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  • Wish you didn’t whirr here

    Wish you didn’t whirr here

    Reducing the concept of free will, determinism and compatibilism to a half-page word count would be tantamount to trying to fit all your weekend break essentials in one piece of hand luggage (always sounds good, but it never works in real life).

  • Local idea, global impact

    Local idea, global impact

    Originally conceived through a University of Malta research project, Ixaris is now a leading innovator in the payments industry and has just secured EU funding to support its €4m open payments ecosystem project. CEO Alex Mifsud explains what this...

  • Productivity on the go

    Productivity on the go

    After only a few weeks of being able to use the preview version of Microsoft Office Mobile for Android, Microsoft has released the final version. The very short feedback session probably convinced the Redmond giant that Office for Android is ready...

  • Hitting the right note?

    Hitting the right note?

    Few platform releases this year generated the headlines that Apple Music did. For better or worse, the new music service has rarely been out of the news since launch and is unlikely to do so anytime soon. Apple’s biggest strength is taking...

  • Strings attached

    Strings attached

    Guitar Hero Live marks the revival of a loved series of music games that made rock idols out of all of us – or at least, it made us think we are. It is due this autumn on PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U. The game has a new...

  • EU roaming charges to end in 2017

    EU roaming charges to end in 2017

    Mobile roaming charges are set to be scrapped within the European Union from June 2017. Under the new rules, mobile phone users will pay the same price to make calls, send text messages and use data wherever they are in the EU, meaning calling...

  • Apple Music set to go live

    Apple Music set to go live

    Apple Music goes live tomorrow, despite a run-in with Taylor Swift over royalties ahead of the launch. The new service is being offered free to users for the first three months, but the pop sensation stepped in and threatened to withhold her music...

  • Wired relaxation

    Wired relaxation

    Some say that technology makes us lazy. Instead of going out for a jog we spend hours on the sofa watching telly or playing videogames. And rather than walking to a colleague’s office to have a chat, we send them an e-mail. With home automation,...

  • Apple in quick change of tune

    Apple in quick change of tune

    Apple has agreed to pay musicians for songs played on its new music streaming service after pop star Taylor Swift threatened to boycott it in a row over royalties. The Shake It Off singer, 25, said yesterday she would hold back her latest album...

  • Late expectations

    My one rule in life – actually, I have more than one, but the rest, including that books should be categorised by the colour of their jacket cover rather than by author, or that socks should ideally match trousers and tie, shouldn’t be shown in...

  • What future for virtual reality?

    What future for virtual reality?

    The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was buzzing with announcements and demonstrations that suggest virtual reality technology is nearing maturity and mass market adoption. Oculus Rift, which pioneered the virtual reality headset before...

  • The rise of the bot army

    The rise of the bot army

    In today’s world over 70 per cent of internet traffic is run and used by autonomous robots and automated systems. Out of that traffic, over 80 per cent is for malicious purposes. Mind you, automation carries various benefits. Automated systems are...

  • No pie in the sky

    No pie in the sky

    The so-called cloud currently manages more and more of the digital information assets and needs of both institutions and individuals. And it’s growing rapidly. When seeking information, it’s increasingly found in the cloud. When storing or...

  • Stay in touch

    Stay in touch

    Our technology and services provide an empowering experience, says Michael Coney, head of commercial operations and Matthew Zammit, social media senior executive, Vodafone. 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Britain’s first-ever mobile phone call...

  • An evolutionary click

    An evolutionary click

    You hit the power button and nothing happens. Your computer screen is dead. Well, not completely dead because against a black screen, a blinking grey box winks back at you, expecting you to type something. No, there’s nothing wrong with your...

  • See the future

    See the future

    The HTC Vive heralds a new way of playing games, learning new skills, exploring new places and interacting with virtual worlds. While Oculus Rift did it first, the HTC Vive does it better. A joint venture between HTC and Valve, the HTC Vive is a...

  • It’s time

    It’s time

    It was a late arrival to the wearables party, yet Android Wear made a splash when it finally got here. Since then it has taken the market by storm and a range of smart watches have started to appear using the new OS. With brands such as Fossil and...

  • For Real

    For Real

    We’ve waited a long time for Project Cars. Numerous delays have only sought to whet our appetite for a semi-serious racing game that we could devote too many hours of our free time to. And now it’s here. There are two things that immediately...

  • Small size, big potential

    Small size, big potential

    Despite a terrible name, the Dell Venue 8 is the thinnest tablet currently available. It’s also very good. The Venue 8 is an 8.4-inch Android tablet that is only 6mm thick. That’s 0.1mm thinner than an iPod Air 2 but it’s apparently the detail...

  • Mind-reading car tested

    Mind-reading car tested

    Hi-tech systems to monitor a car driver’s stress, fatigue and concentration levels are being tested by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). The company wants to see if a car can effectively read the brainwaves that indicate if a driver is beginning to...

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