Covering everything from the latest social media news and digital trends to tech reviews, The Digital Bakery team works hard each week to bring our readers a range of fresh, exciting and engaging content. So, whether they’ve been getting the most love on social, caught our eye in the email, or are #trending online, we’ve rounded up the top stories from the past week, in case you missed any…
1) Irish Consumers Unhappy With Quality Of Broadband Services
Almost half of Irish broadband consumers (44%) are unhappy with their quality of service according to a new survey carried out for Switcher.ie by Coyne Research. Despite the Government making a concerted effort through the National Broadband Plan to get Ireland up-to-speed, a third of broadband customers (34%) said they had speeds of less than or equal to 30Mb/s – the minimum target set out in the plan.
A further 8% claimed to have speeds of less than 3Mb/s, below the streaming threshold for HD content. Some four in 10 broadband customers (39%) don’t even know what speed they have signed up for, while 42% assumed they were getting what they’ve paid for.
It also seems consumers are unwilling to complain when they don’t get the service advertised to them. Seventeen per cent of respondents said they suspected they were getting a lower speed than they should, but had not taken any action to see if that was the case.
Read The Full Story Here #Broadband #Internet #CoyneResearch
2) Tertill Solar Powered Weed Killing Robot For Your Garden
The continual problem of weeding your garden may now be a thing of the past thanks to the development team at Franklin Robotics, who have created a solar powered weed killing robot called the Tertill. The autonomous robot lives in your vegetable plot or flower garden and continually searches for those pesky weeds and takes care of them without the need for any chemicals.
Tertill is waterproof and equipped with Bluetooth technology allowing it to connect to your smartphone via the companion application. Also being solar powered Tertill can be left to its own devices without the need to recharge from the socket or battery pack.
Read The Full Story Here #Gadget #Gardening #Robot #Weedinator #Tertill
3) Irish Tech Firm Invents The Future Of Connected Cars
Taoglas’s new antenna system overcomes one of the biggest design challenges facing tomorrow’s connected cars. Wexford and San Diego-based internet of things powerhouse Taoglas has invented a new kind of radio system for the next generation of connected cars.
The new system, branded Axiom, is a reference design for a low-profile, compact, multi-antenna system. It overcomes one of the biggest challenges facing the connected car: where to place the multiple antennas needed for maximum performance.
Taoglas’s Axiom system integrates nine antennas, including four LTE antennas, two Wi-Fi antennas, an active GNSS element to support GPS and other systems, one SDARS antenna to support satellite radio, and a DSRC antenna for short range communication.
Read The Full Story Here #IrishTech #RadioCars #Taoglas
4) Recording Contact Lenses – Sony Wants To Be The Camera Right In Your Eye
Contact lenses that do more than just correct our sight are an innovation that many companies are working on. Smart contacts are a science fiction dream and developers are interested in using them for augmented reality but not Sony. Sony wants to give us contacts that can record video.
The company was awarded a patent that would let the wearer control their contacts with blinks so that they could record video on request. A series of sensors would be able to detect which blinks were meant to control the camera and which were just the normal type of blinks. The image capture technology would be on the lens around the iris and it would be powered by energy created from the movement of the eye.
This sounds amazing but it’s a long way off. Current technology is not even close to being small enough to put into a contact lens that someone could wear. Still, an awesome idea, just don’t expect it anytime soon.
Read The Full Story Here #FutureTech #ContactLenses #RecordLife #Sony
5) Teens Switching To ‘On Demand’ Instead Of Live TV
A study of the viewing habits of children and teenagers in the UK highlights a number of important shifts in the way media is consumed. The research, carried out by MediaCom, shows that a third of teenagers regularly view TV content on their smartphones. This has risen from 25% in 2016. On demand services are increasingly popular amongst younger consumers, with 38% saying this method is the way they watch most of their programmes.
One of the factors underpinning this trend could be growing smartphone ownership amongst the young. 66% of 8-12 year olds now own a smartphone, compared to 49% in 2015.
Tablets, meanwhile, continue to lose market relevance. Tablet ownership among 8-12 year olds dropped 8% since 2016.
“Consumers now have an even greater choice of when, where and how to watch their favourite videos, shows and movies – and the shift towards smartphone viewing is increasing,” said Josh Krichefski, CEO of MediaCom UK.
“On-demand capabilities are critical to the popularity of shows for adults like Game of Thrones and those for kids like Power Rangers in 2017’s viewing eco-system.”
Read The Full Story Here #Research #OnDemand #Neftlix #TV #Teenagers #Tech
6) Viral of the week: Here’s What It Looks Like To Get Soaked With A Giant 6ft Water Balloon
Finally, the big questions of the universe are getting answered.
The Slow Mo Guys are known for blowing things up and jumping on 1000 mousetraps when they do it and this time they’ve gotten their hands on a giant water balloon and decided that one of them slowly getting crushed would be the best way to deploy it.
Of course the crushing isn’t why you’re here. The popping of the giant balloon and slow motion soaking is why.
And it doesn’t disappoint.
#ViralVideo #SloMoGuys #WaterBalloon
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