related Posts Competition Win a Samsung Wave from Three No Comments Oct 14 2010 Work smarter from home No Comments Oct 4 2009 Win Need for Speed SHIFT on the PS3 No Comments Nov 2 2009 Apple to hold media event on 20th October No Comments Oct 14 2010 4 Comments Steve Daley 27 02 2010 Have you tried Writeroom from hogbaysoftware com Gerard Cunningham 27 02 2010 I use OpenOffice but then again the Pretty has never been a big issue for me I haven t used a Mac since the 1980s though I do own an iphone and my main pc is a clunky black Lenovo laptop running linux Ubuntu That said if you re looking for a lightweight wp have you looked at AbiWord I haven t used it myself so this isn t a recommendation and it s probably still overpowered for what you want but the reviews do seem to indicate it

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  • Contact | Teic.ie
    If you have a syndication or media related query or you wish to contact the site about your product company please use media at teic ie 2 Comments kevin 28 01 2010 hi great to see a decent irish tech website i hope it keeps growing do you know if vodafone o2 etc will be shipping the htc hd2 with a contract thanks regards kevin Liam Mac Mahon 06 02 2011 enquired of o2 re htc hd due in sometime in Feb according to them 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 isn t one one of them 04 06 2015 No Comment Lumia gets latest Windows Phone update 16 01

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  • About | Teic.ie
    technology and media journalist Adam Maguire 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

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  • Apple’s wearable needs to… | Teic.ie
    comes with a premium fitness tracker but also because the space is so well represented already Offer plenty of power Decent computing power goes without saying but perhaps more important is decent battery power Few people are crying out for another device they need to plug in every day or every half day and when it s a device that s meant to be worn that prospect becomes even less appealing Any wearable that hopes to please rather than frustrate a user would need to be looking at battery life in terms of days not hours Doing this on a miniature computer would be no easy task and almost certainly involves compromises in size functionality or both but better that than shipping something that becomes a very expensive bracelet half way through the day Get the price right Apple is a premium device maker so it would be naive to expect its wearable to be anything resembling cheap However as its sales figures show it has generally managed to price products at just the right side of expensive without making them unattainable It needs to make sure it does the same with its wearable especially because such a product will probably be seen as less vital to a consumer as a phone or even tablet no matter how fully featured it is Sure there are many who would pay hundreds even thousands for a plain old analogue watch but they don t tend to face issues of obsolescence like a piece of modern technology does Many commentators expect the Apple wearable will be priced significantly higher than other entrants but bear in mind that there wasn t much of a price gap across flagship devices in the early stages of the modern smartphone or tablet it was only after a few iterations and a broadening of other companies ranges that non Apple devices offered much of an upfront saving Get the software right Apple s iOS is a huge asset it looks good has a huge amount of apps and is entirely in control of the company itself It would be insanity if the company did not leverage that when entering the wearable space But porting all of iOS into a significantly smaller and likely weaker device is not practical either either from a UI or UX point of view Looking to the last two generations of iPod Nano does not endear a lot of confidence in Apple s ability to squeeze a nice interface into a small touchscreen but hopefully the company will get the balance just right when it comes to this new product category Be well wearable Apple excels at design and along with all the fashion and wrist watch experts it s hired in the past year you d expect it to create something that looks well at the very least Less clear is whether the company can create something that people will be comfortable wearing as they go about their day Will it be able

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  • Why the Apple-Beats deal makes no sense | Teic.ie
    component firms Passif Semiconductor PrimeSense and LuxVue Technology the products of which could all play a part in the rumoured iWatch It did not however buy its way directly into the smartwatch market by acquiring a firm like FitBit or Pebble In fact looking through a list of their acquisitions dating back to 1988 it s hard to find an example of Apple buying its way into any market There are a lot of valid reasons why Apple takes this granular approach in favour of a Google style buying spree for a start it makes it easier for them to tailor products and services internally without having to deal with the cultural problems created by subsuming big firms and their staff It also helps them avoid paying the kind of premium involved in acquiring higher profile operators while simultaneously reducing the chance of having to engage in a bidding war with another tech giant This makes the reported 3 2bn price tag Apple is supposedly planning to pay for Beats even harder to understand An investment by the Carlyle Group in September 2013 valued the headphone maker at around 1bn even if it s since been subject to a bidding war it s hard to see how a more than 300 premium for the firm can be justified Especially when the strongest thing it has to offer is its brand Beats beats better brands If there is any area where Apple and Beats are comparable it s through their respective brands Both companies sell premium products and both understand the importance of the design and branding of products Both have also built a perception of quality among customers rightly or wrongly and both have amassed a strong loyal user base despite the availability of cheaper rivals According to Forbes Anthony Wing Kosner Beats brand is just what Apple needs to help solve its cool problem Many would argue that for all of its issues Apple does not need to work on its coolness certainly not to the extent of Google or Microsoft But that s not the main fault in Kosner s logic the issue is that Apple only does one brand Apple Refer back to that acquisitions list and you ll see that the company never retains the branding of a business it acquires The only exception to this is Siri which is now used as the name of a feature on the operating system that powers some Apple devices Is it likely to expect Apple to maintain Beats as a standalone brand after acquisition Or will we see Apple Beats Beats by Apple Perhaps an iPad with that crappy Beats Audio logo on the back a la HTC Probably not But what if it a deal is done It s possible that this rumour is being spread as part of some wider game Maybe someone wants to boost Beats reputation in order to help with some more fundraising or a completely separate set of acquisition talks Or maybe

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  • Blueprint for a digital publisher | Teic.ie
    far more enriched resource than was previously available However according to Ms Glennon having tight control of the software brings many other advantages For instance its cloud based nature means students can access their books from different locations while Edco can also easily update content to ensure it does not suddenly become inaccurate Say a new president is elected in America or we have a new taoiseach instead of waiting three years for a new print book we can commission authors to write up a document which is pushed out and students get a notification to say there has been an update One of the most important factors of its design however is its platform neutrality Ms Harford says they decided from early on that it was not their place to dictate how the students access the content One thing that was always in our mind from when we started was that we didn t expect everyone to be able to buy the most up to date device so from the very start we said we were going to construct it in such a way that no matter what device they had they could use it she says This platform neutrality was also a consideration from a software point of view A few years ago we built the teachers site in Flash and we didn t know the iPad was going to come out and it was going to be a massive phenomenon says Ms Glennon explaining their use of HTML5 for their ebook software We decided that we can t decide as a publisher to say what devices our content is going to be used on We want to be able to work across all devices By going digital Edco naturally forgoes the printing and distribution costs associated with traditional books However there are new costs that arise from a proper ebook offering While print books for school are VAT free no such exemption is made for ebook equivalents at present The specially commissioned media and timely updates that enhance the books also come at a cost as does maintaining the cloud based platform in general We try our best to use things that are Irish based and that ties in with the curriculum says Ms Glennon who gave the example of science experiment videos which Edco records in its own studio You might say why can t you just search online but the main point of research coming back from teachers was that they needed reassurance that the content that they re using is tested written by experienced authors has been reviewed is pitched at the right level and is also in line with the curriculum Despite these new costs the company is offering ebooks for less than the print equivalent and is confident that even with the hardware cost included it will ultimately become a more viable option for an increasing number of Irish schools At present around 3 per cent of secondary students are using ebooks

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