Clever Armenia
Most important IT events of 2016
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.
Iraqi forces advance in eastern Mosul amid fierce clashes
Iraqi forces say they control nearly all of Mosul's eastern half, but another wave of intense IS resistance likely awaits them in Mosul's west.
Microsoft rebuilding Xbox One dashboard for speed
Detailing a new Game Mode for Windows 10, Microsoft reveals that it’s not only Windows 10 that’s getting some performance enhancements.
Green-hot galaxies give clues to the ancient universe
Galaxies with a lot of hydrogen gas, signalling young galaxies and star formation, can look slightly pink, for instance.
Microsoft patents foldable phone that turns into tablet
While Microsoft patents thousands of inventions that never make it into final products, the context of this particular application is key.
Netflix documentary “The Ivory Game” to screen at Beijing Film Fest
Shortlisted in the best documentary Oscar category this year, the film has been hailed for its gripping depiction of the dangerous underworld of ivory trading.
AMC greenlights James Cameron docuseries about evolution of sci-fi
The series will delve into sci-fi's origins as a small genre with a cult and developing to the blockbuster pop-culture phenomenon it is today.
300 U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia
U.S. troops are to stay in Norway for a year, with the current batch of Marines being replaced after their six-month tour is complete.
Hailee Steinfeld confirms her return for “Pitch Perfect 3”
In "Pitch Perfect 2", Steinfeld played Emily Junk, a freshman who eventually became a member of all-female a cappella group The Barden Bellas.
President expresses condolences over plane crash near Bishkek
The Turkish cargo plane crashed just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing 37 people on the ground and in the plane.
Skrillex reunites with former band From First To Last for new song
He recently contributed to the soundtrack for the film Suicide Squad, which saw him collaborate with rapper Rick Ross for the song “Purple Lamborghini”.
Twin suicide bombs rock Maiduguri University in Nigeria
NEMA said that four people had been killed, including the two suicide bombers, and that 17 people were injured in the blasts.
Skepta, David Bowie lead 2017 BRIT Awards nominations
A Tribe Called Quest have been nominated in the International Group category, as have Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
Oracle opens start-up accelerator program in Israel for cloud innovation
The program provides six months of mentoring from technical and business experts, access to Oracle's customers, and partners and investors.
Turkey mulls including concept of jihad in school curricula
The new curriculum, which will be finalized in February, will be put into effect during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Rovio Entertainment to open game development studio in London
Privately-held Rovio has struggled in recent years as profits from the Angry Birds franchise dropped, prompting deep job cuts and divestments.
Pound hits lowest level in 3 months ahead of Theresa May Brexit speech
The pound has fallen about 20% against the dollar since June's EU referendum, to lows last regularly seen in 1985.
Egypt court rules against handing Red Sea islands to Saudi
The verdict was met by an eruption of jubilation by activists and lawyers in the courtroom in Cairo, some of whom sang the national anthem.
"Game of Thrones" final season could be longer than expected
It was previously reported that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss were ready to end the series with 13 episodes.
Spanish police arrest Moroccan accused of leading IS militant cell
New recruits would be sent to Turkey where they would receive training and instructions for potential attacks in Europe, a ministry said.
First look at resurrected Jerome in “Gotham” season 3B promo
The video features a first look at the resurrected version of Jerome Valeska (Cameron Monaghan).
Revolutionary armor seeks to tackle traumatic brain injury from explosions
“A system like BLAST can help recognize the signs of TBI early and tell warfighters they might need medical attention,” said Dr. Timothy Bentley.
EU vows to stand by Iran nuclear agreement
"The European Union will continue to work for the respect and implementation of this extremely important deal," Mogherini said.
MIT enables modifying 3D-printed objects after making them
If you add the right monomer (a core aspect of plastic), you can also make an object swell or shrink by changing the temperature.
Steve Jones talks possibility of another Sex Pistols reunion
The legendary punk band originally split in 1978 after frontman Johnny Rotten left the band.
"Pilot error" caused Turkish cargo plane crash: Kyrgyz official
"According to preliminary information, the plane crashed due to a pilot error," deputy prime minister Muhammetkaly Abulgaziev said.
