Jock vs Nerd: Windows 7 Release Candidate

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

In the first edition of a new feature on Villa81 Emmet Ryan, the jock, goes head to head with Ger Healy, the nerd, in looking at Windows 7 Release Candidate. Emmet looks at the service from a regular consumer point of view while Ger looks at the facets that matter more to the technically minded.

We’ll [...]

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Review: Canon Powershot A1100 IS

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Canon sent us its Powershot A1100 IS for a test. I gave it a thorough examination to see if it stood out from the crowd.

Verdict: 6 out of 10.

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Cream Cracker World Record attempt

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

We usually deal with high brow and intellectual stuff here at Villa81, so for a change we decided to be frivolous and try to make history. I got three cream crackers and a stopwatch. Is a world record on the cards?

Thanks to Kate at the University Observers in University College Dublin for letting us know [...]

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Feature: Citrix iForum 2009

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Citrix held their annual iForum event in Edinburgh this week. The infrastructure software firm told Villa81 that it believes smartphones will take dominant positions in the mobile phone and laptop markets within the year.

The iForum is moving from Edinburgh next year to a new venue in Berlin.

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Feature: The Big Bang theory

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Dr Cormac Ó Raifeartaigh gave a talk on the Big Bang at the Science Gallery in Dublin on Wednesday. The event was organised by the Alchemist Café, a group which organises monthly public talks on science and technology.

Further information on the Alchemist Café’s events can be found here.

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Feature: iQ Prize finalists announced

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

The finalists for the €10,000 iQ Prize were announced in Dublin on Wednesday. The contest is being run by web development firm iQ Content with the aim of encouraging Irish people to create business ideas for the web.

The winners will be announced on 8 July.

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Feature: Imagine Cup Dragons Den

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

With Trinity Sight set to be Ireland’s sole representatives at the Imagine Cup in Cairo next month, Villa81 looked at how last year’s Irish representatives fared in a Dragons Den event.
Parkit from Sligo IT and AcidRain from NUI Maynooth competed against students from across the globe at the World Finals in Paris last year but [...]

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Stills from the robot boat

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Feature: UCD and Siemens develop a robot boat

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

In the week of a new Terminator film being launched, Villa81 got a look at a boat that could be a pre-cursor to a real life Skynet. The Siemens Autonomous Sailboat is thankfully being designed for purposes much more beneficial than the destruction of humanity.

UCD and Siemens hope to hold the first test of the [...]

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Review: LG Cookie

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

LG has launched its new touch screen model. I tested a pink version of the Cookie, or KP500 as its also known

Verdict: 4/10. The bells and whistles are nice but it fails in some fundamental areas.
The LG Cookie is available now from €129 on the Meteor, O2, and Carphone Warehouse networks.

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