TECH & GADGETS

The UK’s Most And Least Cyber-Savvy Regions

Social media hacking, computer viruses, and online shopping fraud are a few of the thousands of cybercrimes reported across the UK every day. In an era defined by digital connectivity and technological innovation, the proficiency with which regions navigate the cyber landscape has become increasingly paramount. So, are you in one of the UK’s most

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CGI’s Cyber Escape Experience Visits Belfast to Help NI Public Stay One Step Ahead of Cyber Criminals

In response to the exponential increase in cyber-crime and its detrimental impact on our economy and society, CGI, one of the largest independent IT and business consulting services firms in the world, which established a Digital Centre of Excellence in Belfast last year, has brought its ‘Cyber Escape Experience’ to Northern Ireland for the first

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NI Chamber And QUB In New Partnership To Deliver Digital And Cyber Series

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) and Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) have formed a new partnership, which will see the organisations work together to deliver a series of events, specifically focused on digitisation and cyber security in a business context. Over the course of the next 12 months, it will cover themes

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Full Lineup Revealed For Belfast XR Festival With Top Extended Reality Experiences On The Bill

An innovative arts festival is set to once again merge technology and art to create a unique virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experience for attendees. Belfast XR, now in its third year, specialises in curating worldclass immersive technology content that takes the art of storytelling to a new level. Extended Reality or ‘XR’

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Epic Cinematic Experience Stay Alive My Son On The Bill For Belfast XR Festival

The heart-wrenching voyage of survival Stay Alive My Son has been confirmed as one of the experiences for this year’s Belfast XR Festival later this month. Based on the internationally acclaimed memoirs of Pin Yathay, this immersive story thrusts audiences into the poignant shoes of a father facing unimaginable choices during the Cambodian genocide. For

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Here Are The UK’s Most Hotly Anticipated Video Games This Year, Which One Will You Be Playing?

A new study has revealed the UK’s five most-anticipated games of 2024. The experts at Gameyard analysed Google search data from 2023 on 81 of the biggest gaming titles coming out this year. Over 242 terms were assessed and totalled, revealing a ranking of the games with the highest average monthly search volume. 1. Tekken

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Here Are The 10 Christmas songs That Help Gamers Concentrate

It’s no secret that gamers love music. And with Christmas fast approaching, a new study has revealed which festive tracks can actually help gamers level up their skills. Gaming website CSGOLuck reveals which tracks might hamper or boost your productivity. Spotify research has found that music between 50 and 80 beats per minute puts your brain into an ‘alpha

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Northern Ireland Public Encouraged To Discover The Heat Beneath Their Feet As Geoenergy Discovery Centre Is Launched

A new mobile GeoEnergy Discovery Centre has been launched to help inform the public and key stakeholders about the potential for geothermal energy in Northern Ireland as a renewable and sustainable energy source. Funded by the Department for the Economy (DfE), the innovative visitor centre was unveiled at the annual Science and Stormont event organised

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North Time & Data Invests £300,000 In An Industry Leading Cloud-Based Time Management System

Lisburn-based, North Time & Data has invested £300,000 and created two new jobs to develop an industry leading, cloud-based time-management system designed to ease operational business challenges.  The new programme called Workflow Infinity launched to market and saw 100 of North Time & Data’s legacy customers switch over to the new programme almost immediately. With

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28 Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets For Modern Families

Families today face numerous responsibilities that must be managed, from maintaining finances to creating delicious family meals. Kitchen gadgets have become an indispensable part of today’s family kitchens to make cooking experiences both efficient and enjoyable. In this blog post, we explore some of the top kitchen tools specifically tailored for modern families to provide

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Izon Pioneering Asset Management Solutions Reducing Energy Costs

As companies struggle to manage their energy costs data solution experts Izon has developed unique systems to better understand how to reduce costs and improve returns on investment. The Belfast-based tech firm has software that helps monitor, manage, and control assets that support businesses in turning information into knowledge which is actionable to produce real

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The Consumer Council Publishes New Guide To Electric Vehicles.

