Episode #6: It’s Almost Like Getting a New Phone

Hosts: John Breslin, Marie Boran, Fergal Gallagher. Producer: Tom Murphy.

iOS 7, BlackBerry, Nokia, Skype, Stripe, MOR Solutions, New York Times incubator, “Can We Trust Our News?” at DCU, Andy Carvin interview, Loebner Prize in Derry and interviews, Enterprise Ireland’s “IT’s Happening Here”, GuideCentr.al, Tile, BitTorrent bundles, BioBeats, and more.

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Running time: 1:00:00

00:30 Introduction by John Breslin @johnbreslin
–:– Marie Boran @pixievondust
–:– Fergal Gallagher @gallagherfergal
01:00 Ads
–:– BuilderEngine http://builderengine.com/
–:– BuilderSpace Accelerator https://foursquare.com/v/builderspace-accelerator/52299860498e94135fe58182
01:17 Topical news
–:– iOS 7 http://www.apple.com/ios/
04:44 BlackBerry http://www.wired.com/business/2013/09/blackberry-sold/
10:00 Nokia http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/sep13/09-02announcementpr.aspx
11:00 Skype http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/products/other/Pages/skype.aspx
13:21 Stripe, MOR Solutions http://blog.morsolutions.com/2013/08/mor-solutions-first-to-add-stripe.html
15:32 New York Times incubator http://www.nytimes.com/timespace/
18:32 “Can We Trust Our News?” at DCU http://www.mediaconferencedcu.com/
19:57 Interview with Andy Carvin from NPR http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Carvin
30:40 Loebner Prize in Derry http://culturetech.co/event/2013-09-14/international-loebner-prize-contest-in-artificial-intelligence
33:52 Interview with Hugh Loebner, founder of the Loebner Prize http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Loebner
38:25 Interview with Steve Worswick, winner of the 2013 Loebner Prize http://www.mitsuku.com/
42:50 Interview with Noel Sharkey, judge for the 2013 Loebner Prize http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noel_Sharkey
46:18 Interview with Anne Lanigan from Enterprise Ireland’s “IT’s Happening Here” http://www.itshappeninghere.ie/
50:10 GuideCentr.al http://www.guidecentr.al/
51:20 Cool tech
–:– Tile http://www.thetileapp.com/
53:37 BitTorrent bundles http://bundles.bittorrent.com/
55:33 BioBeats http://biobeats.com/

Produced by Tom Murphy
Special thanks to Flirt FM http://www.flirtfm.ie
Intro/outro music is “Alone But Not Lonely” by Stefan Ternemar http://archive.org/details/mtk121
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Episode #5: Does It Rain on Mars?

Hosts: John Breslin, Marie Boran, Fergal Gallagher and Tom Murphy.

A one-way ticket to Mars, sociometrics, how tech is changing the way we buy books, Jeff Bezos buys the Post, growing the European app economy, hyperloop with Dr Eoghan Clifford, Chromecast, UPC Horizon, Google Fiber, Rubbee, intercepting Gmail, and more.

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Running time: 1:00:00

00:30 Introduction by John Breslin @johnbreslin
–:– Marie Boran @pixievondust
–:– Fergal Gallagher
–:– Tom Murphy @poweredbygenius
01:15 Ads
–:– StreamGlider http://streamglider.com/
–:– Seevl http://seevl.net/
01:45 Topical news
–:– A one-way ticket to Mars
05:39 Sociometrics
11:50 How technology is changing the way we buy books
18:00 Jeff Bezos buys the Post
24:42 Growing the EU app economy http://eurapp.eu/
–:– Martin Hahn, European Commission
–:– David Card, VP of Research, GigaOM
–:– Mark Mulligan, Midia Consulting
–:– Kevin Mobbs, InnoCentive
–:– Kumardev Chatterjee, President and Founder, EYIF
32:53 Cool tech
–:– Hyperloop discussion with Dr Eoghan Clifford http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/technology/hyperloop-pod-speeds-into-the-popular-mind-1.1493262
37:25 Chromecast
43:24 UPC Horizon
46:45 Google Fiber
53:20 Rubbee http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1732543648/rubbee-the-electric-drive-for-bicycles
54:49 Intercepting your Gmail messages
57:50 Upcoming events
–:– Hacks and Hackers Dublin http://hujo.deri.ie/
–:– Eurapp innovation challenges http://eurapp.eu/competitions/

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Episode #4: 091 Heatwave

Hosts: John Breslin, Marie Boran, Fergal Gallagher and Tom Murphy.

