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FreePint Newsletter No.386
7th November 2013


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 My Favourite Tipples

Kevin CurranBy Kevin Curran

In my work teaching computer science at the University of Ulster, I like to stay abreast of breaking issues in IT so I subscribe to a lot of tech blogs and often read them on my Android Phone using the Google Currents app. Here, however, are some sites I share with friends:

  • Digg: My guilty pleasure at night as I visit to see what are the quirky and most talked about stories on the internet today. You will not "digg" all stories but there are enough hits on here to keep you coming back.

  • Futility Closet: A short paragraph can never do justice to the interesting stories, facts and insights that you will come across on this good wholesome fun-filled gem on the web.

  • TVCatchup: This site (and corresponding free app) allows you to watch all the Freeview/Freesat channels in the UK for free. It really is like porting your TV around the house or into the garden.

  • TWiT.TV: The #1 ranked technology podcast with a cult following. It is a dedicated online TV station (and podcasts) for all things technology such as Apple, Google, security, tech issues...

  • AirDroid: OK, technically not a site but this free app allows you to transfer files between your PC and your Android phone without the need for a cable. Just take a photo of the QR code on your screen - and you are connected.

Kevin Curran is a Reader in Computer Science at the University of Ulster. He is a regular contributor to BBC radio & TV news in the UK and is currently the recipient of an Engineering and Technology Board Visiting Lectureship for Exceptional Engineers and is an IEEE Technical Expert for Internet/Security matters. Dr Curran has made significant contributions to advancing the knowledge of computing evidenced by over 700 published works.

Dr Curran is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and is listed by Marquis in their Who's Who in Science and Engineering. He has authored a number of books and is the recipient of various patents.

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