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With the news that Three is planning to hike the cost of it’s sim-only bill-pay plan by 25% in June, your mind might turn to switching plans.

The National Consumer Agency says that people save an average of €24 a month by switching plans, but few do so.

Enter Daniel McCarthy of KillBiller:

A primary reason why people don’t switch is confusion in selecting the right plan.KillBiller is a mobile application that analyses users’ actual phone usage against all of the plans available from Irish operators.

The app takes details of the calls, messages and data used by you on your phone and, based on this, calculates how much you would have spent on each plan.

Having found the right plan, KillBiller offers users the convenience of switching networks within the app.

Years ago I wrote some scripts to do something similar and the end result was a horrid mess that just about worked. In comparison, what the KillBiller guys have done is slick and actually useful to normal humans.

Killer name also.

Kill Biller is available now on both the Google Play and Apple App Stores.

3 Ireland to hike mobile bills by 25pc just months after €850m O2 buyout

Do you have an Irish app (especially an Android one)? Let us know:

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

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Colm Doyle writes:

When I started using dublinbikes more frequently, I couldn’t really find an app that ticked all the boxes for me. Some were focused on showing me a map, others wanted to show me a big long list of really small text that didn’t really make it clear what the situation was in terms of bikes or stands. And forget trying to use the website on your phone when you’re running around town looking for a bike.

Frustrated, I decided to just build my own. I focused on what I find to be the most common situations

It shows you the important details about a station in a giant numbers – How many bikes, how many stands? The list is sorted according to my current location, so I get the more relevant stations at the top. I can mark stations as favourites and show just those ones, again, with the important information highlighted.

If a station gets closed for maintenance (which happens more often than you might think), then I instantly get a notification to let me know and I can plan accordingly.

Rothar is available on the Apple App Store for free.

Do you have an Irish app (especially an Android one)? Let us know:

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



They certainly are.

JP Vaughan writes to tell us:

Some good news for Irish Indie games. Two Irish game devs [Galway based Rocket Rainbow and Dublin based Gambrinous] have had their games [Hey Ewe and Guild of Dungeoneering] selected as finalists for the Indie Prize at Casual Connect in Amsterdam next month.

You guys were a great help to us when we launched Hay Ewe and really helped to get the name out there so we feel you contributed to its success too.

Anyway, a nice bit of news for small business at the least.

Hey Ewe is a cute little puzzle game and is available now on the Apple App Store for 99 cents.

Guild of Dungeoneering is expected to be released in May on Steam for both Windows and Mac. We simply cannot wait to get our hands on this after playing a demo of it last year.

Two Irish Games Selected For Casual Connect Indie Prize


Eamon Leonard sez:

I know you don’t normal do this, but maybe one of the Broadsheet readers could be a match for Nikki (above)?

Hello everyone,

My name is Nikki and I’m making a global appeal to find a stem cell donor for a bone marrow transplant. I live in the UK, I’m 45 years old and my husband and I have two children, aged 7 and 4.

I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia on 3 December 2013. In January 2014 I was told that my disease has a rare cytogenetic abnormality called the ten-eleven translocation, which put me at a high risk of relapse following chemotherapy.

Therefore my best chance of a cure is to have a bone marrow transplant. This was originally scheduled for April 2014 but things have now become very complicated.

As I’ve gone through this journey, more and more complications have arisen.

Firstly, my ethnic background: my wonderful parents are quite an exotic mix: my mother is Anglo-Burmese and my father is Irish. In bone marrow transplants, ethnicity really matters and when you belong to a relatively rare grouping like this, your chances of finding a donor can be quite low.

Sadly, although both my brothers leapt into the breach to offer themselves as donors, they don’t match me (it’s only a one in four chance for siblings to be a match). However, a donor was found in France who was a 9/10 match and we thought all was well.

But now we get to the final complication: I have a lot of extremely aggressive antibodies. This was discovered during the final matching test of my blood with the donor’s.

The wonderful transplant team at King’s College Hospital in London have tried to find donated umbilical cords which will match with me, but there aren’t any that match that would also get past the antibodies. So I’m stuck.

I found out  that the relapse has happened and my best hope for the long term is to find a 10/10 donor.

I am desperately seeking
people of a similar ethnic background to volunteer as potential stem cell donors through their national registry. The best chance is probably to find someone Anglo-Burmese and Irish, but it could be Anglo-Indian, or any Anglo-Asian mix – my consultant told me to try to get as many people as possible to sign up! Anyone in particular with a Portuguese type surname in their blood line would be a good possibility, as that’s my background.

In the UK, this can be with the Anthony Nolan Trust for those aged 16-30, with Delete Blood Cancer or with the British Bone Marrow Registry. Outside the UK, please see the list of Bone Marrow Registers.

Nikki’s story


Do you like The Lonely Beast?

James Kelleher writes:

We’re donating all proceeds from sales of our Lonely Beast apps this week (8th-15th December) to Temple Street Children’s Hospital. My daughter spent a week on the neonatal ward in Temple Street last year. It’s pretty terrifying to have a child that young in hospital, especially as first-time parents, but the staff were incredible. Full of humanity, unbelievably dedicated and professionally curious, they went out of their way to look after the families as well as the children affected by illness. So this is our tiny gesture of thanks.

The three apps available are:
The Lonely Beast ABC
The Lonely Beast 123
The Lonely Beast: Letters & Numbers

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Dannielle from Showoff writes:

We saw in the media that Childline were in trouble regarding funding so we thought that we might be able to help somehow. Based on the success of our 99 Finder app, we decided to alter that product and turn it into a “Santa Finder”.

Users can locate the nearest Santa’s Grotto, rate it by giving Santa candy canes, and add Santa Snaps which they can then share through social media.

The main function of the app, however, is to encourage donations to a good cause. Users can easily donate through the app via SMS. We had fun creating the product and we hope plenty of people have fun using it, but most importantly that it helps to raise a good bit of money for Childline.

The app is available now for FREE on the Apple App Store.

You can donate €4 by texting ‘Childline’ to 57911 or donate online at

Do you have an Irish app (especially an Android one)? Let us know:

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


Life in the Womb, an iOS app developed by Dublin-based firms The Science Picture Company and Broadsheet favourites Redwind Software, has won a 2014 World Summit Award for innovation in learning and education.

They’ll receive the award at the wi-fi friendly World Summit Global Congress, which will be hosted in Abu Dhabi.

It’s no Realex Web Award though. in fairness.

Life in the Womb

Previously: Womb It Concerns