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  • Outsourcing your IT services can make all the difference

    Outsourcing your IT services can make all the difference

    From start-ups to larger entities, companies in all fields are rapidly coming to recognise the importance of having access to IT services that are not only competent but also equipped to aid your business in growing while running as efficiently as...

  • The Stranger Things of North

    The Stranger Things of North

    In Stranger Things, Netflix’s critically and popularly acclaimed science fiction television series, scientists discover a parallel dimension, referred to by the show’s protagonists as the upside-down world, which is different from, yet similar to,...

  • Going to the dogs

    Going to the dogs

    The original Watch Dogs had a lot of flaws but very few redeeming features. Among its main flaws was that the protagonist, Aiden Pearce, was quite unlikeable, which is a problem for a character that drives the main revenge action. The main...

  • Smarter homes

    Smarter homes

    As the internet-of-things gears up to shape the future of smarter homes, Amazon has come out with the new Echo Dot. The Echo Dot is the latest voice control development, built on the original Amazon Echo. Unlike the original, the Echo Dot is more...

  • Connecting easily

    Vodafone Malta’s new home internet service was launched with one main tag-line – convenience. And convenient it certainly is because installing the service is pretty much straightforward – you just get the modem, plug it into a conventional...

  • Best mate

    Best mate

    The spectacular failure of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and its infamous exploding batteries spelled bad news for the Korean brand – however, it also provided other technology companies with a big-screened Android phone to sell, with the opportunity...

  • Banks and GPS may use selfies to identify people, say experts

    Banks and GPS may use selfies to identify people, say experts

    Selfies could be used as part of online banking and doctors' appointments in the future, new research claims. According to a report from Sony Mobile and futurology firm Futurizon, the rise of the self-portrait photos will continue and will be...

  • Making 2017 the turnaround year for e-commerce

    Making 2017 the turnaround year for e-commerce

    Europeans will be spending over €500 billion on online purchases this year, but only a miniscule amount of that will be going to Maltese businesses since less than 14 per cent of them are currently selling anything online. So what needs to change,...

  • Electric passenger plane in near future

    Electric passenger plane in near future

    The co-founder of a project that saw a solar-powered aircraft complete the first fuel-free flight around the world this year expects electric passenger planes to operate in just under 10 years. Bertrand Piccard, who along with fellow pilot Andre...

  • Upgrading to a state-of-the-art cloud payroll system

    Upgrading to a state-of-the-art cloud payroll system

    Until a few decades ago, payroll processes were handled manually. Payroll processing was one of the first business areas to attract attention for software systems deployment. DataByte were among the forerunners for delivering payroll software...

  • Artificial intelligence in recruitment

    Artificial intelligence in recruitment

    Recruiters are ever on the lookout for innovative techniques to attract and assess quality talent. An example of this is gamification, the use of game mechanics to attract a larger audience – but this is just one small part of the revolution that...

  • Technology for the people

    Technology for the people

    For companies to survive, they have to invest in technology. One has to have a vision and then find the better technology partner to help them reach that vision. This is what Fexserv Financial Services did to introduce their Myney mobile payment...

  • Diamonds (and data) are forever

    In the James Bond song Diamonds Are Forever, Shirley Bassey sings the praises of the longevity of diamonds. She admires how these precious gems “lustre on” after love ends. If, as Bassey observes, diamonds are forever, then data could be too.

  • Not in the shopping bag

    Not in the shopping bag

    Shopping on a small screen used to be a bother. But as consumers spend increasingly more of their time glued to their smartphones, retailers are getting savvier with offering apps that ease browsing, suggest the right products and simplify the...

  • Spreading untruths

    Spreading untruths

    We have entered the era of post-truth. It is an era in which fake information has considerable influence over people’s perceptions and beliefs to the detriment of factual and credible information. Many people no longer want objective information –...

  • Apple to replace batteries for some iPhone 6s after unexpected shutdown

    Apple to replace batteries for some iPhone 6s after unexpected shutdown

    Apple is to replace faulty batteries in some iPhone 6s handsets that cause the smartphone to "unexpectedly shut down", the technology giant has said. The iPhone maker is asking any users of the 6s who have encountered the issue to visit an Apple...

  • Taking off, and then what?

    Taking off, and then what?

    As manager of Takeoff business incubator, what have you seen improve in our start-up landscape in the past few years? And conversely, what has not improved that much notwithstanding the work put in? I was managing Takeoff between October 2014 and...

  • Key features of a leave management system

    Key features of a leave management system

    Leave management systems can sometimes be an afterthought in many organisations. Some use a paper-based system, others just mark the day in their calendar, if at all. This practice brings to mind a lot of questions, especially when it is asked...

  • Gamification in recruitment

    Gamification in recruitment

    The selection process in the world of recruitment has remained unchanged for decades, but is it the best formula to identify the most suitable candidate for an open vacancy? It is worth questioning age-old practices to see if they are the best...

  • Someone is trying to break the internet

    Someone is trying to break the internet

    The internet is under siege. On October 21, 2016, a massive distributed denial-of-service attack was launched against the company Dyn, whose servers play an important role in monitoring and rerouting internet traffic. This distributed...

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