Nick Cave plays first gig since his son’s death
His family’s ordeal became the subject of subsequent film and documentary “One More Time With Feeling”.
Dakota Fanning joins TNT’s long- awaited adaptation of “The Alienist”
“Alienist,” from Paramount TV and Turner’s Studio T, revolves around the search for a serial killer in turn of the century New York City.
Armenia among world’s 20 most affordable countries: Numbeo
With 119 countries reported, Armenia has a rating of 33.87 and is placed 19th among the least expensive countries.
HBO chief talks prospects for “Game of Thrones” spinoff
Original programming president Casey Bloys gamely fielded questions seeking updates on where things stand for a handful of buzzed-about projects.
Oman accepts 10 Guantanamo Bay inmates at U.S. request
Oman's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it had accepted the prisoners at Obama's request. It did not name the prisoners.
Syrian rebels to attend Kazakhstan talks
Turkey's priorities in Syria appear to have shifted away from toppling Assad towards combating both Kurdish groups and Islamic State.
Eight billionaires "as rich as world's poorest half" - Oxfam
The charity said its figures came from improved data, and the gap between rich and poor was "far greater than feared."
Samsung probe finds battery was main cause of Note 7 fires - source
The results of the investigation will likely be announced on January 23, a day before detailed fourth-quarter earnings results are announced.
Billy Corgan gives update on Smashing Pumpkins reunion
The frontman, who has been working with Rick Rubin on a solo album, is rumoured to be trying to get his old bandmates to join him for a tour.
Lady GaGa teases upcoming “Joanne” tour
The Mother Monster recently hit a recording studio with R&B producer Brian Kennedy and country artist Dallas Davidson.
Bangladesh court sentences 26 to hang for abductions, murders
"Of the 26 who have been sentenced to hang, 16 were the members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)," prosecutor S.M. Wazed Ali said.
TBS orders animated comedy series from Louis C.K., Albert Brooks
“The Cops,” which is still a working title, will follow two patrolmen in Los Angeles, voiced by Brooks and C.K.
South Korea prosecutors seek arrest of Samsung chief
“We believe that there was an illegal request made by Samsung in facilitating the process of business succession,” Lee Kyu-chul said.
“Toni Erdmann” named top foreign language film at Palm Springs Fest
Gael Garcia Bernal’s turn in “Neruda” earned him the prize for best actor in a foreign film, while Isabelle Huppert took the actress prize for “Elle.”
Karabakh soldier wounded in Azerbaijani fire dies at hospital
Garik Vardanyan was wounded in ceasefire violations in the northeastern section of the Nagorno Karabakh contact line.
China media blast Trump for "playing with fire" on Taiwan
The U.S. recognises Beijing as the only Chinese govt, while maintaining an unofficial relationship with Taiwan. Trump has questioned this arrangement.
Over 4,000 civilians killed in Yemen war amid zero accountability: HRW
The report says Saudi Arabia may be deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure in Yemen, which, if true, would constitute a war crime.
Mkhitaryan: Klopp convinced me to join Dortmund over Liverpool
Mkhitaryan was on the way out at Shakhtar Donetsk, with three clubs – namely Liverpool, Tottenham and Dortmund – chasing his signature.
Amazon seeks permission to run wireless tests in Washington
The filings do not specify what the tests would be for, but they hint at a new type of technology or wireless service.
Trump will propose an end to Russia sanctions for nuke arms cut
Trump has vowed to improve relations with Moscow even as he faces criticism he is too eager to make an ally of Putin.
Israel, Palestinians warned against unilateral steps harmful to peace
Countries including key European and Arab states as well as the permanent members of the UN Security Council were in Paris for the conference.
Azerbaijan spreads disinformation about soldier "killed in Armenian fire"
Azerbaijani media reports about the death of a local soldier in the Armenian fire is complete disinformation, Artsrun Hovhannisyan said
Serbia threatens to send army to Kosovo amid train row
Kosovo, historically a province of Serbia, declared independence in 2008. It is recognised by the US and most EU countries but not by Serbia or Russia.
Trump calls NATO “obsolete, but very important to me”
"It’s obsolete because it wasn’t taking care of terror. I took a lot of heat for two days. And then they started saying Trump is right," the president-elect said.