Welcome to today's '7 Things'.
1. “An iPod. A phone. An internet communicator. Are you getting it?”
In 2007, Steve Jobs took to the stage to introduce what he called a “revolutionary new product”. This week 15 years ago, the first iPhone went on sale. There’s a lot of coverage on this: I quite liked CNN’s original report and the Guardian’s take on what it meant for photography. Joanna Stern’s video in the Wall Street Journal, with one of the original iPhone designers (Tony Fadell), is typically excellent, too. We devoted this week’s podcast to this, looking at its legacy and what might September's iPhone 14 might bring. Joining me to discuss this is someone who was at the original launch: Stuart Miles, the founder and CEO of Pocket-lint.
2. Interview: Workvivo co-founder Joe Lennon
In the first quarter of 2022, Ireland’s quota of tech unicorns – companies privately valued at over €1bn – grew from four to six. After this week’s €21m funding round, Cork-based employee engagement software firm Workvivo is aiming to be the next one. I interviewed co-founder Joe Lennon about it.
3. One in five NBP homes have signed up
Its latest figures show 14,200 signups out of 63,652 homes “passed” by the National Broadband Plan. That may seem low, but it’s actually quite solid so far. Fact to remember: the NBP’s business plan is based on around 80pc takeup (of the 560,000 homes to be passed) in the long run.
4. Streaming cancellations nigh?
Over a third of Irish households are considering cancelling an online streaming service, a new survey of 900 people claims. But only if the big platforms follow through with threats to clamp down on account-sharing. A whopping 70pc of Irish streaming customers share their subscriptions among extended families, with 16pc sharing outside families, according to the survey.
5. Reviews: Huawei Freebuds 2 Pro and Watch GT 3 Pro
6. Interview: Tom O’Connor of €800m-valued Version 1
Full interview here by Samantha McCaughren.
7. Ask Adrian heldesk
This week, I answered questions about mobile broadband in rural areas and cheap security cameras for an elderly parent’s empty home.