Centre-Left MP Alessandro Zan (left) had introduced the bill in the lower house in May 2018 to counter the growing number of homophobic and transphobic hate crimes that were happening in Italy. Italy’s Senate has voted against a bill that would have made violence against LGBTQI people, women and people living with disabilities, a hate…

As if there were not enough fragmentation issues with Android, app makers go out and make it worse when they limit installations to specific devices. Here I sit, with a barely six-month-old Galaxy S4, and yet I cannot use an app available for the device, because the version of the S4 that I have is…

Wireless-N routers and adapters can give your network a speed boost, but the more connections you have in-house, the slower you go. If you need better upload speeds, consider your 4G phone. In a previous column, I detailed upgrading my home Wi-Fi network, but recently, I’ve been noticing a few connection problems and some bad…

Tony McSherry looks at DRM and the electronic publishing of textbooks. I’m currently completing a client project — a customised hosted Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) with around 50 e-learning modules we previously developed. The course is based on textbooks owned by the client, which were produced around 10 years ago and have no existing electronic format.…

Glasgow stays open and thriving This year’s Glasgow Film Festival constantly faced the prospect of major disruption amidst the global outbreak of COVID-19, as major overseas events, most notably SXSW, fell to advance cancellations while this year’s GFF was still taking place. The organisers managed to pull off a complete edition before the axe fell, with the…

1. Longevity is its own reward Dreamt up in 1980 by a trio of film fanatics, two of whom – Beatriz Pacheco Pereira and Mário Dorminsky – incredibly are still running it 40 years later, Fantasporto was Portugal’s only film festival back then, and remains (after Sitges, established in 1968) one of the world’s oldest…

Until not that long ago, it was easy to praise cinematographer Roger Deakins as the man who didn’t need Oscars. To see through his eyes, to speak in his colour palette and luxuriate in his inky blacks – those were perks enough. Now 70 and in the prime of his career, fresh from winning his…