Can Google's Pixel give the iPhone a run for its money?

Posted in News on 07 October 2016

Google officially became a hardware company on Tuesday. Not only did the company announce new Pixel phones (RIP Nexus), but the company also provided pricing and release dates for Google Home, its Amazon Echo killer, unveiled its mobile VR headset called Daydream View, Google Wi-Fi network extenders and Chromecast Ultra. See? A lot of hardware.


Joining me this week's MashTalk is Deputy Tech Editor Damon Beres and — for the first time — our wonderful tech intern Alex Laird.

Obviously we talked the new Google gadgets and whether or not they pose a threat to the iPhone.


Damon scored us an exclusive look at Giphy Cam 2.5 (the company says it with a hard G, which is wrong, but whatever!). The ultimate time-wasting camera app got updated with new augmented reality "stickers" that you can overlay on top of your face and other objects. They're kind of like Snapchat lenses.

TL;DR: The app is awesome and so is augmented reality!

Apple CEO Tim Cook agrees and thinks AR is the future, not VR. But don't tell Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that.


Zuckerberg believes VR is the "next computing platform" and with Oculus VR, he intends to make it so. 

He keynoted a good chunk of Oculus Connect 3, where Oculus finally announced how much the Rift's Touch controllers will cost and unveiled the $50 Oculus Earphones that apparently sound as good as $900 earphones. Oculus is also working on a standalone VR headset that will occupy the middle space between mobile VR headsets like the Gear VR and PC-based VR headsets like the Rift.

Is the future just better phones? AR? VR? The only way to find out is by listening to this week's MashTalk.

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This Robot May Be Perfect for Lazy People Who Hate Cooking

Posted in News on 07 October 2016

I feel like an anomaly among my fellow New York millennials in that I actually enjoy cooking my own meals. For many people, it's always, "I never have time," which usually means a leftover salad that's now wilted, lunch from the place downstairs or a Seamless delivery.

I take pride in the fact that I can feed myself healthy meals, and it's actually helped in my dating life, too.

And just like that, robots are out to ruin another thing for me.

U.K.-based Moley Robotics today opened a Seedrs crowdfunding campaign seeking about $1.2 million for its robot kitchen, an artificial intelligence-powered device that apparently learns recipes. It has a pair of eery hands and even cleans up! Moley has raised about 41 percent of its goal at the time of this story’s publication.

"Imagine someone like Gordon Ramsay or Jamie Oliver cooking for you in your kitchen. Imagine dishes from Top Michelin Restaurants cooked in front of you to the highest standard, not in your kitchen, but by your kitchen," a Moley press release teases. "Thanks to artificial intelligence, it can mimic the actions of a master chef precisely, bringing a variety of delicious dishes, cooked to the highest of standards in a domestic kitchen."

Get your cold, robot fingers off my spatula!

We all know that robots don't have emotions, and that the most important ingredient in any meal is love. (At least that's what my mother would have me believe. I'm pretty sure her main ingredient is salt.)

But wait, maybe technology isn't so bad after all. Maybe Moley (the company hopes to release a production prototype model in 2018) will be just another tool to give us humans more time to focus on other things, such as building businesses or developing more robots to free us from other tasks we no longer want or need to do.

"Imagine you are buying a flat and the option is to have a regular kitchen or a robotic kitchen -- it is clear which option you would choose," Moley founder Mark Oleynik said in the release. "The success of our prototype makes us very excited. The future is very near."

Wait, this thing does dishes? Sold!


Dublin Theatre Festival

Posted in Events on 07 October 2016



Time: Times Vary
Location: Various Locations
Category: Festival

Dublin Theatre Festival
Various Venues
Dublin City
29 September - 16 October 2016
Venue: Various Locations
First staged in 1957, Dublin Theatre Festival is Europe's longest established specialist theatre festival. It is an annual event which brings world class theatre to Dublin and provides a platform to showcase the best of Irish theatre to the world.

Throughout the festival, performances take place in venues and locations across the city. The programme incorporates theatre, music, dance and family events as well as talks, public discussions, works in progress showcases and artist development programmes. The festival presents classic drama by world renowned companies and artists alongside work by exciting, emerging theatre-makers from home and abroad.

Part of the Dublin Festival Season, over the years the festival has premiered work by Ireland's theatre greats and has featured performances from actors including Vanessa Redgrave and Fiona Shaw.

