IRE: Applications boost economy

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A wave of iPhone applications have come from the Irish development community this quarter, offering a boost to the country’s growing digital sector.

Apps to make Irish headlines in recent months include the ‘dessid’ iPhone app, which provides free access to Eircom broadband networks in people’s homes without the owner’s knowledge, by scanning for available wireless networks.

Dublin digital media company DV4 has developed a ‘Band in the Hand’ app which allows bands to post news, songs, biographies and videos.

Meanwhile, the Grab Radio app allows users to listen to their favourite radio station on their iPhone as well as enabling them to purchase any songs they like immediately from the iTunes store, or ‘tag’ it for later.

The app also has an interactive map feature, allowing listeners to see what local stations are available and even give feedback on their programmes.

The Ireland Guide claims to be the first Irish tourist guide to become an iPhone app. The free download gives users recommendations on places to eat, drink and stay depending on where they are in Ireland.

Other apps to come from the Irish market include the LouderVoice user reviews application for the Android platform, a Wikipedia app, and an Eirtext app which allows iPhone users to send free text messages.

 

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