High Functioning Autism‘We had one child who was able to look in the direction of a teacher who he hadn’t been able to look in the direction of before.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Native Galway girl Ciara-Beth Ní Ghríofa is an eighteen-year-old who is on a mission to show the world that autism does not define you as a person. Along with studying for her Leaving Certificate this year, she is also developing a new app to help autistic people become more comfortable with eye contact.  My Contact is due to be released in …

iPhone X‘facial recognition tech that will work as an ID system and will also be able to map users’ expressions in to Emojis’

As heard on Morning Ireland

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Happy 10th birthday to the iPhone. Apple’s jewel in the crown smartphone has been in existence for a decade, and it’s expected that today will see the biggest single upgrade of the handset since its launch. On Morning Ireland, RTÉ’s technology correspondent Will Goodbody explained what can be expected from the iPhone X. It will cost in the region of $1,000, making …

‘Ever spot an ad on your social media and think… I was only talking about that the other day!’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Youssef Sarhan has a theory about whether or not our phones are listening to our every word.  He explained his thoughts to Dave Fanning on The Ryan Tubridy Show. Dave opened by asking if our smart phones are secretly taping us and sending all our information to the CIA. Youssef thinks it’s possible: “You have a conversation out loud. I …

Talking to your fridge with Soundhound ‘These things are going to know you’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Could your fridge be your friend? Dave fanning talked to Soundhound Vice President and General Manager, Katie McMahon on The Ryan Tubridy Show to find out. And the answer? Sort of. Soundhound is a music discovery app that is working on what McMahon dubs “stealth technology” – voice recognition and Artificial Intelligence (AI). McMahon described to Dave Fanning her hope …

The phenomenon of ‘Text Neck’‘It was one thing getting the pain when I was in the gym working out, but why am I getting it when I’m sitting on the computer or on a phone?’

As heard on Morning Ireland

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Do you suffer from ‘text neck’? On Morning Ireland we found out about this modern phenomenon caused as a result of overuse of smart phones and digital devices.    It’s thought many users – especially younger people – can spend between 2 and 4 hours per day on their phone, leading to a sharp increase in neck and upper back …

Digital Detox‘I had a bit of a dad tantrum while looking at all the children gathered around the table looking at their devices… I went and unplugged the router’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Mark Ellis has done the unthinkable, and he’s written a book about it.  With four kids under fifteen, his home was a veritable hive of internet activity, but there came a point for Mark when enough was enough.  He joined Kathryn Thomas on The Ray D’Arcy Show to talk about the experience of turning off that phone and about his …

Orna Holland‘We used to get free bagels at Google. Now they’ll wash your dog, valet your car, cut your hair..’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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When Orna Holland told her boss at Microsoft that she was leaving the software giant to join a fledgling company in Dublin called Google, he responded in disbelief. “He was like ‘What is this company called Google and why leave Microsoft to go to this Google company?’ I’ve seen him since and we laugh about it.” It was 2004 and …

Content Moderator ‘One person described it as like working in a sewer’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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Have you ever wondered how sites like Facebook and Twitter ensure that offensive material doesn’t reach our eyeballs? The issues became a hot topic earlier this month when Steve Stephens uploaded a video to Facebook which showed him murdering an innocent man. The video remained on the site for two hours, prompting criticism that Facebook still has a long way …