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App Development is one of the corner stones of Educated Machine, developing for the mobile platform is one of the most exciting and challenging things we get to take part in. With this blog I wanted to offer a personal perspective on the differences I've noticed apps have brought for the better. Tickets Anybody old enough to remember the 90s in detail can tell you what an ordeal it used to be to get tickets for shows you wanted to attend. Chances are if you were trying to get tickets for a festival you'd get a chance for a dry run at camping as you'd have to bring a sleeping bag and supplies to survive the night as you waited outside your local ticketmaster outlet so you could throw cash at the employees...

In the first weekly episode of the “Educated Machine Show” Darragh and Micheál discuss the education system, why most of college is nonsense, the importance of not going to college straight away, how to learn different things online, learning languages online, psychological tricks for getting over procrastination, why a college degree is losing its value, the lack of talent in Ireland, why we government support is not necessarily good for business and the future of education. Survey of Irish Student Participation http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/how-irish-college-students-differ-from-americans-1.2355672 One of the first University https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Al_Quaraouiyine Edx https://www.edx.org/ Edx - CS50 https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-computer-science-harvardx-cs50x Cousera https://www.coursera.org/ Udacity https://www.udacity.com/ Schools and Victorian Era https://www.theguardian.com/education/2009/sep/15/primary-schools-policy-history-victorian School Holidays are a relic of the past http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/9057284/School-holidays-are-a-pointless-relic-of-the-past.html Summer Learning Loss https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_learning_loss Duolingo - Language Learning Tool http://duolingo.com/ Teamtreehouse https://teamtreehouse.com Commitment Device Tool https://www.beeminder.com/ 59 Seconds think little, change a lot https://www.amazon.co.uk/59-Seconds-Think-little-change/dp/0330511602 Closing of the Nohovation fund http://www.thejournal.ie/pat-phelan-angel-fund-closed-2-3434037-Jun2017/ Written by Micheal Reilly...

We'd like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who attended our seminar last Thursday in the SCCULL Enterprise Centre in Ballybane. The feedback has been incredible so far and it's lit a fire under us. If you signed up for our newsletter on the night, keep an eye on your inbox. We're going to be sending out tonnes more information over the next week. If you missed the seminar we're running it again in the GMIT Innovation Hub in Castlebar on Tuesday March 14th at 4pm. We'll be staying for a little longer afterwards to run the first ever Mayo WordPress Meetup in the same venue. Make sure to sign up to our email to hear about next seminar....

It was in the middle of June this year. I had attended a WWE NXT show in Dublin and caught the late night bus back to Galway. I was sweaty and tired, ready to collapse into bed. Just as I started up the stairs one of my house mates ran into the hall and announced “I've got the Vive! You have to try it!”. It was 2am. It was 5am before I got to sleep. I strapped the headset on, I plugged in the headphones and the controllers were placed in my hands, I was in. A lifetime of speculative fiction and technological false starts had promised me the moment that I'd be able to step into a computer generated environment. Tron supposed that a laser could somehow transfer your body...

We were moving through the countryside, following a road buried into the natural valleys of the area. On ground level the landscape is a mess of long grass and scattered stone. Allow your eyes to wander up and they'll get lost in the clouds just like the peaks of the region, on this day shrouded with low lying cover. The roads adhere to the landscape and not the other way round. Every few minutes you'll be turning around a new bend, finding a new sight. There are no trees and very little green the closer you get to the coast, all the trimmings of the earth are worn away and you're on pure stone for the rest of your stay. The Burren is a hard place, but a beautiful one...

The second instalment from our slack chat channel in the office aptly named "Random" if you are a little lost and wondering what is this magical channel all is revealed in our first blog post slack channel digest vol 1 April 13th There is much talk of buying lady pens and spaceship shaped chocolate moulds. Neither of these lofty ambitions are realised. Darren uploaded a shot of my screen after I abandoned my workstation to do something or other. As you can see from the shot itself, its all My Little Pony stuff. I have no excuses, only shame. If you read the last Slack blog you'll notice I was doing unicorn art at the time. I swear I don't own a fedora and I shave my neck regularly April 14th. Laura was regailing the...

The last bank holiday weekend kind of crept up on the Educated Machine squad. We're so used to working ourselves to death without pause it was a shock for us to find there was to be some government mandated respite from our grind. With this bounty of temporal surplus we decided to head out beyond the city limits in search of adventure. Well, everybody apart from Darren. He had “plans” apparently. He also supposedly has a “life outside the office”, whatever that is. Myself, Ruth and Micheal settled on Kylemore Abbey and the surrounding wilds of Connemara as our destination, as like most people who live in Galway we're constantly pining to explore the place while never actually going. When you live in the city its easy to forget that 40 minutes...

So, 6 months ago I graduated from NUI Galway with a degree in Sports & Exercise Engineering. It's a mixture of Electrical engineering, combined with Human Science and a minor in mechanical engineering. As part of this I studied the computer languages C#, in first year, and Java in both second and fourth year. I love electronics, I love hardware and I loved the problem solving skills developed from Engineering, but OMG did I hate my programming classes. It was really a love/hate relationship. I loved when my code did what it was meant to do and every week I told myself I was really going to concentrate hard in every lecture and spend time on each Java assignment. However sitting in front of a lecture slide that contained 100 words...