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Living - Today’s News

From Business ETC Some great smartphones were announced this week, but what are they like? Pick Of The Bunch

Some great smartphones were announced this week, but what are they like?

All the big players revealed their latest editions at Mobile World Congress this week, and it’s quite a lineup.

Microsoft are set to build a spanking new €134 million campus in Dublin

The two-year project should create 150 construction jobs in the capital

Can this new plan halt Ireland’s looming pension crisis?

Our ageing population will mean that the current State pension will become unsustainable, leaving an uncertain future for many of us.

From Business ETC Coca-Cola is redesigning its packaging so all of its flavours look the same One Brand

Coca-Cola is redesigning its packaging so all of its flavours look the same

It serves to highlight how confusing Coke thinks its brand extensions have become.

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From Business ETC “There’s going to be an incident so massive, it’ll make everything rethink their security online” Hacked Off

“There’s going to be an incident so massive, it’ll make everything rethink their security online”

With more smart devices trying to become mainstream, the only way we’ll learn how to protect them is when a major incident occurs.

My favourite female characters are warm, wilful and – above all – flawed

The push for strong female characters literature is great, but let’s remember that ‘strong’ doesn’t mean ‘perfect’.

From Business ETC Spend ages browsing on Netflix? Its proposed new look could change that Fresh Lick Of Paint

Spend ages browsing on Netflix? Its proposed new look could change that

The new look move its main service from a video store look to that of a movie theatre.

Do you want to be a success? Here’s how…

Are we genetically predisposed to inherit talent, or can we acquire same with practise?

Living - Yesterday’s News

From Business ETC This is the mobile browser Apple should have made High Speed

This is the mobile browser Apple should have made

Opera’s specialised browser for iPhone and iPad has been praised for its speed and design, and will receive a big update soon.

Irish unemployment is THIS CLOSE to dropping below 10%

The live register hasn’t seen figures this low since February 2009

There are now 1,826 billionaires in the world (as the gap between rich and poor widens further)

181 new members joined billionaire club in the past year, while 1 in 9 people in the planet don’t have enough to eat.

From Business ETC Michael O’Leary will be happy: There was a lot of good news for Ryanair today Flying High

Michael O’Leary will be happy: There was a lot of good news for Ryanair today

The good times keep on rolling for the budget carrier

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From Business ETC This is everything that went wrong with Ballymun Urban Decay

This is everything that went wrong with Ballymun

Dublin’s chief architect talks about why the original high-rise housing project was such a failure.

From Business ETC Sony had a pretty good reason for not releasing a flagship phone this time Flagship

Sony had a pretty good reason for not releasing a flagship phone this time

Although technically they released two as one of the heads of Sony Mobile explains.

Living - Tuesday 3 March, 2015

More young girls are leaving their homes to join ISIS militants. But why?

It is evident that many of these women are drawn to the society depicted by ISIS, which gives them a prominent – if restrictive – role.

AS IT HAPPENED: Dr Eddie Murphy answers YOUR questions on mental health

You sent us some great questions, so let’s see what the expert had to say…

We can see the horrors of war… so how can we still glorify violence?

War stories can gripping, poignant, sometimes even inspiring – but surely it’s time for us as a society to embrace pacifism, writes Prof John Maguire.

From Business ETC Mark Zuckerberg says he could actually work with arch-rival Google Strange Bedfellows
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The ‘miserable’ pregnancy problem Irish women don’t like talking about

Some women stop exercising or socialising because they are afraid of the problem being noticed – and many feel isolated and embarrassed by it.

From Business ETC These are the 10 most expensive cities in the world Sky High

These are the 10 most expensive cities in the world

You really want to be earning top dollar to live in any of these places.

Living - Monday 2 March, 2015

From Business ETC Tinder has launched a premium service — but older members will pay more Undo
From Business ETC This is how you can undo that embarrassing email you sent* Q-tip

This is how you can undo that embarrassing email you sent*

*provided you do some advance preparation.

From Business ETC Sony ditches the flagship (for now) to focus on creating a standout tablet* 2k Display

Sony ditches the flagship (for now) to focus on creating a standout tablet*

*Also, it announced a mid-range smartphone, the M4 Aqua, to keep that business ticking along.

From Business ETC This new IKEA furniture will charge your phone for you* Swedish House Mafia

This new IKEA furniture will charge your phone for you*

*As long as the device is compatible with its wireless standard, that is.

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Four punk rockers with learning disabilities will represent Finland in the Eurovision

The band was formed at a workshop in 2009 for people with disabilities.

From Business ETC These ex-Nokia heads believe they can take on Android head-first Challenge Accepted This post contains images

These ex-Nokia heads believe they can take on Android head-first

Finnish company Jolla wants its OS SailFish 2.0 to be an “independent and competitive alternative to Android.”

From Business ETC One of Google’s top men took time to praise one of its frenemies Kiss And Make Up

One of Google’s top men took time to praise one of its frenemies

Sundar Pichai, who oversaw Android’s success, took time in his keynote to praise the product of one specific company.

A rare white elephant has been captured in Burma

The appearance of the creature is traditionally associated with good luck.

Living - Sunday 1 March, 2015

My bullies were not ‘bad kids’ – they were normal, average kids

I was about ten when it all began. I was excluded from everything, nobody wanted to talk to me and nobody wanted to play with me.

From Business ETC Samsung has put all its rivals on the back foot with just one event Shots Fired

Samsung has put all its rivals on the back foot with just one event

The Korean giant threw out a number of surprises at its press conference as it begins its aggressive fight for top spot.

From Business ETC HTC moves into VR and it has the perfect partner to help it succeed Match Made In Heaven

HTC moves into VR and it has the perfect partner to help it succeed

Especially if you’re a fan of games.

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From Business ETC This could be the first Android Wear watch you will want to buy New Challenger

This could be the first Android Wear watch you will want to buy

And it could even *whisper it* give Apple Watch a run for its money in the style department.

A Gardener’s Diary: The start of sowing season – and some tips for planting

It may not quite be summer yet, but it’s time to get planting those seeds!

From Business ETC These features will help you get a little bit more out of YouTube TechKnowHow

These features will help you get a little bit more out of YouTube

Sure it’s ten years old, but chances are there’s a few bits and pieces that may have slipped past the radar.

From Business ETC Is the Huawei Ascend G7 original enough to stand out from the crowd? Review This post contains images

Is the Huawei Ascend G7 original enough to stand out from the crowd?

The mid-range smartphone market is a tough one to win, but does the Huawei Ascend G7 have enough features to warrant a look?

From The42 How did she get on? One of our journalists took on the Crashed Ice Belfast track Ouch

How did she get on? One of our journalists took on the Crashed Ice Belfast track

There is lots of footage of falling. Lots of falling.

Living - Saturday 28 February, 2015

From Business ETC Stuck at a computer? Here’s how to message your friend’s phone without picking up your own IM
From Business ETC There are lots of good reasons to get behind Irish products. Here are some of them… Traceability

There are lots of good reasons to get behind Irish products. Here are some of them…

For February’s in-depth coverage of SMEs, we looked at how buying local matters and the importance of traceability.

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