Author Archives: Karl Monaghan

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Despite being around since the earliest days of the web, Amazon still doesn’t have a site in Ireland. You can switch on their currency converter but that only shows the final checkout total in Euros.

Shop Ireland fill the gap by presenting the Amazon.co.uk catalogue with Euro pricing and Irish VAT calculated into the prices.

A semi-finalist in last year’s WebAwards “Ugliest Website in Ireland” category, this ugly duckling is a labour of love for its creator Donovan Hutchinson. It all started off as a little side project to play with Amazon’s affiliate program while sharping his web development skills. 

Ten years on, it’s still chugging away while dealing with Amazon’s fickle product descriptions and Google’s ever changing indexing requirements.

No cash, favours, etc. were given for this post. Do you have an Irish site? Get in touch broadsheet@broadsheet.ie.

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The guys in Showoff have done the right thing and released an Android version of their Ice Cream Finder app we featured a couple of weeks ago.

It’s every bit as good as the iOS version but with extra amusement since it runs on an operating system code named Ice Cream Sandwich.

Off the back of the apps, they’ve partnered with the Irish Times to find the best 99 in Ireland. Not bad for an app one commenter declared had no hope of taking off.

The app is available now on the Google Play Store (as well as the iOS version on the Apple App Store).

Do you have an Irish app (especially an Android one)? Let us know: Broadsheet@broadsheet.ie

As always, no favours, cuddles, or pints were given for this post. We have some guidelines on submissions.

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With World Cup fever in full swing, thoughts will soon turn to attempting to organise a few games of 5-a-side.

Then you remember trying to sort it all out is like herding cats into a small bag and you forget all about it.

That’s where Scaboodle comes in with their event management apps.

With the apps you can invite friends, sort out a time and place and hopefully get to kick a ball around. Afterwards you can dissect it all and share all your photos.

If you’re not interested in organising your own, you can also search through other open events to something that piques your interest.

It’s not just for the sportsball fans as it’s flexible enough for any sort of event.

Everything from creating the event to posting afterwards is quick and easy. The little cartoons throughout add a nice bit of personality to what could otherwise be a dry process.

The app is available now on the Apple App StoreGoogle Play and the Windows Phone Store for free.

Do you have an Irish app (especially an Android one)? Let us know: Broadsheet@broadsheet.ie

As always, no favours, cuddles, or pints were given for this post. We have some guidelines on submissions.

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One of the more interesting things to come out of yesterday’s keynote to Google I/O was Cardboard.

The plain name hides a  nifty concept – using your Android phone, a bit of cardboard and a couple of easily-ish obtainable parts, you can make your own Oculus Rift without the $350 price tag.

If you want to watch the whole keynote, it’s on YouTube in all its 3 hour glory (the first 27 minutes are silent).

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It’s all about mobile these days – we’re spending up to 3 hours a day consumed by our slabs of intelligent glass.

For all that, we’re a fickle bunch and it’s hard to keep us engaged and happy with an app when it’s so easy to discard them like a used tissue.

That’s where Somaries Quintana from Converser comes in

“In a nutshell, we are all about helping mobile focused businesses create smarter marketing for their mobile apps. Instead of the going for ‘spray and pray’ method of sending everyone a one size fits all message, we focus on bringing the personal element back into mobile marketing by empowering you with the ability to send the right message to the right app user at the right time.

“…We give you valuable insights into your mobile app users to help you determine what gets them ticking so you can send targeted, interactive in-app notifications. These help you boost engagement, retention and loyalty so you can make a meaningful impact on your mobile app’s ROI. The reason we call them interactive in-app notifications is because instead of appearing like a banner ad on the screen, you can actually guide your mobile app users to complete any call to action you like with just the tap of a button.”

From a development perspective, it was easy for me to integrate it all into an upcoming version of the Broadsheet apps and support from the the guys was top notch.

Do you have an Irish start-up? Get in touch broadsheet@broadsheet.ie.

No cash, favours, etc. were given for this post. Full disclosure: Karl does an Apple-centric podcast with Oisin, one of the co-founders.

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Originally released in 2010, VVVVVV from Terry Cavanagh is a classic of the simple play, fiendishly difficult to master genre.

This month saw the release of the game on both iOS and Android

The core conceit of the game is rather than being able to jump, you can flip the direction of gravity. And with that ability, you need to navigate through a space station and find the other members of your ‘crew’.

There’s a great sense of achievement when you manage to navigate past a set of spikes and aliens by deftly switching literally what way is up.

If you want to have a go without downloading anything, there’s an onliine demo here.

The game is available now on the Apple App Store for €2.69, on the Google Play Store for €2.45 and is currently at half price on Steam for Windows and Mac at €2.49.

Do you have an Irish app (especially an Android one)? Let us know: Broadsheet@broadsheet.ie

As always, no favours, cuddles, or pints were given for this post. We have some guidelines on submissions.

H/T LonelyBeastApps

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When the iPhone was first released, one of the things I wished you could do out of the box was the ability to attach a blob of information about about a place for others to discover.

Launched last month, iTagged is the latest app to tackle the problem.  It allows you to attach notes, picture and video to any place you want for OTHERS TO DISCOVER.

iTagged will let you know when you’re near a point of interest or you can draw on a map to reveal all the tags within a given area. You can even use their augmented reality functionality to scan around you to see exactly where people have left their little titbits of information.

The app is available now on the Apple App Store

Do you have an Irish app (especially an Android one)? Let us know: Broadsheet@broadsheet.ie

As always, no favours, cuddles, or pints were given for this post. We have some guidelines on submissions.