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New on Netflix: The Social Dilemma

The entire internet is now built for one reason. To catch your attention. In running this site, I've resisted for years adding ads to the site. But I'm trying to build a business which can bring more and more people the best tech news on a daily basis. So I caved. Unless you're using an ad blocker, this...

83,000 People Uninstalled Irish COVID Tracker App

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Over the weekend, Google released some sort of update that would have almost certainly gone unnoticed in normal circumstances. But it's 2020. There are no more normal circumstances. The release and an unusual side effect on the phones of Android users around the country. Basically, the COVID Tracking App would check IDs in a constant loop, quickly draining the...

Google And HSE Investigating Android COVID Tracking App Battery Issues

Today, Android users around Ireland have reported that their phones are running hot and their batteries draining. It's easy to find out why as modern smartphones report on battery usage. Unfortunately, the culprit appears to be the COVID Tracking App which has been downloaded by over 1.5 million people in Ireland. COVID Tracking App Battery Issues One of my biggest concerns...

Google Play Services Sharing Sensitive Data Of COVID Tracking App Users

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I'm going to start this article in a very important manner. The COVID tracking app developed by Near Form on behalf of the HSE is working as expected and not doing anything dodgy with your data. This one is on Google. Professor Douglas Leith and Dr Stephen Farrell of Trinity College Dublin have discovered that Google Play Services is...

Google Pixel Buds Review: The Most Comfortable Ear Buds Ever

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Do you remember when there was a genuine shock we, as a society, decided to kill the headphone jack? In hindsight, it makes total sense. In fact, it had to happen before Bluetooth audio accessories would get really good. When it comes to over-ears, the Bose 35 QCii are still a market leader for me but I'm currently testing...

Featured Snippets: Why Google Now Highlights Parts Of Webpages Yellow

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Part of running a website like this is understanding how search engines like Google works. That makes you notice things. One thing I've noticed in the past week is that some webpages now highlight text yellow when you click a Google search result. It's a good thing for you as an internet user but it does look a bit...

Jelle’s Marble Runs: MarbleLympics 2020 Gets John Oliver Sponsorship

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I miss sports. I'm a Liverpool fan. Two wins away from the first league in thirty years. I'm a F1 fan too. The new season was paused hours before it was due to start. All of that said, there are more important things to life than sports. However, there are plenty of people who get through to their workweek...

Google Launches Nest Wifi: Get Better Internet Speeds At Home

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How aware are you of your internet speed right now? With the world in isolation, we're all staying surprisingly connected. That is, once you have a decent internet connection. Whether it's a video call with family or dialling into a work meeting, the internet has become more important than ever. Google has conveniently just launched their new Google Nest...

Huawei P40 Series: What To Expect In Ireland From Huawei’s Next Flagship

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I would argue that Huawei is about to launch a phone in the most dramatic circumstances ever. Covid-19 could be limiting the supply chain of parts required to build new phones while uncertainty remains around the U.S/China Google/Huawei proxy war. While I've already highlighted this could shift from being Huawei without Google to Google without Huawei, uncertainty remains around...

It’s Time To Reframe The “Huawei Without Google Discussion”

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In recent years, the smartphone industry had grown a little stale. Apple seemed to be holding back their best tech to launch slightly upgraded phones every year. Samsung was pushing the envelope a little further but they only ever really needed to offer enough to be ahead of Apple's iPhone. Sony was the next in line without ever really...