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Apple to introduce Smartwatches to the Market this October

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Apple is getting ready to put it’s first wearable device on the market this October. They hope to produce 3 to 5 million smartwatches a month.

These smartwatches seem to be a strategic move for Apple following Samsung’s Electronic’s Galaxy Gear watches. The features of the watch are yet to be revealed but

Apple Smartwatch
Apple Smartwatch

they are likely to display certain sensors that can gather health information from daily calorie consumption to sleep activity.

Wall Street is hoping to see a new Apple product this year as there seems to have been a drought of New Apple products on the market.

Apple declined to comment.

Is this going to be the next ‘must have’? 4pm would like to know what you think and whether you will be dashing out to get a new smartwatch this October?

 

Irish House Prices Ricing

Irish Property Market on the Rise

According to figures released by the Central Statistics Office house prices across Ireland rose by an average of 8.1% in the year to February. The latest statistics show that on average house prices have been rising steadily for nine consecutive months and that the average national price rise is the strongest that it has been since before the crash in June 2007. These figures give strength to the belief that the recovery of the Irish housing market is well under-way.

Irish House Prices Rise 2014 Graph

Outside of Dublin house prices across the country rose by 0.9% during the month of February and were up by 4.2% compared with the same month last year. However, the value of property in the capital fell by 0.6% compared to the previous month of January. However, house prices in Dublin still managed to be 13.3% higher than they were in February 2013, making the overall picture a positive one despite this small setback. Equally the progressively rising prices across the rest of the country offer more than a little compensation for an under-performing Dublin.

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Technology Revenue

70% of Irish Software Firms Increased Turnover in 2013

These indigenous Irish technology companies increased their turnover by an average of 30% last year and many are now looking outside of Ireland for their main market, according to a survey by AIB.

The survey found that despite a strong multinational presence in Ireland, there is a scaling indigenous technology sector worth €2 billion in annual sales and employs 30,000 across the country.

AIB’s head of Technology, Media & Telecoms Banking John O’Dwyer said there is accelerator movement incorporating players like Wayra, NovaUCD, the NDRC and others are playing a considerable role in attracting talent from overseas which is vital for business owners trying to grow a business in the ICT sector.

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Apps

European app market ‘can create 4.8 million jobs’

In a report launched in Brussels by EU commission vice president Neele Kroes, the App top-apps-1920Market in Europe has the ability to generate around 4.8 million jobs within the next 5 years. In 2013, we saw the app market generate 17.5 billion euro and this is expected to rise to 63 billion by 2018. With the app market rising, coding seems to be becoming a very important life skill.

Attending the launch of this report was peter Vesterbacka, CMO of Rovio, the developer of Angry Birds. Vesterbacka spoke on the challenges of developing a healthy “app economy” in Europe and declared Angry Birds to be the “biggest digital brand ever”. He also mentioned a scheme to teach children how to code with the “Angry Birds Playground” educational programme.

The EurApp report is based on a study conducted over the course of a year by the Inishgt Centre for Data Analytics and NUI Galway .The study was in association with Gigaom Research and was conducted by John Breslin.

Only 6 billion euro of the above revenue was actually generated from app sales, spending within the apps and advertisement. The bulk of the revenue, came from contract labour.

To give an insight of the earning power of apps, Flappy Bird, a game which was released to app stores briefly this month, generated 50,000 euro in revenue per day for advertisement.

“We all know there’s been a huge growth in apps but the actual revenue numbers in terms of jobs, app sales and contract development work are very encouraging,” – Vesterbacka

What is your opinion on the future of the app market? Let us know @4pm!

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YouTube to audit videos in order to reduce “fake views”

Despite YouTube visitors watching over six billion hours of videos each and every month 540_293_resize_20121201_01cfce6fefe207658e3e8e9717410211_jpg (1)split between over 800 million users, not all eyes are “real”.  Many users purchase fake views which YouTube have said they intend to periodically check up on, validating views on videos to remove the frauds as not to deceive users.

“When some bad actors try to game the system by artificially inflating view counts, they’re not just misleading fans about the popularity of a video, they’re undermining one of YouTube’s most important and unique qualities,” Commented YouTube software engineer Philipp Pfeiffenberger. “While in the past we would scan views for spam immediately after they occurred, starting today we will periodically validate the video’s view count.”

“If you’re considering paying someone to increase your view count, you may want to think again. You probably won’t get what you paid for,” stated the blog post

“Views generated by some third-party businesses and services will not be counted on YouTube, and can lead to disciplinary action against your account, including removing your video or suspending your account.” In short, it is described as cheating and unnessacary.

Although initially established as a video sharing website, YouTube is now considered a search engine, and is currently the second most frequently visited search engine in the world, shadowing  behind Google.