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Technology

  • 2013: the year of the tablet

    The year 2013 witnessed the sustained growth of the Maltese information society with interesting developments that were not negatively affected by the general election and the subsequent change in government. During a visit to Malta last...

  • New €80bn research and innovation programme

    The European Commission has presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the EU’s €80 billion research and innovation programme. Worth more than €15 billion over the first two years, the funding is intended to help boost Europe’s...

  • MITA data centre shortlisted for international award

    The data centre of the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) in Sta Venera has been shortlisted as one of four finalists in the prestigious DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards 2013 – Leadership in the Public Sector. The winner is the Comunidad De...

  • Redesigned Microsoft Dynamics launched

    This year’s Convergence EMEA 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, was marked by various important product announcements across the Microsoft Dynamics family of products, particularly Dynamics CRM 2013. Microsoft reinforced its Dynamics CRM 2013 charter of...

  • The next big thing on the net: Linked data

    In an important conference held in Malta last September, bringing together some 300 delegates from 30 countries, a wide variety of issues pertaining to digital libraries were discussed. One of these was linked data (LD), which has been described...

  • Mandela tops global searches

    A worldwide sense of mourning, reflection and curiosity about the life and achievements of Nelson Mandela propelled the great man to the top of the global Google searches for 2013. Searches for Mandela were already high this year, but following...

  • Google buys military robot-maker

    Big Dog, a four-legged robot that can climb muddy hills, and Cheetah, a robot which can outrun the fastest human, are among the robots that now belong to Google Inc. The world’s largest internet search company acquired Boston Dynamics, a privately...

  • Successful opening of Melita’s new data centre

    Less than two months after Melita launched its new co-location data centre in Madliena, the market’s response has been so encouraging that it is already running at almost full capacity and the operator is planning an expansion. The new centre...

  • Microsoft launches Student Advantage

    Microsoft has launched Student Advantage, a new benefit to qualifying institutions that brings Microsoft Office 365 Education to more students worldwide. As from December 1, any educational institution worldwide that licenses Office 365 ProPlus or...

  • Copyright and copyleft of free software

    There is a legal debate about free software or open source software, in particular in relation to the protection of copyright. The fact is that there is confusion about whether using free software infringes the intellectual property...

  • No charge for the Christmas brigade

    I am not the perfect candidate to recite the boy’s sermon. Well, that’s pretty obvious. I am on the wrong side of 30, can’t remember whether I suffer from short-term or long-term memory loss, and by midnight, I’m usually whispering sweet nothings...

  • Point your finger

    A customer relationship management solution helps you engage with your customers and provide a personalised service, says Analise Buttigieg. Nowadays, customers want an amazing customer experience every time, all the time. Companies must adapt to...

  • On the move

    We are living in times of great changes, from technological and economic to social and cultural. Urbanisation and electronic communications have truly made our world one global village where the creation, distribution, use, integration and...

  • A light conversation

    On November 9, 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall reverberated around the world. Two decades later, the Falling Walls Foundation was set up to break down barriers by asking the question, “Which walls will fall next?” That is to say, how can...

  • Now we’re talking

    Disputes about spelling in Maltese are nothing new, in particular when it comes to the assimilation of loanwords from other languages into our own. As a recent children’s publication made us question, is it ‘ħendbeg’ or simply ‘handbag’? As the...

  • Give technology this Christmas

    This festive season, indications are that tablets will once again top the list of the gifts bought for Christmas this year. Last year tablets were the hot gift item in many countries, in some instances clinching an increase of 1,000 per cent in...

  • Going platinum

    Computime have been named Malta’s only HP Platinum Partner and one of a handful of companies to have achieved this exclusive status in the EMEA region. The recent accreditation is testament to the high value Computime have built around the...

  • Is it the one?

    The Xbox One is Microsoft’s attempt at living room domination that seeks to merge gaming, set top box, live streaming and media centre all into one. It’s an ambitious goal that could see the Xbox One dominate our living rooms for years to come. To...

  • Industrial evolution

    The PlayStation 4 is the other next generation console released to tempt you before Christmas. Released slightly before the Xbox One, Sony’s offering is more focused on games than the Xbox and has no goal other than to deliver the best games...

  • Malta leading EU survey on online surveillance and privacy

    The revelations by Edward Snowden on secret surveillance on online communications by the American National Security Agency (NSA) and the stern reaction from those who were targeted, including senior politicians and institutions in the EU, have...

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