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  • A worthy contender

    A worthy contender

    The Sony Xperia Z2 is the third iteration of Sony’s flagship Xperia series and this one is better than ever. It’s smarter, lighter, brighter and faster than its predecessors and it looks pretty good too. The Z2 has to deliver the goods if it is to...

  • This is personal

    This is personal

    Kinect Sports Rivals is part of the larger Kinect Sports series for the Xbox One. It builds on the legacy of Wii Sports and brings it firmly up to date. Some might not like having to kneel in front of a games console, but that’s what you need to...

  • Not just a voice

    Cortana is Microsoft’s attempt to rival Google Now and Apple Siri. It’s a virtual assistant that lives in your phone and whose sole purpose it to make your life easier. A lofty ambition, but does it deliver? A good virtual assistant is like a...

  • Photo finish

    Carousel from Dropbox is a companion app for iOS and Android designed to make image management faster and easier. It’s a simple app that helps you manage your photos stored on Dropbox. Carousel integrates with Dropbox and can automatically upload...

  • So it’s game over

    So it’s game over

    We’ve all heard stories of women who, tired of watching their husbands spend hours playing Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto, pack their bags and exit through the main door. In most cases, the husbands don’t even notice as their head is buried too...

  • A career in policing the net

    The electronic handling of information is a defining technology of our age. Enormous volumes of information are routinely stored and transmitted worldwide. Indeed, most aspects of our daily lives would come to a halt should our information...

  • War of the words

    War of the words

    Intertextual references in computer games enhance the gaming experience, often adding a good dose of humour. However, this technique also means the games refer back themselves, sometimes verging on the cynical. Does it work, asks Veronica...

  • Google gets take-down requests after European court ruling

    Google Inc. is already getting requests to remove objectionable personal information from its search engine after Europe’s top court ruled that subjects have the “right to be forgotten”, a source familiar with the matter said. The world’s...

  • New e-commerce strategy and action plan in pipeline

    New e-commerce strategy and action plan in pipeline

    The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) is working on the final touches of a new e-commerce strategy and action plan in a bid to drive online commerce which so far has had mixed results in Malta. Developed within the ambit of the...

  • Engaging with customers through gamification

    Engaging with customers through gamification

    A few years ago, turning a business or a brand into a sort of game was considered an oxymoron. But as customers become more tech savvy, they are demanding a change in the way in which companies communicate with them. This new breed of customers...

  • New local game development hub

    New local game development hub

    A new independent local game development hub has been launched with the aim of becoming a focal point for all the stakeholders in the exciting new area in digital media. The site was created by Simon Cutajar, a qualified Maltese games developer...

  • Please read the small print on your screen!

    Please read the small print on your screen!

    In the world of internet and websites, we come across many terms asking for our consent for the continued use of the site. There are also privacy policies, disclaimers and many other legal texts that we are expected to study thoroughly. We all...

  • Music, video driving use of 4G mobile

    Music, video driving use of 4G mobile

    Higher-quality music and video consumption on mobile devices is driving the popularity of new 4G capability provided locally by Vodafone. 4G, based on the LTE standard, is the next generation mobile communication technology promising high speeds...

  • Seeing galaxies far away thanks to software

    The first image that comes to mind at the mention of radio astronomy is a desert landscape with large dishes pointed towards the sky ‘listening’ for any celestial signals of interest. The new generation of radio telescopes that are currently being...

  • University helps ideas take off in the real business world

    University helps ideas take off in the real business world

    The University of Malta’s Take Off business incubator was launched a few weeks ago with the promise of providing a development space to start-ups and help innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs to create thriving technology and knowledge-based...

  • Are tablets the future for education?

    Are tablets the future for education?

    We represent the first cohort of people whose modus vivendi has been jolted by the quantum leap in digital technology. The advent and popularisation of the worldwide web and related technologies have disrupted the ways we used to go about our...

  • Company briefs

    Paola-based FIN has introduced a smart device that integrates the functions of a programmable logic control (PLC) and a human machine interface in a portable, heavy-duty housing. Named iControl, the device has industrial as well as teaching...

  • Malta is not considered a top European ICT hotspot

    Malta is not considered a top European ICT hotspot

    Malta is nowhere near the top of the list of the most active and successful ICT hotspots in the EU. Munich, London, Paris or smaller cities such as Darmstadt are identified as a hive of tech activity in a new EU report and so-called atlas of ICT...

  • British Pathé footage on YouTube

    British Pathé footage on YouTube

    Newsreel archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films to YouTube, making rare 20th century videos available to the public. History enthusiasts will now be able to watch footage of everything from the coronation...

  • The old importance of tinkering

    The old importance of tinkering

    Our current education system leaves very little time for thinking and learning through experience. We instill that success is only something that is measured by summative assessments, by certificates achieved and doing well in tests. The reality...

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