Doug Engelbart obituary, 3D printing, Bitcoin and the Winklevii, Bebo buyback, interview with Padraic Harley from 091 Labs, national broadband plan for Ireland, Philips Hue, Nokia Lumia 1020, Webseam, and more.

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Running time: 1:10:00

00:42 Introduction by John Breslin @johnbreslin
01:16 Marie Boran @pixievondust
–:– Fergal Gallagher @gallagherfergal
–:– Tom Murphy @tom_murphy
01:32 Ads
–:– StreamGlider http://streamglider.com
–:– Seevl http://seevl.net/
02:04 Topical news
–:– Doug Engelbart obituary http://sloan.stanford.edu/mousesite/1968Demo.html
12:52 3D printing http://www.maplin.co.uk/3d-printer
22:18 Bitcoin and the Winklevoss twins http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23140904
27:03 Bebo buyback http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jul/02/bebo-founder-buys-back-site
31:27 Interview with Padraic Harley, Chairman of 091 Labs http://091labs.com
42:10 Another national broadband plan for Ireland http://tch.vc/nationalbroadbandplan
51:37 Cool tech
–:– CloudDock http://twitter.com/TheCloudDock
–:– SixMinute http://www.sixminute.com/
54:12 Philips Hue connected bulb https://www.meethue.com/
59:12 Nokia Lumia 1020 http://www.nokia.com/global/products/phone/lumia1020/
61:38 Webseam http://www.webseam.com/
63:13 Upcoming events
–:– Free legal and business workshop http://www.meetup.com/Legalworkshopsdublin/events/126249792/
–:– CoderDojo Coolest Projects http://coolestprojects.org/
–:– Hacks and Hackers Dublin http://hujo.deri.ie/
–:– National survey of Irish journalists’ use of social media https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IrishSocialJournalism

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Intro/outro music is “Alone But Not Lonely” by Stefan Ternemar http://archive.org/details/mtk121
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DERI launches national survey on journalists’ use of social media

Social media has become a vital tool for the contemporary journalist. From Syria and Turkey to Brazil, international news stories are broken by ordinary citizens on social media every day, and it’s not just serious news. The latest football transfer rumours or celebrity scandal is now more likely to break on Twitter than by conventional means. The emergence of these new technologies is fundamentally changing the way journalists work and source stories.

Despite the proliferation of social media – particularly among journalists – until now no formal study on Irish media professionals’ use of social media has been carried out. Researchers at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at NUI Galway have launched the first national survey on how Irish journalists use social media.

Similar studies have been carried out in the UK, Europe and worldwide, but this is the first comprehensive survey on Irish journalists’ use of social media.

This new study aims to measure the function of social media for professional journalists in Ireland, and the frequency and prevalance of social media as a tool for journalists. The researchers are calling on all journalists working in print, TV, radio and online media to take 10 minutes out of their busy schedules to fill out the online survey.

“The ubiquity of social media is quickly changing the global media landscape, leading us to query Ireland’s contemporary journalistic practices”, said Dr. Bahareh Heravi, the project manager and leader of the Digital Humanities and Journalism group at DERI.

“This survey will help to not only delineate these practices, but the data collected has the potential to ultimately result in more informed and accurate reporting”, she added.

The project is being run by the newly-formed Digital Humanities and Journalism group, which leads a number of projects exploring how new technologies are impacting the world of journalism and other digital humanities like archiving.

The survey can be accessed at surveymonkey.com/s/IrishSocialJournalism and more information on the research group can be found at hujo.deri.ie.

Episode #3: We Are the Digital Champions

Host: John Breslin.

Tech Entrepreneurs Workshop at the EC’s Digital Agenda Assembly, Startup Sauna, Junior Achievement – Young Enterprise Europe, Conker, GetHealth, NewsWhip, Pharmapod.

