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Hungary to host CERN data center

Hungary to host CERN data center

May 9, 2012
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The old joke about the world’s smartest physicists not having any communication barrier – because they all speak Hungarian – seems to be taken at face value by CERN, the European nuclear research center.

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Belgrade launches SMS bus schedules

Belgrade launches SMS bus schedules

Mar 27, 2012
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Perhaps the worst thing about waiting for a bus is not knowing whether your wait will be another three minutes or another 30 minutes. Fortunately, public transportation users in Belgrade have a new way to check for their bus’s ETA with only a cell phone. Read More »

Romanian youth launches model shuttle into space

Romanian youth launches model shuttle into space

Mar 20, 2012
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Raul, a Romanian teen, has sent the American space shuttle into space once more.  How?  Using a Lego replica.

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Using technology to increase political accountability

Using technology to increase political accountability

Feb 29, 2012
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Earlier this month, TOL Executive Director Jeremy Druker participated in the Point conference, a three-day meetup on social media and political accountability in Sarajevo.   Read More »

Google Street View coming to Bulgaria

Google Street View coming to Bulgaria

Feb 27, 2012
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It looks like Bulgaria is the next country for Google’s team to photograph for its Street View project.   Read More »

Online 3D tours highlight Baku landmarks

Online 3D tours highlight Baku landmarks

Feb 24, 2012
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Users now can surf online and look at landmarks and different places of Baku via 3D photos and 3D views. Newly established Baku 3D project has created such an opportunity. Currently working in ten languages, it could be easily translated to any other with Google Translate. Read More »

For Russian readers, “e” means free

For Russian readers, “e” means free

Feb 22, 2012
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MOSCOW | Russia appears well-placed to become the European e-book leader. The market for books is the largest on the continent, with 140 million people in Russia and millions of Russian speakers in neighboring countries. Internet use is on a long-term upward trend; Russia now counts about 55 million Internet users, more than any other country in Europe.

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4G is comming to Azerbaijan in May

4G is comming to Azerbaijan in May

Feb 17, 2012
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On 17 February, the biggest mobile operator in Azerbaijan–Azercell–received principal consent from the government to launch the 4G system. Read More »

Latvian schools try out surveillance system to monitor attendance

Latvian schools try out surveillance system to monitor attendance

Feb 15, 2012
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A few Latvian schools are experimenting with an electronic monitoring system to keep track of students’ attendance, but some are uneasy about the innovation in a country with its own Soviet-era history of surveillance and repression. Read More »

How an Azerbaijani aviation engineer could help revolutionize journalism

How an Azerbaijani aviation engineer could help revolutionize journalism

Feb 13, 2012
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Imagine you’re a journalist.

You work for local TV station with modest resources. Your organization doesn’t have a lot, but your team prides itself on always getting a story first (and correct).  One day you’re sent to cover a protest. Unfortunately when you arrive, you’re already cut off from the action by authorities.

Do you hang around waiting to sneak by or get a plastic quote from one of the officers on duty?  Or do you go attach your camera to a remote controlled drone and send it in for a bird’s-eye view of the action? A new industry–that’s literally just taking off–could make that second option a reality for any news organization or freelance journalist, no matter the size of their budget.  Read More »

A multimedia newsroom for the future takes shape in Georgia

A multimedia newsroom for the future takes shape in Georgia

Feb 9, 2012
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A new newsroom opening soon in Tbilisi will allow students a chance to have hands-on experience with their future. Read More »

Azerbaijan gets first text-to-speech system

Azerbaijan gets first text-to-speech system

Feb 6, 2012
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Dilmanc, which means “interpreter” in Azerbaijani, is an online project to convert text to speech. Anyone can test it via its website and listen to a male voice read the text. It also allows users to download the spoken text in mp3 format.
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Romanian startup Summify bought by Twitter

Romanian startup Summify bought by Twitter

Feb 1, 2012
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The web-based startup Summify, created by two Romanians, has been bought up by Twitter, according to Romania Insider.  Summify announced the news on their blog last week and said they were relocating to Twitter’s offices in San Francisco from their current base in Vancouver. Read More »

Fast digitization of TV could create problems for Bakuvians

Fast digitization of TV could create problems for Bakuvians

Jan 28, 2012
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The recent announcement of changes in television broadcasting has not been advertised among the population of Azerbaijan even though it will affect everybody. The Ministry of Communications and İnformation Technology have made the decision on to stop  analogue terrestial broadcasting in Baku and the Absheron peninsula, but very few people know about this.  Read More »

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