Twelve things you must know from the web this week

From Christmas markets to tracking Santa, the Internet embraces the festive season - and then some

Twelve things you must know from the web this week

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When it comes to surfing the web, it's easy to get lost at sea. So let Moncrieff's regular guest Darragh Doyle, a man who knows a thing or two about what's weird and wonderful online, steer you in the right direction.

You can listen back to his full segment below, but here's what you need to know from the Internet this week...

  • An opening video...

Real Cheat is an Irish teen from Donegal, whose rapping about what it means to be an Irish person, in all its nationalist and foul-mouthed glory, is his warm up for becoming the best MC of all time.

  • Am I Free?

Have you ever commited to a date, or going to a party, and later realised that it fell on the same day as a birthday, an important occasion or a big sporting event that you didn't want to miss?

As a result you couldn't attend both. Well "Am I Free" is the app for you. Created by Irish Developer Lughaidh O’Dwyer, this might help sort yourself out and is available in both iOS and Android. is a a free community magazine and website promoting high-quality and unique educational and entertainment services for kids.  

Geraldine Smythe moved with her family back to Dublin this past Spring and noticed many of the really wonderful afterschool and summer programs on offer seemed to be more like hidden gems for just a few people in the know. So, she wanted to help more parents and kids unearth these great opportunities so more kids could better explore their unique talents and interests.

  • Piggy Sue comes to stay

Despite claims from some Mobile Phone Companies, Rural Ireland gets a raw deal when it comes to Fixed Line or Mobile Broadband. Cop On ComReg, Rural Ireland Deserves Better!

Many rural dwellers cannot get 3G or Fixed Line Broadband. This campaign says the stats that say you can get 4G across 90% of the country is rubbish - it’s probably less than 50%.

Immersive video presented in 360-degree view has moved from experimental to mainstream and now Google are presenting a series of of immersive video performances called Performing Arts through their Google Cultural Institute website.

Whether you’re into theater, opera, performance art, dance or music, each one puts you in the room with the artists in intimate settings as they perform for an audience of one: you.

Each video gives you multiple viewing angles (on stage and some from above) that can be changed even in the middle of a performance. These performances aren't experimental displays by unknown or up and coming artists; the immersive videos are from some of the best in the world, including actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company, dancers from the Paris Opera and musicians from Carnegie Hall.

  • Room for More

One people with children especially might want to download before Christmas is the Room for More App which promises you will never run out of space on your phone again.

Easily move photos and videos from your camera roll to Room for More, freeing up tons of space on your phone. All of your photos are saved to Room for More so you'll never have to worry about deleting photos you love. 1GB is about 400 photos or 24 15-second videos. Move them off your phone for free, without losing a thing. You can then pay 15¢ per GB per month or a one off payment of $99 - approx €90.

Available on both iOS and Android.

A listing site for all the Christmas Markets happening in Dublin city and county. Brought to you by the compiler of the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, another great resource, you can quickly find what markets are on, what times they’re open and what their website links are for more information if you need to.

I haven’t found one yet for all of Ireland so if anyone knows and could text in, that’d be great.

If you’re looking for an Irish gift to give this Christmas, Give Irish Craft from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland can help. Listing jewellery, pottery, ceramics, fashion and more, you can find the Irish crafters and makers, more about them and their processes and where their products are stocked nationwide.

Gift prices start from under €20, so something to suit most budgets and gift tastes.

  • Star Wars Wikia Apps - The superfan's guide to Star Wars, in your pocket

Not only is there a website = - where you can fly the Millennum Falcon through London, Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter through Paris or Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing on Google Street View - with special effects, films and all or you can listen to the Podcast - 11 so far - and follow the Irish Star Wars megafans over on BlabbaTheHutt

The Guardian created a cheat sheet for Star Wars enthusiasts, listing who each character is and how they’re connected.

If you’d made an investment back in the day, how much would it be worth now? Tease yourself with this website which will tell you if you’d invested an amount in any of the big companies back in the day - including the day it went on the Stock market, how much it would be worth now. Choose from any of Apple, Amazon, Coca Cola, Google, Microsoft, Tesla, Burger King, Starbucks and many many more.

Tease yourself with how much your confirmation money would have gotten you now if you hadn’t spent it on an Amstrad or a Sega Megadrive.

  • And finally...

Instagram Husbands... "Behind every cute girl on Instagram is a guy like me, and a brick wall."

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