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Running time: 0:30:00

00:30 Introduction by John Breslin @johnbreslin
01:48 Ville Simola, Founder of Startup Sauna http://startupsauna.com
03:24 Caroline Jenner, CEO of Junior Achievement – Young Enterprise Europe http://ja-ye.org
06:24 Russell Banks, Founder of Conker http://conker.io
11:41 Liam Ryan, CEO of GetHealth http://gethealthapp.com
17:44 Andrew Mullaney, CTO of NewsWhip http://newswhip.com
21:43 Leonora O’Brien, Founder of Pharmapod http://pharmapod.ie

Intro/outro music is “Alone But Not Lonely” by Stefan Ternemar http://archive.org/details/mtk121
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Episode #2: Back to the Start

Hosts: John Breslin, Marie Boran and Fergal Gallagher.

Social media and the Boston Marathon bombings, “Start” returns to Windows 8, SpamTitan CEO interview, tech grads in Ireland and the US, #ITwomen, Mighty and Napoleon, lenticular ads, Galaxy S4, and more.

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Running time: 1:30:00

00:30 Introduction by John Breslin @johnbreslin
–:– and Marie Boran @pixievondust
–:– and Fergal Gallagher @gallagherfergal
01:27 Ads
–:– StreamGlider http://streamglider.com/
–:– Gone Gaming: The Jump http://gonegaming.ie/thejump
02:09 Topical news
02:24 Social media and the Boston Marathon bombings http://bit.ly/10piE5j
12:00 “Start” returns to Windows 8 http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/07/microsoft-redesign-windows-8
16:08 Interview with Ronan Kavanagh, CEO of SpamTitan http://spamtitan.com/
30:14 Jobs for tech grads in Ireland and the US http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/irelands-skills-mismatch–students-urged-to-reconsider-cao-230541.html
43:00 Interview with Catherine Cronin, #ITwomen http://catherinecronin.wordpress.com/
58:59 Irish startups
–:– Get Organised http://getorganised.co/
–:– ePubDirect http://epubdirect.com/ (via Writing.ie http://writing.ie/)
61:00 Cool tech
–:– Adobe Mighty and Napoleon http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/06/adobes-first-hardware-mighty-napoleon-a-pen-ruler-team-for-touchscreens/
66:08 Lenticular image billboard ads http://gizmodo.com/this-ad-has-a-secret-anti-abuse-message-that-only-kids-493108460
69:42 Samsung Galaxy S4 review, thanks to Three Ireland http://www.three.ie/deals/samsung-galaxy-s4.html
83:09 Upcoming events
–:– Rails Girls Galway http://railsgirls.com/galway
–:– 3DCamp http://3dcamp.barcamp.ie/
–:– Startup Weekend Dublin http://dublin.startupweekend.org/events/dublin-startup-weekend-june-2013/

Special thanks to Flirt FM http://www.flirtfm.ie
Intro/outro music is “Alone But Not Lonely” by Stefan Ternemar http://archive.org/details/mtk121
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Episode #1: Hello World

Hosts: John Breslin, Marie Boran, Fergal Gallagher and Tom Murphy.

Drop in laptop sales, app industry growth, alternative smartphones, ALISON online learning, Google Glass, OUYA, Bitcoin, Facebook Home, GetHealth, newsle, and more.

