Feature: Dell launch at the Brit Oval

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Dell launched their 11g range of servers, which feature Intel Nehalem technology, but there was a limit to what the PC maker was able to say about the technology’s impact on their products.

So there’s still an element of uncertainty of the impact Nehalem will have but Dell’s announcement only furthers the hype its receiving from [...]

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Feature: Dublin firm to give away €10,000

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Dublin-based internet consultancy iQ Content is offering a €10,000 prize to help grow a good web-based business idea into a reality. Remarkably the money is being offered with no strings attached. Here at the villa we know a thing or two about ideas that sound great in the bar, only to regret them the next [...]

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Review: Revai Electric City Car

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

We’re used to getting a fairly broad array of gadgets and gizmos to look at here at the villa but never before have we had one to fit this category. Say hello to a different kind of transport.

Verdict: 6/10. It’s an innovative piece of technology but there’s a long enough road still ahead for this [...]

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What is it?

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Emmet won a new gadget while out partying with some journalists but can’t remember what it does. We decided to find out.

From everyone here at Villa81 we hope you have a happy St Patrick’s day this Tuesday.

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Review: LG Renoir KC910

Friday, March 13th, 2009

We’ve been testing the LG Renoir KC910 over the last few weeks, giving the phone with a fancy camera full going over.

Verdict: 7/10. Not the best phone we’ve seen but pretty impressive all the same.

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Review: Blackberry Curve 8900

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

We gave the Blackberry Curve 8900 a rigorous test over the past month. This included examination of its overall interface, camera, and other applications.

Verdict: 8/10. It’s elite and well worth it.
The Blackberry Curve 8900 is available from O2 from €99 during March, down from €199.
This review can also be found on ENN.

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YouTube blocks music videos in the UK

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Villa81’s Emmet Ryan spoke with Dublin’s Phantom FM News today to discuss YouTube’s decision to block thousands of music videos from being viewed in the UK.
Phantom’s Emer McLysaght had this report:
YouTube users in the UK are being denied access to thousands of music videos.
Access to premium content was blocked last night due to a licensing [...]

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Villa81 controls your mind

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Need proof?

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Feature: Ireland’s largest supercomputer unveiled

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) launched the Stokes Cluster at the Royal Irish Academy on Thursday. Villa81 was there to find out why this new supercomputer, Ireland’s largest, is important to Irish researchers.

To put it bluntly this is a big device. There’s a whole host of large numbers to scare you with but [...]

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