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| September 26, 2018

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Saorview Connect takes on sports giant ESPN for global innovation award

September 14, 2018 |

RTÉ has been shortlisted for a coveted IBC 2018 Innovation Award, for its free-to-air television service, Saorview Connect. The service provider is up against the likes of ESPN and WRC (the World Rally Championship) in the much coveted ‘Content … Read More

Apple unveil THREE new iPhones & Apple Watch Series 4

September 12, 2018 |

Today, at their annual iPhone event in San Francisco, Apple have intro’d 3 new smartphones and a new Apple Watch with the brand new iPhone XS (10S) and XS Max (10S Max) the flagship announcements from the show. These new … Read More

REVIEW: NOW TV Smart Stick

September 6, 2018 |

NOW TV  has been out a while in Ireland and it originally launched with the NOW TV Box. The box was small and fit into most setup pretty seamlessly, but it was starting to age and technology has moved on, … Read More

REVIEW: Spider-Man

September 4, 2018 |

After its unveiling at E3 2016 in Los Angeles, we’ve had quite the wait for Sony Playstation’s next big exclusive. Developed by Insomniac, the studio behind classics such as Spyro the Dragon and Ratchet & Clank, this fresh new take … Read More

HANDS ON PREVIEW: Huawei unveil the Mate 20 Lite @ IFA 2018

August 31, 2018 |

At IFA 2018, Huawei decided to unveil their newest entry into their Mate smartphone line in the form of the Huawei Mate 20 Lite. Packing 4 AI-enabled cameras, 2 on the back and 2 on the front, a huge 3750mAh … Read More

HANDS ON PREVIEW: Sony announces the new Sony Xperia XZ3

August 31, 2018 |

Sony has just taking the wraps of their latest flagship device here at IFA 2018. The new Xperia XZ3 packs Sony’s first ever OLED display in a smartphone. It also packs a 19MP ‘Motion Eye’ sensor, the same as the … Read More

Lenovo launch new Yoga, ThinkPad & Chromebook laptops @ IFA 2018

August 30, 2018 |

At their annual TechLife event during IFA 2018, Lenovo has unveiled their latest additions to the Yoga, ThinkPad and Chromebook range of laptops. With Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos appearing in more and more of Lenovo’s devices along with improved … Read More

HANDS ON PREVIEW: HTC unveil the HTC U12 life @IFA 2018

August 30, 2018 |

With IFA 2018 in full swing, HTC decided to use this massive European technology convention to unveil their latest midrange handset. The HTC U12 life is designed to go up against the likes of the Huawei P Smart an Samsung’s … Read More

Driving meets Technology – Part 1

August 27, 2018 |

The Effect.net is mainly a tech and gaming review site right? Then why does this article’s title talk about driving? When I joined the team here, I was driving nearly 60,000 km a year around the country. I’m now based … Read More

REVIEW: Motorola Moto G6

August 17, 2018 |

Motorola was one of the first Android manufacturers to offer decent user experience on budget. With the debut of Moto G in 2013, the company disrupted the affordable smartphone market.  In its sixth iteration, under Lenovo, the Moto G range … Read More

Vodafone Launch ‘V By Vodafone’: A Dedicated IoT Sim & Connected Devices

August 13, 2018 |

Vodafone Ireland has just entered the Internet of Things (IoT) consumer market with the launch of ‘V by Vodafone’ which will let Irish consumer connect the new V-Bag (a bag location-tracker), V-Auto (connected car dongle) and V-Camera (4G … Read More

Samsung Unveil the Galaxy Note9

August 9, 2018 |

At the global launch event in Brooklyn, New York, Samsung finally took the wraps off their latest flagship phone, the new Samsung Galaxy Note9. A lot of leaks have already surfaced of this new device and they were all pretty … Read More

Sony Introduce Limited Edition ‘500 Million’ PlayStation 4 Pro 2TB Model

August 9, 2018 |

With Sony having sold over 500 million PlayStation hardware units to date, they have just announced a specially designed PlayStation 4 Pro ‘500 Million’ Limited Edition model with a 2TB harddrive to commemorate the special occasion.  The new limited edition … Read More

Sony Mobile’s 9 battery saving tips for festival season

August 8, 2018 |

We’re well into summer 2018 and festival season is in full swing across Ireland. But here’s the dilemma – you’re looking to take a video of the headline act, locate your friends among the sea of fellow festival revellers, or find out how to get … Read More

REVIEW: The Crew 2

July 24, 2018 |

Much like the first Watch Dogs, The Crew had a fantastic premise. The thought of driving across an entire country, edge-to-edge, was ambitious, and to some extent, The Crew delivered. Yet, it had a ham-handed story that was close in … Read More

REVIEW: Huawei P20

July 17, 2018 |

Last year, we were very impressed at the strides Huawei took with the release of the Mate 10 series of smartphones but, nearly half a year later, they managed to really knock it out of the park with the capabilities … Read More

REVIEW: Unravel Two

July 7, 2018 |

Unravel Two is EA’s indie sequel to 2016’s first instalment – aiming to give players a more connected and engaging experience. How did it fare? Find out below.

 

 

Unravel isn’t a game that necessarily needed a sequel … Read More

WATCH: 19 Minutes of Anthem Gameplay in 4K

July 7, 2018 |

Bioware has just dropped a fantastic new gameplay video for their upcoming AAA title, Anthem. The game’s Lead Producer Ben Irving takes us through a 19-minute Anthem gameplay demonstration, originally shown at the E3 hands-on showcase. The video reveals more … Read More

COMPETITION: Win a Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact + Weekend Passes to Groove Festival

June 28, 2018 |

We’ve teamed up with Sony Mobile Ireland again and Groove Festival, to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact smartphone and pair of weekend passes to the festival.*

To enter, simply reply to the … Read More

REVIEW: Amazon Echo Spot

June 27, 2018 |

I’m a huge fan of Amazon Echo devices and have several in my own home. I’ve discussed them in the past on here (and reviewed some other ones as well – links at the end of this review). I’ve been … Read More

REVIEW: Prey: Mooncrash

June 26, 2018 |

Bethesda Studios decided this year to use E3  to annouce a new piece of DLC for one of its 2017 catalog in the form of Prey: Mooncrash. This was made all the more interesting by the fact that the DLC … Read More

REVIEW: Lenovo Mirage Solo VR Headset & Mirage Camera

June 20, 2018 |

Anyone interested in the virtual reality industry knows that great VR experiences are expensive. You’re either paying a couple of hundred euro for a VR headset for the smartphone you already own or you’re paying out more than €1,000 for … Read More

Google Home & Home Mini Now Available In Ireland

June 19, 2018 |

Starting today, and after a very long wait, Google has finally made their smart home speakers, the Google Home and Google Home Mini, officially available in Ireland. Priced at €59 for the Home Mini and €149 for the larger Home, … Read More

YouTube Music and YouTube Premium Launch in Ireland

June 18, 2018 |

YouTube Music has launched in Ireland today and has its sights set on the likes of Spotify and Apple Music. The new service, which launched in May in a few territories, has finally arrived in Ireland. So what … Read More

REVIEW: HTC U12+

June 17, 2018 |

HTC’s new U12+ smartphone has been thoughtfully designed with features to enhance the user experience while providing a unique translucent look that’s like nothing else on the market. Are these features and design choices enough to make it stand out … Read More