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  • A bird’s eye view

    A bird’s eye view

    I still remember when, a few years ago, my partner – who is also a photography enthusiast – suggested that we get a drone so we could capture some aerial shots of Malta. I didn’t think much of it back then, especially because the drones that we...

  • In good health

    In good health

    During the last century, life expectancy has risen rapidly as a consequence of various factors, including reductions in infant mortality, improved lifestyles and living standards, better education, and advances in healthcare and medicine. Just...

  • Seeking safe harbour

    Seeking safe harbour

    Will a new transatlantic deal between the EU and the US relating to the transfer of personal data usher in a new era of increased data privacy, Antonio Ghio asks. It appears that the Snowden revelations are still resounding in Europe especially...

  • Memory loss

    Memory loss

    Bit rot is a real and present danger to digital information. It refers to the irrevocable degradation or loss of digital information when the digital documents and infrastructure – both hardware and software – needed to access, use, store, view,...

  • No pain, no gain

    No pain, no gain

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the newest instalment of the long-running stealth series from Konami. This is Hideo Kojima’s last game in the series and what a way to end. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is an open world game where...

  • The right call

    The right call

    The Nexus 5X continues Google’s trend of offering premium performance at a much lower price point than you might expect. Manufactured by LG, this is another flagship phone that Google got right and it will do good things to the uptake of Android...

  • What lies beneath?

    What lies beneath?

    The new Microsoft Surface Book has certainly set the bar to a much higher level. Not only has the Redmond giant created a beautiful looking device, but it works incredibly well too. In a portable world where tablets rule, it seems odd that...

  • Summit of iGaming in Malta this week

    There’s never a dull moment in the iGaming industry – not only in Malta. The SiGMA show couldn’t take place at a more pertinent time, with so many mergers and acquisitions, emerging markets, shifts in regulatory goalposts and other revolutionary...

  • Internet users should create better passwords

    Internet users should create better passwords

    Vulnerable passwords played a part in the celebrity nude photo hack, and research suggests many internet users continue to risk their online safety when it comes to log-in details. A government survey in October 2014 found that three quarters of...

  • Michael J. Fox tries on first self-lacing shoes

    Michael J. Fox tries on first self-lacing shoes

    Back to the Future actor Michael J. Fox is one of the first people to try on the new self-lacing Nike sneakers. The shoes were invented by the writers of the cult film Back To The Future II in which Fox played Marty McFly. The Michael J. Fox...

  • Naturally, a manuscript

    A friend called, asking me whether I had a particular book and, if yes, whether I could lend it to him. That request landed me straight at the entrance to the dark forest (coincidence has it that I’ve just passed the middle of the journey of my...

  • Helping you limit risk

    Helping you limit risk

    In today’s fast-paced business environment, companies and organisations spend considerable time researching and reviewing their IT strategy. Performance issues or unexpected downtime are inevitably experienced due to increasing demand and...

  • In the flash

    In the flash

    Two years ago, while speaking at a private event held at the National Portrait Gallery, London, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom made a rather bold claim. According to him, the photo-sharing app had changed the way people see the world. Very...

  • Too much information

    Too much information

    In the last 50 years, we have produced more information than in the previous 5,000 years. But can we understand all of it, Marc Kosciejew asks. It seems, even feels, as though we are overloaded with information. There seems to be so much of the...

  • A colourful app

    A colourful app

    Paint colour can have the most dramatic effect on a space. When choosing a room colour, consider the mood. In a bedroom do you want the feeling to be restful and soothing or dramatic and intimate? Soft, cool colours and neutrals usually create a...

  • No comment

    No comment

    In theory, online comments are a good thing. They build a relationship between writer or journalist and reader, giving the former valid feedback and the latter an opportunity to respond. In practice, however, it’s only a small percentage of online...

  • Play to win

    Play to win

    FIFA’s annual outing was released a few weeks ago. In a series that has been running for so long, it must be tough to offer something new, innovative and fresh each time round, while keeping the game familiar enough to fans. Yet that is exactly...

  • It’s time

    It’s time

    Having cemented its reputation for building reliable smartphones, Chinese manufacturer Huawei is expanding into the smartwatch market. The new Huawei Watch is its first foray into wearables and it’s not a bad start. The smartwatch market is...

  • Makes a change

    Makes a change

    So the launch of the iOS 9 came and went without any major hiccups. The launch was smooth and the update had fewer bugs and needed much less fiddling with to get it working properly. In fact, I simply had to download and install. The best things...

  • In Spectre gadgets

    In Spectre gadgets

    As befits a spy thriller, everything about the new James Bond film, Spectre, is being kept under wraps. Such secrecy, of course, fuels speculation. There are indications, for instance, that Bond – played by Daniel Craig in his fourth outing as 007...

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