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Irish Cocktail Fest

Posted in Events on 07 October 2016



Time: Times Vary
Location: Various Dublin Locations
Category: Festival

Irish Cocktail Fest
10 - 15 October 2016
Venue: Various Venues
Festival-goers can expect special drinks discounts, competitions and of course, the exciting, vibrant and friendly atmosphere which Dublin city’s top drinks venues have become famous for.

The Irish Cocktail Fest is a fantastic way for the public to sample and experience some of the finest craft-cocktail bars which are eager and delighted to celebrate the excellent products that our local distilleries are producing.

From €0

• Free Admission

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The Nightmare Realm

Posted in Events on 07 October 2016



Time: Times Vary
Location: RDS
Category: Entertainment

29 September - 31 October 2016
Venue: The Ring Hall
Prepare yourself for a pulse-racing, thrill-chasing night of shocks and surprises at The Nightmare Realm...things are about to get spooky.

Originally established in Kerry, The Nightmare Realm is in its 10th year, and with a cult following in Cork, it's about time The Nightmare Realm expanded to Dublin to scare its inhabitants to the core.

They are to reveal a Halloween scare house in the capital, where you can walk through spine-chilling scenes and meet grotesque, nightmarish characters.

The Nightmare Realm pushes your fears to the limit, often exploring controversial themes in the most twisted and blood-curdling ways. That said, there's no better way to celebrate the spookiest time of the year than with some good, old-fashioned gore.

The Nightmare Realm is not for the faint of heart, so leave the kids at home for this one because it is going to be quite the fright night. Salem will look like a picnic in comparison.

Republic of Ireland
+353 1 5390003

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Android Developer

Posted in Jobs on 07 October 2016

Why work with us?

We are excited to grow our mobile application product offering and to do this we need talented Android developers to join our team based in the heart of Belfast or Dublin . As a member of the team you will be focused on building, and extending, native apps that bring the power of the platform to Android devices around the globe.

As part of a small team of dedicated software engineers, working in an agile environment, you will spend your day solving tough technical problems to help develop an awesome product that actually makes a difference.

Your voice will be heard and your opinions listened to. This is your chance to make your mark on Android apps that are used daily by thousands of users. With a fast turnaround, your ideas will soon be part of our product releases.

What we expect from you:

  • 2- 3 Years’ experience Android Development. We’d love to see examples of apps you have published on the Play Store.
  • Strong OOP & Java skills, with an appreciation for pragmatism, simplicity in code and best practices for Android.
  • Expert knowledge of the Android SDK and popular Third Party libraries, such as Facebook SDK, Google Play Services and Butterknife.
  • A good eye (or two) for good design and stunning user experiences.
  • Knowledge of how a RESTful system works.
  • A degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Maths or related topic.
  • A desire to work with a team to create the best eLearning platform in the market.


  • Knowledge of unit testing in Android and architecting testable code.
  • Some experience in client-side web technologies - HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • Knowledge on one or more server side scripting languages such as Ruby, Python or PHP.
  • A desire to learn Ruby on Rails.

Package will include:

  • The chance to learn from senior developers, grow your skill set and to take on responsibility as soon as you are ready.
  • Flexible work environment, with work from home options
  • Autonomy days every month, when you are encouraged to bring and develop your own ideas for the product
  • A professional but relaxed working environment

For us the most important thing is to add great people to the team - with the same desire to change the world for the better through eLearning.

If that sounds like you, then please forward your CV and cover letter to us and, of course, don’t forget to try out our apps for yourself to see what you could be working on!

This role requires candidates to be legally authorised to work in the EU and to work full time from either the Dublin or Belfast office.

Please apply here.

Irish Film Institute Documentary Festival 2016

Posted in Events on 09 September 2016



Time: All Day Event
Location: Irish Film Institute Temple Bar
Price: various
Category: Festival

The newly rebranded and enlarged IFI Documentary Festival is back once again with the world’s best selection of factual films this September. One of the IFI’s flagship festivals, the IFI Documentary Festival will screen twelve feature length documentaries, with one world premiere and four Irish premieres. It will also welcome a host of special guest filmmakers from Ireland and in partnership with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and RTE Supporting the Arts.
For full event info visit our website here
Tickets are on sale now from the IFI Box Office online here

Music Festivals Composing the Island

Posted in Events on 09 September 2016

National Concert Hall


Time: Times Vary
Location: NCH
Category: Concert / Live Music

Music Festivals
Composing the Island
07 - 25 September 2016
Venue: NCH
Honouring the past 100 years of classical music in Ireland, Composing the Island is a festival season that has been set up to celebrate the very best Irish orchestral music of the last century.

