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Technology

  • Words don’t come easy

    Recently, there was a bit of a storm in a teacup about loan words from English and their spelling in Maltese. I like that saying: storm in a teacup. Say it once, twice, three times and it leaves dregs of meaning at the bottom. There’s a hint of...

  • And now for a bite of fashion

    And now for a bite of fashion

    Proof – if ever we needed any – that technology is increasingly becoming a fashion statement is Apple’s launch of its new watch. Wearing an Apple Watch will be one of the biggest fashion statements that you can make this season. And not only...

  • Get app and move

    Get app and move

    Three months ago, you cornered your failings and decided to bully them into submission. No more finger-dipping into the crisps packet while watching telly. You will huff and puff for a daily 30-minute walk. You will exercise more, eat less and...

  • Coming to a computer near you

    Coming to a computer near you

    Cybercrime is big business that is increasing in frequency, intensity, and sophistication, targeting both businesses and individuals. As the official economy continues to struggle, its dark cyber-underbelly has become one of the world’s largest...

  • The shape of things to come

    The shape of things to come

    Drawing comparisons between the gadgets of yesterday and today helps us appreciate the speed at which technology develops. The earliest computers were so slow that they would be overtaken by a modern child’s tablet. Nowadays, your average laptop...

  • A chip off the old brain

    A chip off the old brain

    The human brain has long fascinated scientists: we’ve discovered enough to appreciate this amazing organ, yet haven’t discovered enough to completely understand it. In fact, some of the brain’s inner workings are still a mystery today: some...

  • Me, myself and I

    Me, myself and I

    Whatever we do is marinated in routine. You wake up, brew a coffee with one teaspoon of sugar and half a second of milk, and read the paper. You get in the car, look in the rear-view mirror, brush off a speckle of imaginary dandruff from your...

  • Just for kicks

    Just for kicks

    Kik is a messenger app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. In an environment full of messenger apps, what makes this one different? First of all, Kik doesn’t use your phone number to communicate. It’s a username-only app that offers a little more...

  • You’ve got mail

    You’ve got mail

    Outlook iOS has been a long time coming. Given the inherent problems that Apple Mail has with Exchange, it couldn’t have come soon enough. Outlook iOS isn’t perfect and it seems to have been a rushed release: however, all the nuts and bolts are in...

  • Game changer

    Game changer

    You know #IDARB has got you the first time you start yelling at the TV when you’re playing it. It’s one of those games that slips under the radar while looking completely innocuous and ambushes you. I love it for that. I admit to being completely...

  • Through the Windows

    Through the Windows

    After the somewhat mediocre reception that greeted Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Windows 10 has a lot of work to do to rebuild trust in Microsoft. With a preview of the new operating system now available, we can get a first look at how it’s shaping...

  • Weapons of must destruction

    James Patterson’s new book is a blast. Literally so because 1,000 readers are being offered Private Vegas as a self-destructing app. Once you start reading the book, you only have 24 hours to finish it and each page disappears forever as soon as...

  • Cloud computing: value proposition or leap of faith?

    Cloud computing: value proposition or leap of faith?

    Microsoft is currently the only company whose enterprise cloud services including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics CRM and Windows Intune services meet the standards of EU privacy laws. What is the status of cloud computing in Malta and what...

  • Kill bill shock

    Kill bill shock

    The phenomenon of unexpected high bills, also commonly known as bill shock, is fairly common in the electronic communications sector. The wide availability of fast mobile data further augmented this problem, especially when one puts into the...

  • The games we play

    The games we play

    From the graphics to the storyline and the music, video games are, excuse the pun, constantly upping their game. Not to mention the ever-evolving game consoles that attract faithful following. My partner, for instance, loves his new Playstation...

  • Carry on clicking

    Carry on clicking

    Have you ever fired up a quick game of Angry Birds and 30 minutes later you’re still promising yourself that this is the last game you’ll play? An hour later, you’re still at it: playing and promising yourself that you’ll soon finish the game and...

  • Internet inside

    Internet inside

    In Ray Bradbury’s story The Veldt, the Hadley family lives in an automated house – the Happylife Home – featuring advanced machines taking care of and anticipating their needs. The children are minded by the virtual reality nursery that...

  • Sales force automation

    For sales organisations, importers and distributors that aim to remain competitive in a dynamic environment, sales force automation is the way forward. Companies are seeking increased efficiencies that help the bottom line and improve their...

  • Joining the conversation

    Joining the conversation

    Until a few years ago, advertising was just one-way communication: businesses, organisations and retail outlets would tell consumers about their latest products and services and then sit back and wait for a queue of eager buyers to form. However,...

  • Effective customer experience

    Effective customer experience

    Smart Technologies has installed digital signage equipment at Hilton Malta. The latest in digital signage equipment displays general information about the hotel and its amenities, assists patrons in finding their way around the hotel, and portrays...

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