As electric vehicles are growing in popularity in Northern Ireland, the Consumer Council has developed an online guidefor those considering a more environmentally friendly option for their next car. The guide supports the ongoing work of the Department for Infrastructure’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Task-force. Richard Williams, Head of Transport at the Consumer Council outlines what

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New Research Highlights The Importance Of Key Mobile Roaming Protections For NI Consumers

New research published today by the Consumer Council investigates the issues that Northern Ireland (NI) consumers are experiencing as a result of the reintroduction of mobile roaming charges. The publication of ‘Mobile Roaming Experiences of Northern Ireland Consumers’ is timely as we head into the summer holiday season. The Consumer Council is using the publication

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Stocktaking Firm Harris Stocktaking Systems Celebrate 40 Years Of Success

A business that has been monitoring stock efficiencies, shortages and discrepancies in the hospitality trade is celebrating 40 years in business this month.   Harris Stocktaking Systems, one of the best-known stock takers for the wet trade and retail industry in Ireland, has thrived over its lifetime thanks to investment in the most advanced computerised

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Two New Stena Line Ships To Boost Freight Capacity On Belfast–Heysham Route By 80%

Stena Line, the Irish Sea’s leading ferry company has announced that it is constructing two new bespoke freight ferries for its expanding Belfast-Heysham freight service. The multi-million pound investment will significantly increase freight capacity on the route. Each of the two new 147-meter vessels has been designed to maximise freight volumes and will provide 2,800 lane

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Online Gaming: Everything You Need To Know As A Parent

Online gaming is a wonderful thing, but to an outsider it may seem..arbitrary, and irrelevant.  If you’re a parent/guardian, you’ve likely had it explained that you cannot pause online games, and so on.  So today, we’re going over some easy ways to relate to your child and understand this hobby of theirs, a primer on

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News in Brief: Owning A Fancy Car And Watch Are The Top Signs Of Making It

Owning a fancy car and watch are the top signs of making it. One in seven people says an Aga cooker helps to stay ahead of the Joneses, as a fifth think a personal trainer makes a statement. Nearly half of us feel good about owning something others envy.   Hear more news and showbiz

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News in Brief: Richard Lloyd Is Suing Google For Collecting Web Browsing Data From iPhone Users Between 2011 And 2012

The Supreme Court will hand down a judgment today in what has been described as one of the most significant cases in recent legal history. Richard Lloyd is suing Google for collecting web browsing data from iPhone users between 2011 and 2012, despite the company claiming at the time that it was prevented from doing

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News in Brief: Facebook Has Changed Its Corporate Name To Meta As Part Of A Major Rebrand

Facebook has changed its corporate name to Meta as part of a major rebrand.  The company said it would better “encompass” what it does, as it broadens its reach beyond social media into areas like virtual reality.  The change does not apply to its individual platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp, only the parent

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ScamwiseNI & Libraries NI Help First-Time Internet Users To Avoid Scams

Libraries NI has announced its commitment to a scams protection initiative, designed to empower adults learning computer and internet skills for the first time to stay safe from scams and know how to report them. The ‘Scamwise Champion’ scheme is an initiative that was initially developed by ScamwiseNI in conjunction with youth organisations. It has

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Future Docking Stations Planned For Belfast Bikes

Belfast Bikes is expanding its network across the city with the announcement of four new docking stations. The proposed locations for the additional docking stations include Antrim Road/ Waterworks, Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre, Olympia Leisure Centre and the Kennedy Centre. Funding has been provided through the DfI Sustainable and Active Travel elements of the DfC Covid-19

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Creativity Belongs Outside – Samsung KX announces the launch of ‘Wild Writing’

Samsung KX announced the launch of ‘Wild Writing’, a series that focuses on how to elevate your creative writing skills using the great outdoors as your creative muse, all via the new Samsung Galaxy Book Pro.  New research commissioned by Samsung KX found that nearly a third of Brits named ‘creative writing’ as one of

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Talented Students From Kilkeel in Northern Ireland Among Finalists for the 11th Annual Bafta Young Game Designers Competition

Northern Ireland, 15 June, 2021: Today, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the 51 talented finalists, from across the UK, for the 11th nationwide BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) competition. Holly Wright and Rachel Houston (17) from Kilkeel have been selected for their game entitled ‘Space Palette.’ Their innovative game

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Earning Civic Dollars is a walk in the park

A new ‘Civic Dollars’ mobile phone app, developed with support from Belfast City Council and the Department of Justice means that people can now earn rewards for the time they spend in their local parks and open spaces. The Connswater Community Greenway will be the first area to go live in the free pilot scheme,

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Renting & Housemates: What Are Your Biggest Gripes?

