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Dublin brothers launch Apple Watch app


Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the Apple Watch during an Apple event in San Francisco

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the Apple Watch during an Apple event in San Francisco

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the Apple Watch during an Apple event in San Francisco

Two Dublin brothers have become early developers for Apple Watch apps. Conor and James McCarthy are set to launch Flipdish, a new restaurant takeaway app. The pair say that they are designing the app with the Apple Watch in mind, although it will also work for phones and tablets.

The app will also work with Apple Pay, the contactless mobile payment system that Apple has introduced in the US and is rolling out in Europe later this year.

Frustration with takeaway deliveries was the motivator behind the app, says chief executive Conor McCarthy.

"Having to enter your address, or your credit card number, every time you place an order really frustrates me," he says. "We wanted a smart app that was 10 times faster than the alternative." Launching this July, the app is a free download.

Dublin hosts digital rights conference

A one-day digital rights conference will be held next Thursday, April 15th in Dublin. The event, which aims to highlight Ireland's role in digital policy and protections across internationally, is being organised by Digital Rights Ireland.

The conference will include sessions on Policing in a Digital World, examining the legality and legitimacy of technology in law enforcement and 'citizen reporting' through camera phone videos and social media.

"Ireland has found itself at the heart of major European controversies around data, including the data retention directive struck down in 2014 and the current "Europe v Facebook" case," said DRI director Antoin O Lachtnain.

"Questions around digital rights and data protection are now prominent," he said. Tickets are available at Digitalrights.ie.

Eight new startups for Digital Hub

Dublin's Digital Hub has seen eight new startups join since the beginning of the year, according to association's chief executive, Gerry Macken.

The new companies, which include Base2Digital, Castle Direct, MyBeatz, Statwolf and Numbergroup, mean that the Digital Hub has almost 100 companies working within it.

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"There are now almost 650 people working in companies based at The Digital Hub making us the largest cluster of digital media, technology and Internet businesses in Ireland," said Macken.

"We're confident that 2015 will see a marked increase in the success and further growth of the new and existing Digital Hub companies."

Other companies in the new crop include Imprez, Legion and the Tyndall National Institute.

The Digital Hub recently announced plans for the refurbishment of 'The Grainstore', a 19th century building, adding an additional 10,650 square feet of space to the cluster.

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