Andy O'Donoghue

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Andy O'Donoghue talks about technology, some say, too much.
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Snap Spectacles

In order to continue fuelling growth and expansion, Snapchat has moved in to the hardware business and this has come in the form of an odd looking pair of sunglasses. There are no ordinary sunglasses and the Snap Spectacles can record up to ten seconds of video that you can post online, wirelessly. Given the furore that Google Glass caused though, have Snap managed to make a product that's easy and fun to use that won't draw the ire of the privacy sensitive?
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Micro Drone : The Gadget Buzz, London Calling #3

One of the biggest successes in crowd-funding we came across this year was Micro Drone, founded by Vernon Kerswell. Vernon's project initially raised over $3.5 million on Indiegogo. Kelly Angood from Indiegogo chatted with Joe Donnelly about what can make a project special, before Joe gets a lesson on flying the Micro Drone from Vernon.
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Security Starts With Passwords

Passwords could provide the strongest link in your chain of security, so it’s critical to use a strong password, the right length, the right combination of characters, and change it often. But what makes for a secure password?
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HP Envy 13”

Back to school used to be about uniforms and books, but these days, the critical list also included technology. Parents are now being told that smartphones, tablets, laptops and other gadgets are now crucial components for the schoolbag. How does HP's stylish new Envy 13" stack up for the new term?
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Smarter iKettle 3rd Generation

I’m not sure how many times a day I boil a kettle, but it’s more than a few. I always have a cup of tea on the go and I suspect I’m not alone in this nation of tea drinkers. The idea of being able to turn the kettle on while you keep your feet up is appealing. The previous version of the iKettle could do that, but now Smarter are back with a new version that’s made for smart homes.
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Onak Origami Canoe

The founders of start-up company Onak wanted to use a canoe in the city. Transporting it was the challenge though, so they came up with the idea of a foldable, origami-style gadget that’s a canoe in a case. They successfully raised the money required on crowd-funding website Kickstarter and now ship these urban-use canoes around the world.
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ACS Earphones

In the 1970s, Andy Shiach was an ambitious musician. However, an ear trauma incident, in a rehearsal studio, put paid to his musical ambition. Shiach’s ambition wasn’t thwarted though, and after study and research he would go on to found a company that’s been quietly making inroads in the competitive world of headphones.
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Sphero SPRK+ for Makers Of All Ages

The Sphero SPRK+ is an educational robot that’s making an impact in Irish classrooms. The spherical little bot is ideal for classroom experiments and has Bluetooth connectivity built-in. This little gadget can be programmed in various ways including via Apple’s Swift Playgrounds for iPad.
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Sony Xperia XZ Premium

It feels like Sony has been away for a while. However, earlier this year they promised us a new flagship phone. Now available in Ireland, the Xperia XZ Premium is trying to secure its place amongst the big name premium smartphones.
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Husqvarna Automower

A lawn, comes with responsibilities. First and foremost, mowing it. At this time of year, it can even be weekly that the garden needs a trim. The era of using grass-cutting as a means of exercise seems to be at an end, as legendary Swedish garden-equipment maker Husqvarna has created a robot who is willing to do the heavy work for you.

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