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A peek into the future: smartwatches, drones and virtual reality

May 12, 2015 by AdrianC

So far it looks like that Google and Apple see 2015 as the year of wearable devices, Amazon shows us that flying drones represent the future, and a company named Oculus VR tries to bring to life the unfulfilled dream of the last generation, Virtual Reality. ... read more


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Developing software applications: one pixel at a time

Dec 23, 2014 by Alin

Display resolutions, through their commercial impact and their diversity, have an important role in software development. Applications and websites must be adapted to work (ideally) on all the available display resolutions (on a certain device model, or across multiple devices). This significantly increases development and testing time, leading to complex projects and infrastructure ... read more


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The Cloud... as-a-Service

Nov 27, 2014 by Alin

During the past few years, the cloud usage has reached far beyond the early adopters (IT departments and software development companies), and shifted towards a variety of industries. Despite its security issues, many companies have started using cloud technologies and services, due to the impressive flexibility and savings options. ... read more


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How does the cloud fit in your outsourcing agenda?

Nov 17, 2014 by Alin

"First to mind when asked what 'the cloud' is, a majority respond it's either an actual cloud, the sky, or something related to weather" - Citrix Cloud Survey Guide, August 2012.

Two years have passed since that quote - and cloud computing has become a major market. Many "tech giants", such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft and IBM are "fighting" to become the primary provider in this "Cloud Age". ... read more


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Alternatives for NPAPI

Oct 20, 2014 by Alin

As presented in my previous post about NPAPI, this architecture is slowly being phased out by browsers, such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, so more developers have started looking for alternatives. In this article I'll try to make up a list of the available options in terms of technologies ... read more


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Technological advancements in Romania

Jul 17, 2014 by BogdanD

From the dial-up modem to the age of fiber optics, internet connections have come a long way. Gone are the days when you'd get disconnected because someone was trying to dial out a phone call or send out a fax. These days, few of us actually stop to appreciate the quality of the services that we take for granted. According to the statistics released by Eurostat for the European countries in 2013, 79% of households in the EU space have access to internet and 76% of households have a broadband connection. ... read more


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Facebook and Google plan to provide Internet access all around the world

Jun 24, 2014 by BogdanZ

It's summer time in the Northern Hemisphere :), and we're getting ready for the holidays. So imagine that you have reached your dream destination (isolated island?), and at some point you take your phone out of your pocket and, guess what, you have Internet access. This seems to be the dream of Larry Page, CEO of Google, and Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. ... read more


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IPv6 and Romania

Dec 23, 2013 by BogdanD

Before I elaborate on the implementation of IPv6 in Romania, I'd like to briefly explain what Internet Protocol version 6 is and why its implementation is necessary. Most computer users are aware of the notion of IP, but surprisingly few people know exactly what an IP is. The Internet Protocol designates addresses to machines connected to a network, and uses them for all connections, just like a telephone company assigns phone numbers to its customers, to generate connections between clients. ... read more


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Remember Martin Cooper? - Part 2

Apr 15, 2013 by Adrian

The first call that Martin Cooper made was to his rival, Joel Engel from Bell Labs…

Motorola wasn't the only company that pursued this dream, the engineers from Bell Labs were also trying to create such a device. ... read more


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It's time you learned how to code!

Mar 05, 2013 by Oana

A week ago, Code.org released a video starring some of the world’s most well-known and successful programmers and entrepreneurs in the attempt to promote programming classes into American schools and to encourage kids and young people to learn how to code. ... read more


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Super OS - is this the future of operating systems?

May 10, 2011 by Oana

At the end of April, AI (Always Innovating) has launched a hybrid OS which incorporates four different operating systems. I'm talking about Super Jumbo which integrates AI's own OS (Angstrom Linux remaster), Ubuntu, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Chrome OS ... read more


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Chronicle of a death foretold: Digg and Delicious

Apr 19, 2011 by Mihai

"What goes up must come down, eventually" - this old saying couldn't be more right in the case of social networking sites. Sites such as Digg, Delicious, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, which are fighting fearless for our free time, offer (in exchange for our personal information) amusement and a couple of followers. ... read more


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Windows partners with Nokia: the next step in smartphone domination

Feb 14, 2011 by Oana

On Feb. 11, the Finnish multinational Nokia and the American giant Microsoft have announced their partnership and a new smartphone strategy: building Nokia smartphones which will run on the Windows Phone 7 platform. But that's not all, the two companies will mingle other services as well. ... read more


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Web vs. desktop applications: friends or foes?

