Turning an old TV into a Smart TV

Getting rid of an old TV and purchasing a new one that has all the latest technology can be expensive – super expensive. What’s more, with the speed of technological evolution these days, the new TV you purchase will likely be “old” within a few months – Smart TVs, LED TVs, Curved TVs, 3d TVs, it seems like a new type of TV is coming out every day.

Fear not! You can turn your old TV into a Smart TV with one small device – an Android Smart TV Box.

What is an Android TV box I hear you ask? Well, you know an Android phone, or a tablet, and all of the features you can make use of on them? An Android TV box will give you those features on your TV – Browsing the web, posting on Facebook, reading email, playing games.

There is one area, above all else where a Smart TV Box comes into its own, and that is media streaming. If you add a TV box to your TV set, it opens up a whole new world of content, from the latest movies and TV episodes, to live sporting events, purchasing one of these boxes not only saves you the money you would otherwise have spent on purchasing a Smart TV, it can also save you money on costly TV bills – many people who initially purchase a TV box to turn their TV into a smart TV go on to cancel their TV subscriptions, and use their new TV box as their only form of TV.

Ok, so a TV box isn’t going to make your TV screen curved, or any bigger, nor is it going to change how it looks, but it will certainly change the way you use your TV.

Watching movies whenever you want, whilst getting notifications when your friends message you or post on your Facebook wall? No problem.

Watching your favourite sports team in the Champions League whilst using your favourite betting app to try and win a little extra cash? You got it.

Saving you thousands of Euros – definitely.

I use an Android box on my main TV (which is actually already a smart TV – but I love the on-demand streaming!) as well as on my older TV in the bedroom, and I’d never be without.

Sweeney’s Verdict? A must have!


Modernising the Paper Aeroplane?!

I remember as a kid making paper aeroplanes, in fact, I can remember having a book on paper aeroplanes – how to make all different ones, some were a success, some just looked like a cool origami shape, which didn’t really do much – there was always that one, the paper dart, that you could rely on to get you into trouble at school by landing on the teachers desk! Anyways, enough reminiscing!

During my daily trawl of fun new gadgets, I seen a picture of a paper aeroplane – not just ANY paper aeroplane though a modernised, technological wonder, a paper aeroplane controlled by smartphone!

Check out this video of the PowerUp v3.0


What is the PowerUp 3.0 exactly? It’s a small device which can be connected to any paper aeroplane, you then download the app, ramp up the power and throw your plane like any other paper plane.

Once you’ve launched your plane, you have up to 10 minutes flight time, all controlled by your smart phone! Ok, so it’s not quite the same as a quadcopter or other remote control flying device, you can’t do stunts, but you can speed up, slow down, and turn – what more could you want from a paper plane?

At around €40 I think I would still go for a mini drone or helicopter, but for the nostalgia factor, I love this.

Sweeney’s Verdict: Brings me back to my school days, a lot of fun but a little more expensive than I would expect!



Filming the world as we drive around? Not as silly as it seems!

If you’re like me, and love to laugh at other people’s misfortune (Only if it’s not too serious!) then chances are, you’ll have made your way onto Youtube and looked at funny videos, fail videos – and of course, what I’m writing about – Dashcam videos.

Dashcams are becoming more and more common, remember the days when you’d have to read a map to figure out how to get to that little seaside town on holiday? Now you just set your Satnav and follow the directions, Dashcams are the new satnavs, before long, almost every car will be fitted with one, and with good reason.

If you’ve seen the dashcam videos I’m talking about – the ones where someone pulls out and causes a ridiculous crash, or some Russians having a disagreement and ending up in a road rage induced fist fight in the street (Why do so many burly Russians have such small cars!?). But no, the best dashcam videos are the ones that give evidence of wrongdoing, or prove that the driver wasn’t in the wrong.

Some car insurance companies have started reducing premiums for people who have a car dashcam because they know that, if there is an accident, and their customer is not at fault, they will have video evidence of this. Dashcams are also reducing the number of 50/50 or shared fault insurance claims, which is good for everyone, as eventually premiums should start to fall.

Dashcams can also capture footage when you’re not out and about – if someone hits your car whilst you’re parked up, your dashcam may capture this, and if the person isn’t honest enough to leave their details, at least you have a way to check out what happened, and possibly take the details in to your local Garda station.

Some people might think it is snooping, or even strange, but really, you are being watched in almost everything you do – shopping, walking down the street, even working out at the gym, so it makes sense to protect yourself and keep a record of any incidents you’re involved in.

Sweeney’s Verdict: I have a front and rear facing dashcam in my car, do I care if people don’t like it? Certainly not – the only people who should really care are those with something to hide.

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