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Technology

  • Self-made pictures

    The pool where Narcissus died is still a crime scene. Was Nemesis, the goddess of revenge, an accessory to the crime because she lured the beautiful youth to the pool? Are there clues leading to hallucination and delusion? Or was it just an...

  • It’s not just about cutting costs

    The investment needed to have an internal IT expert may be more than you are willing to spend. This is why more and more companies, no matter how large or small, are turning to outsourcing as a solution to maintaining their IT systems. An in-house...

  • Reviews

    The start of the new year is the perfect time to look ahead at what new technology is approaching on the horizon. What apps will we download on our tablets, what laptops will help us work and play, and what mobiles will we be calling from? The...

  • It’s the way you start

    As the 25th season of The Simpsons gets underway, we’re still compiling lists of the greatest episodes ever, our favourite characters and Homer Simpson’s funniest quotes. As Nick Hornby aptly shows in High Fidelity, our fixation with lists is just...

  • Maltese software to support life skills for special needs

    The Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility (FITA) is working on new software that should improve the life skills of persons with special needs. The software, called Dawra Madwarna (a look around us), incorporates and improves...

  • Wearable gadgets not ready for prime time, tech watchers say

    Despite the hoopla, wearable gadgets like wristwatches for checking your text messages or eyeglasses that capture video are unlikely to make a splash with consumers anytime soon, given the clumsy designs, high prices and technological constraints...

  • Serious business made to look like a game

    In recent years, the concept of gamification has taken prominence in various applications. For those new to the term, gamification is the use of game design elements and game mechanics within non-game contexts. Although the term ‘gamification’...

  • Google gains entry to home with $3.2bn deal

    Google Inc. took its biggest step to go deeper into consumers’ homes, announcing a $3.2 billion (€2.3 billion) deal to buy smart thermostat and smoke alarm-maker Nest Labs Inc., scooping up a promising line of products and a prized design team led...

  • Stand-out stars at electronics show

    Gadgets to help a user exercise better, cook better and even brush their teeth better are among the products unveiled at the world’s largest electronics show. More than 3,000 exhibitors from all over the world showed off their latest innovations...

  • MCA should be facilitator and motivator – chairman

    The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) should not just be a regulator of the local telecommunication services but also a facilitator and a motivator, according to Edward Woods, the authority’s chairman appointed last year. In an exclusive...

  • Google AdWords cost-effective advertising platform

    Another member of the Alert eBusiness marketing team has just achieved certification on Google AdWords Certified Partner. Alert eBusiness is a member of the Alert Group of Companies, and has held certification as a Google AdWords Certified...

  • Yahoo CEO unveils handful of new products

    Yahoo Inc. chief executive Marissa Mayer unveiled a handful of new products, including a competitor to Google Inc.’s predictive search technology for smartphones, in a debut appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show that drew a big crowd. The...

  • Smartphone-based pothole reporting system created

    The problems experienced on the dense Maltese road network – traffic, potholes and all – has encouraged Patrick Schembri to research a plausible solution as his dissertation in partial fulfillment of a Master of Science degree in Human Computer...

  • Go and Alcatel-Lucent introduce ‘New PC Era’

    Go and Alcatel-Lucent organised a networking event for business clients in Malta, entitled ‘Welcome to the New PC Era – The personal cloud era’. This event showcased various technologies, hardware and services that are transforming the way...

  • Vine, Candy Crush Saga among top apps of 2013

    Snapchat, Vine and Candy Crush Saga earned coveted spots on smartphones last year, making them among the most downloaded apps of the year. There are more than a million apps on Apple Inc.’s App Store and Google Inc.’s Play store, the two dominant...

  • ‘We’ll make app safer’ – Snapchat

    Snapchat plans to put out a more secure version of its application following a breach that allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of around 4.6 million of its devotees. The disappearing-message service popular with young people...

  • 2014 through the crystal ball

    The year that has just started is expected to provide more exciting developments on the local technology scene, with some spill-overs from 2013. This year the government is expected to publish two very important strategies, one for the digital...

  • Microsoft Malta holds annual innovation day

    “We might be a small country but we truly hold a huge potential, a potential we will keep nurturing and developing,” promised Adrianna Zammit, country manager for Microsoft Malta and Cyprus during her opening address at this year’s Microsoft...

  • Open Data comes to Malta

    The Local Councils’ Association has joined the EU-funded project Homer (Harmonising Open Data in the Mediterranean through Better Access and Reuse of Public Sector Information), the aim of which is to unblock the full potential of the public...

  • MTC appointed Altaro distributor

    Micro Technology Consultancy has been appointed exclusive distributor for Altaro Software, a fastgrowing developer of back­up solutions. Founded in 2009, Altaro already serves over 10,000 customers worldwide, including international...

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