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  • Rise of the machines?

    Rise of the machines?

    They look vaguely like miniature hockey pucks skittering along on three pin-like metal legs, but a swarm of small robots called Kilobots at a laboratory at Harvard University is making a little bit of history for automatons everywhere. Researchers...

  • Left turn ahead

    So, what technology will you pack for your summer holidays? Every other tech rag is posing that same question, so I will ask you a different one: how will technology behave while on holiday? Will batteries run out of juice in places where...

  • An effective customer experience

    An effective customer experience

    Customer engagement is about creating deeply relevant experiences for the customers who visit your shop, showroom or mall. When there is customer engagement there is an increase in sales and more loyalty is nurtured towards your brand, product or...

  • Blog no evil­

    Blog no evil­

    While the world was still following the story of the downing of Ma-laysia Airlines Flight 17 in July, close to the Ukrainian-Russian border, and the ensuing fiasco relating to the investigations, nobody was really watching what was happening deep...

  • A byte with plenty of crunch

    A byte with plenty of crunch

    The world’s first quantum computer can crunch numbers faster than any machine on earth. How will it change life as we know it, asks Christine Spiteri. It is safe to claim that the stream of data we generate is not always harnessed to its full...

  • Free mobile banking

    HSBC Bank Malta has just added another major channel to its online banking service. Customers, who to date have enjoyed free personal internet banking, can now enjoy mobile banking, simply by downloading the free mobile banking app from Apple...

  • A complete 3D printing solution

    A complete 3D printing solution

    The last few years have seen a revolution in the world of 3D design. What was once the preserve of specialist aerospace manufacturers has now become available to everyone. Today, over 70 per cent of all design currently being done in Europe is...

  • Analytics means business

    Today’s digitilised businesses generate huge amounts of data. The problem is to actually make any sense of this huge volume in a timely manner and harness the power of data to swiftly react to and capitalise on opportunities for growth, innovation...

  • Step on the pedal

    Step on the pedal

    Forza Horizon 2 is the anticipated Xbox game that adds plenty of speed to the Forza Motorsports series. It’s the sequel to Forza Horizon and continues the same kind of experience. If you like driving games, exotic cars, realistic racing and lots...

  • A lucky draw

    A lucky draw

    If you’re the creative type, the Pencil stylus can be a valuable tool. Designed to complement the Paper app, Pencil is an aluminium stylus for use with tablets. It’s a good idea that takes the traditional stylus a little further, but currently...

  • Strings attached

    Strings attached

    The Capo Touch app has been around for a while on Mac and we have enjoyed using it for most of that time. Now in its third version, the app is set to become yet more popular, especially with those interested in learning guitar or improving their...

  • Making contact

    Making contact

    GoTenna is a cool little device that is part CB radio and part private mobile network. The idea is to overcome the shortcomings of poor network reception by using a low-power radio to communicate. The device is a two-watt radio transceiver powered...

  • Living in a box

    Living in a box

    Have you ever kept a box you would have just unpacked just in case you might need it? Fast-forward a few years and you discover a whole collection of empty boxes cluttering up your living space. If you’re pleading guilty right now, you’re not...

  • Are your children browsing safely?

    Are your children browsing safely?

    Tablets, smart phones and anything technological have taken over our lives. How often do you sit at a restaurant and marvel at the lack of communication at a table due to children tapping away on a tablet or smart phone? True, it’s easier for many...

  • Google demands more security

    Google demands more security

    Internet giant Google has called for websites to do more to protect user data on the web, and has revealed that it will start to promote sites that are actively trying to increase security. In a post on the company’s official blog, the search...

  • Giving digital life to toys

    Giving digital life to toys

    Those ubiquitous Angry Birds flew from the mobile screen to the toy store, hooked up with Hollywood, and are headed back to the digital world thanks to the telepod. That is toymaker Hasbro Inc.’s answer to merging the physical and digital worlds...

  • Low-level gamers ‘better adjusted’

    Low-level gamers ‘better adjusted’

    Playing video games for less than an hour a day can lead to children becoming better adjusted, a study has found. The research, carried out by Oxford University, found that young people who indulged in a little video game-playing were associated...

  • The life and debt of Piggy Mc’Cool

    The credit card statement hit the doormat with the stealth and gel-sleazed hair attitude of Richie Aprile. Now, there are two things which I need to make clear about this introduction. First of all, I don’t have a doormat. But what should I have...

  • Don’t call on me

    Don’t call on me

    This year, the estimated number of active mobile phones stands at 7.4bn. The world’s population currently amounts to 7.1bn. You do the maths. Well, it’s Sunday morning, so don’t. And anyway, you don’t need to ruffle your mental feathers with...

  • Don’t you forget about me

    Don’t you forget about me

    Alandmark judgement by the European Court of Justice on May 13, 2014 ruled that ordinary citizens have the right to request the removal of links about them from Google’s search results because the lapse of time from the original publication of the...

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