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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Devices

All time
# efficiency
A new kind of WiFi could stop it from draining your phone's battery
The method, called Passive WiFi, consumes 1/10,000th the energy current methods use.
# downing tools
'A tour to the past of 15 years ago': Turning off technology for a weekend
A group of people will be meeting at a hotel in Donegal next weekend for a digital detox.
# slow and steady
In the space of six months, Windows 10 has reached 200 million users
But much work remains if it wants to reach its target of one billion devices.
# 12 days of tech
This is how you can strengthen your accounts' passwords
Your accounts can never be too safe.
# 12 days of tech
If you're changing phones, here's how to disconnect your old device from your account
If you’re changing phones, make sure you don’t have any old phones connected to your current account.
Does your child want a tech present this Christmas, but you don't know if it's a good idea?
The truth is that this technological evolution is the greatest social experiment of our time and as parents we are in uncharted waters, writes child psychologist Colman Noctor.
# TechKnowHow
Is there any real difference between 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi?
Apart from the numbers, of course.
# Out of here
Joan Burton is sorry the Web Summit people are leaving with their backpacks and satchels
Organisers “felt they got a better offer some place else” the Tánaiste said.
# just google it
'Googling' stuff ends up being really really bad for your memory
Most people are happy to rely on their phones instead of their memories when trying to recall something.
# in the crosshairs
Microsoft just unveiled a serious competitor to Apple's Macbook Pro
And the new addition to the Surface range, which Microsoft called its first laptop, came with a twist.
# e-cigarettes
Vaping is about 95% less harmful than smoking
The report is the first to show that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco smoking.
# making the connection
One Dublin startup wants to become the lynchpin for a lucrative industry
There’s massive potential in the Internet of Things, and this startup wants to be at the centre of it.
# Smokes
Is tougher legislation needed for e-cigarettes?
That’s what the the Irish Cancer Society is calling for.
# follow the code
The BBC will give every 11-year-old in the UK this coding device
More than one million devices will be handed out in an attempt to address a “major skills shortage” in the UK.
# TechKnowHow
What's the story with the new USB cables?
And how will USB Type-C affect your current devices?
# Hard Times
Samsung has chips to thank for cushioning its mobile revenue slump*
*Not the tasty kind, mind you.
# TechKnowHow
Here's how you can get your smartphone's home screen in order
If you find yourself overwhelmed with apps as soon as you unlock your phone, then it’s worth taking a few minutes to reorganise it.
# activations
If you received a new device this Christmas, chances are it was from Apple
More than half of all smartphones and tablets activated during Christmas week were Apple devices, with the iPhone 6 being the most popular device.
# cheap and cheerful
Review: Is this the budget Windows tablet you've been looking for?
With a low price, the Linx 8 wants to be your Windows tablet of choice, but how well does it balance price and expectations?
# Buyers' Guide
These are the gadgets you want to have underneath your Christmas tree
With only a week and a half left until Christmas Day, there’s still time to get a great gift for someone you know.
# little helpers
Amazon has an army of robots helping it send gifts on their way
The company has deployed more than 15,000 wheeled robots to travel around its biggest warehouses and help deliver goods to employees.
# suspect devices
Bomb squad make safe two viable IEDs in Mayo
Gardaí discovered the devices earlier this afternoon.
# sorry mam
You might never have to worry about turning off the immersion again*
*If this company has its way
# TechGuide
Why is your smartphone's battery life so poor?
And is it going to get better any time soon?
# TechKnowHow
Phone specs: which ones are actually worth paying attention to?
With features like megapixels and RAM thrown about, it’s easy to get bogged down by the specs offered by smartphone makers, but there’s only a few worth looking at.
Samsung says it's developed WiFi technology that's five times faster
The new speeds would allow a 1GB movie to be downloaded in less than three seconds and allow uncompressed HD videos to be streamed in real-time.
# warning
Watch out for dangerous carbon monoxide in your home
The deadly gas can build up in the home, and can’t be detected by our senses.
# Letterbombs
Four arrested over letter bombs to Northern Ireland and England
Two men and two women are being questioned at Antrim Police Station.
# redesign
Google's new Android update is brighter and bolder than ever before
The new update, currently codenamed L, includes a number of changes like its new look, Material Design, which features brighter, bolder colours, updated icons and animated touch feedback.
# connected home
Apple expected to reveal smart home features for iPhone
The move, which it’s expected to reveal at its developer conference next week, will mark Apple’s entry into the growing ‘internet of things’ market.
# medical implant
Breakthrough wireless charging method will allow for deep body implants
The development would allow medical devices like pacemakers to have smaller batteries and be placed deep within the human body.
# Data Protection
Turns out a lot of data can be retrieved from a reset phone or tablet
Researchers from Deloitte found that personal and corporate data such as passwords and email could be retrieved, even when the phone was encrypted or “factory wiped”.
# Moving On
Blackberry may stop making phones if they continue losing money
The company’s CEO John Chen said the company plans to not be dependent on handsets for revenue and focus more on investments, acquisitions and partnerships.
# European Parliament
Soon, you could have just one charger for all your devices
“Have a charger?” “Yes, it’s an iPhone 4 though.” Damn.
# pa33w0rd
How to create strong and secure passwords
Considering how large a role they play in keeping our online profiles safe, you should take the time to create strong, unique passwords to keep your data safe.
# access all areas
Outernet project aims to provide global WiFi coverage via satellite
By sending mini-satellites into low Earth orbit, the project aims to beam WiFi to those who wouldn’t usually have access to it.
# Bomb Disposal
250 call-outs for the bomb squad this year, slight reduction in viable devices
The latest alert happened yesterday, at a house in Tallaght.
# Belfast
Two viable pipe bombs discovered in Belfast
The two devices were discovered on the Belfast Road yesterday evening.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you support a smartphone tax to fund suicide prevention?
A Senator has suggested that a one to four per cent levy would raise major funds for these resources. Would you support it?
# Bomb Squad
Four homemade explosive devices made safe in Dundalk
The viable Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were found in a derelict house in a residential area this afternoon.