Feature: Canon Spring 2009 launch

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Canon launched its new range of products at the Radisson in Dublin on Wednesday and Villa81’s cameras were there to see the best of the new cameras on offer.

You may have noticed that we didn’t make Matt take that camera out of the goldfish bowl. That’s because we have something better in mind.
Canon claim the [...]

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Feature: Seachtain na Gaeilge launch

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Samsung is sponsoring Seachtain na Gaeilge this year. The launch was tonight in Dublin’s Button Factory and Villa81 figured it would be the perfect occasion for our first ever bilingual report.

Seachtain na Gaeilge runs from the 2nd to 17th of March and Samsung’s range of Irish language enabled phones are available now. Keep an eye [...]

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Villa81 at the Digital Media Awards

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Villa81 was represented by its Technical Editor, Ciaran Ruane, at the 2009 Digital Media Awards earlier this month. Ciaran presented the award for Best Business to Consumer Innovation to Zara Sheerin of agency.com for its work on the Change.ie campaign.
Emmet Ryan, Villa81’s Editor, was a judge in the competition. Emmet judged the Business to Consumer [...]

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Review: Canon A480

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Canon’s A480 camera has been knocking around Villa81 as of late. We gave it a good testing in the field to see how it fared, the video below briefly runs through our findings.

With a RRP of €159, this is pretty much a can’t miss device for the market in mind. It’s a simple consumer-friendly camera [...]

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Feature: Killzone 2 launch

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Villa81 went to the Twisted Pepper in Dublin to catch up with the makers of Killzone 2 at its Irish launch. The game’s predecessor, Killzone, was a let down in the eyes of most critics so we were eager to find out what improvements Geurrilla had made for the sequel.

Killzone 2 is available on the [...]

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Feature: CA partner event in Rome

Monday, February 9th, 2009

CA, the artist formerly known as Computer Associates, brought journalists to Rome to discuss the state of its security business. Villa81’s cameras were there to see how the firm saw its role in the sector developing.

Unsurprisingly CA was full of positive things to tell the assembled press. While wholly expected, the firm is still justified [...]

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Review: Lenovo Thinkpad SL500

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Lenovo gave us their Thinkpad SL500 for a test run. Given our past experience with Lenovo devices that was quite the brave move on their part.

It’s a solid device but nothing special. The SL500 is serviceable and above average but I won’t be rushing out to get one all the same. It’s short of the [...]

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Villa81 Archive - INQ review

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Bringing us more up to speed, here’s our recent review of Three Ireland’s new INQ handset. The ‘MacGyver Phone’, as I’ve dubbed it, is quite the multi-functional tool.

On a marketing level, Three Ireland should try to use this phone as a flagship product. It’s unique to the network and could really build the firm’s brand [...]

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Villa81 Archive - Imagine Cup 2008

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Some of the most interesting developments in IT come from collaborations between business and academia. Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is one such event. Last July’s competition in Paris saw representatives from two Irish third level colleges go up against the best in the world with what would best be described as eco-friendly business solutions.
First up was [...]

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Villa81 Archive - Dell E-series launch

Friday, February 6th, 2009

This video marked a substantial step forward in production quality. There’s still plenty that requires fixing but this feature from August 2008 on Dell’s launch of the E-series range of laptops was a marked improvement on what came before.

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