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Running time: 1:00:00

00:28 Introduction by John Breslin @johnbreslin
01:18 Marie Boran @pixievondust
02:20 Fergal Gallagher @gallagherfergal
03:12 Tom Murphy @tom_murphy
–:– Ads
04:41 StreamGlider http://streamglider.com/
–:– Seevl http://seevl.net/
–:– Topical news
05:25 Drop in laptop sales http://gigaom.com/2013/04/10/the-pc-market-is-a-horror-show-right-now/
09:15 App industry growth http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57372623-93/study-credits-app-economy-with-500000-u.s-jobs/
–:– Discussion centered on the failure of Windows 8 launch to support laptop sales
–:– Alternative smartphones
14:16 Geeksphone http://www.geeksphone.com/
15:15 Fairphone http://www.fairphone.com/
15:46 Irish smartphones https://technologyvoice.com/2013/03/25/an-irish-smartphone-why-not
19:40 Interview with Mike Feerick, CEO of ALISON http://alison.com/
31:48 Listener’s questions from Lisa in Dublin
–:– Please send your own questions and suggestions to editor@technologyvoice.com
32:03 What’s most exciting about Google Glass? http://www.google.com/glass/start/
38:51 How will OUYA kill off the traditional games console? http://www.ouya.tv/
42:01 Cool tech
42:14 Bitcoin https://technologyvoice.com/2011/06/09/bitcoin-global-decentralized-currency-with-no-central-bank
45:28 Facebook Home https://www.facebook.com/home
48:58 GetHealth http://gethealthapp.com/
51:07 newsle http://newsle.com/
54:02 Upcoming events
–:– Dubstarts http://dubstarts.com/
–:– European Technology Summit http://www.itcork.ie/index.cfm?page=events&eventId=314
–:– Rails Girls Galway http://railsgirls.com/galway

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40 Years Since First Mobile Phone Call

On April 3, 1973, Joel Engel was working as a leading researcher and developer at Bell Labs. At that time he and his team were working at the cutting edge of mobile communications development. They had already created the wireless cell architecture that we use whenever we are out and about with our mobile devices, and were looking at ways to develop technology would take advantage of their work.

That day he received a phone call that would change everything. On the other end of the line was Martin Cooper, who was General Manager of Motorola’s Communication Systems Division and Joel’s counterpart.

“Joel, this is Marty. I’m calling you from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone.”

“There was a silence at the other end.” As Martin recounted later, “I suspect he was grinding his teeth.”

Martin’s original message was only transmitted as far as the only available nearby antenna that was in turn wired into the AT&T network. Network effect was the main inhibitor to the roll-out of the technology. Without the coverage supplied by a supporting telecommunications system, it was hardly worth it for consumers to purchase a device.

Although the technical knowledge existed in the late sixties, it took a substantial amount of years to simply get the the antennas, the power supplies, the routing devices and switching centres fabricated and installed into enough populations centres that had enough density to support a commercial service. It is unlikely that Motorola would have recouped any profits on their original investment until the mid-nineties. Shortly after, the use of mobile phones had started to become widespread.

Looking at the long game that the scientists and engineers, and the companies that backed them, were playing in the 40 years after World War 2, it seems that a golden age of innovation existed that has now waned. We live in a world where innovation is nothing more than (sometimes) a very clever variation on a theme against a background of diminishing returns.

Apart from the switch from analog to digital and discounting scale, there has been no significant technological change in wireless telecommunications since Martin’s first call. Just more sophisticated uses of the system.

Where are the bona fide geniuses such as Claude Shannon now? Doug Engelbart is still around and still innovating, but where are we going to get world-shifting ideas developed in a tech industry that is geared to quarterly returns?

Return on investment (if any for some ideas) seems to have shifted from the expected returns resulting from glacial scale of development and implementation of the likes of Bell Labs and Motorola to the instant gratification of the ‘build it and ship it’ mentality that seems so prevalent.

Without an increase in research and development, we can allow for there only ever being a handful seismic ideas in a given period such as packet switching and the invention of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. (If anyone is out there inventing a second internet, they may want to review how best they should be spending their time and talents.)

The three things needed for ground breaking research and development are engineers, time and resources.

Google has about 54,000 employees. Let’s say that 20k are engineers. If Google applies its 20% rule that allows engineers to work on their own projects for a fifth of their time, then I don’t think resources are a problem at the moment.

But a fifth of one’s time is not all of one’s time. If Martin Cooper’s and Joel Engel’s time was constrained in such a manner the mobile phone would have arrived about the time of the Invasion of Iraq (the second one). Google has produced lots of good stuff, but the vast majority of their income is still derived from, where it started, paid search.

Facebook has less than 5,000 employees so where Google falls down on the time side of the equation, Facebook is short on engineers. Both are likely candidates for being sources of invention but the set-up of neither company is disposed towards such a result.

Since both companies have to focus on growth one can only hope for wonderful spin-offs in the tradition of say, NASA.

World Backup Day

For the third year running we have World Backup Day. A simple idea originally posited on Reddit and one that we all know makes sense. Nobody wants to wake up a fool on April Fool’s Day.

