December 17th, 2012
Microsoft Company has declared that its Skype team has opened its online networking platform for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
SITW (Skype in the workspace) has been in beta for six months and already has 500 active business users in over 140 service categories, according to Microsoft’s announcement.
SITW helps to connect SMBs with partners and customers via Skype’s voice- and video-calling technology. Users can make posts promoting their services. They can also arrange meetings with potential clients or business partners, and schedule live Skype sessions to demo their products.
Due to the statistics, over 280 million people reach each other over Skype every month, giving SMBs on SITW a large and growing audience to market their products to.
“We aim to connect millions of small businesses with Skype in the workspace and believe that, by taking advantage of this shared network, businesses can develop the range of tools they need to grow, regardless of location or industry,” said Ural Cebeci, head of SMB Marketing at Skype, in a prepared statement.
December 4th, 2012
Shumway is a new open source project from Mozilla that is working on an experimental web-native runtime implementation of the SWF (ShockWave Flash format) file format delivering vector graphics, text video and sound over the Internet.
Mozilla aims to advance the Open Web and to make serious media capabilities in the native web browser stack, that were previously available in only Flash.
Though SWF is an Adobe format, it is also an open source and aims to get us nearer to HTML5 technology showing a complete browser experience.
There is already a live demo to show Shumway’s capabilities as a renderer and you can also install the shumway.xpi extension to use with the beta of Firefox 17 to preview SWF content on the web using Shumway.
Mozilla also includes a note of caution:
Shumway is experimental, has missing features, many defects, and is evolving rapidly.
November 27th, 2012
It is now possible to send files from Google Drive 400 times larger than in a traditional attachment. That is very useful and suitable for those who have ever had to send enormous files across the Internet. Google announced that it has integrated Google Drive with Gmail, which will allow users of both services insert files from Drive directly into their messages.
It is important to mention that file sizes can be up to 10 gigabytes. The team has also developed the “smart assistant” technology so that the recipients of your shared files could have the necessary permissions. The feature will be available over the next few days to users who have already upgraded to Gmail’s new composing window.
September 25th, 2012
The Olympiad organized by Synopsys Armenia is the 7th Annual International Microelectronics Olympiad of Armenia was started on September 4 and will be held till October 4, 2012 for engineers and students under the age of 30.
The Olympiad topics include Digital IC Design and Testing, Analog and Mixed Signal IC Design and Testing, Semiconductor Devices and Technology, Mathematical and Algorithmical Issues of EDA.
In the first stage all contestants from Armenia, Belarus, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Jordan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Ukraine, UAE and USA passed a basic test by which they competed.
The second and final stage will be held on October 4 in Yerevan among the top contestants of all participant countries. It involves a challenging contest and complex engineering tasks requiring advanced solutions.
The goal of this contest is to stimulate further development of microelectronics in Armenia and in the participant countries, recognize and inspire young, talented engineers, increase interest in microelectronics among young specialists, and understand the level of knowledge in the field of microelectronics among young specialists in participating countries in order to make necessary adjustments to educational programs.
July 16th, 2012
In 2000 Armenia’s government announced IT sphere as priority. Today Armenia has nearly 350 ICT companies with about 10,000 workers.
Recently, the Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE) of Armenia had made announcement on necessity to establish a state body, particularly a Ministry that would manage information, communication and innovation spheres and would be responsible for IT sector. On May 25 over 200 IT companies and organizations supporting this initiative met to discuss the further actions.
This initiative assumed that such a ministry, as a single structure for IT sector management in Armenia, can join telecommunications department of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Committee on Science at the Ministry of Education and Science and other institutions, thus solving a number of challenges in the sector effectively.
However, on June 30, at the regular meeting “without ties” between IT leaders Armenia’s Economy Minister Tigran Davtyan expressed his viewpoint and talk against establishing Ministry of Information, Communication and Innovation Management in the country. Davtyan said that from now on his deputies will take the responsibility for IT sphere management and manage supporting programs, cooperate with donor organizations and control operational issues.