Leaving lights on, putting recycling in general waste, and leaving clothes in the washing machine are among the biggest gripes for the UK’s rental households, research has revealed. A survey of 2,000 private renters found they have an average of two fallings out per week with those they live with. These issues have been intensified

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Are You Using Any Of The 10 Most Uncool Emojis? If So, You’re OLD!

A nationwide survey suggests those who still use the “thumbs up” emoji in their texts and messages are officially over the hill, as it was voted the single uncoolest emoji by 16- to 29-year-olds. (24%). Sending a red heart (22%), an “OK hand” (20%, or a “crying face” (16%), is also deeply old-fashioned and something

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Co Down DJ & Producer James Mountstephens Reveals The Tech Behind The Music

When the lockdown presented itself most took up new hobbies, learned a little, exercised a bit or binge watched boxsets. Not DJ and music producer James Mountstephens. Instead he set about creating an alter ego in the shape of Synyx. Originally from Birmingham, where he deejayed at some of the midlands top clubs, James has

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Meet The Artist: Francine Montgomery

Francine Montgomery is a 25 year old photographer and videographer from Ballinderry. Francine studied Moving Image Arts in secondary school for A Level and she’s always been a movie buff. Francine took her love for film further and studied a HND in Creative Media and finished off her degree in Ulster University. Francine now runs

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Christmas Gift Guide 2020

It’s been a difficult few months for businesses all over the country and now more than ever local and small businesses need the help and support of the community to make sure that their business is still thriving after the impact of lockdown. That’s why we thought it would be a great idea to help

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Packed Programme for Capture Conference

The 2020 Capture Conference has produced a packed online programme featuring Disney animators, Academy Award nominated cinematographers, and photographers kicking off on November 6. Capture Conference aims to explore the space between creativity & technology. VR, film, gaming, animation & immersive. The first event is a live Q&A with Lawrence Sher, winner of a BAFTA

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Want To Work With Social Media Influencers? Here’s What You Need To Know

Whilst working with influencers is not a new concept in marketing, working with digital influencers on platforms such as Instagram is still very much unchartered territory for a lot of small businesses. And although it’s easy to get it wrong and waste a lot of time and money on “fake” accounts or the wrong type

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Want To Set Up Your Own Webinar? Learn How With A Free Online Session

In these difficult times, with more and more people working from home, many people want to learn how to deliver training, staff support and business information through online webinars. For those nervous about delivering their first webinar for their online business publicist, journalist and commentator Tina Calder has designed a unique series of webinars, with

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8 Apps To Keep You Entertained Whilst In Lockdown

Trying to work from home with the kids screaming and wanting your attention twenty-four seven is hard work.    Trying to keep yourself motivated and on top of your daily routine can be a struggle.    We’re not in normal circumstances and with the lockdown being extended for another 3 weeks, we all deserve a

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6 Simple Ways to Supercharge Your Conference Event

People organise events for a variety of reasons: training, networking and bringing people together, to name but a few, and the number of organisers doing so for these grounds has increased in recent years. Choosing the right venue and location are stressful enough, but on top of those concerns there are the challenges of running

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Meet the Entrepreneur: Glenn Reid, DIP

Glenn Reid is the Chief Executive Officer of Deals in Places, (DIP) a free voucher app established in Summer 2018. He works alongside the DIP Team; Francesca Morelli, Chloe Henning, Jonathan Graham and Patrick Dallat (Pictured above). DIP recently showcased their startup in a pod at Digital DNA, where we caught up with them. What

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Meet the Entrepreneur: Matt Reuben, Gigebyte

Matt Reuben is the Founder, CEO and Editor of Gigebyte, a business and technology online magazine that looks to report on the ever-growing digital gig economy. We spoke to him about his business recently at Digital DNA. Tell us a bit about your business? Gigebyte is a business and technology online magazine that looks to report

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