• Thriving in the fast lane

    Thriving in the fast lane

    Malta always manages to spring a surprise. Even its geographic location is a bit of an exclamation mark, like the fortune cookie quote in the middle of two continental layers. And then there is the way in which it manages to send echoes which are...

  • The road ahead

    The road ahead

    A shared demand responsive transport service can alleviate traffic and provide alternative transport options, Prof. Maria Attard and Prof. Adrian Muscat say. Earlier this year, the Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development at the...

  • What’s to smiley about?

    What’s to smiley about?

    The Oxford English Dictionary has named the tears of joy emoji as word of the year. But are these little pictures really worth a thousand words, Ian Vella asks. A few years ago, the telephone was the tool of choice for long-distance communication.

  • Branching out

    Branching out

    Almost every Christmas season at the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas – the world’s most militarised border – a giant illuminated Christmas tree escalates tensions between the two hostile neighbours. South Korean Christians build this...

  • To infinity and beyond

    To infinity and beyond

    Star Wars Battlefront has polarised opinion like few games in recent history. It’s simplified, shallow and hardly a full game at all. Yet once you log in, you can’t help but play it over and over again. Star Wars Battlefront is available for Xbox,...

  • Bigger but better?

    Bigger but better?

    I’ve been wanting to get my hands on the iPad Pro ever since rumours started doing the rounds late last year. While I’m not buying the whole laptop-is-dead mantra, the iPad has always been a simple, powerful tablet that just worked. With this...

  • The real deal

    The real deal

    It isn’t often than technical innovations get a second chance, but virtual reality is one of them. After a poor showing first time round in the 1990s, the new generation of VR looks set to become much more successful. One of the leaders in this...

  • The price is not right

    The price is not right

    The HTC One A9 is a midrange phone that seeks to put form over function. It’s a good-looking phone that more than resembles an iPhone 6, with the difference being that it runs Android Marshmallow. In fact, it’s almost identical to an iPhone. And...

  • Blood on our hands

    Blood on our hands

    Our information communication technologies are soaked in blood. We have blood on our hands every time we use smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers, digital cameras, game consoles, and other similar electronic devices. Indeed, the ICT that plays...

  • #JeSuisParis marks Twitter’s 2015 most talked of moment

    The hashtag #JeSuisParis, used to show solidarity with the French capital in the wake of its second terrorist attack, marked the most talked of moment of the year on Twitter, according to the social media site. Twitter has released its review of...

  • The forgotten years

    What do you call spring-cleaning in the middle of November? And why should it be a seasonal huff and puff? After all, we don’t really have a spring (or an autumn, for that matter), but rather, a quick no-clutch change of gears from summer to winter.

  • Open the wrapper

    Open the wrapper

    An increasing number of websites are pushing for responsiveness, which enables a much wider audience to use a website across multiple devices and platforms. While packaged web apps are essential, a responsive website is encapsulated to look like a...

  • 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...