The organisers of Composing the Island have assembled a roster of concerts that will make music fans dizzy with excitement. They'll be celebrating the influence of radio orchestra with performances of compositions by Noel Kelehan, Gerard Victory, and Thomas C Kelly, while the Celtic influence on 1930s Ireland will be remembered by a concert featuring work by Frederick May and Hamilton Harty.

Irish rhapsodies that view the history and landscape of this little island will see works by Norman Hay, Ina Boyle and Charles Villiers-Stanford performed by the Irish Concert Orchestra.

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Vicar St Comedy Gala for Poppys Wheels

Posted in Events on 09 September 2016


Time: Times Vary
Location: Vicar St, Dublin
Category: Comedy

Vicar St Comedy Gala for Poppys Wheels
Vicar St
16th September 2016
This September join us for the Vicar St Comedy Gala for Poppy’s Wheels featuring Pj Gallagher, Neil Delamere , David O’Doherty, Eleanor Tiernan, Gearoid Farrelly, Joanne McNally, Dermot Whelan, MC Karl Spain and many more.
This September 16th Vicar Street will host a comedy gala starring some of the very best known names in Irish stand up all volunteering their talent for a great cause! This huge Friday night show will be headlined by PJ Gallagher, Neil Delamere and David O’Doherty and they’ll be joined by a host of Irish stand up stars on the night like Eleanor Tiernan, Gearoid Farrelly, Joanne McNally, all MC’ed by the inimitable Karl Spain with appearances from Today FM’s Dermot Whelan and special surprise star guests on the night! It’s a guaranteed hilarious Friday night out with the cream of Irish comedians at Vicar Street and all for a great cause!
Poppy’s Wheels is a volunteer run benefit fund originally established in 2014 to help pay for the transport and equipment needs of Poppy Shankey, a 9 year old girl from Walkinstown with cerebral palsy and complex care needs. In 2015 the fund succeeded in raising money for an all-terrain wheelchair (called a ‘Hippocamp’ , the French for Seahorse) for Poppy, which was specially imported from France and allows her to go the beach and the forest with her whole family - something that was never possible with her everyday wheelchair. We want to expand the fund to help other families of disabled children to experience days out to the beach and the great outdoors together – simple pleasures enjoyed by so many families but that are not possible for most with a wheelchair using child. We will use the funds raised at the Comedy Gala to bring several of these wheelchairs into Ireland and pilot a scheme making them available to Irish families for short periods (eg for a weekend) which we will administer on a not-for-profit basis through our friends at the special needs shop and suppliers Adam and Friends ( - who are the suppliers of the Hippocamps here in Dublin.
The Poppys Wheels gala will also raise funds for the summer camps at Poppy’s special needs school in Clondalkin (Scoil Mocua) and for it’s sister school in Clontarf, both of which are part-funded by the Parents Association of each school. Summer camps for kids like Poppy involve wheelchair adapted buses, Special Needs Assistants and Nursing Staff – and all that’s before they’ve headed out on any activities – so they are unusually expensive to organize! Half of the funds raised by the comedy gala will go towards these summer camps, the other half will be split between the purchase of Hippocamps and Poppy’s own ongoing equipment needs. 100% of the funds raised on the night will go to these causes and all of the comedians have all given their time and talent for free for this great night! .

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Java Developer

Posted in Jobs on 09 September 2016

Company Description

Damco Solutions is a leading IT services, consulting and outsourcing company delivering exceptional business solutions and customer value to its customers worldwide.

Damco offers end-to-end innovative and leading edge solutions to help corporations leverage technologies, outperform their competition and acquire sustainable growth. We have proven capabilities in new and emerging technologies and extensive experience across a broad range of industries and domains which enable us to deliver world-class, secure, scalable and reliable business systems.
Damco has achieved many distinctions and milestones of outstanding success during the course of its evolutionary journey.

Please apply here.

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