Most important IT events of 2016
January 16, 2017
2016 can be called a year of policy review rather than a year of development of the Armenian IT field. The April escalation of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict showed that the efficiency of military operations for some part depends on use of the latest technologies. After the 4-day war, a lot of IT companies have reviewed their approaches and offered assistance in boosting the development of military industry.
Armenian capital to appear on Yandex Panorama
October 21, 2016
Yerevan residents could recently observe a strange vehicle with a big panoramic camera touring the streets of the Armenian capital. This is the so-called panorama-mobile photographing Yerevan to enlarge the database of Yandex Maps service, which will in the future provide a 3D view of the streets and building of the city and give an opportunity to zoom the map.
They can explode and even kill
September 23, 2016
In mid-September 2016, Samsung Electronics has recalled Some 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones worldwide, replacing or refunding the flagship phones, whose susceptibility to catching fire has damaged the image of the Korean powerhouse.
Choose your own
June 22, 2016
A great number of sights in small Armenia is quite a problem for tourists, who visit the country for the first time. It’s often hard to decide where to go and what to see, while travel agents offer the most popular and standard tours. What to do if a foreigner wants to see places not included in the standard route? Addressing various tour operators means losing time and getting ambiguous price lists, without having a possibility to compare. Who will be the guide and how professional is he? The tourists will only know it after the end of the tour. Nevertheless, Armenian startup has developed online platform Localz, which offers tourists to outline individual tours and choose the guide they want.
ArmTab in detail
June 20, 2016
Technology & Science Dynamics (TSD) hosted by Yerevan-based Mergelyan Computer Research and Development Institute has launched production of the first Armenian tablets and smartphones. In the framework of the “One child, one computer” governmental program, the company presented its ArmTab TSD Wide A1004T educational tablet, the first of the devices to be produced.
Venture capital financing
June 8, 2016
Attracting funds from philanthropic ventures is one of the most important conditions for the development of startups. Of course, this doesn’t secure successful development and progress but can considerably reduce the risks and create more opportunities for implementation of ideas. Successful Armenian startups have not missed the chance and used venture funds for their development.
June 2, 2016
The April escalation of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict saw a large number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) enabled by Azerbaijan. Although many of the drones were shot down, the Armenian side suffered human losses: one of the Israeli-made UAVs hit a bus of volunteers, killing 7 people. Armenian IT companies have already expressed readiness to cooperate with the Ministry of Defense for joint development of modern surveillance and safety systems.
May 20, 2016
The rapid development of game industry inevitably results in “churning out” of numerous products. The output of sequels and prequels of popular computer games doesn’t improve their quality. Despite this fact, there are a number of developers striving to produce something worthwhile. In general, these are independent teams, who develop a product from the ground up and deliver a masterpiece after a long period of time.
NASA global initiative in Byurakan
April 23, 2016
On April 22-23, Armenia hosted the fifth International Space Apps Challenge organized by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The contest which took place at the international conference center of Byurakan observatory will help unite efforts of IT specialists for solutions of global tasks and raise awareness about space exploration.
A small startup creates an Armenian version of Netflix
April 12, 2016
With the development of communication technologies, platforms offering video streaming services become more popular. One of the biggest U.S. companies, Netflix, vows to totally change the traditions of watching movies. It’s no more necessary to visit a movie theater and stand in queues in order to comfortably watch a film, as mobile technologies allow carrying the world cinematography in your pocket. To keep up with the global trends, a small Armenian startup developed its own analog of Netflix, incorporating an almost complete collection of Armenian films.