Jan 11, 2011 by Oana

With a steadily increasing number of households that have Internet access around the world (according to statistics, in 2010, in UK , 73% of the households - almost 19.2 million households - had an Internet connection), in the last couple of years web applications have taken a huge bite from the desktop apps market share. ... read more


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Bill Gates pledges to give

Dec 17, 2010 by Oana

By now everybody knows that Bill Gates and his friend Warren Buffett have convinced many billionaires to donate most of their wealth to charity back in August. "The Giving Pledge" gathered more then 30 American billionaires such as: Michael Bloomberg (New York Mayor), Larry Ellison (Oracle co-founder), T. Boone Pickens, Ted Turner, David Rockefeller and Ronald Perelman to join their cause. ... read more


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Waiting for Google OS... should Windows watch its back?

Oct 23, 2010 by DanM

The rumor that Google is launching an operating system is no longer breaking news and almost everybody is waiting for the final release. At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco (Nov. 2010), Google boss, Eric Schmidt, announced that the Google OS will be available “in the next few months". ... read more


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E-learning: a rival for traditional learning - or a powerful ally?

Aug 10, 2010 by Oana

If for some people the first word from the title may seem new, for the most of you I'm positive that it's almost familiar. Thanks to the technological advancements and to our need to shrink distances, we've developed a form of learning which is capable of offering all the information we need in the comfort of our own house. ... read more


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Can IE9 regain the lost market share?

Jul 23, 2010 by Andreea

With the release of the newest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari forcing the boundaries of the web, Internet Explorer has lost plenty of market share. ... read more


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Microsoft's internal war: Windows 7 vs. Windows Vista

Jul 09, 2010 by DanM

When two important products of the same brand enter in competition with one another, the outcome, no matter the result, for sure will be satisfactory for the "mother company". ... read more


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Apple vs. Microsoft... or is it vs. Google?

Jun 25, 2010 by Oana

By now you've probably heard that Apple is the newest company to challenge the so called title "World's Biggest Tech Company", in the detriment of Microsoft. ... read more


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HTML 5 - The Evolving Web

Jun 09, 2010 by Oana

The World Wide Web is an environment which will never cease to evolve and to create newer and newer possibilities and solutions for every imaginable need. Such an example is HTML5: the next generation of HyperText Markup Language. ... read more


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Firefox for Android Pre-Alpha: bravery or nonsense?

Apr 29, 2010 by Andreea

On Wednesday, April 28, Mozilla has officially released the Firefox mobile browser, codenamed Fennec, for Android smartphones. If you wonder why anyone would want to release a pre-alpha version on the market, well the answer is simple: for free testing and lots and lots of feedback. This is also the case of Firefox, according to some developers who clearly affirmed that the purpose of this “pre-alpha” version is to be tested and receive feedback from users. ... read more


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A look at Enterprise 2.0 through Social CRM

Mar 01, 2010 by Doina

Current national or multinational corporations use a a wide-spread organization model, involving several layers of employees. Generally, this extension is governed by the top-to-bottom rule, which works by disseminating information on a need-to-know basis from higher levels of management to lower ones. In this way, normal average workers function according to a set of basic information, without ever grasping where the overall company is headed, or even why. Consequently, people in higher positions of management spend their time planning and processing info, mostly oblivious to trends and actual customer preferences, that could have been easily understood by engaging workers and customers into actual conversations ... read more


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Cloud computing: To each his own part of the cloud

Jan 22, 2010 by Doina

Cloud computing has been with us for a while now, but it started just recently to draw attention to it, particularly because of the large scale Internet applications that client-oriented companies have built as services. Or what we now call SaaS, or software as a service. [...]

From social networks to virtual servers for data storage, anything goes in the cloud. Unfortunately, it still goes in the cloud literally for government policies regarding this matter, in about every industrialized country there is ... read more


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The new Browser War: Google goes Machiavelli on Microsoft

Dec 11, 2009 by Oana

It's been a busy season for the major players on the web browser market, with Mozilla Corp. launching Firefox 3.5 on 30 June, and Microsoft releasing its 8th edition of IE in March. While the former included native integration of audio and video, more privacy features and an overall performance improvement, the latter added accelerators, improved privacy protection, and a compatibility mode for pages designed for earlier version of IE. Along came Google ... read more


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Crossing blades in cross-browser compatibility issues

Nov 12, 2009 by Doina

It's been only a couple of weeks since Google's last attempt at publicly admonishing (let's not use the harsher word "humiliate") Microsoft's baby, Internet Explorer. Well, as they say, all is fair in love and web. :) Since there is no "mommy" to go to when peers start hitting each other, the problem is left in the hands of players. And Microsoft is certainly an old player at this game. ... read more


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World Blogging Forum 2009

Oct 22, 2009 by Doina

Between November 9 and 12, 2009, Bucharest will host one of the most relevant events in the international online community, by bringing together famous bloggers from around the world ... read more


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Surf's up with Google Wave

Oct 01, 2009 by Doina

When something web-related hits a fair amount of success, we can be sure that, sooner or later, it will be acquired by the larger players in the game. And now, the game quite literally belongs to Google Inc., Mountain View, CA. ... read more


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Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google. What's in it for each?

