Entries By Tag: IT-Trends


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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Most popular Web Development trends in 2015 - Part 2

Feb 24, 2015 by AdrianC

I hope you enjoyed the first post from this series, so now I will continue presenting another 3 web development trends, which you have surely met while surfing the Internet: ... read more


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Most popular Web Development trends in 2015 - Part 1

Feb 18, 2015 by AdrianC

Imagine going to sleep in year 2005 and waking up in 2015... you refresh your websites and suddenly you get the feeling that something is terribly wrong. The whole website looks strangely flat, the elements arrange themselves when resizing the browser, and it seems to you that one of the websites has only 1 page. Also, what's up with that big image in the background? ... 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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New Year's Resolution

Dec 16, 2014 by Alin

For most people, the New Year's Resolution is a tradition related to the beginning of a new year. For us (geeks) it's an occasion to update our devices and their display resolutions. Display resolution – as you probably already know – represents the number of pixels a device can display and it's one of the major selling points of a device (imagine launching a new tablet that has a 640x480 display, nowadays... can you picture that as a successful launch?) ... 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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The legacy of NPAPI

Oct 15, 2014 by Alin

"Netscape plug-in Application Programming Interface" (NPAPI) is a cross-browser plug-in architecture. In its early days, it was used by the Netscape browser (you might not remember, but Netscape was one of the first browsers, popular back in the 1990s), and then it has been adopted by the modern browsers. Nowadays, all major browsers (such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari) are supporting NPAPI, even though some of them started to phase it out. ... 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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A new trend in software release cycles

May 02, 2014 by Adrian

Until recent years, the software companies have accustomed us with longer cycles between software updates (we’ve waited 5 years for Windows Server 2008, remember?!), but nowadays a new trend has emerged - faster software release cycles. To a user this translates into more application updates than he was used to in the past. However, for companies a new software update brings inevitably a series of consequences, which aren't always pleasant. ... read more


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CSS Measurement Values

Jan 03, 2014 by Adrian

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) was first released in 1996, and it's a style sheet language that helps web developers to create websites using HTML, XHTML and other languages. Its main purpose is to separate document content such as layout, colors and fonts in order to provide web developers with more flexibility, accessibility and more control. ... 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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Programming languages for web development

Sep 30, 2013 by Adrian

For more than 2 decades of web development, we have a staggering number of websites today, around 650 million in April 2013. In April 2008, the Internet contained only 165 million websites, so in 5 years 485 million websites have been created (~ 922 websites per hour!). But what are the programming languages that sustained this web development frenzy? ... read more


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Inside the rich world of RIA: HTML 5, Silverlight and WPF-XBAP

Oct 09, 2012 by Oana

Our journey inside RIA continues with the advantages and disadvantage of the much-talked about HTML 5, then we take a look at Silverlight and WPF - XBAP, and come up with a conclusion. ... 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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Google Chrome is GROWING

May 12, 2010 by DanM

Google Chrome is growing, and it's growing fast! Launched on September 2, 2008 as a beta version (the [last] stable version was released on April 27, 2010), Google Chrome didn't start as an eye catcher. ... 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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Go - the newest programming language from Google! What's next?

Nov 26, 2009 by Oana

After entering a partnership with Verizon last month, and after launching the newest Android 2.0 smartphone (I am talking about Motorola Droid, of course) on November 6, only four days later (on November 10) Google has released Go: its first programming language. ... 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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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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Biiing!

Aug 03, 2009 by Oana

For the uninitiated, the word above is an onomatopoeia - for the connoisseurs Bing is the new search engine from Microsoft. The word itself wants to stand out for a discovery or for a great idea. So, if Archimedes left us with the famous "Evrika", Microsoft is giving us "Bing". But, no matter the story (manufactured or not) for this name, Bing is Microsoft's attempt to conquer the search engine market. ... read more


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Silverlight 3 – Microsoft's Lancelot

Jul 10, 2009 by Doina

This month's MIX conference revealed a lot of "hot" stuff about the new MS products, and Silverlight 3, released yesterday, was one of the topics discussed. Fully supported by Visual Studio and Expression Blend, Silverlight 3 is hyped with: significant graphics improvements including 3D graphics support, out of browser support that allows Web applications to work on the desktop, important media enhancements, GPU acceleration and many other features that improve RIA development productivity. The future ... 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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Silverlight: made to light up the Web

Mar 09, 2009 by Oana

Exactly 2 years have passed from the initial release of Silverlight, in April 2007, and during this time period a number of definitions have appeared, trying to better explain what Silverlight is and what it actually does. Some say it is a web browser plugin, some view it as a new Microsoft technology that allows the development of RIA (Rich Internet Applications) and some just know that it is an alternative to Adobe's Flash. All of these definitions are quite true, but incomplete one without the other ... 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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The world's first 32nm microprocessor revealed by Intel

Feb 10, 2009 by Doina

In spite of increasing competition, when it comes to microprocessors and chipsets manufacturing, Intel is still one of the big boys, and their new Westmere processor further confirms that they are here to stay. The new generation of microprocessors will accompany Intel's upcoming desktop and notebook systems, and it's expected to display a significant advance in terms of performance.

They will come up with increased performance capabilities in a smaller processor core size, multi chip package with integrated graphics and, most of all, the new generation of 32nm manufacturing technology. Intel will thus provide consumers of personal computer systems with a nearly double processing power and graphics performance. ... 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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