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Stephen Downes:

Open teaching philosophy is about sharing

December 1, 2014
Stephen Downes
MOOC (massive open online course) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and via the web. 2012 became "the year of the MOOC" according to The New York Times, as several well-financed providers, associated with top universities, emerged, including Coursera, Udacity, and edX. These platforms collectively have dozens of university partners and millions of users. The fact that lectures from the world's top professors are now a commodity available over the Internet for free is shaking up higher education from top to bottom. KASA Swiss Humanitarian Foundation in cooperation with Tumo Center for Creative Technologies, the Embassy of Switzerland in Armenia and PAN has organized a forum on November 2, 2014 on impact of IT on education to discuss current trends, challenges and opportunities IT has brought to the education landscape. The keynote speaker of the forum was the originator of MOOCs Stephen Downes. PAN had the chance to talk with Downes about MOOCs and the future of education.

Karl Davies-Barrett:

Windows Phone changes the way people use the phone

December 16, 2011
Karl Davies-Barrett
In November 2011, DPE technical Lead for CEE Karl Davies-Barrett paid a two-day visit to Armenia to hold workshop sessions at Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia. In an interview with PanARMENIAN.Net, Mr. Davies-Barrett presented the advantages of Windows Phone operating system, foretelling coming developments in mobile world. He also shared his impressions about Armenian IT sector, hailing the country’s vast potential.

Vladimir Isaev, Charles McCathieNevile:

We do our best to bring our innovations to Armenia

July 19, 2011
Vladimir Isaev, Charles McCathieNevile
Two representatives of Opera Software Charles McCathieNevile Chief Standards Officer and Vladimir Isaev Communications Manager recently visited Yerevan during BarCamp Yerevan 2011. They told PanARMENIAN.Net correspondent in an interview, how Opera makes money having free of charge products. Vladimir Isaev said he is impressed with the huge interest of Armenians to Opera.

Charles McCathieNevile:

Future technologies should rely on open web standards

July 6, 2011
Charles McCathieNevile
Charles McCathieNevile is a Chief Standards Officer of Opera Software. He is an active promoter of the open web standards and is responsible for their accessibility in all Opera products. He actively participates in the work of W3C consortium’s committees and heads of one of them (cross-platform applications). Charles McCathieNevile visited Armenia for the first time during BarCamp Yerevan 2011, where he made a presentation and held a workshop on web standards. In an interview with PanARMENIAN.Net, Mr. McCathieNevile told about his vision for the future of the web and also mentioned that he doesn’t trust cloud technologies.

Mark Miller:

DELL has similar investment plans for Armenia, other CIS countries

May 23, 2011
Mark Miller
DELL Sales Development Manager in Russia and Turkey, Mark Miller, who has worked for DELL for 9 years already, recently visited Armenia for the 2nd time to attend the opening ceremony of Microsoft Innovation Center. He had many business conversations with people from IT sector as well as with government representatives. During an interview with PanARMENIAN.Net, Mr. Miller said Armenia will have really good days for the future of the IT market.

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Ovi Store introduces Fitness Planner app for Symbian phones

April 28, 2011
This app is for the type of persons who do any type of physical activity and are looking for an easy way to track their progress.

Vahe Gulyan:

Big companies pretend that they care about users privacy, but in reality they don't do almost anything to protect it

December 17, 2010
Vahe Gulyan
In November 2010 one of the most discussed topics in IT the industry was the security hole found in Google's system which caused a leak of personal information. The exploit in Google’s system was discovered by a 21-year old Los Angeles-based Vahe Gulyan. After the discovery, Vahe had made multiple attempts to notify Google about the issue, but didn’t receive any response for a month. After Google updated its Google Apps system, Vahe found that the security hole was now also affecting the Google Apps customers (including many governmental organizations from US and all over the world) and wrote to the editor of TechCrunch - one of the most popular technology blogs. He demonstrated the hole with a little code included in his blog hosted in Google's own Blogger system. Vahe shares the details of this story that made headlines on the internet to PanARMENIAN.Net reporter in an exclusive interview.

Vladislav Martynov:

SAP to promote knowledge-based economy in Armenia

December 6, 2010
Vladislav Martynov
Walldorf–based SAP, one of the world's leading providers of business software, entered the Armenian market on December 2. SAP Managing Director CIS Vladislav Martynov commented to PanARMENIAN.Net on the changes the Armenian business society can expect in the future.

Richard Stallman:

When there is no more proprietary software, we will completely reach our goal..

November 18, 2010
Richard Stallman
Richard Stallman, the preacher of free software, confirms his status by putting on a frock of Saint IGNUcius, a saint of the Church of Emacs. His sermon calls for free distribution of software, with programmers having access to the code. People call Stallman a crank, a hippy, a communist or even a prophet of free software. A prophet can do anything he wants: he can call Microsoft a malware and label Apple as attacker on users. Being in Armenia for the first time, Stallman said that in Boston, where he lives, he buys bread from a bakery named Sevan. He promised to share impressions about Armenia and Lake Sevan with the bakery owners upon return home.

Vladimir Grigoryan:

Opening of IT Development Center is a serious move to improve the field in Arstakh

July 16, 2010
Vladimir Grigoryan
IT Development Center opened in the Artsakh Republic with the assistance of Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs and NKR Investment Foundation on May 12, 2010. Head of the Center Vladimir Grigoryan commented to PanARMENIAN.Net on the prospects of IT development in the republic.
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