Not much to say on the matter really that people don’t already know and have usually learned the hard way. So, lick the last of the Easter egg chocolate off your fingers on the Bank Holiday weekend. Go plug in your external hard drive or connect to your Cloud storage service of choice and transfer away.

I backup to both a local hard drive and a number of cloud based services. I use Dropbox, Amazon, Skydrive and Google Docs for two reasons.

One is that the free tiers of these services don’t offer enough space for everything so I have to split storage up, usually by category.

And two, I am still uneasy about committing a) really personal stuff or b) really valuable stuff to folks who whose business is to make money out of people’s personal likes and dislikes.

I refer to them collectively as my Cloudbase to remind myself of my view of the operators as having the possibility of being got at by the Mysterons.

But whether it is a hard disk in front of me or somewhere out there in Serverland be sure to keep your data safe.

Personal story: I lost all the pictures of my son both as a new born and over the following first week of his life due to my laptop going kaput. Ten years later and the memory of discovering their disappearance still sickens. (Mercifully, I shared a few copies with relatives which I had hard copied in those pre-Facebook days but that only amounts to three photographs.)

Galway’s OnePageCRM, Cloud-Based Sales Management System, Creates 12 New Jobs


Michael FitzGerald, founder and CEO of OnePageCRM; Richard Bruton, TD and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; Brian O’Malley, Enterprise Ireland

Galway-based sales management software company, OnePageCRM, today announced that it will create 12 new jobs as part of a €575,000 investment programme supported by Enterprise Ireland and other investors. The new hires will be in engineering roles for web and mobile technology, digital marketing and customer support. OnePageCRM is headquartered in Galway with offices in the USA and Poland.

A cloud-based sales management application for SMEs, OnePageCRM uses a variety of methods to help boost sales. Specifically built for small business, it has been designed for minimal but effective data entry. OnePageCRM is part of a new wave of cloud-based applications for business, where team collaboration and mobile access are to the fore. Hosted on Amazon servers, it uses the same type of encryption as online banking.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD, who visited Galway to hold an Action Plan for Jobs Business Forum, said: ‘OnePageCRM is implementing an ambitious growth strategy and demonstrating ability to compete and win new business. Innovative small companies like this are right at the heart of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs which is aimed at building a sustainable, jobs-rich economy based on enterprise, exports and innovation. This investment and these jobs are very welcome, I commend the company on its achievements and wish it every success for the future’.

CEO Michael FitzGerald, who founded OnePageCRM in 2010, said: ‘Larger CRM systems work well at enterprise level, but not in SMEs whose managers are busy juggling the multiple tasks of running their business. Enterprise CRM is overkill for their needs’.

With an international market for its low-cost product, OnePageCRM has been focused on export sales from the beginning. FitzGerald added: ‘The beauty of distributing a sales-related product is that it can be sold globally without the need of complex configuration. Sales in SMEs is the same the world over – engage, build trust and stay organised. OnePageCRM excels at this process. The application, being used by companies around the world, proves its value every day by helping salespeople get things done’.

Welcoming the announcement was Barry Egan, Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Director for the West Region, who said: ‘OnePageCRM is exactly the type of young and innovative company that Enterprise Ireland is keen to support. They have worked with both the local Galway Enterprise Board and now Enterprise Ireland to build an ambitious company with a very strong product offering. We look forward to continue working with them as they grow and develop their business on international markets’. Enterprise Ireland selected OnePageCRM as one of its High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) companies in 2011.

An engineering graduate from NUI Galway, FitzGerald received mentorship on Enterprise Ireland’s iGAP program from Silicon Valley leaders such as Eric Ries, the Lean Startup guru, and Sean Ellis, the first marketer for Dropbox. FitzGerald also cited the advantages of being based in Galway: ‘Galway has been good to us with close proximity to the University for graduates and expertise. It’s also a city that people like to live in, so attracting key staff to Galway has not been a problem. Our most recent hire came from a passionate OnePageCRM user, who believed in the product so much, asked to fly into Ireland and meet the team. Four weeks later, he moved to Galway with his wife and children to work with OnePageCRM’ [See also: Galway in 3 Minutes].