Sep 17, 2009 by Doina

Previous days have found the web filled with rumors, either reliable or not so truthful, about Microsoft finally having closed a partnership deal with Yahoo. Although everything has been confirmed by officials from both parties, the mystery still remains as everybody is now wondering ... read more


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Google Chromes its way to the WWW

Sep 03, 2009 by Oana

Following the release of the Chrome browser in 2008, Google will launch a brand new open source operating system, called Chrome OS, by the second half of the year 2010. This OS will mainly address notebooks, being a lightweight version of a custom desktop operating system ... read more


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.NET Framework 4 Beta 1 released

Aug 14, 2009 by Doina

Following the announcement of the first Beta version for the Microsoft development platform and tools, the new enhanced .NET Framework 4 Beta 1 is available for download from MSDN.

One of the exciting new features, though not sure to remain in the final release, is ... read more


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Google's friend or foe? Wolfram Alpha

Jul 09, 2009 by Doina

Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine developed by the British physicist Stephen Wolfram, which might be available for the public at large for free anytime soon, as the announcement on the official website states.

Tiresome the technology's denomination might be, the simple fact about it is this: Wolfram Alpha, a more complex search engine, can be Google's first major alternative ... read more


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Web 3.0 – Beyond the boundaries

May 19, 2009 by Doina

It is believed that once Web 3.0 is enacted, you will be able to find what you are looking for, using a search engine, just by typing relatively general questions like: "I want to see a thriller movie tonight". At present, search engines like Google can offer query results only by looking up keywords. [...] With Web 3.0, your browsing history and habits can be used by a personal assistant to provide you with the most relevant results ... read more


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Windows 7 - a step towards "life without walls"

Apr 15, 2009 by Oana

After Microsoft's presentation in 2008, the world was once again divided between apple lovers (not the fruit lovers) and windows lovers. Such an outcome was triggered by the unveiling of the new operating system - Windows 7, which has the ambition to be an upgraded version of Vista with a new, user-friendly approach.

The main novelty brought about by the new operating system is ... read more

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Office Web Applications and Azure - Microsoft's new bet

Feb 24, 2009 by Mihai

Microsoft has demonstrated in more than one occasion that they can take a raw idea and bring it to its maximum market potential. They did come up with quite a few great ideas themselves - but arguably the most impressive feature that Microsoft has illustrated over the years is the capacity to re-pack an already proven concept into a better shape, that ultimately wins the market. This happened with DOS, Office, Windows, Internet Explorer, XBOX - and might also happen with the new services that MS has recently launched: Office Web Applications and Azure. ... read more


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Where is cloud computing headed?

Jan 14, 2009 by Doina

Earlier this month, at the International CES, AMD and OTOY CEOs revealed their plans of unveiling by the end of this year a massively parallel supercomputer that would combine cutting edge hardware provided by AMD, and server side rendering technology. This would deliver next-generation games and other HD content to internet connected devices, be they handheld or desktop. In other words, massive data accessible on-the-spot, no matter where you connect from. Which means that even heavy RPG games could be played on web-enabled phones, and paused/restarted at any point in time, without draining the energy, memory usage, or hardware capacity of the device.

Too good to be true? Well, maybe. "Cloud-computing" (a buzz-word that caught momentum in the Web 2.0 era) is actually a metaphor depicting the Internet-centered development and use of computer technology. ... read more


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IT goes green

Jan 02, 2009 by Mihai

There are many statistics backing the assumption that IT is a big energy consumer (and therefore, indirectly, a green-house gas generator). Overall, computing and telecom currently produce 2% of the global emissions, which is comparable to the volume generated by aviation. But isn't this just one side of the story?

Yes, it's just one side, and arguably the most irrelevant one. IT might actually be the only industry for which the amount of emissions is far smaller than its positive ecological impact. Take video-conferences for example, they help to hugely reduce the carbon emissions corresponding to business traveling and commuting. ... read more


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Microsoft: Antivirus or not?

Dec 09, 2008 by Doina

For the past few years, Microsoft has been subject to some pretty harsh comments and disputes over its embedded (or not) antivirus solution for Windows OS users. With several attempts throughout the years, consisting of the MSAV from the MS-DOS 6 (1993) until the forms of Windows Live OneCare, the Microsoft mogul didn't really enjoyed much appreciation from the public, as regards to antivirus facilities.

In 2003, after Microsoft acquired the intellectual property rights over the RAV Antivirus from the Romanian company GeCad, things started to spur once again. ... read more


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