• Facebook starts cracking down on extremist posts in Europe

    Facebook starts cracking down on extremist posts in Europe

    Facebook Inc. began a Europe-wide campaign to thwart extremist posts on social media, after German politicians in particular raised concerns about a rise in xenophobic comments linked to an influx of refugees. The US-based group launched its...

  • Twitter 10k? Twitterati say save it for War and Peace

    Twitter 10k? Twitterati say save it for War and Peace

    The global Twitterati set their sights on Twitter on Wednesday, widely decrying a reported plan by the microblogging site to blow out its length limit to as much as 10,000 characters. The plan, first reported by Re/code late on Tuesday, sparked...

  • New app alerts women to stop saying ‘sorry’ at work

    New app alerts women to stop saying ‘sorry’ at work

    Saying sorry might sound like good manners but a new app is helping women to stop apologising so often that they undermine their authority, particularly in the workplace. Just Not Sorry highlights each time a user types a key word or phrase such...

  • Sneak preview hints at the biggest trends at CES

    Sneak preview hints at the biggest trends at CES

    A press event ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) offered an early glimpse into what could be the biggest trends of the four-day event, which will attract around 170,000 people. A gaming chair for virtual reality and a four-wheeled robot...

  • An artificially intelligent butler

    An artificially intelligent butler

    Mark Zuckerberg wants to build an artificially intelligent assistant in 2016 to help run his home and assist him at work, the Facebook Inc. founder and chief executive said. Zuckerberg, who commits to a new personal challenge every year, revealed...

  • Facebook targets professionals

    Facebook targets professionals

    Facebook at Work, Facebook Inc’s professional version of its social network, is expected to launch in the coming months, after spending a year in tests, a company executive said. The new service, geared towards workplace collaboration, is nearly...

  • 140 characters in search of character

    Once upon a recent morning, one of the British titles greeted me with the following headline: “Actor Frances Barber claims Uber driver said she was ‘disgustingly dressed’.” That sentence has so many wrongs that I had to read it twice. And that, at...

  • A new style of IT

    A new style of IT

    The growth of digital data and its impact on business was one of the topics discussed during an IT seminar organised by Forestals in collaboration with HP. The seminar, entitled ‘The new style of IT. Embrace IT’, was addressed by leading experts...

  • Thriving in the fast lane

    Thriving in the fast lane

    Malta always manages to spring a surprise. Even its geographic location is a bit of an exclamation mark, like the fortune cookie quote in the middle of two continental layers. And then there is the way in which it manages to send echoes which are...

  • The road ahead

    The road ahead

    A shared demand responsive transport service can alleviate traffic and provide alternative transport options, Prof. Maria Attard and Prof. Adrian Muscat say. Earlier this year, the Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development at the...

  • What’s to smiley about?

    What’s to smiley about?

    The Oxford English Dictionary has named the tears of joy emoji as word of the year. But are these little pictures really worth a thousand words, Ian Vella asks. A few years ago, the telephone was the tool of choice for long-distance communication.

  • Branching out

    Branching out

    Almost every Christmas season at the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas – the world’s most militarised border – a giant illuminated Christmas tree escalates tensions between the two hostile neighbours. South Korean Christians build this...

  • To infinity and beyond

    To infinity and beyond

    Star Wars Battlefront has polarised opinion like few games in recent history. It’s simplified, shallow and hardly a full game at all. Yet once you log in, you can’t help but play it over and over again. Star Wars Battlefront is available for Xbox,...

  • Bigger but better?

    Bigger but better?

    I’ve been wanting to get my hands on the iPad Pro ever since rumours started doing the rounds late last year. While I’m not buying the whole laptop-is-dead mantra, the iPad has always been a simple, powerful tablet that just worked. With this...

  • The real deal

    The real deal

    It isn’t often than technical innovations get a second chance, but virtual reality is one of them. After a poor showing first time round in the 1990s, the new generation of VR looks set to become much more successful. One of the leaders in this...

  • The price is not right

    The price is not right

    The HTC One A9 is a midrange phone that seeks to put form over function. It’s a good-looking phone that more than resembles an iPhone 6, with the difference being that it runs Android Marshmallow. In fact, it’s almost identical to an iPhone. And...

  • Blood on our hands

    Blood on our hands

    Our information communication technologies are soaked in blood. We have blood on our hands every time we use smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers, digital cameras, game consoles, and other similar electronic devices. Indeed, the ICT that plays...

  • #JeSuisParis marks Twitter’s 2015 most talked of moment

    The hashtag #JeSuisParis, used to show solidarity with the French capital in the wake of its second terrorist attack, marked the most talked of moment of the year on Twitter, according to the social media site. Twitter has released its review of...

  • The forgotten years

    What do you call spring-cleaning in the middle of November? And why should it be a seasonal huff and puff? After all, we don’t really have a spring (or an autumn, for that matter), but rather, a quick no-clutch change of gears from summer to winter.

  • Open the wrapper

    Open the wrapper

    An increasing number of websites are pushing for responsiveness, which enables a much wider audience to use a website across multiple devices and platforms. While packaged web apps are essential, a responsive website is encapsulated to look like a...