How Google Images can help you research your family history like never before
Why you can’t judge a social network by its number of users
BBC investigation doubts value of Facebook advertising
Irish PM to NYSE: We can become the cloud computing capital of the world
Two tourists capture stunning murmuration of starlings above Ireland’s longest river
Monthly Archives: September 2011
Ireland and the UK warned of 160km/h gusts as Katia heads our way
Ireland and the UK are bracing themselves for gusts of up to 160km/h as the remnants of hurricane Katia are expected to arrive late Sunday and Monday. As Katia moves eastward from the New England region of the United States, it will race across the Atlantic over the next 48 hours towards old England.
Radiation watchdog issues warning for South Tipperary homes
People living in South Tipperary are being urged by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) to test their homes for the cancer-causing Radon gas.
National Archives of Norway publish photo archive on Flickr
The National Archives of Norway has published a large collection of photographs from both private and public archives on Flickr. The archives span from 1860 to modern times.
Conversion rates down 55% among online shoppers
Online conversions rates among UK shoppers are down almost 55% in the past five years, according to the latest IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index. In 2006 the average online conversion rate was 8.4%, but this figure has steadily declined to 3.8% in 2011 as consumers shift from ‘online purchasing’ to ‘online shopping’.
Military blimps and football field-sized airships could be about to take to the skies
The blip age may not have died with the destruction of the Hindenburg. Could we be about to see the return of Airships to the skies.
Facebook joins Dublin Web Summit lineup
With seven weeks to go until October’s Dublin Web Summit, a major keynote speaker from Facebook has been announced; Ethan Beard. Ethan is one of eight speakers announced this week, with over 60 speakers planned for October’s event.
An “extremely small” safety risk to the public from plummeting NASA satellite
NASA has warned that one of its defunct satellites will crash into the Earth’s atmosphere sometime over the next six weeks but it doesn’t know when or where.
Google engineers working on delineating Irish counties on Google Analytics location map
Location reports in Google Analytics will soon delineate Irish counties, replacing the current provincial overview that was introduced in June of this year. This news follows enquiries that we made to Google regarding missing location data for Ireland in Google Analytics last month.
.XXX domains go on sale today, brands and celebrities given chance to block certain addresses
ICM Registry, the body responsible for managing the new .xxx adult entertainment domain, has today begun to allow brands, celebrities and public figure to secure their .xxx domains, marking the beginnings of the so-called ‘online red light district’.
Bing and Twitter renew search partnership, hint at “bigger and better” things
It appears that Twitter and Bing may be working on extending their search partnership agreement, or perhaps further integrating Twitter into other Bing or Microsoft services, as a clearly scripted conversation between the two companies unfolded on Twitter moments ago.
Crowdsourcing Nerdy Day Trips across Ireland
Ben Goldacre, has been crowdsourcing locations for nerdy days out across the UK & Ireland. But Irish users have only submitted four locations, surely there are more than this?
NASA satellite records Apollo Moon landing sites in high definition
NASA has released some of the most detailed images of the Apollo Moon landing sites ever recorded. The image show everything from debris left behind by Apollo astronauts to boot tracks.
Amazon’s redesign is all about tablet-friendly shopping
Amazon has confirmed that it is in the process of testing a “major” redesign of its website, the first such design change since September 2007. From a screenshot that we’ve seen, it looks like the site version will be cleaner and contain less navigational elements like category hover states, making it more accessible to tablet devices.
GameStop to begin selling iOS devices, starts accepting Apple trade-ins
Games retailer GameStop may begin to sell iOS devices, like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, in their 6,500 stores worldwide as the iPhone 5′s imminent release date approaches, according to 9to5mac.com. This speculation is substantiated by the fact that GameStop has confirmed they are now accepting second-hand Apple products in lieu of store credit.
Nominations being sought for 2011 Irish Web Awards
Nominations for the 2011 Irish Web Awards are now open, with entrants being sought in 24 different categories. The Realex Payments sponsored awards ceremony will take place on October 22, 2011 in the Mansion House, Dublin.
Germany lifts 17 year ban on id Software’s classic Doom
It’s only taken 17 years but Germany has lifted a ban on the sale of Doom to under 17s saying that the game is no longer deemed “likely to harm youth.”
Microsoft unveils multi-touch mouse
Almost two years after Apple introduced the Magic Mouse, Microsoft has unveiled their new Touch Mouse. The multi-touch mouse functions as a normal mouse, but also allows users to perform certain tasks on Windows 7 using fingertip gestures on the mouse’s capacitive surface.
Two arrested over Fine Gael website hack, subsequently released without charge
Two teenagers were arrested early this morning on suspicion of hacking Fine Gael’s website in January of this year and allegedly gaining access to contact details of 2,000 site subscribers. Both males were released without charge a short time ago.